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Letter to the Editor: The Truth About the Mil Tax Increase

on August 27, 2013 - 4:41pm
The Truth About the Mil Tax Increase
Los Alamos
Here we go again. Los Alamos voters just approved a large real estate tax assessment to benefit K-12 schools, and now all the town’s power elites are lined up (an ominous omen for ordinary folk) with a very well financed (a big red flag) campaign to push another special election to TRIPLE the tax assessment levied for the local community college.

Los Alamos is a fairly affluent town, but we have a substantial population of fixed income taxpayers who simply cannot afford an increased tax bite.


Letter to the Editor: Murdered Schoolchildren Killed in 'Gun Free Zones'

on August 27, 2013 - 4:14pm
Parent of three LAHS graduates, and one current student

I must respond to Ms. Nancy Schick's letter complaining about the Los Alamos Schools leasing the old Pueblo gym to the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club for their Gun Show.

I find it appalling that Ms. Schick seems ignorant of the fact that that all of the murdered schoolchildren she alludes to were killed in “gun-free zones.” Perhaps we should re-name those areas “defenseless-victim zones” because that illustrates much more clearly their effect on the safety of our children.

I pray that in future we will have the

Workers Spruce Up Small Business Center

on August 27, 2013 - 4:01pm

The Los Alamos Small Business Center in Central Park Square is undergoing resurfacing to the exterior of the building and being topped with fresh paint. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A worker looks over the newly painted exterior walls of the Los Alamos Small Business Center in Central Park today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The rear parking lot of the Los Alamos Small Business Center in Central Park Square was recently resurfaced and restriped as well. Photo by Carol A. Clark/  

Fuller Lodge Work and Some Closures Continue in September

on August 27, 2013 - 3:09pm


As a reminder, the main portion of Fuller Lodge continues to be closed to the general public until Sept. 30 to allow for extensive work to occur in, under and above the Pajarito Room.

The Fuller Lodge office in the lobby of the Lodge, North Wing (Historical Society, Arts Council) and South Wing (Art Center and classes) and the 1st floor of the West Wing remain open. Each of the wings have work on-going throughout this timeframe and may result in some areas being temporarily closed for part of a day or an entire day. 

Entry is allowed into the main lobby of Fuller Lodge and

Los Alamos MainStreet Calls for Next Big Idea Exhibitors

on August 27, 2013 - 3:01pm

Scene last year's Next Big Idea event. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos MainStreet announced that a call for exhibitors is open for the 2013 Next Big Idea Festival. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14.

Organizations, groups and individuals with interactive exhibits or presentations that are related to science, technology, engineering and math are encouraged to participate in this annual event. The deadline for exhibitor entries is Sept. 4.

The Next Big Idea Festival – A Festival of Discovery, Invention and Innovation is the signature event of Los Alamos and showcases

Letter to the Editor: Response Regarding the Funding of the Art Work at UNMLA

on August 27, 2013 - 10:55am
Director, Business Operations
UNM Los Alamos

Initiated in 2005, UNM Los Alamos was able to secure capital improvement funding for some small projects from the 2006 GO Bond and also the 2008 Severance Tax allotments. Combining all the resources to meet the designated capital improvements resulted in the construction of Wallace Hall and the complete renovation of the Flo Science wing. 

As required for all capital improvement projects, 1 percent of funding was automatically earmarked for Art in Public Places.

Key Stakeholders Attend Luján's Video Forum on Hunger and Poverty in New Mexico

on August 27, 2013 - 9:32am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján speaks with stakeholders throughout northern New Mexico on a video forum addressing the causes of and solutions to hunger and poverty in communities across the state. Courtesy photo

A group in Gallup join in the video forum. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District joined constituents from throughout northern New Mexico on Saturday, Aug. 24 to discuss issues related to hunger and poverty. 

The video forum brought together key stakeholders who addressed both best practices and challenges regarding these important

NIST Ytterbium Atomic Clocks Set Record for Stability

on August 27, 2013 - 8:53am

NIST's ultra-stable ytterbium lattice atomic clock. Ytterbium atoms are generated in an oven (large metal cylinder on the left) and sent to a vacuum chamber in the center of the photo to be manipulated and probed by lasers. Laser light is transported to the clock by five fibers (such as the yellow fiber in the lower center of the photo). Photo by Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

A pair of experimental atomic clocks based on ytterbium atoms at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has set a new record for stability.

The clocks act like 21st-century pendulums or metronomes that

Letter to the Editor: Thank You to the Community

on August 27, 2013 - 8:34am
Los Alamos

I want to extend my thanks to everyone in the Los Alamos community who helped me host a local Geocaching event this past Saturday. 

The event was held at the Coffee House Cafe. The staff did a wonderful job with our crowd. Everyone raved about the food, coffee and accommodations. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce put together welcome bags with useful local information.

This was the first time in Los Alamos for many of the geocachers; others said they have not been on the Hill in years.

LANL: Reliability Technology Earns Prestigious Los Alamos Award

on August 27, 2013 - 8:07am

Terry Wallace, right, Los Alamos National Laboratory Principal Associate Director for Global Security, congratulates Harold Martz, second from right, and Michael Hamada, second from left, for winning the Laboratory's first-ever Richard Feynman Prize for Innovation Achievement while David Pesiri, left, director of Los Alamos' Technology Transfer Division looks on.

No Trash or Recycling Pick Up Sept. 2

on August 27, 2013 - 7:46am


In observation of Labor Day, there will be no trash or recycling collection Monday, Sept. 2.

If Monday is your normal pickup day, put your trash and recycling out by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 for collection. 

If you have any questions, contact the Environmental Services Division at 505-662-8163.


Food on the Hill: Chocolate Raspberry French Toast

on August 27, 2013 - 7:39am
The Week's Recipe:
Chocolate Raspberry French Toast
Photo by Sue York/


Hawaiian Sweet bread cut into ½ inch slices
Nutella Hazelnut spread
Raspberry preserves
Cream, small amount
A good bread knife

I like to use the Hawaiian sweet bread in the round loaf for this. I was unable to find the bread shape that I wanted, so I used the Sweet Rolls instead. Just don’t break them apart. If you only can find the rolls, carefully slice off a VERY thin layer of the crust off the bottom and just the very top of the rolls.

School Board Proclaims Today Marilyn Fabry Day

on August 27, 2013 - 7:34am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School Board met in special session Monday, Aug. 26 to take action on a proclamation to honor Marilyn Fabry.

Fabry was recognized for her 19 years of dedicated service as a teacher at Los Alamos High School.

The Board invites students, staff and community to celebrate today, Aug. 27 as Marilyn Fabry Day.


Learn About Patagonia's Endangered Wildlife

on August 27, 2013 - 7:32am
Andean Condor. Photo by Gladys Garay

PEEC News:

Transport yourself to South America, minus the flight and jet lag. Chilean Patagonian naturalists Gladys Garay and Oscar Guineo will present the findings from their wildlife studies on the Andean condor and huémul deer at PEEC at 7 p.m. Sept. 5.

Garay and Guineo are well known and respected experts on the ecology and wildlife of the Magallanes Region of Chile. Together they have written and published various books and maps on the flora and fauna of Chilean Patagonia.


NNM 2020 Campaign Lands Eddy Award for RDC

on August 27, 2013 - 7:29am

Kathy Keith, executive director of the RDC, receiving the EDDY award. Courtesy photo
RDC News:
ESPANOLA The Northern New Mexico 2020 Campaign was introduced in 2012 as an effort to develop at least 20 high growth businesses in the region by the year 2020.
The partnership among communities and business support organizations brought attention to key employers in the area who are changing the face of the Northern New Mexico economy.
Last year’s award ceremony took place on October 4, 2012 in Santa Fe and honored eight area businesses as the first round of recipients in this campaign.

Fitness Column: High Intensity Interval Training

on August 27, 2013 - 7:27am
Fitness Column
High Intensity Interval Training

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is an increasingly popular method of cardiovascular exercise for many people. 

As opposed to more traditional aerobic training where individuals maintain roughly the same level of exertion throughout the exercise session, HIIT changes the exertion level throughout the workout.

A typical HIIT sessions has the individual warm up, then increase the intensity of the workout to a level of five to six on a scale of 10, then increase the level of intensity to seven or higher (usually 8 to 8.5),

Incentive Program Helps Recruit and Retain Teachers

on August 27, 2013 - 7:24am

Staff Report

ALBUQUERQUE Gov. Susana Martinez announced that more than 100 teachers statewide will receive a $5,000 stipend this year for teaching at ‘hard-to-staff’ schools across the state.

The initiative, announced by the governor in January, is designed to attract and keep highly qualified math and science teachers in schools that have experienced serious challenges in hiring teachers in these fields.

Teachers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) were identified by local school administrators to receive the incentive by either transferring to a new


Conrad Tao Opens Santa Fe Pro Musica Concerts

on August 27, 2013 - 7:19am
Conrad Tao at the piano. Courtesy photo
The Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra. Courtesy photo

SFPM News:

Santa Fe Pro Musica will present Conrad Tao, pianist and composer, in recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept.19 at St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe.

Tao will again perform on stage for the Season Opening Orchestra concerts with the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for the recital are $20, $35, $45 and $65 at the Santa Fe Pro Musica Box Office (505)


Ten Tax Tips for Individuals Selling Their Home

on August 27, 2013 - 7:10am

IRS News:

PHOENIX ─ If you’re selling your main home this summer or sometime this year, the IRS has some helpful tips for you.

Even if you make a profit from the sale of your home, you may not have to report it as income.

Here are 10 tips from the IRS to keep in mind when selling your home.

  • If you sell your home at a gain, you may be able to exclude part or all of the profit from your income. This rule generally applies if you’ve owned and used the property as your main home for at least two out of the five years before the date of sale
  • You normally can exclude up to $250,000 of the gain

Photos Sought for 2014 Shelter Alumni Calendar

on August 27, 2013 - 7:06am

Remy arrived at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter as a stray in late fall of 2012. Photo by Don Taylor

FOS News:

Get those cameras ready, polish those smiles, and say Cheese! (or Tuna! or Kibble!) Friends of the Shelter is accepting photo entries for the 2014 Shelter Alumni Calendar through Sept. 6. We need your help because without your photos and stories, there can be no FOS calendar.

Pet owners who have adopted an animal from any shelter or any abandoned or homeless animal are invited to send a photo and a brief story about their pet.

Ashley Pond Park Improvements Move Right Along

on August 26, 2013 - 8:44pm

Progress continued today on the Ashley Pond Park renovation project. The project includes improvements to the pond structure that will improve ADA accessibility, enhance water quality and resolve storm water drainage issues, plus construction of new sidewalks and bulkheads around the pond, new landscaping and water features, and a new concert stage with a removable cover at the southeast corner of the pond with an electrical infrastructure to support lighting and a sound system for events. Photo by Katy Korkos

The concert stage begins to take shape. Photo by Katy Korkos

The projct is slated

Letter to the Editor: Gun Show at Pueblo Complex: Irrelevant Battle of Style Rather than Substance

on August 26, 2013 - 11:32am
Los Alamos

Nancy Schick's editorial in Sunday's Los Alamos Daily Post boils down to one issue. She does not like guns, sees them only in the context of school shootings, and does not want the school district to be in any way associated with guns or a gun show. She is certainly entitled to her opinion, but her opinion should not be the basis of the Schools' policy.

First of all, I take issue with the tone of her essay.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 15–Aug. 19, 2013

on August 26, 2013 - 11:25am

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.

Aug. 15 at 8:09 a.m. / A Los Alamos man reported that he is the victim of larceny on Canyon Road. The estimated loss is less than $250.

Aug. 16 at 5:58 p.m. / A 94-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone took his vehicle without permission on Monte Rey Drive North. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.


Aug. 16 at 11:07 p.m.

Pierotti's Clowns' Lou Pierotti to Speak at Pinon School

on August 26, 2013 - 11:21am

'Tribute to Pierotti’s Clowns' mosaic by Susan K. Dailey, commissioned by the Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board and installed in front of Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. Courtesy/LAC

Staff Report

Lou Pierotti of the famed Pierotti's Clowns fast pitch softball team is set to speak to 4th-6th graders at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Pinon Elementary School in White Rock. 


About the Clowns…

In 1953, Lou Pierotti formed the Pierotti’s Clowns, the only 5-man fast-pitch softball team in the nation.

JJAB Co-sponsoring Holding Hope, Suicide Awareness and Prevention Week

on August 26, 2013 - 10:51am