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Community Invited To Swearing In Ceremony For Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera At Justice Center

on November 21, 2014 - 12:02pm
New Los Alamos County Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow-Herrera during an interview at the Los Alamos Daily Post Newspaper Thursday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The community is invited to attend a ceremony for Commander Jason Wardlow-Herrera who will be promoted to Deputy Chief of Police for Los Alamos County Police Department.

The ceremony is 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 in the Honorable Judge Pat Casados’ Chambers at the Justice Center followed by a special reception next door in the Police Department Training Room.

Registration Opens For Winterfest Holiday Lights Parade

on November 21, 2014 - 11:07am
Scene from 2013 Winterfest Holiday Lights Parade. Courtesy photo


Registration is now open for the annual Winterfest Holiday Lights Parade. This years “frozen” themed parade will march up Central Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.

The official Tree Lighting Ceremony will follow the parade at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

Don’t miss the opportunity to promote your business or organization by participating in the Winterfest Light Parade! To register for the parade, click here. From Breakfast with Santa to the Snow Queen ballet, Los Alamos celebrates winter with many

Santa Fe Community Foundation Funds Healthy Choices For Teens

on November 21, 2014 - 11:01am
Teens engage in a giant game of chess during a field trip. Courtesy photo
Teens from the Espanola YMCA Teen Center participate in a robotics competition last spring in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

ESPAÑOLA – The Santa Fe Community Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to the Española YMCA Teen Center in November to support the Center’s healthy living initiatives.  

According to Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval, the grant will support tutoring, health education and life skills classes offered at the Española Teen Center.

“Our goal is to influence youth behaviors that enable

Check Out This Weekend's Top Open Houses

on November 21, 2014 - 10:53am


This weekend is a great time to tour the top open houses in the area!

The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe. Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.

Click on the map to read details about the featured home. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open house or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!

Click on the Real Estate Section "red button" near the top of this

Blue Buses Not In Service Thanksgiving Or Day After

on November 21, 2014 - 10:36am


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27as well as Friday, Nov. 28in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume Monday, Dec. 1.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses more than 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the

Del Norte Credit Union Sponsors Annual Kiwanis Breakfast With Santa

on November 21, 2014 - 10:15am

Eric Baldonado, Manager of Branch Operations, and Matthew Waldschmidt, Branch Manager, present a check from Del Norte Credit Union to President of Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is Steve Boerigter. Courtesy photo


Del Norte Credit Union is proud to again be the main sponsor of the upcoming Breakfast with Santa, taking place Dec. 6 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos.

This annual pancake breakfast organized by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos features a chance for kiddos to visit with Santa.


Information Sought On Hit And Run Driver

on November 21, 2014 - 8:39am
A driver damaged this car parked at the White Rock Y Sunday and left the scene. Courtesy photo


A Los Alamos High School senior parked her car at the White Rock Y between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 while she went to Albuquerque to coach her team in a gymnastics meet.

"There is no way the person who hit her car doesn't have some damage or didn't know they hit her car," the girl's mother told the Los Alamos Daily Post.. "We have filed a police report ... I would like the person who hit my daughter's car to be held responsible."

The girl's mother explained that she is on

Chamisa Staff Gets Creative For A Good Cause: Empty Bowls Project

on November 20, 2014 - 12:39pm

Empty Bowls Project Coordinator Deborah Gill receives a finished bowl from fifth grade teacher David Parsons. Courtesy photo

Chamisa teachers had so many colors to choose from. Courtesy photo


Chamisa Elementary staff gathered Wednesday in the art room to participate in the Empty Bowls Project with coordinator Deborah Gill. Chamisa art teacher, Renee Mitsunaga will hold a second event Dec. 3 for parents. 

"We would like to provide our parents an opportunity to show off their creativity for a good cause," Mitsunaga said.

This service project benefits Self Help, Inc., an

Olions One Act Plays Preview 7 P.m. Today

on November 20, 2014 - 11:48am
Olions members acting in 'Idiosynchronization' from left, Leander Murphy, Emma Martens, Lauren Partin, Max Herrmann and Jack Majure-Barkley. Courtesy photo
'Roll the Dice' cast members from left, Ryan Gunther, Megan Pimentel, Donald Poston, Marja Graham, Opale Schappert and Rosemary Vigil. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos High School Olions' one act plays kick off with a special preview night at 7 p.m. today in the Black Box Theater in the main high school building.
"Idiosynchronization", directed by Ben Reichelt, features cast members Leander Murphy, Emma Martens,

Learn To Capture Autumn Plants And Pods At PEEC's Art Workshop Series

on November 20, 2014 - 11:05am

A drawing and watercolor by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

PEEC is pleased to welcome back Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington, for a series of art workshops on capturing the botanical wonders of autumn.

Coddington will lead a drawing workshop Thursday, Dec. 4 and then for those wishing to enhance their drawings with watercolors, there will be a painting workshop Dec. 11. Both classes run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are suggested for beginner and intermediate levels.

Autumn seed pods and dried plants offer an interesting stage of plant growth for observational art.

In and Around Town: Nov. 20

on November 20, 2014 - 9:55am

Editor's Note: The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published in the Los Alamos Daily Post every Thursday, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the red button at the top right of this page.

November Events at Bandelier
December Events at the N.M. Historical Museum
The Bradbury Science Museum will display the Saul Hertz exhibit
Hertz discovered that

Girls Scout's Annual Holiday Bazaar Saturday

on November 20, 2014 - 9:07am


Workers String Holiday Garland On Lights In Downtown Los Alamos

on November 20, 2014 - 7:56am

County crews work their way down Central Avenue Wednesday stringing holiday garland and wreaths on light posts. Photo by Carol A.

Holiday garland and wreaths decorate light posts near Museum Parke on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A.

White lights on the holiday garland and wreaths shine on light posts along Central Avenue Wednesday night. Photo by Carol A.

Central And Oppenheimer Roadwork Completed

on November 20, 2014 - 7:41am

With the street improvements completed, crews were out Tuesday sweeping and cleaning up the sidewalks and street at the intersection of Oppenheimer and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The barricades have been removed and a curvy new street design revealed on Oppenheimer between Central Avenue and Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Christmas Tree Permits Go On Sale At Los Alamos Historical Museum 10 a.m. Monday

on November 20, 2014 - 7:23am

LAHM News:

Christmas Tree permits will be available for purchase beginning at 10 a.m. Monday in the Museum Shop at the Los Alamos Historical Museum.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.


Small Business Saturday Profile: Bennett’s Fine Jewelry

on November 19, 2014 - 7:34pm

Owner Alison Bennett of Bennett’s Fine Jewelry at 107 Central Park Square. Courtesy photo


Bennett’s Fine Jewelry at 107 Central Park Square carries designer jewelry and bridal fashions by Allison-Kaufman company as well as a line of engagement rings by Gabriel & Co. of New York. 

Locked display cases glitter with the reflected brilliance of the thousands of tiny faces of gems and diamonds set in silver, gold and platinum. What sets Bennett’s Fine Jewelry apart from the corporate chain jewelry stores becomes increasingly evident the longer you are inside the store.

John Payne Describes Climbing Mt. Denaili At Mountaineers Meeting Tonight

on November 19, 2014 - 3:35pm
Denali, the highest peak in North America. Courtesy photo
Climbers assend Mt. Denali. Courtesy photo
LA Mountaineers

Denali, aka Mt. McKinley, is the highest peak in North America. More than 20,000 feet tall, with temperatures framed by its proximity to the Arctic Circle, winds that can top 10 miles per hour, and an unforgiving landscape of glaciers and crevasses, Denali, of course, is a siren song to adventurers and mountaineers.

At the November meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers, Josh Payne will provide a first-hand account of his 22 days on the mountain as he

High School Students Warm Up The Holidays With Clothing And Food Drive

on November 19, 2014 - 3:31pm
LAHS students Aaron Salaz, LeAnn Quintana, Stephanie Kuzmack, Talor Collins, Mykayla Hanawalt and Paz Mas show off items they have collected for their mitten drive. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen


Ashtyn Lopez is one of several Los Alamos High School students hoping to make things a little brighter for the youth of Los Alamos.

Lopez and her Child Development class, under the direction of Louise Majorey, at Los Alamos High School, are hosting a snack and mitten drive throughout the community through Nov.

Keep It Co-op Food Drive Through Dec. 19

on November 19, 2014 - 3:25pm
Courtesy photo

CO+OP News

This week, local cooperative businesses, Little Forest Playschool, Los Alamos Co+op Market, Zia Credit Union, Del Norte Credit Union, Los Alamos Public Schools Credit Union and the Los Alamos Beer Co-op started a non-perishable food drive in order to help those in need.

The “Keep It Co-op” food drive runs through Dec.19. Donations are accepted at Little Forest Playschool, the Co+op and Zia Credit Union and will be distributed by Los Alamos food bank L.A. Cares and St. Martin de Porres Food Kitchen in Espanola.

Food Drive Donation Locations:

  • Little Forest

QNM Presents Nine Performance Excellence Awards

on November 19, 2014 - 8:15am

QNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Quality New Mexico’s (QNM) New Mexico Performance Excellence Award Program announces nine recognition recipients: six receiving Piñon Recognition and three receiving Roadrunner Recognition.

Quality New Mexico’s Performance Excellence program is designed to recognize New Mexico organizations that strive to be role models.

“I’m delighted to announce the 2014 New Mexico Performance Excellence Recognition Recipients” QNM President/CEO Julia Gabaldon said. “These organizations are striving for world class excellence and providing the best service to their customers.

Dimas Chavez Book Available At Los Alamos Historical Museum

on November 18, 2014 - 7:05pm

LAHM News:

The Dimas Chavez book "On My Own" is now available for purchase at Los Alamos Historical Museum Book Shop.


County Prepares Holiday Lights At Ashley Pond

on November 18, 2014 - 3:23pm

Los Alamos County crews were busy Monday evening preparing the lights in the trees around Ashley Pond for the upcoming holiday season. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Alert: Blue Cross Blue Shield Computer Glitch Causes Multiple Withdrawals Of November Premium Payments

on November 18, 2014 - 11:57am

Staff Report

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico has confirmed that a computer glitch has caused its billing system to withdraw multiple premium payments from customers in November.

It's not clear if this glitch affects all customers but one customer in Los Alamos reported their monthly premium payment of $195.31 was withdrawn from their bank account four times so far this month including Nov. 11, Nov. 12, Nov. 13 and Nov. 16.

A Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico representative apologized saying that a computer glitch has caused the error and the funds will be credited back to

Did You Hear What The Bear Said To The Dragonfly?

on November 18, 2014 - 8:13am

PEEC News:

The bear and the dragonfly couldn't have said it any better! Your donation to PEEC's Annual Fund by Dec. 31 keeps the doors open, the hikes trekking, the classes and talks on the calendar, and thousands of school children engaged and challenged on field trips all year long at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

Thanks to the Matching Machine (aka: two anonymous donors), each gift to the Annual Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $20,000, for exhibits and gardens at the new nature center.

It's a win-win: your donation supports another year of the PEEC

Raring To Go: CROP Walk And Turkey Trot Inspires Enthusiasm

on November 18, 2014 - 7:52am


Among those preparing for the Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot at 2 p.m. Sunday at Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS), are Ted Williams and Vincent Chiravalle.

Each of these gentlemen has committed energy to help this great community effort succeed. Williams has been involved in Atomic City Roadrunners for 30 years and was in on the creation of the CROP Walk/Turkey Trot event. Each year, he takes care of reserving LAMS for the event, measuring and marking the course, timing the runners and walkers and other details.