People & Community

Report Reveals New Mexico Lottery And Opportunity Scholarships Could Support Thousands More Students

A recent report reveals that 15,770 students received tuition and fee assistance since 2019. Courtesy/NMHED


SANTA FE – A report published by the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) on the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship and preliminary data for the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship reveal that 15,770 students received tuition and fee assistance via these state-funded programs since Fall 2019. 

“The demonstrated success of the Lottery Scholarship shows that state aid programs are effective in helping students attain a postsecondary degree,” Acting Higher Education

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Aquatic Center Closing For HVAC System Repairs

The Aquatic Center will be closed beginning Tuesday for HVAC system repairs. Courtesy/LAC


Starting Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Larry H. Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed for HVAC system repairs in order to maintain COVID-19 safety measures and state requirements.

With the increased COVID-19 air circulation requirements, Aquatic Center staff have been closely monitoring the HVAC system to help ensure a safe environment for our swimmers. The air circulation requirements have moved past acceptable levels and require the facility to be closed for the safety of patrons and staff.

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DOE/NNSA: Los Alamos Field Office Proposes Facility For Isotope Production Used In Cancer Therapies


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office has issued a categorical exclusion (CX) determination to construct and operate a Light Manufacturing Facility to support DOE/NNSA’s Isotope Production Program.

The Light Manufacturing Facility will be used to for the processing of alpha emitting isotopes that will be shipped throughout the country and be used for varying cancer therapies.

The CX is available here.

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Los Alamos Community Winds Offers Valentine Serenades

Los Alamos Community Winds offering personal serenades for your sweetheart. Courtesy image

LACW News:

The Los Alamos Community Winds (LACW) is offering Instrumental Valentine Serenades to the community.

What better way to celebrate the international day of love than to have a group of musicians perform at your doorstep?

How many of today’s readers remember from long ago the romantic gesture of a serenade to your wife, girlfriend or significant other, perhaps sung by a barbershop group or a college fraternity?

The Los Alamos Community Winds has come up with a new twist to this and will be offering

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Santa Fe Community College, Kids Campus And Higher Education Center To Close For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

SFCC News:

Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 18, 2021.

No classes will be held, and no student services will be available. SFCC’s child development center, Kids Campus will be closed.

All SFCC and HEC buildings are closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions. Online services will resume and Spring 2021 classes will begin Tuesday, January 19. Kids Campus re-opens Jan. 19 and is limited to those who have pre-registered and are following strict protocols.

Spring 2021 registration is encouraged before

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New Report Details Problems Of Traps On Public Lands

WildEarth Guardians News:

…Rep. Christine Chandler among legislators to introduce Roxy’s Law during 2021 session

…The economics of trapping, the number of species killed by trappers, and environmental harms are among topics covered by report

SANTA FE — WildEarth Guardians and members of the TrapFree New Mexico coalition released a detailed report today that makes an in-depth case for banning traps on public lands.

Touching on a wide array of topics, the report goes into detail on the economics of trapping versus other uses of public lands, common trap types and the injuries

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Many NCRTD Routes Operating Regular Route Schedules

Many Blue Bus routes begin operating on regular route schedules. File photo


Many North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) Blue Bus routes have begun to operate on their regular route schedules.

Seating remains limited to provide social distance and adhere to groups of five or less. Visit the routes section at for the latest on all routes.

Face coverings are required to ride the Blue Bus and must remain on for the duration of one’s trip. The NCRTD continues to take aggressive measures to clean and disinfect passenger vehicles daily.

The District’s top priority

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LAPS Mourns Loss Of Student; Provides Grief Support

From Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

In times of grief and loss, our school family comes together to support one another.

With that in mind, on Monday, Jan. 11, and Tuesday, Jan. 12, a virtual grief support room will be available to students from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Clinical staff and school counselors will be able to assist students in processing the news of Josh Miko’s death (LAHS student died in a tragic camping accident over the weekend) throughout both days, using breakout rooms for small groups of students to gather and share. 

A separate virtual support session will

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Environment Department COVID-19 Watchlist: Jan. 10, 2021

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated its daily Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist, which includes New Mexico places of employment that have had two or more rapid responses in the last 14 days.

There are 95 establishments on the Watchlist.

The current Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist and closure list, which includes all establishments that have been required to close, are posted here.

The state initiates a rapid response when it learns of a positive COVID-19 case in a workplace. The state agency initiating the rapid response will offer direction to establishments

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Phoenix Rising

‘The Phoenix will rise yet again … And we will be restored…’ –John Gonzales. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos

The sun is hiding as the land is darkened
Was sent a harbinger, danger?
The tears of the mourning, of insane raging
the weeping and gnashing of teeth?
The sign in the heavens foretold
Lives lost counted as cost – oh the souls that are lost –
as fools do blunder
do they expect us surrender?
As the birds grow irritated in wild places

Evil strengthened by rage is upon the stage and it casts itself
unto the breach
To desecrate the holy place
as the Griffith arises
To stand

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McClenahan: Women Played Vital Roles In Manhattan Project From Scientists To Technicians To Moms

By Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Society

The public and even some historians often have a romantic view of the Manhattan Project: A few brilliant scientists with thick glasses, dressed in white coats, working feverishly, yet often alone in laboratories where a few “eureka” moments led to the development of the world’s first atomic bombs.

The real story is much more complex, involving more people and more programs than most history books share.

Alex Wellerstein, a historian of the Manhattan Project and nuclear secrecy, working at the Stevens Institute of Technology, estimates

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LANL Foundation Awards 22 Career-Bound Students With Spring 2021 Career Pathways Scholarships

LANL Foundation News:

SANTA FE — LANL Foundation announces the recipients of its Spring 2021 Career Pathways Scholarship, awarded to those in pursuit of a two-year degree, trade or certificate.

The 22 recent Career Pathways awardees from Northern New Mexico intend to pursue degrees and certifications in high-demand fields, including Nursing, Information Technology, Radiation Technology, Welding, Computer Science and Business Administration.

These scholars are highly motivated to gain the skills and credentials needed to enter the workforce in their career of choice, with the primary

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LAHS Senior Karin Ebey Among Society For Science Top 300 Scholars In Regeneron Science Talent Search 2021

SFS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Society for Science (the Society) Thursday announced 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.

Los Alamos High School senior Karin Ebey is among the winners for her project  Climate Change on Crocodilians: Modeling the Effects of Variations in Rainfall on Crocodilians and Their Ecosystem.

The 300 scholars and their schools will be awarded $2,000 each.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,760 applications received

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January Is National Train Your Dog Month

SFAS News:

January is National Train Your Dog Month, and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter (SFAS) is here to help with training classes and free online discussions.

“Our goal is to raise awareness that proper training and socialization are critical to a dog’s wellbeing,” said SFAS Public Information Officer Murad Kirdar. “January is the ideal time to focus efforts on training your newly adopted puppy or older pup that just needs some extra training.”

Research shows that training and socializing dogs can reduce or prevent future behavior problems, especially when they’re young.
That is the basis

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Rotary Hosts Dr. Sandy Farmer Of Pfizer Pharmaceutical

Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

Dr. Sandy Farmer of Pfizer Pharmaceutical was the featured speaker via Zoom at the Jan. 5 meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. 

In his presentation, How the COVID-19 Vaccine Came to Be: A Confluence of Innovation Along Many Dimensions, Farmer outlined the evolution of vaccine development. He explained that although the world’s first vaccine was administered in 1798 to reduce the spread of smallpox, it wasn’t until the late 1960s and into the 1970s that purified forms were steadily developed to eliminate use of live viruses which can generate

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