LACF And UWNNM Announce Fall Trainings For Nonprofits

Patti Ward

LACF News:

The Los Alamos Community Foundation and United Way of Northern New Mexico are pleased to announce the following training sessions for nonprofits serving Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties.

Two training opportunities are scheduled for the fall, with a third session, focused on nonprofit boards, to be held in early 2024 (date TBA).

Thanks to the generous support of Triad/LANL-Community Partnerships Office, the trainings are provided at no cost to participants.

Sessions are offered in person with a remote/video option. To encourage in-person participation and networking, Read More

‘Ask A Therapist’ Event To Address Youth Depression

The County’s Social Services Division is hosting ‘Ask A Therapist’ event Sept. 28. Courtesy/LAC


Los Alamos County’s Social Services Division is hosting a free event ‘Ask A Therapist’ in partnership with Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos County Municipal Court, JJAB (Juvenile Justice Advisory Board) and SALA Los Alamos.  

The event is aimed at addressing the critical issue of youth depression and anxiety and is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 28 at the SALA Event Center, 2551 Central Ave. It is the last in the “Mental Health Matters” series scheduled throughout September.  Read More

New Mexico’s August 2023 Unemployment Rate: 3.7 Percent


New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in August, up from 3.6 percent in July and up from 3.4 percent in the previous year.

The national unemployment rate in August was 3.8 percent, up from 3.5 percent in July and up from 3.7 percent in August 2022.

Total nonagricultural payroll employment grew by 16,600 jobs, or 2.0 percent, between August 2022 and August 2023. The majority of gains came from the private sector, which was up 11,800 jobs, or 1.7 percent. The public sector was up 4,800 jobs, or 2.7 percent.

The majority of private sector gains were in the goods-producing Read More

La Vista Church Of The Nazarene Hosts Garage Sale Saturday To Benefit Mission Albuquerque

Volunteers serve a meal at Mission Albuquerque during a previous visit. Courtesy photo

Volunteers serve a meal at Mission Albuquerque during a previous visit. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

To assist Mission Albuquerque in feeding, clothing and caring for those who are in need, La Vista Church of the Nazarene is hosting a garage sale 7 a.m. to noon Saturday and again Sept. 30 at 15 Grand Canyon Drive in White Rock.

Items for sale have been accumulated by the church and include clothes, household items, toys, books and DVDs. If anyone else is looking Read More

Public Meeting And Public Comment Period For Copper Water Quality Criteria For Pajarito Plateau

LANL News:

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office, legacy cleanup contractor Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos (N3B) will conduct a public meeting and 45-day public comment period for adopting new water quality criteria for copper for surface waters around Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

The water quality criteria is being developed in accordance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s nationally recommended copper water quality criteria for protection of aquatic life.

A draft report is available for comment Read More

Extra! Extra! Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees Share Favorite Moments On ‘Oppenheimer’ Set

Los Alamos National Laboratory employees Sarah Tasseff (red dress) and Arthur Bishop (dark suit) play community members in a scene filmed in Fuller Lodge, where ash rained down from snow-making machines. The haunting special-effects dream sequence, done with things like strobe lighting, basic props and latex, reveals J. Robert Oppenheimer’s troubled subconscious. Labbies Kelsey Dennisen and Tom Tierney are visible in the frame as well. Credit: Universal Pictures

LANL News:

  • 17 employees tell what it was really like behind the scenes as extras in the hit movie

Christopher Nolan made a point Read More

PRC Approves Settlement Requiring PNM To Provide $115 Million In Credits To Customers To Reflect ETA Bond Savings


The Public Regulation Commission Thursday approved a settlement between multiple environmental and consumer groups and the PNM agreed to deliver $115 million back to PNM customers in a settlement agreement with advocacy groups.

These savings come from expected savings from Energy Transition Act bonds. The bonds were meant to refinance PNM’s previous investments in the plant that customers would otherwise still have to pay off after the plant was no longer producing electricity.

The commission had approved PNM’s abandonment and power-replacement plans in 2020 with Read More

Court Gives City Of Albuquerque Six Weeks To Comply With Order Protecting The Legal Rights Of The Unhoused

City of Albuquerque employees destroying Sonja Garcia’s and other unhoused people’s property near Carlisle and Candelaria Dec. 6, 2022 in Albuquerque. Photo by Sonja Garcia

ACLU News:

ALBUQUERQUE — A Bernalillo County District Court judge issued a preliminary ruling Thursday giving the City of Albuquerque six weeks to change city practices that punish unhoused people for their presence with their belongings outdoors on public property.

The court’s order will go into effect Nov. 1, 2023, and will prevent the City of Albuquerque from violating the constitutional rights of unhoused people Read More

New Mexico Environment Department Issues Enforcement Action To Advanced Chemical Treatment For Hazardous Waste Compliance Issues

NMED News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) announced that it issued an enforcement action against Advanced Chemical Treatment (ACT) for alleged violations observed during an inspection of the facility performed Feb. 17, 2021.

ACT operates a treatment, storage, and disposal facility located at 6137 Edith Boulevard NE in Albuquerque, New Mexico for hazardous wastes received from around the nation. According to its website, ACT operates 17 locations which service the western and southwestern regions of the U.S. and is headquartered in San Jose, California. Read More

New Mexico Association Of REALTORS® Announces New Board Of Directors Leadership Team

Newly elected leaders to the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Association of REALTORS® gathered recently at the Annual Conference held in Mescalero. Courtesy/NMAR

NMAR News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Association of REALTORS®, (NMAR), the leading voice and advocate for REALTORS® and the real estate industry in New Mexico, announces newly elected leaders to its Board of Directors. The elections took place during the 2023 New Mexico Association of REALTORS® Annual Conference held in Mescalero.

The newly elected board members are Lois Sury, associate broker at Sotheby’s International Read More

BLM Seeks Public Comment On Proposed Ohkay Owingeh Land Exchange

BLM News:

TAOS — The Bureau of Land Management today began a 45-day comment period to gather public input on a proposal to exchange up to 1,735 acres of public lands important to the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo for 84 acres along the Rio Nutrias containing significant natural and cultural resources in Rio Arriba County.

The comment period will end Nov. 5, 2023.   

The public lands proposed for exchange are part of the Palacio Arroyos Special Recreation Management Area, located adjacent to the eastern boundary of Ohkay Owingeh, near the City of Española. The exchange would expand Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Read More

Daily Postcard: Close Up Of Turkey Vulture At Bandelier

Daily Postcard: Close up view of a turkey vulture spotted on Turkey Vulture Day, Sept. 2, at Bandelier National Monument. Vultures and other scavengers play a vital role in ecosystems like Bandelier by breaking down carcasses into nutrients that can be absorbed into the ecosystem. Rather than hunting prey, they eat animals that have died of natural causes or been killed by another carnivore. These talented birds can smell carrion from more than one mile away and fly more than 200 miles in a day. Source: BNM. NPS photos: Sally King/NPS Read More

Los Alamos Church Of Christ Hosts Garage Sale Sept. 30

Los Alamos Church of Christ News:

The Los Alamos Church of Christ (2323 Diamond Drive) will host a multi-family “garage sale” 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept 30.

No early birds please.

All proceeds will be donated to the LA Cares Food Pantry. Read More

UNM-Los Alamos Invites Community Participation In Strategic Planning Survey

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UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is excited to announce the launch of a community-wide survey aimed at gathering valuable insights and input as the campus embarks on the development of a strategic plan. This initiative seeks to engage the local community members in shaping the future of UNM-LA by soliciting their perspectives on the institution’s goals and priorities.

The survey is part of a comprehensive effort to ensure that UNM-LA’s strategic plan accurately reflects the needs and aspirations of its surrounding communities. As UNM-LA strives to create a roadmap Read More

Senators Luján And Menendez Urge FCC & EPA To Address Public Health Threats Posed By Toxic Lead Cables

U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) sent letters to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) based on recent media reports on the potential public health threat of lead-sheathed telecommunications cables. The 18-month long investigation by the Wall Street Journal found that a nationwide network of lead-sheathed cables—remnants of legacy telecom networks—are potentially leaching dangerous levels of toxic lead into Read More

National Hispanic Cultural Center Names Zack Quintero Permanent Executive Director

New National Hispanic Cultural Center Executive Director Zack Quintero with renowned labor activist Dolores Huerta. Courtesy/NHCC


ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (NMDCA) announced today that Zack Quintero will serve as permanent executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque.

Having vetted Quintero as interim executive director since March of 2023, the Board of Directors of NHCC voted to recommend him to NMDCA Cabinet Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego as the candidate for the Center’s top leadership role. Secretary Read More

Serna Solutions, LLC Opens Satellite Office In Los Alamos


Serna Solutions, LLC has announced that it has opened a new satellite office in Los Alamos. Serna Solutions also has offices in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

Since 2003, Serna Solutions has provided clinical counseling services to individuals, couples and families with a variety of challenges. Through years of service, the company has found that the best way to help people activate their own resources for insight and change is through an integrative style that is non- confrontational yet challenging.


Serna Solutions said, “We blend evidence-based Read More

NMSP: 2023 New Mexico State Fair Among Safest In Years

NMSP officers with a couple of young attendees recently at the New Mexico State Fair. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP officers chat with young attendees at the New Mexico State Fair recently in Albuquerque. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Sept. 7 through Sept. 17, the New Mexico State Fair brought in hundreds of thousands of visitors looking to have a good time with their friends and family. As always, New Mexico State Police (NMSP) officers were stationed throughout the fairgrounds to ensure visitors enjoyed their time in a safe environment.

During those two weeks, no vehicles were stolen from Read More

Happening This Week At SALA: Sept. 21-24, 2023

SALA News:

This week at the SALA Event Center:

Thursday: Kick off your weekend early by joining us at 6:30 p.m. for a thought-provoking and insightful Mental Health session. We’ll delve into the significance of nurturing our mental well-being in today’s fast-paced world. This event is a fantastic opportunity to learn valuable tips and strategies for maintaining your mental health.

Friday: Gamers, this one’s for you! Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping gaming extravaganza as we bring Gran Turismo to the big screen. We’ve scheduled two showings at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., guaranteeing excitement Read More

Pearce: Celebrating School Attendance Awareness Month

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When Michael was in my media literacy class, he was quick to contribute his perspectives to our discussions, lended a hand when his peers had glitchy computers, and always had a joke at the ready. 

But Michael wasn’t in school as often as I would have liked. He was absent an average of twice a week. Sometimes he would be gone days at a time. 

I often told him that he was my 7th-grade teaching assistant, and I needed him there for our class to function at its best. He did not like to talk about his mounting absences and correspondence home to share how much I enjoyed having him in class Read More

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