2023 Mountain Club Short Course Season

Mountain Club Swimmers 8 & under at the 2023 NM Winter B Championships. Courtesy/Anna Zhang

Mountain Club Swimmers 9 & older at the 2023 NM Winter B Championships. Courtesy/Anna Zhang

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Mountain Club

With support of our parents, Mountain swimmers participated in two important meets during 2023 short course season:

  • 2023 New Mexico Swimming Short Course (Winter) B Championship Meet Feb. 25 to 26; 
  • 2023 New Mexico Swimming Short Course State Championships March 2 to 5.

For the 2023 New Mexico Swimming Short Course (Winter) B Championship Meet:

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New Mexico Indian Affairs Department Announces New Appointees Jonathon Tafoya And Josett Monette


SANTA FE – Indian Affairs Secretary designate James R. Mountain announced today the latest appointments to the Indian Affairs Department team. Jonathon Tafoya has been appointed Director of Policy and Governmental Affairs and Josett Monette has been named General Counsel. 

“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Tafoya and Ms. Monette and I look forward to working with them to further enhance the Indian Affairs Department’s relationships with New Mexico’s 23 sovereign Nations, Tribes, and Pueblos,” Mountain said. “I have full confidence in their skills and their ability to serve the Lujan Read More

PEEC & Los Luceros Historic Site Announce Three Family Events For New Mexico Outdoor Pass Program

Spend time outdoors and learn about nature with NMOP! Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The New Mexico Outdoor Pass (NMOP) program has announced three upcoming family events at Los Luceros Historic Site, designed to encourage spending time outdoors and learning about nature.

The first event is Insect & Bird Day, taking place 9 a.m. Sunday, April 2. Special guests Audubon Southwest and New Mexico Wildlife Center will join the event, providing the opportunity to meet live bird ambassadors from the New Mexico Wildlife Center, check out wild birds through binoculars and participate in fun activities Read More

Devolder: Electrical Safety

Los Alamos

When a house burns down and the exact cause cannot be determined, it is usually attributed to an electrical problem. There are a variety of older and newer homes in Los Alamos County, which are provided with lighting fixtures and lamps of various types. For example, some fixtures or lamps utilize 110-volt bulbs, and some fixtures or lamps utilize light-emitting diodes (LEDs).  With age and use, lighting fixtures and lamps can present some electrical safety problems.

Some time ago, I was changing out a bulb in a lighting fixture. I happened to look at the base of the 110-volt Read More

Santa Fe Community College, Higher Education Center, Kids Campus, Witter Fitness Center To Close April 7-9 For Spring Holiday


SANTA FE — Santa Fe Community College, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, will close April 7 to 9 for Spring Holiday. No classes or student services will be available. SFCC’s child development center Kids Campus and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center also will be closed.

Classes and student services will resume on Monday, April 10. Registration is available 24/7 for late-starting credit classes at  Registration for summer classes begins on Tuesday, April 11.

Fall registration will open Tuesday, April 18.  Registration for summer continuing education Read More

LANL: Laboratory-Developed High Explosives Mitigate Risk Of Accidental Detonation

The Additive Manufacturing of High Explosives team at LANL, from left, Thuy-Ai (Bi) Nguyen, Alex Mueller, Bryce Tappan, Von Whitley, Andrew Schmalzer and Cameron Brown. Contributors to the Physical Review Letters paper not pictured: Joseph Lichthardt, Larry Hill, Tariq Aslam and Eduardo Lozano. Courtesy/LANL

High-speed camera frame of a detonation wave propagating through a liquid-filled, 3D-printed, high-explosive lattice. The lattice was ‘switched on’ when it was filled with water. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

In an effort to mitigate accidental detonations of stored explosives, Read More

New Mexico Tech To Host Inventors & Entrepreneurs Workshop April 13-14 At Fidel Student Center In Socorro

Ed Fries

NMT News:

SOCORRO — Inventors and entrepreneurs seeking investors, networking opportunities, information, coaching, and resources to help them turn their ideas into successful start-ups can find that support at an upcoming two-day seminar hosted by New Mexico Tech (NMT).

The Inventors & Entrepreneurs Workshop will be held Thursday, April 13, and Friday, April 14, at the Fidel Student Center on the Socorro campus. The event is open to the public. 

Planners expect about 100 people to attend the two-day workshop, which will feature speakers, panel presentations, 1-on-1 coaching, Read More

Happening March 29 To April 2 At SALA Events Center

SALA Event Center News:

SALA Event Center announces a lineup of events for the week of March 27 to April 2:

Wednesday kicks off the week with the popular “After School Program” 1-5 p.m. The event will include games on the big screen, arcade games, and kids can bring their own devices and play videogames in the movie theater and lobby projectors. Additionally, SALA will host the “Los Alamos Got Talent” talent contest for elementary students. Participants stand a chance to win amazing awards. The day will end with the first run movie Shazam, screening at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Thursday’s events will include Read More

Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández And Democratic Women’s Caucus Announce New Leadership And Historic Membership

U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández (NM-3) has announced her election as a vice chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) as part of its new leadership and historic membership for the 118th Congress, joining Chair Lois Frankel (FL-22), and Vice Chair Nikema Williams (GA-5).

This Congress, a record-breaking 94 Democratic women are serving in the House of Representatives, all of whom are members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus—including 16 Democratic women newly elected in the 118th Congress. The Democratic Women’s Caucus Read More

OSMRE Announces More Than $126 Million To Reclaim Abandoned Coal Mines


WASHINGTON, D.C.  As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to create good-paying jobs and address legacy pollution harming communities across the nation, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement announced today more than $126.5 million in fiscal year 2023 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fee-based grants available to States and Tribes for AML reclamation efforts that continue to protect the health and safety of Americans and restore the environment.

“OSMRE is proud to announce today the availability of the 2023 AML fee-based grants,” OSMRE Read More

Albuquerque Academy Students Selected For Outstanding STEM Award

Judith Mead (left), Board Member Emeritus, Abdiel Ramirez, Chair Board of Trustees, Alexis Limary, Rowan Gallagher, Jennifer Hayden, President and CEO of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Hal Behl, Board Member Emeritus and Maria Korsnick, President and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute. Courtesy photo


ALBUQUERQUE — The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, a congressionally chartered, Smithsonian-affiliated Museum recognized Alexis Limary, a freshman, and Rowan Gallagher, a junior at Albuquerque Academy for their submitted essays Read More

DVS To Co-Present Chaves County Veterans Symposium March 30

DVS News:

ROSWELL—The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) is partnering with several federal, state, and local agencies to present the Chaves County Veterans Symposium 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 30 at the Roswell National Guard Armory, at 1 West Earl Cummings Loop.

Veterans are strongly encouraged to stop by to learn about VA, state, and local benefits and programs for themselves and their families. DVS, VA, and other agency representatives can answer questions and even help file for health care, PTSD/mental health counseling, homelessness/housing assistance, VA home loans, Read More

SFCC Opens Registration For April 21 Broken Parts Club Car Show

2022 SFCC Broken Parts Car Club car show. Courtesy/SFCC

SFCC News:

SANTA FE — Santa Fe Community College’s (SFCC) Automotive Technologies student car club – the Broken Parts Club – is hosting a car show 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 21 outside the Automotive Technologies Center on campus, 6401 Richards Ave.

Those who would like to show their automobile should register as soon as possible by contacting the Director of Automotive Technologies Julia Furry at or by phone at 505.428.1177. Space is limited to 36 vehicles. The public is invited to attend the show.

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Cone Zone: Week Of March 27, 2023


Los Alamos County construction news for the week of March 20, 2023.

Public Works Projects:

The projects listed in this section are being managed by County Public Works staff through contractors. For more information, email, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects/Public Works” link at

Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

33rd / 34th Street Road and Utility Improvements to Begin Read More

The Great Elastic Kiwanis Club March 2023

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos gather Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Blue Window Bistro to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the non-profit organization. Photo by Karen Church/Kiwanis

Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Kiwanis has been in Los Alamos for 75 years. Some of you may know that it was a fraternal organization from 1948 to 1987. That means a “boys club”. No women allowed! Even the High School Key Club was all boys. The reason for this was partly “historical”—those types of groups had always been for the men—and partly a feeling that women really weren’t interested.

Well, life Read More

Spaceport America Appoints Francisco Pallares New Director Of Business Development

Dr. Francisco Pallares


SIERRA COUNTY — Dr. Francisco Pallares has been selected as the new Director of Business Development at Spaceport America.

Pallares joins the New Mexico Spaceport Authority from Sul Ross State University and was the former Deputy Director for Economic Development at the City of Las Cruces.

“Francisco brings an important and expert perspective to the New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA),” NMSA Executive Director Scott McLaughlin. “Spaceport America’s mission is to build the aerospace sector in the state and region, and with his guidance, Read More

Bandelier Seeks Public Input On Proposed Camping Fee Increases And Reservations For Juniper Campground

Bandelier seeks public input on proposed camping fee increases; reservations for Juniper Campground. Courtesy/NPS 


Bandelier National Monument is seeking public comment on proposed increases in expanded amenity fees for Juniper Campground and Ponderosa Group Campground.

The park also is proposing to make a portion of Juniper Campground reservable through Fees at Bandelier for individual campsites last changed in 2005 and group campsite fees last changed in 1995.

Bandelier proposed camping fees for individual and group campsites:

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