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SFCC, SF Higher Education Center Closed Jan. 20

on January 8, 2020 - 7:41am
Santa Fe Community College campus. Courtesy/SFCC
SFCC News:
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available. Both campuses will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 21, which is the first day of classes for the spring semester for SFCC.
The college’s child care center, Kids Campus, and gym, the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center, also will be closed. The fitness center will reopen at 6:30 a.m. Jan.

CIR: War With Iran? Risks And Implications Jan. 16

on January 8, 2020 - 7:37am
CIR News:
The community is invited to join Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 4:30 p.m., Jan. 16 at the Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo De Peralta to hear a panel discussion on the risks and implications of war with Iran.
The panel includes Middle East experts from UNM’s Global & National Security Policy Institute, Dr. Emile Nakhleh and Dr. Todd Greentree and Ambassador Vicki Huddleston.
This discussion on today’s most urgent challenge to the global order and U.S. foreign policy:
  • Will there be war with Iran?
  • What are the implications and risks of assassinating foreign

National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum Grows Permanent Collection By 258 Artworks In 2019

on January 8, 2020 - 7:33am
BFF Dream (2013), Valerie Roybal, mixed media and collage on Masonite. Estate of Valerie Roybal. Courtesy/NHCC
NHCC News:
ALBUQUERQUE During 2019, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Art Museum permanent collection grew by 258 artworks.
While some artworks were purchased with the help of the museum’s small acquisitions fund, the majority were generous donations from collectors and artists alike.
The mission of the NHCC Art Museum is to collect, preserve, research, exhibit, and interpret Hispanic works of art from throughout the world that range in origin, media,

LAFRW Hosts CD3 Candidate Karen Bedonie Thursday

on January 8, 2020 - 7:15am


The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hols its January meeting Thursday, Jan. 9.

The business meeting begins promptly at 11:30 a.m., and all registered Republican women are invited to attend.

Congressional District 3 candidate Karen Bedonie will speak at noon and all county Republicans are invited to attend to hear about and meet this candidate.

Call Cathy Walters at 505.690.2309 for the meeting address. Call Shona Neff at 505.470.3177 for further information.

NWS: Today’s High 40s; Tonight’s Low 15 To 25

on January 8, 2020 - 7:07am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos in the 40s with mostly sunny skies and lows tonight around 15 to 25. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Buck Spotted On Chamisa Street Patio

on January 8, 2020 - 6:57am

Daily Postcard: A buck strolls around the patio of a Chamisa Street home Christmas Eve day on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Greg Holland

Sara Scott Re-elected Los Alamos County Council Chair And Randall Ryti Elected Vice Chair For 2020

on January 7, 2020 - 8:06pm

This evening during its first meeting of the new year, Los Alamos County Council elects Sara Scott to serve another year as chair and Randall Ryti to serve as vice chair. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

At this evening’s first Los Alamos County Council meeting of 2020, Councilor David Izraelevitz nominated and councilors unanimously elected Sara Scott to serve another year as chair. Councilor James Robinson nominated, and council voted 5-2 to elect Randall Ryti to serve as vice chair.

Journey Into World Of Fractals At Nature Center Friday

on January 7, 2020 - 4:28pm

Explore the fascinating world of fractals at 7 p.m. Friday in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Journey into the never-ending world of fractals in an amazing tour of science, math and art at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Peter Polko will show the award-winning, full-dome planetarium show “Fantastic Fractals”. This show takes viewers on a tour of the fractals in nature and zooms through infinitely complex mathematical fractions.

Featuring original music, the show is both educational and highly entertaining and is appropriate

Longtime Albuquerque Meteorologist Mark Ronchetti Seeks Republican Nomination For U.S. Senate

on January 7, 2020 - 3:59pm

Mark Ronchetti

From the Mark Ronchetti U.S. Senate Campaign:

Longtime Albuquerque meteorologist Mark Ronchetti announced that he will run for U.S. Senate in New Mexico.

Ronchetti, who has served as chief meteorologist at Albuquerque’s CBS-affiliated news station for 13 years, will seek the Republican nomination in the race.

“Like all New Mexicans, I want my kids to grow up in an America where opportunities are created right here in New Mexico – where the American dream is as strong today as it’s ever been.

Annual Military & Veterans Day At Legislature Jan. 25

on January 7, 2020 - 3:26pm


SANTA FE – Military & Veterans Day at the 2020 Legislature has been designated as Saturday, Jan. 25, at the State Capitol in downtown Santa Fe.

This is the annual day during the legislative session presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) and the New Mexico National Guard to honor active-duty service members and veterans.

Every year, a segment of the military also is highlighted at an 11 a.m. ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. This year, the spotlight is on former Prisoners of War (POW’s) and those still listed as Missing in Action (MIA).

The public is

Karen Wray Gallery Offers Oil Painting Classes

on January 7, 2020 - 3:04pm

ART News:

Anyone who has been thinking about learning how to paint can sign up for the Beginning Painting in Oils class taught by artist and gallery owner Karen Wray.


This class is ideal for the absolute beginner or for those who want to learn the fundamentals of painting. Wray uses oil as a medium because it is very forgivable, dries slowly and blends easily.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Joins War Powers Resolution To Prevent Unauthorized War With Iran

on January 7, 2020 - 2:28pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

Also calls for a vote on his bipartisan Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, co-sponsored by 27 senators.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) officially signed on as a cosponsor to a war powers resolution (S. Res. 63) today to prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran, introduced Friday by U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).

Udall is the author of the bipartisan Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, first introduced in 2018 and then again in 2019, a bill to prohibit the United States from

Mesa Public Library Hosts Photography Exhibit

on January 7, 2020 - 2:19pm
‘The Cienega’ mounted on gator-board, 70.5” x 40”. Photo by Allen Ruttenberg
Allen Ruttenberg

ART News:

Dr. Allen Ruttenberg is exhibiting his photography in a show titledLandscapes of the American Southwest and Photomicrographic PanoramasJan. 4-27 at the Upstairs Gallery in Mesa Public Library.

An artist’s reception is 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11.

Ruttenberg is a fine art photographer who specializes in omni-directional panoramas, a method for taking wide-angle images with telephoto lenses.

Topper Wrestlers Blast Roswell Rockets 51-21

on January 7, 2020 - 2:05pm
The Topper wrestling team won its home dual against the Roswell Rockets by a score of 51-21. The event took place Monday evening in the Auxiliary Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School. Suyanna Ferrirn prepares to take her opponent to the mat in a match she won 9-7 in weight class-100. The NMAA has recognized the girls wrestling program and it will be included in the state meet later this season. The Toppers have 12 girls in the wrestling program. Photo by John McHale/
Damian Gonzales pins his opponent as the official keeps a close watch on the action in weight class-132.

Northern New Mexico College Partners With LANL To Develop; Provide Training For Lab Employees

on January 7, 2020 - 10:55am

NNMC News:


ESPAÑOLA – Northern New Mexico College has partnered with Los Alamos National Laboratory to develop and provide training to enhance the skills of current lab employees.


Beginning this month, continuing education courses in mathematics for technicians and basic blueprint reading, will be delivered face-to-face at LANL to employees in the Detonator Production Division. 


The development and delivery of these courses is made possible by a $458,000 contract with LANL to deliver 360 hours of instruction to at least 50 technicians over the next two years.


“Northern New

Los Alamos Farmers Winter Market Dates

on January 7, 2020 - 10:33am

Raul Rodriguez farms in El Quique. Courtesy/LAFM

Montoya's Family farm in Velarde. Courtesy/LAFM

Udall On Death Of Former Questa Mayor Esther Garcia

on January 7, 2020 - 10:31am

Former Village of Questa Mayor Esther Garcia
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement Monday on the passing of former Village of Questa Mayor Esther Garcia:
“Jill and I are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend, former Village of Questa Mayor Esther Garcia. Esther was a tireless champion for the people of Northern New Mexico and played a key role in protecting the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Columbine Hondo Wilderness, land grants, acequias and other treasures in our state.
We join her family,

New Mexico Republican Deplore-A-Ball Feb. 29

on January 7, 2020 - 10:30am

Los Alamos County Transportation Board Meets Jan. 9

on January 7, 2020 - 10:29am

Scientists In The Spotlight: Nathan Debardeleben And Linda Anderman At Bradbury Science Museum Jan. 11

on January 7, 2020 - 7:37am
Nathan Debardeleben and Linda Anderman. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
Scientists in the Spotlight: Nathan Debardeleben and Linda Anderman will meet community members 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Bradbury Science Museum.
Supercomputing Reliability
Nathan Debardeleben, with the Lab’s High Performance Computing Design Group, started designing, programming and tinkering at an early age. At the Lab, Debardeleben uses his knowledge to help build the latest supercomputers and keep them running in tip-top shape—no matter what the environment throws at them.

NMFOG Statement On Death Of Rob Dean

on January 7, 2020 - 7:30am
Rob Dean
The board of directors of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is deeply saddened by the death of Rob Dean, 65, at his home in Santa Fe Jan. 5.
Rob was a longtime editor of the Santa Fe Mexican where he mentored a generation of journalists. He retired from the New Mexican in 2013 and at the time of his death was executive director of Searchlight New Mexico, a nonprofit, investigative journalism organization.
A fierce advocate for transparency, Dean received FOG’s highest honor, the lifetime achievement award, in 2013. FOG Board member Billie

Science On Tap With Hisato Yamaguchi Jan. 13

on January 7, 2020 - 6:54am
LANL scientist Hisato Yamaguchi examines a material for night vision goggles that is coated with atomic armor one atom thick. A piece of paper is 500,000 atoms thick. Courtesy/BSM
BSM News:
Science on Tap with Hisato Yamaguchi: a conversation about how this research at Los Alamos contributes to the Lab's national security mission, at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13, at projectY Cowork, 150 Central Park Square.
Yamaguchi studies initial corrosion processes using surface science techniques and synthesizes atomically thin, two-dimensional protection crystals for the Finishing

SFCC Offers English As A Second Language Classes

on January 7, 2020 - 6:50am
SFCC News:
Do you want to learn English as a Second Language? Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced student, we have classes for you!
The ESL Program at Santa Fe Community College offers English as a Second Language classes beginning Jan. 27 to any adult who wants to learn English.
Classes are taught at Santa Fe Community College, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, and El Camino Real Academy. Morning and evening classes are at SFCC; classes at Cesar Chavez Elementary School and El Camino Real Academy are only given in the evenings.
New students must attend ONE of

Toppers Swimmers & Divers Do Well At Lubbock Invite

on January 7, 2020 - 6:22am

Senior co-captain Ian Jaegers and sophomore Orion Henderson lowered their own team records in 200 IM and 100 back. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Middle School student Julia Quernemoen raced to 3rd place in the 200 IM in Lubbock, and into 3rd on the All-Time Hilltoppers list. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers took second in boys team competition at the Lubbock Swimming and Diving Invitational held Jan. 3-4 at the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center in Lubbock, Texas.

National powerhouse Carroll High School from South Lake, Texas, swept both the boys and girls


The Manhattan Project Electronic Field Trip Feb. 4

on January 7, 2020 - 6:21am
Film crew at the replica guard gate in Los Alamos. Courtesy/BSM
BSM News:
The National WWll Museum in New Orleans is presenting the Manhattan Project Electronic Field Trip Feb. 4. This interactive streaming exploration will feature live polling and Q&A, so students can participate without ever leaving their classroom.
Answering student questions on-location at the WWll Museum will be Sharon Squassoni, research professor at George Washington University and member of the Science and Security Board at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The experience is geared for grades 7-12.