People & Community

Final 2023 Topper Revue Performances 2&7 PM Today!

2023 Topper Revue MCs: Elise Ovaska, Olivia Long, Remi Patterson, and Evan Long (back row). Courtesy photo

All performers take stage. Courtesy photo

LAHS Jazz Band is the Final Act. Courtesy photo

Topper Revue MCs get lost in the woods. Courtesy photo

Peter Finch and Isabelle Price. Courtesy photo

LAHS Teachers as Social Media Influencers in a video skit. Pictured: Mary Grace (left), Stephanie Abney, Brian Easton, Lynn Ovaska, Stephanie Mitchell and Jonathan Lathrop. Courtesy photo Read More

Robles, Rael & Anaya Attorneys To Teach At 2023 National Law Enforcement Conferences

National Law Enforcement News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Robles, Rael & Anaya, P.C., a leading New Mexico law firm that represents municipalities, counties and police departments throughout the state—has announced that attorneys Taylor S. Rahn and Luis Robles have been invited to speak and teach at upcoming 2023 national law enforcement conferences.

Rahn has been invited to speak at the upcoming 2023 National Police Canine Association (NPCA) Conference in San Antonio, Texas, and Robles will teach at the national and mid-year National Tactical Officers Association conferences in 2023.

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Los Alamos District Science Fair Saturday At LAMS


The community is invited to attend the Los Alamos District Science Fair Saturday, Jan. 21 in the gymnasium at Los Alamos Middle School.


          • Public viewing is 1-2 p.m.;
          • Elementary Award Ceremony is 4:30 p.m. in the LAMS gym; and
          • Junior/Senior Division Award Ceremony is 5:30 p.m. in the LAMS gym.
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Heinrich, Vasquez Highlight Federal Funding Secured To Promote Animal Science Education, Create Workforce Opportunities For Area Students

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Gabe Vasquez met with students and leaders from Hatch Valley Public Schools. Courtesy/Heinrich

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Gabe Vasquez met with students and leaders from Hatch Valley Public Schools. Courtesy/HeinrichU.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Gabe Vasquez talks to students from Hatch Valley Public Schools. Courtesy/Heinrich


LAS CRUCES — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Gabe Vasquez (D-N.M.) met with students and leaders from Hatch Valley Public Schools Thursday to discuss how direct federal Read More

County: Water Main Break On Connie Avenue In White Rock


Residents on Connie Avenue may experience low water pressure due to a water main break in the neighborhood.

Traffic will be closed to through traffic from Cheryl to Aragon Street while Gas, Water & Sewer crews from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) repair the break.

It is unknown at this time how long the repairs will take to complete, but it may be up to eight hours. Read More

LARSO Honors Chef Fred Ortiz As Employee Of The Quarter

Chef Fred Ortiz, right, with his father-in-law William Flak. Courtesy photo

LARSO News: 

Chef Fred Ortiz is the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO), Employee of the Quarter (EOQ). Chef Fred has stepped up to lead the kitchens as they transition with a renovation and educating staff along the way.

Chef Ortiz has more than 22 years working with LARSO.

The EOQ program was started by senior center member John Baillie with a grant from the Los Alamos Community Foundation.

The EOQ program is allowed to select a $100 gift certificate to present to a local small business of its choice.

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Pajarito Opens This Saturday!

Pajarito Mountain opens Saturday, Jan. 21. Courtesy/PajaritoMountain

From the Team at Pajarito Mountain:

Pajarito opens this Saturday, Jan. 21.

With more than two feet of snow over the past week, Mother Nature finally showed up, and the mountain conditions are incredible. The mountain will be open Saturday and Sunday and Friday-Sunday next week.

Officials will be evaluating options for opening more during the week in the coming days.

The mountain operations team has worked tirelessly to get the slopes ready, and have been hiring as quickly as possible to become fully staffed this season. Read More

LALT’s ‘8x10s: 7 Come 11’ Concludes This Weekend


LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre’s (LALT) production of “8x10s: 7 Come 11” concludes this weekend with performances 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21.

Tickets are available online at Event Brite or at the door.

The production includes eight short plays written by local and regional playwrights. Most of the plays are guided by first-time directors who are expanding their foray into community theatre.

Situations presented in the plays include the modern hell known as a dinner party, doing a favor for a stranger that reveals a lost passion, the importance of choosing Read More

New Mexico Museum Of Natural History & Science Expands Its Educational & Space Science Programming Through $300,000 Grant From Meta

An exterior shot of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Courtesy of NMMNHS/Tira Howard


ALBUQUERQUE — A new, five-year partnership between the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) and Meta will substantially expand the Museum’s educational footprint in Valencia County and also support the Museum’s Space Science programming.  

Meta is donating $300,000 to the NMMNH Foundation, which will support five years of educational classroom visits for every 5th grade classroom in Valencia County and annual sponsored attendance for Valencia Read More

Home Country: Digging Postholes

Home Country

Down at the sale barn Saturday, the think tank had coagulated there with coffees to go. Doc and Dud had their dogs with them, while Bert and Dewey and Steve went stag.

Dud tried to start a conversation, but the loudspeaker soon drove them outside, where they arrayed themselves on dropped tailgates and waited to hear what Dud had in mind.

“I thought about it a lot,” Dud said, “and I wondered what the favorite part of my job was, and wondered if you fellas ever gave that any thought, too.”

They nodded. Yes, by mutual consent a worthy subject.

“With me,” Dud continued, “it wasn’t Read More

Love Is In The Air At The Balloon Museum In Albuquerque

Courtesy/Balloon Museum Foundation

Balloon Museum Foundation News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation presents LOVE IS IN THE AIR, a Valentine’s Weekend of Celebrations for Friends, Family, Sweethearts and Balloons to celebrate love and ballooning.

A benefit for the Balloon Museum, LOVE IS IN THE AIR is a curated collection of three lovely gatherings Saturday, Feb. 11; Sunrise Valentine’s Breakfast, Sunset Valentine’s Cocktail Party and stroll the Balloon Museum Artisan Market with more than 15 local vendors, all while overlooking the AAAA Read More

The Lensic Presents International Guitar Night Feb. 15

The Lensic presents International Guitar Night Feb. 15. Courtesy/Lensic 


The Lensic Performing Arts Center presents International Guitar Night, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15.

A touring initiative in its twenty-third year, IGN features a quartet of guitarists from around the world, each performing in their own styles and traditions. Returning to the Lensic for a third time, this stunning showmanship of diverse talent and artistry is adored for good reason.

Tickets ($25–$39) are available here, call 505.988.1234, or in-person at 211 W. San Francisco Street. Ticket holders are invited Read More

Betty Ehart Senior Center To Host Bingo Today


The Betty Ehart Senior Center will host Bingo at 1 p.m. today Friday, Jan. 20.

No money is exchanged, seniors can play for free and win prizes donated by the public.

If you need more information, call 505.662.8920. Read More

Hilltopper Wrestling Ties 33-33 With Española Sun Devils

Nicolas Ray wins by a pin over opponent Isaac Rivera Palma in weight class 215 in a match Thursday evening at the high school gym in Española. The Toppers tied with the Sundevils 33-33 in a conference match. The Toppers next outing is a tournament Jan. 27-28 at Capitol High School. Photo by John McHale/

Marcos Chacon won his match over Attilio Winn in weight class 133 by a score of 11-6. Photo by John McHale/

Cooper Beavers lost to Juanito Mondragon in weight class 107. Photo by John McHale/

Julian Baros lost in a 4-1 decision to Cruz Sandoval. Photo Read More

County Utilities Department To Host Town Hall Meeting To Discuss Future Energy Thursday In Council Chambers

DPU Deputy Manager Jordan Garcia


Community members are invited to attend a Town Hall meeting to discuss potential methods for powering Los Alamos County in the not-too-distant future.

The meeting is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. Remote participation will be available through Zoom using the link

“Many factors are driving future energy decisions,” said Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Deputy Manager Jordan Garcia. “The San Juan Generating Station closed in late September, Read More

Rotary Hears From Expert Birder Dr. Jonathan Dowell

Jonathan Dowell recently told the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about his avid interest in birding. Photo by Linda Hull

Birder Jonathan Dowell, with assistance from wife Tessa, found and photographed this rare Bohemian Waxwing in White Rock just days ago. Photo by Jonathan Dowell

Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

Sporting a bright blue t-shirt with “I watch birds and I know things” emblazoned on the front, Dr. Jonathan Dowell, who has been a birder for many years, described his interest in our feathered friends to members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, at the Jan. 10 meeting.  Read More

St. John’s College Launches ‘Great Books’ Podcast & Web Series

St. John’s College News:

St. John’s College, the third-oldest college in the U.S. and considered the most contrarian college for its distinct and steadfast approach to the liberal arts—reading and discussing 3,000 years of Great Books over the course of four years—is launching a 20-episode podcast and web series examining the mysteries of ‘who we are as humans and why we see each other and the world as we do’.

Titled ‘Continuing the Conversation,’ St. John’s invites listeners who want to discuss thoughtful ideas and are curious about the books and authors that have influenced civilization Read More

Kiwanis Club To Host Aluminum Can Collection Saturday

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club will be collecting and buying aluminum cans Saturday, Jan. 21, to be sent for recycling. The collection location is the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church on Diamond Drive (near Sullivan Field). Collection hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The community is encouraged to bring the aluminum cans they’ve been accumulating and help support the environment and Kiwanis. Courtesy/Kiwanis  Read More

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