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Wrecked Paint Truck Removed From Mountain

on November 25, 2012 - 4:56am

Crews remove the wrecked paint truck, shown here Nov. 16 near West Jemez Road and N.M. 4, that went off the 'second hair pin' turn at mile marker 49 out of Los Alamos Sept. 18. Photo by Katherine Watson

The truck left the highway Sept. 18 and landed 200-300 yards down a steep rugged cliff into Bandelier National Monument property. The driver of the semi was able to escape the mangled wreck and crawl partially up the cliff, according to a witness at the scene. Los Alamos Fire Department rescue crews used ropes and a pulley to climb down the cliff and rescue the driver.

New Mexico Photographic Art Show Opens Dec. 1

on November 25, 2012 - 4:20am


PEEC's Annual Fund Drive is Underway

on November 24, 2012 - 9:48am

PEEC News:

Activities at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center ( PEEC) greatly depend on the generosity of nature lovers.

Donations are currently being taken for PEEC's 2012 Annual Drive, which will support its new initiatives and the future growth and sustainability of the educational organization.

To donate to PEEC:

...Online, visit;

...Mail donation to P.O. Box 547, Los Alamos, NM 87544; or

...Drop by PEEC in person at 3540 Orange St.


Santa Fe Institute Elects New Chair

on November 24, 2012 - 9:13am

Michael Mauboussin, Chief Investment Strategist for Legg Mason Capital Management, has been elected chairman of the Santa Fe Institute’s Board of Trustees.

His three-year appointment began Nov. 4 and he replaces Jim Rutt, who served as chairman since 2009.

Mauboussin has been an active member of SFI’s Board since 2000 and of SFI’s Business Network since 1998.

He has contributed extensively to the Network’s activities as a speaker, panel member and co-organizer of Network Topical Meetings and Symposia.

His complex systems-inspired advice on market behavior and dynamics is frequently sought by

'Breaking Dawn-Part 2' Offers Sweet Parting

on November 24, 2012 - 8:58am

Bella played by Kristen Stewart. Courtesy photo

Movie Review by Kirsten Laskey

It’s tough to say goodbye to a story that you love. But unlike Bella and Edward, the heroine and hero of the “Twilight” story, it was not love at first sight for me and the Twilight series.

Reading the synopsis of the first book, I thought “Twilight” was juvenile and silly. When my sister lent me her paperback copy of the first book, I grudgingly opened its cover.

Then I tore through the rest book, and then the next one, the one after that and the one after that.

It can’t stand up to the classics of

Pet of the Week: Shyloh the Mixed Breed

on November 24, 2012 - 8:33am

Shyloh. Courtesy/FOS

FOS News:

Pet of the Week: Shyloh is having a hard time understanding why he's still at the shelter.

This mixed breed is pretty much the perfect dog ... confident, affectionate, friendly, housebroken and he enjoys the company of children and other dogs.

Stop by and take Shyloh over to the dog park after which you probably won't be able to resist taking him home.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter at 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets and others off-campus in foster homes.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website

Today is Small Business Saturday ... Shop Los Alamos Stores!

on November 24, 2012 - 8:14am


Support local businesses and at the same time help contribute to neighbors in need.

Today, Nov. 24 is Small Business Saturday and the community is urged to shop local.

A portion of sales at participating Los Alamos businesses will go to the United Way Community Action Fund to help those in need.

Participating businesses:

  • CB FOX @ 1735 Central Ave.;
  • Don Taylor’s Photography @ 999 Central Ave., Suite 100;
  • Fuller Lodge Art Center @ 2132 Central Ave.;
  • Homerun Pizza @ 1627 Central Ave.;
  • Khalsa Acupuncture @ 919 Central Ave.;
  • LA Tan and More @ 975 Central Ave.;
  • Metzger’s Do It Best

Self-taught African Teen Wows MIT

on November 24, 2012 - 7:23am

Kelvin Doe. Courtesy/

NIST News:

Kelvin Doe, 15, is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters.

Completely self-taught, Doe has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

Doe became the youngest person in history to be invited to the "Visiting Practitioner's Program" at MIT.

Unique Holiday Shopping Available Now at Fuller Lodge Art Center's Affordable Arts Sale

on November 24, 2012 - 6:54am

By Kirsten Laskey

It is not the usual scene at the Fuller Lodge Art Center. When walking into the space, there is no definite show being displayed in the gallery.

What visitors are greeted with is the Affordable Arts Sale, a treat that only comes once a year.

The space has been cleared and filled with every type of art available. There isn’t a corner or niche in the place that isn’t displaying a piece of jewelry, a painted pottery bowl, a watercolor painting or other pieces of art.

“Everything from lamps to wall art,” Marketing Director Nancy Coombs said.

It is not just art being

Young Girl Remains Hospitalized Following Wednesday's Crash

on November 23, 2012 - 10:24am

Staff Report

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office reports that the 13-year-old girl injured in Wednesday's head-on collision near the White Rock "Y" on N.M. 4 remains hospitalized in Albuquerque.

The two-car accident sent both drivers to the hospital and left a 14-year-old Los Alamos boy dead.

An online report by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office reports that the boy, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday at the scene.

Dennis Bernal, 43, of Santa Fe was driving northbound on N.M.

Community Members Gather for Thanksgiving Meal

on November 23, 2012 - 10:15am

Lots of diners attend the Community Thanksgiving Meal served Thursday at the American Legion 1325 Trinity Dr. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Volunteers Colin McCoy, Ellie Hurst and James Johnson mug for the camera. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Dist. 43 Representative-elect Stephanie G. Richards and daughter Nica Vasquez help serve Thanksgiving meals to community members Thursday. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Thanksgiving meal table decorations were created by Robyn Petersen. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Thanksgiving Day Sunset

on November 23, 2012 - 9:58am

A view of the sunset appearing Thanksgiving Day shot from behind the Elk's Lodge on Trinity Drive. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Call for Nature Center Ideas

on November 23, 2012 - 9:49am

PEEC News:

Idea Factory: Contribute your ideas about the unique qualities of the Pajarito Plateau!

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov 29 or 1 p.m. Monday, Dec 3

What should a nature center in Los Alamos say? Join us as we figure out the key messages ... the stories you've encountered ... about the Pajarito Plateau.

Your ideas will help us create a plan to strengthen people's connection with the natural world around us.

Please come help us build an interpretive plan. You provide the ideas, we provide yummy snacks. There will be LOTS OF FOOD at the Thursday evening meeting.

Please register


What Lawmakers Face When They Convene at Roundhouse in January

on November 23, 2012 - 7:34am

New Mexico House Chambers. Photo by Jim Wayne

New Mexico PBS’ Public Affairs Series “NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS” airs at 7 p.m. today, Nov. 23 on Ch. 5.1 - There is no Sunday repeat this week.


  • An In-Depth Look At What Lawmakers Face When They Convene At The Roundhouse In January – Plus, Gov. Susana Martinez's Election Year Political Strategy & What It Means For The Next Legislative Session
  • As New Mexico’s Centennial Year Winds Down, David Holtby, Author of “THE 47th STAR,” Talks About Stories & Characters Behind New Mexico's Struggles For Statehood
  • The Film Based on the Novel "THE LIFE OF

Thanksgiving at Plymouth

on November 22, 2012 - 8:22am

Happy Thanksgiving from the Los Alamos Daily Post News Team!


In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World.

After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River.

One month later, the Mayflower

LANL Employees Make Gifts of Time, Talent and Money

on November 22, 2012 - 8:17am

A student receives a new pair of shoes from the generosity of Los Alamos National Laboratory employees through the LANL Laces Program. Courtesy/LANL

Staff Report

Throughout the year, the generous efforts of Los Alamos National Laboratory management and employees helps to enhance the lives of others through the sharing of their time, talent and money.

Each Thanksgiving season, LANL hosts "Take a Turkey to Work Day." Last year, employees donated more than 400 frozen turkeys and helped fill holiday meal food baskets for 852 Northern New Mexico families.

LANL's manager, Los Alamos National

What Killed Off The Massive Woolly Mammoth & Reshaped The Earth?

on November 22, 2012 - 8:16am

Woolly Mammoth. Courtesy/

PBS News:

CONNECT: Inspired thinking, provocative questions … each month New Mexico PBS connects audiences to great ideas in science, medicine, arts, and history.

• What Killed Off The Massive Woolly Mammoth & Reshaped The Earth?

• What Are The Basic Forces That Have Shaped Our Universe?

• How Are New Molecules Discovered?

CONNECT airs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 on New Mexico PBS Ch. 5.1, and is hosted by Augusta Meyers.• What Are The Basic Forces That Have Shaped Our Universe Since The Beginning Of Time?

"One of the things my group is interested

OBITUARY: June Henry Loar Oct. 2, 1926–Nov. 20, 2012

on November 22, 2012 - 6:32am

June Henry Loar, 86, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. Interment will be in Oklahoma at the family plot. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

June was born Oct. 2, 1926, in Scotland, Arkansas to Philip and Molly Henry. She was a member of the Coulter Road Baptist Church and loved her Sunday school class.  

She taught Sunday school at Frink Baptist Church in McAlester, Oklahoma and at the United Methodist Church in Anthony, New Mexico. 

She volunteered for many activities.

Sheriff's Office Identifies Drivers in Fatal Crash

on November 21, 2012 - 10:01pm

Los Alamos Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Dawald at the scene of today's fatal crash on N.M. 4. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Carol A. Clark

Capt. Adan Mendoza of the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office this evening released the names of the drivers involved in today's fatal head-on collision on N.M. 4.

Jennifer Ventura-Trujillo, 41, of White Rock was driving a 4-door Honda sedan with a 13-year-old female passenger and a 14-year-old male passenger inside, he said.

The male passenger died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Mendoza explained that his office does not

N.M. 4 at White Rock 'Y' Now Open

on November 21, 2012 - 8:27pm

N.M. 4 near White Rock "y" now open. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

Police have reopened N.M. 4 near the White Rock “Y” following today's two-car crash in which a Los Alamos teenage boy died.

Both drivers and a passenger were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with injuries, according to police.

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster told the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon that a small four-door sedan collided head on with a red Toyota pickup near the sweeping turn just west of the White Rock "Y" on N.M. 4.

Foster said the pickup rolled over and it

Breaking News: Accident with Fatality Near White Rock ‘Y’

on November 21, 2012 - 3:08pm

Updated 6:30 p.m.

From the scene of the two car accident. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

N.M. 4 near the White Rock “Y” is closed due to a two car accident. Police report that a teen has died. An adult female driving one vehicle, a passenger and the male driver of the second vehicle have all been transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with injuries, according to police.

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster told the Los Alamos Daily Post that a small four door sedan collided head on with a red Toyota pickup near the sweeping turn just west of the White Rock

Public Comment Sought on Las Conchas Reforestation Project

on November 21, 2012 - 11:32am

SFNF News:


The public is being invited to comment on a proposal to reforest approximately 1,800 to 2,510 acres of national forest system lands that were burned during the 2011 Las Conchas Fire on the Jemez and Española Ranger Districts of the Santa Fe National Forest.


The purpose of this project is to reestablish forest cover to areas severely damaged by the Las Conchas fire.


This spring, approximately 425,000 ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir seedlings will be planted on 1,800 to 2,510 acres of land within the Las Conchas Fire perimeter located in the Jemez Mountains west and


Christmas Tree Sales Begin at Valles Caldera

on November 21, 2012 - 11:31am

JEMEZ SPRINGS – Beginning this Friday, Nov. 23, and every weekend through Dec. 23, the Valles Caldera will sell pre-cut Christmas trees for $20 each while supplies last.

Trees will be sold from the Valle Grande Staging Area, which is open 9.a.m.-5 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Valle Grande Staging Area is accessible through the Valles Caldera National Preserve's main gate, which is located at mile marker 39.2 along N.M. 4.

Proceed through the main gate and down the road approximately two miles to the Valle Grande staging area.

There is no entrance fee to visit the staging


Money IQ: ‘Tis the Season

on November 21, 2012 - 10:21am
Money IQ
By Melissa Romero

‘Tis the Season

We all know that the holiday season is a time for giving but for many thieves and criminals, it’s a time for taking and it’s your money that they’re after.

Every year, more and more people fall victim to identity theft, fraud and phishing schemes.

This week’s edition of Money IQ will help you better understand what you can do to ensure that you and your money are safe.

During the holidays we tend to get so busy with our preparations we sometimes let our guard down, especially financially.

Not closely monitoring our accounts, making large