Scenes From Los Alamos High School Students Attending Journalism Conference In Washington, D.C.

Los Alamos High School teacher Kimberly Engelking photographs her LAHS yearbook students Thursday morning on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The students are attending a journalism conference in Washington, D.C. Photo by James R.Mountain/

Los Alamos High School yearbook students attending a journalism conference gather for a photo  Friday in Washington, D.C. Photo by James R.Mountain/


Fr. Glenn: Glutting

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Have you known persons who will only eat the finest foods, drink the finest wines, demand the finest in all things? The very idea of the McDonald’s drive-thru is anathema (though maybe they haven’t experienced their green chile double cheeseburgers. Yummmmm.) But if we constantly eat the finest food and drink, and deny ourselves no luxury, soon those things become one’s standard, and other things taste as sawdust. And so, when the finest becomes the expected rather than a “treat”, soon even the finest loses its specialness and its ability to please, and the search for something


Scenes From Liddie Martinez Fuller Lodge Booksigning

Local author Liddie Martinez welcomes the crowd to the booksigning event of her new cookbook The Red Chile Line: Historic Northern New Mexico Recipes Tuesday evening at Fuller Lodge. Martinez explains how cooking with her grandmother inspired her love of traditional northern New Mexico recipies. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Author Liddie Martinez chats with guests and signs copies of her new cookbook Tuesday evening at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Celebrating the success of her new cookbook, from left, author Liddie Martinez, Pajarito


Freedom Church Hosts Christmas Eve At Ashley Pond

Pastor Mike Brake preaches from the Pavillion at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy/Freedom Church

Service at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy/Freedom Church

Ashley Pond at night. Courtesy/Freedom Church

Los Alamos

Freedom Church will host an outdoor Christmas Eve service at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24 at Ashley Pond Park and the whole community is invited.

“Ashley Pond at night is gorgeous with the snow and the Christmas lights … and when it’s Christmas Eve it just takes it to another level,” Pastor Mike Brake said. 

The service will be simple and last about 45 minutes.


Posts From The Road: Black Canyon Of Gunnison National Park … Steep, Deep And Narrow

Wide View: The vista from a viewpoint on the rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park near Montrose, Colo. shows the massive rock formations that make up the canyon walls. Photo by Gary Warren/

Gunnison River: The Gunnison River carved this canyon over millions of years. Photo by Gary Warren/


Formerly of Los Alamos

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located in western Colorado near the town of Montrose.

The area was designated a national monument in 1933 and then upgraded to a national park


Cone Zone: Final Update Of 2019 Construction Season


This is the final update from the Los Alamos County Public Works/Traffic Division on road projects for the 2019 construction season.

N.M. 502 Road Construction/Roundabout:

No changes to detours – same as last week. Star Paving will not be working on Thanksgiving or the day after Thanksgiving.

Eastbound traffic will continue to use 4th Street to Central Avenue and back to N.M. 502.

Westbound traffic will continue to use Central Avenue to Knecht Street and back onto N.M. 502.


Author Liddie Martinez Shares Cookbook At Rotary

Author Liddie Martinez shares stories about the inspiration behind her new book, The Chile Line Cookbook: Historic Recipes of Northern New Mexico. (Book cover Poster in foreground.) Photo by Laura Gonzales
Local author Liddie Martinez captivated Rotary Club members earlier this week with her presentation about The Chile Line Cookbook: Historic Recipes of Northern New Mexico, recently released by Pajarito Press, co-owned by Nancy Bartlit and Mark Rayburn.
Her family history is deeply rooted in northern New Mexico, dating back to the 1500s, the


Scenes From Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Tour

Scene from a recent visit to the Abiquiú Inn, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, home and studio tour and Abiquiú Inn Cafe. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs
The walk through with garden tools hanging on the wall at the Georgia O’Keeffe home in Abiquiú. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs
Los Alamos

We discovered a great way to spend a beautiful fall morning during a mini-adventure to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and home and studio tour in Abiquiú.

The O’Keeffe home and studio reflect a blend of Native American and Spanish Colonial building styles, regional architectural traditions dating


NCRTD Announces Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule


The North Central Regional Transit District’s RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in operation on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29 in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The exceptions will be the 255 Mountain Trail to Ski Santa Fe and the 800 Angel Fire routes which will operate both days.

Upon the open of Ski Santa Fe, the RTD Mountain Trail will transition to its Winter Schedule. The ski basin has a tentative opening planned for Thanksgiving Day.

The Mountain Trail bus winter service provides seven roundtrips on weekends and three roundtrips, Monday through Friday from stops around


Share Nativity Displays At Crèche Show Dec. 6-7

The community is invited to share their nativity displays Dec. 6-7 at the 26th Annual Crèche Show at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1967 18th St. Courtesy photo


Everyone is invited to share a favorite or unique nativity display at the 26th Annual Crèche Show during WinterFest Weekend, Dec. 6-7, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1967 18th St.

Enjoy Christmas music and light refreshments while viewing beautiful Crèches from many countries and cultures, 1-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

Drop off nativities at the church


Scenes From Roadwork Underway On N.M. 4

Temporary stop lights have been installed today on N.M. 4 to aid with the one lane traffic flow. Photo by John McHale/

Road crew making temporary road repairs today to the damaged section of N.M. 4. Photo by John McHale/

Scene from roadwork today on N.M. 4. Photo by John McHale/


U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Calls For Swift Action On NTSB Report On Southwest Airlines Engine Failure

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Commerce Committee, released the following statement Tuesday on the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)’s report and concluding recommendations on the engine failure that occurred April 17, 2018 on a Boeing 737 NG, Southwest Airlines (SWA) flight 1380.

The resulting explosion caused the tragic death of Jennifer Riordan, a member of the Albuquerque community.

“Jennifer Riordan’s family – and the entire Albuquerque community – continue to mourn her tragic loss,”


Traffic Alert: NM 4 Has Reopened From Junction NM 501 To Los Alamos/Sandoval County Line


The roadway closure has been removed from the N.M. 4 junction of N.M. 501 to the Los Alamos and Sandoval County Line.

Roadway stabilization work is continuing and N.M. 4 will be reduced to one lane at mile marker 49.4 west of Bandelier with temporary signals guiding traffic through the work zone.

This work is scheduled to be completed Nov. 26; weather permitting. Drivers are advised to watch for workers in the area and use caution.


Celebration Of Life For Mary Ranken Nov. 30

Mary Jeanette Minshall Ranken


The family of Mary Jeanette Minshall Ranken invites the community to join them for a heartwarming Celebration of her Life on Saturday, Nov. 30.

The celebration service is 2-3 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos at 1738 N Sage Loop in Los Alamos.

Food and refreshments will be served at the church following the service. 

Mary would have been 92 on Thanksgiving this year.


Thrift Shop At United Church Closed Nov. 27

UCLA News:

The Thrift Shop at the United Church on Canyon Road will be closed Nov. 27.

The Thrift Shop is planning its yearly Christmas sale, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Graves Hall of the Christian Education Building.

Items available for purchase include ornaments, lights, trees, tree skirts, gift items, clothing and indoor and outdoor decorations.


Statewide Law Enforcement Agencies Are Looking For Drunk Drivers

SANTA FE Law enforcement agencies will be out in force across New Mexico looking for drunk drivers as part of a holiday season safety campaign that also includes new radio and TV ads.
The law enforcement push runs through Jan. 4.
“The Thanksgiving Holiday will soon be upon us. This is a joyful time of year that we spend with our family and friends, but it’s also among the busiest travel times of the year with hundreds of thousands of motorist traveling in and through the state” State Police Chief Tim Johnson said. “That’s why my officers, from every corner of


Get Ready For Holidays At Shop On The Corner

Get ready for the holiday season at Shop on the Corner. Courtesy/TOTH

Scene from Shop on the Corner. Courtesy/TOTH

TOTH News:

The Shop on the Corner is the perfect place to find everything needed for Thanksgiving.

Look for Thanksgiving specials 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the Old Parish Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.

There are linens to make tables festive; crystal dishes for stuffing, cranberry, sweet potatoes and gravy, and candles to light table décor.

Then, get ready for Shop on the Corner’s annual Christmas Sale, 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec.


Traffic Alert: N.M. 4 Road Work & Closure Tuesday


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation District Five Office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for N.M. 4 mile marker 49.4 west of Bandelier.

NMDOT Maintenance Crews will begin roadway repair work on N.M. 4 approximately one mile west of N.M. 501 and Bandelier:

  • Monday Nov. 18 – N.M. 4 at mile marker 49.4 will be reduced to one lane. A temporary signal will guide traffic through the east and westbound lanes. No Wide Loads will be allowed.
  • Tuesday Nov. 19 – N.M. 4 eastbound and westbound lanes will be CLOSED 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from the Jct. of N.M. 501 and N.M. 4 to the Los Alamos / Sandoval