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Geological Society Meets Tuesday, Sept. 18

on September 17, 2012 - 11:19pm


The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at the Christian Church, 92 East Road.
The featured speaker will be Greg Conklin, MS Optira Inc. His talk is entitled, "LIDAR (Light Ranging and Detection) Techniques and Use". LIDAR is a commercial technique that utilizes phase based lasers to collect measurements of points on the surface of a physical object. These points can be projected into 3D space and used to make 3D meshes and solids. Mr.

LACDC's Holsapple Reflects on Next Big Idea Festival

on September 17, 2012 - 6:45am

Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, center, visits the Los Alamos Visualization Associates dome at the conclusion of Saturday's Next Big Idea Festival. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff report

Executive Director Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation spoke with the Los Alamos Daily Post at the conclusion of the Next Big Idea Festival Saturday. 

Holsapple reflected on the day's events:

“To me, this is just an excellent demonstration of the idea of the creative district.

Innovation Burns Bright at Next Big Idea Festival

on September 16, 2012 - 9:30am

Einstein (Katy Korkos) checks out the exhibits at the Bradbury Science Museum with Alison Kaehn Saturday during the Next Big Idea festival in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Kirsten Laskey

Great ideas can burn bright but at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce’s Next Big Idea Festival, innovative thoughts were on fire.

The igniting of creativity covered everything from technology and science to the arts and history.

It also touched on education.

Priedhorsky Presents Talk Wednesday at Fuller Lodge

on September 16, 2012 - 7:43am

Death Hollow, 2005. Courtesy photo

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19  in Fuller Lodge, Reid Priedhorsky will tell stories of his forty adventures on the Colorado Plateau.

Part coming-of-age story, part exploration of local natural beauty, and part compendium of hilarious debacles, this talk is about the canyons of the Colorado Plateau.

In photographs and illustrations, Priedhorsky will tell the story of his 40 adventures in the ethereal landscape, which inspired the alien worlds of Calvin and Hobbes’ Spaceman Spiff. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll demand a refund.

Priedhorsky was born and


County Line: Smart House Grand Opening Monday

on September 16, 2012 - 7:29am

  COUNTY News:

Join the Los Alamos County Council celebrate the Grand Opening of the NEDO Smart House/Smart Grid with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at the Smart House.

Council Meeting Tuesday

What's on the agenda? It's a work session at 7 p.m. at  White Rock Fire Station #3 on N.M. 4,  in which a discussion of governance and management options plus funding for the Cultural Creative District are scheduled.

Los Alamos Co-op to Host Health & Wellness Fair Saturday

on September 16, 2012 - 5:28am

CO-OP News:

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market is hosting its second Health and Wellness Fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Co-op, 95 Entrada Dr., next to the Holiday Inn Express.

The Health and Wellness Fair includes massage therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, mental balance coaches, Krav Maga & Z-Health instructors, local artists and other wellness vendors.

The public will have access to samples, consultations, and demonstrations, all provided free. 

As part of the Co-op’s on-going community outreach program, the Health and

Downtown Buzzed with Activities Friday Before Today's Next Big Idea Festival

on September 15, 2012 - 8:01am

Engineers from Proctor & Gamble give a preview of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette Friday evening as part of today's Next Big Idea festival. The Corvette will be on display 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the Mesa Public Library parking lot during. Photo by Sal Zapien/
Los Alamos County Council candidate Steve Girrens, right, got a tour under the hood of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette. Photo by Sal Zapien/
Los Alamos County Councilor Sharon Stover got to sit behind the wheel of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette and rev its engine. Photo by Sal Zapien/
A crowd gathers

Los Alamos Family Council Marks 50 Years of Service

on September 14, 2012 - 4:13pm

Joy Beery, left, and Cheryl Pongratz. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Today marks a 50-year milestone for Los Alamos Family Council, Inc.

The behavioral health agency at 1505 15th St., Suite C, incorporated Sept. 14, 1962 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.

Today the agency is launching a year-long campaign, to thank the community for its support and to focus attention on the importance of personal and community wellness.

"We want community members, organizations and Los Alamos County to know how much we appreciate their support," Executive Director Joy

Rotary Club Holds Bulb Sale Near CB FOX

on September 14, 2012 - 3:01pm

Brian Newnam, right, and Mike Lippiatt of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos volunteer at the Club's annual bulb sale in front of CB FOX in downtown Los Alamos today. Proceeds from the bulb sale benefit educational efforts for youth. Contact the Rotary Club to purchase bulbs at 505-662-7950. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Beverly Forker purchases a bag of each type of flower bulb from Rotarians Mike Lippiatt, left, and Brian Newnam during today's annual bulb sale in front of CB FOX in downtown Los Alamos. Carol A. Clark /


Among the Nicest Gifts...

on September 14, 2012 - 10:27am

Delta Kappa Gamma member Eileen Trujillo and Los Alamos Medical Center Unit Supervisor Denise Martinez unpack the newest collection of children’s books given to the families welcoming a new member. Courtesy photo

Among the Nicest Gifts
By Judy Crocker

Down the street, the painting job went smoothly, and there were loads of boxes arriving. Family friends came last weekend for a baby shower, and the crib had arrived on time.

The local members of Delta Kappa Gamma – Rho Chapter were especially pleased to add a valuable gift to the baby’s new room – a specially-selected book for the start of

Community Invited to Taste the Sky Sunday

on September 14, 2012 - 9:58am


Next Big Idea: A Festival of Discovery Invention and Innovation Set for Saturday

on September 14, 2012 - 9:17am



The September edition of New Mexico Centennial eNewsletter features Los Alamos' own Next Big Idea Festival.

The Next Big Idea Festival Day runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Fuller Lodge and around downtown Los Alamos.

The annual festival is a family-friendly event, highlighting Los Alamos’ unique, creative and scientific heritage.

Designed to inspire, illuminate and educate through science, technology, arts, food and music, the event is FREE!

In addition to exhibitors, this year we have also designated a Kid’s Activity Area with hands-on science

LANB Hosts United Way 2013 Campaign Kick Off

on September 13, 2012 - 4:30pm

Los Alamos National Bank President Steve Wells presents a $50,000 donation from the bank to United Way, accepted by United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega during Wednesday's 2013 campaign kick off event hosted by LANB. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Katy Korkos, left, of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce presents a $8,200 donation to United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega from money raised at the Chamber's annual charity golf tournament. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Director Liddie Martinez of Community and Government Relations for SOC, right, presents a

Los Alamos Community Winds takes Second in The American Prize Competition

on September 13, 2012 - 11:11am

The Los Alamos Community Winds. Courtesy/LACW

By Bonnie J. Gordon

The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance, 2012 winners were announced Sept. 11, 2012. The Los Alamos Community Winds achieved second place in the Community Division.

The American Prize is a series of non-profit national competitions providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances of music by ensembles and individuals each year.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview Sept. 14, 2012

on September 12, 2012 - 3:44pm

This week's preview is sponsored by

Beowulf: Special film presentation of the heroic, epic poem 
5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library

STEM Student Day 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)
Kids 13–17 years old
4 p.m. at Little Theater Madame Curie Performance
5 p.m. at Bradbury Science Museum (pizza for all! Presentation from Mars Rover Scientists, Fire Science or Kraz-E Science Show)
7 p.m.

What’s on Your Mind?

on September 10, 2012 - 10:09pm


Joyce Nichols and her grandson chat with County Council Chair Sharon Stover at the Farmer's Market in June. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Staff report

Several Los Alamos County Councilors will be at the Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, to visit with citizens about current projects, issues, and other topics.

The market is located downtown, in the library overflow parking lot just north of Ashley Pond Park on Central Avenue.


Got Apple Trees? Participants Wanted for Local Experiment

on September 10, 2012 - 1:38pm

By Richard Nebel

We have tried raising apples without using pesticides for more than 25 years in Los Alamos. We haven’t been very successful.

The primary problem we’ve had is with codling moths. Almost every apple we have produced has worms in it.

However, this year we have a noticeably improved apple crop. This was especially true with our early apples. 

We still have some worms, but there aren’t as many of them as in years past. I’m curious if other Los Alamos  residents have noticed this as well.

Initially, this struck me as being a little odd.


White Rock Artists Paint From Anderson Overlook

on September 10, 2012 - 10:46am

White Rock artists Petr and Louise Jandacek set up their easels at Anderson Overlook on the Front Hill Road Friday to record another magnificent New Mexico evening. Photo by TK Thompson/
Louise Jandacek works on the painting she started last winter as evidenced by the snow on the Sange de Christo peaks on her canvas. Photo by TK Thompson/
Petr Jandacek lays on more paint. He says he is primarily a sculptor and his wife Louise is the painter in the family. Photo by TK Thompson/

The Y Encourages Families to Address Healthy Living During Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

on September 10, 2012 - 8:58am

The Family YMCA offers healthy eating and physical activity tips to help residents live healthier. Courtesy/FYMCA


September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The Family YMCA — a leader in youth development and healthy living — wants to help families understand the risks of childhood obesity and how to incorporate regular physical activity and healthy eating into their lives.

Childhood obesity rates have soared over the last few decades.

Breaking News: 27 Los Alamos Firefighters Fall Sick Saturday Night Following Roast Pork Dinner

on September 9, 2012 - 5:53pm

Los Alamos Elks Lodge. File photo

By Carol A. Clark

The New Mexico Environment Department is investigating the source of an intestinal sickness that struck 27 Los Alamos Firefighters Saturday night.

The firefighters fell ill after eating a roast pork dinner provided to them by the Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 at 1601 Trinity Dr.

"The Elks invited firefighters and police officers as a way to thank us for the work we did during the Las Conchas Fire," Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said in an interview today with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Planting Bulbs this Fall Helps Students Next Spring

on September 9, 2012 - 3:41pm

From left, Rotarians Alison Walters, Chris Sierk and Linda Hull sell flower bulbs for a Club fundraiser Friday at Los Alamos National Bank. The Club will sell bulbs again from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 in front of CB FOX on Central Avenue and from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 27 and 28 and Oct. 5 at LANB. Flower bulb selections include mixed crocus, grape hyacinths, daffodils, red tulips and pink tulips. Proceeds benefit year-end Los Alamos High School student awards. Photo by Gil Butler

Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk is Sept. 15

on September 9, 2012 - 3:06pm


LAAC News:

The Los Alamos Arts Council will host the third Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk Sept. 15, "where the sidewalk ends … and your imagination begins."

The event is a festival and celebration of chalk drawing, the artistic process and, of course, all the local, creative, talented individuals who make Los Alamos an unusual and quietly exotic place to call home.

Join the LAAC for a celebration of art and community on the sidewalks behind Fuller Lodge in collaboration with The Next Big Idea. 

Special prizes will be awarded to an entrant in each category selected by the judges.