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Marine Veteran Roger Anaya Is Proud To Give Back

on November 9, 2017 - 7:58am

VFW Post 8874 Cmdr. Roger Anaya speaks at a ceremony at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When U.S. Marine Corps veteran Rogelio “Roger” Anaya is not at his job at Los Alamos National Laboratory as the team leader for 13 software developers, there’s a good chance you can find him at the Veterans of Foreign Wars John D. Gamble Post 8874 where he serves as commander.

Anaya was born in Sahuayo, Michoacan in Mexico and came to the United States when he was eight years old.

LAFD Elite Combat Challenge Team Reaches High

on October 12, 2017 - 9:00am

Los Alamos Fire Department Driver-Engineer Gregg Hecathorn opens the hood on the Department's burn car prop while demonstrating how firefighters extinguish vehicle fires during a training demonstration Monday for the community. Hecathorn normally drives and runs the truck's pump panel but opted to ‘play’ a little. He is a member of the LAFD Firefighter Combat Challenge Team. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Combat Challenge Team members, from left, Aron Williams, Kevin Kamplain, Gregg Hecathorn, David Apodaca and John Bialy after taking third

Los Alamos Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division Driven To Solve Cases

on September 21, 2017 - 10:05am

Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez is proud of the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos Police Department Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez remembers police officers coming to speak as guests at his high school in Loving and says he found what they had to say about the job intriguing. Even when he studied mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., law enforcement was always in the back of his mind.

Rodriguez returned to New Mexico after a

Harold Fishbine Founded Town’s First Big Band

on November 11, 2016 - 7:39am
Local resident Harold Fishbine started the first big band in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Keynotes on stage during the Manhattan Project. Harold Fishbine and his bass are at top left. Courtesy/Harold Fishbine

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Soldier Harold Fishbine was with the rest of his unit in California in the early 1940s, expecting to be sent to the Pacific. Then, out of the blue, he received orders to report to Santa Fe. He had no idea what it meant.

When he arrived at 109 East Palace in Santa Fe and was greeted

Exchange Student Feels Impact Of Earthquake

on May 2, 2016 - 8:49am
The family of Carlos Lopez, center, a foreign exchange student from Portoviejo, Ecuador, is struggling in the aftermath of the 7.8 earthquake that hit Ecuador April 16. In response, members of Lopez’s host family, Nicole and David Murphy, have established a GoFundMe account to help support the Lopez family. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Devastation in Ecuador caused by the recent 7.8 earthquake. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

News of Ecuador’s 7.8 earthquake April 16 caused Carlos Lopez, 18, an exchange student from Portoviejo in Ecuador’s Manbi

Soldier Proposes At Los Alamos Ice Rink Christmas Eve

on December 25, 2015 - 11:21am
Diego Cardiel proposing to Deja Sandoval on the ice Christmas Eve at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. The Los Alamos High School graduates plan to marry following his deployment to Kuwait. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
She said yes! LAHS graduates Deja Sandoval and Diego Cardiel get engaged Christmas Eve at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Deja Sandoval got a surprise Christmas present she'll remember the rest of her life.

Santa’s Veterinarian Clears Reindeer For Flight

on December 24, 2015 - 10:29am
Santa’s veterinarian has cleared Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer to travel the world Christmas Eve with Santa. Courtesy/sciencemag.org
 
AVMA News:
 
SCHAUMBURG, IL — Following a health checkup at the North Pole, Santa’s veterinarian has given the green light to Rudolph’s red nose and the rest of the reindeer that will be traveling the world this Christmas Eve.
 
Dr. Joe Kinnarney, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, visited the North Pole today to ensure that Santa’s team of nine were up-to-date on their vaccinations and healthy enough to make their annual trek around

Brain Cancer Survivor BethAnn Telford Carries Hope With Her In Today's Jemez Mountain Trail Races

on May 23, 2015 - 11:51am
From left, marathon runners Michelle Hall, BethAnn Telford and Sarah Domnarski visit the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters Friday to talk about the need to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer. The trio is running in today’s Jemez Mountain Trail Races. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Like hundreds of other competitors in today’s 10th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races, BethAnn Telford got up this morning, put on her running shoes and hit the trail with a couple close friends. But there’s something special about Telford.

Zia Credit Union Scholarship Winners Announced

on May 12, 2015 - 10:35am

ZCU News:

Zia Credit Union is very pleased to announce the winners of the Zia Credit Union Education Foundation Scholarship program for 2015. This year, $25,500 has been provided in scholarships to 28 members who are graduating high school from the Española, Los Alamos, Pojoaque, and surrounding communities. 

“For the past two years, we have presented the majority of our Scholarship award recipients to our members at our Annual Business Meeting.

CIR Portrait Of Turkey With Authentic Turkish Buffet

on February 16, 2015 - 11:09am

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque. Courtesy/wikipedia

CIR News:

The Council on International Relations (CIR) was accepted for a sixth consecutive year to participate in the Teacher Study Tour of Turkey. 

The program will begin with a workshop

Construction Progresses on New Nature Center; Engraved Bricks & Pavers to Display Donors’ Messages

on July 24, 2014 - 12:49pm

The front view of the Los Alamos County Nature Center under construction on Canyon Road. On the right are the staff offices and towering above is the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

If you’ve driven past 2600 Canyon Road lately, you’ve probably noticed a lot of progress being made on the construction of the new Los Alamos County Nature Center.

The land has been cleared, the slab has been poured, and the building is starting to take structure.

Dr. Rebecca Hammon From Los Alamos Running Boston Marathon to Raise Funds for Her Hospital

on April 14, 2014 - 3:37pm
Rebecca Hammon and her dad, Duncan Hammon, at the Los Alamos Dog Jog last summer in White Rock. Courtesy photo
 
Rebecca Hammon, left, and a Team Eye and Ear teammate posed with Bill, the Heartbreak Hill Gorilla, during a 20-mile training run.Courtesy photo
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rebecca Hammon grew up in Los Alamos watching her dad, Duncan Hammon, run marathons. As a bored kid, she swore she’d never be a runner. That changed in the summer of 2012 when Hammon took up running as a way to get some exercise.

Local Occupational Therapists Share Skills With Nicaraguan Children

on February 10, 2014 - 10:57am
A Nicaraguan child practices sorting skills. Photo by Hannah Bloom
 
Play is therapy for students with diabilities in Nicaragua. Photo by Hannah Bloom
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

In mid-March, three occupational therapists, six OT students, and a physical therapist will spend two weeks in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, where they will collaborate with Nicaraguan teachers and therapists in a cultural exchange. Students will live with host families in a full-immersion environment, where they will speak Spanish and learn about Nicaraguan culture.

Two Los Alamos OT students in their

Los Alamos Man and His Brother Experience Life and Death in Botswana

on October 31, 2013 - 9:49am
Bill Gattis, Adrian Chishimba and Tom Gattis. Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: Two brothers, Tom Gattis of Los Alamos and Bill Gattis of Gunnison, Colo., had an eye-opening experience in the third world when their mother, who lived in Botswana, became terminally ill. This is their story.

By BILL GATTIS

Our mother, Mary Lindsey (Gattis) had been spending her retirement in Africa, specifically Zambia, and later in the small, dusty town of Maun, Botswana.

Designer Suzette Fox’s Green Passion

on October 28, 2013 - 4:55pm

Interior Designer Suzette Fox at the Smart House in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost

Designer Suzette Fox’s Green Passion

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Interior Designer Suzette Fox created the modern ambiance that greets tourists visiting the renowned Smart House in Los Alamos.

“It was so much fun to work with Julie Williams-Hill on the Smart House project,” Fox said. “Julie is the public relations manager of the Department of Public Utilities. She was open to the contemporary design I had in mind for the furniture and accessories at the Smart House.”

Fox began

Bandelier Volunteer George Best Gives Back

on October 28, 2013 - 6:24am

George Best. Photo by Kirsten Laskey

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

George Best may be retired but he still has a job. Every Monday, he dons a uniform and heads to Bandelier National Monument to work as a volunteer.

Best, 93, provides assistance to the staff at the visitor center, which includes answering questions and greeting visitors as they disembark the shuttle buses. Additionally, Best said he walks the trails to answer questions as well as point out archeological features. He added he also keeps an eye out for anyone who needs help.

Best has a lot of history with Bandelier; he first traveled to

Modern Cataract Surgery: A Photo Essay

on August 16, 2013 - 8:16am

PHOTO ESSAY

Leland Lehman underwent cataract surgery at Eye Associates of Northern New Meixo recently. These days, cataract surgery is a  two-hour "out-patient" surgery with only 10 or 15 minutes of actual operation being performed. This is a photo essay of Lehman's surgery. Lehman said not only was the operation "way cool,"  the best part is now he can see again!

 

Surgeon Dr. Kristin Reidy prepares for the operation. Courtesy photo
 
Leland Lehman in pre-op as the medical professionals prepare him for surgery.
Courtesy photo
 
 
The anaesthesiologist gets ready to administer the

Going Wild at Yellow Hills Ranch

on May 27, 2013 - 12:01pm
Wild mustangs run free at Yellow Hills Ranch. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A sheep is sheared using traditional methods at the Tierra Wools Spring Fesitval
. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

I recently spent the day in the Chama River Valley on a day-long adventure that took me to the Tierra Wools Spring Festival in the village of Los Ojos and then to Yellow Hills Ranch. I was part of a Yellow Hills Ranch Eco-Tour led by Deborah Stephens.

I joined a small group of fellow adventurers for the 1.5 hour drive, which landed

Pajarito Reads: Robert Fuselier Explores How Survival Strategies Rooted Deep in the Brain Control our Behavior

on February 25, 2013 - 11:13am
Column by BONNIE GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Robert (Bob) Fuselier may be the ideal person to tackle the subject of his new book, “From Violence to Freedom.”

Fuselier is a veterinarian, which of course gives him a lot of insight into animal behavior and a background in medicine and biology.

Bob Fuselier

He’s also a world traveler, having done volunteer work in Honduras and more recently, in Afghanistan, where he saw how different cultures cope with human behavior.

Pajarito Reads: Visit the Worlds of T. Jackson King

on February 19, 2013 - 7:15am
Column by BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

This column will explore books that have something to do with Los Alamos and its surroundings, whether because the book is by someone who lives here, or lived here, or worked here or because of the subject matter.

Author T. Jackson "Tom" King

The sci-fi novels of T. Jackson King are a great place to start, because I met him signing books in, of all places, Smith’s Food and Drug Center in White Rock.

It doesn’t get much more local than that. It also just goes to show that interesting writers can turn up anywhere.

How did King end up in

Go ‘Behind the Scenes’ with Viennese Artist

on February 10, 2013 - 7:17am
Scoschi Friedel with her work at the opening reception for 'Behind the Scenes' at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Greg Kendal/ladailypost.com
 
By Bonnie J. Gordon

Artist Susanna “Scoschi” Friedel’s exhibit at Fuller Lodge Art Center’s Portal Gallery came about because of a happy accident.

Village Arts owner Ken Nebel noticed a number of very interesting works of art coming into the store for framing. They turned out to be the creations of a Viennese artist, the sister of local resident Reiner Friedel.

Paintings from 'The Red Series.' By Scoschi Friedel

Nebel also is the director of

Bonnie Gordon Joins Los Alamos Daily Post

on February 5, 2013 - 10:54am

Bonnie J. Gordon has joined the Los Alamos Daily Post as lifestyles editor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff report

Thanks to overwhelming community support, the Los Alamos Daily Post is growing in readership and revenues every day and is pleased to announce an important addition to its news team.

Longtime Los Alamos resident Bonnie J. Gordon has joined the online newspaper as lifestyles editor.

"Bonnie is well known and respected throughout the local artistic community," Publisher Carol A. Clark said.

Jammin’ with the Los Alamos Derby Dames

on January 27, 2013 - 10:33am

The Los Alamos Derby Dames practice at the Family YMCA. Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By Bonnie J. Gordon

It’s a cold winter night in Los Alamos, but at the Family YMCA, our very own roller derby team is generating plenty of heat as they spin around the gym at top speed.

The Los Alamos Derby Dames is a flat track roller derby league founded in April 2011. The league currently has one team, the M’Atom Bombs.

With some help from the 2009 movie “Whip It” roller derby, which is dominated by all-female amateur teams, has grown in popularity in recent years.

There are a number

Park Service Employees Cross Paths Between Bandelier and Dry Tortugas

on January 20, 2013 - 9:33am

At left, the ruins of Tyuonyi Village at Bandelier National Monument and Beach Day at Dry Tortugas. Photos Courtesy of the National Park Service

 

Park Service Employees Cross Paths Between Bandelier and Dry Tortugas
By Kirsten Laskey

In a perfect example of coincidence, Glenn Simpson, acting administrative officer at Bandelier National Monument, is preparing to leave the park’s canyons and mesas for the islands and coral reefs of Dry Tortugas, a National Park in the Florida Keys.

Meanwhile, Kelly Clark, an employee at Dry Tortugas, traveled to Bandelier National Monument for a temporary

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