People & Community

People & Community

Fifteen Talented Spellers Compete In Los Alamos County Spelling Bee At Chamisa School Wednesday Night

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus poses with County Spelling Bee winners, from left, first place winner 7th grader James Hudlemeyer, second place winner 6th grader Penelope Barry-Hoffman and third place winner 8th grader Veronica Parra Wednesday night at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. Hudlemeyer will move to the next round of competition in Santa Fe. ‘My favorite thing about school is that once you learn, you can apply your learning in real life,’ Hudlemeyer said. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

There was a fierce battle for third place, with many


On The Job In Los Alamos: Instructing County Hires

On the job in Los Alamos Thursday morning at the Municipal Building is gas, water and sewer Deputy Utilities Manager Jack Richardson, standing, presenting orientation to recently hired County employees. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade Photo by Jenn Bartram/


Major Economic Impact: Los Alamos National Laboratory Spent $396 Million With New Mexico Businesses In 2019

LANL employed 12,041 people for a total of $1.16 billion in salaries in 2019. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Economic impact data shows gains in procurement contracts to small business, job creation, and economic development projects

New numbers for fiscal year 2019 show Los Alamos National Laboratory’s big impact on New Mexico’s economy, as the Laboratory employed 12,041 people for a total of $1.16 billion in salaries and contracted with small businesses statewide for $288.6 million.

“Los Alamos National Laboratory is a major economic driver in the region, and we are fully committed to strengthening


On The Job In Los Alamos: Cyndi Wells At Pet Pangaea

On the job in Los Alamos Monday afternoon is owner Cyndi Wells of Pet Pangaea at 158 Central Park Square. Pet Pangaea is filled with a wide variety of pet food and supplies. The store is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 505.661.1010. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade Photo by Jenn Bartram/


RAPS Student-Led Retreat At LAHS Feb. 1

RAPS News:

The community is invited to participate in a student-led retreat Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater (left of Aux Gym).

RSVP to the email below so the students can plan for food.

Breakfast sweets are served at 8:45 a.m. and the retreat starts at 9 a.m. and goes until 3:30 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Bring a water bottle. We’ll be.

This youth-led process identifies Strengths and Concerns from the YRRS Survey and gathers possible Root Causes and potential Solutions. It is a chance for teens to discuss the areas to build on and the real challenges


2020 Census Complete Count Committee Gathers For Strategy Meeting At Municipal Meeting Today

The 2020 Census Complete Count Committee meeting this morning at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. The County Council recently created the committee to plan and conduct local educational initiatives, publicity and promotional activities to increase community awareness and participation in the 2020 Census and to work with the Census Bureau and the New Mexico 2020 Statewide Complete Count Commission. The committee is hard at work advocating for participation in the 2020 Census. Census data is used in the distribution of approximately $675 billion in federal funding to communities


UWNNM Board Of Directors Gathers For Retreat

Facilitator Camilla Bustamante, PhD. MPH., left, speaks to the United Way of Northern New Mexico Board of Directors gathered for an annual retreat Monday at the McCurdy Ministries Community Center in Española. Seated from right, Chair Liddie Martinez, EB&T president; UWNNM Executive Director Cindy Padilla; Deputy Director John Sarrao for Science, Technology and Engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory; Rio Arriba County Economic Development Director Christopher Madrid; Board Recording Secretary Michelle Harkey-Wilde, owner of Active Integration Therapy, LLC; LANL


More Homes Built In Mirador Subdivision On NM 4

View of the growing number of homes under construction Monday in the Mirador Subdivision (A-19-A) under development along N.M. 4 in White Rock. The developer is Site A-19-A-1 Acquisition Group LLC with Principal Adam Thornton, a Los Alamos native, his RayLee Homes partners and their representatives. Photo by Jennifer Bartram/


On The Job In Los Alamos: At Time Out Pizzeria

On the job in Los Alamos Monday afternoon is General Manager Tony Colletti of Time Out Pizzeria. Time Out Pizzeria offers a plethora of lunch and dinner options and an expansive salad bar to assist with those healthy New Year’s resolutions. The eatery at 157 Central Park Square is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and closed Sundays. For information, call 505.662.7261. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jennifer Bartram/



Los Alamos High School Bel Canto Treble Choir Performs At 2020 All-State Honors Choir At Popejoy Hall

Los Alamos High School’s Bel Canto Treble Choir. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS’s Bel Canto Treble Choir. Courtesy/LAHS


LAHS Choir Booster Member

Los Alamos High School’s Bel Canto Treble Choir, under the direction of Jason Rutledge, had the privilege of performing by invitation as the 2020 All-State Honors Choir at Popejoy Hall Thursday, Jan. 9, in Albuquerque before a full audience of their peers and music educators.

Equally significant and meaningful was the fact that this was the first all female Honors Choir invited to perform at this event in more than 30 years. The theme of the concert


On The Job In Los Alamos: Niko Gurule At Post Office

On the job in Los Alamos is Dominic ‘Niko’ Gurule answering questions for customers Saturday at the White Rock Post Office at 101 Longview Dr. Gurule has worked at the post office for five years. The post office is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed 1-2 p.m. for lunch) Monday through Friday and open 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade Photo by Jenn Bartram/ 


Military Order Of The World Wars Meets Tuesday

Robert Hull

MOWW News:

This month’s meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars is Tuesday Jan. 21.

The topic is: What is an Act of War? Robert Hull of Los Alamos Technical Associates (LATA) will present a talk on “Potential for Covert Use of Unconventional Weaponry is Causing Society to Redefine an Act of War”.

This presentation will address how changes in unconventional weaponry and their use over the last 50+ years are causing governments and international organizations to change how they define an Act of War. This has resulted in new lines in the sand to determine when and how response actions