PRC Commissioner Doug Howe Talks Natural Gas

Editor’s Note:  The Los Alamos Daily Post has received Commissioner Howe’s presentation slides. You may view them by clicking here (google docs).


PRC Commissioner Doug Howe discusses Natural Gas At Mesa Public Library Wednesday evening. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

District 3 PRC Commissioner Doug Howe presented “Focus on … Unconventional Natural Gas: Boon or Bust?” to a full Mesa Public Library conference room audience Wednesday evening.

The talk was sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Los Alamos Sustainable


2012 County Fair & Rodeo Kicks Off Thursday!


2012 County Fair & Rodeo Event Schedule:

Thursday, Aug. 9         

  • Indoor Exhibit Check-in (Carlos Valdez) (505) 662-2656  
  • Mesa Public Library 2-6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 10

  • County Classic Open Pool Tournament (505) 662-8920   
  • Ehart Senior Center 8 a.m.
  • County Fair Exhibits @ Mesa Public Library 5-8 p.m.
  • Viewing for Disabled 4-5 p.m.
  • Summer Concert @ Ashley Pond 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 11

  • Festival & Fair @ Ashley Pond 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Arts & Crafts Fair (Nancy Coombs) (505) 662-1635 @ Fuller Lodge 9 a.m.


Community Called to Count Butterflies Saturday

Monarch butterfly. Courtesy photo

By Kirsten Laskey

Did you know that the Monarch butterfly migrates? This small creature, with its delicate orange-and-black wings will traverse the North American continent from Mexico to Canada.

It’s a journey that spans many generations of this particular species of butterflies.

The natural world that lies just beyond your doorstep is full of fascinating facts and stories, if you just take the opportunity to step out into it.

And the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a chance on Saturday, Aug. 11.

PEEC’s Butterfly Count will


‘Food on the Hill’: Congo Bars

“Food on the Hill” by Sue York
This week’s recipe…
Congo Bars:
Photo by Sue York/
  • 2/3 cup butter(softened)
  • 2 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 6oz chocolate chips
  • 6 oz butterscotch chips
  • 3 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup sweetened coconut
Congo Bars:
Photo by Sue York/
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, add brown sugar, butter, and cream together.
Photo by Sue York/
Add eggs, and morsels, mix well. Add dry ingredients


Once a Year Breakfast for School Retirees is Aug. 15


With the many cars, buses and pedestrians headed to the Los Alamos Public Schools by 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, a large group of school retirees will be just getting ready for their “First Day of School.”

Since the 1970s, school retirees have celebrated the start of each new school year with a delightful breakfast and much camaraderie at the single yearly meeting of that organization.

Retirees will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.

A catered breakfast featuring individual green chile quiche, fruit and juice,


‘CBS This Morning’ Features Los Alamos in National Historic Park Video

The V-Site buildings and nearby Gun Site are the last significant structures still standing at Los Alamos associated with the development and assembly of the world’s first nuclear devices. Courtesy photo

On Monday, the CBS This Morning Show ran an interesting video segment on the topic of the potential Manhattan Project National Historic Park. Los Alamos was a key feature of the story.

Click the following link to read the story and view the video: “Atom bomb historic sites may become national park.”


Summer Family Evening Features Duck Buddies


Live ducks are coming 6:30 p.m. Tuesday August 7 to PEEC!

Sallye Sibbitt of the Duck Buddies comes to PEEC to talk about ducks: what they eat, how their anatomy helps them swim, their lifespan, their place in the environment and more. She’ll also tell all about the ducks that live at Ashley Pond, and she’ll have hands-on items and projects, and live ducks, too.

Free to member families, $5 donation to Duck Buddies for non-member families.


Kiwanis Club Speaker Schedule for August

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Masonic Lodge on Sage, near the intersection of 15th Street and Canyon Road. Guests are always welcome!

Aug 7 – First Vice President Don Casperson will give a detailed report on the Kiwanis International Convention held in late June in New Orleans.

Aug 14 – Debbie Maes and her search-and-rescue dog – one of four Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certified dogs in the state of New Mexico will be Kiwanis guests.

Aug 21 – Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society, will


Jordan Ahlers Chairs United Way Youth Team Campaign


Jordan Ahlers has been named to chair this year’s United Way Youth Team Campaign. She is a senior at Los Alamos High School.

The Youth Team held its kick off meeting Wednesday in the fourth floor conference room at Los Alamos National Bank, which is a major sponsor of the United Way of Northern New Mexico organization.

“These youth are so great and show so much leadership … they ran the whole meeting,” United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega said. “The Youth Team has grown its campaign every year and this year has set a goal of $11,000 … they