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VA Seeks Feedback For Open Burn Pit Registry

on July 25, 2013 - 8:20am

Marine Lance Corporal Richard Carmichael disposes of trash at the burn pit on Forward Operating Base Zeebrudge in Afghanistan's Helmand province. DOD photo

VA News:

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is asking veterans to help create its Open Burn Pit Registry for military service members, civilian personnel and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Udall coauthored the legislation to create the burn pit registry, which the president signed into law

SFI Seminar: 'Truth, Lies and Randomness' Friday

on July 25, 2013 - 8:13am

Jarad Saia. Courtesy photo

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will present a seminar titled “Truth, Lies and Randomness” by presenter Jarad Saia from the University of New Mexico at 12:15 p.m. Friday, July 26 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI.

SFI is at 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The talk is free and open to the public

Random bits are used in algorithms to: break symmetry and deadlock, ensure load-balancing, find a representative sample, maximize utility, and foil an adversary.

Girls Soccer Tryouts Begin Aug. 12

on July 25, 2013 - 8:09am

LAHS News:

Soccer tryouts for the girls high school soccer program begin Aug. 12.

There will be a short meeting at 7 a.m., Aug. 12 at Sullivan Field to collect medical release forms, get a head count, review schedule and procedures for the try outs. 

Tryouts will be conducted at Pueblo and Sullivan Fields. The morning session are 7:30-9 a.m. Monday and Tuesday at Sullivan Field. The afternoon session is 4:30-7 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Pueblo Complex.

All players must have soccer shoes, shin guards and water.


Column: Fall Prevention and Improving Gait and Balance through Exercise

on July 25, 2013 - 8:07am
Fitness Column

Fall Prevention and Improving Gait and Balance through Exercise

Proper balance and gait are essential components of physical function. If a person is going to be able to perform most activities of daily living, they need to have the capacity to safely stand and walk.

There are many causes of affected gait and balance including chronic disease, muscle weakness, neurological conditions, aging, cognitive impairments, and extremity disabilities.

Balance is a person’s ability to control upright posture under a variety of conditions.

Rare Chance to Explore Abandoned Copper Mine

on July 25, 2013 - 8:04am
Nacimiento Copper Mine site. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a rare chance to visit the abandoned Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba Aug.10.

The trip, led by local geology expert Patrick Rowe, will be fun and hands-on for both adults and children. Participants will explore the area, with ample chances to find beautiful specimens such as petrified wood.

Specimens found at the Nacimiento Cooper Mine site. Courtesy photo

In addition to petrified wood specimens, which are regularly covered with exquisite green malachite and blue azurite,

Kiwanis Club Presents Scholarship to Erin Kirk

on July 25, 2013 - 7:55am

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Erin Kirk with a scholarship recently. Erin will be attending the University of New Mexico and will study communication or education. From left, Her father Alan Kirk, mother Pat Kirk, Erin Kirk and Kiwanis President Don Casperson. Erin was selected because of her contribution to the community through Los Alamos Youth Leadership for the past four years and her leadership in spearheading the "Dig In Pink" as a fundraiser for a volleyball coach who had developed cancer. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon at Trinity of the HIll Church in Kelly Hall.

Cheryl Rofer Speaks on Win-Win Solutions for Expanding Nuclear Power

on July 25, 2013 - 7:54am

Staff Report

LANL Retiree Cheryl Rofer will speak on “Win-Win Nonproliferation Solutions for Expanding Nuclear Power.”

The talk will be given at an open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, in the Lounge at the Education Building of United Church, 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos.

Nuclear power is expected to expand in response to increasing need for electricity and decreasing carbon emissions. The danger of proliferation of nuclear weapons can expand in parallel.

Those involved in nuclear power often see

Los Alamos Beer Co-op Joins Del Norte Credit Union’s 'Keep it Co-op!' Campaign

on July 25, 2013 - 7:52am

Staff Report:

Del Norte Credit Union is proud to announce the addition of Los Alamos Beer Co-op to its roster of Los Alamos-based cooperatives in its initiative known as the Keep it Co-op! campaign.

Los Alamos Beer Co-op joins Del Norte Credit Union, Zia Credit Union, Los Alamos Schools Credit Union, Los Alamos Co-Op Market, and Little Forest Playschool to the public awareness campaign.

Keep It Co-Op! was launched in 2012 to celebrate the International Year of Cooperatives. Cooperatives are not-for-profit institutions that are owned and directed by its members.


Valles Caldera Birthday Celebration This Weekend

on July 25, 2013 - 7:47am
East Fork of the Jemez in the Valles Caldera from the air. Photo by Greg Kendell/


JEMEZ SPRINGS–The Valles Caldera National Preserve will host the Jemez Valley Storytelling Jamboree 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 27 and 28 at the Valle Grande staging area located just inside the Preserve’s main entrance.

There is no admission charge to attend the jamboree, so bring your family and friends for a day of fun and entertainment by some of the area’s most talented storytellers.

The Jamboree will anchor the 2013 Preservation Act Celebration that will commemorate

Border Zone Extension Expected to Boost Tourism, Economy in Southern New Mexico

on July 25, 2013 - 7:43am


Santa Fe– Mexican tourists who have a Laser Visa Border Crossing Card can now travel to the Southern New Mexico cities of Las Cruces, Mesilla, Deming and Lordsburg, thanks to the new 55 Mile Rule, which went into effect July 12.

Prior to the new rule, visitors from Mexico could only travel 25 miles into New Mexico, putting these towns off limits.

New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center analyzed the economic impact of the new rule and concluded that the state could see up to $51 million in additional spending in the next year, up to 340 new jobs created,and up to $2.57

New Option Available For LAHS Registration

on July 25, 2013 - 7:36am

LAHS News:

Registration for Los Alamos High School is rapidly approaching. Registration will take place Aug. 5-8. 

This year Los Alamos High School is excited to announce a new option to pay online that will be a timesaver for students and their parents. 

Aug. 1, students’ schedules for the 2013-14 school year will be available on PowerSchool, which is accessible on the Los Alamos Schools website at  Prior to registration, parents can go onto PowerSchool and get their student’s schedule.


Tunnel Near Roundabout Gets Makeover

on July 24, 2013 - 4:01pm
Community members repaint the tunnel near the Diamond Drive roundabout after 10 years. Courtesy photo
A group of Los Alamos women got together and re-painted the tunnel entrance near the roundabout on Diamond Drive Monday.
The tunnel was originally painted about 10 years ago with flowers. But time had taken its toll and the paint was deteriorating. Local resident Amy Storey worked with Perry Rutherford at the County to get the paint and have the wall power-washed.
Ericka Becker became involved in the project as the designer.

Los Alamos Burglary Suspect Aaron Nguyen Pleads Guilty to 16 Counts

on July 24, 2013 - 3:16pm

Following his sentencing this morning, convicted burglar Aaron Nguyen, center, leaves the courtroom in the Justice Center as his father holds the door for him. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris, left, and Det. Daniel Roberts speak to the father of convicted burglar Aaron Nguyen outside the courtroom at the Justice Center following this morning's plea deal. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Judge Sheri A.

Fly-Rite with Big Sandy at Ashley Pond Friday

on July 24, 2013 - 12:16pm
Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys bring country boogie to Ashley Pond for this week's Summer Concert. Courtey photo


The Los Alamos Summer Concert Series will be having a fun show at 7 p.m. Friday, July 26 at Ashley Pond. Like all the shows in the Los Alamos Summer Concert series, this one is free. Bring your own chairs.

Coming in from Anaheim, Calif., the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series sponsors presents rockabilly, western swing, country boogie and roots of rock and roll star, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys. They’re on their 25th Anniversary Tour.

In those years,


Author Stacia Lewandowski Will Discuss the History of the Santa Fe Art Scene

on July 24, 2013 - 12:15pm

Author Stacia Lewandowski will speak Thursday at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo


The third largest art market in the U.S. isn’t located on the East Coast, the West Coast or even in the Midwest.

It is right outside Los Alamos in Santa Fe. Just how did this city achieve this ranking? Stacia Lewandowski will explain during an Authors Speak lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25 at Mesa Public Library.

In her book, “Light, Landscape and the Creative Quest,” Lewandowski mainly focuses on the Anglo artists who journeyed to Santa Fe.


Coyote Family Takes Up Residence in Bayo Canyon

on July 24, 2013 - 12:13pm
This coyote pup lives with his family at the mouth of Bayo Canyon. Hikers should avoid the area until the family moves on. Photo by Melissa Bartlett

Staff Report

Melissa Bartlett was hiking Tuesday near the mouth of Bayo Canyon where it comes out near the Sewage Treatment Plant. 

She came upon a den of coyotes including three adults and two cubs. The adults are aggressive to dogs and quite bold with humans. They are being protective of the den, which is close to the dirt road. 

“I suggest avoiding hiking, biking and dog walking there until the coyote family has moved out of the area,”

Linemen Inadvertently Cut Phone Lines in Aspen School Area

on July 24, 2013 - 12:09pm

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities linemen inadvertently cut an underground phone line at about 10 a.m. today near Aspen Elementary School.

DPU sopkesperson Julie Williams Hill said phone service to homes in the area remains out.

"CenturyLink has been called and they will be the ones to fix the phone line," she said.

Williams Hill did not know when phone service would be restored to the area.



Second Candidate Submits Letter of Interest for Los Alamos County Probate Judge Vacancy

on July 24, 2013 - 8:29am

Probate Judge candidate Sharon Marinuzzi. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

A second local attorney has submitted her Letter of Interest to fill the Probate Court Judge vacancy created with the resignation of Ellen Hong in June.

In her letter addressed to County Administrator Harry Burgess and the Los Alamos County Council, Sharon Marinuzzi said her educational background and professional experience render her an excellent candidate for this position, as does her desire to serve the community where she was both raised and continues to

U.S., New Zealand Collaborate to Combat Trafficking of Nuclear Materials

on July 24, 2013 - 8:28am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced a collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to provide mobile radiation detection equipment to countries in Latin America, South East Asia and Africa.

This is the fifth joint NNSA-New Zealand project under a bilateral memorandum of understanding, as a result of the 26-member G8 Global Partnership (GP) Against the Spread of Weapons and Material of Mass Destruction.

Artist Monika Kaden to Lead ‘Plein Air’ Painting Excursion

on July 24, 2013 - 8:25am
Santa Fe artist Monika Kaden will lead a PEEC-sponsored 'plein air' painting excursion Aug. 3. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Local artist and teacher Monika Kaden has teamed up with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) to offer a “plein air” painting excursion on Aug. 3.

This class will allow participants to explore the Los Alamos landscape through art. The emphasis of the class is to have fun painting in a beautiful Los Alamos outside setting, while creating a unique and personal work of art.

“En plein air” is a French expression, which means “in the open air,” and it is used


Boy Scout Museum Society Meets July 30

on July 24, 2013 - 8:24am

BSMS News:

The Boy Scout Museum Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday July 30 at the LDS Church, 1967 18th St., in Los Alamos.

The agenda will contain a report on the Raton Boy Scout Museum trip and new business on a website and virtual museum projects.

Senior scouts and troop leaders are needed at this meeting to assist with the projects.

Troop 22 is celebrating its 90th anniversary and Troop 122 is celebrating its 65th anniversary. These projects could dedicated to the two troops.


Atomic Film Festival Presents A Monster Double Feature

on July 24, 2013 - 8:23am

Udall, Corker: End Use of Burn Pits in Afghanistan

on July 24, 2013 - 8:22am
A bulldozer dumps a load of trash into a burn pit just 300 yards from the runway at Bagram Airfield, January 2012. An Army memo from 2011 found the burn pit is associated with 'long-term' health effects on soldiers at Bagram. Courtesy/U.S. Army

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced they have sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asking for immediate action to halt the use of open-air burn pits at two camp sites supporting Operating Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Their letter follows reports by the Special

Solo Traveler: Tours

on July 24, 2013 - 8:19am
Solo Traveler: Tours

Those of us who travel independently sometimes have disdain for tours. We know how much things generally cost and think tours are often a rip-off.

I do not enjoy being taken to a restaurant the tour company has chosen, and then told what to order off a limited “tourist” menu. And I’ve come to despise being taken to a “crafts workshop” that is actually nothing more than a high priced trinket store on the pretext of a “cultural” experience.

But sometimes I opt for day-tours so I can be assured of getting to the places of interest in relative

Final Update: Thompson Ridge Fire 100 Percent Contained

on July 24, 2013 - 8:17am
Thompson Ridge Fire at its height. Courtesy/VCT
Thompson Ridge Fire:
  • Acres: 23,965
  • Start date: May 31, 2013
  • Cause: Downed powerline             
  • Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve
  • Containment: 100 percent              
  • Terrain: Steep, rugged                                                        
  • Control: 100 percent                        
  • Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine
Summary: Since fire officials declared containment Monday, July 1, there has been neither new fire growth nor significant smoke within the perimeter of the Thompson Ridge Fire.