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Los Alamos Daily Post Thanks Community for Immense Support

on December 2, 2012 - 10:19am

Los Alamos Daily Post news team  from left, Photographer Sal Zapien, Columnist/Reporter Kirsten Laskey, Columnist/Reporter/Webmaster Greg Kendall, Publisher Carol A. Clark, Columnist Bonnie J. Gordon and Bookkeeper Karen Kendall. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Daily Post news team toasts the community for its tremendous support in helping the online newspaper grow to surpass 200,000 pageviews in November alone.

Publisher Carol A. Clark expressed gratitude to the community during a celebration Thursday night at the Dixie Girl Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos.

"This community

Dec. 5 Brown Bag Performance: Pianist Frances Meier

on December 2, 2012 - 8:29am

Frances Meier. Courtesy photo

LAAC News:

Los Alamos Arts Council presents for its Dec. 5 Brown Bag Performance - Pianist Frances Meier.
Meier is well known around Los Alamos as a performer, composer and music teacher. She has played numerous times at Fuller Lodge and plays organ for the United Church.
Her compositions have been performed by the Los Alamos Choral Society, the Black Mesa Brass Quintet and the Los Alamos High School choir, as well as other performing ensembles.
Meier also plays piano for private parties and public openings and teaches piano, organ and music theory.

'Breakfast With Santa' Draws Kids Big And Small

on December 2, 2012 - 7:18am

Aden Garcia and Santa at Saturday's Kiwanis 'Breakfast with Santa' event. Photo by Karen Kendall

Staff Report

The annual Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa supported this year by Del Norte Credit Union helps Northern New Mexico families in need.

The breakfast and photo with Santa were free, but attendees were asked to bring non-perishable food and/or make a monetary donation.

Two truckloads of donated food collected at the event was given to LA Cares for distribution needy families. The monetary donations collected at the breakfast totalled $1,463, according to Kiwanis Treasurer Cindy Eaton.

Hansel & Gretel Set For Next Weekend

on December 2, 2012 - 7:01am

Hansel (Cody Maggiore), Gretel (Sally Grindstaff) and the Witch (Christin Severini) perform in Dance Arts Los Alamos Winterfest Weekend. Photo by Paulo T. Photography

By Lynn Finnegan

When Dance Arts Los Alamos Ballet Director and former American Ballet Theatre dancer Christin Severini was a young child, she would spend many hours choreographing and performing elaborate shows for her parents, with the reluctant participation of her younger brothers. 

The rest is, as they say, history.

'Star Vigilante' Books Signed Saturday

on December 2, 2012 - 6:32am

Science-fiction author T. Jackson King signed his books Saturday at Smith's Food and Drug Center, 31 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock.

The Los Alamos author introduced his new novel “Star Vigilante,” a science fiction action-adventure that features an interstellar vigilante hired to save a human colony world from an alien strip mining operation.

King, who goes by the name Tom, also signed copies of his other sci-fi and fantasy novels at Saturday's event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

Pontsettia Pick Up Location Changed!

on December 1, 2012 - 9:45am

The location has changed for the poinsettia pick-up from the student Europe 2013 fundraiser. Poinsettias can be picked up at First Baptist Church until noon today, Dec. 1, instead of Crossroads Bible Church. Students sold 198 poinsettias and 147 bags of coffee, raising more than $2,000 toward this summer's European trip. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

Family YMCA Hosts Scholastic Book Fair

on December 1, 2012 - 9:00am
A little girl kisses Clifford the Big Red Dog during the Los Alamos Family YMCA's Scholastic Book Fair Friday. Photo by Diana Martinez/YMCA

Geronimo Stilton and Clifford the Big Red Dog are ready to pose for photos with children who attended Friday's Scholastic Book Fair hosted by the Los Alamos Family YMCA. Photo by Diana Martinez/YMCA

Pet of the Week: Mo the Cat

on December 1, 2012 - 8:08am

Mo snoozes in her cozy nook at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter waiting for adoption. Courtesy/FOS

FOS News:

Mo is a very soft 3-year-old female cat surrendered for adoption with her feline friend Ralphie.

Neither cat cares for dogs or boisterous children. Mo and Ralphie are now circulating in the cat room and enjoy the attention of volunteers.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505-662-8179, has a large selection of on-site pets available for adoption.

Additional pets are living off-campus in foster homes until someone adopts them.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website:

King's Book Signing Today at Smith's

on December 1, 2012 - 7:49am

Author T. Jackson King

Staff Report

Los Alamos author T. Jackson King has a new novel out with the recent publication of “Star Vigilante,” hard science fiction action-adventure that features an interstellar vigilante hired to save a human colony world from an alien strip mining operation.

King will autograph his novel from 1-5 p.m. today, Saturday Dec. 1 at Smith’s Food and Drug Center, 31 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock. 

King, who goes by the name Tom, said he also will have his other sci-fi and fantasy novels available for sale and personalized autographing this afternoon.

King, 64, a

Meet Local Reptiles and Amphibians Sunday at PEEC

on November 30, 2012 - 9:16am

PEEC News:

Come to PEEC at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 to meet some local reptiles and amphibians you might find on the Pajarito Plateau.

Scott Bulgrin, president of the New Mexico Herpetological Society, will give a presentation on New Mexico Reptiles and Amphibians.

He will also have a few friends with him, including toads, turtles, lizards and snakes.

Bulgrin has lived in New Mexico for the last 13 years. He has extensive experience with herpetofauna and has conducted outreach and education for the Herpetological Society for many years.

This event is free, no registration is required.

Baldrige Program Seeks Examiners

on November 30, 2012 - 9:07am


It’s been said that the one of the most prestigious qualifications a professional can have is to say that he or she was part of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners.

To say you served as a Baldrige examiner and were part of building American competitiveness gives you a sense of pride—and probably even patriotism.

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is seeking applicants for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners for the 2013 Award cycle.

The Examiner Application is now available online and will be open until Jan.

Family YMCA Sponsoring Giving Tree

on November 30, 2012 - 7:26am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA is sponsoring four families for the holidays and welcomes the community to participate by taking part in the Giving Tree.

Everyone is welcome to come to the Y, take a tag off the tree in the lobby, purchase a gift, wrap it and return it with the tag attached by Dec. 10.

Families have requested gift cards, grocery gift cards and some specific gifts.

The Y will give the wrapped gifts to the Adopt-A-Family program.

For more information, call the Y at 662-3100.


County's Janet Bettinger Retires

on November 29, 2012 - 2:41pm

Retiring Department of Public Utilities Assistant Manager-Administration Janet Bettinger with DPU Manager John Arrowsmith at Fuller Lodge Wednesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Janet Bettinger went to work for Los Alamos County as a student intern in the finance department when she was 18 years old.

"I always said I would retire when I was 46 and that seemed so old," Bettinger said at her farewell party at Fuller Lodge Wednesday. "Now I'm 46 and it doesn't seem so old."

Bettinger moved over to the Department of Public Utilities in 1989 as a customer service

Local Author Explores Sustainability, Practical Economics Through Fiction

on November 29, 2012 - 1:19pm

BOOK News:

Longtime Los Alamos resident Cary Neeper's second novel, "The Webs of Varok" launches Tuesday, Dec. 4.

California micropublisher Penscript Publishing House will release the book to online booksellers in hardcopy, paperback and ebook formats.

The second book in "The Archives of Varok" series, this young‐adult/crossover science fiction title follows the human and alien cast from Neeper's 1975 first‐contact novel A Place Beyond Man as they leave a troubled 21st Century Earth for the promise of stability on another world.

What will it take to secure that promise, after a talented


Race Volunteers Needed

on November 29, 2012 - 11:30am

YES Corp youth on a campout last year. Courtesy/YMCA


  • Event to Support Youth Programs

Race guides, set-up and registration volunteers are needed to assist with The Family YMCA’s Holiday Half Marathon and Festive 5K set for Dec. 8.

Helpers are asked to call the Y as soon as possible at 662-3100 so staff may plan for needs. Volunteers can work from one to three hours in shifts starting at 7:30 a.m. for this event that will benefit youth programs.


In 2011, the Y served a total of 3,067 youth and teens in 77 youth programs.

The Y provides scholarships to

Traveling the World

on November 29, 2012 - 11:03am

Jason, Sydney and Kerri Frazier prepare to spend the next two years traveling the world. Photo by Teralene Foxx


By Teralene Foxx
Los Alamos

Our youngest daughter, Kerri  (1991 graduate of Los Alamos High School) and her husband Jason Frazier told us six years ago they were planning on quitting their jobs, selling everything, and sailing around the world when they were in mid-life. 

All I could think of was pirates, large waves and being cramped together on a small boat for days. That is something I could not imagine. 

It certainly did not appeal to me, but it was their lives.

Eat Breakfast With Santa This Saturday

on November 29, 2012 - 10:31am

Santa listens to Christmas wish lists at the annual Breakfast with Santa. Courtesy photo


The community is invited to the annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, with support from Del Norte Credit Union, from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.

The breakfast is free. In return, attendees are requested to donate either non-perishable food items or money.

Food collected will be used by LA Cares to feed local families in need.

Coping With The Holidays

on November 29, 2012 - 7:34am


The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice is sponsoring two Grief Support Groups this holiday season. 

Meetings will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 or 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.

For those coping with loss due to the death of a loved one, holidays are portrayed as merry times, but they may be times of intense emotion, stress and loneliness when we are experiencing grief.

Groups will be facilitated by Cynthia Goldblatt, LPCC, PHD, MSW and longtime Los Alamos resident.

Please join us to share your feelings and to


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Nov. 29

on November 28, 2012 - 10:07pm

This week's preview sponsored by

Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa – 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Betty Ehart Senior Center. Free breakfast and photos with Santa. Request a donation of non-perishable food or a monetary donation to help with the Kiwanis annual Foster Children Christmas Party. LA Cares will distribute the food donations.

Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Knights of Columbus on DP Road. Arts, crafts, breakfast and lunch available for purchase.

Meet Me at Mesa – Making the Arts Accessible to People with Dementia. 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Tonight's Powerball Skyrockets to $550 Million

on November 28, 2012 - 8:37pm

Powerball lottery tickets are selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute across the United States today, according to reports, and the jackpot has risen to $550 million. Unlike the long lines seen in cities across the nation, local ticket sales were much slower this evening with a line beginning to form at Smiths on Central Avenue at 7 p.m. and just two people in line at Chevron on Trinity Drive. Victor Martinez is shown purchasing four tickets at 7:15 p.m. from Chevron clerk Robert Torres. "The first thing I will do if I win is help the homeless," Martinez said.

Community Bids Farewell to Nikolas Ventura-Arencon

on November 28, 2012 - 12:45pm

Mourners say goodbye to Nikolas Ventura-Arencon at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church this morning. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

Community members, family and friends filled Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road this morning to say goodbye to Los Alamos High School student Nikolas Ventura-Arencon.

Ventura-Arencon, 14, was a ninth grade student at Los Alamos High School who died in a head-on collision Nov. 21 on N.M. 4 near the White Rock "Y."

Los Alamos Public Schools is providing grief counseling to students and staff.

The principals at Los

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

on November 27, 2012 - 4:47pm

Now that Thanksgiving is over, County workers were out in today's nearly spring-like weather adding holiday decorations to the light poles along Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Three Generations Construct School Float Structure

on November 27, 2012 - 8:50am

Newly elected County Councilor Steven Girrens, left, works in the garage of his White Rock home Friday, Nov. 23 with his son Craig Girrens - home on Thanksgiving break from college in Colorado and father Paul Girrens - visiting from Kansas for the Thanksgiving holiday. The three generations engineered and constructed the base structure for the Los Alamos Public Schools float for next month's Parade of Lights in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, float builders Steve Girrens, Paul Girrens and Craig Girrens move their project from the garage to an outside

Earth Treasure Show Set for Winterfest Weekend

on November 27, 2012 - 6:02am

Smithsonite, New Mexico State Mineral, Kelly Mine, Magdalena, N.M. Courtesy/LAGS

LAGS News:

Don’t miss the 44th annual Earth Treasure Show sponsored by the Los Alamos Geological Society. The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Masonic Temple at the corner of 15th Street and Canyon Road. 

The show has been moved one week later than usual to coincide with Winterfest activities around town.

This year’s theme is “Collecting New Mexico.” Activities include unique exhibits, a silent auction, geode sawing, a wheel of fortune and


Letter to the Editor: Thank You Community for Letter Carrier-Boy Scout Fall Food Drive Success

on November 27, 2012 - 6:01am

By Bill Blumenthal, Boy Scout Coordinator
Jim Evans, Letter Carriers (NALC-4112) Coordinator
Robert MacFarland/Jean Butler, LA Cares Coordinators
Cheryl Sedlacek, San Martin de Porres Coordinator

First, a big "Thank You" to all the citizens of Los Alamos County who gave generously to the recent Letter Carrier-Boy Scout Fall Food Drive Saturday Nov. 17.

An estimated 18,000 lbs of food and supplies were collected with about 1,000 pounds sent to the San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen in Espanola.

The remainder was donated to LA Cares for distribution to those in need within our community.