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Los Alamos Girl Scouts Prepare for Battle

on December 13, 2013 - 10:46am
Members of the Radioactive Fireflies,  front row from left, Katie Herrmann, Eleanor Henderson, Natalie Aulwes, Brooke Weatherbie, Aria Schmierer and Rachel Norman. Back row from left, Maddie Ovaska, Emily Holmes and Eden Schmierer. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Aria Schmierer picks up a robots after its trip through the obstacle course as Natalie Aulwes, left, and Emily Holmes observe the action. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

It’s Dec.

Will Work For Food

on December 13, 2013 - 10:25am

This small bird was spotted in a large tree in Los Alamos Thursday working hard for his breakfast. Photo by Leland Lehman/

‘Tis the Season…for Giving and Giving Thanks!

on December 13, 2013 - 9:01am

Authors Sarah Lovett, left, and Valerie Plame. Courtesy photo

‘Tis the Season…for Giving and Giving Thanks!

By Steven Thomas, Library Manager
Los Alamos County Library System

Los Alamos County Libraries are very fortunate indeed to have many volunteers who help staff members with all kinds of tasks. In the spirit of the season, these folks give their time and energy generously.

Several of our most popular programs could only happen with ongoing, reliable support and some volunteers have been giving to our libraries and the community year after year, some for over a decade!

Library staff

Ashley Pond Ducks Ignore Cold

on December 13, 2013 - 8:00am

The spunky ducks living at Ashley Pond paddle across the ice to receive bread crumbs from a family bundled up against Saturday's bitter cold. The ducks appear unfazed by the frigid temperature. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Invitation to the Community: You are Not Alone ─ We Can Heal Together

on December 13, 2013 - 7:44am

JJAB News:

Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Youth Resource Advocate Troy Palmer and Nalini Palmer invite community members to join them in having a safe space to talk and listen to each other about how everyone is coping with the sad tragedy in our community, as well as other daily challenges and stressors that do not disappear while we try to cope.

Troy and Nalini write, “Let’s be honest about our struggles without fear of judgment. Let’s put our heads together about how to help each other.


Family Council Fête Features Craig Martin Experience Dec. 14

on December 13, 2013 - 7:35am

Alice Brigham Waterman Memorial Service Jan. 11

on December 12, 2013 - 1:37pm

Alice Brigham Waterman

Memorial Service:

A Memorial Service for Alice Brigham Waterman is scheduled for noon Saturday, Jan. 11 at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road.

A reception will follow in Graves Hall.

Waterman, 94, passed peacefully from this life December 4, with family by her side. She had struggled for eight months with declining health after breaking an ankle and being diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma.

She had just spent a joyous Thanksgiving holiday with children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and even a great-great granddaughter.


Breakfast With Santa Draws Crowd

on December 12, 2013 - 12:16pm
Kids visit with Santa during the Dec. 7 Kiwanis Club's 'Breakfast With Santa.' Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Kiwanis

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club’s “Breakfast With Santa” Dec. 7 was a booming success.

Chairwoman Cheryl Pongratz said in an interview later, “I thought it went really well.”

Breakfast With Santa is a Kiwanis pancake breakfast with a difference. The club doesn’t sell tickets. Instead, it asks for cash and food donations to help those in need.

Kiwanis Treasurer Cindy Eaton said the club took in $1,815 at the door and $1,500 from Del Norte Credit Union this


ESL Students Visit Los Alamos Rotary Club

on December 12, 2013 - 11:54am

Students from South Korea and India enrolled in the advanced ESL (English as a Second Language) program at UNM-Los Alamos visited Tuesday's meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos as a way to learn more about American culture and this international service organization. From left, Younghoon Moon, Manimalar, Eunhee Lee, Hyo Seok Chun and ESL instructor Jane Clements. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Astronaut Mike Mullane Addresses Civil Air Patrol Cadets

on December 12, 2013 - 11:50am
Civil Air Patrol leaders and cadets pose with Astronaut Mike Mullane after his talk to the group Monday at Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Astronaut Mike Mullane. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Staff Report

Astronaut Mike Mullane spoke to the Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol cadets Monday at the Los Alamos Airport.

Col. Mullane graduated from West Point in 1967, was commissioned in the USAF and flew combat missions in Vietnam.

He holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and is also a


Fruitcake Sale Tradition Continues in LANB Lobby

on December 12, 2013 - 9:37am

OES News:

For more than 50 years, Los Alamos Chapter #63, Order of Eastern Star, has sold Collin Street Bakery holiday fruitcakes in Los Alamos.

This year the chapter will continue that tradition by selling fruitcakes, as well as apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until sold out, Friday, Dec. 13 and Friday, Dec. 20 in the Los Alamos National Bank lobby, 1200 Trinity Dr.

Regular-sized traditional holiday cakes cost $25 each and pineapple pecan cakes cost $30.

Contact Judy Goldie, 505.662.3797, or Nina Laird, 505.662.7580 for more information.


Young Minds, To Work!

on December 12, 2013 - 8:59am
Hawks FTC team members from left, Sam Crooks, Joseph Thompson, Erin Scott, Jessica Cooke, Summer Bronson, Jaryn Newman and M.I.M.R.E. Not pictured, Do Vo and Michael Peters. Courtesy photo

M.I.M.R.E.. (Mechanical Idea Made Real Epically.) Courtesy photo

Young Minds, To Work!
LAMS 7th Grader

The Los Alamos Middle School has accepted a challenge involving skill, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and gracious professionalism.

Alert: Elk Wintering on N.M. 4

on December 12, 2013 - 8:30am

Reader Alert:

A community member has asked the Los Alamos Daily Post to alert motorists to the fact that Tuesday she saw an elk herd on the right side of the road on N.M. 4, north of White Rock and south of the truck route, on Pueblo land.

Today she spotted the herd on the left side of the road on N.M. 4.

"Yesterday one was hit and killed," she said. "Please warn your readers who are driving to and from White Rock ... this was just at sunrise about 7 a.m."

PEEC: Arborist Gives Tips on Winter Tree Survival

on December 11, 2013 - 8:55pm

PEEC News:

Local certified arborist Laural Hardin is back at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.18.

In this program, Hardin will talk about what homeowners can do to take care of their trees throughout the winter, to make them stronger and healthier for the spring. The cost to attend this program is $8 or $6 for PEEC members. No advance registration is required.

There are actually specific things a person can do to ensure the trees on their property emerge from the cold and snow with a healthier outlook for the spring.

Funeral Services for Tyler Van Anne

on December 11, 2013 - 4:16pm

LATC News:

Funeral Services for Tyler Van Anne:

Friday, Dec. 13 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road behind Los Alamos High School, across the street from the Los Alamos Teen Center.

9 a.m. Rosary and Eulogy

10 a.m. Funeral Mass, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall across the church parking lot


Local Generosity Raises United Way Thermometer

on December 11, 2013 - 8:31am
A number of Los Alamos businesses donated 5 percent of their sales on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, to the United Way's Community Action Fund. From left, Daniel Deschamp of High Desert Carpet Care, Randy Mock of Home Run Pizza, Eric Garcia of Home Run Pizza, David Jolly of Metzger's, Rose Nyenhuis of Fusion Multisport and Andy Fox of CB FOX. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Andy Fox of CB FOX, left, presents a check to Jeremy Varela of United Way Tuesday afternoon in front of the Los Alamos Post Office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Rose Nyenhuis of Fusion Multisport

Los Alamos Teen Center Hosting Supportive Events

on December 11, 2013 - 8:25am

Local youth relax in bean bag chairs Saturday at the Los Alamos Teen Center. Photo by Bonnis J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Teen Center Assistant Director George Marsden speaks with youth gathered at the center Saturday afternoon. Photo by Bonnis J. Gordon/


The Los Alamos Teen Center is hosting a special Open Mic Night Thursday, Dec. 12 at which Home Run is donating pizzas for the event.

Support is coming in from businesses and organizations to provide food for youth who gather at the Teen Center after the funeral of Tyler Van Anne Friday.

Ruby K’s


Social Workers Speak on Youth Issues in the Emergency Room

on December 11, 2013 - 8:19am

JJAB News:

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board's next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 in Building #1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site in Los Alamos. The public is welcome to attend.

Kris Raber and Pam Houghteling, social workers at the Los Alamos Medical Center, will give a presentation about issues they address with youth in the Emergency Room.

Vote This Week to Help Local Student Win Scholarship

on December 11, 2013 - 8:17am

Rose Lea

Staff Report

Los Alamos college student, Rose Lea, is competing for a scholarship and needs the community’s support to win.

Albuquerque’s alternative rock station, 104.1 The Edge, awards one woman the title of “Miss Buck and Dex” annually. Buck and Dex are the headliners of the station’s morning talk show. The winner receives a $2,100 education scholarship, as well as the opportunity to help promote the radio station for the upcoming year.

The pool started in round one with 144 candidates, and then was cut to 70 women for round two.


Y Hosts Scholastic Book Fair

on December 11, 2013 - 8:12am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair through 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. The public is welcome to shop at the Y at any time during open hours to purchase books.

For every book that is purchased from the book fair, a ticket will be awarded, up to a maximum of five tickets. At the end of the book fair, a raffle will be held and prizes will be given out. Grand prize is a one-month free membership to the Family YMCA.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Y’s Child Watch program. 


County Assessor Celebrates 82 Years

on December 10, 2013 - 8:37pm

The Los Alamos County Assessor's Office staff celebrated County Assessor JoAnn Johnson's 82nd birthday today at the Municipal Building. From left, Appraiser Marty Martinez, Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez, County Assessor JoAnn Johnson, Senior Assessment Specialist Betty Martinez and Appraiser Apprentice Curtis Valencia. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Betty Martinez of the County Assessor's Office with Patti Teegarden and Ermilinda Martin of Title Guarantee who were out distributing holiday treats around the community today and stopped by during the County Assessor's

Rotary Flash Mob Descends on Fusion Multisport

on December 10, 2013 - 3:52pm

Los Alamos Rotarians staged a flash mob at Fusion Multisport in downtown Los Alamos this afternoon surprising owners Brad and Rose Nyenhuis. The spontaneous event was an opportunity for the Rotary Club of Los Alamos to welcome the couple to town and wish them well in their new business endeavor. From left, Hal Davis, Nancy Cerutti, President Jim Nesmith, Brad Nyenhuis, Rose Nyenhuis, Anna Caspersen, Antonya Sanders and Wendy Schmidt. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Q&A: Talking with Chief Dino Sgambellone

on December 10, 2013 - 10:58am
Community members and County and LANL officials stopped by a reception Monday evening in Council Chambers to welcome new Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and wish him well. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
County Administrator Harry Burgess, left, and Fire Chief Troy Hughes greet Police Chief Dino Sgambellone at Monday's welcome reception in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Firefighters stopped by Council Chambers Monday evening to welcome new Police Chief Dino Sgambellone to the community. From left, Capt. Steve Saiz, Driver Eng.

Guaje Pine Cemetery Wreaths Across America Ceremony

on December 10, 2013 - 10:57am
The Los Alamos American Legion Riders cordially invites the public to the inaugural Guaje Pine Cemetery Wreaths Across America ceremony.
Wreaths Across America is a national program designed to honor fallen veterans of all wars at national, state and local cemeteries. The mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies in December at national cemeteries, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states, ceremonies at sea, and 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.
The ceremony is 10

Coyote Spotted Limping Around White Rock

on December 10, 2013 - 9:01am

This coyote has been spotted limping around White Rock for months. It was photographed in front of a home the day of the first snow last month at Grand Canyon and Paige Loop, which happened to be trash day so the coyote was likely on the hunt for a quick and easy snack. Photo by  DeWayne Williams, owner of Wild Animal Control