DA’s Office Drops Charges Against Michael Calhoun


The District Attorney’s Office has dropped all charges against Michael Calhoun of Los Alamos for lack of evidence.

Los Alamos police filed charges Feb. 8 against Calhoun, 46, of negligent use of explosives and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The case was dismissed without prejudice March 18, which is a dismissal that allows for re-filing of the case in the future.

The Children’s Court dropped the charge of negligent use of explosives filed by Los Alamos police Feb. 8 against a 14-year-old Los Alamos boy, citing lack of evidence. Read More

Wells Fargo Closing Los Alamos Branch July 15

Wells Fargo will close its Los Alamos branch office inside Smith’s at 535 Central Ave., effective July 15
All employees and Los Alamos accounts will move to Wells Fargo’s Pojoaque branch, said Celeste, a banker at the branch office during a telephone call this morning.
She said there will be a full service ATM at the new Smith’s store opening on Trinity Drive in July and invited customers with questions to stop by Smiths at 535 Central Ave., or call 505.662.1655.
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DALA Presents ‘Neverland’ May 16-18

DALA Director Jonathan Guise. Photo by Rhiana Guise


Dance Arts Los Alamos will present “Neverland” May 16-18 at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

Dance Arts Los Alamos Director Jonathan Guise has written a one act ballet based on the novel “Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie. Guise became the new director of DALA this year.

“I began dancing professionally when I was 18 year old upon graduating from the Harid Conservatory, an accredited dance arts school located in Boca Raton Fla.,” Guise said. He has danced professionally with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Boston Read More

North Mesa Vibram Birdie Bash May 17


The North Mesa Vibram Birdie Bash is set for May 17 at the North Mesa Picnic Grounds in Los Alamos. Come one, come all … We are bringing Disc Golf fun to Los Alamos.

Join us in the first ever North Mesa Vibram Birdie Bash. This is a fun-based tournament intended for all ages. You get the discs you need to play just by registering and the $30 entry includes a sweet player pack.

There will be male and female divisions. Everyone has a chance to win.

Event sponsored by LOS ALAMOS DISC GOLF.

Checkin Time: 8 a.m.

Player’s Meeting: 9:30 a.m.

Average Hole Length: Less than 250 ft.

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Hilltopper Baseball & Softball Games Set for Weekend


The Hilltopper games are set for this weekend for baseball and softball. Softball got the 12th seed and will play 5th seed Valencia. Topper girls 5th seed will travel to Valencia to play at 6 p.m. Friday.

Baseball received the 7th seed and will play 10th seed Centennial.

Friday’s game will begin at 5 p.m. and then at 11 a.m. Saturday and if a third game is needed, that game will be at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Games will be played at Bomber Field. Read More

Hilltop Garden Becomes a Reality!

Hilltop Garden volunteers create a community educational garden at PEEC. Photo by Greg Kendall


A community education garden has been created outside of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at 3540 Orange St., just north of Los Alamos High School. Community members are welcome to come to help in planting 5:30-7:30 p.m., May 19 as the Garden is an opportunity for everyone in the community to participate in learning how to grow and care for plants.  

The Los Alamos Family Y is the sponsor of the garden that PEEC is hosting this year. Next year the garden will move Read More

Animals Receiving Care at Wildlife Center Pose at Weekend Open House

Peregrine falcon is one of several wildlife receiving care at the Wildlife Center in Espanola. Several birds posed for photos during the Wildlife Center’s Weekend Open House event. Photo by Jim O’Donnell
Owl with an injured wing receiving care at the Wildlife Center. Photo by Jim O’Donnell
Turkey Vulture. Photo by Jim O’Donnell
Volunteer holds an owl residing at the Wildlife Center. Photo by Jim O’Donnell
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Los Alamos Students Show Artwork at Fuller Lodge

Pinon kindergartener Ariela Rittner shows off her artwork. Photo by Pinon art teacher Stephanie Rittner.
Chamisa Elementary School artwork. Photo by Pinon art teacher Stephanie Rittner

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School art teachers show work from their programs each year in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge during the Spring Arts and Crafts Fair.

The teachers choose work that represents their programs well, Pinon art teacher Stephanie Rittner said.

The art teachers include:

  • Pinon Elementary: Stephanie Rittner
  • Chamisa Elementary: Renee Mitsunaga
  • Aspen Elementary: Britt
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Community Presentation on GATE Program Thursday

Book cover for ‘Beyond Gifted Education.’ Scott Peters is a co-author. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School District will host a special community presentation for all interested parents and community members 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at the Los Alamos Middle School Gymnasium. 

At this event, Dr. Scott Peters will provide a presentation tailored for the district, following a day of consultation with the district GATE Advisory Committee and visits to district GATE programs. 

Peters will work with the committee to analyze district data as it relates Read More

Runners Took on Hilly Course at Caldera Run Saturday

Half Marathoners take off for the 8th Annual Caldera Run Saturday. Photo by Heather Hughes
Tad Hughes finishes the Half Marathon. Photo by Heather Hughes


The 8th Annual Caldera Runs took place Saturday. More than 300 runners tackled the challenging, hilly terrain in a Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K.

To read the race results published Monday, click here. Read More

2013-2014 Topper Band Year End Banquet

Hilltopper Band Booster Karen Mehlin cheers for the LAHS Marching Band at the Zia Band Fiesta at University Stadium. Courtesy/LAHS


Calling all members of the Topper Bands – concert, marching and Color Guard) – and their families for the 2013-2014 school year … It’s time to celebrate the year and have some fun at the Annual Banquet Wednesday, May 14.

The celebration begins at 6 p.m. at Cross Roads Bible Church with a pot luck dinner followed at 7 p.m. by the program.

For more details or questions, contact Karen Mehlin at 505.672.2866.

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Hilltopper’s LA Slam Boys Are 14U Champs!

The Hilltopper’s LA Slam boys 14U basketball team won the first annual Jaguar Jam LA Slam 47 NM Heat 39 score championship game last weekend in Santa Fe. Front row from left, Brandan Duran, Cid Rice, Ramon Roybal and Kirk Peterson. Back row from left, Preston Brown, Andreas Runde, Sean Rau, Jack Stewart, Ivan Balakirev, Troy Hammock and Michael Naranjo. Hilltopper Basketball Academy (HBA) is a nonprofit organization that sponsors LA Slam teams of various age groups for boys and girls. Courtesy photo Read More

Councilor David Izraelevitz Shares County Government Experience With Students at UNM-Los Alamos

American Politics instructor Mike Wismer, right, introduces guest speaker County Councilor David Izraelevitz Monday evening to his students at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Councilor David Izraelevitz describes the hierarchy of County government to students Monday evening at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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Councilor David Izraelevitz presented a talk on County government to instructor Mike Wismer’s American Politics class Monday evening at UNM-Los Alamos. Izraelevitz explained that
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Food on the Hill: Pork and Fried Noodles

This Week’s Recipe: Pork and Fried Noodles
12 oz. wide egg noodles, cooked and drained
2 lbs. of country pork ribs, cut into about 2 inch pieces (take the large amounts of fat off)
½ cup butter
½ cup olive oil
One onion sliced thin in quarters
¼ cup butter
  • Granulated garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Cajun spices (no salt)
  • Blackened spice
  • Paprika
In a small bowl mix together the spices. Coat each side of the pork with the seasonings and set aside.
Photo by Sue York/
 In a non-stick fry pan,
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‘Great Conversations’ and Gourmet Fare Shared at LAPS Foundation Fundraiser

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation ‘Great Conversations’ fundraiser resulted in some interesting discussions and raised funds for the organizaation at Los Alamos High School Sunday. Twelve experts in various subjects hosted tables at the event. LANL Community Programs Director Kurt Steinhaus explored education and the teachable moment with his table. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Ron Barber (facing the camera) tells his table about ancient astronomical knowledge revealed by petroglyphs. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
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Deadline to Name Wine Bar & Provide Input is May 11

The home of a new wine bar opening this summer at 145 Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report
Three New Mexico wineries are joining together to open a tasting room wine bar at 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos. They are seeking citizen reaction and input for the wine room:
The owners also would like the public to help name the new wine room by taking a survey through May 11 in the Los Alamos Daily Post by clicking here.
Suggested names include:
  • Mingle
  • Uncorked
  • The Wine Room of Los Alamos
  • Wine Theorem
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Volunteers Needed For Construction of Two Habitat for Humanity Homes

HFH News:

Two homes are under construction within the Camino Habitat Subdivision a quarter-mile south of Espanola on Los Alamos Highway/State Road 30.

There is a large Habitat sign at the entrance to Camino Habitat. The public is invited to volunteer on any of the following Saturdays:

  • May 10;
  • May 24;
  • June 7; and
  • June 24.

Work starts at 9 a.m. and finishes about 3:30 p.m.    

Dress appropriately for the weather, bring a water bottle if possible and snacks if desired, lunch is provided. Bathrooms and a refrigerator are on site.

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Outdoor Farmers Market Back in Full Swing Thursdays

Scenes from the first outdoor Los Alamos Farmers Market of the season May 1. The next Farmers Market is Thursday morning in the parking lot next to Mesa Public Library. Photo by Chris Clark/

Flowers and plants are plentiful at Thursday’s Farmers Market. Photo by Chris Clark/

A variety of baskets are available at Thursday’s Farmers Market. Photo by Chris Clark/ Read More

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo 2013 with a parade in Puebla, southeast of Mexico City. Courtesy/

Staff Report

Cinco de Mayo(Spanish for Fifth of May), also known as the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, national holiday in Mexico in honor of a military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon III.

When in 1861, Mexico declared a temporary moratorium on the repayment of foreign debts, English, Spanish and French troops invaded the country. By April 1862, the English and Spanish had withdrawn, but the French, with the support of wealthy landowners, remained Read More

Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah Celebrates Israeli Independence Day

The Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah gathered to celebrate Israli Independence Day at its annual dinner Sunday at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
Outgoing Chapter President Carmen Rodriquez presents a rose to Incoming President Delaney Rieke. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
Chapter member Andrea Kron speaks on her experiences working with young Israeli immigrants at a Youth Aliyah Village in Israel. Kron spent a year teaching English to the students. Hadassah helps to support Youth Aliyah programs. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
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