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Atomic City Children's Theater Offers Two Summer Musical Theater Workshops

on May 11, 2013 - 10:09am

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT) is again offering Two Sessions*

  • Session 1: 9-11 a.m. Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21 
  • Session 2 : 9-11 a.m. Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12

Who can attend the ACCT Summer Workshops?

Any student entering grades 4th-10th (or a former member of ACCT) that have an interest in improving their musical theater skills.

Hannemann's Music Corner: What I Learned at LAPS

on May 11, 2013 - 9:47am
Hannemann's Music Corner: What I Learned at LAPS

This week we have been treated to some stellar performances of LAPS musicians at all age levels, from fourth graders to, well, our superintendent on trumpet with the fifth grade band, to our graduating seniors and we still have several concerts to go during the last week of school.

Try to make one of the performances if you can, even if, and particularly if, you don't have a child or grandchild performing.

A few years back, a former Los Alamos band director asked me where I got my music education.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Make Progress Restoring LANL Cleanup Funding

on May 11, 2013 - 9:44am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Energy and the White House have responded to their calls for critical funding needed to maintain ongoing environmental management efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory by sending a reprogramming request to Congress in the amount of $19 million.

They are now urging the necessary Congressional Committees to approve the without delay and advocating for an additional $21 million from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to meet a

Day Journeys to the Middle of Nowhere: Discovering Madrid

on May 11, 2013 - 9:38am
Travel Column by KIRSTEN LASKEY

It’s been said that the most valuable experience while on travel isn’t actually arriving at the destination, but the journey to the destination.

However, while in a small gallery/gift store in Madrid, N.M., I was reminded about an equally important aspect of travel – the memories collected while traveling.

My recent tour of Madrid proved both these statements true. The road to Madrid starts with the bustle and traffic of Santa Fe, but the further my mother and I continued down U.S. 285, U.S. 84 and then N.M.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Week Full of Resplendent Examples of Music in Los Alamos

on May 11, 2013 - 9:24am
Los Alamos
This past week has been filled with resplendent examples of music in our community!
I have not been able to attend all, however of special note was the LAMS combined music program Monday, May 6 when band, orchestra and choir came together for one excellent performance of their talents.
The band and orchestra were outstanding! And finally, combining them into a symphonic orchestra for the 4th movement of Dvorak's New World Symphony was just delightful.
The choir was much smaller than I remember.

Youth Food Project Grows Opportunities

on May 11, 2013 - 8:56am
LAYFP volunteer Don Casperson helps youth plant seeds at PEEC's Earth Day Festival April 20. Photo by Sylvan Argo

YMCA News:

Los Alamos Youth Food Project gives youth opportunities to participate in food project this summer. Young people can submit entries for a logo and slogan contest, increase their leadership skills in Garden Leadership or explore the garden and its environment through iCare About Gardening camp.

LAYFP is a youth-driven initiative.

Neutron Reactions and Climate Uncertainties Earn Los Alamos Scientists DOE Early Career Awards

on May 11, 2013 - 8:44am

National award recipients Marian Jandel, left, and Nathan Urban. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Two Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers are among the 61 national recipients of the Energy Department’s Early Career Research Program awards for 2013.

Marian Jandel won for his proposal, “New Data on Neutron Reactions Relevant to Basic and Applied Science,” selected by the Office of Nuclear Physics.

Nathan M.

Azazo Recycling to Open on Orange Street

on May 11, 2013 - 8:27am



Azazo Recycling, LLC announces the coming of a recycling facility to the Los Alamos County area.


The facility will be open by mid-June at 3540 Orange St., LV1, behind Los Alamos High School. Azazo Recycling, LLC plans to take in electronic waste (e-waste) and non-ferrous metals from the public for recycling.


Electronic waste includes items such as computers, laptops, monitors, TVs and cell phones. Small appliances also will be accepted at the site including microwave ovens.


School Board Schedules Three Meetings

on May 11, 2013 - 8:26am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled three upcoming meetings.

The Board has scheduled an Executive Session for 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater to discuss a specific personnel issue per Section 10-15-1-H(2) of the Open Meetings Act.

The Los Alamos School Board will hold its Regular School Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater. The agenda for the meeting will be posted at the district office the Thursday before the meeting.

The Board has scheduled a Special School Board meeting for 4 p.m.


JJAB Meets Wednesday

on May 11, 2013 - 7:55am

JJAB News:

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board's next meeting is 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 in Building One, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site.

The public is welcome to attend.

A View from the Stacks: Seven Rules of Reading

on May 11, 2013 - 7:51am
Mesa Public Library Head of Circulation

One of the fun parts of working in a library is that we get to interact with books and people every day. Here are seven rules regarding books and reading that I have learned from my years in libraries.

Reader at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Kate Garduño

1. There’s no reason a perfectly brilliant person shouldn’t read a perfectly stupid book.

Avid readers read books of all flavors. Filet mignon is great, but sometimes what you really want is a green chile cheeseburger. Display with pride those dog-eared copies of Nabokov’s


Sign Up for YMCA’s July 4 Firecracker Fun Run!

on May 11, 2013 - 7:45am

YMCA News:

Registration is now open for The Family YMCA’s annual July 4 Firecracker Fun Run.

Race begins at 8 a.m. Thursday July 4 at The Family YMCA, 1450 Iris St. in Los Alamos.

Cost is $25, $10 for youth ages 13 and under, and $15 for Y members. Runners/Walkers will receive a t-shirt at check-in 7:15-7:45 a.m. July 4 and are eligible for one of the many door prizes.

Top runners in each division also will receive a prize. Strollers, costumes and dogs welcome to join the fun. Come by, call 662-3011 or check on-line @ to register or for more details.

OBITUARY: Moses Attrep, Jr. Jan. 2, 1939–May 8, 2013

on May 11, 2013 - 7:32am

MOSES ATTREP, JR. Jan. 2, 1939–May 8, 2013

Moses Attrep, Jr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, and scientist died in Los Alamos, NM on May 8, 2013.

Born the youngest of seven children on January 2, 1939, in Alexandra, La., Moses grew up in Alexandria and went on to attend Louisiana College in Pineville, La. He continued on to graduate school in Arkansas, obtaining a Ph.D. in radiochemistry from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

While in Arkansas, he met Katherine Gerloff.


Council Approves Airport Consulting Contract

on May 10, 2013 - 1:16pm

County Attorney Rebecca Ehler and County Administrator Harry Burgess listen as Airport Manager Peter Soderquist and Public Works Director Philo Shelton brief council on the airport project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Council approved 6-0, a professional services price agreement with Delta Airport Consultants, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $1,500,000 for professional engineering, planning, and project management consulting services for the Los Alamos Airport. Councilor Rick Reiss was absent.

Due to the complexity and specialized nature of Federal Aviation


County Council Holds First Daytime Session!

on May 10, 2013 - 1:02pm

Moms and children attend today's Los Alamos County Council meeting in Council Chambers. There are three additional Friday, daytime Council sessions scheduled this year as proposed by Councilor Kristin Henderson as an experiment to determine whether a time and day change will draw more young families to the meetings. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Kurt Benner, 13, of Los Alamos Middle School speaks to Council during public comment today, expressing his concern with a proposed cancelation of the Atomic City Bus route through Pajarito Acres. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Carolyn Torres is Los Alamos Teacher of the Year!

on May 10, 2013 - 10:56am
Los Alamos Teacher of the Year Carolyn Torres accepts her award while LAPS Human Relations Director Gerry Washburn looks on. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report

Carolyn Torres has been chosen Los Alamos Teacher of the Year.She has taught third grade at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock for eight years. Prior to that, Torres taught special education at Los Alamos Middle School for eight years.

“The thing I love most about teaching is watching the lights go on when kids finally understand something,” Torres said.


Los Alamos Light Opera Workshop 1-3 p.m. Saturday

on May 10, 2013 - 10:44am
LALO News:
Los Alamos Light Opera announces its 2013 fall production: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the musical murder mystery where the audience chooses the ending.
The community is invited to join in the fun at an informational Workshop introducing the play and its music this Saturday, May 11, from 1-3 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. All kinds of talents are needed to bring the story of Drood to life on stage, including actors, singers, theatre technicians of all types, as well as instrumental musicians for the pit orchestra.

Aspen Elementary Holds First 'Field Day' Event

on May 10, 2013 - 10:22am

Aspen Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom with PE teacher Adam Garcia at Thursday's 'Field Day' event. Photo by Greg Kendall/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Aspen Elementary School Physical Education Teacher Adam Garcia organized the first school-wide outdoor "Field Day," in which all 400 Aspen students spent Thursday afternoon participating in races, hulahoop contests, water balloon relay and other field events at the school.

The Los Alamos Fire Department treated the kids to tours inside fire trucks and an ambulance.

How the Hen House Turns: Turkeys are not Chickens

on May 10, 2013 - 10:02am
How the Hen House Turns: Turkeys are not Chickens
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

I will attempt here to break an old myth. Turkeys are not as stupid as their reputation would have it. They’re simply not chickens.

Turkeys hunt by pointing and snatching flies sitting on chicken wire pens—then down the hatch. No grabbing and running and getting everyone else in the pen excited and into the chase, as chickens do. I guess hens like to play Keep Away.


Pet of the Week: Wickham the Female Tortoiseshell

on May 10, 2013 - 9:52am


Wickham is a female tortoiseshell who has quickly warmed up to volunteers and will rub against their legs when she wants some attention.

After being petted her for a while, Wickham will roll over and show off the little white spots on her belly.

Wickham and other adoptable pets are available at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179.

All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Dogs are checked for heartworm.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website at for information about volunteering,

Cone Zone: Week of May 13

on May 10, 2013 - 9:50am

Road Construction Update: Week of May 13, 2013

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2:

Canyon Road remains closed with a “rolling” closure between Rim Road and 15th Street; the closure shifts closer to 15th Street as work on the sewer line progresses.

LACDC Bids Fairwell to Kevin Holsapple

on May 10, 2013 - 9:43am

The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce held a farewell party Thursday evening for Executive Director Kevin Holsapple, center standing, who retired in April. For his many years of service, the organizations presented Holsapple with an all-expense paid trip to Chicago to see his beloved Chicago Cubs in action. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost

Column: Important Information on CalPERS Long Term Care

on May 10, 2013 - 9:12am
Important Information on CalPERS Long Term Care

For individuals who currently have CalPERS long term care (LTC) insurance, below is information distributed by Executive Director Jesse Slome of American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, regarding a scheduled rate hike in 2015. 

The American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance was established as a not-for-profit trade group and focuses on educating both consumers and insurance professionals. For additional information on long term care insurance costs, visit the organization's website at

Letter to the Editor: Appreciation for Piñon Elementary Teacher & Staff

on May 10, 2013 - 8:43am
By LEEANN FOSTER, Coordinator
2013 Piñon Elementary PTO Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon

May 6-10 was Teacher Appreciation week, and I again had the privilege of organizing Piñon Elementary’s Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon.

This reminded me how many people at Piñon work together to provide a good educational experience for the children. This includes teachers of preschool through 6th grade, special education, gifted & talented education, English language learners, art, library, PE, music/band, and orchestra; instructional assistants; principal; secretary; clerk; custodial and

Valles Caldera's 2013 Recreation Program Highlights

on May 10, 2013 - 8:41am


VCNP News:

Thirteen years ago, July 25, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the Valles Caldera Preservation Act, which created the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

To celebrate that occasion and the many accomplishments of past and present staff, volunteers and contributors, we will host the second annual Valles Caldera Preservation Act Celebration from July 25-28. A new addition to this year’s celebration will be the Jemez Valley Storytellers Jamboree July 27-28. Storytellers from across New Mexico will gather to share their tall tales and legends from the Land of