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Udall: Nearly $18 Million for Wireless in Rural Areas

on October 4, 2012 - 6:46am
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Wednesday that three telecommunications companies will receive nearly $18 million to provide advanced mobile service to rural areas in Central and Southeastern New Mexico that currently lack 3G or 4G wireless access.
As part of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Mobility Fund auction, Plateau Telecommunications Incorporated in Clovis, NM; Leaco Rural Telephone Cooperative in Dexter, NM and T-Mobile West will build new infrastructure to provide 3G or 4G mobile service, with projects completed in three years.
“In today’s society,

Los Alamos County Issues RFQ for Hotel-Convention Center Developer

on October 4, 2012 - 6:46am

Los Alamos County has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select a developer to design and construct a full-service convention center facility in the downtown district of the Los Alamos townsite.

Los Alamos County is soliciting a developer to design and construct a business conference facility (8,000-20,000 square feet), to include flexible meeting and event space combined with first-class dining and lodging facilities that will compete favorably with other “Class A” conference and lodging facilities in Northern New Mexico, and provide a local venue for special events—amenities for


House Candidate Garcia Richard Campaigns in Gallina

on October 4, 2012 - 6:45am

Democratic candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard, left, was invited to a meet and greet/fundraiser by Gene and Peggy McCracken in Gallina recently, which is a new area now covered in New Mexico House Dist. 43. Gene McCracken listens as a voter speaks with Richard at the event. Courtesy photo
House Dist. 43 Democratic Stephanie Garcia Richard meets voters in Gallina recently at the home of Gene and Peggy McCracken. Courtesy photo

LANL Shatters Records in Year One Shipping Effort

on October 4, 2012 - 6:41am

Los Alamos National Laboratory set a record for transuranic waste shipments from the Laboratory to permanent disposal facilities, sending nearly 60 more shipments than originally planned. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Volume, Number of Shipments Surpass Goals

In the first year of an effort to accelerate shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), Los Alamos National Laboratory shattered its own record with 59 more shipments than planned, and became one of the largest shippers of this type of nuclear waste in the country.

“Our goal this fiscal year was to

Heather Wilson's Son at Coffee Booth Friday Morning

on October 4, 2012 - 6:39am
Photo: Josh Hone
U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson's son, Josh Hone, will meet the public at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at the Coffee Booth in the Mari Mac Shopping Center.
Community members are invited to visit with Hone and discuss his mother's campaign.
For more information, contact JoAnn Johnson at 662-7981 or

Letter to the Editor: Hall Decent But Richard Far Superior

on October 4, 2012 - 6:21am

By Betty Ann Gunther

Jim Hall is a decent person, but we have a far superior Democratic candidate by the name of Stephanie (Garcia) Richard, who is running against him for representative to the New Mexico House of Representatives (Dist. 43.)

Jim Hall has been in the job as an appointee and has supported Republican issues even at the expense of Los Alamos County during the brief tenure of his appointment.

After it was revealed that a press release from Jim Hall claiming endorsements from Democratic Senators was not accurate, I found myself disappointed in Jim Hall's campaign.

He, and his

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Oct 3

on October 3, 2012 - 11:33pm
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UPDATED for additional events!

Elk Festival at Valles Caldera. Courtesy Photo

League of Women Voters’ Candidates Forum
6:30 p.m. Thursday Oct 4 at Fuller Lodge
Candidates for County Council and County Clerk
County Charter Amendments Information by John Hopkins and Robert Pelak 

Academy Award Winning Movie - Hugo 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at Mesa Public Library Upstairs Meeting Room
Winner of 5 Oscars! Set in 1930s Paris, an orhan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Money IQ: Easy Access to Your Money When Traveling

on October 3, 2012 - 6:43am
Money IQ
By Missy Galle

Easy Access to Your Money When Traveling

Whether you spend the day shopping, take a road trip, or travel around the world, you expect to have access to your money when you need it.

In this week’s edition of Money IQ, I will provide you with a few tips that will ensure that you can easily access your funds at any time.

If you are planning to withdraw cash at ATMs while on travel, you will need to know your PIN.

It’s a good idea to verify the PIN a couple of weeks before you depart, so your bank can have a new PIN or a PIN reminder sent to you if you don’t know

DOE Awards Regional Coalition of LANL Communities $100K

on October 3, 2012 - 6:43am

NNSA’s Kevin Smith, Manager of the Los Alamos Site Office. Courtesy photo

NNSA News:

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office has awarded the State of New Mexico $100,000 in funding for the Regional Coalition of Los Alamos National Laboratory Communities to help address environmental and other related issues at LANL that affect the Regional Coalition’s members.

Under the grant funding, one of the key roles of the Regional Coalition will be to understand and help address the various issues regarding the cleanup and long-term

Column: Checks and Balances

on October 3, 2012 - 6:42am

By George Chandler

“Checks and balances” is the phrase that describes the interactions among the branches of a government that provides for limiting governmental excess by the separation of powers into legislative, executive and judicial sectors. 

For example in the first instance, the federal government, the legislature passes laws but those laws can only be enforced by the executive and interpreted by the judicial, the legislature can remove judges or presidents and controls their budgets but is itself greatly constrained by being bifurcated. 

And so on.

Sunset Hayrides on Oct. 13

on October 3, 2012 - 6:40am
Courtesy photo
Join the Los Alamos County Recreation Division Oct. 13 for an old-fashioned hayride into the sunset on North Mesa.
Members of the Posse Lodge, Pony Club and the Recreation Division worked together to create a fun hayride for all ages.
The event is held 4-6 p.m. at the Posse Lodge and the evening includes apple cider, cocoa, coffee and light refreshments. Dress warmly and bring your own blankets for the hayride.
The cost for the event is $5 for adults 18 and over, $2 for youth 4-7, and $1 for children under 4. Sign up today at

LAHS Golfers Travel to Grants

on October 3, 2012 - 6:35am

Los Alamos High School golfer Bri Sanderson putts at Monday's tournament in Grants at the Coyote Del Malpairaso Golf Course. Twelve high school teams participated in the two day event, which wrapped up Tuesday. Photo by Mike Lippiatt

American Legion Honors 2012 Delegation

on October 3, 2012 - 6:34am
Back row, from left, Chairman Vernon Kerr of Boys State Los Alamos, Commander Post 90 William J. Cooper, Unit 90 President Shaughnessy Nadeau and Chairwoman Marie Todd of Girls State Los Alamos. Front row from left, Aaron Roybal, Kyle Partin, Dory Geyer, Conlon McCoy, Benjamin Mitsunaga, not shown, Girls State participant Amanda Milligan. Courtesy Photo
The American Legion held a Boys & Girls State Dinner Sunday, Sept. 30 to honor its 2012 Delegation.
American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government

Column: Forums Are Important to Good Governance

on October 3, 2012 - 6:34am

By Carl Newton

After attending a Council candidates forum at the Betty Ehart Senior Center last week, I became aware of the extraordinary talents and dedication of the six who are on the ballot.

I also learned something more. When a candidate chooses to run without donations and mimics a good humor man, and seemingly enjoying his candidacy tremendously, that listening to his responses in a forum provides one of the best ways of judging him as a candidate.

I learned that he has outstanding credentials for being a councilor, as well as excellent judgment for decision making.

I know that each


LAHS Hosts First Blood Drive Since 2010

on October 3, 2012 - 6:33am

Student Nicole Howze and Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jordan Redmond participate in Monday's first blood drive hosted by Los Alamos High School since 2010. Nineteen donors gave blood iduring the 2010 event while 44 staff and students participated in Monday's drive, collectively donating 52 units of blood. That has the potential to help 156 patients, according to a United Blood Services contact. Courtesy photo
Students from left, Alyssa Solano, Nicole Howze and Dillon Barnes particpate in Monday's Los Alamos High School blood drive.

Bingaman: Health Care Reform Benefiting Women

on October 3, 2012 - 6:33am

By Sen. Jeff Bingaman

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a majority of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The decision allows us to move forward with the law’s implementation, which I believe will be a great benefit to New Mexicans.

Since the law’s passage in 2010, seniors and those with disabilities have saved more than $21.5 million on prescription drugs and seen the Medicare “donut hole,” a gap in reimbursements for certain prescription costs, begin to close.
More than 122,000 New Mexico children cannot be denied coverage by insurance companies because of their

Find Complete Election Coverage on the Los Alamos Daily Post

on October 2, 2012 - 11:16pm

2012 Election News:

The Los Alamos Daily Post's Election 2012 page has a wealth of information, including:

  • A complete list of local candidates including email, website and phone number;
  • League of Women Voters' 2012 Voters Guide;
  • Link to the County Clerk 2012 Voter Information Page;
  • Los Alamos Daily Post Video Candidate Conversations; and
  • Election 2012 News Stories.

Check out the Election 2012 page by clicking HERE or via the red menu bar at the top of each page.


Los Alamos Daily Post Launches Candidate Video Series

on October 2, 2012 - 11:14pm

Today the Los Alamos Daily Post launched its first of four sets of video-taped conversations with candidates running for office in the 2012 election cycle.

New Mexico House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Jim Hall and Democratic opponent Stephanie Garcia Richard are featured in this video discussing the issues in a conversational format conducted this evening at the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters in the Small Business Development Center in downtown Los Alamos.

The video series concludes Wednesday evening with the Los Alamos County Council candidates including Democrats Kristin Henderson,


County Line Continues Email Delivery

on October 2, 2012 - 10:07pm

Los Alamos County's Public Information Officer Julie Habiger answers Council questions this evening pertaining to the weekly County Line newsletter. Currently, 741 citizens subscribe to receive the County Line via email. Courtesy Photo from Pac8 streaming video

Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle moved that Council direct staff to reinstitute the U.S. mailed monthly newsletter and contract to print and mail the newsletter. Chiravalle's motion did not receive a second. 

County Administrator Harry Burgess recommended that the County continue producing only the on-line "County

County Moves to Self Insured Medical Plan

on October 2, 2012 - 9:30pm

Councilor Rick Reiss. Courtesy Photo from Pac8 streaming video

With a vote of 5 to 1, the Los Alamos County Council approved a recommended contract amendment with Blue Cross/Blue Shield that results in the County being self-insured for medical benefits. Council Chair Sharon Stover and Councilor Rick Reiss commended County Administrator Harry Burgess for his creativity in recommending the switch to self insurance.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield was initially proposing a 16.4 percent rate increase. By moving to the self-funded arrangement, the rates will increase only 3.5 percent.


DPU Briefs Council on San Juan Chama Water Preliminary Engineering Report

on October 2, 2012 - 8:31pm

Courtesy Photo from Pac8 streaming video

Deputy Utility Manager - Engineering James Alarid of the Department of Public Utilites together with consultants from CDM Smith made a presentation to the Los Alamos County Council this evening about a preliminary engineering report regarding access to Los Alamos County’s contracted 1,200 Acre-Feet-Per-Year of water from the San Juan-Chama project and how to make it available for use in the County’s water system.

The County must move forward with either replacing existing water wells, using its ground water right, or developing the San Juan-Chama


Council Issues Proclamations for Health Awareness & Fire Safety

on October 2, 2012 - 7:37pm

Lorraine Hartway representing the Los Alamos Heart Council thanks Council for the Proclamation declaring Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 as " Health Awareness & Wellness Day" in Los Alamos County. Photo from Pac8 streaming video

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes accepts Council's Proclamation declaring the week of Oct. 7 through 13, 2012 as Fire Prevention Week in Los Alamos County. Photo from Pac 8 streaming video

Breaking News: Car Fire Near White Rock Y Blocks Traffic Earlier [Photos / Video]

on October 2, 2012 - 3:04pm

A car was found on fire approximately 100 feet from N.M. 502 near the White Rock Y underpass.  Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

At approximately 2:50 p.m. today,  Los Alamos Fire Department personnel responded to a vehicle fire near the White Rock Y close to the westbound-to-White Rock underpass. Video from the scene exclusive to the Los alamos Daily Post may be viewed below.

The dramatic rescue of the sole occupant, a 62-year-old man in the car, occurred prior to the car engine compartment bursting into flames, according to radio reports from the scene.

The man was later


Police Nab Fleeing Motorcyclist Near LANL

on October 2, 2012 - 10:15am

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos police officers arrested Tyler Webb of Los Alamos Monday after he was seen heading southbound on Diamond Drive operating his yellow motorcycle at a high rate of speed.

Webb, 36, refused to pull over when Cpl. Monica Salazar-Casias pulled up behind him and flashed her patrol unit emergency lights, according to the statement of probable cause related to the case.

"At that time the motorcycle accelerated at a very high rate of speed," Salazar-Casias said. "I used different siren tones and followed him for 100-150 feet.

Food on the Hill: Chicken Tenders in a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

on October 2, 2012 - 9:19am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

Chicken Tenders in a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Photo by Sue York/
1 ½ lbs chicken tenders
1/2 teaspoon crushed rosemary
1 teaspoon marjoram
1 teaspoon basal
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
1 cup flour
Salt and pepper
Olive oil and 3 tablespoons butter (spilt)
1/3 cup dry white wine
¾ cup roasted red peppers (see picture)
2 plum tomatoes- peeled (see directions)
3 cloves of fresh garlic- pressed
1 shallot-sliced thin
2 tablespoons capers
1 cup provolone cheese
½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated