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Backcountry Film Festival In Los Alamos Jan. 24

on January 21, 2019 - 5:08pm


Los Alamos is known for its incredible outdoor offerings, and this January, visitors and locals can experience the wonder of the winter outdoor experience on the big screen at the Backcountry Film Festival, taking place Jan. 24 at the Reel Deal Theater.

The Reel Deal Theater, a family owned and operated theater in business since 2003, is an active community partner, frequently hosting fundraisers and giving back to the community.

Want To Be Healthier? YMCA Coaches Can Help!

on January 21, 2019 - 8:20am
YMCA Health Coaches Tessa Dowell, left, and Emily Schmidt. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

It is simple to say that the key to better health is eating healthy food and exercising but actually achieving a healthier lifestyle is sometimes easier said than done.

The Los Alamos Family YMCA Health Coaches Emily Schmidt and Tessa Dowell are here to assist.

A Health Coach, according to Schmidt, is a wellness professional who works with clients one-on-one or in group settings to help them achieve their personal wellness goals including weight

County Fears GRT Loss If LANL Gets Nonprofit Status

on January 20, 2019 - 12:28pm

The NSSB Building at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

Los Alamos County officials are concerned that a stream of gross receipts tax revenues from Los Alamos National Laboratory – tens of millions of dollars a year – could dry up in coming months if the lab’s new management contractor obtains nonprofit status from the IRS.

Under current state law, 501(c)(3) status would exempt the lab from the tax, and the state and county would lose revenue for critical services including the fire department, roadway infrastructure, the local transit

County Crews Getting Handle On Pothole Epidemic

on January 19, 2019 - 12:07pm

Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division Manager Dan Erickson this morning on Trinity Drive getting a handle on the epidemic of potholes emerging around town following recent snow storms. Traffic and Streets Division crews are doing what they can to fill the potholes based on weather and availability of materials and labor. Photo by John McHale/

Diversity Through Music At Mesa Public Library Jan. 26

on January 19, 2019 - 10:23am

Musician Sagit Zilberman performs with a Swiss Hand Pan to a group of children. She will share her music Saturday, Jan. 26 with Los Alamos. Courtesy photo


Israeli-born musician Sagit Zilberman presents her program “Songs of Peace” 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Mesa Public Library as part of the Library’s celebration of Diversity Week. The program will be held in Mesa’s downstairs rotunda.

Zilberman received her bachelor of music degree in performance from the Berklee College of Music, where she played primarily saxophone.

Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee Seeks Feedback

on January 19, 2019 - 10:02am
A dog and cat play together in the snow. Courtesy/Los Alamos Animal Shelter
By Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee:
The Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee (ASAC), appointed by the Los Alamos County Council, is hard at work and we need your input!
The ASAC members include Chair Wendee Brunish, Vice Chair Linda Zwick, Melissa Bartlett, Wendy Marcus, Mary Timmers, Sally Wilkins and Jennifer Jung.
The mission of the ASAC is to provide a recommendation to the Los Alamos County Council, along with high-level cost estimates, as to what type of organizational structure best meets high

UNM-LA Hosts Meeting With Workforce Solutions Secretary And Local Leaders

on January 18, 2019 - 8:34am

From left, Grace Willerton (UNM-LA), Joanie Ahlers (LA County), Nan Sauer (LANL), Bill McCamley (New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions), Patrick Sullivan (LACDC), Kathy Keith (LANL), David Clark (LANL), Mark Russell (N3B), Rebecca Estrada (LANL) and Cindy Rooney (UNM-LA). Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Secretary Designate of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Bill McCamley. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Secretary Designate of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Bill McCamley visited UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Jan.

Major Pothole Spotted On East Road Near Airport

on January 17, 2019 - 4:48pm

Motorists are urged to keep alert and on the lookout for potholes emerging throughout the county like this large one spotted this afternoon on East Road just west of the Los Alamos County Airport. County road crews are patching the potholes as weather permits. We encourage residents to send us their pothole photos so we can publish them to let others know the locations: Photo by Bonnie J.Gordon/

Caution: Potholes Emerging Following Winter Storms

on January 17, 2019 - 3:31pm


Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division staff would like to remind motorists to be on the look out for potholes that are developing in the days following several back to back winter storms.

As snow begins to melt off of roadways, the potholes are exposed in the pavement.

“Until the hot mix plant re-opens this Spring, and we see much warmer temperatures return that are needed for the hot mix to be an effective patch, we are going to continue to be in a reactive mode to fix only the worst potholes with a temporary solution,” said Dan Erickson, Traffic and Streets Division

Parks And Rec Board Supports Wall At Hell’s Hole

on January 17, 2019 - 10:56am
Parks and Recreation Board discussed ways to make Hell's Hole safer. Courtesy/LAC
Los Alamos Daily Post

Tevor Matuszak, 19, died in July 2017 after falling outside of Hell’s Hole Cave near the Red Dot Trail in White Rock.

This not the first tragedy to occur at this location. In the past, another hiker fell fatally outside this small cave and a third suffered serious injuries while exploring at Hell’s Hole.

During the regular Parks and Recreation Board meeting Thursday, Jan.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 10, 2019

on January 16, 2019 - 11:46am

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.


Jan. 10 at 10:15 a.m. /Police arrested Martin Ramos-Castillo, 38, of Chili, N.M. in Espanola on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

Editor's note: The Los Alamos Detention Center is undergoing water damage repairs so inmates have been transferred to facilities in the surrounding area. Inmates are scheduled to return Jan.

Los Alamos County Council Continues To Seek Letters Of Interest To Fill Vacancy ... Deadline Jan. 24

on January 16, 2019 - 7:42am


With just one Letter of Interest received to date, the Los Alamos County Council continues to seek letters from those interested in filling the unexpired term of Councilor Christine Chandler, who ended her term with Council upon election as the House District 43 representative. Her term expires Dec. 31, 2020. 

Applicants must be a registered voter and resident of Los Alamos County, and cannot be employed by the County. They should submit a letter of interest explaining their background, experience and why they are interested in the position.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Clearing Snow On Central

on January 15, 2019 - 8:37pm

On the job in Los Alamos Monday afternoon are workers clearing snow from sidewalks on Central Avenue. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

On the job in Los Alamos Monday afternoon are workers with a shovel and a blower clearing snow from sidewalks on Central Avenue. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Arts In Public Places Advisory Board Meets Thursday

on January 15, 2019 - 5:44am

Los Alamos Police Officers Aid Gunshot Victim

on January 14, 2019 - 2:05pm
LAPD Officers, from left, James Keane, Chris Ross and Ben Irving aided the victim of an accidental gunshot Friday at his home. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

A Los Alamos 911 operator took a desperate call Friday from the area near Aspen School. According to Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew, a man accidently shot himself while examining his gun, which he thought was not loaded. With a bullet in his arm, he managed to call 911.

LAPD Sergeants Chris Ross and James Keane were nearby and rushed to the scene, where they were joined

LAPD: Parking Rules Apply To Everyone...

on January 14, 2019 - 1:51pm

A citizen recently spotted a local police patrol unit parked in a handicap zone. Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the rules apply to everyone and the issue has been addressed internally. Courtesy photo

County Board Of Public Utilities Meets Wednesday

on January 14, 2019 - 6:53am

Letter To The Editor: Utilities Service During Winter Storms ... The Big Deal We Don't Notice

on January 13, 2019 - 1:50pm
Los Alamos
During these heavy winter storms, we have had steady delivery of electricity, water, and mail delivery.
The roads and main sidewalks have been kept clear of snow.
My kids think this is normal!
Icing on our roof interrupted our internet connection, but our provider, Los Alamos Network, had a technician here within 30 minutes after I reported it. I used my cell phone to contact them; my Verizon cellular service was working fine.
The only severe hardship we suffered this year was two weeks ago, a nationwide CenturyLink network outage disrupted internet and cellular

Los Alamos Republican Party Unites On Basis Of Values At Ward Caucuses And Biennial County Convention

on January 13, 2019 - 7:27am

Local GOP Party Chair John Bliss conducts the final meeting of his term during the Republican Party of Los Alamos County Ward Caucuses and Biennial County Convention Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Party members applaud outgoing Chair John Bliss and thank him for his service. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Republican Party of Los Alamos County held its Ward Caucuses and Biennial County Convention Saturday at Fuller Lodge.

New Year’s Day HVAC Failure; Ice Dam At Los Alamos County Detention Center – Detainees Transferred

on January 11, 2019 - 8:02pm
The New Year's Day snowstorm formed an ice dam around the drain on the Los Alamos Detention Center roof causing water to leak into the building. Courtesy/LAPD
The floor is all wet at the Los Alamos Detention Center from an ice dam that formed Jan. 1 around the drain on the roof causing water to leak into the building. Courtesy/LAPD
Los Alamos Daily Post

An HVAC system failure at the Los Alamos County Detention Center forced the transfer of the detainees to facilities in Rio Arriba and Santa Fe.

Public Works Deputy Director Jon Bulthuis explained

Robinson Congratulates New Council Leadership

on January 10, 2019 - 11:38am
Los Alamos County Councilor
Tuesday night, I had the honor of assuming my seat on the new Los Alamos County Council. Although humbling to now be the one the audience is watching, I was very excited to begin my term.
As a councilor, one of my very first votes was for the new chair and vice chair. It was a tough decision, but I would like to have the community join me in congratulating Councilor Sara Scott on her election to chair and Councilor Pete Sheehey to vice chair.
Representing the new council, Councilor Chair Scott and Council Vice Chair Sheehey combine a

Democratic Party Of Los Alamos County Holds First Meeting Of 2019 Jan. 14 At UNM-LA

on January 10, 2019 - 11:37am

DPLA News:

The community is invited to attend the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County (DPLA) first meeting of 2019 when it will honor its dedicated volunteers, get updates on upcoming events, and talk about ways to stay involved this year.

The meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14 in Building 5 at UNM-Los Alamos.

At the meeting, DPLA officials will present many dedicated volunteers a token of appreciation for their hard work during election season. There will be important updates about events happening around New Mexico for Democrats.

Sara Scott, Pete Sheehey Elected Council Leaders

on January 10, 2019 - 11:31am
Council elects Sara Scott its chair during Tuesday night's meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Council elects Pete Sheehey its vice chair during Tuesday meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

With new members on Los Alamos County Council comes new leadership and during Tuesday’s regular meeting Sara Scott was elected chair and Pete Sheehey vice chair.

Councilors voted 4-2 to elect Scott to the position. Councilor Randall Ryti nominated her.

Los Alamos County Transportation Board Hears Traffic Study For Proposed Hill Apartments East Of LAMC

on January 10, 2019 - 11:04am
Michael Gomez with Santa Fe Engineering presents to the Transportation Board during Jan. 3 meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

An apartment complex, tentatively called the Hill Apartments, is being planned for a parcel of land at 35th and 36th streets along Trinity Drive, east of Los Alamos Medical Center.

The plan is for the complex to feature 149 units, ranging from studio to three-bedroom apartments.