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Three Generations Construct School Float Structure

on November 27, 2012 - 8:50am

Newly elected County Councilor Steven Girrens, left, works in the garage of his White Rock home Friday, Nov. 23 with his son Craig Girrens - home on Thanksgiving break from college in Colorado and father Paul Girrens - visiting from Kansas for the Thanksgiving holiday. The three generations engineered and constructed the base structure for the Los Alamos Public Schools float for next month's Parade of Lights in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, float builders Steve Girrens, Paul Girrens and Craig Girrens move their project from the garage to an outside

Earth Treasure Show Set for Winterfest Weekend

on November 27, 2012 - 6:02am

Smithsonite, New Mexico State Mineral, Kelly Mine, Magdalena, N.M. Courtesy/LAGS

LAGS News:

Don’t miss the 44th annual Earth Treasure Show sponsored by the Los Alamos Geological Society. The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Masonic Temple at the corner of 15th Street and Canyon Road. 

The show has been moved one week later than usual to coincide with Winterfest activities around town.

This year’s theme is “Collecting New Mexico.” Activities include unique exhibits, a silent auction, geode sawing, a wheel of fortune and


Letter to the Editor: Thank You Community for Letter Carrier-Boy Scout Fall Food Drive Success

on November 27, 2012 - 6:01am

By Bill Blumenthal, Boy Scout Coordinator
Jim Evans, Letter Carriers (NALC-4112) Coordinator
Robert MacFarland/Jean Butler, LA Cares Coordinators
Cheryl Sedlacek, San Martin de Porres Coordinator

First, a big "Thank You" to all the citizens of Los Alamos County who gave generously to the recent Letter Carrier-Boy Scout Fall Food Drive Saturday Nov. 17.

An estimated 18,000 lbs of food and supplies were collected with about 1,000 pounds sent to the San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen in Espanola.

The remainder was donated to LA Cares for distribution to those in need within our community.



Jack Richardson to Address SanJuan/Chama Utilization Project

on November 27, 2012 - 6:00am

Test drilling in 2002. Photo by Tim Glasco/DPU


The public is invited to hear a talk on the SanJuan/Chama Utilization Project at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the upstairs meeting rooms at Mesa Public Library.

Project Manager Jack Richardson of the SanJuan/Chama Utilization Project will address Los Alamos County's plans to divert the water from the San Juan/Chama for use in Los Alamos.

The event is a joint presentation by the Sierra Club and League of Women Voters.

Tiger Trot Raises Nearly $10,000 for Aspen Elementary

on November 27, 2012 - 5:58am
Duncan Fuehne and Thomas Chadwick. Courtesy Photo

Final results are in for Aspen Elementary School's Tiger Trot fundraiser held in October - the event raised early $10,000 for the school.
The Aspen Elementary School PTO would like to thank the local businesses who provided prizes and incentives for the top fundraising kids and staff. 

"Thanks to Los Alamos National Bank, Charla Glasco, CB Fox, Home Run Pizza, Bob's Bodacious BBQ, The Coffee House, Papa Murphy's Pizza, Reel Deal Cinema, REMAX, Metzger's, Pyramid Cafe, Subway, LA Fitness, Dixie Girl Restaurant, Hill Diner

First of its Kind Northern New Mexico Birth Summit Nov. 30 - Dec. 2

on November 27, 2012 - 5:58am


The Northern New Mexico Birth Summit and related events are this weekend, Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

This first-ever event of its kind will offer a unique opportunity to explore birth and early parenting issues affecting Northern New Mexican birthing families and those who work with them from cultural, social and policy perspectives.

The public is invited to be a part of this unique experience and enjoy an inspiring and informative weekend. Be part of the change you want and hope to see.

Space is limited.

Everything Christmas Sale Dec. 5

on November 27, 2012 - 5:57am


An Everything Christmas Sale is set for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The WCSS of the United Church is sponsoring the holiday event in Graves Hall on Rose Street.

Items available for purchase include:

  • Christmas lights;
  • Christmas trees;
  • Decorations;
  • Wreaths;
  • Cookie Cutters; and
  • Ornaments;
  • Trash to Treasures gently used items donated specifically for holiday giving; and
  • Bake Sale full of yummy Christmas goodies.

Christkindlmarket at Winterfest Dec. 8

on November 27, 2012 - 5:56am

DWM News:

Denver Wealth Management is hosting a Christkindlmarket in conjunction with Winterfest in the parking lot at Central Avenue and 15th Street.

The Christkindlmarket will run 5-9 p.m. Saturday Dec. 8 with vendors from all over Northern New Mexico showcasing a wide array of products available for purchase..

There will be several different styles of artists and jewelers, jams and jellies, craft foods, wood and metal works, clothing and accessories, arts and crafts and German style food and drink.

Everyone is welcome to come enjoy a brisk evening of festive atmosphere.

Rotary Club Student of the Month: Marcus Gutierrez

on November 26, 2012 - 12:13pm

Marcus Gutierrez. Courtesy photo

Marcus Gutierrez, a senior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was honored as Rotary Student of the Month for October.  

Gutierrez is the son of Melinda and Joaquin Gutierrez and brother of Deanna and James Gutierrez.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. 

In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition.

Cowboy Breakfast Set for Sunday

on November 26, 2012 - 12:05pm

Beware of Door-To-Door Magazine Crews

on November 26, 2012 - 7:14am

Staff Report

It's that time of year when magazine peddlers descend on White Rock and Los Alamos neighborhoods.

While some may represent legitimate companies - many do not.

A local resident contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning to say she had been duped:

"Please post to let residents beware. The shady mag crews are in town again. We had one at our door yesterday. I was not aware of this 'scam' that goes around and I wrote a check for $66 for a magazine subscription.

Funeral Mass Wednesday for Nikolas Ventura

on November 26, 2012 - 5:55am

Friends painted the rock in White Rock in memory of Los Alamos High School student Nikolas Rian Ventura-Arencon, 14, who died in a car crash Nov. 21 near the White Rock 'Y' on N.M. 4.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking people to make a donation to Los Alamos National Bank to the Nikolas Ventura-Arencon Memorial Fund. The family will be donating all monies received to the Wounded Warrior Project on Ventura-Arencon's behalf. Photo by Carol A.


Hike Ancho Rapids to Red Dot Dec. 1

on November 26, 2012 - 5:52am

Ancho Canyon. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join Paul Arendt for a winter hike in White Rock Canyon 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

Hikers will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the bottom of Piedra Loop where hikers park for the Red Dot Trail and car pool to a parking area three miles south of White Rock.

From this second parking area, the hike will proceed eastward - eventually dropping into Ancho Canyon. Hikers will proceed along Ancho Canyon until its terminus at Ancho Rapids in the Rio Grande.

There will be some interesting rock formations to observe in the lower portions of Ancho Canyon, as

Five Generations Gather For Thanksgiving

on November 25, 2012 - 7:07am
Five generations gather in Los Alamos over the Thanksgiving holiday including from left, longtime Los Alamos resident Marylee Lehman, 91, (generation one), Greg Salazar of Rio Rancho (generation three), Megan Salazar of Bernalillo (generation four) holding Emma Rae Priest (generation five) and Mary Salazar of Taylor Ranch (generation two.) Photo by Leland Lehman/
Marylee Lehman, 91, of Los Alamos meets her great great granddaughter Emma Rae Priest for the first time during the Thanksgiving holiday. Megan Salazar is at right. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Register for YMCA's Half Marathon & Festive 5K

on November 25, 2012 - 5:14am

YMCA News:

Registration is underway for The Family YMCA’s Half Marathon & Festive 5K set for 9 a.m., Dec. 8.

The event is a YMCA fundraiser in support of youth programs. 

Registration can be done at the Y, online at or at

Registration cost for the Half Marathon: $60 in November, $70 in December, $20 Youth (16 and under)

Registration cost for the 5K: $30 in November, $40 in December, $10 Youth (16 and under)

The race starts and ends at The Family YMCA, 1450 Iris St. in Los Alamos: Click here to view a map of the route

Prizes will

PEEC's Annual Fund Drive is Underway

on November 24, 2012 - 9:48am

PEEC News:

Activities at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center ( PEEC) greatly depend on the generosity of nature lovers.

Donations are currently being taken for PEEC's 2012 Annual Drive, which will support its new initiatives and the future growth and sustainability of the educational organization.

To donate to PEEC:

...Online, visit;

...Mail donation to P.O. Box 547, Los Alamos, NM 87544; or

...Drop by PEEC in person at 3540 Orange St.


Pet of the Week: Shyloh the Mixed Breed

on November 24, 2012 - 8:33am

Shyloh. Courtesy/FOS

FOS News:

Pet of the Week: Shyloh is having a hard time understanding why he's still at the shelter.

This mixed breed is pretty much the perfect dog ... confident, affectionate, friendly, housebroken and he enjoys the company of children and other dogs.

Stop by and take Shyloh over to the dog park after which you probably won't be able to resist taking him home.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter at 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets and others off-campus in foster homes.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website

Today is Small Business Saturday ... Shop Los Alamos Stores!

on November 24, 2012 - 8:14am


Support local businesses and at the same time help contribute to neighbors in need.

Today, Nov. 24 is Small Business Saturday and the community is urged to shop local.

A portion of sales at participating Los Alamos businesses will go to the United Way Community Action Fund to help those in need.

Participating businesses:

  • CB FOX @ 1735 Central Ave.;
  • Don Taylor’s Photography @ 999 Central Ave., Suite 100;
  • Fuller Lodge Art Center @ 2132 Central Ave.;
  • Homerun Pizza @ 1627 Central Ave.;
  • Khalsa Acupuncture @ 919 Central Ave.;
  • LA Tan and More @ 975 Central Ave.;
  • Metzger’s Do It Best

Unique Holiday Shopping Available Now at Fuller Lodge Art Center's Affordable Arts Sale

on November 24, 2012 - 6:54am

By Kirsten Laskey

It is not the usual scene at the Fuller Lodge Art Center. When walking into the space, there is no definite show being displayed in the gallery.

What visitors are greeted with is the Affordable Arts Sale, a treat that only comes once a year.

The space has been cleared and filled with every type of art available. There isn’t a corner or niche in the place that isn’t displaying a piece of jewelry, a painted pottery bowl, a watercolor painting or other pieces of art.

“Everything from lamps to wall art,” Marketing Director Nancy Coombs said.

It is not just art being

Community Members Gather for Thanksgiving Meal

on November 23, 2012 - 10:15am

Lots of diners attend the Community Thanksgiving Meal served Thursday at the American Legion 1325 Trinity Dr. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Volunteers Colin McCoy, Ellie Hurst and James Johnson mug for the camera. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Dist. 43 Representative-elect Stephanie G. Richards and daughter Nica Vasquez help serve Thanksgiving meals to community members Thursday. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Thanksgiving meal table decorations were created by Robyn Petersen. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Thanksgiving Day Sunset

on November 23, 2012 - 9:58am

A view of the sunset appearing Thanksgiving Day shot from behind the Elk's Lodge on Trinity Drive. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Call for Nature Center Ideas

on November 23, 2012 - 9:49am

PEEC News:

Idea Factory: Contribute your ideas about the unique qualities of the Pajarito Plateau!

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov 29 or 1 p.m. Monday, Dec 3

What should a nature center in Los Alamos say? Join us as we figure out the key messages ... the stories you've encountered ... about the Pajarito Plateau.

Your ideas will help us create a plan to strengthen people's connection with the natural world around us.

Please come help us build an interpretive plan. You provide the ideas, we provide yummy snacks. There will be LOTS OF FOOD at the Thursday evening meeting.

Please register


Thanksgiving at Plymouth

on November 22, 2012 - 8:22am

Happy Thanksgiving from the Los Alamos Daily Post News Team!


In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World.

After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River.

One month later, the Mayflower

LANL Employees Make Gifts of Time, Talent and Money

on November 22, 2012 - 8:17am

A student receives a new pair of shoes from the generosity of Los Alamos National Laboratory employees through the LANL Laces Program. Courtesy/LANL

Staff Report

Throughout the year, the generous efforts of Los Alamos National Laboratory management and employees helps to enhance the lives of others through the sharing of their time, talent and money.

Each Thanksgiving season, LANL hosts "Take a Turkey to Work Day." Last year, employees donated more than 400 frozen turkeys and helped fill holiday meal food baskets for 852 Northern New Mexico families.

LANL's manager, Los Alamos National

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Nov. 21

on November 21, 2012 - 10:13am

This week's preview sponsored by

Community Turkey Meal 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Legion 1325 Trinity Drive. The meal is a free, but donations are accepted.

Turkey Day Town Tour 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22
Pajarito Complex (starting/ending point) 3400 Arizona Ave. Work up an appetite for the traditional holiday feast with this free, fun, no-commitment, low-stress, pre-feast mountain bike ride for all ages and abilities. The ride will use local trails. Participants can ride as much or as little as they like as there are plenty of bailout points along the way.