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Savvy Social Security Strategies Seminar May 14

on May 4, 2013 - 7:50am

Savvy Social Security Strategies

Baby Boomers: Will Social Security be there for you in retirement? Join Kate Stalter, retirement planning advisor, for a free seminar on Savvy Social Security Strategies.

The seminar — 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at La Farge Public Library, 1730 Llano St. in Santa Fe — is designed to answer questions about when to begin taking Social Security, how much you will receive, and strategies to maximize benefits.

Call (505) 490-6474 or email to register.

Bandelier: Alcove House Open ... Kiva Remains Closed

on May 4, 2013 - 7:27am
The climb to Alcove House requires four sets of ladders ascending some 140-feet. Courtesy/BNM
BNM News:
The Alcove House site at Bandelier National Monument reopened Friday May 3 after Monument staff closed it April 10 due to concerns over the structural stability of the archaeological site.
The reconstructed kiva in Alcove House remains closed until further notice. Visitors must follow closure guidelines for their safety.
The public should expect another closure in late fall when crews will repair the cracks in the walls of the structure.
A few weeks ago, staff from

Thursday's "Lunch with a Leader" Features JJAB Speakers

on May 4, 2013 - 7:11am


The League of Women Voters' monthly "Lunch with a Leader" will present three speakers from the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB.)

The event is 11:40 a.m. Thursday, May 9 at Mesa Public Library. The discussion will center around the history of JJAB, its relationship with state and County entities, its programs and collaborations, the scope of its work and current challenges, and how people can get involved.

JJAB Chair Alan Kirk has been with JJAB since it's founding in 2002. He is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and served as Los Alamos police chief for 10

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: May 3

on May 3, 2013 - 10:23am

This week's preview sponsored by

"Support Our Veterans" Fundraiser Ribeye Steak Dinner 6 p.m. Friday, May 3 at VFW Post 8874 (on Trinity across from Sonic.) $16 per person includes ribeye steak, baked potato, corn on the cob, salad, dinner roll and dessert. Tickets sold at the door. Proceeds support veteran’s programs.

Stones in His Pockets 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3 at Los Alamos Little Theater (1670 Nectar Street)
Show will run for three weekends at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.


First Outdoor Farmers Market of Season Opened Thursday

on May 3, 2013 - 10:20am
Shoppers peruse Thursday's first outdoor Farmers Market of the spring season. The market is held each Thursday morning throughout the season in the skate park parking lot at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers, third from right, and Councilor Pete Sheehey, second from right, talk to shoppers at Thurday's Farmers Market. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Making Downtown Los Alamos An Amazing Destination

on May 3, 2013 - 9:28am


Do you want to know the key ingredients to making Downtown Los Alamos an amazing destination? Do you want to know how to stay open after 6 p.m.? Then join the Los Alamos Business Assistance Services for a two-part webinar series presented by Roger Brooks:

  • Tuesday, May 7 @ 8:30–10 a.m. "Critical Mass is Not Just a Religious Experience”
  • Thursday, May 9 @ 8:30–9:30 a.m.“Are You Open After 6 p.m.?”

Both webinars will be held at the Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 109 Central Park Square. Register at or by calling Melanie at 661-4807.


Triple Treat: Community Winds, Choral Society and LAHS Choir Together Present Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

on May 3, 2013 - 8:11am
From left, Dave Korzekwa, Peter McLachlan and Dean Decker on trumpets at a Community Winds rehearsal. Photo by Fred deSousa/LANL Communications Office
Los Alamos Daily Post
The Los Alamos Community Winds is known for taking on challenging music, forging creative collaborations and bringing audiences something they may not have heard before.
At 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at Duane Smith Auditorium, the Winds will join with members of the Los Alamos Choral Society and Los Alamos High School Choir to present Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 in its

The Jemez Agency Announces Local Partnership

on May 3, 2013 - 8:09am

  • Allen McQuiston and Sue Hofmann Combine Insurance Experience

Allen McQuiston, owner of The Jemez Agency, announces a new partnership with Sue Hofmann LTCP, Agent. 

The Jemez Agency is an independent insurance and financial services agency representing multiple top-producing national insurance companies. Since 1964, The Jemez Agency has been advising and providing insurance products to individuals, families and businesses throughout New Mexico from offices located in Los Alamos and Santa Fe. 

Sue Hofmann retired from State Farm Insurance one year ago after eight years


Money IQ: Trust Departments—What Else Can They Do?

on May 3, 2013 - 8:04am
Money IQ
By Dara L. McKinney

Trust Departments—What Else Can They Do?

Trust Department—what’s in a name? The word “trust” is a noun, an adjective and a verb.

Common understandings of the word “trust” are: (1) as a noun: the “reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence;” and (2) as a verb: “to rely upon or place confidence in someone or something.” trust. (n.d.) Unabridged. Random House, Inc. (accessed: April 24, 2013).

In the legal world, the most common usage of

Math Competition Winner Earns Funds for LAHS

on May 3, 2013 - 7:48am
Alex Wang presented a $1,000 check Tuesday, April 30, to the Math Department of Los Alamos High School. Wang, a sophomore at LAHS, placed third in the national competition, 'Who Wants to Be a Mathematician' and as a result of his achievement, the school was awarded $1,000. From left, with Wang are Sherry Anderson (Math Department co-chair), Joy Handsberry, Wang, Judy Nekimken, Marilyn Fabry (Math Department co-chair) and Sally Shockey. All are math teachers at LAHS. Wang requested that the money pay for future LAHS registrations of a national mathematics competition. Courtesy photo

Barranca Principal Chosen as LAPS Curriculum Coordinator

on May 3, 2013 - 7:43am

Pamela Miller tapped for LAPS program coordinator. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Barranca Mesa Elementary School Principal Pamela Miller has been selected as Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator for Los Alamos Public Schools.

Miller brings a wealth of national experience to her new role in curriculum. During her many years in public education, she served in both the Indianapolis Public Schools and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

She also served as K-8 principal at McCurdy School and more recently three years as principal at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.

Miller's ability to


How the Hen House Turns: Talking Dogs

on May 3, 2013 - 7:31am
How the Hen House Turns: Talking Dogs
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

The dogs are 13 now. They must walk carefully up the back steps lest they slip and fall on their arthritic hips. They are still eager to watch the birds, when I let them out into the yard to graze.

Correction—the dogs are happy to pay the price of sitting outside until early afternoon in order to receive a large milk bone reward. I can only hope that they won’t sleep through the next coyote invasion.

Elks Assist El Rito Resident Lee Ocana

on May 3, 2013 - 7:09am
The Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083, with the assistance of the New Mexico State Elks Cerebral Palsy Committee, present a $9,200 check to Lee Ocana from El Rito. The money will go directly to purchase needed medical equipment to help Ocana with his physical therapy and to allow him movement around his home. Standing from left to right, Los Alamos Elks Lodge Secretary Eppie Trujillo, Ocana’s parents Maybel and Lizandro Ocana, Cerebral Palsy Chairman Trish Sandoval and Exalted Ruler Mark Sandoval. Seated are Lee Ocana and his physical therapist Jean Porteus. Courtesy photo

Vacation Bible Schools for 2013

on May 3, 2013 - 6:58am


Vacation Bible Schools 2013

June 10-13 United Church, 2525 Canyon Road, 662-2971

  • Theme: Cokesbury County Fun Fair
  • 1-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday
  • For ages K through just completed 5th grade, no charge, grades 6-12 will serve as helpers
  • Meet in Graves Hall. Register online at after mid-May

June 10-14 La Vista Nazarene, 15 Grand Canyon Dr., (White Rock), 672-3202

  • Theme: Gotta Move – Keepin’ in Step With the Spirit
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, for ages 5 through just completed 4th grade, no charge
  • Register online at or contact

Kendall: Down the Rabbit Hole at County Council

on May 2, 2013 - 11:13am
The Cheshire cat in Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' drawn by John Tenniel (1820-1914) in the 1866 edition. Courtesy
Los Alamos Daily Post

An unusual proceeding took place at Tuesday night's County Council meeting in which GEW Mechanical, Inc. of Albuquerque was protesting the granting of a contract to Landis & Gyr Company for "Automated Metering Infrastructure" as part of the Department of Public Utilities NEDO Smart Meter Project.

Learn How to Make Your Own Organic Soil at PEEC

on May 2, 2013 - 11:10am


PEEC News:

Do you struggle to garden in soil that just blows away in the New Mexico spring winds? Join arborist Laural Hardin at PEEC to learn organic methods of enriching your soil, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 2.

Hardin will demonstrate how to feed and nourish not just your crops, but your soil, too. Home gardeners can unwittingly harm beneficial soil microbes with synthetic fertilizers.  

These cheap, abundant products degrade the integrity of your soil and prevent plants from thriving.

Oppenheimer Scholarship Winners Announced

on May 2, 2013 - 10:56am
Courtesy photo
Nine college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.
The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley and Santa Fe high schools.
The JROMC has awarded nearly 170 scholarships and other awards totaling more than $347,000 since the program was begun in 1984. The philanthropic organization's scholarship program is supported by several endowments; numerous small, individual donations; and major contributions from the Los Alamos National Bank.

Wildfire Danger Faced by Residents of New Mexico and Arizona

on May 2, 2013 - 10:47am
SFI News:
Just released maps regarding the wildfire outlook in New Mexico and Arizona speak loud and clear that this is a dangerous time of the year.
State Farm Insurance has issued the following safety tips and a video showing the impact that mitigation measures can have- from Last year’s Colorado fire.
Safety Tips:

Plan Ahead

Good wildfire planning begins long before a fire occurs. Help ensure your family’s safety by installing and maintaining smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in your home.

Public Response to DEA’S National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Keeps Growing

on May 2, 2013 - 10:11am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this past Saturday collected 50 percent more pills than the previous event.

This demonstrates the American public’s continued appreciation and need for the opportunity to discard unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, bedside tables and kitchen drawers.

On April 27, 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public at more than 5,829 locations manned by 4,312 state, local, and

County DWI Planning Council Meets May 16

on May 2, 2013 - 9:55am


The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council will hold a meeting at 8:30 a.m., May 16 in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. A.

The meeting is open to the public and will include topics such as the FY14 grant application status, implementing a new resolution from the County Council and DWI Planning Council By-Law revisions, new member appointments and prevention funding for the Los Alamos Teen Center.

MainStreet Shopping Survey Ends Friday

on May 2, 2013 - 9:42am


­Los Alamos MainStreet is conducting an online shopping and dining survey to collect information to help local merchants and dining establishments to better understand the preferences, wants and needs of local shoppers.

There's still time for all local residents to help the effort by taking the survey at The survey, which ends Friday, May 3, takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and survey responses are anonymous.

Los Alamos Field Office Security Professional Cary Bronson Earns Top Agency Award

on May 2, 2013 - 9:15am

Steve Asher, left, NNSA Acting Chief and Associate Administrator for the Office of Defense Nuclear Security, presents Cary Bronson of the Los Alamos Field Office with the agency’s Federal Security Professional of the Year award. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Cary Bronson of the Los Alamos Field Office Security Operations Team is the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Federal Security Professional of the Year.

Bronson provides federal oversight of the nuclear Material Control and Accountability (MC&A)operations and programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

On Monday, Steve

LAHS Hilltalkers Hot Waffle Breakfast May 11

on May 2, 2013 - 9:05am

LAHS News:

The LAHS Hilltalkers would like to invite the public to their all-you-can-eat Waffle Breakfast 7:30-10 a.m., Saturday May 11 at Pajarito Mason Lodge, 15th Street and Canyon Road in Los Alamos. 

The breakfast features scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits and waffles with whipped cream, blueberry and cherry toppings. Coffee, tea and juice will be served.

Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased at the door. Children under 6 eat free.

This community event raises funds for Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School Speech and Debate Teams to attend tournaments and

Your Money: The Importance of Financial Planning

on May 2, 2013 - 8:53am
Your Money: The Importance of Financial Planning

One of my daily routines is to scan social media for articles on financial planning and investing. I am usually on the lookout for topics that jibe with questions I typically get from clients.

This week, as I’m preparing for a Social Security seminar in Santa Fe, a headline caught my eye: “Retirement Planning Falling on Deaf Ears.” In my experience, that’s almost ridiculously obvious, so it piqued my interest.

You can find the article here:

The article


Early Social History of Los Alamos Focus of 70th Anniversary Lecture at Bradbury Science Museum

on May 2, 2013 - 8:39am

Cars stopped at the main guard gate to Los Alamos looking east. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • TNMSU history professor Jon Hunner speaks May 8

The early social history of Los Alamos during Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Manhattan Project beginnings will be discussed at a talk by Jon Hunner at 5:30 p.m., May 8 at the Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum.

The talk is part of the Laboratory’s 70th anniversary lecture series.

Hunner heads the Department of History at New Mexico State University and is responsible for administering the department and teaching U.S., New Mexico and public history