Skip directly to content


Per Capita Debt In Los Alamos County Among Lowest

on October 28, 2016 - 10:25am


SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently released its second annual study on the counties across America with the lowest per capita debt.

Los Alamos County is one of the best in New Mexico.

Counties were analyzed by the amount of debt residents held across three categories: credit cards, auto, and mortgage, compared to local income.

The table below shows where Los Alamos County stacks up in New Mexico:

Find additional information on the study, including the methodology and interactive map here.

Two Years Later, FBI And APD Still Looking For Woman Who Robbed Albuquerque Bank

on October 28, 2016 - 9:39am
FBI News:
Oct. 25, 2014, at approximately 12:42 p.m., an unknown female robbed the Bank of Albuquerque at 2801 Eubank Blvd NE in Albuquerque.
The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are still looking for her. Additional information, including pictures, can be found at
Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300 or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 505.843.STOP.
Tips also can be submitted online at The FBI may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction

NNMCAB Elects New Board Officers For FY-2017

on October 27, 2016 - 3:54pm

Newly elected NNMCAB Chair Gerard Martínez y Valencia


The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB) has elected new officers for Fiscal Year 2017.

Gerard Martínez y Valencia was elected Chairman of the Board and  Angelica Gurulé was elected as Vice Chairman of the Board.

Newly elected NNMCAB Vice Chair Angelica Gurulé

Martínez y Valencia, a resident of Santa Fe, is the career technical advisor for the School of Trades, Technology, Sustainability and Professional Studies at Santa Fe Community College.

“As our new Consent Agreement with  the State is in place and

LWVNM: Observations On The Special Session

on October 27, 2016 - 2:54pm

By The League Of Women Voters New Mexico:

During the last regular session of the Legislature, the League of Women Voters wrote a letter to the Speaker of the House expressing our appreciation for the open and transparent way that he conducted the business of the House. Agendas went up with as much notice as possible and most committee meetings were scheduled with plenty of notice and were usually held at the time posted. This made it much easier for citizens to participate in the legislative process.

Given our past praise for the Speaker, you can appreciate our dismay at the way the

Letter To The Editor: Sharon Stover Is Always Available For Her Community

on October 27, 2016 - 10:10am
Los Alamos

We urge you to support Sharon Stover for House District 43 State Representative. We have worked with Sharon on the United Church’s Mexico Mission for years, and through that experience, we saw her dedication and leadership in action.

The Mexico Mission mobilizes volunteers from Los Alamos to build homes in a remote area in Mexico. There is no electricity in this area, and all the construction must be done manually. Over 140 homes have been completed in the past 30 years.

Sharon has participated in this effort many times.

LAHS Girl’s Golf Qualifies For NMAA 5A State Tournament!

on October 27, 2016 - 10:04am

LAHS Girl’s Golf champions celebrate 2nd place at the Oct. 20 Albuquerque Country Club, from left, Liz Lockhart, Jessica Osden, Leah Mountain and Muira Mowrer. Courtesy photo

LAHS Girl’s Golf champions relax and celebrate qualifying for the 5A state golf tournament! From left, Jessica Osden, Liz Lockhart, Leah Mountain and Muira Mowrer. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos High School Girl’s golf team went into their last two fall tournaments needing to post a low score in one of those two in order to qualify for the state tournament. They wound up posting qualifying scores in both! 

Encino Burn Planned On Coyote Ranger District

on October 27, 2016 - 9:39am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct the Encino prescribed pile burn on the Coyote Ranger District. 
Ignitions on approximately 5 acres near the community of Encino could begin as early as today, Oct. 27, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

BLM And BIA Update Scoping Meeting Schedule

on October 27, 2016 - 9:37am
BLM News:
FARMINGTON The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Farmington Field Office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) Navajo Regional Office announced Oct. 21 the start of an expanded resource management planning effort for northwest New Mexico with the publication of a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register. 
The BLM and the BIA Regional Office will jointly conduct an expanded analysis of management in the area that covers public, tribal, and Indian allotment lands.  
A 60-day public scoping period is now open, ending Dec.

Chicoine: We Need A DA Who Will Enforce The Law

on October 27, 2016 - 9:04am
GOP Candidate for District Attorney

I am seeking election as your District Attorney because I believe the people of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties deserve a District Attorney who is committed to restoring respect for the rule of law. 

We need change.  We need a District Attorney who makes clear that criminal conduct is unacceptable, and who is willing and unafraid to hold lawbreakers accountable.

Accountability means an end to revolving door justice. It means greater safety and security for all of us. Accountability makes second chances possible.


Federal Funding Released To Help Families In New Mexico With Heating And Cooling Costs

on October 27, 2016 - 8:49am
ACF News:
The Administration for Children and Families has released $16,536,750 to help low-income families in New Mexico stay warm during winter months, cool during summer months and make cost-effective home energy repairs.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is run by the Office of Community Services at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families, provides funding to states, the District of Columbia, territories and tribes to assist households with paying energy bills and weatherize homes for energy improvements.
“Unsafe indoor temperatures are

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across The State In November 2016

on October 27, 2016 - 8:02am
State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of November 2016.
This operation is bringing awareness to communities in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities, through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
People are choosing to not drink and drive.

Letter To The Editor: Why Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Should Continue Serving Our House District 43

on October 26, 2016 - 11:07am
Los Alamos

I want to share why I will be voting for Stephanie Garcia Richard to continue serving as our State Representative.

The good news is that both candidates, Stephanie and Sharon Stover, are dedicated public servants who clearly care about children and youth and building a more vibrant economy that benefits everyone.

However, there are three major reasons why I think a vote for Stephanie is a vote to support our teachers and improve education and a vote for Sharon is a vote to support our Governor’s current education policies that denigrate our teachers and hurt our

LAHS Olions Win NMAA One Act Competition

on October 25, 2016 - 10:13pm

Members of the LAHS Olions. Courtesy photo

Members of the LAHS Olions. Courtesy photo

Members of the LAHS Olions. Courtesy photo


The Olions, the theatre club at Los Alamos High School, won six awards this past weekend at the NMSU High Desert High School Theatre Festival and New Mexico Activities Association State High School One-Act Production Competition.

Olions took first place in the NMAA One-Act Production competition and first place for the best backstage crew.

In addition, LAHS Principal Brad Parker was awarded the Ovation Award for Administrators and Volunteers, Chas

House Hopefuls Speak At Los Alamos Kiwanis Forum

on October 25, 2016 - 8:32pm
Republican Sharon Stover, left, and Democratic incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard, the candidates for District 43 State Representative, both spoke and stood for questions Oct. 18 at the third Kiwanis General Election Forum. Photo by Don Casperson
Los Alamos KIWANIS
Republican Sharon Stover and Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard shared the spotlight Oct. 18 in the third General Election forum at the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos.
Both are running for the District 43 position in the New Mexico House of Representatives.
Stover, a former Los Alamos County

Udall, Heinrich Announce $18.6 Million For STEM Education At Hispanic-Serving NM Universities

on October 25, 2016 - 5:36pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today Oct. 25, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that five New Mexico universities will receive more than $18.6 million to support Hispanic and low-income students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The schools receiving grants through the U.S. Department of Education Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM Program incude:
  • The University of New Mexico Valencia Branch Campus;
  • New Mexico Highlands University;
  • Eastern New Mexico University–Roswell;
  • New Mexico State University–Carlsbad; and
  • Eastern New

Report: NM Strengthens Mental Health Care System

on October 25, 2016 - 5:19pm
SANTA FE  New Mexico Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary Brent Earnest announced that New Mexico improved 14 spots, from 36 to 22, in Mental Health America’s annual rankings, “The State of Mental Health in America 2017.”
The state’s vastly improved overall rank shows a lower prevalence of mental illness and higher rates of access to mental health care in New Mexico.
“The Human Services Department continues to strengthen our state’s behavioral health system as we prioritize providing care and treatment to the most vulnerable New Mexicans,” Earnest said.

Letter To The Editor: Why I Am Voting For Sharon

on October 25, 2016 - 10:17am
Los Alamos
This election has been polarizing. All the negativity is getting exhausting and I am excited it will soon be over.

I would like to take a minute of your time to let you know why I am supporting Sharon Stover for NM House Rep., District 43. My letter is not about specific issues nor is it against our current rep., (I've heard she's a fine person) it is only about the person I know and why I am voting for Sharon.

To me, Sharon is the perfect example of the kind of person I want my state rep to be.

Gov. Susana Martinez Acts On SB-9 And SB-11

on October 24, 2016 - 10:50pm


SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation passed during the recently concluded special session of the New Mexico Legislature:

  • Signed Senate Bill 9 With Line-Item Vetoes — Legislative Appropriations [MESSAGE]
  • Signed Senate Bill 12 – Feed Bill [MESSAGE]

Republican Party Of New Mexico Files IPRA For Information Regarding Grant County Mill Levy

on October 24, 2016 - 4:45pm
NMRP News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Debbie Maestas filed a public records request for information about the mill levy on the ballot in November and how the funds raised from the levy would be allocated.

The levy ostensibly supports the "operation and maintenance" of the Gila Regional Medical Center, and would significantly increase property tax rates for the residents of Grant County. Senator Howie Morales and Holley Hudgins, wife of House Candidate Rudy Martinez, both hold positions with the GRMC from which they earn large salaries.

Interior Secretary Jewell Issues Order To Encourage Tribal Role In Managing Interior Lands

on October 24, 2016 - 4:43pm
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
USDI News:
FAIRBANKS, AK  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a Secretarial Order encouraging cooperative management opportunities between the Department’s land and water managers and federally-recognized tribes.
The Secretarial Order sets out a framework to ensure that Native communities have the opportunity to assume meaningful and substantive roles in managing public lands that have special geographical, historical and cultural connections to the tribes.
Secretary Jewell announced the Order at the annual Alaska

Letter To The Editor: Why I Support Rep. Garcia Richard

on October 24, 2016 - 4:42pm
Los Alamos
I would like to start my endorsement by stating that I am not a member of any political party, I am not even Independent, I am no party. Second, I want to be clear that my statements in no way represent any endorsement by the School Board or Los Alamos Public Schools.
Over the last three and a half years as a School Board member I have had a considerable amount of interaction with our State Representative, Stephanie Garcia Richard. I have always found her to be very attentive and responsive to the needs of our School District.

Letter To The Editor: Stephanie Garcia Richard Swings And Misses On Education Vote

on October 24, 2016 - 3:53pm
Los Alamos

Before the recent special session, our state representative, Stephanie Garcia Richard, pledged that she would not balance the budget on the backs of our schools, and she urged legislators to do everything they could to protect education funding. Then she turned around and voted to take $25 million from school district savings accounts. Los Alamos Public Schools alone would have lost over $265,000. 

How can this vote possibly be in the best interest of Los Alamos schools? She had a chance to keep her word and protect school savings, and she whiffed! 


Changing The Protocol For Euthanizing Bears

on October 24, 2016 - 9:56am
Ultrarunner Karen Williams, left, with Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard announce their mission to protect bears during an interview in  July at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos

On a very hot June 18, during the Valles Caldera Marathon, a mother bear with her two cubs nearby, attacked marathoner Karen Williams who ran too close to one of her cubs. The injuries required Williams to be transported to UNMH for treatment.

Reasonable people would recognize that in this encounter the mama bear was just doing her thing.

LAFSE To Problem Solve With School Board Thursday

on October 23, 2016 - 6:50pm

Former teacher Mary Van Eeckhout expresses her frustration saying, 'When I taught we felt so supported ... I don't know what happened to the olden days but I want them back.' Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard spoke with the teachers and board at the Oct.11 LAPS Board Meeting saying, “I am here to commit my support to work with the board and Dr. Steinhaus on the ‘Leave Me Alone Bill’ to get us some exemptions like the charter schools” and thanked the board for their support of the local teachers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left,

Chamber Breakfast Features HD 43 Debate Oct. 25

on October 23, 2016 - 10:38am

Chamber News:

House District 43 Candidates Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D) and Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover (R) will debate economic development issues facing the state.

Each candidate will make an opening statement, followed by timed responses to questions from the Chamber of Commerce. There will be a brief opportunity for the audience to question the candidates at the end of the program.

Register on the Chamber Events Page so the Chamber will know how many people to expect and prepare a name tag with Chamber Notes $$$$ at