People & Community

People & Community

Los Alamos County On 2-Hour Delay Today


Due to heavy snow overnight, Los Alamos County facilities and services are on a 2-hour delay this morning.

Crews are working on clearing main roadways and public parking lots.

Residents are asked to avoid traveling on roads to allow the Traffic and Streets Division crews time to conduct snow removal operations.


NWS: High Near 39; Tonight’s Low Around 17

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 39 with patchy freezing fog before 9 a.m. and a 40 percent chance of snow showers, possibly mixing with rain after noon, then gradually ending. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight mostly  clear with a low around 17. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts additional snowfall around the state today. Courtesy/NWS


PEEC: Explore Worlds Of Science Fiction Jan. 17

Explore the worlds of popular science fiction shows at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Peter Polko will provide an introduction to fan-based 3D recreations and then participants will get to try them out as well. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC also will play the full-dome film ‘EXPLORE’ at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 in the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Have you ever wished you could activate the gate in Stargate Command, take The Orville for a spin or walk the decks of the Enterprise?

With the advent of more powerful computers, recreating environments with stunning detail is


In And Around Town: Jan. 16, 2020

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

FRIDAY Jan. 17

Wood Turning Class

Free introduction to wood turning at 6.30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, as part of the Los Alamos Woodworking Meetup. The event will be followed by an actual “Bowl or Pen Turning” class at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

“The Neverending Story”

Los Alamos Little Theatre Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. Tickets at the door, CB FOX, Brown Paper Tickets. “The Neverending Story” (Die unendliche Geschichte)


Chartwells Names Patrick Jaramillo Class Act

Class Act winner Patrick Jaramillo


Patrick Jaramillo is always a class act when it comes to Chartwells Food Services, but as we start a decade it’s now part of his official title.

Chartwells K12, the school food service arm of Compass Group International has named Patrick Jaramillo a Class Act winner for the West Region.

The Class Act program is one of the company’s greatest opportunities to highlight employee contributions. Those who exceed standards to constantly serve happy and healthy to students every day, always rise to the top.

“I’m extremely proud of the progress Patrick


County Council Discusses 2020 Strategic Plan

Los Alamos County Councilors, various County department directors and members of the public discuss the Council’s strategic plan for 2020 Tuesday night in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building. This plan includes a number of priorities, which touch on housing, transportation and parking, local business environment, commercial use, social services, infrastructure and open spaces. Other subjects Council agreed need to be address include appropriate County services, communication and working with Los Alamos National Laboratory and other partners. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Betty Ehart Senior Center Not Serving Lunch Friday

Betty Ehart Senior Center on Bathtub Row. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


The Betty Ehart Senior Center will NOT serve lunch Friday or offer the Day Out program due to a fridge breakdown.

The center should be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Members can call 505.662.8920, if unsure about hours of operation.

The White Rock Senior Center WILL be serving chicken tortilla soup, biscuit and pineapples.

Lunch reservations can be made by 10 a.m. by calling 505.672.2034.


Registration Opens For Time Travelers Children’s Program From Los Alamos Historical Society

Registration now open for spring sessions of Time Travelers. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

Registration is open now for spring sessions of Time Travelers, the after-school drop-off program for elementary school students from the Los Alamos Historical Society.

Time Travelers sets students on an adventure of exploration, investigating our local history through artifacts in the Los Alamos History Museum and hands-on activities.

Time Travelers will meet in February, March, April, and May. Sessions for 1st-3rd grade students meet second Wednesdays, and sessions for 4th–6th grade students


Obituary: Peggy Jo Kruse Jan. 8, 2020

PEGGY JO KRUSE Jan. 8, 2020

Peggy Jo Kruse passed away at the age of 85 in her home on January 8, 2020, at the end of a beautiful life.

Peggy Jo, or Peggy “Go” as she joked, was born to Marie (Felts) and Leo Randolph and raised in Portales, NM where she was described by her childhood friend, Ray Ann as being “a friend to all, a leader who had an eye out for those who might be left behind.” 

She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in elementary education and began teaching at age 19 in a “secret city on the hill,” where she would live for the next 7 decades.

Not long after moving to Los Alamos,


On The Job In Los Alamos: At Smith’s Marketplace

On the job in Los Alamos Tuesday afternoon is HR Specialist Cathy Balkey at Smith’s Marketplace at 751 Trinity Dr. She has worked for the Smith’s corporation for 30 years. The best thing about her job? “My customers … they are just amazing and uplifting in every way!” To learn more about employment opportunities at Smith’s, click here:'s-Food-&-Drug/588300/ #worklosalamos #wherediscvoeriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Emotional Healing: Allowing Hope And Growth

By Dr. Ted Wiard

Editors Note: This is the first in an ongoing series of columns by grief specialist Dr. Ted Wiard, dedicated to helping educate the community about emotional healing.

Mental health is a conscious process and tends to be low on a person’s priority list.

This has led to more and more negative behaviors, disconnections, fear and an increase in isolation, suicide, addiction and other self-destructive actions.

My hope is that this article can help your readers know that they are not alone, emotional healing is possible, and there is help.

A large part of emotional healing is to understand


Kehar Koslowsky And Robert Tweeten Perform Feb. 28

Mezzo soprano Kehar Koslowsky and pianist Robert Tweeten perform Feb. 28 at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe. Courtesy photo


Mezzo soprano Kehar Koslowsky and pianist Robert Tweeten perform 5:30-6:15 p.m., Feb. 28 for the TGIF Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe, 208 Grant Ave.

Admission is free and open to all; a freewill offering will be accepted.


A Unconventional Cabaret

  • Sweeter Than Roses – Henry Purcell
  • Music for a While – Henry Purcell
  • Dear Pretty Youth – Henry Purcell
  • Les Chemins de L’Amour – Francis Poulenc


Jenny McCumber Takes Helm At LAPS Foundation

Jennifer McCumber is the new executive director for the LAPS Foundation. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools has announced that Jennifer McCumber is the new executive director for the LAPS Foundation.

McCumber officially began this position Monday, Jan. 6.

While this is a new role for McCumber, she is by no means new to the schools or the Foundation. Most recently, she served as a school board member for District 5 (Mountain Elementary) 2015-2019.

She also served on the board of the LAPS Foundation for several years as the school board representative, a committee assignment