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Wood & Wire Concert At Fuller Lodge Sept. 7

on August 17, 2019 - 9:47am

Wood & Wire quintet performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy/LLA

Live In Los Alamos News:

Austin-based bluegrass phenoms Wood & Wire will open the fall concert series for Live in Los Alamos.

Touring heavily behind last year’s album, North of Despair, which earned the band a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Record, the quintet will play 7:30 pm. Saturday, Sept. 7 at Fuller Lodge.

While Wood & Wire deserve the accolades they get for their mastery of traditional bluegrass, it is their ability to stretch the genre that has many referring to them as Americana roots

BPU Ponders Solar Power Purchase Agreement Aug. 22

on August 17, 2019 - 9:16am
Members of the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will consider at the August meeting whether to approve a 1.32-megawatt (MW) solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) on the East Jemez Road landfill.
Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) staff will present the PPA at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at the scheduled meeting in Council Chambers.
If approved, the PPA will be forwarded to the Los Alamos County Council for consideration.
The proposed 1.32-MW photovoltaic solar array would be installed adjacent to the existing 1MW array on the closed landfill owned by

Los Alamos Community Winds: 2019-2020 Season

on August 17, 2019 - 8:08am
The award-winning Los Alamos Community Winds. Courtesy/LACW
LACW News:
The award-winning Los Alamos Community Winds (LACW) begins its 20th Season with an exciting slate of concerts and performances certain to have something for everyone’s taste.
The season begins with a performance at the Evening of Arts and Culture, Friday, Oct. 11 at Fuller Lodge. LACW will perform as part of the annual event, which showcases the rich variety of performance, visual and static arts this community has to offer. The event is still being planned.
The season opener is 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct.

APA: Majority Of Adults Stressed By Mass Shootings

on August 17, 2019 - 7:54am
APA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A large majority of adults in the United States are stressed by mass shootings, and a third of U.S. adults say that fear of mass shootings stops them from going to certain places and events, according to a new survey on stress and mass shootings by the American Psychological Association. 
“It’s clear that mass shootings are taking a toll on our mental health, and we should be particularly concerned that they are affecting the way many of us are living our daily lives,” said Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, APA’s chief executive officer.

Pedal Los Pueblos MS Bike Ride Aug 22-23

on August 17, 2019 - 7:51am

Cueva Fire Completes Firing Operations, Objectives

on August 17, 2019 - 7:48am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) said Friday objectives for the Cueva Fire have been successfully met with Thursday’s firing operations. Ignitions have ceased, and no future growth is expected outside the approximately 1,000-acre planning area.
Crews will continue to check containment lines, assess archaeological sites within the planning area and establish points to proactively address any unexpected growth outside the planning area. 
Taking advantage of favorable conditions to improve conditions on the ground, the SFNF managed the

Robotics Night @ Bradbury Science Museum Aug. 23

on August 17, 2019 - 7:44am

Public Astronomy Dark Night Saturday Aug. 24

on August 17, 2019 - 7:41am
Pajarito Astronomers News:
The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 7:45 p.m., (sunset), Saturday, Aug. 24 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze.
The planets Venus, Jupiter (with its moons) and Saturn (and its rings), Neptune and Uranus will potentially be visible during the evening. There will be a tour of the summer constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

Amateur Naturalist: Finding History In A Forest Part 1

on August 17, 2019 - 7:05am

A shepherd, burros and sheep in the Valles Caldera.  Photo by T. Harmon Parkhurst

By Robert Dryja
Los Alamos

One way to consider tree species is to place them in ecological habitats. For example, Ponderosa pine can be considered part of a lower elevation habitat at 7,000 feet elevation while alpine meadows can be considered as part of a high elevation habitat at 10,000 feet.  Aspen groves represent an intermediate habitat occurring between 7,500 to 9,000 feet.

Aspen groves alternatively can be considered as a kind of history book.

Los Alamos Choral Society: Fall Rehearsals Sept. 10

on August 17, 2019 - 6:57am
Dr. Steven Paxton conducts the Los Alamos Choral Society. Courtesy/LACS

The Los Alamos Choral Society. Courtesy/LACS
LACS News:
Fall rehearsals begin Tuesday, Sept. 10, for the 75th Anniversary year of the Los Alamos Choral Society.
The chorus, founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project scientists, will be preparing for a gala anniversary concert Jan. 26, 2020, in partnership with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra.
The program for the concert will include Part III of Handel’s Messiah, along with works by Michael Maudlin, Mary Badarak and Frances Meier, all New Mexico composers.

World Futures Institute: Energy – Part One

on August 17, 2019 - 6:53am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Many columns ago a list of 18 areas was identified affecting the future of humanity and the earth. Among the sublevels identified were energy storage (especially long term), energy conversion, energy system efficiency and energy distribution. As human beings we use energy.

At the simplest of levels we use the energy contained in food to operate ourselves. The food energy comes from plants and other animals also fueled by plants. And the plant energy is created, for the most part, from solar energy that drives chemical actions.


NWS: Today’s High Near 84; Tonight’s Low Around 56

on August 17, 2019 - 6:43am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 84 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 56. Courtesy/NWS


Daily Postcard: Handsome Truck Spotted Near Pond

on August 17, 2019 - 6:18am
Daily Postcard: A handsome antique truck is spotted parked under a street light during the Secret City Summer Concert Friday night near Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Retired Teachers Celebrate NOT Back To School Day

on August 16, 2019 - 4:19pm

Retired LAPS staff, students and teachers went back to school Thursday but retired LAPS staff enjoyed their annual NOT Back to School gathering at Trinity on the Hill. CEO Matt Schmidt and the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union sponsored the space for the event. Courtesy photo

Retired Los Alamos Art Teacher Petr Jandacek shows his creative side at the annual NOT Back to School get together Thursday at Trinity on the Hill. Courtesy photo

Marco Grajeda Named NM Border Authority Director

on August 16, 2019 - 4:07pm
Marco Grajeda
EDD News:
SANTA FE – Marco Grajeda, a public servant with professional and family ties along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico Border, has been appointed to head the New Mexico Border Authority, Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said Friday.
Grajeda was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and has lived in El Paso and Southern New Mexico. Grajeda, a New Mexico State University graduate, grew up in a bilingual, bicultural household and often travels between the United States and Mexico to visit family and friends and to work.
The New Mexico

N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) Road Closure: Monday Aug. 19

on August 16, 2019 - 3:42pm



  • Los Alamos Roadway Reconstruction Project

Santa Fe – New Mexico Department of Transportation District Five and Star Paving Company continue roadway reconstruction on N.M. 502 from mile post 1.257 to mile post 2.053 in Los Alamos.

Starting Monday Aug. 19 - N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) will be CLOSED between DP Road and Central Avenue.

The closure will be in effect 24 hours a day for the next two weeks. The closure is necessary to facilitate the crossing of the following utilities:

  • 8” water line;
  • 10” sewer line;
  • 4” gas line;
  • 12” water line; and
  • electrical and

New Mexico Unemployment Rate In July 4.9 Percent

on August 16, 2019 - 2:51pm


New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in July 2019, unchanged from June 2019 and up from 4.8 percent in the previous year.

The national unemployment rate in July was 3.7 percent, unchanged from June 2019 and down from 3.9 percent in July 2018.

Total nonagricultural payroll employment grew by 21,700 jobs, or 2.6 percent, between July 2018 and July 2019. Large gains came from both the public and the private sector. The private sector was up 18,700 jobs, or 2.8 percent. The public sector was up 3,000 jobs, or 1.7 percent.

Crews Continue Work On Diamond Drive Project

on August 16, 2019 - 2:51pm

Crews continue work on the Diamond Drive project including pouring concrete Thursday near the intersection at Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 16, 2019 - 2:10pm

LAPS Safety Team Leaders Attend PREPaRE Training

on August 16, 2019 - 2:04pm

LAPS News:

As part of back to school professional development – principals, counselors, nurses and other site safety team leaders attended a day-long training called PREPaRE from the National Association of School Psychologists.

It is a prevention and intervention model designed specifically for the unique school environment.

PREPaRE is one of the first comprehensive training curriculums developed by school-based professionals with firsthand experience.

Specifically, the PREPaRE model emphasizes that, as members of a school safety and crisis team, LAPS administrators and mental health

On The Job In Los Alamos: Sarah Thien At Rebound PT

on August 16, 2019 - 1:35pm
On the job in Los Alamos is Physical Therapist Sarah Thien this morning at Rebound Physical Therapy, 4717 Quemazon. She can be reached at 505.662.2225. #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carl Newton

Treasurer Laura M. Montoya Reappointed To National Leadership Position On Finance, Pensions And Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee

on August 16, 2019 - 1:26pm

Treasurer Laura Montoya

NACo News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Association of Counties (NACo) President Mary Ann Borgeson reappointed Sandoval County Treasurer Laura Montoya to her fourth term as vice chair of NACo’s Finance, Pensions & Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee.

Montoya also is a Democratic candidate for Congressional Dist. 3 in New Mexico.

Borgeson, a Douglas County, Neb. commissioner, made her leadership appointments shortly after being sworn in as NACo’s president on the final day of NACo’s 84th Annual Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas/Clark County, Nev.


Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Has New Home!

on August 16, 2019 - 1:02pm

Members of the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, Inc. (LAVNS) team gather this morning at their new home at 109 Central Park Square, formerly occupied by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Members include Executive Director Wendi Wolfe; Office Manager Jade Lovato; Julie Banaszek, RN; Alaina Cole Beardslee, RN; Tanny Larson, billing; Zandra Hall, RN; Sherry Destromp, LPN and Jenny Pena, medical records. LAVNS moved Saturday from 2202 Canyon Road after that property sold. ‘We’re happy to be more centrally located,’ Wolfe said.

Cone Zone: Week Of Aug. 19, 2019

on August 16, 2019 - 12:39pm


The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects:

Diamond Drive Paving

Star Paving is wrapping up manhole adjustments and will be pulling the steel plates on Diamond Drive between the Omega Bridge and the Sandia/Orange Intersection by early next week, completing this road work in front of the high school.

Milling and paving operations from the Sandia/Orange intersection northbound continue during daytime hours Monday through Friday and may include Saturdays.

Rotarians Bag Sand For ¡Fiesta Los Alamos!

on August 16, 2019 - 12:27pm

Rotary Club of Los Alamos members Jim O'Donnell, Steve Ciddio, President Phil Dabney, Keith Lewis, LeAnne Parsons, Doug Mowrer, Tony Chan, Skip King and Linda and Bob Hull gather early Wednesday evening in the Mary Deal Building parking lot to bag sand to use as weights to secure the large tent for the ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! event this Saturday night at Fuller Lodge. Photo by LeAnne Parsons

Rotarians bagging sand early Wednesday evening in the Mary Deal Building parking lot. Photo by LeAnne Parsons 

Rotarian Skip King rushes to the scene with refreshments for the tired sand baggers.