Skip directly to content

Chapman: On Survivorship Of New Businesses In Los Alamos, With Notes On Signage And Inspections

on July 28, 2016 - 8:56am
By RALPH E. CHAPMAN, Bon Vivant Paleontologist
Los Alamos
©2016 Ralph E. Chapman

This is the second of an anticipated group of columns applying quantitative methods to the problems of economics and life here in Los Alamos County. I figured that, perhaps, at least here in brain-land we might do some County self-examination using analytical methods that can give us insight into the source of our problems and, perhaps, suggest solutions.

The first column with a nice comment later by George Chandler discussed the complexities and consequences of changing zoning philosophies related to our

Scenes From Downtown Parking Lot Paving Project

on July 28, 2016 - 8:46am

The Shannon Corporation contracted with Action Paving to repave the parking lot at 1247 Central Ave. The company was in high gear Wednesday getting the job done. All but a small portion in the area near Knecht Street is completed. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

BPU To Hear Proposed Natural Gas Rate Decrease

on July 28, 2016 - 8:34am



The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will bring to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) a draft ordinance to decrease natural gas rates, as well as remove language related to the "sunset clause" associated with the pass-through rate. Open to the public, the hearing on the proposed rate is scheduled for:

The meeting is 5:30 p.m., Aug. 17 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building.

If approved, the draft ordinance will be introduced to the Los Alamos County Council on August 30 to be scheduled for a public hearing on Sept.

McQuiston: How To Help Speed Up Claims Process

on July 28, 2016 - 8:18am
The Jemez Agency

When you need to file a claim, your insurance company wants to reach a fair and quick resolution as much as you do. Here are a few tips that you can follow to help speed up the claims process.

Prompt notice. Report the claim or an incident that may result in a claim to your insurance carrier or agent as soon as it happens. The information will be fresh in your mind and you should be able to assist with any questions the adjuster may have.

Mitigate your damages.


BPU Hears Proposed Water Rate Increase Aug. 17

on July 28, 2016 - 8:10am


Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 20 - July 26, 2016

on July 27, 2016 - 11:00pm

LAPD 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.


July 20 at 3:15 p.m. / Police arrested Nicholas Roybal-Martinez, 22, of Medanales at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.






July 20 at 3:39 p.m. / Police arrested Jeremiah Dyson, 41, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.





July 20 at 9:32

San Ildefonso Road Pedestrian Tunnel Closed Friday

on July 27, 2016 - 7:20pm


Crews from Cisneros Concrete will be removing and replacing a small section of concrete inside the San Ildefonso Road pedestrian tunnel.

The tunnel will be closed all day Friday, July 29 and re-open Saturday, July 30.

Direct questions or concerns about the work to the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 or send an email to

The County thanks the community for its continued patience and cooperation.

How To Engage In Or Decline Political Conversations

on July 27, 2016 - 4:19pm

Sharon Schweitzer


After last week’s RNC and this week’s DNC, politics is on everyone’s mind. But what’s the best way to respond when someone asks you, “Which candidate do you support” or “Who are you going to vote for?”

Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert, author and founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide, says you have options.

You don’t want to respond

Keeping your opinion to yourself can be difficult; however, it is possible. Say something like, “In the midst of such a contentious political season, I feel it’s best to keep my opinion to myself.

SFNF To Lift Stage I Fire Restrictions Thursday

on July 27, 2016 - 4:16pm

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest will lift campfire and smoking restrictions effective 8 a.m. Thursday, July 28, due to widespread rain across the forest and decreasing fire danger. 

The forest implemented Stage I fire restrictions July 15 based on dry conditions and higher-than-normal temperatures.

Forest managers use several criteria to determine when to lift fire restrictions, including current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources.

Obituary: Shirley L. Davies May 22, 1925 – July 22, 2016

on July 27, 2016 - 3:45pm

SHIRLEY L. DAVIES May 22, 1925 July 22, 2016

Shirley L. Davies, age 91 of Los Alamos died July 22 at Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a prolonged battle with dementia.

She was born on May 22, 1925 to William and Lucille Fay Davies in DeWitt, New York. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lucille Davies, Brother, Morris and Nephew, Kevin.

The family relocated to Concord, California where Shirley graduated from Mt. Diablo High School in 1943.

Never satisfied with the traditional, at age 15, Shirley constructed her Soap Box racer, but being a girl she was


Attorney General Balderas Seeks Restraining Order To Protect Homeowners And Stop Sham Lawsuits

on July 27, 2016 - 11:57am
From the Office of the Attorney General:
ALBUQUERQUE The Office of the Attorney General filed a lawsuit and sought a temporary restraining order against a New Mexico attorney, Johsua R. Simms, and a group of non-attorneys, who the Attorney General alleges take advantage of consumers in financial distress and who are trying to avoid a foreclosure on their homes. The non-attorneys often did business under the name "Praedium Preservation" and that business was headed by Mukthiar S. Khalsa. 
“This office aggressively enforces consumer protection laws, particularly on behalf of our

BOLO For Aging Terrorists

on July 27, 2016 - 11:49am

HSNW News:

Dutch police detectives are on the lookout (BOLO) for three aging German far-left militants who have disappeared decades ago but who have emerged as the main suspects in a series of recent heists.

Ernst-Volker Staub, 61, Burkhard Garweg, 47, and Daniela Klette, 57, are former members of the violent Red Army Faction (RAF) — also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang — a German militant group, which terrorized Germany (then: West Germany) in the 1970s and 1980s with a campaign of bombings, arson, kidnappings and killings.

DutchNews reports that the Dutch and German police suspect

U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján, Michelle Lujan Grisham Deliver Remarks At National Convention Today

on July 27, 2016 - 11:24am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


PHILADELPHIA – Today, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who are both champions for New Mexico families, will deliver remarks at the Democratic National Convention.

The New Mexico representatives are part of an impressive list of speakers, including Vice President Joe Biden, Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine and President Barrack Obama.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Today’s speeches will lay out the clear stakes in this election – a choice between building walls and tearing people down or an optimistic unifying

Governor Announces Record Year For State Parks

on July 27, 2016 - 11:03am

Tent Rocks at Bandelier National Monument. By M. Baum/nmtrue


SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that more people are visiting New Mexico’s state parks than ever before.

Last year, New Mexico state parks welcomed more than 5 million visitors – 1 million more than 2014. The announcement comes on the heels of the Governor announcing record-breaking tourism numbers for the fourth consecutive year.

“This is great news for New Mexico. When our state parks flourish, so do our communities,” Martinez said.

Bandelier Hosts Reunion During Centennial Celebration

on July 27, 2016 - 10:38am
Participants arriving Saturday for the Bandelier Reunion in Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS Photo
Nearly 200 people attended Saturday's Bandelier Reunion. Courtesy/NPS Photo


As part of the celebration of Bandelier National Monument’s 100th birthday and the Centennial of the National Park Service, Bandelier held a reunion Saturday, July 23, inviting present and former employees as well as anyone with close personal connections to the park. 

Nearly 200 people attended, counting current staff as well as those who came from near and far. 

The event was partnered with the

Meet The Orphaned Bear Cubs!

on July 27, 2016 - 10:04am

Two healthy, playful bear cubs captured on a recently installed game camera. Courtesy/LEWF

LEWF News:

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay received the two orphaned bear cubs June 25 from the Valles Caldera National Preserve. (Their mother had been euthanized following an attack on a local runner who unknowingly passed beetween her and the cubs.)

Weighing in at about 10 pounds each, Dr. Ramsay went to work to get the cubs used to their new diet of “mush” and fruit, veggies and dog food.

Now, less than a month later, Valley Girl and Cowboy are well over 20 pounds and full of playful energy.

Daily Postcard: Morning Comes To Walnut Canyon

on July 27, 2016 - 10:01am

Daily Postcard: Morning comes to Walnut Canyon. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Register For A Different Kind Of Golf Tournament

on July 26, 2016 - 10:24pm


Golfers of all skill levels are invited to participate in a Golf Event unlike any other you will play this summer. This Friday, July 29, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament will test your skills, not only with a golf club but also with other athletic equipment. Come support the United Way of Northern New Mexico. You do not have to be a Chamber member to participate!

The event begins with breakfast and Mimosas, followed by a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Golfers will face a variety of challenges that one does not normally encounter on the local links.

Repaving Underway On Downtown Parking Lot

on July 26, 2016 - 10:11pm

Shannon Corporation has contracted with Action Asphalt to repave the parking lot at 1247 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos. The project, which began this afternoon, is being done a section at a time and should be completed by Thursday. Parking is available on each side of the building as well as behind it.  Photo by Carol A. Clark

Parking lot repaving in underway this week in front of the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper office at 1247 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos. Carol A. Clark/

Obituary: Margery Jean McCormick, Aug. 20, 1926 – July 23, 2016

on July 26, 2016 - 9:00pm
MARGERY JEAN MCCORMICK Aug. 20, 1926 July 23, 2016
Margery Jean McCormick was born in Nowata, Oklahoma to Willard and Vinnie (Nida) Cridland.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Donald McCormick, and by her parents, her brother Willard Cridland, Jr., her sister Myrle Hill and her twin sister Anne Maxine Harber. She is survived by her children Amy Anderson, Zachary McCormick, and Egan McCormick, and his wife, Jacqueline, as well as grandchildren Chris Anderson, Tyler McCormick, Lacey Duffy, Chelsea McCormick, and Micaela McCormick and great-grandson Logan Duffy.

DEA: Counterfeit Pills Fueling Fentanyl; Opioid Crisis

on July 26, 2016 - 8:56pm
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Hundreds of thousands of counterfeit prescription pills, many containing deadly amounts of fentanyl and fentanyl-related compounds, have made their way into the U.S. drug market, according to a DEA intelligence report released Friday.
Law enforcement nationwide report higher fentanyl availability, seizures, and known overdose deaths than at any other time since the drug’s creation in 1959. 
Fentanyl is a synthetically produced opioid that, when produced and administered legitimately, is used to treat severe pain.

Letter To The Editor: Shame On LANB

on July 26, 2016 - 8:54pm
Los Alamos
Shame on Los Alamos National Bank for the way they have handled their upgrade to a new banking system.
They made no effort to facilitate the changeover for customers' online transactions at all. They should have done a software fix to transfer payees, wires, transfers and other recurring online transactions, but instead left the burden on their customers.
I had over 80 payees in my online bill payment on the old system which covered nearly all my bills, donations and other transactions, and now I'm left with the lengthy task of manually reentering

WIPP Update: Backup Power Installed For WIPP EOC

on July 26, 2016 - 8:52pm
WIPP News:
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s (WIPP) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will soon have guaranteed operation in the event of a power outage.
A 1,250-kilowatt diesel generator is being installed at the Skeen-Whitlock Building, the location of the EOC. The generator is designed to automatically start when a disruption in power is detected. While the primary purpose of the generator is to ensure emergency response capabilities for the EOC in the event of a power loss, the generator will also power the entire building.

Obituary: Lubella Martinez – July 21, 2016

on July 26, 2016 - 8:50pm
LUBELLA MARTINEZ – July 21, 2016
Lubella "Lubbie" Martinez, 62, a resident of Cordova passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2016 from a lengthy illness.
She is preceded in death by her parents Ismael and Erlinda Trujillo who she lost within 11 months, grandparents, Feloqiuo and Eloisa Lopez, Julian and Natividad Trujillo and the father of her sons, Mike R. Martinez and many other loving relatives. Lubella worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for more than 20 years.
She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt.

NAU Researchers Find Endangered Mouse On SFNF

on July 26, 2016 - 8:46pm
A New Mexico meadow jumping mouse captured and released this month on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/Northern Arizona University


Fire staff help erect fence to protect New Mexico meadow jumping mouse habitat. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service


SFNF News:
SANTA FE  While Forest Service crews were constructing a fence to protect critical habitat for the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse, a 10-person team of researchers from Northern Arizona University (NAU) confirmed that the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is home to the species.
Wildlife ecologist and NAU School of