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OBITUARY: David W. Sturm July 22, 1957-Nov. 3, 2012

on November 15, 2012 - 9:08am
David William Sturm July 22, 1957-Nov. 3, 2012
David “Dave” Sturm, 55, of Sierra Los Pinos, N.M., passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.

He passed felling burned trees on Cochiti Mesa from the Las Conchas Fire in 2011.

One of the massive trees came down hitting him and sending him over the cliff. He passed doing what he loved and was surrounded by dear friends.

He was born July 22, 1957 in New Brighton, PA., and attended schools in Pasadena, Texas.

He moved to New Mexico in 1994. He lived in Sierra Los Pinos near Jemez Springs with his dog, “Puppy” where his home overlooked the

New Mexico Female Fiction Authors Sought

on November 15, 2012 - 9:07am

NMPW News:

An outstanding New Mexican writer will be honored for her work in fiction next spring when her book receives the prestigious Zia Award.

New Mexican women writers are invited to submit their books for consideration for the award, given each year by New Mexico Press Women at the annual spring conference.

To be eligible to receive the award, selected winners must read at the award luncheon during the 2013 conference in April.

The 2013 Zia Award will be given to the author of an outstanding fiction book published in 2010, 2011, or 2012.

The contest is open to all subgenres of


BREAKING NEWS: 11 Local Cars Burglarized Overnight

on November 14, 2012 - 4:37pm

Photo: Illustration

By Carol A. Clark

Eleven vehicle burglaries were committed primarily on North Mesa overnight.

A few cars also were burglarized in Quemazon and the 2500 Circle neighborhoods.

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster explained that most of the vehicles broken into were unlocked and the missing items were left visible on the vehicles front or rear seats.

The items stolen were mainly small in size such as leathermans and binoculars, he said.

"These burglaries appear to be crimes of opportunity," Foster said.

Money IQ: Security: Two-Factor Authentication

on November 14, 2012 - 4:32pm
Money IQ
By Michael Carson

Security: Two-Factor Authentication

The risk of having an online account breached is increasing every day as cybercriminals continue to evolve and refine their methods.

Simply having a user ID and password as an authentication method is no longer enough to truly protect your account.

You need a form of two-factor authentication. What is two-factor authentication? Two-factor authentication requires more information than something you know, such as a password.

It adds the additional criteria of something you must have.

County Broadband Survey Runs Until Nov. 25

on November 14, 2012 - 10:12am


Los Alamos County is continuing its market research to assess demand and interest in broadband services, as well as explore preferences regarding methods of financing the Community Broadband Network (CBN) project and willingness to pay for the various costs to install and operate the network.

CBN is a “last-mile” fiber network that will provide open and advanced broadband communications access to all County residents, businesses and institutions.

In an on-going effort to gather community input, an online survey is now available until Nov.


Community Invited to LAHS Basketball Green & Gold Game

on November 14, 2012 - 9:34am

LAHS News:

Come out and join the LAHS Girls and Boys Basketball Teams as they kick off the 2012/2013 season with the annual Green and Gold Game.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15

Where: Griffith Gymnasium

Activities: Welcome and Intro of all High School Teams, Boys Inter-Squad Scrimmage, Free Throw Contest Sponsored by HBA and Girls Inter-Squad Scrimmage

Admission: Free but donations are requested to support the Hilltopper Basketball Academy. Any donation of $5 will receive a free LA Toppers Decal.


Ward’s Beaded Jewelry at Karen Wray Fine Art

on November 14, 2012 - 8:46am

Photo: Beaded bracelet by artist Chris Ward

By Mandy Marksteiner

In the mid nineties, Chris Ward attended a craft show in Owatonna, Minn. In one of the craft show booths she saw a fabulous beaded bracelet that she absolutely loved.

She wanted to give it to her mother, but was afraid that the colors weren’t quite right.

Instead of forgetting about the bracelet and buying her mom a gift card, she took a class with the woman who made the bracelet, and fell in love with beading.

Photo: Artist Chris Ward

Ward quickly became an expert at making bracelets, necklaces and earrings using a


Last Chance to Sign Up for Red Cross Babysitters Course

on November 14, 2012 - 7:58am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA’s American Red Cross Babysitters Course will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17. Registration must be received by 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

The course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with training in babysitter safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, essential professional, leadership and care-giving skills, and how to manage real-life problems.

The session will be held 4-8:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 1-5:30 p.m. Nov.

Los Alamos Hockey Girls Compete in Series

on November 14, 2012 - 7:47am

With support from a teammate, a Los Alamos player takes a shot. Photo by Scott Doebling

LAHA News:

Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Outpost Ice Arena in Albuquerque, four ice hockey teams composed entirely of girls from New Mexico, including two teams from Los Alamos Hockey Association (LAHA), came together to play a two-game series.

This is believed to be the first time four all New Mexico girls teams have played each other in one day.
The LAHA U12 Girls fell to the NMIce U12 Girls. The newly formed LAHA U14 Girls squad was bested by in-state rival New Mexico Mustangs U14. 

Next up, the LAHA


Officials Request Funding For The Hive

on November 13, 2012 - 9:30pm

Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network President Andy Andrews, at podium, and The Hive Steward David Jones present a Citizens' Petition requesting that Council grant $36,000 to The Hive to sustain its operations through February 2013, and further requesting that Council direct County staff to develop an expanded grant application for the Hive's continued operations. There is not a mechanism in place at the current time for Council to fund a private company in this manner.

Council Adopts Modified New Sign Code

on November 13, 2012 - 8:50pm

Council voted to approve a modified new sign code and to send three proposed changes to the code to the Planning and Zoning Commission for further work before returning those proposed changes back to Council for possible final approval. Photo by Carol A.

Staff Report

The purposes are to:

(1) Encourage the effective use of signs as a means of communication and way-finding in the County;
(2) Maintain and enhance the aesthetic environment of the County and the County’s ability to attract sources of economic development and growth;
(3) Improve pedestrian and traffic safety


Smith's Engineer Weighs in on Sign Code Issue

on November 13, 2012 - 8:46pm

President Bret Wahlen, P.E., of Great Basin Engineering South, Salt Lake City, Utah, representing his client Smith's Food and Drug Centers, briefs Council on sign code issues relevant to the grocery store. County Principal Planner Gary Leikness listens at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Listens to Proposed Sign Code Changes

on November 13, 2012 - 8:07pm

County Principal Planner Gary Leikness presents recommendations to Council on changes to the local sign code. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost

Council begins to question County Principal Planner Gary Leikness about staff recommendations to change certain portions of the sign code. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost

Staff Report

In the past, both the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce survey and CDD (then) Community and Economic Development (CED) administrative experience confirmed that the existing sign code is cumbersome to use and interpret for both staff and the general public.

Council Approves Certification of Canvassing Committee Results of 2012 General Election

on November 13, 2012 - 7:53pm

Los Alamos County Clerk Janet Foster addresses Council during the Council meeting tonight in Council Chambers. The Council unanamously approved the results of the Canvassing Committee and directed the County Clerk to certify the results to the State Canvassing Board in conformity with applicable New Mexico election law. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Declares November 'Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month'

on November 13, 2012 - 7:41pm

During tonight's meeting in Council Chambers, Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz presents a proclamation on behalf of the Council declaring the month of November as "Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month" to Monica-Amit Misra, center, and Nina Thayer on behalf of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Denise Lane Expresses Heartbreak Over Her Son Who is Suspected of Letting His Dogs Starve to Death

on November 13, 2012 - 2:25pm

Los Alamos resident Denise Lane expresses in an email her heartbreak over the news that the two dogs recently discovered starved to death in a Santa Fe apartment belonged to her son, Jake Smith of Santa Fe:

From: Denise Lane

To: Los Alamos Daily Post

Subject: My son

I am writing to share because I can't find the words to say to each and everyone who cares about us.
I can't tell the story with tears so this is the easiest way clearly and honestly communicate.

I am completely and utterly heartbroken. Not just a little fracture but a heart broken into a million pieces.

I can barely put one


County Working to Bring Commuter Plane to Los Alamos

on November 13, 2012 - 1:43pm

New Mexico Airlines charter plane. Courtesy/NMA

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos County is holding meetings this week with New Mexico Airlines to bring a commuter airline service to Los Alamos.

The service will transport passengers to the Albuquerque Sunport.

Public Works Department Director Philo S. Shelton III said that this week's meetings include discussing flight schedules and frequency of service.

"We are looking at using a 9-passenger plane, so for convenience of service we will offer more frequent flights," Shelton said.


Art Board Recommends Moving 'Strange Trio'

on November 13, 2012 - 10:40am

The Art in Public Places Board will present its recommendation to Council at 7 p.m. in the Community Building today, Nov. 13, to re-locate the "Strange Trio" sculpture by Tommy Hicks to Overlook Park in White Rock. The sculpture used to be located between the former Los Alamos Police Station and Trinity Drive. It developed problems with the concrete base and has been in storage for approximately five years. Courtesy/LAC

Here is the proposed new location at Overlook Park in White Rock for the "Strange Trio" sculpture currently in storage. Courtesy/LAC

State Transportation Commission Meeting in Carlsbad

on November 13, 2012 - 9:35am


Santa Fe – The StateTransportation Commission will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Pecos River Conference Center, 1711 Muscatel Ave. in Carlsbad.

Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • A request for additional $1,456,029 for the Transit and Rail budget
  • Additions and deletions from the State Highway System
  • Introduction of our new commissioner Robert Wallach who is representing District 2 in southeastern New Mexico

The meeting will be webcast live on Gov. Susana Martinez’s website,

The State Transportation Commission is an


Michelangelo Lobato Speaking Today to Kiwanians

on November 13, 2012 - 9:22am


Los Alamos Teen Center Director Michelangelo Lobato will speak to local Kiwanians about a recent youth trip to Israel at noon today, Nov. 13, at the Masonic Temple.

The meeting is open to the public.

Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple on Sage Street, near the intersection of 15th Street and Canyon Road.

Speakers and topics are occasionally subject to change because of illness, conflicts or weather.


Nov. 13-Michelangelo Lobato will speak on a recent youth trip to Israel.

Nov. 20-Kiwanians John and Sue Hofmann will speak on their


Los Alamos Rotarians Induct Four New Members

on November 13, 2012 - 9:00am

Rotary Club of Los Alamos members applaude four newly inducted Rotarians following an Oct. 30 ceremony at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Jenn King, Laura Loy, Hannah Fellers and Jane Johnson became the newest Rotarians in the world. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Rotarian Skip King conducts the Oct. 30 ceremony inducting new Rotarians from left, Jenn King, Laura Loy with her father Rotarian Hal Davis, Rotarian Kristina Kramer with new member Hannah Fellers and Jane Johnson (not in photo.) Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Newly inducted Rotarian Jane Johnson receives flowers

LAHS Cross Country Teams Take State!

on November 13, 2012 - 8:51am

Los Alamos High School Cross Country Assistant Coach Blake Wood, first row at left, with the winning LAHS Cross Country Girls and Boys teams at Saturday's New Mexico State Championship. This is the fourth State Championship win in a row for the Girls Team and the second win in a row for the Boys Team. Both dominating wins. Photo by Blake Wood

Food on the Hill: Smoked Deviled Eggs

on November 13, 2012 - 7:15am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

Smoked Deviled Eggs

Photo by Sue York/


10 hard boiled eggs, peeled
Soaked wood chips
Charcoal grill
1/3 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup finally chopped onions
¼ cup cooked crumbled bacon
1 to 1 ½ tablespoons red Sriracha Rooster Sauce or to taste


Photo by Sue York/

Soak the wood chips in water for about ½ hour and then drain. I do this in a plastic bag, I just find it easier. Cook the charcoal in the grill until they get a light coat of gray. Move all of the briquettes to one side of the grill.

Pet of the Week: Axle is Available for Adoption

on November 13, 2012 - 7:14am

Pet of the Week: Axle – Don’t let those sad-looking eyes fool you ... Axle is playful and affectionate. The shelter temperament testers describe this pit mix neutered male as a "total sweetheart." He would love a family that appreciates big, sloppy dog kisses. The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets waiting for good homes. Others are currently off-campus in foster homes. Visit the Friends of the Shelter website:, for information about volunteering, adopting and donating.

Shrinking Horizons: Help Preserve Indigenous Human Societies in SFI's First Crowdfunding Campaign

on November 13, 2012 - 6:51am

SFI News:

Working with the SciFund Challenge, SFI has joined other scientists and science research centers in this emerging, social-networked way to generate financial backing for critical scientific research. The campaign runs through Dec. 15.

For SFI’s first cowdfunding campaign we are highlighting SFI Postdoctoral Fellow Marcus Hamilton and his collaborators at the University of Missouri, who are seeking better ways to understand how to preserve the rainforest land on which indigenous human groups depend.

Visit the SFI campaign page here.

There are an estimated 100 uncontacted human groups