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Sydoriak and Kendall Kick Off 'Literary Locals' Series

on May 6, 2013 - 8:47am

Memoirists Stephanie Sydoriak, center, and Karen Boutilier Kendall, right, kicked off the new, quarterly series 'Literary Locals,' in the rotunda at Mesa Public Library Sunday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Memoirist Stephanie Sydoriak remembers her childhood. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Memoirist Karen Boutilier Kendall answers questions from the audience about her book, 'Berkeley to Beijing: The journey of a young activist.' Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Sunday launched a new, quarterly series "Literary Locals," in the rotunda at Mesa Public


Letter to the Editor: Wholehearted Support for Aspen Principal

on May 6, 2013 - 7:53am
Los Alamos

I would like to express my wholehearted support for Kathryn Vandenkieboom, Aspen principal.

I know Kathryn to be a kind, compassionate and supportive woman of integrity. The students of Aspen are always her first priority.

Though the demands of her position require much of her, her door is always open and she is always available. She is the ultimate professional.

Kathryn exudes a calm and confidence as a leader. She does not make decisions lightly, but rather is very thoughtful and conscientious.

Nearly 100 Artists Participate in Saturday's Spring Arts and Crafts Fair at Fuller Lodge

on May 6, 2013 - 7:35am

Nearly 100 artists displayed their work at the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Spring Arts and Craft Fair Saturday at Fuller Lodge. The fair has been a tradition in Los Alamos for nearly 50 years. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Artist Lorrie Wilms bundles up with Frodo against a cool breeze during Saturday's Spring Arts and Craft Fair at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Artist Lange Burnetts's wind chimes move gently in the breeze at Saturday's Arts & Crafts Fair. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost

Pluto, left, and Lulu discuss their next purchase.

Solo Traveler: Lost in Translation

on May 6, 2013 - 7:32am
Solo Traveler
Lost in Translation

On my first day in the Cappadocia region of Turkey, I went to Ürgüp to buy some hiking boots.

It was well after lunchtime when I found a nice restaurant with an outdoor patio. I ordered grilled chicken on salad that came, in the usual Turkish fashion, with a basket of delicious fluffy white bread.

The restaurant had a powerful Wi-Fi signal, and since I was the only person with a device, it was screaming fast. Sometimes I’m glad I splurged on an iPad, but at other times I have been disappointed in it.

Congregation Sends Beloved Pastor Colin Kelly to Ireland

on May 5, 2013 - 12:22pm

Pastor Colin Kelly of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church in Los Alamos has retired after 27 years. He and his wife Sue Ellen found out during their retirement party Saturday evening at the church that the congregation is sending them on a trip to Ireland as a way to thank them for their dedicated service. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Members and guests filled Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive Saturday evening to 'launch into a new adventure' Pastor Colin Kelly and his wife Sue Ellen.

Kiwanis Kentucky Derby Party Raises $1,200 for Project Eliminate

on May 5, 2013 - 11:28am

The local Kiwanis Club hosted a Kentucky Derby party Saturday at the Dixie Girl in downtown Los Alamos. Everyone was glued to giant tv screens at the restaurant during the 139th Run for the Roses. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Kiwanians and guests celebrate Saturday at the Dixie Girl as Orb wins the Kentucky Derby. Photo by Greg Kendall/

As tension mounts during Saturday's Kentucky Derby, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard grabs her husband Eric Vasquez. Proceeds from the event benefit 'Project Eliminate,' a Kiwanis International-UNICEF effort to wipe out maternal and

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

on May 5, 2013 - 9:43am


Today is Cinco de Mayo—the fifth of May—which commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867.)

A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.

History of Cinco de Mayo: Battle of Puebla

In 1861 the

'Stones in His Pockets' Takes Playful Look at Modern Ireland

on May 5, 2013 - 9:04am
In one of the many quick character changes,  film crew members Simon (Christina Martos) and Aisling, (John Cullinan) demonstrate the amount of enthusiasm they want their listless Irish extras to show. In this play, girls will be boys and boys will be girls at the drop of a cap. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

The latest production of Los Alamos Little theatre is the much acclaimed “Stones in His Pockets” by the Belfast playwright Marie Jones.

The setting is a rural town in Ireland, where a Hollywood film crew is shooting a high budget film that seems to

Art Center Seeks Entries for ‘Wallflowers’

on May 5, 2013 - 9:03am

ACFL News:

The Art Center at Fuller Lodge is seeking entries for its next show, “Wallflowers.”

The Center staff urges artists to be creative in their approach to this topic. Perhaps the term reminds you of nature, or of a shy person or some combination of those.

Maybe it inspires you to create an abstract piece. All media are welcome and the Center would love to receive a huge varied bouquet of ideas.

The deadline for entries is Friday, May 10. The show will open Friday, June 14, with a reception June 28 in conjunction with the New Mexico Garden Club District II Flower Show.


AGU: New Study Projects Warming-Driven Changes in Global Rainfall

on May 5, 2013 - 8:56am

Model simulations spanning 140 years show that warming from carbon dioxide will change the frequency at which regions around the planet receive no rain (brown), moderate rain (tan), and very heavy rain (blue.) The occurrence of no rain and heavy rain will increase, while moderate rainfall will decrease. Courtesy/NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Global warming may increase the risk for extreme rainfall and drought, according to a new modeling study.

CONE ZONE: Week of May 6

on May 5, 2013 - 8:54am

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

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 2
Canyon Road is closed with a “rolling” closure between Rim Road and 15th Street; the closure shifts closer to 15th Street as work on the sewer line progresses. Residential access in the immediate closure area will be provided; all others should seek alternate routes.

Canyon Road

NIST Demonstrates Transfer of Ultraprecise Time Signals over a Wireless Optical Channel

on May 5, 2013 - 8:49am

NIST researchers transferred ultraprecise time signals over the air between a laboratory on NIST's campus in Boulder, Color., and nearby Kohler Mesa. Signals were sent in both directions, reflected off a mirror on the mesa, and returned to the lab, a total distrance of approximately two kilometers. The two-way technique overcomes timing distortions on the signals from turbulence in the atmosphere, and shows how next-generation atomic clocks at different locations could be linked wirelessly to improve distribution of time and frequency information and other applications.

Bandelier Visitors Rescued in Separate Incidents

on May 5, 2013 - 8:33am

Upper Crossing in Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/BNM

BNM News:

Monument staff, supported by county resources including the Los Alamos Police and Fire Departments, were involved in two rescues - one of a couple on Saturday May 4 and the other of a group last Friday.

In both cases, the lost parties were rescued safely. Around midnight on Saturday, the Los Alamos Police Department’s dispatch received a call from a couple in Bandelier’s backcountry.

The couple had planned to hike the 15 mile loop from Ponderosa campground to Yapashi Pueblo and back to Frijoles Canyon where they had parked a

Take Off With Jemez Mountain Trail Runs May 25

on May 5, 2013 - 8:15am

JMTR News:

Hundreds of athletes from across the Southwest will make a run for Los Alamos to compete in the 8 annual Jemez Mountain Trail Runs May 25.

Runners have already filled the available spaces for the popular half-marathon for which there is now a wait list.

The competitive half-marathon, 50-mile and 50K runs take place along single track trails and dirt roads in the idyllic Jemez Mountains, including Pajarito Mountain and the Valles Caldera National Preserve, the Southwest region’s only supervolcano.

Beginning this year in 2013, the Jemez Mountain Trail Runs will be “cupless” to

County Line: May 5

on May 5, 2013 - 8:05am


Next Council Meeting - Moved from TUESDAY to FRIDAY!

The Los Alamos County Council took action at its last meeting to move some of their Council meetings to Fridays at lunch-time instead of Tuesday evenings - hoping that a broader segment of residents might attend.

The first of these meetings is set for noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 10 in Council Chambers.

The Airport Master Plan's adoption is the business item on the agenda, which can be downloaded on the County webpage no later than noon Tuesday.

SFI: The Origins of Human Cognition and Cell Biology

on May 5, 2013 - 7:47am

SFI News:

Alison Gopnik

Learn about the origins of human cognition and why children are better learners than adults at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

The talk is by Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at UC Berkeley and author of several books on child learning, including The Scientist in the Crib and The Philosophical Baby. The event is free and open to the public.

In the abstract of her talk, Gopnik writes, “I argue for a theoretical link between the development

Two Special School Board Meetings Thursday

on May 5, 2013 - 7:44am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Board of Education has scheduled a Special School Board meeting for noon Thursday, May 9 at the Central Office, Suite U, 2075 Trinity Dr. to discuss Construction Material Change Requests (MCRs.)

The Board also has scheduled a Special School Board meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater to hear public input on the 2013/14 Los Alamos Public Schools’ budget.


Pajarito Reads: ‘Berkeley to Beijing’ is a Touching Memoir of a Turbulent Time

on May 4, 2013 - 9:22am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Karen Boutilier Kendall experienced the turmoil of social change on the front lines.

Kendall is the child of activist parents who devoted their lives to the struggle to build the United Farm Workers Union. Her memoir, “Berkeley to Beijing: The Journey of a Young Activist,” is the bittersweet story of a young girl struggling to understand her world, which was often chaotic and frightening, as well as inspiring and exciting.

“Friends kept saying, you should write down all of those stories,” Kendall said.

Memoirists Kick Off Literary Locals Series Sunday

on May 4, 2013 - 9:08am

Staff Report

Since 2004, Mesa Public Library has hosted the acclaimed Authors Speak Series that has featured noteworthy New Mexico authors across genres.

Now, the library announces a series with Los Alamos’ own noteworthy authors: a new, quarterly series, Literary Locals, kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Two memoirists, Stephanie Sydoriak and Karen Boutilier Kendall will be the first guests.

The format for the series is informal, with discussion between the authors about their writing experiences, processes, genres and publishing their work, followed by ample time for audience


Come and Get Um While They're Hot ... Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast is Underway!

on May 4, 2013 - 9:03am

The Kiwanis Pancake breakfast is underway this morning at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Karen Kendall/

Kiwanian Barbara Kerleg making pancakes this morning. Photo by Karen Kendall/

Kiwanians Cindy Eaton, Linda Daly and Ann Hayes prepare to serve breakfast this morning. Photo by Karen Kendall/

Police Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint Friday Night

on May 4, 2013 - 8:43am

Los Alamos Police set up a sobriety checkpoint in front of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road Friday night. These checkpoints will continue throughout Los Alamos County as part of the LAPD's campaign to keep drunk drivers off the streets. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Police talk with drivers during Friday night's sobriety checkpoint on Canyon Road. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Friday night's sobriety checkpoint on Canyon Road. Photo by Greg Kendall/


Authors Speak Series Presents Steve Sheinkin of ‘Bomb’

on May 4, 2013 - 8:32am

Steve Sheinkin

MPL News:

Steve Sheinkin’s history books are not merely accurately recounted history, they are riveting true tales that read like thrillers.

His book for adolescent readers, “Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon," was awarded a Newbery Honor, won the Sibert Medal, the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Sheinkin will be in Los Alamos for an Authors Speak presentation at 7 p.m. in the Library Rotunda at Mesa Public Library. At 5:30 p.m., teens are invited to join Sheinkin for


Veterans Job Fair in Albuquerque This Week

on May 4, 2013 - 8:24am

Staff Report

New Mexico Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Luján are urging New Mexico veterans to sign up for a major job fair to be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center on May 8 and 9.

More than 120 potential employers and business leaders will have exhibits at the New Mexico Veterans Business Expo & Job Fair, which will focus on:

  • Introducing veterans to potential employers
  • Introducing Prime contractors to qualified, veteran-owned businesses
  • Introducing veteran-owned businesses to potential buyers of their services.

The job fair is free to attend, but veterans are urged to


Current Issue of National Security Science Magazine Focuses on Supercomputing

on May 4, 2013 - 8:19am


LANL news:

The Supercomputing Issue: look what's inside the current issue of National Security Science magazine

In this issue:

  • But Will It Work?—Supercomputing is key to assessing the performance and reliability of the aging U.S. nuclear stockpile.
  • Roadrunner: On the Road to Trinity—The next big supercomputer, Trinity, will be based on what the Roadrunner supercomputer could, and couldn't, do.
  • The Tip of the Iceberg: Say, what is "under the floor" of a supercomputer?—That floor is the size of a football field. What's even more amazing is what's under it.
  • Big Data, Fast Data—"Big

Public Meeting to Focus on Community Trail Plan

on May 4, 2013 - 8:08am



Los Alamos County has enlisted the assistance of Trail Solutions, a program of the International Mountain Bike Association, to assess the County Trail Network and develop a revision of the community trail network plan.

The plan will be the focus of a public meeting held from 5:30-7 p.m., May 8 at Fuller Lodge. The open house format will provide an opportunity to view and comment on specific projects called out by the plan, and to provide comments on the general concepts presented in the plan.

“We developed the first trail network plan back in 2005. The usage