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President Signs Manhattan Project National Historical Park Bill Into Law!

on December 19, 2014 - 6:39pm

Members of the Los Alamos Historical Society and supporters celebrate the President signing the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Bill into law this afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton stopped by the party at the Bethe House to congratulate Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan on President Obama signing the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Bill into law this afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


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Community Programs Office Hosts Holiday Open House

on December 19, 2014 - 12:05pm

Chatting during Thursday's Holiday Open House at LANL's Community Programs Office, from left, Danny Branch of LANS LLC office, Carole Rutten of the Community Programs Office and James Kloeppel and Chris Fresquez of LANL's Small Business Program Office. Courtesy/LANL

A room full of holiday drive gifts donated by LANL employees, including some of the approximately 115 bicycles collected during the LANL holiday drive. All the gifts have been distributed through partner agencies. Courtesy/LANL


Los Alamos National Laboratory's Community Programs Office hosted its annual Holiday

View From Camp Hamilton Trail Thursday

on December 19, 2014 - 11:15am

View from Camp Hamilton Trail Thursday. This hiking trail provides a way to get down to the bottom of Pueblo Canyon. The trail begins from a small pullout to the north of N.M. 502, just east of Eastgate Drive in Los Alamos. Photo by Robert Beberniss

View from Camp Hamilton Trail Thursday. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Check Out This Weekend's Top Open House

on December 19, 2014 - 10:30am


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

No Blue Bus Service Dec. 24-25 And Jan. 1

on December 19, 2014 - 9:44am


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Bus” will not be in service Wednesday, Dec. 24, Thursday, Dec. 25 and Thursday, Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays respectively. 

NCRTD regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will run as normal on the days preceding and following each of these dates.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses more

Saturday Mail Delivery Continues But Congress Leaves Postal Service In Limbo

on December 19, 2014 - 9:24am

NNA News:

The National Newspaper Association (NNA) this week celebrated the continuation of Saturday mail delivery through the federal fiscal year ending Sept. 30, but lamented the passage of another congressional session without postal reform.

NNA President John Edgecombe Jr. called on publishers to attend NNA’s Leadership Summit March 19 in Washington to urge quick action in the next Congress.

“If common sense had prevailed, a reform bill would have been completed. We had a solid proposal that provided USPS with financial relief, preserved service and implemented health cost reforms.

Key Club Helps At Foster Children's Christmas Party

on December 19, 2014 - 8:10am

Key Club members Camille Rousculp and Sara Shiina with Santa Claus at Thursday's annual Foster Children's Christmas Party in Espanola. Monetary donations from the Kiwanis Club's 'Breakfast with Santa' goes to help the Kiwanis Club work with CYFD to put on a Christmas party for the foster parents and foster children in CYFD's three county area. Key Club partners with Kiwanis in helping with the party. Key Clubbers take photos of children with Santa and help them make gingerbread houses. Photo by Morrie Pongratz

Mackenzie Kieltyka helps children decorate gingerbread houses at Thursday's Foster

Pet of the Week: Koko The Cat

on December 19, 2014 - 7:57am

Koko the cat. Courtesy/FOS


Koko is a newly surrendered, declawed, spayed, female DSH white cat with lovely tabby markings and a demure pink nose.

She’s about 10 years old, and was with the same owner for the entire time. She’s good with adults and older, gentle kids, but no little kids. We don’t know how she is with dogs and other cats.

She’s very affectionate, but meows loudly when she’s unhappy. A real charmer, she definitely needs an indoor home with a family – not a barn cat.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of

Dr. Tom Csanadi Brings Reach Out and Read Program To Los Alamos Pre-schoolers

on December 18, 2014 - 5:10pm
Astrid Hengartner reads to Steven Yeamans as part of the Reach Out and Read program. Photo by Chris Clark/
Dr. Tom  Csanadi (in back) and teen reader volunteers, from left, Astrid Hengartner, Jessica Allen. Alex Csanadi, Rachel Reynolds and Aletta Marciano. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos pediatrician Dr. Tom Csanadi, affectionately known as Dr. Tom, is the first pediatric medical provider in New Mexico certified to incorporate the Reach Out and Read program into his private practice.

Reach Out and Read builds

Plateau Property Management Cuts Ribbon At Grand Opening And Unveils New Apartment Names

on December 18, 2014 - 3:26pm

During Wednesday's grand opening event, Property Manager Mike Lippiatt congratulates contest naming winner Valerie DeWulf who suggested Ponderosa Pines as the new name for the former Los Cerros Apartment Complex. Photo by Carol A.Clark/

The new sign for Ponderosa Pines Apartment Complex is revealed during Wednesday's event. Photo by Carol A.Clark/


Plateau Property Management and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce hosted a grand opening ribbon cutting event Wednesday for the newly named Ponderosa Pines Apartment Complex and The Cottonwoods at Gold

In and Around Town: Dec. 18

on December 18, 2014 - 1:10pm
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.
December Events at Bandelier
Planitarium Holiday Laser Light Show
Shows are each day at 3 p.m., Dec. 27-30, and cost $6 for adults, $5 for members and seniors and $4 for children.
AfroBrasil: Art and Identities

DPU Employees Adopt Christmas Family

on December 18, 2014 - 12:35pm

Lisa Romero, Naomi Maestas, Joann Gentry and Jaime Kephart place wrapped gifts for the department’s adopted Chrristmas family under the tree at DPU. Photo by Karen Kendall

DPU News:

Each year, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) adopts a Christmas family through the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Beta Sigma Phi is an international women’s service organization. The Utilities’ 95 employees donate more than $500 each year.

DPU’s adopted family this year is a mother and three children selected by Beta Sigma Phi and unknown to DPU.

LANL Helps Raise United Way's Thermometer

on December 18, 2014 - 12:25pm
From left, LANL Community Programs Office Executive Director Kurt Steinhaus, UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega  and LANL Principle Associate Director Allen Bishop raise the thermometer this morning in front of the downtown Los Alamos Post Office. Photo by Chris Clark/

If you work for Los Alamos National Labratory (LANL) you are probably aware that LANL and United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) work together to raise money for nonprofits through LANL's Employee Giving Campaign. 

What you may not know is that there is more to this partnership than just

Los Alamos Elks Make Christmas Bright For Kids

on December 18, 2014 - 9:26am

Los Alamos Elks Christmas Family Committee members Lisa Harris (Past Exalted Ruler), Craig Taylor (Exalted Ruler), Sue Cummings (Past Exalted Ruler), and Natalie Dimitruck (Committee Chair, Lodge Trustee) stand with gifts that Lodge members donated this year to brighten Christmas for more than 90 northern New Mexico children. Courtesy photo

Farolitos Light Up Foggy Night At LARC Luminaria Walk

on December 18, 2014 - 9:14am
Farolitos light the path Wednesday evening between Aspen Ridge Assisted Living and Sombrillo Nursing Center. The  Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC) sponsored the special event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Farolitos shine through the fog at Wednesday's Luminaria Walk. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk At Bandelier Sunday

on December 18, 2014 - 9:08am

The eastern sky driving into Bandelier National Monument at about 7 a.m. Dec. 22, 2012 for the winter solstice. Photo by TK Thompson


All over the world, people have kept track of the passing of the seasons with markers built into such things as structures, stones and the horizon.

At Bandelier, there are several places that may mark the position of the sun on dates including the solstices and equinoxes. One of them is the entryway to Tyuonyi, the large pueblo in Frijoles Canyon. Sunday, Dec. 21, is this year's Winter Solstice.

LAAC Creates Holiday Window Displays At CB FOX

on December 18, 2014 - 8:44am
Window display created at CB FOX on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos by Jan Donelly. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Window display created at CB FOX on Central Avenue by Jan Donelly. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos

The large plate glass windows at CB FOX Department Store triggered a vision for Los Alamos Arts Council Executive Director Marlane Hamilton.

Hamilton said she thought for years the windows would be perfect for a holiday display, similar to the ones featured at department stores in New York City.

Community Asset Award Nominations Close Dec. 22

on December 17, 2014 - 10:47am


Assets In Action would like to highlight good deeds done throughout our community, the state or the world, with the sixth annual Assets In Action Community Asset Awards sponsored by Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA).

 One special person will be selected to receive the Spirit of the West Award.

To nominate someone:

  • Select a category for the nominee: Individual, Senior Citizen, Youth Business, Couple, or Other (specify)
  • Select an asset category:
  • Support Boundaries and Expectations;
  • Positive Identity;
  • Constructive Use of Time;
  • Commitment to Learning;
  • Positive Values Empowerment;

Scenes From This Morning's Snow Shower

on December 17, 2014 - 9:34am

Shadow, a curious dog is checking out the snow this morning at a residence in the Royal Crest neighborhood in Los Alamos. Photo by Christina J. Archuleta

This morning's snow shower covered cars, trucks, rooftops and blanketed the ground around Los Alamos. Photo by Christina J. Archuleta

Hannemann Creates Christmas Medley For Community

on December 17, 2014 - 9:11am

A Christmas card for the community created by Los Alamos musician and music teacher Richard Hannemann. Courtesy image


Los Alamos musician and music teacher Richard Hannemann has created, as a gift to the commmunity, a Christmas Medley of Jingle Bells and What Child Is This. 
To listen to Hannemann's Christmas Medley, click here.

Snow Spreads Across Los Alamos And White Rock

on December 17, 2014 - 8:07am

Snow showers fall this morning over the Los Alamos area including this scene on Aster Street in the Pinon Trails neighborhood in White Rock. The National Weather Service predicts total daytime snow accumulation of about an inch and a 40 percent chance of scattered snow showers tonight with less than an inch of new snow expected. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Olympic Gymnast Phoebe Mills Visits High Flyers Gym

on December 16, 2014 - 10:48am
Olympic Medal Winning gymnast Phoebe Mills with two of her admirers. Mills signed autographs and talked with aspiring young gymnasts Monday evening at High Flyers Gym at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Mills was in town to attend a LANL Foundation sponsored meeting to bring the World Indigenous Games to New Mexico. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Mills signs an autograph for a young gymnast while a parent checks out her Olympic Medal. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Young gymnasts and their parents wait in line to get Phoebe Mills' autograph

Annual LARC Luminaria Walk Wednesday

on December 16, 2014 - 10:41am


Students Host Coffee Fundraiser At LANB Today

on December 16, 2014 - 9:25am

Students will be in the lobby of LANB 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today selling coffee to raise money for their education tour of Europe in June. Courtesy photo


Local students are selling their Holiday Crafts and Coffee 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank, 1200 Trinity Dr. Orders for the certified organic and Fair Trade, fresh roasted coffee are delivered.

Proceeds go to support the annual educational tour of Europe for local students, which runs 13 days in June.

Many Elves Make Local Event Successful!

on December 16, 2014 - 7:19am
The gift wrapping table at the annual Children's Christmas Bazaar held during Winterfest 2014 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Photo by TK Thompson
The annual event drew 160 children. Photo by TK Thompson
Children’s Christmas Bazaar Co-chairs

It takes many “elves” to make our community event a huge success! Thank you to everyone who played an “elf” role this year for the Children’s Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

There were 77 elves who setup, cleaned up, wrapped gifts, greeted and helped children shop, baked