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Smart Design With Suzette: Small House – Remodeling A Living Room – Budget And Floor Plan

on May 20, 2017 - 9:42am
Before and after living room remodel. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Here we are in the second part of remodeling a living room. Last week we discussed getting started with researching, considering your lifestyle, consulting the pros, determining your needs and identifying your style. Now we move on to budgets, floor plans and layout.


So, just how much is that living room renovation going to cost?

Smith’s In Los Alamos Hosts Frito Pie Fundraiser Today

on May 20, 2017 - 9:36am
Smith’s in Los Alamos is hosting a Frito pie fundraiser 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to benefit the UNM Children's Hospital in Albuquerque. A drink and Frito pie will be available for $6 and a silent auction will be held, too. Both Los Alamos and White Rock Smith’s will be taking donations at the registers.

The Unsung Hero

on May 20, 2017 - 9:17am
Unsung heroes can be found everywhere. Courtesy photo
JudyGail's Place

The news is swarming with horrible stories about tragedies. We hear too often about shootings at community colleges or vehicles driving into crowds of people. These stories are heartbreaking. Those who witness these events also are impacted in profound ways. It is life altering to witness innocent lives suddenly changed by a senseless evil act.

While these tragedies are overwhelming, many stories of heroism also rise to the surface.

Griggs: Dateline – 2017 New Orleans Jazz Fest

on May 20, 2017 - 8:39am
The ‘Cream of the Crop’ features three little girls singing the chorus on songs for J. Monque’D and his band in the Blues tent. Photo by David Griggs
Amedee Frederick VI, 5, plays guitar next to his father, Amedee V at the 2017 Jazz Fest in New Orleans. This is another strong Louisiana musical family. His sister Victoria is the girl on the left in ‘Cream of the Crop’, and their grandfather, Amedee IV, was in the audience. Photo by David Griggs
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
An estimated 425,000 fans packed the fairgrounds for another memorable Jazz Fest

United Thrift Shop Bag Sale Wednesday, May 24

on May 20, 2017 - 7:50am

The United Thrift Shop at 2525 Canyon Road. Courtesy photo


The United Thrift Shop is hosting a Bag Sale Wednesday, May 24 at the United Church of Los Alamos at 2525 Canyon Road.

Customers may fill a bag for $6 (something new). This sale excludes jewelry.

The United Church Thrift Shop, operated by the Women's Christian Service Society (WCSS), is open for shoppers 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays.

The shop accepts donations of gently used and clean clothes, linens, housewares, jewelry, shoes, toys and children's books.

Udall Votes To Confirm Lighthizer, Citing His Commitment To Protect NM Companies That Depend On NAFTA Trade

on May 20, 2017 - 7:29am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted to confirm Robert Lighthizer as United States Trade Representative after Udall secured a commitment from Lighthizer to oppose unilateral withdrawal from NAFTA by the Trump administration.
Earlier this week, Udall wrote to Lighthizer seeking assurances that he would be a voice of reason to help protect the thousands of New Mexicans who rely on trade made possible by NAFTA, given President Trump’s reckless rhetoric and dangerous policy proposals that already have damaged the U.S.-Mexico trade

Smith’s Motto: ‘Making Hope For Kids’ Through May 27

on May 20, 2017 - 7:26am
Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
“Making Hope for Kids,” to benefit UNM Children's Hospital is the motto of the local Smith’s Food and Drugstores through May 27.
Smith’s‘Making Hope For Kids’ logo. Courtesy photo
The goal is to bring hope to children in New Mexico and Smith’s hopes to locally do that by raising $12,000. Last year the Los Alamos and White Rock stores raised just over $8,000.
“It is easy to donate at the cash registers and donation boxes are located at the wine bar, customer service and the pharmacy,” said Smith's Associate and

Daily Postcard: Snowy Spring In Los Alamos

on May 20, 2017 - 7:19am

Daily Postcard: Spring flowers and plants are sprinkled with snowflakes Friday morning in Los Alamos. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Daily Postcard: A snowy spring Friday morning in Los Alamos. Photo by Trisha Ancell

More Scenes From Special Olympics Torch Run

on May 19, 2017 - 6:21pm

Los Alamos Police Department runners and Special Olympic athletes meet for a photo Thursday morning before taking off in the 2017 Torch Run from Los Alamos to Jemez Springs. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos American Legion (Linda Fox) presents a $500 check to Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Photo by Kateri Morris

From left, Bandelier Ranger David Sutherland, LAPD Sgt. Tim Lonz and LAPD Cpl. Robert Larsen pull a steep hill. Photo by Kateri Morris

Bandelier Ranger Derek Thompson carries the torch. Photo by Kateri Morris

LAPD Cmdr. Morris and Ofc.

Scenes From 2017 Special Olympics Torch Run

on May 19, 2017 - 6:19pm

Los Alamos Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Coordinator Cmdr. Oliver Morris leads athletes along Trinity Drive early Thursday as they head toward the Jemez. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy, right, showed up to show his support for the Torch Run with Chief Dino Sgambellone, center, and Cmdr. Oliver Morris. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Auxiliary Fire Brigade volunteers Tom Houlton, left, and Charles Hosford are ready to assist Thursday morning for the 2017 Special Olympics Torch Run from the Los Alamos Police

On The job In Los Alamos: At Aspen Elementary School

on May 19, 2017 - 5:53pm

On the job in Los Alamos: Aspen Elementary School Special Education team members, front from left, Shannon Trujillo, Kathleen Hovey, Olivia McQuigg and Luna Serrano. Back row, from left, Jennifer Washnok, Angelic Martinez, Trey Pereyra and Katie Rosenbaum. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Choral Society Reaches End Of Era As Director Mary Badarak Retires

on May 19, 2017 - 5:11pm
Los Alamos Choral Society Director Mary Badarak. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Choral Society

Los Alamos Choral Society will reach the end of an era on Memorial Day Weekend: Mary Badarak, director of Choral Society for more than a decade, is retiring.

Her last concert with Choral Society, “Popular Favorites from Broadway to Beatles to Badarak and Beyond,” is 4 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road, in Los Alamos.

Tickets to the Los Alamos concert, available at the door, are $15 for adults. Students may attend for free.

There will be a reception

Los Alamos Public Schools Recognizes Employees

on May 19, 2017 - 4:53pm
Los Alamos Public School employees and friends gather Thursday at Fuller Lodge to recognize outstanding employees and honor retirees. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos High School Language Arts Teacher Michelle Holland is the Los Alamos nominee for New Mexico Teacher of the year. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Certified Employee of the Year Karri Hatler is a speech language pathologist at Los Alamos Middle School. She has been with the District for 17 years. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The nominees for Certified Employee of the Year.

Bands, Burgers & Beer Bash At Brewpub Saturday

on May 19, 2017 - 4:51pm

2017 Special Election Update

on May 19, 2017 - 4:30pm


The Los Alamos County Clerk's Office is providing an update to the special election for the recreation bond. On May 2, there were 13,484 ballots mailed to registered voters, to date, the Los ALamos County Clerk's Office has received 6,025 returned ballot envelopes and five unsigned ballot envelopes.

There are still a few more opportunities to return your voted ballot to the County Clerk. You may hand deliver your voted ballot in the proper signature envelope until 5 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Ballots must be physically received

Tour This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on May 19, 2017 - 3:52pm
Tour the top open houses scheduled for this weekend throughout the area!
The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting the open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe.
Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.
Click on the map to read details about the featured homes. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open houses or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!
Click on the Real Estate Section "red button" near the top of

Los Alamos Summer Concert Moved To Fuller Lodge Tonight

on May 19, 2017 - 2:05pm
Chuchito Valdes. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series show at 7 p.m. tonight has been moved to Fuller Lodge. Promoter Russ Gordon wishes to give a special thanks to Dianne Marquez at the County's Park and Recreation Department.  Still a free show starring Cuba's piano jazz maetro, Chuchito Valdes.

This week's concert performer is Afro-Cuban  piano maestro, Chuchito Valdes. The band is a trio and they’re world renowned as masters of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco. They play Cuban dance music and jazz.

Valdes grew up in


County Names Helen Perraglio As New CFO

on May 19, 2017 - 11:26am

Members of the Los Alamos County Finance Department. Courtesy photo


Helen Perraglio will be the new County Chief Financial Officer (CFO) replacing Joe D’Anna who will retire in July.

New County CFO Helen Perraglio

Perraglio was born and raised in northern New Mexico and comes to Los Alamos from the small town of Ojo Caliente.  She graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2004.

She started her career in public accounting while becoming a Certified Public

Today Is International Endangered Species Day

on May 19, 2017 - 11:13am

ESC News:

Washington, DC – Thousands of Americans are gathering to participate in Endangered Species Day events across the country, in recognition of our nation’s commitment to protect and restore disappearing wildlife.


This is the 12th annual international Endangered Species Day, which occurs on the third Friday of May, celebrating our wildlife and wild places.


“Endangered Species Day celebrates our declared national responsibility to our children and their children to save our vanishing wildlife and plants,” stated Leda Huta, executive director of the Endangered Species Coalition

NMAMA Names David Ploeger Of Los Alamos ‘Airport Manager Of The Year’

on May 19, 2017 - 10:54am

The New Mexico Airport Managers Association names David Ploeger of Los Alamos, center, Airport Manager of the Year. Courtesy photo


RUIDOSO—At the 2017 Annual Meeting of the New Mexico Airport Managers Association (NMAMA) May 10-12 in Ruidoso, Los Alamos County Airport Manager David Ploeger was named New Mexico Airport Manager of the Year.  

This award goes to the airport manager who does an outstanding job in managing the airport and advancing aviation safety at his/her airport.

Bike To Work Day Canceled

on May 19, 2017 - 10:30am


This afternoon’s Bike to Work Day events have been canceled due to the weather.

The future date will be announced.


Brandon Bao Is Newest Eagle Scout In Town!

on May 19, 2017 - 10:03am

The newest Eagle Scout in Los Alamos, Brandon Bao. Courtesy photo


Life Scout Brandon Bao became the newest Eagle Scout in Los Alamos County, March 19, 2017.
Bao has had a distinguished scouting career that started as a Tiger Cub Scout in Pack 20 at Chamisa Elementary School and continued with Boys Scouts Troop 129. He participated in numerous backpacking trips including high adventure base camps such as Northern Tier and Philmont. He earned 25 merit badges including rowing, his favorite one.
Bao's Eagle Scout project created a trail that connects Pueblos Canyon

Daily Postcard: Snowfall At Los Alamos Golf Course

on May 19, 2017 - 9:25am

Daily Postcard: Snowy weather this morning at the Los Alamos Golf Course. The National Weather Service predicts a high today of 49 degrees and a 60 percent chance of rain. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Letter To The Editor: Clarification Of Rec Bond Funding Options

on May 19, 2017 - 9:17am
By Edward Birnbaum
Los Alamos
I attended Tuesday’s “Lunch With A Leader” at Mesa Public Library in which the proponents and opponents of the $20 million Recreation Bond (deadline to vote: Tuesday, May 23) presented their arguments for and against and answered questions. My thanks to Karyl Ann Armbruster and the League of Women Voters for arranging this opportunity to hear from both sides.

Both sides seemed to agree that the improvements and new recreational facilities proposed would benefit many children and adults in the community.

Bear Spotted Strolling Around Eastern Area

on May 19, 2017 - 9:02am

This bear is spotted just before 7 p.m. Thursday raiding some bird feeders in Eastern area. It seems bear awareness day was timely as the bears are out and about in local neighborhoods this spring. Photo by Michael Redondo

After snacking on bird seed, this bear takes a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood Thursday in Eastern Area. Photo by Michael Redondo