People & Community

Scene From ‘A Light For Josh Miko’ Event At IHM

Gathered for the ‘A Light For Josh Miko’ event, team members are setting up luminarias this afternoon at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Canyon Road. From left, Troop 122 Eagle Scout Coen Noeninckx, Troop 22 Assistant Scoutmaster Celina Morgan, Troop 122  Star Scout Caleb and Scoutmaster Greg Noeninckx. The community dropped off luminaria bags with special messages to honor Troop 22 Scout Joshua Miko, 17, who died Jan. 9, 2021 in a tragic camping accident. The team will light the luminarias in front of IHM today at dusk. The Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Life After 50: The Gift Of 2020

From left, Bailey Martinez, Bernadette Lauritzen and Marie Vigil, from the Youth Activity Center delivering chocolates to senior center staff in December. Photo by Gabe Vigil

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director

Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization

I’m sure the first thought is that 2020 was no gift at all, but I beg to differ.

You see, as the director of the local senior centers, we were often in a pickle, throughout the last 10 months, this Wednesday, the 13th. The gifts that kept giving, can never be repaid by myself or my staff.

It started with asking for toilet paper, when the


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Chapter BC. P.E.O. Donates Compassion; Fruit To LA Cares

Los Alamos Chapter BC, P.E.O. officers Sue Bombardt, Beth Riker and Diana Little present fruit to LA Cares. P.E.O. International promotes post-high school education for women through grants and scholarships. Linda Burns has served for 23 years as secretary of LA Cares, the food pantry for needy residents of Los Alamos County. Burns also is a Los Alamos Living Treasure and an active member of Chapter BC. Years ago, this P.E.O. chapter made the compassionate decision not to exchange holiday gifts, but rather to contribute to LA Cares. Annually, chapter members brought bags of non-perishable


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League Of Women Voters Lunch With A Leader Thursday

LWV News:

At noon Thursday Jan. 21, the League of Women Voters community event, lunch with a Leader will feature Lonna Rae Atkeson.

Atkeson is a professor and Regents Lecturer in Political Science at the University of New Mexico where she also directs the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy and the Institute for Social Research.  

She will be talking about the upcoming 60-day Legislative Session.

Atkeson also is a member of the MIT Data and Election Science Board (MEDSL) and the American National Election Studies (ANES) Board of Overseers. Her research focuses on election


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One Los Alamos Celebrates MLK, Jr. With Diversity Week

Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking at the 1963 March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. He was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Today marks Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, which is a federal holiday. Courtesy/history.com

By Madhavi Garimella
On behalf of One Los Alamos

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know


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On The Job In White Rock: Fallon And Chandler At Smith’s

On the job Saturday are James Fallon and Celeste Chandler checking out and bagging groceries for customers at the Smith’s Food and Drug at 31 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. One  can always count on enjoying a good pun and a smile with Fallon and Chandler when having the good fortune of receiving their assistance at check out. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com


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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Schools Credit Union

On the job in Los Alamos a worker operates a large pump Friday morning distributing concrete on the foundation for the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union under construction on Central Avenue across the street from the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


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New Mexico Governor Shares COVID-19 Vaccine Update

From the Office of the Governor:

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham addresses the COVID-19 pandemic and shared details on the vaccine program underway across the state Friday during a virtual press conference..

“We’re on our way. We will beat COVID. It will take time, but our state is doing the work right,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “As additional vaccine doses are available, more New Mexicans will be alerted that they are able to schedule their appointment.”

Residents are encouraged to complete their registration today at www.vaccinenm.org.


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Self Help Grateful For ‘Coins 4 Christmas’ Success

Festive buckets of donated coins accumulated in December at the offices of RE/MAX First. Courtesy/SFI

SELF HELP News:

Self Help Inc. would like to thank our community for the many generous donations given via the Coins 4 Christmas coin drive.

The funds raised, which will support Self Help’s efforts to keep northern New Mexicans’ lights on as the pandemic wears on, came to almost $3,000!

In late November, Self Help made the difficult decision to forgo its annual Salvation Army bell-ringing fundraiser, which would have raised funds to provide emergency aid to up to 200 Los Alamos County residents


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On The Job: ‘Challenge: Tomorrow’ Traveling Trailer Team

On the job Thursday are members of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s ‘Challenge: Tomorrow’ Traveling Trailer Team from the Bradbury Science Museum. The team gathered in a local driveway to mock up the layout of their trailers. From left, Stacy Baker, Jonathan Creel, Jennifer Cline and BSM Director Linda Deck. They are developing two trailers in which to travel to festivals, STEM events and schools and universities around New Mexico. The trailers will carry experiential components that Lab staff will use to help people understand what LANL scientists are working on to make a better tomorrow.


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Council Discusses Priorities At Strategic Planning Session

Los Alamos County Council held its annual strategic planning session Tuesday, Jan. 12. Broadband access, succession planning and updating the County’s communication plan were among topics discussed. Many of Council’s priority areas remain unchanged, such as increasing the amount and diversity of housing options, protecting, maintaining and improving open space and recreation areas, enhancing support and opportunities for local businesses, improving utilization and aesthetics of vacant buildings, supporting social services, expanding transportation, parking and mobility


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Burgess Delivers 2020 State Of County Report

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
kirsten@ladailypost.com
Los Alamos Daily Post

COVID-19 took center stage in 2020 but, as Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess revealed during Thursday’s virtual Chamber Business meeting, the County still accomplished a lot last year.

Before Burgess presented his 2020 State of the County report, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrmann commented on Burgess’ recent announcement that he is retiring this year.

“I know I speak for everyone that you are going to be missed,” she said.

In his report, Burgess discussed the


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Los Alamos Community Broadband Internet Access Survey

COMMUNITY News:

There has been a lot of debate over the years about the quality of internet access in Los Alamos, and how to improve it.

A group of local citizens including David Izraelevitz (as citizen and not county councilor) put together a simple survey to collect information about access and quality of internet for further discussion.

“We are collecting information about the type and quality of Internet access served to residents of Los Alamos County,” Izraelevitz said. “Please complete this survey by Jan. 31, 2021 and direct questions about this survey to LosAlamosInfoTech@gmail.com


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Dr. Charles McMillan Joins LACF Board Of Directors

Dr. Charles McMillan

LACF News:

The Board of Directors of the Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) is proud to welcome former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director, Dr. Charles McMillan, as its newest member.

“I continue to believe, as I have throughout my professional career, that a vibrant community is the base from which we serve the nation,” McMillan said. “I am pleased to be joining the Los Alamos Community Foundation in its mission to ensure the enduring philanthropic goals of our unique community in ways that strengthen that base.”

“Dr. McMillan brings unique and strategic strengths


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DPU Electric Linemen Investigating Reported Power Outage

FINAL Update: Power is restored to all customers in the Trinity/Oppenheimer area.  

UPDATE: As of 1:20 p.m. today, DPU electric linemen have identified the source of the reported power problems in the Trinity/Oppenheimer area. Crews will terminate power to all customers in the area (including the Mary Deal building and the Ponderosa Apartments) so that they may complete repairs. Power should be fully restored to all affected customers by 2:30 PM. Department officials thank customers for their patience.

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is receiving reports


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