2020 Census Complete Count Committee Gathers For Strategy Meeting At Municipal Meeting Today

The 2020 Census Complete Count Committee meeting this morning at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. The County Council recently created the committee to plan and conduct local educational initiatives, publicity and promotional activities to increase community awareness and participation in the 2020 Census and to work with the Census Bureau and the New Mexico 2020 Statewide Complete Count Commission. The committee is hard at work advocating for participation in the 2020 Census. Census data is used in the distribution of approximately $675 billion in federal funding to communities

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Laura Loy Joins Team At Zia Credit Union

Laura Loy


Zia Credit Union has announced that Laura Loy joined its team this week as its marketing and business development manager.

Loy comes to the position from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, where she served as executive director since April 2017.

Loy has a bachelor’s degree in business economics from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in international business from UC San Diego. She has 20 years of experience in marketing, business development and related fields.

Loy began her career as a marketing analyst at Cheap Tickets, Inc. Since then, she has mostly worked

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Shop On The Corner Open For Business Wednesday


Shop on the Corner, the thrift store on the first floor of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, is open for business 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

The staff would like to thank again all the shoppers who have helped start the year so grandly. The thrift store workers also acknowledge their donors who have shared so generously.

Wednesday, the profits will be given to Mother Nature’s creatures in both Australia and Puerto Rico. The proceeds will help with animal rescue and recovery as well as the volunteers who care for them.


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Obituary: Barbara Katherine Harden Smith March 3, 1943 – Jan. 20, 2020

BARBARA KATHERINE HARDEN SMITH March 3, 1943 – Jan. 20, 2020

Barbara, “Bobbie” to family and childhood friends, completed her journey of love, laughter, joy and heartache on Monday, January 20, 2020, in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Born to William Ray “Bill” Harden and Lula Elizabeth Goode “Pat” Harden in Birmingham, Alabama, she was big sister to brother Terry “Lee” Harden, and sister-cousin to Robbie Waldrop Elliott.

She graduated from West End High School in Birmingham and married her high school sweetheart, Malcolm Taylor Smith. They had three daughters. His career took them all across the

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Backcountry Film Festival At Reel Deal Theater Jan. 23

PEEC will sell raffle tickets for a chance to win some of these prizes at this year’s Backcountry Film Festival, sponsored by Century Bank, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Reel Deal Theater. The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is partnering with the Reel Deal to bring the community this festival again this year. Pajarito Brewpub and Grill will serve beer and wine during this event. Courtesy/PEEC

Some of the prizes to be raffled off at the Backcountry Film Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Reel Deal. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Calling all winter enthusiasts! Get ready for this year’s Backcountry

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New Mexico Counties Push For Jail, Sheriff Funding


New Mexican

An organization that represents New Mexico county governments is pushing the state Legislature to increase reimbursements to counties for the rising costs of transporting state prisoners and providing behavioral health care to state inmates housed in county jails and youth centers.

The Santa Fe-based nonprofit New Mexico Counties is seeking a more than $6 million increase to the County Detention Facility Reimbursement Fund, which now stands at $2.3 million a year.

State law allows county sheriff’s offices to charge the state per diem and mileage expenses

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UWNNM Board Of Directors Gathers For Retreat

Facilitator Camilla Bustamante, PhD. MPH., left, speaks to the United Way of Northern New Mexico Board of Directors gathered for an annual retreat Monday at the McCurdy Ministries Community Center in Española. Seated from right, Chair Liddie Martinez, EB&T president; UWNNM Executive Director Cindy Padilla; Deputy Director John Sarrao for Science, Technology and Engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory; Rio Arriba County Economic Development Director Christopher Madrid; Board Recording Secretary Michelle Harkey-Wilde, owner of Active Integration Therapy, LLC; LANL

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Ribe: Bandelier National Park? Here’s The Problem…


Executive Director

Caldera Action

Sen. Martin Heinrich recently introduced a bill in Congress to re-designate Bandelier National Monument as national park.

It is hard to see how this bill benefits either the public or Bandelier.

On its face, this may sound like a bill to give Bandelier more protection, but if this bill passes, I believe it will damage Bandelier’s land and cultural features and diminish the authority of Bandelier’s National Park Service managers.

Sen. Heinrich does many good things for our state and the country and he means well with this bill. His goal is to increase

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More Homes Built In Mirador Subdivision On NM 4

View of the growing number of homes under construction Monday in the Mirador Subdivision (A-19-A) under development along N.M. 4 in White Rock. The developer is Site A-19-A-1 Acquisition Group LLC with Principal Adam Thornton, a Los Alamos native, his RayLee Homes partners and their representatives. Photo by Jennifer Bartram/

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Governor, Staff Gear Up For State Of State Address

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham


New Mexican

On the roughly eight-hour flight from Chicago to Dublin, Ireland, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s speechwriter and top communications staffer started a draft of what will be her second annual address to the Legislature.

Six hours and 6,000 words later, Tripp Stelnicki closed his laptop and braced himself to meet his sister’s fiancé in Ireland.

Since then, Stelnicki said, the document has run the gantlet, viewed and honed by the governor’s chief of staff, John Bingaman, senior adviser Dominic Gabello and the governor

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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Time Out Pizzeria

On the job in Los Alamos Monday afternoon is General Manager Tony Colletti of Time Out Pizzeria. Time Out Pizzeria offers a plethora of lunch and dinner options and an expansive salad bar to assist with those healthy New Year’s resolutions. The eatery at 157 Central Park Square is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and closed Sundays. For information, call 505.662.7261. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jennifer Bartram/


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54th Annual Legislative Session Begins Noon Today

Legislative Roundup:

The New Mexican

Days remaining in session: 30

In the beginning: The 54th annual legislative session begins at noon today at the state Capitol on the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is scheduled to give her State of the State address outlining her initiatives on the floor of the House of Representatives, though that event generally occurs later in the afternoon.

Musical political chairs: The Senate’s Committee on Committees meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Room 326 to discuss assignments. Members will choose a successor for Sen.

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Obituary: Robert W. (Bob) Turner

ROBERT W. (BOB) TURNER Feb. 3, 1926 – Dec. 26, 2019

Robert W. (Bob) Turner/AA5VD, was born February 3, 1926, Orchard, NE, to William W. & Alice M. Tomlinson Turner and died December 26, 2019 in Los Alamos. 

Bill and Alice preceded Bob in death as did his Sister, Billie Maxine Turner Thomson. 

Bob  is survived by his two sons, Roger W. Turner, Menifee, CA and Philip L. Turner, of Albuquerque, NM; two grandsons, Ivan Turner and his wife Cheri, San Jacinto, CA, and Trevor Turner Lucero, Albuquerque, NM; Three great grand daughters, Haley Lynn, Amber Elaine and Emily Jean Turner, San Jacinto, CA.;

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Los Alamos High School Bel Canto Treble Choir Performs At 2020 All-State Honors Choir At Popejoy Hall

Los Alamos High School’s Bel Canto Treble Choir. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS’s Bel Canto Treble Choir. Courtesy/LAHS


LAHS Choir Booster Member

Los Alamos High School’s Bel Canto Treble Choir, under the direction of Jason Rutledge, had the privilege of performing by invitation as the 2020 All-State Honors Choir at Popejoy Hall Thursday, Jan. 9, in Albuquerque before a full audience of their peers and music educators.

Equally significant and meaningful was the fact that this was the first all female Honors Choir invited to perform at this event in more than 30 years. The theme of the concert

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