On The Job For 20 Years In White Rock: Jack Clifford

On the job in White Rock Tuesday is Jack Clifford snapping a shot of the latest message on the White Rock rock at the corner of N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard. Clifford, 92 years young and a resident of Los Alamos since arriving in 1948 to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory, considers himself a bit of a historian of the iconic rock at the entrance to White Rock. Clifford has been taking pictures of the painted rock for the last 20 years, sometimes numerous times a day with each message change. Clifford remembers only one message that stayed on the rock for an entire week, which was when White Rock celebrated Read More

Skolnik: COVID Briefing Note #7 – Still Surging?

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Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a series of COVID-19 Updates by Richard Skolnik that appear bi-weekly in the Los Alamos Daily Post. These are meant to keep the community informed on the status of the pandemic, critical new findings on the pandemic, and what this information suggests for our community’s response to COVID-19. These updates complement the data that Eli Ben-Naim prepares for the Post. Unless otherwise noted, data is from the New York Times and the New Mexico Department of Health.

Pandemic Data and Trends – For the Week Ending Dec. 6, 2021

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LANL Launches Challenge: Tomorrow Traveling Experience

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Director’s Office hosts the launch of the Challenge: Tomorrow LANL Traveling Experience Tuesday at the White Rock Visitor Center. At this premiere event, LANL Director Thom Mason discusses how today’s experts are solving tomorrow’s challenges at the Lab. Photo by John McHale/

LANL Director Thom Mason cuts the ribbon Tuesday at the White Rock Visitor Center. Photo by John McHale/

Scene from the launch of the Challenge: Tomorrow LANL Traveling Experience Tuesday at the White Rock Visitor Center. Photo by John McHale/ Read More

Obituary: George Anderson Sept. 20, 1934 – Dec. 4, 2021

GEORGE HARRIS ANDERSON on Sept. 20, 1934 – Dec. 4, 2021

George Harris Anderson passed away peacefully at The Ridge Assisted Living on December 4, 2021, in Park City, Utah.

George was born on September 20, 1934, in Albert Lea, Minnesota to George Harris Anderson and Bella Wold Anderson. His early years were in Lake Mills and Pringhar, Iowa. His father was superintendent of public utilities, and his mother was a pharmacist.

In 7th grade he moved to Hartley, Iowa. He graduated from high school in 1952 having played alto clarinet in marching band, acting in many plays, singing in the chorus, glee club Read More

Freedom Church Sponsors A Virtual 12 Days Of Christmas

Pastor Mike Brake kicks off the 12 Days of Christmas in Los Alamos through a livestream event on Facebook. Courtesy/Freedom Church

Freedom Church News:

The idea was born out of the Pandemic Holidays of 2020. “It was so much fun, we are doing it again,” Pastor Mike Brake said, lead pastor at Freedom Church in Los Alamos.

The entire community is invited to participate. The events kick off Monday, Dec. 13 on a special Facebook Event Page and runs through Christmas day. 

A Time for Fun

The events will be hosted entirely on Facebook, Direct Link here

Each day throughout the event, Freedom Church will Read More

Obituary: Melvin Chaney Nov. 23, 1924 – Dec. 2, 2021

MELVIN COLEMAN CHANEY Nov. 23, 1924 – Dec. 2, 2021

Melvin Coleman Chaney was born in a quiet Chicago suburb where boys in knickers ran free, climbed trees, played baseball under no supervision, formed secret clubs in attics, and swam in summer pools and lakes. 

In winter he learned a strong smooth ice skate that carried into his late age.  His parents’ house was full of music. Mel could identify symphonies and operas after hearing a few measures – sometimes a few notes.

Despite the scarcities of the Great Depression, his parents found a way to buy him a camera, which was his most prized possession. Read More

AFRL Celebrates Launch Of Small-Sat Ascent To GEO Space

Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate engineers celebrate the liftoff of the lab’s Ascent spacecraft and four other flight experiments launched Dec. 5 from Cape Canaveral, Florida as part of the U.S. Space Force’s Space Test Program-3 mission, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. Courtesy/U.S. Air Force/Allen Winston

AFRL News:

KIRTLAND AFB — The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate’s small satellite named Ascent was launched Dec. 7 from Cape Canaveral, Fla., as part of the U.S. Space Force’s Space Test Program-3 mission, aboard Read More

Obituary: Sevedeo Lujan Jr. Dec. 26, 1931 – Dec. 1, 2021

SEVEDEO (GOOFY) LUJAN JR. Dec. 26, 1931 – Dec. 1, 2021

Sevedeo (Goofy) Lujan Jr. passed away peacefully on Wednesday December 1, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Española, New Mexico on December 26, 1931 to Sevedeo and Ascension Lujan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Noe, Tony, Benny, Felix, Toby W. Lujan and his sisters, Martha Lujan and Cordelia Long.

Goofy is survived by his wife Jackie, daughter Vicky (John), stepsons Greg and Travis Horn, brother Toby J. Lujan, sisters-in-law Patty and Rose Lujan. Also many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Sevedeo (Goofy) served his Read More

Citizen Redistricting Committee Presents Recommended Redistricting Maps To House Of Representatives

A recommended redistricting map presented before a Committee of the Whole House of Representatives Tuesday by the bipartisan Citizen Redistricting Committee. Courtesy image


SANTA FE — Tuesday, before a Committee of the Whole House of Representatives, the bipartisan Citizen Redistricting Committee (CRC) presented its recommended maps. 

In its presentation, it also outlined its fair and transparent process, which included input from over 2,000 New Mexicans from across our state. 

Created by Senate Bill 304, which passed with bipartisan support in the 2021 regular session, Read More

New Mexico Attorney General Enters Into Historic Settlement For Opioid Dollars, Will Continue To Push Toward Trial Against Remaining Bad Actors

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE — Attorney General Hector Balderas Tuesday announced that New Mexico will join in an $18.5 billion nationwide settlement with the three largest distributors of opioid medications in the United States.

The three distributors who will pay into the settlement over the next 18 years are McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health.

In 2017 Attorney General Balderas filed his lawsuit against the three companies, as well as against the manufacturers that make opioids and the retail pharmacies that sell Read More

Work Zone Crash Claims Life Of NMDOT Employee


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is grieving the death of a beloved employee.

Mittie Runyan was killed in a work zone crash Monday, Dec. 6 on US 285. She and her maintenance crew based in Artesia were placing reflectors on a newly resurfaced stretch of road when the crash occurred. Runyan was 58 years old. She was hired April 3, 2000.

“This painful loss will reverberate statewide,” Transportation Secretary Mike Sandoval said. “We are a close-knit group, and we all grieve when we lose one of our own. Our deepest condolences go out to Mittie’s family who graciously Read More

Pinon School Coffee Fairies Spread Holiday Cheer

Pinon Elementary School’s Wellness Committee arranged recently for the coffee fairies (teachers Laura Waarvick and Tia Rhodehouse) to spread some holiday cheer and festive treats! Courtesy/LAPS Read More

Obituary: Helen Finney March 14, 1935 – Oct. 31, 2021

HELEN ELIZABETH SHERMAN FINNEY March 14, 1935 – Oct. 31, 2021

Helen Elizabeth Sherman Finney died in the early morning hours of Sunday October 31, 2021. She died from pancreatic cancer.

Helen was born March 14, 1935 in Hartsdale, NY to Owena and Roger Sherman. She was the third of four children and the only girl. Hers was a difficult breech birth, requiring assistance from the volunteer fire department. The lifesaving efforts left her with the crooked smile that her husband would find so charming. Additionally, the story made The New York Times and Helen believed that surviving those critical Read More

Mesa Library Presents Hunker Up On Zoom Dec. 16


Mesa Public Library presents Hunker Up, a live-on-Zoom theater production by local playwright Robert F. Benjamin 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16.

Hunker Up, a relatable, romantic comedy for the COVID era, is a captivating, 30-minute play that will set a lighthearted tone for the holidays. The performance will be followed by a 20-minute audience talkback session with Benjamin, director Eric Bjorklund, and performers Jody Shepard and Tomas Farish (both long-standing actors with Los Alamos Little Theatre).

Hunker Up centers on Kevin and Bari, two single seniors who fostered a friendship Read More

New Mexico COVID-19 Update Dec. 7: 969 New Cases, Totaling 325,272 With 11 New Deaths And 274,839 Recovered

SANTA FE — New Mexico state health officials Monday announced 969 additional COVID-19 cases today.

Los Alamos County reports 1 new case today, bringing the total to 950 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. (County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.)

This update includes 11 new deaths today in New Mexico related to COVID-19 and a 7-Day positivity rate of 13.6 percent.

Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

  • 341 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 18 new cases in Chaves
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‘December 7, 1941–A Date Which Will Live In infamy’

Scene from Dec. 7, 1941 when a swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes following a dive bomber out of the clouds descend on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. Courtesy/

This Day In History:

At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, on Dec. 7, 1941, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu.

A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault.

The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United Read More

Obituary: Michael D. Williams Nov. 29, 2021


Michael D. Williams suddenly passed away on November 29, 2021, in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He was 82. Mike’s rare qualities in rare combination triumphed over the monumental challenges to which he was dedicated – protecting the environment — beginning way back, before clean air was considered necessary, let alone possible. Ever improving the air, Mike was an effective ally of all creatures that see or breathe.

He engineered original contributions in the field of computer simulations of visual effects of smoke plumes and won two Distinguished Performance Read More

T-Mobile Presents $22K Hometown Grant For Co-Op Park

Scene from T-Mobile Hometown Grant check presentation Friday at the Co-Op Park at 1010 Central Ave. Those gathered include representatives from T-Mobile, Keep It Co-Op, Los Alamos MainStreet, LACDC and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Photo by John McHale/

A crowd gathers for the T-Mobile Hometown Grant check presentation Friday at the Co-Op Park. Photo by John McHale/

T-Mobile News:

Representatives from T-Mobile traveled to Los Alamos Friday to present a $22,000 T-Mobile Hometown Grant at an event at the Los Alamos Co-Op Park at 1010 Central Ave.

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