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LAPS: A Message Of Gratitude For Our Employees, Students, Parents And Community

on November 19, 2018 - 5:47pm

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus reading a Thanksgiving story to students. Courtesy/LAPS

By Los Alamos School Board

Jenny McCumber, President
Ellen Ben-Naim, Vice-President
Andrea Cunningham, Secretary
Bill Hargraves, Member
Steven Boerigter, Member
School Superintendent
Kurt Steinhaus, Los Alamos Public Schools

During this time of Thanksgiving, please join with us in showing gratitude to the dedicated employees of the Los Alamos Public Schools. We believe that helping children thrive is one of the most important things any of us can do.

Obituary: John Paul Balagna Aug. 19, 1920 – Nov. 14, 2018

on November 19, 2018 - 5:29pm

JOHN PAUL BALAGNA Aug. 19, 1920 – Nov. 14, 2018

John Paul Balagna passed away peacefully on November 14, 2018 in his home. He was proud of his 98 years.

He enjoyed his two distinct profession; Analytical Chemist, Los Alamos National Labs, “The Manhattan Project”, 1944-1986, and in retirement started his Balagna Winery and became a skilled vintner, 1986-2008.

John graduated from Holy Cross College in Canon City, CO with a B.S. in Chemistry 1940 and continued graduate studies at University of Colorado and University of New Mexico with a major in Chemistry. He has a passion for learning.


FSN Gingerbread House Building Workshop Dec. 12

on November 19, 2018 - 4:28pm

LALT Receives Donation From Longer Estate

on November 19, 2018 - 4:21pm

John Longer from the melodrama 'Curse of an Aching Heart', January 2004. Courtesy/LALT

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre has announced it has received a generous donation from the estate of John Longer.

Longer was a longtime LALT member who passed away in 2006.

“John produced and appeared in many of our melodramas over the years,” LALT Board member Paul Lewis said. “He was also instrumental in a number of building improvements, including our bathroom renovations and light booth construction.”

Longer also helped build the sets for numerous shows, assisted with house management and

Scenes From 2018 CROP Hunger Walk & Turkey Trot

on November 19, 2018 - 11:12am

Participants in the annual Turkey Trot cross the finish line Sunday afternoon wearing the 2018 Trot t-shirts. Spokesperson Ted Williams estimates this is about the 35th annual Trot run in some sort over the years. Sunday’s event drew 178 participants. Photo by John McHale/

More participants finish the event. Photo by John McHale/

Penny Jurado and Jeanette Rondesu display their plumage after the event. Photo by John McHale/

Stan Kosiewicz announced the winners of the turkey and pumpkin pie drawings.

Food Bringing Laughter And Togetherness Throughout History

on November 19, 2018 - 11:05am

Boys of the Los Alamos Ranch School at dinner in the Dining Hall at Fuller Lodge, ca. 1930s. Courtesy photo
By Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Museum

As Thanksgiving approaches, thoughts turn to food and get-togethers of family and friends. When you gather ‘round with loved ones this holiday season, remember some warm excerpts from Los Alamos history related to food.

From a memoir by Doris Barker, the 1930s’ dietician and housekeeper at the Ranch School:
There was no way a boy could break the dietary rules.


Toppers Knocked Out Of State Tournament

on November 19, 2018 - 7:46am

As the Toppers volleyball team prepares to take to the court Thursday evening for their game against the Hope Christian Huskies in the State Volleyball Tournament played in the Santa Anna Star Center, they had only one thing on their minds ... to beat the Huskies. The Toppers entered the tournament with a 7-1 record in district and 13-9 over all and as the number 5 seed for the tournament, which is a very good record. Their first games were in pool play to establish seeding for the tournament.

Finance New Mexico: Innovation Vouchers Help NM Technology Businesses Thrive

on November 19, 2018 - 7:20am
Teeniors is a company that puts tech-savvy teens and young adults in place to help senior citizens learn technology through one-on-one coaching. Courtesy/Finance New Mexico
Finance New Mexico

Early-stage science and technology companies in New Mexico occasionally need a little boost, and the state's Innovation Vouchers program, first launched in 2017, is there to lend a hand.

Managed by the New Mexico Economic Development Department’s (EDD) Office of Science and Technology, the program offers competitive grants of small amounts — $2,000 per individual per award — to

DOE Releases RFI/Sources Sought For EM ICP

on November 19, 2018 - 6:06am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Request for Information (RFI)/Sources Sought for the Environmental Management (EM) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) - Radioactive Waste Management Complex (RWMC) Closure and Other Mission Objectives acquisition at the DOE Idaho National Lab (INL) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Site in southeast Idaho.
The EM ICP mission objectives is currently being performed by Fluor Idaho, LLC and expires May 31, 2021.
The RFI/Sources Sought is seeking to solicit input via capability statements from interested parties with

NMHU Psychology Professor Works With Farmington Police Department On Research

on November 19, 2018 - 6:05am
Sarah Tracy
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM A Highlands University psychology professor collaborated with the Farmington Police Department on research that determines its Victim Advocate Program increases conviction rates.
Sarah Tracy, who teaches at the Highlands University Farmington Center, studied the Farmington Police Department victim advocate database to examine domestic violence cases from 2016.
“Our major finding was that the more contact the victims of domestic violence have with the Victim Advocate Program, the higher the conviction rates,” Tracy said.

Coalition Letter From Latino Groups Thanks Governor

on November 19, 2018 - 6:02am
TLI News:
ALBUQUERQUE — The LIBRE Initiative released a coalition letter to thank Gov. Susana Martinez for acting to reduce unnecessary occupational licensing barriers that stand in the way of hardworking Latino families in New Mexico.
Joining on this letter are a range of Latino organizations who share a goal of empowering Hispanic communities. The signers call on members of the state legislature to secure these reforms into law and stand ready to work with anyone to reduce barriers to opportunity for Hispanic communities.
Below is an excerpt of the letter:
“For far too

Diabetes 101: What You Should Know...

on November 19, 2018 - 6:01am

Dr. Glendon Cook

LAMC News:

Diabetes is one of the biggest health issues facing Americans today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes.

That’s one in 10 Americans. And one in four of those who have it don’t know they have it. These are troubling statistics, particularly because diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

But just what is diabetes? Who is at risk? And how can it be prevented? Here’s a quick primer.

Diabetes is a chronic condition that develops when your body’s ability to make

Game & Fish Hosts Listening Session On Trapping Rule

on November 19, 2018 - 6:00am
NMGF News:
ALBUQUERQUE The Director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will hold a listening session to hear public comments on proposed changes to the furbearer rule.
Proposed changes include mandatory trapper education, increasing set-back requirements, allowance for closure of areas to trapping, signage and further clarifying the definition of a trail.
The listening session is 6:30-8:30 p.m., Nov. 27 at the department’s Northwest Regional Office at 7816 Alamos Road NW in Albuquerque.
Comments may be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish,

USDA Partners With Communities To Bring High-Speed Broadband e-Connectivity Infrastructure To Rural Areas

on November 19, 2018 - 6:00am
USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett has announced that USDA is investing in infrastructure projects in a dozen states to improve e-Connectivity in rural communities.
“In the modern economy, rural broadband is a lifeline to quality of life and economic opportunity,” Hazlett said. “With that impact, USDA is fiercely committed under the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Perdue on expanding access to e-Connectivity in rural America.”
According to a 2018 report by the Federal Communications Commission, 80 percent of the 24

SFCC And Higher Education Center Closed Nov. 22-25

on November 19, 2018 - 5:58am

SFCC News:

SANTA FE ― Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 22‐25.

All campus facilities will be closed. No classes or activities will be held, and no other student services will be available. SFCC’s child development center Kids Campus and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center also will be closed.

The SFCC main campus at 6401 Richards Ave., and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center at 1950 Siringo Road reopen Monday, Nov. 26.

Throughout the year, SFCC offers a number of ways to stay

FBI: Albuquerque Man Gets Seven Years For Violating Federal Firearms Laws In Armed Bank Robbery

on November 19, 2018 - 5:57am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE Jason Blackwood, 46, of Albuquerque has been sentenced in Federal Court to 84 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for using and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence in relation to a June 2016, armed bank robbery.
Blackwood was arrested June 1, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with the armed bank robbery of the Bank of the West located at 780 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.  
According to the complaint, Blackwood entered the bank, pointed a handgun at a bank teller, and demanded money.

Daily Postcard: Vibrant Colors Spotted At Pond

on November 19, 2018 - 5:55am
Daily Postcard: Vibrant fall colors spotted just before the snowstorm last week dulled the foliage at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Ken Hanson

Rotarians Have Chance Encounter At The Bradbury

on November 18, 2018 - 4:42pm
Rotarians from the Pokhara New Road Rotary Club of Nepal have a chance encounter with Los Alamos Rotarian Linda Hull and her husband Bradbury Science Museum Association Vice President Bob Hull Saturday afternoon at the Bradbury Science Museum. The Sharmas visited the local Rotary club in October 2017 and are back in town for the Thanksgiving holiday. From left, Deepesh Poudel, Bob and Linda Hull, Kamila Poudel and Tribhuvan and Padma Sharma. Photo by Anne Nobile

Scenes From LAAC 2018 Arts And Crafts Fair

on November 18, 2018 - 9:59am

Fabric artist Sara Griego owner of Kala, which creates plant dyed natural textiles, took part in the Los Alamos Arts Council's Northern New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday at Los Alamos Middle School. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Angelo McHorse, who along with his wife, Jacquelene, operate Bison Star Naturals. The business manufactures all natural soaps and lotions. The McHorses took part in the Los Alamos Arts Council fair for the first time Saturday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Carlos Lopez of Good Morning Goat Milk. The business is based out of Mora.

DOI Announces FY 2018 Energy Revenue Disbursements Climb To $8.93 Billion

on November 18, 2018 - 9:51am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced that Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) disbursed $8.93 billion in Fiscal Year 2018 from energy production on federal and American Indian lands and offshore areas.
That figure represents an increase of $1.82 billion over the previous year.
“President Trump’s energy dominance strategy is paying off and local communities across America are the beneficiaries,” Zinke said.

NNMC Student Arts Showcase Dec. 5-6

on November 18, 2018 - 9:47am
NNMC News:
ESPANOLA — Northern New Mexico College's Student Arts Showcase is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Dec. 5-6, in the Nick Salazar Center for the Arts (CFA). 
The art show will feature student works in drawing, painting, pottery and photography, weaving, bultos and retablos, tinwork and spanish colonial furniture.
An opening reception with the artists is noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5. Refreshments will be served.
Film & Digital Media Arts students will present their final film projects 1-3 p.m., Dec. 5, in the CFA Theatre. There will be an art sale 11 a.m.

World Futures: Artificial Intelligence – Part Three

on November 18, 2018 - 9:47am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous column it became clear that the difference between humans and machines is the speed of processing data and information.
A simple data point is really very simple and we humans can handle it very easily even if we do not understand the potential knowledge it conveys. If you go to the grocery store and see an item for sale for one dollar, it clearly tells you how much money you need to pay for it.

Scenes From 2018 Festival Of Trees Saturday

on November 18, 2018 - 8:40am

A scene from the 2018 Festival of Trees Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center benefits two local nonprofit organizations, the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA). Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Ken and Minoosh Sherwood check out the Christmas trees. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Bryan Fearey checks out the Christmas trees up for auction during the Festival of Trees event Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Kirsten/

‘Granny’ Potter, left, and Janet Harris volunteer at the Festival of

Attorney General Hector Balderas Secures More Than $60,000 Disbursement For New Mexico Legal Aid

on November 18, 2018 - 8:34am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced the successful disbursement of more than $60,000 to New Mexico Legal Aid.
The funding is the result of unclaimed funds payed by a defendant in a recently concluded case, and will be redistributed by court order to help New Mexico Legal Aid support the legal needs of New Mexicans.
“Protecting the rights of vulnerable New Mexicans has always been a top priority for my office, and I am pleased the funding that we recovered will be used for that purpose,” Balderas said.

Millicent Rogers Museum: Holiday Fiesta Dec. 1

on November 18, 2018 - 8:33am
Dancers at Holiday Fiesta. Courtesy photo
MRM News:
Holiday celebrations are 11 3 p.m., Dec. 1 at the Millicent Rogers Museum’s Holiday Fiesta.
This year’s event marks the 21st year the museum has hosted its Holiday Fiesta,and is line with the museum’s mission of sharing and celebrating the arts and cultures of the Southwest.
The museum was founded in 1956 in Taos and the majority of its collection of more than 7,000 objects is representative of the diverse Indigenous and Hispanic cultures of the Southwest with particular strengths in the traditional arts of northern New