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People & Community

Los Alamos Kiwanis Hold Aluminum Collection Saturday

Scene of a previous Kiwanis aluminum can collection. The next collection is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15 in the parking lot of First United Methodist Church on Diamond Drive (near Sullivan Field). Courtesy/Kiwanis


The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will be collecting and buying aluminum cans to be sent for recycling.

The collection event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15 in the parking lot of First United Methodist Church on Diamond Drive (near Sullivan Field).

The community is encouraged to bring those aluminum cans accumulating over the holidays and help support Kiwanis Read More

On The Job In Los Alamos: Kelly Williams At Mesa Library

On the job in Los Alamos Tuesday is Senior LIbrary Specialist – Acquisitionist Kelly Williams at Mesa Public Library. Williams has been with the library at 2400 Central Ave. for more than 3 years. For access to the library catalog and date information on services and events, call 505.662.8250 or visit  #worklosalamos, #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Senior Library Specialist – Acquisitionist Kelly Williams on the job Tuesdat at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ Read More

Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office To Limit In-Person Services As COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Continues

Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas

From the Office of the County Clerk:

Due to growing COVID-19 concerns, and in continuing to align with directives from the Los Alamos County Manager’s Office, County Clerk Naomi Maestas will be taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of citizens and employees.

Beginning today, the County Clerk’s Office will suspend all in-person services and transactions, not made by appointment, for the next two weeks.

Additional updates will be issued dependent upon information that presents itself during the next two weeks.

At this time, the County Clerk Office Read More

Los Alamos Chamber Of Commerce Ribbon Cutting For DALA Downtown Dance Studio


The Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the new Dance Arts Los Alamos dance studio location called DALA Downtown. There will be a ribbon cutting at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22.

After looking for a more central location for their classes in Los Alamos, Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) leased their new dance studio space at 1650 Trinity Ave, Suite 115 in Los Alamos.

DALA Director Jonathan Guise said earlier that he and the DALA Board have been working on this for the past several years as their dancers and families have long requested a space closer to the downtown with convenient parking and Read More

Utilities Department Striving To Reduce Power Outages

DPU electric linemen in December repair damaged power lines in the canyon behind the golf course. Courtesy/LAC

Los Alamos Daily Post

It might be a bit of a shock when a power outage occurs. The thing that people rely on is no longer available. As a result, it may feel like eternity till the power clicks back on.

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is striving to reduce the number of power outages experienced in Los Alamos.

While some outages are out of the department’s control such as those caused by the weather, other outages are due to failing infrastructure, Read More

Cmdr. Oliver Morris On New Role As Deputy Police Chief

Deputy Police Chief Oliver Morris

Los Alamos Daily Post

For nearly two decades Oliver Morris has worked at the Los Alamos Police Department. He began as an Officer and has served as Corporal, Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) Resource Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, member of the Bomb Squad and Operations Commander. Now, Morris has a new title: Deputy Police Chief.

His promotion is effective Jan. 23, 2022.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity and also humbled,” Morris said. “I’ve been with the County almost 18 years and I’ve enjoyed Read More

Los Alamos Police Chief Updates Kiwanians On Recent Developments At LAPD

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone updates Kiwanians on the latest community and department news during a meeting Tuesday at Trinity on the Hill Church. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordin/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos Tuesday at Trinity on the Hill Church. He provided the club with an update on the police department during the past two years.

“We recently had a retirement and Oliver Morris has been named deputy chief,” Sgambellone said. “He’s an exemplary officer Read More

Hilltopper Varsity Girls Basketball Falls To Cardinals

Abigail Martinez makes a layup in the 4th quarter. Photo by Nate Limback/

Michelle Macias makes a nice defensive block in the 1st quarter. Photo By Nate Limback/


The Los Alamos High School Hilltopper Varisty Girls Basketball Team hosted the Robertson Cardinals Tuesday night for a non-conference matchup at Griffith Gymnasium.

The Toppers held their own in the first quarter, but the Cardinals’ relentless offense was too much for the Toppers and the game ended with a final score of 58-35.

Lena Chavez attempts a buzzer beater in the closing seconds Read More

Hamlet Kicks Off 2022 SF Summer Shakespeare Festival

Scene from Hamlet, which kicks off the 2022 Santa Fe Summer Shakespeare Festival. Courtesy/UCS

UCSF News:

Upstart Crows of Santa Fe (UCSF) and The Shakespeare Gym have announced their collaboration on a production of Hamlet, which will kick off the 2022 Santa Fe Summer Shakespeare Festival.

Hamlet, outdoors, under the stars, in the ruin of a castle right here in Santa Fe. The play will perform at Seton Castle, May 27, 28, 29 and June 3, 4, 5 with a cast of actors who are approximately the same ages as their characters.

Thus, Hamlet, Laertes, Ophelia, Horatio, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern are played Read More

Santa Fe Shelter Offers Fee-Waived Adoptions In Honor Of Betty White’s 100th Birthday


SFAS News:

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter (SFAS) has announced that Monday, Jan. 17, all dogs over the age of 5-months will be fee-waived in honor of what would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday.

The shelter is honoring the legacy of White, who was a long-time animal advocate and spoke about shelter animals during her lifetime. At the same time, the shelter is also participating in the Betty White Challenge, a social media challenge that encourages fans to donate to their local animal shelter.

“Betty White has inspired for many reasons, and her commitment to helping animals was Read More

Los Alamos Teen Center Halts Programs, Reduces Maximum Attendance To 10 Through Jan. 25

The Los Alamos Teen Center at 475 20th St., is temporarily halting programs and reducing maximum attendance to 10 teens beginning today at the request of the County. Courtesy photo

LATC News:

At the request of Los Alamos County, the Los Alamos Teen Center (LATC) is temporarily halting its programs and reducing its maximum attendance through Jan. 25 at which point the County will reassess the situation.

Beginning today, the maximum capacity allowed in the LATC is 10 teens at one time. This will continue through Jan. 22 when Los Alamos High School ends its temporary remote instruction period.


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Updated Chart: 567 Reflecting Latest COVID Cases At LAPS

This chart shows as of late Wednesday night the percentage of the population (student + staff) who tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 10 days for each Los Alamos Public Schools as well as the district wide average (shown on the rightmost column). The red line shows the 5% thresholds set by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Schools are expected to move to remote instruction for 10 days if 5% of the school population test positive during a 14-day period. The table at the bottom shows the number of additional positive tests that would cause each school to exceed the 5% threshold. Source: Read More

New Mexico Public Education Department Changes School Quarantines To Align With CDC Guidance

Public Education Secretary (Designate) Kurt Steinhaus


Updated toolkit now requires boosters for staff to avoid quarantine

SANTA FE – Balancing new medical guidance with the Omicron surge, the New New Mexico Public Education Department today announced shorter quarantine and self-isolation requirements for students and staff.

 Quarantines are reduced from 10 days to five for students and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19, and self-isolation is reduced from 10 days to five for those who test positive for the virus.

Both changes align with guidance issued Dec. 27 by the federal Read More

Updated Chart: 566 Reflecting Latest COVID Cases At LAPS Jan. 3-12, 2022

This final updated chart for today shows the percentage of the population (student + staff) who tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 10 days for each Los Alamos Public Schools as well as the district wide average (shown on the rightmost column). The red line shows the 5% thresholds set by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Schools are expected to move to remote instruction for 10 days if 5% of the school population test positive during a 14-day period. The table at the bottom shows the number of additional positive tests that would cause each school to exceed the 5% threshold. Source: Read More

LAHS Transitions To Temporary Remote Learning 

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) has announced that today the number of positive COVID cases among staff and students at Los Alamos High School (LAHS) over the past 14 days reached the 5% threshold.

LAHS has 68 positive COVID cases so beginning today, both Topper Freshman Academy and LAHS will transition to temporary remote learning. Students will remain in remote learning through Jan. 22.

LAHS Principal Carter Payne has sent a message to all students, staff and families with guidance on remote learning for the next 10 days.

“I am comitted to getting students back into school as quickly Read More

Atomic City Transit Requiring Social Distancing And Limiting Capacity Beginning Thursday Jan. 13


Due to the increased number of positive cases in Los Alamos and surrounding areas, Atomic City Transit will adhere to 6-foot social distancing and limiting capacity on fixed route services beginning Thursday, Jan. 13. 

To maintain employee and passenger safety we continue to require that all passengers wear a face covering to board and ride the bus.

Atomic City Transit is implementing the following practices:

  • The number of passengers allowed on each bus will be limited to comply with 6-foot social distancing.
  • Seats on every bus will be blocked-off to assure adequate spacing between
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On The Job In Los Alamos: Prestwood At Friends Bookstore

On the job in Los Alamos Tuesday is volunteer Valerie Prestwood at the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries Bookstore (FLACL) in the lobby at Mesa Public Library at 2400 Central Ave. FLAC is a 501c3 non-profit organization established to support the staff and services of the Los Alamos County Library System, including Mesa Public Library and the White Rock Branch Library. To learn more, visit #worklosalamos, #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ Read More

Prescribed Burn Spotted From Anniversary Trail

Smoke is spotted on the horizan created from the in Pacheco Canyon prescribed burn as seen Tuesday from N.M. 502 at Anniversary Trail in Los Alamos. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ Read More