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DPU: Utility Work Begins On Loma Vista Wednesday

on June 19, 2018 - 1:31pm


DPU News:

After an underground electric line failed June 14, affecting properties on the south side of Loma Vista, line crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) restored power through a temporary repair.

Permanent repairs will begin Wednesday, June 20, under contract with Paul Parker Construction and continue through the end of the month.

Crews will trench on the south side of Loma Vista between Los Arboles and crossing the north and southbound lanes of Oppenheimer to replace the damaged conduit and cable. Construction will occur 7 a.m.

Read Our Latest Letters: Click ‘Opinion’ Button

on June 19, 2018 - 1:31pm

LADP News:

Click on the “Opinion” button on the menu bar at the top of this page, or this link, to access the latest Letter to the Editor and Column submissions published in the Los Alamos Daily Post.

All past letters and columns are archived in that location as well.

Letters and columns also are posted on the Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook page.

Atomic City Store Inside CB FOX Offers One-Of-A-Kind Souvenirs Celebrating Unique History Of Los Alamos

on June 19, 2018 - 12:37pm

Celebrate the unique history of Los Alamos with one-of-a-kind souvenirs from the Atomic City Store inside CB FOX on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Items include a wide variety of T-Shirts and unique gifts. Visit

The Atomic City Store inside CB FOX in downtown Los Alamos offers a wide variety of souvenirs including T-Shirts and unique gifts for tourists and locals alike. Visit

Tourists and locals alike can find a wide variety of souvenir itemsat the Atomic City Store inside CB FOX in downtown Los Alamos. Visit

Bear And Cubs Spotted Playing At Local Residence

on June 19, 2018 - 12:15pm

A bear and two cubs were spotted playing Sunday afternoon in a yard at 240 Camino Encantado. After playing in another yard nearby, the bear and cubs meandered over to Turquoise and down into the canyon. Photo by Gerry Hale

Photo by Gerry Hale

Owner Of Dilapidated Roof Tries Judge Kirk’s Patience

on June 19, 2018 - 11:48am

Photo taken last month showing the condition of the roof on a Kayenta Drive home, which has resulted in five citations over the last three years for owner Jay Stimmel. Courtesy photo

Deteriorating plywood and soffit areas on the Kayenta Drive residence belonging to Jay Stimmel as seen May 21 by Los Alamos County officials. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

After three years of hearings in a case involving replacement of a roof on a home on Kayenta Street in White Rock, Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk finally seemed to have had enough

Tuesday Update: Rains Not Sufficient To Lift Fire Restrictions And Closures In Jemez Mountain Area

on June 19, 2018 - 10:50am

Despite recent rain, fires still burn on the Valles Calderas and Stage III restrictions remain in place for the entire Jemez Mountain area. Courtesy/Jerry Carroll


VCNM News:

Fire officials want to stress that the rains received a couple of days ago were not enough to lift the Stage III fire restrictions and closures within the Jemez Mountain area.

It typically takes several rain events before the moisture saturates the ground enough to allow the vegetation to restore its dehydrated system.

U.S. Rep. Lujan Grisham, AG Balderas Jump Into Action Against Family Separation National Crisis

on June 19, 2018 - 10:49am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham at the border Monday with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to address the family separation policy for asylum seekers. Courtesy/DPNM

DPNM News:

The Democratic Party of New Mexico announced this morning that U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Democratic nominee for governor of New Mexico, traveled to the border with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and took on the Trump Administration for its “inhumanity”.


Jumping In Jubilation: Excitement Over Mexico’s World Cup Goal Triggers Artificial Earthquake

on June 19, 2018 - 9:33am

Jumping in jubilation, hundreds of thousands of soccer fans in Mexico shook the ground hard enough Sunday to set off earthquake detectors. Courtesy image

HSNW News:

Hundreds of thousands of Mexican soccer fans, jumping in jubilation on Sunday as the Mexican national soccer team defeated the reigning world champion Germany, shook the ground hard enough to set off earthquake detectors.

The Mexican seismological agency reported that highly sensitive earthquake sensors registered tremors at two sites in Mexico City, within seven seconds after Hirving (Chucky) Lozano, the speedy left-winger, scored

State Library Collections Closed To Public For Six Weeks

on June 19, 2018 - 9:31am
The New Mexico State Library at 209 Camino Carlos Rey in Santa Fe will close July 2 to move a large collection and tentatively re-open Aug. 20. Courtesy/Department of Cultural Affairs
NMSL News:
SANTA FE Changes are coming to the New Mexico State Library. The Southwest Room collection is moving to the main library on the second floor.
Work will begin Monday, July 2. Once the move is complete, all the collections will be available from a single service point on the second floor.

Chamber: Coffee & Connections Thursday

on June 19, 2018 - 9:20am

Three LAHS Students Awarded 2018 George And Joan Bjarke Educational Scholarships

on June 19, 2018 - 8:09am

Scholarship winners from left, Anastasija Draganic, Samantha Levings and Desere Martinez. Courtesy/Jessica Booton Photography


George and Joan Bjarke were longtime residents of Los Alamos and staunch supporters of education. A scholarship in their name is awarded annually to students who demonstrate good citizenship and the ability to successfully complete their selected degree or program.

This year’s winners are Los Alamos High School students Anastasija Draganic, Samantha Levings and Desere Martinez.

  • Draganic will attend Portland State University in the fall where she plans

Balderas Leads 21 Attorneys General Demanding End To Illegal, Cruel Immigration Tactics Harming Children

on June 19, 2018 - 7:36am

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General:

The deliberate separation of children and their parents as a scheme to deter victims of violence from seeking lawful asylum in America is wrong

LAS CRUCES – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas called on United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to end the cruel and illegal attacks on children and families lawfully seeking asylum in the United States as they seek protection from domestic, sexual and gang violence.

In recent

Summer Solstice Event At Nature Center Planetarium

on June 19, 2018 - 7:26am

Celebrate the summer solstice 7 p.m., Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace will present a lecture on the tradition, folklore and astronomical significance of the summer solstice, 7 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

Astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace

Before the lecture in the planetarium, the Los Alamos Folk Dance Club will perform a Polish Solstice dance until 7:15 p.m. outside the nature center. The audience will then gather inside the planetarium to hear from Dr.

AGU: Explosive Volcanoes Likely Spawned Mysterious Martian Rock Formation

on June 19, 2018 - 6:49am
An isolated hill in the Medusae Fossae Formation. The effect of wind erosion on this hill is evident by its streamlined shape. Courtesy/High Resolution Stereo Camera-European Space Agency
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Explosive volcanic eruptions that shot jets of hot ash, rock and gas skyward are the likely source of a mysterious Martian rock formation, a new study finds.
The new finding could add to scientists’ understanding of Mars’s interior and its past potential for habitability, according to the study’s authors.
The Medusae Fossae Formation is a massive, unusual deposit

FBI Offers $1,000 Reward For Information On Navajo Nation Homicide

on June 19, 2018 - 6:49am
FBI News:
The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a homicide that occurred near Gallup.
The body of an adult Native American man was discovered Friday, June 8 at approximately 6:30 a.m. on China Springs Loop, about four miles north of Gallup, on the Navajo Nation.
The victim, who is not being identified at this time, suffered multiple stab wounds, although an official cause of death is pending an autopsy. The homicide likely occurred Thursday night or early Friday morning.
A witness

Authors Sign Books At NM Arts & Crafts Fair June 22-24

on June 19, 2018 - 6:48am
Courtesy photo
RGB News:
The last New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair will be held at the Fairgrounds (Expo), June 22 to 24, featuring a number of authors signing at the Rio Grande Books and Artemesia Publishing booth:
Rosemary Zibart – True Brit & Forced Journey at 2 p.m., Friday, June 22
Ross VanDusen – Crocka Dog In The Evil Forest and other books at noon, Sunday, June 24
Francelle Alexander both North Valley of Albuquerque books (Los Ranchos & Los Griegos) at 1 p.m., Sunday, June 24

TRU Waste Handling Operations Resume At WIPP

on June 19, 2018 - 6:47am
WIPP News:
Routine transuranic (TRU) waste handling processing and underground emplacement activities resumed at EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Saturday, June 2, after workers completed a recovery plan that involved repacking a seven-pack of waste drums that contained a misaligned waste container.
“Our employees did a great job of safely working the recovery plan to get us back into operations,” said Todd Shrader, Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Manager.

Rotary Distinguished Student Service: Morgan Jones

on June 19, 2018 - 6:37am

Morgan Jones, a Los Alamos High School junior, was recently recognized as a Rotary Distinguished Student of Service. From a large field of nominees recommended by teachers, Jones was chosen for her community involvement and academic achievement. She is shown here receiving her award from Rotary Club President-elect Vince Chiravelle. Jones was recommended by English teacher Lori Thompson. Photo by Linda Hull

League Of Women Voters Of New Mexico Decries Practice Of Wrenching Children From Parents ... Admonishes Politicians Who Remain Silent

on June 19, 2018 - 6:32am

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico decries the practice of wrenching children from their parents, cutting off contact, and holding the parents in inhumane conditions or deporting them without their children.  

Is this what America stands for today – ripping kids from parents who are guilty only of fleeing violence in their homeland? Is it not traumatic enough just to make the perilous journey? Shame on the politicians who remain silent. Aside from being condemned internationally, our collective conscience is repulsed by these actions.

We call for an

Daily Postcard: Western Area Park

on June 19, 2018 - 6:13am

Daily Postcard: An early Sunday morning view of Western Area Park. Photo by Connor Hoch/

Utility Tree Trimming In Denver Steels

on June 18, 2018 - 9:43pm

Tree trimming underway this week in Denver Steels. Courtesy photo

DPU News:

Allied Tree Services, under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will return to the Los Alamos Denver Steels neighborhood this week to trim trees from around power lines.

Crews will remain in the area for approximately three to four days.

According to DPU officials, the tree trimming effort is to reduce power outages by removing branches and trees that are either too close to power lines or pose a risk of falling on power lines.

County Council To Host Work Session Tuesday

on June 18, 2018 - 9:31pm
Los Alamos County Council will host a work session at 6 p.m., Tuesday at the White Rock Fire Station on N.M. 4.
The meeting is open to the public.
3. STATEMENT REGARDING CLOSED SESSION June 19, 2018  Closed Session Motion
A. Briefing to Council by Jennifer Baker, Chair of the Library Board. Presenters: Jennifer Baker, Chair of the Library Board

Monday Update: Drying Trend Poses Risk To Firefighting Effort On Valles Caldera National Preserve

on June 18, 2018 - 3:25pm

VCNP News:

Although the much-needed rain aided the firefighting efforts on the Valles Caldera, it was short lived as a drying trend is predicted for the next week.

With an increase in temperature and lowering of humidity, roads and vegetation are drying, which may contribute to higher fire activity. The fire is still at 495 acres. The interior of the fire perimeter area is still burning and smoldering.

Sunday’s reconnaissance flight indicated multiple spot fires on the northwest perimeter of the fire.

CANCELED: County Council Closed Session June 19

on June 18, 2018 - 3:09pm

The Los Alamos County Council closed session scheduled for Tuesday, June 19, in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave., has been canceled.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the annual evaluation of the Los Alamos County attorney.