People & Community

Century Bank Joins Fun Of Backcountry Film Festival

Century Bank’s Tim Branch hands a Backcountry Film Festival sponsorship to PEEC Executive Director Katie Bruell. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Century Bank is again sponsoring the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) showing of the Backcountry Film Festival from the Winter Wildlands Alliance.

The screening is 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, with the streaming link live for 72 hours for ticket-holders.

And exciting news just in! Thanks to Century Bank, ticket holders will receive one free drink from the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill plus a discount code for 15 percent off their food and drink

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Los Alamos School Board Elects Melanie Colgan President

LAPS News:

Melanie Colgan was chosen as the new president of the Los Alamos School Board at the Jan.12 Regular School Board Meeting.

Outgoing President Ellen Ben-Naim passed the virtual gavel to Colgan during the meeting.

Ben-Naim was elected vice-president. Dawn Jalbert will retain her position as board secretary.

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Pajarito Mountain Cafe Launches New Online Food Ordering

Pajarito Mountain Cafe is open 11 a.m, to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday exclusively for outdoor seating on the patio or takeout. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain


Pajarito Mountain Cafe has launched a new online food ordering system.

Guests may visit to order food online. The system will alert guests when the food is ready. 

The cafe is open 11 a.m, to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Featuring exclusively outdoor seating on the patio or takeout, guests can enjoy a variety of options from the menu. 

Pajarito Mountain hopes to open the mountain for winter

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Waterline Repairs Underway At Mesa Public Library

UPDATE: Crews will be repair the line on Friday, Jan. 15. 


Library patrons asked to park in west parking lot for curbside book pick-up today

Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities will close the one-way drive in front of the Mesa Public Library just past the entrance to the west parking lot today, due to ice resulting from a water line break.

Department officials ask library patrons who are scheduled for curbside pick-up of library books to park in the west parking lot and walk up to the pick-up location. 

Individuals who may have problems accessing the stairs are advised

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League Of Women Voters Responds To GOP Chair McKerley

League of Women Voters of Los Alamos

The nonpartisan League of Women Voters would like to comment on Republican Party Chair Bill McKerley’s implication that the vote results in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Arizona were fraudulent.

Mr. McKerley cites four claims of malfeasance during the election, but all of that evidence was scrutinized by judges in those states and found to be invalid.

Leading Republicans like Senators Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham and Representative Liz Cheney have urged Americans to accept

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Albertsons Market Makes Generous Donation To UWNNM

Gathered for a check presentation Tuesday at the MarketStreet Albertsons, from left, Store Director Isaiah Garcia for Zia and St. Francis stores in Santa Fe, Zafarano Store Director Jeremy Montoya, UWNNM Executive Director Cindy Padilla, Guadalupe Street Store Director Jeremy Miller and Regional Vice President Travis Chaney. Courtesy photo


Officials for Albertsons Market gathered together Tuesday in Santa Fe to present a check for $3,365 to the United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM).

“We appreciate the generosity of Albertsons Market, they are one of our important

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Chair Ryti: Council Update As 2021 Gets Underway

By Chair Randall Ryti
Los Alamos County Council

As we start 2021, we have completed 10 months under a public health emergency due to the global pandemic. The County continues to support measures to ease and eventually end restrictions related to this emergency.

Unfortunately, we are continuing to detect new cases of COVID-19 at or near to our highest per capita levels. It is with sadness that the NM Department of Health reported the first death in the County related to COVID-19 this last weekend.

There are things we can do as individuals to help. First, we can get tested. Testing is being offered

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Utilities Department Invites Public Comment On White Rock Water Resource Recovery Facility At Virtual Meeting Jan. 21

An aerial view of the wastewater treatment plant that has run its course in White Rock. Courtesy/LAC

Los Alamos Daily Post

The wastewater treatment plant in White Rock has run its course and the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is working to replace the approximately 60-year-old plant with a new, cutting edge water resource recovery facility.

Before construction equipment is powered up to build a new facility, a public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 on Zoom. During the hearing, the project will be reviewed and

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Search And You’re Sure To Find At Seeking Chameleon

Owner Catherine Richmond, left, and employee Leora McMullan with some of the many items available for purchase at Seeking Chameleon. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Treasures on the porch at Seeking Chameleon in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Catherine Richmond, owner of Seeking Chameleon, has always been a treasure seeker.

“If there’s something about it that I love, I want it!” she said. “I love making things and I’m attracted to stuff that can be used to make something wonderful. It’s

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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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