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Visit 'Home Country' with Writer Slim Randles

on February 19, 2013 - 6:53am
Western writer Slim Randles will be in town Feb. 28  for 'Authors' Speak' at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo


You never know where a career path will take you. Sometimes a career will move you upward, other times it brings you to a dead end.

For Slim Randles, following a career in journalism and writing has allowed him to zigzag all over the place. It’s been a topsy-turvy path to be sure, but one loaded with adventure, humor and a wealth of great stories.

Randles will share his adventures in writing during the next talk in the Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m.,

Aquatomics Host Teams From Across New Mexico

on February 19, 2013 - 6:50am

And bragging rights goes to … (dual at the pool), from left, Dane Spearing, Karen Henderson, Kara Leasure and Kevin Henderson. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim team hosted a meet at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center Jan. 26-27. This meet was open not only to age-group club swimmers from around New Mexico, but Master swimmers as well. 

Charger Aquatics took advantage of this to put its best-of-the-best swimmers from the club team against its more seasoned Masters team in a relay race that would determine bragging rights on the pool deck (for at least the next


Climate Change Presentation at Hive Thursday

on February 19, 2013 - 6:27am

HIVE News:

Scientist Dr. Liviu Popa-Simil will give a presentation on the ramifications of climate change titled “The Challenges of the Future – A Fork in the Road” based on his book of the same name.

The talk is part of the Hive Brown-bag Lunch Series that starts at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

Dr. Popa-Simil’s presentation will begin at noon. The meeting is open to the public at no charge. 

This is not a “doom and gloom” scenario and is based on data derived from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which Popa-Simil

Our Lady of the Woods Announces March Events

on February 19, 2013 - 6:11am

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OLW News:

Our Lady of the Woods (OLW) is an eclectic teaching coven in northern New Mexico, offering a structured, degree-based program in the Ladywoods Tradition, originating with Amber K.

The Congregation meets to celebrate Sabbats, monthly dinners and for other events and activities.

Our Lady of the Woods will hold two public events in March.

Anyone interested in paganism, Wicca or learning about OLW is welcome to join OLW members for an informal dinner on the first Friday of each month.

Whether you are a beginner, advanced practitioner, or just curious, you are

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 7– Feb.13, 2013

on February 18, 2013 - 10:58am

LAPD News:

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.



Feb. 7 at 11:30 a.m. / Police arrested Arturo Deaguero, 34, of Espanola on Trinity Drive on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant. 

Feb. 7 at 11:14 p.m. / Police charged Derrick Jameson, 30, of Los Alamos in the 2400 block of 25th Street with improper use of fireworks and issued him a summons to appear in court.

Feb. 8 at 11:54 a.m.

Bueck Sweeps Division at Gold Cup Classic

on February 18, 2013 - 10:55am

Lilly Bueck of Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers is the all-around top scorer in the Level 5 Division. Courtesy photo

LASG News:

Lilly Bueck was the top all-around scorer in the Level 5 Division for Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers’ at the Gold Cup Classic in Albuquerque on Jan. 19-20.

Bueck, Level 5 Junior B Division, earned gold on vault (9.0), bars (9.5), beam (9.45), floor (9.2) and in the all-around (37.15) competition.

Bueck was among 142 gymnasts from seven teams that participated in the meet.


SFI: 'Efficient Coordination in Weakest Link Games' By Martin Strobel of Maastricht University

on February 18, 2013 - 10:29am

SFI News:

Wednesday, Feb. 20 • 12:15 p.m. • Collins Conference Room in the Santa Fe Institute at 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Martin Strobel, Department of Economics, Maastricht University, will present "Efficient Coordination in Weakest Link Games."

Abstract: Coordination problems resembling weakest-link games are ubiquitous in the economy and society. Since they possess Pareto ranked equilibria it is important to understand if and when agents are able to coordinate on the efficient equilibrium.

Existing research on weakest-link games shows an overwhelming inability of people to

State Transportation Commission Meeting in Albuquerque

on February 18, 2013 - 9:57am


SANTA FE – The governor-appointed commission that determines policy for the New Mexico Department of Transportation will meet Feb. 21 in Albuquerque. 

The six member State Transportation Commission meets monthly to get updates from the NMDOT on its activities and how the commission and the department can enhance the state’s transportation system.

The public meeting is at 1:30 p.m. at The Mid-Region Council of Governments building at 809 Copper Avenue, NW.  

Items on the agenda include:

  • Presentations by Bernalillo County officials concerning transportation needs from a

Local Democrats Meet Feb. 21 at UNM-LA

on February 18, 2013 - 9:30am

LADP News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will have their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at UNM-LA, Building 2, Room 203.

They will be discussing plans for possible ward boundary changes and some other rule changes.

All Democrats are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The Pain Free Athlete: Straighten Then Strengthen Your Body

on February 18, 2013 - 9:12am

Jessica Kisiel
The Pain Free Athlete
Column by Jessica Kisiel

Straighten Then Strengthen Your Body

Lifting weights is a great way to increase strength. Unfortunately, it can also engrain postural disparities and movement compensations.

This reality has spawned the term, dysfunctional fitness,  whereby we are doing our bodies more harm than good in the weight room.

Real strength comes from a stable and aligned posture. Joints that are out of alignment are weak. The position of the joints is dictated by the muscles that are attached to them.

When our skeleton is in a symmetrical


Than Povi Fine Art Gallery Opens for Business

on February 18, 2013 - 9:11am

Elmer and Deborah Torres cut the ribbon on their new gallery and gift shop Saturday morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Elmer Torres assists customers visiting the Than Povi Fine Art Gallery and Gift Shop Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Elmer and Deborah Torres of Pueblo de San Ildefonso cut the ribbon on their Than Povi Fine Art Gallery and Gift Shop Saturday morning .

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce hosted the grand opening event at the new gallery at 6 Banana Lane off U.S.

DPU Transformer Inspection Begins This Week

on February 18, 2013 - 8:21am

Assessment of Electric Distribution System

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities recently awarded a contract to JACO, Inc. to inspect transformers as part of the County’s overhead electric system assessment.

Beginning in the North Community as early as Tuesday, Feb. 19, an inspection crew will focus its effort in the Los Alamos town site over the next couple of months.

DPU Officials request customer cooperation in providing the inspection crew access to electric transformers that may be located in backyards or behind closed gates.

If access cannot be obtained, JACO employees will


Catalyst Conditioning Offers EVHS Benefit Bootcamp

on February 18, 2013 - 8:20am
Minka the small cat needs your help.
EVHS News:
A graduate of the Espanola Valley Humane Society (Class of 2011) Minka wants to help her alma mater.
In conjunction with Catalyst Conditioning, you, too can help out the shelter and get fit at the same time.
Sean Leffler is offering a one hour, all levels, bootcamp Saturday Feb. 23 and all he asks is that participants bring something from the list to help out the shelter.
And if you can shop local, Cyndi Wells at Pet Pangea in Central Park Square also has a copy of the list, so pop over there during your lunch hour and grab

State House Highlights: Feb. 9-15

on February 18, 2013 - 8:19am


On the Floor

  • House Joint Memorial 19, sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey (D-Bernalillo-18), went to the House floor for a final vote today. HJM 19, the “J. Paul Taylor Early Childhood Task Force,” honors former Rep. J. Paul Taylor of District 33. The memorial creates a task force to improve collaboration among early childhood development stakeholders, aiming to prevent child abuse and help invisible, unserved, and underserved at-risk infants and children. The joint memorial passed by a vote of 37-23.
  • House Joint Memorial 24 as amended by the House Agriculture and Water Resources

AAUW Screens Film on Rape in the Military

on February 18, 2013 - 8:17am

AAUW News:

See “The Invisible War,” a groundbreaking investigation into what Newsweek has called "the most underreported crime in America": the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.  

The film will be shown in the Jeannette Wallace Hall (Bldg. 5) at UNM-LA by the Los Alamos branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW.)

The screening is a fundraiser for AAUW's Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF.) Admission is $10 adults and $5 students. All proceeds will be donated to LAF.

AAUW is committed to improving the way the military deals with sexual assault by

Boy Scout Museum Society Meets Feb. 26

on February 18, 2013 - 8:08am


There will be a meeting of the Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church, 1967 18th St.

The agenda has a short report on the Raton Scout Museum and discussion and appointment of planning, membership and finance committees.

All Cub Masters, Scoutmasters and Explorer Advisors are urged to attend, as well as committee members and all interested citizens.

At the previous meeting the following officers were elected:

  • Vernon Kerr, President
  • Leonard Scheel, Vice-president
  • Kennth Thomas, Secretary
  • Robert

How is an 8 Year Old Adjusting to World Travel?

on February 17, 2013 - 3:09pm

Sydney Frazier at the Eiffel Tower in Paris recently. She is the granddaughter of Los Alamos resident Teralene Foxx and is traveling the world with her parents for the next two years. Photo by Jason Frazier


Los Alamos

In October, my youngest daughter Kerri, her husband Jason Frazier, and 8-year-old daughter Sydney began their long planned adventure of traveling around the world (see "Traveling the World" Los Alamos Daily Post, Nov. 29, 2012.)

One of the main questions they were asked before leaving “What about your daughter?” Of course they were taking her with them

Senators Challenge Postal Plan to End Saturday Delivery

on February 17, 2013 - 11:32am
  • Unauthorized proposal would hurt rural communities, cost jobs
WASHINGTON – Twenty-four senators, led by Tom Udall of New Mexico, are challenging the postmaster general’s authority to discontinue Saturday mail delivery later this year without congressional approval.
In a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, the senators acknowledge the financial challenges the Postal Service is facing and urge him to work with Congress to address these problems through bipartisan reform, such as the Senate legislation passed last year.
They also point out that a shift

Thoughts From the Big Chair: Comments on Television and Associated Media From a Lifelong Addict

on February 17, 2013 - 11:00am
Thoughts From the Big Chair

Comments on Television and Associated Media From a Lifelong Addict

Welcome to the first of an anticipated series of weekly columns about television and associated media.

The title is taken from one of the iconic music albums from the 1980’s, “Songs from the Big Chair” by Tears for Fears (1985) and it, of course, refers directly to my lounge chair in our (that’s Linda, my lovely bride, and me) living room here in White Rock (N.M.)

I am a lifelong lover of television, starting in the late 1950’s, and my love for television has run

Hilltopper Girls Beat Espanola 48-42

on February 17, 2013 - 10:49am

Kiana Zerr with layup. Photo by Alan Kirk

Anna Scott steals pass. Photo by Alan Kirk

Alisan Crane fouled on layup. Photo by Alan Kirk

McKenzie Logan directs offense. Photo by Alan Kirk

Mckenzie Logan scores on drive to basket. Photo by Alan Kirk

Udall to Address New Mexico Legislature

on February 17, 2013 - 9:49am


ALBUQUERQUE – Sen. Tom Udall will address the New Mexico Legislature at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, and also make visits to Sandia National Labs and New Mexico State University.

Udall will be at the Roundhouse on President's Day to deliver a biennial address to the New Mexico Legislature, entitled "Challenges and Opportunities."
Tuesday, Feb. 19, he will be delivering the keynote address at the Sandia National Laboratories' Cyber Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) open house.

LAHS Wrestling Team Repeats 2-4A District Title

on February 17, 2013 - 8:47am

Corey Geyer, first, win by pinfall. Photo by Roger Brewer

John Dermer, third, forfeit. Photo by Roger Brewer

By Roger Brewer

Saturday, Feb. 16, the Los Alamos High School Wrestling Team took the 2-4A District title for the second straight year.

LAHS won by more than 30 points over second place Capital. Bob Geyer was honored as District Coach of the Year.

As a reward for their efforts at District, all LAHS Varsity wrestlers qualified for State.

Los Alamos was led by five wins in the following weight classes:

  • Chandler Lauritzen, first, win by pinfall
  • Lane Saunders,

Senators Launch Effort to Employ Youth for Restoring Public Lands

on February 17, 2013 - 7:48am
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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich Friday reintroduced legislation to expand job training and educational opportunities for youth, while helping repair and restore the country's public lands.
The Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013 improves on the existing Public Lands Corps by expanding the scope of projects to reflect new challenges. It would also add incentives to attract new participants, including Native Americans and veterans, that suffer from disproportionately high rates of unemployment.
“As many of our public

Pet of the Week: Mayson the Visla Mix

on February 17, 2013 - 7:28am
Mayson. Courtesy/FOS
Mayson is a handsome, young, Visla mix with a sleek red coat with white markings.
He is confident, social, energetic and food focused, interested in other dogs, friendly, needs exercise and loves the dog park.
The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets. Others are off-campus in foster homes.
Visit the Friends of the Shelter website:, for information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
Also check out the Petfinder page for photos and to learn more about

Community Broadband Network Meetings Feb. 20

on February 17, 2013 - 7:03am

Los Alamos County residents are invited to attend a meeting regarding recommended design of the Community Broadband Network by Los Alamos County.

An update on this last-mile, open-access, fiber optic network project as well as the finance mechanisms proposed by the business plan will be discussed.

Two sessions will be held including one for business and another for residential:

Business Community Meeting

  • Feb. 20
  • 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Fuller Lodge

Residential Community Meeting

  • Feb. 20
  • Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Fuller Lodge

In addition, the CBN project is scheduled to provide a presentation to County Council