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Los Alamos Relay for Life Raises $20K to Fight Cancer

on August 31, 2013 - 10:22am

Bidders check out bird houses during this year's Relay for Life. The entire event raised about $20,000 to fight cancer. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


After all the booths were dismantled and the final purple T-shirt was folded and packed away, two organizers of the Los Alamos Relay for Life took stock of the event and were proud of what they saw.

The event, held Aug. 23-24 at Ashley Pond, raised some $20,000 for the American Cancer Society and more than 100 people participated in the fundraising effort.

The birdhouse auction was declared a success; it raised


A Labor Day Extravaganza Put on by Labor

on August 31, 2013 - 9:56am


The New Mexico Federation of Labor (NMFL) along with a collation of business and community groups announce a statewide Labor Day tour featuring performance art, poetry and music. “The Salt of the Earth Tour” is a six city, three-day event that will bring the true meaning of Labor Day to the people of New Mexico in a fun family environment.

Labor Day, Monday Sept. 2, Santa Fe Street Festival 11-3 p.m. @ Taos Street behind Youthworks! and the Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos across from the Indian School.

“Many people think of Labor Day as just another three

Letter to the Editor: Perhaps it's Time for an External Investigation of Los Alamos Police Department

on August 31, 2013 - 9:31am
Los Alamos

With respect to the recent letter “Should Los Alamos Police Unionize?” (Los Alamos Daily Post Aug. 30, 2013) there are a lot of concerns raised.
However when I looked at the salaries of the commanders listed, there seems to be an error. The actual salaries were already at $78,808 in 2012 as listed by the Rio Grande Foundation: ( and would now apparently be 10 percent or more above that number or about $86K per commander.
I heard a rumor around town that one or more of the promoted commanders did not meet the minimum qualifications to

Los Alamos County Hires New Deputy Clerk

on August 31, 2013 - 8:40am

Jocelyn Warner is the new deputy clerk in the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office. She replaces Naomi Maestas who left the position earlier this month to spend more time with family. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Zia Realty Group Hosts Anniversary Celebration Sept. 12

on August 31, 2013 - 8:37am

The staff of Zia Realty Group. Courtesy photo


The community is invited to Zia Realty Group's first year anniversary celebration at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at 1460 Trinity, Suite 1.

Zia Realty Group opened its doors in September 2012 with just one associate, its owner James Chrobocinski, and a goal to have offices throughout New Mexico within seven years. After one year, it looks like they are well on their way.

Zia Realty Group now has 25 agents and with their expansion into the Jemez they now have 125 listings.


Pottery By Mei-Li Shih Milonni on Display at Library

on August 31, 2013 - 8:28am
Pottery by Mei-Li Shih Milonni is on display at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo

LAPL News:

After retiring as a theoretical physicist 15 years ago, Dr. Mei-Li Shih Milonni now finds beauty and expression in pottery.

Working at UNM-Los Alamos ceramics studio, she began creating her vibrantly colored and elegantly formed vessels about ten years ago. Sometimes whimsical, such as her ceramic handbag and shoes in bright green, and sometimes subtle with simple, functional forms and earth toned, graded glazes, Shih’s pottery is expressive of a gamut of creative impulse.

While she doesn’t have


Dance at the Y: Register for September Classes

on August 31, 2013 - 8:26am

Dance at the Y: Registration is now open for September Dance Classes at the YMCA.


Belly Dance

Traditional Middle Eastern Dance

Class starts Sept. 6.

Fridays 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Y

$60 per month / $40 for Y members.

Ages 10+

Hip Hop for Kids

Class starts Sept. 3.

Tuesdays 4-5 p.m.

$40 per month / $20 for Y members (Sept.–Nov.)

Boys and Girls age 8-13

Flamenco for Beginners

Traditional Southern Spanish Folk Dance

Class starts Sept. 7.

Saturdays 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

$60 per month / $30 for Y members

Ages 10+


Classic North India Dance

Sundays 3-5 p.m.

Ages 5+


Locally Heavy Rainfall & Flash Flooding Threat Labor Day Weekend

on August 30, 2013 - 3:48pm
NWS News:
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque would like to provide you with an update on the forecast of locally heavy rainfall and the potential for flash flooding this Labor Day Weekend. 
Due to a high pressure center aloft over our area, storms will be moving very slowly. In addition, a backdoor cold front will usher additional moisture into northeast portions of the state on Sunday then continue westward Sunday night into Monday beyond the central mountain chain.
This additional moisture will increase the potential for locally heavy rainfall and resulting flash

Statement from Los Alamos County Clerk

on August 30, 2013 - 3:41pm

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover


The following statement was issued to the media today from Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover:

“Late this morning, Los Alamos County received a complete package of documentation regarding a recent lawsuit filed against Los Alamos County and related order from First Judicial District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson for the Clerk’s office to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Judge Rafaelson’s order stated that I should begin issuing the licenses or appear before her in court on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 10 a.m.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Aug. 30

on August 30, 2013 - 11:30am

Sponsored by

Friday, Aug. 30

Los Alamos Summer Concert Series - DK and the Affordables 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 at LANB (1200 Trinity Dr.)
Rockabilly from Los Alamos

Boys Varsity Soccer Louie Cernicek Tournament Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31 @ Sullivan Field
(Belen, Bernalillo, Clovis, Farmington, Piedra Vista and Roswell)

Varsity Football vs. Pojoaque 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 @ Pojoaque High School

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.


Statewide Lockdown of Jails Underway

on August 30, 2013 - 11:28am

NMCD News:

New Mexico Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel has ordered a statewide lockdown on all prison facilities as part of the annual accountability and prisons assessment initiative.

This yearly event of locking down all facilities allows NMCD staff to examine our structures, security measures and policies to ensure our we are operating on the highest level of awareness and security.

"The public has placed their trust in our ability to serve them in a courageous, responsible, ethical, and dedicated way," Marcantel said. "To ensure we are keeping the public safe we must
turn the

More than 300 Cases of Pertussis Reported in New Mexico

on August 30, 2013 - 10:50am



  • Department of Health Encourages Vaccinations

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health reported today that 331 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) have been reported in New Mexico in 2013.

“Pertussis is very contagious and can cause serious illness―especially in infants too young to be fully vaccinated,” said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent pertussis.

First Los Alamos Celebration Held for Lord Krishna's Birthday

on August 30, 2013 - 10:32am

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Lord Krishna's birthday was celebrated with a cultural program for the first time in Los Alamos, Aug. 24 in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

According to the Vedas and world's oldest spiritual book Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krisha is the supreme creator of the whole creation and he is the maintainer also. He appeared on Earth many times to save the Earth from evil, and the last time he came was 5,200 years ago in Northern India, a city called Mathura.

Letter to the Editor: Should Los Alamos Police Department Unionize?

on August 30, 2013 - 10:31am
By John Smith
Concerned Citizen for Los Alamos

What is going on at the Los Alamos Police Department? I have read recent articles that state that officers are suing their own department for an “unsafe working environment.”

Now obviously our officers wouldn’t claim that the risk of being shot at, or the risk of being hit while in the roadway, or any other on the job hazard would be unusually unsafe – so what do they mean?

Just last October Randy Foster and Brian Schamber joined Chief (Wayne) Torpy in briefing our County Council on the Master Career Plan.

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/


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