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Ryan Finn Quartet Performs at Coffee Booth

on June 5, 2012 - 10:08am
Ryan Finn on trombone during Friday night's concert at the Coffee Booth. Finn is a native of Los Alamos and has returned after spending seven years living in the Caribbean. The Ryan Finn Quartet is an infusing of jazz standards with a calypso twist, or infusing calypso with american jazz depending upon what the original tube was. It made for a very interesting evening of Jazz in Los Alamos. These musicians are good and have a new take on America's original music. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
Andy Zadrozny plays the "baby bass." Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Loren Bienvenu
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DEA Administrator Receives Rare Honor

on June 5, 2012 - 9:32am

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart became one of the first foreign officials in history to receive Mexico’s Merit of Honor from President Felipe Calderon for her leadership and commitment in supporting the Mexican Federal Police (SSP) in combating organized crime.

The ceremony took place June 2 in Iztapalapa, Mexico.

SSP holds this event every year to recognize Federal Police sacrifices and achievements as well as new capabilities of this rapidly transforming institution.

County Council to Review EEOC Ruling in Closed Session

on June 5, 2012 - 9:20am

COUNTY News:

County Council Chair Sharon Stover said that Council will review in closed session June 12, last week's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruling regarding former Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan's charges against Los Alamos County.

The EEOC found the County guilty of sex discrimination as well as retaliation against Stepan.

Stepan filed a grievance against former County Administrator Tony Mortillaro. She was fired Jan. 3, 2011. 

Attorney Sam Bregman spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post about the EEOC ruling in his client's favor.

"We are very pleased and not

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Fuselier Shares Stories From Afghanistan

on June 5, 2012 - 9:09am

Students at a school in Afghanistan. Photo by Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti

Letter from Afghanistan by Bob Fuselier

The following story of my trip to Afghanistan is one of many to follow. For the security of those we leave in Kabul, names of places and people will often be avoided.

Even now, as I prepare to return to the U.S., my mind is still taking in Afghanistan.

The Afghan people and their code of hospitality have allowed my colleague, Blake Batten and I to feel welcomed and at home.

I still remain alert on ventures beyond the multi-layered security of our hotel, but the

Local Dancers Rank Well at Ireland Competition

on June 5, 2012 - 8:28am

Los Alamos dancers Maria Jones and Natalie Smith both placed at the CRN World Open Championships in Wexford, Ireland last weekend.

Facing extremely tough competition from some of the world's best Irish dancers, Maria placed 7th in the under-16 age group and Natalie placed 8th in the under-18 age group.

Santa Fe dancer Shannon Kossmann placed 9th in her age group. Maria's dress (at right) was made by Los Alamos dance mom Carolyn Bossert.

The girls dance with Belisma Irish Dance, under the direction of Adrienne Bellis.

For information on the group, go to www.belisamairishdance.com

June 4-8 is National CPR/AED Awareness Week

on June 5, 2012 - 7:58am
Lee Bussolini, RN demonstrating CPR training at a presentation for CPR/AED Awareness Week in 2009. Courtesy photo
 
LOS ALAMOS HEART COUNCIL/FAMILY YMCA News:
 
As part of National CPR/AED Awareness Week, Leeanne Sanchez and Melanie Chapman will present the latest information related to learning to use CPR and an AED.
 
Sanchez is a longtime trainer with the American Red Cross and Chapman is the Wellness Director at the Family YMCA.
 
This informative review of what people need to know in order to assist someone experiencing Sudden Cardiac Arrest or other heart-related emergencies is at 1 p.m.

Upcoming County Meetings & Events

on June 5, 2012 - 7:24am
COUNTY News:
 
JUNE 2012 Meetings:
 
  • 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 6 – PLACE follow up public meeting on results of their March visit, UNM LA Lecture Hall
  • 9 a.m., Saturday, June 9 - Los Pueblos Park Improvements (dog park), at the park
  • 6 p.m., Monday, June 11 – White Rock MP Implementation Committee, WR Town Hall
  • 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20 - Airport Master Plan – Public Mtg #1, Council Chambers
  • 9:30-11 a.m., Thursday, June 21 – Councilors at Farmer’s Market
  • 5:15 p.m, Thursday, June 21 - CIP Business Mtg, Council Chambers
  • 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 21 – Environmental Sustainability Board Evening
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Blue Window Celebrates Second Anniversary

on June 5, 2012 - 7:23am
BLUE WINDOW News:
 
Ryan Finn of the Ryan Finn Jazz Trio. Courtesy photo
 
The Blue Window Bistro celebrates a second anniversary under the ownership of Melissa Paternoster this summer.
 
The past two years have seen new events as well as increased catering service and new menu items.

The restaurant will host a Jazz Night featuring the Ryan Finn Jazz Trio from 7-9 p.m., Saturday June 23.
 
Tickets are $15 per person and dinner reservations are required.
 
Finn recently moved back to Northern New Mexico after seven years teaching and performing music on the island nation of St.
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Video from the Senate Democratic Primary Debate: Balderas vs Heinrich

on June 4, 2012 - 8:23pm

By Greg Kendall

If you missed last night's Senate Democratic Primary Debate between Hector Balderas and Martin Heinrich, your in luck. You can watch the entire debate at the KOAT 7 website.

For some interesting election eve analysis, including a review of the debate, check Joe Monahan's New Mexico Politics blog.

PLACE to Report Back to Community

on June 4, 2012 - 7:43pm

LACDC News:

Imagine a place in our downtown designed to address housing and other needs of our early career "idea people" ... scientists, technologists, artists and innovators of all type ... and entrepreneurs.

What would it look like? Where might be a good location? What related amenities would benefit both the residents and the larger community?

The Los Alamos Creative District Steering Committee facilitated by Los Alamos MainStreet has been putting thought and effort into these and other questions.

An early outcome from this work was a visit to Los Alamos in March by representatives

Bear Springs Fire Update

on June 4, 2012 - 7:25pm

The Bear Springs Fire's approximate location is 23 miles South West of White Rock.. 

The fire size is 182 acres. Total personnel are now 160. The fire is burning in mixed conifer and ponderosa pine.

From the Incident Information System:

The Bear Springs Fire started at 6:36 p.m. Sunday, June 3 on the Jemez Ranger District, Jemez.

Cause of the fire is lightning in an area of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer.

There are multiple ground and air resources en route and crews the on scene.

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Cowboy Breakfast Includes Serenades

on June 4, 2012 - 7:01pm

Sunday's Los Alamos Sheriff's Posse Lodge Cowboy Breakfast included serenades by organizer Carey Grzadzinski. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Carey Grzadzinski sings a cowboy song to entertain diners during the monthly pancake breakfast at the Posse Lodge Sunday. Proceeds from the breakfast go into the facility's maintenance fund. The next breakfast is set for 7-11 a.m. the first Sunday in July. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Summerfest Kicks Off Pajarito Mountain's Summer Season

on June 4, 2012 - 6:44pm

 

Nearly perfect weather along with the music of the Blue Hornets helped make Pajarito Mountain Summerfest 2012 a huge success Saturday. The event included beers from 15 New Mexico microbrewers, a meadery and a nano distiller, as well as a microbrewer from Colorado. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Throngs of partygoers took advantage of the free Atomic City shuttles departing every 30 minutes from Sullivan Field to the Pajarito Mountain Summerfest 2012 event Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

CDC Reports there is NO Zombie Apocalypse

on June 4, 2012 - 6:41pm

By Greg Kendall

CDC promotional image.

Is a Zombie Apocalypse sweeping the nation?

After a string of grizzly incidents of crazed flesh eating struck the United States, the CDC has let it be known that it “does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms),”  David Daigle as spokesman for the CDC, gave this message to The Huffington Post on Friday.

The CDC, trying to capitalize on the Zombie Apocalypse frenzy brought on by TV shows such as The Walking Dead and other zombie themed movies, has released promotional materials on

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Lightning Blamed for Local Power Outage Today

on June 4, 2012 - 5:49pm

Early reports indicate a burnt jumper on Trinity Drive and Diamond Drive due to lightning is believed to be the cause of a partial power outage today.

Portions of Western Area, Ski Hill and radio towers were partially without power for about 30 minutes late this afternoon. Power surged on and off multiple times South of Ashley Pond near Downtown Los Alamos.

Department of Public Utilities electric linemen completed repair work and report that power was fully restored 15 minutes ago.

 
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Evaluating NRC's Progress on Open Government

on June 4, 2012 - 5:27pm

In its Open Government Directive, dated Dec. 8, 2009, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) called upon Government agencies to open their doors and data to the American people.

To evaluate progress toward that goal, OMB instructed the Federal Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) to develop an Open Government Dashboard. Initially, that Dashboard focused on the various deliverables explicitly identified in the OMB Directive, but the current revision offers a more holistic set of metrics, informed by each agency's Open Government Plan.

Consistent with that

NMSU Hosting Youth Ranch Management Camp at Valles Caldera National Preserve

on June 4, 2012 - 5:12pm

Thirty-one youth from throughout New Mexico gather at the Valles Caldera National Preserve for the second annual NM Youth Ranch Management Camp. Photo by Sharon Niederman for the New Mexico Beef Council

New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service has gathered youth age 15 through 19 to participate in a unique summer experience, June 3-8 at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Thirty-one youth from Silver City to Ft. Sumner to Acoma are attending this second annual New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp where they are receiving training in all aspects of ranch management.

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Open World Leadership Center Official Here for Russian Visit

on June 4, 2012 - 2:31pm

District 43 Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties is participating in a tour with a group of visiting Russians scheduled at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe at 9 a.m., June 13 followed by a meeting at 10 a.m. with Gov. Susana Martinez.

Lawry Mann of the Los Alamos-Sarov Sister Cities organization announced that Maura Shelden, the head of public relations for the Open World Leadership Center in Washington, D.C. will travel to the area for the event.

Mann reported that Shelden said her organization wants to use the Los Alamos exchange program as a “poster child” for their

Los Alamos County Launches Campaign to Educate Tourism-Industry Employees about Area

on June 4, 2012 - 2:19pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County – the most educated (and healthiest) county in the country – is launching an online marketing effort to better educate local tourism industry employees about the city “where discoveries are made.”
 
Subsequently, the county hopes knowledgeable employees will incite a desire in visitors to discover even more about Los Alamos’ history and attractions, while replacing any misnomers they may have with facts.
 
“Visitors trust that the information they receive about Los Alamos from our employees in the hotel, restaurant, and tourism industries is accurate,”
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Demolition on Pajarito Brewpub & Grill Begins

on June 4, 2012 - 2:10pm

Demolition got underway Friday at the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center. Owner Patrick Mockler-Wood said this morning that he and his partners, Catherine Mockler, Pawel Listwan and and Dorota Listwan are shooting for a September opening of the new restaurant under construction at the corner of Trinity Drive. Courtesy photo

The Pajarito Brewpub & Grill will be open late, seven days a week, for lunch and dinner. Courtesy photo

The Pajarito Brewpub & Grill will feature 30 world class beers on tap, mouthwatering appetizers and burgers, steak, fish and vegetarian dishes.
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County Announces New Top Attorney, Community Services Director

on June 4, 2012 - 1:16pm
The Los Alamos County Council voted at noon today to appoint Rebecca Ehler as the new County Attorney.
 
Ehler is currently the Legal Advisor at the Department of Public Safety in Alamogordo.
 
She also served as the City Attorney for Alamogordo from 1993-2002, advising the City Council on bond issues, ordinances, contracts, land matters and a water utility.
 
Ehler was selected after an extensive search in March, followed by April interviews for the top three finalists.
 
The search for a new County Attorney had been underway since December, when former Attorney Randy Autio
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Bear Springs Fire Grows to 100 Acres

on June 4, 2012 - 11:06am

 

Three lightning fires were reported Sunday in the Santa Fe National Forest.

The Bear Springs Fire in the Jemez Ranger District is exhibiting active fire behavior with running and spotting and had grown to more than 100 acres by this morning.

The two fires reported in Pecos were contained.

Bear Springs Fire Update:

Fire Name: Bear Springs

Time/Date Reported: 6:36 p.m. Sunday, June 3

Location: Jemez Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; approximately six miles northeast of Ponderosa and six miles southeast of Jemez Springs.

Legal Description: T17N, R4E, SWNE Sec 31

Cause

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Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 24 to May 31, 2012

on June 4, 2012 - 6:35am

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.

 

ROBERT MOORE

May 24 at 9:12 a.m. / Police arrested Robert Moore, 56, of Los Alamos near Agate Street and Aztec and charged him with driving while his license is suspended or revoked.

May 24 at 7:34 a.m. / Police charged a 16-year-old Los Alamos girl on Central Avenue with reckless driving.

 

 

LUIS PONCE‑CHITICA

May 24 at 8:42 a.m. / Police arrested Luis Ponce-Chitica, 26, of

Bun Ryan Honored at JFK Banquet

on June 3, 2012 - 11:39pm

Bun Ryan. Photo by Karen Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Kristen Lasky

It does not seem to be a stretch to say U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Bernard “Bun” Ryan, a Los Alamos Living Treasure, Pierotti’s Clowns softball player and long-time Democrat, share more than a few similarities.

It’s not just the political affiliation. Civic work, community responsibility and profound impacts are other parallels. Plus, Ryan worked on Kennedy’s election campaign.

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Fires Burning in the Region

on June 3, 2012 - 11:28pm

NEW MEXICO FIRE INFORMATION News:

New Mexico Fire Information reports:

Firefighters will be working through the night to contain three small fires started by lightning.

Two of the three fires are near Pecos. The Church fire is one acre and the Cow Creek fire is one-quarter acre. The largest of the three fires is near Jemez Springs.

The Bear Springs fire is two acres. Spread potential for these fires in low to moderate.

"With extreme fire conditions present, it is important that we hit these fires hard and fast to keep them small," said Lawrence Lujan, Forest Public Information

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