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New Study Finds Island Lizards Are Expert Sunbathers, And It’s Slowing Their Evolution

on May 14, 2019 - 8:50am
A diminutive little tree lizard soaks up the sun in the Caribbean. Photo by J. Salazar
If you’ve ever spent time in the Caribbean, you might have noticed that humans are not the only organisms soaking up the sun.
Anoles – diminutive little tree lizards – spend much of their day shuttling in and out of shade. But, according to a new study in Evolution led by Assistant Professor Martha Muñoz at Virginia Tech and Jhan Salazar at Universidad Icesi, this behavioral “thermoregulation” isn’t just affecting their body temperature.
Surprisingly, it’s also slowing their

Los Alamos High School Hires Benito Maestas As Head Boys Basketball Coach For 2019-20 School Year

on May 14, 2019 - 8:34am

New Head Boys Basketball Coach Benito Maestas


The Los Alamos High School Athletic Department has hired Benito Maestas as Head Boys Basketball Coach for the 2019-20 school year. 

For the past two years, Coach Maestas has been the head Boys Basketball Coach at Mesa Vista High School in Ojo Caliente. Prior to coaching at Mesa Vista, he was an assistant coach at Northern New Mexico College.

He also has been an assistant coach for girls basketball teams at both LAHS and McCurdy. Coach Maestas also has coached AAU Basketball for six years throughout New Mexico, Colorado and Texas.


NWS: Today’s High Near 71; Tonight’s Low Around 48

on May 14, 2019 - 8:15am

The National Weather Service forecasts today's high in Los Alamos near 71 with a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms after 1 p.m. and tonight's low around 48. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Iris Bloom On Aster Street

on May 14, 2019 - 8:00am

Daily Postcard: Iris bloom Monday at a home on Aster Street in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAHS Senior Elijah Velasquez Signs Letter Of Intent

on May 13, 2019 - 6:49pm

Los Alamos High School senior Elijah Velasquez signed a letter of intent May 2 with Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. to run track, field and cross country. He has been a key member of the LAHS track and cross country teams over the past four years and has emerged as a top contributor throughout his senior season. Velasquez is the defending New Mexico State Champion in the 800m. He will begin attending Queens University in August. Courtesy photo

NMDOT: U.S. 84/285 Pojoaque Pavement Preservation Remedial Work Lane Closures May 14

on May 13, 2019 - 6:46pm


The New Mexico Department of Transportation continues pavement preservation remedial work on U.S. 84/285 from milepost 178.00 (Buffalo Thunder) to 182.00 (CR 109) just north of Nambe.  

The contractor will be milling the existing asphalt and then follow with a heater scarification overlay process:

  • Tuesday May 14 – U.S. 84/285 northbound off-ramp to NM 502 will be reduced to one lane at the Pojoaque Bridge. Motorists can expect delays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
  • Wednesday May 15 – No Work Scheduled; and
  • Thursday and Friday May 16-17 – U.S.

Scenes From 2019 UNM-LA Graduation Ceremony

on May 13, 2019 - 5:45pm
The second largest graduating class in UNM-Los Alamos history crossed the stage Friday at the Duane Smith Auditorium to receive their diplomas. While enrollments in higher education around the state continue to decline, UNM-LA is experiencing three consecutive years of significant growth. This semester there were 1,146 students enrolled in academic courses at UNM-LA. UNM-LA granted awards to more than 100 top students earning degrees. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
UNM-LA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Cynthia J.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Statement On Secretary Mike Pompeo Meeting With Vladimir Putin

on May 13, 2019 - 5:30pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After a “sweeping and systemic” disinformation campaign directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to undermine the 2016 elections, and recent warnings from FBI Director Christopher Wray that the United States should be prepared for another attack on the election systems in 2020, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Tuesday meeting with President Putin:

“If Secretary

Science On Tap: A Conversation With Dr. Cathy Wilson About The Impact Of Thawing Arctic Permafrost

on May 13, 2019 - 5:22pm

Creative District News:

The community is invited to join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 20 at project Y cowork, 150 Central Park Square.  

This discussion will feature Dr. Cathy Wilson of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Dr. Wilson is an observational and computational hydrologist and geomorphologist working with the Lab's Earth and Environmental Sciences Division.

Voices Of Los Alamos Features New Homeless Shelter

on May 13, 2019 - 5:18pm
Voice Of Los Alamos News:
The Voices of Los Alamos monthly meeting May 20 will feature Ralph Martinez, Roger Montoya, Steven Lovato and Christopher Madrid.
They will speak about the new homeless shelter, Espanola Pathways Shelter, being funded by a recent appropriation of $225,000 by Dist. 40 Rep. Joseph Sanchez. Read more about this new project:
The organization usually meets 6:30-7:30 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Meets With FAA Nominee Dickson, Pushes For Strong Aviation Safety Action

on May 13, 2019 - 4:56pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, right, meeting earlier today with Stephen Dickson, the nominee to serve as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. Courtesy photo 


From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Udall has pressed for new safety measures, accountability following Boeing 737 Max 8 Jet crashes, SW Airlines engine explosion that resulted in death of New Mexico constituent


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen.

Burnt Food In Toaster Oven Triggers Alarm And Evacuation At Los Alamos County Municipal Building

on May 13, 2019 - 1:23pm

The Los Alamos Fire Department issues the all clear and evacuated employees return to work this afternoon at the Municipal Building. County officials indicate that burnt food in a toaster oven at lunch time trigger the fire alarm and all employees were evacuated at about 12:30 p.m. today. The employees remained at the rear of the parking lot while police and firefighters entered to building. It took about 30 minutes for the responders to clear the building and lift the evacuation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Los Alamos Firefighters speak with evacuated employees prior to

Alert: Los Alamos Municipal Building Under Evacuation

on May 13, 2019 - 1:01pm

County employees evacuate the Municipal Building at about 12:30 p.m. today as police and firefighters enter the Municipal Building. A blaring fire alarm can be heard clear across Central Avenue. Check back for more on this developing story at Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Evacuated County employees are gathered at the rear of the parking lot right now as police and firefighters enter the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Topper Baseball Season Ends In State Playoffs

on May 13, 2019 - 12:18pm

The Topper Baseball season ended this past weekend in a best of three series State Playoff games played at Jacob Viarrial field at Pojoaque High School against the Los Lunas Tigers. In the first game, played on Friday afternoon the Toppers struggled on both offense and defense and lost  2-10. The second and third games were played on Saturday.  The Toppers played 17 innings of quality baseball, winning the second game 2-0 but losing the third game in 10 innings 4-5. The Toppers poured out of the dugout to celebrate their victory in the second game when Jake Castile hit a home run for the win.

Santa Fe National Forest Issues Temporary Closure Order For East Fork Trail 137 During Restoration Project

on May 13, 2019 - 11:42am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today issued an order temporarily closing a 3-mile segment of Forest Trail 137, also known as the East Fork Trail, to protect public health and safety while crews work on a 178-acre unit of the Southwest Jemez Mountains (SWJM) Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project.

The closure starts at the East Fork Trailhead off N.M. 4 and extends thre miles to the east. The restricted area includes the picnic area at the East Fork Trailhead and 300 feet on either side of that 3-mile segment of the trail.

Crews will be conducting

NMSBA Presents 2019 Women-Owned Small Business Of The Year Award To Pet Pangaea Owner Cyndi Wells

on May 13, 2019 - 7:27am
Pet Pangaea owner Cyndi Wells, center, receives the 2019 New Mexico Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year award. Courtesy photo
Pet Pangaea owner Cyndi Wells, right, with her husband Mike Warren and their daughter Maia at the awards ceremony. Courtesy photo
Pet Pangaea owner Cyndi Wells of Los Alamos was presented the 2019 New Mexico Women-Owned Small Business of the Year award at the New Mexico Small Business Week Awards Ceremony in Albuquerque.
“It is a great honor to be selected from among the many small businesses who were nominated in New Mexico,” Wells said.

Catch Of The Week: Phone Scams ... What To Know!

on May 13, 2019 - 7:21am
Los Alamos
Your cell phone is ringing, shouldn’t you answer that? Or maybe not … phone scams get trickier every week.
Here are several that have been active across the U.S. recently:
  • The “One Ring” or “Wangiri” scam: your phone will ring once or twice, and then the caller hangs up and doesn’t leave a message. These calls are always from an international number; you can tell because there will be a “+” symbol displayed in front of the area code and caller ID will usually display the country.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Galaxy Nails & Spa

on May 13, 2019 - 7:19am

On the job in Los Alamos is Brittney Vigil receiving a pedicure co-owner Helen Huyen Ngreyen recently at Galaxy Nails and Spa, 751 Trinity Dr. #202 in the Smith's Marketplace shopping center. Ngreyen and her husband John Hiep Dinh opened the nail salon in 2016. Services include regular manicures and pedicures, gel nails, acrylic nails, facials, acne treatment, waxing, foot massage and body massage. Business hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday. For more information, call 505.412.5250. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by

Santa Fe Workers File Lien To Recoup Nearly $116K In Stolen Wages Amid Restaurants Closure

on May 13, 2019 - 7:11am
SUPU News:
SANTA FE Earlier this week, a group of workers filed a second lien in Santa Fe County against the owners of Shohko Café, a local Santa Fe restaurant that recently announced its closure, as part of a two-year fight to recoup nearly $116,000 in stolen wages, damages and other costs.
In February, a state judge in the First Judicial District Court ruled against the restaurant for violating the Santa Fe Living Wage Ordinance, New Mexico's minimum wage laws and ordered the restaurant owners to pay workers approximately $60,000 in stolen wages and damages, following a trial held

PEEC: Full Moon Hike May 17

on May 13, 2019 - 6:52am
Join PEEC for a full-moon hike and potluck at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Beth Cortright from last spring’s full moon hike at Tsankawi Ruins. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Take a full moon hike Friday, May 17 with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, astrophysicist Galen Gisler and hiker Jean Dewart Friday.
Before the hike, participants will gather at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road for a social potluck dinner. Registration is required for this outing and space is limited, so sign up soon!
PEEC will provide water,

Office Of Natural Resources Trustee Finalizes Damage Assessment Plan For NASA White Sands Test Facility

on May 13, 2019 - 6:39am
ONRT News:
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee (ONRT) has finalized its Damage Assessment Plan (Plan) for the NASA White Sands Test Facility in southern New Mexico.
Groundwater beneath the facility was contaminated when hazardous substances were disposed of and released to the environment during earlier NASA operations. Implementation of the Plan will help determine the appropriate scale and scope of potential restoration compensation to New Mexico.
Based on this Plan, the ONRT will evaluate the impacts of releases of hazardous substances on natural

Amateur Naturalist: What's Happening To The Birds?

on May 13, 2019 - 6:39am

The Acorn woodpecker has a white ring around its eye and also is among the most commonly seen. Photo by Bob Walker

The Lesser goldfinch is the most commonly seen species in the lower forest habitat.  
Photo by Bob Walker

Robert Dryja
Los Alamos

We previously considered bird species that are generalists for breeding throughout the various habitats in Los Alamos County. The annual counts give the impression that these species as a group have been increasing in number over the years.

However there is one dominant species, the Evening grosbeak, which is increasing in numbers.

County Notice Of Possible Quorum May 14

on May 13, 2019 - 6:36am

NWS: Today’s High Near 67; Tonight’s Low Around 47

on May 13, 2019 - 6:35am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 67 with a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m. and tonight’s low around 47. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Panoramic View From Main Hill

on May 13, 2019 - 6:15am

Daily Postcard: Panoramic view recentlly from Anderson Overlook off Main Hill Road. Photo by Jenn Bartram/