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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 6 to Sept. 12, 2012

on September 17, 2012 - 6:50am

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.

Sept. 6 at 10:45 a.m. / A juvenile from Santa Fe reported being the victim of battery at Los Alamos High School and a Los Alamos juvenile was charged with aggravated battery and referred to the juvenile probation officer while a Santa Fe juvenile was charged with public affray and referred to the juvenile probation officer.


Sept. 6 at 1:08 p.m.


Children Have Laser-Sharp Perception: We Should Learn From Them Sometimes, if Not all the Time.

on September 17, 2012 - 6:49am

Column by Elena Yang

When Maurice Sendak passed away last spring, I had some thoughts about learning from children.

I learned from Sendak’s interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air,, why he stopped offering autographs and visiting classrooms: because he ended up frightening children and making them miserable. 

How so?


LACDC's Holsapple Reflects on Next Big Idea Festival

on September 17, 2012 - 6:45am

Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, center, visits the Los Alamos Visualization Associates dome at the conclusion of Saturday's Next Big Idea Festival. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff report

Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation spoke with the Los Alamos Daily Post at the conclusion of the Next Big Idea Festival Saturday. 

Holsapple reflected on the day's events:

“To me, this is just an excellent demonstration of the idea of the creative district.

Washington Post Columnist Claims Los Alamos in Disrepair

on September 17, 2012 - 6:15am
Column by Greg Kendall

In the Washington Post's National Security section is a two-part report, "Aging U.S. nuclear arsenal slated for costly and long-delayed modernization," published on Saturday, Sept. 15.




A frontal view of four B-61 nuclear free-fall bombs on a bomb cart. Courtesy/DoD

Dana Priest writes:

"... parts of Los Alamos are in serious disrepair. Inside one critical building, pipes carrying dangerous wastewater are duct-taped together at the joints to plug leaks; plastic bags have been wrapped around the tape to trap seepage.

The building,

White Rock Visitor Center Opens Sept. 28

on September 17, 2012 - 6:13am
Photo by Carol A. Clark/
The new White Rock Visitor Center Complex at 115 N.M. 4 is scheduled to open its doors during a grand opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28.
The 3,281 square foot Visitor Center, located along New Mexico Highway 4 (N.M. 4), the gateway to Bandelier National Monument, will serve as a tourist center and local transit hub to and from Bandelier and the Los Alamos townsite.

Concurrent with the building of the White Rock Visitor Center, Los Alamos County Public Works Department also reconstructed the section of N.M.

IHM Concert: 'Music of Faith, Grace & Love' on Sept. 30

on September 17, 2012 - 6:12am

IHMC News:

"Music of Faith, Grace & Love" is the theme of an upcoming concert at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.

The public is invoted to attend this musical program, which begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 and will feature classical, sacred and contemporary Christian music.

Performances will spotlight the talents of various vocalists, chamber choirs, pianists, guitarists, violinists and the Black Mesa Brass Quintet.

Admission to the concert is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to benefit the Cathy LeClaire Memorial Organ fund.

Immaculate Heart of

Democratic Candidates Knock on Local Doors Saturday

on September 16, 2012 - 10:28pm

New Mexico House Dist. 43 Democratic candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M. talk with Lewis Muir, while campaigning door-to-door in the Western area Saturday. Courtesy photo

Innovation Burns Bright at Next Big Idea Festival

on September 16, 2012 - 9:30am

Einstein (Katy Korkos) checks out the exhibits at the Bradbury Science Museum with Alison Kaehn Saturday during the Next Big Idea festival in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Kirsten Laskey

Great ideas can burn bright but at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce’s Next Big Idea Festival, innovative thoughts were on fire.

The igniting of creativity covered everything from technology and science to the arts and history.

It also touched on education.

Hilltopper Volleyball Loses 5th Game 15-13 to St. Pius, Drops Match 3-2

on September 16, 2012 - 8:42am

Hilltopper Volleyball Team member Erin Kirk with kill shot. The Hilltoppers lost their 5th Game 15-13 Saturday to St. Pius, dropping the match 3-2. Photo by Alan Kirk
Hilltoppers Mikala Pigue and Claire Stewart with block at net. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Savannah Romero provides Claire Stewart with quick set. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Morgan Schake digs serve for return. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Volleyball Team Loses to Piedra Vista 3-1

on September 16, 2012 - 8:24am

Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers Volleyball Team members Claire Stewart and Brianna Montano on Block at net. The team lost 3-1 Saturday to Piedra Vista. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Morgan Schake setting teammate with pass. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Erin Kirk blocks at net. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Samantha Fenner with kill shot at net. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Volleyball Team Beats Pojoaque 3-0

on September 16, 2012 - 8:00am

Los Alamos Hilltopper Danielle Ortiz on floor for dig. The Hilltoppers beat Pojoaque 3-0 Saturday in Piedra Vista tournament. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Claire Stewart at net for block. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Savannah Romero gives quick set to Samantha Fenner. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltoppers Dannielle Ortiz and Ashley Flores return serve. Photo by Alan Kirk

Priedhorsky Presents Talk Wednesday at Fuller Lodge

on September 16, 2012 - 7:43am

Death Hollow, 2005. Courtesy photo

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19  in Fuller Lodge, Reid Priedhorsky will tell stories of his forty adventures on the Colorado Plateau.

Part coming-of-age story, part exploration of local natural beauty, and part compendium of hilarious debacles, this talk is about the canyons of the Colorado Plateau.

In photographs and illustrations, Priedhorsky will tell the story of his 40 adventures in the ethereal landscape, which inspired the alien worlds of Calvin and Hobbes’ Spaceman Spiff. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll demand a refund.

Priedhorsky was born and


County Line: Smart House Grand Opening Monday

on September 16, 2012 - 7:29am

  COUNTY News:

Join the Los Alamos County Council celebrate the Grand Opening of the NEDO Smart House/Smart Grid with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at the Smart House.

Council Meeting Tuesday

What's on the agenda? It's a work session at 7 p.m. at  White Rock Fire Station #3 on N.M. 4,  in which a discussion of governance and management options plus funding for the Cultural Creative District are scheduled.

Former Councilor is New Mexico REALTOR of the Year

on September 16, 2012 - 7:17am

By Carol A. Clark

When Los Alamos REALTOR Francine J. Mendoza traveled to the REALTOR Association of New Mexico Fall Conference in Albuquerque Friday, she had no idea who would be selected 2012 REALTOR of the Year.

It turned out to be the woman who sold her and her husband their first home in Los Alamos.

"The REALTOR of the Year is always kept secret until announced at the annual luncheon and it was so much fun to learn that our own Patt Rogers was chosen this year," Mendoza said. "We have a special connection - Patt was our local REALTOR.

CONE ZONE: Week of Sept. 17

on September 16, 2012 - 7:01am
Public Works Projects:
For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at
Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1
Fifth Street between Myrtle and Canyon is closed.  Work continues on Myrtle between 9th Street and 15th Street. This section of Myrtle is closed to through traffic with flagging operations during the day and two-way traffic at night.
The work zone on Canyon Road is between NM502 to just south of Nugget.

Workshop Focuses on New Mexico Trees and Shrubs

on September 16, 2012 - 6:15am

PEEC News:

A very special opportunity to work with Jack Carter in the classroom and field...

The public is invited to attend a workshop conducted by Jack Carter on New Mexico trees and shrubs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 22.
Only 15 spaces remain open for the workshop to be held at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.
First, participants will key plants together in a classroom setting to get some real practice using the book.
Carter's aim is to have participants become comfortable and confident in plant identification.

In the field portion of the

New Mexico’s Living Landscapes: A Roadside View

on September 16, 2012 - 5:58am

Photo: William Dunmire


William Dunmire will present a free, 45-minute slide illustrated program that will take listeners on a tour through New Mexico’s six ecoregions and along some of the magnificent state and National Scenic Byways.

Dunmire's program is part of the Authors Speak Series and a New Mexico Centennial Event.

From grasslands to mountains, deserts to forests, his talk focuses on the wide range of New Mexico’s landscape features.

Blue Gramma grass, apache plume, mesquite and yucca; elk, burrowing owls, and cranes are just a few of the the plants


Pet of the Week is Seren

on September 16, 2012 - 5:47am


This week's featured pet at the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter is Seren, a large, two-year-old female Shepherd mix that has been spayed.

She does well with other dogs, enjoys the dog park and enjoys human interaction and is emerging as a sweet dog.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a wide selection of on-site adoptable pets waiting for a home. Other pets are living in area foster homes.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website:, for more information about volunteering, adopting and donating and search


What Needs to Happen After You're Gone

on September 16, 2012 - 5:38am

By Paula Roybal Sánchez
Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Home Economist

Settling an estate can be difficult and time-consuming. If you have ever been in the position of trying to find all the papers and information needed at the time of death and for estate settlement, you know how much time and frustration can be involved. 

"After I’m Gone – Things to think about your Estate" is a program intended to provide you with information to make the process much easier. 

Don Davidson will present the program at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 20 at the White Rock Town Hall.


Los Alamos Co-op to Host Health & Wellness Fair Saturday

on September 16, 2012 - 5:28am

CO-OP News:

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market is hosting its second Health and Wellness Fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Co-op, 95 Entrada Dr., next to the Holiday Inn Express.

The Health and Wellness Fair includes massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, mental balance coaches, Krav Maga & Z-Health instructors, local artists and other wellness vendors.

The public will have access to samples, consultations, and demonstrations, all provided free. 

As part of the Co-op’s on-going community outreach program, the Health and

YMCA Fall Adult Volleyball League Registration Underway

on September 16, 2012 - 5:16am
The Family YMCA is taking registrations for the Fall Adult Volleyball League.
Games will be 1-4 p.m. Sundays Oct. 7 through Nov. 18 at the YMCA, 1450 Iris St.
This is a casual 4 on 4 co-ed league for ages 16 and older. Price per player is $20 or $15 for Y members.
Get some friends together, choose a captain and witty team name, and come down to the Y to play some fun volleyball matches.
Scholarships available thanks to The Family YMCA annual fundraising campaign.
For more information, call, click, or stop by. Contact YMCA Sports and Adventure

Column: Homecoming Havoc

on September 16, 2012 - 5:04am

Photo: Annika Bronkhorst
By Sopahn Kellogg
LAHS Sophomore

With the Los Alamos High School Homecoming Dance just around the corner, the Homecoming Committee is putting on the final touches and working out some last minute kinks. The dance is Saturday, Sept. 22.

Annika Bronkhorst, a sophomore this year and part of the Homecoming Committee, talked to the Los Alamos Daily Post to provide insight on the happenings of the Homecoming setup.

When asked about what was the most difficult part of getting Homecoming off the ground, Bronkhorst said, “Definitely I would say the shopping.