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Udall Votes Against Proposal to Use Force in Syria

on September 5, 2013 - 7:32am
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., voted in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to oppose a resolution authorizing military action in Syria in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
The resolution passed the committee by a vote of 10-7. The full Senate will consider the resolution by next week.
Udall said that while he believed Assad must be deterred from attacking his own citizens, Udall opposed the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) because he

Registration Open for Dog Training Classes

on September 5, 2013 - 7:30am

Kalem Smith and Bantu do agility drills. Photo by Carl Necker


Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) will begin Sept. 9.

Classes this session include: Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Conformation, Recall, the Parent Free Club (for kids), and a new Agility class just for youth.

Classes will begin the week of Sept. 30. Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website and at the LADOC building (246 East Road.)

Registration is

Georgia Pedicini Wins Sept. 3 Pace Race

on September 5, 2013 - 7:27am

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

ACRR News:

Georgia Pedicini was 11 seconds off for 2 miles at Tuesday's pace race, and Laura McClellan's 23:28 for 3 miles was 13 seconds off her prediction.

There were 18 people who competed in the weekly Tuesday pace race in Pajarito Acres ranging in age from 3 to 78. The course is a fairly-flat 1-mile paved-loop mainly on Estante Way. Rain ended an hour before the race started.

One could run any number of loops but with a requested time of 45 minutes or less. All distances from 1 to 6 miles were done. Most did 1 or 3 miles.

The fastest for 1 mile were

Atomic City Children’s Theater to Hold Auditions

on September 5, 2013 - 7:26am

Los Alamos students at the Junior Theatre Festival 2012. Courtesy photo

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT), the Los Alamos Public Schools’ award winning after-school theater program, announces auditions for their Junior Theater Festival (JTF) field trip to Atlanta, Ga.

Auditions are 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 and open to all students in the Los Alamos or White Rock area. Students wishing to participate in the field trip should come to the Mountain Elementary School gym. Registration begins at noon.

JTF activities begin with an adjudicated performance.

JJAB Sponsors Mindfulness Training for Youth and Adults

on September 5, 2013 - 7:24am

JJAB News:

Are you or is someone you love feeling the pressure and stress of the fast-paced world we live in? Would you like to learn to slow down a bit, focus your attention, and rediscover a sense of gratitude and curiosity toward life?

Perhaps a mindfulness class is right for you. Mindfulness is simply paying attention in this moment to our breath, body, thoughts, feelings, and what is happening in the world around us.


Hannemann's Music Corner: An Instrument for a Lifetime

on September 5, 2013 - 7:21am
Hannemann's Music Corner: An Instrument for a Lifetime

Sometime between eighth grade and high school graduation, every young music student should come into possession of what is called a "step-up" or "performance" level instrument. And that instrument should be new. Here’s why.

You will recall from a previous column (Hannemann's Music Corner: And Now a Word From Your instrument – July 9, 2013) that there are essentially five levels of instruments: beginning, student, performance (step-up), professional and custom. 

Each level is designed and made to correspond

Parks and Recreation Board Positions Available

on September 5, 2013 - 7:19am


The Parks and Recreation Board has several vacancies on its subcommittees and is looking for a few good women and men who would enjoy shaping the community.

The subcommittees have several functions:

  • Serve as a central point of contact for citizens with an interest in parks and recreation, provide a forum for discussion of parks and recreation issues, and serve as an advisory body to the Parks and Recreation Board and a resource to staff.
  • Assist in the creation and maintenance of a long-range plan for the operation and development of the parks and recreation facilities and

First Friday Pagan Dinner This Week

on September 5, 2013 - 7:16am

OLW News:

Our Lady of the Woods (OLW) will hold a First Friday Pagan Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at the Pyramid Café in Los Alamos.

Anyone interested in paganism, Wicca, or learning about OLW is welcome to join OLW members for an informal dinner on the first Friday of each month. 

Whether a beginner, advanced practitioner or just curious, all are welcome.

Celebrate National Senior Center Month Theme of Wellness

on September 5, 2013 - 7:13am


"Experts in Living Well" is this year's slogan for National Senior Center Month, which will be celebrated 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC), 137 Longview Dr.

WRSC's celebration takes the form of a Senior Services Fair, which will have representatives from companies such as: Bee Hive Homes, Comfort Keepers, Decades Case Management, Haven Behavioral Senior Care, Home Instead, Kingston Residence Center and Los Alamos Visiting Nurses.

Non-profit organizations, with a focus on seniors, such as Aspen Ridge and Sombrillo, RSVP, the Day Out

Hive Holds Brown Bag Lunch Today

on September 5, 2013 - 7:11am

HIVE News:

The Hive will hold its weekly brown-bag networking lunch at 11: 30 a.m. today (late is never a problem) at the Hive.

Chris Luchini, local entrepreneur and CEO of Sci Tac will provide a presentation on geothermal energy production. Luchini is a successful entrepreneur and an expert on energy production including geothermal.

The Hive also welcomes presentations on projects from anyone. Just come by and update the group on progress or call Dave Jones at (505-660-06992) to schedule something.


Genealogical Association to Discus Online Cemetery Records

on September 5, 2013 - 7:09am

LAGA News:

The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept 12 at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. 

The program will be a presentation and discussion of online cemetery records entitled, "Don't Take These Cemetery Records for Granite!"

There is a free genealogical conference in Albuquerque Saturday, Sept. 14. The conference webpage is Two of the speakers are from the Los Alamos Genealogical Association.


Animal Shelter Needs Foster Homes Fast!

on September 5, 2013 - 7:08am

LAFS News:

Los Alamos County Animal Shelter is in very urgent need of foster homes for both dogs and cats.

There are currently 21 dogs at the shelter, including some puppies. This is more than what the shelter can ideally support. The Los Alamos Shelter is not a “no-kill” shelter, and the crowded conditions are extremely worrisome. Homes to foster cats are also needed.

Here are some ways you can help:

  • Foster an animal.
  • Forward this request to other animal lovers who may be able to foster.
  • Walk a shelter dog if you have completed the orientation.

Lunch Fundraiser Will Benefit Ryan Anteau

on September 5, 2013 - 7:06am

Staff Report

Ryan Anteau of Los Alamos, a 24-year-old Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employee, was in a severe accident while visiting with friends in Michigan on Aug. 10 and remains in Michigan for ongoing care.

His girlfriend and two year old son have left Los Alamos temporarily to be with him during his recovery and rehabilitation. 

The LANL group that he works in is sponsoring a Lunch Fundraiser for donations 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 at Urban Park. The suggested donation is $5 a ticket. A group photograph to send to Ryan will be taken at 12:15 p.m.


TOTH Generations Service Set for Sunday

on September 5, 2013 - 7:05am
God’s Message of Friendship

Come join us at Trinity On The Hill Episcopal Church’s Generations Service at 6:07 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 8, in Kelly Hall, at 5:15 p.m. a free dinner is provided.

At the last Generations’ service, we had a wonderfully fun time giving and receiving God’s message of friendship through our upbeat music and words from our celebrants. Our new Priest-in-Charge, Fr. Gary Baldwin, called it “refreshing.” Rev. Alicia Pope gave the Gospel, and our Seminarian, Laurie Triplett, gave a very heartfelt and thought-provoking homily.

The homily focused

Letter to the Editor: Where the Word 'Bride' Came From

on September 4, 2013 - 7:19pm
Los Alamos

Congratulations to Sharon Stovall for deciding, albeit belatedly, to uphold the court order, i.e. the law, regarding the granting of marriage licenses to same sex couples.
Her problem seemed to be with the words "bride" and "groom" referring to gender on the form. I looked on Wikipedia for the origin of the word "bride." Here's what it said: "The word may come from the Proto-Germanic verb root *brū-, meaning 'to cook, brew, or make a broth,' which was the role of the daughter-in-law in primitive families."

Hmm, which "brides" of either sex wish to be

Judge Upholds Ruling for Los Alamos County Clerk to Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

on September 4, 2013 - 12:59pm
Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover, left, issues a marriage license today to Maria Thibodeau, center, and her partner Janet Newton after being ordered to do so by District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson during a court hearing this morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Cameras roll as the judge enters the courtroom this morning to hear the case involving the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Attorney Rebecca Ehler, Junior Attorney Katie Thwaites and Assistant County Attorney Dan Gonzales look on at right as

BREAKING NEWS: Judge Denies LA County Clerk Request for a Stay

on September 4, 2013 - 11:21am

Judge orders Los Alamos County Clerk to issue same sex marriage licenses. County Clerk Sharon Stover will abide by the Judge’s order. Couple is on way to Municipal Building to get license now. Check back with the Los Alamos Daily Post for more details.

Letter to the Editor: The Next Big Idea Might Tackle Ignorance

on September 4, 2013 - 8:37am
Los Alamos

It should be brought to the attention of the entire Los Alamos community that the 2013 Next Big Idea is scheduled on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement and most important day of the Jewish calendar.

We understand that the event organizers have been aware of this conflict since January but decided to maintain the regularly scheduled plan for the 2nd Saturday in September. That decision is something that many members of the Jewish community in Los Alamos take to heart.

We realize not all people are aware of when Jewish holidays take

Scouts in the Park Event Today at Rover Park

on September 4, 2013 - 8:16am


I can’t wait to…

  • make new friends,
  • explore new interests,
  • be creative,
  • earn awards,
  • go camping,
  • travel the world,
  • manage money,
  • become a leader
  • be a Girl Scout!

Join us for a Girl Scout Recruitment Event

~Scouts in the Park~

Sept. 4, 2013

6-7 p.m. @ Rover Park

Free hot dogs/chips/water

Girl Scouts provides fun and educational activities for girls of every age that support their development while letting them form life-long friendships and memories.


U.S. 84/285 Roadwork Continues North of Pojoaque

on September 4, 2013 - 7:53am


The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) continues work on U.S. 84/285 just north of Pojoaque between mile markers 182.4 and 183.2.

The scope of the project includes new bridge construction with new on and off ramps, new roadway lighting, and pavement reconstruction for 0.72 miles within Santa Fe County.

On September 3, the northbound traffic on U.S. 84/285 will be detoured onto the newly constructed northbound off ramp and northbound on ramp. The traffic switch will detour travelers off of the main line of U.S.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Mud Is Important

on September 4, 2013 - 7:34am
Deeply mindful of mud.Photo by Michele Altherr
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Mud Is Important
By Robert Dryja

Particular thanks to Michele Altherr and the Nature Odyssey

“Holmes, I have been thinking about our little expedition the other week to observe harvester ants. You quite clearly already knew that the ants built their nest entrance to face to the east or the south. I, on the other hand, needed to look at nest after nest before realizing what direction the entrances faced. How did you know so quickly what was going on?” 

Holmes paused for several moments, thinking deeply and creating

Workers Keep Lights on Near Airport

on September 4, 2013 - 7:33am

Workers change a light bulb Tuesday in a tall streetlight on East Road near Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Road Work Underway on Central Near Muni Building

on September 4, 2013 - 7:31am

Traffic slowed along Central Avenue Tuesday as road work was underway. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Letter to the Editor: Danger on the Main Hill Road

on September 4, 2013 - 7:29am
Los Alamos

I am writing in serious concern of all the big trucks using the Main Hill Road.

When are we going to put the trucks onto the Truck Route, where they belong?

Despite my frustration at being behind a big truck (or seven) creeping up the Main Hill Road, my main concern is their reckless descent: several times over the last two weeks I’ve been forced to hug the guardrail because of trucks coming down, faster than they should and crossing the center line, coming into my lane. 

One morning I counted seven trucks coming down and five of them were over the center line

PEEC Sponsors Mushroom Hike

on September 4, 2013 - 7:27am

PEEC News:

With all the rain in the area lately, crops of mushrooms have popped up all around.

Join PEEC and members of the New Mexico Mycological Society (NMMS) for a free mushroom walk at Pajarito Ski Hill at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Participants should meet at PEEC at 9:30 a.m. to carpool to the Pajarito Ski Area. Four experts from the Mycological Society will be on hand to identify and interpret the different mushrooms growing after the wet summer.

The program will begin with some introductory comments from the NMMS experts, and then the participants will be divided equally into