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Cold Versus Flu: Questions & Answers

on February 16, 2018 - 10:27am

CDC News:

What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu.

People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

Indoor Safety During Winter Storms

on February 16, 2018 - 10:22am

CDC News:

When using a wood stove, fireplace or space heater during the winter months, be extremely careful.

Heat Homes Safely

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remember these safety tips:

  • Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.
  • Have your heating system serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
  • Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use—don’t substitute.

Lady Sundevils Defeat 'Toppers Tuesday

on February 16, 2018 - 10:19am

Lady Hilltoppers Basketball Head Coach Josh Archuleta sends his team out on the court to face the Espanola Sundevils in a game played Tuesday night in Espanola. The 'Toppers played even with the Sundevils in the first half but the Sundevils took control and won the game 54-31. Photo by John McHale/

Becca Green is always in the thick of the action under the 'Topper basket and while under the Sundevil basket, she scored 10 points. Photo by John McHale/

Hannah Sanchez and Kaylee Chavez both go for the ball under the 'Topper basket in the first period.

Steve Pearce Qualifies For Ballot As Sole GOP Candidate For Governor Of New Mexico

on February 16, 2018 - 10:16am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce has officially qualified for the primary ballot as the Republican candidate for Governor of New Mexico.
According to the Secretary of State, the Bureau of Elections has reviewed Pearce's declaration of candidacy, nomination petitions, and certificate of registration and has determined they are all in proper order and timely filed.
"It's a great honor to officially be the Republican candidate for Governor of New Mexico," Pearce said.

Los Alamos FLL Robotics Teams Win Recognition

on February 16, 2018 - 10:14am

The Quadrumaniacs who won the 2nd Place Champions Award Feb. 10 and will compete at the North American FLL Open Championship in Legoland in May are, from left, Lucy Kelley, Sasha Simakov, Maggie Kelley, Corben Meek, Angie O'Leary, Timothy Rousculp and Zoya Khan.  Not pictured is Magellan Bronson. Brother Alex Meek, peeking in, is on an FLL Junior team.  The Quadrumaniacs are coached by Susannah Rousculp and Elizabeth Meek with Karen Kelley as co-coach and mentor. Courtesy photo


Local FIRST LEGO League team, the Llama-Bots, pictured with their Teamwork trophy are, from left, Taylor

Flu Activity Still Rising In New Mexico

on February 16, 2018 - 10:13am


Seasonal flu activity remains high in both our state and nationwide.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports the number of flu-related illnesses and deaths continue to increase across New Mexico.

NMDOH reports 28 flu-related deaths and 100 pneumonia related deaths in adults so far in the 2017-2018 flu season.

Flu-related hospitalizations, especially in those aged 65 and older, continue to steadily increase.since October, the department has investigated 27-flu outbreaks in long-term care facilities, a number that is already more than the number of outbreaks

Nature Center Talk: Photographing Wildfires Feb. 20

on February 16, 2018 - 10:11am
Wildland firefighter silhouetted by flames. Photo by Kristen Honig
PEEC News:
Kristen Honig will discuss her observations, show her photographs, and present a brief, behind the scenes look at what it is like to be a wildfire photographer at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Honig's wildfire photos have been recognized by National Geographic and featured in magazines and publications, including Popular Science, Outside Magazine, High Country News, Wildland Firefighter Magazine, Fire Management Today and in the novel On the Burning Edge.
This special

Udall, Heinrich Commemorate National Tribal Colleges And Universities Week

on February 16, 2018 - 10:05am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of 22 senators in passing a resolution unanimously in the Senate recognizing the week of February 11, 2018, as National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week.
The resolution recognizes the unique and critically important role these institutions of higher education play in supporting Native students.

Los Alamos Chamber Of Commerce Hosts Ribbon Cutting For Samantha D’Anna Photography Feb. 22

on February 16, 2018 - 9:57am

Samantha D’Anna in front of her new business, Samantha D’Anna Photography at 2101 Trinity Dr., Suite S. Courtesy/Los Alamos Chamber


The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is helping to celebrate the opening of Samantha D’Anna Photography.

The community is invited to attend the ribbon cutting and welcome D’Anna, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 and light refreshments will be served.

D’Anna has been a professional photographer for six years, specializing in natural light portrait photography and weddings.

Annual Fish Fry Dinner At IHM Tonight

on February 16, 2018 - 9:36am

K of C News:

The Knights of Columbus invite the community to the annual Lenten Fish Fry each Friday beginning tonight through March 30.

Dinner is served 5-7 p.m. in the parish hall at Immaculate Heart Mary Catholic Church, 3700 Canyon Road.

Meals for adults are $10 and include two pieces of fried cod, freshly made coleslaw and rice or French fries.

Meals for children are $7 and include one piece of fried cod, freshly made coleslaw and rice or French fries or a grilled cheese sandwich and French fries.

All meals include lemonade or iced tea and homemade desserts.

Daily Postcard: Steller’s Jay Feeding In Snow

on February 16, 2018 - 9:06am

Daily Postcard: Steller’s jay feeding in the snow Thursday morning in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Steller’s jay feeding in the snow Thursday morning in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Steller’s jay feeding in the snow Thursday morning in Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Pajarito Mountain Gets 5 Inches Of Fresh Snow!

on February 15, 2018 - 12:12pm

Pajarito Mountain received several fresh inches of snow overnight. Photo by George Duke
Pajarito Mountain in Los Alamos received 5 inches of powder Wednesday night to freshen up the slopes.
Pajarito is open today through Monday, Feb. 19 for the holiday weekend.
Children seven and younger, in fourth and fifth grades or age 70 and older, can ski for free. Lift tickets are $24 for everyone else.
For more information, visit

Legacy Clean Up Contractor N3B Visits Daily Post

on February 15, 2018 - 12:06pm

Charity Meinhart, right, with public affairs and communications at N3B, the new legacy clean up contractor for the Department of Energy, visited the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning to meet the news team including Lifestyles Editor Bonnie Gordon pictured here. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Winter Finally Arrives ... For A Few Minutes Anyway!

on February 15, 2018 - 11:40am

Winter finally arrived this morning in Los Alamos but melted away before noon! Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Hugh Rich Enters Los Alamos County Sheriff Race

on February 15, 2018 - 11:39am
Hugh Rich announces bid for sheriff. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Hugh Rich stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post Wednesday to announce that he is running for Los Alamos County Sheriff.

Rich, a registered Republican, works at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has worked in computer security at LANL for eight years and recently moved to the Chief Information Office. He has more than 20 years of experience in system administration and computer security.

Rich served as a police officer for the Los Alamos Police

Steinhaus: Message Of Care And Compassion

on February 15, 2018 - 9:25am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurt Steinhaus sent the following letter to LAPS staff following the school shooting Wednesday afternoon in which some 17 people were killed and another 14 injured in Florida.

As many of us start thinking about the upcoming long weekend, it is likely that many are also thinking about what happened yesterday in Parkland, Florida. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the students, staff, and families impacted by this horrific school shooting.

In light of the situation, let’s take extra time today to check in with each other,

Changes Afoot At Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service

on February 15, 2018 - 9:15am
Debbie Weber, Wendi Wolfe and Rick Reiss. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Changes are afoot at Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service. A longtime employee is retiring, and a former employee is returning to take the helm of the not-for-profit home health and hospice agency.

“Our Board is happy to announce the appointment of our new executive director Wendi Wolfe, RN-NE,” said Board President Rick Reiss during an interview Monday with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Chandler: My Gig At The Legislature

on February 15, 2018 - 9:15am
Los Alamos

I have been privileged to work for the New Mexico Legislature over the last several sessions. I was a legislative analyst for the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Los Alamos’ Sen. Richard Martinez.

This committee comprises some of the most experienced Senators and is known for its critical consideration of bills based on sound policy, consistency with existing statutes, and constitutionality.

What does an analyst do? Not all are attorneys, some are subject matter experts.

World Futures: Lying, Cheating And Stealing: Part 3

on February 15, 2018 - 9:14am

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

Cheating refers to gaining an unfair advantage in a competitive situation. Generally it refers to an individual, keeping in mind that a company is usually viewed as an individual entity.

Cheating is an act consciously taken to gain the unfair advantage. Wikipedia, defines three classes of cheating:

  • academic;
  • sports, video and gambling; and
  • business.

Accordingly, one can conclude that the government(s) does not cheat. Or does it?

Starting with academic cheating, if more than 50 percent of high school students do it, should we be concerned?

Friends Of Shelter Strengthens Its Focus On Supporting Companion Animals

on February 15, 2018 - 9:04am

Friends of the Shelter is now called Friends of Shelter and Companion Animals and has refocused its efforts in order to better support those companion animals and their owners in need of the types of assistance not already provided. Courtesy/FOSCA


For almost 20 years, Friends of the Shelter (FOS) has supported companion animals by assisting with both medical needs and spay and neuter costs; adoption promotion including mobile adoptions and publicity, transporting animals between rescues; offering foster care for very young animals; providing public education and surrender


Just One Thing To Do This Week: Go For Your Gold

on February 15, 2018 - 8:47am

Los Alamos

Meeting day-to-day expectations can be challenging. The sense of accomplishment in doing what needs to be done to successfully manage home and work and family is demanding enough for most of us. And then, there are the Olympians.

Many of us are enthralled by the Olympics. We watch the athletes twirl, skate, glide, and spin as they reach for Olympic gold. I come from a large family—meaning a family of very large people—and we consider the act of walking without falling to be an accomplishment. We are not coordinated.

Traffic Stop Nets Charges For Abiquiu Man

on February 15, 2018 - 8:33am

LAPD News:

Jeremy Lovato, 23, of Abiquiu was charged with possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, driving while license suspended, improper display of registration plate, no insurance and improper display of registration plate following a Feb. 12 traffic stop by Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gabriel Nieto.

Court documents indicate that Nieto ran the license plate number on a pick-up truck driven by Lovato and discovered that the registration was suspended. Lovato proceeded to turn off the road into a driveway on 38th Street but soon backed out onto the street.

Supreme Court Issues Ruling On State Funding Deductions For Schools Receiving Federal Impact Aid

on February 15, 2018 - 1:04am
NMSC News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Monday the Public Education Department must obtain annual certification or permission from the U.S. Department of Education before reducing monthly allotments of state equalization funding to local school districts to offset anticipated federal impact aid payments.
In a unanimous decision, the Court concluded the state agency erred in lowering monthly state funding to Zuni Public School District, #89, by about $4.6 million over 10 months during the 2010 fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.
The school

Bill To Help Fund Libraries And Historic Preservation Efforts Heads To The Governor’s Desk

on February 15, 2018 - 1:02am
House Democrats News:
SANTA FE Monday, a bill to allow the New Mexico State Library and the state Historic Preservation Division to fundraise for the support of their programs and services passed the Senate Floor unanimously.
House Bill 117 is sponsored by Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), and would authorize the two organizations to seek non-state funds.
“This would provide opportunity for our libraries to find support from the community.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on February 15, 2018 - 1:00am