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Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes Completes Studies At Naval Postgraduate School Center For Homeland Defense And Security

on December 17, 2017 - 7:09am

Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes, right, with his friend, former Los Alamos National Laboratory Physical Security Division Leader Michael Wismer Friday at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Wismer, who lives in Santa Fe flew out with his wife Lisa Wismer to join Hughes and his wife Jodi Hughes at a ceremony in which Hughes graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Scenes From Wreaths Across America At Guaje Pines

on December 17, 2017 - 6:34am

American Legion Riders Post 90 President Ed McDaris welcomes guests Saturday to the annual Wreaths Across America event at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Volunteers placed wreaths on the graves of the 375 veterans laid to rest at Guaje Pines. McDaris called for a moment of silence to remember the fallen, prisoners of war and those missing in action and to honor those who have served and are still serving ‘in this great nation’s armed services’. Photo by John McHale/

Post 90 Cmdr.

Mountain’s Project VeX Robotics Team Takes 3rd

on December 17, 2017 - 5:19am

Mountain Elementary School Robotics Team Project VeX bring home 3rd place in Arizona competition. Courtesy/LAPS

Members of the Mountain Elementary School Robotics Team Project VeX. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Mountain Elementary School Robotics Team, Project VeX, traveled to Arizona Dec. 1-3 to compete in the Northern Arizona VeX IQ Challenge. Out of 40 teams, they finished 3rd in the skills portion of the competition, an impressive feat for a brand-new team. Not only was this the first competition for the young team, they also were the only team from New Mexico.

Mountain’s PE teacher,

Community Asset Award Nominations Close Soon

on December 17, 2017 - 5:18am

Los Alamos High School student Ruby Selvege receives a Community Asset Award at last year's ceremony. Courtesy photo


There's just one week left to nominate a student, adult, business or club for a Community Asset Award. Champions of Youth Ambitions (C'YA) welcomes the nominations for anyone who lives, works, schools or volunteers in this community.

Nomination reasons can be big or small for how one has impacted a community, the state or the world. Nominations can be submitted at, by requesting a form or calling 505.695.9139.
One nominee will receive the

County Council Meets 6 p.m. Tuesday

on December 17, 2017 - 5:16am
Los Alamos County Council will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The meeting is open to the public.

Recognition - League of American Bicyclists recognized Los Alamos County with a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community Presenters: Philo Shelton, Public Works Director and Eric Martinez, County Engineer
Presentation of Draft Tourism Strategic

SFNF Seeks Public Input On Master Plan For Trails In Los Alamos County

on December 17, 2017 - 5:10am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) hopes to harness public passion for outdoor recreation to develop a master plan for Forest Service trails in Los Alamos County. 
Members of the public are invited to share their ideas and priorities for an integrated trail system at a meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.
The discussion will focus on the development of a master plan to preserve, maintain and provide public access to SFNF trails in and around Los Alamos.
“Trails connect us with each other, with our communities and with our

Saint Job Of Pochaiv: Julian & Gregorian Calendars

on December 17, 2017 - 5:04am
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Christian Church at 1319 Trinity Dr. Courtesy photo
By Fr. Theophan Mackey
Saint Job of Pochaiv

First, I’d like to thank the Los Alamos Daily Post for dedicating the space for churches to post their schedules for Christmas services. It is a good thing to gather together in thanksgiving and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

You may or may not have noticed that Saint Job of Pochaiv was not included on that list last week. This was not an oversight.

Daily Postcard: Pueblo Canyon Hike

on December 17, 2017 - 5:00am

Daily Postcard: A view Monday afternoon during a hike of lower Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Chris Clark/

Metzger's Do It Best Supports United Way Of NNM

on December 16, 2017 - 5:01pm

Metzger's Do It Best General Manager David Jolly, right, and Metzger's employees present the store's Small Business Saturday contribution to United Way of Northern New Mexico. UWNNM would like to thank Metzger's Do It Best for their generous gift of over $700 from their successful Small Business Saturday! UWNNM and Metzger's have been partners since Small Business Saturday began encouraging businesses to donate to nonprofits in 2012. Together, UWNNM and Metzgers have raised thousands of dollars to support the mission of UWNNM and the people of Northern New Mexico. Courtesy photo

More Scenes From Toys For Tots

on December 16, 2017 - 4:54pm

Motorcyclists from the LANL Jemez Riders Club lead the delivery of Toys for Tots Friday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Scene from Toys for Tots delivery Friday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Scene from Toys for Tots send-off Friday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Volunteers formed a human chain to load presents Friday for Toys for Tots. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

A truck-load of presents gets ready to leave Friday afternon. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Fire Department Truck No. 6 was on hand as the gifts made their departure Friday.

LANB Honors Senior Citizens With Special Luncheon

on December 16, 2017 - 12:41pm

Los Alamos National Bank CEO/President John Gulas thanks some 150 senior citizens gathered for a special lunch provided by the bank in their honor Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos. Gulas is joined by 15 bank employees who served meals and chatted with the senior citizens. LANB also provided live music performed by a quartet from Santa Fe during the luncheon. LANB honored another 100 senior citizens with a special lunch Thursday at the White Rock Senior Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANB Marketing Director Jillian

Zia Credit Union Donates $500 To Los Alamos 4-H

on December 16, 2017 - 12:24pm

Zia Credit Union presents a check for $500 Thursday afternoon to the Los Alamos 4-H Club. Top row from left, Zia representatives Sonya Chacon, Tanisha Rivera, Natalia, Tretiak, Annitte Lujan, 4-H shotgun and archery leader Mike O'Neill, 4-H rifle and meeting leader Sha-Marie Reid, 4-H reporter Monica Smith and Albanita Romero of Zia. Bottom row from left, 4-H Activities Director Isaac Romero, Michael Lujan, 4-H President Kelsey Decker, Kara Moss and 4-H Secretary Christopher Garcia. Photo by Riley Arnoudeille

LANL Employees Share Big-hearted Holiday Spirit

on December 16, 2017 - 9:12am

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Motorcycle Safety Committee and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department gathered Friday afternoon at the LANL Community Partnerships Office at 15th Street and Central Avenue to help transport the more than 1,000 gifts donated by Lab employees to less fortunate children as part of their annual Holiday Gift Drive. Photo by John McHale/

LANL’s Motorcycle Safety Committee and members of the LAFD help pack more than 1,000 gifts donated by Lab employees to less fortunate children. Photo by John McHale/

LANL’s Motorcycle Safety

Manhattan Project Unsung Hero: Mathematician Ulam

on December 16, 2017 - 6:58am
Mathematician Stanislaw Ulam is featured in a display in the Hans Bethe House, part of the Los Alamos History Museum. Courtesy photo

Ulam used this slide rule--before calculators were invented--to solve many mathematical problems. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Historical Society
  • A mathematician does something on a piece of paper & then lo & behold a big explosion may occur. —Stanislaw Ulam, 1967, written in his desk drawer.
Stan Ulam may be one of the least known of the leading Manhattan Project scientists.

Scenes From Annual Luminaria Walk And Buffet

on December 16, 2017 - 6:47am

The Annual Luminaria Walk and Buffet features 600 farolitos glowing in the dusk Wednesday at Aspen Ridge and Sombrillo Nursing Home. The farolitos were featured in the Los Alamos Retirement Community's Annual Luminaria Walk and Buffet. The oganization has hosted the event for approximately eight years. 'The event is just an open house to say thank you to the community and showcase our facilities,' said Los Alamos Retirement Community Director Stella Terrazas. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Ken Grady plays Santa Claus during the Luminaria Walk and Buffet.

Daily Postcard: Dodgy Scene At Ashley Pond

on December 16, 2017 - 6:33am
Daily Postcard: Several boys are spotted Friday afternoon testing the ice on Ashley Pond. Police caution against this dangerous activity as the ice can easily break. Photo by Ken Hanson

LAMS Implements Saturday School

on December 15, 2017 - 5:11pm

Los Alamos Middle School implements Saturday School. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) is successfully implementing Saturday School, a completely voluntary program in which students get extra help from teachers and catch up on school work.

The goal is to finish assignments and make sure they are not falling behind. Last year was the first year for 7th and 8th grade Saturday School and this year’s improved version comes with extra assistance and better communications from teachers.

Thanking Russ: Holiday Benefit Concert At Unquarked Saturday

on December 15, 2017 - 4:56pm
What would summer in Los Alamos be without Gordon Concerts? Children chasing each other and tossing snacks to ducks in Ashley Pond; friends pilng onto picnic blankets with wine and beer; and the smell of local food trucks in the air while everyone taps their feet to music.
There is no better representation of Los Alamos than what Russ Gordon spent 28 years of his life giving to this community, summer after summer. And now, it’s our turn to thank Russ.
Local bands, Trainwreck Blue Band and State Road 4, will headline a benefit concert at Unquarked Wine Room at 2

Meow Wolf​ ​And Xsplit: ​Galaga ​World​ Championship

on December 15, 2017 - 9:47am
SANTA FE  Nationally-renowned arts and entertainment group Meow Wolf announces its first annual live streamed video gaming event, SCORE WARS, kicking off with a Galaga World Championship that will bring together the best Galaga players on the planet for an epic four-day throwdown to smash world records and crown a new world champ. 

SCORE WARS: Galaga World Championship launches Thursday, March 29 to Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe—home to THEA-Award winning phenomenal immersive arts experience House of Eternal Return.
All of the action will be

Bandelier: Holidays, Winter Solstice, Fee Free Days

on December 15, 2017 - 9:28am
Cliffs and historic structures in Frijoles Canyon with the first snowfall of 2017. Courtesy/NPS
With the holidays and 2018 approaching, Bandelier National Monument is offering news on upcoming events, both this year and next.
First on the list is Winter Solstice, Dec. 21, shortest day of the year and the point on the calendar when the days begin to lengthen again. Many peoples all over the world recognized the solstices and built markers into structures or found them in the surrounding landscape.

Santa And His Elf Spotted On Barranca Mesa

on December 15, 2017 - 9:16am

Santa Claus and his elf were spotted recently on Barranca Mesa and they are inviting the entire community to visit them and get a candy cane beginning at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve at 113 El Gancho St. on Barranca Mesa. Ho ho ho and Merry Christmas! Photo by Tyler Marr

Los Alamos Big Band Christmas Dance Thursday Dec. 28 To Benefit IHM Youth Program

on December 15, 2017 - 8:58am
The Los Alamos Big Band during a recent performance at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Big Band

The Los Alamos Big Band is presenting a Christmas Dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road in Los Alamos. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend; even if you are not a dancer, please come to listen and enjoy the authentic Big Band sound. The proceeds will benefit the IHM Youth Program. Admission is $15/person, $10/student, and $5 each for children under 12 years.

Council Chair Delivers State Of County Address

on December 15, 2017 - 7:59am

County Council Chair David Izraelevitz provides a State of the County Address Wednesday afternoon at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Izraelevitz touched on a number of highlights the County experienced in 2017. These included renovating Fuller Lodge and the Los Alamos History Museum as well as dedicating several pieces of public art including 'Denizens of the Deep' at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and 'Carry the Light' at the Los Alamos Golf Course Clubhouse.

Navajo Midwife Seeks To Better Women’s Health

on December 15, 2017 - 7:49am

The Changing Woman Initiative team. Courtesy photo 


A rendering of the reproductive wellness and birth center in Pojoaque. Courtesy image 

Changing Woman Initiative News:

POJOAQUE—Because of modern medicine and insurance, women have less control of their birth experiences, especially in sterile and highly regulated hospital environments. But having a baby doesn’t have to be that way, according to Nicolle Gonzales, a Navajo midwife and founder of the Changing Woman Initiative, a nonprofit that aims to revolutionize how people—particularly Native women—think about reproductive health.

Housing Shortage An Issue In 1960s As Well

on December 15, 2017 - 7:43am

Archival document on ‘Disposal of the Los Alamos Community’. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos is known worldwide as the birthplace of the atomic bomb. Our history and the people who made it have an international reach.

For the Los Alamos Historical Society, whether the stories are about geopolitical machinations during the Cold War or about the development of a neighborhood, all of our history is “local.”

We bring this up because of the convergence of two points: the continued housing shortage in Los Alamos and a document we recently ran across in our Archives, “Disposal of the Los