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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.

Roundabout Under Construction Near Cities of Gold

on September 15, 2012 - 1:18pm


The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) District Five began construction Friday of a new roundabout at the intersection of West Gutierrez Street and Cities of Gold Road in Pojoaque. 

The project includes installation of a new sidewalk with curb and gutter, improved drainage and new lighting.

Universal Constructors, Inc. of Albuquerque is the contractor for the project, which is expected to be completed in December.

The intersection of West Gutierrez Street and Cities of Gold Road will remain closed while work is in progress.

Motorists traveling northbound and

East Road Gas Line Tunneling Underway

on September 15, 2012 - 12:53pm
The gas line tunneling project near the Crossroads Church on East Road involves placing both a 6 inch and an 8 inch line in separate tunnels. It is cheaper to dig a tunnel for the new gas lines with a $350,000 machine than to do it the old fashioned way by digging a trench. Tunneling doesn't wreck driveways and sidewalks. This strange machine in the photo bores a tunnel underground for placing the new gas lines. One crew member operates the machine with a support three or four person support team.

Rep. Jim Hall Meets Property Owners

on September 15, 2012 - 11:01am

By Dist. 43 Rep. Jim Hall

I attended two Sierra Los Pinos meetings Sept. 8. 

The first meeting discussed upgrades to the Sierra Los Pinos water system.  

The Association is proposing an upgrade to the system to meter individual properties (now unmetered) and a special assessment to defray the cost. 

There were numerous questions from the audience about the installation process, short and long term costs, and expected benefits. 

Meeting participants seemed favorable, but approval will require a two thirds “yes” vote with at least 60 percent of the owners voting. 

The SLPPOA annual meeting was


Little Theatre Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

on September 15, 2012 - 10:30am

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover, center, high fives Los Alamos Little Theatre Board President John Gustafson following Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand re-opening of the building at 1670 Nectar St. Stover and Gustafson are surrounded by the many people who played a part in the facility's recent renovation. Photo by Greg Kendall/

For more information on the Little Theater renovation, see prior story




Candia Best Predictor in Weekly Pace Race

on September 15, 2012 - 9:49am

Courtesy Photo


A cool evening greeted the 27 runners and walkers who participated in Tuesday's one mile and three mile pace race courses, which had everyone climb up through the Quemazon subdivision.

The one milers looped back around to the bottom of Quemazon Road while the three milers headed onto the Perimeter Trail for a while and then headed down Pipeline Road back to the bottom of Quemazon Road.

All finishers were treated to watermelon for their efforts.

On the short course, Felix Candia had the best prediction, only being off by 39 seconds (normalized to


Luján Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 15, 2012 - 9:42am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today:

“Hispanic Heritage Month represents an opportunity to reflect on the enduring contributions of a community that has strengthened the fabric of a nation whose diversity is a source of strength and pride.

Candidates Debate at White Rock Senior Center

on September 15, 2012 - 9:33am

The White Rock Senior Center hosted a Los Alamos County Council Candidate Debate Sept. 14. From left, Republican incumbent Vincent Chiravalle, Republican Steve Girrens, Democrat Kristin Henderson, Democrat Pete Sheehey and Democrat Michael Redondo. Republican candidate Marc Clay did not attend. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

Downtown Buzzed with Activities Friday Before Today's Next Big Idea Festival

on September 15, 2012 - 8:01am

Engineers from Proctor & Gamble give a preview of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette Friday evening as part of today's Next Big Idea festival. The Corvette will be on display 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the Mesa Public Library parking lot during. Photo by Sal Zapien/
Los Alamos County Council candidate Steve Girrens, right, got a tour under the hood of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette. Photo by Sal Zapien/
Los Alamos County Councilor Sharon Stover got to sit behind the wheel of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette and rev its engine. Photo by Sal Zapien/
A crowd gathers

Local Firefighters Demonstrate Rescue Techniques

on September 15, 2012 - 7:39am

Firefighter Cari Mace and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department gave a demonstration Friday in front of the Bradbury Science Museum for students attending STEM Day as part of The Next Big Idea festival. Firefighters demonstrated how they conduct rescues from car wrecks. STEM Day is designed to stimulate interest and inspire young people from throughout the state about possible futures in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Firefighters participate in The Next Big Idea's STEM DAY Friday. Photo by Bonnie J.

Balloon Glows on Ashley Pond

on September 15, 2012 - 7:27am

A large balloon glowed off and on throughout the first half of the Gordons Concert Friday night across Ashley Pond from the band. Photo by Felicia Orth

A 'Celebration of Life' of Maureen Hudson is Sunday

on September 15, 2012 - 7:02am
The community is invited to attend a "Celebration of Life" of Maureen Hudson at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at Fuller Lodge.
The longtime Los Alamos resident died Sept. 1, 2012 at the age of 83.

Maureen was unique; her love of life was ruled by an overwhelming enthusiastic desire to know as much as she could about a variety of subjects.

She not only had joy in her life, she gave joy to others. After a long debilitating illness, dementia took Maureen Hudson’s life.

Maureen was born in NYC in 1928. She enjoyed the streets and schools of the Big Apple for 18 years.

She could get on the subway

Jemez Ranger District to Start Fall Burning Program

on September 15, 2012 - 6:58am


Santa Fe – The Jemez Ranger District will begin implementing two prescribed burns including the Guacamalla Pile burn located near the Ponderosa Camp Ground and the Vallecitos Broadcast Burn located off N.M. 4 nearer to the Valle Caldera southwest corner.

These projects will be implemented after Sept. 17, conditions permitting. Due to the location and elevation it will be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountain area.

The burns are being implemented to manage hazardous fuels, to provide community protection along with maintaining forest and

Los Alamos Family Council Marks 50 Years of Service

on September 14, 2012 - 4:13pm

Joy Beery, left, and Cheryl Pongratz. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Today marks a 50-year milestone for Los Alamos Family Council, Inc.

The behavioral health agency at 1505 15th St., Suite C, incorporated Sept. 14, 1962 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.

Today the agency is launching a year-long campaign, to thank the community for its support and to focus attention on the importance of personal and community wellness.

"We want community members, organizations and Los Alamos County to know how much we appreciate their support," Executive Director Joy

Rotary Club Holds Bulb Sale Near CB FOX

on September 14, 2012 - 3:01pm

Brian Newnam, right, and Mike Lippiatt of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos volunteer at the Club's annual bulb sale in front of CB FOX in downtown Los Alamos today. Proceeds from the bulb sale benefit educational efforts for youth. Contact the Rotary Club to purchase bulbs at 505-662-7950. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Beverly Forker purchases a bag of each type of flower bulb from Rotarians Mike Lippiatt, left, and Brian Newnam during today's annual bulb sale in front of CB FOX in downtown Los Alamos. Carol A. Clark /


Justin Black Chosen Teacher of the Year!

on September 14, 2012 - 11:56am

Chamisa Elementary School Principal Debbie Smith with physical education teacher Justin Black, the 2012 "Teacher of the Year" are surrounded by students this morning. Photo by Debra Snow

LAPS News:

Justin Black, who serves as Chamisa Elementary School physical education teacher, was chosen as the New Mexico Association for Health Physical Education and Dance Elementary Physical Education "Teacher of the Year" for 2012.

Black will receive the award at the Oct. 11 state conference.


Heather Wilson's Son to Attend Local GOP HQ Grand Opening Saturday

on September 14, 2012 - 11:27am

GOP News:

Joshua Hone, the son of U.S. Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson is scheduled to attend the grand opening celebration of the Los Alamos Republican Party headquarters at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

The headquarters is at 1362 Trinity Dr., Suite D1, just north of Viola's Restaurant.

The community is invited to attend the grand opening and meet Wilson's son as well as Jefferson Byrd, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd Congressional District.

Several Republican candidates running for state and local offices also will be on hand to speak with the public.

Free hot dogs


Among the Nicest Gifts...

on September 14, 2012 - 10:27am

Delta Kappa Gamma member Eileen Trujillo and Los Alamos Medical Center Unit Supervisor Denise Martinez unpack the newest collection of children’s books given to the families welcoming a new member. Courtesy photo

Among the Nicest Gifts
By Judy Crocker

Down the street, the painting job went smoothly, and there were loads of boxes arriving. Family friends came last weekend for a baby shower, and the crib had arrived on time.

The local members of Delta Kappa Gamma – Rho Chapter were especially pleased to add a valuable gift to the baby’s new room – a specially-selected book for the start of

Udall Introduces VOW to Hire Heroes Extension

on September 14, 2012 - 10:06am
Bill Would Simplify Hiring Of Unemployed Vets
WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has joined Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., in introducing the bipartisan VOW to Hire Heroes Extension Act of 2012 (S. 3536), a bill that simplifies the hiring of unemployed and disabled veterans.
Senators Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Jim Webb, D-Va. and Dean Heller, D-Nev., are also original cosponsors of the legislation.
"New Mexico has 180,000 veterans who risked their lives to defend our freedom, often at a physical or emotional cost to themselves," Udall said. "In

Community Invited to Taste the Sky Sunday

on September 14, 2012 - 9:58am


Next Big Idea: A Festival of Discovery Invention and Innovation Set for Saturday

on September 14, 2012 - 9:17am



The September edition of New Mexico Centennial eNewsletter features Los Alamos' own Next Big Idea Festival.

The Next Big Idea Festival Day runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Fuller Lodge and around downtown Los Alamos.

The annual festival is a family-friendly event, highlighting Los Alamos’ unique, creative and scientific heritage.

Designed to inspire, illuminate and educate through science, technology, arts, food and music, the event is FREE!

In addition to exhibitors, this year we have also designated a Kid’s Activity Area with hands-on science

Downtown Banners Display Leslie Bucklin Photos

on September 14, 2012 - 8:55am

By Leslie Bucklin


New seasonal and Los Alamos welcome banners are being hung downtown on the Central Avenue streetlights.

The old banners were several years old, worn out, and in need of replacing.

A state funded MainStreet grant has helped the County update the banners.

Designed and featuring photographs by Leslie Bucklin, the new banners feature some of Los Alamos’ most notable attractions – summer outdoor activities, historic district, skiing, and community events, as well as stunning area scenery.

By Leslie Bucklin

By Leslie Bucklin

By Leslie Bucklin

By Leslie

LAEN: Make Your Idea Reality

on September 14, 2012 - 8:23am

LAEN News:

Make your idea reality. Let’s talk. That is the message of The Hive and the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network (LAEN) at their Fuller Lodge booth during the "Next Big Idea" event this Saturday.


“This is a great opportunity for people with ideas to explore commercial potential,” said Dave Jones, Steward of The Hive.

LAEN and The Hive have partnered to provide people with ideas (high tech, low tech, or no tech) a free initial evaluation of an idea’s business and technical viability.

If the idea looks promising and the person with the idea wants to move forward, LAEN


Workers Install Roof Over New Smith's Gas Station

on September 14, 2012 - 7:18am

Construction on the new Smith's Gas Station on Trinity Drive at Knecht Street moves forward despite recent rain storms. A large roof now spans the area formerly occupied by a Shamrock Gas Station. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Democratic Candidates for Los Alamos County Council Participate in Economic Roundtable

on September 13, 2012 - 7:50pm

Democratic Party of Los Alamos County Chair Mike Wheeler introduces panelists from left, Democratic Council candidates Michael Redondo, Pete Sheehey and Kristin Henderson who participated in a roundtable event this evening at Democratic Party Headquarters, 140 Central Park Square, in which the sole topic of discussion was the economy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

"We need to be a town that works for all of us," Council candidate Kristin Henderson said. "If we have a vision for Los Alamos ... that helps us prioritize."

"In my 26 years living in Los Alamos, I have seen small