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Los Alamos ScienceFest Events Calendar

on September 2, 2014 - 9:28am

Scene from ScienceFest 2013. Courtesy/LA MainStreet

LA MainStreet News:

Los Alamos ScienceFest has expanded to a full week of mind-blowing demonstrations, interactive activities, art, discussions for inquisitive minds of all ages, Sept. 5-13 in Los Alamos, and the majority of events are free.

Two highly anticipated special events are new to Los Alamos ScienceFest this year:

  • RocketDay, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6 will take off in White Rock with the launch of 220 model rockets over a period of a few hours.

Central Avenue Almost Ready For Asphalt

on September 2, 2014 - 7:38am

The holes on Central Avenue are covered over and the street is smoothed and nearly ready for new asphalt. Workers are finishing the sidewalks and will begin improvements from 20th Street to Oppenheimer after which asphalt will be applied to the entire strectch of Central Avenue from 15th Street to Oppenheimer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Eastern Area Sound Wall Project Nears Completion

on September 1, 2014 - 8:31am

Construction of a sound wall to reduce noise levels in the Eastern Area is nearing completion between Tewa Loop and Airport Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Construction of a sound wall to reduce noise levels in the Eastern Area between Tewa Loop and Airport Road is nearing completion.

A Los Alamos N.M. 502 Noise Study identified a noise mitigation strategy for the area that combines constructing a barrier wall in conjunction with reducing vehicle speed to 35 mph on N.M.


White Rock Library Construction Moving Along

on August 31, 2014 - 8:49am

Construction on the new White Rock Library is in full swing with the site now cleared, the overhead power-lines removed and foundation work underway. The new library is slated for completion in the spring. Courtesy/LAC

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Sept. 1

on August 30, 2014 - 10:37am


Road Construction Update: Week of Sept. 1:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Pavement Preservation Work in White Rock:

Chip seal operations continue on Hamlin Court, Pruitt, Paige Loop and Paige Court in White Rock. All the chips have been applied and the final sealant will be applied in mid to late September.

See Planes Meet Pilots At 'The Science of Flight' Sept. 13

on August 30, 2014 - 8:06am


“The Science of Flight” set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 13 is an opportunity for kids to get up close and personal with several cool airplanes and their pilots.

Home-built planes and a beautifully restored classic will be featured, along with educational displays and informal pilot talks about aerodynamics too – explore “how planes work” with engaging, hands-on demonstrations and airplane models.

“The Science of Flight” is sponsored by Los Alamos County Airport, the local chapter of the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) and volunteer pilots.

During the event,

Public Invited To 'An Artful Celebration' Sept. 11

on August 29, 2014 - 12:33pm


The Arts in Public Places Board (APPB) will host “An Artful Celebration” Thursday evening, Sept. 11, as part of week-long events planned for Los Alamos ScienceFest.

Beginning at 5 p.m., tours of the public art housed in the Municipal Building in downtown Los Alamos will depart from the lobby. In addition, from 5 to 7 p.m., guests and residents are invited to review art proposals and provide comments to the APPB for outdoor artwork envisioned for installation on the large plaza on the west side of the Municipal Building.

The artists have been invited to be on hand to answer

Los Alamos County's Allison Majure Elected Vice Chair Of Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board

on August 29, 2014 - 11:37am

Allison Majure. CourtesyNNMCAB


The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB) held elections at its July 30 board meeting at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe.

Los Alamos resident Allison Majure was elected to serve as vice chair. Majure works in communications at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities. She has served on the NNMCAB since March 8, 2012.

Doug Sayre served as vice chair over the past fiscal year was elected at the July 30 meeting to serve as chair for Fiscal Year 2015. He is a native resident of Santa Fe and has served on the NNMCAB since

Pet of the Week: Beau the Bulldog Mix

on August 29, 2014 - 10:23am
Beau the bulldog mix. Courtesy/FOS

Beau is a terrific, friendly, social and all around great dog recently surrendered to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. 

He is young, about two years old and loves to take walks and hang with people. Beau is a tan (almost gold) and white bulldog mix. He seems eager to please and should be very trainable. 

Beau is big and strong, so is likely to be a bit too much dog for a family with small children.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder website for photos 

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 21 to Aug. 27, 2014

on August 28, 2014 - 7:20pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Aug. 21 at 12:23 p.m. / Los Alamos police arrested Christopher Davis, 22, of Los Alamos on Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction and issued a summons to appear in court. Police booking photo unavailable.

Aug. 21 at 6:52 p.m. / A 55-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone tampered with her vehicle on Connie Avenue.

Police Inventory Lists 66 Firearms At Steve Porter's Pajarito Acres Home

on August 27, 2014 - 6:28pm

This SKS Russian 7.62 with bayonet is among 66 firearms police recently inventoried and confiscated from Steven C. Porter's residence in Pajarito Acres. Courtesy/LAPD

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police arrested Steven C. Porter Monday and charged him with escape from a community custody program, a felony, for tampering with his court ordered electronic monitoring device.

He is being held in jail without bond and scheduled to go back before Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados at 8:30 a.m., Thursday at the Justice Center.

Porter, 46, was initially arrested Sunday, Aug.

Free Flight Giveaway During ScienceFest Events

on August 27, 2014 - 3:16pm

New Mexico Airlines plane. Courtesy/NMA


During upcoming ScienceFest events in September, Los Alamos County Airport (LAM) will promote the new commercial air service being offered between Los Alamos and Albuquerque by giving away two free round-trip flights on New Mexico Airlines, the company under contract to the County that provides commercial airline service between LAM and Albuquerque's Sunport (ABQ).

LAM will sponsor three booths:

  • RocketDay 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Sept. 6 at Overlook Park;
  • Science of Flight 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 at the airport; and
  • ExpoDay 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Council Issues Los Alamos ScienceFest Proclamation

on August 27, 2014 - 10:11am

Los Alamos MainStreet Executive Director Suzette Fox accepts a proclamation from Council Vice Chair Kristin Henderson. Photo by Kelly Stewart


The Los Alamos County Council issued a proclamation at its meeting Tuesday evening declaring Sept. 5-13 as Los Alamos ScienceFest Week.


WHEREAS: In 2007, the County Council voiced their desire to establish a unique, annual event that would set Los Alamos apart from any other place in the nation, with a long-range goal of bringing tourists and visitors here, as well as providing a wonderful venue for local friends, families


No Trash Pickup Monday

on August 27, 2014 - 8:53am


There will be no residential or commercial trash and recycling collection service provided Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1.

If the observed date falls on your normal trash day, place your materials out Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Click here for the entire holiday waste collection schedule.


New Mexico Artist Greg Reiche Begins Sculpture Design Process for New Nature Center

on August 27, 2014 - 7:32am
Flor del Llano, a public art piece designed by Greg Reiche for the city of Longmont, Colo. Courtes/

PEEC News:

Last week, the Arts in Public Places Committee and members of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) met with artist Greg Reiche to formally kick off the design process for the sculpture to adorn the outside of the new Los Alamos County Nature Center.

The group toured the construction site where the new facility is well under construction, giving the artist a chance to better understand PEEC, its mission, and the role the new center will play in the


Los Alamos Fire Admininstration Offices Closed Aug. 27-29

on August 26, 2014 - 3:43pm

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department Administrative offices at 999 Central Ave., Suite 200 will be closed Wednesday Aug. 27 through Friday Aug. 29.

All Administrative staff will be participating in a process of Internal Stakeholders meetings during this time, as the department is working on a process of improving daily quality of services by establishing a new Community Driven Strategic Plan.

Telephones will be routed to 311 Customer Care during working hours. Messages will be checked regularly and returned promptly. The community's patience and understanding is appreciated.



Vehicle Crashes Into Canyon Near Anderson Overlook ... Main Hill Road Remains Closed

on August 25, 2014 - 9:39pm

The Main Hill Road remains closed this evening following a single-vehicle accident this afternoon near Anderson Overlook. Photo by Carol A.Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post

A male and female were seriously injured and air lifted to area hospitals today after their vehicle left the roadway near Anderson Overlook and landed in the canyon.

"We're still investigating this single-vehicle accident that occurred about 3:30 p.m. today at mile marker 5 on N.M. 502," said Major Ken Johnson of the Santa Fe County Sheriffs Department during an interview at about 9 p.m.

Fate of Pajarito Ski Area in Public's Hands ... Proposed Temporary Pipeline Permit Meeting Tonight

on August 25, 2014 - 4:14pm

USFS News:

The proposed Pajarito Ski Area temporary pipeline permit will be explained at a public meeting at 6 p.m. today.

The Española Ranger District is hosting the meeting at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos. The meeting will be in Kelly Hall on the Trinity Dr. side of the church.

Representatives of the Forest Service, Los Alamos County and Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership will be available to answer questions raised during the “scoping” period.

“This proposal is pretty simple in design,” Española Ranger District Ranger Sandy Hurlocker said.

Alert: Main Hill Road Closed - Use Truck Route!

on August 25, 2014 - 3:55pm

News Alert:

The County just announced that the Main Hill Road (N.M. 502) is closed in both directions, near Anderson Overlook.

Los Alamos police and fire rescue crews are at the scene.

Evening commuters should use the truck route. No further details available yet on the status of the accident.

Utilities Ballot Question Debated At GOP Forum

on August 24, 2014 - 4:46pm
CRC Chair Susan O'Leary addresses the pro point of view at Thursday's GOP forum at UNM-LA as from left, John Arrowsmith and Felicia Orth and Ed Birnbaum listen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Felicia Orth and John Arrowsmith express opposition to the proposed DPU charter changes. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos voters are facing a major decision in the Nov. 4 election - whether to change Article 5 of the County Charter related to the Department of Public Utilities or - after 46 years - leave it alone.

The pros and

Pet of the Week: Tucker the Cat

on August 24, 2014 - 8:38am

Tucker the Cat. Courtesy/FOS


Tucker is a handsome long-haired, adult male Angora cat. He is dark with white tuxedo markings on his chest. 

Quite the fastidious kitty, he loves to be brushed and has a soft, silky coat. Tucker is exceptionally friendly and comes right up to be petted by visitors. He loves to be petted. 

Tucker was originally adopted from our shelter about two years ago and was surrendered when his owners moved and could not take him.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder

LAVA Hosting Elevator Pitch Contest at ScienceFest

on August 24, 2014 - 7:36am

Nicholas Seet

By Mandy Marksteiner

The Los Alamos Venture Accelerator (LAVA) will host a Pitch Contest 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, as part of the Los Alamos ScienceFest.

The event will take place at Fuller Lodge and more than $1,000 in prize money is available.

In the world of entrepreneurship, a quick speech opens doors. It can lead to meeting a team member or getting a check from an investor. Participants will have 60 seconds to sell judges on their-prize winning business venture ideas. Judges will include experienced entrepreneurs, investors and executives from the community.

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Aug. 25

on August 24, 2014 - 7:32am


For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150 or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Pavement Preservation Work in White Rock:
As part of the pavement preservation effort, chip seal operations are underway on several streets in White Rock. Streets that will be chip sealed include Hamlin Court, Pruitt, Paige Loop and Paige Court.

Los Alamos Big Band Entertains Concert Crowd

on August 23, 2014 - 11:24am
The Los Alamos Big Band entertains the crowd at Friday's Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. The Los Alamos Daily Post sponsored the concert for the third year in a row. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A crowd gathers to hear the Los Alamos Big Band despite Friday's chilly temperature. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Members of the Los Alamos Big Band's saxophone section. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Jennifer and Los Alamos sheriff candidate Jaret McDonald dance to the Los Alamos Big Band, led by his father, Jan McDonald. Photo by Bonnie J.

Stargaze At Dark Night Saturday Aug. 30

on August 23, 2014 - 5:01am


The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-sponsored Dark Night starting at 7:45 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, Aug. 30 at Spirio Soccer Field in Overlook Park.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. 

A crescent moon as well as the planets Mercury, Mars, Saturn (and its rings), Neptune and Uranus will be visible. There will be a tour of the summer constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.