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Los Alamos Police Score Big Victory Against Local Drug Issues

on October 4, 2012 - 11:59am

Los Alamos Patrol Sgt. Andrew Goldie and Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris examine items confiscated as part of more than a year long investigation in which several drug arrests have been made related to the manufacturing and trafficking of methamphetamine. Courtesy/LAPD

Items confiscated by Los Alamos Police in local drug raids. Courtesy/LAPD

Staff report

The Los Alamos Police Department Criminal Investigations Division made two drug arrests Sept. 26 in Los Alamos County. 

This was part of a ongoing investigation that stemmed back more than a year ago in which several drug arrests were made due

Los Alamos Daily Post Candidate Conversations - Sheehey & Redondo

on October 4, 2012 - 11:58am

The Los Alamos Daily Post continues its series of video-taped conversations with candidates running for office in the 2012 election cycle.

Los Alamos County Council candidates Democrats Pete Sheehey and Michael Redondo are featured in this video discussing the issues in a conversational format conducted Wednesday at the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters in the Small Business Development Center in downtown Los Alamos.

The Council candidates were paired at random and answered questions about topics that affect the lives of the people throughout the community.


Los Alamos Daily Post Candidate Conversations - Girrens & Henderson

on October 4, 2012 - 11:58am

The Los Alamos Daily Post continues its series of video-taped conversations with candidates running for office in the 2012 election cycle.

Los Alamos County Council candidates Republican Steven Girrens and Democrat Kristin Henderson are featured in this video discussing the issues in a conversational format conducted this Monday at the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters in the Small Business Development Center in downtown Los Alamos.

The Council candidates were paired at random and answered questions about topics that affect the lives of the people throughout the community.


Juveniles Ignite Fire Behind Manhattan Loop

on October 4, 2012 - 11:55am

LAPD News:

Two 12-year-old Los Alamos boys started a fire in the canyon behind Manhattan Loop at about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Los Alamos Firefighters doused the blaze and identified the two boys. Los Alamos Police met with the boys and referred them to the juvenile probation officer.

The boys apparently set some leaves on fire, which quickly spread to the surrounding ground cover, according to the police report.

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said the fire scorched a 30 foot by foot area of land and that no structures were affected.

RDC Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

on October 4, 2012 - 11:27am

RDC News:

Regional Development Corporation received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for their Accelerate - Technical Training and Job Placement program in the category of Partnerships with Educational Institutions for communities with populations of 200,000 - 500,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which is being held Sept. 30 – Oct. 3 in Houston, Texas.

“We recognize Regional Development Corporation for creating innovative and successful

Evolutionary Theory, Web-Search Technology Combine for DNA Analysis

on October 4, 2012 - 11:18am

From left, Los Alamos scientists Joel Berendzen, Ben McMahon, Mira Dimitrijevic, Nick Hengartner and Judith Cohn. Courtesy LANL

LANL News:

  • Bioinformatics breakthrough has clinical & environmental applications

New software from Los Alamos National Laboratory called Sequedex uses evolutionary theory to swiftly identify short “reads” of DNA, calling out the specific organisms from which the DNA came and their likely activity.

“Sequedex makes it possible for a researcher to analyze data hot off a DNA sequencer using a laptop,” said Joel Berendzen, a scientist on the project.

Letter to the Editor: Straightening Record on Several Levels

on October 4, 2012 - 10:58am
By Jim Hall
State Representative, District 43

I noticed the column by Ms. Gunther in the Los Alamos Daily Post. It is an unfortunate combination of rehashing a past issue and conflating political posturing with practical policy.

Since I strongly support New Mexico based businesses (see the business-related bills that I advocated) and have a strong record of encouraging New Mexico business development, the column is particularly disingenuous.

A forthcoming column (perhaps columns—this is not a simple subject) will discuss my corporate tax policy position in detail.

Hilltopper Volleyball Opens District Play With 3-0 Win Over Bernillilo

on October 4, 2012 - 10:54am

Samantha Fenner blocking at net. Photo by Alan Kirk
Brianna Montano with kill shot. Photo by Alan Kirk
Claire Stewart with block kill. Photo by Alan Kirk
Savannah Romero uses quick set to Samantha Fenner. Photo by Alan Kirk

New State Settlement Proposal for San Juan Generating Station Could Lay Foundation for "Third Alternative" Agreement

on October 4, 2012 - 7:24am

San Juan Generating Station. Courtesy Photo

PNM News:

PNM Resources' New Mexico utility, PNM, acknowledges that a state settlement proposal released today to address regional haze at San Juan Generating Station appears to be an important step toward an alternative to the current federal plan.

The proposed settlement agreement announced by the state would require several additional actions before moving forward. The first of those actions would be an agreement in principle by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and PNM to support the proposal.

The proposal then would require

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
This week's preview is sponsored by
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