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Heinrich Secures Major Gains For National Labs, Military Bases, Defense Industry, And Border Security

on May 24, 2016 - 7:08am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced provisions he secured in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that benefit New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, border security, and job creation throughout the state.
The bill was reported out of the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday and will now advance to the full Senate for consideration.

Nambe Iris: Garden Open House & Sale May 28-29

on May 24, 2016 - 7:06am

Santa Fe’s Lensic Performing Arts Center Launches National Search For Executive Director

on May 24, 2016 - 7:04am
SANTA FE  The Lensic Performing Arts Center has launched a national search for an executive director. Arts Consulting Group, the leading provider of hands-on interim management, executive search, revenue enhancement, facilities & program planning, and organizational development services for the arts and culture industry, has been retained by The Lensic’s board of directors to lead the executive search process.
The executive director will oversee operations, staff, and fundraising activities at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, a nonprofit, member-supported organization

Griggs: Reflections From 2016 Uniendo America y Project Fair In Tegucigalpa, Honduras

on May 24, 2016 - 7:01am
Mayan Families is an NGO based in Panajachel, Guatemala. Mayan Families presented information on a wide range of their programs: Water filters; Onil fuel-efficient cook stoves; Microloans program; Well Mother, Well Baby Program; Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic; Student Sponsorship Program; Preschool Nutrition Centers; San Jorge Feeding Center Renovations; Mayan Families Diabetes Program. “What we do: Educate, Feed, Heal, Shelter”. Photo by Liam Bluer
Rotary E-Club of Lake Atitlán-Panajachel, Guatemala
The Rotary clubs in Central America are divided into two

LAHS’s Wilbur Wang Wins Study Trip To Germany!

on May 23, 2016 - 8:30pm

German Study Trip winner Wilbur Wang with LAHS German Teacher Anita Boshier. Courtesy photo


Wilbur Wang of Los Alamos High School, a Level 4 gold medal in the National German Exams, has been awarded an all‐expense‐paid summer study trip to Germany.

He was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 96th percentile on the Level 4 2016 National German Exam.

After qualifying with this high score on the National German Exam, Wang submitted a letter in German to his future host family, responded to several short essay questions in German and in English and was then

Daily Postcard: Farewell Tribute To Chamisa Principal

on May 23, 2016 - 7:39pm

Daily Postcard: The White Rock rock at the corner of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4 expresses the love and respect Chamisa Elementary School holds for retiring Principal Debbie Smith who has dedicated 23 years of her life to her students, teachers and staff. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

ZIP Code In White Rock Changes July 1

on May 23, 2016 - 4:39pm

USPS News:

In order to provide efficient and cost-effective mail delivery now and for the future, the U.S. Postal Service is creating a new ZIP Code in the White Rock area, effective July 1, 2016.

The new ZIP Code is 87547.

The new White Rock ZIP Code 87547 impacts some addresses in the current Los Alamos 87544 ZIP Code area. The new ZIP Code’s northern boundary is just south of land occupied by the Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

This week, all postal customers who will be affected by these changes are being notified by mail. If a customer does not receive written notification by the


Today's Bear Sighting In Quemazon Is Reminder About Living With Large Predators In Los Alamos County

on May 23, 2016 - 3:47pm

A bear is spotted at 1 p.m. today first on the deck and then helping himself to the contents of a birdfeeder hanging in a tall tree in the backyard of a home in Quemazon. The homeowner contacted the police who are now tracking the bear. When the bear left the residence, he was traveling in a northeasterly direction. The latest word is he was spotted near Torreon in Quemazon a short while later and perhaps moved on to lower Quemazon. The Quemazon Montessori has been notified. Courtesy photo

The bear takes down a hummingbird feeder this afternoon in the yard of a residence in Quemazon.

County Ends Contract For A19 Infrastructure

on May 23, 2016 - 12:13pm


Los Alamos County took action Friday, May 20 to conclude its contract with RMCI, Inc. for their services relating to infrastructure installation at the A-19 parcel in White Rock.

According to County Engineer Eric Martinez, RMCI was not successful with trenching to install utility lines needed to provide infrastructure at the A-19 site located north of SR4. 

Earlier in the process, geotechnical sampling had identified that a portion of the area targeted for utility installation contained the problematic basalt.


Scenes From Plaque Dedication At Post Office

on May 23, 2016 - 12:03pm
Officials and community members gather Friday afternoon for the plaque dedication ceremony at the Los Alamos Post Office at 199 Central Park Square. Photo by Chris Clark/
Officials unveil the new plaque, from left, Councilor Pete Sheehey, Museum Director Emeritus Hedy Dunn, Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board Chair Mark Rayburn, Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather Reed McClenahan and Los Alamos Historian Nancy R. Bartlit. Photo by Chris Clark/


Officials and community members gathered Friday afternoon for a

Eight Republicans Speak To Kiwanis Club

on May 23, 2016 - 10:51am
These Republican candidates spoke at Kiwanis May 17, introducing themselves and outlining what they believe are the most important issues in the Primary Election. Candidates from left, Patrick Brenner for County Council; Steve Girrens for Council; Naomi Maestas for County Clerk; (at back) Michael Romero for Congress, Sharon Stover (in blue sweater) for House Dist. 43, Jaret McDonald (at far back) for Council, Judith Nakamura for New Mexico Supreme Court and Yvonne Chicoine for district attorney. Photo by Don Casperson
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Eight Republican

Scenes From LAHS Spring Dance Show

on May 23, 2016 - 10:50am
Seniors Melina Burnside and Eben Bold perfrom at the annual Los Alamos High School Spring Dance Show May 17 at Smith Auditorium. Photo by Natasha Barkhudarova
Seniors Adam Listwan, left, Melina Burnside and Mary Brug at the annual Spring Dance Show May 17 at Smith Auditorium. Photo by Natasha Barkhudarova

Poetry In Song On Memorial Day At United Church

on May 23, 2016 - 10:43am

View Bernie Sanders' Speech Delivered At SFCC

on May 23, 2016 - 10:42am
Bernie Sanders speaks to the overflow crowd Friday at Santa Fe Community College. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report:

PAC 8 recorded the speech given by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Thursday at Santa Fe Community College. Click the link to watch the video:

Drop In Prayer Room Every Monday

on May 23, 2016 - 10:39am

Group Hosts Event For DA Candidate Sanchez-Gagne

on May 23, 2016 - 10:38am

Karyl Ann Armbruster, Amy Storey and Tarin Nix host a Wine & Cheese Tasting May 17 for Maria Sanchez-Gagne, candidate for District Attorney. Special thanks to everyone who attended and the other co-hosts for the event including Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary, Councilor Kristin Henderson, Kyle Wheeler, Pat Beck and Kathy Taylor. The group says don't forget to vote Maria Sanchez-Gagne for Democratic DA now through June 7. For more information about Sanchez-Gagne, visit

How To Celebrate National Pet Month In May

on May 23, 2016 - 10:33am
PET News:
Now in its 27th year, National Pet Month is a celebration of the mutual benefits shared between people and their pets.
For rescue-animal advocate Cheryl Smith, who founded a non-profit that assists pets in need, the May observance is a time to recognize many of the things that really matter in life.
“How we treat the most vulnerable animals in our society says plenty about who we are as individuals,” says Smith, a public defender who has cared for rescue animals since childhood and believes they can help humanity as much as humans help them.

Luján Named To Conference Committee On Legislation Addressing Opioid Epidemic

on May 23, 2016 - 10:28am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District has been appointed to a conference committee that will work to complete legislation addressing the opioid crisis that is hurting communities in New Mexico and across the country. 
Conference committees are formed after the Senate and House each pass its own bills in order to work out differences between the legislation.
“The drug crisis is one that touches communities throughout New Mexico, robbing friends, family, and neighbors of a brighter future.

Public Meeting At UNM-LA 5:30 p.m. Today

on May 23, 2016 - 10:27am
Interested community members are invited to attend a working session to provide input on a presentation that UNM-Los Alamos will be making to the to the UNM Board of Regents’ Finance and Facilities Committee regarding a potential mil levy request.
The meeting is 5:30 p.m. today, May 23, in the Lecture Hall in Building 2 on the campus of UNM-Los Alamos, 4000 University D.  
A quorum of the UNM-LA board members may be present. No official board action will be taken.

County's Home Renewal Program Update: 13 Applications Received In First Cycle

on May 23, 2016 - 10:19am


The deadline to apply for the new Home Renewal Program closed last week. Today, Project Manager and Executive Director Steve Brugger of the Los Alamos Housing Partnership (LAHP) announced that their office has received 13 applications.

“The number of applications received during this first cycle met our expectations,” Brugger said. “It shows that there is a need for this kind of program in Los Alamos, and the response from the community has been very positive and supportive.”

LAHP is under contract to the County to administer the Home Renewal Program, which provides

Democrats Host 5th Annual JFK Dinner June 5

on May 23, 2016 - 10:07am

2016 Honoree Karyl Ann Armbruster

DPLA News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will hold its 5th Annual JFK Dinner 5:30-8 p.m., Sunday, June 5 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The event is catered by the Blue Window Bistro.

This year’s honoree is Karyl Ann Armbruster. Armbruster is many things: a long-time Los Alamos Public Schools educator, union leader, super-volunteer, loyal friend and current Public Education Commissioner. Join us as we honor her and celebrate all she has done for our community and for the Democratic Party.

Keynote Speaker Brian Egolf

This year's keynote speaker

Memorial Day Celebration At Guaje Pines Monday

on May 23, 2016 - 9:25am


The community is invited to attend the annual Memorial Day Celebration hosted this year by the Elks at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30 at Guaje Pines Cemetery.


Opening Salute

  • Los Alamos High School NJROTC

Welcome and Introduction by the Master of Ceremonies

  • Robert Villa Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks #2083

March on the Colors

  • Los Alamos High School NJROTC

Flag Raising

  • Los Alamos High School NJROTC

National Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner”

  • Lauren Partin

Pledge of Allegiance

  • Boys and Girls Scouts of America


  • Fr.

Chamber Coffee And Connections 10 a.m. Tuesday

on May 23, 2016 - 8:56am


This month's Chamber Coffee and Connections is 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 24 at Ruby K’s Bagel Café.

This  monthly meeting is for swapping leads and exchanging ideas about resolving business challenges with fellow Chamber members. There is no set agenda so the conversation is open to the topics that matter the most to local businesses.

Chamber representatives are on hand to answer questions about Chamber member benefits and upcoming events.

Coffee and food are no-host. Reserve a seat online here.


Letter To The Editor: Glad County Halts Weed Spraying

on May 23, 2016 - 8:32am
Los Alamos

I am happy to read that the weed spraying has been stopped, as this poses a danger to humans and animals.

Last year, I was walking our senior dog behind Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock where he ate some grass that was growing along the schoolyard fence. As I walked him there again the next day, I noticed that all the weeds were dead, which signaled to me that someone must have sprayed them.

The days that followed were extremely scary for us, as our dog developed severe diarrhea, which lasted several days. Thank goodness, he survived.

Gessing: Accidental Criminals - Why New Mexico Needs 'Mens Rea' (Criminal Intent) Reform

on May 23, 2016 - 8:10am
By PAUL GESSING, President
Rio Grande Foundation

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico could make significant improvements to its criminal justice system by embracing a common-law principle called mens rea.

A new Rio Grande Foundation paper describes in detail why the New Mexico Legislature should embrace the principle of “guilty conscience” in criminal justice. As described by Roscoe Pound, the dean of Harvard Law School from 1916 to 1936: “Historically, our substantive criminal law is based upon a theory of punishing the vicious will.