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Los Alamos Skies Among Best Anywhere

on November 11, 2012 - 7:01am

Thursday's western sky was quite a sight. Photo by Leland Lehman/

United Way Thermometer Rises Toward Goal

on November 11, 2012 - 7:01am

Campaign Co-Chairs Wendy Schmidt, left, and Gene Schmidt join United Way of Northern New Mexico Executive Director Kristy Ortega in raising the Community Action Fund thermometer to nearly $300,000 Friday in front of the Los Alamos Post Office on Central Avenue. This year's campaign goal is $1,590,689, which will allow the nonprofit organization to continue funding local programs that help neighbors in need. "We want to remind everyone just how important their donations are to the community," Ortega said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Informative Column

on November 11, 2012 - 7:00am
By JJ Maier
Los Alamos

Dear Ralph, et al,

My perception is that the “media” needs a ‘close race’ in order to retain the purchase of commercial time by both “sides”,and thereby maintain their seriously large financial income streams from same.

Facts and benefits to the “People/community” have become unimportant and are no longer a consideration, even though that is the commitment they supposedly make to utilize “the airwaves, which belong to the People.”

Thanks for your informative column.

(Los Alamos Daily Post Nov. 9, 2012: "Thoughts from a - hopefully - Enlightened Skeptic" by

Lujan Honors Nation’s Veterans

on November 11, 2012 - 6:58am


U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day and the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces.

“All across the country this weekend, communities will come together to celebrate Veterans Day, an opportunity to take time out of our busy schedules and pause to reflect on the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform have made to protect our freedom and ensure the safety of our great nation.

"We thank them for their extraordinary service and sacrifices that they and their families have

County Wants Folks to ‘Take A Hike’

on November 11, 2012 - 6:56am

Hiker. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos County is encouraging visitors to “take a hike” during national “Take a Hike Day” Nov. 17.

Take a Hike Day, which encourages Americans to get outdoors and move. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, less than half of all adults get enough physical activity to improve their health.

Los Alamos is not only considered the “healthiest County in the country,” (Bloomberg News) but it has more official hiking trails in the Southwest compared to most same-sized cities and counties.

Los Alamos has 58 miles of trails and more


The Hive Seeks to Help Businesses Thrive

on November 11, 2012 - 6:55am

From left, Jung Hong, Jonathan Shroyer, David Jones and Andy Andrews discuss a business idea and brainstorm how to make it profitable during the Brown Bag lunch at The Hive Thursday. The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock, is dedicated to helping business owners make it through the pitfalls of starting a new company. Representatives from The Hive intend to address the County Council Tuesday, Nov. 13 to request grant funding to enable the organization to continue supporting local entrepreneurs. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

Girl Scouts Host Holiday Bazaar Nov. 17

on November 11, 2012 - 6:54am

OBITUARY: Charles (Don) Reese Oct. 3, 1941-Nov. 2, 2012

on November 11, 2012 - 6:53am

Charles (Don) Reese, 71, of Austin, TX, formerly of Los Alamos, N.M., passed away suddenly Nov. 2, 2012.

Don was born Oct. 3, 1941 in Camden, AR. His family moved to White Rock in 1957 and Don graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1958.

He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps prior to hiring on at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Don retired from LANL after 42 years as an engineering tech. 

Don was preceded in death by his father, William Reese and brother, Kenneth Reese.

Arts In Public Places Board Meets Nov. 14

on November 11, 2012 - 6:52am


Hilltopper Volleyball Wins District Tournament Over Espanola 3-1

on November 10, 2012 - 11:40pm

Morgan Schake with dig and pass. Photo by Alan Kirk

Erin Kirk blocking kill shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

Samantha Fenner with Block at net. Photo by Alan Kirk

Claire Stewart with kill after set from Savannah Romero. Photo by Alan Kirk

‘The Nutcracker’ a Sweet Treat for the Holidays

on November 10, 2012 - 6:42pm

Sarah Dale and Devon McCleskey perform as the sugar plum fairy and Cavalier in "The Nutcracker" Friday night. Photo by Holger Waschinski

Review by Bonnie J. Gordon

New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company’s “The Nutcracker” opened Nov. 9.

Seeing “The Nutcracker” is like visiting an old friend. The music and the story are so comfortable and familiar we fall easily under its spell.

Adding to the homey feeling is the knowledge that this is our very own “Nutcracker.” NMDT-PC is a Los Alamos company. The company is joined on stage by young students from the NMDT School.

Almost all the

Adopt A Family This Holiday Season!

on November 10, 2012 - 3:06pm

AAF News:

Approximately 60 families have applied for assistance this holiday season and the Los Alamos Adopt A Family Program is calling on the local community for help.

The families come into the program through the Los Alamos Public Schools, which means one or more children in the family attend a local school.

"Our goal is to provide at least one 'need' (such as clothing) and at least one 'want' (such as a book, toy, etc.) for each child in the house, and we also have information on the parents' needs and wants.


De Colores Hosts Hurricane Sandy Benefit Nov. 15

on November 10, 2012 - 2:22pm

First Controllable Atom SQUID

on November 10, 2012 - 11:55am

Researcher Kevin Wright checks part of the experimental apparatus. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

Scientists have created the first controllable atomic circuit that functions analogously to a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and allows operators to select a particular quantum state of the system at will.

By manipulating atoms in a superfluid ring thinner than a human hair the investigators were able for the first time to measure rotation-induced discrete quantized changes in the atoms’ state, thereby providing a proof-of-principle design for an “atomtronic” inertial sensor.

YMCA Youth Basketball Sign-up Underway

on November 10, 2012 - 11:03am


Registration is now open for the 1st through 6th grade YMCA Basketball Program. The format will be a little different this year:

1st and 2nd grade remains co-ed; 3rd and 4th / 5th and 6th will be girls and boys teams only.

Teams will be assigned based on the elementary school where the players attend.

Homeschoolers and out-of-district students may choose the location most convenient for them.

Practices kick off twice a week after Thanksgiving at local schools. Games will be Saturday mornings in January and February with locations to be announced.

Volunteer coaches

Stephanie G. Richard Speaking to AAUW Nov. 15

on November 10, 2012 - 10:29am

AAUW News:

Newly elected representative Stephanie Garcia Richard, New Mexico Legislative Dist. 43, will speak at a meeting of the American Association of University Women at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

Richard will talk about her plans for the upcoming legislative session and answer questions from the audience.

The meeting will be in the lower level of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road. There is ample parking.

The public is welcome to attend Garcia Richard's talk. Refreshments will be served.



Shoe Box Gifts Needed for Operation Christmas Child

on November 10, 2012 - 10:15am

Photo: Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes. Courtesy/

WRBC News:

Christmas is arriving early in Los Alamos, as White Rock Baptist Church prepares to serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child.

Soon, with the help of local volunteers, the site will be brimming with festively wrapped shoe boxes full of gifts.

Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, Los Alamos residents are helping send shoe box gifts to more than 8 million

P&Z Commission Meets Nov. 14

on November 10, 2012 - 9:55am


Knights of Columbus Thanks Donors

on November 10, 2012 - 9:47am

Betsy Bailey Coaches Workshop Participants

on November 10, 2012 - 9:35am

Betsy Bailey, left, certified Dale Carnegie trainer in presentations conducted a workshop at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4, Thursday night on how to increase listening levels and motivate others to action. Bailey kept the conversation lively during her workshop and had participants Kenneth Lee and Dave Thomson laughing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Betsy Bailey has had two careers in her professional life: basketball player/coach and Dale Carnegie trainer. In basketball, she played on the U.S. National Team and professionally in Europe for 10 years.

Calling all Walkers, Survivors, Caregivers, Community Leaders!

on November 10, 2012 - 6:47am

RFL News:

From 5:30–6:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 15, American Cancer Society Relay For Life will hold a volunteer informational meeting to start planning the 2013 Relay For Life of Los Alamos.

The meeting will be at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos - Thanks to Felicia Duran and the Comfort Inn for donating the meeting space.

The organization is seeking walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers and community leaders to help plan the event and recruit participants.

Refreshments will be served. RSVP by Nov. 14 to



Shop Local Campaign Launches Nov. 24

on November 10, 2012 - 6:22am


Place Food Near Mailbox Nov. 17

on November 10, 2012 - 6:15am


The 15th annual Fall Food Drive is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17 throughout Los Alamos and White Rock.

The drive supports those in need in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties through regular food distributions by LA CARES and the San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen in Espanola.

Residents are asked to place non-perishable donations of food and supplies near their mailboxes by 10 a.m. Saturday Nov. 17 (NO GLASS CONTAINERS PLEASE!)

Cub Scouts also will be collecting donations at both Smith's Supermarket locations in Los Alamos and White Rock Saturday Nov. 17 ONLY.



CIA Director Resigns Citing Poor Judgement

on November 9, 2012 - 10:11pm

CIA News:

Message from General David H. Petraeus (US Army Retired) to employees
Nov. 9, 2012

Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA.  After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.

As I depart Langley, I want you to know that it has been the greatest of