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Los Alamos Daily Post Live News Coverage Now Underway at the Justice Center [Photos & Video]

on June 5, 2012 - 6:36pm

The Los Alamos Daily Post news team is set up in the lobby of the Justice Center to bring the community live coverage of today's Primary Election. Greg Kendall has the video camera ready to upload candidate interviews beginning in a few minutes. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Marti Griego, left, and Summer Sandoval are big Alfredo Montoya supporters. They just stopped by the ladailypost.com booth inside the Justice Center lobby to see if race results were in for the District 5 Senate race in which Montoya is running against incumbent Sen. Richard Martinez.

Police Probe Suspicious Fires at Horse Stables

on June 5, 2012 - 5:59pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police are investigating three small fires that broke out within minutes of each other this afternoon at the Los Alamos Horse Stables on North Mesa.

"It seems too much of a coincidence in the way the fires broke out and the close proximity to each other," Capt. Randy Foster said. "The largest of the three fires grew to about 10 feet by 10 feet in size."

Foster added that the fires were put out quickly and no animals or property were harmed.

 

Campaigners in Los Alamos

on June 5, 2012 - 2:36pm

Today is Primary Election Day.  Here is a view of a couple of campaigners in Los Alamos. We aren't sure what the Los Alamos County sign code (or future sign code) says about this type of mobile sign, but it draws your attention.

Submitted by Lynn Strauss on her iPhone.

Bear Springs Fire Update June 5 (Noon)

on June 5, 2012 - 1:05pm

The Los Alamos Daily Post spoke to the Santa Fe National Forest Public Affairs Office to obtain an update on the Bear Springs Fire.

As of 10:20 a.m. today, the fire has grown to 200 acres. Forest Road 266 is being used as a barrier.

The fire is burning hottest at the north east portion of the fire. There are some forest service unused historic structures in the area.

Protection has been provided to these resources. Firefighters are making progress, but the fire is still at 0 percent contained.  

Paul Delmerico’s Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire

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In Honor of Today's Transit of Venus...

on June 5, 2012 - 11:43am

Bananarama from the 80s: Venus

Don't forget to vote today. Join the Los Alamos Daily Post this evening for up to the minute election results and live (well, nearly live) candidate and news-maker interviews from the Los Alamos County Justice Center.

View the Transit of Venus starting at 4:30 p.m. from the Bradbury Museum, UNM-Los Alamos and PEEC. 

Special protective sunglasses may be purchased to view the Sun from Otowi Station Bookstore and PEEC. 

Missing today's event means waiting 100 plus years for the next one ... that's a long wait.

DPU Explains Brief Power Outages

on June 5, 2012 - 11:22am

DPU News:

A burned jumper at West Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive caused a power outage at 4:15 p.m. Monday for about 100 customers in the Western area, according to officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities. 

Elsewhere on the circuit, recloser activity caused momentary power blinks, which were reported from customers at the Ski Hill, Mesa Public Library and other sites.

Power was restored at 5 p.m. to those areas

At 4 a.m. today, an underground line fault caused a power outage on Cheryl and Connie streets in White Rock, affecting about 40 people.

Power was restored by

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Craig Martin Experience Jazzes Up Mission Fundraiser

on June 5, 2012 - 11:11am
Even the youngest set grooves on good jazz. Gloria Marksteiner watches her dad, Quinn Marksteiner, left, of the Craig Martin Experience, take a solo during a jazz concert Saturday night at White Rock Baptist Church. Carl Hagelberg, center, and Craig Martin perform along with, not in photo: John Frary, Rob Heineman and Mike Rogers. The event was a fundraiser for the Church's mission work with the Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyon area in Mexico. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost
John Frary on the drums. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost
Rob Heineman on bass.

County Economic Vitality Administrator Speaking at Lunch with a Leader

on June 5, 2012 - 10:27am

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters will have Greg Fisher, Los Alamos' Economic Vitality Administrator as their speaker for Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m., Thursday June 14.

The luncheon is at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. (small building across from the back of the high school).

Food will be provided by Ruby K's. When you RSVP, you will be able to order the sandwich or salad you would like to have. Chips, pickles, and cookies will accompany the meal and water will be provided. The cost is $12, which includes tax and gratuity.

Fisher has worked in
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Ryan Finn Quartet Performs at Coffee Booth

on June 5, 2012 - 10:08am
Ryan Finn on trombone during Friday night's concert at the Coffee Booth. Finn is a native of Los Alamos and has returned after spending seven years living in the Caribbean. The Ryan Finn Quartet is an infusing of jazz standards with a calypso twist, or infusing calypso with american jazz depending upon what the original tube was. It made for a very interesting evening of Jazz in Los Alamos. These musicians are good and have a new take on America's original music. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
Andy Zadrozny plays the "baby bass." Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Loren Bienvenu
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DEA Administrator Receives Rare Honor

on June 5, 2012 - 9:32am

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart became one of the first foreign officials in history to receive Mexico’s Merit of Honor from President Felipe Calderon for her leadership and commitment in supporting the Mexican Federal Police (SSP) in combating organized crime.

The ceremony took place June 2 in Iztapalapa, Mexico.

SSP holds this event every year to recognize Federal Police sacrifices and achievements as well as new capabilities of this rapidly transforming institution.

County Council to Review EEOC Ruling in Closed Session

on June 5, 2012 - 9:20am

COUNTY News:

County Council Chair Sharon Stover said that Council will review in closed session June 12, last week's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruling regarding former Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan's charges against Los Alamos County.

The EEOC found the County guilty of sex discrimination as well as retaliation against Stepan.

Stepan filed a grievance against former County Administrator Tony Mortillaro. She was fired Jan. 3, 2011. 

Attorney Sam Bregman spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post about the EEOC ruling in his client's favor.

"We are very pleased and not

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Fuselier Shares Stories From Afghanistan

on June 5, 2012 - 9:09am

Students at a school in Afghanistan. Photo by Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti

Letter from Afghanistan by Bob Fuselier

The following story of my trip to Afghanistan is one of many to follow. For the security of those we leave in Kabul, names of places and people will often be avoided.

Even now, as I prepare to return to the U.S., my mind is still taking in Afghanistan.

The Afghan people and their code of hospitality have allowed my colleague, Blake Batten and I to feel welcomed and at home.

I still remain alert on ventures beyond the multi-layered security of our hotel, but the

Local Dancers Rank Well at Ireland Competition

on June 5, 2012 - 8:28am

Los Alamos dancers Maria Jones and Natalie Smith both placed at the CRN World Open Championships in Wexford, Ireland last weekend.

Facing extremely tough competition from some of the world's best Irish dancers, Maria placed 7th in the under-16 age group and Natalie placed 8th in the under-18 age group.

Santa Fe dancer Shannon Kossmann placed 9th in her age group. Maria's dress (at right) was made by Los Alamos dance mom Carolyn Bossert.

The girls dance with Belisma Irish Dance, under the direction of Adrienne Bellis.

For information on the group, go to www.belisamairishdance.com

June 4-8 is National CPR/AED Awareness Week

on June 5, 2012 - 7:58am
Lee Bussolini, RN demonstrating CPR training at a presentation for CPR/AED Awareness Week in 2009. Courtesy photo
 
LOS ALAMOS HEART COUNCIL/FAMILY YMCA News:
 
As part of National CPR/AED Awareness Week, Leeanne Sanchez and Melanie Chapman will present the latest information related to learning to use CPR and an AED.
 
Sanchez is a longtime trainer with the American Red Cross and Chapman is the Wellness Director at the Family YMCA.
 
This informative review of what people need to know in order to assist someone experiencing Sudden Cardiac Arrest or other heart-related emergencies is at 1 p.m.

Upcoming County Meetings & Events

on June 5, 2012 - 7:24am
COUNTY News:
 
JUNE 2012 Meetings:
 
  • 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 6 – PLACE follow up public meeting on results of their March visit, UNM LA Lecture Hall
  • 9 a.m., Saturday, June 9 - Los Pueblos Park Improvements (dog park), at the park
  • 6 p.m., Monday, June 11 – White Rock MP Implementation Committee, WR Town Hall
  • 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20 - Airport Master Plan – Public Mtg #1, Council Chambers
  • 9:30-11 a.m., Thursday, June 21 – Councilors at Farmer’s Market
  • 5:15 p.m, Thursday, June 21 - CIP Business Mtg, Council Chambers
  • 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 21 – Environmental Sustainability Board Evening
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Blue Window Celebrates Second Anniversary

on June 5, 2012 - 7:23am
BLUE WINDOW News:
 
Ryan Finn of the Ryan Finn Jazz Trio. Courtesy photo
 
The Blue Window Bistro celebrates a second anniversary under the ownership of Melissa Paternoster this summer.
 
The past two years have seen new events as well as increased catering service and new menu items.

The restaurant will host a Jazz Night featuring the Ryan Finn Jazz Trio from 7-9 p.m., Saturday June 23.
 
Tickets are $15 per person and dinner reservations are required.
 
Finn recently moved back to Northern New Mexico after seven years teaching and performing music on the island nation of St.
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Video from the Senate Democratic Primary Debate: Balderas vs Heinrich

on June 4, 2012 - 8:23pm

By Greg Kendall

If you missed last night's Senate Democratic Primary Debate between Hector Balderas and Martin Heinrich, your in luck. You can watch the entire debate at the KOAT 7 website.

For some interesting election eve analysis, including a review of the debate, check Joe Monahan's New Mexico Politics blog.

PLACE to Report Back to Community

on June 4, 2012 - 7:43pm

LACDC News:

Imagine a place in our downtown designed to address housing and other needs of our early career "idea people" ... scientists, technologists, artists and innovators of all type ... and entrepreneurs.

What would it look like? Where might be a good location? What related amenities would benefit both the residents and the larger community?

The Los Alamos Creative District Steering Committee facilitated by Los Alamos MainStreet has been putting thought and effort into these and other questions.

An early outcome from this work was a visit to Los Alamos in March by representatives

Bear Springs Fire Update

on June 4, 2012 - 7:25pm

The Bear Springs Fire's approximate location is 23 miles South West of White Rock.. 

The fire size is 182 acres. Total personnel are now 160. The fire is burning in mixed conifer and ponderosa pine.

From the Incident Information System:

The Bear Springs Fire started at 6:36 p.m. Sunday, June 3 on the Jemez Ranger District, Jemez.

Cause of the fire is lightning in an area of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer.

There are multiple ground and air resources en route and crews the on scene.

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Cowboy Breakfast Includes Serenades

on June 4, 2012 - 7:01pm

Sunday's Los Alamos Sheriff's Posse Lodge Cowboy Breakfast included serenades by organizer Carey Grzadzinski. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Carey Grzadzinski sings a cowboy song to entertain diners during the monthly pancake breakfast at the Posse Lodge Sunday. Proceeds from the breakfast go into the facility's maintenance fund. The next breakfast is set for 7-11 a.m. the first Sunday in July. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Summerfest Kicks Off Pajarito Mountain's Summer Season

on June 4, 2012 - 6:44pm

 

Nearly perfect weather along with the music of the Blue Hornets helped make Pajarito Mountain Summerfest 2012 a huge success Saturday. The event included beers from 15 New Mexico microbrewers, a meadery and a nano distiller, as well as a microbrewer from Colorado. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Throngs of partygoers took advantage of the free Atomic City shuttles departing every 30 minutes from Sullivan Field to the Pajarito Mountain Summerfest 2012 event Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

CDC Reports there is NO Zombie Apocalypse

on June 4, 2012 - 6:41pm

By Greg Kendall

CDC promotional image.

Is a Zombie Apocalypse sweeping the nation?

After a string of grizzly incidents of crazed flesh eating struck the United States, the CDC has let it be known that it “does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms),”  David Daigle as spokesman for the CDC, gave this message to The Huffington Post on Friday.

The CDC, trying to capitalize on the Zombie Apocalypse frenzy brought on by TV shows such as The Walking Dead and other zombie themed movies, has released promotional materials on

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Lightning Blamed for Local Power Outage Today

on June 4, 2012 - 5:49pm

Early reports indicate a burnt jumper on Trinity Drive and Diamond Drive due to lightning is believed to be the cause of a partial power outage today.

Portions of Western Area, Ski Hill and radio towers were partially without power for about 30 minutes late this afternoon. Power surged on and off multiple times South of Ashley Pond near Downtown Los Alamos.

Department of Public Utilities electric linemen completed repair work and report that power was fully restored 15 minutes ago.

 
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Evaluating NRC's Progress on Open Government

on June 4, 2012 - 5:27pm

In its Open Government Directive, dated Dec. 8, 2009, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) called upon Government agencies to open their doors and data to the American people.

To evaluate progress toward that goal, OMB instructed the Federal Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) to develop an Open Government Dashboard. Initially, that Dashboard focused on the various deliverables explicitly identified in the OMB Directive, but the current revision offers a more holistic set of metrics, informed by each agency's Open Government Plan.

Consistent with that

NMSU Hosting Youth Ranch Management Camp at Valles Caldera National Preserve

on June 4, 2012 - 5:12pm

Thirty-one youth from throughout New Mexico gather at the Valles Caldera National Preserve for the second annual NM Youth Ranch Management Camp. Photo by Sharon Niederman for the New Mexico Beef Council

New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service has gathered youth age 15 through 19 to participate in a unique summer experience, June 3-8 at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Thirty-one youth from Silver City to Ft. Sumner to Acoma are attending this second annual New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp where they are receiving training in all aspects of ranch management.

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