People & Community

LAFD Honors Retirements, Recognitions & Promotions

Fire Chief Troy Hughes delivers welcoming remarks recognizing LAFD distinguished employees at a special ceremony Jan. 14 at Crossroads Bible Church. Photo by John McHale/

Keynote Speaker Sen. Leo Jaramillo honors distinguished employees. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas administers the Oath of Office. Photo by John McHale/

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) took a pause out of its normal routine to recognize the accomplishments of many of its distinguished employees with a special ceremony for Read More

Toppers Swim & Dive To First Place In Hobbs

LAHS News:

Strong individual performances combined with team depth in relay events led the Topper swimmers and divers to a first-place finish at the Hobbs Reid Eagle Invitational meet Jan. 20-21.

“We saw great efforts by the entire team,” Coach Chris Wetteland said. “I’m happy that we had everyone compete so well. This shows the last month of hard work is paying off.” 

The Topper swimmers placed swimmers in the top five in 22 of the 24 events. 

Sophia Pieck, Ming Lo and Anna Wetteland swam to first place finishes in their individual events. William Borovina, Nikolai Nelson and Hayden Sutton took Read More

NNMC Announces Olivia Martinez Endowed Scholarship

Olivia Martinez shows her grandson, Jacob Martinez, how to create a craft while manning a crafts table at a LANL sponsored science fair at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos. Courtesy/Martinez family

NNMC News:

ESPAÑOLA — Thanks to a generous $30,000 donation from the Greater Española Valley Community Development Corporation (GEVCDC) and an additional $20,000 from the late Olivia Martinez’ husband Elias Martinez, her son Chris Martinez and daughter Lydia Torres, Northern New Mexico College’s (NNMC) Northern Scholarship Fund is initiating a new endowed scholarship.

Beginning Read More

Helping Empower Heroes In Española


As many are aware, Española has for decades had a relatively large population of unhoused people. The mental and physical health needs of those struggling folks have rarely been addressed, and many addictions have gone untreated. In turn, this problem has been a huge burden on the town.

Since 2020, the tide has been turning rapidly, though, thanks to the Española Pathways Shelter (EPS). Using a tested model, they’ve been providing meals (over 27,000 so far!), overnight beds (about 6,600 uses so far!), bathrooms, showers and health screenings/services. Even transitional Read More

Los Alamos High School’s Kathy Hipwood Named 2022 Girls High School XC Coach Of The Year For New Mexico!

LAHS Girls Cross Country Coach Kathy Hipwood for the third time has been named 2022 Girls High School Cross Country Coach of the Year for New Mexico. Photo by Blake Wood

Los Alamos Daily Post

  • ‘Coach Hipwood has earned more championships than any other cross country coach in New Mexico history.’

Los Alamos High School (LAHS) Girls Cross Country Coach Kathy Hipwood has been selected as the 2022 Girls High School Cross Country Coach of the Year for the state of New Mexico by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

This Read More

New PED Deputy Cabinet Secretary Starts Work

Jacquelyn Archuleta-Staehlin


SANTA FE — The Public Education Department (PED) has hired Jacquelyn Archuleta-Staehlin as its newest deputy cabinet secretary.

“I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do something to make a difference,” said Archuleta-Staehlin, the product of Santa Fe Public Schools who was born in New Mexico.

As part of her role, Archuleta-Staehlin will oversee the action plan related to the Martinez/Yazzie Consolidated Lawsuit, which creates an equitable system of supports for students, especially those who are English learners, Native Americans, have Read More

Topper Basketball Team Picks Up Big Road Win

GG Romero takes a short jump shot; she scored 15 points for the game. Photo by Nate Limback/

Abigail Martinez shoots for 2 points; she had 8 points for the game. Photo by Nate Limback/

Los Alamos Daily Post

It was a tough contest, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team picked up a big road win Tuesday.

Los Alamos didn’t put up the big numbers as it had in recent contests, but found a way to battle through against a motivated Española Valley Sundevils team, winning 52-39 at Edward Medina Gymnasium.

That game was broadcast on the Los Alamos Read More

The Food Depot’s Souper Bowl Tickets Sell Out


The Food Depot’s annual community event, Souper Bowl XXVII, has completely sold out of all tickets as of 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25 – three days prior to the actual event.

The much-anticipated event returns Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

“We are overwhelmed by the community’s response to the return of the Souper Bowl,” said Sherry Hooper, The Food Depot’s Executive Director, now in her 21st year with the food bank. “The Food Depot is so grateful to all who have purchased tickets and looks forward to an incredible competition on Saturday. Every ticket Read More

Professional Skin Care Choices’ June English Is Retiring

June English of Professional Skin Care Choices shows off her skin care line at her office. English is planning to sell her business and retire this year. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

The treatment area at Professional Skin Care Choices. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

June English of Professional Skin Care Choices has been providing corrective skin care in Los Alamos since 2006. After 17 years in business, English is preparing to retire. She is currently looking for someone to take over her thriving business.

“My clients are Read More

LAMC Honors Genevieve Fairchild With 2023 Daisy Award

2023 Daisy Award recipient Nurse Genevieve Fairchild. Photo by John McHale/

LAMC CEO Tracie Stratton presents Nurse Genevieve Fairchild with the 2023 Daisy Award as nominees Dianne Vandiver, seceond from right and Melissa Weiss, right, look on during a special ceremony Monday at the hospital. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) Nurse Genevieve Fairchild was honored as the recipient of the 2023 Daisy Award during a ceremony Monday in the hospital lobby.

The Daisy Award recognizes Read More

Council Action Taken Jan. 24, 2023

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) sunsetted, but it may rise up again – in a different form.

Los Alamos County Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night to direct the County Manager to develop and return Feb. 7 to council with a draft charter for a task force focusing on Chapter 18 of the Los Alamos County Code, which addresses nuisances. Council Chair Denise Derkacs cast the opposing vote.

Additionally, council agreed to discuss later other proposed boards recommended by the Los Alamos Resiliency Energy and Sustainability Read More

Rotary Hears From PEEC Executive Director Jillian Rubio

Jillian Rubio, executive director of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), spoke to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos during the holiday season.  Photo by Linda Hull

Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

As the December holidays approached, Jillian Rubio, the new Executive Director of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC,) took time from her hurried hours to speak to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

Currently, Rubio said, she is working with staff on strategic planning, asking “Who do we want to be?” and “With whom do we want to partner?” “Partnerships Read More

Carie Fanning To Retire As FSN Executive Director

Family Strengths Network Executive Director Carie Fanning works with a young artist on an art project. Fanning will retire June 30. Courtesy/FSN

Los Alamos Daily Post

It’s an often told story in Los Alamos that a husband or a wife will “trail” their spouse to town after receiving a job at the laboratory. Once here, they wonder what they will do, how they will meet people and what is available for their children.

That was Carie Fanning’s story when she first moved to town in the early 90s. In an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post Monday, she recalled Read More

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Morning Glory

On the job in Los Alamos is Morning Glory employee Keegan Bernstein ringing up an order for customer Wes Frazier recently at 1377 Diamond Dr. The popular eatery is known for its baked goods and breakfast and lunch menu. For more information, visit the Morning Glory website here or call 505.662.4000. Photo by Connor Hoch/ Read More

Behind The Scenes With LALO-Making Music Come Alive

Scene from rehearsal recently at the United Church. Courtesy/Elisa Enriquez

Scene from recent Matilda rehearsal with Amstutz and Scot Johnson who plays ‘Mr. Wormwood’. Courtesy/Elisa Enriquez

Scene from a recent Matilda rehearsal with Amstutz, left, and Holly Robinson who plays ‘Mrs. Wormwood’. Courtesy/Elisa Enriquez


What is a musical without its musical director? When it comes to musical productions, it is impossible without the time and talents of the musicians, and especially a dedicated music director. 

This week we asked some questions of Gretchen Amstutz, Read More

County Council Presents LARSO With Proclamation

Councilor Lepsch presents a proclamation to LARSO Director Bernadette Lauritzen. Photo by Julie Williams-Hill


The Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation to the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) during the Tuesday night meeting in Council Chambers.

LARSO is celebrating 25 years running the local senior centers. Councilor Lepsch presented the proclamation to Director Bernadette Lauritzen.

Lauritzen spoke on behalf of the previous three directors who are still living.

“It was their honor to serve the community elders,” Lauritzen said.

Lauritzen Read More

Los Alamos Chamber News: Week Of Jan. 24

Los Alamos Chamber Of Commerce Upcoming Events:

Atomic City Entrepreneurial Round-Robin
“Speed-Dating for Business Resources”
5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 at project Y Cowork Los Alamos, 150 Central Park Square

Free Networking event for entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses looking for funding, advice and general guidance. Register in advance.

Chamber Business Breakfast: Los Alamos Tourism & Ambassador Program

Featuring Liz Martineau (Los Alamos Ambassador Program), Kelly Stewart (Los Alamos County Tourism) and Melanie Peña (Los Alamos & White Rock Visitor Read More

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