People & Community

Los Alamos County Social Services Announces ‘Open Beds’ Platform For Behavioral Health Treatment Referrals

Social Services Manager Donna Casados

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Social Services Manager Donna Casados announced today that the County’s Social Services Division has joined cloud-based platform Open Beds, operating through the New Mexico Behavioral Health Referral Network.

The platform unifies and tracks all behavioral health treatment and support services in a single network.

“Open Beds facilitates rapid, digital referrals and fosters collaboration among mental health, substance use, social services and medical providers, which drives better patient treatment outcomes,”


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More Than 300 Peaceful Protesters Attend Rally At Pond

Protest organizer Sam Wolfsburg addresses the more than 300 protesters attending a peaceful rally Thursday at Ashley Pond Park to protest police violence against people of color. Los Alamos High School students comprised the majority of the protesters. Following the rally at the pond, the protesters chanted and marched down Canyon Road to the overpass at Diamond Drive and back to the pond. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Protest organizer Sam Wolfsburg and protester Ellen Ben-Naim, right, read the names of African Americans who have been needlessly killed by the police and the audience


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Family Strengths Network: Serving Los Alamos Since 1989

Children at an event at Family Strengths Network. Courtesy/FSN

By CARIE FANNING
Executive Director
Family Strengths Network

Family Strengths Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, established in Los Alamos in 1989. Through the years, the organization has grown and provided many activities, supports, and educational opportunities to families with young children.

FSN receives funding from many resources, including Los Alamos School District, Con Alma, United Way, and the Delle Foundation.  In addition, they receive about 50 percent of the yearly budget through Los Alamos County.

On Jan.


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Luján Leads Call To Increase National Laboratories Funding To Create Jobs And Jumpstart Economic Recovery

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján

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

NAMBÉ – As America’s economy struggles from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in a call for increased funding for infrastructure investments at America’s National Laboratories as a way to create good-paying jobs and jumpstart the nation’s economic recovery.

“Funding for maintenance, repairs, and the modernization of National Lab infrastructure will ensure our nation’s continued scientific and economic


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Special Parade Celebrates Landry Stewart’s 6th Birthday!

Landry Stewart turned 6 Thursday but due to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic she could not have a party so to celebrate her special day, friends and family organized a surprise parade past her home on Cheryl Avenue in White Rock that also included Los Alamos firefighters and police. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

Landry Stewart waves to a firefighter Thursday during her birthday parade. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from Landry Stewart’s birthday parade past her home Thursday in White Rock. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Another scene from the parade.


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Nonperishable Collection At Pueblo Gymnasium June 11-14

One of seven truckloads of donated items being hauled away last month to support COVID-affected communities in Pueblo and Navajo Nation areas. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Operation Bandana New Mexico, a grassroots organization based in Santa Fe, will again be partnering with All Together Los Alamos to collect items for delivery to the Pueblos and the Navajo Nation during this COVID emergency.

The pick up is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14 at the Pueblo Gymnasium at 1900 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos.

Last month, Operation Bandana collected seven truckloads during


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Traffic Alert: Motorists Asked Not To Use Mari Mac Village Parking Lot As Shortcut Between Trinity And Central … Safety Concerns!

Traffic Alert:

Motorists are reminded that westbound Trinity Drive continues to be reduced to a single lane from DP Road to the Knecht Street intersection.

This closure is necessary for the removal and installation of new curb and gutter, sidewalks and driveway pads through this area, as part of the New Mexico Department of Transportation N.M. 502 reconstruction and roundabout installation.

Star Paving placed new, additional signage today that cautions: “ROAD CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC”.

The additional signage was requested in response to safety concerns received by the County that


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Enterprise Bank Provides Grant To Ponderosa Montessori

A Ponderosa Montessori School student. Courtesy photo

Ponderosa Montessori News:

Enterprise Bank & Trust has provided at $3,000 grant to enable the elementary students at Ponderosa Montessori School in White Rock to use distance learning more effectively.

When the State’s stay-at-home order went into effect, Ponderosa had no school-based access to educational resources in the online environment.

Montessori elementary teacher Steve Mosier has been using a combination of email, texting, Skype and Zoom to stay in touch with his class.

“One issue I have encountered has been the fact


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Los Alamos County Library System Begins Curbside Service

LIBRARY News:

The Los Alamos County Library System announces plans for the phased reopening of library services.

A primary consideration for all phases is the safety of staff and the public. Public libraries are considered medium exposure risk institutions, where staff have frequent or close contact with people.

The Library will implement Phase One of reopening with curbside pickup of library materials that are on hold beginning June 15.

Library patrons can help staff prepare to launch the curbside service by returning library items in the drive-through drops at both Mesa Public Library


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Governor Announces More Summer Resources For Families

STATE News:

Multi-agency state effort addresses access to food, child care, cultural learning opportunities

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today additional resources for New Mexico families interested in summer youth programming.

Through a collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Education Department, Early Childhood Education and Care Department, and Children, Youth & Families Department, the state has assembled a comprehensive array of supports for families – including a directory of available programs, online and print resources,


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LAPD Assists Protesters Crossing Diamond Intersection

Los Alamos police stop traffic Thursday to assist a line of protesters cross the intersection at Diamond Drive and Canyon Road as they make their way back to Ashley Pond where their peaceful protest for ‘Black Lives Matter’ began. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene of the line of protesters Thursday marching along Canyon Road on their way back to the Ashley Pond Pavilion. The protest drew nearly 300 individuals who assembled to speak out against racism. Los Alamos High School students comprised A majority of the protesters. They chanted and marched to the overpass on Diamond Drive


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LAPD Seeks Entries For Animal Shelter Art Contest

All entries for the Animal Shelter Art Contest must be submitted by 10 June, 2020. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is inviting the public to participate in an Animal Shelter Art Contest.

Through this difficult and confusing time, LAPS would like to ask the youth of the community to brighten the walls with their art work depicting their favorite pet or animal.

The contest is open to four age groups:

  • Up to 5 year olds;
  • 6-9 year olds;
  • 11-13 year olds; and
  • 14year olds and above.

Rules and instructions:

  • On the back of the drawing give a brief description of the drawing writing as

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Betty Ehart Senior Center Birthday Celebration June 12

Betty Ehart with her children. Courtesy photo

Betty Ehart painting. Courtesy photo

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization

While Betty Ehart’s birthday is actually in November, the Betty Ehart Senior Center will celebrate its 22nd anniversary June 12.

When local senior center member Kari Lier shared the birthday idea with her friend Suzanne Bell, the event took wings. Bell is the daughter of Betty Ehart, one of the driving forces behind the committee that worked to make the Los Alamos center what it is today.

“She would have been thrilled,”


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Los Alamos Farmers Market: Thursdays And Saturdays

Thursday markets take place 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May to October, and Saturday markets are 8 a.m. to noon at the Justice Center parking lot and run June through September. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, extra precautions are implemented in accordance with the state and New Mexico Farmers Market Association. This includes proper distancing between booths, food pre-bagged for pickup, masks and gloves for all food handling, and other measures that minimize touch points. Additionally, the Los Alamos Farmers Market is providing locally made hand sanitizer to each booth, and an electric hand


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Daily Postcard: View Of ‘Strawberry Moon’

Daily Postcard: View of the ‘Strawberry Moon’ at 1:30 a.m. today from White Rock. The full Strawberry Moon will appear at 1:12 p.m. today, according to solarsystem.nasa.gov. As seen from the northern hemisphere, the Strawberry Moon —so-called because it’s harvest time for the soft fruit—will be the latest-rising, and among the largest-looking full Moons of 2020. The fact that this is the nearest full Moon to the Summer solstice—when the Sun is at its highest in the sky—means this Strawberry Moon is one of the latest rising, and lowest full Moons of the year. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs


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Protesters Gather Peacefully At Pond Today

Lee Weinland – Libertarian candidate for State Senate, Dist. 5 attended the protest rally today where this small group and nearly 300 more protesters assembled peacefully at Ashley Pond Pavilion to express how they feel about the issue of Black Lives Matter. ‘A majority of the attendees were Los Alamos High School students and they told me that no outsiders came in to organize or incite this event,’ Weinland said. ‘They chanted and marched to the overpass on Diamond Drive and back to the pond then disbursed quietly cleaning up after themselves. They plan to resume their protest again at


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Los Alamos Community Foundation, Partners, Donors, Announce Final Round Of COVID-19 Grant Recipients

LACF News:

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant, a collaborative effort between the Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF), community partners and generous donors, announced today the final grant recipients.

Nearly $31,000 will be distributed to 20 organizations to aid in emergency response and assistance.

The nonprofits receiving funding in this final round include:

3HO Foundation of NM, American Red Cross, Cancer Foundation NM, Dream Tree Project, El Rito Art Association, Embudo Valley Library and Community Center, Española Humane Society, Española Pathways Shelter, Family


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