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Scenes From projectY Cowork Rolling Out Red Carpet For 5th Anniversary Celebration In Central Park Square Today

projectY Cowork Los Alamos celebrates its 5th anniversary today with a community party in Central Park Square. projectY is a collaborative coworking space at 150 Central Park Square. The space serves as a hub for startups, freelancers, remote workers, students and others to be connected to like-minded entrepreneurs, business experts, investors and mentors who will help them achieve their personal and professional goals. projectY is an initiative between Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Feynman Center for Innovation,


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FBI And Albuquerque Police Seek Public’s Assistance Finding Person Responsible For Stealing ATM With Forklift

Anyone who recognizes this thief is asked to contact the FBI at 505.889.1300 or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (505) 843-STOP. Courtesy/FBI

The stolen forklift used June 3 by the thief to purloin an ATM from a business in Albuquerque. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in finding the person responsible for the June 3 theft of an automated teller machine in Albuquerque.

An individual using a stolen forklift at approximately 1:15 a.m. removed the ATM at Nusenda Credit Union, 401 Eubank Blvd. SE.

The forklift


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Aspen Odyssey Of The Mind Team From Los Alamos Places At World Competition

Members of the Aspen Odyssey of the Mind include top, from left, Sophia Pacheco, Alea Kretz and Lacey Portillos and bottom from left, Alexander Wilson, Arshia Chalayil and Gianna Rolfe. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Aspen Odyssey of the Mind team (the Omers) has placed 21st in the World Competition, competing against 76 teams. The team qualified for the competition after finishing first at the Colorado state contest. 

Coached by teachers Victoria Daley and Matt Allen, the team includes sixth graders Alea Kretz, Sophia Pacheco and Lacey Portillos, fifth graders Arshia Chalayil and Alexander


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State Of The Arts: Vickie Deane’s Business Is In Full Bloom

One-of-a-kind brooch created by artist Vickie Deane. Courtesy/Geistlight Photography

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

“I make jewelry just like I paint,” artist Vickie Deane said. “It’s all about color, composition and line.”

Deane has been an artist since childhood. Art supplies were her favorite toys. Originally from New York City, she graduated from Kent State in visual arts. Deane came to New Mexico in the mid-80s. She started making jewelry about 25 years ago, in addition to continuing to paint.

“Jewelry is a medium that makes my work more accessible.


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P&Z Recommends OKing Downtown Overlay Retail Zone

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

In a 5-2 vote, and one abstaining, the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission agreed to recommend that County Council approve a downtown overlay retail zone.

The commission discussed the proposed new zone during its regular meeting June 9. Commission Chair Terry Priestley and Commissioner Jean Dewart opposed the new zone and Commissioner April Wade abstained. She did not give a reason for abstaining.

Acting County Manager Steven Lynne explained that what planning and zoning recommended approving is a proposed


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Pojoaque Student Robert Cantu Becomes Published Author

Pojoaque High School senior Robert Cantu visited the Los Alamos Daily Post newsroom recently to speak about his newly published book ‘Tommy and the Sock Monster’. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

What started out as just a classroom assignment ended up being so much more for 17-year-old Pojoaque High School senior Robert Cantu.

Cantu explained that last December he was assigned a project in his child development class. When he completed the project, Cantu showed it to his mother Shannon Perez, who fell in love with what


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HHS Releases Nearly $1 Billion In Pandemic Emergency Assistance Funds To Help Families Impacted By Pandemic

HHS News:

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), released $994.5 million from the Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund (PEAF) to assist needy families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

States, the District of Columbia, tribes operating a Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, and all five U.S. territories were eligible to receive funds; all but one of these 131 eligible entities requested funds and received their maximum allotments.

President Biden signed into law a $1.9 trillion emergency


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Jeff And Pat Casados Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

Pat and Jeff Casados of Los Alamos are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple married June 18, 1971 in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Jeff and Pat Casados on election night Nov. 6, 2018 at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Pat is serving her 5th term as Los Alamos Magistrate judge and Jeff is retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Photo by Carol A Clark/ladailypost.com


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Obituary: Ginger Hirt March 22, 1944 – May 25, 2021

GINGER HIRT March 22, 1944 – May 25, 2021

Ginger Hirt passed away peacefully in her home Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

Ginger was born March 22, 1944, to Arnie and Rose Warren in Osage, Iowa, where she grew up with her sister Liz (Mooberry). 

She graduated from Luther College with a degree in Music Education. After graduation, she was determined to find adventure far beyond the small towns of Iowa. A teacher recruitment fair offered her a job teaching elementary music in Los Alamos and she jumped at the opportunity.

It was at a singles party in Los Alamos that she met Tony Hirt. She knew the first time they met


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Leadership Los Alamos Highlights Alumni Jorge Maldonado

LLA News:

Enrollment is open through June 30 for the Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) Class of 2022 and everyone is welcome to apply.

Between now and then, LLA is highlighting some of its past program alumni.

Alumni Jorge Maldonado

How many years have you lived and/or worked in Los Alamos?

Six wonderful years of friendships and blue skies. 

Why did you enroll in LLA?

I was new in town and thought it would help me get to know the people and issues. It worked perfectly.  Every class was a great opportunity to make personal contacts with local leaders. All the presenters seemed really happy to share their knowledge


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Rep. Chandler On Session & Summer Legislative Activities

By Rep. Christine Chandler
New Mexico House District 43

People often ask me two things when I see them: how was the session and will you be getting a break during the summer?

This year’s 60-day session was a strain logistically and emotionally with so much being done via Zoom but also incredibly productive and successful.   House and Senate leadership and staff did an amazing job managing both remote and in-person venues.

The set-up for remote public participation was challenging but I think widely viewed as a success. In many instances, committees had many members of the public and geographically


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Quemazon Montessori School Turns 20!

Twenty years ago one of three buildings on its way up the Quemazon hill entrance. Courtesy photo

First building arrives at the final site in Quemazon. Courtesy photo

QUEMAZON MONTESSORI News:

This week Quemazon Montessori School will turn 20! To some this seems like a long time, but to most, time has simply flown by. What started as a business to fill a need in the community has turned into a passionate collective of families and a very dedicated staff.

The school was built in 2001 specifically as a preschool with small children in mind. Each room was designed to meet children’s needs down to the tiny


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NMSP Announce Officer Involved Shooting In Taos

NMSP News:

TAOS – The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was asked Saturday to investigate an Officer Involved Shooting in Taos involving the Taos Police Department.

Investigators learned that at around 3 a.m. Saturday, June 12, Taos Police Ofc. Gabriel Martinez attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Hyundai passenger vehicle for several traffic violations on N.M. 68 in Taos.  he vehicle failed to stop for Ofc. Martinez and a vehicle pursuit ensued onto Cruz Alta Road. 

After a short vehicle pursuit, the Hyundai crashed on Fernandez Road. At that point in the encounter the suspect,


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New Mexico Film Office On ‘The Life You’re Given’

NMFO News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) announces the documentary, ‘The Life You’re Given’ produced by Light Heart, LLC.

The documentary has been filmed in Corrales, Santa Fe, Taos, Jemez and Chama.

“The Life You’re Given is a special story about living with the challenges of Prader-Willi Syndrome. We thank this family for sharing their story with the world and raising awareness,” NMFO Director Amber Dodson said.

The Life You’re Given follows the story of one family’s experience raising a child with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare developmental disorder from her


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One Of The Oldest Hispanic Fraternal Organizations In U.S. Sues Mayor And Santa Fe Over Destruction Of Obelisk 

The 33-foot high monument, known as the Soldier’s Monument or simply the Obelisk. Courtesy photo

Remains of the Obelisk June 14, 2021. Courtesy photo

COURT News:

SANTA FE – This morning, Union Protectíva de Santa Fé announced that through its counsel, Ken Stalter, the organization has filed suit seeking injunctions against Mayor Alan Webber and the City of Santa Fe ­“for calling for and allowing the destruction of the Soldier’s Monument, which was erected in 1868 to honor Hispanic veterans for their service, and desecrating the Plaza”.

The complaint explains how Mayor Webber violated the


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Heinrich Welcomes Passage Of Juneteenth Federal Holiday

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the Senate Wednesday unanimously passed bipartisan legislation that he co-sponsored to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

Juneteenth recognizes the moment, June 19, 1865, when U.S. Army General Gordon Granger announced to formerly enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, that they were free under the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.

“June 19, 1865, victorious Union soldiers reached the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas


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FBI: Older New Mexicans Lose More Than $7 Million To Criminals In Online Frauds And Scams In 2020

Courtesy/FBI

FBI News: 

New Mexicans over the age of 60 lost more than $7 million in online frauds and scams last year, according to a special report from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

IC3 said 837 of the state’s senior residents lost a total of $7,127,910 in 2020.

More than half of that amount – $3,880,981 – was lost due to confidence fraud, most commonly known as romance scams.

COVID-19 restrictions forced more older people to use the internet to shop and socialize, exposing them to scammers and criminals.

“The FBI and our partners work to investigate scams and crimes against


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PAC 8 Community Media Center: June 18 – June 24

PAC 8 News:

During the COVID-19 global pandemic, PAC 8 Community Media Center is available for recording events, transferring of old media, shooting and editing, live streaming and drone photography and videography.

For information, email pac8@losalamos.com, call 505.662.7228 or visit pac8cmc.com.

PAC 8 Television schedule for June 18-24

Friday, June 18

  • 6 a.m. Democracy Now! – Live
  • 10 a.m. The Tom Hartman Program
  • 11 a.m. County Council Replay 6-15-21
  • 2:45 p.m. Meet the Farmers
  • 3 p.m. Democracy Now!
  • 4 p.m. Rising Up with Somali
  • 5 p.m. PAC PAGES – Los Alamos County News Updates
  • 6 p.m.

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