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Life After 50: Grateful For Our Student Volunteers

on December 31, 2019 - 8:53am
Executive Director
We have some young people to thank, for helping our local senior centers stay on an even keel. Los Alamos High School students have been helpful in so many ways throughout the holiday season. It is time we stop and say thank you to them all.
NJROTC cadets helped the senior center once again, when they returned for the annual fall spruce up. While the pay was in doughnuts, the cadets and their adults worked hard for hours, to make the facility shine.
The work means a lot to many folks who 20 years ago did all of the work and still

Abiquiu Lake Hosts Annual Midwinter Bald Eagle Count

on December 31, 2019 - 8:53am
The annual midwinter eagle count is Saturday at Abiquiu Lake. Courtesy photo
ABIQUIU LAKE The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Abiquiu Lake will host its annual midwinter eagle count event 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.
The event is free and open to the public.
Volunteers will meet at the Abiquiu Lake Visitor Center. The New Mexico Wildlife Center will present a short educational program on bald eagles. At 10 a.m., volunteers will be directed to various locations around the lake to begin the eagle count.
Volunteers are asked to dress warmly and bring

Wiemann: Are Your Financial And Tax Advisors Talking?

on December 31, 2019 - 8:35am
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
Now that we’ve closed the book on 2019, it’s officially Tax Season.
As you prepare your tax returns for the April 15 deadline, you might already start looking for opportunities to improve your tax-related financial outcomes in the future. And one important step you can take is to connect your tax professional with your financial advisor.
Together, these professionals can help you take advantage of some valuable strategies:
  • Roth vs.

Cowboy Breakfast At Posse Lodge Sunday Jan. 5

on December 31, 2019 - 8:28am

COWBOY BREAKFAST: Ththe community is invited to enjoy breakfast 7-11 a.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Roadnear the stables. Proceeds from this month's breakfast benefit the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse nonprofit. Breakfast includes plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and a seasonal surprise pancake; sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 adults; $4 children 10 and under. Visit Courtesy/LASPL

Goodmacher: Solving The Teacher Shortage Requires We First Recognize It ... As A Crisis

on December 31, 2019 - 8:21am
Education Consultant
Editor’s note: This is an Opinion Editorial submitted by Charles Goodmacher, an independent education consultant working with both the NEA-New Mexico and the Transform Education New Mexico Coalition.
Jonny is a fourth grader in a small, rural school in New Mexico. His teacher, Mr. R., lacks any form of teacher’s license. It’s common for “Long Term Substitutes” to teach for an entire year or more in this school. Jonny’s is one of the classes reported in a statewide report that shows 644 teacher vacancies.
Daniella is a third

NWS: Today’s High Near 36; Tonight’s Low Around 15

on December 31, 2019 - 7:45am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 36 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 15. Courtesy/NWS

Conditions at midnight look to be dry and tranquil, yet cold. Temperatures will range from the single digits in the high elevations of northern New Mexico to the low 30's in east central to southeastern parts of the state. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Rubbery Snowman At Eco Station

on December 31, 2019 - 7:31am

Daily Postcard: A rubbery snowman greets customers Thursday at the Eco Station on East Jemez Road. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Secretary Of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver Releases Draft Rule And Announces Public Input Process

on December 30, 2019 - 7:37pm
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
SANTA FE New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released a draft rule today concerning the creation of a uniform system of randomizing candidate names running for the same office to determine the order that they will appear on the ballot, and announces a public hearing to gather community input. This rule repeals and replaces the current 1.10.7 NMAC.
The purpose of the public hearing is to allow members of the public an in-person opportunity to submit data, testimony, and arguments on the proposed rule changes.

Obituary: Walter Anderson Pickett May 14, 1928 – Dec. 26, 2019

on December 30, 2019 - 7:15pm

WALTER ANDERSON PICKETT May 14, 1928 – Dec. 26, 2019

Walter Anderson Pickett, 91, passed away in Los Alamos, New Mexico on December 26, 2019.

He was born in Unionville, Missouri on May 14, 1928 to Minnie Anderson Pickett and Evan “Midge” Pickett. He married Teresa Eastland on January 1, 1950, in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Both of Walter’s parents and his wife preceded him in death, as did his siblings, Lester Pickett, Leo Pickett, Lawrence Pickett, Lois Crawford, Louise Winter, and Jessie Anderson.

Walter is survived by his daughter, Minette McWilliams (Greg) of Los Alamos, NM; grandson David


LALT: ‘The Neverending Story’ Opens Jan. 10

on December 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will present the beloved tale, "The Neverending Story" at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Jan. 10-25 and 2:30 p.m. Sundays Jan. 12 and 19 at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nector St. in Los Alamos.

The production is directed by Mimi Adams and produced by Elisa Enriquez.

"Something special about this show is that 10 percent of profits will be donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico," Enriquez said.

"The Neverending Story" (Die unendliche Geschichte) is a fantasy novel by German writer Michael Ende, first published in 1979.

NM Housing Market Continues On Pace For Good Year

on December 30, 2019 - 12:01pm
NMAR News:
The addition of November sales to year-to-date figures brings the 2019 total over the year-end total reported in 2017.
This means 2019 will be the second best year for the housing market since the New Mexico Association of REALTORS (NMAR) started keeping statistics in 2008. Only last year, 2018, which was an record-breaking year on all counts, saw more sales than those recorded to-date for 2019.

“1,921 sales were reported during November 2019. This number brings the 2019 year-to-date figure to 23,328, over 1,000 sales more than reported for all of 2017,” 2019 NMAR

Governor Names Roberto Gonzales To Senate Seat

on December 30, 2019 - 11:57am
Newly appointed Sen. Roberto ‘Bobby’ Gonzales
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Friday named Rep. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales of Ranchos de Taos to fill the Senate District 6 seat long occupied by the late Sen. Carlos Cisneros.
District 6 is comprised of Los Alamos. Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos counties.
Sen. Gonzales was nominated to fill the remainder of Sen. Cisneros’ term, which runs through 2020, by both Rio Arriba and Taos counties, the latter of which makes up the majority of Senate District 6. Cisneros had represented the district since 1985.

Obituary: James N. P. Lawrence May 29, 1929 – Dec. 13, 2019

on December 30, 2019 - 11:35am

JAMES N. P. LAWRENCE May 29, 1929 – Dec. 13, 2019

James N. P. Lawrence, 90, of Los Alamos, NM, died peacefully December 13, 2019 at Sombrillo Nursing Home.

He was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on May 29, 1929 to the late Frank D. and Margarette Peed Lawrence of Portsmouth, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Francine O. Greenacre in 2011. He was also preceded by his parents, his sisters Doris and Ann Beth as well as 5 half-brothers.

Jim enjoyed golf and could be found on the Los Alamos golf course most weekends. When he first came to Los Alamos, he played on an adult hockey team.


Amateur Naturalist: Why Hair And Bristles On Bugs?

on December 30, 2019 - 6:46am

Picture 1: A Clouded Sulphur butterfly sips nectar while a nearby honeybee collects pollen. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Many species of plants produce flowers in spring and the resulting seeds then develop over the summer.

In contrast, the Chamisa bush, also called rabbit bush, becomes covered with bright yellow flowers in the autumn.

It therefore becomes a source of nectar for insects. A single bush may have a variety of insect species busily going from flower to flower at the same time.

County Zero Waste Team Provides Sustainable Holiday And Gift Giving Guide

on December 30, 2019 - 6:45am

  • Zero Waste Tip: Give the gift of quality time to family and friends.

Americans throw away 25 percent more waste during the winter holidays than at any other time of the year.

For this holiday season, the Zero Waste Team would like to offer a few ideas to have a sustainable holiday and give gifts with a lower carbon footprint and less waste.

These suggestions can inspire a different approach to make holidays special while reducing material waste and the carbon footprint. The gift of our time and connection with family and friends is often more enjoyable than yet another item.

SafeWise: New Mexico Ranks #5 In The Nation For Impaired Driving Deaths On New Year’s Eve

on December 30, 2019 - 6:45am

SafeWise News:

Next to Mardi Gras, people consume the most drinks on average during the New Year’s holiday, with an average of 43.5percent of the population binge drinking.

SafeWise wants to help people ring in the New Year with class and grace, helping them get home safe. SafeWise  is giving away $10 Lyft vouchers to the first 100 people who register for the Safe Rides Home campaign.

Even those who don’t qualify for the voucher can still save the $6,500 or more they’d spend on a DUI by instead hailing a ride from companies like Lyft, taking public transport, or asking a friend to be the

AG Balderas Secures 12 Year Prison Sentence Against Man Who Stole From Life-Savings Of 98 Year Old

on December 30, 2019 - 6:44am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that James Lambros, who stole more than $1 million from the life-savings of a 98-year-old former Albuquerque resident and several thousand dollars from his former friend, was sentenced to 12 years in the Department of Corrections to be followed by five years of probation.
He also failed to pay taxes on the amounts that he stole.
“Our office will always fight for the most vulnerable, particularly elder New Mexicans who are preyed upon,” Balderas said.

Topper Girls Basketball Picks Up Big Win Over Demons

on December 30, 2019 - 6:44am

Natalie Gallegos brings the ball down court through traffic in a game played Friday night against the Santa Fe Demons in the 2019 Lady Horseman Christmas Tournament at St. Michael’s gymnasium. The two-day tournament hosted eight teams from around the area. The Toppers lost their first game to Pecos 39-52, which placed them in the consolation side of the bracket. The second game was played against the Santa Fe High School Demons, which was a big win, 54-50.  This was the highest number of points scored by the Toppers this season.

NNSA Issues Partial Withdrawal Of November 2019 Floodplain Assessment For NM 4/East Jemez; TA-72

on December 30, 2019 - 6:01am
NNSA News:
The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office (NA-LA) has issued a partial withdrawal of the November 2019 Floodplain Assessment for the New Mexico State Route 4 and East Jemez Road Intersection and Floodplain Statement of Findings Technical Area-72 Shooting Range Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos New Mexico(Floodplain Assessment). 
The New Mexico State Route 4 and East Jemez Road intersection Floodplain Assessment analysis is withdrawn.

GOP Seeks Participants For Elections 101 Seminar

on December 30, 2019 - 6:00am

GOP News:

There is a very important election that culminates Nov. 3, 2020, and New Mexico's future depends on a fair election.

The Republican Party of New Mexico is calling on members to participate Jan. 4, 2020 in a training for volunteers called, Elections 101 Seminar: To Help Keep New Mexico Elections Fair.

Most New Mexicans are aware that there is an election season just ahead that is vital to the GOP future. There are more than 530 polling locations plus 33 county clerk offices that need staff and trained volunteers.

Los Alamos County Tops Most Insured In New Mexico

on December 30, 2019 - 5:59am
A recent study by financial technology company SmartAsset found the places with the highest insurance coverage rates in New Mexico.
Counties were measured by the percentage of the population with auto, health and life insurance coverage. SmartAsset ranks Los Alamos County as #1 in New Mexico.
Check out the table to see the top counties in New Mexico:
Auto Insurance Coverage
Health Insurance Coverage
Life Insurance Coverage
Overall Coverage Index
Los Alamos, NM
Grant, NM
Quay, NM

Highlands Forestry Program Accredited Through 2029

on December 30, 2019 - 5:59am
Joshua Sloan
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, N.M. The Society of American Foresters announced full accreditation for the New Mexico Highlands University forestry program through Dec. 31, 2029.
Highlands has the only accredited post-secondary forestry program in the state of New Mexico. Highlands offers a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry.
“Accreditation is inherently a mark of the quality of a program,” said Joshua Sloan, department chair for Natural Resources Management at Highlands.

Virginia Tech Student Entrepreneurs Showcase Their Emerging Desktop Robotics Company At Autodesk Expo

on December 30, 2019 - 5:58am
From left, Kaelum Hasler, Bradley Turner and Martin Angst represented their emerging desktop robotics company at the Autodesk Expo in November. 'Rendyr epitomizes the potential of Virginia Tech students to change the world through launching a new venture while pursuing their degree,' said Sean Collins, director of the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs.

National Newspaper Association Calls For Civility And Respect For Reporters On The Job

on December 30, 2019 - 5:53am
NNA News:
National Newspaper Association President Matthew Adelman, publisher of the Douglas (Wyoming) Budget, issued a call for civility and respect for journalists as they do their jobs.
His call follows the release of a news report about a reporter in Chattooga County (Georgia) who was attacked while covering a local meeting.
Reporter Casie Bryant, with an internet publication called All of Georgia, was the victim of battery when the wife of a county commissioner ⁠— who was apparently upset at the publication’s news coverage ⁠— poured a soda over Bryant's head while she

NWS: Today’s High Near 28; Tonight’s Low Around 16

on December 30, 2019 - 5:35am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 28 with sunny skies and wind chill values as low as -3. Tonight’s low around 16. Courtesy/NWS