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KinderHoops Basketball Registration Closes Sept. 28

on September 20, 2012 - 5:32am


Registration for KinderHoops Basketball is open until Sept. 28 at the Family YMCA.

This is an introductory basketball program for boys and girls ages four to six.

Practices and games will be twice a week Oct. 8 to Nov. 16 in Los Alamos and White Rock.

Players will learn basketball basics of dribbling, passing, shooting, and the joy of the game from volunteer parent/coaches.

Cost is $45 for Y Members and $60 for Program only Members. Call, click, or come by for more information.

Financial assistance is available thanks to the United Way of Northern New Mexico and


Volunteers needed for VCNP Fish Study

on September 20, 2012 - 5:11am

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera News:

A study of the movements of trout in the Valles Caldera National Preserve will be conducted from about 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Oct. 23 and 24. 

Dave Menicucci of the University of New Mexico is conducting the study as principal investigator. 

Colleen Caldwell of New Mexico State University is an expert on fisheries and co-principal investigator and technical advisor on the project.

Members of the public interested in participating in the project should contact Volunteer Coordinator Jim Counce of Los Amigos de Valles Caldera at or

Minor Injuries Reported in Two-Vehicle Crash

on September 19, 2012 - 6:23pm

Photo: Los Alamos Police Department Crash Team

Staff report

A two-vehicle collision this afternoon sent a Los Alamos woman to the hospital with what appear to be minor injuries.

Los Alamos Fire Department EMTs transported Deborah Storms, 46, to Los Alamos Medical Center after the red 2011 Subaru she was driving collided with another vehicle near Trinity Drive and 4th Street.

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Ben Hinrichs told the Los Alamos Daily Post that a 17-year-old Espanola girl was driving a white 2003 Dodge Dakota east on Trinity Drive about 3:30 p.m.


Barkin' Ball is Chance to Thank Good Neighbor

on September 19, 2012 - 12:00pm

Staff report

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is hosting its annual Barkin' Ball at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

The Los Alamos community is invited to attend the Shelter’s largest fundraising event of the year, which typically attracts at least a few famous people.

Ticket sales are down this year and they really need more people to attend.

During the Las Conchas Fire, and during the Cerro Grande Fire, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter took in dozens and dozens of animals from Los Alamos evacuees, and found foster homes for the animals it couldn't take in.


LAHS Plays at Bernalillo High School Golf Invitational

on September 19, 2012 - 11:51am

Emma Haines of Los Alamos High School Girls Golf Team putts for her par on hole #1 at Pueblo de Cochiti Golf Course during today's Bernalillo High School Invitational. Photo by Mike Lippiatt

Money IQ: Sellers Beware of Cashier’s Check Fraud

on September 19, 2012 - 6:15am
Money IQ
By Fidel Gutierrez
Sellers Beware of Cashier’s Check Fraud

The old adage of “Buyer Beware” is becoming “Seller Beware” in more and more transactions especially those involving the Internet.

Cashier’s check fraud is increasing and crooks are being more creative when it comes to stealing your money.

Simply put, cashier’s check fraud is when someone gives you or sends you a “very official” looking cashier’s check and you in turn give them the item you are selling.

You then deposit the cashier’s check and at a later date, the cashier’s check is returned to your bank and your

Letter to the Editor: NEDO: Good Investment But More is Needed...

on September 19, 2012 - 6:14am

NEDO: A Good Investment in our Future But We Need to do More to Make it Pay Off

By Stephanie Garcia Richard
Democratic Candidate for NM House District 43
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba Counties

Yesterday Los Alamos County hosted a significant event that many consider New Mexico's entrance into the future of energy production for the nation.

That event was a ribbon cutting for the "smart house" demonstration project integrating photo voltaic energy production, battery storage, and computer controlled distribution and use.

The project team included a consortium of Japanese

Luján: Decision ... Step in Right Direction

on September 19, 2012 - 6:13am

Photo: U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

Santa Fe – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District called a decision Tuesday by the Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health a step in the right direction to help workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) who have suffered illnesses as a result of their work at the Lab.

The board’s 12 to one decision to recommend compensation for all workers, contractors, and subcontractors who were employed at LANL between 1976 and 1995 is a vital step in the process that has dragged on since the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) petition was submitted

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Counting Butterflies

on September 19, 2012 - 6:12am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Column by Robert Dryja

A butterfly count has been conducted each year here in Los Alamos for the past 20 years.

 A group of butterfly counters spend a Saturday at Burnt Mesa, the Valle Canyon and Camp May. 

They spread out at each location, carefully looking for butterflies to catch with their nets.

Each of the locations has a different environment.   

Is there a better way to explore Nature than on a sunny Saturday in July?

Intrepid Butterfly Counters. Courtesy photo

The Burnt Mesa had a forest fire pass through thirty five years ago in 1977. Its


LALT’s 'Dead Man’s Cell Phone' Opens Friday

on September 19, 2012 - 6:12am

"Dead Man's Cell Phone" producer David Schiferl works out the sound scheme on a notebook computer during SUnday's dress rehearsal for Sara Ruhl’s dark comedy, which opens Friday, Sept. 21 at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 21, 22, 28, 29 and Oct. 5 and 6 and 2 p.m. Sunday Matinee, Sept. 23. Tickets are $12 General Admission and $10 Students & Seniors. Tickets are available at C.B. FOX or at the door. Photo by TK Thompson/

Director Gwen Lewis adjusts the headband of Jean Adkins who plays the other woman.

AUDIO: Udall Talks Burn Pits & Senate Business

on September 19, 2012 - 6:10am

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed the Senate Veterans Committee’s unanimous passage of his legislation to create an open burn pits registry and this week’s Senate business.
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
0:00 - Udall expresses his support for Americans serving in the Middle East and discusses the loss of four Americans in Libya last week, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
0:28 - “Ambassador Stevens had a deep commitment to the people

Letter to the Editor: From Weapons to Power Plant Fuel

on September 19, 2012 - 6:09am
From Weapons to Power Plant Fuel
By James (Jim) W. Hall
District 43 State Representative and Republican candidate
Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties

For several weeks, citizens in New Mexico have had the opportunity to comment on a Department of Energy plan that would take plutonium from decommissioned U.S. nuclear weapons and convert it to material that would generate electricity in nuclear reactors.

A key element of this plan would take place at the world’s most capable and secure facility for plutonium, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Scientists at Los Alamos have been

Atomic City Transit Proposes Pilot Ski Hill Bus Route

on September 18, 2012 - 11:10pm

Public Works Director Philo Shelton and Transportation Division Manager Nancy Talley presented plans for a computer-aided dispatch system and a pilot program for a route to Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill to Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. The service to Bandelier National Monument runs March through November. The pilot service to Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill would run from December through February. As described, bus service would be available on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

The Ski Hill route would start at the Visitor's Center in White Rock,

Council Recommends Formation of Creative District Committee

on September 18, 2012 - 9:21pm

  Los Alamos County Council members hear input from the public involved in existing cultural organizations in Los Alamos and members of the Creative District Steering Committee regarding how to move forward with the implementation plan for the new Creative District Tuesday night at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. No action was taken during the meeting, but the Council did provide direction to County Administrator Harry Burgess.

N.M. 4 Semi Crash - Care Flight Landing

on September 18, 2012 - 4:46pm

Video from today's N.M. 4 semi-trailer crash showing Care Flight landing at the back gate of LANL.  This video was taken with a hand-held cell phone camera by Greg Kendall/

UPDATE: Police Re-open N.M. 4 to Jemez Mountains

on September 18, 2012 - 4:36pm

Photo: Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster

The Los Alamos Daily Post received official word that N.M. 4 into the Jemez Mountains from Los Alamos has re-opened to traffic in both directions following a crash earlier today. 

Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster released a statement saying that at approximately 11:15 a.m. today, a White 1998 International Flatbed truck was heading eastbound on N.M. 4 near milepost 49 when it exited the roadway and fell approximately 200 feet before coming to rest in the forest.

"The vehicle was being driven by 51-year-old Francisco Maes of Willard, N.M.


LANL Taps Mousseau for Associate Director of Environmental Programs

on September 18, 2012 - 2:39pm

Jeffrey Mousseau has been named the new associate director for Environmental Programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL


Mousseau Will Oversee Transuranic Waste Disposal and Environmental Cleanup Projects

Los Alamos National Laboratory today announced that Jeffrey Mousseau has been hired as the new associate director for Environmental Programs.

Mousseau currently works as a senior project manager for the Laboratory’s transuranic waste disposal program.

In his new position, he will oversee this program as well as other key environmental cleanup and monitoring

BREAKING NEWS: N.M. 4 to Jemez Mountain Closed Following Rollover

on September 18, 2012 - 2:17pm

Tire tracks and a broken guard rail mark where a semi-truck left the roadway on N.M. 4, the road down from the Jemez Mountains to Los Alamos and Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff report

New Mexico State Road 4 is currently closed due to a paint truck that went off the "second hair pin" turn at mile marker 49 out of Los Alamos a short while ago today. The driver was care-flighted to a nearby hospital with unknown injuries.

His truck left the highway and landed 200-300 yards down a steep rugged cliff into Bandelier National Monument property. 



International Dignitaries Tour NEDO Smart House

on September 18, 2012 - 1:46pm

Dignitaries from Japan join officials from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County, Gov. Susana Martinez and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in Monday's NEDO Smart House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Photo by Greg Kendall/

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., Los Alamos County Council Chair Stover, NEDO Chairman Kazuo Furukawa and other dignitaries tour the NEDO Smart House Monday. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Local, state, national and international officials tour the NEDO Smart House including this garage area.

Food on the Hill: Honey Almond Brittle

on September 18, 2012 - 12:53pm
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe:
Honey Almond Brittle
Photo by Sue York/
2 Cups of brown sugar (you can use white sugar if you wish, it will just be lighter)
¾ cup honey
¾ cup water
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 tablespoon softened butter
1 ½ cups slivered toasted almonds (crumbled)
***Be careful cooking candy on the stove- it can be like molten lava if you spill it.***
Place slivered almonds on a baking tray and toast then in the oven at 350 degrees until golden in color. Watch them very carefully, they can burn quick. Cool and crumble by

Chamber's FAN44 Members Gather at Blue Window

on September 18, 2012 - 12:46pm

Gathering at Friday's FAN44 networking event at the Blue Window Bistro, 813 Central Ave., from left, Georgia Strickfaden of Atomic City Tours By Buffalo Tours, Kim Lazarus of B-Fit Chiropractic, Sandra West of Los Alamos Cooperative Market, Michelle Tange of The Education Plan and Connie Proulx of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce's FAN44 stands for Food and Networking for four, and is based upon a rotation of interested Chamber members who meet every other Friday for lunch. Sixteen restaurants are involved and nearly 80 Chamber members.

Rep. Jim Hall Lectures at UNM-Los Alamos

on September 18, 2012 - 11:17am


UNM-LA guest lecturer Dist. 43 House Rep. Jim Hall presented to County Councilor Mike WIsmer's American Politics Class Monday night, an overview of the 2012 Legislative Session focusing on basic state finances, the legislative budget process and outcomes and a lecture describing the recent redistricting process. See presentations at Photo by Mandy Marksteiner