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Summer Art Camp Ensures Artistry Never Stops

on August 9, 2012 - 9:57pm

Fuller Lodge Art Center calls its Summer Art Camp "The Best Six Weeks of Summer" for children from Los Alamos, surrounding communities and even foreign countries. Courtesy photo


This summer 80 to 100 students age 4 through 6 grade filled the classrooms at Fuller Lodge Art Center on Central Avenue each week, while teens met for classes at Village Arts on DP Road.

Whether painting, drawing, sculpting, dying yarn and knitting or creating things from recycled materials, these young artists were exploring their creativity with enthusiasm and laughter.


Rotary Club Speaker Schedule for August

on August 9, 2012 - 9:33pm

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets 11:45 to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Dixie Girl Restaurant, 1789 Central Avenue.  Guests are always welcome to attend!

Aug 14  Emily Chan, daughter of Rotary member Tony Chan, will present a program about her recent travels in “My 11-Country Tour.”  Emily has not only traveled extensively abroad, but has also taught overseas.

Aug 21  Dave Melton, pilot of the hot-air balloon, Purple Haze, will tell us about the adventures and eand escapades of being aloft in a balloon.                                                             

Aug 28  Dr.


Leonard is Top Predictor in Weekly Pace Race

on August 9, 2012 - 9:02pm

Courtesy photo


Erik Leonard was the fastest for the 1-mile predict-your-time pace race in 8:14 and was only one second off his prediction.

A total of 41 people did the weekly Tuesday pace races, which were held on paved roads in Pajarito Acres under cloudy skies.

For the one mile course, the fastest female runner was Michelle Jones (9:39). The best female predictors were Inez Ross (10 s off her prediction), Darby Kellum and D J Kliesen (both 13 s). Zach Leonard did the 1 mile run in 8:16, and Morgan Jones did 10:47.

For the 2.8 mile course, the fastest

NNSA Conducts 100th WMD Counterterrorism Exercise

on August 9, 2012 - 4:33pm

NNSA News:

  • NNSA, FBI Conclude Radiological Security Exercise at University of Cincinnati

WMDs. Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NNSA’s Offices of Counterterrorism Policy and Cooperation and Global Threat Reduction and the FBI today announced the completion of the Bearcat Thunder counterterrorism table-top exercise at the University of Cincinnati (UC), the 100th exercise of its kind.

The exercise is part of NNSA’s Silent Thunder table-top series, which is aimed at giving federal, state and local officials, first responders and law enforcement critical, hands-on experience in responding

Auditions Begin Aug. 19 for "The Woman in Black"

on August 9, 2012 - 4:11pm


Auditions for The Woman in Black play are 2-5 p.m. Aug. 19 and 7-9 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Los Alamos Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.

Scripts are available at Mesa Public Library for overnight check out.

The Woman in Black play, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill, takes place in a Victorian theater where a man named Kipps has hired an Actor to help him tell a life-changing, true ghost story to family and friends.

Auditioning for one man aged 25 to 35 and one man aged 40 to 65. Also, auditioning for two women who have a 

Bingaman to Address LANL Employees Monday

on August 9, 2012 - 4:05pm
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman will be in Los Alamos Monday, Aug. 13 and will address Los Alamos National Laboratory employees.
Bingaman will talk about the economy, the federal deficit and what Congress can do to address these issues, among other things.
Bingaman will also attend a reception hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society at the Los Alamos Historical Museum to talk about a bill he has introduced to designate Manhattan Project sites around the country as National Historical Parks.
Bingaman's schedule Monday, Aug. 13:
  •   10 a.m.

BREAKING NEWS: Injured Hiker Rescued

on August 9, 2012 - 3:31pm

Los Alamos firefighters, assisted by Los Alamos police officers, located and rescued an adult male with injuries who had fallen near the area at the bottom the Main Hill Road near the wastewater treatment plant a few minutes ago. Battalion Chief Paul Grano explained at the scene that the man had what initially appears to be minor injuries, adding that LAFD transported the man to Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Fire Battalion Chief Paul Grano, white shirt, debriefs firefighters following their successful rescue of an injured man near the

OBITUARY: Jean Banta Balestrini April 2, 1926 - July 9, 2012

on August 9, 2012 - 3:10pm

Jean Banta Balestrini, 86, longtime resident of Los Alamos died July 9th, 2012, surrounded by family at Sombrillo Nursing home. She was born on April 2, 1926 in Los Angeles California to Francis and Mary Banta.

Jean Graduated from Fresno State College with a degree in education in 1948. She married Silvio J Balestrini June 22, 1948, in Berkley, California. Jean worked as a teacher and librarian while Silvio completed his PhD in physics at UC Berkeley. Jean and Silvio, with their 3-year-old son, John, moved to Los Alamos in June of 1954. In Los Alamos they raised four children.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: County Fair & Rodeo Weekend

on August 9, 2012 - 11:24am

Mutton Bustin!!!  Photo by Greg Kendall/

The Weekend preview is sponsored by

Friday, Aug. 10

•County Classic Open Pool Tournament @ Ehart Senior Center 8 a.m.

County Fair Exhibits @ Mesa Public Library 5-8 p.m.
(Viewing for Disabled 4-5 p.m.)
County Fair Exhibits upstairs at the library-gallery, rotunda, and meeting rooms.

Summer Concert @ Ashley Pond 7 p.m. featuring Stone River Band
Country and country blues-soul dance band from Texas.

Saturday, Aug. 11

Festival & Fair @ Ashley Pond 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Arts & Crafts Fair @ Fuller Lodge 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Update to Los Alamos County Rodeo News

on August 9, 2012 - 11:16am

Los Alamos County Rodeo News:

The Los Alamos Recreation Division will be holding the Los Alamos County Rodeo on Aug.11-12 at Brewer Arena on North Mesa.

See the following information concerning parking and directions to Brewer Arena.

Rodeo Contestants: Rodeo contestants will need to bring their livestock to North Mesa Park for animal inspection. North Mesa Park is located on San Ildefonso Road South, (right lane at the roundabout). Signs will direct contestants to the inspection staging area in the park.


Martin Heinrich Shows Concern for Non-Voters, Too

on August 9, 2012 - 11:08am

By Amy Storey

My friend Karyl Ann Armbruster and her 2-year-old "son" Oz Einstein Armbruster were out talking with voters last week about U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich who is running for the U.S. Senate.
The plan was to canvas a few more houses on her list, go home, clean up, and attend the Martin Heinrich event a few hours later.
Unfortunately, after talking for several minutes at one particular residence, a 50-pound dog suddenly charged out of the house and attacked little 16-pound Oz who was straining on his leash five-feet away.
The owner grabbed the dog and successfully got him off

Cowboy Breakfast Aids Alzheimer's Association

on August 9, 2012 - 10:54am

The Posse Lodge hosted its Cowboy Breakfast Sunday, which this month went to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Los Alamos. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

The Posse Lodge was pretty full by 9 a.m. and drew a steady stream of pancake eaters. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Melissa Spiers, left, and Mary Yamada help with the breakfast. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Cowboy Breakfast Guru Cary Grzadzinski chats with Mrs. Rickman of Los Alamos. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

The Alzheimer's Association of Los Alamos was on hand during the August Posse Lodge

LANL Calls on Public for Help to Improve Plan

on August 9, 2012 - 10:39am

LANL News:

To accomplish our mission, Los Alamos National Laboratory generates some hazardous and mixed waste.

In November 2010, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) issued the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Hazardous Waste Facility Permit.

The Permit establishes standards for how LANL manages, stores and treats hazardous wastes on-site and for the closure and post-closure care of permitted waste management units.

The plan covers six elements

  • Establishing an open working relationship with the public
  • Establishing productive relationships with local tribes and pueblos

High-Tech Tool Predicts Fire Behavior in Bark Beetle-Ravaged Forests

on August 9, 2012 - 10:21am

During the 2011 Las Conchas Fire, a Los Alamos resident watches the Jemez Mountains burn just a few miles west of town and near LANL. Photo Credit: Los Alamos National Laboratory/Ethan Frogget

LANL News:

  • Rocky Mountain Research Station and LANL build better computer models

Fire fighters facing fast-moving wildfires need better tools to predict erratic fire behavior, especially in forests with dead trees caused by massive outbreaks of bark beetles whose predations create an abundance of dead fuel and changes in the tree canopy structure.

Tools typically available to incident commanders and

ChemCam Sends Digital ‘Thumbs Up’

on August 9, 2012 - 10:09am

Researchers from LANL and the French Space Agency examine data from the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover from inside the ChemCam Operations Center at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Monday, Aug. 6., less than a day after the rover landed on Mars. The ChemCam team received signals indicating that the instrument is healthy and all systems are ready to go. Photo Credit: Los Alamos National Laboratory/James E. Rickman

LANL News:

  • Martian landing area could be a boon for scientific study

Members of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover ChemCam team got a digital thumbs up about

Fuller Lodge Art Center Celebrates Creativity, Beauty

on August 9, 2012 - 7:57am

Sacred heart silver jewelry piece by artist Gregory Segura. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

By Kirsten Laskey

In tough economic times, people scale back. They tighten their belts and trim away anything unnecessary. At first glance it may appear that being frugal is no fun; however, a closer look reveals a far different picture.

Pinching pennies can unleash creativity – just take a look at what will be on sale at the Fuller Lodge Art Center’s Summer Arts and Crafts Fair, which runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday on the lawn behind Fuller Lodge.

Paintings of horses by artist Karen

Order of Merit Awarded to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart

on August 9, 2012 - 7:20am
Photo:DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart is awarded the Order of Merit by Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez. Courtesy/DEA
DEA News:

Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez has awarded the Order of Merit to DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart for her effort and commitment to battling global drug trafficking.

The Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez, and Mella is the principal order of the Dominican Republic, and is conferred by the President to both civilians and militaries for distinguished services.

Founded in 1931 as the Order of Merit of Juan Pablo Duarte and

LANB Launches Weekly Financial Column: Money IQ

on August 8, 2012 - 2:15pm
What’s your Money IQ?
By Steve Wells

Welcome to Money IQ. Over the last 49 years in working with many customers, Los Alamos National Bank has run across just about every financial situation or decision you can imagine and some you can’t.

We were very excited when the Los Alamos Daily Post asked if we could add to their financial channel, a weekly column on financial matters that would be useful to their readers, we jumped at the chance.

How smart are you when it comes to money?


Stone River Boys Play at Ashley Pond Friday

on August 8, 2012 - 2:14pm

The Stone River Boys play country-soul music at Ashley Pond at 7 p.m. Friday. Courtesy photo

By Russ Gordon

It’s Los Alamos County Fair weekend and I’d like to tell you about the Summer Concert Series’ participation.

On Friday night, Aug.10, we’re gonna do a show of country-soul music at Ashley Pond. This means excellent country music played with soul. Sound strange? Not at all.

There’s been Ray Charles with all of his country hits in the early 60’s, Joe South, Joe Tex, Charlie Rich, Flying Burrito Bros., O.C.

NMFA Arrests Shouldn't Impact Los Alamos

on August 8, 2012 - 2:12pm
By Carol A. Clark
Two top officials from the New Mexico Finance Authority have been arrested for state securities violations related to a fake financial audit.
Chief Operating Officer John T. Duff of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department's Securities Division and former controller Greg Michael Campbell were booked at 9:08 a.m. today into the Santa Fe County Jail.
Photo: John Duff. Courtesy/Santa Fe County Jail
Duff, 70, is facing eight counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy, according to court records. Campbell, 52, resigned his post in June.

Minor Injuries Reported in Morning Bicycle Accident

on August 8, 2012 - 11:39am

Staff report

Minor injuries were reported in an accident at about 8 a.m. today near Diamond Drive and Sandia Street.

A bicyclist was riding south on Diamond Drive when a motorist heading northbound on Diamond Drive turned left on to Sandia Street and failed to yield the right of way to the bicyclist.

The Los Alamos Fire Department treated the bicyclist for minor injuries at the scene. The Bicyclist declined transport to Los Alamos Medical Center.

Los Alamos Police cited the motorist for failure to yield.


Max Schulze is 2012 World Champion Unicyclist

on August 8, 2012 - 9:52am

Unicyclist Max Schulze of Los Alamos, second from left, on the awards platform in Italy as the World Champion - Observed Trials. Photo by Roland Schulze

Los Alamos unicyclist Max Schulze has returned home from the Unicycle World Championships held last month in Italy, as an undisputed World Champion.

"The highlights from the competition for me are that mostly the entire event is a great experience," Schulze said. "Getting to see friends from across the world who share the common passion of unicycling is amazing. It is like we are all a gigantic family for two weeks every two years at UNICON.

Large Rainbow Appears Over Los Alamos

on August 8, 2012 - 9:36am

A large rainbow appeared over Los Alamos late Tuesday looking east from the Community Building on 20th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Katy Korkos Gets Pierced

on August 8, 2012 - 9:31am

Throwing caution to the wind, Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce surprised one of her business members Monday as she entered their business and asked to be pierced. Korkos hadn't had her ears pierced as a child but after receiving a pair of MJ Oref designed earrings Monday, made the decision to get it done. She headed straight to Bennett's Fine Jewelry, 107 Central Park Square. Within minutes, Korkos walked out sporting pierced studs, which she will keep in her ears for six weeks to allow the new piercings to heal over.

Member of Joint Chiefs Asks for Nuclear Stockpile Cuts

on August 8, 2012 - 8:38am

Editor's note: Update 9:25 a.m. with change of command ceremony information and recent photo.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz responds to questions at the Pentagon July 24, during a media availability to discuss his time as Chief of Staff. Schwartz finishes a four-year term in office shortly. U.S. Air Force photo/James Varhegyi

Staff report

The Boston Globe reports General Norton A. Schwartz, chief of staff of the Air Force and member of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff is asking for cuts in the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal.

"We have more backup systems in terms