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Alicia Estrada Completes Career Agents Course

on February 6, 2013 - 8:58am

Alicia Estrada


Alicia Estrada, Farmers Insurance agent in Los Alamos, has completed the Career Agents Course at the University of Farmers training facility in California.

The University of Farmers training facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan was officially dedicated in September 2011, while the training facility located in Agoura Hills, Calif., was dedicated in November 2006.

Farmers CEO Jeff Dailey noted that the University is national in scope, and offers training to Farmers' 15,000 agents and their staff, 500 district managers and 10,000 claims staff year round.


Genealogical Association Meets Feb. 14

on February 6, 2013 - 8:46am

LAGA News:

The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 in room 3 at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos.

Joanie Langholf from Albuquerque will present a program on using to research family history.

The public is invited.


Generations Program Explores The Trinity

on February 6, 2013 - 8:45am

TOTH News:

This week at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, join the congregation for Generations.

The program will discuss how to receive God’s love and how to be in a relationship with each person of the Trinity (One God, three distinct persons.)

Generations takes place at 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. A free meal will be served and at 6:07 p.m. the program begins, with contemporary music by the Generations band, a sermon by Mother Alicia Pope, and the receiving of Holy Eucharist.

St. Valentine’s Day is coming up Feb.

LANS: Funding Available for New Mexico Businesses

on February 6, 2013 - 8:26am

LANS News:

  • Los Alamos Venture Acceleration Fund accepting 2013 applications

The Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) of Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), the company that manages and operates Los Alamos National Laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration, is accepting applications for the 2013 calendar year.

Companies selected will receive awards that can range from $10,000 to $100,000 in order to commercialize technology and take it to market faster.

VAF helps innovative companies reach the next level of success through business and technology development activities,

Learning Opportunity for Middle School Science Teachers

on February 6, 2013 - 8:04am
NIST News:
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now taking applications for the 2013 NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers, to be held July 8-19, 2013 in Gaithersburg, Md.
The NIST Summer Institute is a two-week workshop for middle school science teachers featuring hands-on activities, lectures, tours and visits with NIST scientists and engineers in their laboratories.
Teachers who participate in the NIST Summer Institute gain:
  • Increased understanding of the subjects they teach;
  • Increased understanding of how scientific research is

Municipal Building Construction Update

on February 6, 2013 - 7:49am

Recent interior shot of  the new Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Courtesy/LAC


Construction on the Los Alamos County Municipal Building project on Central Avenue is rolling right along as employees prepare for the big move into the new facility over the weeks ahead.

Offsite Work:

At the corner of Iris Stree and 9th Street, construction of angled parking has been completed. At the corner of 9th Street and Central Avenue, construction of handicapped walk ramps and revisions to the drainage elevations have been completed.

Onsite Work:

  • Concrete work near the west building

Letter to the Editor: Outraged...

on February 6, 2013 - 7:08am
By Diana Norwood
Los Alamos
I don't get my feathers ruffled easily, nor often. As a resident and business owner in Los Alamos, I am outraged and offended when I read that someone has decided to spend "fifty thousand dollars" of County money, to have folks from Tennessee come here and tell us how to market our town.
It hasn't been that long ago, when the beautiful structures were erected at the top of the main hill road to Los Alamos. "Welcome to Los Alamos ... Where discoveries are made."
I think that sounds real nice, and accurate.

Money IQ: Avoiding Overdraft Fees

on February 6, 2013 - 7:08am
Money IQ
By Fidel Gutierrez

Avoiding Overdraft Fees

Whether you have had a checking account for years or you just recently opened one, a fee that should have been discussed with you is the overdraft fee. 

This fee can also be called non-sufficient funds or bounced check fee. Your financial institution may even have a fee for both, one for the non-sufficient funds item and another for overdrawing your account.

How does one avoid overdraft fees? Don’t allow your account to become overdrawn. This is easier said than done as a person’s cash flow might be tighter in these tough economic times. 


Luján Encourages Tech Transfer; Oversight of National Labs

on February 6, 2013 - 7:03am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District submitted the following statement into the record Tuesday during the House Energy and Commerce Committee mark-up of the Committee's oversight plan for the current Congressional session.

"Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the inclusion of 'management and operations issues at the Department of Energy' within the Committee's Oversight Plan for the 113th Congress.

"As Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is located in my district in Northern New Mexico, I am particularly interested in the

Voters Elect Michelle Hall to College Board

on February 5, 2013 - 9:29pm

Michelle Hall

Staff report

Los Alamos voters tonight elected Michelle Hall 251 to 44 to replace incumbent Ron Dolin in Position 1 on the UNM-LA Advisory Board.

Hall owns Science Education Solutions, Inc., a small research and development company invested in promoting science and technology literacy.

"Higher education is the cornerstone to our past and future economic success in Los Alamos County.

LANL Presents 'Lifetime Achievement Award' to Rep. Nick Salazar

on February 5, 2013 - 5:52pm

LANL Executive Director Rich Marquez presents Rep. Nick Salazar with 'Lifetime Achievement Award.' Courtesy/LANL
  • Rep. Salazar Longest Serving House Member

SANTA FE – Los Alamos National Laboratory presented Rep. Nick Salazar, D-Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba and San Miguel counties, with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at a breakfast Jan. 30 in Santa Fe.

Salazar received the highest honor recognizing his profound and significant contributions during his 63 years of service, which include expanding opportunities for research and development, small business and minority business development, transfer

FBI Releases Photo of Suspected Bank Robber

on February 5, 2013 - 5:12pm

Photo of suspected bank robber demanding cash from a teller this afternoon at Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and Los Alamos Police Department are looking for a woman who robbed Los Alamos National Bank, 77 Rover Blvd., in White Rock, today, Feb. 5.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Native American female in her late 20s or early 30s, approximately 5'4" tall and weighing about 150 pounds.

She may have a scar or tattoo below her left eye.

The suspect wore a black jacket over a black hoodie and a gray hoodie. She also had on winter gloves.

Police Surround LANB in White Rock

on February 5, 2013 - 3:57pm

Los Alamos Police vehicles are out in force at Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock and throughout the area following a bank robbery there this afternoon. FBI agents have taken over the case and are on scene. Photo by Rebekah Valentine

Police will be out in force around White Rock and near Pinon and Chamisa Elementary Schools while the hunt is underway for the woman suspected of robbing Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock this afternoon. Photo by Rebekah Valentine

FBI Takes Over Local Bank Robbery Case

on February 5, 2013 - 3:38pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police have handed off this afternoon's bank robbery case of the Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock to the FBI, which is standard procedure.

The latest information obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post is that the suspect is described as a 5'4'' Hispanic woman, mid 20-40 years of age with a blue star tattoo on her face and wearing a black sweatshirt with logo on it.


Children Remain Inside White Rock's Chamisa and Pinon Schools While Police Hunt Bank Robber

on February 5, 2013 - 3:26pm


LAPS News:

Both Chamisa Elementary School and Pinon Elementary School in White Rock will keep students in school until parents/guardians pick them up this afternoon.

"In cooperation with local police, we are following this procedure as a safety precaution as they continue their investigation of a bank robbery suspect (s) potentially in the area," from a statement released by Los Alamos Public Schools.

LAPS said that police patrols have been beefed up in the area around the schools and there will be an increased police presence at the schools while parents pick up their children.

Breaking News: Police Hunt Woman Suspected of Robbing White Rock LANB

on February 5, 2013 - 2:50pm

(Update 3:10pm with updated suspect description)

LAPD News:

Early police reports indicate that a robbery occurred this afternoon at Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock.

The suspect is believed to be a female Hispanic, 5' 4" and wearing Black sweat shirt, gray pants, Logo on shirt, has Blue Star Tattoo on face. Age: mid 20 to 40.

She was last seen headed toward Smith's Food and Drug Center on Sherwood Boulevard carrying about $4,000 in cash from the bank in a plastic bag.

Details may change on this developing story so check back for updates.

Voting Ends at 7 p.m. Today!

on February 5, 2013 - 2:13pm

Los Alamos resident Steve Ciddio walks toward the Los Alamos Community Building where voting is underway until 7 p.m. today as well as at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. CLark/

Staff report

Voters registered in Los Alamos County have until 7 p.m. today, Feb. 5, to cast a ballot for the 2013 Los Alamos School Board/UNM-LA Advisory Board Election.

Voting is underway at the Los Alamos Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue and in White Rock at Fire Station 3 on N.M. 4 just beyond Rover Boulevard.

Vote for one candidate in each District for the

Bonnie Gordon Joins Los Alamos Daily Post

on February 5, 2013 - 10:54am

Bonnie J. Gordon has joined the Los Alamos Daily Post as lifestyles editor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff report

Thanks to overwhelming community support, the Los Alamos Daily Post is growing in readership and revenues every day and is pleased to announce an important addition to its news team.

Longtime Los Alamos resident Bonnie J. Gordon has joined the online newspaper as lifestyles editor.

"Bonnie is well known and respected throughout the local artistic community," Publisher Carol A. Clark said.

Food on the Hill: Cooking for Valentine's Day

on February 5, 2013 - 10:46am

This week's recipe: 

Cherry Chocolate Cake

For Valentine’s Day (next two weeks) I am going to have recipes in that ANYONE can cook. I feel it is very important that you show the people that you love (Sweethearts, Family, and Friends) that you think they are important. Surprise your loved ones with a great dinner.


Photo by Sue York/



  • Devil’s food cake mix

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 pound 5 oz cherry pie filling (strawberry can also be used)


  • 1/3 cup milk

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 5 Tablespoons butter

  • 6 - 7 oz chocolate chips


Photo by Sue

LAHS College Signing Date Changed

on February 5, 2013 - 9:54am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School athlete Zak Kennison’s signing a National Letter of Intent with Colorado Mesa University, in Grand Junction, Colo., is being changed to 11:25 a.m. Friday, instead of Wednesday.

Joining Kennison will be Sean Reardon who will sign with Adams State University.

Both young men are going on to participate in Cross Country and Track.


Lecture Examines Seven LANL Explosive Fatalities

on February 5, 2013 - 8:36am

Cary Skidmore. Courtesy photo

By Kirsten Laskey

In 1954, seven workers in Los Alamos lost their lives as a result of three high explosive accidents.

It is not a well-known event. In fact, at the time, even the workers’ families were not given a lot of information.

Times have changed, however, and Cary Skidmore, a group leader for the Explosives Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is sharing the story with the public.

Skidmore will present “The Seven LANL Explosives Fatalities: Technical and Human Perspective,” as part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series.


Take a Peek at Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ This Week

on February 5, 2013 - 8:35am

Grace Kelly and James Stewart in 'Rear Window.' Courtesy photo

Review by Kelly Dolejsi

We never know what’s really happening behind closed doors, or even wide open windows.

But that’s never stopped us humans from drawing our own conclusions about other people’s lives, in which we are sometimes much more interested than our own.

The 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic “Rear Window” is not only a “who dunnit?” but a “did anyone do it?” And even the “it” is ambiguous. Was there a murder? Or did a lady take a train? Is a man a killer, or simply in sales?

NM Delegation Introduces Mining Cleanup Legislation

on February 5, 2013 - 8:32am


  • Bill Would Allow States to Access Funding for Reclamation of Abandoned Uranium and other Mines

WASHINGTON D.C. – New Mexico Congressional Delegation members Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Rep. Steve Pearce, introduced legislation Monday in the United States Senate and House to help state and tribal governments complete high-priority uranium mine cleanup projects.

The Abandoned Mine Land (AML) fund was created as part of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) and requires fees to be paid on local coal

SFI Seminar: Shared Information — New Insights and Problems in Decomposing Information in Complex System

on February 5, 2013 - 8:32am

Eckehard Olbrich

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents a SFI Seminar by Eckehard Olbrich, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, at 12:15 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Collins Conference Room at 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Olbrich's seminar is titled "Shared Information — New Insights and Problems in Decomposing Information in Complex System."

Abstract: How can the information that a set of random variables contains about another random variable be decomposed? To what extent do different subgroups provide the same, i.e.

DNA and Quantum Dots: All That Glitters is Not Gold

on February 5, 2013 - 8:31am

The NIST team explored the behavior of quantum dots and gold nanoparticles placed in different configurations on small rectangular constructs made of self-assembled DNA. Laser light (green) allowed the team to explore changes in the fluorescent lifetime of the quantum dots when close to gold particles of different sizes. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

A team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has shown that by bringing gold nanoparticles close to the dots and using a DNA template to control the distances, the intensity of a quantum dot's fluorescence can