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OBITUARY: David Korkos Sept. 28, 2014

on September 29, 2014 - 7:21pm

DAVID KORKOS Sept. 28, 2014

David Korkos died on September 28, at home, of cancer. He was 67 years old.

David grew up in Oshkosh, Wisc. and Santa Clara, Calif. After graduation from high school, he entered the Marine Corps, where he went on to serve in Vietnam.

Returning home he devoted himself to music and cooking. He played pedal steel guitar in a successful dance band, but he found that playing gigs was taking time away from his other love, cooking, and left the band. He got a job at Scopazzi’s Restaurant in Boulder Creek, Calif., which is where he and his wife met.

He was the

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UNM-LA/JJAB Parenting Series Continues With Healthy Habits Class

on September 29, 2014 - 7:13pm

Photo/iStock

UNM-LA News:

Any parent or caregiver of an elementary school aged child will tell you that instilling good healthy habits can be a tricky task. This week’s installment of Raising Children in a Challenging World: A Series for Parents, is calledHealthy Habits, will meet 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.

The six-class parenting series is a joint effort between the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB).

The goal for the series is to help parents address those challenging aspects of raising a child by bringing together a group of

Letter to the Editor: Clarification And Understanding Of First Born Program

on September 29, 2014 - 7:01pm
By MARVEL HARRISON, PhD
President, First Born Program
 
At a recent fundraiser in White Rock, candidate Geoff Rodgers expressed concern that the First Born Program was the government telling parents how to parent. For clarification, First Born is a non government health promotion program that has been heavily supported by Governor Martinez through the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. In Los Alamos the First Born Program is overseen by a Board of Directors of a 501.c.3 not for profit group. Current funding is designated to reach up to 60 families who request services.  
 
With
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Aspen Prepares To Move Into New Building Nov. 12

on September 29, 2014 - 2:32pm
At Thursday's school board work session, Aspen Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom outlined plans for moving students and staff into their new building on Nov. 12. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

At Thursday's School Board Work Session at Pinon Elementary School, Aspen Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom and LAPS Chief Operations Officer Joan Ahlers outlined plans for moving students into the newly renovated Aspen Elementary School.

Students will see their new classrooms Wednesday, Nov. 5 and the planned move will begin that afternoon.

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Los Cerros Work Crew Finishes Sidewalk In The Rain

on September 29, 2014 - 2:29pm

Los Cerros Apartment work crew gets creative to finish installing a new sidewalk this afternoon in the rain. Photo by Julie Smith

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Letter to the Editor: Response To 'Poorly Thought Out'

on September 29, 2014 - 2:08pm
By EdWARD BIRNBAUM
CRC Member
Los Alamos

A letter concerning the proposed amendments to Article V of the County Charter was recently published from a retired Los Alamos utilities department (DPU) manager now residing in Rio Rancho. 

It may be that his absence from the community has contributed to his lack of knowledge about the Charter review process and the substance of the proposed changes, but whatever the reason, I write to correct several important errors contained in his letter.

First, contrary to the writer’s suggestion, the two committees that reviewed Article V (Utilities) of

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Pinon Students Showcase Projects At School Board Work Session

on September 29, 2014 - 1:36pm
Girl Scouts from Pinon and Chamisa have founded Link Arms in Los Alamos, an anti-bullying group that encourages students to show support for kids being bullied by linking arms with them, either literally or figuratively. The girls have produced t-shirts, posters and a video. They are planning to expand to other schools. One initiative is to invite boys involved in anti-bullying efforts at the high school and middle school to talk with boys at the elementary schools.
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Los Alamos Rotary Club Now Accepting Applications For 2015-2016 Youth Exchange

on September 29, 2014 - 1:28pm

ROTARY News:

Are you interested in learning a new language or meeting new people? Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year.

By sharing your own culture and embracing a new one, you help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about yourself and your home country in the process.

An informational meeting is set for 11:20 a.m., Thursday in the Resource Center at the Los Alamos High School Library.

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LANL Implements Leadership Changes Within Environmental Programs Directorate

on September 29, 2014 - 1:19pm

LANL Director Charlie McMillan

LANL News:

In a memo to employees Friday, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan announced that the Lab is implementing a number of measures aimed at supporting the Department of Energy’s objectives to reopen the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) repository near Carlsbad.

Among the actions are changes in its leadership responsible for managing the Lab's environmental clean-up and transuranic waste operations. McMillan has asked Deputy Associate Director Enrique (Kiki) Torres to serve as acting lead for LANL's Environmental Programs while

Register Now For LAHS Choir Program Golf Tournament

on September 29, 2014 - 12:45pm

Final Day To Rename Los Alamos Apartments For Chance To Win $250 In Chamber Bucks

on September 29, 2014 - 12:26pm

Staff Report

The contest underway to rename Los Cerros Apartments at 3000 Trinity Dr. and 40 apartment units in the Gold Street subdivision ends at 5 p.m. today.

Topper Ridge, Pajarito Pines, Normandy, Plateau Pines, Mesa Ridge, Canyon Oak and Canyon Crest, The Manhattan Projects, The Cottonwoods and Vista del Sol are just a few of the many names suggested to date.

The winner of each complex will receive $250 in chamber bucks and the honorable mention winners will receive $50 in chamber bucks.

Email name suggestions for Los Cerros Apartments and the Gold Street units to

Los Alamos County Human Resources Department Unveils More User Friendly Job Application

on September 29, 2014 - 11:48am

COUNTY News:

The Human Resources Department has revised the Los Alamos County job application to make it more user friendly. 

The new version is available on the website and at the HR Department in Suite 230 at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. One of the biggest changes HR has included is that the new application can be saved on most computers. Also, applicants can use an e-signature to sign the application. HR staff hope that applicants will find that these two changes greatly improve the application process.

In addition, HR has eliminated the separate “Student” application.

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Los Alamos Police Collect 186 Pounds Of Prescription Medications During Saturday's Drug Take Back Day

on September 29, 2014 - 11:27am

LAPD Cpl. Jordan Redmond with a citizen disposing of her unwanted medications Saturday in the LAMC parking lot during Drug Take Back Day. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD Cpl. Robert Stephens in the parking lot at LAMC Saturday as a citizen disposes of outdated and unused prescription drugs. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department hosted its second DEA Drug Take Back Day of the year Saturday in the parking lot at Los Alamos Medical Center.

Officers collected 186 pounds of unused or unwanted prescription medications as part of the national program.

“This continues to be a successful

Yang: 'Only If I Must Lead...'

on September 29, 2014 - 10:58am
By ELENA YANG
Los Alamos

Having read “level-5 leadership” (read here), then observed and heard stories about some leaders/managers, I occasionally wonder if those who are tapped for (or in some cases, conscripted into) leadership roles are more methodical, reflective, and deliberate in their managerial/leadership style, compared to those who aspired to manager/leader roles. 

Since learning the concept of “reluctant” leadership (read here, here and here), I do agree that reluctant leaders seem to take the time … to listen, to ponder, to consider nuances, to take a longer and a wider view,

Scenes From 'Los Alamos Teacher Day of Action'

on September 29, 2014 - 10:27am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard welcome more than 40 Los Alamos Public School teachers and volunteers to Saturday's Los Alamos Teacher Day of Action. The event kicked off in the Los Alamos Democratic Headquarters in Central Park Square with breakfast before the teachers and volunteers headed out to knock on more than 2,600 doors in one day. Luján and Garcia Richard also attended the Los Alamos Health Fair and the Piecemakers Quilt Market Saturday. Courtesy photo

Public Education Commission candidate Karyl Ann Armbruster jokes with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray

Scenes From Sunday's 'Taste The Sky' On Tarmac At Los Alamos County Airport

on September 29, 2014 - 9:10am

A diner at Sunday's 'Taste the Sky' fundraiser takes a photo of aspiring aviators. The United Way Youth Team organized and hosted the annual event, which was held on the tarmac at Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

From left, Dave Ploeger and his wife Johann enjoy the 'Taste the Sky' event with Los Alamos Airport Manager Peter Soderquist. La Cocina catered the event and Zia Credit Union sponsored it. 'We had a lot of fun,' Zia Credit Union President/CEO David Woodruff said. 'We had a lot of fun supporting the kids.

Cowboy Breakfast At Posse Lodge 7-11 a.m. Sunday

on September 29, 2014 - 7:46am

Fall Color Comes To The Jemez

on September 29, 2014 - 7:34am

Fall color was spotted over the weekend in the Jemez. Photo by Leah Austin

Solo Traveler: When Travel Teaches

on September 29, 2014 - 7:10am
Card commemorating St. Pio of Pietrelcina. Courtesy/Sherrry Hardage
 
Solo Traveler: When Travel Teaches
By SHERRY HARDAGE

Home again after a three-month trip to Europe, I missed the daily activity of exploring a new location, taking pictures of interesting stuff and then writing about it. Still, it was great to reconnect with old friends for chats about my travels.

A friend, Anna, asked if I'd learned anything over such a long trip. What a question!

SFI Seminar: 'Energy Landscapes and Emergent Phenomena in Solid State Chemistry and Materials Science'

on September 29, 2014 - 7:06am

Alexandra Navrotsky

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar, “Energy Landscapes and Emergent Phenomena in Solid State Chemistry and Materials Science,” by Alexandra Navrotsky of the University of California, Davis at 12:15 p.m., Thursday in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Abstract. Freed from the tyranny of equilibrium, chemists and materials scientists are designing and making a wealth of new materials with controllable properties. These materials are often only modestly metastable and form a dense landscape of accessible structures.

Park And Ride Information Now On Google Maps

on September 29, 2014 - 7:00am

NMDOT News:

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Transportation’s (NMDOT) Park and Ride regional bus service transit information is now available on Google Maps.

This provides riders with easy access to directions, schedules, bus stops, bus routes, and other information that will help them enjoy a seamless trip. The Trip Planning feature of Google Maps is an easy to use component.  Riders type in an origin, destination and select the Transit icon, which allows them to pick the trip that works best for them.

Trip planning can be done from the NMDOT Park and Ride website

Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair Draws Crowd

on September 28, 2014 - 3:06pm
Visitors to Saturday's 29th annual Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair check out the Medi-vac helicopter on the lawn near the Los Alamos High School Gym. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Friends of the Shelter held a Pet Adoption Event at the Health Fair. A youngster pets one of the dogs available for adoption. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Bernadine Goldman hands out gifts at the Library's booth at the health Fair. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Longtime Los Alamos resident John McHale gets a flu shot at the Health Fair. Photo by Bonnie J.
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Proceeds From Rotary's 'California Table' Benefit Nature Center

on September 28, 2014 - 3:05pm

Rotarian and LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt was the succesful bidder twice during 'The California Table' charitable live auction Saturday on the patio at Smith's Marketplace. The Rotary Club of Los Alamos hosted the wine tasting with food pairing fundraiser for which the proceeds go toward providing a picnic area for the new Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The crowd got into the bidding spirit for a worthy cause. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos auctioneer Jill Cook kept the bids rising during Saturday's live auction. Photo by Carol A.

Colorful Creations Featured At Piecemakers Quilt Market

on September 28, 2014 - 1:00pm
The Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild held its annual Quilt Market Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. A large crowd lined up to purchase quilted items of all sizes. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Visitors check out the stitching of a quilt at the Quilt Market. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
One of the quilts on display. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Los Alamos Piecemakers community service display. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Smaller items for sale at the Quilt Market. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
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N.M. Recycling Coalition Gets Federal Expansion Grant

on September 28, 2014 - 10:21am

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner

USDA News:

ALBUQUERQUE – USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner presented a certificate of obligation Friday to fund the expansion of recycling efforts in rural New Mexico to the New Mexico Recycling Coalition.

During the ceremony held at the annual New Mexico Recycling Coalition’s state conference “This funding will accomplish two things, one support recycling efforts around the state and second create jobs.” Brunner said. “Recycling various items is good for our environment but it is also an economic driver.”

USDA Rural

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