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King and Queen of Pajarito Mountain Crowned at Skiesta

on March 5, 2013 - 6:40am
King of Pajarito Mountain Steven Calhoun on a recent visit to Red River Ski Area. Photo by Michael P. Young
Queen of Pajarito Mountain JoAnna O'Neill at Saturday's Skiesta. Photo by Glen A. Wurden

Two teenagers from Los Alamos were crowned King and Queen of Pajarito Mountain at Saturday's Skiesta.

Steven Calhoun, 15, won first place in the Rail Jam and Sloppy Slalom events. JoAnna O'Neill, 15, won first place in the Rail Jam, Sloppy Slalom, Giant Slalom and Big Air events.

O'Neill was also crowned the queen at the 2012 Skiesta.

Belisama Irish Dancers Shine at North American Championships

on March 5, 2013 - 6:36am
Kyle Partin, center, wins the Mean Ghrad Award. Belisama Artistic Director Adrienne Bellis is at far right. Courtesy photo
Deena Rice, left), Elaina Bossert, center, wins the Ard Ghrad Award. Belisama Artistic Director Adrienne Bellis is at far right. Courtesy photo

BID News:

Belisama Irish Dance traveled to Washington, DC in February to compete in the CRN North American Irish Dance Championships.

Fifteen Belisama dancers competed over three days, and all 15 won or placed in their solo dances.

Top awardees include Kyle Partin, who won the first-place award at Mean Ghrad, and Shannon

Kiwanis Clubs Host Mid‐Year Conference

on March 5, 2013 - 6:27am
From left, Sharon Allen, Katherine Elton, Neha Sadasivan, Audrey Juliani and Don Casperson (not pictured, Esperanza Tapia.) Courtesy photo

The Southwest District of Kiwanis held their annual mid‐year conference Saturday, March 2 at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe.

Representatives from Los Alamos’ two K-Kids Clubs (Aspen and  Barranca Elementary) and Builders Club  at Los Alamos Middle School were invited to make presentations describing their club’s activities.

Representatives and their clubs are as follows: Katherine Elton, president of Aspen Elementary K-Kids Club; Neha


LALT Issues Casting Call for 'Stones in His Pockets'

on March 5, 2013 - 6:15am

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre announces auditions for “Stones in His Pockets” by Marie Jones, directed by Chris Monteith and produced by Jess Cullinan.

Auditions are
1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, March 11 in the Green Room at the LALT Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.

While the play is written for two men to perform all 15 characters, the director is not ruling out the possibility of casting a woman in one of these slots.

So, if you want to audition, you are welcome to do so.

Kindergarten Roundup Starts Soon

on March 5, 2013 - 6:09am

LAPS News:

Kindergarten Roundup is around the corner! Children who will turn age five by Sept. 1, 2013, are eligible for kindergarten next year.

See the following schedule for Roundup dates and times:

  • Aspen                       April 24           1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Barranca                   March 27        12:30 p.m.
  • Chamisa                   April 24           1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Mountain                  March 27         1-4 p.m.
  • Pinon                        April 3             1-2 p.m.

Hunter Education Class in Los Alamos March 16-17

on March 5, 2013 - 5:55am

NMG&F News:

There are several spaces remaining in the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Hunter Education class scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17 in Los Alamos.

All course registration is conducted online at http://www.wildlife.state.nm.
us and it is recommended to enroll as early as possible as courses fill quickly.

U.S. Bank 'Rally4Rewards' Program - Earn $2,500 for LAHS

on March 5, 2013 - 5:51am

LAHS News:

U.S Bank is a supporter of high school athletics/activities and has been a major sponsor of the NMAA for many years now.

In addition to serving as the title sponsor of the State Football, Basketball and Track Championships, U.S. Bank has also served as a large contributor to the NMAA Foundation.

Now, they are taking this even further with Monday's launch of the “Rally4Rewards" program.

Through this program, U.S. Bank will be donating $2,500 to six different NMAA member schools.

Letter to the Editor: On Hyping Roundabouts

on March 5, 2013 - 5:39am
Los Alamos

Recently, Councilor Kristin Henderson stated (Los Alamos Daily Post Feb. 23) that "And yes, the federal and state highway people are all good with a roundabout. New Mexico just put one in on the bypass."

There has been no roundabout put on the N.M. 599 bypass. The roundabouts are on a low-traffic, feeder road on either side of the bypass and not on N.M. 599 itself.

And while it is considering the County's desire to have a roundabout at Central Avenue, NMDOT has long been on-record favoring a signalized intersection there.

Councilor Henderson's

Udall Issues Statement on DOE and EPA Nominations

on March 4, 2013 - 8:33pm
DOE Secretary Nominee Dr. Ernest Moniz
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall,D-N.M., issued the following statement after President Obama nominated Dr. Ernest Moniz and Gina McCarthy to lead Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), respectively:
"I look forward to meeting with the two candidates President Obama has put forth to lead the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency.

Fierce Windstorm Topples Flagpole at Barranca Elementary School

on March 4, 2013 - 7:34pm
A school crew works to remove a fallen flagpole at Barranca Elementary School today following a fierce windstorm. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Today's winds topple flagpole at Barranca Elementary School. Photo by Anna Fernandez

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 22– Feb.27, 2013

on March 4, 2013 - 11:55am

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.


Feb. 22 at 3:26 a.m. / Police arrested Rogelio Anaya, 20, of Los Alamos at 9th Street and Central Avenue and charged him with speeding, driving with an open container of alcohol, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license, driving without

Pajarito Reads: 'Blaize Castle' a Fun Read in the Style of Jane Austen

on March 4, 2013 - 11:53am
Los Alamso Daily Post

“This hat sells books,” said local author Inez Ross when I admired her bright red fedora.

Ross, who has a life-long love affair with trains and rides often, finds her hat is a great conversation starter onboard the train.

“People ask me if I’m in the Red Hat Society and I say I belong to the Black Feather Authors’ Society,” Ross said. This often leads directly to a sale.

The other secret of Ross’ success in selling her books on the train is the size.

County Planner Speaks at 'Lunch With a Leader' March 14

on March 4, 2013 - 11:52am

LWV News:

League of Women Voters "Lunch with a Leader" is 11:40 a.m. Thursday, March 14 at Mesa Public  Library.  

As always, the entire community is welcome to attend. The speaker is Gary Leikness, principal planner of the Los Alamos Community and Economic Development Department.

Leikness has a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon.

He moved to Los Alamos in June 2010, from Rexburg, Ida. where he was a planning and zoning administrator. Prior to that, he was a planner for Lincoln City, Ore.

Thoughts From the Big Chair: The Dramatic Renaissance of TV Drama

on March 4, 2013 - 11:44am
Thoughts From the Big Chair
Comments on Television and Associated Media From a Lifelong Addict
Column by RALPH E. CHAPMAN (Twitter @RalphEChapman)
©2013, Ralph E. Chapman
The Dramatic Renaissance of TV Drama

Hey gang! Let me first mention that today is the first anniversary of the entrance into our (My Lovely Bride and I) lives of Lola, our beautiful brindle Chihuahua, that we adopted from the Los Alamos shelter.

Adding her to family - along with our cats Ray and Lena  (from the Española shelter) - has completed our family.

Column: Great Skis, Great Skiing, to Great Organizations Part II

on March 4, 2013 - 11:28am

Great Skis, Great Skiing, to Great Organizations – From Personal Development to Organizational Development Part II

Column by ELENA YANG

From “hedgehog” of last week to “flywheel” of this week; these are some of the principles in Jim Collins’ “Good To Great.”

The “flywheel” is about steady improvement over time; with momentum gradually building up, the wheel/organization eventually transforms and takes off. 

There is no flashy launching of some product/program or momentous announcement.

Lobos Clinch Mountain West Conference Title

on March 4, 2013 - 11:09am

From left, Kevin McCurdy recognized at Senior Day, stands with Tyler Pientka, right, and Alex Kirk after Lobos clinch Mountain West Conference Title Saturday. Photo by Alan Kirk

Junior Parent Night is March 11

on March 4, 2013 - 10:52am

LAHS News:

Parents of current Los Alamos High School juniors are invited to attend Junior Parent Night at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 11 in the Speech Theater.

“Junior Parent Night is an evening presentation for the parents of current juniors which provides information on post-secondary options,” said Cindy Black, one of four guidance counselors at the high school. “We cover the college admission process, including two- and four-year colleges, technical and vocational schools, and military options.


Local Company Donates to Youth Activity Center

on March 4, 2013 - 10:42am

Executive Director Paul Martinez of the Youth Activity Centers in Los Alamos and White Rock thanks Program Manager Jim Weeks of Weidlinger Navarro Joint Venture, right and Vice President Scott Den Baars of Navarro Research and Engineering for their donation that paid to resurface pool tables at the Los Alamos Youth Activity Center. Courtesy/YAC

Executive Director Paul Martinez of the Youth Activity Centers in Los Alamos and White Rock thanks Program Manager Jim Weeks for the Weidlinger Navarro Joint Venture, right and Vice President Scott Den Baars for Navarro Research and Engineering for

Jeff Favorite Brings 'The Gospel of Mark' to the Stage

on March 4, 2013 - 10:12am
Photo by TK Thompson/
Favorite Brings “The Gospel of Mark” to the Stage
An estimated 6,001,500,000 Holy Bibles have been printed. Before the Gutenberg Bible was printed in 1450, however, most of the illiterate population’s access to the Bible was purely oral: a rich Jewish storytelling tradition that grew in the homes of the early Christian church and was later professed to the populace by church authorities. 

“The Gospel According to Mark,” a dramatic one-person performance by Jeffrey Favorite at 7:30 p.m.

LAHS Girls Varsity Basketball Team Travels to Deming Friday to Play Wildcats

on March 4, 2013 - 9:39am


The Los Alamos High School Girls Varsity Basketball team will travel to Deming for a 7 p.m. game Friday, March 8.

The girls were seeded 9th and will play the 8th seeded Deming Wildcats.

Wish the team and coaches good luck this week!


Ashley Pond Park ADA Ramp Excavation Begins Today Near Central Avenue and Bathtub Row

on March 4, 2013 - 9:30am



As part of the Ashley Pond Park improvements project, County Parks crews will begin excavation for the ADA ramp near the intersection of Central Avenue and Bathtub Row today, March 4.

There will be a pedestrian detour around the work. Construction is expected to take approximately two weeks.

Cafe Scientific Thursday: Can Cryptography Protect You From Eavesdroppers?

on March 4, 2013 - 9:21am

Los Alamos Aquatomics Swim Team Heads to State!

on March 4, 2013 - 8:46am

Aquatomics 2013 State Team, Ashlynn Bennett, 16; Alex Jaegers, 14; Jillian Bennett, 12; Ian Jaegers, 10; Kaitlin Bennett, 13; Gabe Katko, 10; Max Berndt, 10; Ming-Yuan Lo, 8; Carlos Chacon, 10; Kalen Melton, 8; Miguel Chacon, 10; Paige Patterson, 10; Andy Corliss, 8; Ben Reidys, 13; Max Corliss, 10; Max Reidys, 15; Michael Englert-Erickson, 16; Christo Rohlev, 15; Alana Goodwin, 12; Matias Rougier, 9; Nick Greenfield, 16; Gabriella Tepley,12; Jenz Hampel, 16; Neil Wilkerson, 12 and Jacob Hollis, 13. Photo Courtesy of Doug Wedman

LAA News:

The Los Alamos Aquatomics Swim Team is heading to


Demolition Underway at New Beginnings Church

on March 3, 2013 - 7:43am
Demolition crews were tearing down the fire damaged New Beginnings Fellowship Chapel at 112 East Road Friday. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff report

A morning fire destroyed the chapel of the New Beginnings Fellowship Church at 112 East Road in Los Alamos last July 4. 

The blaze left a burned out shell of a building. One firefighter was injured battling the flames that had traveled up into the building's rafters.

There were unusual circumstances surrounding the fire and a state fire marshal was called in to investigate the cause. 

Last August, the fire was ruled "electrical