People & Community

McClenahan: Librarian Charlotte Serber Was Top Woman Leader In Los Alamos During Manhattan Project

Charlotte Serber’s badge photo. Courtesy/Project Y

By Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Society

Many stories about women in the Manhattan Project, such as those of the “Calutron Girls” of Oak Ridge and the “Computers” of Los Alamos, report that the women did not realize the enormity of the project they were working on.

Whether turning dials on big machines or crunching huge mathematical calculations, the women knew they were contributing to the “war effort” but did not know they were assisting in the making of an atomic bomb.

That is not the case with Charlotte Serber, who had an important


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Santa Fe Community College Library Presents: ‘A Peek Inside: The Process Of Novel Writing With Miriam Sagan’

Miriam Sagan’s new novel ‘Shadow on the Minotaur’. Courtesy/SFCC

SFCC News:

What: Online talk sponsored by the SFCC Library “A Peek Inside: The Process of Novel Writing with Miriam Sagan”

“A Peek Inside: The Process of Novel Writing with Miriam Sagan”

Description: Miriam Sagan will read from her new novel, “Shadow on the Minotaur” (Red Mountain Press, 2021) and discuss sources of inspiration, structural challenges, and getting inside a character’s head. The heroine of the book, Thea, has survived the war in Bosnia only to find herself isolated and unable to cross the street in Brooklyn.


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Police Chief Dino Sgambellone Marks 30-Year Milestone

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone in his office Monday at the LAPD. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone marked 30-years of service in law enforcement March 17. He told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he is grateful for having had the opportunity to serve in this way and alongside some amazing people. 

“It has always been important to me to be in a career that made a difference,” he said. “And while there have been many challenges along the way, both personally and professionally, I believe I can


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Council Column: COVID, Gas Rate Increase, Agenda Items

By Chair Randall Ryti
Los Alamos County Council

COVID Update. Since the Jan. 26 Council meeting, I have asked that Manager Burgess arrange for Emergency Manager Beverley Simpson to present a report to Council at the beginning of each Council Meeting. Ms. Simpson has also made these reports available on the Los Alamos County pandemic web page. These reports will continue so that Council and the public can be informed on trends and progress in cases and vaccinations.

We have good news on both the number of cases and the number of vaccine doses available in Los Alamos County. The cases have been low


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LAPS Foundation: Showering Teachers With Appreciation

By Jenny McCumber
Executive Director
LAPS Foundation News:

Next month, as students and teachers return to school facilities to finish out this unusual school year, the LAPS Foundation is sponsoring a campaign to shower teachers with appreciation for all they have done this year to help their students.

We are inviting the community of Los Alamos to join us in saying “Thank you!” to the staff at LAPS.

What can you do? Beginning April 5, go to https://showers.givesmart.com to donate towards teacher wish list items. Let’s show them we care by donating so they can get items they need to help students


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Geoff Rodgers Tapped For Los Alamos Airport Manager

Airport Manager Geoff Rodgers 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

Geoff Rodgers has been hired to manage the Los Alamos County Airport. Previous manager Cameron Humphries moved out of town in 2020.

“I’ve known for a long time that the county has a talented and dedicated team working on behalf of the community. I’m humbled to be joining them and really look forward to the opportunity,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers is a pilot and has worked for Classic Air Medical transporting patients around the state since 2015. He also is a former county councilor and managed the transportation


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Scenes From Toppers Varsity Soccer Team Vs. Demons

Jenna Harris makes an offensive move in front of the goal. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

Aliya Richins kicks the ball down field. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

Katie Osburn sprints down the field after the ball. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

SPORTS News:

The Los Alamos High School Varsity Soccer Team traveled Monday to Santa Fe High to face off against the rival Demons.

The game remained deadlocked for most of the game until Jenna Harris kicked a laser from just inside Demon territory to take the lead.

Goal tended by Annika Fox and the whole Topper defense was outstanding


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Family YMCA Childcare Programs Taking Registrations

Courtesy/YMCA

Courtesy/YMCA

YMCA News:

Registration has opened for the Y’s enriching child care programs, including Summer Camp and After School. The registration fee of $25 will be waived for parents who registering by April 19. Additionally, the Y is hiring staff to deliver exceptional programming now and this summer.

Child Enrichment Coordinator Janine Morales said all childcare programs have adopted Covid-19 safe protocols, which are available on the Y’s website, laymca.org. The programs require participants to wear a mask and follow numerous safety guidelines, she said.

Current


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FB4K Hosts Bike Collection In Los Alamos April 9

For information on FB4K-NM or to donate or volunteer, visit fb4knm.org. Courtesy/FB4K

FB4K News:

SANTA FE — Free Bikes 4 Kidz New Mexico is hosting three drive-thru bike collection days in April including one in Los Alamos, with the goal of collecting 500 bicycles to be refurbished then distributed to partner organizations around the state and placed with kids and adults in need.

New Mexico is the 11th state to join a national growing movement called Free Bikes 4 Kidz (FB4K.) Since its founding in Minnesota in 2008, FB4K has given away more than 100,000 refurbished bikes. One weekend a year, volunteers


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Road Work On Trinity Drive Set To Resume April 5

COUNTY News:

Crews with GM Emulsion will restart construction of pedestrian and ADA improvements along Trinity Drive Monday, April 5, from Oppenheimer to 39th Street.

Late last year, crews completed similar work on the north side of this segment of Trinity Drive. Comparable improvements are now scheduled for the southern side which, include replacement of damaged curb, gutter and sidewalks.

Work is scheduled 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather permitting.

Traffic signs and devices will be installed to shift vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic around the work zones. Access


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LANL Part Of DOE/NNSA Virtual Job Fair March 31

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) is hosting a virtual hiring event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, Eastern Daylight Time.

Jobs are available at Los Alamos, Sandia and more than six other locations nationwide.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, although candidates will have the opportunity to register and submit resumes up until the day of the event.

Registration available here.

NNSA and contractor personnel will review resumes submitted in advance to help determine which candidates can be pre-scheduled


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Chamber Business Awards Voting Closes At 10 P.M. Today

CHAMBER News:

Have you voted for the Chamber Business Awards yet?

The top 5 nominated businesses in each category are on the ballot.

To vote visit ChamberVote. Voting is open to the public, but only Chamber members in good standing were eligible for nomination or to win. Voting closes at 10 p.m. today.

Award winners will be announced Friday, April 16 in a Facebook live event, and will be celebrated at a future reception, both sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union.    


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Health Department Reports Los Alamos Remains At Turquoise Level Which Now Includes 13 Counties!

New Mexico Department of Health county map update as of today, March 24. Courtesy/DOH
DOH News:
  • Now 13 New Mexico counties are at the Turquoise Level …10 are at Green 
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health on Wednesday announced the updated statewide COVID-19 map for the two-week period beginning today, March 24, with 13 New Mexico counties at the Turquoise Level and 10 at the Green Level, at which there are fewer restrictions on commercial and day-to-day activities amid decreased virus risk. The majority of the state’s counties are now at or approaching the least restrictive levels.

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