Snyder: Oldest Continuously Used Building In Los Alamos

The Guest Cottage as it appeared in 1942. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society Archive

The Guest Cottage, 2018. Photo by Todd Nickols

Los Alamos Historical Society

For more than a century, the oldest continuously used building in Los Alamos has served at different times as an infirmary, a guest cottage, living quarters, a shelter for skunks, and a museum and gift shop. As we might expect, a building that has existed on the plateau for that long has stories to tell!
Referred to as the Guest Cottage for most of its existence, the building can be documented as far back as 1918 in records


Fr. Glenn: Give Peace A Chance.

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

You know … if snarling at other people was a virtue, these days our cup would runneth over with saints. In the press, on the street, in emails, and certainly in social media, is constant harangue: “The sky is blue!” “You moron; it’s turquoise!” “Fool! It’s azure!!” Or: “Nazi! How dare you disagree with me by making a wholly reasonable and logical argument!!” Sigh. Agreement seems as rare as a snowball in…August. And we wonder why we can’t achieve world peace. Duh.

Ah … peace; how desirable, yet how very elusive. We long for peace in our homes, at our work, in our nation, on earth. In


McQuiston: What Car Drivers Need To Know About Motorcycles

Jemez Agency

Spring is here, which means you’ll likely see more motorcycles on the road.

And the key word here is “see”. People driving cars and trucks often fail to notice the motorcyclists around them, partly because they’re not accustomed to looking for them.

It’s obvious yet bears repeating: Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than car and truck drivers and passengers. Not only are there many more cars and trucks on the road, but there’s no such thing as a “fender bender” for a motorcyclist. Even a low-speed collision can seriously injure a rider, not to mention


Williams: Focusing Downtown On Retail

Los Alamos County Councilor

Since taking office—and as I promised on the campaign trail—I’ve been working on policy to bring us the kind of downtowns we all want. This has culminated in a draft ordinance for a new Pedestrian Retail zone that limits downtown ground-floor spaces to customer-oriented businesses.

Specifically, it would limit the downtown areas to “pedestrian-oriented ground floor mixed use retail sales, entertainment, restaurants, including food and beverage, and personal and medical services with upper floor residential and professional offices.”



Catch Of The Week: Facebook Data Breach

Los Alamos

In the news lately, Facebook is dealing with yet another data breach. Oof, so who hasn’t been breached recently? It’s easy to brush this off as just another data breach (so many lately, it’s hard to keep track of), but it’s not that simple, according to cybersecurity experts.

First off, this breach is massive at about half a billion Facebook users, from 106 different countries. What sort of data was breached? Full names, birthdays, phone numbers, location, and your Facebook Passwords were not affected by this breach, which is always a plus, but it’s still pretty bad.


Father Theophan: The Golden Rule

This mouse is part of artwork created by Fr. Theophan’s children and others. Photo by Fr. Theophan 

By Father Theophan
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church
Los Alamos

Thankfully it’s not that cold.

This morning, in robe and slippers, right out of bed, I snuck down to the garage. The kiln had reached cone 6 yesterday evening and had been cooling throughout the night. It’s a surprise each time, it’s a gift each time. There’s nothing better than opening a successful firing. (To be fair, there is hardly anything worse than opening a bad one.) But today, everything survived.

Four mugs out of this firing


Posts From The Road: The Back Road To Phoenix

Salt River Canyon: The rugged beauty of Salt River Canyon is breath taking as seen from one of several viewpoints along US Highway 60 in Arizona. This view shows a portion of the river hundreds of feet below in the canyon’s shadow about midway on the right side of the image. Photo by Gary Warren/

River View: While viewing the awesome landscape, this viewpoint allows a glimpse of the Salt River in the canyon below. The river is about midway near the right side of the image. Photo by Gary Warren/

Formerly of Los Alamos

Many residents


Fr. Glenn: My Brother. My Captain. My King!

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Well, a very happy and blessed Easter/Easter season to all of you. Oh, how I miss having a parish at this time of year … the thrill of this holiest day of the Christian annual cycle as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, ushering in a blooming hope for eternity with Him and the Father in the eternal life that we are made for.

It’s always such a joy to see families in their celebratory splendor … the ladies in their spring finest, the little ones frantically seeking out the Easter eggs and other goodies lain out for them in the greening grass and blossoming flowers of the church


Zero Waste Team: Don’t Throw Away Those Food Scraps! Upcycle Them!


What do you think when you hear the word upcycle? What does upcycle mean? What does it have to do with food?

Upcycle or upcycling is a practice of creating a useable product from unwanted items or adding value to existing product in some way.

To reduce waste and improve efficiency of resources we use is the purpose of upcycling.

Why is it a good idea to upcycle leftover food or food scraps? To put it simply, no amount of food waste is too small. When we upcycle food scraps, we help lower the amount of food waste in America.

In 2020 in the United States alone 80 billion lbs. of food was thrown


Scott: Update On Vaccine, Housing, Business, Recreation

Los Alamos County Council

I’d like to start this note with a shout out to all of the community members helping to move us forward through the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting vaccination efforts and by continuing to do the things that are important and easy for us to do every day – wearing our masks, distancing when in public, and minimizing trips and travel.

I am happy to report that as of March 30, more than 55 percent of folks eligible for the vaccine have received at least one dose and almost 80 percent of eligible residents have registered with the New Mexico Department of Health