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Local Boy Scout Troop 22 Makes Impression At Annual Los Alamos Historical Society Gala

on September 20, 2017 - 6:57am
Boy Scout Troop 22 re-enactment ceremony. Courtesy photo
By Deb Huling, Gala Committee Chair
By Heather McClenahan, Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director

The Los Alamos Ranch School began 100 years ago as the dream of Ashley Pond Jr. who envisioned a school where boys who were growing up sickly in polluted Eastern cities could come out west, ride horses and recover their health. He hired A.J. Connell, a forest ranger and Boy Scout leader, to direct the school.

Boy Scout Troop 22 began as the organizing principle of the Los Alamos Ranch School in 1918 and the troop remains an


NNSA Partners With Kazakhstan Research Institute To Remove All Of Its Highly Enriched Uranium

on September 20, 2017 - 6:50am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), in partnership with the Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, has repatriated the last remaining highly enriched uranium (HEU) from the institute’s VVR-K reactor.
“This final removal will make INP HEU-free, ensuring that a bad actor can never acquire material from the site for a nuclear weapon,” said Dave Huizenga, NNSA’s acting deputy administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation.

RPLA/LAFRW Host Constitution Day Dinner Sept. 30

on September 20, 2017 - 6:40am
Local GOP hosts Constitution Day Dinner Sept. 30 at Church of Christ. Courtesy image
GOP News:
The Republican Party of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women is hosting the annual Constitution Day Dinner at Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Dr.
The event is 5:30-8:30 p.m. and begins with mingling and a silent auction followed by keynote speaker Kelly Zunie, a candidate for lieutenant governor, dinner and student essay winners.
Prepaid tickets are $55/adult, $100/couple, $25/student and tickets at the door are $60/adult, $110/couple and $30/student.

FBI: Man Wearing Wig Robs LANB In Santa Fe

on September 20, 2017 - 6:16am

Suspect in Tuesday bank robbery in Santa Fe. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are searching for a young man who wore a goofy looking wig when he robbed a bank Tuesday. 

The suspect is described as a white male about 20 years old, approximately 5'5" to 5'9" tall, with wide shoulders. He wore a blue hat with a flat bill, aviator sunglasses with dark lenses, a gray or light-blue short wig, a dark hooded jacket with a zipper, and dark pants and dark shoes. 

The suspect entered Los Alamos National Bank at approximately 4:57 p.m. at 301 Griffin St., in Santa Fe.

Daily Postcard: Sunset Colors Los Alamos Sky

on September 20, 2017 - 5:57am

Daily Postcard: A recent sunset paints a dramatic picture in the sky over Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

County: Be Bear Aware

on September 19, 2017 - 4:14pm

This bear was spotted earlier this month roaming around Andanada Street and El Corto in Los Alamos. Photo by Ken Hanson


Bears continue to make their way into residential areas due to lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts.

If a bear does not find a food source, it will move on. However, bears that are accustomed to eating human food are more likely to become habituated and are more prone to have dangerous human encounters. Here are some safe practices for managing trash to minimize encounters with bears:

  • Keep your family, neighbors, pets, and

The Wine She’s Been Dying To Try

on September 19, 2017 - 3:32pm

From left, Mike Lippiatt, Laura Crucet, Karen Easton and Tony Fox. Courtesy photo


By Mandy Marksteiner
Los Alamos

On the weekends, Karen Easton works at Kokoman Fine Wine and Liquors. She does it because she loves wine. As a wine connoisseur, she enjoys her time serving during the wine tastings and dusting the wine bottles.

Wine nerd Karen Easton

A few months ago, Easton was attending a wine tasting event where distributors brought all their wines and let people sample them. In the corner was a wine representative who wasn’t getting a lot of attention.

Joseph Maestas Announces Bid For Santa Fe Mayor

on September 19, 2017 - 3:04pm

Santa Fe City Councilor Joseph Maestas


SANTA FE -- Santa Fe City Councilor Joseph Maestas announced today that he met with the Santa Fe City Clerk to formally begin a campaign to seek the Office of Mayor in lieu of a bid for re-election of his City Council District 2 position.

Councilor Maestas released the following statement:

“I’ve devoted my entire adult life to public service as a Federal civil servant and municipal elected official.

CCA Welcomes Civil Rights Hero Dolores Huerta

on September 19, 2017 - 2:48pm

Dolores Huerta, one of America’s most influential activists of the past 100 years be at the CCA Oct. 5 in Santa Fe. Courtesy/CCA

CCA News:

  • CCA, IATSE, New Mexico History Museum, PBS and Somos Un Pueblo Unido team up to host legendary civil rights hero, Oct. 5

The legendary Dolores Huerta, one of America’s most influential activists of the past 100 years, visits Santa Fe to attend an event held in her honor Oct. 5, at the Center for Contemporary Arts.

After a visit to Capital High School, where she will address the student body, Huerta will be present at a free community feed at the CCA,

Los Alamos Recognized As Top Diversity Employer

on September 19, 2017 - 10:18am

LANL is recognized as a top diversity employer by LATINA Style and STEM Workforce Diversity Magazine. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

For the second straight year, Los Alamos National Laboratory is recognized as a top diversity employer by LATINA Style and STEM Workforce Diversity magazine. Los Alamos rose in ranking to 10 on STEM Workforce Diversity magazine’s Top Government Employers list and to 41 on LATINA Style’s Top 50 Companies list.

“We are pleased that the Laboratory is being recognized for its efforts to build a diverse and engaged workforce.

United Way Hosts Annual Campaign Kick-Off

on September 19, 2017 - 9:59am

Los Alamos National Bank donates $25,000 to UWNNM during the annual campaign kick-off Wednesday at Ashley Pond Park. From left, Angelica Martinez of LANB and UWNNM Board Treasurer Dr. Cindy Rooney. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Centerra donates $10,000 to the UWNNM during the annual campaign kick-off Wednesday at Ashley Pond Park. From left, Centerra Director of ESH&Q Todd Potts, Centerra Director of Business Management Graig Newell and UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Los Alamos Hill Stompers entertain at the UWNNM annual

Quorum Notice: Environmental Sustainability Board

on September 19, 2017 - 9:32am


Members of the Environmental Sustainability Board may attend a Recycle Audit, 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 22 and Sept. 29 in White Rock.

A quorum may be present but no action will be taken. 

The meeting is open to the public.

Special Astronomy And Climate Show And New Film At Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium

on September 19, 2017 - 9:30am
Chick Keller will share relationships between climate and astronomy during a presentation Sept. 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is planning a special planetarium show and presentation by Chick Keller at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.
PEEC is also bringing in a new full-dome film Aurora Storm that will play in at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24, in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. The Saturday and Sunday screenings include three films, Aurora Storm, SunStruck and SolarQuest. 
What are

Kim Davis Lebak Leaving Los Alamos And DOE

on September 19, 2017 - 8:38am

Los Alamos Field Office Manager Kim Davis Lebak. Courtesy/DOE

Kim Davis Lebak, manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office, will retire after nearly 30 years at the Energy Department.

Davis, who has managed the Los Alamos Field Office for the past three years or so, will leave the agency in “early October,” a spokesperson for the semiautonomous Department of Energy agency said Monday.

Steve Goodrum, now NNSA’s assistant deputy administrator for stockpile management in the Defense Programs office, will replace Lebak.

As manager of

Udall And Moran’s Bipartisan MGT Act Clears Senate In FY18 National Defense Authorization Act

on September 19, 2017 - 8:20am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) Monday applauded the inclusion of their Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act as part of the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018 (FY18).
Their bipartisan legislation was introduced as an amendment (#1006) to the FY18 NDAA to modernize government information technology (IT), eliminate wasteful spending and strengthen cybersecurity.
“The MGT Act is a perfect example of what we can accomplish when we seek common-sense solutions in a bipartisan way,”

NMDOT Announces Child Safety Seat Clinics In Coordination With Child Passenger Safety Week

on September 19, 2017 - 8:08am
SANTA FE  Yesterday, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced the sponsorship of annual statewide child safety seat clinics.
The clinics will be held 10:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 23. The clinics will take place in eight cities and nine different locations as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week Seat Check Saturday.
“We are pleased to be able to offer these clinics to the parents and caregivers of New Mexico.

Hilltopper Boys Golf Claims Los Alamos Invite

on September 19, 2017 - 7:58am

The LAHS Golf team with their 1st place trophy after winning the LAHS invite. Courtesy Photo


By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post

It’s a long season for boys’ golf in New Mexico, and the Los Alamos Hilltoppers golf team got the ball rolling by capturing the 10-team Los Alamos High School Invite title this past weekend with a team score of 325. The ‘Toppers were led by team captain Sean Rau who posted a team low 76 to tie for second place. Hope Christian’s Jacob Lucero would win the individual title with a final score of 71.

“Being our first event of the fall,


On The Job In Los Alamos: Dan Sena Of Daniel’s Café

on September 19, 2017 - 7:57am

On the Job in Los Alamos is Dan Sena, owner of Daniel’s Café and Mary’s Gelato at 800 Trinity Dr. Sena is serving ice cream at Wednsday's campaign kick-off event for the United Way of Northern New Mexico at Ashley Pond. Sena and his wife Margie have been selling ice cream in town for more than 25 years. They raised their three children; Nadette, Jake and Adrienne in Los Alamos. They are pleased to bring the community a nice place to have ice cream and other fine foods. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Udall, Heinrich Urge U.S. Trade Rep. To Support New Mexico’s Pecan Farmers, Lower Export Tariffs

on September 19, 2017 - 7:29am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of six other senators Sept. 18 urging U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer to help New Mexico's pecan farmers increase exports by taking action to lower the tariffs on pecan exports to India.
India’s current high tariffs on pecans are impacting New Mexico and American pecan farmers, and have created a trade barrier not imposed on other tree nut producers. 
In a letter to Lighthizer, the senators note that the current tariff on U.S.

Balderas To Equifax: Disable Fee-Based Monitoring Services & Reimburse Fees For Security Freezes

on September 19, 2017 - 7:25am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Yesterday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he has written credit reporting firm Equifax to protest the firm's policy of charging for some credit monitoring services after a security breach caused by the firm's own mistakes.
Joining with attorneys general from around the country in a letter to Equifax, the New Mexico Attorney General protested that charging for credit monitoring after the breach affecting 143 million people could be seen as profiting from the firm's own mistakes.
Balderas is investigating the

Study: New Mexico 2017’s 6th Most Diverse State In U.S.

on September 19, 2017 - 7:02am
With Hispanic Heritage Month in full swing and the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy in question, drawing economic and demographic implications for the U.S., the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Most & Least Diverse States in America.

To determine where the most idea and identity exchanges have occurred at the highest level in the U.S.

Scenes From UWNNM Board Celebration Of Philanthropy With LANL’s Charlie McMillan

on September 19, 2017 - 7:02am
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan, standing, is the featured speaker at a ‘Celebration of Philanthropy’ hosted by the United Way of Northern New Mexico Board of Directors, Friday evening Sept. 8 at the Pig + Fig Café in White Rock. The annual event is a celebration and an informational gathering. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 
The crowd listens as LANL Director Charlie McMillan speaks about the importance of the laboratory engaging in the community. The UWNNM Board includes President Steve Boerigter, Vice President Carol A.

Hilltopper Scoreboard Sept. 8-18

on September 19, 2017 - 6:53am
Los Alamos Daily Post 

Girls Soccer

  • Friday 9/15
    • Los Alamos 0
    • Piedra Vista 1 F
  • Saturday 9/16
    • Los Alamos 9
    • Bloomfield 0 F

Boys Soccer

  • Wednesday Sept. 13
    • Los Alamos 0
    • Farmington 1 F
  • Friday Sept. 15  
    • Los Alamos 5
    • Piedra Vista 2 F
  • Saturday Sept. 16
    • Los Alamos 4
    • Bloomfield 0 F


  • Wednesday Sept. 13
    • Santa Fe 3
    • Los Alamos 1 F
  • Saturday Sept. 16
    • Los Alamos 3
    • Rio Grande 0 F


  • Friday Sept. 8
    • Los Alamos 14
    • Kirtland Central 42 F
  • Monday Sept. 18
    • Santa Fe JV 0
    • Los Alamos JV 38 F

Boys Golf

Los Alamos HS Fall Invite

  1. Los Alamos 325
  2. Hope Christian (Albuquerque) 332

Hard Work Pays Off On Bandelier’s Frijoles Canyon Trail

on September 19, 2017 - 6:25am

Trail volunteers using a 2-person crosscut saw to remove a fallen tree from the trail. Courtesy/NPS

Volunteers who just finished making stonework to support trail. Courtesy/NPS


One of Bandelier National Monument’s most scenic and popular trails, the Frijoles Canyon Trail between Upper Crossing and Alcove House, can now be hiked without having to climb over the huge logjams and other barriers caused by the floods following the 2011 Las Conchas Fire.  

For several years volunteer crews have been gradually working their way up the canyon, making spaces in the debris piles,

Obituary: Harriet A. Dodder Nov. 24, 1929 – Aug. 27, 2017

on September 19, 2017 - 5:53am

HARRIET A. DODDER Nov. 24, 1929 – Aug. 27, 2017

Harriet A. Dodder, 87, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away on August 27, 2017 at the Los Alamos Medical Center following a sudden illness, with her nephew, nieces and lifelong friends by her side.

Harriet was born in Pine City, MN November 24, 1929 to Hans and Salma Grandt. She attended country school and graduated from Pine City High School in 1947. She went to the University of Minnesota to obtain a teaching degree. She also met her future husband, Donald Dodder, who was getting a graduate degree in nuclear physics. They married in 1951