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Los Alamos County Holiday Tree Set Alight Saturday

on December 4, 2016 - 8:58am
Coro de Cámara, under the leadership of Artistic Director Nylea Butler-Moore performs holiday music at the Los Alamos County’s Annual Tree Lighting in the lobby of the Municipal Building. Coro de Cámara’s musical treats continue with 'Gloria!', a program of festive holiday music at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec.4 at the United Church in Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A young volunteer set the County's Holiday Tree alight Saturday evening just ahead of the annual Holiday Lights Parade. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Creches Displayed From Across Globe

on December 4, 2016 - 8:53am
More than 200 Nativity Scenes are displayed Saturday at the 23rd Annual 'Crèches from Around the World' exhibit at the Los Alamos chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Los Alamos. The event is part of the WinterFest Weekend festivities in Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Scene from Saturday's 23rd Annual 'Crèches from Around the World' exhibit at the Los Alamos chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Scene from Saturday's 23rd Annual 'Crèches from Around the World'

Visitors Rock Out At 2016 Earth Treasures Show

on December 4, 2016 - 8:47am
Visitors look over the displays at the Los Alamos Geological Society's annual Earth Treasures Show Saturday at the Masonic Lodge in Los Alamos as part of WinterFest Weekend. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Spinning for prizes. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Geological wonders. Bonnie J. Gordon/
From the earth. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Craftsman at work. Bonnie J. Gordon/
A large sample of datelite with quartz. Bonnie J. Gordon/

Children's Christmas Bazaar Draws Young Shoppers

on December 4, 2016 - 8:42am
A young shopper decides on a purchase at Saturday's annual Children's Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Church. Children shop upstairs for inexpensive gifts while parents relax downstairs. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
TOTH volunteer elves wrap purchases for the young shoppers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
An elf helps with a shopping decision. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Kiwanis Club Serves Up Breakfast With Santa

on December 4, 2016 - 8:38am
The Kiwanis Club's Breakfast With Santa drew a big crowd this year to the Betty Ehart Senior Center. More than 800 meals were served to kids and their families. Youngsters lined up to get their pictures taken with Santa and tell him their Christmas wishes. Proceeds from the event are used to put on a Christmas party for area children in foster care. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Checking out pictures with Santa. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Families dine on pancakes, eggs and sausange at Saturday's Breakfast With Santa. Photo by Bonnie J.

Scenes From Saturday's Annual Holiday Lights Parade

on December 4, 2016 - 8:34am
The annual Holiday Lights Parade attracts a crowd downtown for festive fun Saturday night including Santa Claus as part of WinterFest Weekend in Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Firefighters join in the fun. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos National Bank participates in the annual Holiday Lights Parade. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Frosty brings up the rear. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Everyone in this family shows holiday spirit. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

LAMS Builders Club.

Top Three Float Winners In Holiday Lights Parade

on December 4, 2016 - 8:18am
First prize float New Beginnings Fellowship. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Children aboard the New Beginnings float. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Second prize float Famine to Feast. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Third prize float the Los Alamos Beer Coop. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Pastor Raul: Fearless Hope

on December 4, 2016 - 8:14am
Fearless Hope
By Pastor Raul Granillo
I’ve been a Cubs fan since I was about 3-years-old. When people would ask why I liked the Cubs, I would tell them that it taught humility.
After all, every year, the Cubs seemed to get my hopes up and then crush them like a recycled soda can. Honestly, I had come to expect nothing less from them—that is, until they went and won the World Series causing me to question everything I knew!
There are some things that we hope for and expect that one day they will come to pass, like graduating school, or getting a job.

2016 Holiday Light Parade Winners Announced

on December 3, 2016 - 10:26pm

The New Beginnings Fellowship ‘Peace on Earth’ WinterFest Float won first place in tonight's annual Light Parade on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Second place went to Famine to Feast and third place went to Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

The second place award went to the nonprofit Famine to Feast in tonight's annual Light Parade on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Nancy Coombs

WIPP: Ground Control Progress In Panel 7

on December 3, 2016 - 10:52am
An Underground Operations employee, wearing anti-contamination clothing and a respirator, installs bolts in Panel 7 of the WIPP underground. Courtesy photo
WIPP News:
Underground operations personnel installed 360 bolts in one recent week – doubling the previous weekly record.
The significant progress made in ground control maintenance over the past several weeks in the WIPP underground has exceeded expectations. Ground control is important to ensure safe working conditions for resuming waste emplacement.
“The performance of our underground operations crews has been

Co+op Prepares For WinterFest Light Parade Tonight

on December 3, 2016 - 10:26am

Illuminated Co+op Board and staff members will push shopping carts tonight in Light Parade down Central Avenue. Courtesy photo

CO+OP News:

WinterFest Weekend has arrived, and with it comes Los Alamos's annual Light Parade Saturday, Dec. 3—that's tonight!

As usual, illuminated Co+op Board and staff members will push shopping carts down Central Avenue. We invite member-owners to join in the fun!

To join the Co+op group walking in the light parade, meet around 5 p.m. at the Canyon Complex on Central Avenue—they will be the ones with the shopping carts.

Letter To The Editor: We See First-hand The Value Of Investing In Los Alamos Public Schools

on December 3, 2016 - 10:14am
Los Alamos

In Los Alamos, we invest in the things that matter. Our time, our talents, our treasure. Whether we spend hours volunteering to judge a Science Fair, buying dinner at the spaghetti fundraiser, or participating in the Cross Country Run-a-Thon at Sullivan Field, we invest in our kids and in their education. When January rolls around in less than a month, we have the opportunity to choose to invest in something that affects all of us at so many levels – our children, our families, our community, and our economy: the LAPS School Bond.

By checking

Descarte Labs Celebrates Second Anniversary

on December 3, 2016 - 9:59am

Descarte Labs co-founder and CEO Mark Johnson enjoys his own party at the company's two-year anniversary party Friday at the company's office building on Trinity Drive. The company moved into the Los Alamos County Smart House nine months ago. The company has grown from 6 to 25 employees and recenty opened a satelite office in Santa Fe, Johnson said. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Party-goers celebrate the success of tech startup Decarte Labs at the company's two-year anniversary party Friday evening. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Letter To The Editor: Concerned About ‘Open Space’ Changed To ‘Mixed-Use’ Without Public Notice

on December 3, 2016 - 9:53am


Los Alamos


During the past year, many community members participated in drafting a new Comprehensive Plan for Los Alamos County. Within the Plan is a Future Land Use map, which is designed to be a “guide to land development and preservation decisions.”


At the Nov. 14 County Council meeting, and in several previous public planning sessions, a map was presented, which showed the entire area surrounding the paved Canyon Rim Trail, south of the airport and N.M.

Reception For Photographer Theodore Greer At Fuller Lodge Art Center Today

on December 3, 2016 - 9:52am

Loco Falls is one of the photographs by Theodore Greer on display in the Portal Gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Theodore Greer

FLAC News:

Jemez Springs photographer Theodore Greer has a one-man show in the Fuller Lodge Art Center, with a reception 2-4 p.m. today, Dec. 3.

The show is called “The Healing Arts”, and features 14 photographs on canvas that were chosen to be in the new Presbyterian Hospital Rust Medical Center, as well as other facilities, including Presbyterian Main, Anna Kaseman and the New Mexico Cancer Center.

The show includes quotes from some of the many people

Obituary: John Herbert Acomb June 18, 1925 – Nov. 28, 2016

on December 3, 2016 - 9:46am

JOHN HERBERT ACOMB June 18, 1925 – Nov. 28, 2016

John Herbert Acomb, 91, went to his final resting place and to be with his Savior Jesus Christ. He died peacefully with his loving family surrounding him. John had dementia for several years but managed to be fully active interacting with friends (new and old) and family residing at Sombrillo Nursing Home his last year.

John lived a long and interesting life having exceptional intelligence and talents. 

Born in Oberling, Ohio in 1925, but growing up in Norvalk, Ohio.


New Mexico’s Bees – Abundant, Beautiful, And Overlooked – Nature Center Talk Dec. 6

on December 3, 2016 - 8:46am
Dr. Olivia Carril
PEEC News:
Few people know that close to 4,000 species of bees can be found in North America, and that is only one intriguing aspect of these diverse insects.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, Dr. Olivia Carril will reveal the complexities of bees, how to attract them, and ways to identify these small, fascinating insects. This is a free talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Bees provide an essential ecosystem service in their role as pollinators, yet few know that that there are roughly 1,000 species of bees in New Mexico.

HillStruumers Ukulele Group To Share Holiday Music

on December 3, 2016 - 8:39am
Ukuleles. Photo by Ruth Lier
Join the Holiday Fun with the BESC HILLSTRUMMERS Ukukele group playing several December Holiday Singalongs.

The first was enjoyed by diners attending the twoThanksgiving luncheons at the BESC Thursday, Nov. 18.

The following Singalongs are scheduled:  
  • At 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2 at Sombrillo Nursng Home (Day Room)
  • At 10:45 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at Fuller Lodge (Pajarito Room, WinterFest Open House) 
  • At 11 a.m., Friday,  Dec. 9 at Smith's Marketplace (Produce Lobby) 
  • At 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 15 at Fuller Lodge (Indoor Farmer's Market) 

Quorum Notice: Holiday Tree Lighting Tonight

on December 3, 2016 - 8:37am
LAC News:
A quorum notice of COunty Councilors has been posted for today, Dec. 3, for the 5 p.m. Holiday Tree Lighting in the lobby of the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. 
It can be viewed online at the link below: 

Luján Hails Inclusion Of Opioid Funding In 21st Century Cures Act

on December 3, 2016 - 8:34am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District on Wednesday spoke on the House floor in support of the 21st Century Cures Act, which included language Congressman Luján championed that authorizes $1 billion in funding to combat the growing opioid epidemic.
Earlier this year, Luján introduced the Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act, which reflected President Obama’s request for much-needed resources to increase treatment programs that will help address the drug crisis.

State Police Seek Help Identifying Fraud Suspects

on December 3, 2016 - 8:31am
State Police seek the public's assistance in identifying and locating these two suspects involved in fraud. Courtesy photo
NMSP News:
The New Mexico State Police is seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating two suspects involved in fraud.
The suspects are both African-American males between the ages of 20-35. They are using stolen credit card numbers to purchase gift cards and have been targeting retail stores in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. One of the suspects used the name "Eric Young."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact New Mexico State Police

Gallinas Watershed Prescribed Burn Continues On Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District

on December 3, 2016 - 8:29am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn next week, focusing on a 180-acre block in the Las Dispensas area and a 1,120-acre unit on Johnson Mesa. 
Ignitions may begin Monday, Dec. 5, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable and may continue through Thursday, Dec. 8.
The Gallinas Watershed, located approximately 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM, is a priority for forest restoration, including prescribed burning, because it is the primary water

WinterFest Schedule Of Events

on December 3, 2016 - 8:27am

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 3, 2016 - 8:25am

Daily Postcard: Natural Arch Has A View

on December 3, 2016 - 8:15am

Daily Postcard: View of town from Los Alamos Natural Arch. Photo by Anthony Clark