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DNA Subject of Genealogical Association Talk

on January 6, 2014 - 7:49am

LAGA News:

The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at Mesa Public Library.

The speaker will be Irma Holtkamp and her topic will be "Ancestry DNA Update."


Volunteer Bob Dryja Helps PEEC Share the Outdoors

on January 4, 2014 - 10:27am

PEEC volunteer Bob Dryja. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Bob Dryja has been volunteering at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) for the last 12 years, first with some of the children's programs, and more recently as a board member, although he still volunteers to help out with field trips and such. Dryja always has a smile on his face, a joke to tell, and he is always willing to lend a hand. PEEC sat down with Dryja to learn more about him.

PEEC:How did you get involved with PEEC?
B.D.: Oh that goes back almost 12 years.


Pets of the week: Sierra and Peewee

on January 4, 2014 - 9:53am

Sierra and Peewee. Courtesy/Friends of the Shelter


Sierra and Peewee are eight-year-old spayed female Jack Russell Terriers. They came from a rescue after they were badly attacked in their own home by two larger dogs in the home. 

They are recovering from their injuries and are responding very nicely to attention from shelter staff and volunteers. They would like to be adopted together into a quiet home. They are good with adults and older, quiet, gentle children. A gentle dog might be okay with them also.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter and Friends of the Shelter would like


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Jan. 3

on January 3, 2014 - 3:17pm

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Friday, Jan. 3 

Nana’s Naughty Knickers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 at Los Alamos Little Theater
Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

Saturday, Jan. 4 

Science Cinema Saturday 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Bradbury Science Museum 
New community video series of short science films ranging in topics from microbes to aquifers to addictions.

Nana’s Naughty Knickers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at Los Alamos Little Theater 
Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

Sunday, Jan. 5
Nana’s Naughty

Celebrate New Season of 'Downton Abbey' With High Tea

on January 3, 2014 - 12:34pm
PBS poster for 'Downton Abbey.' Courtesy photo


The new fourth season of “Downton Abbey,” PBS’s popular English drama, premieres in the U.S. at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5 on PBS (Channel 5.) To celebrate this new season, The Betty Ehart Senior Center will host “An Afternoon at Downton Abbey Tea” 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5. Scones, tea sandwiches, and shortbreads will be included with other delicacies to include a full English afternoon tea. 

Do your alliances lie with the downstairs scullery maids or those of the upstairs elite?

Libraries Offer Favorite Magazines Through Zinio

on January 3, 2014 - 9:39am


Smart phones, tablets, laptops, e readers and other devices - there are many choices these days and Los Alamos County Libraries are offering a great new service for patrons. Zinio is an online newsstand with full content, online magazines - all free of charge. Los Alamos County Library System has expanded its services with audio books and ebooks available to download instantly from the library’s website.

Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such

New Year's By The Numbers

on January 1, 2014 - 12:00pm


Staff Report

Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each new year for at least four millennia. Today, most New Year’s festivities begin on Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve), the last day of the Gregorian calendar, and continue into the early hours of Jan. 1. Common traditions include attending parties, eating special New Year’s foods, making resolutions for the new year and watching fireworks displays.

The earliest recorded festivities in honor of a new year’s arrival date back some 4,000 years to ancient Babylon.


Council, Boards & Commissions Calendar

on January 1, 2014 - 8:21am


Editor's note: If an AGENDA hyperlink doesn't work, the agenda is not yet available from the Council, Board or Commission. It will be added as soon as made available.

Los Alamos County Council [Webpage]

Next Meeting:  7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 Council Chambers  [AGENDA]

Last available minutes: Oct. 22, 2013 
Last available video: Jan. 7, 2014

Los Alamos Public Schools Board [Webpage]

Next Meeting:  Tuesday, Jan. 14 [NOTICE] [AGENDA] 

Last available minutes: Oct. 10, 2013

Last available video: Click HERE

Art in Public Places Advisory Board [APPAB]  [

‘Amelie’ Wins You Over With Whimsical Sweetness

on December 31, 2013 - 9:57am

Movie poster for 'Amelie.'


The next film in the library’s Free Film Series, while not technically holiday themed, is so buttery rich and honeyed that it belongs in The Nutcracker’s Land of Sweets.

“Amelie” (2001, rated R for sexuality) tells the life story of Amelie Poulain, beginning with her conception and building to her first cutely quixotic attempt at romantic love.

Amelie has a horrible, but hilariously summarized, childhood.

Strength Training For 50 and Older Set

on December 31, 2013 - 9:47am

Staff Report:

The Strong Women and Men Program will be offered in Los Alamos this winter. The program is a research based strength training program for women and men 50 years of age and older.

Previously called the StrongWomen and Men Growing Stronger programs, this offering allows for both women and men to strength train in the same class.

Scientific research has demonstrated that exercise with weights (strength training) will increase strength, muscle mass, and bone density in middle-aged women and men.

Water Off at Y for Short Periods Today

on December 31, 2013 - 9:29am

YMCA News:

The Los Alamos Family YMCA is replacing an old leaky water line in order to avoid future plumbing issues. The water is scheduled to be shut off at the main Y facility at 1450 Iris St., for short periods of time today. The Y will endeavor to provide a one hour notice before a shut-off is required.

In order to complete this project, it may be necessary to schedule another day when the water would be shut off, possibly later this week or early next week. Watch the Y’s website at for updated information. Call 505.662.3100 for more information.


Manage Chronic Disease with MyCD Workshop

on December 30, 2013 - 12:02pm

Staff Report

Adults with an ongoing health conditions are invited to join a free 2.5 hour MyCD Workshop being sponsored by the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and the Family YMCA. 

Get needed support, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with the doctor and family about your health at this workshop.

For those with conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety,

Taos Habitat for Humanity Holds Trivia Fundraiser

on December 30, 2013 - 11:55am


Los Alamos Beer Co-op Completes Crowdfunding

on December 29, 2013 - 12:13pm

LABC News:

The Los Alamos Beer Cooperative successfully completed a crowdfunding project Dec. 25 that raised more than $2,000 through MainStreetCrowd. The Beer Co-op is moving forward in establishing a brewery and taproom for the community to gather and enjoy great, locally handcrafted beer. The money generated through MainStreetCrowd will go toward purchasing brewery equipment.

The Beer Co-op will be the first ever brewery in Los Alamos, and the first Cooperative brewery in the state of New Mexico.

Ongoing and Upcoming Mesa Public Library Events

on December 29, 2013 - 10:04am

Courtesy/Lannan Foundation

MPL News:

Through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Mesa Public Library (MPL): The Faces of Lannan Exhibition comprises 74 photographic portraits by Don Usner of many of the world’s most noted authors including Nobel prize winners.

These black and white portraits, captured moments before the authors would go on stage for their Lannan Foundation Readings and Conversations lecture, offer insight and clearly evoke each personality.

Everyone from Gore Vidal and Noam Chomsky, Toni Morrison to Isabel Allende, are included in this special exhibition made possible with

Baby Boomers: Will Social Security Be There When You Retire?

on December 29, 2013 - 9:13am
Baby Boomers: will Social Security be there when you retire?
Join Retirement Planning Consultant Kate Stalter for a free seminar on Smart Social Security Strategies, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., in Los Alamos.
You’ve heard for years that Social Security is "going broke," but it’s almost your turn to collect. Decisions you make now can impact your benefits. This workshop will answer questions about when to begin taking Social Security, how much you will receive, and strategies to maximize benefits.

Burn Energy at Family Climb Time at the Y

on December 29, 2013 - 9:10am

YMCA News:

Bring the family and friends to the YMCA to climb. Need to burn some energy over the break?  Do you want a chance to try out the climbing wall? Need something for out-of-town guests to do? Do grandparents want to see their grandkids climb or perhaps try themselves?  Come on by the Y.

From 9:30 a.m. until noon, Monday Dec. 30 and Friday Jan. 3, climbing and gear rental will be only $5 for the entire family and  free for Y members. This isn't just a kid’s event - everyone is welcome at  the wall. The Wall will be open during usual Open Climb Times except Dec.

Santa Fe Chevrolet/Cadillac Dealership Brings 2014 C7 Corvette to Los Alamos

on December 28, 2013 - 11:39am

Corvette fans got a treat this morning in downtown Los Alamos when the Santa Fe Chevrolet/Cadillac dealership rolled in to show the group a brand new 2014 C7 Corvette. The event took place at the weekly Cars & Coffee gathering in the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce parking lot at 15th Street and Central Avenue. The public was invited to stop by and see the new Stingray with a price tag of about $60,000 that has been generating so much excitement and getting rave reviews. Photo by Leland Lehman/

A look under the hood of the 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray. Photo by Leland

Xena the Cat Banished for Hissing

on December 28, 2013 - 9:09am

Xena the Cat


Xena is an orange tabby spayed female, about 6 years old who was surrendered for hissing at other cats in the home.
She has done very well in the communal cat room at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. She wants her space, but causes no trouble. Xena is a friendly cat who is ready for a good home.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets - see the Petfinder website for photos at

For information about volunteering, adopting and donating, and


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Dec. 27

on December 27, 2013 - 6:53pm

Sponsored by

Friday, Dec. 27

A Christmas Dance with the Los Alamos Big Band
7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Admission is by donation. Proceeds benefit NPH Orphanage in Honduras and IHM youth mission work.

Sunday, Dec. 29

We’ve Got the Power: A Special Screening
7-9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29 at Reel Deal Theater. PEEC is pleased to sponsor a special screening of Brad Marshland’s new documentary, We’ve Got the Power.

Alert: Animal Clinic Seeks Owner of Cat Hit by Car

on December 27, 2013 - 9:11am


The Animal Clinic of Los Alamos contacted the Los Alamos Daily Post asking to let readers know they have received a cat in critical condition that was hit by a car. 

She is a long hair torti (black, brown, orange, with no microchip, but was wearing a purple flea collar. 

"We would like to locate the owner ASAP," the Animal Clinic said.

Contact the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos at 127 Eastgate Dr., 505.662.6622.  


PEEC's Margaret Blewett Shares Love for New Mexico

on December 26, 2013 - 11:10am

PEEC volunteer Margaret Blewett. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Margaret Blewett grew up in northern New Mexico, and developed a deep appreciation for this area. It is that love of New Mexico and the Pajarito Plateau that drives her to volunteer at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC.) At 81 years young, with six children and 14 grandchildren, she has a lot of energy to share with the community. PEEC sat down with her to learn more:

PEEC: Tell us a little about yourself and your connection with northern New Mexico.
I grew up in Albuquerque, and I spent my summers at a Girl Scout

YMCA Offers Parents Night Out

on December 26, 2013 - 10:55am


Wintertime at Ashley Pond

on December 26, 2013 - 9:53am

Area youth examine some movement they spot in the water at Ashley Pond. Photo by Leland Lehman/

The spray remains strong at Ashley Pond. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Merry Christmas From the Los Alamos Daily Post News Team!

on December 25, 2013 - 11:50am

As the ducks take a brisk swim at Ashley Pond in downtown Los Alamos, the news team at the Los Alamos Daily Post wish our readers Merry Christmas. Photo by Leland Lehman/