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DPU Notes Increase In Gas Leak Reports

on August 20, 2017 - 2:39pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A spike in suspected gas leaks reported to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities and Los Alamos Fire Department last week was mostly related to leaking appliances, according to the County’s Deputy Utilities Manager Jack Richardson.

There was a total of six calls Aug. 17 alone but Richardson said his supervisors were not really surprised.

“As we head into fall weather, people are relighting furnaces and using more gas, so we get more calls than we typically do.

LAPS: Solar Eclipse Safety Reminder

on August 20, 2017 - 2:28pm

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Greetings from the Superintendent’s Desk!

Well … it looks like we may have clouds and maybe even rain during Monday’s Solar Eclipse. In any case, this spectacular event offers a rare teachable moment about science and safety.

In Los Alamos, the Partial Eclipse begins at about 10:22 a.m. when the Moon touches the Sun's edge. The Maximum Eclipse will be at about 11:46 a.m. when the Moon is closest to the center of the Sun.

Here are some safety reminders for students and staff on Monday: 

  • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or

Figuerido And Warren Wow Crowd At Friday Concert

on August 20, 2017 - 2:16pm

Los Alamos Summer Concert organizer Russ Gordon checks out Kandice Favorite's groovy shoes during the Summer Concert Friday night at Ashley Pond Park, which featured Brazilian guitarist Diego Figuerido. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

A group of concert goers enjoy the music Friday night at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Brazilian guitarist Diego Figuerido performs for the crowd Friday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Guitarist Diego Figuerido and Drummer Michael Warren jazz it up at Friday's concert. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church Features New Stained Glass Art

on August 20, 2017 - 2:11pm

Nambe artist Spin Dunbar created the newest piece of stained glass art at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church. Photo by Audrey Derell​/Courtesy 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

​Los Alamos Daily Post 

kirsten@ladailypost.com

 

The newly installed stained glass window by Nambe artist Spin Dunbar at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church emcompasses elements celebrated at the church: The Holy Trinity, the Sacred Heart and Song. 

Spin Dunbar

The end result shows contemporary images of The Holy Trinity symbol and the Holy Cross as well as a visualization of sound waves in the background.

 

“I

Daily Postcard: Western Area Walk Turns Into Standoff

on August 20, 2017 - 6:42am
Daily Postcard: An afternoon walk with the family dog Saturday in Western Area turns into a game of ‘chicken’ ... the big buck blinked. Photo by Brint Perera

Udall, Heinrich Announce Open Application Process For 2018 United States Senate Youth Program

on August 20, 2017 - 5:38am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has begun its annual statewide selection process and encouraged New Mexico high school students to apply.

Each year, two students from each state and the District of Columbia – as well as two children of service members stationed and living abroad — are selected to participate in a week-long study of the federal government and its leaders.

Los Alamos Concert Association Unveils 72nd Season!

on August 20, 2017 - 5:33am

LACA's 72nd Season opens with Metales M5, The Mexican Brass, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 at the Smith Auditorium. Courtesy/LACA

Wyndsync closes the season at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3 at 4 p.m. at the Smith Auditorium. Courtesy/LACA

 

LACA News:

One highlight among many in the Los Alamos Concert Association’s 72nd season will be the unveiling of a renovation at the Association’s venue, the Duane Smith Auditorium.

Built for the community by the Atomic Energy Commission in the early 1950s, the Smith Auditorium is the second largest concert venue in New Mexico.

Public Forum Targets Veterans Transportation Issues

on August 20, 2017 - 5:32am

VETERANS News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Veterans, National Guard/Reserve personnel, and their spouses are invited to attend a public forum to address transportation issues facing veterans at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Central New Mexico College (CNM) Workforce Training Center at 5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE.

This public forum follows a morning Veterans Transportation Summit sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) attended by representatives from public and private transportation agencies throughout the state, who will be discussing how they can improve the transportation

Journey Continues: Returning To College Classroom

on August 20, 2017 - 5:31am
Ufemia Bernal Rios returned to UNM-LA to further her education, where she participated in the Community Internship Collaboration. Through that experience she was offered a job. She continues to take classes while working in Los Alamos. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNMLA

UNM-LA News:

Many adults have had to put aside or to put off their pursuit of a college degree because other duties have called upon them: taking care of family, raising children, moving to a new area or needing to work full-time.

But recent research from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that many are now finding

100+ Women Who Care Donate $5K To UNM-LA CIC

on August 19, 2017 - 2:56pm

During the 100+ Women Who Care in Los Alamos quarterly meeting Thursday evening on the patio at Smith's Marketplace, Barbara Yarnell discusses UNM-LA's Community Internship Collaboration (CIC) The CIC provides students with hands-on work experience in a field of their interest at a business in Los Alamos. The CIC was one of three programs voted on by the women who ultimately chose to donate the $5,000 raised at Thursday's event to the CIC. Learn more here. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, 100+ Women Who Care member Mary Beth Maassen with organization co-founders Carol A.

Reminder: Harnessing The Power Of The Media - Part 2: Social Media For Nonprofits Thursday At UNM-LA

on August 19, 2017 - 10:55am

LACF News:

The Los Alamos Community Foundation is sponsoring the workshop, Harnessing The Power Of The Media - Part 2: Social Media For Nonprofits, 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 in Building 2 at UNM-LA.

Learn how to harness the power of Facebook and Instagram to highlight what your non-profit is doing. Presenter Jennifer Bennett will offer tips on how to reach more of your audience, what to look for when creating content, how to schedule content within a busy office, and more. 

Bennett will provide tips and insights on the Facebook algorithms so that your fans see your posts more frequently.

LAHS Students Travel To Wyoming For Eclipse

on August 19, 2017 - 10:30am

From left, Maddie Mas, Maya Rogers, (on shoulders are Isabelle Crooker, Beth Short), LAHS Science Teacher Steph Miller and husband/volunteer Mark Mitchell, Prescott More, Elijah Pelofske, School Board Member/Volunteer Steve Boerigter, Stephen Gulley and Jack Benner. LAHS Science teacher/trip coordinator Deborah Grothaus isn’t on the trip due to prior commitments. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Eight Los Alamos High School students left Friday, to travel to Wyoming as part of the Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse Experiment.

The students are traveling with LAHS Science teacher Steph

Apprentice Singers Back On Main Stage Sunday Night

on August 19, 2017 - 9:57am
The 2017 class of the SFO Apprentice Singers. Photo by Robert Godwin
 
By CARL NEWTON
Los Alamos

The 2017 class of the SFO Apprentice Singers will return to entertain us at 8 p.m. Sunday. Twenty-four of this year’s 44 apprentices appeared at least once in last Sunday’s program. Twenty-eight will appear at least once this Sunday, and eight will have performed in both programs.

Scenes for Sunday night’s program come from Stravinsky’s "The Rakes Progress", Verdi’s "Falstaff", Puccini’s "Edgar".and Massenet’s "Werthe"’. After the intermission there are scenes from Strauss’"‘Der

Solar Eclipse Extravaganza At Valles Caldera Monday

on August 19, 2017 - 7:45am

A park ranger uses special solar glasses to safely view the sun at the Valles Calderas. Courtesy/NPS

VCNP News:

The Great American Eclipse is coming, and everyone is invited to the Valles Caldera National Preserve to watch it.

Join rangers to witness and learn more about this spectacular natural event, free of charge, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21 at the Valle Grande Entrance Station on N.M. 4. The maximum partial eclipse will be reached at approximately 11:45 a.m. MDT, Monday.

To safely view a solar eclipse, special-purpose solar filters are mandatory!

The North Face Awards 2017 Explore Fund Grant To New Mexico Wildlife Center

on August 19, 2017 - 7:09am
River Classroom. Courtesy photo
 
NMWC News:
 
ESPANOLA The North Face has awarded a 2017 Explore Fund grant to New Mexico Wildlife Center for its River Classroom program. River Classroom will launch the 2017-2018 school year in September, working with students from Espanola, Tierra Amarilla and Chama.
 
River Classroom is led by Dr. Christy Wall, who is passionate about sharing her love of the outdoors with her students.
 
“We are thrilled to be selected as a recipient of the Explore Fund grant. River Classroom is a wonderful program for our community,” Dr. Wall said.

Daily Postcard: Flower Basks In Afternoon Sunshine

on August 19, 2017 - 6:54am

Daily Postcard: A flower basks in the glow of the warm afternoon sunshine. Photo by Corrina Hughes

UNM-LA Community Internship Collaboration Launches New Semester This Month

on August 18, 2017 - 6:43pm
UNM-LA and LAHS students posed for a group photo at their graduation last spring. Laura Loy and Ken Holmes were the academic advisors for the program last year. Back row from left, Laura Loy, Alyssa Chacon, Hannah Whittaker, Guendalyn Brennan, Bendt Dahl, Ethan Rickards, James Ro, Ryan Guenther and Ken Holmes. Front row from left, Carina Echave, Kurt Benner, Hiamh Short, Lauren Johnson and Amber Cline. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The Community Internship Collaboration (CIC) will begin its third year of connecting UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and Los Alamos High School (LAHS)

An Invitation To High Tea And Fashion Show At TOTH

on August 18, 2017 - 6:07pm
The community is invited to a High Tea and Fashion Show to benefit house-building mission trips to Juárez, Mexico. Courtesy photo
 
By CLAIRE SINGLETON and MANDIE GEHRING
Trinity on the Hill

The House of Hope mission team members warmly invite the community to join them again this year for a sumptuous High Tea and Fashion Show, accompanied by a presentation of fashions for women, men, and youth. The proceeds from the afternoon’s activities are intended to raise funds for house-building mission trips to Juárez, Mexico.

This year’s event will start at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug.

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Richard A. Light Speaks At Mesa Library Thursday

on August 18, 2017 - 5:28pm

Courtesy photo

LIBRARY News:

Author Richard A. Light will speak about his latest book “Jewish Rites of Death - Stories of Beauty and Transformation” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 at Mesa Public Library.

His talk is part of the monthly Authors Speak series coordinated by the Library. It will be held in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa, 2400 Central Ave. in Los Alamos.

Light has been teaching spiritual development in various ways for more than 30 years, and has been studying and practicing meditation for more than 40 years. He also teaches backpacking, rock climbing and other outdoor skills.

UWNNM Board Conducts Site Visit At Family Y

on August 18, 2017 - 5:10pm

Members of the United Way of Northern New Mexico Board gather with staff and youth during an Aug. 11 site visit to The Family YMCA on Iris Street. The board is conducting site visits over the next several weeks to each of the nonprofit organizations that receive funding from UWNNM. From left, YMCA Child Development Director Janin Morales, YMCA CEO Linda Daly, YMCA’s Winnie Lamartine, Senior Program Director Diana Martinez, and UWNNM Board members Steve Renfro of LANL, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, UWNNM’s Jerry Varela, UNM-LA CEO Cindy Rooney, Carol A.

Governor Announces NM Participation In National DWI Crackdown: ‘Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over’

on August 18, 2017 - 3:34pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that New Mexico will participate in the national DWI crackdown: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’. The crackdown begins today and runs through Labor Day weekend.
 
“Getting drunk drivers off our streets is a top priority,” Martinez said. “When you get behind the wheel drunk you’re putting lives in danger – that’s unacceptable. If you do make the reckless decision to drive drunk, you will be caught.”
 
So far this year, preliminary data shows there have been 76 DWI related traffic fatalities on New Mexico roads – that’s down

‘Hunted By My Ex’ Completes Filming In New Mexico

on August 18, 2017 - 3:28pm
NMFO News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced that the theatrical motion picture “Hunted By My Ex”, produced by Vociferous Films, LLC has filmed in Albuquerque. 
 
The production employed 30 New Mexico crew members, 14 New Mexico principal actors and approximately 60 New Mexico background talent.
 
Local crew included: Line Producer Rick Metz, Production Designer Will Albarez, Director of Photography Nolan Rudy, Set Decorator Nathally Bothelho and Costume Designer Kim Trujillo.
 
The theatrical motion picture was directed by Danny J.

Public Shares Thoughts On Local Trails

on August 18, 2017 - 3:15pm

From left, Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson and Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Chris Wilson host a meeting Wednesday night at the North Mesa Stables area regarding Los Alamos County's trails. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Approximately 20 people attended the trails meeting Wednesday near the stables. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

Trail users were invited to give their thoughts and input on Los Alamos’ trails during an informal gathering Wednesday night at the North Mesa

Los Alamos Sarov Sister City Initiative Needs Community Support

on August 18, 2017 - 11:16am
Middle from left, former Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, former County Council Chair Geoff Rogers, Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and County Manager Harry Burgess visited Los Alamos' sister city, Sarov, Russia in 2013. Courtesy photo
 
Students from Sarov, Russia pay a visit to UNM-LA in 2011. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

National news reports daily on the ongoing drama between Russian and American politicians.

Reminder: Community/Economic Development Training, Strategic Planning - Mid-Central SET Aug. 19

on August 18, 2017 - 9:44am
COUNTY News:
 
Community input is requested at a community/economic development training and strategic planning session for the Mid-Central Rural Corridor and South-Eastern New Mexico regions.
 
Breakfast is 8:30 a.m. and the session is 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 19 at the Jemez Pueblo Community Center.
 
The purpose is to provide feedback on what is important to the community of Los Alamos and surrounding areas; how to partner together within the SET region with the other communities to leverage assets and set goals; and how the SET proposal should be drafted.
 
Background: In May USDA

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