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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


Community Invited to Submit Letters of Interest for Council Vacancy

on August 8, 2012 - 8:34am

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover announced during Tuesday night's Council meeting that beginning today, Council will accept letters of interest from community members who would like to be considered to fill the unexpired term of Councilor Ron Selvage, who resigned last week.

His term will expire Dec. 31, 2014.

Applicants must be a registered voter and resident of Los Alamos County, and cannot be employed by the County.

They should submit a letter of interest explaining their background, experience and why they are interested in the position.

Letters of interest must be


Public Comments on Economic Development Fund Program Priorities Before Council Approves Motion

on August 7, 2012 - 10:28pm

Dave Jones, steward of The Hive in White Rock began public comment with regard to planning and budgeting for 2013-2017 on what is important to business people with regard to the $4 million available in the County Economic Development Fund. The County's Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher looks on at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

President Andy Andrews of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network (LAEN) spoke during public comment. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Councilor Harry Burgess listens as President Andy Andrews of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs

Council Selects Option for Valles Caldera's DEIS

on August 7, 2012 - 10:00pm

Director Marie Rodriguez of Natural Resources at the Valles Caldera National Preserve answers questions from Councilors regarding their intent to select a public access and use option for the Valles Caldera National Preserve and to convey via letter from the County Administrator Harry Burgess before the end of the public comment period of 5 p.m., Aug. 14. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Councilor Mike Wismer moved, seconded by Councilor Vincent Chiravalle, that Council select public access and use option 3A or 3B for the Valles Caldera National Preserve and direct County


Council Approves Removal of Old Unpaid Utility Bills

on August 7, 2012 - 9:35pm

Outgoing Deputy Manager of Finance and Administration Janet Bettinger looks on as Incoming Deputy Manager of Finance and Administration Bob Westervelt made the case as to why it's bad for business to carry unpaid utility bills on the Department of Public Utilities accounts receivable ledger beyond five years. The debts cannot be collected because the people responsible are dead, left town or otherwise are indisposed. Council voted to approve allowing removal of those unpaid bills from the DPU ledger. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Elects Geoff Rodgers to Fill Vice Chair Vacancy

on August 7, 2012 - 9:19pm

County Council unanimously elected Councilor Geoff Rodgers this evening to fill the vacancy left by last week's resignation of Ron Selvage. The vice chair serves at the pleasure of the council and is eligible for election to subsequent terms. The vice chair assists the chair in the performance of the duties of the chair and acts in the chair's place when necessary. The vice chair also serves on other council committees or boards and commissions. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Administrator Harry Burgess removes newly elected Vice Chair Geoff Rodger's name plate from his

Council Honors KRSN Owners for State Achievement

on August 7, 2012 - 9:03pm

Owners David and Gillian Sutton accept a proclamation issued by Los Alamos County Council to honor KRSN 1490AM for its recent award as "2012 New Mexico Broadcaster of the Year." Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Recognizes Individuals Completing Boys and Girls State

on August 7, 2012 - 8:30pm

From left, Ben Mitsunaga, Cory Geyer and Kyle Partin accept Council's recognition of individuals completing the American Legion's New Mexico Boys' State and Girls' State program. The trio spoke about their experience and growth while participating in the program. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle presents special pins to Boys' State participants  from left, Kyle Partin, Cory Geyer and Ben Mitsunaga. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Proclaims August 'Assets Building Month'

on August 7, 2012 - 8:27pm

Council proclaims the month of August 2012 as "Assets Building Month" in Los Alamos County and presents the proclamation to Assets Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen as her son passes out cookies to Councilors and staff. The 40 Developmental Assets Program, a program of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, identifies 40 building blocks that help youth grow up healthy, caring and responsible. The assets are grounded in extensive research in youth development, resiliency, and prevention.

Council Honors Los Alamos Police Chief and Officers

on August 7, 2012 - 8:01pm

Los Alamos County Council recognized and honored Police Chief Wayne Torpy this evening in Council Chambers for his leadership in keeping the community safe and protesters calm and peaceful during the annual Hiroshima demonstration held Sunday in the townsite and Monday at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Torpy gave the credit for the successful outcome of this year's demonstrations to his Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun, his police officers, LANL's security force and state police. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun is credited by Police Chief Wayne Torpy this

PRC Commissioner Doug Howe Talks Natural Gas

on August 7, 2012 - 6:19pm

Editor's Note:  The Los Alamos Daily Post has received Commissioner Howe's presentation slides. You may view them by clicking here (google docs).


PRC Commissioner Doug Howe discusses Natural Gas At Mesa Public Library Wednesday evening. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

District 3 PRC Commissioner Doug Howe presented "Focus on ... Unconventional Natural Gas: Boon or Bust?" to a full Mesa Public Library conference room audience Wednesday evening.

The talk was sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network (LASE Network.)

Howe began his

Bobcat Lounges Poolside

on August 7, 2012 - 10:32am

A bobcat lounges poolside at a home on Barranca Mesa Thursday evening. Photo by Bob Westervelt

Mutual Respect Framed LANL Protest

on August 7, 2012 - 9:02am

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy shakes hands with a protester during Monday's demonstration at Los Alamos National Laboratory, marking the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Despite any differences that may exist between demonstrators and authorities, an air of mutual respect permeated the annual event. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun calmly chats with protesters from left, Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Catherine Euler and Cathie Sullivan who are three of the six protesters who eventually were arrested for blocking

2012 County Fair & Rodeo Kicks Off Thursday!

on August 7, 2012 - 6:59am


2012 County Fair & Rodeo Event Schedule:

Thursday, Aug. 9         

  • Indoor Exhibit Check-in (Carlos Valdez) (505) 662-2656  
  • Mesa Public Library 2-6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 10

  • County Classic Open Pool Tournament (505) 662-8920   
  • Ehart Senior Center 8 a.m.
  • County Fair Exhibits @ Mesa Public Library 5-8 p.m.
  • Viewing for Disabled 4-5 p.m.
  • Summer Concert @ Ashley Pond 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 11

  • Festival & Fair @ Ashley Pond 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Arts & Crafts Fair (Nancy Coombs) (505) 662-1635 @ Fuller Lodge 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Parade (Suzette Fox) (505) 661-4844 on Central Avenue at 10 a.m.
  • County