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Daily Postcard: Crews Begin Preparing Holiday Lights

on November 5, 2019 - 6:46am

Daily Postcard: Los Alamos County crews are busy Monday evening preparing the colorful lights that decorate the trees at Ashley Pond Park ahead of the fast approaching holiday season. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Update: SOS Releases Voter Turnout; Same Day Voter Registration Numbers Through End Of Early Voting

on November 4, 2019 - 1:58pm

From the Office of the Secretary of State:

Same Day Voter Registration Used by more than 2,000 New Mexicans

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver today released the voter turnout and same day voter registration numbers through the end of early voting for the regular local election.

These are unofficial numbers that reflect absentee and in-person voting for the 2019 regular local election from the start of early voting Oct. 8, 2019 through the date specified on the table below.

The “Same Day Registration” column reflects the number of people who utilized the same day

Physical Therapy Plus Changes Ownership

on November 4, 2019 - 1:52pm

Physical Therapy Plus, Inc., new owner Petra Pirc, left, celebrates the change in ownership with former owner Annette Weyrauch Friday at the clinic at 1350 Central Ave., Suite 105. Weyrauch founded Physical Therapy Plus 31 years ago. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

After 31 years of owning and operating Physical Therapy Plus, Inc., Annette Weyrauch decided to pass the keys and ownership onto Petra Pirc.

Petra Pirc began working in August 2018 as a physical therapist at Physical Therapy Plus.

Public Notice: Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force Meets Nov. 8

on November 4, 2019 - 1:38pm

NM Indian Affairs Department News:

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force is meeting noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 in the Board Room at CNM Main Campus at 525 Buena Vista Dr. SE, in Albuquerque.

The meeting is open to the public.

Public parking is available south of University Boulevard across CNM Main Campus. 

An agenda will be available at least 72 hours prior to the meeting and posted on the Indian Affairs Department's homepage at

Direct questions about the MMIW Task Force meeting to Stephanie Salazar at 505.690.4079 or by email at:

Governor: 4th Grader Asher Dean Of Arroyo Seco Wins 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest

on November 4, 2019 - 1:25pm

Courtesy image


SANTA FE – Gov. Lujan Grisham and the Carson National Forest announced today that Asher Dean, a fourth grader from Arroyos del Norte Elementary in Arroyo Seco, as the winner of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest.

Hundreds of essays were submitted to the contest, for which fourth graders from around New Mexico were invited to write about why they love New Mexico’s forests and public lands in line with the theme of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, “Delivering Enchantment!”

With his winning entry, Dean has won a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Udall, Heinrich Endorse Ben Ray Luján For U.S. Senate

on November 4, 2019 - 1:09pm

Senatorial Candidate Ben Ray Luján


Nambé – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) announced today their endorsement of Ben Ray Luján for the U.S. Senate. 

I am proud to endorse my friend and colleague Ben Ray Luján to be the next U.S. Senator from New Mexico. Having served with Ben Ray, it’s clear that he will be a strong champion for New Mexico. He will continue the hard work of reforming and strengthening our democracy, ending the reign of dark, secret money in our politics, and protecting our public lands and combatting climate change, Udall said. I am

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Celebrating 90!

on November 4, 2019 - 12:26pm
Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization held a celebration for its members 90 and older. Courtesy/LARSO
LA Historical Society will join Betty Ehart Senior Center Thursday for ‘Remember When ... .’ Courtesy/LARSO
Executive Director
Some days we are lucky enough to see history unfold before our eyes.
The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization held a special celebration last week, for our members 90 and older. The event is an occasion seniors are eager to reach, as they become part of a new club.
That club entitles them to a special

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Oct. 23 To Oct. 26, 2019

on November 4, 2019 - 12:19pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.


Oct. 23 at 4:26 a.m. / Police arrested Suna Senti, 49, of Rio Rancho in Rio Rancho on two outstanding Magistrate Court warrants.





Oct. 23 at 11:59 p.m.

Kirsten Stromberg Represents Los Alamos At United States Women’s Curling Association Event In Minnesota

on November 4, 2019 - 12:13pm

Kirsten Stromberg, left, represented Los Alamos in October at the United States Women’s Curling Association event in St. Paul, Minn. Stromberg taught some new curlers during the event opening, as a certified instructor; participated in lectures, and also competed in curling games, including the culminating day of final matches Oct. 19 at the St. Paul Curling Club. She was skip (nautical term that means captain) of a team with players from all over the USA. Courtesy photo

Topper Varsity Girls Soccer Smokes Rockets 3-0

on November 4, 2019 - 7:49am

Alyssa Parker slides into the goal for a scoring attempt. Photo by Nate Limback

Kaya Krantz takes a shot on goal. Photo by Nate Limback


The Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers Varsity Girls Soccer Team kicked off the 4A State tournament against Roswell’s Goddard High School Rockets Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Field.

The Toppers were determined to make a statement before heading to Bernalillo next week, beating the Rockets 3-0.

Tara McDonald found the back of the net first to break the tie midway through the first half.


Tourism Implementation Task Force Meets Wednesday

on November 4, 2019 - 7:35am

Live Theater At Senior Centers Nov. 13 And Nov. 25

on November 4, 2019 - 7:33am


Live Theater play reading is coming free at 12:45 p.m. Nov. 13 to the White Rock Senior Center (next to the cafeteria) and Nov. 25 to the Los Alamos Senior Center (downstairs).

See The Explaining Room, by Taos playwright Helen Rynaski, and learn what it’s like immediately after death.

This clever and amusing short play explores the unexpected connection between two recently departed women in a somewhat unanticipated arena.

Directed by Pat Beck and featuring Terry Beery and Holly Robinson (Nov. 13) and Kelly Dolesji (Nov.

Free Presentation On ‘The Basics Of Alzheimer’s Disease’ In Dixon 6-7 P.M. Thursday, Dec. 11

on November 4, 2019 - 7:16am
Alzheimer’s News:
ALBUQUERQUE Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Dixon, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” presentation is 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. The event will be hosted at the Embudo Valley Library, 215 NM-75, Dixon, NM 87527. The class is free and open to all citizens of Dixon and surrounding communities.
For more information, call 800.272.3900 or contact Regional Manager Beth Hamilton at For directions call 505.473.1297.
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s

Don Taylor Photographs LAHS Class Of 2020

on November 4, 2019 - 7:02am

Los Alamos photographer Don Taylor takes a photograph of the Los Alamos High School Class of 2020 gathered Wednesday morning on Sullivan Field. The is the 10th consecutive year that Taylor has donated his time and talent to provide a special photograph to the senior class for their yearbook. Photo by John McHale/

Obituary: William (Bill) Lloyd Spurgeon Nov. 19, 1957 – Oct. 30, 2019

on November 4, 2019 - 6:58am

WILLIAM LLOYD SPURGEON Nov. 19, 1957 – Oct. 30, 2019

William (Bill) Lloyd Spurgeon age, 61, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

He was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and moved to Albuquerque at the age of 3. He attended Bel Air Elementary School, McKinley Jr. High School, and Del Norte High School in Albuquerque.

He and his family moved to Los Alamos where he attended Los Alamos High School for his senior year.

Bill proudly served in the Navy from 1975 to 1980 where he began his journey as an electrical technician and engineer.

After the Navy,


NWS: Today’s High Near 61; Tonight’s Low Around 33

on November 4, 2019 - 6:42am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 61 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 33. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Omega Bridge In Silhouette

on November 4, 2019 - 6:34am

Daily Postcard: The Omega Bridge viewed here in silhouette, connects the town of Los Alamos with Los Alamos National Laboratory over Los Alamos Canyon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NMDOT Issues Winter Weather Driving Tips

on November 3, 2019 - 9:09am
New Mexico Department of Transportation is ready for winter. Courtesy/NMDOT
SANTA FE Winter-weather is here and the New Mexico Department of Transportation is ready. 
The NMDOT is working around the clock to monitor the roads, report road conditions, spread salt and cinder and plow snow if necessary.
In coordination with law enforcement, the NMDOT has some advice for drivers when traveling through unfavorable road conditions.
Tips to know:

Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly buckled up.

The best crash

LAHS XC Boys & Girls Win District 2-4A Championship!

on November 3, 2019 - 7:46am
The District Champion Hilltopper Boys and Girls Cross Country teams. Photo by Blake Wood
Hilltoppers Keith Bridge, Rafael Sanchez and Steven Strevell in the lead pack one mile into the 5k race. 'Topper runners finished 1-6 to achieve a perfect score of 15. Photo by Blake Wood


The Hilltopper Boys and Girls Cross Country teams demonstrated why they are favorites to get onto the podium at next Saturday's State Championship, by handily winning the District 2-4A Championship Friday, hosted by Moriarty.
The Girls scored 19 points to runner-up Taos' 47 and Pojoaque's 77 (low score

Cypress Inc. Concedes Grazing Lease Cancellation

on November 3, 2019 - 7:09am
Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard
State Land Office News:
SANTA FE Cypress Inc., a corporation associated with Jeffrey Epstein, has conceded the State Land Office’s cancellation of two livestock grazing leases.
Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard sent a cancellation letter in early September giving Cypress 30 days’ notice of her intent to cancel the leases. Cypress, through an Albuquerque law firm, filed a contest of the cancellation and a petition in First Judicial District Court to immediately block the cancelation. 
The court did not grant Cypress’

Hilltopper Varsity Soccer Team 2019 District Champs!

on November 3, 2019 - 7:08am

The Los Alamos High School Varsity Soccer Team are 2019 District Champions. They are heading to the State Playoffs next week in Albuquerque. Photo by Don Taylor's Photography

Lunch With A Leader: Martineau And Linke Nov. 19

on November 3, 2019 - 7:07am
LWV News:
The November League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader features Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Liz Martineau and Los Alamos Historic Preservation Advisory Board Chairwoman Leslie Linke.
The meeting is 11:45 a.m., Nov. 19 at Mesa Public Library and is open to the public.
Liz Martineau was born into a military family and believes that her early travels led to a life-long love of people, cultures, and lifelong learning. She has family in Kentucky, Indiana, and Kansas.

Interfaith Los Alamos Launches Winter Coat Drive

on November 3, 2019 - 7:04am


Interfaith Los Alamos hosts its winter coat drive. Courtesy photo

Interfaith Los Alamos News:

Interfaith Los Alamos has launched its winter coat drive to provide winter coats for refugees recently resettled in Albuquerque.

These refugees come from UN Refugee sites in Tanzania and Indonesia, sometimes after years spent in the camps. Coming from The Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan, these families find even an Albuquerque winter daunting. 

New coats and gift cards to buy coats will be delivered to Lutheran Family Services in Albuquerque, the sole remaining organization in the

New Mexico Republican Party Sues Secretary Of State, Clerk, Board Over Failure To Fix Absentee Ballot Issue

on November 3, 2019 - 6:43am
RPNM News:
The Republican Party of New Mexico and Las Cruces mayoral candidate Mike Tellez have filed suit against New Mexico’s Secretary of State, the Dona Ana County Clerk and the County’s Absent Voter Precinct Board.
The RPNM and Tellez claim the defendants are ignoring a 2019 law that requires absentee voters to provide their name, address and date of birth.
The lawsuit charges that The AVPB had been instructed by the County Clerk, who herself was acting on the advice of the Secretary of State Maggie Oliver, to count the ballots despite at least one of the three

Santa Fe City Becomes 10th Jurisdiction To Pass Resolution Supporting Wildlife Corridors

on November 3, 2019 - 6:40am
Santa Fe City Board of Commisioners. Courtesy/HECHO
SANTA FE The City of Santa Fe voted unanimously Oct. 30 to pass a resolution supporting the protection of wildlife corridors in the upper Rio Grande Basin, as well as supporting pending legislation to protect wildlife corridors nationwide.
The City becomes the 10th jurisdiction in New Mexico to support such a resolution, joining Mora, Colfax, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe County, Taos County, as well as the Town of Taos, the Village of Pecos, and the City of Española.
The resolution encourages the U.S.