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FBI: Man Wearing Cowboy Hat, Red Bandana Robs Albuquerque Bank

on February 12, 2018 - 7:25am
FBI News:
Wednesday, Feb. 7, a man wearing a black cowboy hat and a red bandana robbed a northwest Albuquerque credit union.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5'4” to 5'6” tall, with a slim to medium build and a brown beard.
He wore sunglasses, a black cowboy hat, a striped red bandana around his neck, a white short-sleeve T-shirt, and blue jeans tucked into dark cowboy boots.
The suspect walked into Mountain America Credit Union, 9200 Golf Course Road NW, at approximately 5:36 p.m.
He gave a teller a note demanding money.
The teller handed

Heinrich Statement On Bipartisan Budget Agreement

on February 12, 2018 - 7:23am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement regarding the passage of the bipartisan budget agreement:
“This two-year budget deal is the result of months of bipartisan negotiations and finally puts an end to the unacceptable series of short-term spending bills and fiscal crises that have held our nation’s priorities hostage to Washington’s gridlock and dysfunction.
“This bipartisan agreement is the right path forward for a long-term budget that strengthens our military and funds desperately needed programs such as

National Shift Toward Sustainability Drives Latest New Mexico True Story Featuring Taos Earthships

on February 12, 2018 - 6:49am
Taos is home to the Greater World Community, the world’s only subdivision of earthships open to visitors for tours and overnight stays. Courtesy/New Mexico True
New Mexico True News:
SANTA FE Earthships are best described as otherworldly, ethereal ... and while they may be stationary, they are powered through the elements by which they are surrounded.
These eco-friendly dwellings, made of discarded items such as automobile tires, bottles, beer cans and metal, might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of vacation.

Home Country: Clumsy Life

on February 12, 2018 - 6:33am
Home Country
Dewey reached up to straighten his tie and stuck a finger up a nostril by mistake. Here he was, on the most momentous evening of his life and he couldn’t do one little thing right. Tie a tie. Every 9-year-old boy getting ready for church could do it, but not Dewey.
He cussed his awkwardness and inability to do anything short of causing a disaster. How many guys are there who could actually put a black baldy cow in a treetop? Just him. No … Dewey, our pharaoh of fertilizer because he could shovel it into a pickup without killing himself, was uniquely

History On Los Alamos Fuller Lodge

on February 12, 2018 - 6:31am
Fuller Lodge scaffholding. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Historical Society
Few buildings induce the wonder and awe that Fuller Lodge evokes in first-time visitors.
The majestic, three-story building of upright logs is the heart and soul of the community of Los Alamos. From its construction during the days of the Los Alamos Ranch School through today, it always has been.
The building was designed by John Gaw Meem, a famous Southwestern architect known today as the father of Santa Fe’s Style. He used the Big House, the Ranch School’s dormitory, which also had

Priority Bill To Expand Roswell Air Center Passes House

on February 12, 2018 - 6:28am
SANTA FE Thursday, a bill sponsored by Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell (R-Roswell) and supported by the Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) to expand the Roswell International Air Center passed the House Floor with broad support.
HB 197 would support the air center, bringing economic growth and development to the area.
“I took a tour of this facility during our statewide jobs tour and it is far more than an airport. I was astounded by the potential, the resources, and the vision of this community.

Santa Fe Auto Park Ride And Drive Event Helps With Transportation Costs For Los Alamos Robotics Team

on February 12, 2018 - 6:19am

Elijah Vigil, center, a member of the Los Alamos High School robotics team and his fellow teammates prepare their robot to shoot a t-shirt during the Santa Fe Auto Park's Ride and Drive event Saturday in Smith's Marketplace parking lot. The Santa Fe Auto Park donated $10 from each test drive toward transportation costs for the robotics team's upcoming competition. Photo by Connor Hoch/

One of the vehicles displayed during the Santa Fe Auto Park's Ride and Drive event Saturday in Smith's Marketplace parking lot. Photo by Connor Hoch/

John Charonko, left, and

Pearce Statement On Suspending Debt Limit

on February 12, 2018 - 6:13am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the amended continuing resolution and budget that also suspends the debt limit:
“Any piece of legislation that suspends the debt limit is simply an excuse for Congress and the government to spend at will, without regard for the consequences down the road. Just as businesses and families have a borrowing limit on their credit card, so does the federal government.

AGU: Research Uncovers Mysterious Lives Of Narwhals

on February 12, 2018 - 6:11am
A pod of narwhals in Melville Bay, Greenland. New research may shed a bit of light on these enigmatic marine mammals. Courtesy/Kristin Laidre
AGU News:
PORTLAND, Ore. — Narwhals are some of the most elusive creatures in the ocean, spending most of their lives in deep water far from shore.
But research being presented at the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland Monday may shed a bit of light on these enigmatic marine mammals.
New research shows narwhals may prefer to congregate near unique glacier fjords with thick ice fronts and low to moderate calving activity, where

House Passes Plan For Counties To Sell Abandoned Real Property For Which Delinquent Tax Is Due

on February 12, 2018 - 6:05am
SANTA FE — Saturday, the House of Representatives passed a plan to make it easier for the state to sell abandoned real property for which delinquent property tax is due.
The legislation, House Bill 88, is backed by Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Los Lunas), Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas), Rep. Gail Armstrong (R-Magdalena), and Sen. Greg Baca (R-Belen).
HB 88 creates an online marketplace for the sale of delinquent or abandoned properties.

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Glows Behind Guard Tower

on February 12, 2018 - 5:41am

Daily Postcard: The sunrise Friday illuminates the sky behind the guard tower at the entrance to town. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Los Alamos Golf Course Opening Friday Feb. 16!

on February 11, 2018 - 1:32am

Los Alamos County Golf Course opens for play Friday. Courtesy/LAC


With this winter's unseasonably warm weather, Los Alamos County Community Services Department staff is working to open the Golf Course earlier than expected.

Beginning Friday, Feb. 16, the Golf Course is open for play (weather and course conditions permitting). The community is invited to come on out and enjoy the fresh air.

Check out the County website for more information about the Golf Course and to book tee-times here.

Lunch With A Leader: Andrew Harnden Feb. 20

on February 11, 2018 - 1:30am

County Housing & Special Projects Manager Andrew Harnden


This month’s Lunch with a Leader, an event for the community hosted by the League of Women Voters is 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Mesa Public Library.

The speaker will be Andrew Harnden who has been working as the County's Housing & Special Projects manager since July 2016. He has B.A. honors and M.A. degrees in Urban Geography from Queen's University and University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Harnden moved to the Southwest in 2001 and worked in community planning and affordable housing development with the Jicarilla

State Highway Poised To Be Named For Lucky Varela

on February 11, 2018 - 1:16am

Former State Rep. Luciano ‘Lucky’ Varela


SANTA FE – State Highway 50 is poised to be named for former State Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela after a memorial passed the House Floor with unanimous consent.

House Memorial 71 was introduced by the Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and Rep. Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup).

“Representative Lucky Varela’s service should serve as example for all legislators. Naming Highway 50 after him will commemorate his work for New Mexico and honor his service,” Speaker Egolf said.

“Highway 50 runs straight through the heart of where

Bill To Boost Small Business Passes House

on February 11, 2018 - 1:14am

Rep. Doreen Gallegos


SANTA FE – Rep. Doreen Gallegos’ (D-Las Cruces) bill to boost small business passed Saturday the New Mexico House.

House Bill 79 would promote small, local businesses by making Small Business Saturday tax free at small businesses in New Mexico.

“We know that 68 cents of every dollar spent in a small business stays in the community. This bill encourages economic growth in our communities and supports our mom and pop shops. We have to do all we can to ensure that our small businesses can thrive,” Rep. Gallegos said.

House Democrats support local

Lady Toppers Narrowly Fall To Chargers

on February 11, 2018 - 1:12am

It was all smiles as the Lady Toppers readied to take to the court Wednesday evening to play the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in Griffith Gymnasium. Both teams had similar records, so this game would be very competitive. The Toppers lead the first two periods and had a 4-point lead at the half. The third period ended with the Chargers ahead by 1 point. The fourth quarter ended in a 33-33 tie. In the overtime period the Chargers pulled ahead and won the contest 42-38. Photo by John McHale/

Susanna Gallegos has her eye on a basket in the first period. She scored 7 points.

Fr. Glenn: Dust And Ashes

on February 11, 2018 - 1:12am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos


While visiting my old parish briefly last week, I was informed that cancer—which she had valiantly defeated a few years ago—had returned in a wonderful 30-something young mother. But that ol’ cancer: no respecter of age or person, power or position is it. Prince or pauper, pope or private … life-threatening misfortune can hit any of us at any time, whether it be by sickness, accident or some other calamity. This only highlights one of Jesus’ most obvious, and yet most poignant, statements: “Watch, for you know

County Council Holds Closed Session Tuesday

on February 11, 2018 - 1:12am


Los Alamos County Council will hold a closed session at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.



  • A. Discussion of the Purchase, Acquisition or Disposal of Real Property:   NMSA 1978, Section 10-15-1(H) (8). Presenters: County Council - Closed Session
  • B. Closed Session Pursuant to NMSA 1978, 10-15-1 (H) (2) Discussion of Limited Personnel Matters Presenters: County Council - Closed Session


Individuals with a disability who are in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Seeks To Increase Quality Classroom Time For Students

on February 11, 2018 - 1:11am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard


SANTA FE – A memorial to increase quality classroom time for students Saturday passed the New Mexico House.

HM 34, sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos), would convene a task force to study the feasibility of a reduction in paperwork required of education employees, and would modify the New Mexico administrative code to aid in that reduction.

“Quality time in the classroom is so important, and this memorial prioritizes that time.

Ecumenical Lenten Series Thursdays Feb. 22-March 22

on February 11, 2018 - 1:09am

FUMC News:

First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos at 715 Diamond Dr. is the host church for this year Ecumenical Lenten Series.

“For Such a Time as This…” is the theme of the Ecumenical Lenten Series based on Esther. Other participating churches are Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, The United Church of Los Alamos, White Rock Presbyterian and White Rock United Methodist Church.

The Thursday night series begins Feb. 22 and runs through March 22.

Everyone is welcome to join these participating churches as a faith community to share in fellowship,

Hadassah: ‘Perspectives From A Visit To Cuba’ Feb. 19

on February 11, 2018 - 1:09am

A 1950’s car in Cuba. Photo by Martin Cooper
A tobacco farmer in Cuba. Photo by Martin Cooper
Los Alamos

Cuba, a country closed to American tourism for many years, remains a mystery to many of us. Local photographer Martin Cooper will give an inside glimpse into this fascinating and mysterious country as he presents a slide show of his recent trip there.

The event, which is sponsored by Hadassah, is 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at the White Rock Branch Library.

“This was an extraordinary opportunity to see a country that has been frozen in time since the communist takeover by

House Approves Rep. Nate Gentry’s Innovative Plan To Boost New Mexico Student Performance

on February 11, 2018 - 1:08am

Rep. Nate Gentry




SANTA FE—By a vote of 64 to 3, the House of Representatives endorsed House Bill 332, a plan advocated by Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque) to notify parents via text message if their child has an upcoming required assessment or if their child’s grade point average falls below 2.0.   


Rep. Gentry offered this idea as a low-cost way to improve student outcomes.

Undefeated Trailblazers Win YMCA Tournament

on February 11, 2018 - 1:08am
Capping off an undefeated season, the Trailblazers played in the YMCA end-of-season tournament Feb. 2-3 against the other YMCA teams in their age bracket and took 1st place in the tournament. This 3rd and 4th grade team was coached by David Gartz and Evan Gartz. Team members, front row from left, Maclain Griffin, Josh Gartz and Mikey Velasquez. Back row from left, Hayden Watkins, Eric Fenimore, Hunter Dare and Will Gartz. Courtesy photo

Traditional Blini Breakfast Saturday, Feb. 17

on February 11, 2018 - 1:05am

St. Job of Pochaiv News:

St. Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church in Los Alamos is excited to once again offer its Traditional Blini Breakfast Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1319 Trinity Dr.

Serving times are divided into three 1-hour segments: 

  • 9 a.m.;
  • 10 a.m.; and
  • 11 a.m. 

The first Blini Breakfast was served in 1999 and the event has continued each year since. A blini breakfast is traditional in preparation for the Great Fast (Lent), which will soon be upon us. This breakfast uses many of the ingredients that will be abstained from for the duration of the fast.


Trinity On The Hill Episcopal Church Takes Ash Wednesday To The Streets

on February 11, 2018 - 1:05am

TOTH will distribute Lenten ashes to people Wedensday morning on the sidewalk near Starbucks in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

TOTH News:

On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church will be offering “Ashes to Go,” a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition, 8:30-10 a.m., on the sidewalk near Starbucks on Central Avenue.

Trinity on the Hill is joining, for the first time this year, a worldwide movement that has clergy and lay people visiting transit stops, street corners, coffee shops and college campuses to mark the foreheads of interested passers-by