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Help Name LABC Brewery & Taproom

on December 21, 2014 - 12:44pm

LABC News:

From the very beginning, the Los Alamos Beer Co-op was designed to be a place-holder name. The organizers knew that as they approached the opening of New Mexico's first cooperative brewery, they would have to undertake a new naming campaign to establish a vibrant, iconic brand for the new brewery.

The co-op will always be the LABC, but the brewery and taproom deserves a name and a brand that better represents the town and the unique organization. However, that original name is included as one of the choices as some of the LABC members prefer this option.

LABC is calling on the

Smart Design With Suzette: Flooring

on December 21, 2014 - 12:23pm
Smart Design with Suzette

Let me count the ways ... tile, bamboo (technically a grass), cork, wood, linoleum (not vinyl), terrazzo, stained concrete and carpet to name a few.

I need new floors desperately! My husband and I moved into our house more than 12 years ago and the floors were worn then. There are six, yes I said SIX, different floors in my house. I know, I know, you are taken aback. Yet, I am just like you when it comes to deciding on flooring that will work for the entire family that everyone disagrees on.

I grew up with wood floors.

Life And Times Of A Young World Traveler

on December 21, 2014 - 11:58am
Sydney Frazier feeds a baby camel in Jordan. Photo by Jason Frazier
Sydney Frazier at the Pompidou Museum of Modern Art in France. Photo by Jason Frazier
Los Alamos

My granddaughter, Sydney Frazier, has become known as “Sydney, The Explorer.” The Frazier Family, has been exploring four continents for the past two years. 

When they left, my granddaughter was 8 years old, she now is 10. In the two years they have been gone she has spurted in growth and grown in knowledge. Each week, we keep in contact via Skype.


Letter to the Editor: Tagging Los Alamos

on December 21, 2014 - 11:55am
Los Alamos

Thank you Michelle Worley! How often we have had to say that we do not need to pay experts in the form of costly companies to make decisions the citizens have to live with.

This is a no-brainer example of how it happens, and yours is a very intelligent comment about the particular issue at hand.

The County Council is elected to help with the decision making, and judge how the County administer can be a partner in this with the people of the County.

WORKING TOGETHER is my contribution.


Legion Riders Honor Vets With Wreaths At Guaje Pines

on December 21, 2014 - 11:39am
Holiday wreaths adorn the  graves of veterans at Guaje Pines Cemetary in Los Alamos thanks to the local Legion Riders of Post 90 in conjunction with the Los Alamos community. The wreaths were purchased through the Wreaths Across America campaign. Courtesy photo

Zia Realty Group: This Week's Featured Homes & Properties

on December 21, 2014 - 11:12am
One of Zia Realty Group's Featured Homes

5680 Quemazon $499,000
Listed by Karen Hawkins
Click HERE to learn more.

NMSA Upcoming Performances Announced

on December 21, 2014 - 11:11am

NMSA News:

The fifth annual Winter Dances are 7 p.m. Jan 23-24 and 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at the James A. Little Theater 1060 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe and also Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in Albuquerque.

The performances feature:

  • “The Rally from Quarry” by the legendary Meredith Monk;
  • “The Huddle” by post-modern dance pioneer Simone Forti;
  • “CLASH,” choreographed by NMSA Department Chair Adam McKinney;
  • “ A Trick of the Light,” a contemporary work by Las Cruces native Joshua Peugh (staged by Los Angeles-based contemporary dance company BODYTRAFFIC); and
  • “Not Another Nutcracker,” a mixture of classical ballet

Los Alamos Teams Qualify For NMFLL Jan. 31

on December 21, 2014 - 10:50am

The Radioactive Fireflies, Team 240, won the Robot Design Award at Saturday's first ever Los Alamos Qualifier, and advance to the New Mexico state tournament Jan. 31 in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Radioactive Fireflies, in black, Atomic Flying Pickles, in purple and Glamorous Gals, in pink all advance to the NMFLL state competition Jan. 31 in Albuquerque. Back row in blue are members of Project Y, who hosted the tournament. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos High School robotics team, Project Y hosted the first ever Los Alamos Qualifier Saturday.

FIRST, which stands for "For


County Quarterly Green Waste/Bulk Collection Schedule

on December 21, 2014 - 10:07am

Couch on a curb. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos County announces its quarterly green waste and bulk collection winter schedule:

  • Jan. 5 to Jan. 9: Barranca Mesa, Ponderosa Estates, Loma Linda, Hawks Landing
  • Jan.12 to Jan. 16: Quemazon, Sandia, Trinity, Orange, Nickel
  • Jan. 19 to Jan. 23: North Mesa
  • Jan. 26 to Jan. 30 Walnut, Yucca, Urban, Town Site
  • Feb. 2 to Feb. 6 Rover, Old Town, Meadow Lane
  • Feb. 9 to Feb.13 La Vista
  • Feb. 16 to Feb.20 Pajarito Acres


  • One pickup per household;
  • Set items close to curb – avoid placing items under power lines;
  • Available to residents with weekly curb

IRS Offers Help Selecting A Tax Preparer

on December 21, 2014 - 9:42am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - With the filing season approaching, the Internal Revenue Service joined with national tax organizations to provide people with new options to get information and tips on selecting tax professionals and avoiding unscrupulous preparers.

The effort includes new information available at, including a list of consumer tips for selecting a tax professional. There will also be a new gateway page with links to national non-profit tax professional groups, which can help provide additional information for taxpayers seeking the right type of qualified help.


Family Rings Salvation Army Bell At Smith's

on December 21, 2014 - 7:40am
Sheryl Hofer and granddaughters Zoey Hofer, left, and Robyn Carpenter ring the Salvation Army bell to raise funds for the needy Saturday at Smith's Marketplace. Bellringers will be at Smith's in White Rock and Los Alamos up until Christmas Day. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Letter to the Editor: Involve Entire Community And Use Systems Approach To Brand Los Alamos

on December 21, 2014 - 7:38am
Los Alamos

I’ve been following the Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook discussions about a slogan/logo/brand for Los Alamos, and I’ve been impressed by the great ideas and opinions. It seems that Los Alamos is undergoing an identity crisis. Who are we? What are we all about?

I would like to point out that most of the ideas for a slogan tie the community to LANL. As many pointed out in previous Daily Post conversations, Los Alamos is more than LANL. It is art, health and outdoors, small business, volunteers, senior citizens, parents, youth activists, and so much more.


An Afternoon At Downton Abbey Tea Jan. 4

on December 21, 2014 - 7:38am

Attendees from last year's Afternoon at Downton Abbey Tea dress in period costumes. Courtesy/LARSO

Treats served at last year's Afternoon at Downton Abbey Tea. Courtesy/LARSO


The new 5th season of Downton Abbey premieres at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4 on PBS and as a prelude to this new season, the Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization invites the community to An Afternoon at Downton Abbey Tea, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.

The fever pitch is high in anticipation for this next exciting new season.


Screening Of ‘The Dust Bowl’ Dec. 28 Precedes Opening Of Major Traveling Exhibit At Mesa Public Library

on December 21, 2014 - 7:37am
Promotional poster for 'The Dust Bowl.' Courtesy/PBS

 MPL News:

The Library will screen the Ken Burns film “The Dust Bowl,” free, as a lead-in to a major exhibit which will open in early January. “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” a national traveling exhibition about the causes and aftermath of the historic Dust Bowl period, will be on display at Mesa Public Library from Jan. 7 to Feb. 20.

“Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry” will be accompanied by a series of free library programs, including lectures and film screenings.

Sunrise Paints Sky Over White Rock

on December 21, 2014 - 7:35am

A view of this morning's sunrise over White Rock. The National Weather Service predicts today's high near 37 with a 10 percent chance of snow showers and tonight's low around 24. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Ribbon Is Cut At Unquarked The Wine Room

on December 20, 2014 - 4:53pm

Anasazi Fields Winery owner Jim Fish and Black’s Smuggler Winery owner Tony Black cut the ribbon at today's grand opening of Unquarked The Wine Room in Central Park Square with help from servers and family members including Operations Manager Veronica Black-Stepp, Christelle Sanchez, Louie Holcomb, Brianna Wagner, Scott Beguin, Kyle Elliott and Mary Ann Black. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Although competitors, Unquarked The Wine Room co-owners from left, Chris Padberg of Vivác, Jim Fish of Anasazi Fields and Tony Black of Black's Smuggler Winery clearly enjoy each others company

LAMS Hosts Los Alamos FLL New Mexico State Qualifier

on December 20, 2014 - 2:36pm

Participants entertain at today's Los Alamos FIRST LEGO League (FLL) New Mexico State Qualifier at LAMS. Photos by Ryn Herrmann

Medals awarded during today's Los Alamos FLL New Mexico State Qualifier at LAMS. Photos by Ryn Herrmann


The Los Alamos FIRST LEGO League (FLL) New Mexico State Qualifier was held today at the Los Alamos Middle School gymnasium.

FLL introduces 4th-8th graders to the fun and excitement of science and technology with a yearly LEGO robot challenge. This competition is a high-energy, sports-like event.

DOE Announces 22 New Projects To Enable Emissions Reductions And Improve Energy Efficiency

on December 20, 2014 - 2:15pm

DOE News:
  • ARPA-E Invests $60 Million to Detect and Measure Methane Emissions and Develop Local Thermal Management Systems


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $60 million in funding for 22 innovative new projects aimed at detecting and measuring methane emissions and developing localized thermal management systems that reduce the energy needed to heat and cool buildings.
The projects are funded through ARPA-E’s two newest programs: Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions

NCRTD Assumes Operation Of Taos Express Jan. 1

on December 20, 2014 - 2:09pm


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD “Blue Bus”) will assume operation of the Taos Express, currently operated by the Taos Chile Line Jan. 1. At the same time, service to UNM Taos from the Town of Taos will be taken over by the Chile Line.

The RTD Taos Express provides residents and visitors with weekend bus transit between Taos and Santa Fe. As an added service, the NCRTD will commence a stop in Española at its RTD bus stop located in front of the Santa Claran Hotel by the Century Bank.

Udall Welcomes Passage Of Bill To Begin Reform Of Federal Information Technology Systems

on December 20, 2014 - 1:57pm

 U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


  • Udall authored reform legislation to improve how citizens interact with government, save billions of taxpayers’ dollars, increase transparency in IT purchasing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, announced that a bill he has helped champion in Congress, to begin needed reforms of federal information technology (IT) purchasing and management, has passed Congress as a part of major defense legislation. 

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition

Letter to the Editor: Thank You Smith's For LAHS Treats

on December 20, 2014 - 1:46pm
By Members of the Holiday Cheer Committee
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Smith's store in White Rock for donating cookies, hot chocolate, hot cider and candy canes to share with the students of Los Alamos High School as part of our Holiday Fun Week. 
These treats were a great stress reliever for students during finals week, and were greatly appreciated. Close to 600 students enjoyed a hot drink and cookie during the day Wednesday, and candy canes Thursday.
Thanks again to Smith's in White Rock for being so supportive of Los Alamos High School and our

New Councilor Hosts Celebration At Unquarked

on December 20, 2014 - 1:38pm

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, left, and newly sworn Los Alamos County Councilor Susan O'Leary Friday at Unquarked The Wine Room in Central Park Square following the official swearing in ceremony of newly elected officials at the Municipal Building. O'Leary hosted the gathering, which included elected officials from both sides of the aisle as well as many friends and supporters from throughout the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Local attorney George Chandler, Councilor Pete Sheehey and newly sworn County Assessor Ken Milder toast during Friday's celebration at

Scenes From Friday's Swearing In Ceremony

on December 20, 2014 - 11:05am

Municipal Judge Alan Kirk delivers the Oath of Office to County Councilor James Chrobocinski, surrounded by his grandfather and namesake James Bramble, 94, who has lived in Los Alamos since the Manhattan Project era of the 1940s, his wife Jacqueline and their son JJ. Community members, County staff, family and friends attended Friday's special 'swearing in' ceremony for newly elected officials in Council Chambers, inside the Municipal Building.

FIRST Tech Challenge, Hawks Fly On

on December 20, 2014 - 11:05am
Los Alamos Middle School's Hawks FTC robotics team won the prestigous 'Think Award' for the second year in a row. Courtesy photo
The Hawks FTC robot. Courtesy photo
Hawk's Robotics Team 

What inspires you? Is it a sunrise, sunset or a baby bird taking flight for the first time? Is it seeing a jet flying over the horizon or someone overcoming cancer? Is it seeing young people reach out to the community to make the world a better place or how about a group of young people winning the biggest award the FIRST tech challenge (FTC) has to offer?

The Hawks FTC robot.

Bandelier Proposes Entrance Fee Increases

on December 20, 2014 - 11:02am

Bandelier back country. Photo by Sally King/NPS


Beginning in mid-January 2015, Bandelier National Monument will be seeking public comment on proposed changes in their fee schedule. 

In the summer of 2014, National Park Service (NPS) areas that charge fees were authorized to consider increases in entry fees, which could be implemented as early as sometime in 2015. These changes align with the NPS’ new standard entrance-fee schedule

At Bandelier and most other NPS areas, fees have not been updated since 2006. An increase to these fees can only be made after each park