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Ceremony Launches Los Alamos Homestead Tour

on May 20, 2012 - 10:23am

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover honors descendants of the Pajarito Plateau Homesteaders gathered on the north lawn of Fuller Lodge for a special ceremony Friday. The event celebrated the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Homestead Act with a special dedication of the new Los Alamos Homestead Tour commemorating the life and contributions of the Pajarito Plateau homesteaders. Stover told the crowd that she also is a descendant of the Pajarito Plateau homesteaders. The Los Alamos County Council and the Los Alamos Historical Society, in partnership with the Fuller

Bradbury Fountain Undergoes Maintenance

on May 19, 2012 - 10:03pm

A technician works on the tall and artistically designed fountain outside the Bradbury Science Museum on Central Avenue Friday afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Police Ran Torch Relay to Jemez Springs

on May 19, 2012 - 2:45pm

Los Alamos Police officers ran from the back gate to Jemez Springs Thursday for the 2012 Special Olympics Torch Relay. Local police officers and firefighters participate in the annual event as part of the fund raising efforts that they do for the Special Olympics. Lt. Jason Wardlow Herrera runs with the torch and prepares to hand it off to another officer at this juncture. Photo by N.S. Mills

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy takes his turn in the torch relay to raise money for the Special Olympics. Photo by N.S. Mills

A small caravan follows the runners as they head for Jemez Springs.

Historic Fires Most Likely Occurred in Spring

on May 19, 2012 - 2:11pm

By Collin Haffey

The Ecology Group at Bandelier National Monument has been monitoring tree growth on a weekly basis for more than 20 years.

Several trees located in Bandelier are ringed with dendrometer bands or dendrobands, for short.

A dendroband is a small ribbon of metal wrapped around the trunk of the tree and connected to a spring slide that moves as the tree grows and is measured by a Vernier scale. It’s basically a fancy ruler.

This scale enables us to measure a tree’s circumference down to a tenth of a millimeter.

The banded trees are located in three clusters that span the

OBITUARY: Emma Rosocha

on May 19, 2012 - 1:31pm

EMMA ROSOCHA JAN. 9, 1954April 16, 2012

Emma Rosocha died April 16, 2012 after a long illness. She was born in Oakland, Calif., on Jan. 9, 1954. She was the daughter of William J. Riemer and Eunice K. Riemer.


Her family moved to Gainesville, Fla., when Emma was a year old. In 1959, her father was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Tel Aviv, and Emma spent her kindergarten year in Israel.


Back in Florida, she went to the local elementary school until 1963 when the family moved to Maryland, in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. She attended Montgomery County, Maryland

Nearly 600 Entrants in Jemez Mountain Trail Runs

on May 19, 2012 - 1:12pm

A massive registration for today's Jemez Mountain Trail Runs took place Friday at the Crossroads Bible Church in which nearly 600 runners signed up for the race. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

The Seventh Annual Jemez Mountain Trail Runs got underway early this morning at the Posse Lodge on North Mesa.

This growing international event drew nearly 600 runners, 40 percent of whom traveled from British Columbia, Mexico and 29 U.S. states beyond New Mexico.

The event consists of three races: half-marathon, 50K (31 miles) and 50 miles.

"The longest distances are

House Passes Luján's Lab Mission Amendment

on May 19, 2012 - 11:01am

NNSA News:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District offered an amendment Friday to the National Defense Authorization Act, which in response to recent reports, calls for a study about broadening the mission of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) national laboratories.

The amendment passed with unanimous support.

"Our national labs provide a tremendous resource that is essential to our efforts to spur innovation and economic development, but multiple reports have called attention to the need to expand the labs’ mission in order to

Youth Set Record for Business Grant Applications

on May 19, 2012 - 10:42am


Youth interested in starting a summer business this year have set a record for the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation's annual Youth Business Grant Program (YBGP.)

This year, 25 youth have submitted applications to the program, including 14 applicants from Los Alamos, nine from Espanola and two from Pojoaque.

The YBGP provides grants of up to $400 to youth, ages 13-19, who want to experience the rewards of starting a summer business.

The program has provided more than 240 young entrepreneurs with grants since 1985.

Past participants report learning valuable


DALA's Dazzling Dress Rehearsal

on May 19, 2012 - 9:24am
Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) held its dress rehearsal Thursday night for its annual Spring Show Performance. DALA’s older dancers performed Friday evening and will perform again at 7 p.m. this evening at Duane Smith Auditorium. DALA’s younger dancers will have their own matinee performance at 2 p.m. today. Photo by TK Thompson/
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Sen. Martinez Thanks the League

on May 19, 2012 - 8:24am

By Sen. Richard Martinez

I want to express my gratitude to the League of Woman Voters from Los Alamos for inviting me to participate in the forum sponsored by them last night (Thursday) and also to the members of the Los Alamos community who were in attendance.

It gave me pleasure to have the opportunity to participate and I sincerely enjoyed meeting with you to discuss some of the important issues that we are faced with finding solutions for.

I share the same concerns about our valuable resources: water, the environment and the education of the youth in our district and state.

During my


Pay Raises Approved for Local Teachers and Staff

on May 18, 2012 - 10:35pm

Board President Kevin Honnell and Secretary Melanie McKinley, seated, board member David Foster board member Judy Bjarke-McKinsey and board member Dawn Venhaus, not shown, unanamously approved a 3 percent pay hike for teachers and staff during Wednesday's school board meeting. Courtesy/LAPS

By Kirsten Laskey

Teachers and staff at Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) can expect bigger paychecks during the 2012-2013 school year.

The Board of Education unanimously approved a 3 percent pay increase totalling $850,000 during a Special Board Meeting Wednesday night.

Along with the pay increase, the


Los Alamos Infant is in ICU

on May 18, 2012 - 11:16am

Police report this morning that the 11-week-old infant whose father admitted injuring him on Wednesday when he wouldn't stop crying, is in the Intensive Care Unit at UNM Children's Hospital.

Police also said this morning that the total extent of the infant's injuries have not yet been determined.

The baby's father is locked up in the Los Alamos County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond issued by Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados.

Below is the story detailing the events involved in the arrest of the infant's father:

Los Alamos Police have arrested Tyrell Abney, 19, of Los

Cone Zone: Road Construction for Week of May 21

on May 18, 2012 - 10:21am


Public Works Projects:

Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1

Expect shoulder work on Canyon Road between Manhattan Loop east and Nugget. Contractor will be potholing to verify utility locations in advance of actual construction, which will begin the week of May 28. If the potholing blocks the sidewalks, a pedestrian pathway will be provided. No traffic delays are anticipated.

N.M. 4 Improvements Project

Traffic continues to be on the south side of N.M. 4 between Rover Blvd and Grand Canyon/Pajarito Road.


SFI Presents Evolution on 'Realistic' Landscapes Tuesday

on May 18, 2012 - 10:09am

SFI News:

Peter Schuster of the University of Vienna and Santa Fe Institute external professor will present the talk, Evolution on "Realistic" Landscapes at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday May 22 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract: Ever since Sewall Wrights publication of the landscape metaphor in 1932 evolutionary optimization is visualized as hill climbing on a rugged landscape.

Udall to Help Break Ground at Los Alamos Energy Facility

on May 18, 2012 - 9:29am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will speak at 4 p.m. today at a groundbreaking ceremony for the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) Biological Research Laboratory at 95 Entrada Dr. near the Los Alamos Cooperative Market.

Construction of the laboratory, and the ensuing research, is the product of a partnership from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County and NMC.

The new lab will be utilized by Dr. Richard Sayre and his growing team of researchers.

Sayre is director of the Biofuels Project at NMC and chief scientist for the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB).


Active Duty U.S. Military Offered Free Entrance to All National Parks Beginning Saturday

on May 18, 2012 - 9:28am


The National Park Service has announced that on Saturday May 19, which is Armed Forces Day, it will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397
National Park Service areas for active duty military members and their dependents.

This military version of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass also permits free entrance to sites managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Forest Service.

The pass is available at these locations as well.

“We all owe a

GOP Elects Delegates to Quadrennial Convention

on May 18, 2012 - 9:13am

The Los Alamos County GOP held its Quadrennial County Convention Thursday evening at the Los Alamos VFW.

The purpose of the County Quadrennial Convention was to elect delegates to the Republican Party of New Mexico Quadrennial Convention to be held June 9 in Albuquerque.

The State Convention will elect delegates to the National GOP Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Newly elected Delegates seated from left, Heather McClenaghan, Marie O'Neill, JoAnn Johnson and standing from left, Bob McClenaghan, Mike Weaver, Bill McKerley and Jordan Redmond. Courtesy/GOP

Public invited to PEEC/Pajarito Astronomers Annular Eclipse Event Sunday at Overlook

on May 18, 2012 - 8:50am

PEEC News:

One projecting telescope, four viewing telescopes with solar filters and 100 eclipse-viewing glasses will be available at Sunday's big Annular Eclipse Event at Overlook Park in White Rock.

The Pajarito Astronomers and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) are sponsoring the event and will assist people who choose to make simple pinhole viewers at the park. People who have their own telescopes with solar filters are welcome to bring them to view the eclipse.

Thanks to a generous donor, solar viewing glasses will be distributed to the first 100 people who would like

Candidates State Their Positions at League Forum

on May 17, 2012 - 8:38pm

U.S. Congressional District 3 candidates Jefferson Byrd, speaking, and Rick Newton are Republicans running against each other in the June 5 Primary Election. The candidates discussed their positions and fielded questions from the audience and the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos, the nonpartisan organization sponsoring tonight's Forum. The winner of the June 5 Primary Election will face Democratic incumbent Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in the November General Election. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Monica Zamora and Victor Lopez are running for the New Mexico State Court of Appeals.

League of Women Voters Forum Draws 11 Candidates, Full Audience, Plenty of Questions

on May 17, 2012 - 7:46pm

President Barbara Calef of the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos opens tonight's Candidates' Forum underway in the Lecture Hall at UNM-Los Alamos. The Forum consists of only those candidates who are in contested races. In laying the ground rules, Calef asked the 11 candidates in attendance to refrain from personal attacks. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

State Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties chats with audience members as he awaits his opportunity to participate in tonight's forum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost/com

District 43 House of

Condition of 11-Week-Old Infant Remains Stable

on May 17, 2012 - 3:09pm


June 7, 2012 - 9:56am


Defendant Tyrell Abney during a brief break in court proceedings at the Justice Center Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

During a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Magistrate Court, Judge Pat Casados found probable cause that Tyrell Abney of Los Alamos committed the crime of child abuse in the first degree last month against his infant son.

Abney, 18, faces a mandatory 18 years in prison if convicted.

It came out during the hearing that although originally reported to be 11 weeks old when the alleged abuse occurred

Canyon Rim Trail Footbridge Beckons Walkers

on May 17, 2012 - 2:56pm

The footbridge on the Canyon Rim Trail beckons walkers in Los Alamos. The wildflowers are abundant with Indian Paintbrush on the eastern end, Banana Yucca in the center, and a great clump of Purple Vetch at the western end. A great way to spend a morning... Photo by TK Thompson/

Recap of CIP Projects Funded Wednesday

on May 17, 2012 - 1:05pm

Following two nights of Special County Council meetings, Tuesday and Wednesday, and the approval by Council of eight Capital Improvement Projects, Deputy County Administrator Steve Lynne this morning released the County's Final CIP Schedule. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Initial County Capital Improvement Project fund balance available:
  • FY2013 $22,500,000
  • FY2014 $856,429
  • FY2015 $937,029
  • FY2016 $1,726,629

Projected funding additions:

  • FY2014 $5,000,000
  • FY2015 $4,773,000
  • FY2016 $3,300,000

Estimated avaialble funding subtotals:

  • $22,500,000
  • $5,856,429
  • $5,710,029
  • $5,026,629



Kiwanis Club 4th of July Celebration Line Up

on May 17, 2012 - 11:55am

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club and Los Alamos County have announced the tentative schedule for the annual Fourth of July festivities at Overlook Park. Expect fireworks, food, kid’s activities, skydivers and a much more.

Courtesy photo

Everything kicks off at 2 p.m., Wednesday July 4 at the park. New this year is your chance to win the Best Seat in the House!  Tickets will go on sale mid-June at local businesses around Los Alamos and will also be available the night of the fireworks.

15th Annual Los Alamos Kite Festival Begins Friday

on May 17, 2012 - 11:44am