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Letter to the Editor: Why doesn’t LANL patch its potholes?

Dear Editor,

I’m wondering why Los Alamos National Laboratory lets West Road, near the Ice Rink, get so full of potholes?

There are now several in the eastbound lane that I go into the other lane to avoid.

In the past when I’ve called Los Alamos County to report the potholes, I discovered that this is a section of West Road that is the responsibility of the Lab to maintain.

Locating the responsible person at the Lab is always an “interesting” (time-consuming) process.

I can’t understand why the Lab doesn’t do routine checks of West Road to assess the potholes


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College-Educated Officers Comprise Majority at Los Alamos Police Department

The Los Alamos Police Department set up a static display of its vehicles and equipment for inspection by the state accreditation assessment team in 2010, at which time its administration, operations, personnel and training procedures passed compliance with state standards. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The standards required to join the ranks of the Los Alamos County Police Department are stringent when measured against police departments around the country.

“We have such high expectations of our people that applicants who would have been hired elsewhere are not hired


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New Feature – Craigslist in Marketplace

Trying to sell a piece of furniture you no longer use? Trying to find your daughter a good used mountain bike?

The Los Alamos Daily Post now provides a link to Craigslist (and Freecycle – more below).

Craigslist is the leader in FREE online classifieds. We at the Los Alamos Daily Post have had much luck selling our used items on Craiglist in the past.

Our Craigslist link will take you to items that specify their location as “Los Alamos.” Items for sale in Los Alamos will be displayed.

When you post a classified item to Craigslist, be sure to enter “Los Alamos” in the location


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County Invites Public to View Election Results

COUNTY News:
The Los Alamos County Clerk will post results of Tuesday’s Primary Election after the polls close at 7 p.m. as they become available.
 
The results will be posted from 7-9 p.m. inside the lobby of the Justice Center.
 
Members of the public are welcome to stop by and review the results.
 

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Letter to the Editor: Why do a few individuals so distrust the citizens of Los Alamos?

Why is a small special interest group afraid of the voters?

The Charter Review Committee in good faith made its best recommendations to the Los Alamos County Council for improvements to the Charter. 

These were intended to clarify, remove ambiguities and to rationalize the processes that had slowly become obsolete over the years. 

Council agreed that the separate recommendations had sufficient merit to warrant sending to the voters for their approval or disapproval.

A small group of people in an organization called LAGRI does not want to let the citizens vote on the CRC recommendations. 


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Alexander M. Kirkland Receives National Honor

THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS News:

A New Mexico Military Institute student is recognized for superior academic achievement by the National Society of High School Scholars.

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced that New Mexico Military Institute student Alexander M. Kirkland from Los Alamos has been selected for membership.

The Society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved academic excellence.

The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established


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Hearing Forces NM Secretary of State to Obey Law

By Cynthia B. Hall, Candidate for PRC

Chief Judge Barbara Vigil of the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico will hear arguments at 4 p.m. today (May 31) from publicly-funded PRC Candidate Cynthia B. Hall and others concerning whether New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran should release matching funds as required by state law. 

Hall hopes for a decision today on the Temporary Restraining Order and Amended Petition for Writ of Mandamus she filed over the last week. 

This hearing has the potential to remedy the damage the Secretary of State has done to Hall and other publicly-financed


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Committee Favors Naming Trail After Satch Cowan

Courtesy/LAC

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:
Los Alamos County held a public hearing Tuesday evening regarding a recent citizen petition to name or rename a trail in the Quemazon Trail Complex in the Western Area after deceased local resident and hiking enthusiast Helen “Satch” Cowan.
After hearing public comments, the Committee discussed the request and asked several questions of the petitioners, as well as to County Open Space Specialist Craig Martin, before unanimously voting 6-0 in favor of naming a new trail the “Satch Cowan Trail.”
The Committee emphasized

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Free Shuttle Service Transports Visitors to Bandelier

Benches and canopies have been installed in a parking area on Rover Boulevard near N.M. 4 in White Rock for visitors to park their vehicles and wait in the shade for Atomic City Transit to transport them to Bandelier this summer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

BANDELIER News:

A free shuttle service operated by Atomic City Transit is the only way in which visitors will have access to Bandelier National Monument this summer through November, Park Superintendent Jason Lott said.

Visitors should park in the designated lot at the intersection of N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard in White Rock.

The


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Los Alamos Daily Post Launches ‘Social’ Page

Check out the new “Social” page on the Los Alamos Daily Post!

We are now showing the Post’s Tweeter and Facebook feeds. On the Post’s Tweeter feed you will find retweeted stories that are of interest to Los Alamos.

Retweets are small story blurbs from around Los Alamos, the state of New Mexico and beyond. 

The staff of the Los Alamos Daily Post selects only stories to “retweet” that are likely to be of interest to past and present Los Alamos citizens.

You can click on the links within the retweets to view the full external stories that are described.

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Clark & Kendall’s – Weekend Preview – May 31, 2012

The Los Alamos Daily Post's events calendar webcast, "Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview." Carol A. Clark and Greg Kendall co-host this weekly program, which previews each upcoming weekend's events scheduled for Los Alamos, White Rock and beyond.

To compile the list of events, the Los Alamos Daily Post checks the event calendars found in the right hand sidebar and we sample the posters on the front window at Aspen Copies. We cover events that are of interest to the general public.

Here is our raw calendar information:

Friday, June 1st Bluegrass at Ashley Pond –


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New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program Recognized by U.S. Department of Commerce

LANL News:

The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program, a collaboration of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Sandia National Laboratories and the state of New Mexico, received the 2012 Manufacturing Advocate of the Year award from the Manufacturing Extension Partnership under the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The award was presented this month at the 2012 Manufacturing Innovation conference in Orlando, Fla., for “commitment to the business growth and transformation of U.S.–based manufacturing through work in the manufacturing sector.”

The NMSBA was specifically


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Early Voting Ends Saturday!

2012 Primary Election Information:

Los Alamos County Bureau of Elections is reminding registered voters that Early Voting will end on Saturday.

Until then, votes can be cast from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Saturday, June 2 at the Los Alamos Community Building, 475 20th St. or White Rock Fire Station #3, 129 N.M. 4.

Absentee Voting In Person will also end on Saturday.

Until then, votes can be cast from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday, June 1 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday June 2 at the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office, 2451 Central Ave., Suite D.

For more information, visit http://www.losalamosnm.us/clerk/Pages/Elections.aspx


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Quantum Computers Will Be Able to Simulate Particle Collisions

NIST News:

Stephen Jordan. Courtesy/NIST

Quantum computers are still years away, but a trio of theorists has already figured out at least one talent they may have.

According to the theorists, including one from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), physicists might one day use quantum computers to study the inner workings of the universe in ways that are far beyond the reach of even the most powerful conventional supercomputers.

Quantum computers require technology that may not be perfected for decades, but they hold great promise for solving complex problems.

The switches


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LANL Scientist Selected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Jaqueline Kiplinger of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Materials Chemistry group has been selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC.)

The Royal Society of Chemistry is Europe’s largest professional and academic society for chemistry and traces its roots to the Chemical Society of London, established in 1841.

Fellowship is awarded to nominees who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the advancement or application of chemical science or who have demonstrated excellence in the chemical science profession.

Research achievements

Kiplinger is internationally


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New Mexico Receiving Nearly $1.6 Million for AmeriCorps Jobs

STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. announced Wednesday that New Mexico will receive nearly $1.6 million to support AmeriCorps projects across the state.
 
The AmeriCorps grant comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service and will fund more than 282 positions in areas such as education, health and wellness and youth service programs.
 
“AmeriCorps allows members to engage in meaningful public service that will make a lasting difference in New Mexico,” Udall said. “This funding will help AmeriCorps members gain valuable

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Los Alamos Man in Afghanistan Calls for Support

Photo by Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti

Editor’s note: Local veterinarian Bob Fuselier, is in Afghanistan representing the Afghan Sister Villages education project. The project includes Los Alamos High School students communicating by computer with students in an Afghan school. Fuselier is seeking support to build a school in a second village. Fuselier’s colleague, Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti says, “Education is the key to fight terrorism, the darkness of ignorance, to build bridges, to go forward hand in hand … without education it is difficult to build bridges,


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Summerfest and Pajarito Punishment at Pajarito Mountain this Weekend

Celebrate the start of the summer season at Pajarito Mountain Saturday June 2.

The New Mexico Brewers Festival is noon to 5 p.m., featuring 15 New Mexico microbrewers and live music 1-5 p.m. with the Blue Hornets.

Lifts will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for hiking and biking.

Atomic City Transit is providing free shuttles 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.running every 30 minutes from Sullivan Field at Los Alamos High School.

For more information on Summerfest, go to www.skipajarito.com

Pajarito Punishment Downhill Race is also this weekend on the mountain.

  • Saturday, June 2, Practice Day and Summerfest:
    • Registration:

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East Road/NM502 Gas Line Replacement and Reinforcement Begins this Week

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES News:

Gas line replacement and reinforcement work on East Road/NM502, from Tewa Loop to Airport Road, begins this week with most work confined to the shoulder of the roadway.

Drivers in the area are asked to use caution while this work is underway this summer.

In the coming weeks there will be greater traffic impacts as a lane closure will be required in order to safely execute the project.  
 
Notifications of such traffic impacts will be provided in advance.
 

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