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Open Book: Road Trip

on January 17, 2019 - 8:00am
Los Alamos

Although we have made the road trip from Los Alamos to St. Louis and back dozens of times, we still begin preparing for the two-day drive in advance, piling on the spare bed items we rarely use except on this trip: a GPS, a flashlight, an emergency kit, yerba mate gourd so we can sip the traditional South American energy drink. Then we head out East, retracing the steps of the Santa Fe Trail pioneers. Except that those pioneers didn’t have a garage whose door may, or may not, have been left open.

Toppers Win Big Over Academy

on January 17, 2019 - 7:59am

Sahib Khalsa leads the Toppers onto the hardwood Tuesday night in Griffith Gymnasium to face the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in a non-district matchup. These two teams are no strangers to one another and the contest is always a very competitive event. The Toppers came into this game in bad need of a victory and went away with a win 55-48. This win was the first home-court win in more than a year. The Toppers led the entire game even though the Chargers closed the gap a few times but the Toppers held on for the win. Photo by John McHale/

Gavin Compos, under the Topper basket

Health Security Act Being Introduced At Legislature Today To Ensure Coverage For All New Mexicans

on January 17, 2019 - 7:53am
Senators Carlos Cisneros, Jerry Ortiz y Pino and Bill Soules are set to introduce the Health Security Act today in the New Mexico State Senate.
The first phase of the Act will be a fiscal analysis to make certain that it is financially feasible.
According to Cisneros, vice-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, “Passage of the Health Security Act this year will initially result in a prudent fiscal analysis of the details of the plan. No other steps will be taken until we are certain that the finances will work and that it will be revenue neutral.”
Ortiz y Pino,

Daily Postcard: Snow Melt Resembles Dali Painting

on January 17, 2019 - 7:30am

Daily Postcard: Snow melting off a glass-topped table Wednesday on the patio of a home in Los Alamos resembles a Salvador Dali painting. Photo by Pamela Prichard

NWS: Today's High Near 44 With Mostly Sunny Skies

on January 17, 2019 - 7:16am

The National Weather Service forecasts today's high near 44 with mostly sunny skies and tonight's low around 29 with a 60 percent chance snow showers likely, mainly after 11 p.m. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

Scenes From Chamber Grand Re-Opening Underway

on January 16, 2019 - 5:55pm

Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) Executive Director Patrick Sullivan addresses those gathered at the Grand Re-Opening celebration of the new Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation offices, including the Chamber of Commerce, MainStreet and Creative District underway until 7 p.m. today at 190 Central Park Square, inside the Small Business Center, behind the Post Office. The event is open to the business community. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrmann cuts the ribbon moments ago at new chamber offices at

McQuiston: Don’t Be Fooled By Latest Phishing Scams

on January 16, 2019 - 5:54pm

The Jemez Agency

If you’re like me, you get more junk emails than you do legitimate ones and more phone calls from numbers you don’t recognize than from people you actually know.

If that’s the case, it should come as no surprise that nearly 55 percent of all emails are scam and over 10 billion phone calls made in 2017 were a scam. A phishing scam is an attempt to fraudulently obtain someone’s personal information by pretending to be someone else in order to steal their money, identity, or gain access to their computer.

Vishing scams are phishing scams done over the phone.

Business Community Invited To LACDC's Grand Re-Opening Party Today!

on January 16, 2019 - 12:42pm

Clarice Rodriguez, left, and Connie Proulx prepare for the Grand Re-Opening celebration of the new Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation offices, including the Chamber of Commerce, MainStreet and Creative District. The business community is invited to attend the event  4-7 p.m. today at 190 Central Park Square, inside the Small Business Center, behind the Post Office. Courtesy photo

Staff is putting the finishing touches on the new Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation offices in preparation for its Grand Re-opening celebration 4-7 p.m.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 10, 2019

on January 16, 2019 - 11:46am

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.


Jan. 10 at 10:15 a.m. /Police arrested Martin Ramos-Castillo, 38, of Chili, N.M. in Espanola on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

Editor's note: The Los Alamos Detention Center is undergoing water damage repairs so inmates have been transferred to facilities in the surrounding area. Inmates are scheduled to return Jan.

YMCA: Free Memberships To Furloughed Employees

on January 16, 2019 - 11:30am


Obituary: Diane Davis Dec. 4, 1979 – Jan. 9, 2019

on January 16, 2019 - 10:47am

DIANE DAVIS Dec. 4, 1979 – Jan. 9, 2019

Diane Davis (Princess Di) passed away on January 9, 2019 surrounded by family and friends after a brief battle with Pancreatic Cancer.

Diane was born in Zuni, New Mexico on December 4, 1979 and reborn on Oct 13, 1995 when she came to live with John, Doris, Susie and Jessica Roberts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Diane attended and graduated from the New Mexico School for the Deaf in 2002. Diane was joined at the hip to her sister, Sharon Jim, who came into her life 3 years after joining the Roberts family.

Diane was gifted with the ability to make people


High Flyers Gymnasts Win In Rio Rancho

on January 16, 2019 - 10:36am

Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnastics Level 6 team took first place Jan. 6 at the New Year’s Blast meet in Rio Rancho. The team is comprised of, clockwise from top left, Elaina Irving, Ashley Bustos, Sarah Worley, Gianna Benelli, Megan Martinez and Siena Rolfe. Courtesy/ LAHFG

Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnastics compulsory and Xcel teams also are off to a great start this year. Courtesy/ LAHFG


The Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnastics Level 6 team took first place Jan. 6 at the New Year’s Blast meet in Rio Rancho.

The team, comprised of Gianna Benelli, Siena Rolfe, Megan Martinez and


Obituary: Virginia Louise Rundberg Jan. 20, 1956 – Jan. 13, 2019

on January 16, 2019 - 9:59am

VIRGINIA LOUISE RUNDBERG Jan. 20, 1956 – Jan. 13, 2019

After a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer, Ginger Rundberg (Virginia Louise, formerly Newby), resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, passed peacefully in her home late in the afternoon on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the age of 62.  

She was born on January 20, 1956, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and was the youngest of five children born to Marvon Newby Sr. and Clara (Knutson) Newby. 

She grew up in Ririe, Idaho on a farm along the Snake River, and attended college at Idaho State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry


SFAS Helps Employees Impacted By Shutdown

on January 16, 2019 - 9:08am
SFAS News:
Federal employees who are going without a paycheck and have dogs or cats at home can pick up free food from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.
“We’re honored to extend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors who are federal employees and have been impacted by this government shutdown,” said Murad Kirdar, the public relations officer for the shelter. “We see their dedication to our country, and we’re proud to not only help our community members but their pets as well.”
The privately owned shelter will offer free food to federal employees, who can pick up the food at the

Making Quilting Cool Again At Los Alamos Makers

on January 16, 2019 - 9:06am

LANL physicist Quinn Marksteiner tackling one of the most underrated pieces of engineering - the sewing machine. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

Quilts can make cool custom decorations, not just blankets. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

Los Alamos Makers News:

New quilting instructor Jill Ryan at Los Alamos Makers is teaching a free introductory class 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

At Los Alamos Makers, 3540 Orange St., it is always exciting to see the lines between art and science blur.

Estancia Mayor Tests New Capitol Security Rules

on January 16, 2019 - 8:23am
Estancia Mayor Nathan Dial on Tuesday wore a pistol to the state Capitol, where he visited on the opening day of the 2019 legislative session to learn more about a new ban on weapons of any kind from joint sessions of the state House and Senate. Photo by Robert Nott/The New Mexican
All Nathan Dial wanted was a piece of paper explaining the rules. The pistol he wore on his right hip might have delayed a response to his request.
Dial, 50, mayor of the small Southern New Mexico town of Estancia, went to the state Capitol Tuesday not only to hear

Heinrich: Urgent Action Needed To Improve Child Well-Being, New State Leadership Presents Opportunity

on January 16, 2019 - 8:23am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As New Mexico Voices for Children released its annual New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book detailing the most recent data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation on child well-being in the state, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) expressed serious concern with the findings and called on state leaders to make investing in New Mexico’s children a top priority.
Although there were improvements over the last year, New Mexico remains near the bottom in the nation in numerous indicators of child poverty and well-being.

How The Hen House Turns: Trouble With Crows

on January 16, 2019 - 8:09am
Crow in Pistachio Tree. Courtesy/Cary Neeper
Formerly of Los Alamos
I suspect that crows have developed--over a very long time--a cultural aversion to human beings. Only rarely do they get welcoming treatment from us bipeds, unlike the local turkeys and deer in Los Alamos and here in California, where they often pass close by with no more than a curious glance.
In our 46 years on Walnut Street we saw crows take over the backyard Ponderosas from a number of ravens. I’ll never forget the last raven I saw.

PEEC: Backcountry Film Festival Jan. 24

on January 16, 2019 - 7:55am
PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up again this year to bring the popular Backcountry Film Festival back to Los Alamos.
This year, Century Bank has signed on as the headline sponsor for this festival. Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world. The screening is 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Reel Deal, and will be the only one in New Mexico. Tickets are available now.
The Pajarito

Los Alamos County Council Continues To Seek Letters Of Interest To Fill Vacancy ... Deadline Jan. 24

on January 16, 2019 - 7:42am


With just one Letter of Interest received to date, the Los Alamos County Council continues to seek letters from those interested in filling the unexpired term of Councilor Christine Chandler, who ended her term with Council upon election as the House District 43 representative. Her term expires Dec. 31, 2020. 

Applicants must be a registered voter and resident of Los Alamos County, and cannot be employed by the County. They should submit a letter of interest explaining their background, experience and why they are interested in the position.

Daily Postcard: Morning Stroll Behind Fuller Lodge

on January 16, 2019 - 7:19am

Daily Postcard: Folks and dogs out for a stroll Saturday morning behind Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NWS: High Near 40 With Chance Of Snow And Rain

on January 16, 2019 - 7:12am

The National Weather Service forecasts a high today near 40 with a 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11 a.m., then a slight chance of rain showers. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight’s low around 25. Courtesy/NWS

On The Job In Los Alamos: Clearing Snow On Central

on January 15, 2019 - 8:37pm

On the job in Los Alamos Monday afternoon are workers clearing snow from sidewalks on Central Avenue. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

On the job in Los Alamos Monday afternoon are workers with a shovel and a blower clearing snow from sidewalks on Central Avenue. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Sons Of The American Legion Squadron 90 Community Breakfast Jan. 20

on January 15, 2019 - 8:04pm

RSF And NGO Coalition Demand Release Of Citizen-Journalist, Jailed For Life

on January 15, 2019 - 8:03pm
Citizen-journalist Ilham Tohti, who has been held in Chinese custody for five years and sentenced to life imprisonment for ‘separatism’. Courtesy photo
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and several human rights organizations demand the immediate release of citizen-journalist Ilham Tohti, who has been held in Chinese custody for five years and sentenced to life imprisonment for "separatism."
In a letter published today, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and a coalition of human rights organizations call on Beijing to immediately release Uyghur-born citizen-journalist, Ilham