New Study Shows Los Alamos County Residents Most Generous Givers In New Mexico


The holiday season is synonymous with spending money – but for more than just buying gifts.

According to Nonprofits Source, hundreds of millions of dollars are raised for charity on Giving Tuesday alone, which is just a fraction of the billions of dollars Americans donate each year.

In a recent study, financial technology company SmartAsset dug into IRS data to find the places where residents were giving the most. The study measured how much people donate as a percentage of their net income and the proportion of people in a given county who make charitable donations.


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Shoppers Pack TOTH Children’s Christmas Bazaar

The annual Children’s Christmas Bazaar took place Saturday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Children in kindergarten through 6th grade shopped for family and friends on their own. Items are reasonably priced, elves are available for children who need help, purchases may be gift wrapped and proceeds go to charity. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A young shopper pays an elf for her purchases. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Wow look what I found! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
An elf assists a young shopper. Photo by Bonnie

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Fr. Glenn: A Useful Servant

By Fr. Glenn Jones

During this time of year, in preparation for Christmas we Catholics read in Mass the Gospels referring to John the Baptist, who preached two major themes: repentance from evil, and producing good fruits of a good life—works of charity. Most Christians believe that without repentance, our good works have little spiritual effect … for doing evil is acting against (rejecting) the Good—i.e., the will of God—and consequently in some degree separates us from God—from Christ—who teaches us: “He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do

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Scenes From Kiwanis Breakfast With Santa Saturday

Santa is surrounded for a photo opportunity during the Kiwanis Breakfast With Santa Saturday morning at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Kiwanians from left, Roger Stutz, John Arrowsmith and Morrie Pongratz share breakfast conversation with County Councilor David Izraelevitz. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Santa chats with an adorable friend. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
See my dress? A young lady shows off her Nutcracker dress while her little sister hides behind her. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

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Posts From The Road: Singing Wind Bookshop

Headquarters: You know that you are drawing near when you travel north on Ocotillo Road out of Benson, Ariz., and you see the Headquarters for Books About the Southwest sign at 700 Singing Wind Road. About a half mile drive down the dirt road is the Singing Wind Bookshop. Photo by Gary Warren/

The Bell: The bell and sign still stand in front of the bookshop. Today, the shop is manned by employees and volunteers so you probably won’t need to ring the bell for service. The old worn sign and bell are reminders of operation over 40 years ago when Winifred

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Scenes From 2019 LDS Creche Show

The Los Alamos Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is holding its annual Creche Show this WinterFest Weekend. The show began Friday and continued Saturday at the church. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
This display features ceramic Nativity Scenes. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Tiffany Harding purchased this handmade Creche from the artist in front of St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
This Nativity was handmade by Mary Woods for her grandchildren. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

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WRPC Sharing Warm Drinks At Holiday Lights Parade

The community is invited to stop by the WRPC hospitality booth for hot cocoa, coffee and cider from 5 p.m. on today during the Winterfest and Holiday Lights Parade festivities. Courtesy/WRPC
WRPC News:
Los Alamos Winterfest and the Holiday Lights Parade are great opportunities for friends and neighbors in Los Alamos to meet each other, share holiday greetings and make new friends.
It’s a time to celebrate what it means to be a community that shares both its heritage and its optimism for the future and that cares for one another.
At White Rock Presbyterian Church we are

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Spencer: Why Would You Be Interested In Joining A Gun Club, Anyway?

Public Relations Chair
Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club

Los Alamos, New Mexico, is home to one of the best gun clubs in the state, the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club, a 501.c4 nonprofit. If you are ambitious, you can drive up to the Whittington Center but that is hours away.

Here at home you can find two full archery ranges, a rifle range with sheltered benchrests and targets ranging out to 300 yards, trap, skeet, and both indoor and outdoor pistol ranges.

The club also has a clubhouse used for meetings and training sessions. Not to mention, you can also find over a thousand outgoing club members

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Letter To The Editor: Time For Action Plan On Housing

Los Alamos

The recent article covering the report on housing needs in Los Alamo County raises two significant questions in my mind.

First, my wife and I have been acutely aware of the housing crisis in this county, caused by the lack of available land, since we first arrived over three decades ago. The question is: Why are we still paying for studies and surveys to tell us what we already know?

Second, since the DOE and LA County are the primary holders of land for development, and since they are two of the entities most vocal about the need for new housing, etc., why have they not

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Attorney General Demands Answers From Uber On Potential Abuses In New Mexico, Issues Risk Advisory

Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
SANTA FE Attorney General Hector Balderas opened an investigation today into potential harms to New Mexican consumers and issued a consumer safety alert today regarding popular ride-sharing service Uber.
According to a new report from the company, thousands of Uber drivers and passengers reported being the victims of sexual assaults, physical assaults, motor-vehicle accidents, and other harms while using the Uber app from 2017 through 2018.
During that period, Uber users also reported approximately 6,000 instances

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Central Avenue Closed For Parade 4:30-7 P.M. Saturday

Los Alamos MainStreet News:

Los Alamos MainStreet would like to advise the public and businesses that Central Avenue, between 4th Street and Oppenheimer will be closed approximately 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in preparation for the Holiday Lights Parade, which runs 6-7 p.m.

Beginning at 4 p.m., Los Alamos County also will be blocking parallel parking spaces along Central Avenue.

To accommodate parade staging, the three southernmost rows of the County Municipal Building parking lot will be unavailable beginning Saturday morning. Those coming downtown on Saturday for other

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Water Main Break On Ridgeway In Denver Steels

Traffic Alert:

There is a water main break in the road on Ridgeway in the Denver Steels area. Department of Public Utilities crews are setting up traffic control devices.

Ridgeway Drive will be closed to through traffic while repairs are completed.

Residents will be allowed access to and from their homes. No disruption to water services are expected.

Crews estimate that repairs will be completed by mid-afternoon today.

Direct questions to the Los Alamos County Customer Care Center at 505.662.8333.

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Los Alamos Jazz Project Performs At Pig+Fig Tonight!

Thirty-one musicians in four student-combos from the Los Alamos Jazz Project will perform 7-9 p.m. today at Pig+Fig in White Rock on Sherwood Blvd. Everyone is invited so bring the family to Pig+Fig and enjoy a fantastic dinner and incredible desserts all while listening to jazz performed by talented young musicians. Courtesy photo

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Saint Job Of Pochaiv Takes Holiday Cookie Orders

Saint Job of Pochaiv  News:
Once again, Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Christian Church is taking orders for its holiday cookie boxes.
This year the proceeds from the box sales will be donated to the founding of a women’s shelter here in Los Alamos. The women’s shelter will be a non-religiously affiliated, stand-alone non-profit and is currently in the founding stages.
The cookie boxes contain a wide variety of treats from traditionally Orthodox lands, handmade by the people of the church with candles and tea, and are perfect for gift giving.
Send orders for holiday

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LAPS: Transgender 101, 201 Presentations Canceled

LAPS News:

The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico’s Transgender 101 presentation set for today, Monday, Dec. 2 and the Transgender 201 presentation set for Tuesday, Dec. 3 have been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Presentations will be rescheduled in the spring with information released to the public once dates are set.

LAPS apologizes for any inconvenience.

Direct questions to Kristine Coblentz at 505.663.2263 or

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United Church Thrift Shop: Everything Christmas Dec. 4

The United Church Thrift Shop holds its annual Everything Christmas sale Wednesday at 2525 Canyon Road. Courtesy/United Church


This week marks the annual, Everything Christmas sale for the United Church Thrift Shop.

The event is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 2525 Canyon Road.

The many volunteers have collected items throughout the year, and hope to have the exact item you have been have been searching for this holiday season.

Norma Puckett is one of those volunteers and knows it takes a village or in this case an army, to accomplish such a monumental task.


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Rev. Deb Worley Officially Installed As Pastor Of White Rock Presbyterian Church During Special Ceremony

Clergy gather for the installation ceremony for Rev. Deb Worley, center, at White Rock Presbyterian Church. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
Rev. Deb Worley pauses in the stillness with gratitude and grace as her new journey begins as pastor of White Rock Presbyterian Church. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
Los Alamos

Sometimes you witness a moment that leaves an imprint on you. Sometimes that imprint can be a life changing moment.

One of those moments took place today at the official installation ceremony for the Rev. Deb Worley of the White Rock Presbyterian

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Kiwanis Hosts Breakfast With Santa Saturday Dec. 7

Kiwanians and Key Clubbers preparing food for Breakfast with Santa. Courtesy photo


The annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos and Del Norte Credit Union, 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The Los Alamos Flute Choir is schduled at 9 a.m. to perform a special program of Christmas Carols. Also, Santa Claus is scheduled to attend the breakfast and children can have their picture taken with him.

The breakfast is free. In return, attendees are requested to donate either non-perishable food items or money.

Food collected will

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