Scenes From LAHS 2023 Homecoming Parade

Scene from the Los Alamos High School (LAHS) 2023 Homecoming Parade Friday afternoon along Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Nate Limback/

Scene from the LAHS 2023 Homecoming Parade Friday afternoon along Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Nate Limback/

Scene from the LAHS 2023 Homecoming Parade Friday afternoon along Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos.  Photo by Nate Limback/

Scene from the LAHS 2023 Homecoming Parade Friday afternoon along Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos.  Photo by Nate Limback/ Read More

National ‘Empty The Shelters’ Fall Event Oct. 1-15

BISSELL Pet Foundation News:

Our nation’s animal shelters are in crisis due to increased owner surrenders and stray intakes, spiking post-pandemic euthanasia rates across the country.

Animal intakes at both public and private shelters are expected to reach a 3-year high this year, and adoptions or returns to owners are not keeping pace, according to the Shelter Animals Count database.

With lives on the line, BISSELL Pet Foundation is once again prompting a national call for adoption with its Fall National “Empty the Shelters” reduced-fee adoption event.

To support our nation’s animal shelters Read More

Eastern New Mexico University Recognized In U.S. News And World Report Best Colleges Rankings For 2024

Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Courtesy/ENMU

ENMU News:

PORTALES—Eastern New Mexico University earned status as a U.S. News and World Report “Best College” because of its excellent standing in the recently published 2024 Best College Rankings.

Eastern New Mexico was ranked 70th of 114 in the social mobility category for regional Universities in the West. Social Mobility rankings focus on economically disadvantaged students who are less likely than others to finish college, even when controlling for other characteristics.

Universities recognized in this category are more Read More

New Mexico Actors Lab: The Nether Opens Oct. 11

NMAL News:

SANTA FE — As entertainment industry strikes fueled by worries about artificial intelligence drag on and ChatGPT generates both essays and angst in academia, the New Mexico Actors Lab (NMAL) production of Jennifer Haley’s “The Nether” couldn’t be timelier: The sci-fi crime drama set in the near future delves into the ethics of virtual reality and the impact of technology on human relationships, identity and desire. 

Zoe Lesser, making her debut with NMAL, will direct Nicholas Ballas, Rikki Carroll, Gregory J. Fields, Joey Beth Gilbert, and Rod Harrison in NMAL’s fourth production Read More

Santa Fe National Forest/Coyote Ranger District Continues To Monitor Status Of Black Feather Fire

Black Feather Fire Map. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — There was no heat detected within the fire perimeter of the Black Feather Fire, a 2,198-acre lightning-caused fire that started Aug. 5, 2023, as indicated by an IR flight taken on the evening of Sept. 17, 2023.

The Black Feather Fire footprint is approximately 9 miles south of Gallina on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). It is near the Peñas Negras Trail in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness.

All closures for the Black Feather Fire were lifted Aug. 30, 2023 by the SFNF. Firefighters will continue to periodically check on the fire status until Read More

Notice Of Special UNM-LA Advisory Board Meeting Sept. 27

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 in the Lecture Hall, Building 2, on the UNM-LA campus at 1000 University Drive.

Advisory Board members and the UNM-LA executive team will be joining two consultants from Employee Organizational Development from the UNM central campus to conduct a focus group for UNM-Los Alamos’ next strategic plan.

Direct questions to Sarah Jimenez at 505.662.0334 or Read More

Los Alamos Mountaineers: Nordic Skiing Fever Sept. 26

Ann Satsangi (head of the line) and her family at the Birkebeiner Nordic ski classic in the beautiful north woods of Wisconsin. Courtesy/Mountaineers

Los Alamos Mountaineers

The Tuesday, Sept. 26 Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will be in-person, with a hybrid adjunct. Ann Satsangi will speak about “A celebration of Nordic Skiing: The American Birkebeiner.”

The largest ski race in North America gathers more than 10,000 skiers each year to the beautiful north woods of Wisconsin. While the main focus is the marathon (50/55k) race, the entire week of events includes kids Read More

Los Alamos Golf Course Implements Fall & Winter Hours


As of Monday, Sept. 25, operating hours at the Los Alamos County Golf Course will be modified for the fall and winter season.

Fall and winter hours will be as follows:

  • Sept. 25, 2023: all rentals must be returned to the Golf Shop before 6:30 p.m. 
  • Oct. 10, 2023: all rentals must be returned to the golf shop by 6 p.m. 
  • Nov. 6, 2023: the golf shop/golf course will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. All rentals are due back by 4:45 p.m.
  • Dec. 4, 2023, the golf shop will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The golf course and practice range will be closed. This schedule
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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Physical Therapy Plus

On the job in Los Alamos where even physical therapists need to stretch! Here Physical Therapist Ariel Davila helps fellow therapist Josh Konnolec stretch his ham strings Monday at Physical Therapy Plus, Inc., 1350 Central Ave., Ste. 105. Some of the services provided include Pediatric physical therapy, Pediatric occupational therapy, Developmental Delays, Gross Motor Difficulties, Fine Motor Difficulties, Sensory Integration Difficulties. Dysgraphia, and Neurological and Genetic Conditions. To learn more, visit Photo by Connor Hoch/ Read More

Safe Surrender Event In Taos Sept. 29-30

NMSC News:

TAOS People with outstanding bench warrants from any magistrate court in New Mexico can safely surrender 1:30-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Taos County Magistrate Court, 105 Albright St., Suite M in Taos.

“Safe Surrender events are a great way for people throughout the state to come to the courthouse to work on a solution,” said Director Artie Pepin of the Administrative Office of the Courts. “This year alone, judges have seen more than 150 people and a total of 689 warrants have been cancelled during these events.”

The safe surrender event provides Read More

Daily Postcard: Dogs Survey Area Along La Jara Trail

Daily Postcard: Roxy and Zuma survey the area as they walk side-by-side on the La Jara Trail at Valles Caldera National Preserve. At an elevation of 8,497-8,545 feet, this 1.5-mile loop trail circles Cerro La Jara, the smallest volcanic dome in the park, which formed about 500,000 years ago when lava oozed up and onto the caldera floor. South Mountain, to the west, and Cerro del Medio, on the opposite side of Valle Grande, are also volcanic domes and can be seen from this trail. The trail passes through a prairie dog colony; they’ll be keeping an eye out for hikers and will make an alarm call as hikers Read More

Gov. Lujan Grisham Issues Statement Following Arrests Of Suspects In Murder Of 11-Year-Old Froylan Villegas 

From the Office of the Governor:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement after the arrests of three men suspected in the murder of 11-year-old Froylan Villegas:

“Thank you to every officer, investigator, and detective involved in this case. The hard work of the Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico State Police, and federal law enforcement partners made apprehending these men possible.

“I join my fellow New Mexicans in continuing to mourn the senseless loss of another young life from gun violence. These tragedies are becoming all too common Read More

LANL Foundation Receives ‘Building Capacity’ Award For Supporting And Developing Teachers In New Mexico

LANL Foundation News:

ESPAÑOLA — LANL Foundation has been recognized by the New Mexico National Board-Certified Teacher Network (NM-NBCT) for its work to support and develop teachers in New Mexico.

The Education Enrichment team at the Foundation was singled out for their efforts to recruit and bolster teacher candidates seeking their National Board Certification. Michael Dabrieo, Education Enrichment Director at LANL Foundation, and Paul Le Francois, K12 Program Coordinator, were awarded the “Building Capacity” award at a ceremony in Artesia Sept. 16 during the annual conference Read More

Hilltopper Varsity Volleyball Falls To Volcano Vista Hawks

The Hilltoppers get pumped up before the match. Photo by Nate Limback/

Gianna Benelli sets the ball up for a scoring attempt. Photo by John McHale/

Cadence Key digs a serve from Volcano Vista. Photo by Nate Limback/


The Los Alamos High School Varsity Hilltoppers Volleyball Team hosted the Volcano Vista High School Hawks from Albuquerque Thursday night at Griffith Gymnasium for a hard fought matchup.

The final score was 0-3 in favor of the Hawks.

Paula Marti-Arce spikes the ball in the second set. Photo by Nate Limback/ Read More

Skolnik: Fall Vaccine Season – Valuable Summary Information


White Rock

Ideally, members of our local community would already have had a chance to discuss with their primary care providers the recommendations for who should get the RSV, COVID, and influenza vaccines and when. However, this is highly unlikely. In addition, some people do not have a primary care provider or lack the financial resources to seek such advice on this matter.

In this light, please see the graphic above that summarizes information about who is eligible for the RSV, influenza, and COVID vaccines, the “protection” they provide, and what the Read More

Preparations Begin For Temporary Chiller Installation At Los Alamos County Ice Rink


Los Alamos County has contracted with American Arena LLC to install a rented temporary chiller that will enable the ice rink to continue its regular skating season from November to February of next year.

A permanent solution for chiller replacement would not have met the schedule for the 2023-2024 ice skating season, thus the County developed an interim solution. American Arena LLC is a Minnesota based company that specializes in the design, engineering, and construction of mechanical systems for ice rinks.

The project was presented and approved by County Council Aug. 8, 2023 Read More

On The Job In Los Alamos: At LASCU’s Official Spirit Store

On the job in Los Alamos are Los Alamos Schools Credit Union (LASCU) Executive Vice President Bethany Hayward, left, and staff members attending to customers looking for Hilltopper T-shirts before the 2023 Homecoming Parade gets underway this afternoon on Central Avenue. LASCU maintains the Official Spirit Store inside the credit union at 1010 Central Ave. To learn more about LASCU, visit Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Read More

Los Alamos County Launches Adopt-A-Road Program


Los Alamos County Public Works Department has announced the launch of a new Adopt-A-Road program.

Aimed at maintaining the natural beauty of this region by keeping roadside litter at a minimum, the program also fosters civic engagement, environmental stewardship and community pride.

Residents, local businesses, nonprofits and other organizations can get together to actively maintain the county roads’ cleanliness and positively impact the community. 

At the encouragement of community member Richard Sturgeon, the Public Works Department staff developed the Adopt-A-Road Read More

White Rock Presbyterian Church Parking Lot Sale Sept. 23

WRPC News:

White Rock Presbyterian Church (WRPC) is hosting its 3rd annual Parking Lot Sale 8-11:30 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 23 in the church parking lot at 310 Rover Blvd.

This year’s beneficiaries are two Navajo organizations: Nihitaa’ Binaanish and Chinle Planting Hope. Through both, Navajos serve Navajos, working faithfully and creatively to empower one another and their communities; and WRPC has the honor of partnering with both in different ways. Again, 100 percent of all donations received will go to these two groups.

Buyers are invited to contribute whatever amount they Read More

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