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Young Pianist Raises Money for Friends of the Shelter

on November 3, 2012 - 8:01am

Presley Gao, 10, presented Sally Wilkins, President of Friends of the Shelter, with a $217 check for donations he received for performing a benefit concert Sept. 8. Courtesy photo


Presley Gao began taking piano lessons with Dr. Madeline Williamson on his 6th birthday in 2008.

Today at just 10 years of age, he is performing solo piano recitals more likely found in the repertory of concertizing pianists.

Gao has earned several awards in piano competition, including the Santa Fe Sonata Contest, the District and the New Mexico State Honors Auditions and the Dennis Alexander

Breaking News: Main Hill Road Closed Due to Accident

on November 2, 2012 - 1:51pm

Accident on Main Hill Road. Photo by Greg Kendall/

UPDATE 2:35 p.m. - Main Hill Road is now open for traffic in both directions.

The Main Hill Road is closed due to an accident involving an overturned car.. Early reports indicate there are no serious injuries. The Los Alamos Police Department anticipates reopening the road around 2:30 p.m. today. Police informed the Los Alamos Daily Post at the scene that witnesses said the female driver lost control, hit the side wall and rolled her vehicle while driving aggressively and passing a car.

Early reports indicate there are

Teen Loses Control of Vehicle on Canyon Road

on November 2, 2012 - 10:32am
Skid marks map the trail traveled by an out-of-control vehicle driven by a teenager involved in a one-car crash this morning on Canyon Road. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

At approximately 8 a.m. this morning, Friday Nov. 2, a white honda accord driven by a 17-year-old Los Alamos boy hit a guard-rail while heading southbound on Canyon Road. 

No injuries were reported in the one-car accident in which the teen's vehicle reportedly skidded across the two-lane road approximately 100 yards before spinning around and coming to a stop in front of the United Church of Los


Environmental Services Q & A

on November 2, 2012 - 9:45am
Cullet or glass pebbles made from locally recycled glass. Courtesy/LAC
Q & A with Tom Nagawiecki
Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist

Q:  The Environmental Services Division has been busy over the past few months working on expanding recycling in Los Alamos County, can you tell us about some of the new projects you have implemented?

A:  The biggest program we launched at the end of September was our new glass drop-off recycling program.


Hilltopper Volleyball Ends Regular Season With Win Over St. Mikes 3-0

on November 2, 2012 - 9:44am

Savannah Romero with block at net. Photo by Alan Kirk

Erin Kirk and Samantha Fenner on block. Photo by Alan Kirk

Danielle Ortiz with dig and pass. Photo by Alan Kirk

Allysa Tedder with dig and pass. Photo by Alan Kirk

Aldaz Brings Home Three Gold Medals for Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers

on November 2, 2012 - 9:18am

Nicole Aldaz gets the gold in all around. Photo by Jeannette Aldaz

LASG News:

Nicole Aldaz was the top all-around scorer (35.6) in the Level 4 Senior Division for Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers.  

Aldaz’s strong performance earned gold on vault (9.1) and bars (8.4), and silver on beam (9.05) and floor (9.05.)

Aldaz was among 215 gymnasts from 11 teams that gathered at Zia Gymnastics in Santa Fe on Oct. 27-28 to compete in the USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic and Xcel Programs.

Twenty-eight Tumblers’ competed in the meet; 14, including Aldaz, competed in the Jr.

Game On – Medieval Style – at Mountain Pas and Highland Games

on November 2, 2012 - 8:25am

The ladies of Bryngolau: Althina of the North Storms, Belaset Tintura and Isauda Marchwyle. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

By Bonnie J. Gordon

The Shire of Bryngolau (Shining Hill in Welsh) hosted a pas d’arms tournament and games event Oct. 19 at the Posse Lodge in Los Alamos.

The local group is currently an “Incipient Shire” while they demonstrate their ability to function as a full Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) branch.

The Shire of Bryngolau encompasses Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties and has more than 20 members.

SCA is a non-profit educational organization devoted to the

Letter to the Editor: Crossing the Aisle for Kristin Henderson

on November 2, 2012 - 8:23am
By Dr. Michelle and David Carr
Los Alamos

We are conservative Republicans but we are crossing the aisle next Tuesday to vote for Kristin Henderson for County Council.

Her effort on the Trinity Site Committee and a well-run campaign demonstrate her work ethic.

She understands the needs of families with children and is committed to improving the already great quality of life in Los Alamos.

Because she is a realtor, Kristin has a good understanding of the local housing and real estate market, which is the main limiting factor to business expansion in our town.

Kristin is also an

Conscious Aging: Are You Ready for an 'Encore' Career?

on November 2, 2012 - 8:21am

Column By Ann Shafer

Are you ready for an encore career? You ask, “What in the world is an encore career?” 

An encore career is employment after you retire from a major job such as from the Lab. 

The term “encore” comes from the book, “Encore” by Marc Freedman with the subtitle, “Finding work that matters in the second half of life.”

What happens when you retire and feel like your life is going in a downward spiral? 

You are definitely not ready to become a senior citizen.


90 Percent Final Design Meeting for Ashley Pond Nov. 14

on November 2, 2012 - 8:20am
Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Greg Kendall/


  • County Hosting 90 Percent Final Design Informational Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Fuller Lodge

Los Alamos County Parks Manager Dick McIntyre and consultant, Sites Southwest LLC, will present plans for upcoming construction on the Ashley Pond Park renovation project.

The County is scheduled to issue the notice to proceed in February 2013. The project will be sent out for construction bids in late December and the bid is expected to be awarded by Council by late January.

This project was funded by the


Local Students Win State Music Awards

on November 2, 2012 - 8:19am
Olivia Koo, 1st place winner in level I ages 8-9 piano performance, is a 3rd grade student at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Her piano teacher is Aejin Chang. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:
Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico have a yearly competition before their State Conference.
The six districts each have an Honors competition. Los Alamos is in the Northeast I district.
A student enters according to their age and instrument (voice, piano strings.) They play one piece.
Winners then compete with Honors winners from the other districts.
This year the Conference

Ocean Salinity Trends Show Human Fingerprint

on November 2, 2012 - 8:17am

AGU News:

WASHINGTON - Changes in ocean salinity over the second half of the 20th Century are consistent with the influence of human activities and inconsistent with natural climate variations, according to a new study.

Observed changes agree with computer modeling of salinity trends in a steadily warming world, said Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, climate researcher David Pierce, the study's lead author.

Ocean salinity changes are driven by the world's patterns of evaporation and rainfall, which themselves are changing.

Observations over recent decades have found a


Jan McDonald Plays for LAHS Marching Band Fundraising Dinner

on November 2, 2012 - 8:16am
Los Alamos High School Marching Band. Photo by Greg Kendall/


Nationally recognized trumpeter Jan McDonald will join Los Alamos High School Marching Band Boosters for a fundraiser Italian dinner Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Trinity on the Hill Church's Kelly Hall.

The fundraiser will benefit the LAHS Marching Band.

"Jan McDonald continues to support the Topper Band, which he directed for almost 30 years," event organizer Karen Mehlin said. "We are so excited that he will play for this event."

McDonald received his BA and MA degrees in music education and pursued

Annual Turkey Trot Set for Nov. 18

on November 2, 2012 - 8:14am
Aaron Goldman, founder of the Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk. Church World Service Courtesy Photo
The CROP Organization and the Atomic City Road Runners Club will co-sponsor the Annual Turkey Trot event at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Los Alamos Middle School.
All proceeds will be split with 25 percent going to LA Cares and 75 percent going to the CROP Organization, one of the late Aaron Goldman's favorite charities.
The top 25 fastest runners will be recognized and all participants will have a chance to win turkeys and pumpkin pies in a random drawing.

Dive-In Movie at the Aquatic Center Friday

on November 2, 2012 - 8:09am


Tickets: $5

Location: Walkup Aquatic Center

Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. / Movie starts at 7 p.m.

Maximum: 125 Participants

It’s not too late to get your Dive-In Movie tickets at the Aquatic Center. Tickets include movie popcorn, treats, complementary Coca Cola drinks, swim admission and more.

It’s movie time at the pool! Join the Walkup Aquatic Center for a theater-like movie IN the pool.

We heat the water up, have a bunch of fun treats, put the float toys out, and have a blast with our favorite characters from Madagascar 3.

Fee includes treats, the movie,

Xi Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Hosts Saturday Craft Fair

on November 2, 2012 - 8:08am

XI NU News:

The Xi Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is holding its annual Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.

Fifty vendors are participating in the event, which includes a raffle to win one of many items including a handmade quilt by a Xi Nu member.



Heather Wilson Jams with Al Hurricane in Northern New Mexico

on November 2, 2012 - 8:07am

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson performs on banjo with the 'Godfather of New Mexican Music' Al Hurricane Thursday in Las Vegas, N.M. Wilson is traveling through Northern New Mexico campaigning with New Mexico's favorite musician. Courtesy photo

Volleyball Defeats Capital 3-0 Senior Night

on November 1, 2012 - 11:57pm

Seniors from left, Morgan Schake, Savannah Romero, Erin Kirk and Danielle Ortiz before the game. Photo by Alan Kirk

Seniors enter gym. Photo by Alan Kirk

Savannah Romero serving. Photo by Alan Kirk

Morgan Schake return pass. Photo by Alan Kirk

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Nov. 2

on November 1, 2012 - 9:56pm

This week's preview is sponsored by

The Los Alamos Daily Post will provide live election coverage Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Get out the Vote Event - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Senate Candidate Martin Heinrich 2-3 p.m. Friday, Nov 2 at Los Alamos Democratic Party Campaign Headquarters, 140 Central Park Square. Questions, call 661-9002

Varisty Football @ Sullivan Field 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 vs. Capital High School 

Dive-in Movie – Madagascar 3 7–8:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 @ Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.  Enjoy a movie while floating in the main pool. Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.

Get Your Adrenaline Pumping With LALT’s The Woman in Black

on November 1, 2012 - 7:54pm

Rehearsal scenes from The Woman in Black, which opens Friday at the Los Alamos Little Theater. Photo by TK Thompson/

By Bonnie Gordon

‘Tis the season to be scary and the new play at Los Alamos Little Theater (LALT) will do the job nicely.

“The Woman in Black,” adapted from the book by Susan Hill by Stephen Mallatratt, premiered in 1987 and has been running steadily on the London stage since 1989.

Many people have seen the 2012 movie version starring Daniel Radcliffe.

The play opens in a small Victorian theatre.

Wilson to Visit GOP Headquarters Sunday

on November 1, 2012 - 4:31pm
Heather Wilson, Republican candidate for U.S.Senate will be at the Los Alamos GOP Headquarters, 1362D-1 Trinity Dr. (behind Viola's) for coffee and dessert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.
Supporters are encouraged to come to the GOP headquarters to meet with Heather Wilson.
Volunteers also are needed to make phone calls to help "Get Out The Vote."
For more information, contact JoAnn Johnson at 662-7981.

Ambassador Joe Wilson, Valerie Plame, Rep. Brian Egolf, Mayor David Coss Rally for Stephanie Garcia Richard

on November 1, 2012 - 4:30pm


ELECTION 2012 News:

Saturday, Nov. 3, Stephanie Garcia Richard will be joined by Rep. Brian Egolf and Santa Fe Mayor David Coss at the La Cienega Community Center, 50-A San Jose, for a Get Out The Vote Event following the La Cienega Community Breakfast.


Supporters are encouraged to attend the breakfast at 9 a.m. and then join Garcia Richard, Coss and Egolf as they get ready around 11 a.m. to knock on doors in the area.


Sunday, Nov.


Letter to the Editor: Experience Isn't Everything

on November 1, 2012 - 4:19pm
By Karyl Ann Armbruster
Los Alamos

Several ads list Jim Hall's experiences. It wrongly assumes that a man 31 years older than his opponent would be a better qualified legislator.

In fact, the New Mexico Legislature was set up as a citizen's legislature. The intent was for people from all walks of life and occupations to represent our diverse population.

Stephanie Garcia Richard is intelligent, already respected in the legislature, endorsed by both U.S. senators, several current legislators and came within 190 votes of unseating 20-year incumbent Jeannette Wallace in 2010.