Los Alamos County Assessor Issues Notices Of Valuation


Los Alamos County property owners should receive a notice of valuation (NOV) sometime next week in their mailboxes from the County Assessor’s Office.

Officially dropped in the mail today, NOVs reflect the current ownership, legal description, applicable exemptions, and the valuation placed on the property. Upon receipt, property owners are encouraged to read and verify that all information is correct. 

The Los Alamos County Assessor’s office is on a one-year valuation cycle. Property assessments for the 2023 tax year are determined at 2022 market levels as established by Read More

Los Alamos Family YMCA Youth Conservation Corps Application Deadline April 14

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crews work hard on new trails and fire-damaged areas. Courtesy/YMCA 

YMCA Sports, Youth and Family Co-Director
Administrator for YCC Program

Every summer, The Los Alamos Family YMCA looks for 9-10 youth to work for the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). YCC has been a staple program in the community for many years that gives youth the opportunity to work hard, serve their community and gain leadership and job/interviewing skills. Past YCC crews have worked hard to repair fire-damaged paths as well as create new trails around the community. Many Read More

All-You-Can-Eat Cowboy Breakfast At Posse Lodge April 2


The community is invited to enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast 7-11 a.m. Sunday, April 2 at the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road near the stables.

Breakfast includes plain, blueberry, banana and chocolate chip pancakes with sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee.

The cost is $8 adults; $5 children 10 and under.

Proceeds benefit the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

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Chamisa & Pinon Schools Host Rocket Launch Event

Twenty-two students participated in the Piñon Elementary Rocket Club this year. Courtesy/LAPS

Members of this year’s Rocket Club at Chamisa Elementary. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Rockets soared up in the sky at elementary schools in White Rock as both Chamisa Elementary and Piñon Elementary Rocket Clubs recently hosted their rocket launches for students and staff.

The rocket clubs at both schools are open to 6th grade students who meet weekly following Winter break to learn about rockets and start building rockets from kits. Their work culminates in the annual launches held in late March Read More

State Has Reached $12 Million Statutory Cap For New Mexico Solar Tax Credits For 2022 Tax Year

Louise Martinez


SANTA FE — The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) has issued certificates for the full $12 million in solar tax credits that were authorized in statute for the 2022 tax year.

It is the third consecutive year that the cap has been reached under the popular Solar Market Development Tax Credit Program.

“New Mexico homeowners are showing great enthusiasm when it comes to adopting solar energy, and we think this tax credit program is helping many of them make that decision,” said Director Louise Martinez of EMNRD’s Energy Conservation and Management Read More

Los Alamos Police Department Welcomes Two New Officers

Newly sworn Los Alamos Police Ofc. Arnoldo Loya with his wife Saraida Sanchez and their children Sean Loya, Juell Loya and AJ Loya following the swearing in ceremony for Ofc. Loya and Cpl. Gilbert Padilla by Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Catherine Taylor this afternoon at the Los Alamos Justice Center. Photo by John McHale/

Newly sworn Los Alamos Police Cpl. Gilbert Padilla with his wife Kristy and their children Jason, 17, and Danika, 16. Photo by John McHale/  

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Catherine Taylor administers the Oath of Office to new Los Alamos Police Read More

New Mexico Consortium Selects John Engen As Next CEO

John R. Engen

NMC News:

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) Board of Directors has announced John R. Engen, Ph.D. as its next CEO. 

“I am thrilled that Dr. Engen will soon be joining the NMC team. I believe John’s energy, vision, and leadership will bring new directions and unprecedented opportunities to advance New Mexico,” said Ellen Fisher, NMC Board of Directors chair and UNM vice president for research. “I look forward to working with John and the rest of the NMC board and staff as we usher in this exciting new era for NMC.”

Engen is the James L. Waters Endowed Chair in Analytical Chemistry, a role Read More

Scenes From Toppers Win Against Española Sundevils

Zach Gonzales was the leadoff pitcher in a game played Wednesday afternoon against the Española Sundevils in Española. The Toppers won with a score of 14-5. Photo by John McHale/

Second baseman Maddox Martinez catches the throw in time to tag Tyler Lomayma out in the 4th inning. Photo by John McHale/

Gavin Mitchell reaches for the ball, but it came late for the tag and Tyler Lomayma was safe. Photo by John McHale/ Read More

Los Alamos County Parks Division Sets Tentative Schedule For Tennis/Pickleball Court Resurfacing


Los Alamos County Parks Division is looking forward to warmer temperatures to allow them to start work resurfacing the tennis and pickleball courts across the county.

The project, which was originally scheduled to begin April 1, 2023, has been pushed to June 1, 2023, due to the unusually cold spring weather.

“We had anticipated an earlier start,” Parks Superintendent Wendy Parker said. “But the weather plays a big role in the process, since we need temperatures to be consistently above the 50-degree mark.”

Eight tennis courts and two pickleball courts will be resurfaced this summer: Read More

WRPC Pastor Consecrated As UCC Diaconal Minister

Pastor Deb Church, far right, of White Rock Presbyterian Church. Courtesy/WRPC

2022-2023 Nollau Leadership Institute participants. Courtesy/WRPC

WRPC News:

Along with 15 other professionals from health and human service organizations around the country, the Rev. Deb Beloved Church, Pastor of White Rock Presbyterian Church (WRPC), was recently consecrated as a Diaconal Minister in the United Church of Christ, indicating the successful completion of the Nollau Leadership Institute.

Nollau is a year-long leadership development program sponsored by the United Church of Christ Council Read More

LAPS Announces Clean Audit For Second Consecutive Year

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) announced today that for the second consecutive year, there were no findings in its annual audit.

Cordova CPAs LLC presented its findings to the Los Alamos School Board earlier this school year, noting that the audit was conducted in accordance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) and Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS).

There were no findings on financial reporting,  compliance or other matters. Likewise, there were no findings in the report on compliance for each major program or on internal control over Read More

Enterprise Bank & Trust Provides $3,000 Donation To Los Alamos Arts Council For Sponsorship Of 2023 Kite Festival

Enterprise Bank & Trust President, Los Alamos Region Liddie Martinez, second from left, and her Administrative  Assistant Donavan Price, left, present a $3,000 sponsorship donation to support the 2023 Kite Festival to Los Alamos Arts Council/Fuller Lodge Art Center staff, from center to right, Outreach Coordinator Jennifer Jenson, Community Programs Manager Emma Jo Serbiak and Executive Director Brandi Engeman this morning at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by John McHale/ Read More

Jacob: Grateful For Los Alamos Public Library

Los Alamos

My son recently passed on in February. The loss of a loved one in itself is a travesty and emotionally hard to accept.

I am an elderly resident of Los Alamos who is living a simple life without any of the technological amenities that are a part of so many households. I utilize the County services when I can. I have relied upon our Los Alamos Public Library and their exceptional staff to guide me through the Word Processing program on their computers. Without the staff knowledge and compassionate understanding of what I needed to accomplish for my son I would have been at a loss. Read More

Northern New Mexico College Invites Community To Celebrate Inauguration Of President Hector Balderas April 13

President Hector Balderas

NNMC News:

ESPAÑOLA — The Board of Regents of Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) invites the community to join them at the Inauguration of President Hector Balderas, JD, CFE, at 11 a.m. April 13 at the NNMC Center for the Arts, 921 Paseo de Oñate, in Española.

Balderas began his term Jan. 1, as Northern’s 22nd president. He brings many years of experience in public service to his new role at Northern, including serving two terms as New Mexico Attorney General and two terms as New Mexico State Auditor.

He served as a New Mexico State Representative at the age of 29. He earned Read More

Umbrella Children’s Theatre Presents ‘The Butler Didn’t Do It! A Comic Who Done It Mystery’ Beginning April 21

Umbrella Children’s Theatre presents ‘The Butler Didn’t Do It! A Comic Who Done It Mystery’ beginning April 21. Courtesy/Teatro Paraguas

Actors in the play The Butler Didn’t Do It! A Comic Who Done It Mystery’ beginning April 21. Courtesy/Teatro Paraguas


Umbrella Children’s Theatre (UCT) presentsThe Butler Didn’t Do It! A Comic ‘Who Done It’ Mystery at Teatro Paraguas, adapted by Katie Thomas, directed by JoJo Sena-Tarnoff, with original music by Melange (Jeff and JoJo Tarnoff).

Student actors range in age from 7 to 12 years old.

The Butler Didn’t Do It! A Comic ‘Who Read More

Golden Apple Extends Scholar Program Application Deadline


The Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Teaching, a leading nonprofit committed to preparing, supporting, and mentoring aspiring teachers, extended the application deadline for the New Mexico Scholars program to April 15. 

Scholars will receive extensive classroom teaching experience, instruction from award-winning New Mexico educators, job placement assistance upon graduation from college, a stipend, and mentoring throughout their journey. The Scholars Program creates a new pipeline of great teachers to help address both the teacher shortage and support Read More

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