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Luján Votes To Confirm Jill Hruby As NNSA Administrator

Jill Hruby

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today after voting to confirm Jill Hruby as administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA):  

“As a former Director of Sandia National Laboratories, Jill Hruby brings strong experience to the role of NNSA Administrator. I look forward to working together to support the critical mission work of our National Laboratories, including Sandia and Los Alamos, which play an essential role in maintaining our national security.”


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Highlights: Los Alamos School Board Meeting July 13

Pinon Elementary School in White Rock. Courtesy/LAPS

Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board met Tuesday, July 13 on Zoom and in the School Board Room. President Melanie Colgan opened the meeting by recognizing the COVID vaccination team of Los Alamos County Emergency Manager Beverley Simpson and Nambe Drugs owners Tom and Francis Lovett, as well as Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico and Smith’s Pharmacy. They held 29 vaccination clinics, of which 23 were hosted on school property. Los Alamos has an 89 percent vaccination rate. 


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School Board Appoints Erin Green To Fill Vacancy

Staff Report

In a unanimous vote, the Los Alamos School Board this evening chose Erin Green to fill the District 5 seat, left vacant when Dawn Jalbert resigned from the Board.

Green will serve out the rest of Jalbert’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2021. She will need to run for election in November if she wishes to retain the seat.

Screen shot via Zoom from Monday’s League of Women Voters School Board Candidate Forum


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Scenes From Business After Hours At Century Bank

Century Bank VP/Branch Manager Karen Easton speaks to guests gathered Tuesday for the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at Century Bank. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event Tuesday at Century Bank, which drew a large crowd to the Los Alamos Branch in Smith’s Marketplace shopping center. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Dustin Lippiatt of Pig+Fig Cafe replenishes hors d’oeuvre for the Business After Hours event hosted at Century Bank and catered by Pig+Fig Cafe. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


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Los Alamos County Proposes Code Change To Reflect State’s New State Cannabis Laws

Community Development Director Paul Andrus

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

New Mexico has legalized cannabis but there are still procedural boxes to check and issues to consider before ribbons can be snipped to open cannabis businesses.

Locally, the Los Alamos County Community Development Department is responding to the legalization of cannabis by proposing a text amendment to Chapter 16 in the County Code, which addresses development.

County Planning Manager Bryce Ternet

The Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the proposed changes during


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Lift-Served Mountain Biking Opens At Purgatory Resort

Purgatory Express, Lift 1, for lift-served mountain biking opens today, July 22. Courtesy/Purgatory Resort

PURGATORY News:

Purgatory Resort announces the opening of Purgatory Express (Lift 1) for lift-served mountain biking today, July 22.

Purgatory installed 14 new Deason Built MTB carriers for increased capacity and efficiency to safely transport riders and their equipment to Durango’s only lift-served downhill mountain bike flow trail.

Purgatory’s Bike Park features podium-quality terrain for all abilities and serves as the gateway to over 400 miles of high alpine singletrack


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Los Alamos County Hires Daniel Ungerleider As New Economic Development Administrator

Economic Development Administrator Daniel Ungerleider

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Economic development is one of the most widely discussed topics in Los Alamos County. It appears in the council’s strategic priorities and in the comprehensive plan. Committees, studies and plans have all been created to stir up economic development in the County.

It is so important that the County has recently hired a new Economic Development Administrator to fill a long-time vacancy.

The position was vacant for an extended time after Joan Ahlers left but Daniel Ungerleider


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Santa Fe Opera Announces Free ‘Opera In The Park’ Screening Of 2021 Season Productions

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin seen on a Simulcast LED wall at the Santa Fe Opera. Photo by Brandon Soder. Production photography by Curtis Brown for the Santa Fe Opera; post-digital production by Dune Alford.

SFO News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Opera (SFO) announces free “Opera in the Park” screenings of 2021 Season productions in August in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

The events are part of the opera’s reopening celebrations and ongoing commitment to bring the joy of opera to the Santa Fe and Albuquerque communities.

The Santa Fe Opera wishes to acknowledge “Opera in the Park” sponsors Chester


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Read The Latest Letters To The Editor

LADP News:

Click on the “Letters to the Editor” button on the menu bar at the top of this page, or this link, to access the latest Letter to the Editor submissions published in the Los Alamos Daily Post.

All past letters are archived in that location as well.

Letters to the Editor also are posted on the Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook page.


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Donavan Price Of Enterprise Bank & Trust Helps Local Area Nonprofits And Small Businesses Succeed

Donavan Price serves as administrative assistant to Liddie Martinez, president of Los Alamos Region and director of community engagement at Enterprise Bank & Trust. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Donavan Price became the administrative assistant to Liddie Martinez, president of Los Alamos Region and director of community engagement at Enterprise Bank & Trust in March. Price has worked at the bank 3.5 years. Previously, she worked in deposit operations.

Price had a background


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Obituary: Charles Douglas Miller Dec. 30, 1946-July 18, 2021

CHARLES DOUGLAS MILLER Dec. 30, 1946 – July 18, 2021

Charles Douglas Miller was born Dec. 30, 1946 in Dallas, Texas and passed away suddenly July 18, 2021 while on vacation with his family in Pagosa, Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Alma Miller and his son-in-law Anthony Ortega.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jan Fite Miller; their children: Melissa Fox and her husband Andy, Julie Keeler and her husband Tony, Sara Miller and her husband Yash Chathampally, Allison Ortega, and Christine Minshew and her husband Waylon; grandchildren: Nolan Fox, Reanne Keeler,


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Heinrich, Luján Welcome $5M+ In Investment Support For New Mexico Rural Water, Wastewater Infrastructure

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) are welcoming investments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (UDSA) to rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure for Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, the Pueblo of San Ildefonso, and the City of Belen.

USDA is financing the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program to help eliminate outdated pipes and service lines to safeguard public health and safety in rural communities.

“Access to clean drinking water is a human right. We must do all we can to provide safe


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Governor Lowers Flags In Mourning For New Mexico Firefighter Janet Tracy Killed In Apparent Accident

From the Office of the Governor:
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this morning ordered state flags to half-staff in mourning for Janet Tracy, a volunteer firefighter in Sierra County who was killed Tuesday in an apparent accident on duty.
According to New Mexico State Police, Tracy, 59, was providing aid to a crash victim south of Truth or Consequences on Tuesday afternoon when she was struck by fire apparatus driven by a fellow volunteer. She reportedly sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene.
“I’m shaken by this horrific incident,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Volunteer

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U.S. Rep. Leger Fernández Secures Over $74 Million For Community Projects Across CD-3

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández: 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández announced she secured over $74 million for NM-03 through community project funding requests in appropriations legislation. 

“This much-needed funding will impact communities all across my district. The $74 million will help fund broadband expansion projects, health care facility upgrades, mentoring and social programs for our children, water infrastructure for the Navajo Nation and Gallup area, and so much more,” she said. “These investments will create a lasting impact in


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Local Author Liddie Martinez Shares NNM Subsistence Farming And Food History With Los Alamos Aug. 5

Local Author Liddie Martinez and husband Rick’s Española Valley farm produces food for their table and to share. She will talk about the history and traditions of food in NNM at 7 p.m., Aug. 5 at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Liddie Martinez

By BONNIE GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bonnie@ladailypost.com

Local Author Liddie Martinez

Liddie Martinez is a writer, historian, farmer, extraordinary cook and president of the Los Alamos Region and director of community engagement at Enterprise Bank & Trust. Those who know Martinez when she’s wearing one hat, may not realize her expertise extends


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On The Job In Los Alamos: At LASCU’s New Location

On the job Wednesday at the new location of Los Alamos Schools Credit Union on Central Avenue, from left, Member Services Representative Isolina Viloria, student interns Logan Black and Peyton Hammock, Executive Vice President Diane Smith and Loan Officer Carissa Meierdierks Wall. (Not pictured, CEO/President Matt Schmidt and Vice President of Lending Bethany Hayward.) The community is invited to celebrate LASCU’s new location at its grand opening, noon Saturday Aug. 14, at 1010 Central Ave. Visit lascu.org or call 505.662.3421. #worklosalamos, #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo


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Joseph Maestas Announces Candidacy For State Auditor

By JOSEPH MAESTAS
Democratic Candidate for State Auditor

As the great-grandson of a constitutional delegate, Jose Amado Lucero, I am proud to officially announce my candidacy for State Auditor.

Many of you know I grew up on a small farm. Helping run a family-owned business in Santa Cruz, New Mexico instilled in me the value of hard work at an early age. And work hard I have. It has been an honor serving our country as a Federal civil servant for more than 30 years, and also serving New Mexico as an elected official for nearly 15 years.

As a seasoned public servant, I always want to bring value to the


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2021 Sophia Feldman Memorial Scholarship Awarded To LAHS Graduates Kari Mason And Nalani Varela

Los Alamos High School student Sophia Feldman, who passed away in September 2019. The Sophia Feldman Memorial Scholarship is awarded to LAHS students in her memory. Courtesy/LAPS

2021 Sophia Feldman Memorial Scholarship recipient and LAHS graduate Nalani Varela. Courtesy/LAPS

20201 Sophia Feldman Memorial Scholarship recipient and LAHS graduate Kari Mason. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Foundation announces Kari Mason and Nalani Varela as the graduating seniors selected for the 2021 Sophia Feldman Memorial Scholarship.

This scholarship is awarded


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Final 2021 Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum Talk: ‘The History Of Vaccines And The Christian Response To Vaccination’ By Glenn Magelssen July 28

LAFSF News:

The final lecture in the 2021 Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum (LAFSF) summer series is “The History of Vaccines and the Christian Response to Vaccination” by Glenn Magelssen.

Magelssen’s Zoom talk is 6:30 p.m., MDT, Wednesday, July 28.

Abstract: Vaccines have been important to human history for at least 200 years. For some of you reading this abstract you may remember getting a smallpox and/or a polio vaccine. I have included a picture of a person with smallpox as a reference to how lethal this disease was. In this talk I’ll describe the different types of vaccines. The histories


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