SALA Unveils Week Of Events For All Ages

SALA News:

SALA Los Alamos Event Center has announced a lineup of events and programs taking place this week, June 7 to June 11. With an array of exciting activities catering to various interests, SALA has something in store for everyone in the community.

Kicking off Wednesday, June 7, SALA presents the After-School program 1-5 p.m. and After-Work 5-9 p.m. These programs are designed to provide an entertaining experience for friends to enjoy together. Attendees can immerse themselves in different activities, like arcade games, Nintendo on the big screen, VR headsets or just hanging out. The Read More

New Mexico State Police Investigate Fatal El Rito ATV Crash

NMSP News:

RIO ARRIBA COUNTY — The New Mexico State Police (NMSP) investigated a fatal ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) crash June 3, on State Road 110 and Forrest Road 559, near the El Rito Campgrounds.

The initial investigation indicated that Darrick Ocana, 35, of El Rito was operating a 2020 Can-Am side-by-side ATV near the El Rito Campgrounds. For unknown reasons, the ATV rolled. Ocana was ejected from the ATV and suffered fatal injuries.

He was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator on the scene.

Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in this crash and seatbelts were Read More

Los Alamos County Environmental Services To Close In Observance Of Juneteenth Day Monday June 19

Post file photo


Los Alamos County Environmental Services will be closed in observance of Juneteenth Day, Monday, June 19.

This includes operations at the Eco Station and the Overlook Convenience Center, as well as residential and commercial trash, recycling, and yard trimming services.

Residents and businesses whose trash collection day falls on the observed holiday should place their materials out on Wednesday, June 21.

Visit the Environmental Services website for the full 2023 holiday schedule.

For additional information, call 505.662.8163 or email Read More

June 6 Is National ‘Secure Your Load Day’

Transportation Secretary Ricky Serna


          • Prevent roadside litter, crashes, injuries and fatalities

SANTA FE – June 6 marks National Secure Your Load Day. The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) reminds drivers to properly secure items or material when hauling loads to prevent thousands of crashes, unnecessary delays, disruptions, injuries, property damage and fatalities caused by unsecured loads.

“It’s not only dangerous, it’s against the law to drop trash or debris from your vehicle,” Transportation Secretary Ricky Serna said. “Taking a moment to make sure Read More

It’s Pride Month: Check Out Upcoming Pride Activities

Scene of Prism LGBTQ+ Pride Alliance group at a previous pride event. Photo by Terra Louise


The Friends of Los Alamos Pride (FLAP) announces the following upcoming events for June 7-11. Come join us and show your support for our LGBTQ+ loved ones and neighbors at these fun and diverse activities in Los Alamos:

  • Prism Pride Social at the Bathtub Row Brewing Company at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at 163 Central Park Square. Come socialize with the Lab’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group for this no host gathering. Cristina Olds, co-chair of Prism, says this event is an opportunity
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County Parks Division Releases Schedule For Tennis & Pickleball Court Resurfacing


Los Alamos County Parks Division has contracted with Hellas Construction to resurface eight tennis courts and two pickleball courts across the county this summer as part of ongoing maintenance.

The project was delayed due to the unusually cold spring weather. Work has been rescheduled to begin June 19, 2023.  

The courts are scheduled to be resurfaced as follows, weather permitting: 

  • Rover Park Tennis Courts (2) – June 19-23,  
  • Piñon Park Tennis Courts (3) – June 26-30,  
  • Myrtle Park Pickleball Courts (2) – July 3-7, and  
  • Barranca Mesa Park Tennis Courts (3) – July 10-14.  

The Read More

Governor: On Death Of Archbishop Emeritus Sheehan

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement today on the death Saturday of the Archbishop Emeritus of Santa Fe Michael Sheehan:

“Archbishop Emeritus Sheehan will be remembered for his three decades of steadfast leadership in our state,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “After he retired as the head of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, his service to New Mexico did not waver as he continued his outreach to communities using his motto of ‘Love One Another Constantly,” as a foundation for his work.

While we did not agree on everything, his leadership Read More

U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján Introduces Legislation To Increase Multilingual Content Moderation Enforcement, Transparency


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) led U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Thursday to introduce the Language-Inclusive Support and Transparency for Online Services (LISTOS) Act.

The Act seeks to improve multilingual large language models, automated decision-making systems, and content moderation practices online to better protect non-English speaking communities.

The LISTOS Act requires online platforms to consistently communicate and enforce their policies across Read More

Obituary: Most Reverend Michael Jarboe Sheehan, Archbishop Emeritus Of Santa Fe Remembered For His Life Of Service And Faith

Most Reverend Michael Jarboe Sheehan July 9, 1939 – June 3, 2023

From The Archdiocese Of Santa Fe:

ALBUQUERQUE – It is with sadness and profound faith in the Risen Christ, Most Reverend John C. Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe, announced that Most Reverend Michael Jarboe Sheehan, Archbishop Emeritus of Santa Fe, passed away June 3, 2023.

Archbishop Emeritus Sheehan, a beloved spiritual leader, was born on July 9, 1939, and dedicated his life to the service of God and his community, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those around him. He was ordained on July 12, 1964, in Rome, Italy by Auxiliary Read More

Office Of Natural Resources Trustee Finalizes Restoration Plan For Injuries From 2015 Gold King Mine Release

Cedar Hill Boat Ramp on the Animas River built with Gold King Mine Settlement funds. Courtesy/ONRT

New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee (ONRT) released the final Natural Resource Restoration Plan # 2 for the 2015 Gold King Mine Release. The final restoration plan commits funding for 10 natural resource restoration projects using $12 million recovered from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EPA contractors for injuries in New Mexico resulting from the 2015 release of acid mine drainage Read More

Rep. Christine Trujillo To Retire From New Mexico House

Rep. Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque)


SANTA FE — House District 25 Rep. Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque) announced Saturday that she will resign from the New Mexico House of Representatives effective July 1. 

Rep. Trujillo, a retired educator, has championed New Mexico’s students, teachers and working families throughout her five-term legislative career. She has advocated for policies to improve access to health care, support survivors of sexual assault, raise wages for educators and ensure quality education for students of all ages in New Mexico. 

In the most recent Read More

Pets Of The Week: Meet Tasha And Oscar

House hippo lovers: we have your girl Tasha here! This true blue waggly-wigglebutt is as preciously sugar-sweet as she is gorgeous. She arrived with some babies by her side, but is done having pups on the streets! Compact fun-sized 5-year-old, 55 lb. Tasha would fit in with any family – she would love to hike with an active family, but just like most pitties, she’s perfectly content as a couch muffin cuddlebug! She loves other dogs and is so gentle with people. Her adoption fee is waived, and she goes home spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and with six months of free heartworm prevention. The Read More

FSN Hires Dr. Mitsi Pair Willard As New Executive Director

Dr. Mitsi Pair Willard

FSN News:

Family Strengths Network (FSN) announced today that it has hired Dr. Mitsi Pair Willard to fill the vacancy of executive director left by Carie Fanning who retires June 30.

Willard received her MA and PhD in Foreign Language Education from the University of Texas – Austin. She has worn many hats in her professional life. These include teaching (Spanish and Reading to kids ages 3 to 8th grade, and Secondary Education at the college level), other educational roles, coaching basketball, and directing children’s programs at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Read More

Friends Of Los Alamos Pride Profile: Kyrene Sehorn

Kyrene Sehorn. Courtesy/FLAP


It’s time to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride! This year marks the sixth Los Alamos Pride Week, June 11-17, and the fourth in-person Pride Festival from 3-7 p.m. Friday June 16, on the lawn at Central Park Square (adjacent to Boese Bros and the Y Express). As Pride Week approaches, Friends of Los Alamos Pride would like to introduce its board members — the heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears behind all the county’s Pride festivities. Today, we would like you to meet Kyrene Sehorn.

Who are you?

I’m Kyrene Sehorn — some might remember me as Breanna, but I started Read More

Final CSD Community Tour Event Saturday June 10


Join the Los Alamos County Community Services Department (CSD) leadership team 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 10, for the final CSD Community Tour event, which will be held at the Pinon Park Splash Pad.

The main talking point for this month is upcoming projects or any other topics the community would like to discuss within CSD.

The leadership team has enjoyed engaging in one-on-one discussions and answering questions on many CSD topics, and hopes to plan more opportunities in the future.

For additional information, call the CSD office at 505.662.8241, email Read More

Denish: The Truth Is Out … Ice Cream Is Good For You

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May brought lots of good news for President Biden.

First things first: He delivered on his promise of making government work again. After months of hand wringing and foot stomping with demands from both sides, the House passed a compromise bill by a whopping 314 to 117 to raise the debt limit. The Senate passed the same bill, unamended, 63 to 36. Who said bipartisanship was dead?

The bill gave the Republicans some of what they wanted – and the extreme right none of what they demanded. The president and Democrats made few concessions and Read More

Community Matriarchs As Artists Exhibition Opens At Milllicent Rogers Museum

Pop Chalee Buffalo Dancer. CourtesyMRM

MRM News:

The Millicent Rogers Museum’s newest exhibition, Community Matriarchs as Artists, opened to the public  Saturday, June 3. The museum dedicates this exhibition to Lydia Garcia (1936-2023), beloved santera of Taos.

This celebration of women artists of the Southwest is also a gesture of support of the new Historical Women of Taos mural at the UNM-Taos campus on Civic Plaza Drive created by artist Jenny Ustick in honor of DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo (Taos Pueblo/Diné), María Rosa Villalpando, Cleofas Martinez Jaramillo, and Helene Wurlitzer. Read More

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