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Work Continues During Break in Tuesday's Budget Meeting

on April 17, 2012 - 9:09am

Acting Assistant County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne explains details of the County's proposed and projected FY2013 and FY2014 budgets to councilors Ron Selvage, center, and Vincent Chiravalle during a break at Tuesday night's budget meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz discusses budget fine points with County Administrator Harry Burgess during a break in proceedings Tuesday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Council Tentatively Approves County Administrator and County Attorney Office Budgets

on April 17, 2012 - 8:15am

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess explains that the point of purchasing ipads for use by designated personnel is to save paper as well as for efficiency. Councilor tentatively approved the County Administratror's Office proposed $8.799 million FY2013 and projected $10.018 million FY2014 budget 6-1 with Councilor Vincent Chiravalle casting the no vote. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Acting Los Alamos County Attorney Brian James keeps legal check on the budget hearing in Council Chambers Tuesday night.

Council Tentatively Approves First Grouping of Seven Department Budgets

on April 16, 2012 - 8:54pm

Council tentatively approved the first group of department budgets in a 6-1 vote with Councilor Vincent Chivaralle casting the sole no vote. The Clerk's Office, Assessor's Office, County Council, Municipal Court and Sheriff's Office, Fire and Police comprised the first group. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Sheriff Marco Lucero told Council that his four deputies served 265 court orders in the last year.

County Financial Officials Brief Council on FY2013-FY2014 Budgets

on April 16, 2012 - 7:56pm

Los Alamos County Budgets and Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi and Acting Assistant County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne presented an overview of the County's FY2013 proposed budget and the FY2014 projected budget. They are now fielding questions from individual councilors. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Public Comments on Budget Items at Tonight's Council Meeting

on April 16, 2012 - 7:12pm

Susan Mack of Family Strengths Network spoke in support of the Los Alamos County Extension Office at 475 20th St. and its importance to the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Former County Councilor Robert Gibson cautioned the Council to rein in spending. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A crowd fills Council Chambers at tonight's budget hearing. Vernon Kerr addresses Council during public comment. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Vernon Kerr takes his turn at the podium while several citizens line up to address Council as well. Photo by Carol A.

Wildfire 2012 Featured Public Safety Tips

on April 16, 2012 - 9:05am

Snow fell Saturday during the Wildfire 2012 public information event at the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue. Officials from Los Alamos County Emergency Management, Los Alamos Fire Department, Bandelier Fire Department, Valle Caldera Fire Department, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Forest Service were among the agencies on hand to answer questions and provide the public with safety information related to this year's upcoming fire season. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

During Saturday's Wildfire 2012 event, a crowd gathered around a Simtable owned by

Dr. Ann Wadstrom Died Sunday

on April 16, 2012 - 8:46am

Longtime Los Alamos resident Dr. Ann Wadstrom has died.

Wadstrom was 80 years old.

She encountered complications from a recent surgery.

Wadstrom was the president of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women and region director of the New Mexico Federation of Republican Women.

She has been an active member of the United Church and participated on several civic and community committees over the years.

Details for her memorial service are pending.


Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 6 to April 11, 2012

on April 16, 2012 - 8:22am

The following information was 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.


April 6 at 1:45 p.m. / Police charged Kendall Frye, 44, of Los Alamos with battery against a household member in the 800 block of Aster Street and issued him a summons to appear in Magistrate Court.    

April 6 at 3:07 p.m. / A 28-year-old Los Alamos man reported that he was the victim of larceny in the 800 block of 9th Street. The estimated loss is more than $500.


Lymphoma Seminar Set for Thursday

on April 16, 2012 - 8:11am

By Paula Roybal Sánchez, Extension Home Economist

The Los Alamos Council on Cancer will be presenting a free community program on Lymphoma, Thursday, April 19.

Dr. Eric Bernstein, oncologist with the Northern New Mexico Cancer Care at Los Alamos Medical Center will be providing information on the historical significance of lymphoma, the differences between Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the relationship between radiation and lymphoma, the four stages of lymphoma and treating lymphomas with chemotherapy and radiation. 

Nurses and allied health professionals will be awarded 1.0 CE

New Business Plan, New Funding Help Baldrige Program Move Forward

on April 16, 2012 - 7:37am

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP), managed for 25 years by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in collaboration with the private sector, has announced that it is transitioning to a new business model that will move the program from federal government funding to a self-sustaining operation. NIST will continue its leadership role in managing the program, but it will be funded through a combination of new fees together with expanded support from the private sector.

The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the private 501(c) 3


Superintendent to Address Policy and Curriculum Concerning Harassment in Schools at AAUW Meeting

on April 15, 2012 - 9:02pm

The Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr., to hear about Los Alamos Public Schools policy and curriculum concerning harassment in schools.

Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt of the Los Alamos Public Schools will speak about the current school district policy on bullying and sexual harassment.

Schmidt has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Washington State University and more than 30 year’s experience in the field of education, including 12 years in the classroom. 


Pajarito Greenhouse Is Known For Strong Plants

on April 15, 2012 - 6:40pm

Pajarito Greenhouse owner Dave Fox. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Even when April days remain blustery, Los Alamos residents can be sure spring is just around the corner when Pajarito Greenhouse is once again open for business.

This year, the greenhouse will open Wednesday, April 25.

Pajarito Greenhouse is a department of CB FOX Department Store, but it’s located at the home of Anne and Dave Fox at 238 Rio Bravo in the Pajarito Acres section of White Rock.

For 17 years, the greenhouse has provided the


Rotary Meets Tuesday at Fuller Lodge

on April 15, 2012 - 5:53pm

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos will meet at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Nambe Room upstairs at Fuller Lodge.

Donnie Torres and Richard Matteson will talk about the latest developments at the Los Alamos Golf Course.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is one of only four clubs of the 71 that comprise District 5520 to be awarded the annual Literacy Award.

The local Rotary Literacy Committee includes Wendy Schmidt, Linda Anderson and Chris Sierk.

The promotion of literacy is a key Rotary International project worldwide.


Play Ball!! It’s Time for Baseball Season 2012

on April 15, 2012 - 10:22am

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, AZ is the Spring Training home for the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The beautiful facility opened in 2011 and consists of club houses for each team, 12 practice fields, and the stadium shown where all of the team’s home Spring Training games are held. Photo by Gary Warren

By Gary Warren

When baseball players gather in Florida and Arizona each year, there is a feeling of hope that the long winter months are passing and the spring season is just around the corner.

Spring brings with it the hope for renewal as trees and


More ‘HATS ON’ Show Creative District Support!

on April 15, 2012 - 9:48am

Katy Korkos and Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce encourage you to support adoption of the Los Alamos Creative District Plan to be considered by the Los Alamos County Council April 24. Learn more about this initiative on the web at You too can support the Creative District. Send in a photo of you or your family and friends wearing your creative hats to, and we’ll publish it in an upcoming edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post! Courtesy Photo

Hilltopper Softball Splits Double Header Against Santa Fe 3-0, 6-8

on April 15, 2012 - 9:33am

Ari Larkin slides into third. Photo by Alan Kirk

Ashley Flores blocks homeplate to prevent run. Photo by Alan Kirk

Kianna Zerr makes catch in Center Field. Photo by Alan Kirk

Coach Anaya congratulates Kristin Christensen for homerun hit. Photo by Alan Kirk

Road Action at Sherwood and N.M. 4

on April 15, 2012 - 8:59am

Workmen are still required in paving roads with these fancy machines. This crew mans the "lay-down" machine and assures an even thickness of the asphalt coating. The hot asphalt can melt the soles of the men's boots if they stay in one pace to long. The N.M. 4 job will require two coats of material to form the finished roadway. Each coat appears to be about 2 to 3 inches thick. Photo by TK Thompson/

This "shuttle buggy" picks up a load of fresh asphalt hot mix that has just been dumped in a ribbon onto the roadway by a bottom-dump semi truck this past week on N.M.

Consortium Partners with LANL's Academy

on April 15, 2012 - 7:24am

Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post

Northern New Mexico Math and Science Academy aims to enhance professional development of K-12 math and science teachers in underserved rural school districts.

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) will become the new fiscal agent for the Northern New Mexico Math and Science Academy (MSA). 

The MSA is a teacher professional development program, sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to help improve math and science education in New Mexico K-12 schools. 

Partnership with MSA has the potential to expand the impact of NMC research programs into New

True Stories of Library Censorship Battles

on April 14, 2012 - 11:18pm


At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in the Upstairs Rotunda of the Mesa Public Library, Kathy Barco and Valerie Nye will present True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries as part of the Authors Speak Series.

April is a special month in the literary and library worlds, honoring both poetry (National Poetry Month)  and libraries (National Library Week is April 8-14). In recognition of the role libraries play in providing free and open access to information, the Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series presents a timely book on challenges to what is included

Kiwanis Tuesday Speakers Schedule

on April 14, 2012 - 11:01pm
Kiwanis meets noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Masonic Temple on Sage Street near the intersection of 15th Street and Canyon.Road. Speakers and topics are occasionally subject to change because of illness, conflicts or weather.

April 17- Gloria Maestas from the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office will discuss local changes to the June 5 Primary Election Day voting process and the new "Voter Convenience Centers."

April 24-Committee Meetings.

May 1-Rose Montoya will speak on the Boys and Girls Club and the Lunch Buddy Program.

May 8-Democrats running for Los Alamos

Tom Rheam Trio Plays Blue Window Bistro April 21

on April 14, 2012 - 10:36pm


The Blue Window Bistro in Los Alamos will host a Jazz Night featuring the Tom Rheam Trio Saturday, April 21. Tickets are $15 per person and dinner reservations are required. 

The Trio will perform 7-9 p.m. Tom Rheam plays trumpet and piano, Dick Hogle plays drums and sings and David Moir is on bass.

Rheam has played on the road with Ray Charles, played backup to Frank Sinatra on recordings, toured with the Glenn Miller Band and many other well-known professional singers and musicians.

Hogle has worked in the Catskills in New York state as a show drummer, played on

Key Club Sponsors UNICEF Benefit

on April 14, 2012 - 9:56pm

Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post by Katelyn Littleton, Concert Chair

Los Alamos High School Key Club is organizing a benefit concert for UNICEF's Project Eliminate. In collaboration with Kiwanis and the rest of K-Family (including Key Club), UNICEF is hoping to eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the world through this project.

The money raised through the concert will go directly to purchasing vaccines and the distribution of preventative health information.

"A vaccination for this type of tetanus will protect a mother and all of her future children from the terminal

New Mexico WW2 Internment Camps Symposium: Inside and Outside the Barbed Wire

on April 14, 2012 - 9:22pm

The New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors will hold a symposium on New Mexico World War II internment camps. Learn more about the experiences of Japanese people held in New Mexico's internment camps during World War II at an April 21 and 22 symposium. “From Inside and Outside the Barbed Wire: New Mexico’s Multicul­tural World War II Internment Stories,” will be in the History Museum auditorium, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21 and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 22.

Organized by the Committee to Preserve New Mexico’s Internment History, the symposium commemorates the 10th

Russ Gordon Performs with DK & the Affordables

on April 14, 2012 - 10:39am

Last night, Russ Gordon held a fundraiser concert at the Hilltop House to raise funds for the summer concert series. DK & the Affordables performance was followed by Eddy & the Nomads. The Los Alamos Concert Series is presented by the County of Los Alamos and coordinated / managed by Russ Gordon.

Russ Gordon delighted the crowd when he joined DK & the Affordables during the fundraiser concert. Photo by Greg Kendall/

From Gordon's website:

This series of Friday evening concerts-in-the-park spans the summer from late May into early September and is held at various locations

Local Volunteers Build Homes South of the Border

on April 14, 2012 - 8:32am

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos High School youth and other volunteers spent Spring Break building homes for families in need in Mexico. Courtesy Photo

A contingent of 50 Los Alamos High School youth and several adults and four volunteers from Colorado, traveled to Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico over Spring Break on a mission - to build homes for two families in need.

This was the 27th annual Spring Break Mexico Mission trip for high school youth sponsored by The United Church of Los Alamos.

"Since 1986, we have built the equivalent of 131 single houses," said Laura Erickson who