Letter To The Editor: Sierra Club Endorses Kristina Ortez To Fill Sen. Carlos Cisneros Unexpired Term

Chair, Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club

When New Mexico Sen. Carlos Cisneros died Sept. 17, White Rock lost a legislator who knew his district, was informed on the issues and expert on process, and stood with a strong voice for his constituents in his committees.

He was available to meet with us to discuss issues, was responsive to our concerns and feedback, and although sometimes he didn’t vote on a bill the way I’d hoped, he would tell us why he took the positions he did.

Now our Los Alamos County Councilors get to nominate a person to fill Cisneros’ unexpired term. They will meet with


Topper Varsity Girls Soccer Smokes Rockets 3-0

Alyssa Parker slides into the goal for a scoring attempt. Photo by Nate Limback

Kaya Krantz takes a shot on goal. Photo by Nate Limback


The Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers Varsity Girls Soccer Team kicked off the 4A State tournament against Roswell’s Goddard High School Rockets Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Field.

The Toppers were determined to make a statement before heading to Bernalillo next week, beating the Rockets 3-0.

Tara McDonald found the back of the net first to break the tie midway through the first half. Alyssa Parker and Kaitlyn McGrane also scored goals


Live Theater At Senior Centers Nov. 13 And Nov. 25


Live Theater play reading is coming free at 12:45 p.m. Nov. 13 to the White Rock Senior Center (next to the cafeteria) and Nov. 25 to the Los Alamos Senior Center (downstairs).

See The Explaining Room, by Taos playwright Helen Rynaski, and learn what it’s like immediately after death.

This clever and amusing short play explores the unexpected connection between two recently departed women in a somewhat unanticipated arena.

Directed by Pat Beck and featuring Terry Beery and Holly Robinson (Nov. 13) and Kelly Dolesji (Nov. 25), the readings are part of an ongoing partnership among


Free Presentation On ‘The Basics Of Alzheimer’s Disease’ In Dixon 6-7 P.M. Thursday, Dec. 11

Alzheimer’s News:
ALBUQUERQUE Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Dixon, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” presentation is 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. The event will be hosted at the Embudo Valley Library, 215 NM-75, Dixon, NM 87527. The class is free and open to all citizens of Dixon and surrounding communities.
For more information, call 800.272.3900 or contact Regional Manager Beth Hamilton at For directions call 505.473.1297.
“The Basics


Don Taylor Photographs LAHS Class Of 2020

Los Alamos photographer Don Taylor takes a photograph of the Los Alamos High School Class of 2020 gathered Wednesday morning on Sullivan Field. The is the 10th consecutive year that Taylor has donated his time and talent to provide a special photograph to the senior class for their yearbook. Photo by John McHale/


Obituary: William (Bill) Lloyd Spurgeon Nov. 19, 1957 – Oct. 30, 2019

WILLIAM LLOYD SPURGEON Nov. 19, 1957 – Oct. 30, 2019

William (Bill) Lloyd Spurgeon age, 61, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

He was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and moved to Albuquerque at the age of 3. He attended Bel Air Elementary School, McKinley Jr. High School, and Del Norte High School in Albuquerque.

He and his family moved to Los Alamos where he attended Los Alamos High School for his senior year.

Bill proudly served in the Navy from 1975 to 1980 where he began his journey as an electrical technician and engineer.

After the Navy, Bill


NMDOT Issues Winter Weather Driving Tips

New Mexico Department of Transportation is ready for winter. Courtesy/NMDOT
SANTA FE Winter-weather is here and the New Mexico Department of Transportation is ready. 
The NMDOT is working around the clock to monitor the roads, report road conditions, spread salt and cinder and plow snow if necessary.
In coordination with law enforcement, the NMDOT has some advice for drivers when traveling through unfavorable road conditions.
Tips to know:

Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly buckled up.


Letter To The Editor: Bernstein Addresses Voters

Dist. 3 School Board Candidate (Aspen)

Only a few more days left until the election!

I have had a great time walking around town and talking to people! I have learned so much about our town and the people in it. It has been a pleasure speaking with so many of you. 

I have been invited into homes, sat with people, been given pears and other items. This is one kind and generous place.

I am still walking and knocking, but if I have not made it to your door, please feel free to let me know and I will stop by and introduce myself!

I can be reached at or at


LAHS XC Boys & Girls Win District 2-4A Championship!

The District Champion Hilltopper Boys and Girls Cross Country teams. Photo by Blake Wood
Hilltoppers Keith Bridge, Rafael Sanchez and Steven Strevell in the lead pack one mile into the 5k race. ‘Topper runners finished 1-6 to achieve a perfect score of 15. Photo by Blake Wood


The Hilltopper Boys and Girls Cross Country teams demonstrated why they are favorites to get onto the podium at next Saturday’s State Championship, by handily winning the District 2-4A Championship Friday, hosted by Moriarty.
The Girls scored 19 points to runner-up Taos’


Cypress Inc. Concedes Grazing Lease Cancellation

Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard
State Land Office News:
SANTA FE Cypress Inc., a corporation associated with Jeffrey Epstein, has conceded the State Land Office’s cancellation of two livestock grazing leases.
Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard sent a cancellation letter in early September giving Cypress 30 days’ notice of her intent to cancel the leases. Cypress, through an Albuquerque law firm, filed a contest of the cancellation and a petition in First Judicial District Court to immediately block the cancelation. 
The court did


Lunch With A Leader: Martineau And Linke Nov. 19

LWV News:
The November League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader features Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Liz Martineau and Los Alamos Historic Preservation Advisory Board Chairwoman Leslie Linke.
The meeting is 11:45 a.m., Nov. 19 at Mesa Public Library and is open to the public.
Liz Martineau was born into a military family and believes that her early travels led to a life-long love of people, cultures, and lifelong learning. She has family in Kentucky, Indiana, and Kansas. She graduated from Kansas State University and has a Master’s degree


Interfaith Los Alamos Launches Winter Coat Drive

 Interfaith Los Alamos hosts its winter coat drive. Courtesy photo

Interfaith Los Alamos News:

Interfaith Los Alamos has launched its winter coat drive to provide winter coats for refugees recently resettled in Albuquerque.

These refugees come from UN Refugee sites in Tanzania and Indonesia, sometimes after years spent in the camps. Coming from The Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan, these families find even an Albuquerque winter daunting. 

New coats and gift cards to buy coats will be delivered to Lutheran Family Services in Albuquerque, the sole remaining


New Mexico Republican Party Sues Secretary Of State, Clerk, Board Over Failure To Fix Absentee Ballot Issue

RPNM News:
The Republican Party of New Mexico and Las Cruces mayoral candidate Mike Tellez have filed suit against New Mexico’s Secretary of State, the Dona Ana County Clerk and the County’s Absent Voter Precinct Board.
The RPNM and Tellez claim the defendants are ignoring a 2019 law that requires absentee voters to provide their name, address and date of birth.
The lawsuit charges that The AVPB had been instructed by the County Clerk, who herself was acting on the advice of the Secretary of State Maggie Oliver, to count the ballots despite at least one of the three qualifications


Santa Fe City Becomes 10th Jurisdiction To Pass Resolution Supporting Wildlife Corridors

Santa Fe City Board of Commisioners. Courtesy/HECHO
SANTA FE The City of Santa Fe voted unanimously Oct. 30 to pass a resolution supporting the protection of wildlife corridors in the upper Rio Grande Basin, as well as supporting pending legislation to protect wildlife corridors nationwide.
The City becomes the 10th jurisdiction in New Mexico to support such a resolution, joining Mora, Colfax, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe County, Taos County, as well as the Town of Taos, the Village of Pecos, and the City of Española.
The resolution encourages the U.S. Forest


Fr. Glenn: ‘Must We?’


By Fr. Glenn Jones

If you read about (or have experienced) Armed Forces boot camp/basic training, you recognize that arrivals to that training are in that arrival simply breaking the shell, as it were, as “hatchlings” in the service. Basic training is an apt analogy for anyone beginning in a new field of study or profession … and certainly for the budding Christian. One isn’t a “good” soldier, sailor, airman or Marine right off the bat; to become proficient in any field takes time—even a lifetime. For example, one might call the child who completes his first arithmetic assignment a “mathematician


Posts From The Road: Custer State Park

Sylvan Lake: Sylvan Lake is located in the northern part of the park. This lake features several rock formations in and around the lake and is very popular with water sport enthusiasts as well as picnicking, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. A lodge and campground are located nearby for overnight stays. Photo by Gary Warren/

Needles Eye Tunnel: One of the tunnels on the Needles Highway is the Needles Eye Tunnel. This tunnel is just over eight feet wide making it a tight space for many vehicles. Photo by Gary Warren/
Needles Eye: The Needles Eye


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