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Schedule Of Streetlights Going Dark Dec. 22-25 For Annual Holiday Farolito Viewing Around Los Alamos

on December 11, 2017 - 10:29am

Farolitos will line local streets Dec. 22-25. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division will be turning off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos.

The streetlights will be turned off Friday, Dec. 22 and restored Tuesday, Dec 26.

For safety purposes, the Traffic & Streets Division requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off street parking during the full period that lights will be turned off. If this is not possible, it is recommended that the vehicles and trailers be silhouetted by farolitos.

Scenes From KOC Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair In IHM Parish Hall

on December 11, 2017 - 10:27am

Skip King shows off one of several wreaths in his display that incorporate wine bottle corks during the Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair Saturday morning in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Mary Pat Kramer sets up her table prior to Saturday's Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair in the IHM Parish Hall. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Annie Romero, left, and Janet Trask display their wreaths at Saturday's Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Auxiliary members Nancy Kossar, left, and Melissa Weiss help out in the

National Institute Of Justice Examines Use Of 3D Printers In Crime-Solving

on December 11, 2017 - 9:50am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice has published an article online that provides an overview of how 3D printing technology is being used by criminal justice practitioners in firearm identification.
 
The NIJ-funded research determines best practices and provides credibility for use of the technology in a forensic science capacity:
 
The Next Generation of Crime Tools and Challenges: 3D Printing
  • Researchers who developed a 3-D imaging system for analyzing cartridge casings say their latest work is “a critical next step” that gives

Guadalupe Fire Now 100 Percent Contained

on December 11, 2017 - 9:46am

SFNF News:

Here is the latest update on the Guadalupe Fire that ignited Dec. 8 in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest:

Cause: Human.

Size: 6.3 acres, 100 percent contained.

Location: Near Forest Road (FR) 376 on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

Vegetation: Logging slash and pre-made piles.

Current Situation: The fire was reported to the Jemez Ranger District office at 12:27 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 and is contained as of Sunday, Dec 10.

Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with heart or respiratory problems are encouraged

House Passes Manufactured Housing Reform

on December 11, 2017 - 9:23am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. House of Representatives Friday passed H.R. 1699, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, to preserves consumer protections, and allows for additional flexibility in lending to ensure consumers have access to the credit they need. 
 
“Nearly half of the families in New Mexico live in manufactured housing and depend on having access to manufactured housing loans.

Home Country: It Must Have Been The Weather

on December 11, 2017 - 9:20am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It began the way most miracles do: by accident or the hand of God, take your pick.
 
It might have been the weather, at least partly. For December, the day had been almost balmy and warm. You know, sweaters instead of heavy coats. No mittens in sight.
 
Then there were Christmas lights on the stores, and that little bunch of Girl Scouts out raising money in front of the Read Me Now bookstore.
 
Jasper Blankenship was inside going through the books to fortify his cabin’s library for winter and sat, listening with a smile to the girls as they laughed and

Local Students Given Opportunity To Study Abroad

on December 11, 2017 - 9:15am
ASSE News:
 
Qualified high school students are offered a unique opportunity to spend an academic year, semester or summer holiday in Europe, Asia, North or South America, Australia or South Africa as part of the ASSE International Student Exchange Program.
 
Students, 15 to 18 years old, qualify on the basis of academic performance, character references and a genuine desire to experience life abroad with a volunteer host family.
 
Families abroad are carefully screened to provide a caring environment in which students can learn the language and culture of their host country.

UNM Ski Team Competes In Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend At Sipapu Ski Area

on December 11, 2017 - 8:59am

UNM Ski Team competes last Saturday and Sunday in Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend at Sipapu Ski Area. Photo by RMOrtiz

Los Alamos Ski Racing Team Coach Lisa Kimura Lisa Kimura, left, Aidan Ortiz, Chris Schembri and Alex Pantea all competed last Saturday and Sunday in the Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend at Sipapu Ski Area. Photo by RMOrtiz

Scene from the Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend at Sipapu Ski Area. Photo by RMOrtiz

Scene from the Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend at Sipapu Ski Area. Photo by RMOrtiz

Scene from the Stefan Seigmann Memorial Race Weekend at Sipapu

Cinema Cindy Reviews: ‘The Star’

on December 11, 2017 - 8:43am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“The Star” is an animated feature film telling the story of the first Christmas through the eyes of animals. It is a lovely film with compelling animal characters and an uplifting message. For those who would enjoy a new perspective on the first chapter of “the greatest story ever told”, this is a film for you.
 
The film is co-produced by Affirm Films, Sony Pictures’ arm for movies that tell wholesome stories, often on faith topics.

Pearce Calls On FBI To Release Details Of Aztec Shooter, Expand Preventative Efforts

on December 11, 2017 - 8:37am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after learning some details about the shooter in last week's tragic event that took place at Aztec High School:

“My heart hurts immensely for not only the families of the students who were taken too early from this earth, but for all students and community members affected by the (Dec. 7) senseless and tragic shooting. Many have asked, what can be done to stop situations like this.

Rotary Shares Club Activities

on December 11, 2017 - 7:47am

During the Dec. 5 meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, Ann McLaughlin, artistic director of the Los Alamos Concert Association, describes the Association's upcoming performance schedule for 2018 and updated members on the progress on Smith Auditorium renovations. Photo by Kurt Schoenberg

Rotarian Nancy Cerutti, left, inducts new member Larry Maassen into the Rotary Club of Los Alamos at the Dec. 5 meeting. Maassen is sponsored by his wife, Rotarian MaryBeth Maassen. Photo by Kurt Schoenberg
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CB FOX's First Christmas In Los Alamos

on December 11, 2017 - 7:30am
The Fox family’s first Christmas in Los Alamos, December 1979. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
This Christmas 1979 photo commentates the Fox Family’s first Holiday Season as the then new owners of what was later to be renamed CB FOX, but which on that Noel still bore the predecessor’s name as it appears on the sign, Clement & Benner.
 
The CB FOX building was originally built by the AEC in the early 1950’s to house a movie theater, and to either side of the movie house were a beauty salon, barber shop, florist and a combination Western Union office/photography business.
 
The

Daily Postcard: Coyote Spotted In Pueblo Canyon

on December 11, 2017 - 6:59am

An underweight coyote with sparse fur was spotted Sunday morning on the north side of Pueblo Canyon. This is the coyote discussed in Fr. Glenns column (link) ‘Lessons From a Coyote’ this week. Photo by Marc Bailey
 

Incoming LANL Director Terry Wallace Visits Mountain

on December 10, 2017 - 4:11pm

Incoming LANL Director Terry Wallace, center, who officially starts his new job next month, clearly had fun interacting with 6th graders during an ‘Hour of Code’ event Friday morning at Mountain Elementary School. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAPS School Board Member Ellen Ben-Naim, left, Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus and Mountain Elementary Principal Jennifer Guy, right, at an ‘Hour of Code’ event with incoming Lab Director Terry Wallace Friday morning at Mountain. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Wonder

on December 10, 2017 - 3:18pm
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Wonder” can be a chosen attitude toward life. It is also the name of a new movie about a 5th grader in New York City who is going to school for the first time.

The 5th grader is August Pullman who was born with a genetic defect called “Treacher Collins Syndrome” resulting in his having a disfigured face. He has been home schooled for years, but now, his parents feel, it is time he went to school with other kids and learned to deal with the real world.

Auggie realizes that kids will recoil at the sight of his face. Yet he hopes for better.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Mountain School Nurse

on December 10, 2017 - 7:13am

On the job in Los Alamos is Nurse Amy Yost at Mountain Elementary School Friday morning at 2280 North Road. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

New Tool Helps Residential Consumers Understand Transactions For Rooftop Solar Energy Systems

on December 10, 2017 - 7:12am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  As a component of his consumer protection initiatives, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released a draft of a powerful tool aimed at helping New Mexico consumers better understand purchasing solar power systems for their homes: Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement.
 
During the 2017 Legislative Session, a bill was passed to ensure homeowners who sought to put solar on their roof-tops would have all the information they would need to make an informed financial decision.

Fr. Glenn: Lessons From A Coyote

on December 10, 2017 - 7:09am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Walking across our frigid parking lot last Thursday morning, as I often do I saw a coyote trotting along the edge in that characteristic coyote lope … returning from her journey to who-knows-where (likely scavenging around the high school … gnawing on tender freshmen now and again?) But this isn’t just any ol’ coyote; she’s the same one I’ve seen skulking about since early spring—easily recognized by an apparent malady reducing her fur to a minimum.

Wray: Why Do I Teach?

on December 10, 2017 - 7:09am

Artist and gallery owner Karen Wray is teaching beginning and intermediate oil painting in January in her studio at 1247 Central Ave. Call 505.660.6382 or email kewray40@comcast.net. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner
 
By KAREN WRAY
Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery

After opening my art gallery in 2009, aspiring artists visiting the gallery would frequently show me their paintings, ask for advice on how to improve their work, and tell me about their painting experiences.

Their most common question was: how do you get it to look like that?

My own journey into painting involved taking numerous

Historic Preservation Advisory Board Meets Dec. 13

on December 10, 2017 - 7:08am
COUNTY News: 
 
The Historic Preservation Advisory Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 in the Throne Room at Fuller Lodge.
 
The meeting is open to the public. 
 
Agenda:
 
ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS

A.  Call to Order/Introductions
B.  Approval of Today's Agenda
C.  Review/Approval of Meeting Minutes
  • Minutes from the Historic Preservation Advisory Board Meeting Nov. 1.
 
D.  Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda

II.  HISTORIC PRESERVATION BUSINESS (Items for Discussion and Possible Action)
 
A.  Chairman's Report
  • Discussion of the Maintenance and Care of the Light

Mountain Choir Sings Carols Downtown Dec. 14

on December 10, 2017 - 7:07am
MOUNTAIN CHOIR News:

The Mountain School Choir, which recently sang with the Los Alamos High School choir at the Municipal Building for the Holiday Tree Lighting, is performing Christmas Carols beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in front of the downtown post office on Central Ave.

The choir will walk down the street singing in front of businesses, cross the road and sing in CB FOX, walk on that side of the street and will finish will a few songs in Starbucks.

Mountain Choir invites the community to come downtown Thursday evening to hear the students and enjoy the holiday season with singing!

LAPS Employee Spotlight: Debbie Grothaus

on December 10, 2017 - 7:02am

Planning & Zoning Commission Meets Wednesday

on December 10, 2017 - 7:02am
COUNTY News:
 
The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 
Agenda:
 
1. CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
2. PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
4. PUBLIC HEARING(S)
  • A Special Use Permit to permit the placement of an Accessory Apartment, located at 196 El Rayo Street and a Waiver to allow the accessory building to be built to 16 feet

Wisdom Of The Heart Buddhist Meditation Dec. 29

on December 10, 2017 - 7:01am

Daily Postcard: Pet Pangaea In Central Park Square

on December 10, 2017 - 6:58am

Daily Postcard: Pet Pangaea at 158 Central Park Square is decorated with sparkly lights and filled with Christmas spirit and all types of gifts for favorite pets. For more information and store hours visit www.petpangaea.com. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladalypost.com 

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