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

on July 24, 2012 - 7:54am


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
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.

UK Soccer Camp Starts Next Week

on July 23, 2012 - 10:43pm
The Family YMCA is hosting the UK Soccer Camp program next week July 30 – Aug 3 at North Mesa Field for youth ages 4-16.
The cost for half days (9 a.m. to noon) is $100 and a $160 for full days (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The full day program is for youth ages 8-16 only.
This is a great program for soccer players of all experience levels with a focus on individual skills development and teamwork. Scholarships are available through funding from United Way.
Sign up at the YMCA or online at

Y Earth Service Corps Fundraises for Creativity for Peace

on July 23, 2012 - 9:32pm

By Kimberly Secrest
YESC Director

The Los Alamos Y Earth Service Corps has had an exciting past month. They have continued to work on maintaining and improving the trails around Los Alamos, and have begun working on The Satch Cowan Trail, a trail honoring a local woman who has helped make the Los Alamos YES Corps program possible. 

Additionally, the YES Corps has volunteered at the Espanola Humane Society, has deconstructed unsafe fencing for the Wildlife Center, and has served as mentors for the Y’s iCARE program participants for an activity studying a forest floor.

The Los Alamos Y


Asphalt Truck Bed Tips Over on N.M. 4

on July 23, 2012 - 5:52pm


This photo was taken just before 3 p.m., today July 23, on N.M. 4 on the south side of Ancho Canyon near Technical Area-33. Police said the driver was working on the road at the time the rear of the truck tipped sidways. He was not cited. Police conducted traffic control until the truck was straightened back up. Photo by Alan Madsen

OBITUARY: Elizabeth Caughran June 5, 1938 - July 18, 2012

on July 23, 2012 - 4:53pm

Elizabeth Anne Thomson Caughran, an extraordinary woman, was born June 5, 1938, in Glasgow, Scotland; she died July 18, 2012, in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

The daughter of Samuel and Alice Thomson, Anne had an adventurer’s spirit, leading her from the Honors Masters Program at the University of Glasgow to Kentucky in the 1960s for advanced studies; back to Scotland, where she met her husband Ken Caughran (a USAF pilot) at Prestwick; and to their deployment in Tripoli, Libya.

They returned to the States in 1965 and settled in Texas for a different sort of adventure and on to Los Alamos in the

Local Flash Flood Warning Until 5:15 p.m.

on July 23, 2012 - 3:02pm

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Los Alamos County.

The Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 5:15 p.m., today.

This is a severe alert ... avoid all flood areas ... take action immediately.


GOP has Until Sept. 11 to Fill Candidate Vacancy

on July 23, 2012 - 1:28pm

Republican candidate Roger Waterman sent shockwaves through the local community this morning when he announced his withdrawal from the Los Alamos County Council race.

Waterman said that he deeply regrets having to resign from the race but that recent business and professional issues have left him no choice, adding that he greatly appreciates the efforts of his many supporters.

County Council Chair Sharon Stover expressed her thoughts on Waterman's resignation during a telephone conversation with the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning.

"Speaking as a private citizen, I really supported

Los Alamos Researcher Honored with Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

on July 23, 2012 - 12:30pm

LANL News:

  • Amy J. Clarke, materials scientist, studies uranium alloys

Amy J. Clarke, a young Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist, is among the honorees that President Obama named today as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

“Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people.” President Obama said. “The impressive accomplishments of today’s awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead.”

This is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S.

Column: Many Reasons to Oppose Governor's Plan

on July 23, 2012 - 12:22pm
Column by Ellen Mills, President
Los Alamos Federation of School Employees

There are many reasons to oppose the governor's plan for teacher evaluation: The tests used are unreliable; the states where similar "reforms" have been implemented have not seen success; huge sums of money have been diverted from schools to publishing companies; curriculum narrows to only those things measured and measurable on a standardized test.

The list is long. For teachers, one of the most devastating consequences of over-reliance on test scores is the impact on their relationship with their students.


OBITUARY: John W. Taylor 1931 - July 21, 2012

on July 23, 2012 - 12:01pm
JOHN W. TAYLOR, 81, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2012.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita K. Taylor; parents, Waldon and Ida Taylor; sister-in-law, Martha Taylor.
John was employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 31 years. He was an active member of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
He was a well known and respected member of the community. He was a laboratory fellow and was a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.
He contributed greatly to NASA Missions, namely the Cassini Hygens.

BREAKING NEWS: Waterman Resigns From Council Race

on July 23, 2012 - 9:10am

Roger Waterman, second from right, withdrew his candidacy this morning from the six-person race for three available seats on the Los Alamos County Council. Candidates from left, Pete Sheehey, Vincent Chiravalle, Marc Clay, Kristin Henderson, Waterman and Ken Johnson during the candidate's forum sponsored by the Los Alamos Daily Post at the PAC 8 Studos in May. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff report

Roger Waterman just announced in an email to the Los Alamos Daily Post that he is dropping out of the race for Los Alamos County Council - citing business and professional issues.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 12 to July 17, 2012

on July 23, 2012 - 7:23am

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.

July 12 at 5:10 a.m. / Police received a report of larceny at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr. The estimated loss is less than $500.


July 12 at 1:44 p.m. / Police conducted a traffic stop on Joseph Garcia, 44, of Fairfield for failure to maintain his lane on East Road near the Los Alamos County Airport.


Entrepreneurs Turnout for Bradbury Science Museum Event

on July 23, 2012 - 7:22am

President Andy Andrews of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network at his booth during the Bradbury Science Museum's event featuring local entrepreneurs Friday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dr. Merry McIntyre D.C., of Reunion Chiropractic & Wellness talks about her business services during entrepreneurs night Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Owner John Battles, right, of Mountain Storm Instruments LLC discusses his company during Friday's entrepreneur event at the Bradbury Science Museum.

Journey Through Indian Country Part 6: Gaining Invaluable Experience on the Reservation

on July 23, 2012 - 7:22am

For agents, the unique experience of working Indian Country crimes includes deploying—often by themselves—to remote sites within pueblos or reservations. Courtesy/FBI

FBI Series Part 6 is the final story in this series:

It wasn’t long after his arrival in Indian Country that Special Agent John Fortunato started carrying dog biscuits in his FBI vehicle.

Some of the wild dogs who roam the New Mexico reservations are a lot easier to befriend or distract when they are offered food.

That’s just one small example of how investigating crimes in Indian Country makes agents resourceful—and

Column: Tales From Italy's Unicycle World Championships

on July 23, 2012 - 7:19am
Maxwell Schulze of Los Alamos competing in the UNICON XVI world championships this week in the small mountain village of Lajen in northern Italy. Photo by Roland Schulze
Dear Los Alamos,

Some of you may know me as just a unicyclist around Los Alamos. My name is Maxwell Schulze and I grew up in Los Alamos and graduated high school in 2010.

I have been unicycling for around eight or nine years and in January 2010, I traveled to New Zealand for the 2010 15th annual Unicycle World Championships known as UNICON XV.

There I competed in an event known as observed trials, which involves the

Local Mail Trucks Park in Sharp Formation

on July 23, 2012 - 7:18am

Six mail trucks park bumper to bumper behind the post office Thursday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Worker Repairs Smith's Sign

on July 23, 2012 - 7:16am

A worker repairs the sign at Smith's on Central Avenue Friday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Navajo Athletes Race Toward Future in ‘Up Heartbreak Hill’

on July 22, 2012 - 9:51pm

Airing on New Mexico PBS -- Ch. 5.1 - Thursday, July 26 at 9 p.m. & Saturday July 28 at 10 p.m. & on Ch. 9.1 – Thursday, August 2 at 9 p.m.

Teen Angst Typically Includes Conflict Between Past and Future—But What If the Past Is the Reservation and the Future a World Apart?

A Co-production of ITVS and Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT.;
A Co-presentation with NAPT. Program is Part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen

“A refreshing, original film about the challenges of indigenous youth.” -- Ryan Little, Washington City Paper

The hopes and heartbreaks of senior year

Planning and Zoning Meets Wednesday Evening

on July 22, 2012 - 9:38pm

Planning and Zoning Commission AGENDA
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Community Building Council Chambers, 475 20th Street



A Case No. 12-SUB-001
A request for approval of a 3-lot subdivision of the property located at 106 Longview Drive, Sherwood Village, Lot 5A in a C-1 (Light Commercial and Professional Business District) zone. Owners/Applicant: Roger and Connie Gartz, Richard and Mary Bond, and Zenas Boone, owners; Ken Spalding, Precision Surveys, agent; Case Manager: Nancy Cerutti, Senior Planner.



Athletes Play Dirty at Mud Volleyball Tournament

on July 22, 2012 - 12:00pm

Mud flies as players race to return a volley during the Los Alamos County Community Service Department's Mud Volleyball Tournament coordinated by the Recreation Division Saturday at North Mesa Park. Photo by Sal Zapien/

Some players opt to dip in the mud to cool off. Photo by Sal Zapien/

.Members from team "Da Bumpin Uglies" opt for one more dip after their final game. Photo by Sal Zapien/

Los Alamos Fire Department washes mud off the players. Photo by Sal Zapien/

Editor's Note: Check out a full slideshow from Saturday's mudfest

The Derailers Drive Friday's Concert Goers to Dance

on July 22, 2012 - 11:22am

Los Alamos Cooperative Market General Manager Steve Watts dances with Sharon Barefoot to the music of the Derailers during Friday's County Summer Concert Series with Russ Gordon at Entrada Business Park. Photo by Sal Zapien/

Ken Spencer and Marquita Sena join dozens of dancers in enjoying the music of the Derailers, sponsored by the Los Alamos Cooperative Market and the Holiday Inn Express Friday night. Photo by Sal Zapien/

Ron Crotzer and Sarah Crotzer dance to the music of the Derailers.