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Draft Comprehensive Plan Land Use Maps Presented to Public

on February 16, 2013 - 9:24am
Principal CEDD Planner Gary Leikness and new planner Dan Osborn describe the draft land use maps of Los Alamos and White Rock to meeting attendees. Photo by Greg Kendall/
Los Alamos Daily Post

New draft land use maps have been created by the Community Economic Development Department of Los Alamos County and were presented to the public Wednesday Feb. 13. 

The new maps are part of an effort to update the county's comprehensive plan.


County Line: Feb. 15

on February 16, 2013 - 9:14am


Remember, Monday is Presidents' Day holiday, so County offices are closed. There's no trash or recycling pick up on Monday - so if that's your normal pick up day, put your roll carts at the curb by 8 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 20) instead. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Council Meeting Tuesday

The main item on the agenda is the discussion about capital projects - which ones to defer for up to $12.5 million and four years. Eight projects approved last year will be the focus of the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.


Cure Cabin Fever at Jemez Springs Fire & Ice Festival

on February 16, 2013 - 9:03am

Festival-goers sample the wares at the 2012 Jemez Springs Fire & Ice Festival. Courtesy/JSFIF

Staff Report

Enjoy old fashioned, rip roaring, winter-time fun for the whole family Saturday, Feb. 23 at the annual Fire & Ice Festival at the Jemez Springs Civic Park in Jemez Springs.

Festivities begin at 11 a.m.

Enjoy watching a professional Chain Saw Carving contest and exhibition with amazing hand-carved sculptures that’ll be auctioned off 3:15  p.m. during the festivities.

The theme of the carvings will be “Otherworldly Beings,” which gives the carvers the opportunity to choose among

Los Alamos Police Chief to Repair Health Issue

on February 15, 2013 - 4:47pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy wanted to let the community know that he will be away from his office for about four to six weeks.

He will undergo surgery in Albuquerque Tuesday to repair damage to a heart valve caused from an infection for which he was treated several weeks ago.

"Our Emergency Management Coordinator Phil Taylor will be acting chief in my absence," Torpy said. "I look forward to getting this issue taken care of and returning to work as soon as I've recovered.




No Trash or Recycling Service Monday Feb. 18

on February 15, 2013 - 11:37am


In observation of Presidents’ Day, there will be no trash or recycling collection Monday Feb. 18.

If Monday is your normal pickup day, place your trash and recycling out by 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 for collection.


Juvenile Ignites Chicken Coop in Pajarito Acres

on February 15, 2013 - 10:12am

The Fire Department hauled out its big hose to feed water from a supply hydrant to a pumper truck in order to douse flames burning an abandoned chicken coop in Pajarito Acres Thursday. Photo by TK Thompson/
Police blocked the roadway and the County Utility Department stood by in case it was needed. Photo by TK Thompson/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos Firefighters knocked down flames burning an abandoned chicken coop at 140 Monte Rey South about 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.
A juvenile playing with matches is reported to

Letter to the Editor: 'CIPs: Move Forward Responsibly'

on February 15, 2013 - 10:02am
By Pete Sheehey
Los Alamos County Councilor

It became clear in December 2012 that our net county tax revenues for fiscal year (FY) 2013 would be about $9 million less than initially projected.

We can make up half of that shortfall by economizing on county operations. The County has maintained reserves of 25 percent of yearly revenues, about $15 million, to deal with such problems. 

So why not go ahead with our original spending plans, and just dip into reserves for the other half of the shortage? The answer is that this is potentially not a single-year budget problem. 


LAHS's Alexandra Berl Recognized for Volunteerism

on February 15, 2013 - 9:07am

LAHS Junior Alexandra Berl. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

Alexandra Berl of Los Alamos has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a state-level Certificate of Excellence from The 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.  

A state-level Certificate of Excellence signifies that Berl was among the top 10 percent of all applicants from New Mexico in this year’s program. She is a junior at Los Alamos High School.

Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Hannemann's Music Corner: Working Without a Net

on February 15, 2013 - 8:56am
Hannemann's Music Corner
Working Without a Net
Being a solo guitarist, whether you are doing straight instrumentals or vocal with instrumental accompaniment, is a tough gig.
You have no music stand or music in front of you because the music is supposed to be fully memorized: if it isn't memorized it isn't ready for performance.
You have no one you are working with. You have no one to cover you if you make a mistake. You are alone on the stage.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Feb. 15

on February 15, 2013 - 8:27am

This week's preview sponsored by

16th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 15 to 18 at Bandelier
After 15 years of success in North America, GBBC is now global. In 2013, anyone, from anywhere on earth, can participate by visiting or and reporting the kinds and numbers of birds they see during the annual count.

Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at Fuller Lodge
Special lecture from Dr.

LAHS Students Are Candidates for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

on February 15, 2013 - 8:25am
LAHS student candidates for 2013 United States Presidential Scholars Program: front row from left, Laura Wendleberger and Jessica Bohn and back row from left, Kevin Gao, Aaron Bao, Simon Redman and Johnny Jacobs. Courtesy/LAHS
LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School is honored to announce six students have been selected as candidates for the 2013 United States Presidential Scholars Program.  

Students selected include Aaron Bao, Jessica Bohn, Kevin Gao, Johnny Jacobs, Simon Redman and Laura Wendelberger. All students will be invited to submit applications for consideration as semi finalists,


Letter to the Editor: PEEC Has Proven Ability to Deliver

on February 15, 2013 - 8:11am
By Dave Fox, Anne Fox and Andy Fox
Los Alamos

Dear County Councilors: With respect and sympathy for the needs of other applicants for new facilities, CB Fox wants to go on record as a supporter of the PEEC Nature Center.

Of all the prospective CIP candidates, the Nature Center, placed on Canyon Road, fits Los Alamos’s new Creative District, imparting to the District the non-stop thrum of life that PEEC has already abundantly demonstrated it not only can, but does in fact, deliver every week of the year, year after year.

PEEC’s vitality, transported to the Creative District, adjacent as

CryoSat-2 Mission Reveals Major Arctic Sea-Ice Loss

on February 15, 2013 - 8:00am

Sea ice scape photo by Dr. Katherine Giles, a research fellow at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modeling at University College London (UCL) and a member of the scientific team studying sea-ice loss. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Arctic sea ice volume has declined by 36 percent in the autumn and 9 percent in the winter between 2003 and 2012, an international team of scientists has discovered. 

Researchers used new data from the European Space Agency's CryoSat-2 satellite spanning 2010 to 2012, and data from NASA's ICESat satellite from 2003 to 2008 to estimate the volume of

‘New Mexico in Focus’ Tackles Future of National Labs

on February 15, 2013 - 7:59am

PBS News:

“New Mexico in Focus,” New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues and people shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest will take on an issue of special interest to Los Alamos this week.

One of the three topics to be discussed on the show is the Implications of a reduced nuclear stockpile and the future of New Mexico’s National Laboratories.

Does their mission need to change? How can the labs Influence that role?

The program will also focus on the latest New Mexico legislative efforts on education and water issues.

Hosted by Gene Grant, “New

Letter to the Editor: LACDC Should Hire Locally

on February 15, 2013 - 7:55am

Erik Swensen
ES Development Group

As you may already be aware, Mr. Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce Development Corporation (LACDC) is stepping down as the executive director.

His departure gives the LACDC board an opportunity to evaluate the needs of our community during these difficult economic times and gives Los Alamos the best opportunity to grow in a manner that reduces our dependence on LANL.

I am a 20-year resident of Los Alamos and recently started my own business after being caught in the aftermath of the CMRR project cancellation.

During my tenure, I’ve observed that


Crowd Gathers for FAN Club at RE/MAX-Stewart Title

on February 15, 2013 - 7:47am

A large crowd gathered for a Chamber of Commerce FAN Club and open house at the new shared offices of RE/MAX of Los Alamos and Stewart Title Company at 116 Central Avenue in Central Park Square. Photo by Katy Korkos

RE/MAX owner Kendra Henning, seated second from left, with agents in the lobby of their new offices in Central Park Square Wednesday. Photo by Katy Korkos

At the end of Wednesday's FAN Club open house, Stewart Title team members rest on each other after a long and busy day.

School Board Holds Feb. 21 Executive Session

on February 15, 2013 - 7:46am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled an Executive Session at 4:30 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 21 at 2075 Trinity Dr., Suite V.

The purpose of the session is to discuss Superintendent Gene Schmidt's performance evaluation and contract per 10-15-1-H(2) of the "Open Meetings Act - limited personnel matter."

The meeting is closed to the public.


Kiwanis Club Announces Meeting Schedule

on February 15, 2013 - 7:39am

Kiwanis News:

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club meets noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Masonic Temple on Sage Street, near 15th and Canyon.

Speakers and topics are occasionally subject to change because of illness, conflicts or weather.

Visit the club online at

A list of upcoming programs follows:

  • Feb. 19-Los Alamos County Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith, a member of Kiwanis, will update the club on the solar project at the landfill. In addition, Kiwanis Division 3 Lieutenant Governor Traci McAdams of Taos will be visiting and will speak briefly.
  • Feb. 26

Udall Recruits Applicants for Senate Office Internships

on February 15, 2013 - 7:11am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

Staff Report:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for internships in his Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Carlsbad offices.
To apply online, visit Udall’s website at  
Washington internships have two summer sessions: May 28–June 28 and July 1–Aug. 2. The deadline to apply for the 2013 D.C. summer sessions is Sunday, March 17. 
Placements in New Mexico offices are available throughout the year.

Local Teachers Win Grant for Multicultural Fair

on February 15, 2013 - 7:04am


Los Alamos teachers Julie Bulthuis, left, and Renee Mitsunaga received a Great Ideas Grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation for a Multicultural Fair. Courtesy Photo

LAPS News:

Julie Bulthuis, ELL (English language learners) teacher at Chamisa and Pinon Elementary Schools, and Renee Mitsunaga, art teacher at Chamisa Elementary, received a Great Ideas Grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation for a Multicultural Fair.

Bulthuis and Mitsunaga hope this year’s fair titled, “Around the World in White Rock: Multicultural Fair/Customs and Cultural Celebrations in Our


IHM Holds Friday Fish Fries

on February 15, 2013 - 6:56am

IHM News:

It is Fish Fry time again at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent.

The dinners are sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and proceeds will benefit Nuestros Pequenos Orphanage in Honduras and other charities.

Adult plates are $10 and have two pieces of cod, with coleslaw and rice or french fries, plus a drink and dessert.

Children may have one piece of fish or a grilled cheese sandwich with all the rest for $7 a plate.

Pinon PTO Hosts Fun Run/Walk

on February 15, 2013 - 6:52am


Pinon Elementary School PTO will host St. Patrick's Day-themed Fun Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at Pinon Elementary School.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the Pinon Elementary School website at

Early registration forms and fees are due March 1. Adults (18 and up) are $10 and $5 for youth. Late registration (after March 1) is $20 for adults and $15 for youth.

Sign up by the early registration deadline to guarantee a t-shirt. The community is invited.

Register for Spring Lacrosse Tuesday

on February 15, 2013 - 6:47am


It's not too late to register to play lacrosse in Los Alamos this spring.

Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse (LAYLAX) is conducting registration for the Spring 2013 season, which runs from the first week of March through the end of May.

The program is open to boys and girls aged 9 through high school seniors.

LAYLAX is holding a walk-in registration session, which will also be combined with a gear rental session 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 26 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Training Room.



'Land, Water, People, Time' Feb. 21 at Reel Deal

on February 15, 2013 - 6:44am

PEEC News:

Explore the culture and history of Northern New Mexico with an award-winning documentary film, "Land, Water, People, Time."

The showing is sponsored by PEEC and sheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Reel Deal Theater. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The movie was filmed across 10,000 square miles by New Meixo filmmakers David Lindblom, Cynthia Jeannette Gomez and Daniel Valerio.

It tells truly authentic stories that explore some of the modern challenges and tragedies of cultural and environmental losses, as well as hope, for preservation of cultures and