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Fire Stations Compete in New Green Team Energy Challenge

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s employee-based “Green Team” has launched a competition between Fire Stations 3, 4 and 6 to challenge them to reduce their electricity and natural gas usage for the next six months — from August through January 2013.

Green Team members launched the competition earlier this month after meeting with firefighters and brainstorming ways that they could save energy.

Ideas included such simple steps as turning off lights when leaving a room or better managing AC/heating usage.

“There was definitely some enthusiasm and competiveness that came Read More

Help Firefighters Give MD the Boot!

Los Alamos Fire Department is collecting donations today at the Smith’s in Los Alamos for the fight against Muscular Dystrophy. 

From left, Keith Garcia, Bert Quintana, Matt Cionek, Robert Ortega and Ed Hunter. Photo by Karen Kendall/ladailypost.com

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County Line Highlights Dedication & Groundbreaking

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News

Council Meeting on Tuesday

What’s on the agenda? A discussion about management options for the new Creative District is likely to be the main discussion when the meeting begins in Chambers at 7 p.m. – streamed live on our Council webpage and broadcast on PAC-8 television, too! Download the agenda here: http://www.losalamosnm.us/gov/council/Pages/default.aspx

Art Dedication at the Justice Center on Wednesday

Have you seen it yet? The “Scale of Justice” will be formally dedicated by the Arts in Public Places Board at 3 p.m. in front of the Read More

Smith’s Annual Chile Roasting Operation is Underway

Smith’s Food and Drug Center employee Avi spent Friday running the two chile roasters outside the Central Avenue store. Smith’s annual roasting operation kicked off Thursday. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Avi loads the roaster with fresh green chile. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Avi bags roasted chile. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com Read More

Galey Bland Launches New Skincare Business

Galey Bland, center, is an independent consultant for a line of dermatology-based skincare products called Rodan & Fields Dermatologists. She cut the ribbon for her new business recently at the Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Bland at galeyj@msn.com. Photo by Katy Korkos/Chamber Read More

Local Organizations and Businesses Partner to Help Students

 

Local organizations and businesses join together to help students. First row from left, Joyce Nickols (Self Help, Inc.), Ellen Ben-Naim (Otowi Station Bookstore) and Alison Walters (Rotary.) Second row from left, Rick Garland (Masonic Temple), Judy Goldie (Rotary) and Jane Phillips (Rotary.) Third row from left, Lewis Muir (Rotary), Mary Burns (Rotary), Linda Anderson (Rotary) Steve Ciddio (Rotary) and Linda Hull (Rotary.) Not pictured: Brian Newnam (Rotary) and a representative of REMAX of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
SELF HELP News:
The Self Help, Inc. sponsored “Tools
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Los Alamos Police Douse Local Firefighters!

With a final score of 13-11, Los Alamos Police officers reined victorious today over Los Alamos Firefighters in a baseball game played at Overlook Park. The game was a continuation of a Fourth of July matchup that ended abruptly when a fire broke out at the New Beginnings Church on East Road. Fire Chief Troy Hughes, far left, and Police Chief Wayne Torpy, third from left, congratulate the players for giving it their best effort. Photo by Kateri Morris

Police Lt. Jason Wardlow Herrera smacks a fly ball as Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider holds his catchers mitt and watches the ball sail away. Photo by Read More

County Settles Stepan Case

Photo: Diana Stepan

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos County has settled the sex discrimination case brought by former Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan.

The County issued the following statement today regarding the settlement: “Los Alamos County and former employee Diana Stepan reached a settlement agreement on Aug. 1, 2012. The settlement addresses a claim that Stepan had filed last year against the County and former Acting County Administrator Randy Autio after her termination of employment. The County was represented in the settlement by the New Mexico Self-Insurer’s Read More

BREAKING NEWS: Ken Johnson Withdraws from Council Race

Ken Johnson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Democratic candidate Ken Johnson officially withdrew his name from the Los Alamos County Council race, filing his paperwork with the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office late this morning.

Johnson shared with the Los Alamos Daily Post his reasons for leaving the race.

“A confluence of events in recent months has made it highly likely that I will be moving away from Los Alamos in the fairly near future,” Johnson said. “Consequently, if elected to the council, I would be unable to complete my term. As Read More

Los Alamos Democratic Party Opens 2012 Headquarters

The newly leased headquarters of the Los Alamos County Democratic Party in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

UPDATE: The Democratic Headquarters will open to the public with regular hours begining Saturday, Aug. 25.

The Los Alamos County Democratic Party inked a deal this afternoon to lease a space in Central Park Square for its 2012 campaign headquarters.

“We are very excited to have a central location where we can conduct the party’s business,” Chair Michael Wheeler said.

The 2,700-square-foot space at 140 Central Park Square is comprised of a large open area, 5 individual Read More

Advancing Lives: Our Journey to Excellence

Los Alamos Board of Education President Kevin Honnell welcomes staff back to school Monday. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos School Board President Kevin Honnell welcomed the staff back to school Monday morning, Aug. 13. The annual event includes a “Back to School” breakfast for staff and opening remarks from Superintendent Gene Schmidt.

In his remarks, Honnell praised staff for the high quality and important work that they do.

“Los Alamos is a recognized leader in education,” he said.

“What makes a school excellent?” Honnell asked before answering his own question, “iPads, Smartboards, Read More

Steve Wells Details Elements of Business Success

Andy Andrews, left, president of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network, introduces LANB President Steve Wells who gave a presentation to community members and entrepreneurs gathered at The Hive Thursday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos National Bank President Steve Wells isn’t an entrepreneur but he knows quite a few. In fact, thousands of people with business ideas have sat across the desk from Wells over the last 35 years.

“I’ve seen some of those ideas turn people into millionaires and I’ve seen people go broke,” Read More

New Mexico Dead Last in Internet Availability

Staff report

In an age where being connected and having access to information is critical to economic success, U.S. Census figures show that New Mexico is dead last when it comes to households having access to the Internet. 

The Census Bureau survey shows that only 64.1 percent of New Mexico households had high-speed internet access in 2010.

The average rate nationwide for Internet access is 71 percent. 

New Hampshire is number one with a rate of 86.2 percent. 

Even Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Louisiana have higher access rates than New Mexico.

Following New Hampshire, Read More

Seeing and Observing Part 2: A Tale of Two Mesas

PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Column by Robert Dryja

Many of us have seen the impact of two forest fires on the Jemez Mountains.

The mountains west of Los Alamos form the rim of the Valles Caldera. 

These mountains have had two forest fires, the Cerro Grande and Las Conchas, pass through them in the past 12 years. 

The general impression given by many news organizations is that total and permanent destruction has occurred.

Indeed, half of the grassland of the Valle Grande was burnt and blackened last year. However, there is little mention that the grasses have grown again in spite of drought Read More

White Rock’s Art Market Seeks Exhibitors

CREATIVE DISTRICT News:

The Los Alamos Creative District on Sunday, Aug 26 will hold its second Art Market. 

The location is the outdoor space in front of The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

The market will run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free to the public.  

The Los Alamos Creative District is looking for artists/artisans to join in and sell at the market. 

Owner and jewelry designer Kathy Kjeresen of Kathy’s Natural Designs participated in the first Artisan’s Market. The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce as a way to provide local and regional Read More

ChemCam Laser Sets Sights on First Martian Target

Image of calibration target on the back of the Mars Science Laboratory mission Curiosity rover taken by the rover’s ChemCam instrument. Courtesy NASA/JPL

LANL News:

  • Rock zapper ready after beaming back images of calibration targets

Members of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover ChemCam team have received the first photos from the instrument’s remote micro imager. The successful capture of ChemCam’s first 10 photos sets the stage for the first test bursts of the instrument’s rock-zapping laser in the near future.

“The successful delivery of these photos means we can begin Read More

Alan Bishop Selected to Lead LANL Science, Technology & Engineering Directorate

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan announced today that after a yearlong, nationwide search, Alan Bishop has been selected to be the Laboratory’s next Principal Associate Director for Science, Technology, and Engineering (PADSTE.)

Bishop has been acting in that role since Aug. 29, 2011.

Over the course of a distinguished 30-year career as a research scientist and leader, Bishop has more than 700 publications in archival journals and has served as a guest scientist, guest scholar and visiting professor.

He has received Distinguished Fellow awards from Read More

LAMS Construction Completed in Time for School

Dave Wharram of Gerald Martin briefs the Board of Education on the status of the Los Alamos Middle School construction project during Tuesday’s meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey

By Kirsten Laskey

Despite a two-week delay in the construction project, Los Alamos Middle School was ready to greet students for the 2012-2013 school year Wednesday.

Dave Wharram of Gerald Martin, which serves as the owner representative for the project, reported the good news to Los Alamos School Board members during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

“McCarthy, the contractor in charge of the project, Read More

Don Taylor Helps Animal Adoption Effort

UPDATE – Domino has been adopted!
 
Domino is an orphan. Photo by Don Taylor
 
FRIENDS OF THE SHELTER News:
 
Don Taylor of Don Taylor’s Photography is working with the Friends of the Shelter in donating his time and talent to photograph some of the shelter’s adoptable animals.
 
Taylor’s recent subject, Domino, is a German Shorthaired Pointer and Boxer mix.
 
While Domino has secured temporary quarters at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, he has high hopes of finding a permanent home.
 
Sylvia Hush of the Friends of the Shelter knows Domino
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Public Invited to Join PEEC’s Fire Recovery Walk

Flood damage on the trail to Upper Crossing just beyond Ponderosa Campground due to severe burns above. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

For the first program of its Fire Recovery Series, PEEC will offer an exploratory hike from Ponderosa Campground starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

The hike will be led by Terry Foxx and Chris Judson, and will be non-strenuous. 

It is free and open to the public, with no registration required.

This slow meandering walk will focus on observation and discovery of the complexity of the ecosystems of the Pajarito Plateau, and the change that these ecosystems Read More

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