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Board of Public Utilities Seeks Future Energy Resources Committee Members

on January 31, 2015 - 11:08am


Members of the Board of Public Utilities voted at the Jan. 21 meeting to form an ad hoc citizens committee to form recommendations to the Board concerning the energy future for Los Alamos County. 

The BPU is inviting citizens and businesses who are interested in participating to complete an application to fill four positions on the seven member committee.  The application deadline is before 5 p.m., Feb. 10.

Two residential customers, one residential customer with on-site solar generation, and a commercial customer will be selected by the BPU to join individuals representing

Register For Spring Break Trip To Washington, D.C.

on January 31, 2015 - 10:55am

Students visit Washington, D.C. in 2014. Courtesy photo



It’s not too late to register for the annual Spring Break Trip to the nation's capitol. The visit to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md., is open to all 8th grade students including home school students.

It is a private non-school sponsored trip.

Highlights of the trip include:

  • The White House;
  • International Spy Museum;
  • Walter Reed Medical Museum;
  • The Capitol tour;
  • Washington Monument;
  • Holocaust Museum;
  • Smithsonian Museums;
  • National Zoo;
  • Arlington Cemetery;
  • night tours of all Presidential Monuments;
  • Iwo Jima, Korean and

MIFA: The Red That Colored The World

on January 31, 2015 - 10:43am

Sewing box and cover with cochineal dyed wool yarn. Courtesy/IFAF

MIFA News:

  • Red, with its brilliant hue and broad cultural history, has inspired artists' imaginations and seduced viewers for millennia

SANTA FE—The exhibition, The Red That Colored the World, opening at the Museum of International Folk Art, combines new research and original scholarship to explore the history and widespread use in art of cochineal, an insect-based dye source for the color red whose origins and use date to the pre-Columbian Americas.

The Red That Colored the World opens May 17 and runs through Sept. 13.



FOS Launches Annual Dog Jog Logo Contest

on January 31, 2015 - 10:36am


FOS News:

  • Deadline for logo entry is 5 p.m., Feb. 23

The 2015 Los Alamos Dog Jog is Saturday, April 25. The Dog Jog is an annual fundraiser for the Friends of the Shelter (FOS), an all-volunteer organization that uses this money to provide medical services and needed items for animals at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.

The Dog Jog Committee is calling on all creative young artists to put their imaginations and love of dogs to work by submitting a drawing for the 2015 Dog Jog Logo Contest. The Logo Contest is open to children in 3rd through 6th grades whose family lives or works in Los

State Police Launch Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols

on January 31, 2015 - 10:15am



SANTA FE — New Mexico State Police (NMSP) will conduct Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of February.

These efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities, NMSP said. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising.

These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive.

SFNF: Prescribed Burns Planned Cuba Ranger District

on January 31, 2015 - 10:07am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the La Jara prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.

The La Jara prescribed pile burn, a total of 275 acres northeast of the community of La Jara, may continue through March 30. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems.

NMSC&O To Perform Brahms And Schubert Favorites

on January 31, 2015 - 10:01am

NMSC&O To Perform Brahms And Schubert Favorites

The New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra. Courtesy photo

NMSC&O News:

  • Three classical works to be performed March 1 are admired for beauty

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra (NMSC&O) will present three much-admired works from Brahms and Schubert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at the First United Methodist Church in Albuquerque.

Schubert’s Mass No.


Udall Joins Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

on January 31, 2015 - 9:49am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

 U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that he will join the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The subcommittee holds jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, and is responsible for producing one of 12 annual appropriations bills to fund the federal government's programs and responsibilities.

Udall will continue to serve on other subcommittees that allocate key funding for programs important to New Mexico:

  • the Subcommittee on Agriculture;
  • Rural Development;
  • Food and Drug

White House: 15 Solar Market Pathways Projects

on January 31, 2015 - 9:33am

  • Empowering Communities To Deploy Solar

WASHINGTON D.C.— The White House has announced 15 Solar Market Pathways projects to pursue various approaches to developing actionable solar deployment plans and strategies to promote deployment at residential, community, and commercial scales—from expanding shared or community solar programs and local financing mechanisms to integrating solar energy generation into communities’ emergency response plans.

Aimed at cutting the non-hardware “soft costs” of solar – such as permitting, financing, and connecting to the electric grid – the

DOE Announces Technology To Market Funding

on January 31, 2015 - 9:25am

DOE News:

Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative aims to boost American competitiveness

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The $45 million Technology to Market funding opportunity is part of the Department’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, aimed at boosting American competitiveness and supporting a strong domestic, clean energy manufacturing sector.

This funding opportunity combines three historically separate SunShot Initiative funding programs—IncubatorSolar Manufacturing Technology, and Scaling Up Nascent PV at Home— into one that will support projects with the potential to significantly reduce

Cowboy Breakfast At Posse Lodge 7-11 A.M. Sunday

on January 31, 2015 - 9:20am

DOE Announces New Partners In Energy Efficiency

on January 31, 2015 - 9:13am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

  • New partners commit to improving efficiency by 20 percent over 10 years

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced that more than 20 new partners have committed to improving energy efficiency across their respective building portfolios by 20 percent over the next 10 years.

These new partners, including the six multifamily partners announced by the White House, bring with them fresh perspective and leadership in newly represented sectors, spanning more than 70 million square feet of fast-food,

Right To Work Passes B&E With Bi-Partisan Support

on January 31, 2015 - 8:56am

Rep. Dennis Roch


  • Legislation Will Now Move To Judiciary Committee

SANTA FE — Right-to-work legislation, which would give New Mexico's workers the right to choose whether they join a union or financially contribute to one, has passed the House Committee on Business and Employment. It will now move to the Judiciary Committee. The bill moved with a bi-partisan 8-5 vote.

"By moving this bipartisan legislation forward, we are one step closer to giving New Mexico's workers the right to choose whether they join a union or financially contribute to one," Rep. Dennis Roch said.

Snow Measures 7 Inches In Western Area

on January 31, 2015 - 8:44am

Seven inches of snow from Friday's storm is measured in the yard of a residence in the Western Area. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

IRS Promotes Earned Income Tax Credit

on January 31, 2015 - 8:31am

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is partnering with community-based organizations across the country to promote Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, an effort to alert millions of low and moderate-income workers who may be missing out on a significant tax credit that can be as much as $6,000.

Millions of workers who earned $52,427 or less last year may qualify for EITC for the first time in 2015, making awareness of the credit critical.

Los Alamos Is All Aglow

on January 31, 2015 - 7:48am

Los Alamos is aglow in the distance at 8:20 p.m. Friday. Photo by Christine Stempleski Nackers

Classes Forming: Girls Circle / Council For Young Men

on January 31, 2015 - 7:26am
Trainees start the day dancing, Tony Stidham in the lead and George Marsden bringing up the rear, both men work at the Los Alamos Teen Center. Courtesy photo
Jason Sole, One Circle Foundation Trainer. Courtesy photo

“You could be that one person to make a difference in the life of a teen,” challenged Jason Sole, author of the book From Prison to PhD. Sole carries a heavy rap sheet from his past. A former drug dealer and gang banger, Sole put in years of hard work and found the courage and resilience to turn his life around.

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Mortdecai’

on January 31, 2015 - 7:10am
Los Alamos

“Mortdecai” is the kind of film one attends when in the mood for some light, sophisticated silliness. It isn’t getting great reviews, but perhaps one’s expectations of the film are a bit off. This is an art-heist caper in the genre of The Pink Panther, complete with incompetent thugs, misguided detectives and aristocrats behaving badly.

Movie poster for 'Mortdecai.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Mortdecai, the movie, is based on “Don’t Point That Thing At Me,” the first in a trilogy of books written in the 1970s by British author Kyril Bonfiglioli.

Audience Questions School Board Candidates At Thursday's LAPS Foundation Forum

on January 30, 2015 - 6:30pm
Audience members write questions on cards for school board candidates, from left, Nan Holmes, Williams Hargraves, Andrea Cunningham and Jennifer McCumber. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAPS Foundation President Elizabeth Martineau moderates Thursday's forum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The LAPS Foundation held a forum Thursday in which audience members spent 90 minutes questioning candidates running for the Los Alamos Board of Education.

About 40 people attended the event, which was moderated by LAPS Foundation President


Murdered To Death Will Be Performed Tonight

on January 30, 2015 - 5:40pm

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre says, "The show must go on!" The sidewalks are cleared and the actors are ready ... so come watch the show tonight!

Directed by Patrick Webb and produced by Laurie Tomlinson, "Murdered to Death" is a hilarious spoof of the best Agatha Christie traditions, with an assembled cast of characters guaranteed to delight: Bunting the butler, an English Colonel with the prerequisite stiff upper lip.


Snow Scenes From Across Los Alamos

on January 30, 2015 - 4:33pm

This ruler shows 5 inches of snow has accumulated today on a picnic table at a residence near downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/

The Omega Bridge and Los Alamos Medical Center seem to have disappeared in the snow today as seen from a balcony at Mountain Village on Trinity Drive. Kirsten Laskey/ 

The Omega Bridge and Los Alamos Medical Center are behind a veil of snow today as seen from a balcony at Mountain Village on Trinity Drive. Kirsten Laskey/ 

Plenty of snow fills this yard today on Walnut Street. Photo by A.S. Clark


Letter to the Editor: Arrogant, Ignorant, Or Incompetent School Board And Superintendent?

on January 30, 2015 - 4:00pm

Despite Storm - 34 People Cast Ballots Today

on January 30, 2015 - 3:48pm

First time voter Travis Richins is assisted by poll worker Peggy Pendergast today at the Municipal Building. County Clerk Sharon Stover reports that despite today's snow storm, 34 people cast their ballot for the school board election making the grand total 273 votes cast so far. The polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Municipal Building and Fire Station 3 in White Rock for election day. Photo by John Puckett

Cancelled: Rosary For Earl Meyers

on January 30, 2015 - 3:32pm

IHM News:

The Rosary service to be held in memory of Earl Meyer at 7 p.m. today at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church has been cancelled due to weather. 

At this time his funeral Mass is still scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

Letter to the Editor: Vote Andrea Cunningham For School Board

on January 30, 2015 - 3:21pm
Los Alamos

We’re writing to ask that you take some time to participate in the Los Alamos Public School Board election. This coming Tuesday is Election Day and your last opportunity to vote.  There are three school board positions representing districts in the Town Site that are up for election, as well as two positions on the UNM LA Advisory Board.

This is a very important election for our community. Our school district is facing many issues that require strong leadership and careful oversight by the School Board.