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Couple Faces 54 Charges In 17 Cases In Los Alamos

on May 16, 2017 - 7:06pm
Rosalinda Hurtado
Los Alamos Daily Post

John Joseph Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque and Rosalinda Hurtado, 38, of Alcalde are facing a total of 54 charges in some 17 cases originating in Los Alamos Magistrate Court and now in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Lerma and Hurtado were reportedly in a romantic relationship when they allegedly committed multiple crimes including check fraud, identity theft, forgery, fraud, and fraudulent use of credit cards, against Los Alamos residents of all ages from high school students to the elderly.

John Joseph Lerma


Los Alamos Daily Post Weekly Sports Report

on May 16, 2017 - 5:09pm
By RJ Montaño
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
‘Topper Softball
Los Alamos Softball earned an #11 seed in the NMAA State Tournament and will travel to Rio Rancho, N.M. to take on #6 Kirtland Central in the double-elimination 12 team tournament.
‘Topper Track and Field
Los Alamos Boys and Girls Track and Field will compete at the NMAA State Tournament in at the UNM Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque this Friday and Saturday.
‘Topper Girls Tennis Singles
2nd seeded Los Alamos Senior Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff fell to top seeded Farmington earning the 2 nd place trophy at the

On The Job In Los Alamos: At El Parasol

on May 16, 2017 - 4:41pm
On the job in Los Alamos: Bernardo Torres is a familiar face at El Parasol at 1903 Central Ave., where he has worked since 2006. Photo by Maire O'

House GOP Releases Budget Plan For New Mexico

on May 16, 2017 - 4:34pm


SANTA FE – Today, the House Republican Caucus announced their budget plan for fiscal year 2018 in advance of next week’s special legislative session in Santa Fe.

The Republican plan would meet the funding needs of state government operations and increase support for critical health and education programs without increasing the tax burden on New Mexicans.  

The plan crafted by House Republican legislators will provide funding for critical government services like institutions of higher education, the legislative branch and magistrate courts for FY2018 and protect against

Udall Celebrates New Mexico Teachers During National Teacher Appreciation Week

on May 16, 2017 - 11:58am
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement for National Teacher Appreciation Week in recognition of the hard work and dedication of teachers across New Mexico:
"Our children are our most precious resource, and we entrust our teachers with an incredible responsibility—inspiring kids to achieve their dreams. 
"So many teachers treat their work as a mission, not a job. They wake up early to prepare class events and lesson plans, and they stay at school late to help with homework and grade papers. And this monumental effort pays off.

2017’s Best & Worst Places To Start A Career – WalletHub Study

on May 16, 2017 - 11:57am
With graduation season upon us, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst Places to Start a Career

To help recent graduates launch their careers in the right place, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest markets in the U.S. based on 23 key indicators of career-friendliness. The data set ranges from availability of entry-level jobs to monthly average starting salary to housing affordability.

Best Places to Start a Career
Worst Places to Start a Career
Salt Lake City, UT
Jackson, MS
Orlando, FL
Chesapeake, VA

Los Alamos County Quorum Notice Thursday

on May 16, 2017 - 11:55am

Local Expert To Lead Wildflower Walk Monday

on May 16, 2017 - 7:19am

Wildflowers are important for pollinators like this swallowtail butterfly. Photo Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Would you like to learn more about wildflowers on the Pajarito Plateau? Starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 22, Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller will lead a Wildflower Walk.

These popular monthly outings are easy walks to identify some of the wildflowers 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.

Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum Launches 2017 Summer Series

on May 16, 2017 - 7:07am


Again this summer the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum will present a series of talks by local speakers during May, June and July. The theme of the talks is “Hope: Science, Religion and the Future”. There will be seven Wednesday evening meetings including May 31; June 7, 14, 28 and July 12, 19, 26.

The meetings will follow the usual format: light supper at 6 p.m., talk at 6:30 p.m., followed by questions for the speaker and then table discussions.

Summer 2017 Udall Lecture Series: Frida Kahlo

on May 16, 2017 - 6:53am
Frida Kahlo
ART News:
SANTA FE  Renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo—her life, self-image, friends, and thoughts on feminism—are the topics of a summer lecture series at the Udall Center on Museum Hill June 10 through Sept. 16.
The lecture series coincides with the Mirror, Mirror: Photographs of Frida Kahlo exhibition at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art on Museum Hill.
On display Oct.

New Mexico Athletic Directors Association Announces 2017 Scholar Athlete Awards

on May 16, 2017 - 6:49am
NM ADA News:
The New Mexico Athletic Directors Association, interscholastic athletic directors in the state of New Mexico, is proud to announce the 2017 NMADA Male and Female Scholar Athlete Award Winners.
2017 NMADA Female Scholar Athlete – Sophie Long, Albuquerque Academy, nominated by Taryn Bachis, Albuquerque Academy Athletic Director. Sophie has earned 6 varsity letters, 2 in volleyball and 4 in basketball.

Los Alamos Girls Golf Wins Third At State

on May 16, 2017 - 6:40am

Elizabeth Lockhart watches her putt on the 12th hole during the girls state golf championships May 8-9 at The Canyon Club at Four Hills golf course in Albuquerque. The Los Alamos High School girls golf team placed third at state. Photo by John McHale/

Leah Mountain reads the green before her putt on No. 7. She finished with a 180 that tied her for fifth place. Photo by John McHale/

Jessica Osden chips up on to the No. 6 green. Osden finished the tournament with a score of 174, which put her in fourth place. Photo by John McHale/ ​



Letter To The Editor: Patrick Brenner Rant Clearly NOT A Better Way For LA

on May 16, 2017 - 6:35am
Los Alamos
Over the last few weeks we've seen a healthy volley of letters to the editor in favor of, and opposed to the Rec Bond. For the most part the letters have been well thought out, well spoken and constructive in their approach to the issue. I think this is representative of Los Alamos as a whole. We discuss, we debate, but in the end, we're still nice to our neighbors that have a different opinion. It's what makes this community so great.
This is why the letter published Monday evening in the Los Alamos Daily Post from former Los Alamos County Council

Daily Postcard: Rain Clouds Create Dramatic Sunset

on May 16, 2017 - 6:24am

Daily Postcard: Rain clouds create a dramatic sunset Saturday over Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

LAPD Hosts Memorial Ceremony For Fallen Officers

on May 15, 2017 - 9:47pm
Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone speaks at this morning's Memorial Ceremony for fallen officers. Similar ceremonies took place today across the country as part of Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Cpl. Pete Garcia presents scrolls with the imprint of a name plate honoring the late Chief Gary Bequette to his daughters, Diana Bequette, left, and Laura Hughes. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Los Alamos Police Officers and Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero at this morning's Memorial Ceremony.

Former County Council Candidate Berates Councilors

on May 15, 2017 - 7:51pm

Former County Council Candidate Patrick Brenner


Former Los Alamos County Council Candidate Patrick Brenner sent a strongly worded email today to all seven sitting councilors. The Los Alamos Daily Post received a copy of the email and spoke with Brenner by telephone in an effort to understand what spurred him to send such an email. Following a lengthy conversation in which it remains unclear why he sent the email, Brenner requested that he be quoted in regard to the email as saying, “I stand by every word I said.”

Brenner's email to Councilors:

From: Patrick Brenner <

LAPD Spouses Sponsor Blue Tape Event

on May 15, 2017 - 7:32pm

Kateri Morris, left, wife of Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris and Lizzy Lyons, wife of  Det. Matt Lyons place blue lines on community vehicles for two hours today at the police station in support of National Police Week. The event was sponsored by LAPD Law Enforcement Spouses. Photo by Maire O'Neill

Cindy Bingham, left, watches as Kateri Morris, Lizzy Lyons and Lisa Gonzales prepare her rear window for a blue line in support of National Police Week. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Amy Strain shows off the blue stripe on the back window of her car in support of law enforcement

Study: Los Alamos County Ranks Among Best Places In New Mexico To Borrow Money

on May 15, 2017 - 7:15pm
Buying a home, going to college, and starting a new business are a few reasons why Americans take out loans.
We all know this, but did you know that there are places where it’s better to borrow money and easier to manage debt than others? These places generally offer a great cost of living relative to income and provide stronger legal protections for borrowers.
In its new study, SmartAsset dove into the numbers to uncover the best places to borrow money, and Los Alamos County ranked among the top spots in New Mexico.
For a look at how Los Alamos County

Los Alamos Boys Golf Team Earns Third At State

on May 15, 2017 - 7:13pm

Davis Johnson blasts out of the No. 8 sand trap; he shot a 181 and a 21 finish during the state golf championships May 8-9 at the The Canyon Club at Four Hills in Albuquerque. The boys golf team finished in third place. Photo by John McHale/

Logan Bishop tees off on No. 8; he finished with a 179 and tied for 18th place in the state golf championship. Photo by John McHale/ 

Henry Poston reads the green on No. 2. Poston finished with a 174, which tied him to 12th place. Photo by John McHale/


Jacob Benelli chips to green No.

Nonprofit Training Session May 25, RSVP Now

on May 15, 2017 - 6:52pm
LACF News:
Los Alamos Community Foundation is excited to be teaming up with Leadership Los Alamos and United Way of Northern New Mexico to host the first “Volunteer Fair at Chamberfest” Saturday, June 10.

The format for this year’s “Volunteer Fair at Chamberfest” will be different than past volunteer fairs. The LACF Chamberfest booth will feature table space for nonprofits to display information about volunteer opportunities. You don’t have to staff the booth! You simply provide the materials using easy-to-use templates available at the May 25 nonprofit training session:

Preparing Your

LAHS Girls Softball Eliminated From State

on May 15, 2017 - 6:33pm

The Los Alamos High School girls softball team was eliminated from the state competition after they lost 14-3 to the Kirkland Central Broncos May 11 at Cleveland High School. At third base, Megan Romero reaches for the throw for an out but wasn't done in time during the fourth inning. Photo by John McHale/

Jayde Tucker makes a try for a pop-up near the fence but was just out of her reach. Photo by John McHale/


The leadoff pitcher, Reyna Lucero, pitched until the sixth inning when she was relieved by Savana Luster. Photo by John McHale/


Chamber Breakfast At UNM-LA May 17

on May 15, 2017 - 3:15pm
The May 17 Chamber Breakfast in Building 2 room 230 at UNM-LA will be a discussion of what is taking place in the Los Alamos housing market.
The latest data compiled by the realtors will give you an accurate look at what is taking place. Presenter Teddie Sue Mooday is an Associate Broker with RE/MAX of Los Alamos and a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.
This Chamber Breakfast will provide valuable information for bankers, mortgage brokers, employers looking to house employees, home improvement retailers and wholesalers, contractors in all fields, as well as people

Sweet Tribute To Los Alamos Police Officers

on May 15, 2017 - 2:58pm
In honor of National Police Week, the Los Alamos Police Department received a special gift this morning from U.S. Navy veteran Amy Strain. From left, Cmdr. Oliver Morris, Kateri Morris, Amy Strain and Lizzy Lyons. Photo by Julie Bennett.
U.S. Navy veteran Amy Strain baked a variety of cookies for the Los Alamos Police Department in recognition of National Police Week. Photo by Julie Bennett
Cookies created by U.S. Navy veteran Amy Strain for the Los Alamos Police Department in recognition of National Police Week. Photo by Julie Bennett
Cookies created by U.S.

Los Alamos Nukes Win Second State Championship!

on May 15, 2017 - 2:33pm

The Los Alamos Nukes win back-to-back state championships in the 10-man rugby bracket. Photo by John McHale/
The Los Alamos Nukes win their second 10-man state championship high school title in a row!
The Nukes played El Paso and St. Pius Saturday in Albuquerque to capture back-to-back championships, thus finishing off an undefeated season.  

Preston Brown runs through St. Pius defenders. Photo by John McHale/

Joey Sorenson gets a lift during a lineout from fellow teammates Jake Mairson and Patrick GuyPhoto by John