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LANL Hosts Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast

on July 25, 2012 - 3:30pm

From left, Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan, Lori Heimdahl Gibson and Mellis Schmidt mingle at the Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast Tuesday at LANL. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com.

By Greg Kendall

Tuesday morning, the Los Alamos National Laboratory held a Regional Community Leaders' Breakfast at the J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  

LANL community breakfast events are held periodically. The focus of this event was LANL's partnerships with industry and governments.

Terry Wallace, Principal LANL Associate Director, Global Security, described

Council and DPU Wrestle with Rising Sewer Costs

on July 25, 2012 - 2:57pm

Los Alamos County Council members held a joint work session with the Department of Public Utilities Board, County officials and DPU officials to discuss sewer conditions and rate issues Tuesday night at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. No action was taken during the meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith, right, addresses the need to replace the aging infrastructure of the local sewer system as DPU Deputy Manager Bob Westervelt listens.
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Bobby Keys & The Attitudes Perform Friday at LANB

on July 25, 2012 - 2:26pm

By Russ Gordon

Keith Richards says in his autobiography, “Life” that Bobby Keys is “My closest pal. A soul of rock ‘n roll, a solid man, and also a depraved maniac.” I hope that interests you because Bobby is playing the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series with his New Mexico band, the Attitudes this Friday, July 27 at Los Alamos National Bank. The show is free and starts at 7PM.

Bobby is best known as the “6th” man of the Rolling Stones. He says “I’m not a member of the Stones but a well-paid assistant.” He is the sax player with the best known solos in the world.

Dixie Girl Opens for Dinner this Thursday!

on July 25, 2012 - 1:50pm

Denise Lane. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Owner Denise Lane of the Dixie Girl on Central Avenue announced that her restaurant will begin serving dinner 5-9 p.m., three days a week beginning Thursday, July 26.

The Dixie Girl will serve dinner 5-9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and continue to serve lunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Lane explained that alcoholic beverages will not be served at the restaurant because she must wait 100 days for her liquor license to become effective, which is the end of August.

At that time she will open the

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Steven Guldan Talks to Rotary about Sustainable Agricultural Science

on July 25, 2012 - 1:49pm

ROTARY News:

Steven Guldan, right, professor and superintendent of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at UNM selects a ticket from Rotarian Kevin Honnell for the Club's weekly free lunch drawing Tuesday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Guldan spoke to the group about the Sustainable Agricultural Science Center at Alcalde. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The NMSU Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center staff in cooperation with the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service invites the public to attend its Field Day Program at Alcalde Wednesday, Aug. 15:

Flowers Make Fragrant Sleeping Quarters

on July 25, 2012 - 1:29pm

Bees discovered sleeping in a solitary white flower. Photo by Leland S. Lehman

Photo by Leland S. Lehman

A one day bloom growing in the Gila Wilderness. Photo by Leland S. Lehman
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County's Next Quick Start Tennis Program Begins July 30

on July 25, 2012 - 10:30am

Courtesy/LAC

By Billy Wilton

When Tanner Stewart grabbed around a child-sized tennis racket, he began to smile.

“The big rackets are really heavy,” said Tanner, who is in the 4 to 7 age group session of the Quick Start Tennis Program. “I like swinging the smaller rackets, I can hit the ball and it’s more fun.”

Tanner was among the 16 children in the 4 to 7 year olds who participated in the Los Alamos County tennis program that ran from July 9 to July 19 at the Canyon Tennis Courts.

Courtesy/LAC

Courtesy/LAC

Following the younger group is an 8-11 year old session which had 14

Enjoy Putt-Putt and the Muppets at East Park Tonight

on July 25, 2012 - 10:17am

COUNTY News:

The Ponderosa Putt-Putt Tournament is 6-7:30 p.m., today (Wednesday, July 25) at East Park.

Participants will test their skills at the Ponderosa Putt-Putt Tournament. The tournament is broken into three age groups, 5-7, 8-11 and 12+.

Prizes will be awarded for first through third place in each age group.

Call 662-8173 for more information.  

The Movies in the Parks is 7:45-10 p.m. today (Wednesday, July 25) at East Park.

The 2012 Series features The Muppets. Bring blankets, pajamas and snacks to watch the movie under the stars.  

Weather cancelations are made an hour

Take an Easy Walk to Learn to ID Wildflower

on July 25, 2012 - 9:45am

PEEC News:

Courtesy/PEEC

Join Curator Chick Keller of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center's (PEEC) Jemez Mountain Herbarium for an easy walk to learn the names of local wildflowers.  

A plant list will be provided so participants can keep track of what they see.  

Meet at PEEC at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26 to carpool or caravan to the trailhead.
 
Free, no registration required.
 

Get A Good Scrubbing for a Good Cause!

on July 25, 2012 - 9:36am

LOS ALAMOS PONY CLUB News:

There's a fundraiser car wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at the Del Norte Credit Union.

The event is being held to benefit the youth leadership and athletics program of Los
Alamos Pony Club.

Bring cars, trucks and even horse trailers for a good scrubbing for a good cause!

Letter to the Editor: Thank You for Saving a Life

on July 25, 2012 - 9:01am

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos would like to thank the community for its tremendous support of the United Blood Services (UBS) blood drive held July 12-13 at the First Baptist Church. 

As part of the Rotary District 5520 Governor’s Challenge, our Club partnered with the very capable members of the Civitans, under the direction of Luke Ney, and with the Retired Sen-iors Volunteer Program (RSVP), under the leadership of Irene Powell. 

Although the need for blood does not decrease during the summer, the number of donors frequently does. 

Local blood supplies can fall to dangerously low

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Mountain School Seeks New Principal

on July 25, 2012 - 7:58am
By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

As the Aug. 15 start of the new school year draws near, a hiring committee has narrowed down a pool of applicants vying to replace Mountain Elementary School Principal Gerry Washburn.

"We had internal and external candidates apply and we're hoping to bring this search to a close well before school starts," Washburn said Tuesday.

Washburn is a non-voting member of the hiring committee who helped coordinate the process.

He left Mountain June 19 after serving three years as principal to become Coordinator of Human Resources for Los Alamos Public

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County Launches Citizen Satisfaction Survey

on July 25, 2012 - 7:57am

COUNTY News:

Residents in Los Alamos County may receive a phone call or “person on the street” interview during the next two weeks, asking for their feedback on County government.

The County has been regularly conducting these citizen satisfaction surveys every other year since 1996.

The purpose of the citizen survey is to gather public opinion on a variety of subjects, including satisfaction with County services and programs.

Whenever possible, the County uses the information for reporting on performance measures for service improvements.

The firm under contract to conduct the

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Day Journeys to the Middle of Nowhere: South Fork

on July 25, 2012 - 7:03am

Travel Column by Kirsten Laskey

Seeing a Whole New Side to South Fork

One of the great things about leaving your front door is that you can encounter anything. Anticipation for what you might stumble upon hums loudly as you move down the road.

I heard that hum of excitement as my parents and I recently drove to South Fork, Colo., despite the fact that I have visited this tiny “burg” several times in the past.

Photo: D&RGW water tower in South Fork. By Kirsten Laskey

My parents own a parcel of land in the area and were members the Rio Grande Club golf course.

I’ve spent many afternoons

Counting Down the Days for Free Books for Kids

on July 25, 2012 - 7:01am

OTOWI STATION News:

Otowi Station, Los Alamos Rotary Club and Self-Help, Inc., have partnered to provide free books to 500 local disadvantaged schoolchildren through this summer's "A Book of My Very Own" campaign.

The campaign, which ends Aug. 1, is now halfway to its goal.

The books will be distributed with school supplies for the neediest elementary school children in Los Alamos and surrounding communities, as designated by school counselors.

The project is part of Self-Help’s “Tools for Schools” program.

“We’ve been delighted with the response so far,” said Ellen Ben-Naim, children’s

Smart House Takes Shape

on July 24, 2012 - 2:25pm

The Los Alamos County Demonstration Smart House takes shape. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Staff report

As part of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities NEDO project, a 2,418 square foot "Smart House" is being built behind the Century Link Building (formerly Qwest) at 1925 Trinity Dr.

Framing for the building is nearly completed and a ribbon cutting ceremony for the project is scheduled for 2 p.m., Sept. 17.

The demonstration house will be equipped with 3 kW photovoltaic (solar panels), a 20 kWh battery, a home energy management system (HEMS), smart equipment and

Local Flash Flood Warning Until 4 p.m.

on July 24, 2012 - 1:10pm

A Flash Flood Warning was issued at 1:07 p.m. by the National Weather Service in Los Alamos County until 4 p.m. today.

Avoid flood areas. Urgency: Immediate.

From the National Weather Services:

FLASH FLOOD WARNING

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO, EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO AND  
EXTREME NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO UNTIL 4 p.m.

County Building Dog Park Across From Former FEMAville Trailer Site

on July 24, 2012 - 10:33am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County plans to begin this week building a dog park across the street from the former FEMAville Trailer Site set up in the North Mesa area of town after the Cerro Grande Fire.

Parks crews have started cleaning and clearing the sand and the area for site prep.

The contract for the fencing has been okayed and the sun shelter is expected to be delivered this week.

The new dog park is scheduled for completion by the end of August.

 

 

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Be Alert for Flash Flooding During Monsoon Season

on July 24, 2012 - 10:18am

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COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County is reminding residents of the dangers of thunderstorms and flash flooding, which could be extremely high in the canyons of Los Alamos, due to last year's Las Conchas Wildfire.

Flash flooding occurs when precipitation falls too quickly on saturated soil or dry soil that has poor absorption ability.

The runoff collects in low-lying areas and rapidly flows downhill.

Flash floods most often occur in normally dry areas that have recently received precipitation, but may be seen anywhere downstream from the source of the precipitation, even many

Law Enforcement Explorers Hold National Conference

on July 24, 2012 - 8:36am

DEA News:

Ft. Collins, Colo. – Nearly 2,500 young men and women from all 50 states will took part in a week-long Law Enforcement & Fire/EMS Explorers Conference on the campus of Colorado State University July16-20.

Students in the program learned law enforcement and fire/EMS skills and tips from some of the highest-ranking law enforcement and fire/EMS officials in the country including the U.S. Secret Service, FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Park Police, U.S.

NM Small Businessman Participates in Senate Steering Committee

on July 24, 2012 - 8:12am

SonicSEO President Arvind Raichur participates with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., at a Steering Committee meeting July 18 on Capitol Hill. Courtesy photo
 
WASHINGTON – At the invitation of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, New Mexico small business owner Arvind Raichur atttended a Democratic Steering Committee meeting on Capitol Hill July 18 and shared his personal experience creating jobs.
 
Raichur is president and founder of SonicSEO, an Albuquerque-based company that offers online marketing services to businesses throughout North America.
 
At the meeting, Democratic senators and small

Traffic Advisory: Proceed with Caution on N.M. 4

on July 24, 2012 - 7:54am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will continue its chip seal work on N.M. 4 this week between mile marker 59.0 and mile marker 51.5.

Between Monday, July 23 and Thursday, July 26, minor traffic delays can be expected on that stretch of road. 

Motorists will encounter one-lane road closures from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.with a flagging operation and pilot car escort.

Drivers are asked to proceed through the work zone with caution and observe traffic control signing and reduced speed limits. 

Bicycling through the work zone is “highly discouraged” due to the oily surface,

Inside the Inaugural Microbial Olympics

on July 24, 2012 - 7:27am

London prepares for the 2012 (human) Olympics. Photo: avail/Flickr

By Jeffrey Marlow

With global attention focusing on London for the Games of the 30th Olympiad, a parallel competition of superlative ability has gone largely unnoticed.

I’m referring, of course, to the Microbial Olympics, a truth-based but (largely) fictional test of microbial abilities published in Nature Reviews Microbiology.

For the contributors, it’s an exercise in extreme – and occasionally cringe-inducing – punnery: Bacillus Bill and Salmonella Sam serve as announcers, and a spherical contestant is said to be

'Food on the Hill': Italian Parmesan Cheese and Herb Bread

on July 24, 2012 - 7:18am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

 
This week's recipe...
 
Italian Parmesan Cheese and Herb Bread
 
 
1¼ cup warm water ** see note about water in recipe
1Package of dried active yeast
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3 Cups of bread flour (I use King Arthur)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons dry milk powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons of softened butter
4 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese (Kraft is fine)
1 teaspoons dried chopped rosemary
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 ½ teaspoons dried marjoram
1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme
Small amount of olive oil for pan

Behold, the Artificial Jellyfish: Researchers Create Moving Model, Using Silicone Polymer and Heart Muscle Cells

on July 24, 2012 - 7:15am

This is a still shot of the artificial jellyfish. Courtesy/Harvard University-Caltech

ScienceDaily — Using recent advances in marine biomechanics, materials science, and tissue engineering, a team of researchers at Harvard University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have turned inanimate silicone and living cardiac muscle cells into a freely swimming "jellyfish."

The finding serves as a proof of concept for reverse engineering a variety of muscular organs and simple life forms.

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