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Nature on Tap at UnQuarked Tonight

on July 2, 2015 - 4:23pm


Nature On Tap is 5:30 p.m. today at UnQuarked Wine Room, at 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.

The speaker is Jessica Clayton, who will be discussing the science and beauty of the aurora borealis. Nature performs beautiful light shows that dance across the sky. The group will hear about the science behind this mysterious phenomenon, known as the aurora borealis. The group will discuss what causes aurora to display such striking colors and why we need scientists to study them.

Clayton is a physicist and educator. She earned a Ph.D.

Pajarito Astronomers Dark Night Star Gazing July 11

on July 2, 2015 - 4:20pm


The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-sponsored Dark Night starting at 8:30 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, July 11 at Spirio Soccer Field in Overlook Park. 

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. The planets Venus, Jupiter and Saturn and its rings will be visible.

There will be a tour of the summer constellations, and telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will end before midnight.

Call Steve Becker at 505.662.3252 for

White Cat Found Roaming On Arkansas Avenue

on July 2, 2015 - 4:16pm
Cat found roaming on Arkansas Avenue. Courtesy photo

A very pretty white female cat with golden eyes was found on Arkansas Avenue near the Black Hole.

She is safe at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. She is a little bit frightened, but not feral.

If this is your cat, contact the Los Alamos Animal Shelter at 505.662.8179 to claim her.



Holiday Weekend Monsoon Surge With Heavy Rainfall

on July 2, 2015 - 4:11pm
NOAA News:

The National Weather Service has announced a monsoon moisture surge with flash flooding possible over the holiday weekend.

Timing - Moisture will surge into the area today and significantly increase the coverage of showers and storms with heavy rainfall through Independence Day.
Location - The heaviest rainfall is expected to impact Central and Eastern NM Thursday and Friday, then over the Rio Grande Valley and Continental Divide Saturday.
Key Impacts:
  • Thunderstorms will produce frequent cloud-to-ground lightning stikes and gusty outflow winds, elevating

Los Alamos County Little League 9-10 District Champs!

on July 2, 2015 - 4:03pm

Los Alamos Little League 9-10 District Champions. Courtesy photo



Los Alamos County Little League 9-10 athletes took District Wednesday evening in a tournament against Santa Fe and Espanola.

The team won 22-16 in a hard fought battle. The game went into the night as both teams worked hard to come out District Champions but Los Alamos County did it. They move onto Silver City July 17-19 and if they come out of that tournament they will proceed to the State Tournament in Albuquerque.  

The Los Alamos boys have only lost one game in the tournament in Espanola.

Los Alamos

DNCU Among Healthiest Credit Unions In America

on July 2, 2015 - 1:09pm


Del Norte Credit Union is ranked among the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America.

DepositAccounts has just released the 2015 edition of the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America and Del Norte Credit Union has made the list for the second straight year, one of only 66 credit unions to do so out of 6,655 total federally insured credit unions.

Del Norte Credit Union stands out in all of the primary evaluation categories, including:

  •  Texas Ratio – The Texas Ratio is an indicator of how much capital a bank has available compared to the total value of loans

MADD And AG Urge: Plan Ahead For 4th Of July

on July 2, 2015 - 12:30pm

  • Use Safe Ride Services

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico (MADDNM) are teaming up to urge New Mexicans to plan ahead for 4th of July celebrations and not drive after drinking.

“As tens of thousands of New Mexicans head out to celebrate the 4th of July holiday this weekend, I am asking all New Mexicans to plan ahead and not drive after drinking,” Attorney General Hector Balderas said. “Plan ahead by finding a designated driver, scheduling a taxi or car, or using Safe Ride Home services in your area.

Local United Way Earns 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator ... Seventh Consecutive Time

on July 2, 2015 - 9:45am


United Way of Northern New Mexico’s (UWNNM) sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

This is the 7th consecutive time that UWNNM has earned this top distinction.

Since 2002, using objective, data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating.

Police: TAG YOUR TOTS At Overlook Park July 4

on July 2, 2015 - 9:23am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department will be issuing wristbands to children this Saturday at overlook park for the 4th of July festivities as a part of the TAG YOUR TOTS initiative.

Parents may come to the LAPD information tent that will be set up in the south west corner of the Paul Spirio soccer fields at overlook park. 

“We want to encourage Los Alamos residents and visitors to take a brief moment to stop by the tent and get wristbands for their children so that, in the event they are separated from their families, they can be reunited with them quickly and easily,” Cmdr.

Bandelier Hosts Naturalization Ceremony July 4

on July 2, 2015 - 8:48am

Participants at the July 4, 2013 Naturalization Ceremony at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS Photo


July 4th is traditionally a day when Americans celebrate freedom and independence. 

For the fourth year,  Bandelier National Monument is proud to partner with the United States Citizenship and Naturalization Services to host a naturalization ceremony at the park on that day.  Eighteen candidates from nine countries, after working for years to fulfill their requirements, will be taking the oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States.

In And Around Town: July 2

on July 2, 2015 - 8:34am


The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published Thursdays, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the top right red button on this page.

FRIDAY, July 3
The Jemez Thrift Shop Bag Day
On Bag Days, everything a customer can fit into a brown paper bag is $5. Larger items also are discounted. The Jemez Thrift Shop is at 13 Sherwood Blvd., near Smith's Food and Drug Center.
Opening for 'Reflections from the Rotunda Invitational Exhibit of Book Art'
The Mesa Public Library Art Gallery in Los Alamos presents

GED Test Fees Lowered In New Mexico

on July 2, 2015 - 8:33am


SANTA FE – Beginning July 1, New Mexico adult learners have seen a one-third drop in fees to take the GED test.

The exam will now cost $20 per test subject, or $80 for all four test subjects. Students will continue to have the flexibility to pay for one test at a time, and they'll continue to receive two free retakes.

First-time test-takers in New Mexico may also take advantage of a national program that gives a $10 discount off of their first test subject.

Lunch With A Leader Features Sanders Moore

on July 2, 2015 - 8:14am

Sanders Moore


The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos will host its monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader, at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 21 at Mesa Public Library
The speaker is Sanders Moore. Moore is the State Director for Environment New Mexico where she works to protect air, water, and open spaces in the state. Prior to joining ENM in 2010, she worked at the Georgia Conservancy for several years on improving air quality in the metro-Atlanta area through education and advocacy and decreasing the organization’s environmental footprint.
At the July 21

CIR Presents Talk On Recent Energy Trend Impacts

on July 2, 2015 - 7:24am

Senior Adviser to the Center for Naval Analyses, James Clad. Courtesy photo

CIR News:

​The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents James Clad, senior adviser to the Center for Naval Analyses and former deputy assistant secretary of defense.

Clad will discuss how recent energy trends have upset the world oil market and transformed the geopolitical landscape in a talk entitled, “The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape” at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, hosted at Tipton Hall, SF University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michaels Dr.

Asian energy demand is surging, Russian

Living Well Los Alamos: Tis The Season For Canning

on July 2, 2015 - 7:17am
Living Well Los Alamos
Los Alamos

Pressure Canner Care and Maintenance

Tis the season for canning! Whether you are planning to can homemade applesauce, salsa from garden tomatoes or apricots from your fruit trees, well maintained equipment is one key to successful food preservation. This is especially true of pressure canners. 

To begin, check any rubber gaskets for cracks. Rubber that has dried out, cracked or broken can result in a loose seal and not being able to reach the appropriate pressure.

NM Receives $3 Million In Major Disaster Funds

on July 2, 2015 - 7:14am
FEMA News:
DENTON, Texas  On Oct. 6, 2014, at the request of Gov. Susana Martinez, President Obama declared a major disaster for the state of New Mexico.
In June 2015, the state of New Mexico was awarded some $3 million in federal disaster assistance for repairs to roads in Lincoln County following severe storms and flooding in July and August 2014. The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management continues to administer the funds and provide support to the county as it recovers.
The severe weather and floodwaters washed away a total of 15 roads.

Classic Air Medical At Overlook Park 4-7 p.m. July 4

on July 1, 2015 - 7:10pm
Community members are invited to meet the Classic Air Medical crew and check out the helicopter 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Overlook Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Classic Air Medical Base Manager/Lead Pilot Geoff Rodgers and crew will fly over the Fourth of July festivities about 4 p.m. Saturday at Overlook Park and land on the south park.

Community members are invited to stop over and check out the state of the art helicopter and visit with the flight crew from about 4-7 p.m., Saturday on the south park.

Classic Air Medical Base Manager/Lead Pilot Geoff

White Rock Artist Market July 4

on July 1, 2015 - 7:09pm
The White Rock Artist Market. File photo

ART News:

The White Rock Artist Market continues 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 4 outside the White Rock Visitor Center.

This market will feature 10 local artists and artisans selling a variety of jewelry, paintings, glasswork, natural beauty products, hand woven baskets, children’s stuffed animals, handmade purses and bags, Mexican Talavera pottery, acrylic sculptures, knitted items and more. Stop by on the way to the Kiwanis 4th of July Celebration at Overlook Park. 

The White Rock Artist Market is held the first Saturday of every month.

Membership Deal At Pinon Park Pool Ends July 10

on July 1, 2015 - 5:49pm
PPP News:
Pinon Park Pool is offering 25 percent off membership fees and waiving the $75 volunteer fee for new members who sign up by July 10.
There’s still plenty of swim time this summer so don’t be left out of the fun. Swim lessons also are available.
Pool hours 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday and the pool stays open until 10 p.m. Wednesdays.
Located at 104 Bryce Avenue in White Rock, the pool offers no crowds, lots of room for lounging on the deck, tables and grills for a picnic, two slides, a diving board, lap swims at lunch and early evening, snack bar, play area and a

RTD Blue Buses Will Not Run July 3-4

on July 1, 2015 - 5:29pm


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service this Friday in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.   

The RTD Taos Express will not be in service Saturday, July 4. The Taos Express will be operating on its normal schedule Sunday, July 5.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses more than 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos; the Cities of Santa

White Rock Branch Library Grand Opening July 31

on July 1, 2015 - 11:37am

Work is coming down the homestretch on the new White Rock Branch Library and adjacent Youth Activity Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Landscaping is underway on the grounds of the new White Rock Branch Library. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The community is invited to join in the grand opening celebration of the New White Rock Branch Library.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, July 31 at the new library adjacent to Piñon Park on Sherwood Drive between N.M. 4 and Longview Drive.

Library Manager Steven Thomas

CB FOX Launches Online Atomic City Store

on July 1, 2015 - 10:28am
Courtesy image
Los Alamos Daily Post

The owners of CB FOX Department Store in downtown Los Alamos have met customer demand by making it possible for anyone in the world to purchase a famous Los Alamos T-Shirt through their new online store

What Part Of …. Don’t You Understand' is the best-selling T-shirt on the new online store. Courtesy photo

“The demand for T-shirts and gifts unique to Los Alamos is definitely growing, and we wanted to have this site up and running well ahead of the Manhattan National Park opening,” CB FOX President


White Rock Children's Parade & Carnival July 4

on July 1, 2015 - 10:06am
Kick off your July 4 Celebration with the Children's Parade and Carnival in White Rock. Flag ceremony and Parade begin at 10 a.m. at 366 Grand Canyon, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All are invited. Free carnival games and treats on the back lawn after the parade. Come join the fun and celebrate the Birthday of the U.S.A.! Courtesy photo

Public Invited To SFNF 100th Birthday Party July 18

on July 1, 2015 - 9:59am

Smokey Bear will be at July 18 party. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FEThe Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is celebrating its Centennial by throwing a party. 

The public is invited to join the fun 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18, on the grounds at Ski Santa Fe. Admission is free, and food and drink will be available for purchase. 

There will be live music, activities for adults and kids, and – of course – a special guest appearance by Smokey Bear.