White Rock Visitor Center Shatters Attendance Record

The White Rock Tourist Information Center opened to the public Sept. 28, 2012. File photo

By Carol A. Clark

Since opening on N.M. 4 in early fall, the White Rock Tourist Information Center Complex has been packed with visitors daily, shattering previous attendance records for the White Rock facility as well as the Los Alamos Visitor Center at 15th Street and Central Avenue.

A monthly report compiled by the Meeting and Visitor Bureau shows 2,398 people visited the White Rock Tourist Information Center from its official opening Sept. 28 through the Sept. 30 month end. This is a marked increase from Read More

NNSA Awards LANS Additional Contract Year


LANS News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan issued the following memo Friday, Dec. 21 to all employees regarding a recent NNSA evaluation of Lab performance:


As a premier national security laboratory, we are held to very high standards for safety, security and mission performance – and rightly so.

These expectations are reflected in NNSA’s evaluation of our performance for Fiscal Year 2012, which we received last week.

While we fell short in some areas, I can report that NNSA gave us a final score of 80 percent and – I’m very pleased to say – did award Read More

NNSA Conducting Radiation Survey Over Washington


NNSA News:

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will be flying a helicopter over portions of Washington, D.C., between Dec. 27, 2012, and Jan. 11, 2013.

The purpose of these flights is to measure naturally occurring radiation in the Washington, D.C., area.

The radiation assessment will cover approximately 70 square miles and NNSA will complete the assessment using a helicopter equipped with remote gamma radiation sensing technology.

The helicopter will fly in a grid pattern over the areas, 150 feet or higher above the ground surface, at a speed of approximately Read More

Column: Deadly Weapons in the Hands of Loons, Part II

Deadly Weapons in the Hands of Loons, Part II
Or, Yes, Dorothy, We Do Have a Double Standard Here
By Khalil Spencer

Well, the Bushmaster .223 caliber civilian assault rifle (i.e, a military spec rifle designed to deliver high rates of automatic fire in battlefield conditions, slightly modified to only fire semi-automatic but still capable of several rounds per second and often equipped with high capacity magazines) used to execute 20 elementary school students and six of their teachers made the news again this week, and this time much closer to (my) childhood home.

As reported in the NY Times Read More

‘Tis the Season for Parking Lot Accidents

Parking lot accident. Courtesy/State Farm


  • State Farm Offers Tips for Driving and Parking this Holiday Shopping Season
You’ve just turned off a traffic-congested street and into the relative calm of a parking lot. Time to relax, right? Not really. During the holidays, parking lots at malls and supermarkets are packed, increasing the possibility of a fender bender.

About 20 percent of all vehicle accidents happen in parking lots, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Though these low-speed collisions are rarely serious, they can be costly, time

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DEA Publishes Proposed Regs for Pill Disposal

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Disposal of Controlled Substances in the Federal Register Dec. 21.  

The proposed regulations seek to implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010.

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. 

That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers Read More

LANB Signs Agreement With Regulators

LANB President Steve Wells


LANB Signs Agreement With Regulators

By Carol A. Clark


Los Alamos National Bank officials signed an agreement Nov. 30 with the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, (OCC), resulting in changes to credit underwriting and administration.

LANB President Steve Wells explained during an interview this morning with the Los Alamos Daily Post that this is a regulatory matter having no effect on bank customers.


“We are well capitalized, we have strong liquidity and this agreement should have no impact on our customers,” Read More

Money IQ: Consider a Safe Deposit Box

Money IQ

By Fidel L. Gutierrez


Consider a Safe Deposit Box for Valuables and Digital Media Storage/Computer Back-up


As the old saying goes “you cannot put a price on peace of mind.” In today’s complex world, one of the oldest banking service that is often overlooked is the good old fashioned safe deposit box. 


I still remember as a kid going into the bank lobby with my mom and being in awe of the massive bank vault door. 


With the proliferation of on-line banking (virtual bank branch)  and “mini” branches (including grocery store branches), I find that Read More

Power Outage Planned Thursday for Part of North Mesa

DPU News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities announced today that weather permitting, a brief power outage is planned for a portion of North Mesa.

The 10 to 20 minute outage is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. The area affected is east of the Hawk Drive/San Ildefonso Road intersection, not including the Del Norte and Del Sol areas.

Electric line crews will reconfigure the three phase power in these North Mesa neighborhoods to optimize electric loads and reduce possibility for future power outages in the area. 


Customers are reminded to shut down or Read More

Food on the Hill: Caesar Salad Dressing

“Food on the Hill” by Sue York

This week’s recipe:

Caesar Salad Dressing

Photo by Sue York/


  • 1 cup mayo
  •  1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2(+) cup good grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup of regular Parmesan cheese (Kraft)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1to 1 1/2  tablespoon anchovy paste
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes,crushed


Photo by Sue York/

mix and chill
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PEEC Offers Class on Life in Complex Soil Ecosystems

Los Alamos Historian Dorothy Hoard and student. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Come to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St., from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 12 to learn about life in complex soil ecosystems from Leslie Dendy.

This informative and interesting class will look at pocket gopher teeth, earthworm hearts, and a cricket gizzard, and use microscopes to see the tiniest organisms that live underground.

Learn about how our lives depend on bacteria and fungi, what ants are good for, and who lives in all those holes!

Leslie Dendy has her Ph.D. in Biology and Read More

Los Alamos County Ice Rink Offers Holiday Activities



The Los Alamos County Ice Rink on West Road has announced the following holiday schedule:

Wednesday, Dec. 26

  • Noon – 6 p.m. Public Skating
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Ice Resurfacing
  • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Adult Hockey

Thursday, Dec. 27

  • 6 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival
  • 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Public Skating
  • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival

Friday, Dec. 28

  • 6 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival
  • 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Public Skating
  • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival

Saturday, Dec. 29

  • 6 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Holiday Hockey Festival
  • 1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Public Skating
  • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
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Season’s Greetings From YMCA

YMCA News:

Wishing you health and happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year.

We value our relationships and thank you for being part of the YMCA family.

We look forward to continuing our partnership in the coming year.

Holiday Hours:

  • Dec. 26 / 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dec. 31 / 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Jan. 1 / Closed
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Merry Christmas Los Alamos!

For the 13th year in a row, Santa Claus delighted local residents and guests when he appeared Christmas Eve in front of the Marr family home at 113 El Gancho on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Jean Marr

Santa handed out candy canes to children young and old before dashing off to parts unknown. Photo by Jean Marr

Perhaps these spectacular Christmas decorations draw Santa Claus to stop by the Marr family home at 113 El Gancho on Barranca Mesa each Christmas Eve. Photo by Jean Marr

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Police Chief Shares Holiday Greetings

Chief Wayne Torpy

Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy is home from the hospital and told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he is mending well.

“I want to thank everyone and express my deep appreciation for all of the cards and notes and letters of support that I have received during my stay at the hospital,” Torpy said. “I just want to let everyone know that I am home now and doing well and I want to wish everyone in the community happy holidays.”


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T’was a Great Concert at IHM!

Christmas Tubas in concert at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos last Saturday night. Photo by TK Thompson/
Kip Bishofberger was the Guest Percussionist on the Little Drummer Boy piece. Photo by TK Thompson/
Concertmaster Jerry Morzinsky announces the high school students in the ensemble. Starting at the left and standing, Sally Grindstaff; Louisa Singleton; and to her left and partially standing, Sean Dunham. Photo by TK Thompson/
A tuba by itself is a work of art and/or a plumber’s nightmare!
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UNM-LA Students Venture Beyond Classroom


‘Cloud Dance’ by Pablita Velarde at Golden Dawn Gallery. Courtesy/UNM-LA

By Bonnie J. Gordon

For students in American Studies 252, “The Native American Experience,” the emphasis really was on experience. The class included four all-day field trips as well as film, Internet and printed materials, and classroom discussion.

“Our first field trip was to the Tewa Basin pueblos and was led by Porter Swentzel from Santa Clara Pueblo,” Instructor Carol Noones said.

Carol Noones

The group visited Santa Clara Pueblo, then San Ildefonso Pueblo where they Read More

Participate in LALT’s New Year’s Eve Tradition

This is at the very start of scene one. Richard Nixon (Grady Hughes) is preparing to give his resignation speech. Behind and to the right of Nixon is Manolo Sanchez (John Phillips), Nixon’s loyal personal aide, helping to give light readings. To the left of Nixon is a makeup assistant (Claire Singleton) touching up the president so as to mask his ever-present perspiration. Photo by TK Thompson/

By Kate Ramsey

What makes Los Alamos Little Theatre so special? Why spend an evening at the theatre? There are two reasons: family and tradition.

The New Year’s Eve performance is Read More

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 13 to Dec. 19, 2012

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Dec. 13 at 12:52 a.m. / Police arrested Jordan Agoyo, 24, of Santa Fe on an outstanding Magistrate Court Warrant. No photo available.

Dec. 13 at 10:50 a.m., / Police charged a 16-year-old El Rancho boy with possession of drug paraphernalia at Los Alamos High School. Police referred him to the juvenile probation officer and released him to his parents.


Dec. 13 at 8:07 p.m. / Police Read More

James Chrobocinski Opens Zia Realty Group with a Mission

Owner/Broker James Chrobocinski of Zia Realty Group in the reception area of his offices on Trinity Drive near 15th Street Thursday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Owner/Broker James Chrobocinski of Zia Realty Group stands in front of his new offices at 15th Street and Trinity Drive Thursday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

After losing his mother last February and grandmother in 2010, James Chrobocinski decided it was time to come home.

Chrobocinski, 40, spent the last 26 years living in Corpus Christi, Texas. He had moved there Read More

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