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Applications Open for Jennifer Marie Fleming Memorial Scholarship

on March 12, 2013 - 9:48am

LAHS News:

The Jennifer Marie Fleming Memorial Scholarship fund is offering a $1,000 one-time scholarship to a student who will graduate this spring from Los Alamos High School.

The award will be given to a student who possesses a strong sense of individuality and has demonstrated good character and a commitment to service and the welfare of fellow students.

The applicant must follow and encourage a drug and alcohol free lifestyle among his or her peers.

Additional information and application forms are available at the Career Resource Center at LAHS and must be postmarked by April 8.


Los Alamos County Fire Stations Significantly Reduce Energy Usage as a Result of Energy Conservation Competition

on March 12, 2013 - 9:20am

Los Alamos Fire Department Flyer: An example of one of the fliers posted in the participating fire stations to promote energy conservation. Courtesy/LAC

Fire Energy Competition Scoreboard: The scoreboard that was posted in each fire house, from early in the competition. Courtesy/LAC


After a six-month fire department energy conservation competition that approached the heat and intensity of a five-alarm fire the winner is ... Fire Station 4!

Fire Station 4 on Diamond Drive near the Los Alamos County Golf Course, reduced its electricity usage an average of 30 percent per month.


Help Plan Senior Appreciation Night

on March 12, 2013 - 9:11am
Individuals and volunteers interested in helping to plan a safe, fun-filled, drug free, all-night celebration for Los Alamos High School and home school graduating seniors are invited to a Senior Appreciation Night (SAN) planning meeting set for 1-2 p.m., Thursday, March 14 at the Aquatic Center Training Room, 2760 Canyon Road. 
Parents, organization representatives, community service groups and business owners are especially invited to attend.
SAN is a cooperative effort between parent volunteers, Los Alamos County Recreation Division, The Family YMCA, and approximately 40

Pasta Dinner Benefits Hiltopper Baseball

on March 12, 2013 - 9:09am

Comet PanStarrs Makes Appearance in Los Alamos

on March 12, 2013 - 9:06am
Pajarito Astronomer Club President Steve Becker sets up his telescope to view the comet PanStarrs. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


A large group of people lined up on the soccer fields at Overlook Park Sunday night. A telescope was being set up and sets of binoculars were pointed at the horizon. The sun was slipping away and the sky grew darker. The show was about to begin.

The Dark Night series will not officially kick off until April, but Sunday, the Pajarito Astronomers and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center hosted a special event to see the PanStarrs

Fuller Lodge Transformer Installation Set For March 16-17

on March 12, 2013 - 8:55am

DPU and County Facilities crews conduct preliminary work Monday afternoon for the installation of a new transformer on the Fuller Lodge grounds to correct a long-standing problem with the main power feed to the building. Photo by Carol A Clark/

Photo by Carol A Clark/


This weekend, March 16-17 Fuller Lodge, the adjacent Art Center, the Community Building and Ashley Pond Park will be without electricity as County crews begin the first phase of major improvements planned for Fuller Lodge over the summer.

Department of Public Utilities and


SFI Seminar: On the Foundations and Philosophy of Info-Metrics

on March 12, 2013 - 7:11am

SFI News:

SFI Seminar: On the Foundations and Philosophy of Info-Metrics

Thursday, March 14 at 12:15 p.m. in Collins Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Amos Golan of the Department of Economics, American University

Abstract: Info-metrics is the science and art of quantitatively processing information and inference. It crosses the boundaries of all sciences and provides the universal mathematical and philosophical foundations for inference with finite, noisy or incomplete information.

Info-metrics lies in the intersection of information theory,

Lauritzen Nominated for Excellence Award

on March 12, 2013 - 6:50am

Chamisa Elementary School Principal Deborah Smith, left, and Bernadette Lauritzen during the school's recent 45th anniversary celebration. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board selected Bernadette Lauritzen as its nominee for the 2013 New Mexico School Board’s Excellence in Student Achievement Award.

Superintendent Gene Schmidt said Lauritzen’s nomination was sent to the New Mexico State School Board Association because she has made a significant impact in student achievement for the Los Alamos schools.

“Not only is Bernadette known for her many volunteer hours, she is

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 28 To March 6, 2013

on March 11, 2013 - 10:18am

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. 28 at 3:10 p.m. / Police arrested Rowena MacDonald, 46, of Los Alamos on Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from the State of Missouri.




Feb. 28 at 2:47 p.m. / Police arrested Larry Bobo, 37, of Los Alamos near Diamond Drive and Ridgeway Drive and charged him with driving without headlights, driving with an obstructed windshield and DUI.



2013 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit Set for April 22-23

on March 11, 2013 - 10:15am

QNM News:

Quality New Mexico will host its annual Learning Summit April 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque.

Bill Wadt of Los Alamos is chair-elect of Quality New Mexico and co-chair of its educational initiative New Mexico Excellence in Learning.

"The goal of the Learning Summit is to get people interested in the idea of improving education in a Systemic way," Wadt said.

Quality New Mexico Chair-Elect Bill Wadt

Wadt announced the primary speakers for this year's Summit.

"We were able to get Terry Holliday, the Commissioner of Education for Kentucky, to be a keynote speaker and do

'Fair Pay for Women Act' Heads to the Governor’s Desk

on March 11, 2013 - 9:44am


SANTA FE - House Bill 216, the “Fair Pay for Woman Act”sponsored by Rep. Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe-47) received concurrence Sunday from the House to amendments added by the Senate.

HB 216 cleared the New Mexico Senate Saturday with a vote of 31-2 and with concurrence now heads to the Gov.ernor’s desk.

There has been wide-spread and bi-partisan support for the “Fair Pay for Women Act,” a key piece of legislation in the session.

“Today we have taken a major step in bringing wage equality to the women of New Mexico,” Egolf said.

Community Broadband Network Business Plan Presentation Tuesday

on March 11, 2013 - 9:42am


Tuesday March 12, Los Alamos County Council will hear a presentation on the Community Broadband Network project; a last-mile, open-access, fiber optic network project under consideration by Los Alamos County.

The project team will focus the presentation on the business plan and its recommendations, including a proposed increase in gross receipts tax to finance the project.

Digital copies of the presentation and handouts are available at the Los Alamos County Council website under the Agenda and Minutes section.

In addition, an Open Forum is available at for


Luján Celebrates Women’s History Month

on March 11, 2013 - 8:30am

Women of 1913. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in recognition of Women’s History Month, which is celebrated during March.

“Owing its roots to a protest by female factory workers over working conditions more than a century ago, Women’s History Month is an opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary contributions that women make in all facets of life.

Column: Are Female CEOs The Only/Best Role Model For Women?

on March 11, 2013 - 8:00am
Are Female CEOs The Only/Best Role Model For Women?
Column by ELENA YANG

Recent news brought to us stories of two prominent female executives of Internet companies, whose decisions and publicity have stirred up some debate and reflection on women’s lives within and outside organizations. 

Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In,” a semi-autobiography cum new feminism manifesto, offers women advice on how to advance in the corporate world by mostly evoking those dormant internal strengths. 

Sandberg is the current chief operating officer for Facebook.

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.