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Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus Helps Teachers Move Furniture Following Construction Delays And A Flood

on August 11, 2019 - 11:07pm

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus helps kindergarten teacher Becky Littleton move furniture today at Barranca Mesa Elementary School after teachers were delayed getting into their classrooms due to construction delays and then a flood. Photo by Sue Henninger

Scenes From 2019 County Fair & Rodeo Parade

on August 11, 2019 - 9:36pm

Of the 33 entries in the 2019 Los Alamos Fair & Rodeo Parade, first place winner is the Los Alamos Hill Stompers, which always exemplifies this year's theme, Off the Beaten Path ... this wild and crazy band has been off the beaten path for all of its 19 years. Band leader Jeff Favorite plays the  drum at center. The parade is produced by Los Alamos MainStreet and sponsored by Los Alamos County, Enterprise Bank & Trust and Del Norte Credit Union.  Photo by John McHale/
In 2nd place is the Shrine of North America is perhaps best known for its colorful parades, circuses and

Vest Orthodontics Changes Name To Rio Grande Orthodontics

on August 11, 2019 - 10:50am

Amateur Naturalist: The Remarkable Hummingbird

on August 11, 2019 - 10:41am
A Broadtail: How much sugar water does it sip in a day? Photo by Bob Walker
Los Alamos
July and August represent the peak for summer and a peak for hummingbirds.
Three species are particularly common:
  • Broadtail;
  • Rufous; and
  • Black chinned.
Some monitoring at a yard with two feeders results in up to eight or 10 being seen at the same time. They are circling and jockeying for position at the feeders. The rufous hummingbird is particularly territorial and tries to chase other hummingbirds away from the feeders.

County Discoveries Action Team Meets Aug. 15

on August 11, 2019 - 10:33am
The next monthly meeting of the Discoveries Action Team (DAT) is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.
This month, the only item on the agenda is for the Place-Making and Place-Marketing subgroups to gather and work on their projects. New members interested in joining the team are invited to come to the meeting and observe the work of the subgroups.
Project champions will be available to network with new members and help them learn more about the projects in progress.

League Of Women Voters March In 2019 County Fair & Rodeo Parade To Honor Passage Of 19th Amendment

on August 11, 2019 - 10:19am

Members of the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos march in the 2019 County Fair and Rodeo Parade Saturday morning on Central Avenue to honor the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified Aug. 18, 1920. Courtesy photo

The League of Women Voters has been informing Los Alamos voters since 1947. Courtesy photo

Cone Zone: Week Of Aug. 12, 2019

on August 11, 2019 - 9:57am


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

Diamond Drive Paving

Star Paving is very close to completing the first milestone for milling and paving operations on Diamond Drive between the Omega Bridge and the Sandia/Orange Intersection before school starts Wednesday.

Starting Monday, milling and paving operations from the Sandia/Orange intersection northbound will return to daytime work hours.

Center For New Mexico Archaeology To Open ‘Women In Archaeology’ Exhibit On International Archaeology Day

on August 11, 2019 - 8:59am
Archaeologists Florence Hawley Ellis and student Florence Hawley Ellis, director of University of New Mexico excavations at San Gabriel del Yunque in Northern New Mexico. Courtesy/Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, New Mexico History Museum
CNMA News:
SANTA FE In celebration of International Archaeology Day, Saturday, Oct. 19, the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (CNMA) will open its doors to the public, providing an opportunity to learn about New Mexico’s fascinating 12,000-year cultural heritage and the science of archaeology through hands-on activities and demonstrations.

Kelly Trujillo Named New ARMAS Director At Highlands

on August 11, 2019 - 8:51am
Kelly Trujillo
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM Kelly Trujillo is the new director for the Achieving in Research, Math and Science Center (ARMAS) at New Mexico Highlands University.
The nationally acclaimed ARMAS Center provides comprehensive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) support services to students.
“My whole career has been about mentoring, whether it’s in a laboratory setting or a classroom,” Trujillo said. “I see highly successful tiers of mentoring at ARMAS, which are always fantastic learning opportunities.

Scenes From White Rock Senior Center Car Show

on August 11, 2019 - 8:49am

This red 1939 Buick owned by Ken Uher was the winning car Saturday at the White Rock Senior Center Car Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Visitors to the Car Show applaud the winning car. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Checking out a Tesla. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Two older beauties of the road. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
It's a Studebaker! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Cars of distinction. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Fr. Glenn: ‘…but back in the day…!’

on August 11, 2019 - 8:40am

Fr. Glenn Jones

No doubt we’ve all run into those elderly persons who become very … um … “loquacious” about days gone by, regaling us with exploits long past. And yet … now I find myself doing the same thing. Guess I’m nudging into the third of the three ages groups: young, middle-age and “hey … you look good!” Well … I guess that’s better than the alternative.

As we enter our less-capable years, older folks relish reliving their heyday (when they can find someone patient enough to listen), knowing that most likely the most exciting times of life are behind them—bones are creaking, muscles

Posts From The Road: Will Rogers Memorial Museum

on August 11, 2019 - 8:38am

Will Rogers most famous quote ‘I never met a man I didn’t like’ is inscribed in stone, which supports a large bronze sculpture of him at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, Okla. Will Rogers was an entertainer, movie star, radio personality, newspaper man, humorist, cowboy, and more during his life, which was cut short by a plane crash in 1935 at the age of 55. The museum is packed with artifacts, memorabilia, photographs and more covering his life. Also included are recordings of radio broadcast and a theater, which shows some of the 71 films that he starred in.

Governor Taps Katrina Hotrum-Lopez For Aging Agency

on August 11, 2019 - 8:14am
New Cabinet Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Friday announced Katrina Hotrum-Lopez would succeed Alice Liu McCoy as secretary of the state Aging and Long-Term Services Department upon McCoy’s hiring as executive director of the state Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.
The council board voted in late July to select McCoy as its new director. McCoy, an attorney with extensive and diverse experience in representing and advocating for individuals with disabilities, will remain a key piece of the Lujan Grisham administration,

Community Shows Off Skills At 2019 County Fair

on August 11, 2019 - 7:52am
The County Fair takes place over two days during the Los Alamos Fair and Rodeo Weekend at Mesa Public Library. Prize-winning flowers and preserves are on display here. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Grand Champion photo. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Checking out the 4-H displays. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
First place quilt. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Extra special spuds! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Fabric arts on display. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Wood and fiber. Photo by Bonnie J.

One Step Closer To Finding Answers ... Virtual ‘Universe Machine’ Sheds Light On Galaxy Evolution

on August 11, 2019 - 7:48am
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — How do galaxies such as our Milky Way come into existence? How do they grow and change over time? The science behind galaxy formation has remained a puzzle for decades, but a University of Arizona-led team of scientists is one step closer to finding answers thanks to supercomputer simulations.
Observing real galaxies in space can only provide snapshots in time, so researchers who want to study how galaxies evolve over billions of years have to revert to computer simulations.

Scenes Of Booths At Ashley Pond Park Saturday

on August 11, 2019 - 7:42am

From left, Los Alamos County Deputy Clerk Victoria Martinez, County Clerk Naomi Maestas and Elections Manager Gloria Maestas man a booth Saturday at Ashley Pond Park during the annual Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo weekend festivities. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Saturday at Ashley Pond Park, Los Alamos Arts Council Board Members Steve Bublitz and Jenn Best publicize the organization's intent to make history. They announced that this fall the organization will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most pumpkins carved simultaneously.

NMDWS: Twenty Students Successfully Graduate PESCO Welding Apprenticeship Program

on August 11, 2019 - 7:33am
ALBUQUERQUE A two-phase earn-while-you-learn Welding Boot Camp and Apprenticeship Program in Farmington has been implemented with 20 individuals successfully completing the first five weeks.
This program was made possible in partnership between the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS), San Juan College, Process Equipment & Service Company, Inc. (PESCO), and the New Mexico Workforce Connection.


The first phase of the program consisted of a five-week Welder Boot Camp, put on by PESCO and San Juan College, that teaches basic welding skills, safety

LAPS Regular School Board Meeting Aug. 13

on August 11, 2019 - 7:15am

Santa Fe National Forest Releases Draft Forest Plan For Public Comment ... Meeting In Los Alamos Sept. 23

on August 11, 2019 - 7:11am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has published its draft revised land management plan and draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) in the Federal Register, initiating the formal 90-day public comment period, which ends Nov. 7, 2019.
The revised land management plan will guide management of 1.6 million acres across six counties in northern New Mexico for the next 10 to 15 years.

Los Alamos Gets Taste Of Leftover Salmon Friday Night

on August 11, 2019 - 7:06am
Leftover Salmon was a tasty treat Friday Night at Ashley Pond Park during the Secret City Summer Concert. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Guitarist Vince Herman and Andy Thorn (banjo) take a trip to the Carribean. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Drew Emmitt on mandolin, Alwyn Robinson on drums. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Above the crowd. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Leftover Salmon on stage Friday night at Ashley Pond Pavilion. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Vince Herman in a pensive mood. Photo by Bonnie J.

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Announces $6 Million To Combat State Opioid Crisis

on August 11, 2019 - 7:03am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Friday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded more than $6 million in funding to New Mexico to combat the opioid epidemic in communities across the state.
The funding will go toward treatment, prevention, recovery, and research efforts throughout New Mexico.
A breakdown of the HRSA awards is below: 
  • $2,505,000 for 15

NWS: Today’s High Near 75; Tonight’s Low Around 53

on August 11, 2019 - 6:42am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 75 with a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly after noon, some of which may produce heavy rain, and tonight’s low around 53. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Morning Glory Blooms In White Rock

on August 11, 2019 - 6:29am

Daily Postcard: A morning glory blooms recently at a residence in White Rock. Photo by Helen Ortega

Scenes From Fuller Lodge Art Center Arts & Crafts Fair

on August 10, 2019 - 10:09pm

Elizabeth Watts and her daughter Kathryn check out a booth Saturday morning during the Fuller Lodge Art Center 39th annual Arts and Crafts Fair, held in conjunction with the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Stacey Baker, left, makes a purchase from Jennifer Lamprey today during the arts and crafts fair. Lamprey's business is Desert Fig Design. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Sophia Torres, owner of Curious Goat Works, takes part in the fair for the first time. Her business is based in Albuquerque. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

DK & The Affordables Rock The Town Friday

on August 10, 2019 - 10:00pm
Hometown favorites DK & the Affordables ripped it up Friday night at Ashley Pond Pavilion, opening for Leftover Salmon. DK leaps atop Aaron Anderson's keyboard and just keeps rockin'. Drummer
Dave Fellenz and bass player Rob Heineman are in the background. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Blowing their horns, from left, 
Betsy Staufer (trombone), Mandy Marksteiner (trumpet), Matt Briggs (tenor sax) and Quinn Marksteiner (baritone sax). Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Anna Dillane and some friends enjoy the concert. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/