Los Alamos Bioscientist Harshini Mukundan Selected AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador

Los Alamos bioscientist Harshini Mukundan is being inducted into the American Association for the Advancement of Science and IF/THEN STEM ambassador program. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos bioscientist notes deep commitment to STEM outreach goals

Los Alamos National Laboratory bioscientist Harshini Mukundan has been selected as one of the 125 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) IF/THEN Ambassadors. IF/THEN, a national initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, seeks to further women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by empowering current


NCRTD Garners Fourth Award For Excellence In Financial Reporting


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Fiscal Year 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada.

This marks the third of the GFOA’s top national awards that have been bestowed upon the NCRTD this year and follows the Distinguished Budget Award for the FY 2019 Annual Budget and the award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR).

This makes the District


LANL: Discover Lightning’s Electrifying Truth At Free Public Talks In Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque

LANL physicist Tess Light will discuss lightning at free public talks starting Sept. 11. Photo by Rob Lang Photography

LANL News:

  • Tess Light of Los Alamos National Laboratory discusses those bright cracks across the sky at Frontiers in Science talks in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Tess Light will discuss the beauty and mystery of lightning at three Frontiers in Science public talks starting Sept. 11 in Santa Fe. 


“On any given day lightning flashes nearly 4 million times across the earth,” said Light, a physicist at the Laboratory.


Shop On The Corner Proceeds Go To Hurricane Relief

Shop on the Corner in the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church at 3900 Trinity Dr. Courtesy photo


Proceeds from sales Wednesday at the Shop on the Corner thrift store in the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church will be donated to Hurricane Dorian disaster relief.

Support from patrons will go to provide immediate needs such as food, water and basic needs and long-term assistance.

Shop on the Corner is open 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at TOTH, 3900 Trinity Dr.


Family Star Party And Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday

Visit the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, Sept. 10 for an evening of family fun. The monthly Family Star Party, sponsored by New Mexico Bank & Trust starts at 5:30 p.m. and Family Night starts at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center tomorrow evening for a night of family fun! The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s monthly Family Star Party and Family Night programs will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The star party starts at 5:30 p.m. and Family Night begins at 6 p.m. Both programs are free to attend thanks


Lauritzen: Life After 50 … Highlighting Some Partners

Executive Director

This week, we look to highlight the work of some of our community partners.

Saturday, you can help Mesa To Mesa, an organization that offers free, minor home repairs for low-income individuals and families. The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a sale of 300 plants and tree saplings from perennials, herbs, pond plants, iris, cactus and indoor plants, to ornamental grasses and shrubs.

The funds raised will assist projects like ramp construction, window repair and the purchase of heaters, before the season begins to change.

The hearty sale


AFSCME Endorses Luján For U.S. Senate

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Ben Ray Luján for Senate Campaign:

ALBUQUERQUE – The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the largest trade union of public employees in the United States, has endorsed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján to be the next U.S. Senator for New Mexico.

At their convention in Albuquerque, AFSCME leaders said Luján – the son of a union ironworker and a public school official – was the best candidate to uplift working families given his record of protecting health care, workers’ benefits and security, Social Security, and Medicare. 


Obituary: Melanie Fugate Aug. 29, 2019

MELANIE FUGATE Aug. 29, 2019

Melanie Fugate, 59, of Los Alamos passed away on August 29, 2019.

She is survived by her beloved daughter Lauren as well as her brothers Douglas and Byron Jakel, sisters-in-law Pattie and Michiko, nephew Connor, niece Mackenzie, friend and former husband Mike and friend and former mother-in-law Karene Elliott. Other friends include the Grimes and Riley families.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Melanie moved to Albuquerque where she graduated with distinction from the University of New Mexico with a BA in English & Philosophy. She also earned an AAS in Legal Assistant


New Mexico State Land Office Sends Cancellation Notice To Cypress Inc. Owned By The Late Jeffrey Epstein

State Land Office News:


SANTA FE – Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has announced that a cancellation letter has been sent to Cypress Inc., a company owned by the late Jeffrey Epstein and listed as the owner of the Zorro Ranch in Santa Fe County.


On July 16, 2019, the Land Office provided over 400 pages to the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. All documents were related to 1,243 acres of state trust land leased to Cypress Inc. The leases date back to 1993 when Epstein originally purchased the 10,000 acre New Mexico ranch. Commissioner Garcia Richard directed staff to draft


Amber Alert: 5-Year-Old Missing In Rio Arriba County

Renezmae Calzada. 5, missing since Sunday. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

The Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Renezmae Calzada. 

Calzada is a 5-year-old Hispanic female, four feet tall, weighing approximately 35 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. 

Calzada was last seen at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, wearing blue shorts with stars and a “Frozen” shirt from the Disney film.

Many details are still unknown and under investigation by the Rio Arriba County Sherriff’s Office. However, of urgent concern is the whereabouts of Calzada.


County: ABCs Of Zero Waste


  • Zero Waste Tip: We don’t need a handful of people doing ZERO WASTE perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.

The ABCs of Zero Waste:

Action! Doing a few small things is better than nothing. Make small changes to your daily habits before making dramatic changes to your life.

Beeswax cloth food wraps: These are a great way to reduce plastic use in the kitchen. They seal to a container (bowl, other) with the warmth of your hands, and they work great to wrap up a half a piece of fruit or to use for a sandwich in a lunch.

Carpool: Commit to sharing a ride or taking the bus once per week.


C’YA: Celebrate College And Military Day Friday

C’YA  News:

This Friday is College and Military Day and community members are encouraged to wear their favorite apparel in support of the college or military path they, a family member or friend attended.

Send photos of participation in College and Military Day to or visit Champions of Youth Ambitions on Facebook.


Topper Varsity Soccer Team Falls To Scorpions 1-0

Kaitlyn McGrane gathers in the ball as Makenzi Fitzsimmons and Brooke Edge close in on her. McGrane was named the player of the game in a game played Saturday morning at Sullivan Field against the Farmington Scorpions. The Toppers were not able to get the offense going but their strong defense kept them in the game as the Scorpions played much the same. The Scorpions scored the only goal in the first half. Photo by John McHale/

Alyssa Parker gets a shot in the first half only to have it blocked by goalkeeper Gera Lopez. Photo by John McHale/

Topper Kaya Krantz and Charlee


WW (Formerly Weight Watchers) Meets Tuesday

WW News:

WW (formerly Weight Watchers), meets at 6 p.m. every Tuesday a the Unitarian Church, 1738 North Sage St. in Los Alamos.

New members are always welcome and should arrive at 5:30 p.m. to allow time for set-up.


Full Moon Tour At Fort Union Friday

 Courtesy photo


WATROUS – Join park rangers Friday, Sept. 13 for a 1.25-mile tour through the grounds of Fort Union and along the Santa Fe Trail under the serenity of a dark sky.

The tour will bring together the history and culture of the valley with a natural dark sky. The program will start at 8:30 p.m. at the visitor center and will run to approximately 10  p.m. Friday.

After sunset, the high plains take on a new identity. Beneath the glow of a full moon the remnants of the old fort casts light shadows against the prairie. Fort Union was certified earlier this month as an International


Military Order Of The World Wars Meets Sept. 17

MOWW News:

This month’s meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars is Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The guest speaker is Cathy Hadley, RHIT of Los Alamos Medical Center.

Hadley has been in the health care industry since 1979. Starting as a transcriptionist, she worked her way to director of Health Information Management (Medical Records) in Linton, Ind. During her time there she was a part of the planning team forming the hospital’s first Emergency Operations Plan.

Hadley moved in June of 2016 to Los Alamos to serve as director of Health Information Management at LAMC. Shortly thereafter she was asked


Topper Boys Varsity Football Beats Pojoaque 44-13

The Topper Varsity Football Team is led onto Sullivan Field Friday evening by Tyler Weiss carrying the Topper Banner to play the Pojoaque Elks. The game was all Toppers who shut out the running game for the Elks, so they went to a passing game almost exclusively, which was effective against the Toppers. In spite of the score, it was a very exciting game with both sides showing moments of glory. Photo by John McHale/

Liam Harper makes an over the shoulder at full stride catch from Tyler Weiss that went for the second touchdown. Photo by John McHale/

Jose Salazar goes


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