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Obituary: MITCHELL PAUL CHAVEZ July 10, 1949 – June 16, 2015

on June 26, 2015 - 4:29pm

MITCHELL PAUL CHAVEZ July 10, 1949 – June 16, 2015

Our beloved Mitchell Paul Chavez was called home on the evening of Tuesday, June 16th after battling the complications of gall bladder surgery for several weeks.

Mitch is survived by his parents, Pascual and Margaret Chavez, younger siblings Annette, Mark, Stephanie, James, Francesca and Stephen, his son Anthony Chavez and daughter Brittany Chavez, grandchildren Monique, Winter and Jayla, brother-in-law Kendal Giles, nieces and nephews Jason, Andrea, Marcello, Ryan, Nicole, Vanessa, Michaela, Gabriel, Dylan and Sophia and countless other


Los Alamos Gets $78,643 In PILT Funding

on June 26, 2015 - 4:07pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


  • NM Counties to Receive $34.5 Million in PILT Funding for Schools, Roads, Local Police

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that counties across New Mexico will be receiving more than $34.5 million through the 2015 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

Los Alamos County will receive $78,643.

PILT provides federal payments to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes because of nontaxable federal land within their boundaries, such as Bureau of Land Management land,

LAPS CFO: 90 Percent Of Audit Findings Corrected

on June 26, 2015 - 3:50pm
LAPS CFO Lisa Montoya updated the Los Alamos School Board Thursday evening on efforts to correct finding listed in a 2014 Audit Report related to the functioning of the LAPS Financial Department. Ninety Percent of these findings have been corrected, Montoya said. Board Chair Jim Hall expressed concern that the amount of work being done by the Finance Department to correct these issues may burn out staff working many hours of overtime. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Volunteers Join United Way's Day Of Action

on June 26, 2015 - 3:42pm
Volunteers Gretchen Graves, Cindy Hollabaugh, UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega and volunteer John Hollabaugh armed with garden tools today to clean the yards of people in need. Photo by Chris Clark/
Volunteer John Hollabaugh tackles an overgrown shrub. Photo by Chris Clark/


Local volunteers pitched in for several hours this morning to help United Way of Northern New Mexico Executive Director Kristy Ortega and her team clean up several yards for people unable to around Los Alamos.

The effort is part of UWNNM's call to community volunteers


Small Area Of L Wing Leased To New Start-up

on June 26, 2015 - 2:48pm
LAPS Chief Operating Officer Joan Ahlers presents the lease agreement with House and Home Staging Redesign to lease the area of L Wing formerly occupied by the Robotics Teams who will move to the former site of Family Strengths Network, which will now occupy the space formerly leased by PEEC. The Los Alamos School Board agreed to the six month lease unanimously Thursday (Jenny McCumber was not present). Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Triatomics Splash n Dash #1 Results

on June 26, 2015 - 2:45pm
Long Course (Number/Name/Swim 400 Yd/Run 5K/Final Time):

A5  Orion Staples  06:20  0:20:32  0:26:52

B1  Mike Englehardt  07:20  0:22:18  0:29:38

B7  Emma Lathrop/Nate Phillips  07:48  0:23:05  0:30:53

A1  Scott Baily  06:42  0:24:24  0:31:06

B6  Jeff Hill  07:36  0:23:53  0:31:29

A7  Frank  Cherne  06:57  0:26:32  0:33:29

B2  Cristine Sweeney-Ahrens  07:59  0:26:09  0:34:08

C3  Quinn  Abfalterer  08:36  0:26:03  0:34:39

A8  Paul Graham  07:33  0:27:36  0:35:09

C5  Madeline Margevicius  09:34  0:25:37  0:35:11

B5  Erin


Apprentice Singers From SFO Perform Sunday

on June 26, 2015 - 2:13pm
Alexandra Razskazoff
The Los Alamos Opera Guild is presenting a concert by apprentice singers from the Santa Fe Opera, 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 28 at the Los Alamos United Church, 2525 Canyon Road.

Apprentice singers Alexandra Razskazoff and Adrian Kramer will perform.

Razskazoff, soprano, from New Brighton, Minn., covers the Page in Rigoletto and Katie in Cold Mountain. Her BM is from Peabody Conservatory and her MM from Juilliard. For Julliard she was Countess Almaviva in Figaro and at Peabody she sang Abigail Williams in The Crucible, Blanche de la Forcce in Dialogues

Burgess Assures School Board Of County Support

on June 26, 2015 - 2:11pm
Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess discusses County's continued support for schools. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess assured the Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education Thursday evening of the County's continuing support in spite of three years of budget reductions.

"Council has continued to set aside $500,000 for the schools every other year," he said during the meeting in the LAPS Administration Building. "Council remains committed to supporting the schools as much as possible."


Morning Tour Through New Los Alamos Teen Center

on June 26, 2015 - 11:56am
Group gathers for this morning's tour of new Los Alamos Teen Center. Photo by Chris Clark/
County Poject Manager Wayne Kohlrust, left, leads a walk-through this morning for YMCA and Teen Center staff and Juvenile Justice Advisory Board members of the new Los Alamos Teen Center at 20th and Central Avenue. Photo by Chris Clark/
Construction underway inside new Los Alamos Teen Center. Photo by Chris Clark/
Staff Report
Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust of the County's Community and Economic Development Department, Capital Projects Divison,

Felon From Pojoaque Sentenced To Federal Prison For Unlawfully Possessing Ammunition

on June 26, 2015 - 11:42am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Nicholas Mondragon, 32, of Pojoaque was sentenced late Thursday afternoon in federal court in Albuquerque to a year and a day in prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Mondragon will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

Mondragon pled guilty July 17, 2014, to a felony information charging him with being a felon in possession of ammunition. In entering the guilty plea, Mondragon admitted that Feb. 25, 2014, he purchased a box of ammunition in Las Vegas, N.M.

New Mexico State Police To Conduct Checkpoints

on June 26, 2015 - 11:34am

NMSP News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during July.

This statewide efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive.

Cone Zone: Week Of June 29

on June 26, 2015 - 11:07am


Road Construction Update: June 29:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

Weather permitting, crews will begin paving 42nd Street (north) on Monday, June 29. Access will be restricted 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Letter To The Editor: Are We A Christian Nation?

on June 26, 2015 - 10:59am
Los Alamos
Are We A Christian Nation? It depends upon the definition. Would we be a Christian Nation defined by a legislative fiat? No! That is expressly forbidden by our constitution in the first amendment to it. Lawmakers shall make no law with respect to religion.

There are 13 countries that do have an official state religion where the church is an integral part of their government. We have no national religion. In fact, one of the reasons the pioneering people who came to America was to escape such a mandated system of beliefs, faith and practices.


Calling All Canadians!

on June 26, 2015 - 10:59am
Calling all Canadians (and friends of us!) to celebrate Canada Day, at 6 p.m. July 1, 149 Manhattan Loop. 
Bring a snack, bring a bottle, and bring a chair! Contact Peggy P. and Pauline S. at 505.412.7223 for more information.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Applauds Supreme Court Decision In Support Of Marriage Equality

on June 26, 2015 - 10:04am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today on the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of marriage equality.

“With this decision, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed that equality is a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution by stating very clearly that everyone deserves equal protection under the law. 

Marriage equality is matter of civil rights and treating all people who are in a loving and committed relationship fairly. 

Today is a momentous day for the millions

NHCC Foundation Selects New Director

on June 26, 2015 - 9:56am

Anna Villareal Sanchez


The National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation (NHCCF) and the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) are excited to announce the selection of Anna Villareal Sanchez to serve as the new NHCC Foundation Director.

Sanchez will begin in her new post on June 29, and will succeed Interim Foundation Director Edward Lujan.

Sanchez has over a dozen years of experience in fundraising, marketing and community engagement, previously serving as the Senior Development Director of Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) Foundation, a marketing manager for the


Today is Creative District's Fourth Friday

on June 26, 2015 - 9:51am


Designed to get people downtown before the Summer Concert Series begins at 7 p.m., Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers special programming at Mesa Public Library, Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society and Fuller Lodge Art Center and the Los Alamos Nature Center. 

Fourth Fridays happens on the fourth Friday of each month and also promotes special offerings from participating local businesses. This month Fourth Friday special events and promotions include: 

The Spy Academy at the Los Alamos Historical Museum and the Fuller Lodge Art Center!


Los Alamos Marketing Efforts On Target

on June 26, 2015 - 9:39am

Rebecca Latham


Following a recent New Mexico True Tour visit by the New Mexico Tourism Department in Los Alamos, Los Alamos County is pleased to announce that current marketing efforts and targeted demographics are consistent with recommendations made by the department.

“We are pleased that the Tourism Department’s recent New Mexico True Tour in Los Alamos was a success, but even more excited to find out that our current marketing efforts are aligned with the Tourism Department’s efforts for the state,” said Kelly Stewart, economic development marketing coordinator for Los

Sculpture Being Installed At 15th & Central

on June 26, 2015 - 9:33am

A sculpture is being installed this morning in Central Park Square at the corner of 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Chris Clark/

Kiwanis 4th of July Schedule Of Events

on June 26, 2015 - 9:29am

Park your car and ride the bus to the 4th of July activities at Overlook Park with the free shuttle service provided by Atomic City Transit. File photo


The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club's 4th of July celebration kicks off at 2 p.m. at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Park your car and ride the bus instead! Free shuttle service provided by Atomic City Transit, to/from:

  • Sullivan Field (Canyon & Diamond) in Los Alamos; or
  • White Rock Visitor Center (N.M. 4) in White Rock.

There will be bus continuous service 4 p.m. until all bus riders are out of the park.

Star Party At Los Alamos Nature Center June 30

on June 26, 2015 - 7:53am
Stargazing at the former PEEC facility. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to a star party at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

First, visitors will start the evening off in the planetarium to get oriented. Next, everyone will head outside to observe the night sky through telescopes. The summer sky shows off the Milky Way, which is the galaxy seen edge-on from its center way out into its spiral arms.

During the program, Chick Keller will talk about what is known of the galaxy’s spiral shape and show where dust clouds obscure much of

NNMRC: Four Week Biblical Worship Course

on June 26, 2015 - 7:53am
  • Four week course on Biblical worship
Many Christians today have a keen awareness that God has more for His people than we are currently experiencing. Jesus said that the Father Himself seeks out those who worship in spirit and in truth (John 4).
If that is indeed the case, is it possible that we are not experiencing God as He intends because our worship doesn't inspire Him to seek us out? Is there more to worship than we have previously understood? Could there be a deeper level of intimacy with Him that He longs to share with us?

'A Taste of Knowledge' Benefits LAPS Foundation

on June 26, 2015 - 7:19am
Kathy Mockler chats with Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus. Courtesy photo
Guests peruse the silent auction. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation (LAPSF) hosted its first “A Taste of Knowledge” fundraising event Saturday, June 20 at the Golf Course Community Building.

The grassy area with mature trees shaded guests as they mingled and tasted a variety of wines from around the world and a creative mix of microbrew beers from northern and central New Mexico. The wine and beer tastings were paired with appetizers provided by Cottonwoods on the Green restaurant.

Albuquerque Woman Sentenced For Participating In Scheme To Smuggle Drugs Into Otero County Prison

on June 26, 2015 - 6:40am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE — Ana Lopez, 25, of Albuquerque was sentenced in federal court Wednesday, June 24, in Las Cruces to 30 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for her conviction on conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin.
Lopez was one of six individuals charged in April 2014, in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to violate the federal narcotics laws by smuggling controlled substances into the Otero County Prison Facility (OCPF) in Chaparral.
The other defendants charged with participating in the conspiracy were Luis Delgadillo, 38, of El Paso,