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Hey Kids - Join the Tennis Fun

on June 17, 2013 - 8:10am




Los Alamos Tennis is Growing – Come Join the Fun!
By Lloyd Wilton

Tennis is the second most popular sport in the world, and for some concrete reasons.

Tennis season is primarily played in the summer and played by all ages and skill levels. Players of all ages chase the summer to compete and have fun. Secondly, the sport is challenging and with anything challenging it is highly rewarding. 

Finally, tennis is life-long, you can start as many professionals and non-professionals do at age 5. This is not necessarily a time you must start and that is the beauty

Oh Hail! Friday's Storm Blankets Los Alamos

on June 16, 2013 - 12:10pm
Hail shreaded the garden at Earl Hoffman's home in Los Alamos Friday. Photo by Earl Hoffman
Hail covers the sidewalk and street at the Cam and JoAnn Campbell residence on 35th Street Friday afternoon. Courtesy photo
Hail covers
Diamond Drive at about 1:45 p.m. Friday near the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

NMDOT: Delivery of 910,000 Lb. Transformer to Cause Roadblock Tuesday

on June 16, 2013 - 10:30am


SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation, State Police and Motor Transportation Police will be working together to coordinate the transport of a 910,000 lb. transformer for Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. 

The transformer will be driven on a 20’ x 290’ trailer from Santo Domingo Pueblo to Chili (north of Espanola) beginning Tuesday, June 18 and arriving at its final destination the next day. The transport trailer will take up two lanes along the route and will travel at speeds varying from 5 to 30 mph.

The transport will begin Tuesday at 9 p.m.

BAER Team Assembled To Assess Fire Damage

on June 16, 2013 - 10:10am

SFNF News:

Rehabilitation of fire damage will be addressed by the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team.

Specialists of different disciplines will work with the various agencies and pueblos affected by the Thompson Ridge Fire to assess damage and recommend actions to protect the burned area and mitigate hazards.

A BAER team is established for all fires greater than 300 acres. The BAER team leader is typically selected by the Forest Supervisor in late spring, at the start of the fire season. This leader initiates action when the fire is about 60 percent contained.

Isolated Thunderstorms Shower Thompson Ridge Fire Overnight - Now 80 Percent Contained - Allowing Some Crews To Return Home

on June 16, 2013 - 9:42am

Smoldering from the Thompson Ridge Fire remains visible on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Kristen Honig/Valles Caldera Trust

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 23,903; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 80 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 8 crews, 22 engines, 17 water tenders, 2 dozers; Total personnel: 602 and Available air support: 3 helicopters.

Summary: Last night interior fuel continued to burn but no new growth or interior runs were observed.

Cone Zone: Week of June 17

on June 16, 2013 - 8:35am


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:

RMCI continues to use a 15-passenger van to transport pedestrians through the Canyon Road construction site. The van circulates every 5 to 7 minutes while RMCI is working, typically 7 a.m. to 5-7 p.m.

UNM-LA Launches Mil Levy Campaign Wednesday

on June 16, 2013 - 7:16am



UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos will kick off a campaign Wednesday, June 19, asking for voter support of a mil levy special election set for Sept. 17.

A successful election will afford financial stability and sustainability of programs and services in light of diminishing state funding.

Wednesday's two-part event will take place on the UNM-LA campus and will consist of a roundtable discussion with elected officials at 11:00 a.m. in room 505, Wallace Hall, followed at noon by a public luncheon in the Student Center Café.

The luncheon, provided by Our Community,


Student's 'Think Big' Essay Earns Scholarship

on June 16, 2013 - 7:07am

Nathanial Matteson, winner of the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship. Photo by Don Taylor's Photography


The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation awarded Nathanial Matteson the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship. 

Matteson’s winning essay was written about the book “Think Big” authored by Dr. Ben Carson. In this book, Carson tells the story of being pushed by his mother to write weekly book reports and how this exercise eventually nurtured his enchantment for medical science. 

Matteson’s essay tells the story of the author inspiring a very young boy, both though a life saving


LANL Website Wins Best in Show

on June 16, 2013 - 6:58am

STC News:

The Society for Technical Communication honored employees who worked on the Los Alamos National Laboratory external/public website in a ceremony at its annual conference in May in Atlanta, Ga.

The website won a Best in Show award in the prestigious International Summit Awards Competition. The STC International Summit Awards Competition encourages and recognizes excellence in the industry and is open to all technical communication professionals.

The honorees include LANL employees Ann Rafferty, web project lead, Lilly Anaya, web team leader and Monika Bittman, senior web

Free Bridge Lessons Offered For Kids

on June 16, 2013 - 6:53am


Members of the Los Alamos Duplicate Bridge Club are offering free bridge lessons for Students in grades 4-12, starting this week.

Classes for kids in grades 4-7 are 10:45 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 20 at the White Rock Library. Classes for students in grades 7-12 will be offered 1:30-3 p.m. Friday, June 21 in the downstairs Conference Room at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. These classes are once a week until further notice.

Students need not have previous experience in order to join these lessons.

No New Growth On Thompson Ridge Fire Overnight

on June 15, 2013 - 12:57pm

The sun sets Friday looking west from the Summer Concert at Ashley Pond toward the direction of the Thompson Ridge Fire. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Thompson Ridge Fire

Acres: 24,032; Start date: May 31, 2013; Cause: Downed powerline; Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve; Containment: 75 percent; Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine; Terrain: Steep, rugged; Resources: 13 crews, 29 engines, 29 water tenders, 3 dozers; Total personnel: 763 and Available air support: 5 helicopters.

Summary: Last night fire activity was minimal, and there was no new growth on the fire.

Scribble Works Reviews: A Look at Man of Steel

on June 15, 2013 - 12:56pm

Naftali Burakovsky, left, and Lorenzo Venneri


Scribble Works Reviews

By Lorenzo Venneri and Naftali Burakovsky
A Look at Man of Steel 

If there was ever pressure to make a film right, it was for Man of Steel. This film had hype, Chris Nolan’s name, and the hope of an epic Justice League film. There was a lot riding on this film. Man of Steel had a ton of grand action, but it didn’t have a whole lot else. Although we hate to say it, this film was grand disappointment. Man of Steel is a $225 million children’s film that likens itself to a Power Rangers episode minus the red underwear.

Hail Scenes From Walnut Street

on June 15, 2013 - 12:00pm

Hailstones fill the sidewalk at a Walnut Street residence Thursday following a brief storm. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Hailstones cover the front yard of a Walnut Street residence Thursday. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Udall Named Chair of Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee

on June 15, 2013 - 11:32am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has been named Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee.

Udall was named the new to lead the subcommittee by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Chair of the full Appropriations Committee. He succeeds Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who passed away June 3, 2013.

“As Chairman I look forward to the responsibility of ensuring taxpayers dollars are spent wisely and the interests of hardworking families in New Mexico are protected,” Udall said.

Crooner With Voice Likened to Frank Sinatra Performs June 22 at Arts and Crafts Show

on June 15, 2013 - 11:25am

Crooner Juan Rivera sings June 22 at Arts and Crafts Show. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Artists from Los Alamos and surrounding areas will show off their talent at an Arts and Crafts Show 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22.

Hold U and Company is hosting the Arts and Crafts Show at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 104 DP Road in Los Alamos.

Taos entertainer Juan Rivera, whose voice has been compared to Frank Sinatra's will perform.

Rivera's CDs will be available for purchase at the event.

Milligan and Ronquillo Receive Stoddard Nursing and Education Scholarships

on June 15, 2013 - 11:01am
Amanda Milligan, left, and Analicia Ronquillo are the recipients of the 2013 Stoddard Scholarships for Nursing and Education. Photo by Don Taylor's Photography


The Stoddard Scholarships for Nursing and Education were the result of the late Steve Stoddard’s work on the Board of the Caldera National Preserve, where he helped decide the future of the unique and beautiful area of Northern New Mexico.

Stoddard was paid a stipend for his work and the money accumulated during his years of service.

Stoddard, along with his wife Barbara, recognized the need for more quality teachers


Critical Mash Homebrew Competition Seeks Entries

on June 15, 2013 - 10:44am


Gear Donations Needed for Junior Golf Club Swap

on June 15, 2013 - 10:42am


The Los Alamos Junior Golf Association Annual Club Swap is set for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, June 30 under the big tent at the Los Alamos Golf Course.

The Association is seeking donations of golf gear, including, clubs, umbrellas, head covers, shoes and other gear.

Drop off donations at the Los Alamos Golf Shop at the Golf Course prior to June 30. For information, contact Mike Lippiatt at 505-662-5096 or Becky Haines at 505-500-8156.

UNM-LA and LAPS Team Up for Hazardous Waste Disposal

on June 15, 2013 - 10:35am

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and Los Alamos Public Schools will be working together June 18–20, to properly dispose of hazardous waste generated in their science and art classes.

The two schools have contracted with PSC, a Texas based company who specializes in the packaging, transportation and disposal of hazardous materials. The material being collected from both campuses is the type, which cannot be discarded by either pouring down the drain or placing in the trash.

Disposal of this waste is governed by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is done in


Taos Author John Nichols in Los Alamos for Authors Speak

on June 15, 2013 - 10:27am

John Nichols with his most recent novel. Photo by Morris Witten


Telling tales has been John Nichols’ life-long career.

“Ever since I was a kid, I had a great imagination and told a lot of lies,” the Taos author said.

The chance to hear Nichols’ stories first-hand is approaching. He will make an appearance in Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak series at 7 p.m., June 27 in the library’s rotunda.

Nichols has published 20 books of both fiction and non-fiction. Several of his novels, including The Milagro Beanfield War, have been made into movies.

In addition to books,


Ashley Pond Duck Roundup

on June 15, 2013 - 9:28am
Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre and Sallye Sibbitt of Duck Buddies stand near a cage filled with ducks removed Wednesday from Ashley Pond. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost

Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Parks Department employees have been slowly draining the water in Ashley Pond in preparation for this summer's remodeling project.

A work crew Wednesday rounded up the handful of remaining ducks living at the pond. Some of those ducks fly short distances and evaded the crew for many hours.


They're Off! Local Teens Jet to Europe

on June 15, 2013 - 8:30am
Twenty four Los Alamos High School students are jetting off from the Albuquerque Sunport for an educational tour of Europe June 13-25. The Los Alamos Daily Post will be following their progress and publishing updates and photos from the trip. Courtesy photo

Bring Family to PEEC to Learn Birding

on June 15, 2013 - 8:03am

Young bird watcher. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings continue Tuesday, June 18 with Family Birding. Birder and educator Dave Yeamans will be at PEEC to teach kids and adults how to identify a variety of local birds. 

This event is free for PEEC members and $5 per family for non-members. Drop in any time between 6:30-8 p.m., and as a special treat, participants may get to wear PEEC’s famous bird hat and hear stories about its great collection of bird feathers.

Photos of mystery birds are welcome, as are descriptions of backyard birds.