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UWNNM Announces 2016 Funded Partners

on June 24, 2016 - 11:46am
Courtesy photo
Picking a charitable organization to invest in is quite the task in 2016. ​Luckily, i​nvestors in United Way of Northern New Mexico's Community Action Fund leave the choosing up to the experts in the field of nonprofit work. 
United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) works in the communities of Northern New Mexico and has a deep understanding of what challenges we face and where the gaps in services ​exist​. This year UWNNM started taking aim in one area that is the root cause of many issues in Northern New Mexico, behavioral health.
"From our past

Bathtub Row Press Releases New Book On US-Russian Lab-To-Lab Cooperation

on June 24, 2016 - 11:29am

Dr. Siegfried Hecker


Join the Los Alamos Historical Society, Dr. Siegfried Hecker and contributing authors for the release of Doomed to Cooperate 7-9 p.m., June 28 in Fuller Lodge.

This new title from Bathtub Row Press presents the story of the US-Russian lab-to-lab cooperation that spanned more than two decades.

Doomed to Cooperate: How American and Russian Scientists Joined Forces to Avert Some of the Greatest Post–Cold War Nuclear Dangers tells the remarkable story of nuclear scientists from two former enemy nations, the United States and Russia, who reached across

Cone Zone: Week Of June 27

on June 24, 2016 - 11:03am


Road Construction Update:

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

To attend any of the Public Works weekly project meetings, contact the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 for meeting information.

Children are attracted by activity and heavy equipment.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Sheriff

on June 24, 2016 - 10:16am
Los Alamos
With the recent arrest of former Pastor Paul Cunningham, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to not only the LAPD but to our Sheriff and his team for their involvement in this case.
With the recent news of our county council's attempts to abolish our Sheriff's Department, it is quite apparent how truly necessary it is to our community that we have a Sheriff's Department to protect our children.
I was appalled and deeply saddened to learn that our county has been struck with these sorts of criminal acts against children and am truly thankful to

Black Bear Captured On Barranca Mesa

on June 24, 2016 - 10:06am

This black bear is spotted Thursday afternoon in a tall cherry tree on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Ken Hanson

NMG&F Ofc. John Martsh aims a tranquilizer gun at the bear in an effort to safely capture her for relocation. Photo by Ken Hanson

LAPD Ofc. Tim Lonz and Animal Control Ofc. Tom Beyer hold the groggy bear with a control pole so NMG&F Ofc. John Martsh can administer more sedative. Photo by Ken Hanson

NMG&F Ofc. John Martsh checks the age of the bear and determines she is about 18 months old. LAPD Ofc. Tim Lonz holds the bear's head. Photo by Ken Hanson

From left, LAPD Officers James Keane

Scenes From Thursday's Solar Tree Dedication

on June 24, 2016 - 9:27am
Local officials and artist Eric Thelander cut the ribbon Thursday to dedicate the new Solar Tree sculpture in the west plaza of the Los Alamos County Municipal Building on Central Avenue. Blustery weather added to the excitement of the event. Photo by Chris Clark/

Community members begin gathering at Thursday's dedication ceremony of the Solar Tree sculpture recently installed in the west plaza of the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Photo by Chris Clark/

The Solar Tree sculpture created by artist Eric Thelander is now completely installed in the west

Governor Requests Federal Damage Assessments In Communities Affected By The Dog Head Fire

on June 24, 2016 - 8:49am
Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that she has requested damage assessments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the areas and communities affected by the Dog Head Fire.
“The Dog Head Fire continues to have a devastating impact on residents in affected communities,” Martinez said.

Los Alamos County Little League Starts Strong In District Playoffs

on June 24, 2016 - 8:19am
Los Alamos County Little League District Playoffs are underway and local teams are off to a strong start.
In the first round of District Playoffs Thursday, the Los Alamos baseball 9-10s beat Santa Fe National 8-4 and the softball 9-10s beat Espanola 15-8.
This year, Los Alamos County Little League is hosting the district and regional girls softball tournaments at the North Mesa Ball Fields.

2016 Los Alamos County Little League All-Stars:


DEA Warning To Police, Public: Fentanyl Exposure Kills

on June 24, 2016 - 7:26am
DEA News:
DEA has released a Roll Call video to all law enforcement nationwide about the dangers of improperly handling fentanyl and its deadly consequences. 
Acting Deputy Administrator Jack Riley and two local police detectives from New Jersey appear on the video to urge any law enforcement personnel who come in contact with fentanyl or fentanyl compounds to take the drugs directly to a lab. 
“Fentanyl can kill you,” Riley said. “Fentanyl is being sold as heroin in virtually every corner of our country. It’s produced clandestinely in Mexico, and (also) comes directly from China.

Daily Postcard: Orange Asiatic Lily

on June 24, 2016 - 7:13am

Daily Postcard: Orange Asiatic Lily (Lilium) blooms at a residence on Walnut Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/ 

Heinrich: It's Unacceptable That A Third Of New Mexico Children Are Living In Poverty

on June 24, 2016 - 7:10am
From the Office of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Following the release of Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) raised deep concerns about child poverty in New Mexico.
The report ranked the state 49th in the nation for overall child well-being for the third year in a row.

CHC On GOP’s Defense Of Term 'Illegal Alien'

on June 24, 2016 - 7:10am
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) was founded in December 1976 as a legislative service organization of the United States House of Representatives. Today, the CHC is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC aims to address national and international issues and the impact these policies have on the Hispanic community. The function of the Caucus is to serve as a forum for the Hispanic Members of Congress to coalesce around a collective legislative agenda.

Police Arrest Former Pastor Paul Cunningham

on June 23, 2016 - 11:53pm

Former Los Alamos Pastor Paul Cunningham


Los Alamos Daily Post

Police arrested former Los Alamos Pastor Paul Cunningham last Friday evening on San Ildefonso Road and charged him with two counts of sexual exploitation of children.

According to court documents obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post, investigators executed a search warrant at Cunningham's home, at 4732 Brisa Del Bosque, and found more than 400 explicit images of children and nine pornographic videos on computers belonging to Cunningham.

Udall, Senate Democrats Unveil Legislation To Limit Influence Of Money In Politics, Rein In Special Interest Control Over Elections

on June 23, 2016 - 11:43pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Senate Democrats have announced a new legislative package and campaign to reform government to ensure it works for all Americans, not just special interests and a few at the top.
The package includes Udall's constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and his legislation to overhaul the dysfunctional Federal Election Commission (FEC). Udall will be the lead cosponsor of the legislation, which will be formally introduced next week. 
“Americans know money in politics is out of hand.

Bear Spotted On Barranca Mesa

on June 23, 2016 - 10:57pm

This large bear was spotted in a cherry tree around 11 a.m. today on Andanada Street on Barranca Mesa. Animal Control came to monitor the situation. After about 30 minutes, the bear disappeared in the direction of the canyon. This bear is probably the same one seen Sunday morning when it destroyed some nearby hummingbird feeders. Photo by Ken Hanson

Obituary: Rosemary Whalen June 22, 2016

on June 23, 2016 - 10:35pm


Rosemary Whalen, a long time resident of Los Alamos passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on June 22, 2016. 

Rosemary was a precious daughter, beloved wife, treasured mother and dear friend. She is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years, Paul P. Whalen, her children: Sheryl (George) Lorraine (Chuck) Kathleen, Paul (Andrea) Michael (Kathleen) and Bill (Heidi) as well as 12 grandchildren and 4 great grand children.  

The family is deeply grateful to everyone who helped care for Rosemary during her long battle with Alzheimer’s.

A celebration of


IRS Warns Of Tax Scams Relating To Orlando Mass-Shooting

on June 23, 2016 - 9:02pm
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service is issuing a consumer alert about possible fake charity scams emerging due to the recent mass-shooting in Orlando, Fla., and encourages taxpayers to seek out recognized charitable groups.
When making donations to assist victims of this terrible tragedy, there are simple steps taxpayers can take to ensure their hard-earned money goes to legitimate charities. has the tools taxpayers need to quickly and easily check out the status of charitable organizations.
While there has been an enormous wave of support across the country

Gold King Mine Spill Citizens’ Advisory Committee Meeting Monday

on June 23, 2016 - 9:01pm
NMED News:
SANTA FE  New Mexico’s Gold King Mine Spill Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC), based out of San Juan County, New Mexico, meets at 5:30 p.m., Monday, June 27 in the San Juan Community College Student Center- SUNS Room (accessible through the Henderson Find Arts Center).
Eric Frey, with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, will present on concentrations of contaminants in fish tissue and the Department’s ongoing work as part of the New Mexico’s Long-Term Impact Review Team for the Gold King Mine Spill.
The Citizens’ Advisory Committee is a group of 11 citizen

YMCA 4th Of July Kids Parade

on June 23, 2016 - 9:00pm
4th of July parade. Courtesy photo
YMCA News:
The annual Family YMCA 4th of July Children’s Parade will begin at 10:45 a.m. July 4. Families should begin assembling for this free event between 10:15 and 10:44 a.m. by the "elephant” at Ashley Pond.
The parade offers youth and their families an opportunity to show their patriotic colors. Participants are encouraged to decorate bikes, favorite toys and their four-legged family members. (Pets will be allowed in the parade but their humans must be able to restrain and clean up after them.)
The parade will head east down Central

Public Input Sought For Community Wildfire Protection Plan

on June 23, 2016 - 8:52pm
Dan McCarn
As some of you know, I was asked by Wildlands Fire Chief Ramon Garcia to be part of the Core Team in the update of the Los Alamos County Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).
The Forest Stewards Guild through Matt Piccarello has put together an online questionnaire for Los Alamos County, and I would appreciate your help in distributing this throughout the Los Alamos community.
Please Distribute This Questionnaire To Your Neighbors & Friends In Los Alamos
Los Alamos County is in the process of updating the 2009 Community Wildfire Protection Plan

This Week At The Reel Deal

on June 23, 2016 - 8:48pm

American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico Reacts To New Mexico Education And Well-Being Report

on June 23, 2016 - 4:54pm
AFT News:
ALBUQUERQUE American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly has released the following statement:

“Today’s release of the Annie E. Casey “Kids Count” Report is, yet again, a sobering reminder that six years of failed education policy from Secretary Skandera and Governor Martinez is hurting our students and weakening our public schools.
“In addition to being 49th in overall child wellbeing, New Mexico has finally slipped to 50thplace among the states – and yet Governor Martinez and Secretary Skandera continue to blame others by refusing to acknowledge their

Los Alamos Women Dine With Ali MacGraw

on June 23, 2016 - 4:45pm
Dining with Ali MacGraw Saturday night at the Santa Fe home of Bruce and Natalie Cunningham, from left, Cindy Capelli, Kelly Gallagher, MacGraw, Bruce Cunningham, Mary Beth Maassen, Natalie Cunningham, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Johanna Jiron, Kelly Myers and Kathy Keith. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos women arriving Saturday in Santa Fe for dinner with Ali MacGraw, from left, Johanna Jiron, Kelly Gallagher, Mary Beth Maassen, Cindy Capelli, Kelly Myers, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Kathy Keith. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff Report
At the

New Mexico Sues Colorado In U.S. Supreme Court Over Gold King Mine Spill And Historical Acid Mine Drainage

on June 23, 2016 - 4:36pm
NMED News:
SANTA FE  New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Gov. Susana Martinez announced New Mexico filed a lawsuit in the United States Supreme Court with the State of New Mexico Environment Department to hold the State of Colorado responsible for the downstream contamination of the Animas and San Juan watersheds in New Mexico that was caused by continuing acid mine drainage and the 2015 Gold King Mine massive waste spill.
In addition to Colorado’s direct role in the Gold King Mine release, Colorado is directly responsible for the hazardous conditions that preceded the

Chandler: Los Alamos’ Unique Form Of Government

on June 23, 2016 - 4:35pm
Los Alamos County Council Candidate
Former Charter Review Committee Member

People often refer to Los Alamos as unique. I sometimes think that the “uniqueness” adjective is overused. But there is one area where Los Alamos is truly unique – the structure under which we govern ourselves. The county is a H class, incorporated home rule county. By constitutional and statutory design there is no other community in the state like us.

Los Alamos County was created in 1949 from lands located in Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties.