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Los Alamos Sees Continued Decrease In Crime

on May 5, 2017 - 9:21am

LAPD News:

Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone has released crime statistics for the first quarter of 2017, which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property. The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category.  

The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the property crime category.

UNM-LA Hosts Event Highlighting Two Programs

on May 5, 2017 - 9:14am

After the demonstrations, Paula Jaramillo meets with Dr. Oldham for advice on course work as she is considering enrolling in one of these programs at UNM-LA. Photo by Mary Martucci/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Monday, UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) held an open house to introduce high school and college students to the Electro-Mechanical and Environmental Technology programs. This was the second event in a series of workshops to heighten awareness of in-demand career opportunities available in the northern New Mexico region.

Around The World In White Rock 2013 & 2017

on May 5, 2017 - 9:07am
First year of implementation through the LAPSF Great Idea Grant in 2013. Courtesy photo
ART News:
The first Multicultural Fair: Around the World in White Rock took place in 2013 when Julie Bulthuis, ELL (English Language Learners) teacher and Renee Mitsunaga, Chamisa Art teacher submitted a Great Ideas Grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.
Subsequently, the success of the event validated funding through the Fine Arts Education Act authorized by our former Superintendent Gene Schmidt.
Every year the event grew to more participants.

Community Invited To LAHS Spring Dance Show

on May 5, 2017 - 8:54am
Melina Burnside Senior Solo Dance. Photo by Nathan Burnside

LAHS News:

The annual Los Alamos High School Spring Dance Show is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 at Smith Auditorium.

The community is invited to help celebrate these senior students at this evening of dance performances by Los Alamos High School students and guests.

Admission is free to these event.

LAHS Dance 2 Class. Photo by Nathan Burnside
LAHS Juggling Club. Photo by Nathan Burnside

Screenagers Draws Capacity Crowd ... Replays Today

on May 5, 2017 - 8:34am

Parents and youth fill the lobby Thurday evening at the Reel Deal Theater for the showing of the Screenagers documentary. Los Alamos Public Schools Healthy Schools Initiative and JJAB provided the showing for free to parents and youth. The documentary explores the impact of screen technology on teens and adults. Plans are being made to show the film again in the fall. A showing will be available for teens at 4:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Teen Center on 20th Street and Central Avenue. Courtesy photo

The Screenagers documentary drew capacity attendance Thursday evening for the showing at

Los Alamos Genealogical Association Meets May 11

on May 5, 2017 - 8:23am
LAGA News:
The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 11 in the upstairs meeting rooms of the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. 
The  program will be presented by Sunny Morton, "Comparing the Big 4: Ancestry, FamilySearch, findmypast, and My Heritage." Come and learn about the 4 major online genealogical sites which can help you with your family tree!
The traditional no-host social dinner will convene at 5:30 p.m., earlier that evening at the China Moon Restaurant.

Pig + Fig Café Now Serving Tapas!

on May 5, 2017 - 8:03am

Pig + Fig Café owner Laura Hamilton now serves tapas 4-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Courtesy photo

Rebecca Tredway with a sample plate of tapas now on the menu nightly at the Pig + Fig in White Rock. Courtesy photo

The new tapas menu includes Tortilla de Patata, Esperragos and Gambas Azafran. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos

When Pig + Fig Café owner Laura Hamilton tried tapas for the first time, she was seven years old and visiting her mother’s hometown, Cebreros, Spain. She ordered Gambas al Ajillo ... and didn’t want to share it!

In fact, she loved it so much that

Los Alamos Doctor And Paramedic Return From Mosul

on May 5, 2017 - 7:04am

The KOB Channel 4 news truck rolled into town Wednesday to interview Los Alamos physician Dr. Christopher Hammond and paramedic Tylerr Jones at Los Alamos Medical Center. Hammond and Jones just returned from serving a three-week deployment in Iraq that included two weeks in Mosul, a city engulfed in the war between ISIS and Iraqi forces. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Daily Postcard: Purple Flowers On Barranca Mesa

on May 5, 2017 - 6:44am

Daily Postcard: Purple flowers bloom on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Corrina Hughes

In And Around Town: May 21

on May 4, 2017 - 4:56pm

In and Around Town:

The Los Alamos Daily Post’s community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas.

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SUNDAY, May 21

JFK Dinner

The Democratic Party will host its JFK Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The dinner will honor Chris and George Chandler and the keynote will be New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver. To purchase tickets, go to

Coro de Cámara​ "Rhapsody" Concert

The Coro de Cámara ​will hold its Rhapsody conert at 3

News Alert: Crane Moving Through Los Alamos May 22

on May 4, 2017 - 4:24pm

News Alert:

Crane Service Inc. of Albuquerque will be moving a crane through Los Alamos during the morning of May 22.

The Los Alamos police will escort the crane, 9-11 a.m. that day, through town on N.M. 502 (Main Hill Road) to 2075 Trinity Dr. for abatement purposes.

SFNF 2017 Firewood Permits Now Available

on May 4, 2017 - 4:11pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Firewood permits for dead and down timber are now available for purchase at most Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices. The exception is the Española Ranger District, which expects to start selling its firewood permits May 15.
Dead and down permits are valid (one district per permit) on the entire SFNF except for designated wilderness areas.
The nonrefundable permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for $20 for five cords with a maximum of 10 cords per household per year.

Rosencrantz & Gildenstern Come Alive At LALT

on May 4, 2017 - 4:09pm
Guildenstern (Trisha Werner), left, and Rosencranz (Don Monteith) ponder the meaning  of life and death in ‘Rosencranz & Guildenstern are Dead.’ Photo by Larry Gibbons

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Little Theatre’s rendition of the absurdist classic “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” opened April 28.

Director John Cullinon asks in the program notes if R&G is the funniest tragedy ever written, or perhaps the saddest comedy.That pretty much sums it up.

The 1966 play about two minor characters in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” made Stoppard an overnight sensation.

Amateur Naturalist: Arrival Of Spring Along Ranch School Trail

on May 4, 2017 - 3:31pm
A whiptail lizard warming itself in the sunshine. Photo by Robert Dryja

Los Alamos

The winter snows in Acid Canyon have largely melted away by mid-March. Only a few patches of ice remain the bottom of the canyon in its narrowest section and where it remains shaded throughout the day.  he Ranch School trail going down Acid Canyon similarly is largely free of snow.  

Mountain lover and Kinnikinnick are evergreen plants growing along the trail and no longer have snow around them. Their leaves are as green as at the start of winter.

LAAC's Annual Spring Arts And Crafts Fair Saturday

on May 4, 2017 - 3:29pm

A couple browse different wares for sale during the Los Alamos Arts Council's Spring Arts and Crafts Fair last year. This year's fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge lawn. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

LAAC News:

The organization’s Spring Arts and Crafts Fair takes on a golden hue as it will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. The outdoor fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Fuller Lodge lawn. During the event, white tents will be erected and displayed underneath them will be a wide range of art.

One of the few juried arts and craft shows in

First Bear Festival May 13

on May 4, 2017 - 3:25pm
New Mexico’s First Bear Festival May 13 at Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak

PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation (LEWF), New Mexico’s first Bear Festival is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. There will even be a scent dog demonstration to show the abilities of a dog’s nose. A bear’s nose is about seven times better than a Bloodhound’s nose, allowing bears to smell about 2,100 times better than humans!

Last summer, black bears made headlines in Los

Dr. Zee Benefit Concert: Thank You To Community

on May 4, 2017 - 9:07am
Dr. Zee speaking at her recent fundraising event concert to help with her medical expenses. Photo by Kateri Morris
Hosting Dr. Zee Benefit Concert was truly a gift and the organizers are grateful for the opportunity to serve a wonderful cause.  Dr. Zee has touched many students with her gift of teaching and as students, we had the opportunity to take one of her classes. When we heard that Dr. Zee was going into treatment, we tried to think of small ways to show our support for her.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Patient Care At LAMC

on May 4, 2017 - 8:47am

On the job in Los Alamos: Dianne Vandiver, RN, left, and Patient Access Rep. Elisa Salazar on duty Wednesday evening at the Los Alamos Medical Center Emergency Room. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Aspen School Hosts Australian Arts Night

on May 4, 2017 - 8:23am

Students, families and staff gather for Australian Arts Night at Aspen School. Courtesy photo

Students play digeridoos around a campfire during Australian Arts Night in April at Aspen School. Courtesy photo
The students and families of Aspen Elementary School were treated to an Australian Adventure Wednesday night, April 19. 
Under the capable direction of Aspen’s specials teachers, Britt Williams (art), Andrea Dowdy (music), Jeff Lloyd (library) and Mark Guider (P.E.), the hallways of the school became an awesome immersion into Australian culture.

Archbishop Wester Confirms 31 Catholics At IHM

on May 4, 2017 - 8:06am

Archbishop John C. Wester anoints Los Alamos student Arthur Steinkamp, son of Mike and Madeline Steinkamp, with a type of oil known as chrism during the Sacrament of Confirmation, Sunday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. During the ceremony, 30 young people and one adult were confirmed into the Catholic faith. This was the Archbishop’s first visit to Los Alamos since his installation as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in June 2015. Photo by Pat Brug


Thirty young people and one adult gather with their confirmation sponsors for a group photo Sunday in the Parish Hall

Daily Postcard: Creatures Emerge In Warm Weather

on May 4, 2017 - 7:18am

Daily Postcard: Insects are emerging around town with the onset of warmer weather. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Bandelier Announces 2016 Economic Benefits: $12.5 Million Locally; $35 Billion Nationwide

on May 3, 2017 - 6:47pm

Ancestral Pueblo cavate in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
Ancestral Pueblo village of Tyuonyi in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

The National Park Service (NPS) had a big year in 2016. Besides being the Centennial of its establishment, parks nationwide broke records for visitation, with more people than ever going to these places that are often called America's jewels. Having started with Yellowstone, there are now 417 areas, with at least one in every state.

A recent study brought to light the economic benefits that these

Scenes From Los Alamos Police Ofc. Megan Nieto's Swearing In Ceremony Tuesday Afternoon

on May 3, 2017 - 2:38pm

Megan Nieto's swearing-in ceremony. Photo by Kateri Morris

Cpl. Gabriel Nieto pins a badge on his wife's uniform during her swearing in ceremony Tuesday at the Los Alamos Justice Center. Cpl. Nieto has been an LAPD officer for two years and a dispatcher for the Department prior to that. Photo by Kateri Morris

Ofc. Megan Nieto signs her oath of office with Magistrate Judge Pat Casados. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
From left, Chief Dino Sgambellone, Cpl. Gabriel Nieto and Cmdr. Oliver Morris welcome Ofc.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Fire Capt. Manny Pacheco

on May 3, 2017 - 1:57pm

On the job in Los Alamos: Fire Capt. Manny Pacheco at work last week is a member of the LAFD Technical Rescue Team. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

County Proclaims May ‘Mental Health Awareness Month’

on May 3, 2017 - 12:54pm
Accepting the ‘May Is Mental Health Awareness Month’ proclamation at Tuesday's Council meeting, from left, John Whiteside, LAMC; Deni Fell, County; Carole Rutten, LANL; Christine Hazard, LAPS; Cindy Rooney, UNM-LA; Kim Gabaldon, County;  Mary Beth Maassen, LAMC; Olivia Ortega and Kristy Ortega, UWNNM; Fire Chief Troy Hughes; County Councilor Rick Reiss, Police CHief Dino Sgambellone and  Stephanie Koch, Mesa Vista Wellness. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost
UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega speaks on behalf of the mental health awareness group initiative during Tuesday's Council