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People & Community

Follow Space Heater Safety Tips To Avoid Home Fires

Community Safety News:

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly half (48 percent) of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January and February.

While more than two out of five (44 percent) of home heating fires involve space heaters, space heaters are involved in 86 percent of home heating fire deaths.

Anyone using a space heater to warm up, please be sure to plug all space heaters directly into a wall outlet and always turn it off when leaving the room or going to bed.

In addition:

  • Make sure a recognized testing laboratory has tested your
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Dogs Lifting Spirits All Over Los Alamos: Meet Fluffy

Fluffy, a local 3-year-old miniature poodle is looking fabulous today while sitting on a bench in front of Starbucks on Central Avenue. Fluffy’s mom takes him to get his colorful look at Paw-Fect Cuts on DP Road, after which he can’t help but lift spirits all over Los Alamos with his handsome self. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com Read More

C’YA Notifies 2021 Community Asset Award Nominees

Champions of Youth Ambitions News:

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA), spent the day notifying nominees (34 in all), of the 2021 Community Asset Awards.

The actual recognition event is still being planned with a safe way to hold a similar event, in a pandemic.

“The Board of Directors wanted to try and do things differently this year,” C’YA Executive Director said Bernadette Lauritzen said. “We may have found a way to get the goal accomplished – a little better than for the 2020 nominees.”

Nominees were notified by phone, email, via  Facebook and a few won’t Read More

Atomic City Quilts & Close-Knit Yarn Co-Op Closed Jan. 18-19 Due To Potential COVID-19 Exposure

Mary Fellman, left, of Close-Knit Yarn Co-Op and Shelly Kuropatwinski of Atomic City Quilts are closing their shops Tuesday and Wednesday due to a potential COVID-19 exposure at 1247 Central Ave. Post file photo


Out of an abundance of caution and a potential COVID-19 exposure, Atomic City Quilts and Close-Knit Yarn Co-Op will be closed to the public Tuesday, Jan. 18 and Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 1247 Central Ave.

Atomic City Quilts and Close-Knit Yarn Co-Op will continue to provide no-contact curbside pickup and online orders. Read More

LARSO Names Abbey Hayward Employee Of The Quarter

Abbey Hayward of the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization, which operates the Betty Ehart and White Rock Senior Centers has been named Employee of the Quarter. Courtesy/LARSO


Abbey Hayward of the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO), which operates the Betty Ehart and White Rock Senior Centers, has been named Employee of the Quarter.

The project was created by a suggestion from member John Baillie and a small grant from the Los Alamos Community Foundation to boost employee morale in the pandemic.

Hayward oversees the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Volunteer Read More

New Mexico Ethics Watch Announces New Report On Small Loan Industry Influence

New Mexico Ethics Watch Executive Director Kathleen Sabo

New Mexico Ethics Watch News:

Noting the millions of dollars of interest paid, the harm to credit ratings, and the potential for contributing to the ongoing poverty status of some of the most vulnerable New Mexicans, today New Mexico Ethics Watch released its detailed report on storefront lending, The Big Interest in Small Loans.

Joining the groundswell of support for instituting a 36 percent interest rate cap on small installment loans, New Mexico Ethics Watch is calling for the governor to send a message allowing/put on her call small Read More

Is Your Dog A Hero To You? Nominations Open For 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®

Nominations are open through March 16 for the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards® Courtesy photo

American Humane News:

WASHINGTON — American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, has announced the official start of the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®  campaign.

The 12th annual, year-long campaign seeks to identify and honor the best of our best friends and will culminate this fall with the star-studded “American Humane Hero Dog Awards” gala Nov. 11 in Palm Beach.

The event reaches and is eagerly followed by millions of animal lovers around the world every year. Read More

Millicent Rogers Museum: A-i-R Online Conversation ‘Strike A Pose: Fashion As An Artistic Framework’

Wayne Nez Gaussoin, Shicheii Charpentier Azul, 2021, mixed media. Courtesy/MRM

MRM News:

‘Strike a Pose: Fashion as an Artistic Framework’ is the theme of the ultimate in the curated conversation series that is part of the Millicent Rogers Museum (MRM) exhibition ‘New Mexico A-i-R: IAIA Artist Residents in Visual Dialogue’.

The exhibition is on view at the Museum through Jan. 29.

Featured on the panel are artists:

  • Orlando Dugi (Diné)
  • Wayne Nez Gaussoin (Picuris Pueblo, Diné)
  • Cara Romero (Chemehuevi).

The panel will take fashion as its focus and will consider its role as a framework for artistic Read More

NMDOT Releases Wildlife Corridors Action Plan Draft


SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) is releasing the Draft Wildlife Corridors Action Plan for public review.

The plan has been prepared in accordance with New Mexico Senate Bill 228, the Wildlife Corridors Act (Act).

The Act, signed into law by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in 2019, directed the NMDOT and the NMDGF to develop the plan for NMDOT roads statewide.

The plan identifies wildlife-vehicle collision hotspots that pose a particularly high risk to the traveling public. Read More

Mesa Library Author Talk Features Former State Sen. Dede Feldman ‘Ten More Doors: Politics And The Path To Change’

Former New Mexico State Sen. Dede Feldman will discuss her new memoir ‘Ten More Doors: Politics and the Path to Change’  7-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 via Zoom. Courtesy image


Mesa Public Library presents an author talk with former New Mexico State Sen. Dede Feldman based on her new memoir “Ten More Doors: Politics and the Path to Change”.

This timely event, that coincides with the 2022 New Mexico Legislative Session, will be livestreamed via Zoom 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27.

Feldman’s book charts an inspirational path for anyone who wants to make a difference, start a campaign, advance Read More

First Cannabis Retail & Manufacturing Licenses Issued


SANTA FE — The Cannabis Control Division of the Regulation and Licensing Department Wednesday announced that they had issued the first new cannabis retail and manufacturing licenses under the Cannabis Regulation Act, creating jobs and bringing the state another step closer to the successful launch of adult-use cannabis sales by April 1.

“With each day New Mexico’s adult-use cannabis industry is growing,” Cannabis Control Division Director Kristen Thomson said. “Bringing manufacturers and retailers online is an important milestone that allows more businesses, entrepreneurs Read More

Nation Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022

At the age of 35, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. NPR’s Talk of the Nation aired MLK’s celebrated ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in 2010, listen to that broadcast here.

Staff Report:

Today marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 15, 1929-April 4, 1968).

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin. His grandfather began the family’s long tenure as pastors of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, serving from 1914 to 1931; his father has served from then until the present, and from Read More

Daily Postcard: Abert’s Squirrel Snacking At Bandelier

Daily Postcard: An Abert’s Squirrel is spotted sitting on a log while enjoying a delicious snack at Bandelier National Monument. The main food source for these little squirrels is parts of the Ponderosa pine including cones and growing tips. They also eat a variety of mushrooms. Photo by Sally King Read More

Governor’s Executive Budget Recommendation For Department Of Finance & Administration Includes Statewide Hunger Initiative

DFA Secretary Debbie Romero

DFA News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s executive budget recommendation for the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) includes funding for the state’s hunger initiative, an increase in county detention funds, and funding for the administration of federal grants.

The recommendation includes an overall general fund budget of $41 million dollars, an increase of over $19 million dollars (or 85.9 percent) from the FY22 operating budget.

Over the last three years, New Mexico had the second-largest improvement in food insecurity rates in the Read More

Community Members Asked To Help Local Dogs And Cats During National Betty White Challenge Monday

Monday would have been beloved actress and animal lover Betty White’s 100th birthday. She died Dec. 31. There is a movement sweeping the nation to honor her life on Monday: The Betty White Challenge, a social media challenge that encourages fans to donate to their local animal shelter. The Los Alamos Animal Shelter at 226 East Road is always in need of canned dog and cat food. Monetary donations may be made out to ‘For the Animals’ a local (501c3), and mailed to PO Box 160, Los Alamos NM 87544. One hundred persent of the money raised will go directly to the card of the dogs and cats at the Los Alamos Animal Read More

Manhattan Project National Historical Park Los Alamos Visitor Center Announces Closure Due To Local And State COVID-19 Surge

MPNHP Los Alamos News:

Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Los Alamos and New Mexico, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) Los Alamos Visitor Center on 20th St., will be closed Monday, Jan. 17.

Assessment of the COVID-19 situation will be conducted throughout the week with decisions made accordingly for next weekend’s operations.

MPNHP Los Alamos apologizes for any inconvenience to visitors.

About the MPNHP Los Alamos

Formally established in November 2015 via a Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Energy and the National Park Service to preserve portions Read More

Senior Centers Closed Martin Luther King Day Monday

Joy sculpture at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen


The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) has announced that the Betty Ehart and White Rock Senior Centers are closed Monday, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

They ask on this day of service, that the community consider donating dog or cat food (wet), and dog or cat supplies, in memory of Betty White’s 100th birthday.

They also welcome letters of encouragement for local businesses, struggling during the continued pandemic. Read More