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Smart Design With Suzette: Fall Décor On A Budget

on September 23, 2017 - 6:02am

Los Alamos

I LOVE this time of year! Of all the seasons, fall is the easiest and least expensive to decorate. As the days get shorter and cooler, walk out your front door and you have found your inspiration and resources. From the exterior to the interior of your home, fall decor colors can be rich and robust or subtle and subdued. Here are some ideas to inspire you.

Bring Nature Inside
What better way to decorate then to snip some fall leaves and put them in a vase.
Red, yellows and oranges bring a beautiful pop of color to any room.

Use Your Fireplace To Showcase Seasonal

SFNF Crews Continue Work On West Side Fires

on September 23, 2017 - 6:01am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE ― Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to manage the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District and the Deer Creek Fire on the Jemez Ranger District by using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
The Ojitos Fire is at 2,850 acres within a planning area of 7,610 acres on the boundary of the Chama River Canyon Wilderness. Fire crews continue to use natural barriers like roads, rocky mesas and drainages to keep the fire within the planning area.

Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Show Continues Today

on September 23, 2017 - 6:00am
One of the many beautiful quilts on display at 'Tomorrow's Heilrlooms, Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild (LAP) bi-annual Quilt Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The show continues 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. Tickets are $2 for adults and $1for children under 12. The Jemez Mountain Bear Paw quilters co-hosting this event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Members of the Los Alamos Piecemakers pose with the donation quilt being raffled during the Quilt Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Vendors are a major part of

Pearce: Chinese Action Against North Korea Is Sign U.S. Is A Global Leader

on September 23, 2017 - 5:59am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Sept. 21 released the following statement after President Trump announced increased United States (U.S.) sanctions on North Korea following China’s central bank decision to limit North Korea’s access to Chinese financial institutions:
“North Korea’s continuing work on a nuclear weapons program poses a significant threat to global stability.

Valles Caldera Hosts Elk Festival

on September 23, 2017 - 5:57am
Two bull elk are fighting one another during the rut season. Courtesy/NPS
Children listen to an expert explain how elk antlers grow. Courtesy/NPS
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve is home to one of the largest elk herds in New Mexico. Each fall, the sound of elk bugling in the mountains marks the start of their mating season, known as the ‘rut’.
To celebrate the upcoming elk rut and to learn about this fascinating creature, the National Park Service will host the 9th Annual Jemez Mountains Elk Festival 2-6 p.m. Sept. 30 at the preserve. 
This free,

Municipal Court Closed For Training Sept. 25-29

on September 23, 2017 - 5:57am


The Los Alamos County Municipal Court will be closed for training Sept. 25 through Sept. 29.

The court will resume normal business hours Monday, Oct. 2.


Daily Postcard: Main Hill Sunrise

on September 23, 2017 - 5:56am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise viewed Wednesday from the Main Hill Road. Photo by Nathan Burnside

White Rock Woman Charged With Embezzling Thousands From LAYFCL

on September 22, 2017 - 7:12pm

Tabatha Jones of White Rock is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League. Courtesy/LAPD
Los Alamos Daily Post

A White Rock woman was arrested Thursday and charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from the non-profit Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League (LAYFCL). Tabatha Jones was taken into custody following an interview with Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking during which she allegedly admitted to having spent the League’s money for personal use.

Jones appeared before Los

Los Alamos Health Fair 2017 Saturday!

on September 22, 2017 - 2:01pm

Crowd checks out the booths at the 2016 Health Fair. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


The Los Alamos Heart Council 2017 Health Fair is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 23  at the Los Alamos High School Gymnasium.

As in past years, there will be free flu shots available (for those 18 years and older) and discounted blood tests.  Many of the dozens of booths at the Health Fair will have free screenings ranging from blood pressure, blood sugar levels and asthma to glaucoma.

For adults and kids alike, there will be an abundance of information about physician

A Community Foundation For The ‘City Upon A Hill’

on September 22, 2017 - 2:00pm

Los Alamos Community Foundation

We must delight in each other, make others’ conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our community as members of the same body.
John Winthrop, “City Upon a Hill”, 1630

A Community What?

Los Alamos residents donate to many worthwhile causes and many local organizations have been the recipients of this generosity.

Los Alamos Heart Council History, Mission And Vision

on September 22, 2017 - 1:58pm

Staff Report:

The Los Alamos Heart Council (LAHC) was formed in August 1984 to promote heart health and wellness in our communities. It serves Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

Council membership is open to anyone who wishes to help in the work as defined by the LAHC mission.   The Los Alamos Heart Council receives funds from Los Alamos Medical Center as it partner in putting Health on the LA Fair and receives sponsorship funds from NM Bank & Trust and the Los Alamos Community Foundation as sponsors of the Health Fair, as well as accepting donations and memorials.

A nine member Board of

Heinrich, Sarbanes Lead Democratic Coalition Calling On FEC To Help Prevent Foreign Governments From Using Social Media Ads To Influence U.S. Elections

on September 22, 2017 - 1:51pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) have led a coalition of Democratic House and Senate members in sending a letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging the agency to consider new rules that would prevent foreign nationals from using online advertising platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, to influence U.S. elections.
Following the revelation that Russia purchased Facebook

Fall Festivals Around New Mexico

on September 22, 2017 - 1:49pm
NMTD News:
SANTA FE  The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta may be the most well known, but fall is full of fairs and festivals all across New Mexico.
The New Mexico Tourism Department has created a roundup of some of the best fall events happening this season. From harvest fests to Oktoberfests, there is something for everyone in all four corners of the state.
Highlights from the New Mexico True Fall Festivals & Event calendar include:
Steampunk Spectacular in Madrid (Sept. 23): There will be live entertainment, workshops, a costume contest, and a live action role-play of a murder

La Vista Church House Number Painting Fundraiser Oct. 7

on September 22, 2017 - 1:48pm

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Announces $1,103,088 For New Mexico Parks And Outdoor Recreation

on September 22, 2017 - 1:43pm
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Sept. 21 announced that $1,103,088 will be distributed to the state of New Mexico for outdoor recreation and conservation projects from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded through offshore oil and gas leasing.
This was part of $94.3 million distributed across all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

LANL Director Shares Insights At Radioactive And Hazardous Materials Committee Meeting At UNM-LA

on September 22, 2017 - 11:31am
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan speaks to legislators at the Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee meeting Thursday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
From left, Sen. Carlos Cisneros, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Rep. Steven Smith and Sen. Richard Martinez listen to the Lab Director's presentation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LANL Director Charlie McMillan, left, responds to a question about Lab safety from Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily

NORAD: U.S. Sends Search And Rescue Teams In Response To Mexico Earthquake

on September 22, 2017 - 10:42am
U.S. Urban Search and Rescue team arrives in Mexico. Courtesy/NORAD
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  At the request of the Mexican government, a U.S. Urban Search and Rescue team arrived in Mexico to support search and rescue efforts after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the country. 
USAID has deployed USAR internationally approximately 16 times since 1988, most recently for the 2015 Nepal earthquake and the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.
Below are links to relevant imagery from the U.S.

LAHS Homecoming Festivities Begin Monday

on September 22, 2017 - 10:24am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School Homecoming festivities begin Monday, Sept. 25 and continue through Saturday, Sept. 30 this year.

Monday, Sept. 25

  • Powder Puff Football Game
  • Longstanding tradition where senior girls play football.
  • Football players coach and officiate the game.
  • 7 p.m. (after JV Football game)
  • Sullivan Field

Tuesday, Sept. 26

  • Billy Bob Volleyball Game 
  • Longstanding tradition where senior boys play volleyball.
  • Volleyball players coach and officiate the game.
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Griffith Gym

Thursday, Sept. 28

  • Bonfire
  • 8-9:30 p.m.
  • Sullivan Field Parking Lot
  • LAHS Marching Band, Sports Teams, Roast

Officials Gather For Annual REDI Summit

on September 22, 2017 - 10:07am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) delivering the welcoming address. Courtesy/LANL CPO

From left, Los Alamos County Economic Development Director Joan Ahlers, with RDC Board members Kristin Henderson and Javier Sanchez. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

Staff Report

Officials gathered Thursday at Buffalo Thunder Resort for the Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Summit. “Navigating Our Economic Future” was the theme for this year's event.

The REDI Strategic Plan was completed nearly 10 years ago in 2008. This year, the summit featured successes and shared information on

State Police Arrest Drunk Driver After School Bus Hit-and-Run Crash

on September 22, 2017 - 9:33am
Gabriella Uzueta
NMSP News:
ESPANOLA  Around 7:30 a.m. Sept. 20, the New Mexico State Police was notified of a hit-and-run crash in La Mesilla involving a school bus from the Espanola Public Schools.
The collision occurred on N.M. 399 near County Road 110. When officers arrived on scene they learned the school bus was occupied by eight middle school and high school students and the bus driver. No injuries were reported and the bus sustained minor damage to the rear bumper.
Through investigation officers learned the bus was stopped, with its integrated stop sign and signal

LAC: Tourism Work Group Meeting Today

on September 22, 2017 - 8:23am

Ohkay Owingeh To Share Housing Restoration Project With Los Alamos

on September 22, 2017 - 7:15am
Old and new homes stand side by side in the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. Since 2005, the Pueblo has worked to restore its old homes. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project has restored 34 homes in the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, bringing life back into the Pueblo's core. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
​Los Alamos Daily Post 

For more than 10 years, Ohkay Owingeh has experienced a profound transformation and this significant change will be shared with the community 5-7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Fuller Lodge.


Goodwin: Governor Does Not Initiate, Suggest Or Influence Investment Decisions By NMERB

on September 22, 2017 - 7:09am
Executive Director
New Mexico Educational Retirement Board

An article in the New York-based International Business Times alleging that Gov. Susana Martinez influenced investment decisions at the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board is simply false. The Governor does not initiate, suggest or influence investment decisions by NMERB.

Staff and Trustees are solely interested in making investments in the best interest of NMERB and its beneficiaries as required by our fiduciary duty.

National Institute Of Justice Examines Impact Of Mobile Technology On Public Safety Agencies

on September 22, 2017 - 6:44am
DOJ News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice Sept. 18 announced an article online that discusses how the use of mobile broadband technology improves law enforcement operations. The article provides valuable guidance for agencies considering installing a wireless network.
Public safety agencies are moving toward using dedicated wireless networks to improve information sharing with other agencies, decrease paperwork and improve response times.

Voices Of Los Alamos Meets Monday, Sept. 25

on September 22, 2017 - 6:43am

VOLA News:

Voices of Los Alamos will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 at the Unitarian Church.

Voices of Los Alamos is a progressive political activism group created for Los Alamos residents to voice their concerns over current political events (both at the state and at the federal level) and give people a space to gather together, discuss and form action plans.

The membership is inclusive; everyone is welcomed to attend the meeting.

Agenda items for the upcoming meeting include: 

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