Obituary: Margaret Kook-Sun Chan Dec. 24, 1946 – Oct. 24, 2019

MARGARET KOOK-SUN CHAN Dec. 24, 1946 – Oct. 24, 2019

Margaret Kook-Sun Chan, 72, of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, formerly of Los Alamos, NM, died peacefully on Thursday, October 24th at City of Hope Hospital in Southern California after a long but courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Guangzhou, China in 1946, she moved to Hong Kong and graduated from the Chinese University of HK. She then immigrated to the United States and received a Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1975. There she met her loving husband and started a family.

In her 40’s, she returned to school and obtained a degree


Scenes From Business After Hours At Zia Credit Union

The community turned out to support Zia Credit Union during its Business After Hours event Oct. 16. The Chamber of Commerce also hosted the event. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Business After Hours event. Courtesy photo


FBI, Los Lunas Police Look For Man Who Robbed Credit Union Tuesday

FBI News:

The FBI and Los Lunas Police Department are looking for a man who robbed a credit union branch in Los Lunas.

The robbery occurred at approximately 4:20 p.m., Tuesday at Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union at 2700 Palmilla Road NW.

The suspect is described as male, approximately 5’8” to 5’10” tall, with brown hair and a medium build. He wore glasses, a black hat, a tan sweater, black pants, and black shoes with white soles.

The suspect entered the credit union and demanded money from a teller, threatening to harm the employee if he or she did not cooperate. The teller


Letter To The Editor: Hargraves Endorses Bernstein

School Board Member
Los Alamos Public Schools

I am a member of the LAPS School Board and I endorse Christine Bernstein for the LAPS School Board (District 3 Aspen).

Christine has been an active, in-the-classroom teacher for over 20 years, including several years in Los Alamos Public Schools, giving her an expertise in areas that distinguish her from her opponent. If elected, Christine would be the only Board member also actively teaching students.

As a teacher, she has the knowledge and the skills to work effectively with other Board members, lead committees, and make real


Smith’s Resumes Accepting Visa Credit Cards

Smith’s has resumed accepting Visa credit cards effective today. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Smith’s Food & Drug Store in Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos confirmed this morning that the chain has resumed accepting Visa® credit cards.

“Effective today we are accepting Visa credit cards again,” Store Manager Isaac Chavez said.

The Los Alamos and White Rock stores also accept Mastercard, American Express, Discover and all debit and HSA cards.

Smith’s stopped accepting Visa credit cards in April


Environment Department Reaches Settlement With Albuquerque Facility Over Hazardous Waste Violations

NMED News:
ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and Advanced Chemical Treatment, Inc. reached a settlement to resolve alleged violations identified during a May 2019 inspection by NMED’s Hazardous Waste Bureau at a facility in Albuquerque.
The Advanced Chemical Treatment, Inc. facility at 6137 Edith Boulevard NE., stores hazardous wastes until proper disposal at a permitted facility outside of New Mexico is arranged.
The settlement includes a civil penalty of $360,285 for various violations of the state’s Hazardous Waste Act, Hazardous Waste


Topper Football Falls To Capital Jaguars 54-0

The Topper Football team bursts onto Sullivan Field Friday night to play against the Capital Jaguars in their final home game for the 2019 season. The Jaguars scored early and often to shut out the Toppers 54-0. The Jaguars neutralized the Topper offense and defense to win the contest in 3 1/2 quarters. The Toppers will play their final game this Friday night when they travel to Albuquerque to play the Del Norte Knights in Milney Stadium. Photo by John McHale/

Quarterback Jose Salazar throws a pass to Tyler Weiss in the first quarter as Devin Mayfield provides pass protection. Photo


Hampton On Sombrillo & Aspen Ridge Sustainability

Board Member
Los Alamos Retirement Community

I have recently been elected to the Board of Directors of the Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC), which comprises the Sombrillo and Aspen Ridge facilities in Los Alamos.

Our management company informed us at our September meeting that annual liability insurance costs rose 77 percent in July, and the corresponding deductibles rose 900 percent, and that these increases are unsustainable. 

These increases seem to be attributable to the high degree of litigation occurring in New Mexico. While steps are being undertaken


Sipapu Makes History With Earliest Opening Thursday

SKI News:
VADITO Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is opening Thursday, Oct. 31 for its earliest opening day ever.
Cool temperatures at night and early season snow (including 8-inches for the month of October) allowed the resort to open the mountain more than three weeks ahead of schedule.
The Halloween opening marks the first time Sipapu has opened for skiing and snowboarding in the month of October and the 17th consecutive time it has been the first resort to open in New Mexico.
“We’ve had Nov. 22 in our sights for some time,” said John Paul Bradley,


Los Alamos Branch Of AAUW Meets Nov. 7

AAUW News:
The Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women is having its fall meeting 7:15-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at White Rock Branch Library on Longview Drive and N.M. 4.
New Mexico Commissioner for Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard will present a talk on the challenges and opportunities she faces as land commissioner.
The meeting is open to the public.


Luján On Toulouse Oliver Opting Out Of Senate Race

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
NAMBE Democratic Senate Candidate Ben Ray Luján issued the following statement Tuesday evening on Secretary Toulouse Oliver’s decision to end her campaign for the U.S. Senate:
“First and foremost, Maggie Toulouse Oliver is a friend. In this campaign, Maggie stood up for our values – like health care for all and addressing the climate crisis. Her voice made our democratic process stronger, and I’m honored to have her support for my U.S. Senate campaign.
Over the next year, I will continue


Governor Honors CNN HERO Roger Montoya

CNN Hero Roger Montoya of Moving Arts Española was honored by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham with a statewide proclamation declaring Tuesday, Oct. 29: Roger Montoya Art as Medicine Day. Courtesy/CNN
ESPAÑOLA The Governor of New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham honored CNN Hero Roger Montoya, co-founder of Moving Arts Española, with a statewide proclamation declaring Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 “Roger Montoya Art as Medicine Day”.
The City of Santa also has declared through a formal proclamation Nov. 1, 2019 as its own “Roger Montoya Art as Medicine Day”. Rio Arriba


Udall Presses Boeing Executives On Lax Safety Culture Resulting In Two Fatal Crashes

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, questioned Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and Vice President John Hamilton about the company’s “cozy” relationship with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulators and commitments to reform in the aftermath of two fatal crashes involving the 737 MAX 8 jet.
Udall pressed the Boeing leaders to take responsibility for their company’s culture and business processes in order to prevent future accidents.


Daily Postcard: Bear Family Spotted At Bandelier

Daily Postcard: The young black bear that first began frequenting the developed area in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument a few years ago is now grown and a mom with two cubs of her own. The park hopes she will teach her offspring the necessary wariness of humans that she learned only through several years of adverson techniques applied by diligent park rangers. Remember the survival of any wildlife, especially large wildlife like bears, in any park is largely dependent upon us, the park staff and the visitors. Never feed wildlife or leave food where animals can get it. The lives and


New Mexico Tech Secures Seven Year, $93 Million Contract To Support Air Force Cyber Initiatives

New Mexico Tech News:
SOCORRO New Mexico Tech has secured a seven-year, $93 million contract to assist the Air Force Research Laboratory explore cyber-related defense initiatives.
The award will involve research, development, evaluation, testing, training and deployment support services for electronic and cyber technology problems.
New Mexico Tech will leverage its deep cyber and technical expertise of faculty, staff scientists and students to accomplish new research initiatives. The project focuses on data analytics for research and development purposes,


Laboratory Open Enrollment Q&A Sessions Nov. 4-5

Laboratory retirees and dependents, with and without Medicare, can have Open Enrollment questions answered at two upcoming Q&A sessions:
  • Session 1) Monday, Nov. 4, 12 noon, at White Rock Senior Center in the lunchroom; and
  • Session 2) Tuesday, Nov. 5, 12 noon at the Ehart Senior Center/Los Alamos, in the lunch room.
Sessions will include one or more representatives from the Laboratory’s Benefits Group.
The Senior Centers serve lunch at 11:30 a.m. but call by 10 a.m. if you would like to have lunch before a Q&A session.


Lane Closures On 3055 Trinity Drive Lane Friday


Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division of Public Works will be closing the interior west and east bound lanes in the location of 3055 Trinity Dr. Friday, Nov. 1.

Work will commence at 8:30 a.m. and should be completed by 4 p.m. Friday.

Crews will be repairing a re-occurring pothole in that location. 

Vehicle traffic is urged to slow down and follow all traffic control devices. Pedestrian traffic should be aware of equipment in the area. 

Please watch for crews working within the roadway. 

Any concerns or questions should be directed to Scott Halder, Streets


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