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State Standing Up Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Taskforce

Destinee Alexis Atencio
 
By JAMES R. MOUNTAIN
Valley Daily Post
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The FBI, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tesuque Pueblo Tribal Police continue to investigate circumstances surrounding the death of Destinee Alexis Atencio whose body was found June 22 near the Camel Rock formation in Tesuque.

Atencio, 21, was last seen by a relative sometime in May in Santa Fe. Authorities believe she may have been dead for at least a couple of weeks before her body was found. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

She is described as a Native American female, 5’


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Lab Profile: Jim Stein Lives Life To The Fullest, Camera In Hand

Jim Stein of Los Alamos National Laboratory has a passion for photography. Courtesy photo
 
A starry night seen from Los Alamos. Photo by Jim Stein

LANL News:

As a child, Jim Stein, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Quality & Performance Assurance Division, loved poring over the awe-inspiring photos of National Geographic magazine. With a small camera his parents bought for him, his passion for photography was ignited.

“I started playing around with the camera like I was a Nat Geo photographer,” he said. “And although I really was pretty awful, I’ve been hooked ever since.”

After


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La Cueva Teen’s Accident Draws Nationwide Response

yat”sJunior firefighter Wyatt Taylor, 14, working his first wildland fire last November. Wyatt was seriously injured in an ATV accident in December. Courtesy photo

 

Wyatt Taylor with close family friends Danny and Shelley Quartieri during a visit to Wyatt’s hospital room. Courtesy photo

 

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

A 14-year-old La Cueva teen has attracted the attention, affection and support of people from across the nation and the world since a tragic accident Dec. 17, which left him facing multiple surgeries


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Inmate Receives High School Equivalency Credential

Anthony Lambson shows some of the books he used to study for his High School Equivalency Credential while incarcerated in the Los Alamos Detention Center. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Anthony Lambson, 21, just received his High School Equivalency Credential from the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA). While this would be a cause for celebration for anyone, it is particularly significant for Lambson who will be leaving the Los Alamos Detention Center Thursday after almost 18 months in custody.


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Marine Veteran Roger Anaya Is Proud To Give Back

VFW Post 8874 Cmdr. Roger Anaya speaks at a ceremony at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
maire@ladailypost.com

When U.S. Marine Corps veteran Rogelio “Roger” Anaya is not at his job at Los Alamos National Laboratory as the team leader for 13 software developers, there’s a good chance you can find him at the Veterans of Foreign Wars John D. Gamble Post 8874 where he serves as commander.

Anaya was born in Sahuayo, Michoacan in Mexico and came to the United States when he was eight years old. His father was a dairy foreman


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LAFD Elite Combat Challenge Team Reaches High

Los Alamos Fire Department Driver-Engineer Gregg Hecathorn opens the hood on the Department’s burn car prop while demonstrating how firefighters extinguish vehicle fires during a training demonstration Monday for the community. Hecathorn normally drives and runs the truck’s pump panel but opted to ‘play’ a little. He is a member of the LAFD Firefighter Combat Challenge Team. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Combat Challenge Team members, from left, Aron Williams, Kevin Kamplain, Gregg Hecathorn, David Apodaca


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Los Alamos Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division Driven To Solve Cases

Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez is proud of the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
marie@ladailypost.com
 

Los Alamos Police Department Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez remembers police officers coming to speak as guests at his high school in Loving and says he found what they had to say about the job intriguing. Even when he studied mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., law enforcement was always in the back of his mind.

Rodriguez returned to New


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Harold Fishbine Founded Town’s First Big Band

Local resident Harold Fishbine started the first big band in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Keynotes on stage during the Manhattan Project. Harold Fishbine and his bass are at top left. Courtesy/Harold Fishbine

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Soldier Harold Fishbine was with the rest of his unit in California in the early 1940s, expecting to be sent to the Pacific. Then, out of the blue, he received orders to report to Santa Fe. He had no idea what it meant.

When he arrived at 109 East Palace in Santa Fe and was greeted by a nice


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Exchange Student Feels Impact Of Earthquake

The family of Carlos Lopez, center, a foreign exchange student from Portoviejo, Ecuador, is struggling in the aftermath of the 7.8 earthquake that hit Ecuador April 16. In response, members of Lopez’s host family, Nicole and David Murphy, have established a GoFundMe account to help support the Lopez family. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Devastation in Ecuador caused by the recent 7.8 earthquake. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

News of Ecuador’s 7.8 earthquake April 16 caused Carlos Lopez, 18, an exchange student from Portoviejo in Ecuador


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Soldier Proposes At Los Alamos Ice Rink Christmas Eve

Diego Cardiel proposing to Deja Sandoval on the ice Christmas Eve at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. The Los Alamos High School graduates plan to marry following his deployment to Kuwait. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
She said yes! LAHS graduates Deja Sandoval and Diego Cardiel get engaged Christmas Eve at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Deja Sandoval got a surprise Christmas present she’ll remember the rest of her life. Her boyfriend, Diego Cardiel, proposed


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Santa’s Veterinarian Clears Reindeer For Flight

Santa’s veterinarian has cleared Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer to travel the world Christmas Eve with Santa. Courtesy/sciencemag.org
 
AVMA News:
 
SCHAUMBURG, IL — Following a health checkup at the North Pole, Santa’s veterinarian has given the green light to Rudolph’s red nose and the rest of the reindeer that will be traveling the world this Christmas Eve.
 
Dr. Joe Kinnarney, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, visited the North Pole today to ensure that Santa’s team of nine were up-to-date on their vaccinations and healthy enough to

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Brain Cancer Survivor BethAnn Telford Carries Hope With Her In Today’s Jemez Mountain Trail Races

From left, marathon runners Michelle Hall, BethAnn Telford and Sarah Domnarski visit the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters Friday to talk about the need to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer. The trio is running in today’s Jemez Mountain Trail Races. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Like hundreds of other competitors in today’s 10th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races, BethAnn Telford got up this morning, put on her running shoes and hit the trail with a couple close friends. But there’s something special about Telford. She

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Zia Credit Union Scholarship Winners Announced

ZCU News:

Zia Credit Union is very pleased to announce the winners of the Zia Credit Union Education Foundation Scholarship program for 2015. This year, $25,500 has been provided in scholarships to 28 members who are graduating high school from the Española, Los Alamos, Pojoaque, and surrounding communities. 

“For the past two years, we have presented the majority of our Scholarship award recipients to our members at our Annual Business Meeting. This is an exciting time for the graduates as well as their families,” Zia Credit Union President/CEO David Woodruff said, “and we hope this


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CIR Portrait Of Turkey With Authentic Turkish Buffet

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque. Courtesy/wikipedia

CIR News:

The Council on International Relations (CIR) was accepted for a sixth consecutive year to participate in the Teacher Study Tour of Turkey. 

The program will begin with a workshop scheduled


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Construction Progresses on New Nature Center; Engraved Bricks & Pavers to Display Donors’ Messages

The front view of the Los Alamos County Nature Center under construction on Canyon Road. On the right are the staff offices and towering above is the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

If you’ve driven past 2600 Canyon Road lately, you’ve probably noticed a lot of progress being made on the construction of the new Los Alamos County Nature Center.

The land has been cleared, the slab has been poured, and the building is starting to take structure. At the same time, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is hard at work raising funds to outfit the new center with exhibits and gardens.


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Dr. Rebecca Hammon From Los Alamos Running Boston Marathon to Raise Funds for Her Hospital

Rebecca Hammon and her dad, Duncan Hammon, at the Los Alamos Dog Jog last summer in White Rock. Courtesy photo
 
Rebecca Hammon, left, and a Team Eye and Ear teammate posed with Bill, the Heartbreak Hill Gorilla, during a 20-mile training run.Courtesy photo
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rebecca Hammon grew up in Los Alamos watching her dad, Duncan Hammon, run marathons. As a bored kid, she swore she’d never be a runner. That changed in the summer of 2012 when Hammon took up running as a way to get some exercise. Now she’s slated to run the Boston Marathon April 21 as part


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Local Occupational Therapists Share Skills With Nicaraguan Children

A Nicaraguan child practices sorting skills. Photo by Hannah Bloom
 
Play is therapy for students with diabilities in Nicaragua. Photo by Hannah Bloom
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

In mid-March, three occupational therapists, six OT students, and a physical therapist will spend two weeks in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, where they will collaborate with Nicaraguan teachers and therapists in a cultural exchange. Students will live with host families in a full-immersion environment, where they will speak Spanish and learn about Nicaraguan culture.

Two Los Alamos OT students


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Los Alamos Man and His Brother Experience Life and Death in Botswana

Bill Gattis, Adrian Chishimba and Tom Gattis. Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: Two brothers, Tom Gattis of Los Alamos and Bill Gattis of Gunnison, Colo., had an eye-opening experience in the third world when their mother, who lived in Botswana, became terminally ill. This is their story.

By BILL GATTIS

Our mother, Mary Lindsey (Gattis) had been spending her retirement in Africa, specifically Zambia, and later in the small, dusty town of Maun, Botswana. Mary was a math teacher at Santa Fe High School and Santa Fe Prep, and up until 2002, lived in a self-constructed plywood casita in Pojoaque and cared


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Designer Suzette Fox’s Green Passion

Interior Designer Suzette Fox at the Smart House in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost

Designer Suzette Fox’s Green Passion

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Interior Designer Suzette Fox created the modern ambiance that greets tourists visiting the renowned Smart House in Los Alamos.

“It was so much fun to work with Julie Williams-Hill on the Smart House project,” Fox said. “Julie is the public relations manager of the Department of Public Utilities. She was open to the contemporary design I had in mind for the furniture and accessories at the Smart House.”

Fox began the decorating


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