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Registration Open For PEEC Forest Explorers Club

Registration is now open for PEEC’s Forest Explorers club. This program meets 1-4 p.m. every other Wednesday Jan. 22-April 29 and is for children ages 5 to 8. Photo by Denise Matthews

PEEC News:

Registration is now open for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s afterschool club Forest Explorers.

This program provides the opportunity for children, ages 5 to 8, to go on hikes from the nature center for child-directed play in the canyons, creeks and surrounding forest.

This program meets 1-4 p.m. every other Wednesday, Jan. 22 to April 29. Registration is required and space is limited


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2019 Year In Photos In Los Alamos

This photo of a snoozing deer herd received the most attention and was shared around the world following the Jan. 1 winter snowstorm that covered Los Alamos. The owner of this home on Corona in Quemazon went out the following day, Jan. 2, to clear 3 feet of snow off of her hot tub when she encountered this snoozing deer herd on her patioPhoto by Patricia Walls

The sun shines a ring around the solar tree sculpture Wednesday, Jan. 10 in front of the County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by John Gustafson

A female Cooper’s Hawk perches on a fence Saturday


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2019 Los Alamos Education Highlights

The Public Education Commission listens to statements from the board of the proposed Polaris Charter School Aug. 22 at the Public Education Building in Santa Fe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com
 
Here are highlights of 2019 for Los Alamos Public Schools and UNM-Los Alamos:
  • The New Mexico Public Education Commission voted to deny the charter school application of Polaris School at a hearing Aug. 22 at the Public Education Building in Santa Fe. The Commission voted against approval on a 7-3 vote. Read

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Scenes From Torchlight Parade On Pajarito Mountain

Skiers and community members gather Dec. 31 to celebrate the anniversary of Los Alamos Ski Club with music and sparklers and the 2019 New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Hilary Trottier

Watching the New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade from left, Timothy Trottier, Lydia Trottier and Joanna Trottier. Photo by Hilary Trottier

Scene from the 2019 New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Hilary Trottier

Scene from the New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Hilary Trottier


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Chandler: 2019 – The Year We Began To Turn New Mexico Around

By Rep. Christine Chandler
House Dist. 43
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Sandoval counties

As my first year as your New Mexico State Representative ends, I welcome this opportunity to review the year’s accomplishments, activities and on-going challenges. 

The 2019 legislative session was noteworthy for its exceptional productivity and results. After a decade of inertia, the legislature with a cadre of new representatives and our new Governor committed to positive change. 

A focused and strategic legislative effort achieved much: a public education moonshot marked


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Highlights Of Events In And Around Town In 2019

Central Avenue is filled with more than 1,300 pumpkin carvers Oct. 26 attempting to break the world record. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com
 
The community was busy with a variety of special events in 2019. Here are a few of the highlitghts:

Mass Pumpkin Carving Event

Central Avenue was awash with more than 1,300 pumpkin carvers attempting to break the Guinness World Record for simultaneous pumpkin carving Saturday, Oct. 26 in the heart of downtown Los Alamos. The Los Alamos Arts Council sponsored the activity.


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Los Alamos Residents At Tournament Of Roses Parade

Longtime Los Alamos residents Linda Deck, left, and Libby Carlsten are volunteers who helped put flowers on floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade Wednesday morning in Pasadena, Calif., where the temperature was a balmy 61. Deck is director of the Bradbury Science Museum and Carlsten recently retired from Los Alamos County. Courtesy photo

A float from Dole Foods for which Los Alamos residents Linda Deck and Libby Carlsten prepped the ‘orange crush’ roses displayed on the float bed. Photo by Linda Deck

A float celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Photo by Linda


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Daily Postcard: Deer Licks Chops After Devouring Seeds

Daily Postcard: A deer is spotted licking its chops after cleaning out the bird feeder at a residence Wednesday on Orange Street. Photo by Alene Bennett

A deer cleans out every last seed from the bird feeder at a residence on Orange Street. Photo by Alene Bennett

The birds don’t stand a chance with these hungry deer. Photo by Alene Bennett


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DPU To Undergo Billing Software Upgrade Jan. 2-3

DPU News:

An upgrade to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ billing software is scheduled for noon on Thursday, Jan. 2 through close of business on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. 

As a result, customer care representatives’ ability to view customer account activity or process account changes will be limited until the upgrade has been completed. 

Los Alamos County is upgrading its enterprise resource planning software, Tyler MUNIS, to a newer version and during this time many county systems will be down, including DPU’s billing software. 

Customer care representatives


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Preview January’s Night Skies At Nature Center Friday

Discover what is coming up in January’s night skies at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Discover what will be visible in the night sky in the month of January, Friday, Jan. 3 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Join Paul Arendt at 7 p.m. for an interactive tour of the heavens in the planetarium that will highlight the planets, star patterns, nebulae and constellations that may be readily observed throughout the month. This program is perfect for beginner stargazers who want to learn more.

In addition to this talk, the nature center will


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Former LANL Director Siegfried Hecker To Speak At Annual Alice And Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Siegfried Hecker

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

Dr. Siegfried Hecker will return to Los Alamos to present this year’s annual Alice and Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11.

The talk is open to the public and will start at 7 p.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th St.

Titled, “North Korea and Iran: Looking back and looking ahead,” the talk will assess the current issues in two of the world’s major hotspots.

Hecker said that “the signs are ominous for what will happen in North Korea and in Iran in 2020 and beyond.” He also will “look


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CDC Tips For Staying Safe Inside And Out This Winter

Tips for staying warm during a winter storm. Courtesy photo
 

CDC News:

Winter storms are dangerous. They can bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services and icy roads.

This can make being outside dangerous, so you should limit your time outside. Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, you may also face hazards inside your home.

Stay Safe Indoors:

Protect yourself and your loved ones during a winter storm. Take extra steps to make sure you heat your home safely, and follow the tips below.

Heat your


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NWS: Today’s High Near 37; Tonight’s Low Around 18

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 37 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 18 with a 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after midnight and new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts wind gusts across the state today. Courtesy/NWS


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Prepare For Winter Storms; Extremely Cold Weather

Winter storm. Courtesy/CDC

CDC News:

During extremely cold weather or winter storms, staying warm and safe can be a challenge. Winter storms can bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services, and icy roads.

To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, you should know how to prepare your home and your car before a winter storm hits.

According to FEMA , more than 60 percent of people do not have an emergency plan that they have discussed with their household. Here are 5 simple things you can do to start your Emergency Action Plan :

Your Plan

  • Find phone numbers for your physician,

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Highlights From County Council Meeting Dec. 17

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Dec. 17 was the final meeting for the Los Alamos County Council in 2019. Here are some of the highlights from the meeting:

 

Public Voices Concern For LAMC OBGYN Services

During public comment, several individuals expressed concern that Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) is at risk of losing its obstetrics and gynecology services.

Community Health Council Vice Chair and Chair of Baby Net Carie Fanning said she thought that after decades of continuous use, LAMC’s mother/baby unit is in jeopardy of closing. “Continuous local


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Abiquiu Lake Hosts Annual Midwinter Bald Eagle Count

The annual midwinter eagle count is Saturday at Abiquiu Lake. Courtesy photo
 
USACE News:
 
ABIQUIU LAKE The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Abiquiu Lake will host its annual midwinter eagle count event 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.
 
The event is free and open to the public.
 
Volunteers will meet at the Abiquiu Lake Visitor Center. The New Mexico Wildlife Center will present a short educational program on bald eagles. At 10 a.m., volunteers will be directed to various locations around the lake to begin the eagle count.
 
Volunteers are asked to dress warmly

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Cowboy Breakfast At Posse Lodge Sunday Jan. 5

COWBOY BREAKFAST: Ththe community is invited to enjoy breakfast 7-11 a.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Roadnear the stables. Proceeds from this month’s breakfast benefit the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse nonprofit. Breakfast includes plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and a seasonal surprise pancake; sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 adults; $4 children 10 and under. Visit www.lasheriffsposse.com. Courtesy/LASPL


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