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Western Area Resident Measures Snowfall At 5.5 Inches

on January 22, 2015 - 8:31am

A Los Alamos resident takes out a ruler and measures 5.5 inches of snowfall accumulated over the last two days in her back yard in the Western Area. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Furniture covered with snow this morning in the Western Area. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

County Crews De-ice And Sand Main Hill Road

on January 22, 2015 - 8:17am

Los Alamos police control traffic while County crews de-ice and sand the Main Hill Road at about 6 p.m. Wednesday. Courtesy photo

Nora Cullinan Wins Los Alamos County Spelling Bee

on January 22, 2015 - 7:38am

Los Alamos Middle School 8th grader Nora Cullinan wins the 2015 County Spelling Bee. Courtesy photo

First Place Speller Nora Cullinan, center, with  Second Place Speller Olivia Koo, right, and Third Place Speller Sruthi Garimella. Courtesy photo

Eighteen local students participate at Chamisa Tuesday evening in the 2015 County Spelling Bee. Courtesy photo

S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g Does Count

Eighteen talented students from the Los Alamos elementary schools and Los Alamos Middle School were at Chamisa Tuesday evening for the 2015 County Spelling Bee.

Over the last several months, the

Alert: LANL, County, Schools On Two Hour Delay

on January 22, 2015 - 7:09am

News Alert:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is on a delayed schedule today due to Wednesday's snow storm. Employees in the Los Alamos area and those carpooling are to arrive at 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and all other employees are to arrive at 10:45 a.m., to give snow removal crews time to clear roadways, parking lots and sidewalks.

Los Alamos County government also is on a two hour delay this morning. All County offices will open at 10 a.m. today.

Los Alamos Public Schools also announced that its elementary schools as well as the middle school and high school are on a delayed schedule and will

High Flyers Soar At Gravitational Invitational

on January 22, 2015 - 7:00am
High Flyers (in silver) receive their trophy, front row from left Emily Smith, Violet Henderson, Elizabeth Merrill. Ashley Smith and Ashley Hammond. Back row from left, Megan Martinez, Anna Kirkland and Kwai Moya Lopez. Not pictured, Cammie Pressett, Valarie Valdez and Aubri Telachy. Photo by Chris Smith


Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnastics picked up another Team Trophy last weekend when it won third place at the Gravitational Invitational meet in Albuquerque.

Teams from as far away as El Paso to the south and Taos to the north competed in Levels 2 thru 10. Team scores are

Game Day At LAMS Jan. 29

on January 22, 2015 - 6:50am


NMDOT Issues Winter Storm Update

on January 21, 2015 - 4:40pm

Snow continues to fall today on the Main Hill Road. By Carol A. Clark/

A snowy scene today near the entrance to Los Alamos. By Carol A. Clark/

Snow falls today along the area near the Los Alamos County Airport. By Carol A. Clark/


SANTA FE – A new winter storm is moving slowly across New Mexico and impacts are expected to be felt in almost every region. 

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is monitoring the forecast and road conditions throughout the state and its crews are out working in areas already experiencing

Pajarito Road Closed Due To Water Main Break

on January 21, 2015 - 2:10pm

UPDATE: As of 3:20 p.m. today, Pajarito Road remains closed. DPU crews are still making repairs to the water main. Officials anticipate that the road will be open after 7 p.m. to through traffic.


A concrete cylinder water main broke early this morning on Pajarito Road just west of the intersection of Diamond Drive on the Los Alamos National Laboratory side.

Pajarito Road is closed to through traffic at this intersection as Department of Public Utilities crews make repairs.  

Traffic traveling southbound on Diamond Drive and eastbound onto Pajarito Road is unaffected.

Tonight's JJAB Meeting Cancelled Due To Weather

on January 21, 2015 - 2:10pm

JJAB News:

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting scheduled at 6 p.m. today is cancelled due to weather.

The next meeting is 6 p.m. Feb. 18 in Building #1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site.

Daffodils For Hospice Pre-orders Open Now

on January 21, 2015 - 1:45pm


The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice Program is holding its annual “Daffodils for Hospice” sale. Proceeds from the sale support the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice program for terminally ill individuals. 

Daffodil pre-orders are being accepted. through March 1. You may order a glass vase with two bunches (20 stems) of daffodils for $15, a glass vase with one bunch for $10 or a single bunch (10 stems) for $5. Delivery is free with any $10 minimum order to a single address. 

Flowers will be delivered Saturday, March 7 or you may pick them up at “Daffodil


Los Alamos County Science & Engineering Fair Saturday

on January 21, 2015 - 1:42pm


The annual Los Alamos County Science and Engineering Fair is Saturday, Jan. 24 in the Los Alamos High School Commons Area. Public Viewing is 12:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24.

LAPS students, Home School students and Teachers in grades K-12 will display projects in 4/5th grade individual elementary, K-6th grade elementary class, 6-8th grade junior division  and 9-12th grade senior division.

The elementary projects are divided into three categories, Physical, Earth and Life Sciences. The students in junior and senior divisions will compete for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Honorable

OBITUARY: John Evans Hill Feb. 21, 1945 – Jan. 12, 2015

on January 21, 2015 - 1:08pm

JOHN EVANS HILL Feb. 21, 1945 – Jan. 12, 2015

John Evans Hill, 69, resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico passed away on Monday, January 12, 2015 at Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, NM after suffering from heart failure. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Marian J. Whitley and the father who raised him, Edward F. Whitley, as well as his biological father, John T. Hill, a decorated deceased World War II veteran who was killed in the war before John was born. He was survived by his wife of 46 years, Luella A. Hill; daughter, Stephanie A. Hill; brother, Richard F.


IRS Launches 2015 Tax Season

on January 21, 2015 - 9:12am

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced Tuesday's on-time opening of the nation’s 2015 filing season and highlighted a growing array of online services.

Some online services include features that help taxpayers understand how the Affordable Care Act will affect them at tax time, along with the availability of the Free File program. Taxpayers have until Wednesday, April 15, to file their 2014 tax returns and pay any tax due.

The IRS expects to receive about 150 million individual income tax returns this year.

Senate Majority Leader Delivers Democratic Response To Governor's State Of New Mexico Address

on January 21, 2015 - 8:56am

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez


SANTA FE – New Mexico Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-29-Bernalillo and Valencia counties, delivered a Democratic response Tuesday to Gov. Susana Martinez’s State of the State address at the State Capitol. 

Sanchez laid out significant differences between Democratic priorities and the Governor’s policy agenda, including so-called ‘Right to Work’ legislation, repeal of drivers’ licenses of undocumented immigrants, mandatory retention of third graders, over-testing in public schools, funding of early childhood education,

Time To Reach Across Aisle And Talk About Science

on January 21, 2015 - 8:41am

AGU Executive Director/CEO
  • American Geophysical Union Applauds President Obama’s Acknowledgement of the Role Science Plays in America’s Economy; Calls for Bipartisan Funding Support from Congress

As President Obama said in his State of the Union address tonight, you don’t have to be a scientist to understand why science matters. You also don’t have to be a scientist to understand why bipartisan support for research funding should be a no-brainer.

Issues such as energy innovation and the impacts of our changing climate aren’t limited to red states or blue states.

Hilltopper's Swim Results From Academy Invitational

on January 21, 2015 - 8:39am

Hilltopper swimmers from left, Jesse Liechty, Jillian Bennett, Sydney Schoonover and Alana Goodwin qualified for the state swimming championships at the Academy Invitational meet last weekend. Courtesy photo



Los Alamos High School swimmers and divers competed Jan. 16-17 at the 17th Annual Albuquerque Academy Invitational meet.
This prestigious meet is the largest high school meet in the state, with 448 athletes representing teams from all over New Mexico, as well as from Texas and Colorado.
The girls’ team finished second out of 19 teams with 668 points to Academy’s

School Board Candidate Forum At LAHS Jan. 29

on January 21, 2015 - 8:08am

LAPS News:

Candidates running for a seat on the Los Alamos School Board will participate in a forum 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29 in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School.

This forum is open to the public and LAPS administration strongly encourages LAPS parents and students, parent teacher organizations and school leadership to attend.

Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Warning

on January 21, 2015 - 7:41am


NWS News:

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning through Thursday in the Los Alamos area and other parts of New Mexico.




This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 21, 2015 - 7:05am
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening Strange Magic and Mortdecai. We are holding American Sniper for another week. Big Eyes and Unbroken will end this Thursday. We have booked The Imitation Game for Jan. 30. Again we hope you can wait to see it at the Reel Deal Theater. I wish I could have gotten it sooner but that’s the best I can do.

We are hosting our third annual PEEC event, Back Country Film Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22. Hope you can make it. There will be fun raffles and Pajarito Brew Pub will be there serving up some nice brews.

New Mexico House Elects First Woman Chief Clerk

on January 21, 2015 - 7:00am

STATE News:                  

Lawmakers elected Denise Greenlaw Ramonas as chief clerk of the New Mexico House of Representatives, becoming the first woman to ever serve in the position.

“Today is historic,” House Speaker Don Tripp said Tuesday. “For the first time in New Mexico history, we will have a woman serve as chief clerk for the state House. Denise brings a wealth of experience to the legislature, and we are honored to have her.”

As chief clerk, Greenlaw Ramonas will oversee voting procedures and day-to-day operations of the New Mexico House.

In addition, Steve Shaw also was

LAPS Foundation Grant Makes Harvard Training Possible For Barranca Elementary School Teachers

on January 21, 2015 - 6:55am
From left, Barranca teachers Cynthia Kuenzel, Nicole McGrane and Joline Keeler, recipients for a LAPS Foundation professional development grant. Courtesy photo


Through a grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation (LAPSF), three Barranca Mesa Elementary teachers took part in an online professional development class this fall called Making Thinking Visible, offered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Joline Keeler, 4th grade, Cynthia Kuenzel, 1st grade and Nicole McGrane, 5th grade, joined other teams across the world over the 12 week course to discuss assigned


OBITUARY: Laura Elizabeth Marquardt Roach June 7, 1920 – Jan. 1, 2015

on January 21, 2015 - 6:50am


Former Los Alamos resident, Laura Elizabeth Marquardt Roach was born June 7, 1920 in Two Rivers, Wis., and completed her baptismal journey on January 1, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center, Las Cruces, NM at age 94.

The fourth of seven children, her parents, Gusta Krueger Marquardt and Leonard Marquardt, left their native country of Germany in the early 1900s to find a better life in America. German was spoken at home, and Laura learned English as a “second” language when she started school.


Governor Delivers State Of The State Address

on January 20, 2015 - 6:11pm

Gov. Susana Martinez delivers 2015 State of the State Address. Photo by Nancy Partridge


SANTA FE — The following is the prepared text of the 2015 State of the State Address delivered by Gov. Susana Martinez today from the chamber of the New Mexico House of Representatives.

2015 State of the State Address:

Lieutenant Governor; Senate President Pro Tempore; our new House Speaker; Democratic and Republican leaders; esteemed members of the New Mexico Legislature; honorable members of the judiciary; former New Mexico governors; tribal governors; former Senator Pete Domenici;

Valles Caldera Preserve Becomes New Unit Of NPS

on January 20, 2015 - 5:00pm

NPS News:

DENVER — On Dec. 19, 2014, Congress designated the Valles Caldera National Preserve a unit of the national park system. Another six new national park units were also authorized recently by Congress. When fully implemented, these will bring the total number of National Park Service (NPS) units to 408.

Located in the Jemez Mountains of north central New Mexico, the 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of three super volcanoes in the United States and is known for its rich geologic and cultural history, scenic beauty and abundant wildlife.

New Mexico's 60-Day Legislative Session Underway

on January 20, 2015 - 4:50pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties, at her desk on the floor of the New Mexico House of Representatives at today's opening of the 60-day Legislative Session in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard takes the oath of office with fellow legislators on the floor of the New Mexico House of Representatives at today's opening of the 60-day Legislative Session in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo