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CLARIFICATION: Democratic Senators Expressed Support of - But Have Not Endorsed Republican Rep. Jim Hall

on September 26, 2012 - 7:40pm

UPDATE: Sen. Richard Martinez has responded to the Los Alamos Daily Post request for comment regarding information from a Hall Campaign news release published here Tuesday:

"I haven't endorsed anyone in that race. I like Jim Hall a lot. He is a very nice gentleman and he works well with both parties. I used to be Democratic Party Chair and I am not supporting anyone in that race."

Staff report

After receiving calls from area democrats insisting that Democratic State Senators Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez have not endorsed Republican Rep. Jim Hall for Dist. 43, the Los Alamos Daily Post


Stephanie Garcia Richard Lectures at UNM-LA

on September 26, 2012 - 7:13pm

House District 43 candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard explains to Los Alamos County Councilor Mike Wismer's American Politics Class recently that the New Mexico Constitution specifically calls for an unpaid citizen's legislature so that working mothers and fathers, and every sort of profession could be represented, not just the wealthy or retired. Courtesy photo

N.M. 502 to Los Alamos Closing for Maintenance Beginning Oct. 2

on September 26, 2012 - 5:16pm


N.M. 502 to Los Alamos will close beginning Oct. 2 for road work.

The affected highway extends from Mile Marker 4 to Mile Marker 6 down the hill.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) advises all motorists to take the Truck Route to Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory while road work is in progress.

Crews will be milling out two and a half inches of existing pavement and repaving the road with new asphalt material to help rehabilitate the roadway.

The road will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day from Tuesday, Oct. 2 through Saturday, Oct.


Rancho de San Juan Closing

on September 26, 2012 - 3:58pm

Courtesy photo

Staff report

This morning the Los Alamos Daily Post received word that Rancho de San Juan Resort and Restaurant on the road to the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs, is closing its doors Oct. 12.

Letter informing of the closure:

To: Our close and good friends,

We would really like to tell you this news in person, but as we are all in different places it makes that impossible ( thus the e-mail).

We have recently had to make a very hard decision and have decided to retire from the inn and restaurant business.

Money IQ: Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams

on September 26, 2012 - 11:18am
Money IQ
By Corrie Hanavan

Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams

As technology becomes more advanced, so does the importance of protecting your personal information. With the downturn in the economy, identity theft and fraudulent activity has increased significantly. 

There are many ways that scammers try to obtain the information necessary to either steal your identity or your account information.

One technique is by phishing, pronounced “fishing,” through emails. This column will help you learn ways to identify phishing scams and what to do if you are subjected to a scam.

Phishing is

White Rock Ranks Among 'Best Places to Live for Suburbanites'

on September 26, 2012 - 11:17am

Staff Report

Coldwell Banker analyzed 11,000 suburbs for its latest ranking of the "Best Places to Live" series and White Rock came in 16 in the “Best Places to Live for Suburbanites” category across the United States (and number one in New Mexico).

The company stated in a news release: "Suburbs make up the fabric of America, offering a little more space (and a lot more peace and quiet) for people who prefer backyard barbecues and soccer games over the hustle and bustle of city-life.

House Education Chairman Joins Tuesday's Forum

on September 26, 2012 - 10:50am
  • New Mexico House Education Committee Chairman Endorses Stephanie Garcia Richard For Dist. 43

Staff report

The Los Alamos Federation of School Employees sponsored a House Dist. 43 Candidate Forum Tuesday evening at Los Alamos High School in which Rep. Rick Miera, Chairman of the New Mexico House Education Committee addressed the audience about school funding issues.


Miera also endorsed Dist. 43 Democratic candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard.

"I came to Los Alamos to support Stephanie today," Miera told audience members after the forum ended.


Travel the State with Presenter Bill Dunmire Thursday

on September 26, 2012 - 10:19am

By Kirsten Laskey

New Mexico is unique to the rest of the nation in many senses including the amount of unspoiled natural landscape in the state.

Viewing these expansive open spaces is a real treat, although it would probably require some lengthy car trips.

On Thursday, however, Los Alamos residents can tour their state by simply heading down to Mesa Public Library. Bill Dunmire is the featured speaker for this month’s Authors Speak and his talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Upstairs Rotunda.

Dunmire served 28 years in the National Park Service, mostly as a naturalist in a number of parks

Local Store Celebrates National Co-op Month

on September 26, 2012 - 9:43am

CO-OP News:

October is National Co-op Month and the Los Alamos Cooperative Market is marking the occasion by holding a Member Drive, Member Appreciation Day and partnering with local cooperative businesses.

The Co-op is encouraging the public to “Keep It Co-op.”

The Co-op is a member-owned business at which the public is always welcome to shop.

Hundreds of community members raised $1.1 million to fund construction of the Co-op store at 95 Entrada Dr., next to the Holiday Inn Express.

Membership dues provide additional capital needed for the Co-op to maintain and upgrade its facilities.


Coca Cola CEO to Speak Thursday at Hive

on September 26, 2012 - 7:30am

LAEN News:

CEO John Rice of Coca Cola Bottling Company of Santa Fe, a New Mexico company founded 93 years ago, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

The public is invited to attend Rice's presentation to the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs' Network (LAEN) in which he will speak on the process of building and exiting a company with the help and hindrance of outside investors: financing from venture capital and other sources, investment deal making: the management rewards and complications that follow in maturing a company with outside investors; and exit


Valles Caldera Prescribed Burn Continues

on September 26, 2012 - 7:09am


Jemez Springs – The Valles Caldera Trust Tuesday continued a prescribed burn project on 360 acres south of New Mexico Highway 4 near Mile Marker 30. 

The project began with 70 acres burned Monday and will continue through Wednesday. Smoke from the burn periodically drifts across the highway and reduces visibility.

To ensure the safety of the public, fire managers are using pilot cars to escort vehicles through the burn area when conditions warrant.

Motorists may experience short delays when driving through the burn area.

The burn is the final stage of a


Council Approves Community Health Action Plan

on September 25, 2012 - 11:21pm

The Los Alamos County Council this evening approved 6-0 the Community Health Action Plan as prepared by the Los Alamos Community Health Council. Councilor David Izraelevitz was absent. From left, CHC Board President Mary Yamada, Contract Coordinator Anne Hays Egan and the County's Libby Carlsten. The Health Council is open to Los Alamos County organizations, groups and individuals. It meets the first Thursday of each month, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos in the large conference room on the first floor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Recognizes Retirees Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun and Cpl. Doug Ehler

on September 25, 2012 - 6:59pm


The officers and their loved ones laugh during this evening's County Council meeting as Councilor Michael Wismer jokes that along with his official duties over the last 24 years, retiring Deputy Chief Kevin Purtymun, right, also spent time moving Chief Wayne Torpy, center, into new residences. From left, Stephanie Scrimshaw, (fiancé) Cpl. Doug Ehler, Torpy, Purtymun and his wife Bev Purtymun. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Retiring Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun with his wife Bev and their son Tyler at this evening's County Council meeting. Photo by Carol A.

Council Tightens Confidentiality Rules

on September 25, 2012 - 4:31pm

Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle voted in favor of an amendment proposed by Councilor Michael Wismer following Chiravalle's disclosure of information discussed in a closed door session earlier this month. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Councilor Michael Wismer spoke of Councilor Vincent Chiravalle's "breach of confidentiaility" recently and requested that staff place an item on this evening's agenda so that Council could consider amending its procedural rules to more clearly define its members' responsibilities concerning closed sessions. Photo by Carol A.

County's Economic Vitality Administrator Clarifies Downtown Redevelopment Incentives

on September 25, 2012 - 4:19pm

Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher. Courtesy Photo

By Greg Kendall

After reading last week's Los Alamos Daily Post story, "County's Economic Vitality Administrator Discusses Trinity Site Lease Transfer,"  Cyndi Wells, owner of Pet Pangea asked:

"So, what are these millions in redevelopment incentives?  Who are they available to?" 

The Los Alamos Daily Post put the questions to Greg Fisher and what follows is his reply.

Businesses that are expanding and adding new jobs and capital investment. They could be new businesses or existing businesses.

BREAKING NEWS: Three-Car Accident Near Anderson Overlook

on September 25, 2012 - 3:31pm

Updated: (4:12 p.m.) Both lanes now open; (3:58 p.m.) with additional details and photos.

Emergency responders are on the scene of a three-vehicle accident that occurred a short while ago just east of Anderson Overlook on the main hill road. The extent of injuries, if any, are not known at this time.  No crash victims were transported to LAMC after five reported victims refused transport. Traffic is being funneled down to one lane allowing a few cars to pass in rotating directions. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Photo by Greg Kendall/

Photo by Greg

Lane Shift Today on East Road

on September 25, 2012 - 11:01am

Eastbound traffic on Trinity Drive will be shifted to the center dividing lane at the location where Trinity Drive turns into East Road today.

Construction crews replacing a section of natural gas line along the south side of East Road will excavate into the road to tie the new line into the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities gas distribution system. 

Westbound traffic on East Road and Trinity will be unaffected. The lane shift for eastbound motorists will begin at the Central/Trinity fork until just before Canyon Drive on East Road. 

Work is anticipated to be complete by 6 PM that

Food on the Hill: Smoked Vegetables and Pasta

on September 25, 2012 - 10:50am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe:
Smoked Vegetables and Pasta
Photo by Sue York/
This is a very powerful dish with a lot of smoky taste, but it is still low calorie dish. It can be eaten warm or at room temperature. I use a charcoal grill and smoking chips that have been soaked in water for about ½ hour.
Veggies for smoking
Pasta noodles for 4 servings
1 ½ tablespoons butter
1 ½ tablespoons flour
1 ½ cups low salt chicken broth
Photo by Sue York/
Cut all of your vegetables for the size you want to put on

Today Marks Holiest of Year for Jewish People

on September 25, 2012 - 9:58am

Jacob Sigeti of White Rock at a seder during this year's Passover. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff report

Yom Kippur, also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. Its central themes are atonement and repentance.

Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.

Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora'im: "Days of Awe."

Yom Kippur begins in the evening of Tuesday, Sept.

Gas Safety-Annual Leak Survey Underway

on September 25, 2012 - 9:52am

DPU News:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is conducting its regular annual maintenance survey of the natural gas distribution system.

“Every year, as required by the U.S. Department. of Transportation, we walk the gas lines comprising the county’s distribution network, to detect and repair gas leaks of any size,” said Deputy Utilities Manager for Gas, Water & Sewer, Timothy Glasco.

The DPU’s contractor, Fitzgerald and Associates can be seen beginning Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Los Alamos and White Rock as follows:

the southern part of Los Alamos town site, (Eastern Area,

Tickets Going Fast for Friday's 'Autumn in Provence'

on September 25, 2012 - 9:31am

Los Alamos Kiwanis Club First Vice President Karen Kendall at the podium during Monday's County Council meeting invites the community to attend "Autumn in Provence" at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant, 1789 Central Ave. The event includes a five-course gourmet meal paired with French wines. A few tickets remain and may be obtained by calling 412-3793 or 412-9054. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Kiwanis educational programs for local youth. Photo by Carol A. Clark/   

Sneak Peak Inside White Rock's New Visitor Center

on September 25, 2012 - 9:17am

A sneak peak inside the new White Rock Visitor Center Monday reveals a lobby with a rock wall, glass enclosures and area lighting. The Visitor Center on N.M. 4 next door to the White Rock Fire Station officially opens at 11:30 a.m. Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony open to the public. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Project Manager Antonio Vigil of Mullen Heller Architecture and Lynne Charapata of Environments Interiors and Building Design put the finishing touches on the interior of the White Rock Visitor Center Monday ahead of Friday's grand opening event.

Councilors Pose for Official Photo

on September 25, 2012 - 8:09am

Los Alamos County photographer Leslie Bucklin takes the official portrait of the County Council Monday evening in Council Chambers following the resignation of Ron Selvage and appointment of Rick Reiss. From left, Councilors Michael Wismer and David Izraelevitz, Council Chair Sharon Stover, Councilors Vincent Chiravalle and Fran Berting, Councilor Rick Reiss and Council Vice Chair Geoff Rodgers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County photographer Leslie Bucklin takes the official portrait of the County Council, County Attorney and County Administrator Monday evening in

Proclamation Recognizes '100 Best Communities' Award

on September 25, 2012 - 7:57am

Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz presents a proclamation to Bernadette Lauritzen and School Superintendent Gene Schmidt on behalf of the Council Monday evening in recognition of the "Best 100 Communities" for youth designation awarded to Los Alamos by America's Promise Alliance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook Contest Winner Announced

on September 25, 2012 - 7:42am

Acting Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster is awarded a Los Alamos Daily Post cap and T-shirt for coming closest to guessing the date and time in which the Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook Page would hit 800 likes, which occured at 5:01 p.m. Sept. 22. Greg Kendall of the Los Alamos Daily Post awarded Foster his prizes at Fuller Lodge Monday. The Los Alamos Daily Post online newspaper launched March 12 and future contests are in the works as additional milestones are approached. Photo by Karen Kendall