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YMCA Gym Divider Helps to Double Space

on July 30, 2012 - 12:16pm


The Family YMCA completed the installation of a gym divider curtain this month, which was partially funded by targeted donations from last year’s annual campaign for the improvement project. The curtain will enable smaller programs to run at the same time, such as wrestling and open gym, or bumpers volleyball and iCare Wednesdays. Courtesy/YMCA

Tuesday Memorial Set for Paul Guthals

on July 30, 2012 - 12:14pm

IHM News:

Longtime Los Alamos resident Paul R. Guthals passed away Saturday morning.

A Funeral Mass for Guthals will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 31 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

A reception will follow the Mass at Karen McLaughlin Parish Hall, adjacent to the church.

Interment also will be Tuesday, July 31 at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe.


Lunch with a Leader to Feature Local Police Chief

on July 30, 2012 - 9:00am

LWV News:

Los Alamos Chief of Police Wayne Torpy will be the speaker at the upcoming League of Women Voters monthly Lunch with a Leader meeting.


The public is invited to attend Torpy's talk, set for 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. (small building across from the back of the high school.)

Torpy was hired as police chief in Los Alamos in 2005. He serves on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the boards of the Family YMCA and Leadership Los Alamos.

He holds a BA in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College, a MS from Nova

Health Council Sponsoring Town Hall Aug. 6

on July 29, 2012 - 11:15pm


The Los Alamos Community Health Council (LACHC) is sponsoring a Faith Community “Health Speak Out” Town Hall Meeting noon-1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr.

The goal of the Town Hall is to gather information from the faith communities, agencies and people involved with providing emergency and basic needs services.

LACHC will also share a summary of its 2011-2012 LACHC Los Alamos County Health Profile.

Bring your own brown bag lunch. Drinks will be supplied.

Seating is limited ... RSVP to by Friday, Aug. 3.


LAEN Speakers Present Noon Talk Tuesday to Rotary

on July 29, 2012 - 11:55am


Andy Andrews

The public is invited to join Rotary Club members for a noon talk Tuesday, July 31, at Dixie Girl Restaurant, 1789 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos.

President Andy Andrews of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network and Dave Jones of The Hive in White Rock are the featured speakers for the lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

Dave Jones

Andrews and Jones will speak about "Making Big Ideas a Reality" and describe "How to Grow Your Business."



Back to School Tax Free Weekend Starts Friday

on July 28, 2012 - 10:08am


It is that time of year again for the New Mexico Annual Tax Holiday.

This year it starts at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 3, and goes through Aug. 5 at midnight.

This is a great time to purchase school supplies and clothing without paying tax.

The New Mexico Legislature established a deduction from gross receipts tax for retail sales of tangible personal property in 2005 and has continued it each year the first weekend in August.

This is possible because the retailers can deduct the gross receipts tax during this period and therefore can pass the savings onto you for a weekend of

Los Alamos American Legion Riders Promote Worthy Cause

on July 28, 2012 - 9:51am

The Los Alamos American Legion Riders are hosting a fundraiser for cancer victim Deirdre DeMello, a longtime Los Alamos resident.

The Riders are raising money to have her returned to Los Alamos to be buried near her brother, Pat Turner.  

The event is today, Saturday July 28 and began at 7 a.m., at the American Legion Post, 1325 Trinity Dr. with breakfast followed by a poker run at 8 a.m. to Cimarron for lunch then to the Santa Fe Harley Davidson and then back to the American Legion Post in Los Alamos for a steak dinner at 6 p.m.

The public is encouraged to attend the dinner, which costs


Early Morning Commuters Drive Ahead of Sunrise

on July 28, 2012 - 9:28am

Commuters drive along N.M. 4 toward work as the sun comes up Thursday morning. Photo by TK Thompson/

Public Turns Out for Albuquerque and Four Corners Pipe and Drum Practice Night

on July 28, 2012 - 9:22am
The Los Alamos contingent of the Albuquerque and Four Corners Pipe and Drum band entertained Thursday at Urban Park. Photo by TK Thompson/
Four Pipers in the Pines at the Park. Albuquerque & Four Corners Pipes and Drums is a bagpipe band that meets for two hours once a week in Los Alamos to practice Scottish bagpipe music. Currently, the musicians meet 6-8 p.m., Wednesdays at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on North Road in Los Alamos, but the public should always call to confirm the rehearsal schedule. Members are ages 10 and up and play at all music levels.

Pet Pangaea Hosts Final 'Downtown Dogs Walk' of Summer

on July 28, 2012 - 8:51am
Pet Pangaea owner Cyndi Wells, second from left, chats with residents in front of her store at 158 Central Park Square who participated in the final Friday night "Downtown Dogs Walk" of the summer. This popular event may start up again in September. Today, July 28, Pet Pangaea is hosting adoptable pets from Desert Paws New Mexico Animal Rescue. The public is encouraged to stop by the store and adopt a pet. For more information, call 661-1010 or visit Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Dogs of many breeds took park in Pet Pangaea's "Downtown Dogs Walk" Friday

Local Artist Creates Mural Honoring America's Veterans

on July 27, 2012 - 3:28pm

Local artist Danne De Backer, Vietnam Veteran and life member of the American Legion, is in the process of creating a memorial mural to honor all veterans from all wars and conflicts in the nation’s history for their service to America. De Backer’s work can be seen at the American Legion Post 90, 1325 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos. Photo by Leland S. Lehman

Artwork by Danne De Backer. Photo by Leland S. Lehman

Artwork by Danne De Backer. Photo by Leland S. Lehman

Artwork by Danne De Backer. Photo by Leland S. Lehman

Local Celebrities Needed for Dunking Event

on July 27, 2012 - 2:56pm


The Los Alamos Teen Center is hosting a School of Rock.

Musicians from the Teen Center are forming bands to perform 2-7 p.m., Aug. 11 at Central Park Square.

Local well-known people are needed to participate in a dunk tank activity - to date, Teen Center Director Michelangelo Lobato is the sole person to volunteer to be dipped in the tank.

During the Aug. 11 event, the Teen Center also will sell food, hold a bake sale and conduct a silent auction.


All proceeds from the School of Rock event go toward purchasing musical instruments for the Los Alamos Teen Center.

Former Spy to Appear on Sunday's Report From Santa Fe

on July 26, 2012 - 10:29am

Former CIA Operations Officer Valerie Plame, left, with "Report From Santa Fe" host Lorene Mills. Courtesy photo

This week: Valerie Plame Wilson, former CIA Operations Officer will be interviewed on “REPORT FROM SANTA FE” on Ch. 5 at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 29. 

Plame Wilson is the author of “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.” She is highly trained in the field of nuclear proliferation and openly continues this work as a leader In “Global Zero” - an international movement to eliminate the global nuclear threat.

On Sunday's program, the former spy is scheduled to

Going to Great Lengths for that Special View

on July 26, 2012 - 9:35am

A man is spotted watching Wednesday's sunset from a daring vantage point on the Overlook Promontory hanging above the Rio Grande. Buckman Mesa is visible in the background. Photo by TK Thompson/

Mud Puddle Reflects Sunset

on July 26, 2012 - 8:45am

A mud puddle reflects the spectacular sky that followed Wednesday's rainstorm in the Pajarito Acres area of White Rock. Photo by Katy Korkos

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: July 26, 2012

on July 25, 2012 - 4:45pm

Editor's Note: Updates at bottom 7/27/12 3pm.

Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark and Webmaster/Reporter Greg Kendall. Photo by Karen Kendall

The week's preview is sponsored by 

Joe Hayes: New Mexico's Centennial Storyteller
7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 at Fuller Lodge

While Joe Hayes, an official Centennial author, doesn't have a specific centennial program, he will tell a selection of favorite stories gleaned from New Mexico's diverse cultures.

Steven Guldan Talks to Rotary about Sustainable Agricultural Science

on July 25, 2012 - 1:49pm


Steven Guldan, right, professor and superintendent of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at UNM selects a ticket from Rotarian Kevin Honnell for the Club's weekly free lunch drawing Tuesday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Guldan spoke to the group about the Sustainable Agricultural Science Center at Alcalde. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The NMSU Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center staff in cooperation with the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service invites the public to attend its Field Day Program at Alcalde Wednesday, Aug. 15:

Flowers Make Fragrant Sleeping Quarters

on July 25, 2012 - 1:29pm

Bees discovered sleeping in a solitary white flower. Photo by Leland S. Lehman

Photo by Leland S. Lehman

A one day bloom growing in the Gila Wilderness. Photo by Leland S. Lehman

Take an Easy Walk to Learn to ID Wildflower

on July 25, 2012 - 9:45am

PEEC News:


Join Curator Chick Keller of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center's (PEEC) Jemez Mountain Herbarium for an easy walk to learn the names of local wildflowers.  

A plant list will be provided so participants can keep track of what they see.  

Meet at PEEC at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26 to carpool or caravan to the trailhead.
Free, no registration required.

Get A Good Scrubbing for a Good Cause!

on July 25, 2012 - 9:36am


There's a fundraiser car wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at the Del Norte Credit Union.

The event is being held to benefit the youth leadership and athletics program of Los
Alamos Pony Club.

Bring cars, trucks and even horse trailers for a good scrubbing for a good cause!

Letter to the Editor: Thank You for Saving a Life

on July 25, 2012 - 9:01am

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos would like to thank the community for its tremendous support of the United Blood Services (UBS) blood drive held July 12-13 at the First Baptist Church. 

As part of the Rotary District 5520 Governor’s Challenge, our Club partnered with the very capable members of the Civitans, under the direction of Luke Ney, and with the Retired Sen-iors Volunteer Program (RSVP), under the leadership of Irene Powell. 

Although the need for blood does not decrease during the summer, the number of donors frequently does. 

Local blood supplies can fall to dangerously low


Counting Down the Days for Free Books for Kids

on July 25, 2012 - 7:01am


Otowi Station, Los Alamos Rotary Club and Self-Help, Inc., have partnered to provide free books to 500 local disadvantaged schoolchildren through this summer's "A Book of My Very Own" campaign.

The campaign, which ends Aug. 1, is now halfway to its goal.

The books will be distributed with school supplies for the neediest elementary school children in Los Alamos and surrounding communities, as designated by school counselors.

The project is part of Self-Help’s “Tools for Schools” program.

“We’ve been delighted with the response so far,” said Ellen Ben-Naim, children’s

UK Soccer Camp Starts Next Week

on July 23, 2012 - 10:43pm
The Family YMCA is hosting the UK Soccer Camp program next week July 30 – Aug 3 at North Mesa Field for youth ages 4-16.
The cost for half days (9 a.m. to noon) is $100 and a $160 for full days (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The full day program is for youth ages 8-16 only.
This is a great program for soccer players of all experience levels with a focus on individual skills development and teamwork. Scholarships are available through funding from United Way.
Sign up at the YMCA or online at

Y Earth Service Corps Fundraises for Creativity for Peace

on July 23, 2012 - 9:32pm

By Kimberly Secrest
YESC Director

The Los Alamos Y Earth Service Corps has had an exciting past month. They have continued to work on maintaining and improving the trails around Los Alamos, and have begun working on The Satch Cowan Trail, a trail honoring a local woman who has helped make the Los Alamos YES Corps program possible. 

Additionally, the YES Corps has volunteered at the Espanola Humane Society, has deconstructed unsafe fencing for the Wildlife Center, and has served as mentors for the Y’s iCARE program participants for an activity studying a forest floor.

The Los Alamos Y


OBITUARY: John W. Taylor 1931 - July 21, 2012

on July 23, 2012 - 12:01pm
JOHN W. TAYLOR, 81, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2012.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita K. Taylor; parents, Waldon and Ida Taylor; sister-in-law, Martha Taylor.
John was employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 31 years. He was an active member of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
He was a well known and respected member of the community. He was a laboratory fellow and was a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.
He contributed greatly to NASA Missions, namely the Cassini Hygens.