Council Approves 8 CIP Projects

Editor’s Note: Updated with the Final CIP Schedule.

Deputy County Administrator Steve Lynne and Capital Projects & Facilities Director Anne Laurent count the votes from the seven Councilors as to how they ranked the CIP projects under consideration for funding this evening. Council has unanamously approved the $2,226,471 Ashley Pond Improvement Project, the $4 million Teen Center, the $4.3 million Nature Center, the $655,000 Eastern Area Sound Wall, the $500,000 Canyon Rim Trail, the $1.5 million Ice Rink Improvements Project and to retain $800,000 in a contingency fund. Read More

Public Invited to Meet State Senator Monday

County News:

Sen. Richard Martinez is holding an informal meet and greet session with the public at about 10:30 a.m., Monday at the Coffee Booth in Mari-Mac Shopping Center.

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover and Councilor David Izraelevitz are stopping by the restaurant to visit with Martinez as well.

Martinez is a Democrat representing Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties in the state legislature. He is running for re-election.

Born and raised in New Mexico, Martinez grew up in Guachupangue, a small farming community north of Santa Fe and Espanola.

His education includes Read More

Clark & Kendall’s – Weekend Preview – May 16, 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.

Things that didn't make the webcast: (Let us know if we missed something!):  Read More

Los Alamos Choral Society Performs Songs of Love and Romance at 3 p.m. Sunday

Los Alamos Choral Society Director Dr. Mary Badarak checks the music before the start of Tuesday’s rehearsal to determine which songs will pratice. Photo by TK Thompson/
By Mandy Marksteiner

The Los Alamos Choral Society presents their spring concert, entitled “Love In Bloom,” at 3 p.m., this Sunday at the United Church of Los Alamos.

There will be a second performance at Cochiti Lake on Memorial Day.

They will perform, “How to Talk to Turtles, (a love song),” by Mary Badarak, LACS’s director. It opens with the lines:

Turtles truly love to talk

In voices low

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Dance Arts Los Alamos to Feature Graduating Seniors


Erin Burr (Odile) and Megan Kelley (Odette) in DALA’s production of Swan Lake. Photo and design by Paulo T. Photography.

Dance Arts Los Alamos is celebrating 20 years of bringing professional dance training and high quality performances to the community.

This weekend, three distinct programs will highlight the accomplishments of dancers ages 3 through adult as well as the talent and diversity of the DALA faculty.

Intermediate and advanced level ballet students will present an abridged version of Swan Lake at 7 p.m., May 18 and 19. All performances will take Read More

Summer in Taos is Chamber Music Heaven

The Smithsonian calls it the #2 “Best Small Town” in America. Forbes says the “stunningly beautiful mountain community north of Santa Fe” is the #3 “Prettiest Town in America.” 
And we’re here to tell you when it comes to experiencing exquisite chamber music, Taos, New Mexico is #1 by far.
This summer, 19 talented young performers, students from the nation’s leading conservatories, will be in residence for eight weeks. They will perform a stunning Young Artists concert series
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Public Comment is Underway

Joy Beery is first to be called up to speak as public comment begins this evening. Beery is speaking in support of the White Rock Civic Center. Photo by Carol A.

Reid Griffith speaks in support of the Golf Course project. Photo by Carol A.

Students advocate for Nature Center along with the Teen Center and Pool. Photo by Carol A.

Local youth speak in support of the Teen Center. Photo by Carol A.

Residents listen to their neighbors address Council during public comment in support of various projects under Read More

Project Fine Points Clarified for Council

Deputy County Administrator Steve Lynne is briefing Council on various projects under consideration for funding this evening. Photo by Carol A. Read More

Thirty Citizens Selected to Speak at Tonight’s CIP Mtg.

County Communications Manager Julie Habiger calls out ticket numbers for the 30 residents who will speak during the 90 minutes set aside for public comment, which starts in a few minutes. Fire Marshal Brian Nickerson is drawing the numbers from a bowl behind the podium. Nickerson is on hand this evening to ensure the massive crowd does not exceed the maximum capacity allowed by law for Council Chambers, which is 124, according to a sign posted on the wall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

These five chairs are reserved for the citizens who will be called, five at a time, to sit near the podium Read More

Public Packs Council Chambers!

A crowd of citizens lines up to pull a ticket out of a bowl, from the County’s Julie Habiger, for a chance to speak during tonight’s public comment portion of the special CIP meeting in Council Chambers. Speakers hope to sway councilors to approve their project. Six main projects are being considered tonight although other projects may ba considered as well. Tonight’s meeting format allows for 30 speakers given 3 minutes each before Council decides on which projects to approve. There are some $100 million worth of projects and only $22 million in available funds so Council Read More

Legendary Black Hole is Liquidating Inventory

The Black Hole/Courtesy

The Black Hole of Los Alamos is holding a liquidation sale. The legendary enterprise has the world’s most diverse stock of used scientific equipment, electronics, lab supplies, nuclear by-products, surplus items and materials.

Located at 4015 Arkansas St., the Black Hole has more than 17,000-square-feet of pre-owned test equipment and laboratory supplies.

The Black Hole has provided materials to more than 500 Universities and Research Institutions around the world as well as technical props for eight major motion pictures.

Average Annual Sales the past Read More

County Announces CIP Public Comment Process


Los Alamos County has announced the process for CIP public comment for tonight’s (Wednesday, May 16) County Council meeting:

  1. Beginning at 5:45 p.m. (the meeting starts at 6 p.m.) anyone wishing to give comments should plan to line up in Chambers and draw a ticket (a number) out of a bowl. One ticket can be drawn per person. Members of the public may arrive earlier than 5:45 to get a seat in Chambers, but, should note that the drawing won’t begin until 5:45 p.m. – no early ticket distribution.

  2. As each ticket is drawn out of the bowl, one half of the ticket
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A Neutron and Proton Go Into a Bar…

SFI News:

Alaina Levine will conduct a seminar at 12:15 p.m., July 17 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract. What did the bartender say to the neutron? What’s the difference between an introverted and an extraverted scientist?

When you think about it, being a scientist is, well, kind of funny.

In this boring, monotonous, time-wasting lecture, science journalist and comedian Alaina Levine will explore humor in science, probe the most comedic aspects of the scientific profession, and relate real-life anecdotes from a science communicator and wannabe nerd who worked Read More

Bandelier Offers Spectacular Viewing of Solar Eclipse

Bandelier National Monument News

Courtesy Poster By Tyler Nordgren

Bandelier National Monument, located in Northern New Mexico, will offer an amazing opportunity to witness a solar eclipse on Sunday, May 20.  “The last solar eclipse in the United States occurred in 1994, this will truly be a once in a lifetime experience,” said Superintendent Jason Lott.

There are 33 national parks positioned for a great view of the eclipse.  At Bandelier, visitors will see an annular eclipse where a thin ring of the sun is visible around the moon.  Since the sun is not completely blocked, participants
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Campaign Season Becoming More Visible

Volunteers Charlie and Max Hermann place campaign yard signs on a public site in White Rock. Volunteers for County Council Candidate Kristin Henderson distributed more than 60 yard signs on a recent evening in neighborhoods throughout Los Alamos, kicking off a flurry of campaign activity that included the candidate’s Facebook page launch that same day. Photo by Ryn Hermann

Political signs are popping up at a public site near Rocket Park in White Rock. Photo by Ryn Hermann

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Art Center gets ‘Naked’ in New Show

“Tomorrow’s Excuse” by Los Alamos Artist Amy Bjarke

By Kirsten Laskey

There is not just one way to interpret a theme. Finding an interpretation, in fact, can be an art form.

The Fuller Lodge Art Center has challenged artists with a real hefty theme to illustrate. Eighty artists responded to the challenge and their work will be unveiled to the public starting at 5 p.m. Friday at the Art Center.

The Art Center’s newest show, “Naked,” reveals numerous ways artists envision this theme.

Some saw “naked” as being the human figure. For instance, Irene Berenstein photographed herself Read More

New White Rock Visitor Center Update

Progress is being made on the new Visitor Center in White Rock. The parking lots are being paved, windows are going in, and stone facing is being added to the exterior. Photo by TK Thompson/ Read More

Local Teens Heading to World Championships

Los Alamos teens Natalie Smith and Maria Jones are traveling to Wexford, Ireland to compete in the CRN World Open Championships June 2-3. The girls are students at the Belisama Irish Dance, founded in 2006 in Santa Fe and Los Alamos. Smith won the Regional Championships in the under-19 category this spring, and Jones was the 2010 North American Champion in the under-14 category. Both are Craobh Grad dancers, the highest level of dance in the CRN organization. The girls will compete in one soft-shoe and two hardshoe dances, and will also join Santa Fe dancers Shannon and Caitlyn Kossmann and instructor Read More

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