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New Mexico House Fights for Public Schools

on March 11, 2013 - 7:36am


SANTA FE - The News Mexico House of Representatives passed two bills Sunday aimed at protecting New Mexico’s public schools.

House Bill 460, “School Management Contracts & Charter Boards,” sponsored by Rep. Mimi Stewart (D-Bernalillo-21) passed the House with a vote of 34 to 33.

House Bill 392, “Public Education Commission as Independent”, sponsored by Rep. Mary Helen Garcia (D-Dona Ana-34) passed the House with a vote of 37 to 27.

There has been a recent outcry regarding the Public Education Department’s (PED) action to overrule the Public Educations Commission (PEC)

Comet Pan-STARRS Now Visible

on March 10, 2013 - 10:58pm

Comet Pan-STARRS is now visible. This photo was taken at 7:52 p.m. today with a Nikon D600, ISO 3200, 300 mm, f/4 lens, and 1/20 second exposure, looking west from Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA. Easy target with binoculars ... just above where the sun sets. It will be climbing higher each night. It was visible for about 45 minutes. Photo by Glen Wurden

United Way 2013 Recognition Night Honors Organizations and Individuals

on March 10, 2013 - 3:11pm

United Way officials thank Los Alamos youth leader Morrie Pongratz who along with his wife Cheryl Pongratz have been high-level United Way supporters for many years. From left, Morrie Pongratz, Valerie Martinez of  Del Norte Credit Union, United Way Executive Director  Kristy Ortega and United Way Board President Robert Trapp. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

United Way officials thank Katy Korkos, representing the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Golf Tournament, which raised more than $8,200 for United Way.

Community Invited to Los Alamos Daily Post First-Year Anniversary Celebration!

on March 10, 2013 - 12:40pm


Thank you Los Alamos for your incredible support of the Los Alamos Daily Post!

Your local online newspaper will celebrate its first-year anniversary Wednesday March 13. 

To commemorate this exciting milestone, we invite the community to drop by the meeting room at the Dixie Girl Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos anytime between 4-6 p.m. Wednesday to help us celebrate our first year of operation.

Join us for cake, meet the news team and let us personally thank you for helping make the Los Alamos Daily Post the 2013 Small Business of the Year!

More Details on Missing Hiker Found in Bandelier

on March 10, 2013 - 11:58am

BNM News:

Search and rescue teams found the missing 34-year-old Texas woman around 12:30 p.m. Saturday in good condition on the Ancho Canyon Trail on Department of Energy land at Bandelier National Monument.

The woman had hiked to the Upper Falls on the Falls Trail Thursday.

Although hiking to the base of the Upper Falls is prohibited, the woman wanted to search for treasure featured in Forrest Fenn’s book “The Thrill of the Chase.”

After realizing she could not hike down to the base, the woman returned to her car. On Friday, she parked at a gate on Department of Energy Land and hiked

Belisama Irish Dance Company to Perform at The Lensic

on March 10, 2013 - 11:04am

Belisama Irish Dance Company will perform its annual “Rhythm of Fire” St. Patrick’s Day at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 at The Lensic in Santa Fe. This year’s show will feature guest artist Michael Patrick Gallagher, a two-time World Champion and former lead of Riverdance, as well as traditional live music performed by Jono Manson (vocals/guitar), Mark Clark (percussion), Maria Jones (fiddle), and vocalist Adrienne Bellis (also Artistic Director of Belisama.) The Company includes 14 dancers from Los Alamos and Santa Fe, including a number of National, Regional and Open champions.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Votes on Driver’s License Bill and Urges Governor to Stop Playing Party Politics

on March 10, 2013 - 10:52am


SANTA FE – Saturday, March 9, the New Mexico State House Appropriations and Finance Committee convened to vote on HB 606 (driver’s licenses bill.)

After hearing testimony and expressing concern over the fiscal implications, the committee had a tied tabling motion on HB 606.

Democrat Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard broke party rank and joined Republicans in voting against the tabling motion.

Garcia Richard again joined committee Republicans in voting in favor of passing the bill out of committee, but the vote failed through a second tie.

“I have been deeply concerned by Gov.

Russian Delegation to Visit Los Alamos March 25

on March 10, 2013 - 10:32am


Los Alamos–Sarov Sister City Initiative (LASSCI) is preparing to host a Russian Delegation from its Sister City of Sarov March 25 through April 3

The visit will involve a VNIIEF Group Leader who is also an elected member of the Sarov Duma (analog of a U.S. County Council), a local journalist, an English teacher, and two persons involved with human resources in Sarov and VNIIEF.

The delegation will have opportunities during their visit to meet with media representatives including those from the Los Alamos Daily Post to learn how media work in a community like Los Alamos –

State House Highlights: March 10

on March 10, 2013 - 9:41am


House Highlights

On the Senate Floor

House Bill 273 (Public School Capital Outlay Lease Payments), sponsored by Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Bernalillo-19) and carried by Sen. John Sapien (D-Bernalillo, Sandoval-9) was passed in the Senate. HB 273 amends §22-24-4 to empower the Public School Capital Outlay Council to adjust grants for lease payments for classroom facilities concurrently with changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Charter schools are the primary recipients of the lease assistance program. Over 50% of program funds are used to pay to leases of


Pajarito Brew Pub Enters Girl Scout Cookie Caper

on March 10, 2013 - 9:33am
From left, Pajarito Brew Pub & Grill Pastry Chef Jacob Richmond, Chef David Tripp and Chef Rudolfo Vigil at the March 7 Girl Scout Cookie Caper competition at the Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe. Using Girl Scout Samoas, Richmond received raves for his special pastry but in the end, the chef from the Inn and Spa at Loretto took the top spot. The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails volunteers organized the 17th annual Cookie Caper, which raises money for the organization that funds two-thirds of the troops and programs throughout the state.

Irma Holtkamp: 'Using Ancestry and Ancestry DNA to Research Your Family History'

on March 10, 2013 - 9:30am
Irma Holtkamp
LAGA News:
The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14 in room 3 at Mesa Public Library.
The speaker will be Irma Holtkamp. Her topic will be "Using Ancestry and Ancestry DNA to Research Your Family History."
The public is welcome to attend.

Chamber Members Meet for Lunch Throughout Community

on March 10, 2013 - 9:29am

Participating in Friday's Fan 44 lunch meeting at the Blue Window Bistro, from left, Diane Chan of Waddell & Reed, Bonnie J. Gordon of the Los Alamos Daily Post, Bill Wadt of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Board, Andy Andrews of Los Alamos Entreprenuers Network and Merry McIntyre of Reunion Chiropractic and Wellness. Chamber of Commerce members attend Fan 44 lunch meetings twice a month at restaurants throughout Los Alamos and White Rock as a way to meet and network with other members. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Work Continues Along East Road

on March 10, 2013 - 9:13am

Workers were busy recently digging holes near the Fire Station on East Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Letter to the Editor: Generous Support Greatly Appreciated

on March 9, 2013 - 11:21am
By LINDA HULL, President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

Once again, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank our many friends in the community for their recent support of this month’s Cowboy Pancake Breakfast, which benefited our Club’s local and international projects. 

More than 250 tickets were sold to the hungry breakfast crowd Sunday morning.

From left, Rotary President Linda Hull and Rotarians Brian Newnam and Alison Walters. Photo by Hal Davis

We would also like to give a standing ovation and long round of applause to all the dedicated members of the Los

Breaking News: Bandelier National Monument Searches for Missing Hiker

on March 9, 2013 - 10:36am

UPDATE: It was just announced that rescuers have found the missing woman and are "walking her out now." The woman spent the night out in the elements, but appears to be okay now.

Upper Falls. Photo by Sally King/BNM

BNM News:

A search is in progress for a missing hiker at Bandelier National Monument.

The monument is working with New Mexico Search and Rescue under unified command.

The search involves dog teams, technical rescue, Los Alamos Police Department, Los Alamos Fire Department and three aircraft.

On Friday, March 8, Los Alamos County dispatch received a call from a man in

SFI Colloquium: What Social Computing Means to Emergency Management

on March 9, 2013 - 10:25am

SFI Colloquium: What Social Computing Means to Emergency Management

Tuesday March 12 • 3:30 p.m. • Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Leysia Palen, University of Colorado, Boulder

Abstract: Growth in the capabilities of and access to social computing services brings new questions to bear on how large scale on-line interaction is studied, understood, and shaped.

In an area of research we call "crisis informatics," I examine the use of social media in mass emergency contexts by extending methodological approaches and theoretical frames to

Community Broadband Network Project Team to Make Presentation to Council March 12

on March 9, 2013 - 10:06am


The Community Broadband Network project team will make a presentation to the Los Alamos County Council at its work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at Fire Station # 3 in White Rock.

The presentation will be informational only. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can listen to it live on KRSN AM1490.

The meeting is open to the public.

Helpful Links

  • The CBN project website can be found here…
  • The staff report, presentation and supporting documentation can be found by clicking here…
  • An Open Forum is available for County citizens to express their opinion on the

Volunteers Needed to Plant Trees; Post Las Conchas Fire

on March 9, 2013 - 9:55am

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest is seeking volunteers for tree planting efforts within the 2011 Las Conchas fire burn area near Los Alamos.

Exact dates are dependent upon weather, soil moistures and soil temperatures, but possible dates are the Fridays and Saturdays of April 12, 13 and 19, 20.

A 56-acre area around the Nordic Ski Trails at the base of Pajarito Ski Hill within the burn area will be planted with Douglas Fir trees.

The effort is part of a larger contracted planting initiative mostly in the Jemez District involving about 2,000 acres and almost half a million trees.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA Rolls Out March 31 at Golf Course!

on March 9, 2013 - 9:14am

Sheer bliss ensued as kids took off to collect Easter eggs scattered across the Los Alamos Golf Course during last year's Eggstravaganza. Courtesy photo

Staff report

It is that time of year again and everyones invited to the annual EGGSTRAVAGANZA at the Los Alamos Golf Course!

Over the past several years, the popular event has grown from participation of 500 kids to well over 800 last year.

It has become a huge community event, with participation from surrounding cities.

Last year 10,000 goody-filled plastic eggs were spread over the Los Alamos Golf Course and more than 800 kids ages 12

Hilltopper Girls Down Deming 61-45 - Move to Second Round

on March 9, 2013 - 9:01am

Amber Logan takes shot for score. Photo by Alan Kirk

Anna Scott works to take charge. Photo by Alan Kirk

Erin Kirk blocks shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

Alison Crane drives to basket. Photo by Alan Kirk

Defense stops drive. Photo by Alan Kirk


Hannemann's Music Corner: The Romance

on March 9, 2013 - 8:35am
Hannemann's Music Corner: The Romance
Los Alamos
There are a variety of difficult and challenging pieces for the guitar – Recuerdos de Alhambra, Malaguena, Concierto de Aranjuez all come to mind (oh, and one I wrote "La Vida en Plaza".)
But, oddly enough, one piece is much more challenging than you might expect: The Romance.
The Romance is not a particularly technically difficult piece. Nor is it particularly fast. But there are other reasons why it, and similar pieces, can be a real challenge.
First, the thing is ubiquitous.
Remember the movie "Blood and

A View from the Stacks: Winter and Summer Programs Promote Reading

on March 9, 2013 - 7:45am
Head of Youth Services, Mesa PUblic Library

Quick! Name a Caldecott winner! Name a book written by an author whose last name starts with “T”! 

Name a book with frogs! If you were one of hundreds of children (237 to be precise) who registered for Los Alamos County Library System’s Winter Reading program over the last three months or who had someone in their lives who read with them or to them, you’d be able to answer these questions.

Here are some answers: My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann, Three Times Lucky by Shelia Turnage, and Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan


Letter to the Editor: Beer Co-op Plans Brewery and Taproom

on March 9, 2013 - 7:34am
President, Los Alamos Beer Cooperative
Los Alamos

In his March 7 letter to the editor, (“White Rock Needs a Pub”) Jon Hicks asks if there are any hopes for a local bar where patrons can enjoy a pint of beer and a quiet conversation without having to compete with big screen TVs and sportscasts blaring at full volume.

Well, I am happy to report that there is, in fact, a hope for just this sort of establishment in either White Rock or Los Alamos, or both.

But it is up to the citizens of Los Alamos County to help make the vision a reality.

The mission of the Los Alamos

The Pain Free Athlete: Shin Splints Can Occur in Seasonal Transition

on March 9, 2013 - 7:26am

Jessica Kisiel


The Pain Free Athlete
Shin Splints Can Occur in Seasonal Transition

Transitioning from skis to running shoes can be painful.

When skiing, our foot is connected to a long board and never makes contact with the ground. In running, the foot is free to move on its own and comes in direct contact with the earth.

How the foot interacts with this surface can make the difference between a pain full or pain less run.

The functional design of the foot is to strike the ground on the center of the heel, roll to mid-stance and push off over all fives

Dietitian Sara Pocernik Joins YMCA Staff

on March 9, 2013 - 7:21am

Dietitian Sara Pocernik is the newest addition to the Family YMCA staff. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

Dietitian Sara Pocernik has joined the staff of the Los Alamos Family YMCA.

Pocernik is a registered dietitian with experience in many areas of nutrition.  

She completed her bachelor’s degree in dietetics and nutrition science at Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in nutritional biochemistry at Tufts University.

She has also worked as a clinical dietitian in intensive care and dialysis units.

Pocernik is accepting Personal Nutrition Counseling appointments Fridays at the Y.