De Colores Going Strong After Three Decades

De Colores owner Joan Duran. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Bonnie Gordon

De Colores Restaurant has served three generations of Los Alamos residents.
Founded in 1978 by Joan and Mel Duran, and operating at the current location for 10 years, De Colores is the longest running restaurant in Los Alamos.
“In April 2013 we’ll celebrate our 34th anniversary and we’re looking forward to celebrating many more,” Duran said.
De Colores is located at the original entrance to Los Alamos at the site of the guard station, which has been incorporated into the restaurant’s kitchen.
The restaurant
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Sopahn Kellogg Wins Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico Northeast I District Competition

Sopahn Kellogg is the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico vocal winner in Northeast I District competition.

Next, she will compete at the PMTNM State Conference Nov. 3 in Santa Fe with an Italian aria and a Schubert lied.

She is in 10th grade at Los Alamos High School. Her teacher and accompanist is Juanita Madland. Courtesy photo Read More

National Skunk Expert Jerry Dragoo Giving Local Talk

PEEC News:

National skunk expert Dr. Jerry W. Dragoo is scheduled to present a talk at the Nature Center from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. 

This family talk is free to Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) members and $5 per person or $10 per family for non-members. 

Dragoo will talk about his years of skunk research, and give a behind the scenes look at the PBS Nature episode, “Is That Skunk,” on which he was featured.

The skunk is one of the most recognized mammals in North America and, due to its unusual use of extremely well developed scent glands as a defense mechanism, it also Read More

AdvancED Accreditation Team Visits Los Alamos

Educational reviewers visiting Los Alamos from left, Dr. Clete Lipetzky, Karen Dondelinger – Assistant Lead, Claudia Coughran – Lead, Teresa Rowlison and Ron Williams. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

A five-member team of educators from New Mexico, California and Minnesota are visiting the district to conduct an educational review of Los Alamos Public Schools.

The purpose of the visit is to provide an external and objective validation of the quality of Los Alamos’ educational system.

Over the next three days, the team will meet with School Board members, staff, students and parents Read More

Food on the Hill: Chicken Tetrazzini

“Food on the Hill” by Sue York

This week’s recipe:

Chicken Tetrazzini

Photo by Sue York/

  • 4-6 chicken breasts, cut up and fried in 5 garlic cloves that have been pressed and 1 ½ tablespoons butter & 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil. After frying set aside, reserve any liquid
  • 8 Tablespoons flour
  • 8 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups chicken broth or 2 cans of progressive starters (garlic flavor)
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small jar pimentos, drained
  • 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 of a 16 oz box of thin spaghetti, cook and drained
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
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New County Attorney to Talk at Lunch with a Leader

County Attorney Rebecca W. Ehler. Courtesy photo

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters will host its monthly Lunch with a Leader event at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at Mesa Public Library.

The leader for November is new Los Alamos County Attorney Becky Ehler.

After working in Alamogordo for 19 years as the city attorney and as the legal advisor to the City’s Department of Public Safety, Ehler came to Los Alamos in June 2012 with her husband of 34 years.

They purchased a house in White Rock where they live with the animals the kids left behind when they moved out.

She has worked in Gallup and Roswell Read More

Huge Yard Sale to Benefit Fire Damaged Church

NBFC News:

The New Beginnings Fellowship Church will hold a benefit yard sale starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

Anything that is donated to the yard sale will be greatly appreciated by the chuch, which suffered heavy fire damage in July.

Donations can be dropped off until noon Friday behind the church at 112 East Road.

“We are hoping for a community-wide response to help the New Beginnings Fellowship Church devastated by fire on the Fourth of July.”

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Utilities Board to Hold Special Meeting

DPU News:

The Utilities Board will hold a special meeting at noon, Nov. 1 in the Department of Public Utilities Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.


Call to Order

II. Public Comment

III. New Business

A. Approval of Change Order No. 2 & Revision of Project Budget for the Los Alamos Canyon Dam Modification Project

IV. Adjournment

DPU Board:

  • Chair Glenn Woodwell
  • Vice Chair Timothy R. Neal
  • Member Kevin Anderson
  • Member D. Christopher Ortega
  • Member David Powell
  • Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith

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Heart Council’s Health Fair Draws Massive Crowd

 More than 60 participating vendors from Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico provided educational information, performed free health screenings and handed out freebies such as bags, bookmarks, pens and water bottles at Saturday’s Health Fair. Photo by Ann ReVelle 


The Los Alamos Heart Council’s 27th Annual Health Fair was a rousing success with more than 1,600 attendees Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon.
Some 720 adult flu shots were provided free of charge by the Los Alamos Medical Center. A large number of people also took advantage
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Los Alamos Youth Participate in English Setter National Dog Show

Event Judge Ronald Horn with Los Alamos Middle School 8th grader Jennifer Necker and Aspen School 6th grader Tazler Smith. The students will participate in the English Setters junior showmanship competition Friday, Nov. 9 in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post

English Setters Bring Lots of Spots to the Albuquerque Spotlight

The English Setter Association of America will hold its National Specialty Nov. 6-9 at the Marriott Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Road NE., in Albuquerque, finishing up the week with a Hunt Test Saturday, Nov. 10 at Founders Ranchin Read More

Los Alamos Co-op Expands Sustainability Programs

Co-op board members, Gale Zander Barlow and Nancy Savoia display the Terracycle Bin at a Gordon’s Concert this summer. The artistic styling was created by Marshall Jansen. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market launched three green programs this summer.

Two Terracycle bins now greet shoppers at the entrance to the Co-op. Sandra West, Community Outreach at the Co-op Market, credited Gloria Brehm for suggesting the Terracycle Program.

“When I was president of Pinon Elementary PTO, I implemented this program within the school Read More

Presentation: Financial Incentives for Historic Preservation



Residents who either own historic property or who may be considering securing a historic listing for their property are invited to attend a special presentation next week being sponsored by the Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board (FL/HDAB.)

Harvey Kaplan from the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division will present a slide show and talk focusing on “Financial Incentives for Historic Preservation” 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Training Room of the Community Building, 475 20th St.

Kaplan will provide information about the Division’s financial Read More

Free Money Opportunities at SBDC Fair

SBDC News:

Ever wonder if there is FREE MONEY available in Los Alamos? Well you are in luck, there is! Come to the Free Money Fair at 2 p.m., Nov. 7 and learn about the opportunities available and whether they are a fit for your business.

There will be multiple presenters at the fair discussing the MainStreet Curb Appeal Grant, MainStreet Small Promotions Grant, Tourism Cooperative Advertising, Los Alamos County Small LEDA Project Grants, Los Alamos County Façade Improvement Grants, Lodgers Tax Advisory Board Small Promotions Grant and Pop-Up Retail Opportunities.

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Making the Arts Accessible to People with Dementia


Meet Me at Mesa – Making the Arts Accessible to People with Dementia

As director of the Betty Ehart Senior Center and as a music therapist, Pauline Schneider sees both the difficulties dementia sufferers and their caregivers face daily and also how music and the arts can help people connect and enjoy the arts’ beauty and energizing effects.

“I have worked with people in all phases of dementia and even  those who seem to have stopped relating to the world around them  remarkably respond to music. One person, who hadn’t spoken for quite some time, began to sing along Read More

Our Lady of the Woods to Host Two Events

OLW News:
Our Lady of the Woods (OLW) is holding two events next weekend: First Friday Pagan Dinner, 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 and Samhain Sabbat, 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.
First Friday Pagan Dinner
Everyone’s invited to join OLW members for dinner at the Pyramid Cafe in Los Alamos at 6 p.m. Friday. Anyone interested in paganism, Wicca or OLW is welcome.
What a great way to learn about OLW and enjoy a delicious meal. These informal dinners are held the first Friday of every month.
Directions to the Pyramid Cafe: In Los Alamos located in the same lot as the Smith’s
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Heart Smart Poster Contest Winners Named


The Family YMCA and Los Alamos Heart Council co-sponsored a Heart Smart Poster Contest for children in grades K-6th

Posters were judged on originality and healthy message depicted and winning posters were displayed at the Los Alamos Health Fair. 

The following students won prizes for their posters:

K-3rd grade

1st Place-Heidi and Wendy Sheppard

2nd Place-Sarah Taylor

3rd Place-Ryan Worley

4th Place-John Worley

4th-6th grade

1st place- Sarah Worley

2nd place-Eliana Rodriguez

3rd place-Paulina Burnside

4th place- Maarla Duffield


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Chaparral Prescribed Burn Planned Today

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest plans to begin the Chaparral prescribed burn Monday, Oct. 29, two miles south of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp.

Aerial ignitions are planned to assist with treating approximately 1,365 acres over a three-day period.

This controlled burn may produce some visible/noticeable smoke in our area depending upon wind and atmospheric conditions.

Smoke will be visible from Gillman, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Springs, Cuba, Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

Smoke from prescribed fire can be a nuisance to some people and a health concern for others, such as children, Read More

Football Game Canceled

LAHS News:

The C team football game for today has been canceled.

Capital does not have enough players to play. Read More

‘Deadliest Day’ for Child Pedestrian Fatalities



Two Decades of Data Reveal Risks Beyond the Candy

Kids have a greater chance of being fatally injured by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year, including the Fourth of July and New Year’s Day.

State Farm®, the nation’s leading auto insurer, teamed up with research expert, Bert Sperling of Sperling’s BestPlaces, to better understand the risk kids face as they take to the streets in search of treats.

Sperling’s BestPlaces analyzed more than four million records in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) from 1990 – 2010 for children 0-18 years of age on Oct. Read More

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