People & Community

Ice Rink Expands Skate Development Sessions Jan. 18

Los Alamos County Ice Rink at 4475 West Road. Photo by John McHale/


The Los Alamos County Ice Rink is adding Skater Development Sessions to its schedule starting Jan. 18 through Feb. 14.

The Sessions are available by reservation via phone only, with no more than 10 people per session.

Reservations can be made one day in advance and will be limited to four individuals or one household if calling for a family larger than four.

To make a reservation for a skate session, call the Ice Rink 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 505.662.4500; voicemails and emails will not be accepted as confirmed

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County Hosts Downtown Master Plan Public Meeting Jan. 27


Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (D/P/S) and the Los Alamos County Community Development Department will host a Zoom meeting 5:15-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 for the public to learn more about progress being made on the Downtown Master Plans for Los Alamos and White Rock.

Informed by the feedback received during the Visioning Workshop and Design Workshop, D/P/S has created three draft alternative frameworks for each Downtown area and drafted goals and strategies to achieve a desired vision.

The team will present the alternatives, goals and strategies and discuss with the public which

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Zero Waste Team: Family Food Waste Prevention Pledge

From The County Zero Waste Team:

It’s that time again, time to take a look at what we might do to improve our lives in the New Year.

Often, we make resolutions to improve our health, save money for things we want, make time for our families or work to heal the planet.

How about accomplishing all those goals with one money and time saving resolution, that improves health and the environment?

It’s probably not one you’ve thought much about, but it is powerful: Waste Less Food.

In the U.S., households waste an average of $1,500 per year on food they don’t eat. That’s like throwing $125 out your car window every

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Homegrown New Mexico Science And Tech Companies Including UbiQD Awarded Innovation Research Grants

UbiGro inside a greenhouse of UbiQD of Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD


  • ‘Each of these companies is developing technology that will greatly benefit mankind…’ –EDD

SANTA FE – Three high-tech New Mexico companies will receive New Mexico Small Business Innovation Research (NMSBIR) Grants to help their businesses thrive, announced New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes.

The three companies receiving awards for this round of the grant are:

  • UbiQD in Los Alamos;
  • BennuBio in Albuquerque; and
  • Mesa Photonics in Santa Fe.

Each of these companies

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SFNF Waives Fees In Honor Of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

MLK Day on Monday, Jan. 18: A national day of service … ‘A day on, not a day off’… Courtesy image

SFNF News:

…SFNF Offices Closed for Federal Holiday

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many day-use recreation sites Monday, Jan. 18 to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

All SFNF offices will be closed Jan. 18 for the federal holiday, resuming virtual business hours Tuesday, Jan. 19.

This year is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed on the third Monday

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NCRTD Fleet Technician Recognized For Excellence

NCRTD Executive Director, Anthony Mortillaro, left, recognizes Fleet Technician Keith Dalrymple  for his above and beyond assistance to a bicyclist struck by a vehicle in Ranchos de Taos. Courtesy/NCRTD


North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) Fleet Technician Keith Dalrymple was recognized by the District Board at its January meeting for going above and beyond by providing assistance to a bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle in Ranchos de Taos last month.

Dalrymple had just completed his work at the NCRTD Taos facility and was on his way home to Española when he witnessed

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Daily Postcard: New Ducks In Town

Daily Postcard: These two ducks have been spotted lately at Ashley Pond. They are female Lesser Scaup, an unusual visitor to the pond. They will likely leave during spring migration. Source: Local bird expert Bob Walker. The pair appear curious about a Lhasa Apso dog Tuesday; when she walked one way on the path, they would follow her in the water and when she backtracked, they did, too. They didn’t seem as interested in people. Photo by Ken Hanson

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RPLA Comments On Events Of Jan. 6 In Washington

Republican Party of Los Alamos County

First of all, and most importantly, RPLA extends its condolences and prayers to the families of those who lost their lives or those who were injured in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6.

In a recent, public forum, the following question was asked: “Does the Republican Party of Los Alamos stand on the side of condoning or condemning the riot in/around the capitol building?”

I assume the question is sincere and that the person asking will accept the response in an open, bipartisan manner. The Republican Party of Los Alamos does not condone the “riot

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Chapter 16 Development Code Kick-off Meeting Jan. 19


Dekker Perich Sabatini (DPS) and the Los Alamos County Community Development Department will host a virtual informational meeting 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The purpose of the meeting is for the public to learn more about the path forward for the update of the County’s Chapter 16 Development Code.

The code update is Phase 2 of the overall “Downtown Master Plans for Los Alamos & White Rock and Code Update” project that began in 2020.

DPS has analyzed the current Development Code and will present its report – a technical review of the strengths and weaknesses of the existing

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Eco Station, Overlook Collection Center Closed MLK Day


The Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center will be closed Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Additionally, there will be no residential or commercial trash and Christmas tree collection service provided Monday, Jan. 18.

If the observed date falls on your normal trash day, place your materials out Wednesday, Jan. 20.

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Los Alamos Head Golf Professional Michael Phillips Garners 2021 Top 50 Kids Coach Award For Third Straight Year

Head Golf Professional Michael Phillips demonstrates the proper putting grip to Matthew Slowik, left, and Gabe Mamula during a lesson last July on the practice putting green at Los Alamos County Golf Course. 2021 marks Phillips’ third year in a row winning the Top 50 Kids Coach Award. Photo by John McHale/


Los Alamos Community Services Department congratulates Head Golf Professional Michael Phillips for once again being named as a Masters Kid Coach – 2021 marks the third year in a row that he has won the Top 50 Kids Coach Award.

“I have been fortunate to work with Michael

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Chandler Discusses Her Pre-Filed Bills For 60-Day Session

Rep. Christine Chandler, Dist. 43

From the Office of Rep. Christine Chandler:

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos) announced this morning that she is sponsoring four pre-filed bills for the upcoming 60-day legislative session.

These bills are part of a broader effort by Rep. Chandler and her House Democratic colleagues to introduce legislation that is not only aimed at helping families and small businesses get back on their feet, but also at lifting the state up and creating opportunity for a generation, she said.

Rep. Chandler is sponsoring the following pre-filed bills:


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Missing Endangered 7 Year Old Last Seen In White Rock

UPDATE: CANCEL Missing Endangered Juvenile Advisory – Angelique Romero and Lorenza Romero. Angelique Romero has been located and is safe.

NMSP News:

Española – The following is information for the distribution of a Missing Endangered Juvenile Advisory from the New Mexico State Police (NMSP).

NMSP is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Angelique Romero and her biological mother Lorenza Romero.

Angelique and Lorenza were last seen around 8:30 a.m. Jan. 11, 2021 at 140 Long View Dr. in White Rock.

Angelique is a 7-year-old Hispanic female, 4’5” tall, weighing 60 pounds, with

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Deadline For Letters Of Interest For Greenhouse Gas Committee And North Mesa Working Group Is Monday

Residents interested in submitting a letter of interest for either the Greenhouse Gas Committee or North Mesa Working Group are reminded that the deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18.
Letters should be emailed to
Information about each of these new volunteer opportunities was released to media earlier in December and details can be found on the County’s News page:
For the Greenhouse Gas Committee, click here.
For the North Mesa Working Group, click here.

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Los Alamos High School Senior Named Top Scholar

Karin Ebey

LAPS News:

Karin Ebey, a senior at Los Alamos High School, has been named one of the top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2021, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

“I am really excited to be named one of the top 300 finalists,” Ebey said.

Her project title is Climate Change on Crocodilians: Modeling the Effects of Variations in Rainfall on Crocodilians and Their Ecosystems. On Jan. 21, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists and compete for more than $1.8 million in awards

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