FBI: Albuquerque Man Gets 7 Years For Armed Robberies

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced today that Justin Bryant Koch was sentenced to 84 months in prison.

Koch, 34, of Albuquerque, pleaded guilty on Feb. 1, 2023, to one count of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery. Upon his release from prison, Koch will be subject to 3 years of supervised release.

According to the plea agreement and other court records, at 5 p.m. on April 7, 2020, Koch entered the Oasis Convenience Store Read More

Daily Postcard: Local Cockapoo Rawley Forster Turns 2!

Daily Postcard: Local Cockapoo Rawley Forster celebrates his second birthday Tuesday and by the expression on his face,  really liked the looks of his slice of lemon birthday cake! (He only had one small bite with no frosting.) Photo by Art and Deanna Forster Read More

Participants Present Projects For LANL Postdoc Entrepeneur Accelerator Program

Los Alamos Daily Post

Whether proposing economical ways to capture carbon emissions or computing technology that could perform brain-like tasks, participants in the University of California and Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Postdoc Entrepreneur Accelerator program offer cutting-edge ideas to address a wide range of issues.

During the Postdoc Entrepreneur Accelerator final presentations May 18, Harshul Thakkar, Luis Chavez Atayde, Michael Saccone and Madeline Bolding revealed their projects that they had been working on for the past Read More

Coffis Brothers Headline Summer Concert Friday At Pond

The Coffis Brothers, Jamie and Kellen Coffis set to perform Friday night at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

From Sancre Productions:

  • The Coffis Brothers Perform Friday in celebration of the 2023 Los Alamos ChamberFest
  • The American Legion is the Official Afterparty Spot

After last week’s record breaking crowd of 8,500 attendees for Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters, Sancre Productions and Los Alamos County Community Services Department started off the season with a huge bang!

Special thanks to TechSource, Longenecker and Associates, Merrick, SMSI and the Pueblo Read More

Owners Continue Operating Party To Go! LLC Through End Of 2023 To Train New Owners Who Take Over January 2024

By VaLynn  Purvis
Party To Go! LLC
Hi again Los Alamos family! I realized I didn’t explain very well that we WILL be working this entire year, 2023, and will continue to enjoy spending time with you and your families.
The plan is to train the next owner during the summer to make the transition easier when they take over in January 2024.
We appreciate all those who have reached out to us to either schedule parties, or ask about the business transition, or to give some loving hugs!
We have high hopes for a fabulous transition that the community will love! Thanks for your patience and understanding! Let the
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LAHS Graduate Megan Martinez Set To Pursue Animal Science At New Mexico State University

LAHS Graduating Senior Megan Martinez. Courtesy/Kris Martinez


Megan Martinez, a graduating senior from Los Alamos High School, is all set to begin her next adventure at New Mexico State University (NMSU).

This fall, she will be joining NMSU’s Animal Science program, where she’ll be diving headfirst into her passion for animals. Martinez’s dream of becoming a veterinarian will begin taking shape in Las Cruces. 

Throughout her high school journey, Martinez has achieved multiple accomplishments as a Hilltopper. Martinez was a four-year Varsity Cheerleader and was selected Read More

Governor Appoints Weisler New Mexico State Police Chief

W. Troy Weisler

From the Office pf the Governor:

SANTA FE – Govr Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today the appointment of W. Troy Weisler as the 23rd New Mexico State Police Chief effective Saturday, June 24, 2023.

He will succeed New Mexico State Police Chief Tim Q. Johnson, who was appointed in 2019. Chief Johnson is retiring after 23 years of service to the state.

Deputy Chief Weisler serves as the Deputy Chief for Strategic Development, Special Projects, Communications and Recruiting and is a 21-year State Police veteran. He has worked in every division of the Department of Public Safety’s Read More

Celebrate Small Business During ChamberFest Saturday!

A scene from a previous Chamberfest. Courtesy/Chamber

A scene from a previous Chamberfest. Courtesy/Chamber

ChamberFest News:

Join in for some ChamberFest fun and celebrate small businesses and organizations with live music, food vendors and lots for the kids to do!

Sponsored by Enterprise Bank & Trust and Los Alamos National Laboratories – Community Partnerships Office, ChamberFest will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, on Central Avenue. The sand pile, a ChamberFest favorite tradition, will be located in the middle of Central Avenue for the kids to enjoy!

A few highlights:

The Chamber Read More

Obituary: Thomas Anthony Lopez May 18, 2023


Thomas Anthony Lopez, 75, of White Rock, New Mexico sadly passed away early on the morning of May 18, 2023, after a lengthy fight with cancer. He passed peacefully in his sleep at home with his wife, Marie Lopez, son Martin Lopez and daughter Carla Cantu.

Tom served his country through his work as an Electronics Technician at Los Alamos National Laboratory for over 40 years and through his collaborations with other laboratories throughout the country. Tom spent a year in France with his family while he worked on an International project at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Read More

Volunteers Sought For National Trails Day Woodland Trail Work Project On Saturday June 3


Los Alamos County Open Space and Trails is working to maintain Woodland Trail and seeking volunteers to assist. The volunteers will work in small groups to fix sections of eroded trail, hauling fill dirt and building drain dips.

Meeting Time:

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3.


  • Woodland Trailhead at Arizona Avenue and Woodland Road.

What To Bring:

  • Please wear boots, gloves, long pants, long sleeved shirt and eye protection and bring water and snacks for the day.

What’s Provided:

  • Los Alamos County will provide all the tools necessary for the project, including hard hats.
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Robinson: Reorganization 20 Years Ago Produced Dysfunctional Department Of Cultural Affairs

All She Wrote
© 2023 New Mexico News Services

Long-time State Archeologist Eric Blinman recently sued the state, his former boss and the governor over his firing in February. The abrupt termination of the well known and respected Blinman produced a public outcry and petitions of support, along with complaints about Department of Cultural Affairs Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego, who’s fired a string of directors.

When we talk about what makes New Mexico unique, we talk about culture, heritage and history. Archaeologists are the people who discover and explain it all. This Read More

Pets of the Week: Meet Mella And Bryan

Mella is mellow and magnificent! This sweet 3-year-old gal was invited to a ewcent adoption event, and she couldn’t have been more relaxed and easy going – she takes everything in stride. Mella’s adoption fee is waived and she goes home spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, and with six months of free heartworm prevention. Española Humane is open to walk-in adopters 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 505-753-8662 or visit www.espanolahumane.orgCourtesy/Española Humane

Bryan is a creamsicle of cat, an absolutely adorable orange tabby who is the life of the shelter’s lobby – cats Read More

LARSO: Free COVID Boosters, Shingles Shots, Pneumonia Vaccines Friday June 9 At Betty Ehart Senior Center


The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization is offering a variety of shots to seniors at no charge 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 9 at Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row:

Free Shots Include:

  • Free COVID Boosters, Shingles Shots, 65+ and Pneumonia Vaccines;
  • COVID Booster Shots will be offered to everyone Free of Charge; and
  • Free Shingles and Pneumonia Vaccines will also be available.
    (requires presentation of insurance cards)

“Don’t miss this chance to stay healthy!” –LARSO

Direct questions to 505.662.8920. Read More

Scenes From LAHS 2023 Senior Appreciation Night

Scene from Senior Appreciation Night at Fuller Lodge. A Los Alamos Firefighter demonstrates various water pressures while filling the dunk tank. Photo by VaLynn Purvis

YMCA Operations Manager George Marsden is the first to take the plunge during Senior appreciation Night festivities. Photo by VaLynn Purvis

Scene from the Los Alamos High School 2023 Senior Appreciation Night Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by VaLynn Purvis

LAHS graduates wait their turn for a LAPD drunk driving course that shows students how it feels to drink and drive. Photo by VaLynn Purvis

A LAHS graduate participating Read More

Weekly Fishing Report: May 30, 2023

Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The heavy spring runoff continues this week. The major rivers like the Rio Grande, Rio Chama and Pecos are all running well-above normal, making fishing conditions difficult. 

Trout can still be .caught under these conditions. Fish the edges of the stream out of the main current. Bait, especially worms, is probably your best choice. Lures and flies should have some flash to them and need to be heavy enough to sink quickly.

Lakes are offering some of the best fishing right now. Water levels are way up at many of our reservoirs. Going out on a Read More

Leadership Los Alamos Honors Class Of 2023 Graduates, Distinguished Alumna Ryn Herrmann And Distinguished Leader Philip Kunsberg

Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2023. Photo by Kateri Morris

LLA Board Chair Kirsten Bell welcomes graduates and guests. Photo by Kateri Morris

LLA News:

Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) congratulates the Class of 2023, who completed their nine-month program Friday, May 19.

Following an evening reception and dinner, the graduates and guests participated in the graduation ceremony. The audience had the pleasure of hearing from Keynote Speaker Communication Director Matthew Maez of the New Mexico Environment Department. Maez shared his personal growth in leadership throughout his education Read More

Devolder: Bicycle Safety

Los Alamos

Los Alamos County/Public Works has requested input to a POLCO survey on bicycles. 

As a long-time motor vehicle driver in Los Alamos County, you could never pay me enough to ride a bicycle in Los Alamos County.

The following are a variety of vehicular issues which affect bicycle safety:

  1. It is a poor driving decision to pull into an oncoming traffic lane in order to pass a bicycle.
  2. Many minivan drivers are typically distracted with cell phones or disciplining kids in the back seat.  The driver’s focus may not be on bicycle traffic.
  3. Los Alamos County drivers are notorious
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2023 Splash & Dash Begins Wednesday May 31!

Scene from the 2022 Splash & Dash events. Courtesy/Los Alamos Triatomics Multisport Club

Los Alamos Triatomics Multisport Club News:

Los Alamos Triatomics Multisport club announces the 2023 Splash & Dash event! 

FREE 2023 Splash & Dash events are scheduled Wednesdays at the Aquatic Center:

  • May 31
  • June 14 and 28
  • July 12 and 26
  • Aug. 2

The Splash & Dash is family friendly event, and community members of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to participate! 

Free registration* is required and begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Aquatic Center rear doors.

Swimmers start at 7 p.m. with

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BLM New Mexico Oil And Gas Lease Sale Nets $78,844,369

BLM News:

SANTA FE — The Bureau of Land Management New Mexico State Office has conducted a lease sale offering 45 parcels totaling 10,123 acres within Cheyenne County, Kansas and Eddy, Lea, and Chaves counties in New Mexico, on public lands managed by the Roswell Field Office, Carlsbad Field Office and Oklahoma Field Office.

In total, 37 parcels totaling 8,596.25 acres sold for a total of $78,844,369.

Links to the environmental assessment, maps, parcel lists, Notice of Competitive Lease Sale, and proposed lease stipulations are available at the BLM ePlanning website.

This BLM lease sale includes Read More

More Scenes From LAMS Hawks To Hilltoppers Event

Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) graduating 8th graders covered in shaving cream at the Hawks to Hilltoppers event Friday outside the school. The graduates were treated to lunch and enjoyed bounce houses, bubbles and more courtesy of Party To Go! LAMS hosts this event for the graduating 8th graders every year on the last day of school. Photo by VaLynn Purvis

The Los Alamos Fire Department arrives on the scene to rinse shaving cream off the LAMS graduating 8th graders during their Hawks to Hilltoppers event Friday outside the school. Photo by VaLynn Purvis

Scene of LAMS graduating 8th graders covered Read More

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