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LAPS Announces District Spelling Bee Results

The 2023 LAPS District Spelling Bee winners from left, Julia Zou, 1st place; Rebekah Scott, 2nd place and Gianna Rolfe, 3rd place. Zou and Scott will represent LAPS at the New Mexico State Qualifying Spelling Bee in February. Courtesy/LAPS

Scene from the LAPS District Spelling Bee Wednesday evening in the LAHS Speech Theater. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Julia Zou, a 7th grader at Los Alamos Middle School, won first place at the Los Alamos Public Schools District Spelling Bee.

Aspen Elementary School 6th graders Rebekah Scott and Gianna Rolfe placed second and third, respectively.

The winning Read More

Food Depot Welcomes Back Souper Bowl Benefit Event

The Food Depot News:

SANTA FE — Saturday, Jan. 28, The Food Depot welcomes the return of its Souper Bowl benefit event at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

Established in 1994, the benefit raises necessary funds to support hunger relief for nine counties in northern New Mexico and brings awareness to the issue of food insecurity. The Food Depot’s website offers tickets, $35 general admission, and $10 kids’ tickets (ages 6-12).  

“We are so grateful to be back,” said The Food Depot’s Executive Director Sherry Hooper, now in her 21st year with the food bank. “Beyond hunger relief, this event is what Read More

USTFCCCA Names LAHS Coach Kathy Hipwood 2022 Girls High School Cross Country Coach Of The Year For New Mexico!

LAHS Girls XC Coach Kathy Hipwood at the 2022 New Mexico State XC Championships. Photo by Blake Wood

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School (LAH) Girls Cross Country Coach Kathy Hipwood has been selected as the 2022 Girls High School Cross Country Coach of the Year for the state of New Mexico by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

This is the second year in a row, and third time in the last four years that Coach Hipwood has received this recognition.

“This honor is based upon your leadership and the success of the cross country team throughout the season,” CEO USTFCCCA Read More

‘Neighborhood Math Experts’ Set Up Shop In Santa Fe

From the Team at Mathnasium:

SANTA FE — Mathnasium of Santa Fe is now open for business, bringing fun and effective supplementary math programs for community children in grades PreK through 12.

The learning center at 2406 Cerrillos Road, focuses solely on math and operates on the core belief that virtually any child can excel in the subject. The Mathnasium Method™, implemented at more than 1,000 Mathnasium centers in the U.S. and abroad, is a unique program that provides each child with a customized learning plan and personalized instruction in a way that makes sense to them.

“Our students will Read More

Seeking Nominations For 2023 National Pet Of The Year

Pet Partners News:

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Pet Partners, the leading therapy animal registry program in the United States, has announces a national search for its 2023 Pet of the Year. 

The event is a six-week fundraising competition that takes place Feb. 1 through March 15. If you think your pet can dazzle and motivate your friends, family and community to give to a good cause, it’s time to nominate them!

How does it work?

You don’t need to have a registered therapy animal to compete. Whether furry, feathered, or scaled, all pets are welcome! You can nominate your own pet or someone else’s. Last year, half Read More

Wildfire Preparedness: Resolve To Be Ready In 2023

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Wildfire Preparedness is Year-Round campaign continues in 2023 with monthly wildfire preparedness messages from the Santa Fe National Forest, in partnership with Fire Adapted New Mexico learning network, agencies and non-governmental organizations.

While winter may provide a break from wildfire activity, wildfires are possible during any time of year. As this new year begins, the message for January is Resolve to be Ready.

In spite of recent snow in many parts of the state, New Mexico is still expected to have a dry, “La Niña” winter following the 2022 monsoon Read More

Santa Fe Baldy Covered In Snow

Santa Fe Baldy covered in snow spotted Thursday on a drive back to Los Alamos. Santa Fe Baldy is a prominent summit in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. At an elevation of 12,632′, there are no higher mountains in New Mexico south of Santa Fe Baldy. Source: Wikipedia. Photo by Ken Hanson
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Workers Move Snow Into Large Pile On Deacon Street

Tuesday’s winter storm leaves behind a large pile of snow, which workers move together in a parking lot behind the old CB Fox department store on Deacon Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Read More

Teatro Paraguas Presents ‘In The Swirl: A Celebration Of An Online Poetry Community’

Taos Poet-Editor Lise Goett


Since March 2020, cohorts of poets from Vancouver to Dubai and Katmandu has been convening and corresponding and exchanging poems by email through generative marathons coordinated by Taos poet-editor Lise Goett.

Six alums out of the more than 100 participants in this online community will read a sampling of the work they have generated under the aegis of these generative workshops. The six poets are Will Barnes, Mike Burwell, Tina Carlson, Dale M. Kushner, Kate O’Neill and Lise Goett.

Barnes is a botanist and ecologist and works for the New Read More

Join ECECD For Advisory Council Meeting Jan. 23


ECECD Cabinet Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky announces a Virtual and In-Person Advisory Council Meeting 9-11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23

Public Comment:

Individuals are invited to provide oral or written public comment pertaining to topics related to any agenda items. 

If you would like to provide comment, email with your name, the organization you are representing or if you are speaking as a private citizen, your direct phone number, and whether you are joining virtually or in-person. You may also sign up in person at the meeting. Individuals are limited

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Hector And Norma Hinojosa Celebrate 70th Wedding Anniversary

Hector and Norma Hinojosa celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. The Hinojosas were both raised in Laredo, Texas where they were married on Dec. 21, 1952. The couple moved to Los Alamos in 1954. Courtesy/Hugo Hinojosa

Hector and Norma Hinojosa on their wedding day Dec. 21, 1952 in Laredo, Texas. Courtesy/Hugo Hinojosa 

Hector and Norma Hinojosa celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. The couple moved to Los Alamos in 1954. Courtesy/Hugo Hinojosa  Read More

St. John’s College Santa Fe Announces Spring Dean’s Lecture And Concert Series

Members of the St. John’s College community gather to hear a Dean’s Lecture. Courtesy/SJC

SJC News:

St. John’s College (SJC) has announced its Dean’s Lecture and Concert Series. Usually on Friday evenings, members of the St. John’s College community head to the Great Hall or auditorium to hear a lecture or concert from visiting scholars, artists, poets or faculty.

Lecturers include members of the St. John’s College faculty, and professors from notable universities across the country. Each lecture is followed by an engaging discussion between the lecturer and attendees.

“We are proud to Read More

Massive Children’s Book Collection Underway In Los Alamos

Books may be dropped off at the local elementary, middle and high schools. Courtesy photo

Book recipients of the African Library Project gather for a photo. Courtesy photo


It’s that time again and the local K-Kids, Builders Club, and Key Club, all student service clubs sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, is collecting used (or new) children’s books for the African Library Project for the next 6 weeks.

The goal is to send eight full libraries of 1,200 books each to the country of Malawi, one of the poorest countries in Africa. Only 66 percent of the adult population is literate Read More

Millicent Rogers Museum Miniatures Show Opens Feb. 4

Our Lady of Sorrows, aspen, pine, homemade gesso, natural pigments, straw, beeswax by Felix López. Courtesy/MRM

(Taos Pueblo), Waking Plumes, acrylic on gessoed panel by Ryan Suazo. Courtesy/MRM

MRM News:

The Millicent Rogers Museum in El Prado carries on a long-running tradition with its 21st Annual Miniatures Show & Sale featuring new artworks from more than 200 artists in northern New Mexico. The exhibition is on view Feb. 4 through March 5, and it begins 5:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 3 with a ticketed Preview Party.

This year’s “Minis” features paintings, sculptures, ceramics, santos, jewelry, Read More

C’YA Celebrates National Hug Day Today At Smith’s

C’YA News:

Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) is celebrating National Hug Day today, Jan. 21 at Los Alamos Smith’s Marketplace. “Take A Second, Make A Difference” is C’YA’s motto and the organization is showing lots of ways to give and receive 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

C’YA make chocolate Hershey Hugs available at the event today, hoping to sweeten the pot by providing many ways to show some love to others throughout the community, nation and world.

C’YA has been part of the, “A Million Thanks” program for many years. The local nonprofit can be found at They also accept stamps Read More

Opening Day Gift At Pajarito: Five Inches Of Powder!

Pajarito opens the season today with five more inches of snow on top of the 26 inches received during the last week. Courtesy/Pajarito

Pajarito Mountain news:

Pajarito Mountain is starting the season off right today with five more inches of snow, on top of the 26″ inches received during the last week.

General Manager Tom Long said these are the best conditions for opening day in 20 years.

Visit the Pajarito mountain blog for all the details on opening weekend, plus an updated terrain map that shows what will be open today.

Mother Chair is expected to open Sunday, so visit the snow report for Read More

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