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Letter To The Editor: UNM-LA Is A Great Community Asset

on January 8, 2017 - 6:50am
Los Alamos

Please join me in voting yes and supporting our local college, UNM-LA. Los Alamos residents are intelligent, caring, and sharing people. As citizens we enjoy great community assets including our schools, roads, parks, trails, libraries, and other public amenities. At times directly, but most often indirectly through our elected officials, we as a community decide which of these amenities we desire and are willing to pay for through our local taxes.

As citizens we are tasked with directly deciding the fate of UNM-LA.

New Mexico Museum Of Natural History Foundation Announces Three New Directors

on January 8, 2017 - 6:32am
Rafael Gonzalez. Courtesy photo
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation has announced three new directors have joined the Foundation Board.
Rafael Gonzalez received his B.S and M.S degrees in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso in 2001 and 2003 respectively. He joined Sandia National Laboratories in 2015 as a Research & Development Science and Engineering manager.

Rotary Club Inducts New Member Kurt Schoenberg

on January 8, 2017 - 6:25am

Assistant Rotary District Governor Pat Murray, left, of Santa Fe recently welcomed Kurt Schoenberg as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Club Secretary Nancy Cerutti, who led the induction ceremony, looks on. Photo by Rob Metcalf

K2 Women’s Weekend At Pajarito Mountain Feb. 10-12

on January 8, 2017 - 6:06am
Pajarito Mountain and K2 Skis present the Women's Weekend Feb. 10-12. Courtesy photo
K2W News:
For the eighth consecutive year, the ladies at Pajarito Ski Hill in Los Alamos are planning northern New Mexico’s best ski party that benefits Northern New Mexico communities!
In carrying on the tradition, Pajarito Mountain and K2 Skis are once again presenting the Women's Weekend Feb. 10-12. To date, this non-profit event has raised more than $70,000 in financial assistance to New Mexican women and men diagnosed with breast and women diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Letter To The Editor: UNM-LA Mil Levy - No Lies, Just Facts and Definitely Scary

on January 8, 2017 - 5:42am
Los Alamos

It is being suggested that my editorial piece (link), regarding the understatement of the UNM-LA Mil Levy, i.e. Property Tax Increase, is a misrepresentation and a scare tactic.

There are no lies.  he words are carefully chosen and exact. The statements correct. I have no control how someone interprets them. If they translate doubling ‘A’ property tax to doubling ‘YOUR’ property tax then the issue is not in my words.

The information about the Mil Levy comes straight from UNM-LA. There is an existing $1 Mil Levy for the UNM-LA campus.

USPS: Staples To Stop Offering Postal Services

on January 8, 2017 - 5:40am
USPS News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Postal Service has announced in a letter to the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO that the deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples has ended.
Staples will be removing all signage and will discontinue postal services at the national retailer’s roughly 500 U.S. locations that handle postal services by the first week of March 2017. In response, APWU is calling off the boycott of Staples effective immediately and will notify its many supporters and allies.
This is a big win for the public as well as the 200,000 members of APWU and

Pastor Raul: Mac And Cheese Theology

on January 8, 2017 - 5:36am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos
I have always been a fan of fresh meat. There is just something amazing about opening a package of 2” thick tenderloins from a steer that I knew had been spoiled on grass.
After having four kids, my wife and I decided that not only was fresh meat a healthier choice, but it was also a much more affordable one. What we learned, however, was that young children do not typically appreciate a good steak as much as we do. I was mortified to find out that my babies were more content with mac and cheese than a rib-eye! What to do?
I know that my

Daily Postcard: Clement & Benner Christmas Window In 1980 After CB FOX Purchased Store

on January 8, 2017 - 5:34am

Daily Postcard: This photo was taken of the Christmas window in 1980, the first Christmas following purchase of the store by CB FOX (July 1979). The Clement & Benner sign, deeply cut into oak, was the first physical improvement CB FOX made to the building. As part of CB FOX's 1991 remodel of the entire storefront, the space, which had been a marquee or sheltered display space and entryway to the double front doors, all of which was exposed on the sidewalk side to the weather good or bad, became enclosed and now comprises the Candy & Gifts area of the store. Photo by Bill Jack Rodgers


Be First To Hear About Pig + Fig Wine Dinners

on January 7, 2017 - 3:34pm
Pig and Fig’s owner, Chef Laura Crucet Hamilton. Courtesy photo
The Pig + Fig Café is hosting a wine dinner Jan. 10 ... but it is sold out.
Pig and Fig’s owner, Chef Laura Crucet Hamilton, has hosted more than 60 wine dinners over the past few years. Every one of them has sold out in less than two hours.
Luckily, there are four more scheduled in the next two months. But you have to be on her email list to get a table. (Sign up for their newsletter here).
Why are these wine dinners so special?
It could be the wines that they choose.

Letter To The Editor: Dog Encounter Terrifying To Family

on January 7, 2017 - 3:21pm

January P&Z Commission Meeting Canceled

on January 7, 2017 - 3:13pm


Notice: The Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 11 is canceled.

Letter To The Editor: Council Needs To Tackle Off-Leash Dog Issue And Enforcement Needs Teeth

on January 7, 2017 - 3:05pm
Los Alamos

In college, I lived next door to some folks who had a very nice, sweet, goofy dog named Broccoli. They sneered at me when I quit letting my dog run free after she and Broccoli sauntered down an ally and across a busy street where my pup was nicked by a car. Broccoli continued to be able to run free – and ended up being dragged under a car for a mile. Still literally makes me sick to my stomach.

I share the frustration of not being able to take a relaxing walk with the dog in Los Alamos. Instead, I have to keep an eye out for unleashed dogs.

Heinrich On Public Lands Transfer Rule Change

on January 7, 2017 - 11:44am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement on the passage of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Rules Package, which included a rule change that will make it easier for Congress to give away public lands:
“House Republicans slipped a provision into their new rules to make it easier to give away our public lands--for free.

Udall, Heinrich Praise Enactment Of American Innovation And Competitiveness Act

on January 7, 2017 - 11:33am


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich praised the enactment of S. 3084, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA), a major science bill that includes a number of significant provisions Udall and Heinrich championed to help boost New Mexico’s economy.

The bill, which passed both houses of Congress last month and was signed into law by President Obama today, contains measures to boost technology transfer initiatives, strengthen and grow manufacturing, and encourage private-sector innovation. 

The legislation, an update of the America

Los Alamos County Library Board Meets Monday

on January 7, 2017 - 11:22am


The Los Alamos County Library Board is meeting at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9 at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Trinity Dr. The meeting is open to the public.


  1. Call to order
  2. Public comment/correspondence (for items not on the agenda)
  3. Board business

A. Review and approval of the minutes of Dec. 5, 2016 meeting.

B. Discussion and possible motion regarding CY2017 Library Board meeting dates.

C. Review of Work Plan process and potential activities for FY2018.

  1. Chair and Board Member Reports

A. Chair’s report

B. Friends of Los Alamos County Library liaison report

  1. Board/Staff

Mountaineers Offer Weekend Snow Sport Outing

on January 7, 2017 - 6:46am
The Los Alamos Mountaineers are heading to Monarch Pass, on the continental divide in Colorado, for a weekend of alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing Courtesy photo
Winter has set in with full force in southern Colorado, opening the way for snow adventures of many kinds.
Over the upcoming MLK weekend, the Los Alamos Mountaineers will head north to take advantage of the snow, now five feet deep at Monarch Pass. They will make their base in the small town of Salida, and spend their days doing winter sports in the Monarch Pass area.

Letter To The Editor: Vote 'For' Bond To Continue Process To Upgrade School Facilities

on January 7, 2017 - 6:42am
Former County Councilor and former School Board member

One of the frustrations during my years on the School Board was that all school district operational funds are allocated by the state on a per-pupil basis, regardless of local cost-of-living. Teachers are paid from the operational fund and it costs more to live in Los Alamos. We found that needed maintenance and utility costs for our aging facilities were robbing the operational fund of money that could go to staff salaries.

We formed a team to examine the difference between continuing to patch buildings with

Del Norte Credit Union Expands DNCU Scholarship Program in 2017

on January 7, 2017 - 6:23am

DNCU News:
  • Scholarship programs expands eligibility to home‐schooled and GED candidates

SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial co‐op, has announced an expansion of its DNCU Scholarship Program for 2017.

Scholarships will now be offered to 10 students, signifying an increase from seven winners in previous years.

Sheehey: Support LA Public Schools And UNM-LA

on January 7, 2017 - 6:22am
Los Alamos County Councilor

Having hada scientific career in Los Alamos, I know I owe a lot to good public education. That’s one of the reasons I will vote Yes for the 2017 Los Alamos Public Schools Bond and the UNM-LA 1-mil levy. Both institutions have solid records of getting maximum value for taxpayers’ dollars. These two funding sources will allow them to continue their important contributions to our community.

The LAPS Bond will not increase our property taxes.

Amateur Naturalist: Two Streams Of The Valles Caldera

on January 7, 2017 - 6:16am
Streams form meanders when they cross the broad level valleys of the Valles Caldera. Photo by Robert Dryja
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Two streams of the Valles Caldera
By Robert Dryja
The streams of the Valles Caldera share similar characteristics but also have their differences. The East Fork of the Jemez River and the Rito de los Indios (Rito) are two examples of similarities and differences. The East Fork is the major stream for the southern side of the Valles Caldera, flowing across the Valle Grande. The San Antonio is the major stream for the northern side of the Valles Caldera.

Dan Lewis To Run For Albuquerque Mayor

on January 7, 2017 - 6:15am
Albuquerque business leader Dan Lewis
Albuquerque business leader and City Councilor Dan Lewis will make his official announcement to run for Mayor of Albuquerque.
He will discuss the challenges the city faces and lay out his plan and vision for the future of Albuquerque during a talk at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8 at the FatPipe ABQ (Old Albuquerque High School Library), 200 Broadway Blvd NE.

Obituary: Martha Doss Jan. 2, 2017

on January 7, 2017 - 6:07am

MARTHA DOSS Jan. 2, 2017

Martha Doss, 76, a longtime resident of Los Alamos, passed peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, January 2, 2017 with her two sons by her side.

Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Danny Doss; parents, Ural and Martha Cobb. Martha was a cherished daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her son, Bret Doss and wife Taffy, Kirk Doss and wife Colette; grandchildren, Summer, Bry, Moriah, Walker, Savannah and Nathan, great-granddaughter, Serena; brothers, Ray Cobb and wife Vicki, Ron


Daily Postcard: Wednesday At Anderson Overlook

on January 7, 2017 - 5:58am

Daily Postcard: Clouds fill the sky and snow laces the ground Wednesday around Anderson Overlook. Photo by Carl Newton

UNM Acting President To Visit UNM-LA Monday

on January 6, 2017 - 8:08pm

University of New Mexico Acting President Chaouki Abdallah  

UNM-LA News:

University of New Mexico (UNM) Acting President Chaouki Abdallah, who also serves as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, will visit UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Monday, Jan. 9 for an evening of events.

Starting at 5:15 p.m., the community is invited to meet with President Abdallah and other UNM individuals representing Anderson School of Management and the School of Engineering.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 6, 2017 - 12:18pm