People & Community

RPLA Comments On Events Of Jan. 6 In Washington

By BILL MCKERLEY
Chair
Republican Party of Los Alamos County

First of all, and most importantly, RPLA extends its condolences and prayers to the families of those who lost their lives or those who were injured in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6.

In a recent, public forum, the following question was asked: “Does the Republican Party of Los Alamos stand on the side of condoning or condemning the riot in/around the capitol building?”

I assume the question is sincere and that the person asking will accept the response in an open, bipartisan manner. The Republican Party of Los Alamos does not condone the “riot


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Chapter 16 Development Code Kick-off Meeting Jan. 19

COUNTY News:

Dekker Perich Sabatini (DPS) and the Los Alamos County Community Development Department will host a virtual informational meeting 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The purpose of the meeting is for the public to learn more about the path forward for the update of the County’s Chapter 16 Development Code.

The code update is Phase 2 of the overall “Downtown Master Plans for Los Alamos & White Rock and Code Update” project that began in 2020.

DPS has analyzed the current Development Code and will present its report – a technical review of the strengths and weaknesses of the existing


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Eco Station, Overlook Collection Center Closed MLK Day

COUNTY News:

The Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center will be closed Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Additionally, there will be no residential or commercial trash and Christmas tree collection service provided Monday, Jan. 18.

If the observed date falls on your normal trash day, place your materials out Wednesday, Jan. 20.


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Los Alamos Head Golf Professional Michael Phillips Garners 2021 Top 50 Kids Coach Award For Third Straight Year

Head Golf Professional Michael Phillips demonstrates the proper putting grip to Matthew Slowik, left, and Gabe Mamula during a lesson last July on the practice putting green at Los Alamos County Golf Course. 2021 marks Phillips’ third year in a row winning the Top 50 Kids Coach Award. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Community Services Department congratulates Head Golf Professional Michael Phillips for once again being named as a Masters Kid Coach – 2021 marks the third year in a row that he has won the Top 50 Kids Coach Award.

“I have been fortunate to work with Michael


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Chandler Discusses Her Pre-Filed Bills For 60-Day Session

Rep. Christine Chandler, Dist. 43

From the Office of Rep. Christine Chandler:

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos) announced this morning that she is sponsoring four pre-filed bills for the upcoming 60-day legislative session.

These bills are part of a broader effort by Rep. Chandler and her House Democratic colleagues to introduce legislation that is not only aimed at helping families and small businesses get back on their feet, but also at lifting the state up and creating opportunity for a generation, she said.

Rep. Chandler is sponsoring the following pre-filed bills:

The


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Missing Endangered 7 Year Old Last Seen In White Rock

UPDATE: CANCEL Missing Endangered Juvenile Advisory – Angelique Romero and Lorenza Romero. Angelique Romero has been located and is safe.

NMSP News:

Española – The following is information for the distribution of a Missing Endangered Juvenile Advisory from the New Mexico State Police (NMSP).

NMSP is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Angelique Romero and her biological mother Lorenza Romero.

Angelique and Lorenza were last seen around 8:30 a.m. Jan. 11, 2021 at 140 Long View Dr. in White Rock.

Angelique is a 7-year-old Hispanic female, 4’5” tall, weighing 60 pounds, with


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Deadline For Letters Of Interest For Greenhouse Gas Committee And North Mesa Working Group Is Monday

COUNTY News:
Residents interested in submitting a letter of interest for either the Greenhouse Gas Committee or North Mesa Working Group are reminded that the deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18.
Letters should be emailed to lacmanager@lacnm.us.
Information about each of these new volunteer opportunities was released to media earlier in December and details can be found on the County’s News page:
For the Greenhouse Gas Committee, click here.
For the North Mesa Working Group, click here.

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Los Alamos High School Senior Named Top Scholar

Karin Ebey

LAPS News:

Karin Ebey, a senior at Los Alamos High School, has been named one of 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.

“I am really excited to be named one of the top 300 finalists,” Ebey said.

Her project title is Climate Change on Crocodilians: Modeling the Effects of Variations in Rainfall on Crocodilians and Their Ecosystems. On Jan. 21, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists and compete for more than $1.8 million in awards


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FBI Seeks Information From Public On U.S. Capitol Violence

Anyone who recognizes any of these individuals is urged to contact the FBI at tips.fbi.gov. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI is seeking information that will assist in identifying individuals who are actively instigating violence in Washington, D.C.

The FBI is accepting tips and digital media depicting rioting and violence Jan. 6, 2021 in the U.S. Capitol building and surrounding area in Washington, D.C.

The bureau has deployed its full investigative resources and is working closely with federal, state and local partners to aggressively pursue those involved in criminal activity during


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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

NMHED News:

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

COUNTY News:

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

DOE/NNSA News:

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

NCRTD News:

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 RidetheBlueBus.com 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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