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Community Winds Holiday Prism Concert Sheds Light on Local Talent

on December 4, 2012 - 7:00am


By Bonnie J. Gordon

The Los Alamos Community Winds started a new holiday tradition last year with the Community Holiday Prism Concert.

This year, the second annual Holiday Prism Concert will take place directly after the Holiday Lights Parade at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec 8 at the Crossroads Bible Church. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

The Winds have invited a number of local musicians to perform with them at this concert.

“This concert is a celebration of the variety of performers in White Rock and Los Alamos,” Winds Musical Director Ted Vives said.

Community Atheists Discuss Winter Holidays

on December 4, 2012 - 6:54am


The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a special winter holiday discussion from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Mesa Public Library in meeting room 3.

This month we will talk about the winter holidays and how we as atheists spend our time - do you celebrate a secular version of the holiday(s) you were raised with?

Is there a Festivus pole in your house? How do you feel about being wished a Merry Christmas? Please join us - all are welcome.

We can be reached at with any questions.


YMCA Folkstyle Wrestling Registration Now Open

on December 3, 2012 - 12:58pm

YMCA News:

Registration is now open for the YMCA Folkstyle Wrestling Program for Boys and Girls ages 6-18.

This scholastic wrestling program focuses on development of agility, strength, flexibility, and self-confidence in a fun, yet challenging environment.

Folkstyle wrestling is based on controlling an opponent with a series of holds, takedowns, throws, and body position.

Season: December and January

Times: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday / 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday

Location: The Family YMCA at 1450 Iris St.

Cost per Month: $65 / $50 for Y members (Scholarships available thanks the

Con Alma Awards $20K to Espanola Teen Center

on December 3, 2012 - 12:23pm
Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

Española – Con Alma’s Northern New Mexico Health Grant Group has awarded $20,000 to the Española YMCA Teen Center in support of student achievement and to address risky behaviors.

Los Alamos Family YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly said NNMHGG’s award signifies a commitment to improving health outcomes for youth in northern New Mexico.

“Multi-agency partnering within communities is proving to be one of the most effective means of improving educational outcomes for youth and thus positively affect their health outcomes,” Daly said.

Consider Giving Books This Holiday Season

on December 3, 2012 - 11:40am

YMCA News:

Scholastic books are for sale 8 a.m.-8 p.m. through Thursday, Dec. 6 at The Family YMCA.

The public is welcome to stop by the Y at 15th Street and Iris and shop for family, friends and co-workers.

A variety of picture books to young adult novels are available. Partial proceeds will benefit the Y’s annual campaign, which supports scholarships for individuals in need of financial assistance.

Clifford the Big Red Dog spends time with kids at the Family YMCA. Courtesy/YMCA

LADOC Teaches Kids Dog Ownership Skills

on December 3, 2012 - 8:02am

Kayleen Lederman demonstrates 'jump' in agility with her dog Owen. Courtesy/LADOC


This fall Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) has been offering a special class called the paRENT Free Club or "RENT" free club for children.

Local youth were instructed in responsible dog ownership and how to train their dogs in the class especially designed for them.

Parents of youth attending the paRENT Free Club arrived at the end to watch a demonstration of what their child and dog learned each week.

Saturday, Dec.

Los Alamos Daily Post Thanks Community for Immense Support

on December 2, 2012 - 10:19am

Los Alamos Daily Post news team  from left, Photographer Sal Zapien, Columnist/Reporter Kirsten Laskey, Columnist/Reporter/Webmaster Greg Kendall, Publisher Carol A. Clark, Columnist Bonnie J. Gordon and Bookkeeper Karen Kendall. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Daily Post news team toasts the community for its tremendous support in helping the online newspaper grow to surpass 200,000 pageviews in November alone.

Publisher Carol A. Clark expressed gratitude to the community during a celebration Thursday night at the Dixie Girl Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos.

"This community

Dec. 5 Brown Bag Performance: Pianist Frances Meier

on December 2, 2012 - 8:29am

Frances Meier. Courtesy photo

LAAC News:

Los Alamos Arts Council presents for its Dec. 5 Brown Bag Performance - Pianist Frances Meier.
Meier is well known around Los Alamos as a performer, composer and music teacher. She has played numerous times at Fuller Lodge and plays organ for the United Church.
Her compositions have been performed by the Los Alamos Choral Society, the Black Mesa Brass Quintet and the Los Alamos High School choir, as well as other performing ensembles.
Meier also plays piano for private parties and public openings and teaches piano, organ and music theory.

'Breakfast With Santa' Draws Kids Big And Small

on December 2, 2012 - 7:18am

Aden Garcia and Santa at Saturday's Kiwanis 'Breakfast with Santa' event. Photo by Karen Kendall

Staff Report

The annual Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa supported this year by Del Norte Credit Union helps Northern New Mexico families in need.

The breakfast and photo with Santa were free, but attendees were asked to bring non-perishable food and/or make a monetary donation.

Two truckloads of donated food collected at the event was given to LA Cares for distribution needy families. The monetary donations collected at the breakfast totalled $1,463, according to Kiwanis Treasurer Cindy Eaton.

Hansel & Gretel Set For Next Weekend

on December 2, 2012 - 7:01am

Hansel (Cody Maggiore), Gretel (Sally Grindstaff) and the Witch (Christin Severini) perform in Dance Arts Los Alamos Winterfest Weekend. Photo by Paulo T. Photography

By Lynn Finnegan

When Dance Arts Los Alamos Ballet Director and former American Ballet Theatre dancer Christin Severini was a young child, she would spend many hours choreographing and performing elaborate shows for her parents, with the reluctant participation of her younger brothers. 

The rest is, as they say, history.

'Star Vigilante' Books Signed Saturday

on December 2, 2012 - 6:32am

Science-fiction author T. Jackson King signed his books Saturday at Smith's Food and Drug Center, 31 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock.

The Los Alamos author introduced his new novel “Star Vigilante,” a science fiction action-adventure that features an interstellar vigilante hired to save a human colony world from an alien strip mining operation.

King, who goes by the name Tom, also signed copies of his other sci-fi and fantasy novels at Saturday's event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

Pontsettia Pick Up Location Changed!

on December 1, 2012 - 9:45am

The location has changed for the poinsettia pick-up from the student Europe 2013 fundraiser. Poinsettias can be picked up at First Baptist Church until noon today, Dec. 1, instead of Crossroads Bible Church. Students sold 198 poinsettias and 147 bags of coffee, raising more than $2,000 toward this summer's European trip. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

Family YMCA Hosts Scholastic Book Fair

on December 1, 2012 - 9:00am
A little girl kisses Clifford the Big Red Dog during the Los Alamos Family YMCA's Scholastic Book Fair Friday. Photo by Diana Martinez/YMCA

Geronimo Stilton and Clifford the Big Red Dog are ready to pose for photos with children who attended Friday's Scholastic Book Fair hosted by the Los Alamos Family YMCA. Photo by Diana Martinez/YMCA

Pet of the Week: Mo the Cat

on December 1, 2012 - 8:08am

Mo snoozes in her cozy nook at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter waiting for adoption. Courtesy/FOS

FOS News:

Mo is a very soft 3-year-old female cat surrendered for adoption with her feline friend Ralphie.

Neither cat cares for dogs or boisterous children. Mo and Ralphie are now circulating in the cat room and enjoy the attention of volunteers.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505-662-8179, has a large selection of on-site pets available for adoption.

Additional pets are living off-campus in foster homes until someone adopts them.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website:

King's Book Signing Today at Smith's

on December 1, 2012 - 7:49am

Author T. Jackson King

Staff Report

Los Alamos author T. Jackson King has a new novel out with the recent publication of “Star Vigilante,” hard science fiction action-adventure that features an interstellar vigilante hired to save a human colony world from an alien strip mining operation.

King will autograph his novel from 1-5 p.m. today, Saturday Dec. 1 at Smith’s Food and Drug Center, 31 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock. 

King, who goes by the name Tom, said he also will have his other sci-fi and fantasy novels available for sale and personalized autographing this afternoon.

King, 64, a

Meet Local Reptiles and Amphibians Sunday at PEEC

on November 30, 2012 - 9:16am

PEEC News:

Come to PEEC at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 to meet some local reptiles and amphibians you might find on the Pajarito Plateau.

Scott Bulgrin, president of the New Mexico Herpetological Society, will give a presentation on New Mexico Reptiles and Amphibians.

He will also have a few friends with him, including toads, turtles, lizards and snakes.

Bulgrin has lived in New Mexico for the last 13 years. He has extensive experience with herpetofauna and has conducted outreach and education for the Herpetological Society for many years.

This event is free, no registration is required.

Baldrige Program Seeks Examiners

on November 30, 2012 - 9:07am


It’s been said that the one of the most prestigious qualifications a professional can have is to say that he or she was part of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners.

To say you served as a Baldrige examiner and were part of building American competitiveness gives you a sense of pride—and probably even patriotism.

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is seeking applicants for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners for the 2013 Award cycle.

The Examiner Application is now available online and will be open until Jan.

Family YMCA Sponsoring Giving Tree

on November 30, 2012 - 7:26am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA is sponsoring four families for the holidays and welcomes the community to participate by taking part in the Giving Tree.

Everyone is welcome to come to the Y, take a tag off the tree in the lobby, purchase a gift, wrap it and return it with the tag attached by Dec. 10.

Families have requested gift cards, grocery gift cards and some specific gifts.

The Y will give the wrapped gifts to the Adopt-A-Family program.

For more information, call the Y at 662-3100.


County's Janet Bettinger Retires

on November 29, 2012 - 2:41pm

Retiring Department of Public Utilities Assistant Manager-Administration Janet Bettinger with DPU Manager John Arrowsmith at Fuller Lodge Wednesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Janet Bettinger went to work for Los Alamos County as a student intern in the finance department when she was 18 years old.

"I always said I would retire when I was 46 and that seemed so old," Bettinger said at her farewell party at Fuller Lodge Wednesday. "Now I'm 46 and it doesn't seem so old."

Bettinger moved over to the Department of Public Utilities in 1989 as a customer service

Local Author Explores Sustainability, Practical Economics Through Fiction

on November 29, 2012 - 1:19pm

BOOK News:

Longtime Los Alamos resident Cary Neeper's second novel, "The Webs of Varok" launches Tuesday, Dec. 4.

California micropublisher Penscript Publishing House will release the book to online booksellers in hardcopy, paperback and ebook formats.

The second book in "The Archives of Varok" series, this young‐adult/crossover science fiction title follows the human and alien cast from Neeper's 1975 first‐contact novel A Place Beyond Man as they leave a troubled 21st Century Earth for the promise of stability on another world.

What will it take to secure that promise, after a talented


Race Volunteers Needed

on November 29, 2012 - 11:30am

YES Corp youth on a campout last year. Courtesy/YMCA


  • Event to Support Youth Programs

Race guides, set-up and registration volunteers are needed to assist with The Family YMCA’s Holiday Half Marathon and Festive 5K set for Dec. 8.

Helpers are asked to call the Y as soon as possible at 662-3100 so staff may plan for needs. Volunteers can work from one to three hours in shifts starting at 7:30 a.m. for this event that will benefit youth programs.


In 2011, the Y served a total of 3,067 youth and teens in 77 youth programs.

The Y provides scholarships to

Traveling the World

on November 29, 2012 - 11:03am

Jason, Sydney and Kerri Frazier prepare to spend the next two years traveling the world. Photo by Teralene Foxx


By Teralene Foxx
Los Alamos

Our youngest daughter, Kerri  (1991 graduate of Los Alamos High School) and her husband Jason Frazier told us six years ago they were planning on quitting their jobs, selling everything, and sailing around the world when they were in mid-life. 

All I could think of was pirates, large waves and being cramped together on a small boat for days. That is something I could not imagine. 

It certainly did not appeal to me, but it was their lives.

Eat Breakfast With Santa This Saturday

on November 29, 2012 - 10:31am

Santa listens to Christmas wish lists at the annual Breakfast with Santa. Courtesy photo


The community is invited to the annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, with support from Del Norte Credit Union, from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.

The breakfast is free. In return, attendees are requested to donate either non-perishable food items or money.

Food collected will be used by LA Cares to feed local families in need.

Coping With The Holidays

on November 29, 2012 - 7:34am


The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice is sponsoring two Grief Support Groups this holiday season. 

Meetings will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 or 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.

For those coping with loss due to the death of a loved one, holidays are portrayed as merry times, but they may be times of intense emotion, stress and loneliness when we are experiencing grief.

Groups will be facilitated by Cynthia Goldblatt, LPCC, PHD, MSW and longtime Los Alamos resident.

Please join us to share your feelings and to