Former Gov. Gary Johnson Visits Los Alamos Makers

Los Alamos Makers Founder Prisca Tiassé Yoder and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson who is running for the U.S. Senate, during an open house Friday at Los Alamos Makers at 3540 Orange St. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
From left, County Council candidate Helen Milenski, Los Alamos Makers Founder, former Gov. Gary Johnson and Sheriff candidate Chris Luchini during the open house Friday at Los Alamos Maker. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Visitors and supporters enjoy food and mingling during the open house. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Makers News:
The open house at Los Alamos Makers Friday marked two and a half years of existence for the organization.
Members, volunteers, supporters and visitors had a chance to mingle at the event was punctuated by some “making” and a surprise guest. Former New Mexico Governor and POTUS candidate now running for the U.S. Senate, Gary Johnson visited the makerspace and stayed for nearly two hours, answering questions, chatting and mingling with the crowd.
Los Alamos Makers is not a political organization, so the gathering was not at all political, but the organization is always happy to bring people together and discuss ideas, whether technical or not.
There also was some “making” involved. Some showed off their making skills, like a “mommy bag” made with N.M. license plates and piano hinges and someone laser-engraved a bottle on the spot.
The open house also provided an opportunity to support a local business. Some of the food was presented by Rae Lynn Herbster, a local curator from “The Cocoa Exchange”. 
The open house was supposed to be an opportunity to announce a few significant changes to the makerspace’s operations but the announcement was delayed due to the amount of activity during the event, so here is an opportunity to share the changes with the general public:
  • Members will now have (almost) 24/7 access to the shop with the new key-less entry system. Members received their RFID badges that grant access all day (except between midnight and 5 a.m.). In addition, the shop has been modified to be more spacious and includes an extra bench. Please note that for safety purposes, cameras will be installed in the shop, too.
  • Walk-in hours for non-members have changed. You can now get a tour 2:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays, 2-7 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. To make up for the shorter walk-in hours, if your tools break in the middle of a project and you need emergency access to tools or equipment, you can still have access to the makerspace outside of those hours by using the “booking” option on the website. That is a more formal way to schedule an appointment. You also can use the “booking” option if you would like to request particular training 1-on-1 or as a group, but cannot wait until the next scheduled class.
  • Here are more ways to request access to the space or ask questions outside of open hours:
    • Email the makerspace at
    • Use the Online Maker Community forum at
    • Start a chat from the website’s chat app. 
    • You can also reach the makerspace via the Facebook page @losalamosmakers or simply call.
Don’t forget to check upcoming events on the Los Alamos Makers Eventbrite page at

Uniteed Way of Northern New Mexico Executive Director Mary Beth Maassen, left, with Los Alamos Makers Founder Prisca Tiassé Yoder. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Jacob Yoder, 3D printing, CAD, CNC and woodworking instructor at Los Alamos Makers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A Los Alamos Makers member engraved one of his old scotch bottles with the laser engraver, on site, during the party. Courtesy photo
A work area insode Los Alamos Makers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
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