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Officials Identify Man killed In Taos Ski Valley Avalanche

on January 18, 2019 - 10:31pm
Matthew Zonghetti in an undated high school photo provided by The Sun Chronicle in Massachusetts. Courtesy/The Sun Chronicle

Officials have confirmed the identity of the skier killed Thursday in an inbounds avalanche at Taos Ski Valley as Matthew Zonghetti, 26, of Mansfield, Mass.

The second skier caught in the avalanche remained in critical condition Friday afternoon at University of New Mexico Hospital, according to Alex Sanchez, public information officer for the facility. His name has not yet been confirmed by officials.

According to WHDH-7News

Chief Justice: NM Court System In Better Shape

on January 18, 2019 - 6:41pm
New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura delivers her State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura told a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature Thursday the state's justice system, which her predecessor described in 2017 as a patient on life support, is beginning to breathe on its own.
Nakamura said funding appropriated over the past two years means the judicial branch

In And Around Town: Jan. 19

on January 18, 2019 - 6:39pm
In and Around Town:
The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas.

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45th Annual Chama Chile Ski Classic
The Chama Valley Rotary Club presents the 45th Annual Chama Chile Ski Classic.

Make A Difference On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

on January 18, 2019 - 6:37pm
The Family YMCA, CEO
The New Year often brings feelings of positive improvement and change – a new year, a time to focus on living a better life and providing support for those around us. As we make our way through the month of January, it’s important to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a pioneer in the world of positive improvement and change, with the celebration of the MLK Day of Service Monday.
For over 20 years, the MLK Day of Service has encouraged individuals to volunteer their time to improve their communities.

FBI: Man Wearing LSU Cap Robs Albuquerque Bank

on January 18, 2019 - 6:34pm

Suspect wanted in bank robbery in Albuquerque. Courtesy/FBI


FBI News:


An unknown man wearing a purple LSU baseball cap this afternoon robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s, approximately 5'5" tall, with a slim build. He had brown hair and mild acne scaring. The suspect wore a purple LSU baseball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt under a black jacket, and wore multiple rings on his left hand.
At approximately

Christine Chandler Sworn In As House Dist. 43 Representative; Committee Assignments Announced

on January 18, 2019 - 10:36am

Christine Chandler of Los Alamos is sworn in Tuesday on the floor of the New Mexico House of Representatives as Dist. 43 Rep. for Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Rep. Christine Chandler, center, celebrates her formal swearing in to office Tuesday with her husband George Chandler and Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard who previously held the Dist. 43 seat before her election in November to lead the New Mexico State Land Office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

House of Representatives News:

SANTA FE –  In an

Scenes Of Snow Front Passing Through Los Alamos

on January 18, 2019 - 9:52am

Scene of the snow front that moved east through Los Alamos today as viewed around 8:45 a.m. from Western Area. The gray mass is not the Sangre de Cristos; it is the front itself, delineated from the blue sky above). Photo by Brint Perera

Scene of the snow front that moved east through Los Alamos today as viewed around 8:45 a.m. from Western Area. Photo by Brint Perera

Scene of the snow front that moved east through Los Alamos today as viewed around 8:45 a.m. from Western Area. Photo by Brint Perera

Udall Calls For Action On Bipartisan Interior Appropriations Bill ... To Reopen Federal Government

on January 18, 2019 - 9:45am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. On the 27th day of the longest government shutdown in American history, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, spoke on the Senate floor to demand action on the bipartisan Interior appropriations bill passed by the House last week, H.R. 266 -- a move that Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked.

Super Volunteers Honored At Local Democratic Meeting

on January 18, 2019 - 9:33am

The Los Alamos Democratic Party honored a group of its ‘Super Volunteers’ during this month's meeting. Many volunteers not pictured but also greatly appreciated for being very involved in the local election process of 2018 ... nearly 60 in total and many being first timers. Courtesy photo

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Appointed As Ranking Member Of Strategic Forces Subcommittee

on January 18, 2019 - 9:24am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has been appointed as the Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The subcommittee’s responsibilities include budget and policy oversight of nuclear weapons, non-proliferation, space programs, environmental cleanup and disposal, and missile defense.
“I am honored to be the Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee,” Heinrich said. “There are a number of high-profile issues currently pending before this subcommittee in

Topper Boys Take Down Host Chargers At Academy Swim/Dive Invitational; Girls Nudge Out Clovis For 2nd

on January 18, 2019 - 9:13am
Topper boys swim team celebrates its 2019 Academy Invitational win. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos High School swimming and diving teams travelled to Albuquerque Academy Jan. 11-12 for the 21st Annual Academy Invitational meet.
The Hlltopper boys won the 19-team competition for the first time in a decade. Los Alamos outpointed arch-rival Academy, 978.885.
The girls improved also, placing second only to Academy in the 21-team field after placing third in the meet last year. Team scores for girls were Academy 981, Los Alamos 678 and Clovis 614 points.
The Toppers got off to a

Unemployment Insurance Operations Center Closed Monday In Observance Of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

on January 18, 2019 - 9:02am


Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims Online System Available

ALBUQUERQUE – All New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ (NMDWS) offices, including the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Operations Center, will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The department urges claimants to plan accordingly.

The Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System ( is available online 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

Customer Service Agents in the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center will be available when normal business hours

On The Job In Los Alamos: Clearing Parking Lot Ice

on January 18, 2019 - 8:46am

On the job in Los Alamos Thursday afternoon is Eric Duran the maintenance man for Shannon Corporation clearing away a buildup of ice from the parking lot outside the Los Alamos Daily Post World Headquarters on Central Avenue. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

SFCC Offers Flu Vaccine Clinic Jan. 24

on January 18, 2019 - 8:45am
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College, in partnership with New Mexico Department of Health, is offering a free Flu Vaccine Clinic for anyone 6 months old or older from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24 (or while supplies last).
Anyone younger than 18 years old needs a parent’s signature. Flu season is here and it is not too late to get vaccinated. Free event. SFCC, Jemez Rooms, 6401 Richards Ave.
Call 505.428.1837 for information.

UNM-LA Hosts Meeting With Workforce Solutions Secretary And Local Leaders

on January 18, 2019 - 8:34am

From left, Grace Willerton (UNM-LA), Joanie Ahlers (LA County), Nan Sauer (LANL), Bill McCamley (New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions), Patrick Sullivan (LACDC), Kathy Keith (LANL), David Clark (LANL), Mark Russell (N3B), Rebecca Estrada (LANL) and Cindy Rooney (UNM-LA). Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Secretary Designate of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Bill McCamley. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Secretary Designate of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Bill McCamley visited UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Jan.

Professor Warns Legislators: Get Serious On Climate

on January 18, 2019 - 8:27am
Walk around the Capitol, and much of the talk is about an oil boom that is buoying the state's finances, providing more money for schools and whatever else.
But for an hour on Thursday, a climate scientist urged one committee of legislators to look past all of that.
"The world will be moving away from fossil fuel production," David Gutzler, a professor at the University of New Mexico and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told members of the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
Gutzler went on

One Skier Dies, Second Critically Injured After Taos Ski Valley Avalanche … Resort Begins Investigation

on January 18, 2019 - 7:39am

Loved ones embrace Thursday as an avalanche victim is transported down the mountain behind them at Taos Ski Valley. Photo by Morgan Timms/The Taos News


Updated Jan. 17 at 10:14 p.m.

One man has died, and another remained hospitalized with critical injuries Thursday night after an avalanche near Kachina Peak in Taos Ski Valley.

Holy Cross Hospital CEO Bill Patten confirmed that one of the men who was treated at their facility in Taos had died just before 5 p.m. of his injuries.

Officials had not released the identity of either victim as of late Thursday

Luján Announces His Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Assignments For 116th Congress

on January 18, 2019 - 7:24am
Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has announced his House Energy & Commerce subcommittee assignments for the 116th Congress.
Luján will continue to serve on the Health, and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittees, and rejoin the Communications and Technology Subcommittee. He was first appointed to the Energy & Commerce Committee in 2012.
“Whether it’s addressing health disparities, unlocking clean energy innovation, strengthening consumers’ privacy protections, or bolstering broadband

Daily Postcard: Golden Sunrise Fills Los Alamos Sky

on January 18, 2019 - 7:19am

Daily Postcard: A golden sunrise fills the sky Wednesday from Quemazon in Los Alamos. Photo by Trisha Ancell

NWS: Today's High Near 37; 80% Chance Of Snow

on January 18, 2019 - 7:09am
The National Weather Service forecasts a high today in Los Alamos of near 37 and an 80 percent chance of snow showers mainly before 11 a.m. with a total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible. Tonight's low is predicted to reach around 16 degrees. Courtesy/NWS

Two Skiers Critically Injured In Avalanche At Taos Ski Valley ... ‘No additional victims’

on January 17, 2019 - 9:02pm
The avalanche occurred in the ‘K3’ chute on Kachina Peak, as designated by the red arrow. The yellow-colored circle indicates the general area today where rescuers worked. Photo by Karin Eberhardt/Taos Ski Valley

An ambulance waits near the Mogul Clinic in Taos Ski Valley to transport skiers injured today in an avalanche near Kachina Peak at Taos Ski Valley. Photo by Yvonne Pesquera/The Taos News


Updated Jan. 17 at 4:35 p.m.

Two skiers were critically injured in an avalanche today near Kachina Peak, the highest point at Taos Ski Valley.

According to a press

Major Pothole Spotted On East Road Near Airport

on January 17, 2019 - 4:48pm

Motorists are urged to keep alert and on the lookout for potholes emerging throughout the county like this large one spotted this afternoon on East Road just west of the Los Alamos County Airport. County road crews are patching the potholes as weather permits. We encourage residents to send us their pothole photos so we can publish them to let others know the locations: Photo by Bonnie J.Gordon/

Los Alamos JJAB Elects David Woodruff Board Chair

on January 17, 2019 - 4:24pm

David Woodruff leads the JJAB monthly meeting after being elected board chair. Courtesy/JJAB

The JJAB monthly meeting Jan. 16 at UNM-LA. Courtesy/JJAB

JJAB News:

Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) has announced that David Woodruff has been elected to the position of Board Chair. 

Woodruff has served on JJAB as a member and vice chair since March of 2014. He is the president and CEO of Zia Credit Union and holds a BA from Brigham Young University.


Udall Shares Shutdown Fears Of A New Mexico Family Being Pushed To The Brink After Missing Paycheck

on January 17, 2019 - 4:12pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a speech from the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall shared the story and fears of a family from New Mexico that is concerned about its financial security after missing a paycheck due to the Trump shutdown.
Udall’s remarks came just before he joined with his Democratic colleagues on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to highlight the workers, families, and communities across the country who continue to feel the bite of the longest government shutdown in American history.
In his speech, Udall highlighted the story of the

Scene From Wednesday’s March For Life Event

on January 17, 2019 - 4:08pm

Scene from the March for Life event Wednesday in Santa Fe that began with a Mass at noon at the Basilica followed by a march to the Roundhouse. Photo by Maria Dinkel