New Mexico Governor Leading Taiwan Trade Mission


TAIPEI, Taiwan — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will lead a business and trade mission to Taiwan today, Sept. 17, to participate in U.S. Business Day and meet with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua and manufacturing companies interested in locating to the state.

Gov. Lujan Grisham will speak Sept. 19 at U.S. Business Day in Taipei, the premier business and economic development event in Taiwan sponsored by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council. The delegation will also make presentations on New Mexico’s business climate, Read More

Fall Fiesta Coming To Valles Caldera In October

Valles Caldera National Preserve is hosting the Valles Caldera Fall Fiesta, Oct. 7-15, with daily themes about volcanoes, cultural history, ecology, wildlife, sustainability and astronomy. Courtesy/NPS

Valles Caldera National Preserve News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Oct. 7-15, Valles Caldera National Preserve is hosting the Valles Caldera Fall Fiesta—a time of specially themed ranger programs, family activities, cultural demonstrations and artwork, and educational booths celebrating the natural and cultural resources and values of the park.

Daily themes include volcanoes, cultural Read More

Obituary: Raymond C. Mjolsness April 22, 1933 – Sept. 13, 2023

RAYMOND C. MJOLSNESS April 22, 1933 – Sept. 13, 2023

We are deeply saddened to have lost Raymond C. Mjolsness on September 13, 2023. He was a fine theoretical physicist and applied mathematician, a patient mentor and insightful collaborator to colleagues, a longtime member of the Theoretical Division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and an excellent trombone player.

Raymond Mjolsness was born in Chicago on April 22, 1933. He grew up in several places including St. Louis, Missouri and Helena, Montana. He was an American original, a son of a school teacher who went on to excel in science and Read More

Scenes From Krusko Art Opening At Karen Wray Gallery

Artist Peter Krusko, center, discusses his artwork with patrons Thursday during the opening reception for his exhibit, ‘The Art Of Peter Krusko’ on display through Oct. 12 at The Karen Wray Gallery, 1247 Central Ave. Before moving to Santa Fe 19 years ago, Krusko enjoyed a 33-year teaching career in Westchester, NY. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Karen Wray Gallery Owner Karen Wray, center, chats with patrons early Thursday evening at the opening reception of ‘The Art Of Peter Krusko’ at her gallery in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from ‘The Read More

Rainbow Ryders Recap 40 Years Of Hot Air Ballooning


ALBUQUERQUE — Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride Company held a 40th anniversary celebration with business and community leaders, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta leadership as well as Visit ABQ leadership to look back on 40 years of hot air ballooning in Albuquerque and the impact the company has had on Albuquerque and New Mexico as a whole.

As Rainbow Ryders has grown, so has hot air ballooning in the region; and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta continues to be the largest event in New Mexico.

Rainbow Ryders founder Scott Appelman started the company in 1983 after Read More

Classical Music World: Smith Auditorium Steinway Back Home After Major Restoration

Piano technician Kevin Stock backstage at the Smith Auditorium with the recently refurbished Steinway grand piano. Courtesy/LACA

By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

The Steinway grand piano in the Smith Auditorium has a long and distinguished history. It has been played by the great artists presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association, Emanuel Ax being the most recent. It is over seventy years old. 

Those of us of a certain age can empathize with the piano’s creaking joints, little problems that can be frustrating for pianists and signs of worse come.    Read More

Governor Appoints McCutcheon II To Dist. 42 Senate Seat 

Steven McCutcheon II

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday appointed Steven McCutcheon II to the District 42 Senate seat.

McCutcheon is a native of Carlsbad, New Mexico. He served on the Eddy County Commission from 2018 to 2022. He is also a rancher and businessman.

He has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 12 years and they have 4 children.

The District 42 seat was vacated in August upon the retirement of Sen. Gay Kernan. McCutcheon’s term begins immediately and ends after the next general election. Read More

Rio Arriba Donates $10K To Northern Scholarship Fund

From left, NNMC Veterans Resource Center Coordinator Ramkrishan Singh Khalsa, Rio Arriba County Manager Jeremy Maestas, NNMC President Hector Balderas, Rio Arriba Deputy County Manager Linda Padilla and NNMC Board of Regents President Michael Martin. Maestas and Padilla are both Northern alumni. Courtesy/NNMC

NNMC News:

ESPAÑOLA — Northern New Mexico College thanks Rio Arriba County for its generous $10,000 donation to the Northern Scholarship Fund.

This donation is a huge boost toward reaching the Northern Scholarship Campaign goal of $60,000.

The county is a longtime friend and Read More

Cone Zone: Week Of Sept. 18, 2023


Public Works Projects: 

Los Alamos County Public Works’ staff manages the projects listed in this section through contractors. For more information, please 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. 

Loma Linda Road Improvements Project

Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc. will continue working on the intersections Read More

Daily Postcard: A Migrant Townsend’s Warbler At Bandelier

Daily Postcard: A close-up look at a Townsend’s Warbler Sept. 13 at Bandelier National Monument. These small  birds breed in the far northwest, from Oregon to Alaska, and winter in Mexico and Central America. Since they do not breed in New Mexico, all the birds seen at Bandelier are migrants. Here they feed extensively on ‘honeydew’ – an energy rich, nectar-like substance excreted by some aphids and scale insects. The community is invited to spend a fall Friday with Bandelier’s bird banding team. Join a ranger for an early morning program at the fall migration banding station at the Alamo Read More

Scenes From Lobos Playing New Mexico State At UNM Now Tied 10-10 Near End Of Second Quarter

Scene from Lobos playing against New Mexico State at UNM and now tied 10-10 near the end of the second quarter. Photo by Nate Limback/

Scene from Lobos playing against New Mexico State underway at UNM. Photo by Nate Limback/

Scene from Lobos playing against New Mexico State underway at UNM. Photo by Nate Limback/ Read More

McQuiston: Answers To 5 Common Insurance Questions About Home Water Damage

Jemez Agency Insurance
Serving Los Alamos Since 1963

Water can quickly cause major problems in your home with a sudden, unexpected event like a burst pipe. While many homeowners underestimate the frequency of water issues that arise from plumbing or appliances, it’s helpful to know what your insurance will cover should a non-weather water incident occur.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, over a five-year period, on average just over one non-weather water claim was filed per 50 homeowners policies each year and the average cost per claim was almost $11,000. Read More

Undefeated Hilltoppers Varsity Football Beats Elks 45-7

The Hilltoppers stand for the National Anthem before their game Friday against the Elks in Pojoaque. Photo by Nate Limback/

The Hilltoppers storm the field, led by senior Niko Garcia. Photo by Nate Limback/


The Los Alamos High School Varsity Hilltoppers were on the road Friday night against the Pojoaque Elks in week 5 of the season. Their bid to remain undefeated was awarded with a dominating performance against the Elks, which resulted in a 45-7 victory.

The defensive line shut down the Elks with multiple sacks while the offense, led by quarterback Read More

New Mexico Economic Development Department To Launch Two New Science And Tech Grant Opportunities

EDD News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) Deputy Secretary Jon Clark announced Thursday that the department’s Office of Strategy, Science & Technology (OSST) will launch two new grant opportunities this fall, focused on driving technology growth and commercialization in advanced energy and encouraging innovation and commercialization in higher education.

Speaking at the “Building an Advanced Energy Ecosystem in New Mexico” conference in Albuquerque, Clark announced that the New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) will partner with University Read More

Rep. Leger Fernández Leads House Of Representatives In Moment Of Silence For Former Governor Bill Richardson

Watch video of Rep. Leger Fernández’s leading the House of Representatives in a moment of silence Thursday to honor former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Watch videon hereCourtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández led the House of Representatives in a moment of silence Thursday to honor former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. She was joined by fellow Representatives Melanie Stansbury (NM-01) and Gabe Vasquez (NM-02).

Watch video of Rep. Leger Fernández’s speech and the moment of silence is here. 

Excerpt from the Rep. Leger Fernández’s remarks:

“I Read More

FBI: Torreon Man To Spend 4 Years In Prison For Assault

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 Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Albuquerque Field Office, announced Thursday that Monty Joe Montoya, 43, of Torreon, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced to four years in prison. Montoya pled guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury March 31, 2023.

According to court documents, March 15, 2022, Montoya hit his girlfriend, Jane Doe, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, in the head and face multiple times Read More

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