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YMCA: Free Memberships To Furloughed Employees

on January 16, 2019 - 11:30am


Obituary: Diane Davis Dec. 4, 1979 – Jan. 9, 2019

on January 16, 2019 - 10:47am

DIANE DAVIS Dec. 4, 1979 – Jan. 9, 2019

Diane Davis (Princess Di) passed away on January 9, 2019 surrounded by family and friends after a brief battle with Pancreatic Cancer.

Diane was born in Zuni, New Mexico on December 4, 1979 and reborn on Oct 13, 1995 when she came to live with John, Doris, Susie and Jessica Roberts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Diane attended and graduated from the New Mexico School for the Deaf in 2002. Diane was joined at the hip to her sister, Sharon Jim, who came into her life 3 years after joining the Roberts family.

Diane was gifted with the ability to make people


High Flyers Gymnasts Win In Rio Rancho

on January 16, 2019 - 10:36am

Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnastics Level 6 team took first place Jan. 6 at the New Year’s Blast meet in Rio Rancho. The team is comprised of, clockwise from top left, Elaina Irving, Ashley Bustos, Sarah Worley, Gianna Benelli, Megan Martinez and Siena Rolfe. Courtesy/ LAHFG

Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnastics compulsory and Xcel teams also are off to a great start this year. Courtesy/ LAHFG


The Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnastics Level 6 team took first place Jan. 6 at the New Year’s Blast meet in Rio Rancho.

The team, comprised of Gianna Benelli, Siena Rolfe, Megan Martinez and


Obituary: Virginia Louise Rundberg Jan. 20, 1956 – Jan. 13, 2019

on January 16, 2019 - 9:59am

VIRGINIA LOUISE RUNDBERG Jan. 20, 1956 – Jan. 13, 2019

After a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer, Ginger Rundberg (Virginia Louise, formerly Newby), resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, passed peacefully in her home late in the afternoon on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the age of 62.  

She was born on January 20, 1956, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and was the youngest of five children born to Marvon Newby Sr. and Clara (Knutson) Newby. 

She grew up in Ririe, Idaho on a farm along the Snake River, and attended college at Idaho State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry


SFAS Helps Employees Impacted By Shutdown

on January 16, 2019 - 9:08am
SFAS News:
Federal employees who are going without a paycheck and have dogs or cats at home can pick up free food from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.
“We’re honored to extend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors who are federal employees and have been impacted by this government shutdown,” said Murad Kirdar, the public relations officer for the shelter. “We see their dedication to our country, and we’re proud to not only help our community members but their pets as well.”
The privately owned shelter will offer free food to federal employees, who can pick up the food at the

Making Quilting Cool Again At Los Alamos Makers

on January 16, 2019 - 9:06am

LANL physicist Quinn Marksteiner tackling one of the most underrated pieces of engineering - the sewing machine. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

Quilts can make cool custom decorations, not just blankets. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

Los Alamos Makers News:

New quilting instructor Jill Ryan at Los Alamos Makers is teaching a free introductory class 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers

At Los Alamos Makers, 3540 Orange St., it is always exciting to see the lines between art and science blur.

Estancia Mayor Tests New Capitol Security Rules

on January 16, 2019 - 8:23am
Estancia Mayor Nathan Dial on Tuesday wore a pistol to the state Capitol, where he visited on the opening day of the 2019 legislative session to learn more about a new ban on weapons of any kind from joint sessions of the state House and Senate. Photo by Robert Nott/The New Mexican
All Nathan Dial wanted was a piece of paper explaining the rules. The pistol he wore on his right hip might have delayed a response to his request.
Dial, 50, mayor of the small Southern New Mexico town of Estancia, went to the state Capitol Tuesday not only to hear

Heinrich: Urgent Action Needed To Improve Child Well-Being, New State Leadership Presents Opportunity

on January 16, 2019 - 8:23am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As New Mexico Voices for Children released its annual New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book detailing the most recent data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation on child well-being in the state, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) expressed serious concern with the findings and called on state leaders to make investing in New Mexico’s children a top priority.
Although there were improvements over the last year, New Mexico remains near the bottom in the nation in numerous indicators of child poverty and well-being.

How The Hen House Turns: Trouble With Crows

on January 16, 2019 - 8:09am
Crow in Pistachio Tree. Courtesy/Cary Neeper
Formerly of Los Alamos
I suspect that crows have developed--over a very long time--a cultural aversion to human beings. Only rarely do they get welcoming treatment from us bipeds, unlike the local turkeys and deer in Los Alamos and here in California, where they often pass close by with no more than a curious glance.
In our 46 years on Walnut Street we saw crows take over the backyard Ponderosas from a number of ravens. I’ll never forget the last raven I saw.

PEEC: Backcountry Film Festival Jan. 24

on January 16, 2019 - 7:55am
PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up again this year to bring the popular Backcountry Film Festival back to Los Alamos.
This year, Century Bank has signed on as the headline sponsor for this festival. Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world. The screening is 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Reel Deal, and will be the only one in New Mexico. Tickets are available now.
The Pajarito

Los Alamos County Council Continues To Seek Letters Of Interest To Fill Vacancy ... Deadline Jan. 24

on January 16, 2019 - 7:42am


With just one Letter of Interest received to date, the Los Alamos County Council continues to seek letters from those interested in filling the unexpired term of Councilor Christine Chandler, who ended her term with Council upon election as the House District 43 representative. Her term expires Dec. 31, 2020. 

Applicants must be a registered voter and resident of Los Alamos County, and cannot be employed by the County. They should submit a letter of interest explaining their background, experience and why they are interested in the position.

Daily Postcard: Morning Stroll Behind Fuller Lodge

on January 16, 2019 - 7:19am

Daily Postcard: Folks and dogs out for a stroll Saturday morning behind Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NWS: High Near 40 With Chance Of Snow And Rain

on January 16, 2019 - 7:12am

The National Weather Service forecasts a high today near 40 with a 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11 a.m., then a slight chance of rain showers. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight’s low around 25. Courtesy/NWS

On The Job In Los Alamos: Clearing Snow On Central

on January 15, 2019 - 8:37pm

On the job in Los Alamos Monday afternoon are workers clearing snow from sidewalks on Central Avenue. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

On the job in Los Alamos Monday afternoon are workers with a shovel and a blower clearing snow from sidewalks on Central Avenue. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Sons Of The American Legion Squadron 90 Community Breakfast Jan. 20

on January 15, 2019 - 8:04pm

RSF And NGO Coalition Demand Release Of Citizen-Journalist, Jailed For Life

on January 15, 2019 - 8:03pm
Citizen-journalist Ilham Tohti, who has been held in Chinese custody for five years and sentenced to life imprisonment for ‘separatism’. Courtesy photo
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and several human rights organizations demand the immediate release of citizen-journalist Ilham Tohti, who has been held in Chinese custody for five years and sentenced to life imprisonment for "separatism."
In a letter published today, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and a coalition of human rights organizations call on Beijing to immediately release Uyghur-born citizen-journalist, Ilham

House Speaker Brian Egolf Announces Legislative Priorities For New Mexico Children And Families

on January 15, 2019 - 8:01pm
House Speaker Brian Egolf
NMDP News:
SANTA FE Today, Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) has released a video announcing legislative priorities for New Mexico children and families.
The video focuses on the work House Democrats are doing to improve the lives of New Mexicans and put the state on solid economic footing. The video also outlines Democratic priorities to grow the economy, keep families safe, and create opportunities for all New Mexicans.
House Democrats will be pushing to

Los Alamos National Laboratory Contributes $3 Billion Annually To New Mexico State Economy

on January 15, 2019 - 6:25am

The Laboratory’s NMSBA program helped optimize a new crate for shipping valuable artwork developed by Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Innovations, a for-profit business subsidiary of the world-renowned museum. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Economic development initiatives created or retained nearly 1,500 in-state jobs
  • More than half of goods and services came from New Mexico businesses 

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s average annual total impact on economic output across New Mexico from 2015 to 2017 was $3.1 billion, according to preliminary independent research from the University of New Mexico’s

Human Services Dept. Working Overtime To Ensure All Eligible SNAP Families Receive February Benefits

on January 15, 2019 - 6:16am
HSD News:
SANTA FE — The state Human Services Department is urging all SNAP recipients who are due for renewal of benefits in January to submit their renewal form no later than today, Jan. 15, in order to receive their February benefit.
There are more than 25,000 SNAP households that are due for renewal, of which 14,500 are still outstanding.
“HSD wants to ensure every eligible family maintains their benefit and is working overtime to get that done,” HSD Secretary-Designate David R. Scrase, MD, said.

LANL: ‘Realistic’ New Model Points Way To More Efficient And Profitable Fracking

on January 15, 2019 - 6:10am
Fracking image. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
A new computational model could potentially boost efficiencies and profits in natural gas production by better predicting previously hidden fracture mechanics.
It also accurately accounts for the known amounts of gas released during the process.
“Our model is far more realistic than current models and software used in the industry,” said Zdeněk Bažant, McCormick Institute Professor and Walter P.

Heinrich: New Mexicans Are Paying The Price For Longest Government Shutdown

on January 15, 2019 - 6:05am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As President Trump’s shutdown becomes the longest in American history, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) shared some of the stories he’s received from New Mexicans who have been adversely impacted by the shutdown.
According to public data, over 10,000 federal workers in New Mexico have been impacted by the shutdown, many of whom are furloughed or working without pay.
“New Mexicans are paying the price for the longest government shutdown in American history because President Trump refuses to stop holding our

Legislative Committee Recommends $7 Billion Budget

on January 15, 2019 - 6:03am
The east entrance of the New Mexico State Capitol.Courtesy/N. Salazar
Top lawmakers on Monday rolled out a proposed $7 billion state budget that would include a whopping $600 million for public works projects around New Mexico as the government's coffers swell with a windfall of revenue from an oil and gas boom.
The Legislative Finance Committee's proposed budget would mark almost an 11 percent increase in spending by the state. That is less than what Gov.

New Mexico Land Office Requests Funding To Establish Office Of Renewable Energy; Improve Management Of Oil And Gas Activities

on January 15, 2019 - 5:52am
Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard
SANTA FE For Fiscal Year 2020, New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard has requested additional budget appropriations for four new district resource managers tasked with overseeing oil and gas activity in the Permian Basin and resources to establish the Office of Renewable Energy.
Due to increased oil and gas operations in the southeastern part of the state, additional personnel are necessary to handle the exciting workload and provide adequate oversight.

Arts In Public Places Advisory Board Meets Thursday

on January 15, 2019 - 5:44am

Secretary Of State Toulouse Oliver Announces Successful Post-Election Audit Of 2018 General Election

on January 15, 2019 - 5:36am
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
SANTA FE – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced Monday the successful completion of the post-election audit of the 2018 general election.
The detailed post-election audit report is publicly available on the Secretary of State’s website.
“Post-election auditing of New Mexico’s vote tabulation systems helps ensure the integrity of our elections and is another reason voters should have the utmost confidence that their voices are heard at the ballot box,” Secretary Toulouse Oliver said.