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Finishing Touches Underway On Central Avenue Between 15th and 20th Streets

This truck was spraying water Saturday along Central Avenue between 20th and 15th streets as the finishing touches are underway for the Central Avenue Improvements Project. This portion of Central will open to the public by Oct. 4 with a big event being planned that includes inviting shoppers to visit the local businesses who have endured the closed street all summer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Letter to the Editor: Asking Cat Owner To Sign Surrender Paperwork At Shelter


Whoever dropped off this very sweet elderly gentleman cat at the door of the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter the night of Sept. 18 or morning of Sept. 19, we are asking the former owner to please come in to the shelter and sign surrender paperwork.

Without that signature, we cannot consider this cat to be county property, get him vetted, and place him for adoption ASAP. The shelter is very crowded, and the only way we can keep our euthanasia rate low is to keep our adoption rate high.

We are not a no-kill shelter, and we try to move our animals into good homes as quickly as possible.


Police Chief Dino Sgambellone Selected For Leadership New Mexico Core Program

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone

LNM News:

Leadership New Mexico has announced that Los Alamos County Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone is among the 42 leaders from 19 communities across the state selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Core Program. This is the 19th class for the Leadership New Mexico Core Program.

Open to all citizens of the state, Leadership New Mexico’s Core Program involves leaders who represent the various geographic regions and communities, from the public, private, government and non-profit sectors. Employers, community organizations, local leadership programs


Central Avenue Opens For Today’s Homecoming Parade

Cars are once again driving on Central Avenue for a short time today ahead of the Los Alamos High School Homecoming Parade, which begins at 2:30 p.m. traveling down Central from 4th Street to Rose Street. Some floats will continue on to Sullivan Field. Central will reclose following the parade for another few days of finish work. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A street sweeper cleans the dust off Central Avenue today ahead of this afternoon’s parade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Change to Atomic City Transit Route 12

Courtesy photo


Effective Monday, Sept. 22, Atomic City Transit will implement changes to the current Route 12 (Bandelier Shuttle).

This route will no longer travel down Grand Canyon Drive to Rover Boulevard through residential areas and back to the Visitor Center on N.M. 4 in White Rock. The new route will include a stop at N.M. 4 and Sherwood and then turn south at Bonnie View with one stop on this street and turn east on Longview with two stops on Longview and then connect back to Rover and N.M. 4 to end at the White Rock Visitor Center.

This route change is designed to help enhance visitors’


Public Astronomy Dark Night At Overlook Sept. 27

PA News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 7 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, Sept. 27 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park. 

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. 

A crescent moon as well as the planets Mercury, Mars, Saturn (and its rings), Neptune and Uranus will be visible. There will be a tour of the summer and fall constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will


Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 11 to Sept. 17, 2014

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Sept. 11 at 2 a.m. / A 23-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was battered on E. Jemez Road. 

Sept. 11 at 5:44 p.m. / Police arrested Brandi Vigil, 30, of Alcalde in Espanola on an outstanding District Court warrant. Police booking photo unavailable.

Sept. 11 at 11:07 p.m. / A 31-year-old Olympia man reported that he is the victim of public affray on Fairway Drive.

Sept. 12 at


Teen Center Open House Updates Community And Gathers Input On New Facility

From left, Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust discusses features of the new Teen Center with YMCA CEO Linda Daly, Senior Program Director Diana Martinez and Teen Center Assistant Director George Marsden during Monday’s community design presentation at the current Teen Center at 3900 Trinity Dr. The County also held a community meeting later Monday at the Municipal Building. Abatement work for the new Teen Center in the Community Building at 20th and Central Avenue is on-going. The Training Room, old Municipal Court and Historical Archives area and Council Chambers have been abated.


Road Work Moves West Along Central – Oppenheimer Is Closed

Oppenheimer Drive is closed this morning as the Central Avenue Improvements Project construction work moves along to the west. Starting today, Oppenheimer Drive between Trinity Drive and Central Avenue will be closed to traffic in both directions. Vehicles and pedestrians will be detoured to 20th Street. Motorists should use alternate business parking including parking lots along Deacon, 15th Street, 20th Street and Nectar. Oppenheimer will remain closed through Oct. 31. Photo by Chris Clark/

Work continues along Central Avenue near the Reel Deal Movie Theater. Photo


Central Avenue Improvements Work Between 15th And 20th Streets Scheduled For Completion By Sept. 30

Workers kneel in planters to install finishing touches to the Central Avenue Improvements Project between 15th and 20th streets. This portion of the project is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 30. During the Homecoming Parade Friday, Sept. 19, the contractor will open Central Avenue by 1 p.m. and if paving is delayed, the parade will proceed on the milled surface. After the parade, the road will close again to allow work to continue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Inspiration Flows At ‘Artful Celebration: Municipal Building Art Open House’

Petr Jandacek admires art work being proposed for the County Municipal Building’s West Plaza at Thursday’s ‘Artful Celebration: Municipal Building Art Open House,’ event, hosted by the Art in Public Places Board. The event included guided tours of art work on display throughout the interior of the Municipal Building and a meet the artists area where they discussed examples of their proposed work for the building’s west plaza. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos County Chief Financial Officer Steve Lynne visits with artists during


Cone Zone: Week of Sept. 15

Central Avenue Improvements Project construction work moves west along Central Avenue in front of the downtown Post Office near 20th Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A worker operates in a hole on Central Avenue Thursday while crew members grab a broom and shovel to complete their tasks. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Road Construction Update: Week of Sept. 15

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150 or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within


Citizens For Good Government Roll Out Website


John C. Hopkins, Chair of Citizens for Good Government and former Chair of the Los Alamos Charter Review Committee, today announced that CFGG has launched a website to provide citizens with important information about the two Los Alamos County Charter questions that are on this year’s general election ballot.  

Question 1 on the ballot relates to the structure of county government – it clarifies the role and authorities of the Council Chair; it also proposes to change the title of the County Administrator to County Manager to be consistent with all other counties


Contestants Get Their Geek On At Saturday’s ScienceFest Nerdy Costume Contest

These three geeks prefer to remain nameless, but sources say they helped organize this year’s weeklong ScienceFest event from their secret headquarters in the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and LA MainStreet – including Saturday’s popular Nerdy Costume Contest at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Luke Adkins is the winner in Saturday’s nerdy costume contest in the 10 and under catagory on the basis of audience applause. Bonnie J. Gordon/
The winner of the adult geek contest reacts to her victory.


Lyrics And Libations Adds Festive Atmosphere At ScienceFest Saturday At Ashley Pond Park

Ron Dolin of Don Quixote Distillery and Winery in White Rock offers samples to a visitor to his booth at Ashley Pond Park on the final day of this year’s weeklong ScienceFest event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
DK and the Affordables entertain the ScienceFest crowd Saturday at the pond. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
Monk’s Ales staff offers samples to visitors to their booth. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
Ryan Finn and his Biggish Band jazz up the stage Saturday at Ashley Pond. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost


ScienceFest Mixes Learning With Fun

Young builders create sturctures in the Geodesic Dome Make-a-Thon Saturday at Ashley Pond Park during the final day of this year’s weeklong ScienceFest event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Youngsters participate in an experiment at the Krazy Science booth. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Team Y High School Robotics group puts on a demonstration. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
ScienceFest crowd fills Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Girl Scout Troop 116 offered face painting at ScienceFest.


Lots of ScienceFest Action Underway At The Pond!

A variety of activities are underway at Ashley Pond Park today along with food booths and live music. Check the Los Alamos Daily Post later for more coverage of the various events. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Snacks and other edible items are at the pond today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Bouncy houses are at the pond for the kids today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Bradbury Science Museum Hosts ScienceFest Events

The Bradbury Science Museum has hosted events all week long as part of the Los Alamos ScienceFest, which ends this evening. The audience listened Friday evening to a talk called, Hidden in Plain Sight: Augmented Reality. Augmented reality used to be ‘science fiction’, but it’s not fiction anymore. Imagine the ability to look at an object and, with augmented reality, open hidden information with special ‘eyes’ that let you see amazing things. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Chick Keller has been on the forefront of climate change science, education


Los Alamos County Airport Hosts ‘Science of Flight’

Thomas Spickermann of the Experimental Aircraft Association is assisted by Mariam Tracy in demonstrating how airplane flight works during the Civil Air Patrol and EAA presentation of ‘The Science of Flight’ this morning at Los Alamos County Airport as part of ScienceFest. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Visitors check out personal aircraft and talk with pilots this morning at the Los Alamos County Airport. Some of the planes on display were built by their owners. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Civil Air Patrol cadets with their plane. Bonnie J. Gordon/


Today’s Los Alamos ScienceFest Schedule

The White Rock rock features ScienceFest. Photo by Ryn Herrmann


Today is the final day of this year’s weeklong ScienceFest with innovative, action-packed activities, music and food throughout the day.

Saturday, Sept. 13

9 a.m.–noon – Exploring the Science of Flight, Los Alamos County Airport, 1040 Airport Road

9 a.m.–4 p.m. – Exhibit Opening: Early Photographs of Berlyn Brixner, Los Alamos Historical Museum, 1050 Bathtub Row

10 a.m.–3 p.m. – Convergance in the Dome: Science, Art, Experiences, Ashley Pond Park, 20th and Central Avenue

10 a.m.-6 p.m. – Detonography: