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Methods Used to Train Soldiers to Kill Found in Kid's Video Games

on January 16, 2014 - 11:58am
By ABE DISPENNETTE
Los Alamos

With the recent school shooting hitting so close to our home in New Mexico, I would like, if I may, to briefly step aside from my role as a State Farm Insurance Agent and speak from the perspective of a former combat Chaplain who served with infantry units such as the 101st and 10th Group Special Forces. 

These units trained and produced efficient killers in combat.

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Kim Davis Lebak to Head Los Alamos Field Office

on January 16, 2014 - 11:50am

Kim Davis Lebak

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that Kim Davis Lebak will be the Los Alamos Field Office manager effective this month.

As Field Office manager, Lebak will serve as the Secretary of Energy’s senior representative on site at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

“With her strong leadership skills and wide experience at both headquarters and in the field, Kim is perfect as our Los Alamos Field Office manager,” Acting NNSA Administrator Bruce Held said.

UNM-LA Music Marathon Offers Six Hours of Music Sunday

on January 16, 2014 - 11:07am
Music Marathon organizer Juanita Madland will perform several times during Sunday's event. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

The Fourth Annual UNM-Los Alamos Music Marathon will raise money for student scholarships 2-8 p.m. Sunday at UNM-LA Auditorium.

Six hours of live and varied music - from Celtic folk tunes, upbeat jazz, Polish mazurkas with dancers, to a guitar soloist, bluegrass band, and classical piano - all for one voluntary donation. Listeners are welcome to stay for the whole program or come and go as they wish.

 
Rebecca Caron, co-artistic director of Soundscapes, performs with the
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DK and the Affordables at Dixie Girl Friday

on January 16, 2014 - 10:41am
DK and the Affordables on stage. Courtesy photo

Dixie Girl News:

The Dixie Girl Restaurant has a lot going on these days, including Dart League on Mondays, Open Mic Tuesdays, Karaoke Thursdays as well as plenty of music.

This week, DK and the Affordables will perform starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. There’s no cover charge.

On Saturday, Beer and Band will move operations to the Dixie Girl from the ski hill at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Square Peg from Taos will perform. Taos Mesa Brewing will be serving beer and Dixie Girl will offer its bar menu.

'Report From Santa Fe' Features Bill Richardson Sunday

on January 16, 2014 - 9:38am

Bill Richardson

RFSF News:

'Report From Santa Fe' will feature former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Lorene Mills' interview with Richardson airs at 8 a.m., Sunday on New Mexico PBS, KNME-TV, Ch. 5.1.

Richardson is the two-term governor of New Mexico, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former Secretary of the Department of Energy. He is the author of “How to Sweet Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator”

“As a fellow governor- and from nearly 40 years in Hollywood - I know how hard negotiating can be.

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NCRTD 'Blue Buses' Not in Service Jan. 20

on January 16, 2014 - 9:19am

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of the Martin Luther King Day holiday. 

Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos counties will resume Tuesday, Jan. 21.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses more than 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba,

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Expanding Your Horizons Conference Inspires Girls to Pursue Science Careers

on January 16, 2014 - 9:12am
 
LANL News:

For the past 20 years, Los Alamos National Laboratory employees have been presenting the Expanding Your Horizons Conference for young women. With the help of sponsors like Los Alamos National Laboratory, the LANL Foundation, Tech Source, and Los Alamos National Bank, the conference presents students with information and encouragement for pursuing education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
 
During the course of the day-long conference, the young women hear inspiring talks about women and their careers, participate in two hands-on workshop

Pajarito Mountain Beer and Band @ Dixie Girl

on January 16, 2014 - 8:54am

PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

Because ski hill operations have been suspended, beer and band has moved to the Dixie Girl Restaurant. The event starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Taos Mesa Brewing will be serving drinks and Dixie Girl will offer its bar menu. Square Peg, a favorite house band at Taos Mesa, will provide the music.

Thanks to Victor Medina, the new Dixie Girl owner, for supporting Pajarito Mountain events. Come downtown this weekend and do some snow dancing so we can be back on the mountain soon.

Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol Member Garners National Recognition

on January 16, 2014 - 8:05am

Nathan Phillips

PMSP News:

Los Alamos High School senior Nathan Phillips is the runner up for Outstanding Young Adult Patroller in the nation. He received a Silver Merit Star and was recognized in the recent issue of the National Ski Patrol magazine.

Phillips has been a member of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol (PMSP) for four years, helping provide safe snow sport recreation on the mountain. He and the rest of the local Young Adult Ski Patrol are attending the Rocky Mountain Division Young Adult seminar at Winterpark, Colo., in March.

Young adults ages 15-18 interested in more

Los Alamos Schools Receive Title III Incentive Award from 2014 Legislature

on January 16, 2014 - 8:02am

Lanie Mueller, Barranca Elementary ELL teacher, focuses on individual student needs. During the course of her day, she works with students who speak Spanish, Russian, Japanese or Korean. Courtesy photo

By GENE SCHMIDT, Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

Congratulations to Aspen, Barranca and Mountain elementary schools on being honored as exemplary schools by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The three schools will receive their awards Jan. 30 at the Bilingual Day at the State Legislature.               

The recognition celebrates the success of exemplary schools serving

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Luján Votes for Government Funding Package that Rolls Back Sequester Cuts

on January 16, 2014 - 7:42am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District voted Wednesday for the omnibus appropriations bill that funds the government for fiscal year 2014. As a result of the budget deal that was passed in December (see here), the appropriations bill rolls back the sequester cuts that have negatively impacted New Mexico.

"For too long Congress has had to legislate from one crisis to the next as House Republicans shutdown the government and used the appropriations process to make extreme demands," Luján said.

Unitarian Forum Explores Interracial Relationships

on January 16, 2014 - 7:16am

UNITARIAN News:

As part of the continuing forum presentations at the Unitarian Church, Dean Carstens will present a forum topic exploring the portrayal of interracial relationships in movies and books. 

The forum will take place at 10:10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Los Alamos Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop.

Movie clips will be included and some of the movies discussed will be: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “In the Heat of the Night,” and “Island in the Sun.” The book version of “Island in the Sun” will also be reviewed.

Public Meeting to Discuss LANL's NPDES Storm Water Permit

on January 16, 2014 - 6:51am

LANL News:

A public information meeting to discuss the biannual update on the NPDES Storm Water Individual Permit for Los Alamos National Laboratory will take place at 5:30 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Cities of Gold Conference Center in Pojoaque.

The agenda is as follows:

  • 5:30 p.m. Poster Session                        
  • 5:50 p.m. Welcome Steve Veenis
  • 6:00 p.m. Flooding Events Fall 2013 Armand Groffman
  • 6:15 p.m. IP Compliance for 2013 Jeff Walterscheid, Kate Lynnes
  • 6:35 p.m. IP Corrective Action Screening Process Thaddeus Kostrubala
  • 6:45 p.m. Permit Renewal Kate Lynnes    
  • 7:00 p.m.

Los Alamos Utilities Manager Announces Retirement

on January 15, 2014 - 6:32pm

John Arrowsmith
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

John Arrowsmith is announcing his upcoming retirement at tonight's Los Alamos County Utilities Board meeting in the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

Arrowsmith submitted the following letter to the Utilities Board:

"This letter is to inform you that I intend to retire during calendar year 2014. Although my official retirement date will be December 31, 2014, with accrued leave I will be eligible to leave by approximately July 15.

I appreciate the opportunity I’ve had to lead the Department of Public Utilities over the last six

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Breaking News: Police Officers Sue Los Alamos County

on January 15, 2014 - 4:01pm

UPDATE: The Los Alamos Daily Post just received the following comment from Los Alamos County: The County has not received the lawsuit from the office of George Geran, and as such, has not had the opportunity to review it.

Former Commander Randy Foster

Staff Report

Two former commanders of the Los Alamos Police Department and one current detective filed a lawsuit today against Los Alamos County, alleging wrongful discharge, retaliation and gender discrimination.

The Complaint seeks redress for harms the County inflicted upon the three, former Commander Randy Foster, former Commander Scott

Monthly Evening Lecture @ the Museum

on January 15, 2014 - 11:22am

SFI Colloquim: Michael Nielsen Explores Using Modern Media for Learning

on January 15, 2014 - 10:21am
Michael Nielsen/Courtesy SFI

SFI News:

Writer and physicist Michael Nielsen will give a Santa Fe Institute Colloquium titled “Reinventing Explanation” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 in the Noyce conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Nielsen is one of the pioneers of quantum computation, and recently written a book called Reinventing Discovery which advocates for a more open scientific culture.

Abstract. Our society collectively devotes enormous resources and remarkable talent to producing entertainment products. A video game such as Grand Theft Auto V or a movie such as Avatar can

Special School Board Meeting Thursday

on January 15, 2014 - 10:13am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Special School Board Meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 in room 149 at Los Alamos Middle School. The public is welcome to attend.

Agenda items include updates and reports on the Aspen Elementary School construction project and the Substantial Completion Report for the Los Alamos Middle School construction project as well as other construction-related issues.

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Aaron’s Kids Feeds Hungry Students

on January 15, 2014 - 9:12am
James Little delivers a box of sack lunches to Los Alamos High School. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The key to academic success is constantly studied, debated and investigated. There are a million ideas about how students can excel in the classroom but a group of local volunteers are offering a simple one─give them lunch.

For a variety of reasons, not every student arrives at school with money or a brown paper lunch sack.

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Visit Bandelier Free on Martin Luther King Day

on January 15, 2014 - 8:41am
Cliff house at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

BANDELIER News:

On Monday, Jan. 20, visitors may enjoy Bandelier as well as other national parks and monuments throughout the United States free of charge. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the first of nine days throughout 2014 when all National Park Service sites will open their gates to visitors without charging entrance fees.

National Park Service entrance fee-free dates in 2014:

  • Jan. 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Feb. 15-17: Presidents Day weekend
  • April 15-17: The first weekend of National Park Week
  • Aug.
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Triatomics Host Round Robin Event

on January 15, 2014 - 8:32am

TRIATOMICS News:

Community members are invited to join the Triatomics Multisport Club for a "Round Robin" event 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 in the large side room at the Los Alamos Aquatic Center. This event is intended for beginner to intermediate triathletes, but all are welcomed and encouraged to join.

The event will follow a "Round Robin" format, with stations for each of the three triathlon sports (swimming, biking and running) plus the so-called fourth discipline, transitions.

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Letter to the Editor: Thanks to Blood Drive Coordinators and Donors

on January 15, 2014 - 8:27am
By MIKAYLA ORTEGA
United Blood Services of New Mexico

Every day, our blood center is constantly on the go, shipping blood to various hospitals throughout the state of New Mexico. Many times, I hear the phone ring and our Hospital Services staff respond to the call saying, “What type of product do they need? When do they need it by? We’ll get it there!”

When I overhear these conversations, it makes me stop and think, what would we do without coordinators like you? What would we do if you didn’t put your heart and soul into our mission to recruit donors to donate life-saving blood?

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Sioux Street Underground Electric Cable Replacement Project Begins

on January 15, 2014 - 8:24am

COUNTY News:

The Sioux Street Underground Electric Cable Replacement Project begins this week with completion planned for early to mid-March, according to officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU.)

“This will replace approximately 3,800 feet of electric conductor line along Sioux Street and includes the installation of conduit and multiple circuits for redundancy, which will improve electric reliability in the neighborhood,” Project Manager Stephen Marez said. “Redundancy both improves performance and curtails time to restore power should a power outage occur.”

The

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How the Hen House Turns: Rabbits

on January 15, 2014 - 7:50am
How the Hen House Turns: Rabbits
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Middle Daughter’s rabbits didn't live in the Hen House, of course, but they impacted our lives, and I would be remiss if I didn't include them in these animal tales.

There were lots of them, especially one summer. Most of them lived in hutches behind the garage. We tried very hard to segregates the sexes. We failed, but they didn't. Somehow rabbits know who's who.

We housed two "females" together, and the one named Pepper produced a litter of ten adorable balls of fur—each one a different shade of either red, brown, black

This Week at The Reel Deal

on January 15, 2014 - 7:44am
Column By JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater

Friday, Jan. 17 the Reel Deal will be opening Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, starring Chris Pine (Star Trek), Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley. This action thriller is getting very good preliminary reviews and will probably be the basis for a trilogy or series if it does well. Paramount Studios is looking for Chris Pine to continue as the new and permanent Jack Ryan if things go as planned.

We will hold Frozen, Her, American Hustle, andThe Wolf of Wall St. All of these films or actors garnered a Golden Globe Award this past weekend.

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