People & Community

LANL Foundation; Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Committee Launch Scholarship For NNM Students

LANL Foundation News:

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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DPU: December Automatic Payments For Some Utility Bill Customers Delayed Until Monday Jan. 11

DPU News:

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

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PED: 5 New Mexico Public Schools On COVID-19 Watchlist

PED News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has announced this morning that five New Mexico public school buildings appeared on the COVID-19 Watchlist in the week ending today, Jan. 8, signifying they had at least two Rapid Responses within a 14-day period.

Those Schools Are:

    • Aztec Maintenance
    • Judy Nelson Elementary
    • Los Alamos High
    • Goddard High School
    • Wagon Mound High

Note: During that same period, no schools were placed on the Closure List.

The Watchlist, maintained by the New Mexico Environment Department, includes

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International Shakespeare Center Announces Release Of First History Play Podcast: King John


ISC News:

The International Shakespeare Center (ISC) has announced the release of its first History Play podcast: King John.

The cast for this program includes Patrick Harvey, Olivia Rose Barresi, Sam Gibbs, Jesse Van Buren, Danielle Reddic, Meg Hachmann, Rafe Terrizzi, Liam Mitchell, Bronwyn Barnwell and Julia Larsen.

This is the beginning of the creation of a complete radio library of Shakespeare’s canon and five episodes of in-depth “table work” discussions about text, character and dramaturgy for each play.

“Table work” is a precious time in the rehearsal process for

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County P&Z Commission Meets Virtually Wednesday Jan. 13

P&Z will hear a request Wednesday from the Marriott Town Place Suites hotel for a waiver on its height range from the allowed 45 feet to its proposed 60 feet 3 inches at the structure’s highest point at 1925 Trinity Dr. Courtesy/LAC


The Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission is meeting virtually at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13.

In accordance with the New Mexico Department of Health public emergency order governing mass gatherings due to COVID-19, this meeting will be held remotely via Zoom. Proceedings can be viewed at


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Steinhaus: Caring For Self, Each Other And Students In Wake Of Traumatic News

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus


Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus sent the following message to the parents and families of students enrolled in Los Alamos Public Schools:

Dear LAPS Parents and Families,

This morning, our teachers did an exceptional job talking with students about what is happening in our nation’s capital.

Throughout the day, I appreciate that our staff took time to reach out to each other, provide emotional support and talk through the issues.

In looking forward, what does this all mean for the Los Alamos Public Schools?

  • It means we continue as a community

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Los Alamos County Emergency Management Office Calls For Volunteers To Assist With COVID Testing Beginning Jan. 19


The Los Alamos County Emergency Management Office is issuing a call for community volunteers to assist in upcoming COVID-19 testing every Tuesday until further notice at Fuller Lodge.

Coordination for this week’s testing event, as well as the upcoming Jan. 12 event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., has been handled through the National Guard. The desire at this point is to use community volunteers to help on Tuesdays with intake, registration and supplying the Curative “swab” to individuals coming in to be tested.

This is a contact-less event each Tuesday and volunteers will be trained in

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Los Alamos County Assessor Mails Out Annual Business Personal Property Declaration Forms … Due Back By Feb. 28

County Assessor Ken Milder


The Los Alamos County Assessor would like to inform local business owners that their annual Business Personal Property Declaration (BPP) forms were mailed out last week.

The purpose of these forms is to notify business owners of their current depreciated assets on file and to remind them of the statutory requirement to report to the Assessor any personal property they might be depreciating through the course of their business.

Owners have until the last day of February to complete and return these forms to the Assessor’s Office.  

If you are a business

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Scenes Of Hockey Practice At Los Alamos County Ice Rink

Hockey practice is underway at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink with three sessions an evening for various age groups. The sessions practice social distancing and face mask wearing and COVID-19 guidelines that allow for 10 skaters on the ice at a time, including coaches and players. The Pee Wees had the first session Tuesday evening as Coach Blake Nolen has his players practicing several routines. Here Logan Nolan is practicing his slap-shots, while the coach watches. Photo by John McHale/

Adis Back hits a slap-shot during practice. Photo by John McHale/


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Learn About The Sunrise Movement Of Northern New Mexico With PEEC’s Young Adult Advisory Group Sunday Jan. 10

Join Zoe Hemez from the Sunrise Movement of Northern New Mexico and PEEC’s Young Adult Advisory Group for an introduction to the local chapter of the Sunrise Movement, 4 p.m. Sunday. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) Young Adult Advisory Group at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, to learn about the local chapter of the Sunrise Movement.

Zoe Hemez from the Sunrise Movement of Northern New Mexico will give a brief overview of the Sunrise Movement’s mission and share some examples of work that has been done by the Northern New Mexico chapter at this event.


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Survey Says … County Gets Strong Marks Overall

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, left, and Fire Chief Troy Hughes and their departments receive high marks from the community in a recent County Survey. Courtesy/LAC

Los Alamos Daily Post

Last year Los Alamos County surveyed residents on how they thought local government is doing. The County recently released the survey results and overall, residents gave the County strong marks.

The survey is conducted biannually, Los Alamos County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger said. The 2020 survey had about 600 participants, who were

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Council Unanimously Elects Ryti Chair; Robinson Vice Chair

Newly elected Council Chair Randall Ryti


The new Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved Randall Ryti as chair and James Robinson as vice chair during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

Robinson nominated Ryti and Councilor Sean Williams nominated Robinson. There were no other nominations for either position.

Ryti served as vice chair and Sara Scott as chair for two years.


 Newly elected Council Vice Chair James Robinson

“Congratulations to both of you and I very much look forward to your service in this position,” Scott said.

Ryti thanked Scott for her service as

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2020 LAPS Education Year In Review

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus presents Nambe to 40-year service award recipient Karla Crane. Courtesy/LAPS

Los Alamos Daily Post

Coping with the coronavirus topped the news in Los Alamos education in 2020.

On Feb. 27, Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, following the guidance of the NM Dept. of Health, was telling the public, “There’s currently no cause for concern at the schools, but we’ll keep you informed if that should change.”

By March 16, schools were closed for three weeks, which included Spring Break. In April,

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Women Thank LAMC Employees For Selfless Dedication

Brenda Grasmick, left, and Jennifer Martinez deliver Pampered Chef egg cookers Tuesday to all 242 LAMC employees to thank them for their selfless dedication during pandemic. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Jennifer Martinez is no stranger to charitable giving. In the past, she’s given gifts to healthcare workers and the homeless, but her latest gift venture is by far the largest.

Martinez, a regional representative for Pampered Chef, spearheaded a drive to purchase 242 egg cookers for every employee at Los Alamos

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UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board Meets Virtually Jan. 11

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11, using Zoom video conferencing technology.

Agenda items will include presentations by LANL Director Thom Mason and UNM Provost & Executive Vice President James Holloway.

In addition, members of the UNM-LA executive team also will present reports.

Those interested in attending this public meeting, utilizing Zoom, should contact Laci Taylor at for additional information.

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Los Alamos County Announces COVID-19 Testing For Community Every Tuesday At Fuller Lodge


Los Alamos County’s Emergency Management Office is coordinating with the New Mexico Department of Health to hold COVID-19 testing clinics 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

The next clinic will be Tuesday, Jan. 11. 

The County’s Emergency Management Office will be taking over operations for these clinics from the National Guard, which had been assisting in the past.  

To register for a test, individuals should visit the Curative website and sign up for a time slot to be tested:

Testing is free. The Emergency Management Office will monitor

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Pajarito Mountain Opens Cafe At Lodge Thursday Jan. 7

The Pajarito Mountain Cafe opens Thursday with exclusively outdoor seating. Courtesy/Pajarito


  • Pajarito is awaiting a visit from Mother Nature to provide needed snowfall to open the Ski Area!

Pajarito Mountain will be opening its cafe for regular hours 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Thursday, Jan. 7.

Henceforth, the cafe will be open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Featuring exclusively outdoor seating, guests can enjoy a variety of treats from Pajarito Cafe’s revamped menu. 

The Pajarito Mountain Cafe features an outdoor deck with stunning views of the surrounding

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