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Obituary: Lavella Ann Renfro Locke-Watson Jan. 26 1935 - Sept. 28, 2017

on October 22, 2017 - 5:44am
LAVELLA ANN RENFRO LOCKE-WATSON Jan. 26, 1935 - Sept. 28, 2017
Lavella Ann Renfro Locke-Watson left this world with all of the character and color with which she lived.
She was born January 26, 1935 in Albuquerque, NM. She was proud to be a native New Mexican embracing and enjoying the people, culture, art, activities, and scenery; all the enchantments that NM had to offer.
She lived a full and active life.

Study: 2017’s Most & Least Energy-Efficient States

on October 22, 2017 - 5:43am
Happy National Energy Awareness Month! With New York City recently announcing its three-year plan to uphold the Paris climate accord, the first among nearly 250 U.S. cities that pledged to do so, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Most & Least Energy-Efficient States.

To gauge the financial impact of doing more with less energy — the average American household spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities and another $1,900 on motor fuel and oil — WalletHub’s analysts compared the auto- and home-energy efficiency in 48 U.S.

Scenes From 'Only The Brave' Premiere Friday

on October 22, 2017 - 5:42am

​Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes, right, addresses the audience Friday evening at one of several showings of 'Only the Brave' at the Reel Deal Movie Theater. Following his comments, Division Chief Jeff Wetteland read they names of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died June 20, 2013 in the Yarnell Hill Fire. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Firefighter Mike Paxson shows the features of Los Alamos Fire Department's Brush Truck 4 prior to the showing of 'Only the Brave' Friday evening at the Reel Deal. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos County

Obituary: Dante Stirpe July 27, 1928 – Oct. 5, 2017

on October 22, 2017 - 5:31am

DANTE STIRPE July 27, 1928 Oct. 5, 2017

Dante Stirpe, 89, passed away in Tucson, AZ, on October 5, 2017.

Dante was born near Veroli, Italy, on July 27, 1928, to mother Annunziata and father Costantino. His father emigrated to the United States, and the rest of the family followed a few years later in 1931, settling in Schenectady, NY.

Dante earned a BS from Union College, an MS from Iowa State University, and a PhD in physics from the University of Missouri. During college in Iowa, he met Beverly Jean Anderson, marrying her in 1953.

His first job in the sciences landed him back in New


Karen Wray Gallery Celebrates Phillip Noll's Photography

on October 22, 2017 - 5:30am

Karen Wray, owner of the Karen Wray Gallery o Central Avenue, and photographer Phillip Noll mingle during the opening reception of Noll's work at the gallery Friday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 

Annie Kulper checks out one of Phillip Noll's photographs during a reception for Noll's work held Friday at the Karen Wray Gallery. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Kirsten Stromberg chats with Phillip Noll during the reception Friday night.

Pastor Raul: Pastor Appreciation

on October 22, 2017 - 5:29am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
I'd rather have ten people that want God than 10,000 people who want to play church. –Leonard Ravenhill
October has been celebrated as Pastor Appreciation Month since 1992. During that time, churches and congregants will show their appreciation for their clergy through cards, gifts, and assortments of Kit Kats and Dr. Pepper. For more traditional churches, there will be the ever-famous pot-luck. (In New Mexico, this can easily be turned into a green chili themed cook-off! Praise God!)
The idea comes from passages such as

Daily Postcard: Fall Colors In Quemazon

on October 22, 2017 - 5:28am

Daily Postcard: Fall colors come to Quemazon. Photo by Elena E. Giorgi/

Quemazon. Photo by Elena E. Giorgi/

Former LAFD Capt. John Snyder Honored Today

on October 21, 2017 - 9:44pm

The Los Alamos Fire Department held a memorial service this afternoon at Griffith Gymnasium to honor former Capt. John H. Snyder who died Oct. 14 after battling cancer for several months. Photo by John McHale/

The LAFD Honor Guard assembles this afternoon at the entrance to Griffith Gymnasium as the body of former Capt. John H. Snyder arrives to be honored at a memorial service attended by family, LAFD personnel and community members. Photo by John McHale/

During his career, Capt. John Snyder was a paramedic-captain and support officer.

Law Enforcement Activity Sunday Morning On US 84/285 In Pojoaque Area ... Expect Slow Moving Traffic

on October 21, 2017 - 9:01pm


Law enforcement activity between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, will require some lane closures along US 84/285 by mile marker 178 in the Pojoaque area.

Motorists will be able to travel along US 84/285 but traffic may be slowed.

Santa Fe County Sheriff's investigators will be at the scene of last Friday's fatal crash site conducting follow up investigatory work.

All police activity should be completed by 9 a.m. in this area.

Scenes From County's Annual Pumpkin Splash

on October 21, 2017 - 8:42pm
Kids score future jack-o-lanterns during Los Alamos County's Annual Pumpkin Splash today at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center on Canyon Road. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Scene from the County's Annual Pumpkin Splash. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Scene from today's annual County Pumpkin Splash. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Scene from the County's Annual Pumpkin Splash. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Scene from today's County Pumpkin Splash at the Aquatic Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Scene from the

Scarecrows Flock To Central Avenue

on October 21, 2017 - 8:36pm

'Captain Cavity Bugs' shows off his pearly whites as he joins several scarecrows  decorating Central Avenue today in downtown Los Alamos. The scarecrows are entries in the Los Alamos Arts Council's Scarecrow Contest and will be displayed through Nov. 1. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

A feminine robot? A person? Hmmm ... whatever it may be this beautifully constructed  scarecrow definitely grabs attention from its post on Central Avenue. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

A very interesting-looking fellow greets pedestrians and drivers along Central Avenue.

NM 4 Re-Opens To All Traffic

on October 21, 2017 - 8:25pm


N.M. 4, which was closed Friday evening, between East Jemez Road and Highway 502 is open to all traffic as of 4:30 p.m. today.   

NNSA: Production Of W76-1/Mk4A Arming Fuzing Subsystem Completed On Time And Budget

on October 21, 2017 - 10:53am
NNSA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has completed production of the U.S. Navy-sponsored Arming Fuzing Subsystem in support of the W76-1/Mk4A Life Extension Program (LEP) on time and on budget.
The subsystem is a key component of the W76-1 LEP that will extend the original warhead service life from 20 to 60 years.
“Completing this subsystem is a major achievement for NNSA and the many gifted engineers, scientists and technicians dedicated to serving our vital national security mission through stockpile

Questions Answered During Guided Tours Of Los Alamos Historic District

on October 21, 2017 - 10:38am
Visitors love taking selfies with the iconic sculptures of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Leslie Groves. Courtesy/LAC
LAHD News:
Do you know the names of the five Nobel Prize winners who have lived on Bathtub Row? Or why the homesteaders who lived in the little cabin near the Memorial Rose Garden farmed only 15 acres on the plateau? Or what spurred Ashley Pond to start a western ranch-style school for wealthy, mostly eastern boys?
You can learn the answers to these and many other questions about Los Alamos history by taking a guided tour of the Los Alamos Historic District at

Equifax Breach Follow-Up: How Vulnerable Is NM?

on October 21, 2017 - 10:36am
With Equifax losing its $7 million anti-fraud contract with the IRS after a major data breach at the credit bureau exposed the confidential information of more than 145 million American consumers, the free credit-monitoring website WalletHub today released its in-depth analysis identifying 2017’s States Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft & Fraud.

To determine where Americans are most susceptible to such crimes, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across eight key metrics.

Legislative Interim Committee Meetings: Oct. 23-27

on October 21, 2017 - 10:20am


SANTA FE – The following legislative interim committees are scheduled to meet the week of Oct. 23 through Oct. 27:

  • Oct. 23 @ 1 p.m. – Legislative Council (LC), State Capitol, Room 307, Santa Fe
    • Agenda Items: Approval of Minutes; Interim Committee Business; Staff Reports
  • Oct. 24-27 @ 8:30 a.m. – Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) State Capitol, Room 307, Santa Fe
    • Agenda Items: Program Evaluation: Cost drivers in Higher Education and Efforts to Improve Efficiency and Reduce Duplication; Department of Health (665): Preview of FY19 Appropriation Request; New Mexico Corrections

Los Alamos Hosts Jeet Kune Do Self-Defense Seminar Oct. 28-29

on October 21, 2017 - 9:56am
Progressive Fighting Systems of New Mexico will present a Jeet Kune Do Self-Defense Seminar noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 28-29 at High Flyers Gymnastics in the Pueblo Complex, 1900 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos.
The fee is $150 at the door. Students 18 and under pay $30 for this seminar. All students must have a parent/guardian sign a waiver to participate in the seminar.
Leading and coordinating this event is Lawrence Garcia, one of only six Senior Instructors in Jeet Kune Do under Paul Vunak.
“In Cantonese Jeet Kune Do (JKD) means the way of the incepting fist or

Guarding The Guardians: The Challenge Of Protecting The Incapacitated

on October 21, 2017 - 9:17am
Dabney and Griffith Law Office
Community Internship Collaboration Intern
New Mexico’s Guardianship System provides the statutory framework for guardianship and care to be provided to incapacitated adults deemed to not possess the mental ability to care for themselves and their assets any longer.
Due to the expense of Guardianship proceedings these adults must have sufficient financial resources in order to afford the court proceedings necessary for the appointment of a guardian.

New Mexico School For The Arts Dance Department Fall Dance Showcase Nov. 2-4

on October 21, 2017 - 9:10am
NMSA News:
SANTA FE  New Mexico School for the Arts’ Dance Department will offer a one hour performance Nov. 2-4 featuring the talented young dancers of NMSAat the James A. Little Theater.
The performance begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 2. There is a pre-performance reception at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3, featuring a performance by the NMSA Jazz Ensemble in the James A. Little Theater lobby before the 7 .m. performance. Performances also will be held at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.
This show will feature dancers of all levels in a variety of material ranging from classical ballet, jazz, and

Little Free Library Unveiled In Los Ranchos & Partnering With The New Mexico Book Co-op For Books

on October 21, 2017 - 9:02am
Los Ranchos Mayor Larry Abraham and tv personality/author Carla Aragon unveil the first Little Free Library in Los Ranchos. Courtesy photo
RGB News:
Los Ranchos Village unveiled the first Little Free Library Oct. 11 at the Los Ranchos Village Council Meeting.
The idea came from Barbe Awalt, LPD Press/Rio Grande Books and the NM & AZ Book Awards, and Carla Aragon, UNM Press author and TV personality, who had the idea at the same time. Aragon is married to Los Ranchos Board of Trustees member Allen Lewis.

Quorum Notice: For Los Alamos County Council

on October 21, 2017 - 8:58am


The Los Alamos County Council may attend the 18th Annual County Employee Appreciation Luncheon 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Fuller Lodge.

A quorum may be present but no action will be taken.



Speakers, Topics Announced For 50 Communication Hacks In Santa Fe – A WriterGal Event Nov. 3

on October 21, 2017 - 8:07am
50 Communication Hacks educational business communication forum is Nov. 3. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE  Speakers and topics have been announced for the Nov. 3 WriterGal Network, LLC, event, 50 Communication Hacks.
50 Communication Hacks is a fast-paced, educational business communication forum featuring insider tips, tricks and unique approaches for successful branding, promotion, marketing and more.

History Helping Students Thrive

on October 21, 2017 - 7:58am
Courtesy photo
NHD News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — For thousands of students around the world, this is the start of another chance to win history gold with the National History Day Contest (NHD). Students enter their projects in local level contests, with the top entries advancing to regional, state/affiliate, and finally, the National Contest in June 2018.
Along the way, students compete for the gold medal in their category as well as honors, awards, and thousands of dollars in prizes and scholarships.
Guided by an annual theme, students are encouraged to choose a topic that

HSD’s Proposed Centennial Care 2.0 Redesign Has Few Strengths And Too Many Flaws

on October 21, 2017 - 7:55am
Silver City
New Mexico’s Human Services Department (HSD) wants to make changes to its Medicaid program that would not only hurt our state’s children and families, but would also place financial burdens on its healthcare workforce.
As both a pediatrician and the president of the New Mexico Pediatric Society, I must voice my concerns. The draft plan open for comments until Nov.

Boys U11 Krypton Lasers Win Doubleheader

on October 21, 2017 - 7:52am

Liam Cunningham, Michael Witkowski and Sammy Brown-Salazar converge on the ball in the second half against the Rio Rapids Sounders​. Courtesy photo

James Ito performs a Cryuff against the Sounders. Courtesy photo


In Duke City Soccer League action at the New Mexico State Soccer Complex in Bernalillo, the Los Alamos Boys U11 LAFC Krypton Lasers won two games on Saturday, Oct. 7. to even their record to 3-3.

In the first game against the Albquerque Westside Bears, the Lasers went down early 1-0, but stormed back to win 5-2. Tyron Pietryga started things off by assisting Dhruv