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County Council Adopts FY 2013 Budget

on May 1, 2012 - 9:48pm

County Budget & Grants Manager Gina Coluzzi and Assistant County Administrator Steve Lynne present Council with a summary of changes to the proposed $198 million FY 2013 County Budget. Council adopted the budget by a vote of 7-0. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Passes Measure to Improve Communication with Boards and Commissions

on May 1, 2012 - 9:36pm

County Management Analyst briefs Council regarding Board and Commission communication with the County Council. Council approved 7-0 recommendations to more effectively link with the prime volunteers of the community who serve on boards and commissions. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Candidate Roger Waterman Advocates for Streamlining Code Processes

on May 1, 2012 - 9:29pm

Speaking from a position of experience as both a business person and a former county councilor, council candidate Roger Waterman briefs Council on his first hand knowledge of code and permitting issues he's aware of that should be streamlined. Council voted 6-0 to make changes that will improve those processes. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Council candidate Roger Waterman addresses Council at tonight's meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Approves Adoption of Changes to Special Plan (SP) District and General Code Cleanups and Process Improvements

on May 1, 2012 - 9:13pm

County Planners Gary Leikness, left, and Martha Perkins join Steve Brugger of the Community Development Department who is briefing Council on the highlights of text amendments relating to the Special Plan (SP) as well as highlights of text amendments relating to general code cleanups and process improvements. Council approved the amendments 6-1 with Councilor Vincent Chiravalle, who is attending tonight's meeting by telephone, cast the no vote. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Highlights of Text Amendments Relating to the Special Plan (SP) District:
* Allows site development

County Council Presents Proclamations and Recognitions

on May 1, 2012 - 8:36pm

Councilor David Izraelevitz presented on behalf of the Council a proclamation to members of the Los Alamos Homestead Tour Planning Committee declaring the week of May 13-20 as "Homestead Commemoration Week" in Los Alamos and in celebration of the kick-off for the Los Alamos Homestead tour. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Members of the Los Alamos Homestead Tour Planning Committee address the Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Councilor Vice Chair Ron Selvage, right, on behalf of the Council, presents a proclamation to Ron Wilkins of the Los Alamos Historical Society

County Council is Underway and First up is Public Comment

on May 1, 2012 - 8:23pm

James Rickman spoke to Council from the perspective of one who rides a bicycle around the community. He mentioned that he has observed many motorists texting while driving and said that drivers in virtually every County vehicle that he has observed are texting while driving. He asked Council to consider some type of law with meat and teeth against texting while driving that might be equivalent to, as an example, a fourth degree felony a person would be charged with for walking around with a gun. He said that texting while driving is just as dangerous. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Youth Food Project - Flash Mob Practice

on May 1, 2012 - 5:08pm

Watch as the Los Alamos Middle School Green Team practices an original song they plan to perform as a "flash mob."  When and where will the flash mob occur? So far it's a big surprise.

See the Los Alamos Daily Post "Focus - Los Alamos Youth Food Project" special section for more information on the Project and it's goals.

Summer Video Editing Classes at PAC 8

on May 1, 2012 - 3:03pm

This summer, PAC 8 is offering 20 sessions of video education classes. Classes will be for students in grades 2- 6 and additional classes will be held for middle school students. The classes are lots of fun - students make music videos, news shows, documentaries, commercials and comedies. This year we’re also offering animation classes.

There are four levels to choose from:

Beginning Classes – basic camera techniques, audio, editing with I Movie, interviewing, studio production.

Intermediate Classes – digital cameras, editing with Final Cut Pro, blue screen, special effects.



Atomic Man Duathlon 2012 Results

on May 1, 2012 - 11:32am

The 2012 Atomic Man Duathlon was held on Sunday, April 29th. Pet Pangaea, a sponsor of the 2012 Atomic Man Duathlon, has made race photos available to the public.

Eighty two individuals and nine teams from across New Mexico and as far away as Barboursville, West Virgina, competed in this years running and Bicycling event. The event include a "Fat Man" long course and a "Little Boy" short course.

Top Fat Man male finishers were Mike Rahmer of Tijaras (2:10), James Webster, Albuquerque (2:14) and Todd Rinner (2:20).

Top Fat Man female finishers were Caroline Colonna of Taos (2:23), Amy


Dog Jog 2012 Results

on May 1, 2012 - 11:03am

The 2012 Friends of the Shelter Dog Jog was held Saturday, April 28th.  Dog Jog sponsor Pet Pangaea has provided photos and results from this years jog. The 2012 Los Alamos Dog Jog was coordinated by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, Mountain Canine Corps, and the Atomic City Roadrunners as a fund raising benefit for the Friends of the Shelter.

More photos can be found at the Pet Pangaea's Dog Jog Photos website.


Andrew Sutton21:33
Viggi Saga22:02
Leanne Smith22:24
Thomas Chadwick24:08
David Telles24:10
Susan Hanson24:52
Christopher Fontes25:25
Duncan Fuehne26:40
David Kolman26:50

Quality New Mexico Accepting Applications for 2012 NM Performance Excellence Awards

on May 1, 2012 - 9:30am

Quality New Mexico is accepting applications for the 2012 New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards.

The New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards, modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, provide participating organizations with feedback on their strengths and their opportunities for improvement.

This feedback is based on the time-tested Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, which provides an assessment framework to gauge organizational performance.

The awards, which will be awarded next spring, include:

  • Piñon Recognition, commitmentto performance excellence

Lou Santoro Honored for Leadership and Service

on May 1, 2012 - 9:03am

Lou Santoro, left, is honored by Agency Field Executive James Medina on behalf of State Farm for his 35 years of service and leadership. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos businessman Lou Santoro was honored by State Farm Insurance recently for his years of leadership and service.

Agency Field Executive James Medina traveled to Santoro’s downtown Los Alamos office April 20 to personally thank him and present him with a special plaque for his 35 years of exemplary service with the worldwide organization.

“Lou is a leader within


Gwynn Cunningham is Rotary Student of the Month

on May 1, 2012 - 9:01am

Rotarian James Nesmith with Los Alamos High School senior Gwynn Cunningham as she is recognized as "Student of the Month" by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Rotarian James Nesmith, left, with the Rotary's "Student of the Month" Gwynn Cunningham, her parents Andrea and Greg Cunningham and mentor Diane Toups whom she credited greatly for her success development. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Los Alamos Rotary Club honored Gwynneth Cunningham as April’s Student of the Month at Fuller Lodge April 24. Gwynn is the

Habitat for Humanities Director Addresses Rotarians

on May 1, 2012 - 8:51am

Executive Director Yvonne Maestas of Habitat for Humanities talks about the local program, now in the process of building its eighth house for families in need, during a Los Alamos Rotary Club meeting at Fuller Lodge Tuesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Makes Wealthiest Counties List

on May 1, 2012 - 8:45am

Forbes has published its list of the richest counties in the United States.

Los Alamos comes in fourth and four suburbs in Washington, D.C. comprise the other wealthiest counties on the top five list.

The top five:

  1. Loudoun County, Virginia: $115,574 median household income
  2. Falls Church City, Virginia: $114,409
  3. Fairfax County, Virginia: $105,416
  4. Los Alamos County, New Mexico: $103,643
  5. Howard County, Maryland: $103,273



Mesa Public Library to Host Display of Historic J. Robert Oppenheimer Photographs

on May 1, 2012 - 8:23am


The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee (JROMC) will present an exhibit of historic photos entitled “J. Robert Oppenheimer: Photographs From His Life: 1904 – 1967” at the Mesa Public Library Gallery, 2400 Central Ave. from May 2 to May 30. The public is encouraged to visit the exhibit.

An opening reception will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. May 3, at the Mesa Public Library Gallery upstairs. Refreshments will be served and members of the JROMC will be on hand to answer questions.

Oppenheimer and his mother. Courtesy Photo

The photos and their captions show the full range


Los Alamos GOP County Quadrennial Convention Set for May 17

on May 1, 2012 - 7:19am

GOP News:

Call is hereby made for the 2012 Quadrennial Los Alamos Republican Convention on Thursday, May 2012, at the Los Alamos VFW, 1793 Deacon St., and for a Los Alamos Central Committee meeting to be held at 7 p.m., immediately preceding the Convention.

Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and doors close promptly at 7 p.m.

All registered Republicans are invited to attend.

The Los Alamos County Central Committee Meeting will start at 7 p.m.

Immediately following, Ward Caucuses will be held to elect ward delegates to the County Quadrennial Convention.

At 7:30 p.m., the LA County Quadrennial


Hilltopper Softball Seated #6 for State Tournament

on May 1, 2012 - 7:10am
The Hilltopper Softball Team was seated #6 and will play a home game in White Rock against St. Pius at 11:30 a.m. Saturday May 5. Photo by Alan Kirk

LA Visiting Nurse Service's Tammy Larson Honored

on May 1, 2012 - 7:03am

Tammy Larson. Courtesy/LVNS

LVNS News:

Tammy Larson of Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service has been honored as the Texas & New Mexico Finance/Billing Person of the Year.

Larson is a lifelong resident of Los Alamos and has been active in the medical field the majority of her working life.

LVNS: “Tammy is a dedicated employee who always has our patient’s best interest at heart.”

Los Alamos Police Blotter: April 19 to April 24, 2012

on April 30, 2012 - 9:19pm

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.

April 19 at 9:14 a.m. / A 49-year-old Los Alamos woman reported a possible attempt to enter her residence in the 400 block of Ridgecrest Ave.

April 20 at 9:57 a.m. / Police responded to an unattended death of a 92-year-old Los Alamos man in the 700 block of 42nd Street.

April 20 at 10:21 a.m. / Police received a report of a broken window in the 100 block of Longview Drive.

Santa Fe Poet Laureate's 'Odes and Offerings' Pairs Poetry with Visual Art

on April 30, 2012 - 5:00pm


“Hanging Boat” artist: Julie Wagner. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Joan Logghe brings her two-year stint as Santa Fe Poet Laureate to a close with a very special exhibition, “Odes and Offerings,” at the Santa Fe Community Gallery.

Local artists were paired with local poets and the artists chose part of the text of the poem to include in their piece.

All the pieces were created specifically for this show.

Thirty-six works of art and 36 poems are included.

“It was an arranged marriage,” said Rod Lambert, curator of the exhibit.


OBITUARY: Janet Lucille Fowler

on April 30, 2012 - 4:04pm


June 3, 1919 – April 26, 2012

Janet Lucille Brown Fowler was born on June 3, 1919, in Bucyrus, Ohio, the daughter of Neva and Carl Brown. She graduated from Bucyrus High School in 1937 and moved to Cleveland, where she completed Nurse's Training at St. Luke's Hospital, received her RN degree, and then worked there as a nurse.

She met Max Fowler in Cleveland and they were married in 1942. Six months later Max joined the U.S. Navy and the newlyweds moved to Annapolis, Maryland.

DPU Replacing 13 Power Poles in White Rock in May - Brief Power Interruptions Expected

on April 30, 2012 - 3:50pm

Electric upgrades associated with REDI‐Net, the Regional Economic Development Initiative's Broadband "Middle Mile" network, may cause brief power interruptions as 13 power poles are replaced in White Rock during May.

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will oversee the pole replacement project in early May, along a pole corridor extending from Sherwood Boulevard to Overlook Park, and from N.M. 4 to Piñon Elementary School.

The work will be conducted by electrical contractor SECO, Inc.

The REDINet pole replacements occurring in White Rock next month will require brief


NNSA Recognizes LANL for Commitment to Environmental Stewardship

on April 30, 2012 - 2:58pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today congratulated Los Alamos National Laboratory and other national laboratories and sites for achievements in environmental stewardship, awarding a total of 24 Pollution Prevention (P2) Awards for innovative initiatives across the enterprise.

The P2 Awards recognize performance in integrating environmental stewardship practices that helps to reduce risk, protect natural resources and enhance site operations.

“I applaud the work done at NNSA’s sites in finding creative ways to reduce the environmental impact of our

Students Earn $1,000 for LAHS Science Department

on April 30, 2012 - 2:39pm

Washington D.C. – Underscoring the Obama Administration’s investments in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and ensuring educational opportunities are available to students across the nation, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that Lexington High School from Lexington, Mass., and Hopkins Junior High School from Fremont, Calif. won the 2012 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl today at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Los Alamos High School ranked among the top 16 high schools at the event.

Nearly 14,000 students have competed in