Highlights: Los Alamos School Board Meeting July 13

Pinon Elementary School in White Rock. Courtesy/LAPS

Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board met Tuesday, July 13 on Zoom and in the School Board Room. President Melanie Colgan opened the meeting by recognizing the COVID vaccination team of Los Alamos County Emergency Manager Beverley Simpson and Nambe Drugs owners Tom and Francis Lovett, as well as Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico and Smith’s Pharmacy. They held 29 vaccination clinics, of which 23 were hosted on school property. Los Alamos has an 89 percent vaccination rate. 


School Board Appoints Erin Green To Fill Vacancy

Staff Report

In a unanimous vote, the Los Alamos School Board this evening chose Erin Green to fill the District 5 seat, left vacant when Dawn Jalbert resigned from the Board.

Green will serve out the rest of Jalbert’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2021. She will need to run for election in November if she wishes to retain the seat.

Screen shot via Zoom from Monday’s League of Women Voters School Board Candidate Forum


Scenes From Business After Hours At Century Bank

Century Bank VP/Branch Manager Karen Easton speaks to guests gathered Tuesday for the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at Century Bank. Photo by John McHale/

Scene from the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event Tuesday at Century Bank, which drew a large crowd to the Los Alamos Branch in Smith’s Marketplace shopping center. Photo by John McHale/

Dustin Lippiatt of Pig+Fig Cafe replenishes hors d’oeuvre for the Business After Hours event hosted at Century Bank and catered by Pig+Fig Cafe. Photo by John McHale/


Los Alamos County Proposes Code Change To Reflect State’s New State Cannabis Laws

Community Development Director Paul Andrus

Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico has legalized cannabis but there are still procedural boxes to check and issues to consider before ribbons can be snipped to open cannabis businesses.

Locally, the Los Alamos County Community Development Department is responding to the legalization of cannabis by proposing a text amendment to Chapter 16 in the County Code, which addresses development.

County Planning Manager Bryce Ternet

The Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the proposed changes during


Los Alamos County Hires Daniel Ungerleider As New Economic Development Administrator

Economic Development Administrator Daniel Ungerleider

Los Alamos Daily Post

Economic development is one of the most widely discussed topics in Los Alamos County. It appears in the council’s strategic priorities and in the comprehensive plan. Committees, studies and plans have all been created to stir up economic development in the County.

It is so important that the County has recently hired a new Economic Development Administrator to fill a long-time vacancy.

The position was vacant for an extended time after Joan Ahlers left but Daniel Ungerleider


Santa Fe Opera Announces Free ‘Opera In The Park’ Screening Of 2021 Season Productions

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin seen on a Simulcast LED wall at the Santa Fe Opera. Photo by Brandon Soder. Production photography by Curtis Brown for the Santa Fe Opera; post-digital production by Dune Alford.

SFO News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Opera (SFO) announces free “Opera in the Park” screenings of 2021 Season productions in August in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

The events are part of the opera’s reopening celebrations and ongoing commitment to bring the joy of opera to the Santa Fe and Albuquerque communities.

The Santa Fe Opera wishes to acknowledge “Opera in the Park” sponsors Chester


Donavan Price Of Enterprise Bank & Trust Helps Local Area Nonprofits And Small Businesses Succeed

Donavan Price serves as administrative assistant to Liddie Martinez, president of Los Alamos Region and director of community engagement at Enterprise Bank & Trust. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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Los Alamos Daily Post

Donavan Price became the administrative assistant to Liddie Martinez, president of Los Alamos Region and director of community engagement at Enterprise Bank & Trust in March. Price has worked at the bank 3.5 years. Previously, she worked in deposit operations.

Price had a background