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BBBS Recruiting Lunch Buddies for Kids in Need

on July 18, 2014 - 8:13am
Los Alamos
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) would like you consider making a difference in the life of a child through one of two youth serving programs.
Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Regional Director Dawn Brown works to match adults and youth in a one-to-one mentorship program established in 1904.
“We find that only having one focus within our national and regional organizations helps us to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better,” Brown said.

Cathy Faber Band Swings Posse Lodge Saturday

on July 18, 2014 - 8:03am


FBI: Former MDC Corrections Officer Faces Federal Drug Trafficking Charge

on July 18, 2014 - 7:56am

Lucas Segura

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Lucas Segura, 22, of Los Lunas made his initial appearance in federal court in Albuquerque Thursday morning on an indictment charging him with a heroin trafficking offense. Segura remains in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for today.

The indictment alleges that Segura unlawfully possessed heroin with intent to distribute in Bernalillo County April 1. At the time of the offense charged, Segura was a corrections officer at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC).

According to state court filings, Segura was arrested April 1, on

Los Alamos Pedestrian Hit By Truck Remains In Critical Condition

on July 17, 2014 - 6:28pm

The Los Alamos Daily Post received the following statement from Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service regarding the woman hit by a truck Wednesday on Main Street:

Emily Mares-Lang has been an employee of the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service for the past eight years working in our Medical Records Department. Her sweet face and gentle nature are well known to the hospital staff, doctors’ offices, and the entire medical community.

Emily was in an accident July 16, 2014 and remains in critical condition at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center at this time.

Emily’s family appreciates the

County Issues Statement Regarding Termination of Contract for New Golf Course Community Building

on July 17, 2014 - 1:10pm
Los Alamos County Administrator

Construction activities at the Golf Course Community Building have been suspended and the County has formally terminated the contract with Gerald A. Martin, the contractor for the project.

At the request of the contractor, the County will enter into public works mediation to address the situation later this month. The County moved to end the contract after the project manager became concerned about an apparent lack of progress being made on the building. The contractor vacated the work site approximately three weeks ago.

An outstanding


Letter to the Editor: Competition Key Element of Healthy Business Environment

on July 17, 2014 - 12:59pm
By NANCY PARTRIDGE, Chamber Manager
Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce

I would like to thank Don Krier and Kelly Gallagher for their July 14 Letter to the Editor, “Don’t Let Los Alamos Become a One Mall Town.” 

It is true the new Smith’s Marketplace will introduce competition into the Los Alamos retail market. Competition is a key element of a healthy business environment. The ultimate winner in business competition is the consumer.

Los Alamos has a variety of small, local businesses that have brick-and-mortar locations along the walkable downtown area.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 10 to July 16, 2014

on July 17, 2014 - 12:01pm

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

July 10 at 11:59 a.m. / A 53-year-old Santa Fe man reported that he was a victim of fraud on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $2,500. 


July 10 at 4:01 p.m. / Police arrested Rickie Burrell, 28, of Los Alamos at 650 San Ildefonso Road on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.





July 10 at 3:04 p.m.

Signs of the Old Smith's Store Removed Overnight

on July 17, 2014 - 9:35am

Two men worked from lift buckets using welding torches to remove the large Smith's sign around 10 p.m. Wednesday from  the old store at 535 Central Ave., following the grand opening of the new Smith's Marketplace across the street earlier in the day. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The large letter 'M' is detached from the building and lowered to the ground. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Workers carry away each letter. Smith's officials said Tuesday that there are no definte plans yet for the old store. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Essay: On Being a Kid

on July 17, 2014 - 9:05am

'Chris.' Courtesy photo

On Being a Kid

When Chris was 5-years-old, he underwent surgery to address partial hearing loss from an ear infection and resultant scar-tissue tumors.   

When he was 9, he lost most of his hearing after another surgery. Chris had been a “cool” kid with lots of friends and involved in sports, but when he showed up at school wearing hearing aids that in the technology-of-the-day resembled large music headphones, he felt different and was treated differently.

Sports weren’t fun wearing a large headset with a speaker box, and he couldn’t hear

Luján Joins Effort to Limit Money in Politics

on July 17, 2014 - 8:57am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District announced July 15 that he has joined in an effort to limit money in politics by introducing an amendment to the United States Constitution.

The constitutional amendment would overturn Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United vs. FEC and McCutcheon vs. FEC in an effort to reduce the growing influence of money in the political system. The constitutional amendment is the companion to the amendment introduced in the Senate by Sen.

‘Slowgirl’ at Santa Fe's WH 21 Aug. 2-3, 9-10

on July 17, 2014 - 8:51am
'Slowgirl' author Greg Pierce. Courtesy photo
WH 21 News:
A new play written by Greg Pierce and directed by Janet Davidson with Tatyana Stavrowsky and Chris Dempsy will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday Aug. 2 and 9 and 4 p.m. Sunday Aug. 3 and 10 at the WH 21, 1641 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.
The new play, which opened at Lincoln Center in 2012 with former "CSI" actor William Peterson, brings fresh eyes to the problem of bullying. The play tells the story of Becky, who is sent to Costa Rica to hide out with her recluse Uncle Sterling after a horrific accident.

Bear Entertains Neighbors In Western Area

on July 17, 2014 - 8:47am

A young bear entertained the neighbors on upper Fairway and 47th Street Sunday evening. Photo by Inez Ross

Photo by Inez Ross

Photo by Inez Ross


How the Hen House Turns: Listening and Body Language

on July 17, 2014 - 8:05am
How the Hen House Turns: Listening and Body Language

The bottom line lesson for conversing with birds--and dogs also, I suspect--is to repeat simple word phrases in context, add a simple motion with arms or hands, and note any response.

An example from the Hen House—at dusk, I enter the pen saying “Time to go sleeping,” then I say it again with an arm motion toward the Hen House or nest box, wherever those particular birds usually sleep.

In winter the phrase is, “It’s cold.


Houser Centennial Tribute Showcases Monumental Works by Sculptor and Devotees

on July 17, 2014 - 7:57am

Allan Houser. CourtesyMIAC

MIAC News:

Internationally collected and admired sculptor, painter, and teacher Allan Houser (1914-1994), is back in the Santa Fe spotlight in a major way this summer on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Beginning Aug.


Heinrich on Confirmation of Norman Bay to FERC

on July 17, 2014 - 7:48am


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, released the following statement after voting to confirm Norman C. Bay to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Bay was confirmed by a vote of 52 to 45. The president is expected to designate him to be chairman of FERC next year.

Heinrich spoke on the Senate floor in support of Bay's nomination:

"Norman Bay is an outstanding public servant with extensive experience to address our energy challenges in New Mexico and around the nation.

Udall Expresses Disappointment in GOP Filibuster Over Hobby Lobby Decision

on July 17, 2014 - 7:42am

Sen. Tom Udall


U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., expressed disappointment Wednesday, after Republicans blocked debate on a bill to restore women's access to contraceptive health care in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 split decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby.

The court ruled that closely held corporations may deny coverage for certain forms of birth control if members of the board object on religious grounds.

The filibuster of the Not My Boss's Business Act, which Udall cosponsored, prevented the Senate from considering a measure to restore the contraceptive

Expansion of WIC Reimbursements to Include Farm Food Stands

on July 17, 2014 - 7:28am

Gov. Susana Martinez

WIC News:

Gov. Susana Martinez announced New Mexico’s successful expansion of Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits to include reimbursement for any authorized farmer food roadside stand selling fresh, local produce.
WIC is the Special Supplemental Food Program for women, infants, and children, which helps more kids and families get the nutritious food they need to eat and live healthier. The program also includes Senior Dollars, a supplemental food program for low-income seniors.

“Our New Mexico farmers grow some of the highest-quality produce in the

LANB Wins 1st Place for Nine Consecutive Years in 'Best of Santa Fe' Award

on July 16, 2014 - 7:04pm

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) recently received recognition as Santa Fe’s preferred bank by the Santa Fe Reporter, during their 2014 “Best of Santa Fe” contest. This is the 9th consecutive year that LANB has been recognized by the local community for their exemplary service.

Los Alamos National Bank operates six full-service locations throughout northern New Mexico and supports a team of 360 employees. The bank sponsors more than 100 community events each year, and encourages LANB employees to engage locally.


Los Alamos Community Winds Presents Free Concert at Ashley Pond Wednesday, July 23

on July 16, 2014 - 7:01pm
The Los Alamos Community Winds will present a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at Ashley Pond. Come bring a picnic dinner, spread out a blanket, and enjoy a slice of Americana as LACW continues the tradition of the town band with a concert of light music and good, old-fashioned popular tunes. Photo by TK Thompson

Shoppers Descend On Smith's Marketplace Opening Day

on July 16, 2014 - 3:36pm
Smith's Marketplace sent in the clowns for Opening Day, much to the delight of local youngsters. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Managers and staff rushed to keep up with the hundreds of shoppers thronging Smith's Marketplace this morning. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Free samples were available all over the store. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Shoppers line up to check out. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Three generations of shoppers gather in the flower section. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Visitors to the new

Del Norte Credit Union Proclaimed 'Best of Santa Fe'

on July 16, 2014 - 3:31pm


  • The Santa Fe Reporter’s Readers Choose DNCU for Fourth Consecutive Year

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, is proud to be recognized as the 2nd Place winner for Best Bank/Credit Union in Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe 2014 reader poll. This marks the fourth consecutive year that DNCU has been selected by Reporter readers for exemplary financial products and services.

“It is wonderful that the Santa Fe community has distinguished DNCU in this way,” says DNCU President/CEO Chuck Valenti.


Steven Fode Charged With Reckless Driving After Hitting Pedestrian in Downtown Los Alamos Today

on July 16, 2014 - 2:23pm

Police at the scene of an accident today in which a driver ran into a pedestrian on Main Street. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Today at approximately 11:16 a.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to 119 Central Park Square near the Los Alamos Post Office in reference to a vehicle vs pedestrian crash.

Steven Fode

Officers and medical personnel arrived on Main Street approximately 50 yards north of Central Avenue to find an elderly woman laying in the roadway with apparent injuries.

LANL Reminder: Use Official Trails When Biking and Hiking

on July 16, 2014 - 1:36pm

Mountain bikers Jeff Treasure, left, and Ben Poff view a kiosk at an official trailhead to ensure they ride on an official trail. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Trails opened last year at TA-70 and TA-71 south of White Rock for recreational purposes may be closed if users continue to stray off of the official trails.

“We want people to use and enjoy these areas, but it’s important to stay on the designated trails to protect wildlife, archaeological sites and other trail users,” said Environmental Planner Dan Pava, chair of the Trails Working Group.


Mountain bikers Jeff Treasure and Ben Poff,

Driver Runs Into Woman Walking Near Central Avenue

on July 16, 2014 - 1:09pm

LAPD News:

Police arrested a male driver after he ran into a pedestrian on Main Street near Central Avenue near noon today.

Commander Preston Ballew told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the driver ran into an elderly woman who was walking at the crosswalk. She has been transported to Los Alamos Medical Center and the extent of her injuries are unknown at this time.

The area is sectioned off with police tape while an investigation into the accident is conducted.

New Phone Number For Pharmacy in Smith's Marketplace

on July 16, 2014 - 12:56pm

New Smith's Marketplace Pharmacy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


The pharmacy in the new Smith’s Marketplace store has a new phone number, and the old phone numbers are not forwarding correctly.

The new phone number is 505.661.2770.