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Fr. Glenn: The Beauty Of Life

on February 17, 2019 - 6:38am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Gonna’ be a blessed week! Though no longer the pastor of IHM, we “former pastors” cannot help but keep tabs on our beloved former parish. And, this week, the parish family is expecting yet another addition (cue squeals of glee). So, like Phil Robertson used to say on “Duck Dynasty”, we’re “Happy, happy, happy!” It’s the first for the parents and grandparents, so you just know the kid is going to be spoiled to death … especially if ol’ Uncle Father Glenn gets to visit.

The births in any parish come in waves.

LAHS Key Club Creates Sweet Cases For Foster Kids

on February 17, 2019 - 6:37am
From left, Los Alamos High School teacher Kathleen Boerigter, Key Club President MacKenzie Rogers and Vice President Morgan Jones hold up items that are included in Sweet Cases for foster children. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Key Club members assemble Sweet Cases for foster children. Photo by Morris Pongratz
Los Alamos Daily Post
When children are moved from foster home to foster home it’s common that they don’t have anything more than a garbage bag in which to carry their possessions.
With the help of the local Kiwanis Club, the

Mesa Public Library Hosts Talk On Racism Thursday

on February 17, 2019 - 6:31am
Dr. Sherri Burr
Dr. Sherri Burr will give a talk entitled “Race and Racism in the New Millennium: The Economic Impact of Unconscious Bias,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, upstairs at Mesa Public Library.
Burr is the Regents Professor Emerita of UNM School of Law, and the author of several books. The talk is part of Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak series, and is supported by the New Mexico Humanities Council. The Humanities Council describes her talk as follows:
“As the domestic and international economy evolves, so too has the discriminatory impact of unconscious

Documentary On Assisted Death 6 p.m. Tuesday

on February 17, 2019 - 6:29am

Obituary: April Estelle Wyrick April 27, 1981 – Feb. 7, 2019

on February 17, 2019 - 6:27am

APRIL ESTELLE WYRICK April 27, 1981 – Feb. 7, 2019

April Estelle Ray Terrell Wyrick was born on April 27, 1981 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was born alongside her twin sister, Christa, the love of her life.

She spent most of her childhood in Los Alamos, New Mexico, running cross country, swimming, playing ice hockey and snowboarding.

April experienced significant challenges in her early life, but she channeled her grief and pain into a life of serving others.


Daily Postcard: Sunset Beyond United Church On Rose

on February 17, 2019 - 6:23am

Daily Postcard: The sun begins to set early Saturday evening beyond the United Church on Rose Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NWS: Today’s High Near 34, Tonight’s Low Around 19

on February 17, 2019 - 6:22am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 34 with a 20 percent chance of precipitation. Tonight’s low around 19 with a 40 percent chance of snow of 1 to 2 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

New Mexico Senate Approves Bill Requiring Background Checks On All Gun Sales

on February 16, 2019 - 2:09pm
State Sen. Gabriel Ramos, D-Silver City, speaks Thursday in opposition of Senate Bill 8. Ramos was one of the four Democrats who voted against the bill, which would prohibit the sale of a firearm without conducting a federal instant background check. The Senate approved the measure. Photo by Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican
State Sens. Richard Martinez, D-Española and Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, sponsors of Senate Bill 8, speak together as Senate members deliberate on the bill. Senate Bill 8 would prohibit the sale of a firearm without conducting a federal instant background check.

Ringside Seat: Senate Leader Kills Own Bill In An Hour

on February 16, 2019 - 2:07pm
Senate President Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen
The whirlwind at the strangest place in New Mexico began at 7:25 a.m. Thursday.
Mary Kay Papen, the 86-year-old president pro tempore of the state Senate, arrived at her spacious office in the Capitol. Papen means it when she says she has an open-door policy.
So I buttonholed her to ask about a controversial bill she had introduced. The measure, Senate Bill 127, would prohibit out-of-state retailers from shipping alcohol to customers in New Mexico.
What led Papen to carry this bill,

Tickets Available For Annual Rotary Crab Fest

on February 16, 2019 - 2:03pm

New Mexico Families Celebrate Senate Committee Passage Of Medicaid Buy-In

on February 16, 2019 - 1:37pm
NMTH News:
SANTA FE — After testifying on Thursday before the Senate Public Affairs Committee, dozens of New Mexico families who have been working with the New Mexico Together for Healthcare campaign to support SB 405, The Medicaid Buy-in Act, celebrated the committee’s vote in favor of the bill.
The Medicaid Buy-in Act calls on the Human Services Department to create and implement by 2021 a program to allow New Mexicans not currently eligible for Medicaid, Medicare or Affordable Care Act subsidies to pay monthly premiums to “buy-in” to Medicaid.
Althea Yazzie of Twin Lakes  told

Scenes From Cancer Foundation's Sweetheart Auction

on February 16, 2019 - 1:36pm

The Cancer Foundation's 14th annual Sweetheart Auction was a great party for a great cause last weekend in Santa Fe. This night of giving and caring brings in nearly half of CFFNM's annual budget and is a shining example of what true community spirit can achieve. All funds raised help save lives by ensuring access to cancer treatment. Pictured are attendees browsing the Silent Auction. Courtesy photo

Ali MacGraw is a wonderful volunteer. Courtesy photo

The Honor Wall is an emotional element of the Sweetheart Auction. Courtesy photo

Best-selling NY Times author Douglas Preston was a

House Bill 321 Would Hike Vehicle Registration Fees

on February 16, 2019 - 1:30pm
New Mexico motorists would pay higher vehicle registration fees under a bill to help fund roads and buses.
House Bill 321, introduced by Rep. Jim Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, Rep. Roberto "Bobby" Gonzales, D-Taos and Rep. Rudy Martinez, D-Bayard, would impose the extra fees effective July 1.
The hike would apply to all passenger vehicles, tractor trailers, road tractors and buses, but not trailers. For example, someone owning a vehicle weighing less than 2,000 pounds would pay an extra $27 a year over current fees.

NM Unions Distribute 3,750 Pounds Of Groceries To Families Recovering From Government Shutdown

on February 16, 2019 - 1:10pm

New Mexico Unions distribute 3,750 pounds of donated groceries today to families recovering from the government shutdown. Courtesy/NMFL

New Mexico union members distribute 3,750 pounds of donated groceries today to families recovering from the government shutdown. Courtesy/NMFL

New Mexico Unions News:

ALBUQUERQUE — More than 100 government workers received 3,750 pounds of donated groceries today from a pop-up food bank organized by the New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the New Mexico Alliance for Retired Americans and the

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler’s Bill Capping Predatory Payday Lending Passes House Labor Committee

on February 16, 2019 - 10:27am

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler


SANTA FE – HB 386, Installment and Small-load Maximum Interest, sponsored by Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos, together with Rep. Susan Herrera and Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero passed its first committee Friday.

The bill caps so-called “payday” lending at 36 percent; currently payday lenders can charge up to 175 percent interest. After the House Labor, Veterans and Military Affairs committee, the bill will move onto House Judiciary.

Several organizations have been actively working to pass a 36 percent cap for several years in

First Perfect Pi Day Celebration At Pond March 14

on February 16, 2019 - 9:52am

LAPS School Board Meeting Wrap-up For Feb. 12

on February 16, 2019 - 9:05am
New Mexico's House Education Committee meeting recently at the State Capitol building. Photo by Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
LAPS News:
The Los Alamos Public School’s Board met for a regular school board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 12; here are the highlights of what was discussed.
To begin, the board recognized the Los Alamos High School science department staff for winning the 2019 New Mexico Excellence in STEM Award.

PEEC: Play Video Games At Planetarium Tuesday

on February 16, 2019 - 9:04am
PEEC News:
Join PEEC and Big Brothers, Big Sisters for a night of video games 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday in the planetarium.
Test your skills and challenge your friends by playing games on the big planetarium screen.
During Video Game Night, the nature center will have one gaming system set up on the big planetarium screen. Games also will be available to play on the smaller TVs around the sides of the room. Two Wiis will be set up and a Nintendo Switch.
Participants can play Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, other Mario games and more and best of all, this event is free to attend and

Legislative Roundup: Feb. 16

on February 16, 2019 - 8:50am
Leona Morgan with Nuclear Issues Study Group puts up a sign at the Halt Holtec table Friday at the state Capitol to raise awareness about a proposed radioactive waste dump and Senate Bill 54, which would amend the duties and composition of the New Mexico radioactive waste task force. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
Sarah Cottrell Propst unanimously confirmed Cabinet secretary for the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
By The New Mexican
Days left in session: 28
No gifts, please: Advocacy groups trying to get on the good side of politicians aren't

LALT Cast Rehearses For ‘Church And State’

on February 16, 2019 - 7:18am

Cast members rehearse a scene from Church and State', which will be performed by the Los Alamos Little Theatre March 1-18 at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. Cast members seated from left, Charlotte Jusinski  and Alexis Perry-Holby; standing, from left, Tim Orcutt and Ian Foti-Landis. This dramedy, directed by Patrick MacDonald, follows a U.S. Senator up for re-election who finds himself dealing with the fallout from a candid comment to a blogger. Courtesy photo

FBI Raises Reward To $10,000 In Homicide Case

on February 16, 2019 - 7:10am
FBI News:
Between the evening hours of Valentine’s Day 2014 and noon the following day, a 75-year-old Counselor, N.M. man was beaten to death at his residence on the Navajo Indian Reservation.
The FBI is marking the fifth anniversary of Wilson Joe Chiquito’s homicide by announcing that its reward in the case has been increased from $1,000 to $10,000.
“Somebody knows who killed this innocent, defenseless man,” said James Langenberg, special agent in charge of the Albuquerque FBI Division.

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The Birds? 2

on February 16, 2019 - 7:09am
The evening grosbeak, beneficiary of changes in the habitats of Los Alamos. Photo by Bob Walker
Amateur Naturalist: What is Happening to the Birds?
Los Alamos County can be categorized as having 12 kinds of habitats for birds.
Five of these habitats are defined by the dominant species of trees growing in them. These vary from piñon/juniper to spruce/fir trees. The piñon/juniper habitat is at lower elevations toward the Rio Grande. The spruce/fir habitat is at the highest elevations toward the mountain tops.

Daily Postcard: View From Main Hill Road

on February 16, 2019 - 7:04am

Daily Postcard: View Wednesday from the Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NWS: Today’s High Near 37, Tonight’s Low Around 17

on February 16, 2019 - 7:03am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 37 with a 40 percent chance of scattered snow showers, patchy blowing snow, wind gusts up to 25 mph and a total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible. Tonight's low around 17 with a 20 percent chance of isolated snow showers possible. Courtesy/NWS

On The Job In Los Alamos: Steve Brugger At LAHP

on February 15, 2019 - 4:52pm
On the job in Los Alamos is Executive Director Steve Brugger of the Los Alamos Housing Partnership (LAHP) in his new office today at 1362 C-1 Trinity Dr. between Viola's and Subway. LAHP moved Feb. 1 to its new location. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
About the Los Alamos Housing Partnership

Los Alamos Housing Partnership, Inc (LAHP) was incorporated in 1994 as a 501©3 non-profit organization that promotes the provision and retention of affordable housing.

LAHP owes its existence to continued community support evidenced