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Los Alamos Daily Post Launches Candidate Video Series

on October 2, 2012 - 11:14pm

Today the Los Alamos Daily Post launched its first of four sets of video-taped conversations with candidates running for office in the 2012 election cycle.

New Mexico House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Jim Hall and Democratic opponent Stephanie Garcia Richard are featured in this video discussing the issues in a conversational format conducted this evening at the Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters in the Small Business Development Center in downtown Los Alamos.

The video series concludes Wednesday evening with the Los Alamos County Council candidates including Democrats Kristin Henderson,


County Line Continues Email Delivery

on October 2, 2012 - 10:07pm

Los Alamos County's Public Information Officer Julie Habiger answers Council questions this evening pertaining to the weekly County Line newsletter. Currently, 741 citizens subscribe to receive the County Line via email. Courtesy Photo from Pac8 streaming video

Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle moved that Council direct staff to reinstitute the U.S. mailed monthly newsletter and contract to print and mail the newsletter. Chiravalle's motion did not receive a second. 

County Administrator Harry Burgess recommended that the County continue producing only the on-line "County

County Moves to Self Insured Medical Plan

on October 2, 2012 - 9:30pm

Councilor Rick Reiss. Courtesy Photo from Pac8 streaming video

With a vote of 5 to 1, the Los Alamos County Council approved a recommended contract amendment with Blue Cross/Blue Shield that results in the County being self-insured for medical benefits. Council Chair Sharon Stover and Councilor Rick Reiss commended County Administrator Harry Burgess for his creativity in recommending the switch to self insurance.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield was initially proposing a 16.4 percent rate increase. By moving to the self-funded arrangement, the rates will increase only 3.5 percent.


DPU Briefs Council on San Juan Chama Water Preliminary Engineering Report

on October 2, 2012 - 8:31pm

Courtesy Photo from Pac8 streaming video

Deputy Utility Manager - Engineering James Alarid of the Department of Public Utilites together with consultants from CDM Smith made a presentation to the Los Alamos County Council this evening about a preliminary engineering report regarding access to Los Alamos County’s contracted 1,200 Acre-Feet-Per-Year of water from the San Juan-Chama project and how to make it available for use in the County’s water system.

The County must move forward with either replacing existing water wells, using its ground water right, or developing the San Juan-Chama


Council Issues Proclamations for Health Awareness & Fire Safety

on October 2, 2012 - 7:37pm

Lorraine Hartway representing the Los Alamos Heart Council thanks Council for the Proclamation declaring Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 as " Health Awareness & Wellness Day" in Los Alamos County. Photo from Pac8 streaming video

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes accepts Council's Proclamation declaring the week of Oct. 7 through 13, 2012 as Fire Prevention Week in Los Alamos County. Photo from Pac 8 streaming video

Breaking News: Car Fire Near White Rock Y Blocks Traffic Earlier [Photos / Video]

on October 2, 2012 - 3:04pm

A car was found on fire approximately 100 feet from N.M. 502 near the White Rock Y underpass.  Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

At approximately 2:50 p.m. today,  Los Alamos Fire Department personnel responded to a vehicle fire near the White Rock Y close to the westbound-to-White Rock underpass. Video from the scene exclusive to the Los alamos Daily Post may be viewed below.

The dramatic rescue of the sole occupant, a 62-year-old man in the car, occurred prior to the car engine compartment bursting into flames, according to radio reports from the scene.

The man was later


Police Nab Fleeing Motorcyclist Near LANL

on October 2, 2012 - 10:15am

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos police officers arrested Tyler Webb of Los Alamos Monday after he was seen heading southbound on Diamond Drive operating his yellow motorcycle at a high rate of speed.

Webb, 36, refused to pull over when Cpl. Monica Salazar-Casias pulled up behind him and flashed her patrol unit emergency lights, according to the statement of probable cause related to the case.

"At that time the motorcycle accelerated at a very high rate of speed," Salazar-Casias said. "I used different siren tones and followed him for 100-150 feet.

Food on the Hill: Chicken Tenders in a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

on October 2, 2012 - 9:19am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

Chicken Tenders in a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Photo by Sue York/
1 ½ lbs chicken tenders
1/2 teaspoon crushed rosemary
1 teaspoon marjoram
1 teaspoon basal
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
1 cup flour
Salt and pepper
Olive oil and 3 tablespoons butter (spilt)
1/3 cup dry white wine
¾ cup roasted red peppers (see picture)
2 plum tomatoes- peeled (see directions)
3 cloves of fresh garlic- pressed
1 shallot-sliced thin
2 tablespoons capers
1 cup provolone cheese
½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated

NB3 Foundation Gets $$$ for Childhood Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

on October 2, 2012 - 9:18am
Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTONU.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Monday that New Mexico-based Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation will receive the first of two $293,513 grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to combat childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes at San Felipe Pueblo.
The NB3 Foundation will use the funding for San Felipe Pueblo: Turning the Tide Against Childhood Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, a community-based program that will address the many factors involved in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
This will include community engagement, mobilization and leadership

Karen Wray Fine Art Opens at 15th and Central

on October 2, 2012 - 9:17am
Jean Uher and Karen Wray of Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery hang one of Wray's Oils in the new gallery space at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by TK Thompson/
The new Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery has a dedicated space for Wray's easel in the studio area for conducting workshops. Photo by TK Thompson/
Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery officially opened today in its new location in the southwest corner of the Community Bank Building at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by TK Thompson/

Column: K-12 Education

on October 2, 2012 - 9:11am
Column by Rep. Jim Hall
House Dist. 43-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties

During the last 20 years, I spent eight years on the Los Alamos School Board. I continue to listen to many school board members and to students, administrators at every level, parents, teachers (including my wife and brother), and union officials. 

I spent many hours working with educators on implementing classroom technology. I spend many more hours reading articles and books.

I have tremendous respect and admiration for teachers who, day after day and year after year, are able to impart their love of learning


National Merit Names Commended Students

on October 2, 2012 - 9:10am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School Principal Sandy Warnock announced today the students named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program:

  • Daniel Hill,
  • Gabriel Intrator,
  • Johnny Jacobs,
  • Simona Martin,
  • Emily McClenahan,
  • Danielle Parsons,
  • Maria Sandoval,
  • Jessica Bohn, and
  • Samuel Baty.

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, were presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional


Espanola Ranger District to Start Santa Fe Watershed Prescribed Burn

on October 2, 2012 - 7:06am


The Espanola Ranger District anticipates initiating a prescribed burn Tuesday, Oct. 2 approximately three miles east of Santa Fe. Total acreage to be treated over two days is 207 acres and will occur as conditions permit. Smoke will likely be seen from Santa Fe, Pecos, Jemez, Tesuque, Los Alamos, Bernalillo, Albuquerque, and Espanola.  The treatments are being implemented to help protect the municipal water supply by reducing hazardous fuels, as well as help sustain watershed, forest and wildlife health.

Smoke from prescribed fire can be a nuisance to some


LA Symphony Orchestra Takes On 'Billy the Kid' Oct 5

on October 2, 2012 - 7:00am


PEEC, Reel Deal Team Up for 'The Big Year'

on October 2, 2012 - 12:26am

Courtesy Photo

Reel Deal & PEEC News:

The Reel Deal Movie Theater and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center are bringing back their popular partnership to show nature films over the fall and winter months. 

The series begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 with a showing of The Big Year.

“This is the perfect film to kick off the series,” Katie Watson of PEEC said. “It’s a birding film, so it will appeal to our many birders in Los Alamos, but it also stars Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson, so fans of these actors, even if they aren’t birders, will want to watch it, as well.” 

Dessert Dances Help Create Lasting Memories

on October 2, 2012 - 12:20am
Courtesy Photos
Join the Los Alamos County Recreation Division and make some memories at the October Dessert Dances.
The Mother/Son Dance is Oct. 10, the Daddy/Daughter Dance is Oct. 11, and the NEW Family Dance on Oct. 12. Events are held 6-8:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge and the evening includes light refreshments, dancing, a craft project and a digital keepsake photo.
The cost for the event is $16 per couple, $8 for each additional child, and $30 per family (2 adults & 2 children.)
Sign up today at the Aquatic Center as the event is limited to 80 participants.
For further

LACA Presents Finckel, Han and Setzer Trio Nov. 3

on October 2, 2012 - 12:12am


Courtesy Photo

The Los Alamos Concert Association continues its 2012-2013 season with the trio David Finckel, Wu Han, and Philip Setzer.  Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. The talent, energy, imagination, and dedication they bring to their multifaceted endeavors as concert performers, recording artists, educators, artistic administrators, and cultural entrepreneurs go unmatched. 

London's Musical Opinion said of their


No Cook Noodle Night Oct. 3

on October 1, 2012 - 11:37pm
Photo by Claire Swinhoe

Los Alamos High School Band Boosters are hosting a "No Cook Noodle Night" 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Trinity on the Hill's Kelly Hall at Canyon Road and Diamond Drive. 

With an eat-in or carry-out option, the menu includes lasagna with meat and red sauce, spaghetti with a choice of meat or vegetarian sauce, penne with Alfredo sauce (meatless), macaroni and cheese and rice noodles with gluten-free Asian sauce. Dine-in meals include salad, bread and a cookie.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and available in advance or at the door.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 20 to Sept. 26, 2012

on October 1, 2012 - 6:47am

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. 20 at 12:33 p.m. / A 38-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone burglarized her property in the 700 block of 43rd Street. The estimated loss is unknown.

Sept. 21 at 8:41 p.m. / A Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of trespassers in the 3200 block of Villa Street.


Sept. 21 at 9 p.m.


LANB Adds Los Alamos Trust Officer

on October 1, 2012 - 6:38am

LANB News:

Dara L. McKinney has been promoted to Trust Officer at Los Alamos National Bank, and will work out of the Los Alamos office where she will be focusing on trust and probate administration, estate settlements and agency services. 

Prior to joining LANB in January 2009 as In-House Counsel in the Legal Department, McKinney was in private practice for 13 years with a focus on estate planning, probate and trust work. 

She spent her first years with Moore & Golden, P.A., and then practiced with P. Reid Griffith, P.A.


Column: Managers Are Not Leaders – Conclusion ... For Now

on October 1, 2012 - 6:34am

Column by Elena Yang

How do you spot a “true” leader? By observing and assessing the followers’ opinions and behaviors. 

Robert Townsend put it poignantly, “…the true leader can be recognized because, somehow or other, his people consistently turn in superior performances.” 

If people only talk about how wonderful their leader is, that’s suspect. Such a leader may be charismatic, but like a stellar supernova, its brilliance is limited.

We often confuse charisma with ability to accomplish, especially in an organization, and even more so when the organization is in turmoil.  



Over 300 Attend Mozart on the Rocks

on October 1, 2012 - 6:25am

Staff report

Bandelier Amphitheater. Courtesy Photo by Gretchen & Norman Yost

Over 300 people attended Mozart on the Rocks: Opera at Bandelier. The performance was held at the Bandelier Amphitheater on Saturday night. Despite the threat of rain, lightning and thunder all around the park, the weather remained perfect for the event.

Courtesy Photo by Gretchen & Norman Yost

The performance included The Three Sopranos, Jess Cullinan and Heather McCulloch coordinated by local opera singer Alicia Soloman, and accompanied by pianist Brian Huysman.

Ian Ritchie, President of the Guilds Inc.


CONE ZONE: Week of Oct. 1

on October 1, 2012 - 6:24am

NMDOT Mill & Overlay on NM502 Starts Tuesday

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 2, NM502 (Main Hill Road) to Los Alamos will be closed weekdays and Saturdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. while the NMDOT conducts a milling and overlay pavement rehabilitation project. Work will occur from east of East Gate Drive to the Bayo Canyon access road. Access to the East Gate Industrial Park will be maintained from the townsite.

On Monday, Oct. 8, the roadway will be closed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Weather permitting, the project should be complete by Oct.

County Line Highlights Glass Recycling Launch

on October 1, 2012 - 6:23am

Council Meeting on Tuesday

What's on the agenda? The Council will meet in Los Alamos (Chambers - 7 p.m.) and hear a presentation on the San Juan/Chama water project from the Dept. of Public Utilities, plus much more! Download the agenda now

County Launches "Open Forum"

It's the next step we're taking toward building better options for communications using the power of the internet - not just having another public meeting! Open Forum will allow you to post comments on line about topics or projects, and read what others are saying, too!

Down the Rio Grande: A Paddlers Perspective of Rocks and Rapids

on October 1, 2012 - 6:23am


The Los Alamos Historical Society announced its 2012-2013 lecture series, “History and Science.”  Visit a schedule and for a synopsis of each lecture.  Lectures are on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Pajarito Room of the Fuller Lodge. The lectures are free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of the Los Alamos National Bank and the members of the Historical Society. The October lecture is a journey down the Rio Grande by geologist and award-winning author, Paul Bauer, associate