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Councilor Wismer Expresses Disappointment in Councilor Chiravalle's Response

on September 22, 2012 - 5:12pm

Photo: County Councilor Michael Wismer

I read in today's Los Alamos Daily Post, Councilor Vincent Chiravalle’s response to my concern over his decision to disclose information discussed in closed session. 

I must say that I am deeply disappointed in his response, both on a personal and a professional level. 

He says the allegation is “unfounded and absurd;” I had hoped he would admit his mistake and take responsibility for his actions. Obviously I misjudged him.

The issue of the NADG assignment of developer responsibilities was discussed over the course of a number of closed sessions,


Councilor Responds to Claims He Breached Confidentiality

on September 22, 2012 - 3:21pm

Photo: Councilor Vincent Chiravalle

Staff report

In a statement to the Los Alamos Daily Post, Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle responds to claims that he has spoken publicly about confidential matters under discussion by the Los Alamos County Council.

Councilor Michael Wismer asserted at Tuesday's County Council meeting that Chiravalle has twice breached the confidentiality of issues discussed by Council in closed meetings - most recently last week's revelation that NADG is pulling out of the Trinity Site project.

Chiravalle announced the pullout by the developer during a


Bass/Baritone Javier Ortiz Joins 'Music of Faith, Grace & Love' Sept. 30 at Immaculate Heart of Mary

on September 22, 2012 - 2:34pm
IHM News:
"Music of Faith, Grace & Love" will be the theme of an upcoming concert at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
The program begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 and will feature classical, sacred and contemporary Christian music, with special guest artist and bass/baritone Javier Ortiz.
Other performances will spotlight the talents of local vocalists, chamber choirs, pianists, guitarists, violinists and the Black Mesa Brass Quintet.
Admission to the concert is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit the Cathy LeClaire Memorial

LAHS Graduate Creates Documentary on Kenya

on September 22, 2012 - 1:20pm

The public is invited to a free screening of "Education is Hope" about Kenya by William O'Donnell and Dylan Westfall at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Reel Deal Theater. Courtesy/RD


Former Los Alamos High School student William O’Donnell, produces the film Education is Hope, tracing the impact of education in Kenya on students, their family, and their community.

There will be a free public screening at the Reel Deal Theater at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

Education is Hope is a grassroots film that will transport you to a hard country where poverty and back-breaking labor

Gifts, Gifts, Gifts: 2012 Quilt Market Set for Sept. 29

on September 22, 2012 - 1:00pm

The “Smokey River Quilt” is this year’s Donation Quilt. Courtesy/LAPQG


Saturday, Sept. 29 is the 2012 Quilt Market co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild and Jemez Mountains Bear Paw Quilting Guild. 

This year the Quilt Market will be presented from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road in Los Alamos.

Members have made quilted “treasures” that will be for sale. Bed quilts, table runners, placemats, wall hangings and wearable items are just a few of the items that will be featured. 

There is a huge selection of


Going Batty at Small Business Center

on September 22, 2012 - 11:11am

A small bat has taken up residence above the entrance to the Small Business Center in Central Park Square as seen Wednesday. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Photo by Greg Kendall/

First New Mexican Tapped to Lead EPA Regional Office

on September 22, 2012 - 10:00am
Photo: Ron Curry
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., issued the following statement on the appointment of Ron Curry to be the Environmental Protection Agency's Administrator for the South Central Region 6, which includes the State of New Mexico.
"For more than three decades, the State of New Mexico has entrusted Ron to be a custodian of our natural resources," Udall said. "Today, I applaud the Environmental Protection Agency for entrusting him with the responsibilities and challenges that come with leading this important regional office.

Letter to the Editor: Does Rain Really Follow the Plow?

on September 22, 2012 - 9:40am
Does Rain Really Follow the Plow? Or, can we expect better than failed expectation from Trinity Site?
By Khalil Spencer

There was once a belief that if Western settlers tilled the soil, it led to more rain, i.e., "rain follows the plow.”

That was in large part false causation, because some of the plowing was done during wet climate periods.

One could almost rephrase that Charles Dana Wilber quote in the context of the Trinity Site economic development discussion:

God speed the developer ... By this wonderful provision, which is man's mastery over the economy, the malls are dispensing


Local Woman Witnesses Endeavour's Final Flight

on September 22, 2012 - 8:59am
Yvonne M. Deshayes of Los Alamos was in California's Bay Area Friday where she captured history on camera. Strapped to the back of a 747 jumbo jet, the Space Shuttle Endeavour flew over the Berkeley Lab during its final flight. After a nearly five-hour aerial tour around California landmarks, the Endeavour touched down at 1 p.m. at the Los Angeles International Airport. In a few weeks, the Endeavour will move to its final home - the California Science Center, which is paying the estimated $28 million cost for shipping and handling the Endeavour's final flight. Photo by Yvonne M. Deshayes

U.S. Marks 20 Years Without Underground Nuclear Explosive Testing

on September 21, 2012 - 4:47pm

Technicians are installing a piece of tooling in the workstand for further dismantlement operations during W56 dismantlement training. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Science-based Stockpile Stewardship Program Ensures Safety, Security, Reliability of American Nuclear Weapons

WASHINGTON, D.C. Twenty years ago, on Sept. 23, 1992, the United States conducted its last underground nuclear explosive test.

Since then, the United States has developed the capability to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of its stockpile through the use of state-of-the-art technology and research while

Cebollita Fire Burning Three Miles West of La Cueva

on September 21, 2012 - 4:20pm


A fire was discovered today on the Jemez Ranger District three miles west of La Cueva.

Smoke from the Cebollita Fire is  visible to residents from La Cueva and Jemez Springs. Fuels on the ground are creating a fair amount of smoke.

The Cebollita Fire is at two acres and holding. An incident commander is on scene and two engines are enroute.

Cebollita Fire, Jemez Ranger District

Fire Name: Cebollita Fire

Time/Date Reported: 2:05 p.m. Sept. 21

Location: Approximately 3 miles west of La Cueva

Legal Description: 19N, 3E, Sec 19

Cause: Human-caused

Letter to the Editor: Approve Trinity Site Lease Agreement

on September 21, 2012 - 2:54pm
By Kristin Henderson
Candidate for Los Alamos County Council
I am writing in regard to the Trinity Site Redevelopment project. I am strongly in favor of our County Council agreeing to the assignment of the lease from NADG to Smith's.
And as opposed to Mr. (Robert) Gibson's opinion published in Thursday's Los Alamos Daily Post, I do not think this is the time to, once again, re-think this project. Fifteen years is enough and it's time to keep moving forward.
First, the fundamentals of this project have not changed since the lease with NADG was signed.
We still voted twice as a

Between a Rock and a Hard Place at Trinity Site

on September 21, 2012 - 9:55am

Column by Greg Kendall

It sounds as though North American Development Group [NADG], the current developers for the Trinity Site, have become discouraged by the results of their attempts to secure lease agreements with other retailers and restaurants to lease the many available pads spaces planed for the Trinity Site development.

NADG seems to have become so discouraged that in fact, they are saying "adios muchachos" to the entire Trinity Site Project by requesting that it be handed over to Smith's/Kroger.

Go Toppers!

on September 21, 2012 - 9:53am

Local statues sport Topper spirit. Photo by Greg Kendall/


Toppers Homecoming Parade starts at 3 p.m. today, Sept. 21. Football game vs. Kirtland Central High 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field.


New White Rock Visitor Center Shines at Sunset

on September 21, 2012 - 6:35am

The White Rock Visitor Center Complex illuminated at sunset sits on approximately 5.4 acres adjacent to N.M. 4, just west of Fire Station 3. The Complex consists of three components: a 3,281 square foot Visitor Center building, a 16 space RV parking area and a transit/transfer hub. Los Alamos County Council approved a $2,197,000 budget for the project. The Certificate of Occupancy for the building was acquired Aug. 8. Council and staff are hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the project site. Photo by TK Thompson/

Los Alamos High School Football C-Team Wins Again

on September 21, 2012 - 6:15am

Coach Marco V. Lucero reports that Monday Sept. 17, the Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers Football C-team traveled to Moriarty to take on the Pintos. Despite the the fact that the Toppers lost their first string quarterback in the beginning of the third quarter, the Toppers went on to win 40-20. Cory Schramm went out with a head injury. Topper running back Marcos Vigil led all scorers with four touchdowns. Lane Saunders had two touchdowns to his credit. The defense also showed up and had tree turnovers. Defensive corner Alex Delamarter had two interceptions in the game.

White Rock's Esquire Barber Shop Celebrates 49 Years

on September 21, 2012 - 5:42am

Lloyd Hunt gets a trim from barber Julian Ortiz at the Esquire Barber Shop in White Rock Thursday. Ortiz celebrated his 49th year barbering this month. He was the first barber in White Rock and has been cutting hair for 32 years in the village. His shop at 13 Sherwood Blvd., is the yellow building directly east of Bandelier Grill. Walk around to the east side of the building to find his door and a great view of the new White Rock Visitor Center. Photo by TK Thompson/

Mosquito Dunks Available to Local Residents

on September 21, 2012 - 5:18am


Worried about mosquitoes and the West Nile virus lurking in the perennial puddles and soggy spots in your yard?

The Los Alamos County Parks Division has “mosquito dunks” available to the public at no cost.

The dunks are effective treatment for the elimination of mosquito larvae in standing water.

The dunks are available at the Parks Division Office located in the Pajarito Cliff Sites Complex, Building 5.

For additional information, call the Parks Division at 662-8159.

County's Economic Vitality Administrator Discusses Trinity Site Lease Transfer

on September 20, 2012 - 11:00pm

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher. Courtesy Photo

By Greg Kendall

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post (Post) at the Smart House Monday following the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony about the Trinity Site lease transfer from North American Development Group (NADG) to Kroger: 

Post: What are your thoughts on the Trinity Site lease transfer to Kroger? 

Fisher: "I think that it's very hopeful that Smiths and Kroger have such a positive outlook and I think the opportunities exist.

Visitors Suffer Heat Related Illness at Bandelier

on September 20, 2012 - 9:51pm



Today at approximately 2:45 p.m., Bandelier National Monument rangers responded to a report of two visitors from England suffering from what appeared to be heat exhaustion at the top of Alcove House located on the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon.

Bandelier staff called the Los Alamos Fire Department Technical Rescue Team from Station 5 to assist in evacuating the couple from the top of the steep trail.

The severity of the couple’s heat related illness was lessened by two visitors, one a physician from Taos and the other a nurse, who provided medical

Craig Martin Experience to Play at Kiwanis 'Autumn in Provence' Wine Dinner

on September 20, 2012 - 9:35pm


The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is hosting its first wine dinner fundraiser.

The event is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the Dixie Girl Restaurant, 1789 Central Ave.

"Autumn in Provence" is the theme for the wine dinner.

Included in the elegant event is a five-course gourmet meal, which will feature paired french wines selected by Dixie Girl co-owner Jake Smith to uniquely match each course.

Jazz music will be provided by the Craig Martin Experience (CME). Craig Martin said "CME will be swingin' and groovin', plus we'll be featuring the jazz vocals of Layne Mills on old