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JJAB Celebrates 15 Years Serving Los Alamos Youth

on March 20, 2019 - 8:40am
JJAB members and partners gather for their monthly meeting and celebrate 17 years of service to Los Alamos youth and their families March 6 at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo
From left, Rev. Nicole’ Raddu Ferry with newly elected JJAB Board Chair Jordan Redmond and Treasurer Sharon Hurley. Courtesy photo
JJAB News:
At its March meeting, the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) celebrated 15 years of serving Los Alamos youth and their families.
JJAB was established March 17, 2004, through resolutions from the Los Alamos County Council and Los Alamos School Board.

Youth Across New Mexico Join National Day Of Action Advocating Tobacco-Free Schools

on March 20, 2019 - 8:32am


ALBUQUERQUE Today, youth leaders at 15 schools across New Mexico are hosting “Kick Butts Day” events to raise awareness about their schools’ tobacco- and e-cigarette-free policies.

Increased awareness of tobacco-free school policies helps students, staff, and visitors comply with these standards and ensures that schools are truly tobacco-free environments. The youth leaders are part of Evolvement, a youth movement promoting a tobacco-free New Mexico.

"It feels great being a part of such an important day that joins youth all over the country in the fight against tobacco," said

Lacrosse Returns To Los Alamos

on March 20, 2019 - 8:31am

Peter Janke scoops up a loose ball in the first quartet and heads down field. Lacrosse returned to Los Alamos as the boy's Lacrosse team played the Rio Rancho Raptors this past Saturday at Sullivan Field. The Raptors scored two goals in the first quarter to take the lead, which they never relinquished. The Los Alamos team scored a goal in the second period, which was their only goal for the game. Rio Rancho scored three more goals that closed out the contest 5-1. Photo by John McHale/

Samuel Bond and Micah Garduno both move to the loose ball near the Rio Rancho goal.

AmeriCorps Issues Request For Program Applications

on March 20, 2019 - 8:28am
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism (NMCCV) has released its Request for Applications (RFA) to support new and recompeting New Mexico AmeriCorps programs to start in the fall of 2019 for a 12-month program cycle.
AmeriCorps funding is intended for recruiting, placing, and supporting AmeriCorps members serving communities throughout New Mexico.

Service And Sacrifices Of Women During Wartime

on March 20, 2019 - 8:26am

Vietnam Women's Memorial. Courtesy/Jeff Kubina/Flikr

NPS News:

National parks preserve military history and the nation’s stories amidst times of war. They’re found in places like Washita Battlefield National Historic Site in Oklahoma and World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, that stretches from Hawai'i, Alaska and California.

Wartime in America brings to mind accounts of George Washington and his men, spending a bone-chilling winter at Valley Forge and stories of the Buffalo Soldiers who were based out of the Presidio before fighting in the Spanish-American and

Los Alamos Middle School Teacher Sherri Bublitz Earns Prestigious Speech And Debate Diamond Award

on March 20, 2019 - 8:26am
NSDA News:
DES MOINES, Iowa The National Speech & Debate Association is proud to announce Sherri Bublitz of Los Alamos Middle School as a winner of the Diamond Award, recognizing a professional career that combines excellence and longevity in speech and debate education. This is her first Diamond Award.
The National Speech & Debate Association has been recognizing student and coach achievements in speech and debate since 1925. Coaches earn points in the national honorary through team participation, student achievement, public service, and leadership work.

NWS: Today’s High Near 51, Tonight’s Low Around 34

on March 20, 2019 - 7:49am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 51 with partly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 34 with a 30 percent chance of scattered rain and snow showers after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Moon Over Clouds Above Los Alamos

on March 20, 2019 - 7:35am
Daily Postcard: The moon is spotted over clouds in the sky Monday from North Mesa. Photo by Trisha Ancell

UbiQD Of Los Alamos Wins 2019 SXSW Pitch Competition, Hyper-Connected Communities Category

on March 19, 2019 - 5:53pm

Andrew Hyde, host of the SXSW Startup Pitch® Awards ceremony in Austin, Texas, hands the microphone to UbiQD CEO Dr. Hunter McDaniel, center, who accepts a check following his successful presentation. Second from left is Dan Houck who visited Los Alamos for the past four months as a 'Chemical Engineering Intern' at UbiQD but recently returned to UT Austin to finish his PhD (in ChemE). Courtesy photo

Dr. Hunter McDaniel, CEO at UbiQD at the 2019 South by Southwest (SXSW) 11th Annual SXSW Pitch® competition in Austin, Texas. Courtesy photo

SXSW News:

  • The advanced materials company

New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón And Team OSA Launch 2019 Audit Rule Roadshow

on March 19, 2019 - 5:01pm

New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón


New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colón and members of Team OSA will hit the road beginning Wednesday, March 19 for its annual, statewide Audit Rule Roadshow.

Each year the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) embarks on a statewide tour to provide training to governmental agency employees and independent public accountant (IPA) firm representatives to provide training on significant and critical updates to the Audit Rule. This year, Auditor Colón and Team OSA will visit six cities across the state: Las Vegas, Las Cruces, Portales, Farmington,

LAHS Student Attending Culinary Institute Of America

on March 19, 2019 - 4:04pm
LAHS sohpmore Kira Tsoodle prepares a meal. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos High School sophomore Kira Tsoodle knows her way around the kitchen and her knowledge in the culinary arts is getting attention.
Recently one of Tsoodle’s teachers submitted an application on her behalf to attend the Culinary Institute of America in New York.

Voices Of Los Alamos To Discuss Humanitarian Crisis At The Border March 25

on March 19, 2019 - 3:53pm

Allegra Love


The humanitarian crisis at the border will be the topic of the next Voices of Los Alamos meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 25 at the Unitarian Church.

Allegra Love, attorney and director of the Santa Fe Dreamers Project (SFDP), an organization of attorneys and volunteers committed to helping immigrants, will present at the meeting, which is open to the public. Love’s presentation will focus on private immigration detention and what New Mexicans can do to help stop it.

The SFDP gets its name from our country's Dreamers: the undocumented immigrant youth who,


Register For 2019 Dog Jog Event

on March 19, 2019 - 3:50pm

Scene from a previous Dog Jog event. Courtesy photo


On your mark, get set, wag!  Dogs and their human companions will gather Saturday, April 27, at Rover Park in White Rock to run the 5-kilometer course or walk the 2-mile course in the annual Dog Jog and Fun Walk. 

Race prizes and awards will be given for the fastest runners, walkers, and dogs in all manner of fun categories.

Coordinated by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, the Mountain Canine Corps, Pajarito K9 Search and Rescue and the Atomic City Roadrunners, the Dog Jog is a fundraising event for the Friends of Shelter and


LAPS: Invitation To Community Meeting About Special Education Process April 8

on March 19, 2019 - 11:57am

Evelyn Howard-Hand

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools invites parents and guardians of children with special needs to an informational presentation 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 8 in Building 2 at UNM-LA.

As the parent or guardian of a child with special needs, the special education process can be confusing and even overwhelming at times. The goal of this community meeting is to provide parents with information to support their participation as effective partners in the IEP (Individual Education Plan) process.

The presentation will cover:

  • an overview of special education services;
  • how special

New Men’s Giving Group ‘100 Men Who Care’ Looking To Make Big Local Impact

on March 19, 2019 - 11:43am


Nonprofits that spend time fundraising instead of serving the community have a new partner in town. 100 Men Who Care – Los Alamos is a new group for men dedicated to providing immediate and meaningful financial support to local organizations.

“The 100 Men Who Care model is a simple and fun way for men to get together, spend a little bit of time together and make a big difference to our community,” said Ryan Tatro, one of the founding members of the organization.

“It’s like a Shark Tank for nonprofits,” Tatro said.


More Scenes From Skiesta 2019 On Pajarito Mountain

on March 19, 2019 - 11:10am

Large crowd turns out Saturday for Skiesta 2019 at Pajarito Ski Hill. Photo by Jim ODonnell

Scene from Skiesta 2019 Saturday at Pajarito Ski Hill. Photo by Jim ODonnell

A pair of Tyrannosaurus rex strut their stuff on the slope during Skiesta 2019 Saturday at Pajarito Ski Hill. Photo by Jim ODonnell

Scene from Skiesta 2019 Saturday at Pajarito Ski Hill. Photo by Jim ODonnell

Yikes - taking a tumble Saturday during Skiesta 2019 at Pajarito Ski Hill. Photo by Jim ODonnell

Scene of a reverse backscratcher during Skiesta 2019 Saturday at Pajarito Ski Hill. Photo by Jim ODonnell

Scene from

NMPED Releases Four-Year Graduation Rates

on March 19, 2019 - 10:19am

Public Education Secretary Dr. Karen Trujillo


Public Education Secretary Dr. Karen Trujillo announced today that New Mexico’s official 2017-2018 four-year graduation rate was 73.9 percent, an all-time high.

This figure is nearly three percentage points higher than the 71.1 percent four-year rate in the 2016-2017 school year. Graduation rates increased across all student subgroups, including Hispanic and American Indian students, students with disabilities, and English learners.

“Let’s give credit where credit is due,” Secretary Trujillo said.

Plateau Property Mgmt. Donates $2,500 To LA Cares

on March 19, 2019 - 10:04am

Plateau Property Management demonstrates that it believes in supporting local charitable organizations that keep the community strong. Plateau Property Management Operations Manager Karen Smith, left, presents a check for $2,500 to LA Cares President Rosemary Frederickson, Friday, March 15 outside Ponderosa Pines. LA Cares of Los Alamos is a nonprofit organization that provides help to the needy of Los Alamos County. Courtesy photo

Obituary: Thomas Lee Christofferson Sept. 19, 1949 – March 9, 2019

on March 19, 2019 - 9:20am

THOMAS LEE CHRISTOFFERSON Sept. 19, 1949 March 9, 2019

Thomas Lee Christofferson of Austin, Texas, formerly of Fredericksburg, Texas, died peacefully on Saturday, March 9, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.

A service in celebration of Tom’s life will be held in Fredericksburg at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Tuesday, March 26th at 1:00 p.m.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Janice, son Justin, (Nicole) of Oklahoma City, OK, step-daughter Amanda Ontrakarn (Mike) of Austin, Texas, step-son Nick Voltin (Deanna) of Spring Branch, Texas, grandsons Colt Christofferson and Grant


N.M. Delegation Urges Department Of Defense To Consider New Mexico For Space Development Agency

on March 19, 2019 - 8:48am

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small urged Department of Defense Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan to consider New Mexico as a host for co-locating the Space Development Agency headquarters and to fully utilize the state’s existing core research and development space assets.

Shanahan recently noted that the DoD must make changes to its research, development, and acquisition processes to protect U.S. vital interests in space.

LAPS Foundation And Los Alamos Daily Post Enter Into Partnership For Education Innovation

on March 19, 2019 - 7:33am

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and the Los Alamos Daily Post gather together Monday afternoon in the newsroom at 1247 Central Ave., to enter into a partnership for an exciting new campaign in education innovation in Los Alamos. Post Advertising Manager KayLinda Crawford, left, and LAPS Foundation Executive Director Laura Loy celebrate the new partnership and the Post becoming an Innovation Sponsor for the LAPS Foundation. Watch the Post for more on the upcoming campaign and visit Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Ringside Seat: Cigar Shop Fired Up By Lower Tax Rate

on March 19, 2019 - 7:13am
What a reversal of fortune.
Just three months ago, the owners of Primo Cigar Shop faced the possibility of a 76 percent state tobacco tax on their products. They now pay a tax of 25 percent upfront, an amount they say makes it impossible to compete with cigar retailers on the internet.
Tripling the state tax would have turned off Primo's lights and closed its doors, said Jack Sweeney, who 10 years ago founded the business.
But bizarre turnabouts can occur in the blur of New Mexico's 60-day legislative session.
One of the more

Pinon Elementary School Student Ariela Rittner Named National Geographic GeoBee Semifinalist

on March 19, 2019 - 6:47am

National Geographic GeoBee semifinalist Ariela Rittner with her parents Christian and Stephanie Rittner. Courtesy photo

National Geographic GeoBee News:

Pinon Elementary School 5th grade student Ariela Rittner has been notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee New Mexico State Competition. The contest is Friday, March 29 at NDI in Albuquerque.

Ariela Rittner is the daughter of Christian and Stephanie Rittner.

This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now

LANL, Northern New Mexico College Launch Radiation Protection Course To Help Fill High-Demand Jobs 

on March 19, 2019 - 6:12am

LANL and Northern New Mexico College announce a collaborative effort to expand a pipeline training program for radiological control technicians who will support the 21st century workforce at the Laboratory. From left, LANL Pipeline and Partnerships Office Director Nan Sauer, New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education Kate O’Neill and Northern New Mexico College President Rick Bailey. Courtesy/NNMC


LANL News:

  • New associate degree program for up to an initial 40 students starts in June, includes internships at Laboratory

To meet the high demand for radiological control technicians (RCTs),

Land Commissioner SGR To Speak At NNMPW

on March 19, 2019 - 5:51am