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Council Tentatively Approves Police Department Budget

on April 27, 2015 - 8:28pm

Los Alamos County Police Chief Dino Sgambellone addresses Council at this evening's budget hearing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 to tentatively adopt the Los Alamos Police Department's FY-2016 proposed budget as presented. The LAPD FY-2015 adopted budget is $7,127,576 and its proposed FY-2016 budget is $7,139,312 - essentially flat over current year.

The budget reflects a reduction of one full time employee within the Police Department, which will be compensated for through appropriate staffing and back filling operationally,

Council Tentatively Approves Fire Department Budget

on April 27, 2015 - 8:01pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes addresses Council questions. Council commended Hughes and his department on their service to the community. Councilor James Chrobocinski is a trained nurse who has worked in other hospitals. He said to Hughes, 'I've worked with a lot of EMTs and by far your group is the most professional and technically skilled I've ever seen ... this community is in good hands.' Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 this evening to approve the Fire Department's proposed FY-2016 budget.

LAFD accounts for 15.2 percent


County's Third Night Of Budget Hearings Underway ... Tentatively OKs Community Services Budget

on April 27, 2015 - 6:04pm

Community Services Director Charlie Kalageros-Chattan and Library Manager Steven Thomas field questions this evening from County Council on modifying library services. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council votes 7-0 to retain $24,400 in the library budget as part of the Community Services FY-2016 proposed budget this evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Community Services Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan and Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Randy Smith discuss the Recreation Department. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


'Avenue Q' At LALT Starting Friday

on April 27, 2015 - 6:01pm
Poster Courtesy of LALT

LALT News:

A show so big it takes two theater companies to put it on is landing in Los Alamos for its New Mexico premiere.

Major Broadway musical Avenue Q, a raucous, raunchy puppet show for grown-ups, opens May 1 at the Los Alamos Little Theater, performed in conjunction with the Dixon Community Players. Winner of the Tony Awards “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart.

Telling the story of newcomer Princeton, fresh out of college with a seemingly useless BA in English, Avenue Q deals with


Tips For Seniors With Hear Loss Presentation Tuesday

on April 27, 2015 - 6:00pm


Nathan Gomme from the New Mexico Commission on Deaf & Hard of Hearing will be at the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 28 to offer tips and tricks related to smartphone technology for seniors with hearing challenges. 

The community is invited to attend and bring their devices and learn from Gomme's experience.

Scenes From Special Olympics Track And Field Meet

on April 27, 2015 - 3:34pm

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris starts the race. Photo by Kateri Morris

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Cpl. Adele Girmendonk with the Espanola Special Olympics track team. Photo by Kateri Morris


Athletes competed in the Los Alamos Special Olympics Track and Field Meet Saturday at Sullivan Field.

Several volunteers helped work the event and Los Alamos Firefighters also assisted and placed ribbons on athletes at the conclusion of their events.

The Los Alamos Police Department helps raise money for local Special Olympic athletes through T-shirt sales and

County Announces Queen’s Court Competition

on April 27, 2015 - 3:32pm


The Los Alamos County Recreation Division is hosting the Queen’s Court Competition Saturday, May 9 to determine this year's Los Alamos County Fair and  Rodeo Queen, Princess andSweetheart. 

Categories include:

  • Queen Contestants (Ages 17-25)
  • Princess Contestants (Ages 14-16)
  • Sweetheart Contestants (Ages 10-13)

Entries must be submitted by Wednesday, May 6

For more information, contact the PROS Division at 505.662.8170, at or visit

LAPS Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn To Lead Roseburg School District

on April 27, 2015 - 12:18pm

Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn with teacher Joy Handsberry. Photo by Salvador Zapien/


Los Alamos Daily Post 

Los Alamos Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn has been hired to lead the Roseburg School District in Roseburg, Ore.

“I’m very excited,” Washburn told the Los Alamos Daily Post a few minutes ago. “It’s a tremendous opportunity and I am honored.”

Washburn succeeds Superintendent Larry Parsons who is retiring.

“We had some excellent choices from Oregon and several other states in our field of 19 candidates for the


Listening Sessions Set For May To Discuss Valles Caldera Transition To National Park

on April 27, 2015 - 11:54am

NPS News:

The Intermountain Region of the National Park Service (NPS) will hold three public listening sessions in northern New Mexico next month to discuss the transition in management of Valles Caldera National Preserve from the Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) to the NPS.

The meetings are scheduled each day 6-8:30 p.m., May 11-13 in Albuquerque, Jemez Springs and Los Alamos.

This is an opportunity for the National Park Service to get to know the communities around the Valles Caldera, and for us to begin to establish the kind of strong working relationships that are at the heart of

Pope Appoints New Archbishop Of Santa Fe

on April 27, 2015 - 11:42am

Most Rev. John C. Wester


ALBUQUERQUE – Pope Francis has appointed Most Rev. John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City, as the 12th Archbishop of Santa Fe.

He succeeds Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe upon reaching the age limit has been accepted by the Holy Father.

Archbishop-Elect Wester was ordained a Priest May 15, 1976 for his native Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Public Invited To White Rock Master Plan Showcase

on April 27, 2015 - 10:25am


The public is invited to join the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee for a White Rock Master Plan Showcase event 5-7 p.m. Monday, May 4 at the White Rock Visitor Center.

Los Alamos County, in cooperation with the White Rock Master Plan Committee, will feature past, present and future projects related to the White Rock Master Plan.

Refreshments will be provided.

For additional information, contact the Los Alamos County Community & Economic Development Department at 505.662.8120.

Los Alamos Book Fair Fills Historic Fuller Lodge With Words And Pictures Saturday

on April 27, 2015 - 10:14am
Readers flock to Fuller Lodge Saturday for the Los Alamos Book Fair. More than 20 writers and publishers displayed their work. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Jenn and John Myers of Typo'd Mary publishing show off their graphic novels. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Children's authors Jennifer McKerley, left, and Shirley Raye Redmond. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Ann Essance with her book, 'Tapestry in Time,' about the early days of Chrisianity, among other things. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Fantasy writers RJ Mirabal and Joyce

NMAC Gathers For Legislative Review In Hernandez

on April 27, 2015 - 9:56am

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess speaking at the New Mexico Association Of Counties meeting Thursday morning in Hernandez. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson speaking at the NMAC meeting Thursday in Hernandez. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

Los Alamos County Clerk and NMAC President-elect Sharon Stover speaking at the meeting Thursday in Hernandez. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

Staff Report

The New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) met Thursday in the Hernandez Community Center.

The New Mexico

Nu2U Celebrates First Year Anniversary Saturday

on April 27, 2015 - 9:37am
Nu2U at 1460 Trinity Dr. Photo by Keith Lindsay/Atomic City Designs LLC
Nu2U News:
The community is invited to celebrate the first-year anniversary of Nu2U gift and consignment shop at 1460 Trinity Dr. Suite 1 in Los Alamos.
The celebration is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday with free hot dogs and extras and there will be a drawing between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. for three gifts including:
  • $500 Visa or MasterCard Debit Card;
  • $200 Amazon Card; and
  • $100 Nambe Gift Card. 
No purchase is required and tickets may be obtained daily throughout the week at Nu2U. 

Nu2U Consignments is a division of Atomic City

AIA Lecture: South Korea - The Rise To Globalism May 3

on April 27, 2015 - 9:37am

Dr. Charles Armstrong

AIA News:

The Albuquerque International Association (AIA) will host a public lecture by Dr. Charles Armstrong titled “South Korea: Rise to Globalism” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at UNM Continuing Education Auditorium, 1634 University Blvd NE.

Dr. Armstrong is the Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences in the Department of History at Columbia University.

Until the close of the twentieth century, Korea had never in its modern history been a major economic or political force in the East Asian region, much less the world at large.

Over 300 Runners Participate In Valles Caldera Runs

on April 27, 2015 - 9:36am

Runners in Saturday's Valles Caldera Runs. Photo by Errol Baade


More than 300 runners participated in Saturday's Valles Caldera Runs.

The runs included 10k, half-marathon and marathon distance races that started and ended at the Banco Bonita staging area on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Runners were treated to a perfect day for the races, with cool weather and little wind.

Michael Ehrmantraut and Jacob Waltz, both of Santa Fe, took first and a close second in the marathon, both running just over 3:18. David Coblentz of Los Alamos followed in third.


Yang: When Science Meets Reality – Part III Of III

on April 27, 2015 - 9:36am
Los Alamos

When Science Meets Reality – Part III Of III

Scientists understand social cues and are, like the rest of us, equipped with human emotions. Their take on socially constructed reality might be slightly askew (by whose standards?), but their social construction of reality is just as valid as another group’s social construction.

Managers in R&D organizations face the same kind of relational issues and group-intergroup dynamics as all other managers.

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Families Is Basis For UNM-LA Parenting Workshop At UNM-LA May 2

on April 27, 2015 - 9:34am



The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) will host a free weekend parenting workshop entitled, Raising Children in a Challenging World: a Workshop for Parents, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2 on the UNM-LA Campus.

The keynote speaker is author Jonathan Catherman, a Senior Consultant with Franklin Covey Education. Catherman’s talk is based on Stephen R. Covey’s New York Times bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families.

On site enrichment opportunities will be available for

IRS Offers Advice On What To Do If You Missed The Tax Filing Deadline

on April 27, 2015 - 9:34am

IRS News:

PHOENIX – April 15 has come and gone. If you didn’t file a tax return or an extension but should have, you need to take action now.

Here are some tips for taxpayers who missed the tax filing deadline:

  • File as soon as you can. If you owe taxes, you should file and pay as soon as you can. This will stop the interest and penalties that you will owe. IRS Direct Pay offers you a free, secure and easy way to pay your tax directly from your checking or savings account. There is no penalty for filing a late return if you are due a refund. The sooner you file, the sooner you’ll get it.
  • IRS

LANL's Dr. Steven P. Girrens Named ASME Fellow

on April 26, 2015 - 8:13pm

Via video during a special event Thursday evening at the Los Alamos Research Park, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich congratulates new ASME Fellow Dr. Steven P. Girrens, at left, and commends him for his achievements in the field of engineering. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Dr. Brad Meyer, Sharon Stover and Dr. Alan Bishop. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post
A hush fell over the room Thursday evening as word came that Dr. Steven P. Girrens had entered the elevator at the Los Alamos Research Park.

Santa Fe CIR: Talk On Mexico By Roderic Ai Camp

on April 26, 2015 - 5:04pm

Roderic Ai Camp

CIR News:

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents a World Affairs Discussion Event at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 8 at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail.

The topic is The Democratic Paradox in Mexico: Increasing Governability and Declining Trust in Democratic Institutions.

The speaker is Roderic Ai Camp, Philip McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont Mckenna College and founding member of the Advisory Board, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Smithsonian Institution.

Professor Camp’s presentation will

Local Expert To Lead Monthly Wildflower Walks

on April 26, 2015 - 4:47pm

Wildflower expert Chick Keller, right, leads a wildflower walk for PEEC. Photo by Josip Loncaric

Wildflowers along Quemazon trail. Photo by Yvonne Keller

PEEC News:

Starting this month, PEEC's Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will begin leading monthly Wildflower Walks.

These will be easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller will pick a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.

The Wildflower Walks will take place over the next

Letter To The Editor: Victims But No Victimizers

on April 26, 2015 - 2:32pm

Los Alamos

During the last few months, we have seen many protests over the death of suspects at the hands of police. The protesters claim the rights of the suspects were violated. Some claim the suspects were murdered by the police.

We have heard calls to the defense of the police, that they too are often victims, placed in situations of peril as they seek to carry out their mission of defending the peace, a mission bestowed upon them by we the people.

We have also heard that many police departments enforce the laws unequally, that minorities are unfairly targeted,


Smart Design With Suzette: A Kitchen Renovation ... Getting Started

on April 26, 2015 - 2:31pm
A newly renovated kitchen. Courtesy/Suzette Fox
A white kitchen. Courtesy/Suzette Fox
Smart Design With Suzette
A Kitchen Renovation – Getting Started

The kitchen is my favorite room to design. Kitchens represent family, nourishment, friends and laughter. Kitchens are also the most challenging. Huge mistakes can be made. These mistakes have lasting implications as a result of decisions that were not thought through.

This article will be the first in a series on kitchen renovation.

Morning Snow Shower Comes To Los Alamos

on April 26, 2015 - 11:21am

Snow falls on the area this morning including these back yards near Urban Street. Photo by Chris Clark/