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Motorcycle Driver Arrested Sunday Following Crash on Diamond Drive

on August 19, 2013 - 1:39pm

David Rael of Los Alamos crashed his motorcycle early Sunday evening on Diamond Drive and was assisted by Los Alamos paramedics and police officers. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

David Rael of Los Alamos crashed his motorcycle at 5 p.m. Sunday on Diamond Drive.

Police arrested Rael, 35, and charged him with aggravated DWI, assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, resisting and evading an officer, concealing his identity, reckless driving, failure to give immediate notification of an accident, driving on a revoked license, driving with no registration and driving with no insurance.

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

on August 19, 2013 - 1:38pm

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.

Aug. 7 at 2:20 p.m. / Police charged a 17-year-old Los Alamos girl at 535 Central Ave., with forgery. She was referred to the juvenile probation officer and released to her parents.

Aug. 8 at 7:04 a.m. / A 66-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone damaged her property on Lejano Drive. The estimated damage is less than $1,000.

Aug. 9 at 2:32 a.m.

Swearing In Ceremony Today at Municipal Building for New Probate Judge

on August 19, 2013 - 10:22am

Christine Chandler


The public is invited to attend the official "swearing in" ceremony for newly-appointed Los Alamos Probate Judge Christine Chandler at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19 in Council Chambers at the new Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

First District Court Judge Sylvia LaMar will administer the oath of office. The County Clerk's office will provide light refreshments after the ceremony.

"We are pleased to have the Probate Judge position appointed by Council, and we look forward to working with Christine Chandler," County Clerk Sharon Stover said.

Google eCity Awards Recognizes Albuquerque as State's Strongest Online Business Community

on August 19, 2013 - 9:09am

Staff Report

Google has announced the 2013 eCities of America. The Google eCity Awards recognize the digital capitals of each state. These cities’ businesses are using the web to find new customers, connect with existing customers and fuel their local economies. Across the country, businesses that are online expect to grow 40 percent faster.

Albuquerque topped the list for New Mexico. Albuquerque’s businesses have one of the strongest online communities in New Mexico. The state’s largest city entertains hot air balloon enthusiasts, warm-weather lovers and dessert seekers.

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Roof Work Underway at Bryce Avenue Presbyterian

on August 19, 2013 - 8:31am

Workers removed old tar paper Friday from the roof of Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church in White Rock in preparation for the installation of new roofing materials. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/



A Collective Work of Art

on August 19, 2013 - 7:43am
Katy Korkos, Annie Rose, Kimber Wallwork-Heineman, Johanna Feliz Boudreau, Deb Freado Chapman, Corina Logghe, Joan Logghe, Paula Reid, Lyssa Elder, Deborah Gordon, Dana Abrums-Hughes and Russ and Deb Gordon and Robin Reider got together at a residence Saturday and together created a colorful quilt. Photo by Katy Korkos

'A Taste of New Mexico' Authors Speak Thursday

on August 19, 2013 - 7:27am

Cheryl and Bill Jamison. Courtesy photo


Eating has got to top most people’s lists of favorite things to do. But what if you could gain insight into an area’s culture and history while utilizing a knife and fork?

Cheryl and Bill Jamison do just that in their book, “Tasting New Mexico.”

They will reveal the recipes and stories behind meals that add to New Mexico’s identity and history during the Authors Speak talk at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.

The Jamisons, who have lived in New Mexico some 35 years have written more than 15 cookbooks.

Yang: Another Summer Fantasy: A Pager-cide

on August 19, 2013 - 7:27am
Another Summer Fantasy: A Pager-cide

There are obvious ways to murder a pager. A big hammer, for instance, is immensely satisfying. Running over it with a car a couple of times, forward and backward, or backward then forward, is less satisfying. I want to hear that crunchy sound up close. 

(During recuperation from knee surgery in June, I tried to lighten my foggy mind and wrote this piece. I can walk and bike fine now, but in reviewing this writing, I think some readers of this paper may appreciate my frustration. So, I decided to haul it out to share with you today.) 


How to Get a Deal with Foreclosed Properties

on August 19, 2013 - 7:25am

Realtor Cindy Hollabaugh
How to Get a Good Real Estate Deal with Foreclosed Properties
By Mandy Marksteiner

Everyone likes to get a great deal.

Homebuyers in Los Alamos are no exception. Many people begin their online search by browsing for “cheap houses,” “real estate deals,” and especially “foreclosures”.

It makes sense to start your search this way. When purchasing a foreclosure, the owner is no longer involved and the buyer and the realtor only have to deal with the bank.

“You can get a better deal on a foreclosed house because the bank is not emotionally involved.


Kiwanis Awards Scholarship to Paulina Majewska

on August 19, 2013 - 7:08am
The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Paulina Majewska with a scholarship recently. Paulina will be attending the University of New Mexico and will study pre-med biology. From left, Beata Majewska (mom), Paulina Majewska, and Don Casperson, Kiwanis President. Paulina was selected because of her strong participation in Key Club and she was elected club treasurer during her senior year. In addition, she was the president of National Honor Society, volunteered at Los Alamos Medical Center and was communications captain for the Speech and Debate Team. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon at Trinity

Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club Gun Show Saturday-Sunday

on August 19, 2013 - 7:04am

Letter to the Editor: A Healthy UNM-LA is a Great Resource for Local Students

on August 18, 2013 - 12:14pm
By David Izraelevitz
County Councilor

I was delighted to read that my fellow county councilors passed a resolution in favor of the special election to consider a property tax levy to help UNM-LA.

Even though I was away for that meeting, I want to voice my support for this resolution, and furthermore urge every voter to approve this ballot question.

I have many reasons for my support, but I wanted to concentrate on a specific value that UNM-LA provides to our community and one that my family has benefited from directly.

Zia Credit Union Hosts 'Chip in 4 Kids' Golf Tournament Aug. 23

on August 18, 2013 - 11:57am

Zia Credit Union employee and Golf Tournament Coordinator Jennifer Aylmer with Zia Credit Union’s Chairman Ben Garcia. Courtesy photo

ZCU News:

The community is invited to participate in the 13th annual Zia Credit Union “Chip in 4 Kids” Golf Tournament at 9 a.m., Aug. 23 at the Los Alamos Golf Course. 

All golfers, singles or teams, are invited to participate. The Golf Tournament proceeds benefit the UNM Children’s Hospital and the Zia Credit Union Education Foundation, both of which improve the lives of young New Mexicans. 

Last year, the “Chip in 4 Kids” event raised $24,000 for the

Triathlon Results Are In

on August 18, 2013 - 10:32am

Photo by Leland Lehman/


Chip Cooper is the overall winner of Saturday's 39th annual 2013 Los Alamos Triathlon. Cooper completed the event in 1:01:11. Clay Mosley came in a close second at 1:02:32.

The Los Alamos Triathlon is a tough, hilly course with a unique format consisting of mass bike starts in waves with the swim in the middle. The event consists of a 20k bike race, a 400 meter pool swim and a 5k run.

See full results here.

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

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Lifelong Learners Find Discoveries and Dreams at UNM-LA

on August 18, 2013 - 8:48am
Lifelong learners, Craig and June Martin enrich their busy lives through classes at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

“It’s hard for me to believe it, but I wasn’t really aware of UNM-LA before I started taking classes,” June Fabryka-Martin said. “Now it’s such a big part of my life. UNM-LA is such a treasure.”

In the seven years since June began taking classes at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, she has taken more than a dozen courses, some of them more than once.


Update: Chuchu the Dog is Back Home Again!

on August 18, 2013 - 8:34am
Update: The family of Chuchu the dog has notified the Los Alamos Daily Post that the wandering rascal is back home - again!
Chuchu the dog is on the run again. He was spotted in Quemazon Thursday night and possibly seen near the Los Alamos Baptist Church.  
He is probably trying to get back to his original home on North Mesa where he was found a few days ago and given back to his adopted family.
Chuchu escaped while on a walk, so he has a leash attached— a worrisome factor this time. He is a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, medium-sized with a short brown coat. 

DWI/Sobriety Checkpoints Launched in Los Alamos County

on August 18, 2013 - 8:24am


Throughout the months of August and September 2013, the Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting DWI/Sobriety Checkpoints. 

Officers will be targeting impaired drivers on the roadways and at checkpoints in the County of Los Alamos.

Cone Zone: Week of Aug. 19

on August 18, 2013 - 8:09am


Road Construction Update

Public Works Projects:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution as you travel through these construction areas.

Reminder: There have been a number of lightning strikes causing traffic signal outages in our region. If you approach a traffic signal with none of the signal lights working, you are required to STOP as if it was a 4-way or all-way STOP controlled intersection.

Debate and Town Hall Meeting on UNM-LA Mil Levy Aug. 29

on August 18, 2013 - 8:04am

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters invites the public to attend a Los Alamos High School Hilltalker debate and Town Hall meeting 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at UNM-LA Lecture Hall in Building 2.

The LAHS Hilltalkers will debate the pros and cons of the mil levy election question followed by a presentation by Dr. Cindy Rooney, who recently was appointed as the new Dean of Instruction for UNM-LA, replacing Dr. Kate Massengale who recently retired. 

The meeting will end with a town hall question and answer session, moderated by the League of Women Voters.

Refreshments are being provided at

Letter to the Editor: On the Question of Small Class Size – An Open Letter to the Los Alamos Community

on August 18, 2013 - 7:50am
On the Question of Small Class Size – An Open Letter to the Los Alamos Community
Dr. Eugene (Gene) Schmidt
Superintendent, Los Alamos Public Schools

Small class sizes are a quality and hallmark that Los Alamos has long valued. Community conversations and strategic plan surveys continually reinforce the importance of maintaining small class sizes. Over the past several years budget constraints have made it increasingly more difficult to honor our community’s desire for small class size.

Team Envy Wins Five of Nine Tournaments

on August 18, 2013 - 7:45am
The Team Envy Players. Back row from left, Susana Gallegos, Alleah Garcia, Kaylee Chavez, Isabel Montoya (Aspen Elementary), Jaylynn Padilla and Dulce Maldonado. Front row from left, Jenee Montoya (Mountain Elementary), Marina Espinosa (Mountain Elementary), Miranda Salazar and Savannah Lucero (Chamisa Elementary.)

Sports News:

Team Envy Players Girls Basketball Team is comprised of young ladies from Los Alamos, Espanola and Gallina.

Team Envy entered in nine 12U Basketball Tournaments from January to August 2013. The team is coached by Michelle Padilla and Donn Lucero.

Team Envy won


Aquatic Center Closed for Maintenance

on August 18, 2013 - 7:40am

The therapy pool and the Walkup Aquatic Center, drained and ready for cleaning. Photo by Leland Lehman/


The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center is closed for public swimming for Annual Pool Maintenance and will re‑open at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. 

For additional information, call the Aquatic Center at 662-8170 or go to

‘The Disappearing Art Show:' Check it Out Before it's Gone

on August 18, 2013 - 7:37am
'Cooke's Peak' by Benjamin Harry. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos County Library presents “The Disappearing Art Show,” featuring more than 175 framed prints, paintings and photographs, all free to borrow from your library. The show will be on display Aug. 30 to Sept. 25, or until there is no art left. Visit the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery on the second floor to see the show.

'Cholla and Saguaro' by Gustave Baumann. Courtesy photo

 Los Alamos County Library System has collections in many different formats: magazines, large print books, foreign language books and newspapers,