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Scenes From Saturday’s Rodeo

It was a family affair at the mutton busting event during Saturday’s rodeo in Brewer Arena at the North Mesa Rodeo Grounds in Los Alamos. Mutton busting is an event held at rodeos similar to bull riding or bronco riding, in which young children ride or race sheep. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Rodeo fun. Photo by Jenn Bartram

She held on. Photo by Jenn Bartram

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Los Alamos Nature Center Hosts Construction Tour

The walls are rising at the new Los Alamos Nature Center. The 6,000 s.f. structure is located on Canyon Road. Bonnie J. Gordon/

The walls of the planetarium measure 30 feet. An additional 10 feet is added by the dome. Bonnie J. Gordon/

Project Leader Steve Huebner of Los Alamos County explains the scope of the Nature Center project to a group touring the new facility Friday. Bonnie J. Gordon/

The new Nature Center will have beautiful views on three sides. The facility will contain a glassed in observation area and three themed gardens, as well as


2014 Fair & Rodeo Parade Celebrates Los Alamos

First place winners in today’s Fair & Rodeo Parade on Central Avenue are the Hillstompers. The parade theme was ‘Celebrate Los Alamos.’ Morrie Pongratz announced the parade and the 34 entries were judged by Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Los Alamos Daily Post publisher Carol A. Clark and Monitor publisher Ben Carlson. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Tied for second place are World War II veterans. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Tying for second place, James Chrobocinski and his wife Jacquie in their two purpose parade entry. The truck displays


Crops, Crafts and Creativity Flood County Fair

Yummy treats, crunchy veggies and bright flowers were among the entries at this weeknd’s Los Alamos County Fair. Exhibits were on display at Mesa Public Library Friday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
Grand Prize winning broccali grown by Louis MacInnes. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
Mary Fellman created this shawl, a Grand Prize winner at this weekend’s 2014 Los Alamos County Fair. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
Grand Champian photography. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
This quilt by Katy Korkos was a First Prize


Janiva Magness Belts Out Blues At Pond Tonight

Janiva Magness. Courtesy/
Summer Concert Series Producer

Janiva Magness’ show at Ashley Pond tonight will be a lot more than a great concert, it’ll be an experience! The “experience” is presented by the sponsors of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. It’s another free Los Alamos concert, it starts at 7 p.m. and you should be bring your friends, family and chairs.

Opening tonight, will be my great friends, the Jimmy Stadler Band. This is the 25th Anniversary of the Series and Jimmy’s bands have played at least 25 times. Jimmy is from Taos and plays


Adults And Youngsters Invited To Try Out New Voting Machines At The Fair Saturday

Bureau of Election Manager Gloria A. Maestas feeds a sample ballot into the County’s new voting machine during a demonstration Wednesday afternoon at the Municiapl Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Staff members at the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office are eager to demonstrate their new voting machines, which they will have at Ashley Pond Park following Saturday’s Fair and Rodeo Parade.

“We really want folks … youngsters, too … to check out the machines on Saturday and use the ‘ice


Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 31 to Aug. 6, 2014

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.



July 31 at 3:07 p.m. / Police arrested Raymond Martinez, 29, of Los Alamos at 2064 42nd St., and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia.

July 31 at 5:23 p.m. / A 52-year-old Espanola woman reported that someone burglarized her vehicle parked at Crossroads Bible Church. The estimated loss is unknown.


Aug. 1 at 7:20 p.m. / Police arrested Daniel


Urban Park Tennis Court Resurfacing Begins Today


Repair work will get underway today at the northeast tennis court in Urban Park. Contractors will be resurfacing a large area of this court to make it safer for play.

Although the tennis court may not be available during the day, contractors plan to leave the court playable in the evenings.

Visitors in the area are asked to use caution around the court, obey closure signs and generally avoid resurfacing activities in progress. Parents are especially asked to keep close watch on their children at play in the parks – advise small children to avoid the construction areas for their


Meet County Councilors At Pond After Parade Saturday


Los Alamos County Councilors will have a booth this Saturday during the County Fair. They invite citizens to stop by and chat with them.

The booth will be open after the parade until 2 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park.


CED Customer Windows Close Wednesdays At Noon


Picking up a County building permit or business license? Starting Aug. 6, the Community and Economic Development (CED) customer windows inside the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., have new hours – the windows will be closed at noon Wednesdays ONLY. The windows will be open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. all other days.

Residents may drop off applications Wednesday afternoons, but permit technicians will not be available to answer questions.

This early closure each Wednesday will allow staff members to work on a new software project to enhance customer service. More information on


County Traffic Crews Testing School Speed Zone Lights

Los Alamos County traffic crews were at Aspen Elementary School this morning and will be out in the community this week and next testing school speed zone lights in preparation for the new school year, which begins Aug. 14. Motorists are reminded that they must slow down to meet posted speed limits and observe school zones whenever the lights are flashing. Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/


From Robotics to Quilts Get Fair Exhibits Ready!

Quilt by Los Alamos artist Nicole Dunn. Courtesy photo


From robotics to preserves and quilts, get your exhibits ready for the 2014 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo.

If you’re into robotics here is an opportunity to exhibit your favorite robot as well as your home preserves, garden produce and those lovely quilts! The County Fair and Rodeo runs this weekend – Aug. 7-9. 

Anyone living or working in Los Alamos County is eligible to enter an exhibit. Exhibit categories include: Culinary (baked items), Preserved Foods, Hobbies & Crafts, Fine Arts, Photography, Quilts,


Volunteers Sought For Los Alamos Triathlon Aug. 16

Scene from 2013 Los Alamos Triathlon. Courtesy/LAC

Scene from 2013 Los Alamos Triathlon. Courtesy/LAC


The 40th annual Los Alamos Triathlon is in need of volunteers for the event set for Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center, 2760 Canyon Road.

All volunteers get a long sleeve Los Alamos Triathlon staff shirt as well as a lunch after the event.

Hours are 5:30-9:30 a.m. and volunteer opportunities include the following:

  • Traffic Control
  • Food Preparation
  • Water Stations
  • Course Marking
  • Transition Zones

To volunteer, contact Joseph Harris at 505.663.1794,


Free Flight Giveaway – Take Airlines Survey At Fair


During the County Fair Saturday, Los Alamos County Airport (LAM) will promote the new commercial air service being offered between Los Alamos and Albuquerque by giving away one free round trip flight on New Mexico Airlines, the company under contract to the County that provides commercial airline service between LAM and Albuquerque’s Sunport (ABQ).

To enter, fair-goers should drop by the County Council fair booth and complete a short survey which is also the entry form. The survey asks a few questions about the individual’s use or knowledge of the airline service.


Rodeo Parking Limited on North Mesa this Weekend

Rodeo Parking Map for North Mesa. Courtesy/LAC


In an effort to limit vehicle traffic in the North Mesa Stables area for the safety of stable lot owners and their animals, spectators for the Rodeo this weekend will not be allowed entrance from North Mesa Road.

Only rodeo contestants, stable lot owners and vehicles with handicap placards will be allowed entrance to the stables during the rodeo.  

For additional information, contact the LAC Parks, Recreation & Open Space Administration Office at 505.662.8170.


LAFD Selects New Fire Marshal and Captain

New Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland

LAFD News:

Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes announced this morning that two members of LAFD have been promoted, effective today.

Jeff Wetteland has been promoted to battalion chief, in charge of the Fire & Life Safety Division. Wetteland began his career with LAFD in July 2001 and was promoted to captain in April 2009. Chief Wetteland will serve as the County’s fire marshal.

New Fire Capt. Jeff Saiz

Jeff Saiz has been promoted to captain. He was hired in January 2006 and promoted to driver/engineer in February 2011. 

Hughes said both promotions


Sheehey: Facts About Water In Los Alamos

Los Alamos County Councilor

One of the major issues in this town is water: do we have enough to keep this a green community, at an affordable cost? Since I was elected to County Council two years ago, I have been gathering facts about water in Los Alamos. Much of this information is in the “2006 Long Range Water Supply Plan for Los Alamos County”, on the county website here.

If we can agree on the facts and the uncertainties, I think the citizens of Los Alamos are likely to agree on good plans and policy regarding water. Here, I will discuss our water supply and demand, threats to our water


Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Aug. 4


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 the construction work zones.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:
Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and the Post Office driveway. Access to the Post Office will be maintained. Vehicles will be detoured to Deacon Street and the Main Street driveway into Central Park Square is also closed. A pedestrian crossing is located near Starbucks and additional pedestrian


More Scenes From Friday’s Concert As Shinyribs Spreads Good Cheer During Storm

Shinyribs from Austin, Texas on stage at Ashley Pond Friday night. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Kevin Russell, singer and lead guitarist of Shinyribs. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Two-stepping to Shinyribs. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
From left, local bass player Rob Heineman, Kevin Russell of Shinyribs and concert promoter Russ Gordon share a moment during a break. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Staying dry at Friday’s concert. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Keyboard player