Skip directly to content

Valley Daily Post Newspaper Launches Today

on March 26, 2015 - 8:59pm

Valley Daily Post publishers Carol A. Clark, center, and Eric Vasquez, second from right, met earlier this year at the Manhattan Project Restaurant in Los Alamos with members of Española’s ‘It Takes A Valley’ community group to discuss the new newspaper. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

New Mexico’s newest newspaper officially began operations today in Española.

The Valley Daily Post, Inc. is an online publication co-owned by Eric Vasquez, the former REDI Program manager for the Regional Development Corporation and Carol A. Clark, owner and publisher of the Los Alamos Daily Post. 

Vasquez is

Technical Assessment Team Report Released On Cause Of Breached Drum At WIPP

on March 26, 2015 - 8:34pm

DOE EM News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today released a report by an independent team of technical experts that evaluated the mechanisms and chemical reactions contributing to the failure of a waste drum at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

The Technical Assessment Team (TAT) concluded that one drum, Drum 68660, was the source of radioactive contamination released during the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological event at WIPP. The contents of Drum 68660 were chemically incompatible and the drum breached as a result of internal chemical reactions.  


Los Alamos High School Basketball All District, State, North/South Selections Announced

on March 26, 2015 - 8:27pm


The Los Alamos High School Athletics Department has announced the All District, All State, and North/South Basketball Awards.

All District:

Boys Basketball:

  •  2nd Team All District: Antonio Trujillo and Jack Stewart

Girls Basketball:

  • 1st Team All District: Ashlynn Trujillo and Amber Logan
  • 2nd Team All District: Makaela Jones and Ashley Logan
  • Honorable Mention All District: Sofia Roybal, Hannah Sledzik, and Jordan Duran

All State:

  • 2nd Team All State : Ashlynn Trujillo

North/ South All Star Team:

  • North All Star Team: Amber Logan

Congratulations to all of these student athletes for


Governor Orders Flags Flown At Half-Staff Friday For Navajo Nation Police Officer Alex Yazzie

on March 26, 2015 - 8:11pm


SANTA FE—Gov. Susana Martinez has issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Friday, March 27 in honor and mourning of Navajo Nation Police Officer Alex Yazzie.

The full text of the Governor’s executive order:



WHEREAS, On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Navajo Nation Police Officer and United States Marine Corps veteran Alex Yazzie was killed in the line of duty;

WHEREAS, Officer Yazzie was in pursuit of a domestic violence

Elks Easter Egg Hunt 10 A.M. Saturday April 4

on March 26, 2015 - 6:11pm


Rio Grande Trail Commission To Study Corridor For 500-Mile Rio Grande Trail

on March 26, 2015 - 12:14pm

That rock that was in the middle of the Blue Dot Trail isn't there anymore. In fact, the trail is in great shape from rim to river, and March and April are the best time to take a walk in White Rock Canyon. Photo/Text by Craig Martin



The 2015 Legislature passed a bill, HB 563, creating a Rio Grande Trail Commission to study a corridor for the proposed Rio Grande Trail. The 500-mile trail would extend from the Colorado to Texas borders using existing trails and creating new ones.

Never mentioned in the proposal is the existing Los Alamos County River

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 19 To March 25, 2015

on March 26, 2015 - 10:20am

LAFD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

March 19 at 12:22 p.m. / A 54-year-old Los Alamos woman reported being the victim of petty larceny on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $100.


March 20 at 8:34 a.m. / Police arrested Roberto Serrano, 54, of Santa Cruz at 226 East Road and charged him with driving under the influence of drugs.

March 21 at 11:52 a.m.

Community Winds Is On The March!

on March 26, 2015 - 10:19am
Artistic Director Ted Vives introduces the Los Alamos Community Winds. Photo by Glen Wurden
Los Alamos Daily Post

In honor of music month, the Community Winds presents a concert of marches chosen by the performers.

“During March, bands and other music organizations highlight the history of music,” Winds Artistic Director Ted Vives said.

The concert is 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at Crossroads Bible Church. Like all Winds concerts, this one is free, but donations are appreciated.

“Most of the pieces will be new to the audience,” Vives said.


In And Around Town: March 26

on March 26, 2015 - 10:09am
Note: The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published each Thursday, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the red button at the top right of this page.
THURSDAY, March 26
Albuquerque historian Richard Ruddy is the featured Author at Mesa Public Library’s “Authors Speak”
7 p.m., March 26, in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Rotunda. Ruddy is the author of a biography of Edmund G. Ross, entitled Edmund G. Ross: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist. Ross also served as a Territorial Governor of New Mexico.

Pajarito Rippers Compete At Purgatory

on March 26, 2015 - 10:03am

Los Alamos Ski Racing Team 'Pajarito Rippers' gathered for a photo after competing at Purgatory Durango Mountain Resort last weekend in Southern Series Giant Slalom and Slalom races. Courtesy photo

SFI: The Saga of NP-Intermediate Problems ...

on March 26, 2015 - 9:52am
Eric Allender of Rutgers University
SFI News:
Santa Fe Institute (SFI) present  the seminar, 'The Saga of NP-Intermediate Problems: A New Devlopment in an Old Story' at 12:15 p.m. Monday, March 30 in the Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.
Abstract: For roughly four decades, two of the best-studied problems in NP that are not known to be in P or to be NP complete have been:
  • Graph Isomorphism; and
  • MCSP (the Minimum Circuit Size Problem).
Yet there had been no theorem, relating the complexity of these two problems to each other. Until now.

Culinary Students Serve at Senior Center

on March 26, 2015 - 9:47am

Chef Fred Ortiz works with students in the kitchen providing multiple meals per day. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen



Often we hear about the athletes, the mathletes and the like, but how often do we hear about the youth that do good things to benefit their fellow man all for education and an opportunity to serve?

Recently Los Alamos High School teacher Louise Majorey took her Culinary 2 class to the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) to bring the classroom learning to the community as students worked with Chef Michael Mason and Chef Fred Ortiz.

“We let them


Fun Run A Great Success

on March 26, 2015 - 9:22am
Runners leave the starting line. Photo by Kateri Morris
Lucky the Leprechaun (aka Brad Skidmore) on the run. Photo by Kateri Morris
Piñon PTO

The 4th annual Piñon Elementary PTO Fun Run Saturday, March 21 was a great success.

The annual event promoted a morning of family fun, friendship and fitness for both the families at Piñon and the community. Runners and walkers of all abilities were welcomed to enjoy a fun, fast and scenic run benefiting Piñon School.

Folks had a great time running and walking the 1 mile and 5K as "Lucky" the Leprechaun (aka Brad Skidmore),

‘Last Supper Seder’ At Christian Church April 2

on March 26, 2015 - 7:58am


Two LANL Organizations Receive Performance Excellence Recognition From Quality New Mexico

on March 26, 2015 - 7:54am

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Nuclear Material Control and Accountability Group and the Quality and Performance Assurance Division received 2014 Performance Excellence Recognition awards from Quality New Mexico and will be recognized at QNM’s annual learning summit and awards ceremony April 7-8 in Albuquerque.

“These organizations are striving for world-class excellence and providing the best service to their customers,” said Quality New Mexico Executive Director Julia Gabaldon. “We are very proud of them and I encourage organizations in every sector to follow their lead.”

Tax Scam In Progress, Do Not Return Call To 1-703-828-0431

on March 25, 2015 - 9:02pm

Staff Report:

A Los Alamos resident did a reverse lookup on the number 1-703-828-0431 and found a bunch of near identical stories to the four messages she found on her phone today.

"You may want to post a warning in the newspaper that this scam is ongoing, since it is tax season," she said.

She explained that a man claiming to be from the IRS leaves messages saying there is an IRS warrant for her arrest for tax fraud. She called back and he answers and there is another man on a phone talking in the background.

"He tells me I owe $1,570 or

Carly Fiorina To Keynote New Mexico GOP Silver Elephant Event In Albuquerque March 30

on March 25, 2015 - 4:47pm

Carly Fiorina

GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will be in Albuquerque Saturday, May 30 to keynote the Republican Party of New Mexico Silver Elephant Event.

"We are thrilled to have Ms. Fiorina come to our event and look forward to her keynote address," RPNM Chairman Debbie Maestas said. “New Mexico has an exciting opportunity to hear from such a high-powered and well-respected business woman paired with her political background."

Fiorina served as CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005 and was the GOP nominee for the U.S.

Moving Arts Española Partnership With TSAY Corporation Creates New Performance Center

on March 25, 2015 - 4:28pm

MAE News:

  • Moving Arts Partnership With TSAY Corporation of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Benefits Española Valley Children

Moving Arts Española (MAE) and TSAY Corporation announce a joint effort through a five year lease, to reinvent/remodel the former Ohkay Owingeh ‘dome’ casino structure into a 6,000-square-foot Moving Arts Performance Center.

The circus tent-like facility at 368 Eagle Dr., closed in 1999 adjacent to the Moving Arts Española classrooms.  

The project is made possible through a generous grant from the McCune Foundation, and will include a new music classroom and art gallery, in

Udall To Question DOE Secretary On LANL Cleanup, WIPP Costs, Tech Transfer And Other N.M. Priorities

on March 25, 2015 - 12:42pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will discuss steps forward for cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and several other New Mexico priorities with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

Udall will press Moniz to work constructively with the state of New Mexico to safely reopen the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and discuss the Department of Energy’s plan to release a report on the radiological accident.

Udall also will discuss the budget

Letter To The Editor: ‘Running For My Life’

on March 25, 2015 - 12:40pm
Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah
I hope by now most of you have seen fliers, received registration forms, or heard about the 5th Annual “Run for Her Life” April 19 at East Park.
There is nothing more therapeutic than going out on a run. Running clears my mind and frees my soul, but it wasn't always like that for me. Not too long ago even the thought of jogging shorts and running shoes gave me panic attacks with flashbacks of a particular yelling gym teacher, a cramp in my side, and frantically searching for my inhaler.
I was one of those people who

LAHS Junior Coleman Kendrick Earns Best Of Show And Qualifies For Intel ISEF

on March 25, 2015 - 12:14pm

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School Junior Coleman Kendrick earned Best of Show at the Northeastern New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair March 7 at New Mexico Highlands University.

The grand award also qualified Kendrick to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). The Intel International Fair is May 11-15 in Pittsburg, Pa. Kendrick will compete in the Physics and Astronomy category,  the same category he placed 2nd in at the Intel International Fair last year in Los Angeles.

LAHS Seeks Hall Of Fame Nominations

on March 25, 2015 - 11:26am


The Los Alamos High School Athletic Department is accepting nominations for its 2015 Hall of Fame Class.

Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS Athletic Department website or picked up in the Athletic Office at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.

There are three categories for nominations: 

  • Former athlete;
  • Former coach (head, assistant, volunteer from mid school or high school); and
  • Contributor to LAPS athletics. 

A contributor could include but is not limited to educator, manager, media, medical, official, trainer, volunteer, athletic director, assistant and volunteer


2015 FEMA Individual And Community Preparedness Award Application Period Now Open

on March 25, 2015 - 10:32am

FEMA News:

DENTON, Texas – Time is running out to apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 2015 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards.

The awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward making their communities safer, stronger, better prepared and more resilient.

FEMA will review all entries and select the finalists. A panel of representatives from the emergency management community will then select winners in each of the following categories:

  • Outstanding

LAHS Student Directs Robot To Douse Butts

on March 25, 2015 - 10:24am
Los Alamos High School junior Isaiah Lang took a moment to assist in prevention efforts at LAHS to drown out tobacco as part of National Kick Butts Day last Wednesday. Lang has advanced to participate in the upcoming state competition with his firefighter robot. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen 

Letter to the Editor: New Mexicans Should Stand Up

on March 25, 2015 - 10:12am
Santa Fe

As the United States and Iran work toward a historic nuclear draft accord on the status of Iran's nuclear program, dozens of US senators have interfered in the negotiations.

Sen.r Tom Cotton and 46 others sent an ill-informed letter to Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, threatening to end any negotiated agreement regarding nuclear weapons once President Obama leaves office. This undermines the President's ability now, and in the future, to achieve the national security goals of the United States.

It should be the long-term goal of our national leaders to