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Council Zips Through Charter Review Items

on June 12, 2012 - 8:07pm

Kyle Wheeler served on the Charter Review Committee and is here in Council Chambers this evening along with John Hopkins who served as CRC chair to present recommendations on items in the Charter. Council appointed nine citizens to the Charter Review Committee in November 2009. The eight that served (four citizens left the Committee and Council appointed three to back fill the positions) include Chris Chandler, Harry Ettinger, Richard Dunn, Ralph Phelps, John Hopkins, Morrie Pongratz, Larry Warner and Kyle Wheeler, The Chairman was John Hopkins. Vice Chairman was Larry Warner.
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Council Votes For No Change to Sheriff's Office

on June 12, 2012 - 7:49pm

After listening to comments and recommendations from members of the Charter Review Committee, which studied the issue at length, Councilors voted 5-2 to retain present language in the Charter stating that the duties of the Los Alamos Sheriff do not include law enforcement. During the discussion period, Councilor Fran Berting suggested doing away with the Office altogether since Los Alamos County does not have unincorporated land in which a sheriff's department normally operates.
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Waterman's Wild Ride Off Main Hill Road

on June 12, 2012 - 7:01pm

Roger Waterman's Starchief lies wrecked at the bottom of the cliff below what is today known as Anderson Overlook. Photo courtesy Roger Waterman (See more photos below)

The date was Dec. 30, 1968. Roger Waterman was driving his good friend, Mike Benziger, down the main hill road, heading to Benziger’s home in Santa Fe, after both had been playing basketball in Los Alamos. 

Waterman was driving his large and powerful 1959 Pontiac Starchief. He had driven the Starchief 25 times on cross-county trips to and from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., where he was a senior classman.

A powerful

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Public Invited to 2012 Opera Season Preview

on June 12, 2012 - 1:35pm

SFO News:

Well known soloist Alicia Solomon of Los Alamos will present highlights of the 2012 Santa Fe Opera season at 7 p.m., Thursday June 14 at Mesa Public Library.

The 2012 season runs June 29 - Aug. 25 and will feature five new productions, including three new to the Santa Fe Opera's repertoire.

The season opens with Tosca, featuring the American debut of renowned soprano Amanda Echalaz.

Bizet's stunning opera The Pearl Fishers will be performed for the first time in Santa Fe.

The season also features the world premiere of the new critical edition of Rossini's Maometto II with

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Diving into the Recycling Stream

on June 12, 2012 - 1:02pm

Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki dumping residential recycling roll carts by hand in the Western Area recently. Courtesy/LAC

Column by Tom Nagawiecki

As the Environmental Services Specialist I spend a fair deal of my time working on recycling program planning and education and outreach. 

What I do not get the opportunity to do very often is get my hands dirty and see the recycling stream up close and personal. 

That opportunity presented itself recently when we were down two collection vehicles and needed additional staffing to get the recyclables

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Helicopter Hovering Overhead is Taking Aerial Surveys of Townsite

on June 12, 2012 - 11:01am

In response to concerned calls coming in today to the Los Alamos Daily Post about possible fires in Los Alamos, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider has confirmed that there are no fires burning anywhere in Los Alamos County. The helicopter heard flying overhead is taking aerial photos of the townsite and will continue to do so for the next day or two. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post Launches New Food Section: 'Food on the Hill'

on June 12, 2012 - 10:34am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

Hi Los Alamos,

My name is Sue York and I am going to be writing the new food section, “Food on the Hill” of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

My hope for the section is to share recipes and photos on how to make them. 

I will also have restaurant reviews and local menus posted, and maybe even some local food travel.

Just a short history on myself. I am NOT a professional chef, everything I have learned about cooking and food has been learned over years of work in the kitchen. 

I have owned two bed and breakfasts, won many food contests, and been published in

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Something Funny from the Intertubes

on June 12, 2012 - 8:53am

Galaxy of Passion - A Star Wars Telenovela

Fuselier Provides Introduction to Afghan Culture

on June 12, 2012 - 7:49am

Bob Fuselier of Los Alamos, right, and friend Blake Batten arrive at the Lashkar Airport last month. The parking lot behind them is the baggage claim area ... if it’s raining, someone may pitch a tent. Photo by Ayub Kharoti

By Dr. Bob Fuselier

Afghanistan is home to numerous ethnic groups. Up until the last few years, many were locked in long-standing conflicts with each other.

While underlying tensions still exist, the peace that is now more of a way of life than a dream of yesterday provides a framework through which Afghans can coexist.

Today the streets of Kabul reflect the spectrum

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Los Alamos Geological Society Meets at 6 p.m. June 19

on June 12, 2012 - 7:49am

In the facinating world of geology, one never knows what lurks under the next rock or just inside an abandoned silver mine. Geologist Javier Garcia-Guinea put his head inside an opening of an old silver mine in Almeria, Andalusia, Spain in June 2000 and found a gigantic geode, covered with large crystals of gypsum of exceptional transparency. The chamber measured eight meters long, 1.8 wide and 1.7 high. Courtesy/unique-almeria.com

The Los Alamos Geological Society meets at 6 p.m., Tuesday June 19 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road.

 

This meeting will be a potluck and silent auction

Los Alamos Day at NM History Museum Saturday

on June 12, 2012 - 7:29am

On Saturday afternoon, June 16, the New Mexico History Museum and its Los Compadres del Palacio support group will host a visit to the Museum for all Los Alamos County residents.  

The event will begin at 1:30 p.m., with an informal reception at the Museum.

At  2:15 p.m., Los Alamos visitors are invited to participate in a tour of the St. Johns Bible exhibition led by Tom Leech, head of the Palace Press.

They can also visit other exhibits in the Museum, including those in the Palace of the Governors. Museum admission will be free 1-5 p.m. for Los Alamos visitors.

During the afternoon

Police Fans Will Love Friday's Summer Concert

on June 12, 2012 - 7:21am

By Russ Gordon

Hope you’ve been enjoying the 2012 LA County Summer Concert Series because we’re not stopping.

This Friday night, 7 p.m., Ashley Pond, we’ll be paying a tribute to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band, the Police.

Our band will be the Police Experience. Like the Police, our guys play internationally and nationally and deliver a high energy show.

The incredible drummer for the Police, Stewart Copeland says “…every nuance, all the drum parts, and the singer has Sting down to a tee…”

Check out the Police Experience on www.policeexperience.com or on youtube and you’ll agree

Community Winds in Semi-Finals for American Prize

on June 11, 2012 - 11:41pm

The Los Alamos Community Winds has been selected as one of two semi-finalists for the 2012 American Prize in Wind Ensemble/Concert band Performance - Community Division.

"This is a tremendous honor and one which would not have been possible if it weren't for your dedication and musicianship and that of many former members over the past 12 years," Director Ted Vives said.

The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances of music by

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Fire and Water: The Las Conchas Fire

on June 11, 2012 - 11:03pm

Column by State Representative Jim Hall

On June 4 and 5, I attended a conference “Impacts and Lessons Learned from the Las Conchas Fire,” sponsored by New Mexico’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR--http://nmepscor.org/). 

NM EPSCoR is funded by the National Science Foundation, and this year their focus was to research the impacts of climate change on Northern New Mexico water resources.

The Las Conchas Fire broadened their focus to the environmental impacts of wildfire--with water and water quality as an important subtext. 

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Los Alamos Students Land in Atlanta!

on June 11, 2012 - 10:26pm

Los Alamos students arrive at the airport in Atlanta today on their journey to Europe for an educational tour. Photo by Lynn Ovaska
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Fire Restrictions Tighten Tuesday

on June 11, 2012 - 10:21pm

Santa Fe – Due to increasing fire danger and resources fully engaged on multiple wildfires, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary John Bemis and State Forester Tony Delfin today announced additional restrictions on fireworks, smoking, campfires and open-fires would be extended to cover all non-municipal, non-federal and non-tribal lands throughout the State of New Mexico.

The restrictions will go into effect at 8 a.m., Tuesday June 12.

“Recent high temperatures and low humidity levels have dried out forest and wildland vegetation significantly throughout the State of

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Local Students Board Plane this Morning for Europe

on June 11, 2012 - 7:24pm

Eleven newly graduated seniors from Los Alamos gathered at the Sunport in Albuquerque this morning to fly to Europe on an educational trip with local teacher Lynn Ovaska. Courtesy photo

Students including Michelle Boerigter, Anna Grothaus, Katherine Joseph, Kayla Suazo, Erin Burr, Hannah Breshears, Megan Kelley, Anna Carroll, Taylor Mason, Chris Calhoun and Nick Padilla line up in the Sunport prepared to board the plane for their educational tour of Europe, which runs through June 22. Courtesy photo

Students Anna Carroll, Megan Kelley and Taylor Mason from Los Alamos prepare to board their
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Small Businesses Providing Services to LANL Receive National Awards from DOE

on June 11, 2012 - 5:10pm

LANL News:

Demolition of the former administration building at TA-3 conducted by ARSEC Environmental LLC. Courtesy/LANL

Three businesses that provide services to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) received Department of Energy small business awards for fiscal year 2011 and will be recognized by DOE at a ceremony June 27 in Washington, D.C.

  • Eberline Services of Santa Fe received DOE’s Small Business of the Year award. Eberline conducted environmental drilling services at LANL. The work in 2011 was completed without recordable injuries or lost work time because of accidents.

Public Invited to Draft Airport Master Plan Open House

on June 11, 2012 - 4:49pm
COUNTY News:
Los Alamos County Airport runway in 2008. Photo by Sean Slemmons
The public is invited to drop by an informal open house regarding the draft Airport Master Plan from 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday June 20, in Council Chambers at 475 20th St.
Delta Airport Consultants is the County's contractor for this project and will be on hand to answer questions during the open house.
The draft Master Plan is available to review prior to the open house on the County’s website at www.losalamosnm.usunder the “Projects/Airport Master Plan” link.
The webpage provides ways for residents to comment,
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Bradbury Invites Public to Share Personal Fire Stories

on June 11, 2012 - 4:14pm

Courtesy/Bradbury Science Museum

Interactive exhibit opens June 13

Beginning Wednesday June 13, the public is invited to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Bradbury Science Museum to take part in “Living With Wildfire: Share Your Stories.”

The museum will host an opening reception from 3:30-6 p.m. for the general public.

Nearly one year ago, the Las Conchas Fire burned in forest areas surrounding LANL and forced a one-week closure.

The wildfire spared the Laboratory but it affected thousands of residents in Northern New Mexico.

The exhibit provides an opportunity for people to

Celebrity Models and Vocalists Entertain Sold Out Crowd during Opera Guild Fashion Show at Blue Window Bistro Sunday

on June 11, 2012 - 3:20pm

Anna Caspersen, left, her celebrity model husband Roland Caspersen and Opera Guild President Mary Cummings at The Blue Window Bistro during Sunday's musical fashion show. Julia Fair, Alicia Solomon and Jess Cullinan performed at the elegant event at which 11 local celebrities modeled fashions by Uli's. The Blue Window Bistro partnered with the Los Alamos Opera Guild and the Guilds of Santa Fe Opera on this event, providing savory hor d'oeuvres, desserts and a variety of wines. Proceeds from the sold out event benefit the Opera Guilds. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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‘Julie’s Helpers’ Hosts Scholarship Event with Navajo Frybread and Tacos at Ashley Pond Friday

on June 11, 2012 - 1:03pm

By Carol A. Clark

The community is invited to enjoy authentic Navajo frybread and Navajo tacos at the second annual Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship Navajo Taco Sale.

The event is set for 5-9 p.m., Friday June 15 at Ashley Pond in conjunction with the Gordon’s Summer Concert and kickoff of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship Navajo partners will prepare the Navajo frybread and Navajo tacos for the event. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.

JULIE MEADOWS

Before her passing from a brain tumor in December of 2009, Julie Meadows and

Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 29 to June 6, 2012

on June 11, 2012 - 10:38am

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.

 

 

KEVIN HERRING

May 29 at 5:21 p.m. / Police charged Kevin Herring, 34, of Los Alamos with shoplifting at Smith's Food & Drug Centers on Central Avenue and issued him a summons to appear in court. The estimated loss is less than $100. 

 

 

 

JAVIER RAMOS

May 31 at 9:27 a.m.

Jin Park Hosts Concert for Charity at 6:30 p.m. Friday

on June 11, 2012 - 10:11am

Jin Park performs Friday evening at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Photo by Don Taylor

By Carol A. Clark

Jin Park will perform in his senior recital at 6:30 p.m., Friday June 15 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road. 

The well-known local musician is hoping many people will turn out for this very special event.

"Music has been such an influence in my life. Before leaving for school in the fall, I wanted to share what music has come to mean to me after all these years," Park said.

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Little Bear Fire Consumes Nearly 35,000 Acres

on June 11, 2012 - 10:07am

Courtesy/nmfireinfo

The Little Bear Fire sparked by lightning June 4 near Ruidoso in the Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln National Forest remains o percent contained.

The massive blaze has burned some 34,651 acres of mixed conifer and ponderosa pine and destroyed about 35 structures as of this morning.

There are currently eight Type 1 and Type 2 crews comprised of 429 firefighters battling this inferno with 47 fire engines, seven water tenders, five dozers and two Type 1 helicopters.

Road Closures:

  • N.M. 532 (Ski Run Road) at mile marker 3, east and west;
  • N.M.
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