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LAFRW Hosts Annual Christmas Luncheon Thursday

on December 10, 2019 - 9:45am


Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will host its annual Christmas Luncheon noon Thursday. Call Shona for luncheon location at 505.672.1456.

Local President Shona Neff will present the Year in Review. All registered Republican women are invited to attend.

Contributions for a charity opportunity will take place during the luncheon.  



SFCC, SFHEC Winter Break Closures Dec. 21-Jan. 5

on December 10, 2019 - 8:50am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE ― Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will close for Winter Break from Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 through Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020.
No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available during this time. Snow removal and grounds maintenance will not be operational during this time. The college’s early childhood development center Kids Campus and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center also will be closed.
The SFCC main campus (6401 Richards Ave.) and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center (1950

SFCC Greenhouse Grand Opening Dec. 14

on December 10, 2019 - 7:39am
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College Greenhouse Grand Opening is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.
The Aquaponics & Hydroponics Club invites the public to tours, educational demonstrations, food provided by local businesses and tastings of fresh produce.
Tours begin at 10:15 a.m. and continue every half hour, with 10:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. special fish feeding tours.
Demonstrations include IBC Home Aquaponic System Build (10:45 a.m.), Kratky Hydro (11:45 a.m.), Wonders of Algae Cultivation (1 p.m.), and Flood & Drain Home System Build (2 p.m.)
The grand opening is

NWS: Today’s High Near 43; Tonight’s Low Around 22

on December 10, 2019 - 7:04am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 43 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 22 and areas of dense fog around the state. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Clouds Blanket View From Main Hill

on December 10, 2019 - 6:45am

Daily Postcard: Clouds blanket the view Monday from the Main Hill Road. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Local Shoppers Win Big During Los Alamos And White Rock Small Business Saturday

on December 9, 2019 - 5:29pm

From left, Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann, Dave Volk of CB FOX receiving a $1,000 check for being the merchant that sold the Blue Bucks grand prize raffle ticket, Enterprise Bank & Trust Regional President Liddie Martinez, and the grand prize winner of the EB&T Blue Bucks drawing is Dave Fuehne. Courtesy/Chamber

Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann with the Grinch aka Dave Fuehne. Courtesy/Chamber


The holiday shopping season kicked off  Nov. 30 in Los Alamos and White Rock with Small Business Saturday.

This year, a few lucky shoppers also won big in the Enterprise Bank & Trust Blue

Staff, Guests Gather For Holiday Luncheon At BSM

on December 9, 2019 - 5:22pm

Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck, in front of grumpy cat photo, gathered today with staff, Bradbury Science Museum Association members and guests for a holiday luncheon at the museum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County: Farolito Sand Available For Holiday Season

on December 9, 2019 - 5:00pm


The Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division has placed sand at the following locations to fill farolito bags:

  • North Road at Lower Pueblo Canyon crossing;
  • Deer Trap on Barranca Mesa;
  • Soccer Field parking lot on North Mesa; and
  • The parking lot by the transfer station in White Rock.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Gadgets Inside BSM

on December 9, 2019 - 4:28pm

On the job in Los Alamos this afternoon at Gadgets inside the Bradbury Science Museum at 15th Street and Central Avenue are volunteer Ronaele Freestone, left, and Gadgets Store Manager Shari Foley. The one-of-a-kind store is stocked full of unique products for holiday shoppers including Manhattan Project era books, t-shirts and vests with LANL logos like the one Foley is wearing in sizes up to 3X, stuffed animals, coffee cups. Christmas tree ornaments and much more. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Open House, Luminaria Dinner, Entertainment, Tour Of Aspen Ridge Lodge And Sombrillo Nursing Rehab

on December 9, 2019 - 2:48pm


The community is invited to attend a free event 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Aspen Ridge Lodge and Sombrillo Nursing Rehab.

The event includes an open house, luminaria Dinner, entertainment and a tour of Aspen Ridge Lodge and Sombrillo Nursing Rehab.

Direct questions about this event to 505.662.4300.

Superintendent Issues Letter To Community Following Overnight Death Of Chamisa Student

on December 9, 2019 - 1:58pm

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurt Steinhaus has issued the following letter to the community following the overnight loss of a student:
By Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

Dear Los Alamos Community,

With a heavy heart, I am deeply sorry to share the news that Chamisa student Coltin Hansel died at 2:54 this morning due to a tragic accident. Coltin was in 4th grade.

We have reached out to Coltin’s family to offer assistance and communicate care and compassion during this very difficult time. They have given permission to send this message.  


LANL Director Thom Mason Speaks At Military Order Of The World Wars Pearl Harbor Commemoration Dinner

on December 9, 2019 - 8:54am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, left, receives a certificate of appreciation from Cmdr. Gregg Giesler following his presentation on ‘Leveraging our scientific base against national security threats’ during the Military Order of The World Wars annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration Dinner Sunday at the Los Alamos Research Park. An Act of Congress chartered the Military Order of the World Wars in 1919 as a national patriotic organization. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Following his presentation Sunday, LANL Director Thom Mason, left, answers questions from members of

New Study Shows Los Alamos County Residents Most Generous Givers In New Mexico

on December 9, 2019 - 8:21am


The holiday season is synonymous with spending money - but for more than just buying gifts.

According to Nonprofits Source, hundreds of millions of dollars are raised for charity on Giving Tuesday alone, which is just a fraction of the billions of dollars Americans donate each year.

In a recent study, financial technology company SmartAsset dug into IRS data to find the places where residents were giving the most. The study measured how much people donate as a percentage of their net income and the proportion of people in a given county who make charitable donations.


NWS: Today’s High Near 43; Tonight’s Low Around 23

on December 9, 2019 - 7:38am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 43 with a 20 percent chance of rain and snow showers and tonight’s low around 23. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: View From Overlook In White Rock

on December 9, 2019 - 7:25am

Daily Postcard: A recent view from Overlook in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

CNN Hero Roger Montoya Of Moving Arts Española In New York For ‘CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute’

on December 8, 2019 - 11:39pm

Local CNN Hero Roger Montoya of Moving Arts Espanola congratulates Freweini Mebrahtu of Ethiopia selected the 2019 CNN Hero of the Year for her work in changing the cultural stigma around women’s menstrual periods. ‘CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute’ hosted by Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa was broadcast live tonight in New York on CNN. Each CNN Hero receives a $10,000 cash prize. The CNN Hero of the Year receives an additional $100,000 for her cause. Screenshot/LADP

CNN Hero Roger Montoya of Moving Arts Espanola congratulates Freweini Mebrahtu of Ethiopia selected the 2019 CNN Hero of the

2019 MainStreet Holiday Lights Parade Winners

on December 8, 2019 - 1:59pm

The New Beginnings Fellowship float is the winner of the 2019 Los Alamos MainStreet Holiday Lights Parade held Saturday night on Central Avenue as part of the annual WinterFest festivities in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by John McHale/

The Los Alamos Medical Center float is first runner-up of the 2019 Los Alamos MainStreet Holiday Lights Parade. Photo by John McHale/

Allure Hair and Nail Studio in Central Park Square is second runner-up of the 2019 Holiday Lights Parade. Photo by John McHale/

The 2019 Los Alamos MainStreet Holiday Lights Parade

Democratic Party Features Land Commissioner Monday

on December 8, 2019 - 1:37pm
Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard
DPLA News:
The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 in Building 6 at UNM-LA.
The featured speaker is New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard who will present an update on renewable energy, water, oil and gas issues and upcoming legislative initiatives.
The meeting is open to the public.

Del Norte Credit Union Supports Breakfast With Santa

on December 8, 2019 - 1:08pm

From left, Kiwanis Past President  Philo Shelton and Kiwanis President Cheryl Pongratz accept a check from Matt Waldschmidt of Del Norte Credit Union to assist in sponsoring Breakfast with Santa. Courtesy photo

Letter To The Editor: Hats Off To All Of You!

on December 8, 2019 - 12:55pm
Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa
The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos wishes to thank all those who helped to make our recent Breakfast with Santa successful.
Good weather and spirits brought out an enthusiastic crowd.
Special thanks go to Del Norte Credit Union for their continued generous support of this event. To the hundreds of attendees who came to see Santa and to donate food to LA Cares and money for the Foster Children program, thank you for reminding us that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Los Alamos.
The Los Alamos Flute Choir provided lovely

Shoppers Pack TOTH Children’s Christmas Bazaar

on December 8, 2019 - 11:45am
The annual Children's Christmas Bazaar took place Saturday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Children in kindergarten through 6th grade shopped for family and friends on their own. Items are reasonably priced, elves are available for children who need help, purchases may be gift wrapped and proceeds go to charity. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A young shopper pays an elf for her purchases. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Wow look what I found! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
An elf assists a young shopper. Photo by Bonnie J.

LAHS Students Show Compassion; Generosity During ‘Youth Helping Refugee Youth’ Winter Coat Drive

on December 8, 2019 - 11:18am
‘Youth Helping Refugee Youth’ co-founders and sisters Sarah Crotzer, left, and Madelyn Crotzer are surrounded by the outpouring of teen hoodies, winter coats and cold-weather accessories donated by the LAHS community to help recently-resettled refugee teens living and attending school in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo
Items donated by the LAHS community to the ‘Youth Helping Refugee Youth’ winter coat drive. Courtesy photo
LAHS News:
The students at Los Alamos High School demonstrated their compassion and generosity this month through the “Youth Helping Refugee Youth” winter coat

Rotary: Scientist Ryan Toma Shares Viome Research

on December 8, 2019 - 10:54am

At the Dec. 3 Rotary Club meeting, research scientist Ryan Toma of Viome described the three-year-old company’s research and success as it uses a systems biology approach, an individual’s microbiome (‘gut’) and metabolism, to reduce and prevent chronic disease, which now accounts for roughly 90 percent of today’s healthcare services. Viome is a spin-off from Los Alamos National Laboratory; its testing leads to personalized recommendations for nutrition and lifestyle.

Upcoming Los Alamos Kiwanis Club Programs

on December 8, 2019 - 10:53am
Kiwanis usually meets noon to 1 p.m., Tuesdays in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.
Speakers and topics at all meetings are occasionally subject to change because of illness, conflicts or weather.
  • Dec. 10Roger Wiens, the principal investigator, at Los Alamos National Laboratory,  of the ChemCam, now on Mars, will speak on the instrument and what it is telling us about the climate on Mars;
  • Dec. 17Committee Day;
  • Dec. 24There will be no noon meeting and no newsletter because Dec. 25 is Christmas day; and
  • Dec. 31There will

Scenes From Annual Affordable Art Sale Saturday

on December 8, 2019 - 10:53am

Fuller Lodge Art Center Executive Director Ken Nebel rings up a purchase during the Affordable Art Sale Saturday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Scene from the Affordable Art Sale. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Scene from the Affordable Art Sale. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/