People & Community

Cone Zone: Week Of April 12, 2021


The projects listed in this section are being managed by Los Alamos County Public Works staff through contractors.

For more information, email, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects/Public Works” link at

Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Note: the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Public Works Projects: 

Canyon Rim Trail Underpass 

AUI, Inc. of Albuquerque will continue work to construct the Canyon Rim Trail Underpass.

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Topper Girls Basketball Team Falls Hard To Lady Sundevils

The Topper Cheerleaders form a tunnel for the Lady Toppers as they take to the court. Photo by John McHale/

GG Romero grabs for a loose ball ahead of Jasmaine Baca and Miranda Salazar. Photo by John McHale/

Michelle Macias scores a lay-up past the defense of Christianne Sandoval and Destiny Valdez. Photo by John McHale/


The Los Alamos High School Topper Girls basketball team played host to the Lady Sundevils Friday evening in Griffith Gymnasium.

The Sundevils dominated the Toppers, who had no answer for the Sundevils aggressive

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In And Around Town: April 11, 2021

In and Around Town:

The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas. Send event announcements to

Check with groups that meet regularly for schedule changes.

Los Alamos JJAB Starting Two Parent Groups In April
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Mother’s Day Serenades – Order by April 30
Los Alamos Community Winds Mother’s Day Serenades mean music, flowers and chocolates! What better way to celebrate moms and the love they have for the families. The Los Alamos Community Winds (LACW)

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Republican Party Of Los Alamos Meets Virtually Thursday

RPLA News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos will host a Zoom Video Conference at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15.

The public is invited to attend and hear Vice Chair Ali Ennenga of the Republican Party of New Mexico Congressional District 1 address the topic of election integrity.

Immediately following the presentation, registered Republicans are invited to attend the RPLA Central Committee business meeting. Zoom login can be found at the following link:

For more information, email

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On The Job In White Rock: LAPD Cpl. Brandon Archuleta

On the job Saturday is Los Alamos Police Cpl. Brandon Archuleta on bicycle patrol making the rounds Saturday waving back to community members who offered him bottles of water. Cpl. Archuleta has been with LAPD for 16 months and said he is really impressed with how kind the community has been. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/
Cpl. Brandon Archuleta on bicycle patrol greeting folks while making his rounds Saturday in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/
LAPD Cpl. Brandon Archuleta waves back at a friendly motorist as he makes his

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Variety Of Birds Gather At Warbler Pond On Barranca Mesa

A variety of birds gather Friday at the warbler pond of a residence on Barranca Mesa including this male Cassin’s Finch. The Cassin’s Finch is a resident of mountains and conifer forests in the west. Little roving flocks wander through the woods, often feeding on buds and seeds high in the trees. The complicated song of the male often includes brief imitations of other birds. Source: Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

A Townsend’s Solitaire joins other birds Friday at the warbler pond on Barranca Mesa. This bird sits upright and sings from prominent perches at all times of the year. Source:

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Snyder: Oldest Continuously Used Building In Los Alamos

The Guest Cottage as it appeared in 1942. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society Archive

The Guest Cottage, 2018. Photo by Todd Nickols

Los Alamos Historical Society

For more than a century, the oldest continuously used building in Los Alamos has served at different times as an infirmary, a guest cottage, living quarters, a shelter for skunks, and a museum and gift shop. As we might expect, a building that has existed on the plateau for that long has stories to tell!
Referred to as the Guest Cottage for most of its existence, the building can be documented as far back as 1918 in records

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UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board Meets Virtually April 14

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, using Zoom technology. 

This is the annual special meeting related to the UNM-LA budget.

Agenda items will include an overview of the FY22 Budget, confirmation of the approved Budget Adjustment Request (BAR) for FY21 and approval of the FY22 Operating Budget.

Anyone interested in attending this public meeting, utilizing Zoom, should contact Laci Taylor at for additional information.

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VCNP: Light Pollution, The Environment, And Us…

Moths flock to man-made light sources, like this outdoor light, instead of orienting to the moon. This is just one example of how artificial light can interrupt the natural behaviors of wildlife. Photo by Mohibul Hoque

Valles Caldera National Preserve
(With contributions from Monique Schoustra and Starr Woods) 

Humans and animals have always relied on the stars for seasonal awareness, navigation, and understanding. But increases in artificial lighting and light pollution cost us our connection to the past and produce devastating effects on our own health and our environment.

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Community Donates Bicycles To Children In New Mexico


Community members began dropping off donated new and used bicycles and bicycle accessories shown here Friday in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall on Canyon Road, and continued dropping off donations today. The goal is to give 500 bicycles free of charge and each with a free helmet to children in New Mexico through the non-profit organization Free Bikes 4 Kidz, in partnership with Kiwanis. Learn more and find out about helping in other ways here: Photo by Morrie Pongratz/Kiwanis

Kiwanians Tim Glasco, Chery Pongratz, Roger Stutz and Roger’s wife, Dr.

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Chile Line Foods, LLC Donates $5,000 To United Way!

Chile Line Foods, LLC co-owner Liddie Martinez, right, presents a $5,000 Cornerstone donation check to UWNNM Executive Director Cindy Padilla Thursday at Blue Window Bistro. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post

“United Way is the cornerstone of our nonprofit community and it is a privilege to help them do their work.” –Liddie Martinez

Chile Line Foods, LLC co-owners Liddie and Rick Martinez have made a $5,000 Cornerstone donation to United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM).

Martinez presented the check to UWNNM Executive

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Topper Boys Soccer Season Comes To An End

Topper goaltender Jaxson Martines receives a point-blank shot and makes the save. Photo by John McHale/

Filippo Delzanno and Danny Ross battle for control of the ball. Photo by John McHale/

Westley Parker heads the ball downfield over Case Manifold. Photo by John McHale/


The Los Alamos High School Topper Boys Soccer Team ended their season with a loss to Albuquerque Academy 1-2 in the Semifinal State Playoff Game Thursday afternoon in Albuquerque.

The Academy Chargers have a very strong program and have always been a challenge

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Community Winds Offers Mother’s Day Serenades

LACW News:

Los Alamos Community Winds Mother’s Day Serenades mean music, flowers and chocolates! What better way to celebrate moms and the love they have for the families.

The Los Alamos Community Winds (LACW) is offering Instrumental Mother’s Day Serenades to the community.

Again, partnering with Flowers by Gillian and The Rose Chocolatier, LACW is offering a performance of three musical selections for $42 with the optional add-ons (for $10 each) of a beautifully wrapped long stemmed rose and a gift box of four delicious chocolate truffles.
“Our Valentine’s Day Serenades were extremely

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LAFD Knocks Out Fire In Canyon Beyond Sioux Street

Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) crews knocked out a fire burning this afternoon in the very bottom of the canyon behind Sioux Street. Deputy Chief Steve Dawald told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the fire grew to about half an acre and firefighters had it controlled within about 15 minutes. Battalion Chief Ben Stone told the Post that the fire is now completely out and Sioux Street is open to traffic. He added that investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire so the trail will be closed this evening. County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger said in a news release this afternoon

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Environmental Services: Which Batteries To Throw, Recycle

County Environmental Services News:

The recycling world can be confusing as the rules change often. One item that confuses a lot of people is which battery can be recycled and which battery can be tossed in the trash.

This article covers what can and cannot be thrown in the trash, a little background as to why, and where to take batteries that need to be recycled.

In the past, single-use batteries commonly found in households (AA, AAA, 9V, D-cell, Etc.) could not be thrown in the trash mainly because they were created with chemicals and metals that were hazardous.

Now, single-use alkaline batteries

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LANL Pollution Solutions: Taraka Dale Explains How Lab Technologies Could Solve Global Plastic Problems

Bottle Consortium. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Earth Week is April 16-22, and New Mexicans are coming out of their collective COVID-19 cocoons to find they’ve wracked up even more plastic waste in the form of old take-out containers and used PPE.

Now what?

Los Alamos biochemist Taraka Dale is offering a free, public talk, 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, April 19, via Webex on how Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Smart Microbial Cell Technology could not only accelerate the breakdown of existing plastics but also engineer bio-friendly ones in the future.

Dale is the Lab’s team lead for the new BOTTLE Consortium,

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Public Invited To Input & Info Session On LAPS Budget

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools invites the public to attend a community input and information session about the LAPS budget for the upcoming fiscal year, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13. Join the Zoom Meeting here.

“We value ideas from our staff, parents and community members.  They have traditionally provided valuable insights about student and staff well-being and academic success as part of developing the district budget,” Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said. “We hope you will join in this important discussion.” 

The agenda will begin with a summary of legislative actions impacting

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