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Rep. Ben Ray Luján Visits Local Democratic Party

on September 18, 2012 - 6:27am

By Greg Kendall

Gathering Saturday at the Democratic Headquarters, 140 Central Park Square, from left, New Mexico House Dist. 43 Democratic candidate Stephanie Richard, Los Alamos County Council candidates Michael Redondo and Pete Sheehey, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Democratic Party of Los Alamos County Co-chairs Robyn Schultz and Mike Wheeler. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall


On Saturday, after attending the Next Big Idea Festival in downtown Los Alamos, Rep.


Campaign Manager Stands in for Byrd

on September 18, 2012 - 6:26am

Byrd Campaign Manager Rey Herrera. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

By Greg Kendall

GOP Dist. 3 Congressional candidate Jefferson Byrd was unable to attend Saturday's grand opening celebration of the Republican Party of Los Alamos Headquarters, 1362 D-1 Trinity Dr.

Standing in for Byrd, his Campaign Manager Rey Herrera spoke with the Los Alamos Daily Post about his candidate's hopes for beating Democratic incumbent Rep. Ben Ray Luján.

Herrera said that the big issues are easily seen in comparing Congressional Districts 2 and 3.

"We don’t have to go very far to see Congressional


LAHS Fall Golf Invitational Draws 16 Schools

on September 17, 2012 - 11:49pm

Aislinn McDonald putting for a birdie on hole 9 for the Los Alamos High School girls team. Photo by Mike Lippiatt

The Los Alamos High School Fall Golf Invitational included 115 golfers from 16 different schools.

The LAHS girls golf team earned its first state qualifying leg of the 2012/2013 season. Three qualifying legs are required to get to state. It's a good position to be with 11 tournaments to compete in between now and next April, said Coach Mike Lippiatt, adding that the team only needs two more qualifiers.


Local Teen Whitewater Kayaker Wins the Colorado River Gore Canyon Race

on September 17, 2012 - 11:26pm

Jessie Bohn, a senior at Los Alamos High School, was the youngest competitor and had the fastest time in the women's kayak division in the Gore Canyon Race held on Aug. 18, 2012.

Jessie also had the fastest women's time down the course and was awarded "Queen of Gore Race 2012".

Courtesy Photo

The Gore Canyon Race is held every August on the the Class IV-V Section of Gore Canyon on the Colorado River near Kremmling, Colorado.

The down river race is for kayaks, rafts and any other river craft that can make it through the canyon's rapids.


Geological Society Meets Tuesday, Sept. 18

on September 17, 2012 - 11:19pm


The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at the Christian Church, 92 East Road.
The featured speaker will be Greg Conklin, MS Optira Inc. His talk is entitled, "LIDAR (Light Ranging and Detection) Techniques and Use". LIDAR is a commercial technique that utilizes phase based lasers to collect measurements of points on the surface of a physical object. These points can be projected into 3D space and used to make 3D meshes and solids. Mr.

First of Six LANL Protesters Set to Face Judge

on September 17, 2012 - 2:15pm
Los Alamos National Laboratory protesters from left, Catherine Euler, Cathie Sullivan, Janet Greenwald, Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Barbara Grothus and Pamela Gilchrist following their release from the Los Alamos County Detention Center Aug. 6 after being issued criminal citations to appear in court. Photo by Greg Kendall/
Editor's Note Sept. 17: Due to a scheduling conflict, the hearing has been postponed. A new date has not been set yet.  
Staff report
The first of six protesters arrested Aug. 6 during an anti-nuke demonstration at Los Alamos National Laboratory is

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Sept. 6 to Sept. 12, 2012

on September 17, 2012 - 6:50am

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.

Sept. 6 at 10:45 a.m. / A juvenile from Santa Fe reported being the victim of battery at Los Alamos High School and a Los Alamos juvenile was charged with aggravated battery and referred to the juvenile probation officer while a Santa Fe juvenile was charged with public affray and referred to the juvenile probation officer.


Sept. 6 at 1:08 p.m.


Children Have Laser-Sharp Perception: We Should Learn From Them Sometimes, if Not all the Time.

on September 17, 2012 - 6:49am

Column by Elena Yang

When Maurice Sendak passed away last spring, I had some thoughts about learning from children.

I learned from Sendak’s interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air,, why he stopped offering autographs and visiting classrooms: because he ended up frightening children and making them miserable. 

How so?


LACDC's Holsapple Reflects on Next Big Idea Festival

on September 17, 2012 - 6:45am

Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, center, visits the Los Alamos Visualization Associates dome at the conclusion of Saturday's Next Big Idea Festival. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff report

Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation spoke with the Los Alamos Daily Post at the conclusion of the Next Big Idea Festival Saturday. 

Holsapple reflected on the day's events:

“To me, this is just an excellent demonstration of the idea of the creative district.

Washington Post Columnist Claims Los Alamos in Disrepair

on September 17, 2012 - 6:15am
Column by Greg Kendall

In the Washington Post's National Security section is a two-part report, "Aging U.S. nuclear arsenal slated for costly and long-delayed modernization," published on Saturday, Sept. 15.




A frontal view of four B-61 nuclear free-fall bombs on a bomb cart. Courtesy/DoD

Dana Priest writes:

"... parts of Los Alamos are in serious disrepair. Inside one critical building, pipes carrying dangerous wastewater are duct-taped together at the joints to plug leaks; plastic bags have been wrapped around the tape to trap seepage.

The building,

White Rock Visitor Center Opens Sept. 28

on September 17, 2012 - 6:13am
Photo by Carol A. Clark/
The new White Rock Visitor Center Complex at 115 N.M. 4 is scheduled to open its doors during a grand opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28.
The 3,281 square foot Visitor Center, located along New Mexico Highway 4 (N.M. 4), the gateway to Bandelier National Monument, will serve as a tourist center and local transit hub to and from Bandelier and the Los Alamos townsite.

Concurrent with the building of the White Rock Visitor Center, Los Alamos County Public Works Department also reconstructed the section of N.M.

IHM Concert: 'Music of Faith, Grace & Love' on Sept. 30

on September 17, 2012 - 6:12am

IHMC News:

"Music of Faith, Grace & Love" is the theme of an upcoming concert at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.

The public is invoted to attend this musical program, which begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 and will feature classical, sacred and contemporary Christian music.

Performances will spotlight the talents of various vocalists, chamber choirs, pianists, guitarists, violinists and the Black Mesa Brass Quintet.

Admission to the concert is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to benefit the Cathy LeClaire Memorial Organ fund.

Immaculate Heart of

Democratic Candidates Knock on Local Doors Saturday

on September 16, 2012 - 10:28pm

New Mexico House Dist. 43 Democratic candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M. talk with Lewis Muir, while campaigning door-to-door in the Western area Saturday. Courtesy photo

Innovation Burns Bright at Next Big Idea Festival

on September 16, 2012 - 9:30am

Einstein (Katy Korkos) checks out the exhibits at the Bradbury Science Museum with Alison Kaehn Saturday during the Next Big Idea festival in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Kirsten Laskey

Great ideas can burn bright but at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce’s Next Big Idea Festival, innovative thoughts were on fire.

The igniting of creativity covered everything from technology and science to the arts and history.

It also touched on education.

Hilltopper Volleyball Loses 5th Game 15-13 to St. Pius, Drops Match 3-2

on September 16, 2012 - 8:42am

Hilltopper Volleyball Team member Erin Kirk with kill shot. The Hilltoppers lost their 5th Game 15-13 Saturday to St. Pius, dropping the match 3-2. Photo by Alan Kirk
Hilltoppers Mikala Pigue and Claire Stewart with block at net. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Savannah Romero provides Claire Stewart with quick set. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Morgan Schake digs serve for return. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Volleyball Team Loses to Piedra Vista 3-1

on September 16, 2012 - 8:24am

Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers Volleyball Team members Claire Stewart and Brianna Montano on Block at net. The team lost 3-1 Saturday to Piedra Vista. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Morgan Schake setting teammate with pass. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Erin Kirk blocks at net. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Samantha Fenner with kill shot at net. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Volleyball Team Beats Pojoaque 3-0

on September 16, 2012 - 8:00am

Los Alamos Hilltopper Danielle Ortiz on floor for dig. The Hilltoppers beat Pojoaque 3-0 Saturday in Piedra Vista tournament. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Claire Stewart at net for block. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltopper Savannah Romero gives quick set to Samantha Fenner. Photo by Alan Kirk

Hilltoppers Dannielle Ortiz and Ashley Flores return serve. Photo by Alan Kirk

Priedhorsky Presents Talk Wednesday at Fuller Lodge

on September 16, 2012 - 7:43am

Death Hollow, 2005. Courtesy photo

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19  in Fuller Lodge, Reid Priedhorsky will tell stories of his forty adventures on the Colorado Plateau.

Part coming-of-age story, part exploration of local natural beauty, and part compendium of hilarious debacles, this talk is about the canyons of the Colorado Plateau.

In photographs and illustrations, Priedhorsky will tell the story of his 40 adventures in the ethereal landscape, which inspired the alien worlds of Calvin and Hobbes’ Spaceman Spiff. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll demand a refund.

Priedhorsky was born and


County Line: Smart House Grand Opening Monday

on September 16, 2012 - 7:29am

  COUNTY News:

Join the Los Alamos County Council celebrate the Grand Opening of the NEDO Smart House/Smart Grid with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at the Smart House.

Council Meeting Tuesday

What's on the agenda? It's a work session at 7 p.m. at  White Rock Fire Station #3 on N.M. 4,  in which a discussion of governance and management options plus funding for the Cultural Creative District are scheduled.

Former Councilor is New Mexico REALTOR of the Year

on September 16, 2012 - 7:17am

By Carol A. Clark

When Los Alamos REALTOR Francine J. Mendoza traveled to the REALTOR Association of New Mexico Fall Conference in Albuquerque Friday, she had no idea who would be selected 2012 REALTOR of the Year.

It turned out to be the woman who sold her and her husband their first home in Los Alamos.

"The REALTOR of the Year is always kept secret until announced at the annual luncheon and it was so much fun to learn that our own Patt Rogers was chosen this year," Mendoza said. "We have a special connection - Patt was our local REALTOR.