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Spring Sports Enter Home Stretch

on April 19, 2017 - 9:16am
By George Morse
Los Alamos Daily Post
The spring sports season is entering the home stretch before postseason play.
What happens in the next couple of weeks will determine who advances to postseason play and who stays home after the regular season.
The Los Alamos High School softball team seems to be hitting its stride in District 2-5A competition. The Lady Hilltoppers swept a doubleheader from Albuquerque’s Del Norte High School 15-5, 15-0 to improve to improve to 7-1 in District 2-5A and 13-7 overall.

Letter To The Editor: This Could Happen To You...

on April 19, 2017 - 8:44am
Los Alamos
As everyone's voicing their opinions on "current immigration policies"... here's what's actually happening. My mother is "at this very moment", being fingerprinted, and back ground checked at a facility in Santa Fe. My mother, Lilly, is a "legal immigrant" with a permanent green card for almost 60 years. She's the wife of a retired U.S. Army Major. My father is a veteran of Korea and Viet Nam. My mother has a social security card, a U.S. military ID card, and a New Mexico drivers license ... and has been a New Mexico resident for well over 30 years.

NNMC Presents Renewable Energy Festival April 21-22

on April 19, 2017 - 8:36am
NNMC News:
Earth Day weekend, April 21-22, Northern New Mexico College will host the Renewable Energy Festival: Bringing Power to the People! This FREE event is an opportunity to learn about and get involved with renewable energy and the new energy economy.
The festival opens from 6-8 p.m., Friday, April 21, with live performances by the Sikh Community Choir, Moving Arts Española Youth Folklorico, Hoop Dancers from the pueblos of Ohkay Owingeh and Pojoaque, folk musicians David Garcia and Cipriano Vigil, the Cavalcante Jazz Ensemble, and much more.
On Earth Day, Saturday April 22,

Los Alamos County Council Tentatively Approves Public Works Department Proposed Budget

on April 19, 2017 - 8:34am

Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton presents his department's proposed budget during Tuesday's budget hearings in Council Chambers. Regarding one budget item, Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary asked during the Monday night budget hearing about the postponement of the $2.73 million HVAC project at Mesa Public Library.

Los Alamos Canyon Soil Cleanup Project Continues

on April 19, 2017 - 8:01am

EM-LA Manager Doug Hintze

EM-LA News:

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, are moving forward with the removal of contaminated soil along the south-facing slopes of Los Alamos Canyon adjacent to the Los Alamos Townsite. The contaminated soil is primarily associated with legacy outfalls and surface disposal areas.

“Cleaning up the remnants of the Laboratory’s historical activities within and around the Los Alamos Townsite is important to our mission.

Trujillo-Rondeau Top Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on April 19, 2017 - 7:30am
Jeanette Trujillo-Rondeau is the top predictor in Tuesday's Atomic City Road Runner's weekly pace race. Courtesy photo
Scene from Atomic City Road Runner's weekly pace race. Courtesy photo
Jeanette Trujillo-Rondeau had a 1 second error from her predicted time in the Atomic City Road Runner's weekly pace race Tuesday on the Canada del Buey Trail in White Rock.
Other accurate predictors are Blake Hovde with a 4 second differential, Ted Romero at 7 seconds off, and 5 participants with a 9 second difference: Lyle Cunningham, Heather and Tad Hughes, Sanna Sevanto and

Valles Caldera Plans Spring Prescribed Burns

on April 19, 2017 - 7:11am
VCNP News:
JEMEZ SPRINGS  Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement prescribed burn projects should conditions allow through May.
The prescribed burn will be within a 703-acre project area on Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of NM 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30. The burn operations will be completed in phases over a total of two to six days and are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve. Burn days may not necessarily be consecutive as they will depend on weather and fuel conditions.

DPU FY18 Proposed Budget Squeaks By Council

on April 19, 2017 - 7:05am

Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Manager Tim Glasco presents his department's budget to County Council during Tuesday's budget hearings. Ultimately, the $71,462,741 proposed budget squeeked by with council's tentative approval. It was passed 4-3. Councilors Chris Chandler, Antonio Maggiore and Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary opposed the budget while Councilors Rick Reiss, Pete Sheehey, James Chrobocinski and Council Chair David Izraelvitz voted to tentatively approve it.

Letter To The Editor: The Affluent Society

on April 19, 2017 - 7:00am
Los Alamos
John Kenneth Galbraith argued in his famous book, The Affluent Society, that the United States suffered from a dearth of public spending given its great wealth in the years following the Second World War. The book is a classic in liberal thought.
I first read it in graduate school during the Reagan era when social programs were being slashed and our President was arguing ketchup was a vegetable. I loved the book then, I love it now.
Why then, I ask myself, do I plan to vote no on the passage of the bond?

County Council Tentatively Approves Administrative Services Proposed FY18 Budget

on April 19, 2017 - 6:59am

During his budget presentation to County Council Tuesday night, Deputy Manager Steve Lynne reports that for the 26th year the Los Alamos County's finance department has received the cerificate of achievement for excellence in finance reporting for the FY15 comprehensive annual financial report. He emphasized this is a County-wide achievement. Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary commended the department saying, 'Congratulations to you and the rest of your team.' Lynne presented the budget along with Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall.

Los Alamos Named Tops In Diversity

on April 18, 2017 - 11:22pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory was recognized as top employer by four diversity magazines: Latino Leaders, Minority Engineer, Woman Engineer and Winds of Change. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Latino Leaders, Minority Engineer, Woman Engineer and Winds of Change recognize LANL for recruiting; supporting a diverse workforce

Los Alamos National Laboratory was named a top employer by four diversity magazines: Woman Engineer Magazine and Minority Engineer Magazine named the Lab as a top 20 government employer; Winds of Change (the American Indian Science and Engineering Society) recognized Los Alamos

Science On Tap: Seeing Inside Fukushima April 20

on April 18, 2017 - 10:12pm


In March 2011, a tsunami slammed into the coast of Japan and initiated the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Radiation levels inside the buildings there are still lethal, but the cleanup needs to proceed.

Come and listen to Chris Morris, of the Lab’s Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, talk about how our scientists are using people-friendly particles called muons to help assess the status of the nuclear fuel inside the damaged reactors.

N.M. 4/Truck Route Delineator Installation Sunday

on April 18, 2017 - 6:04pm


The County of Los Alamos Public Works Department will be installing delineators at the intersection of N.M. 4 and the Truck Route 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23.

For questions regarding this project, contact Los Alamos County Traffic Engineer Daniel Erickson at 505.663.1777 or email Public Works at

Española Icon Richard Cook Dies

on April 18, 2017 - 5:53pm
Businessman Richard Cook, right, visits with Española Mayor Alice Lucero and State Sen. Richard Martinez last year during his 90th birthday party. Courtesy/
Valley Daily Post

Richard P. Cook, one of New Mexico's wealthiest self-made businessmen and pillar of the Española community passed away Monday, April 17. Cook had recently celebrated his 91st birthday but in spite of his age remained active in the community, with the help of his family.

The Valley Daily Post covered his 90th birthday celebration last year at Cook's True Value in Española.


Letter To The Editor: Daylight Savings Time

on April 18, 2017 - 5:41pm
Los Alamos
Every year the legislature tries to pass a bill allowing New Mexico to stay on Daylight Savings Time year-round. 
However, it makes much more sense to stay on Mountain Standard Time (MST) year-round. This year when we "sprang forward" to Daylight Time, I witnessed many problems: children falling asleep in class, people missing appointments or coming late, sleep disruptions, and general confusion, especially for those who forgot to set their clocks ahead. 
Please consider Standard Time year-round like Arizona has done for years.

Rehabilitated Aetos The Red-Tailed Hawk Is Released

on April 18, 2017 - 5:39pm

With the generous donations to Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, Cottonwood Rehab and the Santa Fe Raptor Center were able to successfully rehab and release Aetos the Red-Tailed Hawk. Aetos came to Dr. Kathleen Ramsay severely emaciated, and thought to be 'an eagle sent from God'. Dr. Ramsay was able to stablize Aetos, and then transfer her to the Santa Fe Raptor Center in El Rito for further strengthening and conditioning. Yesterday, she took to the skies like she never had left, and returned home to the mountains of Taos. Courtesy photo

Aetos the Red-Tailed Hawk. Courtesy photo

Home Field Advantage: Big Crowd, Bigger Wins

on April 18, 2017 - 5:35pm

Community Internship Collaboration
Student Intern
Los Alamos Daily Post

High school sports give teens a chance to play on the big stage while offering a wide range of sports for locals to enjoy. During a single season a team has about half their games at home; unfortunately, not a wide range of fans show up to these home games besides a handful of parents and high school students.

This is a shame since, according to most research, fans, giving that extra cheer or holler from the stands, play a role in a team’s success and are one of the components of what is called home field

Periodic Model Predicts Spread Of Lyme Disease

on April 18, 2017 - 5:34pm
SIAM News:
PHILADELPHIA, PA — Lyme disease is among the most common vector-borne illnesses in North America, Europe, and some parts of Asia. A spirochete bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi causes the disease, and blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are responsible for the majority of North American transmissions.
Commonly known as deer ticks, blacklegged ticks exhibit two-year life cycles with the following four stages: eggs, larvae, nymphs, and adults. Larvae primarily attack white-footed mice, then become nymphs upon obtaining a blood meal.

Letter To The Editor: Do We Need More Bread And Circus In Los Alamos?

on April 18, 2017 - 5:31pm
Los Alamos
I am somewhat perplexed that the County is pushing for a "recreational bond".
With the county freezing hirings on critical positions in the fire and police departments and with uncertainty on whether the next national laboratory contract will be a for-profit or nonprofit, this does not seem to be the time to burden the county taxpayer with more debt.
Adding more facilities will require not only bond payments but added staffing and budget line items to maintain them. The result will be more of a burden on the taxpayer.

Los Alamos Small Business Development Center And projectY Cowork Offer Workshop Series For Entrepreneurs

on April 18, 2017 - 5:30pm
SBDC News:
This April and May the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Los Alamos is partnering with projectY cowork Los Alamos to host a workshop series for small business owners.
The scheduled workshops will cover marketing and finance topics and take place at projectY cowork at 150 Central Park Square.  
"In meeting with a variety of entrepreneurs and small business owners in the community, the Small Business Development Center is committed to assisting small business owners achieve their objectives,” Joseph Montes, Director of SBDC at UNM Los Alamos said.

Obituary: Genevieve A. (Jane) Duran April 3, 2017

on April 18, 2017 - 4:43pm
April 3, 2017
Genevieve A. (Jane) Duran, age 90, passed away at the Los Alamos Medical Center April 3, 2017.
Jane was devoted to her God, her family, and her Church. Jane and Leo, her husband of 70 years moved to Los Alamos in 1949.
Jane had an unwavering faith in God. She was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and served in the ministries of the Altar and Rosary Society; the Workroom that provided clothing and other household supplies to the needy; and Loaves and Fishes, providing food to the needy and homeless in Santa Fe.

Hilltoppers Golfers Earn Place At State Meet

on April 18, 2017 - 4:38pm

Henry Poston had a 78 for the day. He takes a clip shot to the green on #2. Photo by John McHale/



Monday, the Los Alamos Golf team played host to the Los Alamos Spring Invitational at the Los Alamos County Golf Course.

There were 11 schools represented and 83 golfers.  The boy’s team finished third with a score of 305 behind Hope Christen and St. Michael’s. The boys picked up the fourth leg at this tournament which qualified the team to go to state.

On the girls’ side, they had only three players as one player was at a track meet, so the girls played as


Fort Union National Monument Is Hiring

on April 18, 2017 - 4:22pm
NPS News:
Fort Union National Monument is hiring for summer ruins preservation help this summer!​ Applications are being accepted online through Wednesday, April 19.
Applicants should be very detailed in what trade and laborer skills they possess, and read the announcement completely. This is an opportunity to work with a very dedicated crew of National Park Service employees to preserve the adobe ruins of Fort Union and provide upkeep of trails, grounds and landscapes. 
This position is a summer seasonal laborer at the government grade of WG3 and an hourly rate of $12 to $14 per

'Topper Softball Wins April 12 Game

on April 18, 2017 - 4:00pm

Lauren Harris gets a hero's welcome at home plate after hitting a grand slam homerun in the first inning. Photo by John McHale/

Jayde Tucker tries to put the tag on a Demon runner at home but the throw did come in time to make the tag. Photo by John McHale/


The Los Alamos softball was looking for a win in the Wednesday, April 12, game against the Capital Jaguars, and were not disappointed. The game started out with a grand slam over the fence home run in the first inning by the short stop Lauren Harris.


County Council Tentatively Approves Proposed Community Services Budget

on April 18, 2017 - 3:58pm


Community Services Department Director Brian Brogan presents his proposed budget to Los Alamos County Council during its budget hearing Monday night in Council Chambers.