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Los Alamos County Business Recycler of the Year Nominations Close Thursday Oct. 17

on October 12, 2013 - 8:03am



Nominations close for the first annual Los Alamos County Business Recycler of the Year Award this Thursday, Oct. 17.

Send in your nominations today to Tom Nagawiecki at the Environmental Services Division at Include the business name and a brief description explaining the nomination.  

The award is sponsored by the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division and the contest is open to Los Alamos County businesses of all sizes. Nominate your own business, your employer, or your favorite local sustainable retailer/restaurant.


Fall Colors Frame Downtown Los Alamos

on October 12, 2013 - 7:49am

Trees sporting vibrant colored autumn leaves brighten Central Avenue in front of the CB FOX Department Store Friday. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Autumn colored leaves in downtown Los Alamos looking west on Central Avenue. Photo by Leland Lehman/

AMBER Alert Issued For New Mexico Ranch Boys

on October 12, 2013 - 7:09am

Suspect Scott Chandler. Courtesy/

Staff Report

An Amber Alert has been issued for nine boys who went missing overnight from the Tierra Blanca Youth Ranch in Sierra County New Mexico.

It is believed that these boys are in danger due to the circumstances involving this abduction. Reports indicate that this southern New Mexico ranch program for troubled teens is under a state investigation into allegations that ranch residents were shackled and beaten by staff members.

The missing boys include Charlie Lamb, 13, Mayson Myers, 13, Michael Rozell, 15, Ryan Sibbett, 16, Peter

I-25 Northbound Lane Closures

on October 12, 2013 - 7:08am


SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation started bridge work on the I-25 northbound bridge (MP 282.5) Oct. 10. 

This bridge work is north of the St. Francis Interchange. The contactor will be completing work that started earlier this year, and they will be back in the spring for final paving when temperatures allow.

There will be left and right lane closures and the one lane closure will remain overnight. The lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and this work is anticipated to be completed in four weeks.

NMDOT urges motorists to proceed

Kiwanis Family Floats Top Homecoming Parade

on October 12, 2013 - 6:33am

The entire Kiwanis family (K-Family) worked together for a 1st place winning group of floats in the recent Homecoming Parade. The High School Key-Club float depicted a Topper football player branding the Chargers. The local K-Family includes the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, Los Alamos High School Key Club, Los Alamos Middle School Kiwanis Builder's Club, Aspen Elementary K-Kids and Barranca Mesa K-Kids. Courtesy photo

Aspen K-Kids sported construction hats and matching tie-dye shirts as they marched behind the Key Club float. Courtesy photo

The Barranca Mesa Elementary School K-Kids with


'The Drowsy Chaperone' Fun for Entire Family

on October 12, 2013 - 6:27am
The Dixon Community Players in 'The Drowsy Chaperone.' Kneeling in front from left, Winston Earl Woods, Claire Singleton, Kile Uhlenbrock, Standing in back from left, Rose Corrigan, Henry Knutsen, Simon Feavearyear, Kristen Woolf, Richard Martin, Kay Peters Johnson, David Rigsby. Courtesy photo
Staff Report

The Dixon Community Players (DCP), sponsored by Embudo Valley Organics, Rock Pool Gardens and the Embudo Valley Arts Association, announces the final show of their 2013 season, the 2006 Tony Award Winning Broadway Musical The Drowsy Chaperone

With book by Bob Martin and Don

Santa Fe Pro Musica Presents Jasper String Quartet

on October 12, 2013 - 6:20am

The Jasper String Quartet on stage. Courtesy photo

SFPM News:

SANTA FE ─ Santa Fe Pro Musica presents The Jasper String Quartet in performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 West Palace Ave. in Santa Fe. 

Tickets are $20, $35, $45, $65 at the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office (505) 988-4640, ext. 1000, Tickets Santa Fe at The Lensic 505.988.1234, or online at Discounts for students, teachers, groups, and families are available exclusively through the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office.

Guest speaker Dr.


Community Partners Announce Assistance for Furloughed Federal Employees

on October 11, 2013 - 1:34pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) today announced that several New Mexico community partners have offered to assist federal employees furloughed as a result of the government shutdown.

At Rep. Lujan Grisham’s Oct. 6 roundtable meeting with furloughed federal employees, participants expressed fear and concern that the government shutdown would cause serious financial hardship for them and their families.

Check Out This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on October 11, 2013 - 1:14pm


Tour the top open houses scheduled for this weekend throughout the area!

The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting the open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe.

Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.

Click on the map to read details about the featured homes. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open houses or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!

Click on the Real Estate Section "red button" near the top

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Oct. 11

on October 11, 2013 - 1:11pm


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Friday, Oct. 11

Los Alamos Hilltoppers Football 7 p.m. Friday, Oct.11 at Sullivan Field. Toppers vs. Bernalillo

Los Alamos Light Opera presents The Mystery of Edwin Drood 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at Duane Smith Auditorium

Saturday, Oct. 12

Historical Hike along Abandoned Roads with Dorothy Hoard 9:30 a.m. at PEEC, or 10 a.m. at Forest Road 181 (American Springs trailhead parking lot) Parking is limited at the trailhead, so participants are encouraged to meet at PEEC to carpool. The hike is free, and no advance registration is required.


Electrical Short Sparked Barn Blaze

on October 11, 2013 - 1:07pm

The aftermath of the barn that burned down Tuesday night at the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Leland Lehman/
An electrical short inside Lisa and Garth Reader's barn at the North Mesa Stables is blamed for a massive fire that destroyed the entire structure late Tuesday night. The fire also killed one of the Reader's beloved horses, which they had owned for nearly 20 years.
"Our investigation concludes that the fire started in the barn from an electrical short," Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said. "It occurred somewhere between a small refrigerator

Potential Liability Claim Looms If LAMS Contractor Misses Extended Deadline

on October 11, 2013 - 11:54am

The School Board from left, Matt Williams, David Foster, President Jim Hall, Judy Bjarke-McKenzie and Kevin Honnell. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report

The School Board approved a motion to send forward a material change request to the contract with McCarthy Building Companies, changing the completion date of the Los Alamos Middle School construction project from Oct. 31 to Nov. 26. Council Member Kevin Honnell cast the sole nay vote.

Dave Wharram of Gerald Martin, who serves as the owner representative for the LAMS construction project said he did not believe that the


Los Alamos Golfer Makes 6th Lifetime Hole In One!

on October 11, 2013 - 11:38am

Golfer Ted Ball of Los Alamos got his 6th lifetime hole in one Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Los Alamos Golf Course at the 15th hole during the Brodie Anderson Tournament. His wife, Jeanne Ball, told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning that "he's just a really good golfer." This is the second hole in one Ball has made at hole 15 at the local course, she said, adding that his fourth hole in one was during an LAGA trip to Phoenix. Ball competed in golf tournaments during high school in California where he made his other three hole in one shots, she said. Photo by Donnie Torres




Pet of the Week: Owl the Cat

on October 11, 2013 - 11:28am

Owl the cat. Courtesy photo


Owl is a two-year-old female calico that is very bonded to her friend Sarabi, who just left on a trial adoption. Owl hopes she is next! She definitely enjoys playtime more than cuddle time, and she'll be your best friend if you have a toy for her to play with.

She does well with adults, older children, and she would absolutely love a buddy to play with and keep her company. Owl has been trained to use a scratching post rather than furniture, so be sure to provide some scratching posts for her.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road,

Jr. Toppers Basketball Clinics Saturday

on October 11, 2013 - 11:26am


Jr. Toppers Basketball Clinics take place Saturday, Oct.12. Participants can check in the Griffith Gym Lobby.

The Mini Topper (K-3) session will run 9-10 a.m. and the Jr. Topper session (4-6 grade) will run 9-10:30 a.m.

Participants should remember to wear good running shoes and loose comfortable clothing.


Luján: Republican Piecemeal Funding Bill Picks Winners and Losers, Would Still Leave Lab Employees Furloughed

on October 11, 2013 - 11:09am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District spoke today on the House floor on the importance of swiftly passing a clean funding bill that will end the government shutdown, fund the national laboratories, and ensure that lab employees are not furloughed. 

House Republicans are bringing up piecemeal bills that fund portions of the federal government, but fail to provide full funding to end the shutdown. Below are Luján's remarks on the floor. Click here to watch his speech.


Letter to the Editor: When Will Enough Be Enough?

on October 11, 2013 - 9:50am
Instructional Assistant, Mountain Elementary
Spouse of a teacher

Teachers like other professionals don’t normally speak out about the unbearable conditions they work under and how over worked they are. Yes, they speak about this with small groups of co-workers as they set out to accomplish their tasks. Now is the time you must speak out, and exercise your 1st amendment right to FREE SPEECH guaranteed to us by the Constitution of the United States. If you don’t speak out conditions will not change and change it must.

'Atomic Surplus' Explores Legacy of Bomb

on October 11, 2013 - 9:30am
A piece by Tony Price made from parts found at The Black Hole in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
One of the pieces featued in the major group exhibition of 'Atomic Surplus.' Courtesy photo

CCA News:

Atomic Surplus opens with a reception 6-8 p.m. today at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) Muñoz Waxman Galleries, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

The show continues noon to 5 p.m., Thursday-Sunday through Jan. 5.

Atomic Surplus is a multi-faceted project that examines what it means to live in the birthplace of the atomic bomb.


Los Alamos Author Hits No. 9 on Amazon

on October 11, 2013 - 9:21am


Staff Report

Los Alamos author T. Jackson King has hit No. 9 on the Amazon Kindle ranking for bestselling Space Opera science fiction with his novel Nebula Vigilante, an interstellar adventure about a lone human who hires out as an interstellar hired gun.

T. Jackson King

The novel is a sequel to his novel Star Vigilante. The novel is also available in paperback.

Amazon’s ebook ranking lists only bestselling novels released in the last 30 days and is updated hourly. King’s novel was released on Sept. 24, so it has climbed to this rank very quickly.

King, 65, is a former


Two Chances Left to Solve The Mystery of Edwin Drood

on October 11, 2013 - 9:15am
From left, Anna Dillane as Princess Puffer; Patrick Webb as Durdles; Carlos Archuleta as Rev. Crisparkle; Christina Martos as Rosa Bud; Warren Houghteling as John Jasper; Alexis Perry as Helena Landless; Jason Rutledge as Neville Landless. Photo by Larry Lamsa
LALO News:
Los Alamos audiences have two chances left to solve Charles Dickens' famous unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, with the Los Alamos Light Opera's production of the musical murder mystery.
Could it be the Rev. Crisparkle who killed the title character? Or was it the drunken stonemason, Durdles?

Government Shutdown Closes U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Public Document Room

on October 11, 2013 - 9:14am

NCR News:

Due to the lapse in government funding, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC), website was last updated Oct. 9 and will not be updated until further notice.

Normal business activities (including public meetings) are suspended. According to the NRC's shutdown plan, approved by the Office of Management and Budget, the agency will retain about 300 of its current 3,900 employees for "excepted functions" during a lapse of appropriations. Of that number, roughly half are resident inspectors assigned to reactor and fuel facilities.

Enjoy Food and Fun at PEECnic

on October 11, 2013 - 9:12am

Family fun at a previous PEECnic. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Center (PEEC) will hold its annual meeting of members Oct. 20, but this will be a far cry from a formal membership meeting.

Dubbed “PEECnic,” the event will feature a dessert buffet, prizes, activities and much more and is not limited to PEEC members. Everyone is invited and it's free!

PEECnic 2013 is 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at the PEEC Nature Center, 3540 Orange St., in Los Alamos. The activities and prize drawings will run throughout the event, so those interested in attending are welcome to drop


Student Sells Baked Goods to Fund Space Center Trip

on October 11, 2013 - 8:55am

Delectible fudge is among the baked goods Alex Martinez is offering for sale. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Local sixth grader Alex Martinez will be taking a class trip at the end of the school year to the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Fla. She is raising funds to help her get there.

“When Alex asked if she could go, I right away started thinking of fundraisers that I could do to help her get there,” Alex’s mom, Ana Martinez said. “I started to brain storm with a friend of mine, Sandra Quintana, and we came up the idea of baked goods for the holidays.”

Ana will be taking orders for the


Letter to the Editor: ‘Good’ People Need to Become Engaged

on October 11, 2013 - 8:47am
Los Alamos

I’ve come to the very sad understanding that “news”, via almost every medium, is not what the 4th estate was charged to do in a democracy. NBC News Director Chuck Todd said it’s not his job to inform viewers when lies are told about an issue. If that’s the case, scarily, he’s a reporter/entertainer, not a journalist. 

Journalists bring facts to light and challenge what appear to be distortions and inaccuracies. Simply passing along “he said/she said” or ‘this side/that side’ without evaluation, is NOT JOURNALISM – it’s simply recording/echoing and it fails its critical


Discover the Powerful Colors of Sita Loop

on October 11, 2013 - 8:46am
'Moonlight Dancing' by  Sita Loop. Courtesy photo
'Cave Dwelling' by Sita Loop. Courtesy photo


“Are those ponies flying?” Santa Fe artist Sita Loop asked with a chuckle, as she talked about her signature paintings of petroglyph ponies. The answer is no. 

“They represent the wild mustangs running free forever,” Loop said.

Loop participated in the Arts and Crafts Fair last summer and will be in Los Alamos again Oct. 19 for the 37th annual Fuller Lodge Fall Arts and Crafts Fair.

“Many years ago, I dreamed a beautiful story where petroglyph ponies ran on cave walls about