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NDINM Announces New Dance Barns Artistic Director

on November 30, 2019 - 8:42am
New Dance Barns Artistic Director Rodney Rivera
ALBUQUERQUE NDI New Mexico has added a new team member to enhance the educational experience for New Mexico students.
Rodney Rivera, a renowned choreographer, educator and performer from Puerto Rico, will be joining the NDI New Mexico team as the Dance Barns Artistic Director in Santa Fe.
“When I first saw Rodney teach, I was totally inspired and knew that he was an artist and educator completely in alignment with our mission and philosophy,” said Liz Salganek, artistic director for NDI New Mexico.

National Mutt Day Celebrated Monday Dec. 2

on November 30, 2019 - 8:41am
Monday, Dec. 2 is National Mutt Day. Courtesy photo
Friends of Fido, unite! Monday, Dec. 2 is National Mutt Day.
The holiday experts at National Today are here to help people celebrate the mighty mutts in their lives who are so often (and sadly) overlooked in favor of their purebred brethren. 
The fact is, mixed breed dogs are just as wonderful as purebred dogs and in some cases actually beat out those with better pedigrees.
Here are a few reasons to celebrate mutts:
Yes, it is true.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Urges Americans To Fill Bellies, Not Landfills During Thanksgiving Week

on November 30, 2019 - 8:38am
EPA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As America celebrates Thanksgiving this week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler reminds U.S. families and communities to be mindful about finishing, donating, or simply cutting back on the amount of food they prepare to help prevent food waste this holiday season.
“This week, millions of Americans will gather for Thanksgiving to share a traditional family meal,” Wheeler said. “One way to act on the gratitude we feel this holiday season is to use food without waste.

NMSP Announces Sobriety Checkpoints In December

on November 30, 2019 - 8:32am
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NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of December 2019.
NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to

Udall Joins 19 Senate Colleagues On Bipartisan Resolution To Advance Equal Rights Amendment

on November 30, 2019 - 7:57am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined 19 of his Senate colleagues on a bipartisan resolution to advance the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a proposed Constitutional amendment to guarantee equal rights regardless of sex.
The bipartisan resolution Udall is supporting would remove a 1982 deadline for ratification of the ERA, thereby paving the way for full and equal protections for women under the Constitution.
Thirty-seven states have already ratified the ERA, just one short of the 38 needed to adopt the amendment to the

NWS: Today’s High Near 31; Tonight’s Low Around 14

on November 30, 2019 - 6:43am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 31 with mostly sunny skies, west winds 15 to 20 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph. Tonight’s low around 14. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Bird In Snow Friday Afternoon

on November 30, 2019 - 6:33am

Daily Postcard: Bird with an ankle band is spotted munching seeds in the snow Friday afternoon in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Tales Of Our Times: Efficient Rules For Fracking Stem From Unique Tracers

on November 29, 2019 - 10:25pm

Tales of Our Times

New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Efficient Rules For Fracking Stem From Unique Tracers 
Politics is lightning quick in using social media. Still, politics lags years behind in using smart tools for efficient regulation. Up till now, talking fast has not helped politics be more businesslike in putting digital devices to their best uses.

People at work in other fields prize the latest tools that work wonders, saving time and money all around. Smart tools are common in homes, schools, commerce and industry.

Lunch With A Leader: Rep. Christine Chandler Dec. 10

on November 29, 2019 - 8:40pm

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters invites the community to its monthly Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 in Mesa Public Library.

The speaker is Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos. She is now a veteran of one legislative session and will be talking about that experience and share some ideas about what she is expecting in the upcoming 30 day session.

Chandler graduated with a BA from Smith College, holds a LLM International Law, Comparative Law from Georgetown Law Center and a JD from Boston College Law School.

Setting Sun Casts Pastel Hue Over Cloud Formations

on November 29, 2019 - 8:27pm

The setting sun casts a pastel hue to the clouds floating above the Municipal Building today in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene late today near 22nd and Peach Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Pastel colored clouds late today above the Los Alamos Little Theatre on Nectar Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 22 To Nov. 26, 2019

on November 29, 2019 - 5:52pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.


Nov. 22 at 1:20 a.m. / Police arrested Edward Joseph Hernandez, 30, of Rio Communities, at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with disorderly conduct, boisterous/loud/profane language and resisting/evading or obstructing an officer.



Nov. 24 at 2:11 a.m. / Police arrest Heather R.

Lemonade Living Teams Up With Gifted Horse And Other Non-Profits To Serve Developmental Disabilities And Special Needs Community In Los Alamos And NNM

on November 29, 2019 - 11:39am
Lemonade Living is ‘making life sweet’ for others through its therapeutic horseback riding programs. Photo by Melissa Arias
A participant in the therapeutic horseback riding program at Lemonade Living. Photo by Melissa Arias
Melissa Arias is the founder of Lemonade Living, a non-profit in Los Alamos that helps people with developmental disabilities and special needs to have more fulfilling lives.
When Arias’s daughter was young, they had birthday parties with horseback riding and fishing. One of the guests was a young boy with autism who was non-verbal.
“We put him on a

LANL: Drought Impact Study Shows New Issues For Plants And Carbon Dioxide

on November 29, 2019 - 11:04am
Drought is already the most widespread factor affecting plant production via direct physiological impacts such as water limitation and heat stress. Courtesy/Dreamstime
LANL News:
Extreme drought’s impact on plants will become more dominant under future climate change, as noted in a paper out today in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Analysis shows that not only will droughts become more frequent under future climates, but more of those events will be extreme, adding to the reduction of plant production essential to human and animal populations. 
“Even though plants can, in

Obituary: Kay Fisher Sept. 10, 1934 – Nov. 25, 2019

on November 29, 2019 - 10:19am
KAY FISHER Sept. 10, 1934  Nov. 25, 2019
Kay Fisher, of Los Alamos, New Mexico, died suddenly Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 at her home.
Kay was born Sept. 10, 1934 to George and Hilda Harrington of Davenport, Iowa. Kay earned a degree in chemistry from the University of Nebraska. She married Henry (Hank) Fisher in Las Cruces in 1960.
She worked as a programmer at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 30 years.
Kay is survived by her loving husband, Hank; her loving son, Robin Fisher from Crofton, Maryland; two beautiful grandchildren, Racheal and Samuel (Sam) Fisher, of whom she was

On The Job In Los Alamos: Bell Ringer Ev Griggs

on November 29, 2019 - 9:57am

On the job in Los Alamos is Bell Ringer Ev Griggs greeting shoppers Wednesday and accepting donations for those in need at her station in the lobby of Smith’s Marketplace. Photo by John McHale/

GOP Hosts Christmas Potluck At UNM-LA Dec. 5

on November 29, 2019 - 9:46am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos is hosting a Christmas potluck at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 in Room 505 at UNM-LA.

The community is invited to attend ... just bring a favorite dish to share!

To participate in the White Elephant gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift (no more than $15).

For more information, contact

Amateur Naturalist: Ice Crystals Of The Valle Grande

on November 29, 2019 - 9:46am
Cold air, moving water and ice sheets together provide the setting for growing ice crystals. The arrow points to where Individual ice crystal balls are developing on a sheet of ice that is close to the moving water. Photo by Robert Dryja
Short or long ice crystals grow on the plant stems depending on how high they are above the ice sheet. Small lines of ice grow across the ice sheet after water molecules change directly from a vapor to solid. Photo by Robert Dryja
Los Alamos
Somewhat unexpectedly, the Valle Grande with its broad grasslands can be a good place to

DNCU Provides Thanksgiving Meals To Firefighters

on November 29, 2019 - 9:30am

Los Alamos Firefighters busy Wednesday loading meals provided by Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) into a fire engine at Smith’s Marketplace. Each year DNCU provides meals prepared by Smith’s to firefighters working on Thanksgiving at each of the seven fire stations in Los Alamos County. For more information about this program, contact Diego Muñoz of DNCU at 915.504.4091. Photo by John McHale/

DNCU’s Kristi Salazar, left, and Diego Muñoz, right at rear, help firefighters sort out meals to be distributed to the fire stations in Los Alamos and White Rock.

Life After 50: Thankful For Seniors, Community, Staff

on November 29, 2019 - 9:05am
Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization
This week, I want to tell you how thankful we are for our seniors, our community partners and members.
The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization staffs both the Los Alamos and White Rock Senior Centers. Our employees love our seniors and we become quite attached to them.
Quite often, we’re small communities of families. There are many people making sure folks are taken care of every day.

‘Try Hockey Free Day’ At Los Alamos Ice Rink Dec. 1

on November 29, 2019 - 8:39am
USA Hockey provides a way for people to try hockey free at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, the only uncovered outdoor rink in the Southwest!
Children can try hockey free 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, and be covered with USAH insurance coverage. Coaches will be on the ice with the children.
Hockey equipment is provided for those who don't have equipment.
Parents must register their children at a USAH site, which provides insurance coverage at this link

UP Aerospace Launches Space Loft-14 Rocket

on November 29, 2019 - 8:25am
UP Aerospace News:
Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico and UP Aerospace, a space launch and flight test service provider based in Highlands Ranch, Colo. with facilities at Spaceport America, announced the successful launch Friday, Nov. 22 of UP Aerospace’s Space Loft 14 (SL-14) rocket from the Spaceport America Vertical Launch Area.
With NASA and multiple university programs present, the launch—which was part of the NASA Flight Opportunities Program—marked UP Aerospace’s thirteenth launch from Spaceport America.

Fifth Annual ‘Toys For Tots’ Underway In Los Alamos

on November 29, 2019 - 8:08am
To share Christmas with children in need, the community is encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to CB FOX Toys, Papa Murphy's and Smith’s Marketplace by Dec. 7 for the annual Toys for Tots campaign. Courtesy image
HMSI News:
The HMS Implacable, the local chapter of The Royal Manticoran Navy will be supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” campaign again this year. 
Last year, thanks to the generosity of this community, the HMS Implacable’s Toys for Tots Campaign brought in more than 1,800 toys with a cash value of approximately $20,000.
This year, donation

NMDOH: Influenza Activity Increasing In New Mexico

on November 29, 2019 - 7:36am
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is reporting that influenza is widespread across the state and anticipates heightened activity for weeks to come.
Last season, 237 New Mexicans died of pneumonia and/or influenza and already 21 pneumonia and influenza deaths have been reported during the 2019-20 season. Flu symptoms may include rapid illness onset with fever, cough, sore throat, headache, and/or muscle aches.
The predominant virus circulating in the Southeast is influenza B Victoria, while the Metro region is seeing mostly influenza A(H1N1). Both

NWS: Today’s High Near 37; Tonight’s Low Around 23

on November 29, 2019 - 7:27am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 37 with a 90 percent chance of snow and patchy freezing fog before 9 a.m., then rain between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., followed by more snow after 3 p.m. and tonight’s low around 23. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Wintry Scene At Ashley Pond

on November 29, 2019 - 6:54am

Daily Postcard: Scene Thursday afternoon of Ashley Pond Park covered in snow. Photo by Carol A. Clark/