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Father's Day Has Long History

on June 17, 2012 - 1:19pm

On July 19, 1910, the governor of the U.S. state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.”

However, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day became a nationwide holiday in the United States.

Origins of Father's Day

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm--perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.”

On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of

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Concert Series Entertains Community for 22 Years

on June 17, 2012 - 12:20pm

Concert Promoter Russ Gordon of the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series at Friday's concert featuring The Police Experience. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Summer’s here and every Friday night, big hunks of the population of Los Alamos can be found at the current Los Alamos Summer Concert Series show of the week, also known as the Gordon’s Concert.

Russ Gordon, father of the Concert Series, has been providing great free concerts in Los Alamos for 22 years.

Gordon didn’t start out to be a concert promoter. It just sort of happened.

Gordon was exercising his fanatical

DWI Checkpoints Conducted by Los Alamos Police are Underway Throughout the County

on June 17, 2012 - 12:18pm

Throughout the remainder of June, the Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting DWI Checkpoints.

Officers will be targeting impaired drivers on local roadways and at DWI Checkpoints within Los Alamos County.

Artist M.J. Oref Celebrates the Physical and the Metaphysical and will Exhibit her Work during Cross-Country Adventure

on June 17, 2012 - 11:53am

Artist M.J. Oref in her studio Friday as she prepares for a cross-country trip to exhibit her jewelry line. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Bonnie J. Gordon

On June 26, artist M.J. Oref will walk out the door of her Espanola home, jump in her blue Prius and take her show on the road.

Oref plans to spend a month introducing her jewelry to potential customers in a dozen states at private shows hosted by friends and family.

“We’ll eat and drink and have a good time,” Oref said. "If someone buys something, great. If not, we’ll still have fun.”

Even during the Depression, women

Why Afghanistan?

on June 17, 2012 - 9:24am

Dr. Bob Fuselier of Los Alamos with friend Blake Batten, Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti and graduating students in Afghanistan. Courtesy photo

Column by Dr. Bob Fuselier

The main purpose of our Afghanistan trip last month was to visit the graduation ceremonies for Green Village Schools’ Advanced Education Center (GVS-AEC) in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province.

My organization (the Afghan Sister Village Project) and Blake’s organization (Project PeacePal founded by Sarah Wilkinson of Albuquerque) acted as support players for Green Village Schools, the organization that runs the

U.S. and Latvia Commission Radiation Detection Equipment

on June 17, 2012 - 8:00am

NNSA News:

Freeport of Riga in Latvia. Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the State Border Guard of Latvia (SBG) Friday announced the commissioning of specialized radiation detection equipment at the Freeport of Riga, in an effort to prevent the illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials.

Under a 2007 agreement between the U.S. and Latvia, NNSA’s Second Line of Defense (SLD) Program has been working with SBG on projects at seven sites and a training center in Latvia.

Local Doctor Aided Troop Withdrawal from Iraq

on June 16, 2012 - 5:51pm

Dr. Paul Daly, MD, has served four mobilizations with the Army Reserves. Photo by Sharon Stover

Staff Report

Dr. Paul Daly, MD, spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos during a recent lunch meeting about his military experiences in Iraq.

Daly lives in White Rock and is a colonel in the Army Reserve. He returned in late December from his fourth mobilization.

During this deployment, Daly was assigned to the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC) Brigade as its command surgeon.

The 310th ESC is based out of Indianapolis, Ind., but draws soldiers from several neighboring states.

CONE ZONE: Road Construction Week of June 18

on June 16, 2012 - 4:18pm

COUNTY News:

Public Works Projects:
Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1
Canyon Road between East Road (N.M. 502) and the Myrtle Green continues to be closed to through traffic.
Residential access to this area will be maintained; however, residents who park on Canyon Road are asked to park off-street or on a nearby side street. Residents can expect flagging operations on Canyon Road during the day time, and two-way traffic at night. Minor delays may be experienced. Pedestrians must use the provided pedestrian detours. All through traffic must seek alternate routes.

Locals Participate at Albuquerque Summerfest Event

on June 16, 2012 - 2:02pm

Melanie Pena and Claire Roybal of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) represent Los Alamos at today's Albuquerque Summerfest at which more than 50,000 people are expected to attend. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Los Alamos area artists are well represented at Summerfest today in Albuquerque. Nine area artists are exhibiting and selling at the event. The participation was organized by the Los Alamos Creative District. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Los Alamos Students Visit Versailles

on June 16, 2012 - 1:51pm

Los Alamos students touring Europe are now visiting Versailles. Versailles is a city in France renowned for its chateau, the Palace of Versailles and the Garden of Versailles. Founded by the will of King Louis XIV, it was the de facto capital of the kingdom of France for more than a century, from 1682 to 1789, before becoming the cradle of the French Revolution. Photo by Lynn Ovaska
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The Girls I Left Behind

on June 16, 2012 - 1:34pm

Column by Bonnie J. Gordon

I’m grateful to my friends — my new friends for giving me a chance and my old friends for hanging in there with me all this time.

I’ve done things like lose touch for 30 years until rediscovering someone of Facebook and low and behold, most of these people still want to be friends with me.

Maybe that’s less surprising than that people right here in Los Alamos put up with me on a daily basis.

You don’t get another chance with everyone. 

Some people are gone for good, whether by choice or by mischance.  

I look back and think, how could this have happened?

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Hope Surrounds Ashley Pond's Relay for Life

on June 16, 2012 - 1:23pm

Dennis McLain, left and Scott Mills, members of the Order of Thisle Piples and Drums, lead a procession around Ashley Pond as part of the Relay for Life event Friday night. Photo by Salvador Zapien.ladailypost.com

Luminarias are placed along the edge of Ashley Pond as part of the Relay for Life. Photo by Salvador Zapien.ladailypost.com

Gloria Martinez (center) of the American Cancer Society poses with Sue and John Hofmann, Chair for the Relay for Life. Photo by Salvador Zapien.ladailypost.com

Betty Myers, left, and Sheila Riedel of the Hospital Auxiliary sell baked goods Friday at Ashley

Gordons Concert Draws Record Crowd

on June 16, 2012 - 1:14pm

The Police Experience play Ashley Pond as part of the Friday Night Concert Series where an esitmated 2,500 people turned out to hear the band play. Many people also participated in the Relay for Life walk around Ashley Pond. Photo by Salvador Zapien.ladailypost.com

The Police Experience start their first set for the Friday Night Concert Series at Ashley Pond. Photo by Salvador Zapien.ladailypost.com

Pat Cherry, guitarist for The Police Experience. Photo by Salvador Zapien.ladailypost.com

DJ Paddy Mac mans the KTAO table at the Friday Night Concert series at Ashley Pond. Photo by Salvador

Elks Lodge Celebrates Flag Day with Community

on June 15, 2012 - 12:09pm

Historical flags line the wall inside Elks Lodge #2083 at 1601 Trinity Dr. in preparation for the organizations annual Flag Day Ceremony Thursday. From left, the Pine Tree Flag, the Snake Flag, the Grand Union and the Flag of 1776. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
From left, Shirley Ray, Marie Todd, Lucille Bonner, Mary Wilhoit and Mary Brooks attend the Flag Day Ceremony at the Elks Lodge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
Alan Woodward holds one of the flags to be used in the Flag Day Ceremony at the Elks Lodge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
Attendants of the Flag Day

Los Alamos Students Move on to Paris!

on June 15, 2012 - 11:26am

Los Alamos students made the most of a delay in their trip this week visiting countries in Europe. Teacher Lynn Ovaska wrote: "Our bus getting back to the hotel was delayed when another school missed the meeting time. Instead of being upset, we all went back over to the Eiffel Tower and laid underneath it when the lights sparkled. I will forever remember this moment together and this amazing group of kids who entertained each other With charades, dancing, and jokes until the bus arrived.
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LANL: After-hours, Weekend Changes Through East Jemez Road Vehicle Access Portal Begin Monday

on June 15, 2012 - 11:03am

Courtesy/LANL

Beginning Monday, June 18, all vehicles entering Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) Vehicle Access Portal at East Jemez Road must use center lane number 4 between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. weekdays and all day on weekends.

All other lanes will be closed during LANL’s non-work hours.

During these hours, drivers and bicyclists must stop at the center lane guard post and proceed only upon verbal or hand-signal direction from a LANL protective force officer.

Orange traffic safety cones will be used to funnel vehicle traffic into the center lane.

All drivers are reminded that

Open World Delegation from Sarov Emmerses in Los Alamos Business and Economic Development Culture

on June 15, 2012 - 10:42am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Technology Transfer Division Leader David Pesiri talks with Open World Russian delegation members from Sarov Thursday about the Lab's program during meetings at the Small Business Development Center. Photo by Katy Korkos

Los Alamos Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher educates Open World delegation from Sarov on the County's economic development strategy. Photo by Katy Korkos

Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation speaks with the Russian delegation about his organization's mission. Photo by Katy Korkos

UK Continues Support for NNSA Nuclear Nonproliferation Programs

on June 15, 2012 - 9:43am
NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that NNSA and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will continue cooperation to secure vulnerable nuclear and radiological material and reduce nuclear threats around the world.

Under an agreement signed with NNSA's Office of Global Threat Reduction (GTRI), the U.K. Global Threat Reduction Programme will provide the U.S. $3.5 million to support efforts in Uzbekistan, Belarus and Afghanistan.

"We welcome the U.K.’s longstanding and generous partnership with NNSA’s nuclear

Middle School Project Moves Forward

on June 15, 2012 - 9:29am

Los Alamos Middle School construction is slated for completion August 2013. Courtesy/LAPS

By Kirsten Laskey

The construction project at Los Alamos Middle School hit a snag, but is now moving forward.

The Los Alamos Public School Board learned Tuesday night that the project was put on ice last week after contractor Bradbury Stamms filed a protest.

Board member Dawn Venhaus explained to the Los Alamos Daily Post that during a bid process, bidders are allowed to protest if they feel something is unfair.

She said Bradbury Stamms was concerned over the “extra-points” that the New Mexico

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Baby Goats and Councilors Invigorate Farmers' Market

on June 15, 2012 - 8:18am

A baby goat draws attention in front of the Old Windmill Farms booth at Thursday's Farmers' Market. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Joyce Nichols and her grandson Ean chat with County Council Chair Sharon Stover. County  Council members were at the Farmers' Market Thursday morning greeting residents and answering questions. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
Andrea Anderson of Los Alamos feeds a baby goat underneath the Old Windmill Farms tent at the Farmer's Market. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com
Mike Lyon of Los Alamos engages Councilor Frances Berting and Council

Continued Drought Forces Stage II Fire Restrictions Effective Today

on June 15, 2012 - 7:13am

LAFD News:

STAGE II FIRE RESTRICTIONS

PROHIBITIONS:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or stove fire.
  • Smoking.
  • Using fireworks, explosives or other incendiary devices.
  • Operating a chainsaw, or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine, is prohibited.
  • Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order.
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  • Possessing or using a motor vehicle off roads on federal lands, except
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Pace Race Results for June 12

on June 14, 2012 - 9:35pm
ATOMIC CITY ROAD RUNNERS News:
 
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Thirty-four runners and walkers participated in Tuesday evening's pace race along power line road south of White Rock.
 
Best predictors on the one mile course:
 
Richard Thompson III - Adjusted error of 12 seconds
Krisiy Schraad - Adjusted error of 54 seconds
Jacob Thompson - Adjusted error of 81 seconds
 
Fastest runner - Nikol Strother 8:09
 
Best predictors on the three mile course:
 
John Rees - prediction error of 15 seconds
Isolina Viloria - prediction error of  18 seconds
Alexander Romero - prediction error of 19
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Manhattan Project Historical Park Site Bill Moves Through Congress

on June 14, 2012 - 7:22pm

Chairman Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) today introduced legislation that would designate Manhattan Project sites around the country as a National Historic Park. 

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Patty Murray (D-WA) are cosponsors of S. 3300

In the House of Representatives, Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) said today that he will introduce a similar bill when the House returns to session next week.

As an expert panel of historians reported in 2001, the top-secret program to create an atomic bomb during World War II centered in Los

Clark & Kendall's - Weekend Preview - June 14th, 2012

on June 14, 2012 - 7:10pm

 

The Police Experience – Friday, Jun 15th at Ashley Pond
Tribute to the British rock/ska band from Cal. Relay for Life conert.

Relay for Life Friday, Jun 15th & Saturday, Jun 16th at Ashley Pond
Free survivor dinner - 5 pm Friday
survivor kickoff lap - 6:15 pm, Relay teams - all night
Live Music by Gordons Summer concert Series - 7 pm to 10 pm Friday
Food, fun and games all evening Friday
Luminaria lighting ceremony - 8:30 pm Friday
Yard art silent auction ends - 10 pm Friday

Relay continues- relay teams Saturday
Relayer's (free) Mason's waffles breakfast - 7:30 to 9 am
pet walk and other

Students Help Peers Through Teen Court

on June 14, 2012 - 9:44am
Preparing for a Teen Court session are from left, Cpl. Sheldon Simpson, "Judge" Toni Batha and "defense attorneys" Rachel Pierce, Maura Taylor and Clohe Henson. Photo by Carol A. Clark
 
By Carol A. Clark
 
“The honorable” Toni Batha, her judicial black robe billowing about her, presided over a recent Los Alamos Teen Court hearing.
 
This is the second year that the Los Alamos High School junior has volunteered her time at the local court.
 
“It’s really a great learning experience,” Batha said of helping her peers.
 
LAHS Senior Vanessa Duran also is a second-year volunteer.
 

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