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Local Monsoon Season Offers Great Cloud Watching

on July 20, 2012 - 8:33am

The summer monsoons bring great cloud watching to Northern New Mexico. This scene is a view looking north from White Rock Overlook at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The grey cloud-like formation hanging down to the left of Black Mesa is actually rain falling and evaporating before it hits the ground, which is called virga. Photo by TK Thompson/

Tom Betts to Share his Bush Pilot Adventures Monday

on July 20, 2012 - 8:17am

Bandelier's Chief Ranger Tom Betts will talk Monday at Mesa Public Library about his life and times as a bush pilot in Alaska. Courtesy photo


Celebrate America's national treasures with a talk and slide show by Bandelier National Monument’s Chief Ranger Tom Betts about his life and times as a bush pilot in Alaska 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, July 23.

This National Parks Night event is in conjunction with the current exhibit of photographs of national parks in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery, Enchanted Parks: A Photographic Tale of Life in Our National Parks by Leslie

State Youth Shotgun Competition at Sportsmen's Club July 28

on July 20, 2012 - 7:35am
Young shooter prepares for third annual New Mexico State Youth Shotgun Competition July 28 at the Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club. Courtesy photo
Staff report
Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club will host the third annual New Mexico State Youth Shotgun Competition beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 28.
Local organizer Mike O'Neill said that the club also hosted the competition last year in conjunction with New Mexico Game and Fish Department.
Los Alamos Young Guns scored high in both trap and skeet.

Kristy Ortega Tapped to Lead Local United Way

on July 19, 2012 - 9:15pm

Photo: Kristy Ortega

By Carol A. Clark

Her new role as executive director of United Way feels like coming home for Kristy Ortega. The 30-year-old began working in the heart of the community at 18.

She spent seven years with the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation where she interacted with local businesses, nonprofits and Los Alamos County personnel.

In 2007, Ortega joined the Hilltop House Hotel as marketing and sales director where she coordinated public events.

Ortega left her community oriented career path four years ago to take a job as an operations specialist at Los

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: July 20, 2012

on July 19, 2012 - 9:13am

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

The week's preview is sponsored by

The Derailers - Los Alamos Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. on Friday at Entrada Business Park

Texas' best country dance band. Los Alamos Cooperative Market & Holiday Inn Express Night.

Los Alamos Friday Night: A Quilt of Stories: History, Myths, and Legends

6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Romero Cabin behind Fuller Lodge
In the isolation of the Plateau and the west, quilts were fashioned from bits of material carefully saved from worn clothing.

Column: Help Bring Back the Reverse Traverse

on July 19, 2012 - 8:47am

The storm of July 11 left the Reserve Traverse covered with soil and rock. Photo by Craig Martin
Column by Craig Martin
Volunteer Task Force

A favorite of hikers, runners, and mountain bike riders, the Reverse Traverse, also known as a section of the Perimeter Trail, is a critical connection on the network of trails west of Los Alamos in the Santa Fe National Forest.

The trail, which climbs south out of Valle Canyon to the mesas above, is on steep slope that burned hot during the Las Conchas Fire.

Volunteers stabilized the trail in April, and it was a good thing they did.

July 26 Join Storyteller for Picnic at Fuller Lodge

on July 18, 2012 - 11:08pm
Joe Hayes, an official Centennial author will tell a selection of his favorite stories gleaned from New Mexico's diverse cultures as part of the Author Speaks Series at 7 p.m. on July 26 at the Fuller Lodge lawn.
The storytelling event will take place outdoors, weather permitting, or inside Fuller Lodge if not. Families are encouraged to come and enjoy a picnic along with some great tall tales!

Joe Hayes is one of America’s premier storytellers, a nationally recognized teller of tales from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures.

July 23 is National Parks Night at Mesa Public Library

on July 18, 2012 - 10:56pm


Courtesy Photo from Enchanted Parks: A Photographic Tale of Life in Our National Parks by Leslie Bucklin on display through August 6 at the Mesa Public Libraray Gallery

Bandelier National Monument’s Chief Ranger Tom Betts will give a talk and slide show about his life and times as a bush pilot in Alaska 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, July 23 in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms at Mesa Public Library.

The evening will be hosted by another Bandelier Ranger, Chris Judson.

LACA Season Begins Sept. 23 with Rachel Barton Pine's Violin Performance

on July 18, 2012 - 1:27pm

Los Alamos Concert Association Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin describes this year's concert season to Rotary Club members during a noon meeting Tuesday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Rotary Club members will attend the opening of LACA's concert season featuring Rachel Barton Pine, violin with Matthew Hagle, piano at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at Duane Smith Auditoruim. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Column: Area Ponderosa Pine Trees Appear to be Dying; Should You be Concerned?

on July 18, 2012 - 12:48pm
Column by Carlos Valdez
Los Alamos Extension Horticulture Agent

The sudden appearance of drying needles, dead branches, or even dead Ponderosa Pine trees can alarm anyone, especially homeowners. 

Damage occurs throughout New Mexico where Ponderosa Pine is found growing, but is most severe in the urban setting, on the fringe of forested areas, and on shallow, rocky, or droughty soil types.

That describes Los Alamos to a tee. Trees growing near roads or in areas of soil disturbance or abundant competing vegetation are most frequently affected.

According to Danny Norlander, New Mexico

From Robotics to Preserves and Quilts ... Get Your Exhibits Ready for the County Fair and Rodeo

on July 18, 2012 - 10:09am


It's County Fair Time 2012!
By Paula Roybal Sánchez
Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Home Economist

Attention gardeners, bakers, quilters and artists – you have two weeks to get your entries ready for the Los Alamos County Fair. 

If you are into robotics, here is an opportunity to exhibit your favorite robot as well as your home preserves, garden produce and those lovely quilts.

The County Fair and Rodeo runs Aug. 9-12.

Anyone living or working in Los Alamos County is eligible to enter. 

Exhibit categories include: 

  • Culinary (baked items),
  • Preserved

Pajarito Mountain Event Set For July 28

on July 17, 2012 - 6:30am

PEEC Teams with Historical Museum for Los Alamos Friday Night

on July 16, 2012 - 10:42am
PEEC News:
Master Storyteller Terry Foxx captivates a crowd gathered near Romero Cabin. Courtesy/PEEC
As part of the Friday night in Los Alamos, Terry Foxx and her granddaughter, Rose Carlisi, will do some storytelling and singing at the Romero Cabin 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, July 20.


They call their program, "A Quilt of Stories." Stories, legends, myths, and songs come from all cultures.
As pieces of fabric can make a beautiful quilt, fragments of history, when stitched together, can make a mosaic that helps us understand past and present.
Sitting in front of the historic Romero

LACA's Artistic Director Discusses New Season at Tuesday Rotary Club Meeting at Dixie Girl

on July 16, 2012 - 8:44am


Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin of the Los Alamos Concert Association is the featured speaker at the Rotary Club noon lunch meeting Tuesday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. 

McLaughlin will talk about the upcoming concert season, which begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at Duane Smith Auditorium, with Rachel Barton Pine, violin with Matthew Hagle, piano.

David Finckel, cello, Wu Han, piano and Philip Setzer, violin perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

Jeremy Denk, piano performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Calefax Reed Quintet performs at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2013.

Opening Night Crowd Fills Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery

on July 16, 2012 - 7:34am
Allie Thompson, left, and artist Sheridan Brown discuss the merits of her painting of parrots. Photo by TK Thompson/
Artist Janice Muir and Meg Kremer discuss a piece in the show. Photo by TK Thompson/
A crowd of local artists and patrons of the art attended the opening show Friday night at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery in Los Alamos. Photo by TK Thompson/
Los Alamos artists Janice Muir and Secondino Sandoval discuss her work. Photo by TK Thompson/
Artist Sheridan Brown with one of her pet portraits, most of which are

Elegance Fills Fuller Lodge for Sunday's Apprentice Singers Concert

on July 16, 2012 - 12:01am

The Los Alamos Opera Guild hosted a concert of Apprentice Singers at Fuller Lodge Sunday. Founded in 1957, The Los Alamos Opera Guild is the oldest guild of the Santa Fe Opera. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Board Member Anna Earlene Caspersen of the Los Alamos Opera Guild before the concert Sunday. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

The Los Alamos Opera Guild hosted a concert of Apprentice Singers at Fuller Lodge Sunday. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Board Member Anna Earline Caspersen, left, and Dr.

Paul Drakos to Speak at Geological Society Tuesday

on July 15, 2012 - 4:17pm


Wheeler Geologic Area near Creede, Colo. Courtsy/LAGS

Dr. Paul G. Drakos, Senior Geologist and Vice President of Glorieta Geoscience, Inc. in Santa Fe is the featured speaker for the Los Alamos Geological Society meeting, set for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday July 17 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road, Los Alamos.

Drakos' talk is entitled, "Soil-stratigraphic framework, timing of recent eolian events, and preservation of archaeological sites on the Pajarito Plateau."

Stratigraphic relationships and soil characteristics provide a geomorphic framework for Coalition Period

Filippenko will deliver 42nd Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture

on July 15, 2012 - 9:28am


Award-winning UC Berkeley astrophysicist Alex Filippenko will deliver the 42nd Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, in the Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos.

The lecture, “Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe,” is free and open to the public.

Filippenko has made a career of studying supernovae and using these cosmic beacons to probe the vastness of space.

Filippenko was a member of two independent teams that in 1998 reported, based on observations of supernovae, that the universe was expanding at a runaway pace.

The leaders of

Y Camp to Perfom “Back-To-The-Future” Thursday

on July 15, 2012 - 9:11am

A “Back-To-The-Future” performance extravaganz a featuring Y campers will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday July 19 at Barranca Elementary School. The public is welcome to attend this end-of-summer performance and ice cream social. Courtesy/YMCA

Los Alamos Boasts World's Newest Rotarians

on July 15, 2012 - 8:42am

Rotary President Linda Hull, left, looks on as School Board President Kevin Honnell and Christina Kraemer, who recently returned from a Group Study Exchange in South Africa, are inducted into the local club during a ceremony at Tuesday's Rotary Club lunch meeting at the Dixie Girl. Rotarian Skip King pronounces Honnell and Kraemer "the two newest Rotary Club members in the world." Photo by Carol A. Clark/

TOTH's 'Pie in the Sky' Fundraiser Exceeds $500

on July 14, 2012 - 1:34pm

Lisa Rothrock and Bill Hamilton check out homemade pies in the silent auction during Thursday's "Pie in the Sky" fundraising dinner at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. The event was tied to the church's annual Vacation Bible School underway this week. The dinner consisted of homemade chicken and vegetable pot pies and salad, with ice cream for dessert. More than $500 was raised from the homemade pie-filled silent auction alone. The money will be used for TOTH's annual Mexico home-building project. Photo by TK Thompson/

Shinyribs Brought Ashley Pond Crowd to its Feet Friday

on July 14, 2012 - 11:51am

The Shinyribs from Austin, Texas performed Friday night at Ashley Pond as part of Los Alamos County's Summer Concert Series with Concert Promoter Russ Gordon. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Andy Baumer and Shannon Flynn brave the rain to dance to the music of the Shinyribs at the Friday night Gordons Summer Concert. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Ducks glide across the pond as the Shinyribs band plays in the background. Photo by TK Thompson/

Kev "Shinyribs" Russel. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Dia Winograd, center, and Keith Gray drove up from El

Kiwanis Honors Anna Carroll with Jay Wechsler Scholarship

on July 14, 2012 - 9:39am

The Kiwanis Club presents Los Alamos High School graduate Anna Carroll with the Jay Wechsler Scholarship Award. From left, Kiwanians Morrie Pongratz and Don Casperson, Becky Oertel (daughter of Jay Wechsler), Carroll, Deborah Wechsler (daughter of Jay Wechsler) and Carroll's parents David and Janice Carroll. Jay Wechsler was a lifetime Kiwanian who passed away last year. Carroll served as a member of Key Club International and was the Division Lieutenant Governor, was active in Girls Scouts and Teen Court and plans to attend Smith College in the fall to study neuroscience.

YMCA Soccer Season Registration Now Open!

on July 13, 2012 - 9:05am

Registration is open for this year's Los Alamos Family YMCA Soccer programs.

UK Soccer Camp for ages 4-16 is July 30-Aug. 3.

The six-week season for Fall YMCA KinderKick Soccer for ages 3-4 and 5-6 starts Aug 27.

The 4 on 4 Indoor Soccer Tournament for youth (10-14), high school and adult divisions runs July 21-22.

For more information, visit

Large Sunflower Blooms in White Rock

on July 12, 2012 - 9:53am

This large sunflower was seen shining brightly in a White Rock neighborhood Wednesday. The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas. It possesses a large inflorescence (flowering head). The sunflower is named for its ability to follow the sun in the course of a day. The sunflower has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves and circular heads of flowers. The heads consist of many individual flowers, which mature into seeds, often in the hundreds, on a receptacle base.