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Letter to the Editor: Proposed Charter Changes Achieve Goal

on October 15, 2012 - 4:08pm
By Ralph L. Phelps
Former County Councilor

When I was selected to join the Charter Review Committee, I approached the task very cautiously and conservatively because any changes that might be recommended required a very thorough vetting process to ensure the right decisions were made to our community’s fundamental law.

My fellow committee members were equally dedicated, and we had many open and transparent discussions at public meetings that explored the issues from all aspects, bringing out researched facts and practical examples of what needed to be changed.

In the end, our report to

Community Invited to 'Satch Cowan Trail' Dedication

on October 15, 2012 - 4:05pm

Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Residents are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the new “Satch Cowan Trail” at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22 at the trailhead near the existing Quemazon Trail in Western Area.

The new trail -- with construction led by the County’s Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, local trails volunteers, and fifth-grade students from Mountain Elementary School -- parallels portions of the existing Quemazon trail near the canyon edge.

Prior to improvements, the trail had already been in existence and hiked for years as a "social trail.”

Now, the Satch Cowan Trail will

Friday's Hailstorm Wreaks Havoc on Local Home

on October 15, 2012 - 1:22pm

The home of Dawn and James Cline at 1164 Cheyenne St. is battered by Friday's Hailstorm. Photo by James Cline

Staff Report

"Our house got trashed," said Dawn Cline of Friday's intense hailstorm.

Cline and her husband James Cline own Aspen Copies & Office Supplies, 1907 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos. She told the Los Alamos Daily Post that their home was hit the hardest in the neighborhood and sustained the most damage.

"We lost our full front siding and siding on the side of our trailer, all of the shutters and all of the front windows ... the front of the garage was de-painted and

Letter to the Editor: The Ballot Questions

on October 15, 2012 - 12:35pm
Councilor Mike Wismer
 
By Mike Wismer & David Izraelevitz
Los Alamos County Councilors

As part of the ballot for the November election, Los Alamos voters are being presented with proposed changes to the Initiative, Referendum and Recall provisions of the Charter, and the process for future Charter amendments. 

We fully agree with the notion that changes to the Charter should only be made after thoughtful and deliberate consideration. 

The Charter Review Committee provided that analysis after months of open and respectful dialogue. 

We support the proposed changes and would like to

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 4 to Oct. 10, 2012

on October 15, 2012 - 8:12am

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Oct. 4 at 6:38 a.m. / A 13-year-old Los Alamos girl reported that she was to victim of extortion by someone attempting to expose her. The matter is under investigation.

PEGGY MYERS

Oct. 4 at 2:47 p.m. / Police arrested Peggy Myers, 59, of Los Alamos at 15th Street and Central Avenue and charged her with driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Oct. 5 at 2:30 p.m.

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Letter to the Editor: We Deserve Better - Vote NO on Charter Amendments

on October 15, 2012 - 8:12am

By Robert Pelak

I recently participated in a League of Women Voters forum to express my opposition to the four proposed amendments to the Los Alamos County Charter that are on this year's election ballot.

The Los Alamos Daily Post recently published a letter from Kyle Wheeler stating that, at that forum, I said that "the way the Charter Review Committee grouped the items makes sense." I am writing this letter to explain that the above statement is
an exaggeration of my comments.

Experience Pasión de Tango at LALT Thursday

on October 15, 2012 - 8:11am

Alp Findikoglu and Paula Couselo-Findikoglu tango. Courtesy photo

By Bonnie Gordon

Thrill to one of the most fascinating and sensual dance styles in the world when Pasión de Tango comes to Los Alamos Little Theatre at 7:30 p.m Thursday, Oct. 18.

Pasión de Tango will showcase Santa Fe tango performers and instructors Alp Findikoglu and Paula Couselo-Findikoglu and the Bailo Tango Dance Group as well as the music of the Alejandro Ziegler Quartet from Argentina.

The show is produced by Graciela Cainelli.

Column: The Hogwarts School of Management – Part II

on October 15, 2012 - 8:11am


Column by Elena Yang

I continue on the course of Hogwarts’ teaching on power. I highly recommend that you read the passages substituting fictitious names with real names in your work environment. To what extent do the descriptions parallel your experience?

Part II

III. Then, there is the purely bully power.

Bully power is embodied in Draco Malfoy and his cronies. Of course, one could argue that Voldemort was a bully too; after all, a bully strikes fear in the victim. 

However, Voldemort was extremely skillful and intelligent in applying his skills to manipulate, to strike, to conquer. 

NNSA Holds Radiation Emergency Training in Denmark

on October 15, 2012 - 8:10am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Participants from five countries took part in a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) International Training Course on Consequence Management (I-CM) last week in Denmark.

The training was hosted by the Danish Emergency Management Agency.

“The training was part of NNSA’s broader effort to build and enhance nuclear emergency management systems worldwide,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol.

Olions Perform Musical Comedy Murders of 1940’s

on October 15, 2012 - 8:04am

Los Alamos High School students Charlie Herman and Haley Henson. Photo by Sopahn Kellogg

 

By Sopahn Kellogg
Los Alamos Daily Post Intern

The Olions have decades of history at Los Alamos High. This fall the thespian club is presenting a play, Musical Comedy Murders of 1940’s and it is happening this coming weekend.

Tickets are $9 each and the show will be presented at 8 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 with a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.

All five performances are in the new Black Box – third floor of the new LAHS building.

Interviewing some of the cast members I asked them a

Ruby K's Cupcake Decorating Fest Helps Nonprofit

on October 14, 2012 - 11:53am
Children concentrated intensely on their decorating technique at Ruby K's first Cupcake Decorating Fest Saturday. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner
 
RUBY K's News:
 
Ruby K's first Cupcake Decorating Fest drew a crowd Saturday as parents and children gathered around a table outside the restaurant at 20th and Central Avenue to decorate cupcakes with vibrant frosting and an entire tableful of colorful candies.

The event raised $105 for Family Strengths Network (FSN). Ruby K's hopes to raise even more money for FSN during its Scary Cupcake Decorating Contest during Halloweekend Oct. 27.

FSN is a

Day Journeys to the Middle of Nowhere: An Adventure in Corrales

on October 14, 2012 - 7:55am

Travel Column by Kirsten Laskey

To say this place is centered in nowhere may be a bit of a stretch. It actually nips at the heels of one of those major sprawling communities that are located everywhere.

Still, when my parents and I drove into Corrales via Bernalillo recently, we were certain we had arrived but not entirely sure where.

Corrales and Bernalillo may tread on each others’ toes but driving down a road lined with trees that create a dappled pattern of sunlight and seeing horses roaming through pastures in the small town of Corrales, it is hard to believe that minutes away is a

Letter to the Editor: Vote 'Yes' on Charter Ballot Questions

on October 14, 2012 - 6:39am
By Kevin Holsapple
Los Alamos

Amongst the various elective office contests and ballot questions on the slate for November's election are four local Charter ballot questions deserving of your attention and affirmation.
 
They deal with making improvements to the County Charter provisions dealing with citizen initiatives, referendums, recalls, and future Charter revisions.
 
A group formed by the County Council called the Charter Review Committee (CRC) performed a comprehensive review of the County Charter over the past few years, held a whole bunch of public meetings to collect ideas and

Café Scientifique Looks at Ethical Hacking Oct.18

on October 14, 2012 - 6:38am
CAFE SCIENTIQUE News:
 
Local teens are invited to attend Café Scientifique NM set for 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at UNM-LA in the Building 4 Computer Lab.
 
Neale Pickett of Los Alamos National Laboratory will present the talk, "Ethical Hacking and Codebreaking: A Hands-on Tutorial and Contest."

In early 2009, Iran's uranium enrichment program—widely believed to be aimed at developing a nuclear weapon—was set back at least two years and billions of dollars by a computer virus from the United States.  

The New Zealand-based Megaupload site has millions of dollars of equipment and

CONE ZONE: Week of Oct. 15

on October 14, 2012 - 6:35am

COUNTY News:

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at www.losalamosnm.us.

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1:

Fifth Street between Myrtle and Canyon remains closed.

Roadway prep work continues on Myrtle between 9th Street and 15th Street. This section of Myrtle is closed to through traffic with flagging operations during the day and two-way traffic at night.

Paving from the middle of the Myrtle Green to 9th Street should occur the week of Oct. 22.

Minor

U.S., Russia Partner to Complete Krasnoyarsk Regional Training Center, Reaffirm Commitment

on October 14, 2012 - 6:28am

NNSA is responsible for the management and security of the nation's nuclear weapons, nuclear nonproliferation, and naval reactor programs. It also responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the United States and abroad. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense (RF MOD) announced Friday the commissioning of the Krasnoyarsk Regional Training Center (KRTC) near Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

The KRTC will provide training for personnel who maintain or operate security systems at RF MOD nuclear

Talk: 21st Century Science Powered by 19th Century Power Plants

on October 14, 2012 - 6:27am

SUSTAINABILITY BOARD News:

 

Tom Ribe will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at UNM-LA Building 2, Room 230.

 

Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board and Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network are sponsoring the talk and discussion that will overview Los Alamos's power sources, and urge an update of the electricity supply over the next decade to address climate change.

 

Los Alamos' power supply is vulnerable and unreliable and should be produced in Los Alamos, using a combination of energy conservation, green power, and cutting edge nuclear power.

 

Los Alamos has a

County Line: Apply for Creative District Advisory Committee

on October 14, 2012 - 6:21am

COUNTY News:

Editor's Note: Due to the rain and hailstorm after lunch Friday, the groundbreaking for the new Multi Purpose Covered Arena had to be cancelled. Staff will be working with the project sponsors to see if it can be rescheduled in the near future. Watch for updates next week.

Council Work Session Tuesday

They'll be meeting in White Rock Fire Station #3 at 7 p.m. - what's on the agenda? The "Master Career Plan" for the Police Department is likely to garner the most discussion. Download the full agenda here:  http://www.losalamosnm.us/gov/council/Pages/default.aspx

Satch Cowan Trail

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Column: Hope isn't Enough

on October 14, 2012 - 6:15am
By Allen E. Weh
New Mexico Businessman and former Candidate for Governor

Webster’s definition of hope is “to cherish a desire with expectation of fulfillment,” but hope is not a plan.

Regrettably, this country’s foreign policy has been largely based on hope during the past three plus years, and it shows.

People can desire this, and hope for that, but without good policies these things can never be fulfilled, and the recent violence in the Middle East reinforces this indisputable truth.

The brutal murder of our Ambassador and three other Americans in Libya by radical Islamists, along

Pet of the Week: Houdini

on October 14, 2012 - 5:58am

Houdini. Courtesy photo

FRIENDS OF THE SHELTER News:

Houdini is Pet of the Week. Houdini is not a magician, but an adorable black and white spaniel/BC mix.

He recently got a bath and is ready to show off his black and white coat. He is affectionate and sweet with both dogs and people, and would love to accompany his new person everywhere.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets. Others are currently off-campus in foster homes. 

Visitor Guides: Friday afternoons 4-6 p.m., volunteers will be at the shelter to give potential

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Sunday Talk at Bradbury Describes Manhattan Project Contributions of Jewish Scientists at LANL

on October 13, 2012 - 8:10pm
Hans Bethe
 
BRADBURY News:
Talk Sunday at Bradbury Science Museum
 
Jewish scientists played a key role in Los Alamos' Manhattan Project effort to develop the first atomic bombs.
 
The role of these research luminaries in LANL's Theoretical Division, such as Hans Bethe, Victor Weisskopf, Richard Feynman and John von Neumann among others are explored in a talk Sunday at the Bradbury Science Museum.
 
When: 3 p.m., Oct. 14
Where: Bradbury Science Museum, 15th Street and Central Avenue.
 
The talk, "Jews in Theory: A Snapshot of Theoretical Division at Los Alamos in 1945" by Jack Shlachter, LANL's

FBI Media Alert: Public's Help Sought in Man's Death

on October 13, 2012 - 4:04pm

FBI News:

Dale Johnson went missing for more than a week before his body was found in a mountainous area near Mescalero, N.M., on July 8, 2011.

The FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs still are investigating the 58-year-old Mescalero man's death, and are asking the public for help.

Johnson's body was found in a remote area directly north of the Feast or Ceremonial Grounds on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

No information about the condition of the body is being released at this time.

Johnson's relatives reported him missing on June 29, 2011.

Anyone with information about what Johnson was

New Deadline and Expanded Criteria for Creative District Advisory Committee Applicants

on October 13, 2012 - 3:50pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County announced Friday that the deadline to receive letters of interest from applicants interested in being appointed to the new advisory committee being formed to assist the County and Council in the implementation of the Los Alamos Creative District will have until 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16 (to match the day with date previously announced.)

In addition, the criterion requiring prospective members to “live in either Los Alamos or White Rock” has been expanded to include those who “live or work in Los Alamos County.”

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Letter to the Editor: Charter Amendments Clarify and Unify the Process

on October 13, 2012 - 2:15pm
By Kyle Wheeler
Los Alamos

The charter amendments on the ballot group the various processes for initiative, referendum, recall, and future charter amendments into more sensible groupings within the charter, so if you want to start a petition to recall an elected official or start some other petition, and these amendments pass, the process for how you do it will be spelled out more clearly within the charter.

The amendments clarify and unify the process. Even Rob Pelak agreed at a recent League of Women Voters Forum that the way the Charter Review Committee grouped the items makes sense.

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