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LANL Family Day Delivers Tons of Fun

on August 3, 2012 - 11:45am

Ronnie Bell sings the national anthem at the 2012 LANL Employee Picnic at Overlook Park Saturday, July 28. LANL Director Charlie McMillan stands with his hand over his heart at left. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Fun was to be had for all who attended the 2012 LANL Employee Picnic. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Players get ready to toss bean bags as part of the fun during the 2012 LANL Employee Picnic. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Flavored syrups were flowing as Sno-Cones were handed out all day at the 2012 LANL Employee Picnic.

Will Our Grandchildren Live as Well in Los Alamos?

on August 3, 2012 - 11:03am

Column by Robert Gibson

Los Alamos is an extraordinary community. Our quality of life is among the very best in the nation. 

A major component of that quality is our economic wealth, also at the top. Why are we so fortunate? Can future generations enjoy a similar, or better, life here?

Los Alamos is a unique combination of world-renowned science, small town atmosphere, and beautiful natural environment. 

That formula is not for everyone, but it works for most of us. 

The root of our good fortune is the concentration of challenging, important, rewarding work at the Laboratory. 



BREAKING NEWS: Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage Resigns

on August 3, 2012 - 10:21am

Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage seen here speaking with Chair Sharon Stover during a May 8 Council meeting has resigned his post effective immediately. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage submitted a letter of resignation to Council Chair Sharon Stover Thursday evening.

The County is in the process of adding an agenda item to its Tuesday, Aug. 7 agenda for County Council to discuss the vacancy and how to proceed.

Selvage's resignation comes on the heels of his apology published in the Los Alamos Daily


New Mexico Municipal League Chief Appears Sunday on Report From Santa Fe

on August 3, 2012 - 10:10am

Executive Director Bill Fulginiti of the New Mexico Municipal League with host Lorene Mills of Report From Santa Fe. Courtesy Photo

This week's guest on Report From Santa Fe is Bill Fulginiti, Executive Director of the New Mexico Municipal League. Fulginiti serves as the Vice Chair of the New Mexico Finance Authority and the Water Trust Board.

Recipient of the Governor’s Distinguished Public Service Award and the New Mexico Distinguished Public Administration Award, Fulginiti's public service experience also extends nationally with his two terms on the Board of the powerful National League

Full Moon and Lightning Brighten Stormy Sky

on August 3, 2012 - 9:45am

A full moon and lightning illuminating the sky over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains was captured on camera during an evening walk along the Canyon Rim Trail across from the Los Alamos Cooperative Market Thursday. Photo by Karen Kendall

Lone Ranger Movie Shoots Scenes at Valles Caldera

on August 3, 2012 - 9:17am

The Lone Ranger film set stretches along the main road into the Valles Caldera Preserve Thursday. The visitor center is off the picture to the right. Photo by TK Thompson/

A mock Indian Village, complete with Teepees is barely visible in the History Grove of Ponderosa Pines on the far side of the Valles Grande. Photo by TK Thompson/

Johnny Depp as Tonto. Tweet photo

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted the first official picture of Disney's The Lone Ranger.

The Lone Ranger's struggles have been well documented: after shuffling from studio to studio through an

Tony Chan Brings Home Senior Olympic Gold

on August 3, 2012 - 7:44am

Tony Chan of the Los Alamos Rotary Club with the Gold and Silver medals he won at the Senior Olympics in Las Cruces during two gruling days of table tennis competitions. Chan won the gold in mens doubles and the silver in mens singles. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dave Jones, steward of The Hive presented a talk to the Los Alamos Rotary Club gathered Tuesday at the Dixie Girl about the unique facility he operates in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Santa Fe CEO John R.

GOP Taps Steve Girrens to Fill Council Candidate Vacancy!

on August 2, 2012 - 8:17pm

The GOP's newly appointed County Council candidate Steven Girrens, center, discusses local issues this evening at the Republican Headquarters, 1362 Trinity Dr., as Treasurer Norma Tech and GOP Chair Jordan Redmond look on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

The Los Alamos County Republican Party Central Committee unanimously appointed Republican Steven Girrens this evening to fill the County Council candidate vacancy left when Roger Waterman withdrew from the race July 23 due to business and professional issues.

"We are very sorry that Roger had to withdraw, but we

Letter to the Editor: Open Letter from a Son of Los Alamos

on August 2, 2012 - 6:03pm

My name is Chris Balibrera and I am a son of Los Alamos.

I’m writing because I started a hunger strike July 16 in Los Alamos, the intention of which is to open a conversation about the possibility of transforming LANL into a beacon of hope and inspiration for the rest of the world.

I grew up here, from ’67 to ’81. My father, Mario, was then a film documentarian for the Lab and we had famous physicists over for dinner quite regularly. (Teller once said to me in his thick Hungarian accent, “Ze only prohblem wit soccer iz, zere iz only one ball.”)

By the age of 8, I knew what the Atomic Age

Spectacular Clouds Form During Monsoon Season

on August 2, 2012 - 1:12pm

Interesting cloud formations hover above Los Alamos Wednesday. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

Shamrock Gas Station Reduced to Pile of Rubble

on August 2, 2012 - 1:05pm

The former Shamrock Gas Station on Trinity Drive near Knecht Street is being demolished to make way for a modern Smith's Gas Station. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

Myrtle Street Curb and Sidewalk Replacement Underway

on August 2, 2012 - 12:55pm

With the completion of the 15th Street road project, work shifted Wednesday to the Myrtle Street curb and sidewalk replacement project. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

Suzette Fox of Los Alamos MainStreet Presents Talk at Statewide Conference in Clayton

on August 2, 2012 - 11:53am

Los Alamos MainStreet Manager Suzette Fox addresses a gathering of New Mexico MainStreet members at a statewide conference this morning in Clayton. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Local Swim Team Hits Both Coasts this Summer

on August 2, 2012 - 11:41am

CAQ long-course state champions, top row from left, Kaan Unal, Connor Schultz, Maria Venneri, Sarah Lott and Sam Harris, middle row from left, Coach Beverly Leasure and Isabelle Runde and bottom row from left, Radhika Iyer, Takuma Shiina and Sara Shiina. Photo by Wendy Lott

By Wendy Lott

Qualifying swimmers from the Charger Aquatics team here in Los Alamos arrived in California Wednesday to compete in the 2012 Senior Zone Championship meet that begins today, Aug. 2, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 5. 

Map of Western Region states. Courtesy

Maria Venneri, 15, Sam Harris, 16, Connor Schultz,


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Aug. 2, 2012

on August 2, 2012 - 10:58am


Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark and Webmaster/Reporter Greg Kendall. Photo by Karen Kendall

The week's preview is sponsored by

Fort Building 3:305 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at PEEC  
Come to PEEC and get building!  On the first Friday of every month, join other kids who like building forts (and their parents) to build, play, and hang out in your new place you created!   Parents must stay and supervise their children. Free. No registration required.

Enchanted Parks Photographic Exhibit at Mesa Public Library
Exhibit runs until Aug 7. Local photographer Leslie Bucklin

Underground Line Fault Causes Eastern Area Power Outage

on August 2, 2012 - 10:54am

DPU News:

Officials from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities report that a power outage, which began at 3:52 p.m. Wednesday in the Eastern Area bounded by Myrtle Street, Rim Road and Canyon Road, affected 98 customers.

Power was restored by 4:45 p.m. to all but 20 of those customers. At 6:45 p.m., power was restored to the remaining 20 customers on Piñon Road and Rim Road.

An underground line fault at Piñon Road caused the electric interruption.

DPU officials also noted that this outage was caused by aging underground infrastructure and is not related to the construction work


High School Bus Loop and Landscape Project Update

on August 2, 2012 - 10:41am

LAPS News:

Several construction workers are building forms for the new high school sidewalk. Courtesy/LAPS

Work on the Los Alamos High School bus loop and landscape project is moving forward at a quickening pace.

New sidewalks are being installed along Smith Auditorium and P-wing. A new drainage system will be installed in the parking lot corner of P-wing and Smith.

In addition, the entire parking lot will be seal coated and re-striped. Building forms for the new high school sidewalk are being formed.

Landscaping of the high school is also underway.


Vargas is Top Predictor in Weekly Pace Race

on August 1, 2012 - 10:53pm
Courtesy photo
Lisabeth Alfaro Vargas was the top predictor in the weekly pace race at 6 seconds off her predicted time. 
The run started at Fireman Park at the junction of 45th Street and Arizona Avenue and ran through the Western Area including the Perimeter Trail.
Other top predictors were Bob Westervelt with a 18 second differential, Katie Gattiker recording 51 seconds off and Ted Romero 67 seconds off his estimate.
On the one mile course Daniel Romero was the first male at 5:27 and Isolina Viloma was the top female with a time of 9:04.

Eddy and the Nomads Play Friday

on August 1, 2012 - 12:53pm

Courtesy photo

By Russ Gordon

Familiarity breeds a great time when it comes to the Los Alamos rock band, Eddy & the Nomads.

Los Alamos’ favorite band plays this Friday, Aug. 3 at Del Norte Credit Union. The free concert is presented by the sponsors of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.

Please check out our sponsors, photos from past concerts and info on upcoming shows at

Friday’s show starts at 7 p.m. and it’ll be Del Norte Credit Union Night.

The Nomads have been playing Los Alamos concerts for about 30 years.

Hilltop House Hotel Facing Financial Troubles

on August 1, 2012 - 12:32pm

Los Alamos Hilltop House Hotel. Photo by Leland S. Lehman/

By Carol A. Clark

The Hilltop House Hotel at 400 Trinity Dr., is in financial trouble and it appears that the investors were the last to know.

The group of 17 men and women gathered in person and by telephone for a noon meeting at the hotel Monday to discuss what, if anything, can be done to save the hotel from sinking into bankruptcy or being sold off for pennies on the dollar.

"I am very shocked and disappointed to find the finances of the hotel to be in this dismal state," investor Steve Stoddard told the Los


Michelle Hall Receives 2012 Excellence in Geophysical Education Award

on August 1, 2012 - 11:32am

By Carol A. Clark

Local scientist Michelle Hall has received the 2012 American Geophysical Union Excellence in Geophysical Education Award.

The American Geophysical Union Excellence in Geophysical Education Award is the AGU’s top prize recognizing career accomplishment in education.

This award recognizes and honors Hall for her "sustained commitment to excellence in geophysical education. She is an educator who has had a major impact on geophysical education and has made a long-lasting, positive impact on geophysical education through her professional service.

Bradbury Science Museum Gets Martian Fever

on August 1, 2012 - 8:24am

Artist's conception of the Curiosity rover on Mars. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Public invited to Curiosity rover landing party Sunday night at new Mars exhibit

Curious about Curiosity, the SUV-sized rover scheduled to touch down on Mars on Sunday? Then come to an opening party for a new exhibit this Sunday at the Bradbury Science Museum at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos.

The public is invited to the special opening reception at 10 p.m. Sunday Aug. 5 to celebrate Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies aboard the six-wheeled mobile science laboratory.


Reduced Traffic at 2008 Olympics Yielded Big Cut in Planet-Warming Gas

on August 1, 2012 - 8:11am

New research shows that levels of carbon monoxide dropped sharply in the Beijing area between 2007 and 2008, due to traffic restrictions imposed because of the 2008 Summer Olympics. This change in emissions, determined from a computer model along with satellite measurements of carbon monoxide, enabled scientists to infer that carbon dioxide emissions also dropped dramatically, an indication of the effect that reduced traffic can have on the greenhouse gas. Image by Lex Ivey/CourtesyAGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON—China’s Olympian attempt to improve air quality during the 2008 summer games did more

DOE Announces Issuance of Draft Supplemental Environmental Study on Plutonium Disposition

on August 1, 2012 - 7:42am

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration Friday released the Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SPD Supplemental EIS) for public review and comment. 

The Draft Supplemental EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of alternatives for the disposition of 7.1 metric tons (MT) of additional weapons-usable plutonium from pits that were declared surplus to national defense needs in 2007 but were not included in DOE's prior decisions as well as 6 MT of surplus,

Los Alamos Bridge Club Hosts Regional Tournament

on August 1, 2012 - 7:40am


The Los Alamos unit of the American Contract Bridge League held its annual sectional bridge tournament July 27-29 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. There were 148 tables in play over the three day event, 19 tables better than 2011. Of the 154 participants, 117 came from out of town including 44 from Santa Fe, 37 from Albuquerque, 14 from Taos, 10 from Texas, six from Arizona, four from Colorado and two from California. Cliff Rudy was tournament chairman. Gary Zeiger from Phoenix directed. Courtesy photo