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People & Community

Los Alamos County Board Of Appeals Continues For A Second Time Its Deliberations On Sirphey LLC Case

The Los Alamos Board of Appeals voted this evening to continue for a second time its deliberation of the Sirphey LLC case until 4:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24. Gathered at the Board of Appeals public hearing in Council Chambers, from left, County Attorney Alvin Leaphart, County Councilor Randall Ryti, Board Chair Terry Priestley and Utilities Manager Philo Shelton. Attorney Phil Dabney is representing Sirphey LLC owner Prashant Jain who brought a complaint against Los Alamos County Council and Building Official Michael Arellano after the new business space he was renovating in Mari Mac was red Read More

FTA Tribal Transit Program Awards $830,000 To Three Northern New Mexico Native Tribes

FTA News:

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded three northern New Mexico native tribes $830,000 in grant money for projects that support transit services for American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages in rural areas. 

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) submitted grant requests on behalf of the Jicarilla Apache Nation which will receive a total of $565,580, and Taos Pueblo which was awarded $200,000.

Additionally, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo will receive $64,323 for their request to secure funding to replace a vehicle that exceeded its useful life.

Jicarilla Read More

Eight Residents Apply For Vacant County Council Seat


Eight residents have applied to fill a seat on Los Alamos County Council left vacant by the Jan. 1 resignation of James Robinson.

Counci will interview the candidates during the regular council meeting that begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Council will likely appoint one of the candidates at tht meeting.

The candidates include:

  • Steven Booth;
  • Brandi Engeman;
  • Andrew Fraser;
  • David Hampton;
  • Melanee Hand;
  • Keith Lepsch;
  • Antonio Maggiore; and
  • Aaron Walker.

Other agenda items for Tuesday’s meeting include:

  • Introduction of Code Ordinance No. 02-325, which pertains to sewage service
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Brace For Construction Noise At Aquatic Center Monday

View of the slide intallation project Saturday at the Leisure Lagoon adjacent to the Walkup Aquatic Center at 2760 Canyon Road. Photo by Ed Birnbaum


Los Alamos County has announced that visitors may experience loud construction noise on the main pool deck of the Walkup Aquatic Center at 2760 Canyon Road.

The noise may occur 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24 as Klinger Construction begins demolishing the old metal double doors to install new store front doors and a roll-up door at the shallow end of the pool.

Direct questions about this project to Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust at Read More

LAPS School Board Members Sworn In At January Meeting

School Board members and Honorable Judge Elizabeth Allen following their swearing in at the start of the Jan. 11 meeting, from left, Christine Bernstein, Antonio Jaurigue, Allen, Erin Green, Ellen Specter and Melanie Colgan. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The first Los Alamos School Board meeting of 2022 was held Tuesday, Jan. 11. Newly elected board member Antonio Jaurigue, along with re-elected members Melanie Colgan, Erin Green and Ellen Specter, were sworn in by the Honorable Judge Elizabeth Allen. 

The board then held elections for officers, resulting in Melanie Colgan being elected president; Read More

New Online Unified Portal Launching This Fall For Access To New Mexico Health & Human Services

HSD Deputy Secretary Kari Armijo

HSD News:

SANTA FE — The Human Services Department (HSD) will launch a new web portal this fall designed to direct New Mexicans to all types of health and human services across state agencies – that fits their needs.

The unified portal is the next step in creating a simplified, mobile-friendly website and application process to streamline the eligibility and enrollment for services such as Medicaid, behavioral health, child support, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The unified portal will also create an entry point for individuals Read More

LAPS Interim Superintendent Jennifer Guy Issues Update On Return To In Person Instruction Monday Jan. 24

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Interim Superintendent Jennifer Guy issued the following letter to parents this morning, updating them on the return to in person instruction scheduled for Monday, Jan. 24:

LAPS Families,

After careful consideration of the costs and benefits associated with returning to school, we have made the decision for all of the Los Alamos Public Schools to return to providing in person instruction on Monday, January 24. We want to emphasize that the health and safety of staff and students continues to be the number one priority.

This was a difficult decision. Read More

Martinez: The Perfect Time To Organize Your Finances

President, Los Alamos Region
Enterprise Bank & Trust, Member FDIC

As we settle into 2022, many of us have already begun working toward resolutions for the months ahead. Now is a perfect time to organize your finances and set yourself on the right path to accomplish your new year’s goals.

Budgeting is a great way to get organized and increase your personal financial awareness. Start by determining your monthly income and expenses to understand where your money is going instead of wondering where it went.

Identifying and eliminating your “budget busters” or the small amounts Read More

Governor Proclaims NM School Choice Week Jan. 23-29

NSCW News:

SANTA FE — Great students and great schools deserve a celebration. That’s the message New Mexico families are bringing to their events for National School Choice Week 2022.

New Mexico schools, organizations, and individuals are planning 175 celebrations for the Week, which will feature more than 26,000 activities nationwide. New Mexicans will participate in the 1ra Feria Virtual Nacional Escolar y de Recursos en Español (First National Virtual School and Resource Fair in Spanish) Friday, Jan. 28.

More than two dozen U.S. landmarks and notable buildings will light up Read More

Daily Postcard: Mule Deer Buck Lounges In Snow

Daily Postcard: A mule deer buck lounges in the snow Thursday morning in an arroyo near the backyard of a residence in Los Alamos. The mule deer is indigenous to western North America and named for its ears, which are large like those of the mule. Source: wikipedia. Photo by Verena Welser

A mule deer buck nibbles on plants in snow Thursday morning in an arroyo near the backyard of a residence in Los Alamos. Photo by Verena Welser Read More

It’s Official: Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Oliver Morris

Magistrate Court Pat Casados swears in new Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Oliver Morris today at the Justice Center. Photo by John McHale/

New Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Oliver Morris signs official documents following his swearing in ceremony today in Magistrate Court. Photo by John McHale/

Kateri Morris pins the badge on her husband, newly promoted Deputy Police Chief Oliver Morris today during a promotion ceremony in Magistrate Court at the Justice Center. Photo by John McHale/

Gathered in Magistrate Court today fof his promotion Read More

TGIF Concert Series: Harpsichordist Linda Raney Jan. 21

First Presbyterian Church at 208 Grant Ave. in Santa Fe. Courtesy/FPC 


What: Linda Raney, harpsichord

Music:  Herbert Howells Lambert’s Clavichord 

Date: January 21, 2022

Time: 5:30 (doors open at 5:15)

Where: First Presbyterian Church 208 Grant Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87501

Admission: Freewill offering and open to all

For More Information call 982.8544 


Lambert’s Clavichord Op. 41 (HH 165):

  1. ‘Lambert’s Fireside’
    The Croft: 14 May 1926
  2. ‘Fellowes’ Delight’ 
    H. London: 13 Sept 1927
    The Rev. Edmund H. Fellows (1870-1951)
    Director of choir at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor
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LAPS Special Virtual School Board Meeting 1 PM Monday

LAPS News:

It has been brought to the attention of the district that the Jan. 15 Los Alamos School Board meeting where the new superintendent was selected was not properly noticed to the public.

An email circulated Jan. 4 announcing the meeting indicated that a possible quorum of board members might be present in the LAPD Board Room from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jan. 12-16 for superintendent candidates’ interviews.

The notice said no action would be taken.

In addition, there was no agenda for the Jan. 15 meeting sent to local media or available to the public on the LAPS website until Jan. 17.

In order to Read More

Public Can See District Spending On ‘Open Books’ Website … New Transparency Portal Responds To Legislation

NMPED News: 

SANTA FE — New Mexicans can now access detailed financial information about state-chartered schools, school districts and regional education cooperatives with a few clicks of a computer mouse.

Open Books is the Public Education Department’s new online financial reporting system, launched in response to Senate Bill 96, passed in the regular session in 2020.

The legislation appropriated $3 million for the department to develop an accessible financial reporting system that would allow comparison between schools, districts and regional education cooperatives on measures Read More

Governor Asks Legislature To Exempt Social Security Benefits From State’s Personal Income Tax

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Post file photo

From the Office of the Governor:

New Mexico is one of just 13 states that tax the benefit 

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today the introduction of Senate Bill 108, legislation sponsored by Sen. Michael Padilla that would exempt Social Security benefits from the state’s personal income tax.

“New Mexico is one of only a few states that taxes Social Security,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Ending this tax lifts one more burden from the shoulders of New Mexico seniors living on fixed incomes.”

Currently, Social Security benefits that are subject Read More