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Fire Station Six Remodel Enters Stucco Phase

on June 29, 2013 - 9:25am
Workers apply stucco to exterior walls on the expansion project underway at Los Alamos Fire Station 6 on East Road. Photo by Leland Lehman/
The Fire Station 6 remodel project is scheduled for completion by mid July. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Staff Report
The remodeling project underway at Los Alamos Fire Department Station 6, 457 East Road near the airport has entered the stucco stage.
County Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust said the project is expected to be completed by mid July with final inspection sometime in August.
Kohlrust explained that

State Tightens Sex Offender Registration Laws

on June 29, 2013 - 8:27am

Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez has unveiled a new, central location for New Mexicans to find sex offender information state-wide, including real-time e-mail notifications if an offender moves into your community.

This marks the first time that sex offender registration information is available to parents and the community in a single source that is consistent throughout New Mexico.

Martinez also said that new sex offender registration requirements go into effect July 1, that will tighten registration requirements while closing an out-of-state


Two Los Alamos Businesses Receive Venture Acceleration Fund Awards

on June 29, 2013 - 8:19am

LANL News:

The two Los Alamos businesses receiving Venture Acceleration Fund Awards are GeoEnergy Monitoring Systems, Inc. and SportXast of Los Alamos.

GeoEnergy Monitoring Systems will use the funds tocontribute to the development of a seismo-acoustic system to monitor seismic activity where hydrofracturing (fracking) and fluid injection projects are occurring. The smart-sensor technology will be offered to field operators at a fraction of the cost of current systems.

SportXast of Los Alamos will use its fund in a beta mobile application and distribution through the Apple AppStore.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: It Only Takes 20 Seconds for a Child to Drown

on June 29, 2013 - 8:15am


ABIQUIU LAKE - Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death, yet the number of deaths by drowning could be reduced drastically if everyone would wear a life jacket.

Statistics show that 89 percent of those who drown at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes and rivers may have survived if they had worn a life jacket. Here are some safety tips to help you have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday.

Swimming in open water is different and more difficult than in a swimming pool.


White Rock LDS Church Hosts July 4 Parade and Celebration

on June 29, 2013 - 8:00am

Cub Scouts march in the 2012 White Rock Children's Parade. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The 38th annual White Rock Children’s Parade will be held again this year on the Fourth of July. All members of the community are invited to don their most patriotic clothes and come to the festivities at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 366 Grand Canyon in White Rock.

At 10 a.m., after a flag ceremony and the singing of the national anthem, the children will join in a parade with their decorated bicycles, tricycles, scooters, strollers, wagons, etc.


Udall Stands Up for N.M. in Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

on June 29, 2013 - 7:55am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON –U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., joined the Senate Appropriations Committee in approving a bill that includes significant support for important New Mexico installations and programs, including Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and New Mexico water projects Thursday.

The bill includes record-level base funding for waste cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and significant funding levels for WIPP operations and maintenance.

LAYL Extends Registration Deadline

on June 29, 2013 - 7:41am
Los Alamos Youth Leadership members decorated County transformer boxes around downtown Los Alamos among other projects this year. Courtesy photo

LAYL News:

Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL) is a high school student organization, which begins in August and ends in May each year. Students build relationships with family and friends, and increase their confidence. Teams design, plan and implement projects that benefit the community throughout the year.  

LAYL registration has been extended to July 10. The registration forms can be turned in at the Family YMCA.

Smith’s/Kroger Officially Notifies County: Trinity Site is a go!

on June 28, 2013 - 3:51pm


Today, Los Alamos County received official notification from Smith’s/Kroger that the lease feasibility period has ended and that the terms of the ground lease with the County will be in full effect.

Now, Smith’s/Kroger is set to begin the initial development phase, including construction of the anchor building (Smith’s Marketplace), at least one other tenant of approximately 10,500 square feet, all parking and other site work.

Smith’s/Kroger will also begin paying the County annual rent of $120,000. For a summary of ground lease terms and Trinity Site documents, link to the

Russian Youth Paint White Rock Rock

on June 28, 2013 - 3:45pm

This morning in White Rock, Russian youth visiting from Sarov as part of the Los Alamos-Sarov Sister Cities Initiative painted the White Rock Rock at Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The rock project begins to take shape. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The rock is painted. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Once the rock was painted, the group headed over to the nearby White Rock Fire Station for a tour. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Russian Visitors Present Painting to Paul White

on June 28, 2013 - 3:35pm

This morning in White Rock, Russian youth visiting from the Sister City of Sarov presented a painting to Paul White of the Los Alamos-Sarov Sister Cities Initiative. White asked the youth how they ever got the painting over here from Russia to which they answered, "It wasn't easy." Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Ribbon's Cut on Los Alamos Municipal Building

on June 28, 2013 - 3:19pm

Former and current County officials cut the ribbon on the new Los Alamos County Municipal Building this morning at 1000 Central Ave. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers and Councilors dedicate the new building as community members look on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The new building is official and community members are invited to stop by and check it out. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Judge Orders Los Alamos Urologist Pavel Mourachov to Leave Town by Monday

on June 28, 2013 - 1:43pm

Pavel Mourachov
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Urologist Pavel Mourachov was arrested and placed in the local jail again Tuesday for an alleged electronic monitoring device violation.

He's now been ordred by the court to get out of town by Monday.

Mourachov was arrested last month and charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon, harassment and extreme cruelty to animals. He was released six days later, at which time Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados ordered him to wear a monitoring bracelet.

A View from the Stacks: Check Out Southwest Collections at Mesa Public and White Rock Libraries

on June 28, 2013 - 1:31pm

A View from the Stacks: Check Out Southwest Collections at Mesa Public and White Rock Libraries
Technical Services Manager, Los Alamos County Library

Do you want a nice cozy place to sit and relax? Come to Mesa Public Library and check out our Southwest Room.

You’ll find a comfortable place, with nice easy chairs where you can browse the shelves for all kinds of books about the Southwest. You’ll also be surrounded by Native American artwork, which was acquired through donations from the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.

The Southwest Collection at Mesa Public


Gator's L.A. Vapor Brings E-Cigarettes to Los Alamos

on June 28, 2013 - 9:06am

Store owner Daron Diffey with Gator's L.A. Vapor's trademark gator. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Some of the e-cigarettes available at Gator's L.A. Vapor. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Daron Diffey’s new business, Gator’s L.A. Vapor, is more than just a way to make a living, it’s a mission.

“It’s all about helping people quit smoking and live healthier lives,” Diffey said.

Diffey and his wife Shannon opened Gator’s L.A. Vapor May 24, bringing electric cigarettes to Los Alamos for the first time.


Schools' 2013 Standards Based Assessment Results Unveiled at 12:30 p.m. Today

on June 28, 2013 - 8:49am

Gov. Susana Martinez




SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez, together with Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera will present the results of the 2013 New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA)  at 12:30 p.m. today.


PED Secretary Hanna Skandara

Students in grades 3rd through 8th, as well as high school sophomores and juniors take the NMSBA every spring and results are used to determine if students are on grade level in core subject areas.


Check back at for full details on how Los Alamos schools rank on the assessments.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: June 28

on June 28, 2013 - 8:25am

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview is Sponsored by FYILA

Summer Concert Series – Parker Millsap Band with Michael Rose 7 p.m. today, June 28 at Ashley Pond

Downtown Friday Night 4 to 11 p.m. today, June 28
Wallflowers Art Exhibit Opening 5 to 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center 
History Happy Hour until 6 p.m. at Historical Museum
What’s a Click? Until 8 p.m. Bradbury Museum - Discover the wonders and advances of high-speed cameras and the things scientists learn by using them.
Group Dog Walk 6 to 7 p.m. from Pet Pangaea
Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery & Studio open until 8 p.m.

PBS Science Café –

Three Funding Opportunities in Engineering Research

on June 28, 2013 - 8:21am

NIST News:

Funding opportunities for research in the areas of disaster-resilient buildings and communities, sustainable construction and manufacturing, and "smart" firefighting have been announced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST.)

NIST anticipates selecting one project on each topic and awarding about $300,000 per project. Electronic applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, July 25, 2013. The deadline for paper applications is 5 p.m., Eastern Time, July 25, 2013.

NIST's Engineering Laboratory seeks proposals in the following areas:

Humans Stoked Australia’s ‘Angry Summer’ Heat

on June 28, 2013 - 7:49am

The Australian continent endured unprecedented high temperatures in the summer of 2013. This image, using data from NASA’s Aqua satellite, shows Australian land-surface-temperature anomalies, or departures from average, during Jan. 1-8, 2013. Red means above-average temperature; blue, below average; grey, incomplete data. Australia’s summer occurs during the northern-hemisphere winter. Image by Jesse Allen/NASA Earth Observatory

AGU News:


Luján: With Only a Few Days Left until Interest Rates Double on Student Loans, It’s Time for Congress to Act

on June 28, 2013 - 7:43am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted today to bring up legislation to address the increase in interest rates on student loans that is scheduled to occur on July 1.

With only five days to go until rates double, Luján joined with all his Democratic colleagues in an attempt to immediately bring legislation to the floor that would freeze rates at 3.4 percent for the next two years. Not one Republican voted with Democrats to bring up the legislation, blocking the effort.

“House Republicans have passed a bill that is a

YMCA Jar Wars Campaign Raises Money for Youth Scholarships

on June 28, 2013 - 7:24am

Y Campers battle with light sabers during Space Week. Courtesy photo


In a take-off of the much beloved Star Wars movies, The Family YMCA is launching a “Jar Wars” campaign to raise funds for youth scholarships in a race to help 20 kids attend camp.  

“Help me, Everyone Kenobi, you’re my only hope,” said Linda Daly, the Y’s executive director, imitating Princess Leia’s plea to Obi-Wan Kenobi.  

Community and Y members are asked to contribute their change, bills or checks to a jar in the Y lobby with their favorite character’s photo.


YCC Pushes Ahead in Week Two

on June 28, 2013 - 7:19am
YCC crews worked on this section of trail in week two of their summer projects. Note the rock reinforcement along the side of the trail. Photo by Lynn Bjorklund

YCC News:

In week two of their summer activities, the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crew continued their rapid and quality trail building, doubling the amount of trail in very difficult conditions, not to mention unseasonably hot weather.

Hard work, black soil, little shade, steep terrain and hot temperatures added to the challenge, and this year’s theme of building new trails in impossible places.

The crew has a checklist of


Join the Fun at Fourth of July Kids Parade

on June 28, 2013 - 7:13am

Participants line up at 2012 Fourth of July Kids Parade. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

In keeping with tradition, the Family YMCA, in cooperation with other community organizations, will host this year’s Kids Parade. Get dressed in your finest red, white, and blue gear and join in the fun! Decorate your bikes and Fido, too!

This year the parade will be bigger and better than ever. At the end of the parade route, everyone will take a moment to honor our country with a patriotic flag raising ceremony and then the celebration will begin.

There will be music, bouncey houses, face painting, games,


YMCA Extends Book Fair

on June 28, 2013 - 7:10am


The Family YMCA is extending the Scholastic Book Fair until 9 p.m.July 5. The public is welcome to shop at the Y daily during normal business hours and after the Y annual Fourth of July Children’s Parade.

Los Alamos and Scholastic author Stephen McCrainie has 30 signed copies of his Mal & Chad series for sale. McCrainie is the son of Y members Tracy and Nathan McCrainie.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Y’s annual youth scholarships campaign.


Los Alamos Firefighters Douse White Rock Brush Fire

on June 27, 2013 - 10:05pm

A small blaze broke out this afternoon in dry weeds growing near the front of the White Rock Lutheran Church on Meadow Lane in White Rock. Los Alamos Firefighters arrived within minutes and quickly extinguished the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Letter to the Editor: Response to Local Editorial Regarding 4th of July Event

on June 27, 2013 - 4:16pm
President, Los Alamos Kiwanis Club

In their editorial comment section of June 23, the Los Alamos Monitor chose to criticize the manner in which the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is preparing for our annual 4th of July celebration at Overlook Park. 

I would like to respond to that editorial with our own viewpoint, and to remind all of the residents of Los Alamos that a great deal of preparation and planning has already taken place, and much of that has been in consultation with the Los Alamos Fire Department.