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Elk’s Host Easter Community Egg Hunt

The Elk’s Club is hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond. The public is invited to participate and meet the Easter Bunny in person. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 22 to March 28, 2012

LAPD News:

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.

March 22 at 11:46 a.m. / A 43-year-old Santa Fe woman reported that she was the victim of battery at Los Alamos High School.

March 22 at 1:06 p.m. / Police responded to the unattended death of an 83-year-old Los Alamos man on 45th Street. The cause of death appears to be from natural causes.

March 23 at 12:17 p.m. / A 56-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of identity


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CDC Warns Public Against Easter Chicks

CDC News:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning the public to the dangers associated with giving baby chicks and ducklings as Easter gifts.

Because they are soft and cute, many people do not realize the potential danger baby chicks and ducklings can be to small children, says the CDC.

Young birds often carry harmful bacteria called Salmonella. And, each spring some children become infected with Salmonella after receiving a baby chick or duckling for Easter.

Harmful bacteria carried in the chick’s and duckling’s intestine contaminates their environment and the entire


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Overall, Three Mile Island Operated Safely in 2011

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Middletown, Penn., was the site of a March 28, 1979 power plant accident that brought about sweeping changes involving emergency response planning, reactor operator training, human factors engineering, radiation protection, and many other areas of nuclear power plant operations. Courtesy Photo

 

U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION News:

 

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will conduct an open house April 11 in Middletown, Penn., regarding the agency’s annual assessment of safety performance for the Three Mile Island 1 nuclear


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Chuck Tallman Presenting Talk on Portugal

Member Chuck Tallman will present details and show photographs from his recent trip to Portugal during this week’s Rotary Club meeting.

Club members are being asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Nambe’ Room upstairs in Fuller Lodge.

Hill Diner is catering the event.

The meeting schedule during the next two months is as follows:

  • April 10 Pajarito Room (main room)
  • April 17 Nambe’ Room
  • April 24 Nambe’ Room
  • May 1 Nambe’ Room
  • May 8 Pajarito Room
  • May 15 Pajarito Room
  • May 22 Pajarito Room
  • May 29 Pajarito Room

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‘Dixie Girl’ Restaurant Opening Downtown

Denise Lane to open Dixie Girl in May. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

In a few weeks time the space occupied by Central Avenue Grill, which closed Saturday night, will be transformed into a cool, urban edgy styled eatery called the Dixie Girl.

Local business leader Denise Lane began formulating the idea for her new restaurant three years ago and today assumes ownership of the property at 1801 Central Ave. Her goal is to open the Dixie Girl for lunch on Memorial Day, May 28.

She is required to wait 100 days before she can implement her liquor license so she’ll spend the time


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Muni Building Crane Sparkles in Saturday Night’s Sky

The 250-foot crane in operation during the day this week at the Municipal Building Complex construction site is strung with lights that give the neighborhood quite an evening sparkle. This shot was taken with a 20 second exposure, f7.1, ISO 220, Nikon D5000, from the north side of Iris Street midway between 9th and 15th streets. Photo by George Chandler

In this shot, the conjunction with Venus and Jupiter was just about more than an old physicist could stand. It was taken with a 30 second exposure at f7.1, ISO 280, Nikon D5000, from 9th Street just north of Central Avenue. Photo by George Chandler


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End of an Era: Central Avenue Grill Closes Down

Min Park, center, speaks with community members who turned out this evening at Central Avenue Grill for one last event before the restaurant, which is in bancruptcy, closes for good. Park and his wife Monica thanked people for their support over the years. Donations from tonight’s event went to the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Monica Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

PAC 8 Executive Director Jean Gindreau, left, and Michelle Donahue of CB FOX Kidz. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

County Councilor Michael


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Sierra Club Pajarito Group Hosts Regina Wheeler Talk

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Chief Executive Officer Regina Wheeler of Positive Energy Solar Electric Systems and Solar Advisor Karlis Viceps of Positive Energy will discuss economic, design and installation considerations for solar photovoltaic systems at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 in the Upstairs meeting rooms at Mesa Public Library.  

The Sierra Club Pajarito Group is hosting the talk.

Wheeler holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and has 20 years of experience in organizational leadership and optimizing operations.


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A Taste of Russia is Coming to Los Alamos

SAROV News:
 
St. Basil Cathedral, Moscow
 
A Taste of Russia benefit dinner sponsored by the Los Alamos – Sarov Sister City Initiative is set for later this week:
  • What: Enjoy dinner, a silent auction, youth performances and more
  • When: 6:30-9 p.m., Friday, April 27 
  • Where: La Vista Room at the Hilltop House Hotel
  • How Much: $50/Person; $400/Table – $25/Person (Tax Deductible)
  • Why: proceeds go toward the Youth Summer 2012 Trip to Sarov, Russia

Purchase tickets online at www.lasarov.org.


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$7 Million Available for Earthquake Research

USGS News:

Scientists interested in earthquake research will be pleased to hear that the U.S. Geological Survey is awarding up to $7 million in grants and cooperative agreements for earthquake research in 2013.

Applications are due May 17 and researchers can apply online at GRANTS.GOV under the funding opportunity number G12AS20013.

There are four National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) agencies that work in close coordination to improve the nation’s understanding of earthquake hazards and to mitigate their effects. The missions of the four agencies are complementary,


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U.S. Senate Confirms New Deputy Chief at DEA

Thomas Harrigan

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart hailed Senate confirmation of Special Agent Thomas Harrigan as DEA’s Deputy Administrator.

“I cannot think of a better, more qualified, or more honorable person to have at my side than Special Agent Tom Harrigan as we lead the Drug Enforcement Administration through the many challenges we will face and the many successes we will have in the coming years,” Leonhart said. “Tom demonstrated strong leadership and dedication in the field, and his strategic vision as Chief of Operations has been second to none. Special Agent Harrigan’s


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Spotlight on Los Alamos Medicine: Introducing Dr. Monica Snowden

Dr. Monica Snowden

By Carol A. Clark

Rheumatologist Monica Snowden officially opens her practice at 8 a.m. Monday at Los Alamos Medical Center.

Snowden specializes in a branch of internal medicine that focuses on joint, muscle and bone disorders.

“I went into rheumatology because it’s a field where you can foster great relationships with your patients on many levels,” Snowden said. “Thirty years ago there weren’t treatments but now the treatments are extraordinary and you can have these wonderful relationships with your patients for 30 and 40 years.”

Some of the most common conditions treated


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Appeals Court Upholds Constitutionality of Tax Lightning Law

County Assessor JoAnn Johnson with Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailpost.com

By Carol A. Clark

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of a state law that can result in sharply increased tax assessments for homes that change ownership – a practice known as “tax lightning.”

“This doesn’t affect us at all in Los Alamos because we have followed State Statute 73621.2 for the past 10 years,” said Los Alamos County Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez. “This surfaced in Bernalillo County on two properties because they applied tax differently.”


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Rachel Carson Visits Los Alamos for a Chautauqua on April 18

By Terry Foxx

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson will make a special visit to Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Wednesday April 18 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. 

This surprise appearance is in fact by Ann Beyke, who will be taking on Carson’s persona in a performance known as a Chautauqua. 

What’s so special about Carson’s view of the world?

Anyone who enjoyed a recent magical snowstorm that quickly dissolved into spring weather knows the charm of hearing the birds sing as new life emerges from fallow flowerbeds.

Can you image a spring without singing birds? Rachel Carson could. Carson’s cautionary


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Central Avenue Grill Owners to Host Farewell Event Saturday Night

Central Avenue Grill owners Min and Monica Park are hosting a community appreciation party from 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday to thank Los Alamos for its support as they prepare to shut down the restaurant at 1789 Central Ave.

One free drink and appetizers will be provided – a $5 donation is encouraged – all proceeds are to go to the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

 

 


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