People & Community

People & Community

Oops … Street Sign Mishap

Local resident Amanda Smith spotted a new sign being installed Thursday on Nickel Street and pointed out that it was misspelled: ‘Nickle’. The good natured installers removed it and promised to return with a corrected sign soon. Photo by Amanda Smith


Los Alamos School Board Meeting Highlights Jan. 14

Newly elected School Board members from left, President Ellen Ben Naim, Secretary Julia Baker, Vice President Christine Bernstein and board members Dawn Jalbert and Steve Boerigter. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board met Tuesday, Jan. 14 for a regular school b and the first meeting for new board members Julia Baker, Christine Bernstein and Dawn Jalbert. 

Outgoing board members Andrea Cunningham, Bill Hargraves and Jennifer McCumber were recognized by Board President Ellen Ben-Naim with a framed photo and Nambe ware. Ben-Naim thanked each of the outgoing board members


DPU Seeks Volunteers For Conservation Committee

DPU News:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will be updating its energy and water conservation plan this year to meet state and federal requirements.

As part of this process, DPU is inviting customers to volunteer to participate in a committee to develop conservation initiatives to recommend to the Board of Public Utilities.

Los Alamos businesses and citizens who are interested are encouraged to complete a survey of interest online.

The businesses link is: and the citizen link is:


Play With Clay At Fuller Lodge Beginning Jan. 31


Courtesy photo

ART News:

Play with Clay is a new five-week clay art and wellness experience open to everyone age 14 and older.

The classes begin 3-6 p.m., Jan 31 at Fuller Lodge at 2132 Central Ave. in downtown Los Alamos.

The Art Center Clay Studio will allow participants the opportunity to learn about wellness, coping skills and the benefits of art making, while being creative in the clay studio.

Sessions include mental health wellness education and clay instruction led by local art therapy interns Jane McConnell and Lauren Sherwood. New participants are welcome every week but must reserve


Watch ‘These Are the Voyages’ At Nature Center Tonight!

PEEC News:
The community is invited to watch “These Are the Voyages” at 7 p.m. today in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Ever wished you could activate the gate in Stargate Command, take The Orville for a spin, or walk the decks of the Enterprise? With the advent of more powerful computers, recreating environments with stunning detail is now a possibility. We will highlight three such endeavors with an outer space theme: Stargate Network, The Orville – Interactive Fan Experience, and the Virtual Enterprise D Recreation at this event. Join Peter Polko for an introduction to these


Southwestern College Art Therapy Students Host Weekly Grief And Transition Group At Senior Center

Southwestern College Art Therapy students Lauren Sherwood and Jane McConnell are hosting a weekly grief and transition group. The sessions are 2-4 p.m. Thursdays at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The group will continue through March 12 and all adults age 50 and up are welcome. The group is a safe place to discuss any type of loss and no art experience is necessary. Direct questions to 505.662.8920. Courtesy photo



Los Alamos Teen Center Closing Early Today

Los Alamos Teen Center News:

The Los Alamos Teen Center will open at noon and close at 6 p.m. today due to weather conditions.

The normal closing time is 11 p.m. Fridays but  the center does not want its staff or newly licensed teen members out on the roads once the temperature drops this evening.


Topper Boys Basketball Seriously Challenge Chargers

The Topper Boys Basketball team traveled Tuesday night to Albuquerque to play the Academy Chargers. The Chargers are ranked the number one team in New Mexico and the Toppers had upset on their minds as the defense held the Chargers to 23 points in the first half and went to the locker room with the lead in the game 24-23. The offense played even with the Chargers until the closing minutes of the contest when the Chargers made several free throws to win the game 55-50. The Toppers continue to show improvement. Their next home game is Jan. 23 against Moriarty. Matthew Owen splits the tough Charger defense


Los Alamos County On 2-Hour Delay Today


Due to heavy snow overnight, Los Alamos County facilities and services are on a 2-hour delay this morning.

Crews are working on clearing main roadways and public parking lots.

Residents are asked to avoid traveling on roads to allow the Traffic and Streets Division crews time to conduct snow removal operations.


LANL Closed Today Due To Weather Conditions

LANL News:

Due to weather conditions, Los Alamos National Laboratory will be closed today, Jan. 17.

Employees should direct questions, concerns or if in need of assistance, to the EOSC at 505.667.2400.


NWS: High Near 39; Tonight’s Low Around 17

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 39 with patchy freezing fog before 9 a.m. and a 40 percent chance of snow showers, possibly mixing with rain after noon, then gradually ending. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight mostly  clear with a low around 17. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts additional snowfall around the state today. Courtesy/NWS


PEEC: Explore Worlds Of Science Fiction Jan. 17

Explore the worlds of popular science fiction shows at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Peter Polko will provide an introduction to fan-based 3D recreations and then participants will get to try them out as well. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC also will play the full-dome film ‘EXPLORE’ at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 in the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Have you ever wished you could activate the gate in Stargate Command, take The Orville for a spin or walk the decks of the Enterprise?

With the advent of more powerful computers, recreating environments with stunning detail is


Chartwells Names Patrick Jaramillo Class Act

Class Act winner Patrick Jaramillo


Patrick Jaramillo is always a class act when it comes to Chartwells Food Services, but as we start a decade it’s now part of his official title.

Chartwells K12, the school food service arm of Compass Group International has named Patrick Jaramillo a Class Act winner for the West Region.

The Class Act program is one of the company’s greatest opportunities to highlight employee contributions. Those who exceed standards to constantly serve happy and healthy to students every day, always rise to the top.

“I’m extremely proud of the progress Patrick


County Council Discusses 2020 Strategic Plan

Los Alamos County Councilors, various County department directors and members of the public discuss the Council’s strategic plan for 2020 Tuesday night in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building. This plan includes a number of priorities, which touch on housing, transportation and parking, local business environment, commercial use, social services, infrastructure and open spaces. Other subjects Council agreed need to be address include appropriate County services, communication and working with Los Alamos National Laboratory and other partners. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Betty Ehart Senior Center Not Serving Lunch Friday

Betty Ehart Senior Center on Bathtub Row. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


The Betty Ehart Senior Center will NOT serve lunch Friday or offer the Day Out program due to a fridge breakdown.

The center should be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Members can call 505.662.8920, if unsure about hours of operation.

The White Rock Senior Center WILL be serving chicken tortilla soup, biscuit and pineapples.

Lunch reservations can be made by 10 a.m. by calling 505.672.2034.


On The Job In Los Alamos: Serving Automotive Needs

On the job in Los Alamos Tuesday afternoon is Clint Miller and Chuck Builta ready to assist customers at Los Alamos Auto Repair & Napa Auto Parts at 201 Knecht St. Los Alamos Auto Repair & Napa Auto Parts is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/


Registration Opens For Time Travelers Children’s Program From Los Alamos Historical Society

Registration now open for spring sessions of Time Travelers. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

Registration is open now for spring sessions of Time Travelers, the after-school drop-off program for elementary school students from the Los Alamos Historical Society.

Time Travelers sets students on an adventure of exploration, investigating our local history through artifacts in the Los Alamos History Museum and hands-on activities.

Time Travelers will meet in February, March, April, and May. Sessions for 1st-3rd grade students meet second Wednesdays, and sessions for 4th–6th grade students