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Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Highlighting Some Partners

on September 9, 2019 - 4:44pm
Executive Director

This week, we look to highlight the work of some of our community partners.

Saturday, you can help Mesa To Mesa, an organization that offers free, minor home repairs for low-income individuals and families. The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a sale of 300 plants and tree saplings from perennials, herbs, pond plants, iris, cactus and indoor plants, to ornamental grasses and shrubs.

The funds raised will assist projects like ramp construction, window repair and the purchase of heaters, before the season begins to change.

The hearty

AFSCME Endorses Luján For U.S. Senate

on September 9, 2019 - 7:43am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Ben Ray Luján for Senate Campaign:

ALBUQUERQUE – The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the largest trade union of public employees in the United States, has endorsed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján to be the next U.S. Senator for New Mexico.

At their convention in Albuquerque, AFSCME leaders said Luján - the son of a union ironworker and a public school official - was the best candidate to uplift working families given his record of protecting health care, workers' benefits and security, Social Security, and Medicare. 

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Obituary: Melanie Fugate Aug. 29, 2019

on September 9, 2019 - 7:42am

MELANIE FUGATE Aug. 29, 2019

Melanie Fugate, 59, of Los Alamos passed away on August 29, 2019.

She is survived by her beloved daughter Lauren as well as her brothers Douglas and Byron Jakel, sisters-in-law Pattie and Michiko, nephew Connor, niece Mackenzie, friend and former husband Mike and friend and former mother-in-law Karene Elliott. Other friends include the Grimes and Riley families.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Melanie moved to Albuquerque where she graduated with distinction from the University of New Mexico with a BA in English & Philosophy.


New Mexico State Land Office Sends Cancellation Notice To Cypress Inc. Owned By The Late Jeffrey Epstein

on September 9, 2019 - 7:41am

State Land Office News:


SANTA FE – Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has announced that a cancellation letter has been sent to Cypress Inc., a company owned by the late Jeffrey Epstein and listed as the owner of the Zorro Ranch in Santa Fe County.


On July 16, 2019, the Land Office provided over 400 pages to the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. All documents were related to 1,243 acres of state trust land leased to Cypress Inc. The leases date back to 1993 when Epstein originally purchased the 10,000 acre New Mexico ranch.

Amber Alert: 5-Year-Old Missing In Rio Arriba County

on September 9, 2019 - 7:40am

Renezmae Calzada. 5, missing since Sunday. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

The Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Renezmae Calzada. 

Calzada is a 5-year-old Hispanic female, four feet tall, weighing approximately 35 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. 

Calzada was last seen at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, wearing blue shorts with stars and a “Frozen” shirt from the Disney film.

Many details are still unknown and under investigation by the Rio Arriba County Sherriff’s Office. However, of urgent concern is the whereabouts of Calzada.

County: ABCs Of Zero Waste

on September 9, 2019 - 7:13am

  • Zero Waste Tip: We don’t need a handful of people doing ZERO WASTE perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.

The ABCs of Zero Waste:

Action! Doing a few small things is better than nothing. Make small changes to your daily habits before making dramatic changes to your life.

Beeswax cloth food wraps: These are a great way to reduce plastic use in the kitchen. They seal to a container (bowl, other) with the warmth of your hands, and they work great to wrap up a half a piece of fruit or to use for a sandwich in a lunch.

Carpool: Commit to sharing a ride or

C’YA: Celebrate College And Military Day Friday

on September 9, 2019 - 6:56am

C'YA  News:

This Friday is College and Military Day and community members are encouraged to wear their favorite apparel in support of the college or military path they, a family member or friend attended.

Send photos of participation in College and Military Day to or visit Champions of Youth Ambitions on Facebook.

Topper Varsity Soccer Team Falls To Scorpions 1-0

on September 9, 2019 - 6:50am

Kaitlyn McGrane gathers in the ball as Makenzi Fitzsimmons and Brooke Edge close in on her. McGrane was named the player of the game in a game played Saturday morning at Sullivan Field against the Farmington Scorpions. The Toppers were not able to get the offense going but their strong defense kept them in the game as the Scorpions played much the same. The Scorpions scored the only goal in the first half. Photo by John McHale/

Alyssa Parker gets a shot in the first half only to have it blocked by goalkeeper Gera Lopez. Photo by John McHale/

Topper Kaya Krantz

WW (Formerly Weight Watchers) Meets Tuesday

on September 9, 2019 - 6:48am

WW News:

WW (formerly Weight Watchers), meets at 6 p.m. every Tuesday a the Unitarian Church, 1738 North Sage St. in Los Alamos.

New members are always welcome and should arrive at 5:30 p.m. to allow time for set-up.

Full Moon Tour At Fort Union Friday

on September 9, 2019 - 6:47am


Courtesy photo


WATROUS – Join park rangers Friday, Sept. 13 for a 1.25-mile tour through the grounds of Fort Union and along the Santa Fe Trail under the serenity of a dark sky.

The tour will bring together the history and culture of the valley with a natural dark sky. The program will start at 8:30 p.m. at the visitor center and will run to approximately 10  p.m. Friday.

After sunset, the high plains take on a new identity. Beneath the glow of a full moon the remnants of the old fort casts light shadows against the prairie.

Military Order Of The World Wars Meets Sept. 17

on September 9, 2019 - 6:47am

MOWW News:

This month’s meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars is Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The guest speaker is Cathy Hadley, RHIT of Los Alamos Medical Center.

Hadley has been in the health care industry since 1979. Starting as a transcriptionist, she worked her way to director of Health Information Management (Medical Records) in Linton, Ind. During her time there she was a part of the planning team forming the hospital’s first Emergency Operations Plan.

Hadley moved in June of 2016 to Los Alamos to serve as director of Health Information Management at LAMC.

NWS: Today’s High Near 80; Tonight’s Low Around 55

on September 9, 2019 - 6:43am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 80 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 55. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Moon Shines Over Abiquiu Inn

on September 9, 2019 - 6:37am

Daily Postcard: The moon illuminates the sky above the Abiquiu Inn Saturday night at 21120 US-84 in Abiquiu. Photo by John McHale/

Topper Boys Varsity Football Beats Pojoaque 44-13

on September 8, 2019 - 3:35pm

The Topper Varsity Football Team is led onto Sullivan Field Friday evening by Tyler Weiss carrying the Topper Banner to play the Pojoaque Elks. The game was all Toppers who shut out the running game for the Elks, so they went to a passing game almost exclusively, which was effective against the Toppers. In spite of the score, it was a very exciting game with both sides showing moments of glory. Photo by John McHale/

Liam Harper makes an over the shoulder at full stride catch from Tyler Weiss that went for the second touchdown. Photo by John McHale/

Jose Salazar

Chair Sara Scott Responds To Grieving Mother On Behalf Of Los Alamos County Council

on September 8, 2019 - 2:08pm
By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

Dear Ms. O'Bannon,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind and thoughtful note in your time of so much sorrow.

We will make sure that all those who offered their help, professionalism and care receive your thanks and appreciation.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Los Alamos County Council; our thoughts are with you, your husband, and your daughter's family and friends.

Anniversary: Don And Lois Coffin Celebrate 70 Years!

on September 8, 2019 - 10:45am

Don and Lois Coffin are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on Sept. 10, 2019! They have lived, worked, and still live in Los Alamos for almost 70 years. They also both celebrated their 90th birthdays! Congratulations Mom and Dad, Grandpa and Grandma, Great Grandparents, loving husband and wife, Don and Lois Coffin. We, your whole family, and friends in our Los Alamos community, love you and celebrate and appreciate your amazing modeling of love to each other to us and to the world! Way to live life, Mom and Dad! Happy 70th Anniversary! Courtesy photo

Scenes From TOTH Tea And Fashion Show Saturday

on September 8, 2019 - 9:49am

Dist. 43 State Rep. Christine Chandler proves she is book and fashion smart during the Tea and Fashion Show held Saturday afternoon at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. The annual event is a fundraiser for the house building project done every year in Juarez, Mexico. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevtiz is casual and cool during the fashion show portion of the Trinity on the Hill fundraiser. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

No snow? No problem!

YMCA Taps Emily Schmidt Health & Wellness Director

on September 8, 2019 - 9:44am

Emily Schmidt is new Y Health & Wellness director. Courtesy/YMCA


YMCA News:


We are pleased to announce that Emily Schmidt has accepted the position of Health and Wellness Director at The Family YMCA; she will begin her new position on October 7. 


Schmidt is energetic and outgoing and has been with the YMCA since 2006 as a senior wellness instructor, group fitness instructor, personal trainer and health coach. 


She has been involved in the wellness industry for more than 15 years developing and executing exercise and wellness programs and holds professional certification through the Athletics

Los Alamos Historical Society Hosts Fall Gala Sept. 21

on September 8, 2019 - 9:38am


United Thrift Shop Hosts Early Halloween Sale

on September 8, 2019 - 9:33am

United Thrift Shop News:

The United Thrift Shop at 2525 Canyon Road is hosting early Halloween sale.

The sale is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 in Graves Hall and includes Halloween goods, costumes and decorations.

IHM: Men’s Retreat With Fr. Simon Carian Sept. 20-21

on September 8, 2019 - 9:18am

IHM News:

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church is hosting a retreat for men, 6-8:30 p.m. Friday Sept. 20 and 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday Sept. 21 in the parish hall at 3700 Canyon Road.

Father Simon Carian will present talks at the retreat. He is a young, energetic priest of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

He was ordained in 2013 after completing seminary formation in Rome and is serving as Parochial Vicar at Estancia Valley Parish in Moriarty, while completing his doctoral dissertation on St. Augustine.

Previously, he has served at the Aquinas Newman Center at UNM, and Sacred Heart in

SFNF Plans Multiple Prescribed Burns This Fall

on September 8, 2019 - 9:10am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to take advantage of favorable conditions this fall to conduct prescribed burns across the forest to remove hazardous fuels, improve wildlife habitat, and create healthier, more resilient forest and watershed ecosystems.

Depending on conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, the forest’s window to implement these prescribed burns is Sept. 16 to Nov. 30.

The SFNF will issue additional notifications about each project based on fire managers’ expectations for

Scenes From African Library Project Send Off Event

on September 8, 2019 - 8:11am

A crowd gathers Wednesday near Sullivan Field to send local volunteer Sharon Allan off to New Orleans in a van loaded with books for Africa as part of the African Library Project. The project is dedicated to changing lives book by book by starting libraries in rural Africa. This grassroots approach mobilizes U.S. volunteers, young and old, to organize book drives and ship books to start or improve a library in Africa. Photo by John McHale/

Builders Club members in the van with the boxes of books and Sharon Allen, a prime mover and volunteer in the African Library Project.

Fort Union: U.S. Army Bicycle Corps Program Sept. 19

on September 8, 2019 - 7:57am

Program about the U.S. Army Bicycle Corps, Iron Riders of the West at 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 19. Courtesy photo

Fort Union News:

Watrous – Join Fort Union in downtown Las Vegas, N.M. for a program about the hardy, but little-known U.S. Army Bicycle Corps, a group of Buffalo Soldiers who tested bicycles as a possible replacement for horses.

The free program will be presented by Park Ranger Mike Weinstein at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. The program will take place at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center at 116 Bridge St. in Las Vegas, N.M.

When bicycles became a popular new technology