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Farewell MacDougal (Doogie) Weaver

on July 28, 2017 - 6:32am
Doogie Weaver

Today MacDougal (Doogie) Weaver, age 13 and a half, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He was a gentle soul who loved everyone he met.


This was a hard-earned trait because he came to Los Alamos more than nine years ago from a life where he had apparently been abused. However, the love he got from everyone gave him back his trusting spirit.


He enjoyed riding in the truck with the window down, and making his buffet tour around town to Metzgers, Pet Pangea and LANB where he was showered with treats.


Daily Postcard: Clouds Swirl Over Los Alamos

on July 28, 2017 - 6:29am

Daily Postcard: Clouds swirl Tuesday evening over Los Alamos. Photo by Michael Redondo

Large Lightning Strike Spotted In White Rock

on July 27, 2017 - 9:03pm

Lightning at 6:39 p.m. today in the sky above White Rock. Photo by Hannah Gartz, 14

Sunset Colors Sky Above Los Alamos

on July 27, 2017 - 8:04pm

The sunset colors the sky Wednesday above Los Alamos. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Wednesday sunset scene. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Wednesday evening sunset scent. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Wednesday evening sunset scene. Photo by Corrina Hughes

Local Businesses And Organizations Share Stories About Los Alamos Ranch School Boys

on July 27, 2017 - 5:04pm

Sandra West, left, and Elizabeth Turner hold a profile of Luna Leopold, an earth scientist and hydrologist. The profile is on display at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at the Los Alamos Nature Center. It is one of more than 30 panels about Los Alamos Ranch School students now on display around town. Photo by Aimee Slaughter


Los Alamos Historical Society

Marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Los Alamos Ranch School, local businesses and organizations have teamed with the Los Alamos Historical Society to share stories about some of the

Sampling Steve Jobs Stirs Emotions For 90 Minutes

on July 27, 2017 - 5:03pm
Edward Parks (Steve Jobs) and Jessica Jones (Chrisann Brennan). Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017
Edward Parks (Steve Jobs) and Wei Wu (Kṑbun Chino Otogawa). Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017

Los Alamos

Composer Mason Bates sampled many sources of sounds in constructing his electronica based score. His goal was to create sound worlds for each character – sonic IDs. For Jobs he describes it as a quicksilver blend of orchestra and electronica incorporating Mac computer sounds.

LANL Cleanup = More Jobs, Healthier Environment

on July 27, 2017 - 5:01pm

The effort to cleanup 70+ years of Los Alamos National Laboratories nuclear legacy waste is no small undertaking. Through that process, the Department of Energy (DOE) estimates Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will be fully remediated by year 2035. 

With a new Environmental Management contractor soon taking the reins, they will be embarking upon the hopeful beginning of the end of ‘legacy waste’ cleanup at LANL.  
To achieve this goal, there is much work ahead of the oncoming contractor.

TOTH Elders Provide Scholarship Funds To UNM-LA

on July 27, 2017 - 4:58pm
Trinity On The Hill Elder Phyllis Bailey presents a scholarship donation to UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney while SUN PATH Coordinator Cindy Leyba, left, and Elder Brad Wright look on. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
From left, top row: LAFD Operations Battalion Chief /UNM-LA EMS Program Coordinator Joe Candelaria, Cathy Walters, Judy Crocker, UNM-LA CEO Cindy Rooney. Center row: Petr Jandacek, Mary Cunningham, Paul Cunningham, Brad Wright, Jenny Bishop, Phyllis Bailey. Front row: Bo West, Trisha Harlow, Jane Sherwood, Louise Jandacek and Barbara Stoddard. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Bandelier Offers Abundant Mid-Summer Activities

on July 27, 2017 - 4:53pm

Bandelier National Monument offers abundant mid-summer activities. Courtesy/NPS


For anyone who's been intending to get out and make a visit to Bandelier this summer but hasn't done it yet, now is a good time. Besides it being beautiful with all the summer greenery, there are some good programs coming up. Just remember that most are outdoors and depend on the weather!

On most summer weekends there are cultural demonstrators 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the back porch of the Visitor Center.

Nathan Salazar, Kristen Sussman Concert Aug. 5

on July 27, 2017 - 4:52pm

Community Mourns For Trevor Matuszak

on July 27, 2017 - 9:15am
Trevor Matuszak on a fishing trip. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

The Los Alamos community is mourning the loss of 19-year-old Trevor Matuszak who died Sunday in a tragic hiking accident in White Rock Canyon.

Born Aug. 10, 1997, in Jackson, Tenn., Trevor lived in Los Alamos since 2004. Family and friends recall throughout his youth he was always smiling, full of laughter and genuinely happy. He was described as the boy with the golden hair and the golden smile.

Trevor was adventurous and free-spirited and there was very little he would not attempt


County Council Tables Sheriff's Office Resolution

on July 27, 2017 - 9:13am

It was a roller coaster ride during the Los Alamos County Council's special meeting Wednesday night in council chambers. The room was packed with residents who offered their thoughts on Councilor Pete Sheehey's proposed resolution to restore the duties of the Sheriff's Office. The resolution would provide a budget of $200,000 to cover the duties, hire a fulltime deputy, an administrative assistant and to attend training and other expenses. Furthermore, the resolution would provide vehicles as needed to the Sheriff's office.

Tips For Healthy Summer Smiles

on July 27, 2017 - 8:31am
Healthy grins. Courtesy photo
New Mexico Department of Health Summer sun brings summer fun. While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine. Here are ways to prevent summertime tooth decay:  
Stay on a routine
Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime—or let it slide when they sleep in the next morning. “Don’t forget about your smile over the summer,” says ADA pediatric dentist Dr. Mary Hayes.

Sewing Camp Now For Adults Begins Aug. 14

on July 27, 2017 - 7:35am
Courtesy photo
This summer, kids from 7 to 14 came together for five weeks to learn the basics of sewing at Los Alamos Makers.
The camp was a success. Kids are not quite ready to become fashion designers, but they learned sewing basics like how to properly hem, make button holes and sew zippers with a machine. Most adults don’t actually know how to do that!
The camp was 100 percent hands-on.

Museums’ Fossil Mammal Research Project Gets Grant

on July 27, 2017 - 7:13am
Skull of an early Paleocene mammal collected from New Mexico from the collections of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Courtesy/NMMNHS
NSF News:
ALBUQUERQUE  The National Science Foundation has awarded the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science a $101,125 grant to support research on early placental mammals and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) educational programs. 
The project, aims to shed light on how mammals fared after the Cretaceous extinction (K-Pg extinction), an event most famous for the demise of the non-avian dinosaurs.

Peggy Fire Update Jemez Ranger District

on July 27, 2017 - 7:09am
SFNF News:
Current Situation: Crews continued blacklining the perimeter of the Peggy Fire over the weekend. Fire activity was low to moderate throughout the day Saturday until about 5:30 p.m. when a storm cell brought much stronger winds out of the north, drastically increasing fire activity and pushing the fire to the south. The winds also helped create the very visible smoke column in the late afternoon. The blacklining that crews had worked on over the past several days held the fire in spite of the dramatic shift in wind direction and speed.

Daily Postcard: Sunset Over Los Alamos High School

on July 27, 2017 - 6:56am

Daily Postcard: The sun sets Wednesday behind Los Alamos High School. Photo by Chris Clark/

White Rock Metzger's Closes Due To Power Outage

on July 26, 2017 - 4:39pm

Due to the power outage, Metzger's is about to close now - at 4:30 p.m. - since their batteries are about dead, too. They apologize for the inconvenience and hope to be open as normal at 7 a.m. Thursday. Courtesy photo

Community Support Event Following Tragic Loss Of Trevor Matuszak Is On Today In White Rock Whether Or Not Power Is Restored

on July 26, 2017 - 3:59pm

LAFD News:

The event set for 6-8 p.m. today for those who may have been effected both directly and indirectly with the tragic loss of Trevor Matuszak will go on in White Rock whether power is restored to the area or not.

The event is open to the community at Los Alamos Fire Station #3 at 129 N.M. 4. There will be counselors and other support groups available to assist with the grieving process and everyone is encouraged to attend.



White Rock Without Power

on July 26, 2017 - 3:36pm

Update: White Rock power outage UPDATE at 3:30 p.m.: the County's Traffic Division crews are heading to White Rock with portable generators to power the intersection traffic lights on SR4 (inside White Rock) during the evening work commute, which will begin in about an hour.


A downed transmission line is the cause of a wide spread power outage that began at approximately 2:30 p.m. today in White Rock.

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ electric linemen are dispatched to the area. The estimated time as to when power will be restored is unknown.

DPU will provide more

Lightning Measure In Downtown Los Alamos Today

on July 26, 2017 - 1:35pm

Here is a measure of the lightning striking during a 30 minute period this afternoon in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy/Morris B. Pongratz

Heavy Thunderstorm Hammers Downtown Los Alamos

on July 26, 2017 - 12:43pm

Heavy rain, loud thunder and blustery wind hammers Central Avenue shortly after noon today in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Cars splash through the rain early this afternoon on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A woman somewhat sheltered under a blue umbrella braves the storm this afternoon on Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Red Cap Ambassadors And Manhattan Project National Park To Meet At Community Building Thursday

on July 26, 2017 - 11:36am
Los Alamos
Attention all red capped Ambassadors, you are asked to be at the pavilion on Ashley Pond at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, July 27 for the first of events for the Los Alamos Ambassadors with more to follow.
Every one is invited to this event, not just the red cappers.
In an effort for the Los Alamos Ambassadors to be fully equipped to guide visitors on Los Alamos history and how we got to where we are, Chief Park Ranger Kirk Singer will address the Ambassadors on the importance of the national park in telling the story of Los Alamos and the project to win

PEEC: Photographing Solar Eclipse Tuesday Aug. 1

on July 26, 2017 - 11:28am
Learn how to safely photograph one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights. Photo by Fraser Goff
PEEC News:
Want to make this year’s solar eclipse an experience to remember?
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, come to the Los Alamos Nature Center for an overview of the upcoming eclipse, followed by a fascinating photography tutorial.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from Rick Wallace and Fraser Goff about eclipse geometry, safe solar viewing, and more.

Letter To The Editor: Resolution 17-08 Hearing Today

on July 26, 2017 - 11:05am
Los Alamos
 At 6 p.m. today, the Los Alamos County Council will hold a hearing and voting on resolution 17-08, which advocates for an expansion of the duties of the sheriff’s office.
Right now our sheriff has very minor, mostly bureaucratic duties, but this new resolution would turn the sheriff’s office into a second law enforcement agency with duties equivalent to the police department. You can view the full resolution here.
We invite our county councilors to vote NO to the resolution based on the following reasons:
  • The proposed resolution