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Council Opens Meeting to Public Comment

on February 19, 2013 - 8:13pm

This little boy holds a sign in support of the Nature Center project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Businessman Bruce Norman speaks in support of the Los Alamos Golf Course Project saying, 'Our golf course is dying a slow death and only you can save it.' Photo by Carol A. Clark/

White Rock Implementation Chair Denny Erickson speaks in support of the White Rock Civic Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Local resident speaks to the importance of the Eastern Area Sound Wall project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Former Councilor Mike Wismer

Council Chambers Overflows With Residents

on February 19, 2013 - 7:35pm

Every seat is filled in Council Chambers for tonight's meeting in which eight capital projects are being discussed for possible deferral. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Overflow from Council Chambers into side area. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Overflow from Council Chambers into back hallway. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Deputy County Administrator Steve Lynne Briefs Council on Possible Project Selection Criteria

on February 19, 2013 - 7:13pm

Deputy County Administrator Steve Lynne is briefing Council on the eight capital projects under consideration this evening for deferral for up to four years. He said that the County has received many emails and letters of support for the various projects from local residents. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Tonight's Council Meeting Expected to Finalize Capital Projects

on February 19, 2013 - 6:44pm

Council Chambers begins to fill up with project supporters. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff report

Tonight's County Council meeting is 30 minutes from starting and Council Chambers is filling up fast with supporters of certain capital projects under consideration.

The purpose of tonight's meeting is to discuss and decide which of these eight capital projects approved in May 2012 should be deferred and for what period of time.

The Council’s adopted budget guidance is to defer some projects up to four years and up to $12.5 million in order to assist with currently projected


Previous Obituaries

on February 19, 2013 - 4:53pm

GORDON NEAL KEATING 1966Feb. 14, 2013

Gordon Neal Keating of Los Alamos, New Mexico died peacefully February 14, after a lengthy illness. He passed away at home surrounded by close family and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jody Keating, and is survived by his father, Richard Keating (of Edwardsville, IL.), wife, Elizabeth, daughters, Flannery and Zoë, and brother Phillip (of Denver, Colo.)

He grew up in Edwardsville, IL., and attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. He was passionate about geology, especially volcanology. After college, Gordon worked for the U.S.


Buyer Surfaces for Hilltop House Hotel as Auction Looms

on February 19, 2013 - 10:06am

Hilltop House Hotel
Los Alamos Daily Post
A buyer has surfaced for the Hilltop House Hotel, 400 Trinity Dr., which has been in foreclosure since last fall.
The hotel failed to make its $26,000 monthly mortgage payments, spurring Los Alamos National Bank to file foreclosure proceedings against the hotel in October.

Los Alamos businessman Roger Waterman and his family are the largest investors among a group of 17 who put money into purchasing the hotel for $4.8 million in 2005. An additional $600,000 also was raised.

Waterman told the Los Alamos Daily Post this


From Special Forces Chaplain to Los Alamos State Farm Agent ... Abe Dispennette Shares His Story

on February 19, 2013 - 9:00am

As a Special Forces chaplain, Los Alamos State Farm agent Abe Dispennette, third from left, leads a team of doctors, nurses and staff in prayer in a hospital in Afghanistan before a large group of U.S. casualties arrive. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Before moving to Los Alamos in June, new State Farm Agent Abe Dispennette served as a U.S. Army chaplain with the 101st in service to Afghanistan and 1-77 Heavy Infantry to Iraq, serving in the Special Forces between the two.

Abe Dispennette

"I was one of the last boots in the sand in Iraq and then a month later

HB 579 Restricts Animal Traps and Poisons

on February 19, 2013 - 8:48am


SANTA FE - Rep. Bobby Gonzales (D-Taos-42) has introduced House Bill 579, the “New Mexico Wildlife Protection and Public Safety Act,” which would restrict the use of traps and poisons across New Mexico.

Gonzales said he believes reform of New Mexico's wildlife management policies is key to making New Mexico competitive for tourist dollars.

“While we struggle with enhancing New Mexico’s economic development, it’s to our advantage to make our fabulous outdoor recreational destinations safe and enjoyable for our residents, for tourists and visitors.


Bobcat Sighted in Barranca Mesa Neighborhood

on February 19, 2013 - 8:37am

Karen Hawkins photographed this bobcat last week sauntering across the front yard of her home a block away from Barranca Elementary School ... whose mascot just happens to be a bobcat. "The bobcat seemed calm and not too afraid when I saw him, although I did stay behind the window just in case," she said. Photo by Karen Hawkins




Pajarito Reads: Visit the Worlds of T. Jackson King

on February 19, 2013 - 7:15am
Los Alamos Daily Post

This column will explore books that have something to do with Los Alamos and its surroundings, whether because the book is by someone who lives here, or lived here, or worked here or because of the subject matter.

Author T. Jackson "Tom" King

The sci-fi novels of T. Jackson King are a great place to start, because I met him signing books in, of all places, Smith’s Food and Drug Center in White Rock.

It doesn’t get much more local than that. It also just goes to show that interesting writers can turn up anywhere.

How did King end up in

Letter to the Editor: Lucky We Live in Los Alamos!

on February 19, 2013 - 7:13am
By Khalil J. Spencer
League of American Bicyclists
Cycling Instructor 1173
Thank You!

I was riding the singletrack out to the end of Kwage Mesa this morning (Feb. 18) and stopped to take a picture.

In the process, I dropped the Blackberry and had to clean off all the dust.

Unbeknown to me, I also dropped my driver's license when I reached down to pick up the Blackberry. Later on in the ride, I again pulled out the Blackberry to shoot another picture and noted the license was missing.

Tracing back my ride to where I had dropped the Blackberry, there was nothing on the ground.


SFI Colloquium: 'Earth's Energy Imbalance, Climate Change, and Implications for Young People'

on February 19, 2013 - 7:12am

SFI News:

SFI Colloquium

Thursday, Feb. 21 • 3:30 p.m. • Noyce Conference Room in the Santa Fe Institute at 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

James Hansen, Columbia University Earth Institute will present, “Earth's Energy Imbalance, Climate Change, and Implications for Young People.”

Abstract: Improving observations of ocean heat content show that Earth is absorbing substantially more energy from the Sun than it is radiating to space as heat, implying that more global warming is in the pipeline.

Paleoclimate data and observations of ongoing climate change imply that continued

Sarah Lott Breaks District Record in 100 Backstroke

on February 19, 2013 - 7:10am
Sarah Lott broke the District record last weekend in her 100 backstroke swim set in 2009 by Felicia Zamora (Santa Fe) - 1:04.75 - with a new record time of 1:01.46. Courtesy photo
Final team scores from the New Mexico District 1 Swim Meet held Feb. 16 in Farmington are listed below:

1. St. Michael's 327.5
2. Los Alamos 290
3. Piedra Vista 288
4. Farmington 260
5. Taos 245.5
6. Santa Fe 231
7. Desert Academy 170
8. Miyamura 140
9. Academy Tech &Classics 81
10. Gallup 32

1. Los Alamos 487
2. St. Michael's 411
3. Piedra Vista 227
4. Farmington 200
4. Santa Fe 200
6. Miyamura

County Offers Video Tutorial Aimed at Educating Employees about Area History, Attractions

on February 19, 2013 - 7:07am


Los Alamos County is offering free online training videos designed to help its employees, who interact with tourists and other visitors on a daily basis, to become experts in the County’s history, culture, attractions and services.

The Ambassador Training Program is an effort of the Los Alamos County Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board.

The County’s goal is to make every employee—and eventually, every resident—an ambassador for all of Los Alamos’ offerings, armed with the knowledge to provide accurate information and encourage visitors to stay


Food on the Hill: Rice Pudding

on February 19, 2013 - 6:55am

This Week's Recipe:

Rice Pudding
Photo by Sue York/


3  1/3 cups whole milk
1 large orange- zested (use zest only)
1 1/2 lemon -zested (use zest only)
7 Tablespoons long grain rice
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup heavy cream


Photo by Sue York/
Photo by Sue York/

Put everything but the vanilla in a 2 quart non-stick pan and cook on stove top on very low until rice is tender, stir every few minutes, watch the rice carefully so it does not burn.


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

Courtesy photo

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