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Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center March 14

on March 10, 2017 - 8:37am

The community is invited to enjoy activities with Melissa Mackey, 6-7 p.m. March 14, at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Family Night. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Tuesday, March 14 is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities, 6-7 p.m., with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey.

The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center and thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free to all.

Smart Design With Suzette Fox: Easy Spring Decorating

on March 10, 2017 - 8:25am

Daylight Savings is a great opportunity to spruce up your house and bring nature inside your home. Courtesy/Suzette Fox

Los Alamos

This weekend Daylight Savings Time begins. Yay! My favorite time of year! When spring’s breezes (or gusty winds – depending where you live) inspire you to embrace the new season, use these decorating ideas to freshen up your home.

Spring Cleaning

There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual cleaning. For many people, however, the pleasure comes only after the work is finished.

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Jack Stafford Receives General Billy Mitchell Award At Monday’s Promotion Ceremony

on March 10, 2017 - 8:12am
CAP Cadet Jack Stafford, right, receives his Mitchell Award Monday from Major Mark Peters. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
LTC Annette Peters recognized Cadet Master Sergeants Zach Lang, Juan Romero and Gabe Fox at Monday night's ceremony. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
CAP cadets at Monday's award ceremony, front row from left, Malcolm Olsen, Jacqueline Lang, Ty Swavely, Juan Romero, and Bryce Gentille. Back row from left, Caleb Britton, JD Downing, Zach Lang, Gabe Fox, Jack Stafford and Silas Morgan. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Newly Elected Los Alamos School Board And UNM-LA Advisory Board Sworn In

on March 10, 2017 - 7:07am
From left, newly elected UNM-LA Advisory Board members Sheila Schiferl, Michelle Hall and David Sutton with newly elected Los Alamos School Board members Ellen Ben-Naim and Stephen Boerigter. Los Alamos County Municipal Judge Alan Kirk administered the Oath of Office to the new members Monday at the Los Alamos Justice Center. They will take up their duties at the next meeting of their respective boards. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Robert Benjamin's Live Short Plays At Senior Centers

on March 10, 2017 - 7:04am
Ruby (Pat Beck), left, and a saleswoman (Kate Ramsey) inspect which clothing is best for Ruby to end her romance. Photo by Larry Gibbons


“Fresh Out,” a 12-minute comedy by Los Alamos playwright Robert F. Benjamin will be performed at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 10 at the White Rock Senior Center Event Hall and 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The performances are free.  

Actresses Pat Beck and Kate Ramsey make up the cast.

This will be Benjamin’s third comedy at the senior centers, following the 2016 performances of Too Soon and Swerving.

Daily Postcard: Bufflehead Duck Joins Recently Arrived Cinnamon Teal At Ashley Pond

on March 10, 2017 - 6:49am

A Bufflehead Duck, right, joins the recently arrived Cinnamon Teal Duck Thursday at Ashley Pond. Thanks to the efforts of former County Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre, Ashley Pond has become an inviting destination for ducks and birds of all stripes during their migrations. McIntyre played a major role in the design and implementation of the popular Ashley Pond Park improvements in downtown Los Alamos. Find information about Bufflehead ducks here and Cinnamon Teal ducks here. Photo by Greg Kendall
Longtime local resident Homer the Goose jumps for joy at the sight of his colorful new

Guns And Hoses Duke It Out For Charity

on March 9, 2017 - 4:55pm
Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera and Firefighter Kenny Martinez fight to knock out poverty. Photo by John McHale/
El Parasol owner Ralph Atencio, right, presents a $2,000 donation to Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera for the Rumble in Rio charity event.‘We are happy to support this worthy cause in which the proceeds go to help kids,” Atencio said. Kellie Michel of KJM Auto Body on Trinity Drive donated $200 to the event to help kids. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAPD Cmdr. Preston Ballew, left, and Fire Chief Troy Hughes urge Dep.

Athlete Of The Week: Ramon Roybal

on March 9, 2017 - 4:32pm

Athlete of the Week

Los Alamos High School junior Ramon Roybal

What do you hope to get out of playing basketball in high school?  
To strive and become a better leader on and off the court.

What is your favorite subject in school?

Where do you hope to attend college and what do you want to study?
I hope to attend Colorado State University and study mechanical engineering.

Coach question - What makes this athlete stand out?
Last week Ramon assumed the duties of primary point guard due to injuries. Ramon put together two very nice  games for us.

County Gears Up For Budget Hearings

on March 9, 2017 - 4:29pm

Staff Report:

Los Alamos County is gearing up to present its Fiscal Year 2018 to the County Council.

The budget hearings begin at 6 p.m. April 17-18 and April 24-25 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

Typically, Council approves the budget on the final day of hearings, which this year is April 25.

Community members may access the proposed budget starting March 31. Copies of the budget will be available at both libraries as well as at the Municipal Building and on the County’s website at

Although the hearings are held in April, the budget

On The Job In Los Alamos: Sharleen Espinoza At The Y

on March 9, 2017 - 4:19pm

Los Alamos Family YMCA employee Sharleen Espinoza on the job this morning at the front desk at the Family YMCA on Iris Street. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

LANL’s Jaqueline L. Kiplinger Receives IUPAC 2017 Distinguished Women In Chemistry Award

on March 9, 2017 - 4:08pm

Jaqueline Kiplinger was recognized this week with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry 2017 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering award. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos chemist is only US scientist thus honored

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Jaqueline Kiplinger was recognized this week with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) 2017 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering award.

Barranca's Kindergarten Roundup April 5

on March 9, 2017 - 9:41am

House Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Tax Bill

on March 9, 2017 - 9:30am


SANTA FE – The House unanimously passed bipartisan tax legislation that includes a number of top priorities for hardworking New Mexico families.

Rep. Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe) introduced a floor substitute for House Bill 412, sponsored by Rep. Jason Harper (R-Rio Rancho), and the substitute was unanimously adopted.

The new bill simplifies the tax code to improve the economic footing for the state while keeping more money in the pockets of hardworking New Mexico families.

County Reports On Phishing Scam Concern

on March 9, 2017 - 9:20am


Los Alamos County’s email system, which is hosted as cloud-based services, was attacked in February in an apparent phishing scam. Phishing is a fraudulent attempt by email to obtain sensitive information for a malicious reason. While it is believed that the attack was contained to a single email account in the Public Works Department, the County turned the matter over to the Los Alamos Police Department for investigation. Affected employees have been notified and LAPD Investigations conducted a thorough investigation of this incident. 

The County uses multiple layers of

Local Students Excel In New Mexico Children’s Bible Quizzing Competition

on March 9, 2017 - 9:11am

Coaches Katrina Granillo, left, and Cindy Byerly with from left, Sienna Granillo, Hannah Granillo, Alex Byerly and Kyle Granillo. Courtesy photo


Sienna Granillo, 10, Kyle Granillo, 9, Alex Byerly, 8, and Hannah Granillo, 6, of White Rock recently represented the La Vista Church of the Nazarene in White Rock at the District level of the New Mexico Children’s Bible Quizzing. The quiz meet took place Saturday, March 4 in Albuquerque.

The children competed against 40-50 other participants from all around New Mexico.

Public Meeting: North Road Traffic Calming Concerns

on March 9, 2017 - 9:01am


The Los Alamos County Public Works Traffic and Streets Division is hosting a Public Meeting regarding Traffic Calming Concerns on North Road.

This meeting 7-9 p.m., March 22 at Fuller Lodge  and the public is encouraged to attend.

For questions regarding the meeting, call the Traffic and Streets Division at 505.662.8113 or email the public works general email at

An Open Book: Let There Be Light

on March 9, 2017 - 8:45am
Los Alamos

A theoretical physicist and good friend of mine revels in the observation that in the Scriptures God created Light first. As if the cosmic microwave background radiation were not sufficient evidence of the theory of the Big Bang, he can point to Genesis as further cosmic, or maybe Cosmic, confirmation. To me, however, there is a simpler reason why God would have placed Light in the epicenter of Creation.

Without contrast, without distinctions, there is no universe, and the most fundamental contrast is between light and darkness.

I felt that contrast

Daily Postcard: Early Sunlight Falls On Fuller Lodge

on March 9, 2017 - 8:18am

Daily Postcard: Sunlight falls early this morning on historic Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

LAFD Warns Of Phony Fundraiser Phone Scam

on March 8, 2017 - 7:09pm

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Department is warning citizens of a telephone scam. Several local residents have contacted LAFD inquiring if the department is conducting a fundraiser, or trying to attempt to collect a debt, after receiving calls this week from a phone number that registers in Caller ID as belonging to the fire department.

Such calls are a phone scam and attempts to gain personal or financial/credit card information.

LAFD does not solicit funds by telephone and does not attempt to collect debts by telephone, nor does the Ambulance Billing service, on LAFD's behalf.

Heartfelt Wisdom: Buddhist Meditation March 24

on March 8, 2017 - 6:35pm

Meet Ali Renner, New LAHS Physics Teacher

on March 8, 2017 - 5:16pm

Ali Renner, the new Conceptual Physics teacher at Topper Freshmen Academy. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Ali Renner began teaching Conceptual Physics, Jan. 30, at the Topper Freshman Academy at Los Alamos High School.

Her path to landing the job started with a walk around Ashley Pond. Renner was hanging out with her kids and a friend. Her friend introduced her to Carter Payne, Topper Freshman Academy Principal.

She told him that she used to be a physics teacher. That got his attention.

LAVNS Hospice Daffodil Sales Begin Thursday

on March 8, 2017 - 5:13pm

Central Park Square volunteers, from left, Caesar Perez, Antonio Medina and Raul Ramirez, are busy prepping daffodils for the annual sale to benefit Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice. Scheduled sales begin Thursday, March 9 and continue through Friday at Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock, Los Alamos National Bank in Los Alamos, Pig + Fig Bakery and Café in White Rock, but with the enormous community support there has been record breaking daffodil pre-sales so supplies may not last through Friday so buying early is recommended. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

National Puppy Day March 23

on March 8, 2017 - 3:06pm
Some studies show that people begin to feel less anxious after spending less than an hour with an animal. There are endless benefits from lowering your stress level and while the things that we find stressful in our lives are often hard to eliminate, adding an animal to your life can help.
  • General Benefits: There's a reason that they say dog is man's best friend. Having a pet, not limited to dogs, is something that everyone should experience at some point in their life. Pets can be calming, mood lifting, empathetic, and so much more.

Sorting It Out At LA Cares

on March 8, 2017 - 2:47pm
Back Row: Diane & Evan Noveroske (LA Cares), Lisa Caldwell, Pete Carson, Mary Martucci, Kim Sherwood (Leadership Los Alamos). Front Row: Carie Fanning, Kirsten Bell (Leadership Los Alamos), Jeanne Butler (LA Cares). Courtesy photo
LA Cares News:
Most of us have provided food donations to LA Cares, but did you know there are other ways to help our local food bank? 
Once donations are delivered to LA Cares, the work has only just begun for this charitable organization. All of those generous donations must first be sorted before being distributed. 
Last Tuesday evening, many

Police Conduct Drill At Barranca 1-3 p.m. Today!

on March 8, 2017 - 11:09am

LAPD News:
  • This Is Just A Training Drill!

Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting training at Barranca Mesa Elementary School 1-3 p.m. today.

LAPD wants to notify all nearby residents to please disregard the increase in police presence during this time frame at the school.