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Democrats Meet 7 p.m. Thursday

on September 15, 2013 - 9:21am

DPLA News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in Building 2 at UNM-LA.

There will be a celebration of the recent marriage equality decision in Los Alamos, discussion with speakers and refreshments.

All Democrats are welcome to attend.


Explosives Experts Present Lecture

on September 15, 2013 - 9:12am

LANL News:

Cary Skidmore of Detonator Technology and Dan Hooks of the Associate Directorate for Weapon Engineering and Experiments will talk about Los Alamos National Laboratory’s work with explosives in a Brown Bag lecture noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

The talk titled “Seventy Years of Leadership in High Explosives Science,” will look at the Laboratory’s work in the field of explosives — from creation and invention of new explosive molecules to waste treatment.

Skidmore will describe the birth of explosives science at Los Alamos and highlight

Cone Zone: Week of Sept. 16

on September 15, 2013 - 9:09am

Non-County Projects of Significance:
Smith’s Marketplace: Contractor Utility Work on Trinity between Knecht and DP Rd:
The south eastbound lane on Trinity Drive is closed between Knecht and DP Road. Expect congestion and plan for delays, especially during the evening commute. Alternate routes are recommended. This work will continue through November.
Smith’s Marketplace: Truck Traffic on NM502 and Trinity Drive Near MariMac
Construction continues through May 2014 at the Marketplace work site south of MariMac Plaza, which means motorists using Main Hill Road (N.M.

Hygea Health Bite: Five Surprising Sugar Bombs...

on September 15, 2013 - 9:03am
Hygea Health Bite:
Five Surprising Sugar Bombs in Your Kitchen Right Now
By: Lisa C. Bakosi, CHC

We do sugar in this country like we do everything else ─ in a big way, but it hasn’t always been like this. The average American now consumes about 130 pounds of sugar per year. That’s three pounds per week or 3,550 pounds over a lifetime.

You may be thinking, “There’s no way I eat that much sugar.” Most of us don’t consume that much sugar on purpose, but it comes hidden in many of our everyday foods.

Excess sugar is definitely not our friend.

Valles Caldera Welcomes Back Two Trustees

on September 15, 2013 - 8:54am

VCT News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera Trust board of trustees has rescheduled its meeting in public to Sept. 26 at the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder in Pojoaque instead of the originally planned Sept. 19 date in Espanola.

The meeting is pushed back a week to accommodate the return of Dr. Melissa Savage and Dr. C. Kenneth Smith to the board of trustees. The White House recently announced President Barack Obama's intent to nominate both former trustees for reappointment to the board. Their previous terms expired in January 2013.

By statute each trustee position is filled with a

GOP Central Committee Meets Thursday

on September 15, 2013 - 8:48am
GOP News:

All interested members of the Republican Party are invited to attend the regular monthly meeting of the Los Alamos County Republican Central Committee.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in room 610 on the UNM-LA campus.

Chairman Robert Gibson will conduct the meeting.



First TAC Meeting 6-7 p.m. Monday

on September 15, 2013 - 8:47am

TAC News:

TAC stands for the Topper Advisory Committee.

This committee serves as a site-based advisory council for Los Alamos High School to advise the principal on critical issues that directly impact the needs of all students, to develop broadly based communication mechanisms to enable stakeholders to work together and become a resource for all, to evaluate the site goals and Educational Plan for Student Success (EPSS) yearly and make recommendations for the following year's EPSS and goals, and to disseminate information to stakeholder groups.  

Parents are invited to find out what is


Students Organize Suicide Awareness Activities

on September 15, 2013 - 8:42am


Two high school students have planned a week of activities on suicide prevention next week at Los Alamos High School.

Faith Glasco and Elizabeth Hjelvik have put together a list of activities.

“After the events of last school year, I decided it was time someone did something to try preventing this tragedy,” Hjelvik said. “I did a lot of research on suicide and discovered that it is 100 percent preventable if the person is reached out to and having this week’s activities will show people that people do care about them.”

Partners in this events include Key Club,

Naval JROTC Holds Nut Sale Fundraiser

on September 15, 2013 - 8:27am


The Los Alamos Naval JROTC unit is raising funds through a nut sale with the Virginia Diner Company.

The sale is the biggest fundraiser the students do and will fund travel and team costs throughout the year.

Those interested can go to to shop for what they want. Then enter LAHS NJROTC in New Mexico and the cadet name, Rachel Barthell, and then check out.

The unit has 104 students in the program this year and they hope to hold their first meet at Los Alamos High School.

If you would like a cadet to stop by and help with ordering, call the unit


Support Limits on Carbon Pollution

on September 15, 2013 - 8:25am

This summer, New Mexico saw deadly wildfires and yet more extreme drought.

Now, a new report reveals the biggest culprits causing the global warming pollution, which scientists warn will bring even worse extreme weather in the future.

Environment New Mexico Research and Policy Center finds that power plants are New Mexico’s single largest source of carbon pollution, responsible for over half of our carbon emissions. What’s more, the Four Corners Power Plant, outside Farmington, is the 15th most carbon polluting plant in the nation.

I urge New Mexico’s leaders,

Letter to the Editor: Scheduling of Next Big Idea Festival

on September 14, 2013 - 9:46am
Los Alamos

I have been following the discussion on scheduling of the Next Big Idea festival on Yom Kippur. I just wonder if the community should also take into account the Chinese New Year or Dia del Los Muertos (which Wikipedia says is a national holiday in Mexico)?

Incidentally, my family follows Hinduism and on our festival days we wake up early to finish our rather elaborate worship or perform it in the evening and go about our secular activities during the day.

Other than Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year, which have become established as days that the entire


Bandelier Bridge To Be Reinstalled Tuesday

on September 14, 2013 - 9:16am

Installation of bridge created by Cadillac Fabrications in May 2012. Courtesy photo

Bandelier News:

Tuesday, Sept. 17, Bandelier National Monument will be re-installing the steel bridge that allows vehicles to cross Frijoles Creek.

A crane, accompanied by trucks carrying the two halves of the bridge and the crane's counterweights, is scheduled to arrive in the Visitor Center area about 7 a.m. and by about 10:30 a.m. the procedure should be finished.

It will then take a couple of days for the park maintenance staff to prepare the bridge approaches and the areas across the creek for use.

Still Time to Vote for UNM-LA Mil Levy

on September 14, 2013 - 9:00am

Los Alamos County Election Manager Gloria Maestas, left, with Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover Thursday in the room where ballots for the UNM-LA Mil Levy election are stored. They said turnout so far has been on the low side at 4,500 ballots returned through late afternoon Thursday. Local mail in elections typically draw about 6,000 ballots. Registered voters still have 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to cast their ballot at the County Clerk's Office. All ballots must be physically inside the County Clerk's Office by 7 p.m. Tuesday. Photo by Carol A.

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meeting Cancelled

on September 14, 2013 - 8:58am
LANL News:
The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities regular September business meeting is cancelled.
The next regularly scheduled business meeting of the coalition is Friday, Oct. 18. The location will be announced later.

Catherine LeClaire Memorial Organ Dedication Concert Oct. 6 with Performance by Renowned Organist Maxine Thévenot

on September 14, 2013 - 8:25am

Catherine LeClaire. Courtesy photo

IHM News:

The public is invited to attend an upcoming musical concert hosted by Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Catholic Church of Los Alamos – to dedicate the new organ recently installed at IHM in the memory of Catherine LeClaire. 

The concert will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 at IHM and will showcase the talents of organist Maxine Thévenot. 

Dr. Thévenot ( is amongst the foremost artists of her generation, hailed across North America and Europe for her skilful, musical playing and inventive programming.

Dr. Maxine

Letter to the Editor: Vote 'Yes' for our Community, our College

on September 14, 2013 - 7:57am
Former member Los Alamos County Council
Former member Los Alamos Board of Education

I have joined with many in our community including leaders of the local Democratic and Republican parties in supporting the UNM-LA mill levy. 

As a retiree, I benefit from the training our EMS folks get at UNM-LA. We all benefit from the Fire Science courses our fire department personnel take at UNM-LA. 

Most of all the presence of this high quality institution makes Los Alamos more attractive to the “best and brightest” that LANL needs to attract to compete effectively for future research

Rio Grande Flows Loud and Muddy

on September 14, 2013 - 7:55am

Looking over the cliff at Overlook in White Rock following Friday's massive rainstorm, the Rio Grande was muddy brown and nearby hikers and residents could hear it roar loudly as it flowed along. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Letter to the Editor: PRC Should Leave Renewable Energy Policies in Place

on September 14, 2013 - 7:25am
Environment New Mexico

The Public Regulation Commission is preparing to rule on how much New Mexico invests in renewable energy, and clean energy advocates argue that the PRC’s proposed changes would harm renewable energy development in the state. Looking at the facts, we have to agree.

New Mexico is the second-sunniest state in the country, but we currently get less than two percent of our electricity from the sun, lagging behind cloudy states like New Jersey.

Pet of the Week: Shaaze the Cat

on September 14, 2013 - 7:01am

Shaaze the cat. Courtesy photo


Shaaze is a beautiful, long-haired female Maine Coon cross ready for a home where she can cuddle with the family.

She loves cuddling so much that when a volunteer was at the shelter Thursday evening, Shaaze walked from the top of one of the kennels right onto the shelter volunteer’s shoulders and refused to be put down the rest of the time the volunteer was there.

She is reported to be only six months old, but she is a very mellow cat, with just a bit of kitten spunk in there.

Letter to the Editor: Why Pick on the Next Big Idea Festival?

on September 13, 2013 - 10:07pm
Los Alamos

I have read a couple of Letters to the Editor in the Los Alamos Daily Post criticizing the leaders of the Next Big Idea Festival for not being more respectful of Yom Kippur, which began today at sunset, and ends at nightfall Sept. 14. The op-eds stated that the Next Big Idea Festival should have been rescheduled out of respect for Yom Kippur.

The LA Daily Post published a calendar of events in Los Alamos for this weekend, and there seems to be more going on that just the Next Big Idea Festival.

Video Exclusive: Police Chief Candidates Share Policing Philosophies

on September 13, 2013 - 8:56pm

Los Alamos Police Chief candidates at a public reception in Council Chambers Thursday answer the question, "What is your policing philosophy?" Candidates answered in this order: Dino Sgambellone, Philip Smith, Donnie Perry, Roy Melnick and Bill Press. Video by Greg Kendall/

The five candidates vying for the Los Alamos chief of police vacancy from left, Bill Press, Philip Smith, Roy Melnick, Donnie Perry and Dino Sgambellone in Council Chambers during Thursday's public reception. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Roy Melnick, left, talks to citizens.

9-11 Remembrance

on September 13, 2013 - 7:53pm

Flags and flowers adorn the Sept. 11 memorial next to the Bradbury Science Museum. This actual piece of the Pentagon serves as a memorial to the fallen heroes of Sept. 11. Photo by Karen Kendall