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YMCA Fencing Classes Resume Tuesday

on August 30, 2013 - 9:34am

YMCA News:

The regular schedule for fencing classes at the Family YMCA will resume Tuesday, Sept 3.

Class meets at 6:30 p.m. for those in Beginning Fencing and 7:30 p.m. for those in the Intermediate/Advanced Fencing.

A new class for beginning fencers with no previous experience starts Tuesday, Oct. 1. This is open to children 10 years of age or older as well as adults and parent/child pairs are encouraged.

For further information, contact Tom Hill at 672-1058.

CANCELED: AMBER Alert for 2-year-old New Mexico Girl

on August 30, 2013 - 9:05am

Update: AMBER Alert for Elyssia Cavazone-Salas is canceled as the child has been found safe. 

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas, 2, was last seen today, Aug. 29, in Alamogordo. She was taken by her aunt.

The child and the suspect are traveling in a 2008 Ford Escape, Blue/Green with New Mexico license plate #714-RKZ.

She and the suspect may be traveling to Ruidoso or Mescalero Indian Reservation in New Mexico.

The child is in danger due to the suspect's propensity to drink and use drugs.

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas:

  • Age: 2
  • Sex: Female
  • Skin: Native American
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Height: 3'0

Calling for Actors for Nana’s Naughty Knickers

on August 30, 2013 - 8:59am

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre auditions for “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” by Katherine DiSavino will be 5-7 p.m. Sept. 15-16 in the Green Room of Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. in Los Alamos. 

Performance dates are Dec. 31/Jan. 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11.

The Characters for this play include:

  • SYLVIA CHARLES – In her early 80s, living like she’s in her early 20s. The mastermind behind Saucy Slips, Etc., and the proud tenant of a rent controlled apartment. 
  • VERA WALTERS – Sylvia’s aged accomplice: equipped with two hearing aids and a collapsible walker.
  • BRIDGET CHARLES – Sylvia’s

White Rock's Artist Market: Support Local Artists Saturday

on August 30, 2013 - 8:49am


Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation will host an Artist Market featuring both local and surrounding Northern New Mexico artists 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 at the White Rock Visitors Center at 115 N.M. 4.

The Artist Market will include Native American pottery from San Ildefonso Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo, photography, handmade jewelry and body products, vintage inspired accessories such as aprons and cosmetic bags, recycled paper art, acrylic paintings, crochet items and so many other wonderful items. 

For more information about the Artist Market or

Treasury and IRS to Recognize Legal Same-Sex Marriages

on August 30, 2013 - 8:29am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Thursday ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes.

The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage.

The ruling implements federal tax aspects of the June 26 Supreme Court decision invalidating a key provision of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

Under the ruling, same-sex


DK & the Affordables Play at LANB Tonight

on August 30, 2013 - 8:11am
DK & the Affordables will perform tonight at Los Alamos National Bank as part of the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series. Photo by Kimber Walburk-Heineman

By Russ Gordon

We only have two show dates remaining for the 2013 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. What a short, wonderful, quick trip it’s been this year. At 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, we’ll be dancing to the music of DK & the Affordables at Los Alamos National Bank. The show is free.

Tonight is Los Alamos National Bank Night, recognizing a bank that has been a sponsor for all 24 years of the Concert Series’ existence.

Letter to the Editor: Open Letter to Middle School Parents

on August 30, 2013 - 8:06am
By  Dr. Gene Schmidt
LAPS Superintendent

I am pleased to share the exciting news that middle school students and staff will move into their new school on Tuesday, Sept. 17. In sharing this wonderful and long anticipated news, I begin by thanking voters for approving the 2009 construction bond that funded our beautiful new school.

I also thank taxpayers throughout New Mexico for providing an additional $5.2 million in Public School Capital Outlay Council matching funds. But most of all, I thank our community for its patience during the construction of the building.

Explore Red Rocks and Jemez Pueblo Culture Sept. 7

on August 30, 2013 - 7:59am
Hikers explore red rock country at Jemez Pueblo. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

When taking the “back road” from Albuquerque to Los Alamos through the Jemez mountains, stunning red rocks appear as if out of nowhere, on Jemez Pueblo land.

On a guided hike organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Saturday, Sept. 7, there is the opportunity to explore these rock formations and learn about the history and culture of the Jemez people who have lived there for centuries.

Mary Pecos, a guide at the Walatowa Visitor Center, will lead the group on a 1.5 mile hike through the

Middle School Students Begin Calendar Countdown

on August 30, 2013 - 7:53am

Los Alamos Middle School students Sophia Sivils and Aidan Beevers meet with school staff to plan the move into their new school. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Sophia Sivils and Aidan Beevers, both members of the Los Alamos Middle School Student Council, point to Sept. 17 as the targeted day to move into their new school.

“Stating it’s time to get the move going,” the students met with LAMS Principal Rex Kilburn, Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn and Bond and Construction Coordinator, Herb McLean to plan the calendar countdown for the move into the new middle school.

“Students are really


FBI, Navajo Police Ask for Public's Help in Gallup Death Investigation

on August 30, 2013 - 7:41am

Vincent Smith Jr.

FBI Alert:

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are investigating the death of a Navajo man from Arizona who was found lying in the weeds in a residential area on the Navajo Indian Reservation, in Gallup.

Vincent Smith Jr., 33, of St. Michael's, Ariz., was found with apparent head injuries on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 on Old Zuni Drive.

He was unresponsive and lying on the ground near his blue and tan Ford F-150 truck.

Smith was transported to Gallup Indian Medical Center, where he died later that day.

Anyone with information about the

Well Wishers Flood De Colores on Final Night

on August 29, 2013 - 10:46pm

De Colores owner Joan Duran, center, with her daughter Debbie, left, and longtime manager Sue Dummer pause for a photo a few minutes before closing the restaurant for good Wednesday night after 35.5 years in business. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

De Colores chef Tim Duran, right, with his son Cody who is the third generation to work at the restaurant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The restaurant filled to capacity with well wishers Wednesday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post
Joan Duran announced her

Judge Orders Los Alamos County Clerk to Issue Marriage License to Same Sex Couple

on August 29, 2013 - 7:04pm

Los Alamos County Clerk discusses New Mexico laws related to sex marriages during an interview this afternoon in her office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Judge Orders Los Alamos County Clerk to Issue Marriage License to Same Sex Couple

  • All 33 counties in New Mexico ask for Supreme Court ruling
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover has been ordered by District Judge Sheri Raphaelson to issue a marriage license to the same sex couple turned away Tuesday.
"Judge Raphaelson signed our writ this afternoon and is ordering the clerk to

UNM-LA Mil Levy Ballots Pour Into Clerk's Office

on August 29, 2013 - 7:00pm

Senior Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz, left, and County Clerk Sharon Stover today looked over hundreds of ballots that have poured into the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office since mailed out to registered voters Monday for the UNM-LA mil levy. The Clerk's Office mailed out 13,831 ballots and 650 have been returned of which three were unsigned. The postmaster returned 200 as undeliverable. Ballots must be physically received in the County Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m., Sept. 17 to be counted. Postmarked envelopes do not count. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Same Sex Couple Files Suit Against Los Alamos County Clerk

on August 29, 2013 - 1:35pm

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover. LADP file photo


A Los Alamos same sex couple denied a marriage license Tuesday, Aug. 27 has taken court action against Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover.

Attorney John Day of Egolf + Ferlic + Day law firm in Santa Fe told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he is representing Janet Newton and Maria Thibodeau in the matter.

"We filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in District Court requesting that Judge Sheri Raphaelson order the Los Alamos County Clerk to issue a marriage license consistent with what is being done in other counties

LANL's Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Community Relations Plan Available Year-Round for Comments

on August 29, 2013 - 1:06pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory revises its Hazardous Waste Community Relations Plan annually in compliance with its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (EPA ID No. NM0890010515.) 

The website is available year round and LANL revises the plan in August to include necessary changes and comments it has received during the year. LANL welcomes public comments, which can be provided online via the Plan Comments Form

The updated  Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Community Relations Plan and responses to comments will be posted Sept. 1. 

The attached form LANL CRP Public Comment Form.pdf

B61-12 Life Extension Program Radar Drop Tests Completed Successfully

on August 29, 2013 - 12:40pm

Pantex production technicians prepare a B61 for a surveillance test. The B61 is a tactical thermonuclear gravity bomb. Courtesy/NNSA
NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the ongoing effort to refurbish the aging B61 nuclear bomb without resorting to underground nuclear testing, two successful B61-12 radar drop tests were successfully completed at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada on Aug. 14 and 15, 2013, by engineers from Sandia National Laboratories.

Current B61s use decades-old vacuum tubes as part of their radar system.

Action-Packed Labor Day Weekend at Bandelier

on August 29, 2013 - 12:29pm
Herrera Dance. Courtesy/BNM

Want something fun to do this weekend? Bring the whole family to Bandelier over Labor Day Weekend to participate in a number of exciting events and activities. 

Board the free shuttle from the White Rock Visitor Center to Frijoles Canyon and explore the ancestral cliff dwellings, take a hike to a waterfall, and participate in the following weekend events.    

Friday August 30: Bandelier Nightwalk ... Join a Park Ranger for a silent night walk that transports you back in time. This is the last Nightwalk offered for the season.

Los Alamos Concert Association Offers New Season Of Great Music

on August 29, 2013 - 11:38am
The Canadian Brass performs at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 at Duane Smith Auditorium. Courtesy/LACA
Apollo’s Fire performs at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at Duane Smith Auditorium. Courtesy/LACA
By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

The Los Alamos Concert Association is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to bringing classical artists of great distinction to our community. 

LACA’s 67th season begins in September and it promises to be an exciting one offering legendary and unusual world class performers

The season opens with a fanfare on Sept.

Co+op Health & Wellness Fair Sept. 7

on August 29, 2013 - 11:37am

NCRTD 'Blue Buses' Not in Service Monday

on August 29, 2013 - 11:17am


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Monday Sept. 2, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. 

Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses more than 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and

Taste the Sky 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8

on August 29, 2013 - 11:00am


Catch the sunset and a delicious meal from Hot Rocks Java Cafe during 'Taste the Sky' 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Los Alamos Airport, 2040 Airport Road.

The United Way Youth Team kicks off its fundraising season with this exciting annual event, which includes a chance to explore the airport, win an airplane flight or ride in a hot air balloon. Admission to the popular event goes toward helping community non-profits ... a win-win for everyone.

Call 505.662.0800 for more information.



FBI Seeks Public's Help Locating Texas Bank Robber

on August 29, 2013 - 10:10am

FBI News:

The Kerrville Police Department and San Antonio FBI are seeking information regarding an unknown male subject wanted for two bank robberies in Kerrville, Texas last week.

Anyone seeing this individual in Los Alamos or the surrounding area or with information that may assist investigators in apprehending him should contact the Kerrville Police CIU at 830-257-8181 or the San Antonio FBI at 210-225-6741. Any and all information received will be kept confidential.

The robberies occurred Aug. 23. The first at approximately 4:07 p.m.

Governor Announces Stipends for Teachers

on August 29, 2013 - 9:35am

  • Up to 400 Teachers Could Earn Additional $5000

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that a new education reform initiative will pay 400 New Mexico teachers an additional $5,000 to work with students in struggling schools or to help students earn Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

The first step in the initiative will reward 100 teachers who agree to move from a school with a grade of an A or B to a school with a D or F grade. Teachers must commit to a minimum of two years at the struggling school in order to receive the stipend.

Additionally, 300

Letter to the Editor: NO! to the Mil Tax Increase

on August 29, 2013 - 9:20am
Los Alamos

Every year, one organization or another posts the day of the year that we all work to just to pay our taxes. With the proposed Mil Tax, property owners can add another two days of work to that date to pay the Mil Tax increase. That’s two days you work and pay taxes on that income, just to send the rest to your local government in the form of another tax. I, for one, am tired of government organizations overspending and otherwise mismanaging their monies and then putting their hand in my pocket to make up for it.

The University of New Mexico has many channels for

Rotarian Brian Newnam Presents Statistics

on August 29, 2013 - 9:08am

Rotarian Brian Newnam. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Los Alamos Rotarian Brian Newnam recently presented a talk on local and international Rotary statistics during a meeting at the Dixie Girl Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos.

Local Stats:

  • Los Alamos Rotary Club was founded Aug. 19, 1966;
  • Typically 35-45 members ... recent growth to 65 members;
  • Of its 42 presidents ... 15 are still active; and
  • Has sponsored 44 foreign exchange and 50 outbound students.

International Stats:

  • Rotary International has 1.22 million members in 34,300 Clubs in 200 countries;
  • Rotary