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School Board Offers Budget Recommendations

on May 16, 2013 - 11:11am
A large crowd attended the May 14 School Board meeting. A number of students, staff and community members were honored at the meeting and the Board decided on its recommendations to the LAPS Budget Committee. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt gives a budget overview to the School Board Tuesday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos School Board made its final 2013-2014 school year budget recommendations to Los Alamos Public Schools staff at its May 14 meeting.

Staff will present


Kratzer Top Predictor in Tuesday's Pace Race

on May 16, 2013 - 10:50am

Dogs join runners at Tuesday's Pace Race. Courtesy Photo


David Kratzer was just 3 seconds shy of a perfect prediction in Tuesday's pace race.

The annual staggered-start pace-race/fun-run was held Tuesday on the White Rock bike path. The predictors with the slowest times started first from Piñon/Rocket Park, and the ones with the fastest times started last. The Jones family had many good predictions.

The best predictors (and the time that they were off their prediction) for the 1 mile were Emilee Jones (16 seconds), Makaeka Jones (17 seconds), Morgan Jones (18 seconds),


Letter to the Editor: 501c4 Organizations!

on May 16, 2013 - 10:39am
501c4 Organizations!
Los Alamos

I believe the IRS should withdraw all tax exempt status from any organization which endorses any political candidate.

This should extend to other categories in addition to this particular 501c organization group, including religious and social organizations!

No 501c organization should be allowed to make contributions to PACs or to candidates. Certainly political action groups are allowed to do whatever they want but they should not be tax exempt. Any tax exempt 501c organization should make public their financial contributors!


NMDOT Seeks Public Comment on STIP

on May 16, 2013 - 9:41am


SANTA FE—The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s 8th amendment to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP.) 

The program will serve as a four year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program. The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and is required under the federal legislation. Projects on the list are on federal and state highways (roads with I, U.S. or NM designations).

The NMDOT has posted the 2012-2015 STIP amendment on the Internet asking for public comment until Thursday, June 20. In addition, NMDOT

8th Grade Athletic Night Tuesday at Smith Auditorium

on May 16, 2013 - 9:29am


The Los Alamos High School Athletic Department will hold an 8th grade Athletic Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 in the Smith Auditorium.

The LAHS athletic department is asking anyone with a son or daughter who will be in the 9th grade as of the 2013-14 school year to attend this important meeting. Refer to the athletic department website for further details:

Tuesday's meeting will begin with general information and then each of the LAHS sports team coaches will have a table in the high school lobby for parents to visit.


In Focus Looks at Texas Water Rustling; NM Tea Party Scrutiny From IRS

on May 16, 2013 - 9:10am

Attorney General Gary King

NM PBS News:

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King talks about the state’s water battle with Texas on this week’s edition of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, airing 7 p.m. Friday, May 17 on New Mexico PBS/KNME 5.1.

With both states mired in historic droughts, every drop of water has the potential to be contentious. The A.G. says it amounts to “water rustling” but is there anything the state can do to prevent a Texan water grab?

Also on the program, open government issues still swirl around King and the Martinez administration as the two prepare to do battle in 2014.


School Board Honors Award Winners

on May 16, 2013 - 8:55am
District Science Fair winners were honored at the May 14 meeting of the Los Alamos School Board. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Bernadette Lauritzen has been chosen as the Los Alamos Public Schools 2013 nominee for the New Mexico School Board Association Excellence in Student Achievement Award. School Board President Jim Hall, right, presented her with a certificate at the May 14 meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Staff Report
Also honored at the May 13 School Board meeting were members of the the Los Alamos High School Chess Team Daniel Dunning, Jack

Bill Hudson is Rotary's Local Hero of the Year!

on May 16, 2013 - 8:37am
Rotary Club of Los Alamos Local Hero Bill Hudson was honored at a Club meeting Tuesday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selected Bill Hudson as this year's "Local Hero." Hudson was honored at the 2013 Rotary District Conference May 5 in Las Cruses and again at a Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting Tuesday.

Hudson is a decorated World War II Marine Corps veteran who served at the Battle of Iwo Jima when he was just 19.

Now in his late 80s, Hudson has been a coach and fitness instructor and has participated in many volunteer activities in


Utility Work Closes 5th Street

on May 16, 2013 - 8:31am
Utility work closed1 5th Street between Nugget and Pine Street Monday. Photo by Leland Lehman

School Board Holds Two Meetings May 23

on May 16, 2013 - 8:27am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Board of Education has scheduled a Special School Board meeting for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

Special School Board Agenda:

  • 4.1 Master Ground Lease Amendment
  • 4.2 Trinity Site Update by Steve Lynne
  • 4.3 Trinity Revenue Projections
  • 4.4 LANL Request to use School Facilities for 70th Anniversary Celebration
  • 4.5 Approval of Certified Contract for 2013/2014
  • 4.6 Approval of Classified Contract for 2013/2014
  • 4.7 Approval of Salary for 2013/2014 for Administrative Staff not represented by Collective Bargaining Agreements

One Injury Reported in Three Car Accident on Truck Route

on May 15, 2013 - 4:18pm
Two of the three cars involved in today's truck route accident. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

At approximately 2:45 p.m. today, three cars were involved in a traffic collision on the truck route across from the Los Alamos National Laboratory shooting range. 

Nichole Stafford, driver of a white Altima sedan reported to the Los Alamos Daily Post that she was heading east bound on the truck route when a car in front of her was preparing to turn left into the area of the shooting range.


Udall, Heinrich, Luján Secure Funding for LANL Cleanup Efforts

on May 15, 2013 - 12:31pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S.

Money IQ: Financial Institution Lingo – Jargon and Acronyms

on May 15, 2013 - 11:00am
Money IQ
Financial Institution Lingo – Jargon and Acronyms      

Let’s begin this week’s Money IQ column with two examples of financial institution lingo. 

  • It is a dark, cold afternoon when you notice that your deposit account is overdrawn. You call your financial institution to ask about the situation. You are told, “Your DD wasn’t received from the FRB ACH and a POS posted against your DDA, which caused an OD and NSF item.”  

You stop by your financial institution to ask them what the status is on your mortgage loan refinance request.

Los Alamos Students Style 'Gatsby' Era Apparel

on May 15, 2013 - 10:52am
More than 40 Los Alamos High School students from Catherine Puranananda's AP Literature and Composition class gathered in period costume Monday to parade through downtown Los Alamos ending at the Reel Deal Theater to view 'The Great Gatsby.'  The students and and a couple of syblings enjoyed bringing the Roaring Twenties to Los Alamos, Puranananda said. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos High School students dressed in 'Gatsby' attire stroll along Central Avenue Monday on their way to view 'The Great Gatsby'  movie now playing at the Reel Deal Theater. Courtesy photo
Students glam it up for

Hilltopper Golf State Tournament Wrap Up

on May 15, 2013 - 10:19am

Hilltopper golfers from left, Raul Roybal, Aislinn McDonald, Bri Sanderson, Coach Mike Lippiatt, Assistant Coach Brent Collom, Emma Haines, Faith Koh and Jennifer Necker. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Hilltopper golfer Raul Roybal ended up shooting 92 the second day and did not place but his achievment to qualify for state was "amazing" as he worked hard and put together three very good tournament scores to get to the state tournament.

"Roybal was by far the most determined, and most improved player on the boys team and represented LAHS and the community of Los Alamos well.


Column: Stressed Lately? Stress Busters to the Rescue!

on May 15, 2013 - 9:29am
Stressed Lately? Stress Busters to the Rescue!
 Column by Kristine Coblentz, Secretary/Treasurer
 Los Alamos Community Health Council

The month of May can be a stressful time for youth and adults alike. There are deadlines and exams and reports due, field trips and awards ceremonies, banquets and graduations to attend. Sometimes it can all seem like too much!

Stress is a normal part of life and can actually have a positive effect on motivation and performance.


Grease is the Word at 7 p.m. May 20!

on May 15, 2013 - 9:09am

Grease is the word! Since the start of year, the dance students of Los Alamos High School have been learning and perfecting the art of ballroom dance and will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20 in the Dwayne Smith Auditorium. LAHS teacher Natasha Barkhudarova teaches her students the fundamentals of dance and performance and in this case, the dances were inspired by the musical Grease. The students dance everything from the convivial quickstep to the passionate rumba. There will be singing and dancing and everything in between during the show. Anyone who hasn't seen Grease will find not only

Travel to Portugal with CIR

on May 15, 2013 - 8:07am

Basilica de Santa Luzia, situated atop the hill of Santa Luzia in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. Courtesy photo

CIR News:

This September the Santa Fe Council on International Relations is offering a trip to Portugal focused on the country's history, culture and art. 

The trip takes place Sept. 19-Oct. 1 and originates in Lisbon.

CIR is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational resource of about 600 members, dedicated to promoting the understanding of international and cultural affairs and to promoting "grassroots diplomacy." 

“CIR has a very interesting and diverse membership, so in addition to


Republicans Meet at 7 p.m. Thursday

on May 15, 2013 - 7:56am

GOP News:

All members of the Republican Party are invited to attend the Party Central Committee Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16 in Room 220 at UNM-Los Alamos.

Guest speaker will be State Party Chairman John Billingsley. Accompanying him will be Bernadette Granger, one of the state headquarters staffers.

Billingsley was the campaign chairman of Steve Pearce in his bid for the U.S. Senate.


Udall Addresses DOJ's Collection of AP Records, IRS Targeting and Mineral Royalties Bill

on May 15, 2013 - 7:29am
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio press conference call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed legislation he's introducing with Wyoming's senators to protect New Mexico’s mineral royalties from sequestration cuts.
He also expressed strong concern over the Department of Justice’s collection of Associated Press phone records and reacted to reports that the IRS targeted groups based on political ideology.
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
0:00 – Udall

Sign-ups Available For Bandelier Day Camp

on May 15, 2013 - 7:20am

Ponderosa Campground has picnic tables and grills. NPS Photo by Sally King

BNM News:

For kids who’d like to explore Bandelier National Monument with a ranger and learn about nature and the Pueblo people who used to live in the park area, this year’s Day Camp will be 8:30 to noon, June 19-22.

Campers must have completed first grade, and can only attend one year’s session. There is no charge for camp. For details and to sign up, contact Chris Judson at the park at 505-672-3861 x 513




LANL Selects Three Small Businesses for Environmental Work

on May 15, 2013 - 7:04am

Aerial of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Value of up to $150 million over five years

Los Alamos National Laboratory has awarded a master task order agreement in which three small businesses will compete for environmental work worth up to $150 million over five years. The businesses each have offices in northern New Mexico.

The agreement is for technical services for the Laboratory’s Environmental Programs directorate and includes work such as environmental engineering design, regulatory support, risk assessment and reporting.

The companies chosen are Terranear

Local Distillery Achieves National Recognition for Bourbon

on May 15, 2013 - 7:03am

DQDW News:

Los Alamos’ own Don Quixote Distillery and Winery is now featured in the Huffington Post. The online publication reviewed the company’s flagship product, Blue Corn Bourbon, which is the only one of its kind in the world.

The spirits critic highlighted the bourbon’s “vanilla notes,” and “pleasant sipper.” Another unique feature of Don Quixote’s product was the absence of a burn that most bourbons have.

This Blue Corn Bourbon Whiskey is made from 75 percent New Mexico blue corn and 25 percent wheat, and then processed in the Jemez Mountains.

Don Quixote Distillery and Winery has


Udall Initiative Would Increase Graduation Rate, Help Underperforming Schools

on May 15, 2013 - 7:00am
Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With graduation season underway, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced a bill today that would increase the graduation rate in New Mexico and across the nation.
Nationwide, approximately one-fifth of high school students drop out of school each year. According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, the state's graduation rate was 70.3 percent in 2012, with a 67.7 percent rate for Hispanic students and 64.9 percent for Native Americans.

Tour the Jandacek Dome Thursday

on May 15, 2013 - 6:59am

Petr Jandacek as Buckminster Fuller outside his dome. Courtesy/

LASE News:

Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network (LASE Network) will sponsor a potluck picnic and tour of Petr and Louise Jandacek’s geodesic dome home at 127 La Senda Road in White Rock 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 16.

The study of non-traditional architecture and environmental optimal design led the Jandaceks to decide upon Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome when making plans to build their home in Los Alamos. It was a natural choice for a minimum surface area for maximum inside volume, Petr wrote on his website.