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Local Author Distributes Books in Honor of World Book Night

on April 24, 2013 - 9:35am
Local author Inez Ross distributed free books, including one of her own novels in honor of World Book Night. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff report

Tuesday, April 23, Shakespeare's birthday, volunteers across the U.S. and in Europe gave away thousands of paperback books with the goal of increasing interest in reading for light or non-readers.

An independent panel chooses the books, which are in any genre, modern or classic. Authors waive their royalties, and publishers agree to pay the cost of producing the special editions for World Book Night.   

Los Alamos volunteer


Youth Business Grants Available for Young Entrepreneurs

on April 24, 2013 - 9:28am


Los Alamos Business Assistance Services and the local community are sponsoring grants to young entrepreneurs.

Each applicant is required to write a mini-business plan, which is due May 16. Download the application at

A committee of business advisors and business community leaders interview, select and mentor the candidates throughout the summer.


Luján: Sequester Cuts Will Impact Ability to Address Climate Change

on April 24, 2013 - 8:54am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District spoke on the House floor last night on the negative impact that the sequester's arbitrary cuts will have on the effort to address climate change.

"Mr. Speaker, at a time when our communities are dealing with the impact of climate change, cuts from the sequester will negatively impact our long-term efforts to combat this challenge.

"Energy conservation is a vital component of reducing carbon emissions.

YAC's Director Paul Martinez Hits Milestone!

on April 24, 2013 - 8:39am
"Happy 60th Birthday to a very special Dad and Grandpa!" -Love, from all of your family!
Staff report
Paul Martinez turns 60 today and his family wanted to surprise him with "Happy Birthday Wishes" in the Los Alamos Daily Post.
Martinez has been the director of the Youth Activity Centers in Los Alamos and White Rock since 1982.

The Youth Activity Centers are operated through Los Alamos Family Council (LAFC) as a natural part of LAFC's mission to enhance the quality of life through prevention of substance use and abuse.


Possibly First Ever Sighting of Long-billed Curlews in Los Alamos

on April 24, 2013 - 7:45am
Long-billed curlews in grassy areas north of San Ildefonso Road. Photo by Dave Yeamans
Long-billed curlews in grassy areas north of San Ildefonso Road. Photo by Dave Yeamans
Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, one day after Earth Day and two days after his installation as a Living Treasure of Los Alamos, crowned the occasion with what may be the first ever sighting of eight long-billed curlews in the grassy areas north of San Ildefonso Road on North Mesa.
He spotted them at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, photographed them and alerted the PEEC

Catherine LeClaire Memorial Organ Fund Concert May 19

on April 24, 2013 - 7:44am

IHM News:

  • Catherine LeClaire Memorial Organ Fund Concert Set for May 19

The public is invited to attend an upcoming musical concert hosted by Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Catholic Church of Los Alamos - the third in its series of free concerts to raise money for the Catherine LeClaire Memorial Organ Fund.

The concert will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at IHM, and will showcase the talents of a number of fine musicians from IHM and other churches and musical groups from around northern New Mexico.

Among the featured groups will be an accapella group of 12 voices “Memorare”

Letter to the Editor: Only One Site Creates 'Ambient Repose'

on April 24, 2013 - 7:43am
Los Alamos
Where's the "ambient repose" to entice a visitor to spend a night or more in Los Alamos instead of Santa Fe?

While the leaders of the County profess a desire to make Los Alamos a more desirable “destination,” it strikes me that none of the places to stay have any ambience to make anyone want to spend even a single night here.
So I wondered: without any constraints about something already being there, what and where would I put something that I thought would provide the desired asset.

Low level shot: by csturgeo (Selected for Google Earth - ID:

OBITUARY: William Gaskill Aug. 29, 1942–Jan. 22, 2013

on April 24, 2013 - 7:41am

WILLIAM E. GASKILL Aug. 29, 1942 – Jan. 22, 2013

William E. Gaskill (Bill) passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 at the age of 70.

During his last days he was surrounded by his family and friends while in Kaseman Presbyterian Hospice in Albuquerque.

He is survived by his wife Virginia (Ginny); four daughters: Christine Gabaldon of California, Debra and husband Eric Larson of Jemez Spring, N.M., Laura Williams of Alaska and Lisa Shonrock of Albuquerque, N.M.; eight grandchildren: Antonio, Amanda, Sarah, Rachel, Joshua, Megan, Remington and Carl; four brothers and their wives: Dick and


LANL Employees Receive Pollution Prevention Awards

on April 23, 2013 - 11:08am

Molten plutonium in a crucible. The improved processing of old plutonium generates less than half of the waste of the former process. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Protecting environment, saving taxpayer dollars

Nearly 400 Los Alamos National Laboratory employees on 47 teams received Pollution Prevention awards for protecting the environment and saving taxpayers more than $8 million.

The employees were recognized at the Laboratory’s annual Pollution Prevention Awards ceremony Monday April 22, Earth Day.

“The Pollution Prevention Awards are the result of people taking the initiative to

Physical Therapy Plus Celebrates 25 Years

on April 23, 2013 - 10:20am

From left, Office Manager Michelle Pinkerton and Physical Therapy Plus owner Annette Weyrauch at their Los Alamos location. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Annette Weyrauch, MSPT, is celebrating 25 years of providing physical therapy services in Los Alamos.

Weyrauch owns Physical Therapy Plus, Inc. with locations in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Pojoaque. She began her business working as the only physical therapist and has grown to employ seven physical therapists among her three offices.

Her Los Alamos office is open Tuesday through Friday and


Terry Wallace, Mike Wismer Join Great Conversations!

on April 23, 2013 - 9:56am


Great Conversations is an afternoon of delicious appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. 

This is the 4th Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and it takes place 2-5 p.m., April 28 at Los Alamos High School in the new building. 

This is the sixth in a series about the conversations that will take place:

Terry Wallace: Earthquakes, Meteorites and Hurricanes Rockin’ the Crowded Planet!

Terry Wallace is the Principal Associate Director for Global Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

Atomic Flying Pickles Attend White House Science Fair

on April 23, 2013 - 9:12am

The Atomic Flying Pickles. Courtesy Photo


The Atomic Flying Pickles of Los Alamos were selected to attend the third annual White House Science Fair Monday, April 22.

President Obama hosted the event and celebrated the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. 
The Atomic Flying Pickles are a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team includes Catherine, 12, Summer, 12, Evelyn, 11, Haylee, 11, and Lauren, 12, all sixth graders at Mountain Elementary School and Girl Scout Cadettes of Girl Scouts of New

Newest Los Alamos Living Treasures Honored

on April 23, 2013 - 8:20am
The audience listens to Living Treasures Board Member Pauline Schneiders. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff report

The three newest Los Alamos Living Treasures were honored at an Awards Ceremony Sunday. Lee Builta, Rosmarie Frederickson and Craig Martin join a distinguished group of Los Alamos citizens honored since 1999 for their contributions to the community.

Friends, colleges and fellow volunteers stepped forward to tell stories of how the three Treasures had impacted the community and their own lives. Read biographies of the three new Living Treasures here.



Food on the Hill: Frozen Pina Colada Pie

on April 23, 2013 - 8:12am

This week's Recipe:

Frozen Pina Colada Pie

Photo by Sue York/


2 large gram cracker crusts
½ cup sugar
12 oz cream cheese (softened)
2 teaspoons of rum flavoring extract
3 cups of sweetened coconut
2 cans of crushed pineapple in syrup (drain ONE of the cans)
8 oz French vanilla flavored cool-whip (or regular if you can’t find the French vanilla)


Photo by Sue York/

Spread the coconut out on a baking sheet and place under broiler to toast. Watch this very carefully, mix as needed. Set aside to cool.

Photo by Sue

Cathy Faber's Swingin' Country Band Performs April 27

on April 23, 2013 - 8:10am


Log In for LAHS by April 30!

on April 23, 2013 - 8:06am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School has a chance to win $2,500 in the Rally4Rewards contest sponsored by U.S. Bank through the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA.)

All that's required is logging on before April 30 to the websites listed below and voting for LAHS.

Moriarty and Los Lunas are the other two high schools in the LAHS division. LAHS was in the lead before spring break, but has dropped behind Moriarty by more than 1,000 votes.

"We are asking all our community members as well as our staff and students to log in and vote for LAHS," LAHS Activities Director Vicki Nelms said.

Sangre de Cristo Chorale Marks Season 35

on April 23, 2013 - 7:55am
The Sangre de Cristo Chorale. Courtesy photo
SDCC News:

The Sangre de Cristo Chorale is celebrating its 35 anniversary and capping the season with its Spring 2013 Concert, titled “Celebrating Our Past, Present and Future.” 

The Los Alamos performance is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.

Led by new artistic director Maxine Thévenot in celebrating this milestone, the chorale will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” with orchestra and soloists.


First Lt. Garret Nelson Receives His Wings

on April 23, 2013 - 7:50am

USMC News:

Los Alamos High School graduate First Lt. Garret M. Nelson, USMC, received his wings April 12, as a United States Naval Aviator in the Marine Corps.

He will be flying the AH-1W Cobra Helicopter. Lt. Nelson will be training in San Diego and then stationed in North Carolina.

Lt. Nelson is a 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School and a 2010 United States Naval Academy graduate, with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Garret is the son of Lori and Lew Nelson and grandson of Nina and Allie Laird.

Perch Paperie to Hold Scrapbooking Day Event

on April 23, 2013 - 7:45am


In celebration of National Scrapbooking Day, May 4, Perch Paperie is now taking reservations for its National Scrapbook Day Event.

This Ladies’ Retreat will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Participants are not required to stay the entire time, but with the full agenda planned, just might want to stay!

Tickets are $30 and registration for the event includes snacks, lunch, drinks, giveaways, registration gift and techniques.

The Perch Paperie will be teaming up with Tonya Collins from Tonya's Paperazzi to put on this fun all day event.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Introduce Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act

on April 23, 2013 - 7:38am

Columbine-Hondo Wheeler Peak Wilderness Legislative Map.


In celebration of Earth Day, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced legislation Monday to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness – a proposal with strong support from the local community.

A companion bill will be introduced today in the House by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. 

Located in the Carson National Forest, the Columbine-Hondo has been managed as a “Wilderness Study Area” since 1980.
“For more than 30 years, we have considered the Columbine Hondo’s

Free Activities for Families Saturday at YMCA

on April 23, 2013 - 7:27am
Kids create seed balls at the Family YMCA. Courtesy/YMCA

YMCA News:

In support of families keeping children physically active, The Family YMCA will offer free activities 10 a.m.- noon Saturday, April 27 for Healthy Kids Day.

Y’s across the nation are participating in “Get a JUMP on Summer.” Outdoor fun will include a variety of jumpy-hop-tastic activities, as well as unique crafts and healthy snacks.

Participants also have an opportunity to get a bit dirty making seed balls for future planting at Los Alamos Middle School.

Do You Have a Great Idea You Want to Share?

on April 23, 2013 - 7:19am

Grandmother's Joy by Fritz White. Courtesy photo

APPB News:

The Art in Public Places Board (APPB) has developed an “Open Call for Art/Ideas” to provide Los Alamos citizens the opportunity to suggest ideas or artwork that they would like added to the public art collection.

This can include any suggestion that involves public art to beautify the community.

Artists and citizens are asked to recommend artwork, either existing or conceptual, for a specific public location in Los Alamos County.


Season's Final Student Musicale Set For Sunday

on April 23, 2013 - 7:04am

Violinist Michelle Yang, here with her accompanist Cindy Little, is one of the students performing in the upcoming Musicale. Photo by TK Thompson/


The public is invited to the last of four Student Musicales presented yearly by Los Alamos Music Teachers Association at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus in Building 2.

There will be snacks provided by the students and teacher Frances Naffziger will provide punch, which she has done for years.

LAMTA  thanks UNM-LA for donating this venue.

Students performing include:

  • Double bass

Teacher Files Lawsuit Against Los Alamos Public Schools

on April 22, 2013 - 4:09pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

A Los Alamos Public Schools Special Education teacher is suing the district, its superintendent, and the principal of Aspen Elementary School.

Attorney Kate Ferlic of Egolf, Ferlic & Day, LLC in Santa Fe filed the lawsuit Thursday, April 18 in District Court with a complaint for relief and jury trial demand on behalf of her client Zeynep Unal, a Turkish-born special education teacher, for violations of the New Mexico Human Rights Act, defamation and breach of contract.

In the suit, Aspen Elementary School Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom, who served

Pajarito Greenhouse Opens 9 a.m. Sharp Wednesday!

on April 22, 2013 - 2:58pm

Dave Fox of Pajarito Greenhouse. Photo by TK Thompson/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Pajarito Greenhouse in White Rock will open for the season at 9 a.m. sharp Wednesday, April 24.

There will be 234 combinations of plant species and colors packed into the greenhouse's 3,600 square feet of display area.

"The Santa Fe Greenhouses closed over the winter so we are going to carry as many items as we possibly can to help take up the slack," owner Dave Fox said. "We're going to carry all of the popular vegetables including peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, lettuce,