The overnight dusting of snow decorates hanging ristras this morning in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs
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The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meets virtually 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14.
The meeting is open to the public.
To attend, click on the Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/w/94346397705
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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 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
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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“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.”
By LINDA HULL
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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A tall and handsome hawk lands on a wall in the back yard of a residence Friday on Futura Drive in White Rock and is lifting spirits all over Los Alamos. Photo by Pat Kestell
Hawk perches on the wall of a residence Friday on Futura Drive in White Rock. Photo by Pat Kestell
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New Mexico Harvest has started providing home delivery to Los Alamos and White Rock. Courtesy/NMH
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Do we have a broken food system? Some would argue it has been broken for years.
If COVID taught us anything, it’s how much we rely on necessities like fresh food, medicines, and even toilet paper. Prices for foods like garlic have skyrocketed 30 percent as the majority of garlic consumed in the US is produced in China. Meat producer, Tyson Foods, nearly went bankrupt because their processing plants were temporarily shut down due to the pandemic.
People all around the country
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Join PEEC for its first-ever Trivia Tuesday at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12. In this month’s virtual game, questions will focus on New Mexico fun facts, snow and winter wildlife. Courtesy/PEEC
Test your nature knowledge at Trivia Tuesday night with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
PEEC will host its first-ever trivia night at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12 via Zoom. Challenge friends old and new at this interactive program and compete for prizes.
This month, there will be three rounds of trivia and questions will focus on New Mexico fun facts, snow and winter wildlife.
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Family Strengths Network (FSN) at 3540 Orange St. is a private, non-profit organization that has served the families of Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico since 1989 through its Family Resource Center and programs.
The FSN mission is to provide education, support groups and activities to all types of families, parents, teens and children. Through this work, FSN improves the quality of family life for generations.
Scholarships are available for all programs and childcare for all classes is available on request at no additional charge.
FSN has scheduled the following parenting classes:
Daily Postcard: Sunrise viewed Thursday near Deer Trap Trailhead. Photo by Amanda Macdonald
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By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
For more than 50 years the League of Women Voters (LWV), often in conjunction with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), has presented the Legislative Preview prior to the opening session of the New Mexico Legislature.
This year the two organizations welcomed the three lawmakers who represent Los Alamos County, Rep. Christine Chandler, Sen. Leo Jaramillo and Sen. Roberto (Bobby) Gonzales. Jaramillo’s district includes the town site and Gonzales represents White Rock as part of his district.
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Phase 1B of vaccination plan includes K-12 educators as essential workers
SANTA FE — New Mexico educators are now in line for the COVID-19 vaccine, a critical step in returning to greater in-person learning amid the global pandemic, the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) announced today.
Phase 1B of New Mexico’s vaccine distribution plan is now under way and will include classroom teachers, school-based cafeteria and janitorial workers and administrative and support staff, DOH said.
“This is welcome news and a critical step in getting
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A winter storm is expected to impact northern and eastern New Mexico Saturday night into Sunday.
The weekend weather forecast for Los Alamos:
- Saturday – A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 11 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
- Saturday Night – A 50 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. North wind 5 to 10 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
- Sunday – Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. North wind around 5 mph becoming
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Los Alamos Middle School has been named a New Mexico State Top 10 school at Vocabulary.com.
Los Alamos Online Learning Academy (LAOLA) Upper Academy students mastered 600 words during the month of December. The 2020-21 Vocabulary Bowl season runs Oct. 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021.
Eleanor Simons, a LAOLA 6th grade teacher, originally signed up at Vocabulary.com several years ago in the name of Los Alamos Middle School, but the recent accolade “is really for the LAOLA students,” Simons said.
The LAPS Foundation funded the premium license, which enabled access to many more features
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…State moves into Phase 1B, provides details about Phases 1B, 1C and 2
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) today released its distribution plan for Phases 1B, 1C and 2 for the COVID-19 vaccine.
That plan is available here: https://cv.nmhealth.org/covid-vaccine/
DOH also announced that New Mexico has officially moved into Phase 1B of the vaccination effort.
This means that vaccine will be available to New Mexicans in the following sequence:
- Individuals 75 years of age and older;
- Individuals 16 or older with underlying medical conditions that place them at
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LANL Foundation; Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Committee Launch Scholarship For NNM Students
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ESPAÑOLA — The LANL Foundation has announced a new scholarship – a testament to the remarkable legacy of dedicated educators Nelson O. and Esperanza Baca Gonzales to the young people of Northern New Mexico.
The Nelson O. and Esperanza Baca Gonzales Scholarship, established by Nelson to honor his late wife, her family, and to encourage and inspire a new generation as a $100,000 endowment with the LANL Foundation, will provide scholarships in perpetuity for students from Mesa Vista High School and then Española Valley High School students pursuing a bachelor’s degree,
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The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities (DPU) discovered today an error that prevented some customers’ automatic payments of utility bills from being processed.
Customers who should have seen funds drafted from their bank accounts Thursday, Dec. 31 to pay December utility bills will instead see the funds drafted Monday, Jan. 11.
“We apologize for this error and the inconvenience this may have caused for some of our customers,” stated Acting Deputy Utilities Manager of Finance Heather Garcia.
Customers who are registered for DPU’s automatic payment program can