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Food on the Hill: Cream of Asparagus Soup with Grilled Asparagus

on April 16, 2013 - 9:45am
This Week's Recipe:
Cream of Asparagus Soup made with Grilled Asparagus
Photo by Sue York/
*** You must have either a blender or a food processor to make this soup.
2 pounds of asparagus
Olive oil
3 tablespoons of butter
3 ½ cups of chicken broth
½ cup chopped onions
2 cloves of garlic, pressed
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 cup cream
3/4 cup parmesan cheese (reserve ¼ cup for garnish)
Photo by Sue York/
Clean the asparagus, and remove the woody ends and discard.

Guitarist Michael Chapdelaine Plays Los Alamos April 26

on April 16, 2013 - 9:42am

Michael Chapdelaine. Courtesy photo


Guitarist Michael Chapdelaine does not settle for fitting into one music category. His music spreads over classical music and pop tunes and catches the attention of everyone from teenagers to adults.

Chapdelaine is a musician, a composer and teacher. This multi-talented artist has come to Los Alamos in the past and Chapdelaine will again perform here at 7:30 p.m., April 26 at Fuller Lodge.

The Los Alamos Arts Council is sponsoring the concert. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for Los Alamos Arts Council members.



PEEC Earth Day Series: Composting Returns to Los Alamos County

on April 16, 2013 - 9:38am
Composting Returns to Los Alamos County
Environmental Services Specialist for Los Alamos County

The new Los Alamos County composting facility at the old wastewater treatment plant in Bayo Canyon is set to be complete in fall 2013. 

The County composting program was discontinued in 2011 due to closure of the County landfill and odor issues. 

The County has been working over the past few years to find the best location and process to resume the composting program.

The new facility will enable the County to create higher quality compost in a cost-effective manner and

Morrie Pongratz Nominated for 'Salute to Senior' Service Award

on April 16, 2013 - 9:18am

Morrie Pongratz has volunteered in Los Alamos for more than 25 years. Courtesy photo

Staff report

Home Instead Senior Care network sponsors an annual contest to recognize seniors for the impact they make in their communities by volunteering their time and talents.

Joy Beery of Los Alamos Family Council has nominated Morrie Pongratz for the Salute to Senior Service award.

Voting occurs online. For more information or to vote for Pongratz, click HERE

In Beery’s nomination, she described Pongratz' many contributions to Los Alamos:

Morris (Morrie) Pongratz is highly regarded in the Los


Tierra Wools Spring Harvest Festival Celebrates Traditional Crafts

on April 16, 2013 - 8:38am

Hand-dyed wool at a previous Spring Harvest Festival. Courtesy/Dave Thomson
Sheep shearing at Tierra Wools Spring Harvest Festival. Courtesy/Dave Thomson
Staff report:

The Tierra Wools Spring Harvest Festival will take place Saturday, April 27 in Los Ojos.

The Festival will feature sheep shearing, spinning, dying and weaving demonstrations. Music and refreshments will be part of the celebration.

Tierra Wools is a spinning, hand dyeing, and hand weaving workshop and a retail store.


Earn $2,500 for LAHS Through 'Rally4Rewards'

on April 16, 2013 - 8:34am

LAHS News:

U.S Bank is a supporter of high school athletics/activities and has been a major sponsor of the NMAA for many years now.

In addition to serving as the title sponsor of the State Football, Basketball and Track Championships, U.S. Bank has also served as a large contributor to the NMAA Foundation.

Now, they are taking this even further with Monday's launch of the “Rally4Rewards" program.

Through this program, U.S. Bank will be donating $2,500 to six different NMAA member schools.

Celebrate National Library Week and Poetry Month

on April 16, 2013 - 8:28am


MPL News:

Celebrate National Library Week and National Poetry Month at local libraries this month.

The public is invited to the following events:

  • 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 18 in the Upstairs Rotunda, the Library will host a Poetry Potluck. April is National Poetry Month and Mesa Public Library will be hosting a fun and informal open mic night. Bring poems and a food item to share at the poetry potluck.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at White Rock Town Hall,  Family Friendly Film Series presents Rise of the Guardians  .

  • Celebrate National Library Week all week long, April 14-20.  Come on by


Kirt Kempter Talks On Abiquiu Region Geology Tonight

on April 16, 2013 - 8:22am

Dr. Kirt Kemper conducting a field class. Courtesy photo

LAGS News:

The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road.

Dr. Kirt Kempter will talk about the geology of the Abiquiu Region. He is a geologist and educator living in Santa Fe.

Kempter's primary field study areas include the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico, Copper Canyon in Mexico and the Rincon de la Vieja volcano in northwestern Costa Rica.

He also leads educational tours for the Smithsonian Institution, including Iceland, Antarctica and numerous


Local Couple Recounts Boston Marathon Experience

on April 16, 2013 - 8:05am
Whitney and Matt Dreier at the 'Run the Caldera' race at the Valles Caldera. Courtesy photo
Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post
A Los Alamos couple who ran Monday's Boston Marathon recount their experience and try to make sense of the horrific terrorist attack near the finish line.
In 2008, Matt Dreier, from Missouri, and Whitney Spivey, from Virginia, ran the Boston Marathon.
They didn't know each other at the time, and so when they were married in 2010, going back to Boston was on their list of things to do as a couple.
After qualifying in 2012, the Dreiers, now living in Los Alamos,

County Department Heads Continue Presentations to Council

on April 15, 2013 - 10:23pm

Community and Economic Development Department Director Anne Laurent speaks to Council about the proposed budget for the divisions under her direction. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Public Works Department Director Philo Shelton III presents his department's proposed budget listing numerous areas of cost saving measures. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Administrator Harry Burgess and Police Chief Wayne Torpy converse prior to tonight's proposed budget presentations. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Department of Public Utilities officials from left,

County Department Chiefs Address Council

on April 15, 2013 - 8:44pm

Los Alamos County Assessor JoAnn Johnson works on last minute details with Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez prior to their presentation on the Assessor's Office budget to Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Los Alamos County Assessor JoAnn Johnson and Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez present their proposed FY2014 budget to Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/   

Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk chats with County Attorney before the start of tonight's Council meeting.

Council Looks At Its Own 4 Percent Budget Reduction

on April 15, 2013 - 8:11pm

The Los Alamos County Council proposed FY2014 budget reflects a 4 percent reduction in the Council's own budget. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Officials Present Budget Overview

on April 15, 2013 - 8:05pm

County Attorney Rebecca Ehler listens as Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess briefs Council on the FY2014 budget. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Deputy County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer and Budget and Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi Torpy present highlights of the FY2014 budget to Council. Lynne explained that a $5 million increase in the proposed $185,928,637 budget is a change in accounting and not an increase in the budget. He also explained the various reductions achieved in the proposed budget. Eight fulltime positions are being eliminated by

Council Tackles FY2014 Budget Hearings Tonight

on April 15, 2013 - 6:47pm

Council Vice Chair David Izraelevitz, Police Chief Wayne Torpy and Budget and Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi Torpy preparing for tonight's meeting. Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess, Steven Lynne, Deputy County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer and Budget and Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi Torpy will present the FY 2014 Summary of Changes from Proposed to Adopted, FY 2014 Pension Administrative Costs, FY 2014 Long Range Financial Projection, FY 2014 Equipment Replacement List and FY 2014 Recurring Grants List during tonight's County Council meeting, which begins in 15 minutes in

Two Dead, Dozens Wounded in Boston Marathon Explosions

on April 15, 2013 - 3:36pm

Breaking News:

At 2:50 p.m. east coast time today, two explosions about 20 seconds apart killed two people and injured dozens more, according to multiple news reports.

The explosions occurred near the finish line at the Boston Marathon where runners and spectators crowded the area.

Most recent reports are calling these explosions a "terrorist attack" and officials have shut down the air space over Boston.

A third explosion has been reported to have occurred at the JFK Library several miles from the Boston Marathon finish line. 

Also according to reports, another device was found in the


Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 4–April 10, 2013

on April 15, 2013 - 11:57am

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

April 4 at 3:42 p.m. / Police received a report of a 12-year-old Los Alamos boy being abused on 33rd Street. The matter is under investigation.


April 4 at 4:25 p.m. / Police arrested Jason Willis, 32, of Los Alamos in the 2500 block of Trinity Drive on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

April 5 at 1 p.m.

Remodeled Lobby Greets LANB Customers

on April 15, 2013 - 11:53am

New carpet with a pathway leading customer's into LANB's remodeled lobby starts here with the customer service area. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANB's newly remodeled lobby. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff report:

A newly remodeled lobby greets customers who enter Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos.

The remodel project team kicked off April 14, 2011 with nine individuals representing executive office, purchasing, marketing, teller services, account service representatives, security and administrative staff.

The goal was to update the

Today is Tax Day ... Avoid Common Mistakes!

on April 15, 2013 - 11:42am

IRS News:

The deadline to file Federal Income Tax Returns is midnight today, April 15.

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers to review their tax returns for common errors that could delay the processing of their returns. Here are some ways to avoid common mistakes.

File electronically. Filing electronically, whether through e-file or IRS Free File, vastly reduces tax return errors, as the tax software does the calculations, flags common errors and prompts taxpayers for missing information. And best of all, there is a free option for everyone.

Mail a paper return to the


PEEC Earth Day Series: Kids Discover Spiders on the Pajarito Plateau

on April 15, 2013 - 11:29am

Aspen Elementary School 1st graders’ black widow spider. Photo by Angelique Harshman/
Kids Discover Spiders on the Pajarito Plateau
By ANGELIQUE HARSHMAN, PEEC Education Programs Director

The Aspen Elementary School students didn’t know what they would find on their outdoor excursion to the Homestead Trail, but they were all excited.

As part of PEEC’s Pajarito Plateau Field Science curriculum, the first graders were investigating spiders and insects, turning over rocks, looking closely at tree bark, and inspecting rotting logs.

We were finding lots of evidence of spiders old spider

Don Casperson Named 'Outstanding Kiwanis Advisor'

on April 15, 2013 - 11:27am

Longtime Kiwanian and Los Alamos resident Don Casperson has been named 2012-2013 'Outstanding Kiwanis Advisor' in recognition for his outstanding service and dedication to the Southwest District Key Club. Courtesy photo

'Geek Night' Packs Dixie Pub

on April 15, 2013 - 10:26am

The Dixie Pub at the rear of the Dixie Girl Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos was packed again Thursday night for the popular 'Geek Night' event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

2013 Church Leader Conference April 19-20

on April 15, 2013 - 10:21am

Los Alamos Students Shine at Chemistry Olympiad

on April 15, 2013 - 9:52am

ACS News:

The Central New Mexico Section of the American Chemical Society has announced the names of four outstanding high school chemistry students in the 2013 New Mexico Chemistry Olympiad competition: 

  • Kevin Gao of Los Alamos High School                  
  • Alexander Wang of Los Alamos High School        
  • Aaron Geelon So of Albuquerque Academy          
  • Andrew Chen of Albuquerque Academy                

The students have been nominated to take a national exam that could qualify them to become members of the U.S.


Runners Brave High Winds at Run For Her Life Sunday

on April 15, 2013 - 9:39am
Runners cross the finish line at Run for Her Life. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Runners leave the starting gate at Run For Her Life Sunday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Staff report:
Strong winds did nothing to dampen enthusiasm at the 3rd Annual Run For Her Life Race held Sunday, April 14 at East Park.
Runners from as far away as Montana took part in the 5K and 10K races, which raise funds for breast cancer research.
The Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah, Los Alamos Jewish Center and Atomic City Roadrunners sponsered Sunday's event. 

NIST: Re-shoring a New Perspective

on April 15, 2013 - 9:05am
NIST News:
Re-shoring a New Perspective
By Samm Bowman and Ben Vickery

Re-shoring sure has been in the news a lot lately. Perhaps you’ve been reading about the trend of re-shoring, as an increasing number of American firms are moving their manufacturing back to the U.S.

You may have read about Caterpillar making the choice to move their manufacturing operations from Japan to Georgia to produce small bulldozers and excavators, or how Chesapeake Candle realized that the advantage of doing business in China had disappeared and decided to move operations back to