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Public Invited to Leadership Connection Town Hall

on February 12, 2013 - 7:02am


The Los Alamos Community Health Council (LACHC) is sponsoring the Leadership Connection Town Hall at Fuller Lodge 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The public is invited to attend the Town Hall for which the goal is to report on key Los Alamos County health issues, trends and recommendations.

Community leaders will give short presentations followed by questions and discussion. 

Local LACHC member agencies will have materials available about resources and services in Los Alamos.  

Light refreshments will be provided. 

RSVP by Monday, Feb.25 to

State Farm Invests $20K in Area Youth

on February 12, 2013 - 6:42am
Teens work on a project at the Española YMCA Teen Center. Courtesy/YMCA 

YMCA News:

Española –The Española YMCA Teen Center received a $20,000 grant from State Farm Saturday during the Y’s annual Red and Black Ball in Los Alamos.

Local State Farm agents Lou Santoro and Abe Dispennette presented the award to Family YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly on behalf of the company’s regional Good Neighbor Citizenship program.

The grant will fund educational programming, skill-building classes and recreational activities in support of keeping an underserved population engaged in learning and

'Daffodils for Hospice' Sale Underway

on February 12, 2013 - 6:34am

LAVN News:

The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is having their annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale. 

Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals. 

Daffodil pre-orders are being taken now through March 3. You may order a glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) of daffodils for $15, a glass vase with one bunch for $10 or a single bunch (10 stems) for $5. Delivery is free with a minimum of two bunches or one vase to a single address. 

Flowers will be delivered Saturday, March 9 or  may be picked up at


Focus on Your Health: Living Well with Diabetes

on February 12, 2013 - 6:23am

Focus on Your Health: Living Well with Diabetes
By Becky Rutherford
Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico

Diabetes is a complicated disease that is all too common today. This disease affects 25.8 million people in our country alone. 

People with Diabetes don’t produce enough insulin. This causes high levels of blood glucose, which can lead to Diabetes complications. 

However, it is possible to control Diabetes and live well with the disease. The Los Alamos Heart Council is pleased to provide education on this topic to our community. 

The council is hosting its annual community

Small Bird Snacks on Large Apple

on February 12, 2013 - 6:21am

This bird swooped down to claim a discarded apple on the ground near a dumpster on Bonnie View in White Rock Monday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

JJAB Coordinator Urges Support for Teen Center

on February 11, 2013 - 7:20am
JJAB Coordinator Ellen Ben-Naim is urging residents to support the Los Alamos Teen Center Facility project currently under review by the County Council. Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Bonnie J. Gordon

The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 to discuss eight projects approved in May 2012.

The Council’s adopted budget guidance is to defer some projects up to four years to assist with projected budget shortfalls. One of the projects is the Los Alamos Teen Center Facility.  

For years, community groups and surveys have identified a need for social and

Community Invited to Hear Michael and Michele Altherr Share their 'Adventures in Africa'

on February 11, 2013 - 7:20am

The Mountaineers February meeting features 'Adventures in Africa' by Michael and Michele Altherr. A daily event in their adventures was the sundown wildlife watch. Here, on a tributary of the Luangwa River, the watch included a full bar and lanterns with an armed guard on crocodile watch. Hippos snorting, elephants trumpeting in the distance, gin and tonic in the bush, and the sunset across the river made for a truly unique experience. Courtesy photo

Adventures in Africa

Africa is the world’s second largest and second most populous continent.

Generosity Marks YMCA's 2013 Red and Black Ball

on February 10, 2013 - 5:10pm

Saree Clark, left, and Lyuba Georgieva welcome the crowd to The Family YMCA's Red and Black Ball Saturday night in the Phillip Kunsberg building on 15th Street at Nectar. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan with, from left, YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly, wife Janet McMillan and Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover as the Y's annual Red and Black Ball gets underway Saturday night in downtown Los Alamos.

Community Invited to Rotary's Family-Style Crab Fest

on February 10, 2013 - 11:28am


The Rotary Club of Los Alamos cordially invites the community to its fourth Annual Crab Fest

This all-you-can-eat crab and prawn family-style dinner is Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on DP Road at Trinity Drive. 

The cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and there will be music, as well as silent and live auctions. 

Tickets are $45 each; reserved tables of 10 are $450. Tickets may be purchased at Blue Window, CB FOX and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. 

Proceeds benefit local schoalarips and the purchase of an AED for Fuller

Support Youth Trip to Europe with Valentine Purchase

on February 10, 2013 - 6:57am

Staff Report

Europe 2013 travelers are having a craft, coffee and chocolate sale 2:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank.

The 22 high school seniors touring Central Europe with a local teacher next summer have worked hard to create Valentine's gifts to raise money for their trip. 

Stop by LANB Tuesday to purchase beautiful flowers, unique cards, tasty chocolate and awarding-winning coffee from Silver Cup Coffee in Seattle.  

The goal of Europe 2013 is to expand the world view of Los Alamos' young adults and help them develop skills for the global economy.


Gloomy Skies Loom Above Los Alamos

on February 9, 2013 - 2:26pm

Gloomy skies loom over Los Alamos following today's snow storm. The forecast for tonight is a low of 24°F, winds from the west at 21 mph and a 30 percent chance of snow. Sunday’s forecast is a low of 21° F, winds WSW at 10 mph and a 30 percent chance of afternoon/evening snow showers. Source: Photo by Chris Clark 

The sun above Los Alamos is muted by today's thick gray skies. Photo by Chris Clark 

Snowy patches remain on the ground above Quemazon this afternoon following today's earlier snowfall. Photo by Chris Clark 

LAMC Awarded Accreditation From Joint Commission

on February 9, 2013 - 11:55am

LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

The accreditation award recognizes (name of organization)’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in October of 2012. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated LAMC for compliance with standards of care specific

AAUW Invites Public to View 'THE INVISIBLE WAR'

on February 9, 2013 - 7:49am


AAUW News:

Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., the Los Alamos branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is showing "THE INVISIBLE WAR" as a fundraiser for AAUW's Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF.)

The film will be shown in the Jeannette O. Wallace Hall (Bldg. 5) at UNM-LA. Admission is $10 adults and $5 students. All proceeds will be donated to LAF.

"THE INVISIBLE WAR" is a groundbreaking investigation into what Newsweek has called "the most underreported crime in America": the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military.

The Department of Defense estimates that 20 percent

Bandelier is Your Backyard!

on February 9, 2013 - 7:36am

The overall winner in the 2012 GBBC photo contest features this Cedar Waxwing. Photo by Ben Thomas, Georgia


Come visit Bandelier for the 16 annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), Feb. 15-18.

After 15 years of success in North America, GBBC is now global. In 2013, anyone, from anywhere on earth, can participate by visiting or and reporting the kinds and numbers of birds they see during the annual count.

During the 2012 count, participants reported 17.4 million bird observations on 104,000 checklists.

Friday Night 'Meetup' Draws Record Crowd

on February 9, 2013 - 7:35am

Tables had to be added at the Dixie Girl Friday night as more and more people arrived for the 'Meetup' during Happy Hour. Everyone is invited to this Chamber sponsored event held at 5 p.m. each Friday at the Dixie Girl. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Chamber Members Network at FAN 44

on February 9, 2013 - 7:28am

Chamber of Commerce members met at restaurants around Los Alamos Friday, Feb. 8 for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce FAN 44 networking event. FAN 44 stands for Food and Networking for four, and is based upon a rotation of interested Chamber members who meet every other Friday for lunch at one of 16 local restaurants. Meeting at Hill Diner Friday were from left, Katie Stavert of Los Alamos Business Services; Linda Hull, president of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos; Tom Nagawiecki, Los Alamos County environmental services specialist and Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa of Kalsa Acupuncture.

‘Empty Bowl Project’ Uses Art to Help Needy

on February 9, 2013 - 7:19am

Empty Bowls Project Chair Gillian Sutton discusses the annual event during Wednesday's FAN Club at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Empty bowls on display along with Flowers By Gillian during Wednesday's FAN Club. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Business people turned out for Wednesday's FAN Club at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce for the Empty Bowl Project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

KSRN's David Sutton, Michaele Sutton and Gene Mortensen attend Wednesday's FAN Club. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Swing Your Sweetheart at the Posse Shack

on February 9, 2013 - 7:02am

Down Home Fun with Author Slim Randles Feb. 28

on February 9, 2013 - 6:58am
Author Slim Randles. Courtesy photo


Join longtime New Mexico resident Slim Randles at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Mesa Public Library for an evening of wild, funny and homespun stories both from his work as a newspaperman and those from his days actually in the wild.

Randles will talk about his current syndicated column, which runs in more than 100 newspapers nationwide and his new book Home Country, a compilation of the best of his wit and wisdom from his column of the same title.

So just where is Home Country? It is here, in our hearts.

Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery & Studio Offers Valentine's Day Gifts

on February 9, 2013 - 6:54am

KWFA News:
Visit Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery & Studio for unique gifts for Valentine's Day or a late Groundhog's Day.
Several new artists have joined the gallery and the artists have brought in many new pieces just in time for Valentine's Day:
  • Hummingbird and goldfinch paintings;
  • A sumptuous floral still life by Sheridan Brown;
  • Unbelievable charcoal, graphite and scratchboard artwork by Heather Ward;
  • A beautiful photo by TK Thompson of flamenco dancers;
  • Karen Wray's original and reproductions of florals and landscapes;
  • Kathleen Veenstra's atmospheric landscapes and pottery;
  • Kathy Hjeresen's

UNM-LA presents Third Annual Music Marathon

on February 8, 2013 - 11:13am
The Craig Martin Experience playing at the Dixie Girl in Los Alamos. CME is one of the featured acts at this year's UNM-LA Music Marathon. Courtesy photo by Greg Kendall
By Bonnie J. Gordon

Enjoy an entire day of local music at the third annual UNM-LA Music Marathon. The Marathon is 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb.10 in the UNM-LA Student Center.

The event is free and open to everyone. Donations will benefit UNM-Los Alamos student scholarships.

The day will include everything from Renaissance music for viols to modern jazz with the Craig Martin Experience.

In previous years, more than 300

LA Federated Republican Women Attend Governor's Tea

on February 8, 2013 - 8:12am
Lt. Gov. John Sanchez addresses members of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women and others at the annual Governor's Tea Feb. 1 at the Governor's Mansion. Courtesy photo
Ten members and guests of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women met women from across the state at a visit to the New Mexico Legislature Friday, Feb. 1.
The day began with Secretary of State Dianna Duran welcoming the women at a coffee in Capitol North.
Several women visited the Secretary of State's office and Lt. Gov.

Pet of the Week: Maxwell the Heeler/Lab

on February 8, 2013 - 7:33am


Maxwell is a 1-year-old neutered male heeler/lab in search of a family that will exercise him and continue his basic training.

Maxwell is energetic, confident, social, housebroken and leash trained with no guarding required. Overall, he is a good family dog who likes long walks.

Visit Maxwell and other adoptable pets at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website at, for information about volunteering, adopting and donating.
Also check out the Petfinder page for photos and to learn more about

Thursday's Beer and Cheese Tasting Sells Out

on February 8, 2013 - 7:12am
Thursday night's Beer and Cheese Tasting at the Los Alamos Coop Market raised funds for the Los Alamos Beer Cooperative. The sold out event featured beer and hard cider from Blue Heron Brewing Company and international cheeses carried by the Co-op. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/



Bandelier Grill's New Owner Shares Revitalization Plans

on February 7, 2013 - 10:06am

Brian Appell has purchased the Bandelier Grill at N.M. 4 and Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock. Appell is the longtime owner of Los Ojos Restaurant & Saloon in Jemez Springs. He said that he plans to update the menu to include the most popular items at Los Ojos and to extend the hours of operation to include daily breakfast and Sunday brunch. He plans to host a grand opening event for the public soon, which will be announced in the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post Lifestyles Editor Bonnie J.