In Honor of Today’s Transit of Venus…

Bananarama from the 80s: VenusDon't forget to vote today. Join the Los Alamos Daily Post this evening for up to the minute election results and live (well, nearly live) candidate and news-maker interviews from the Los Alamos County Justice Center.

View the Transit of Venus starting at 4:30 p.m. from the Bradbury Museum, UNM-Los Alamos and PEEC. 

Special protective sunglasses may be purchased to view the Sun from Otowi Station Bookstore and PEEC. 

Missing today's event means waiting 100 plus years for the next one … that's a long wait.

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Today is Primary Election Day – There is No Wrong Place to VOTE

Today, June 5 is Primary Election Day and Voter Convenience Centers (polling locations), are set up across Los Alamos County and available to all registered voters regardless of precinct.

Voter Convenience Centers are designed to give voters more flexibility on Election Day since they are not constrained to a specific polling location.

Voter Convenience Centers are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at: 

  • Los Alamos Community Building, 475 20th St.
  • White Rock Fire Station #3, 129 N.M. 4
  • Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr. (Kelly Hall)

Below is a listing of candidates as shown

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DPU Explains Brief Power Outages

DPU News:

A burned jumper at West Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive caused a power outage at 4:15 p.m. Monday for about 100 customers in the Western area, according to officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities. 

Elsewhere on the circuit, recloser activity caused momentary power blinks, which were reported from customers at the Ski Hill, Mesa Public Library and other sites.

Power was restored at 5 p.m. to those areas

At 4 a.m. today, an underground line fault caused a power outage on Cheryl and Connie streets in White Rock, affecting about 40 people.

Power was restored by 7 a.m.

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Craig Martin Experience Jazzes Up Mission Fundraiser

Even the youngest set grooves on good jazz. Gloria Marksteiner watches her dad, Quinn Marksteiner, left, of the Craig Martin Experience, take a solo during a jazz concert Saturday night at White Rock Baptist Church. Carl Hagelberg, center, and Craig Martin perform along with, not in photo: John Frary, Rob Heineman and Mike Rogers. The event was a fundraiser for the Church’s mission work with the Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyon area in Mexico. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost
John Frary on the drums. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost
Rob Heineman on bass. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost

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County Economic Vitality Administrator Speaking at Lunch with a Leader

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters will have Greg Fisher, Los Alamos’ Economic Vitality Administrator as their speaker for Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m., Thursday June 14.

The luncheon is at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. (small building across from the back of the high school).

Food will be provided by Ruby K’s. When you RSVP, you will be able to order the sandwich or salad you would like to have. Chips, pickles, and cookies will accompany the meal and water will be provided. The cost is $12, which includes tax and gratuity.

Fisher has worked in numerous

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Ryan Finn Quartet Performs at Coffee Booth

Ryan Finn on trombone during Friday night’s concert at the Coffee Booth. Finn is a native of Los Alamos and has returned after spending seven years living in the Caribbean. The Ryan Finn Quartet is an infusing of jazz standards with a calypso twist, or infusing calypso with american jazz depending upon what the original tube was. It made for a very interesting evening of Jazz in Los Alamos. These musicians are good and have a new take on America’s original music. Photo by TK Thompson/
Andy Zadrozny plays the “baby bass.” Photo by TK Thompson/

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DEA Administrator Receives Rare Honor

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart became one of the first foreign officials in history to receive Mexico’s Merit of Honor from President Felipe Calderon for her leadership and commitment in supporting the Mexican Federal Police (SSP) in combating organized crime.

The ceremony took place June 2 in Iztapalapa, Mexico.

SSP holds this event every year to recognize Federal Police sacrifices and achievements as well as new capabilities of this rapidly transforming institution. President Calderón and the First Lady were in attendance, as well as cabinet members, military leaders,

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County Council to Review EEOC Ruling in Closed Session


County Council Chair Sharon Stover said that Council will review in closed session June 12, last week’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruling regarding former Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan’s charges against Los Alamos County.

The EEOC found the County guilty of sex discrimination as well as retaliation against Stepan.

Stepan filed a grievance against former County Administrator Tony Mortillaro. She was fired Jan. 3, 2011. 

Attorney Sam Bregman spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post about the EEOC ruling in his client’s favor.

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Fuselier Shares Stories From Afghanistan

Students at a school in Afghanistan. Photo by Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti

Letter from Afghanistan by Bob Fuselier

The following story of my trip to Afghanistan is one of many to follow. For the security of those we leave in Kabul, names of places and people will often be avoided.

Even now, as I prepare to return to the U.S., my mind is still taking in Afghanistan.

The Afghan people and their code of hospitality have allowed my colleague, Blake Batten and I to feel welcomed and at home.

I still remain alert on ventures beyond the multi-layered security of our hotel, but the hypervigilance that followed

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Local Dancers Rank Well at Ireland Competition

Los Alamos dancers Maria Jones and Natalie Smith both placed at the CRN World Open Championships in Wexford, Ireland last weekend.

Facing extremely tough competition from some of the world’s best Irish dancers, Maria placed 7th in the under-16 age group and Natalie placed 8th in the under-18 age group.

Santa Fe dancer Shannon Kossmann placed 9th in her age group. Maria’s dress (at right) was made by Los Alamos dance mom Carolyn Bossert.

The girls dance with Belisma Irish Dance, under the direction of Adrienne Bellis.

For information on the group, go to

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June 4-8 is National CPR/AED Awareness Week

Lee Bussolini, RN demonstrating CPR training at a presentation for CPR/AED Awareness Week in 2009. Courtesy photo
As part of National CPR/AED Awareness Week, Leeanne Sanchez and Melanie Chapman will present the latest information related to learning to use CPR and an AED.
Sanchez is a longtime trainer with the American Red Cross and Chapman is the Wellness Director at the Family YMCA.
This informative review of what people need to know in order to assist someone experiencing Sudden Cardiac Arrest or other heart-related

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Upcoming County Meetings & Events

JUNE 2012 Meetings:
  • 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 6 – PLACE follow up public meeting on results of their March visit, UNM LA Lecture Hall
  • 9 a.m., Saturday, June 9 – Los Pueblos Park Improvements (dog park), at the park
  • 6 p.m., Monday, June 11 – White Rock MP Implementation Committee, WR Town Hall
  • 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20 – Airport Master Plan – Public Mtg #1, Council Chambers
  • 9:30-11 a.m., Thursday, June 21 – Councilors at Farmer’s Market
  • 5:15 p.m, Thursday, June 21 – CIP Business Mtg, Council Chambers
  • 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 21 – Environmental

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Blue Window Celebrates Second Anniversary

Ryan Finn of the Ryan Finn Jazz Trio. Courtesy photo
The Blue Window Bistro celebrates a second anniversary under the ownership of Melissa Paternoster this summer.
The past two years have seen new events as well as increased catering service and new menu items.

The restaurant will host a Jazz Night featuring the Ryan Finn Jazz Trio from 7-9 p.m., Saturday June 23.
Tickets are $15 per person and dinner reservations are required.
Finn recently moved back to Northern New Mexico after seven years teaching and performing music on the island nation

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PLACE to Report Back to Community


Imagine a place in our downtown designed to address housing and other needs of our early career “idea people” … scientists, technologists, artists and innovators of all type … and entrepreneurs.

What would it look like? Where might be a good location? What related amenities would benefit both the residents and the larger community?

The Los Alamos Creative District Steering Committee facilitated by Los Alamos MainStreet has been putting thought and effort into these and other questions.

An early outcome from this work was a visit to Los Alamos in March

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Bear Springs Fire Update

The Bear Springs Fire’s approximate location is 23 miles South West of White Rock.. 

The fire size is 182 acres. Total personnel are now 160. The fire is burning in mixed conifer and ponderosa pine.

From the Incident Information System:

The Bear Springs Fire started at 6:36 p.m. Sunday, June 3 on the Jemez Ranger District, Jemez.

Cause of the fire is lightning in an area of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer.

There are multiple ground and air resources en route and crews the on scene. A Type 3 Incident Management Team has been ordered and will assume management of the fire from the District

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Cowboy Breakfast Includes Serenades

Sunday’s Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge Cowboy Breakfast included serenades by organizer Carey Grzadzinski. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Carey Grzadzinski sings a cowboy song to entertain diners during the monthly pancake breakfast at the Posse Lodge Sunday. Proceeds from the breakfast go into the facility’s maintenance fund. The next breakfast is set for 7-11 a.m. the first Sunday in July. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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Summerfest Kicks Off Pajarito Mountain’s Summer Season


Nearly perfect weather along with the music of the Blue Hornets helped make Pajarito Mountain Summerfest 2012 a huge success Saturday. The event included beers from 15 New Mexico microbrewers, a meadery and a nano distiller, as well as a microbrewer from Colorado. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Throngs of partygoers took advantage of the free Atomic City shuttles departing every 30 minutes from Sullivan Field to the Pajarito Mountain Summerfest 2012 event Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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CDC Reports there is NO Zombie Apocalypse

By Greg Kendall

CDC promotional image.

Is a Zombie Apocalypse sweeping the nation?

After a string of grizzly incidents of crazed flesh eating struck the United States, the CDC has let it be known that it “does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms),”  David Daigle as spokesman for the CDC, gave this message to The Huffington Post on Friday.

The CDC, trying to capitalize on the Zombie Apocalypse frenzy brought on by TV shows such as The Walking Dead and other zombie themed movies, has released promotional materials on how

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Lightning Blamed for Local Power Outage Today

Early reports indicate a burnt jumper on Trinity Drive and Diamond Drive due to lightning is believed to be the cause of a partial power outage today.

Portions of Western Area, Ski Hill and radio towers were partially without power for about 30 minutes late this afternoon. Power surged on and off multiple times South of Ashley Pond near Downtown Los Alamos.

Department of Public Utilities electric linemen completed repair work and report that power was fully restored 15 minutes ago.


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