People & Community

First United Methodist Church Of Los Alamos Helping Navajo Nation During COVID-19 Global Pandemic

First UMC of Los Alamos donates large water tanks to the Navajo Nation. Courtesy/FUMC

FUMC of Los Alamos News:

The people of First United Methodist Church having been putting God’s love into action by helping to provide water for the Navajo Nation.

It all started back in April, when the New Mexico Conference of the United Methodist Church put a call out for fabric masks to help the Navajo Nation. First UMC of Los Alamos, who had many members who were already making masks for many community organizations, participated in the collection more than 100 masks. In a desire and concern to help further, they


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Multiple Changes Underway To Improve DP Road

The Bluffs senior affordable apartment complex is taking shape on DP Road. Photo by Ed Birnbaum

Workers are busy Wednesday pouring concrete for new apartments on DP Road. Photo by Ed Birnbaum

Another scene of work underway Wednesday at new apartments on DP Road. Photo by Ed Birnbaum

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

DP Road is undergoing multiple changes. The Canyon Walk Apartments, an affordable housing project, is under development and this month kicked off the start of utility work on DP Road.

Los Alamos County Community Development Department Director Paul


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County Council Chair Sara Scott Issues Information Update

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

Today I’ll provide some information on a few topics of current interest: an update regarding COVID-19 response, a high-level summary of the upcoming decision and public meetings regarding the Carbon Free Power Project, and information regarding two upcoming workshops that are part of the engagement process for the Downtown planning initiative.

I hope this note finds you and families and friends well; I hear from many folks who want us to keep working hard as a community to help our businesses and schools by staying home and always wearing our masks


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Lillian Petersen Of Los Alamos Wins First Place In Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020

Lillian Petersen during the filming of her competition video. Courtesy/Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Lillian Kay Petersen, a 2020 graduate of Los Alamos High School, has won First Place in the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

Petersen, 17, will receive the top prize of $250,000. More than $1.8 million was awarded to the finalists, who were evaluated based on the scientific rigor of their projects, their exceptional


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Council Hears Health Services Gap Analysis

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

To better understand health needs in Los Alamos County, Kulik Strategic Advisors was hired to conduct a Health Services Gap Analysis.

The analysis’ findings were presented during the Tuesday night regular County Council meeting.

Council Chair Sara Scott noted that discussion would focus on the gap analysis presentation; the social services contract that Family Strengths Network and Las Cumbres had applied for was not listed on the agenda and will be discussed at a future meeting. She added that County staff continue to work


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Santa Fe Botanical Garden Reopens To Public Aug. 8

Santa Fe Botanical Garden reopens to the public Saturday at Museum Hill. Courtesy/SFBG

Santa Fe Botanical Garden News:

SANTA FE — Santa Fe Botanical Garden received permission from the State of New Mexico to reopen the Botanical Garden at Museum Hill Saturday, Aug. 8.

This reopening comes after a four-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Botanical Garden at Museum Hill has never looked more beautiful, and the plants are ready to be seen.

The collection includes native plants and plants that thrive in Northern New Mexico’s semi-arid steppe climate. Take a stroll through the lavender


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Carson Cannon Memorial Scholarship Raffle Is Aug. 15

Shari Mills is raffling her afghan for a scholarship fund in memory of Carson Cannon. Courtesy photo

Carson Cannon

COMMUNITY News:

Tickets are still available for an afghan Shari Mills made and is raffling to raise money for a scholarship fund in memory of Carson Cannon.

Carson is Reed and Heidi Cannon’s 16-year-old son who died suddenly last December. He would have graduated May 2021 from Los Alamos High School.

Tickets are available at High Mesa Dental Arts offices, Los Alamos 555 Oppenheimer Suite 202 and White Rock behind Smiths, 106 A Longview Dr. and from Mills.

Contact Mills at shelliott50@hotmail.com


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Daily Postcard: Sturgeon Moon Over White Rock

Daily Postcard: The August Full Moon is at 96 percent past full Monday over White Rock and still very bright with surrounding clouds. August’s Full Moon was traditionally called the Sturgeon Moon because the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this part of summer. Other names for include ‘Full Green Corn Moon’ signaling that the corn was nearly ready for harvest, ‘Wheat Cut Moon’, ‘Moon When All Things Ripen’ and ‘Blueberry Moon’. Source: Farmer’s Almanac. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs


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Scenes At NM502 Roundabout: Central Closed; Trinity Open

Scene today showing traffic moving past the Hilltop House Hotel on Trinity Drive, which is now open in both directions. Photo by Ed Birnbaum

Scene today showing Central Avenue is closed and old concrete piled up in the background and the big grader parked on Central Avenue. Photo by Ed Birnbaum


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White Rock Senior Center Turns 25 Years Old Today

The White Rock Senior Center today quietly celebrated its 25th Anniversary. With $50 borrowed for a coffee pot, a small group started what is now the White Rock Senior Center. The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) and the Betty Ehart Senior Center followed later as one of the greatest partnerships. LARSO today oversees both senior centers. Plans are to hold an event similar to the June celebration, where live music and cupcakes will be part of drive thru lunch celebrations. The festivities will take place Aug. 11 at the Los Alamos location and Aug. 18 at the White Rock location.


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Three Los Alamos Students Take On Watchmaking

Local entrepreneurs from top left, Colin Hehlen, Will McCumber and Michael McCumber. Courtesy photo

Hyalus Watches team members go live with a Kickstarter pre-order campaign Aug. 11. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

  • From idea to reality … local watch business prepares to launch

Three Los Alamos students, Will McCumber, Michael McCumber and Colin Hehlen, have been working for the last year and a half to turn their passion of watch collecting into a thriving business.

These young entrepreneurs plan to go live with a Kickstarter pre-order campaign Aug. 11 to fund their first product. In


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Community Invited To Attend Virtual Visioning Workshops For Downtown Master Plans For White Rock And Los Alamos

COUNTY News:

Two upcoming “virtual” workshops will offer residents in White Rock and Los Alamos their first opportunity to voice ideas about the future of the two downtown areas.

The first GoToWebinar, facilitated by the County’s consultants from Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (DPS), will be specifically for White Rock residents and the second workshop using GoToWebinar will focus on the downtown area of Los Alamos.

The ‘Downtown Master Plans and Development Code Update’ is a two-year project initiated by Los Alamos County, starting in June 2020.

The project encompasses two phases:

  • Phase 1 will

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Los Alamos Summer Virtual Concert: Jared & The Mill Friday

Jared & The Mill performs the Los Alamos Summer Virtual Concert at 6 p.m. Friday. Courtesy/SANCRE Productions

Los Alamos Summer Virtual Concert News:

The Los Alamos Summer Virtual Concert Series Presented by Toyota of Santa Fe is proud to present Jared & The Mill performing 6 p.m. Friday on the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series Facebook page.

Formed in 2011 in Phoenix, Ariz., Jared & the Mill is a six-piece indie folk outfit led by singer/songwriter Jared Kolesar. Along with band mates Michael Carter, Larry Gast III, Chuck Morriss III, Josh Morin and Gabe Hall-Rodrigues, Kolesar


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Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra Awards 2020 Scholarships

Allison Peterson is winner of the Rosemary O’Connor Memorial Scholarship. Courtesy/LASO

Sarah Crotzer is winner of the Jane Gerheart Memorial Scholarship. Courtesy/LASO

LASO News:

Each year the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra (LASO) awards scholarships to students who have shown achievement in music in the past with an expectation of continuing with music in their lives.

The awards are usually presented at the final LASO concert of the year – its Spring Concert. Of course this year, with the pandemic, that concert never happened. However, four scholarships were awarded.

Allison


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LAPD Addressing Speeding Concerns In Los Alamos County

LAPD Cpl. David Boe conducting speed enforcement near the golf course. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has noticed an increase in speeding concerns from the Los Alamos public over the last month.

These concerns have come in a variety of forms to include; social media posts, emails, phone calls, and citizens utilizing the crime-tip submission tool on the LAPD website.

LAPD wants to take the opportunity to assure the public these concerns are being addressed and it is an area of focus for traffic safety in the community. Extra Patrols have been communicated to each shift


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Del Norte Credit Union And Community Celebrate Board Member George Best On His 100th Birthday

George Best, the man, the myth, the legend turns 100 today! Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

DNCU honors longtime board member George Best on his 100th birthday. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

DNCU News:

Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), local financial mainstay and home to over 57,000 members, is proud to share in the celebration of the 100th birthday of retired board member, George Best.

Best served as a volunteer on the board and supervisory committee for 34 years, dedicating his time to help DNCU become the financially sound, award winning organization that it is today.

George


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Snyder: Archiving Pandemic With Community Help

In the early days of the pandemic, empty shelves at Smith’s meant doing without some items. Photo by Sharon Snyder

By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the United States, it was natural to make comparisons to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. However, when news reporters in California contacted museum archives and the state historical society for information, only a few records and one photograph turned up!

Apparently, no one had recorded circumstances or first hand stories of the people who lived through that 1918 event. I encountered the same


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