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‘RocketDay’ Lifts Off Sept. 6 With Astronaut Visit, Model Rocket Launches

on August 28, 2014 - 7:33am

Astronaut John Phillips

LANL News:

Former NASA shuttle astronaut and Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) research scientist, John Phillips, will take on a new mission as he helps to launch the first of 270 model rockets in White Rock as part of the Los Alamos ScienceFest’s “RocketDay” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.

“Science and technology are cool, and there’s nothing cooler than launching rockets,” retired NASA astronaut John Phillips said. “Los Alamos has been in the forefront of science and engineering, including space research, for 70 years no

“The original intent behind establishing

Certified Arborist Laural Hardin Discusses Beneficial Insects For Gardens

on August 28, 2014 - 7:11am

Laural Hardin

PEEC News:

Are all insects bad for your garden? Absolutely not! In fact, some are beneficial to it. Popular presenter and certified arborist Laural Hardin is returning to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 to talk about which insects are beneficial, and what you can do to cultivate their benefits.

Predacious beneficial insects are becoming the preferred method for treating problem insects in professional greenhouse production and in the backyard garden.

NWF Certifies Wildlife Habitat at Los Alamos Co+op

on August 27, 2014 - 3:26pm

Sign proclaiming the garden at the Los Alamos Co+op Market an official Certified Wildlife Habitat™ site. Courtesy/ LACM

CO+OP News:

The National Wildlife Federation® (NWF) has recognized that the Los Alamos Co+op Market has successfully created an official Certified Wildlife Habitat™ site.

NWF celebrates the effort to create a garden space that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by providing essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover, and places to raise young.

 “Providing a home for wildlife in our communities –

Suicide Awareness & Prevention Week Workshops Announced

on August 27, 2014 - 10:15am


Los Alamos' Amy Storey (Trixie ConQueso) Appears on TV Thursday

on August 27, 2014 - 9:42am
Amy Storey of Los Alamos performing this summer in Las Vegas, Nev., at the 'WonderGround' variety show. 
Courtesy/SherylAnn Garrett
Amy Storey, center, with her backup dancers 'The Cheesy Delights' Piper Wohlbier and Marcie Long. Courtesy photo

Amy Storey of Los Alamos will appear as Trixie ConQueso at 7 a.m., Thursday on The Morning Brew with Larry Ahrens.

Storey is promoting the 'Fierce Women Party' set for Labor Day, Sept. 2 at the Tractor Brewing Company on 4th Street in the Nob Hill area of Albuquerque.

Nicholas Parra-Vasquez Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

on August 27, 2014 - 8:21am

Nicholas Parra-Vasquez of Los Alamos accepts the ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) ice bucket challenge Tuesday, stating he will donate $20 to ALS and challenging friends to do the same. Ted Williams pours the ice water following the Tuesday night pace race at the trailhead of the 'Jim Billen' trail by the Aquatic Center in Los Alamos. Photo by Mark Bjorklund

Celebration of Life for Gilbert Butler Sept. 20

on August 27, 2014 - 7:25am
Gilbert Butler and his wife Jeanne. Courtesy photo

The memorial service for the celebration of Gilbert (Gil) Butler's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road.

Gil passed away Aug. 9 after several months of battling complications from the removal and treatment of a brain tumor.


Community Bible Study Begins Day Class Focusing on 'Return to Jerusalem' Aug. 28

on August 27, 2014 - 7:16am

CBS News:

The Los Alamos day class of Community Bible Study will begin its 2014-15 class at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28.

This year's study, "Return to Jerusalem" focuses on the return of Israel from Babylonian exile, and will specifically cover the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.

This is the Los Alamos day class's 22nd year of meeting. There are 61 women and 20 children registered, representing more than 16 local churches.

The day class meets 9:15 a.m. Thursdays at the Christian Church, 92 East Road in Los Alamos.

CBS is an international, non-denominational

No Major Concerns Surface at Public Meeting on Ski Area Water Pipeline Permit

on August 26, 2014 - 11:05am

Scott Price of the Sipapu Group answers questions from the audience at Monday's meeting at Trinity on the Hill as Espanola District Ranger Sandy Hurlocker and County Administrator Harry Burgess listen at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Community members gather Monday evening for the public meeting at TOTH. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post

No major concerns were brought to light at Monday's public meeting on the Ski Area Water Pipeline Permit, which drew nearly 100 people.

"When we started this process in June, we looked

Community Invited to Los Alamos GOP Election Headquarters Grand Opening Sept. 1

on August 26, 2014 - 8:46am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites friends and families to the opening of its 2014 election headquarters at 4 p.m., Sept. 1, Labor Day.

The location is 1362D-1Trinity Dr., between Viola's and the new Subway. In the same complex with Abe Dispennette"s State Farm office. The telephone number is 505.695.8080.

There will be free hot dogs for all and statewide and local candidates for voters to get to know better. 

The headquarters will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information on the election, candidates and registering to vote will be available.

Meet Four New Doctors At Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic Open House Sept. 5

on August 26, 2014 - 7:52am


Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic will host an open house 4-6 p.m., Sept. 5 at 3917 West Road, Suite 150, to welcome four medical doctors who have joined its practice this year.

Dr. J. Stan Garrett

Dr. Garrett joined LAMCC in January and is Board Certified in Family Practice.





Dr. G. Elisa Lange


Dr. Lange joined LAMCC in April and is Board Certified in Pediatric Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.




Dr. Monica Snowden

Dr. Snowden joined LAMCC in June and is Board Certified in Rheumatology. 





Dr. John Wisneski

Dr. Wisneski joined LAMCC Aug.

Fate of Pajarito Ski Area in Public's Hands ... Proposed Temporary Pipeline Permit Meeting Tonight

on August 25, 2014 - 4:14pm

USFS News:

The proposed Pajarito Ski Area temporary pipeline permit will be explained at a public meeting at 6 p.m. today.

The Española Ranger District is hosting the meeting at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos. The meeting will be in Kelly Hall on the Trinity Dr. side of the church.

Representatives of the Forest Service, Los Alamos County and Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership will be available to answer questions raised during the “scoping” period.

“This proposal is pretty simple in design,” Española Ranger District Ranger Sandy Hurlocker said.

Los Alamos Democratic Party Hosts 'Inequality for All' Documentary at 7 p.m. Tuesday

on August 25, 2014 - 3:28pm


DPLA News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County is showing the documentary "Inequality for All" featuring Robert Reich at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 at its new headquarters, 170 Central Park Square (next to Quizno's). 

The event is open to the public. Democrats are invited to arrive at 6:15 p.m. for a Volunteer Information Session to find out how to help get Democrats elected in Los Alamos County in the Nov. 4 election.

New Director of Interpretation Moves From Florida to Join PEEC Team

on August 25, 2014 - 12:12pm

Jonathan Creel

PEEC News:

It wasn’t all that long ago that the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) operated as an all volunteer organization.

Last fall three new part-time staff members joined the team, more than doubling the staff, and last month a sixth part-time staff member came on board. Jonathan Creel moved from his home in Florida to join PEEC as the director of interpretation, a newly created role. 

As the director of interpretation, Creel will be in charge of designing the rotating exhibits at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center, which will be opening next spring

Bear Spotted in Guaje Canyon

on August 25, 2014 - 11:59am
The X marks the location where a bear was spotted Sunday in Guaje Canyon. Image by Kei Davis
Staff Report
Early Sunday afternoon, walking up Guaje Canyon from the intersection of Guaje and Rendija canyons, Los Alamos resident Kei Davis and friends were startled by a very near repetitive scrabbling or scratching sound just to one side.  
Apparently they had startled a bear that had been drinking from the watercourse. The sound they heard was the bear climbing up a big Ponderosa about 25-feet from where they were standing.  
The bear was not the largest they've seen around the

Pajarito String Band of Los Alamos Wins Bluegrass Band Competition!

on August 25, 2014 - 10:32am

Showing off their blue ribbons, Pajarito String Band, a Los Alamos based swing and bluegrass group, won the Bluegrass Band Competition Sunday at the 40th Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival. Band members include John Wohlbier, Lorelei Wohlbier, Evelyn Wohlbier, Mark Schraad and Ian Fleming. Watch their performance at Courtesy photo

Pajarito String Band performing for the 40th Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival. PrintScreen/Courtesy

Scenes From 2014 Los Alamos Gun Show

on August 25, 2014 - 10:19am

Scenes from the 2014 Los Alamos Gun Show held during the weekend at the Knights of Columbus, 104 DP Road. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/



Michael Benanav Talks at Los Alamos Jewish Center About Grandparent's Holocaust Survival Sept. 5

on August 25, 2014 - 6:57am

'The Luck of the Jews.' Courtesy/

LAJC News:

Dixon resident Michael Benanav will be speaking at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 at the Los Alamos Jewish Center about his book 'The Luck of the Jews,' the story of his grandparents survival of the Holocaust.

The community is invited to attend this talk.

One December night in 1944, while sailing across the Black Sea on the deck of a refugee ship filled with Jews fleeing the Nazi genocide in Europe, Joshua Szereny met Isadora Rosen.

He was 23, from Czechoslovakia; she was 20, from Romania.

Los Alamos Youth Football Seeks Sponsors

on August 25, 2014 - 6:55am

Attention all football fans ... the Los Alamos Young American Football League (YAFL) is gearing up for another championship season, and is asking for the community's help. Sadly, 20 of the X-Treme Team jerseys have gone missing. The cost to replace these jerseys is $2,000. Anyone who loves football and wants to see the Los Alamos YAFL team's continued success is asked to contact Coach Mark Gonzales at to make a donation. Thanks and Go X-Treme! Courtesy photo

Community Steps Up At Los Alamos Relay For Life

on August 24, 2014 - 10:27am
Event Chair Fritz Rene and volunteers lit luminarias.Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

This year’s Relay for Life in Los Alamos featured some new additions. Rather than being a two-day event, the fundraiser for the American Cancer Society was held just one day, Saturday, at Ashley Pond.

It also showcased the talents of DK and the Affordables, DJ GQ and a Zumba exercise session.

The luminarias honor those who have dealt with cancer. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

While new features were thrown into the mix, the event also offered


Pet of the Week: Tucker the Cat

on August 24, 2014 - 8:38am

Tucker the Cat. Courtesy/FOS


Tucker is a handsome long-haired, adult male Angora cat. He is dark with white tuxedo markings on his chest. 

Quite the fastidious kitty, he loves to be brushed and has a soft, silky coat. Tucker is exceptionally friendly and comes right up to be petted by visitors. He loves to be petted. 

Tucker was originally adopted from our shelter about two years ago and was surrendered when his owners moved and could not take him.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder

LAVA Hosting Elevator Pitch Contest at ScienceFest

on August 24, 2014 - 7:36am

Nicholas Seet

By Mandy Marksteiner

The Los Alamos Venture Accelerator (LAVA) will host a Pitch Contest 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, as part of the Los Alamos ScienceFest.

The event will take place at Fuller Lodge and more than $1,000 in prize money is available.

In the world of entrepreneurship, a quick speech opens doors. It can lead to meeting a team member or getting a check from an investor. Participants will have 60 seconds to sell judges on their-prize winning business venture ideas. Judges will include experienced entrepreneurs, investors and executives from the community.

Beta Sigma Phi Shares Ice Cream Social With Scouts

on August 24, 2014 - 7:33am

Kate Stoddard and Susan Heckethorn at Saturday's Ice Cream Social hosted by Preceptor Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. The local council of Beta Sigma Phi sorority held its annual Ice Cream Social at East Park in Los Alamos and it was open to all members and any prospective members. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

Heather Majors at Saturday's Ice Cream Social. Beta Sigma Phi is an international group of women who care about each other, their community and the world. The main theme is “life, learning and friendship.” There are social gatherings, cultural programs and service projects.


Los Alamos Democrats Raise Over $2K For Cancer Research

on August 23, 2014 - 11:38pm
'Team SGR,' Eric Vasquez, Elia Vasquez, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Tarin Nix and Karyl Ann Armbruster together with other Los Alamos County Democrats and candidates walked around Ashley Pond 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., when the luminaries were lit Saturday at the Pond as part of the annual Relay For Life. 'Team SGR' and the rest of the local Democrats raised more than $2,000 from community members for cancer research. Courtesy photo
Incumbent County Councilor David Izraelevitz and council candidate Susan O'Leary with her daughter take a break Saturday from walking around Ashley Pond. Courtesy

Breaking News: SOS Candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver Taps Sheryl Nichols of Los Alamos As Her Deputy

on August 23, 2014 - 2:35pm
Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver, left, candidate for N.M. secretary of state with her choice for deputy, Sheryl Nichols of Los Alamos, at a private residence in Barranca Mesa. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Democratic candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced today that if elected New Mexico secretary of state, she intends to appoint Sheryl Nichols of Los Alamos as her deputy.

Nichols worked for the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office for 24 years. She retired as chief deputy clerk earlier this year.

"The voters of Los Alamos have