Planning & Zoning Commission Meets Wednesday


The Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building’s Council Chambers, 1000 Central Ave.

The attached is the agenda packet

Find the agenda for the meeting here, and there will be paper copies available this afternoon at the window of the planning department at the Municipal Building.


#NewMexicoTrue Hits 1 Million Posts On Instagram

NMT News:
The New Mexico True brand, through tagging and sharing of #NewMexicoTrue on Instagram, has officially reached the 1 million post milestone.
“There are literally a million reasons to visit New Mexico,” Tourism Secretary Jen Paul Schroer said. “Surpassing the 1 million mark with #NewMexicoTrue on Instagram demonstrates how this brand has created memorable, authentic experiences for so many visitors and residents alike.”
Since the early days of #NewMexicoTrue at the turn of 2016, New Mexico has seen record-breaking growth in visitation


Heinrich, Portman Introduce Bill To Require Digital Engineering Careers Within U.S. Armed Forces, Bolster Artificial Intelligence

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, the co-founders of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), introduced the bipartisan Armed Forces Digital Advantage Act, which would modernize the Department of Defense (DoD) workforce by adding a recruitment focus and establishing military career tracks for digital engineering.
The Armed Forces Digital Advantage Act is in response to recommendations from the defense industry and senior military leaders that the DoD emphasize


Los Alamos Municipal Court Hosts Elementary School Students For Mock Trial Experience

The Los Alamos Municipal Court hosted 64 5th and 6th graders from the Aspen and Chamisa Elementary Safety Patrol and the Pinon Elementary Upstander Group for a mock trial experience May 10. After the trial, the students were divided into four different juries – who all came to different conclusions regarding the outcome of the case. Courtesy photo


Udall-Requested EPA IG Report Shows Pruitt’s Six-Figure Abuse Of Taxpayer Dollars For Luxury Travel

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, responded to the release of a report Udall requested from the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) detailing former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s abuse of taxpayer dollars on unnecessary luxury travel.
The IG report found, among other things that: former Administrator Pruitt spent nearly $1 million on travel in just over 10 months, $124,000


Letter To The Editor: No To Wendys

Los Alamos
This town (Los Alamos) doesn’t need is another burger joint! So, before the County gives its OK for a Wendy’s let’s see if we can get something better like a Kentucky Fried Chicken (or Church’s), or a Taco Bell to take over the old McDonalds building.
Los Alamos is seriously lacking in its variety of choices for fast food places and another Burger Joint is certainly NOT the answer!


Los Alamos Lacrosse Takes 3rd Place

Los Alamos fought hard in U10’s and U12’s with the U14’s taking 3rd place in the tournament. The mission of Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse is to provide the opportunity for youth in northern New Mexico to play the fast-paced, exciting, and FUN game of lacrosse. We are dedicated to developing lacrosse skills in young athletes of all abilities and are committed to protecting the integrity of the game. We strive to create a positive experience for all players by promoting good sportsmanship, teamwork, and respect for coaches, players, and officials. Our goal is for each athlete to


Pokemon Game In White Rock Open To All May 18

Courtesy/White Rock Toys and Collectibles

Everyone is welcome to come play Pokemon next Saturday, May 18th starting at 4 p.m. at White Rock Toys and Collectibles.
The winner gets four free booster packs and a GX Mega card. Bring a deck or buy one at the store.
White Rock Toys and Collectibles is at 108 Longview Dr. in White Rock behind Smith’s between Beehive Homes and High Mesa Dental.


Los Alamos Police Blotter: May 8 to May 14, 2019

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.


May 8 at 2:41 a.m. / Police arrested Lenaya Ashley Martinez, 23, of Ohkay Owingeh at 2500 Trinity Dr. and charged her with DWI.





May 8 at 3:22 a.m. / Police arrested Rena Montoya, 33, of Ohkay Owingeh at 2500 Trinity Dr. and charged her with DWI and driving while license is suspended or revoked.




May 9 at


EMS Chief Ben Stone On Bicycle Safety

A number of County employees took part in the Bike to Work event held last year. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
In recognition of this year’s National Bike to Work Week, which is May 13-17, here is some information on Bicycle Safety for Los Alamos County.
In 2017, the United States had 783 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes (NHTSA, 2018). Crashes that involve bicyclists are often much more dangerous to the rider versus a motorist. As riders increase use of bicycles it becomes increasingly important to understand how to prevent


Norma Libman: Crypto-Jews And Conversos June 2

SANTA FE Journalist Norma Libman, who has published more than 500 articles over 20 years on crypto-Jews and Conversos, will talk at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 2 at Temple Beth Shalom, 205 E. Barcelona Road in Santa Fe.
Libman’s topic: “The Story of the Story: What I Wrote and Why.” She has written on Chinese women writers of Nu Shu and diaries of pioneer women.
Libman’s talk is sponsored by the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society.
For information, contact NMJHS 505.348.4471 or


Chamisa School Creates Kindness Rock Garden

The entire student body and staff pose with a kindness rock Wednesday at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. Photo by Samantha Mortimer
Deepa Pawar and 4th graders putting together a heart shape. Photo by Samantha Mortimer

Chamisa Counselor Michaelangelo Lobato shows his rock. Photo by Samantha Mortimer



The Chamisa K-Kids’ Kindness Rock Garden was dedicated Wednesday, May 15. Back in November, Kiwanis Sponsor – Roger Stutz, Chamisa Advisors – Michaelangelo Lobato and Renee Mitsunaga led the highly motivated K-Kids Club


Billy G. Garrett Named Interim Director Of New Mexico History Museum & Palace Of The Governors

Billy G. Garrett
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Billy G. Garrett as interim director of the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors.
Garrett’s career has focused on management of cultural resources, environmental design, community planning and organizational management. He retired from the National Park Service after 26 years of service, bringing a strong background as a manager and architect, with significant experience with historic structures. A third generation New


Wendy’s May Be Coming To Town

The location of the former McDonald’s building may become a Wendy’s fast food restaurant. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Diners looking for a quick bite to eat at noontime may soon have another option.

The Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission will consider approving the site plan, at its May 22 meeting, for a Wendy’s fast food restaurant in the former McDonald’s location at 1247 Trinity Dr.

Los Alamos County Principal Planner Ryan Foster said during an interview Tuesday that the developers


LAPS Partners With Rio Rancho, Farmington Districts To Implement Ed-Fi Data Standard & Technology Suite

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools has partnered with Rio Rancho and Farmington Districts to secure grant funding to modernize their IT architecture, opening opportunities for increased use of data to more effectively support educators, parents and students.

Through coordinated efforts, the three school districts will implement the Ed-Fi Data Standard and Technology Suite, giving teachers easy and secure access to student data in real time through a data dashboard.

With this dashboard, LAPS will be more easily able to address questions like, “Are students improving over time?”


Los Alamos Girls Golf Team Wins State Title

The Topper Girls Golf Team won the 2019 State Gold Tournament for Class 4A played this past Monday and Tuesday on the Pinion Hills Golf Course in Farmington. The Toppers were 18 strokes ahead of the team from Lovington to win the title with two day team scores of 359-348=707. Photo by John McHale/

Jessica Osden won second placed for the tournament with two day scores of 80-73=153. Photo by John McHale/

Jessica Osden putts on hole #8 for a birdie. Photo by John McHale/

Leah Mountain works her way out of a bunker on the 8th hole. Her two days


Tribal Leaders Meet For Historic Summit With Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham And Cabinet Secretaries

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
ALBUQUERQUE Leaders from 23 tribal nations met Thursday with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and her Cabinet secretaries for the 10th annual state tribal leaders summit.
Tribal leaders from across the state came together at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque to discuss ways to work more collaboratively with the Lujan Grisham administration.
The state tribal leaders summit is an annual tradition that was established as a way for tribes to develop successful partnerships with the state of New Mexico. Thursday


Los Alamos Boys Golf Team Wins State Title

The 2019 Boys Golf Team takes home the State Championship Title played this past Monday and Tuesday on the Pinion Hills course in Farmington. They finished 34 strokes ahead of the Albuquerque Academy team for the title. Their two day scores were: 310-320=630. Photo by John McHale/

Davis Johnson won a 4th place finish for the tournament. Photo by John McHale/

Davis Johnson was the low stroke player for the Toppers, with two days scores of 74-79=153. Here, Davis takes a chip shot to the #4 green on the second day. Photo by John McHale/



NM Supreme Court Disciplines Albuquerque Attorney

NMSC News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Supreme Court Thursday affirmed the indefinite suspension of Albuquerque attorney Daniel M. Salazar, who was held in contempt by the justices last year for failing to comply with the Court’s initial disciplinary order.
“Rules matter. An attorney must conform his or her conduct to the requirements of the rules and orders of this Court,” the state’s highest court said in a unanimous written opinion by Justice Barbara J. Vigil. “The discipline we impose may salvage Salazar’s potential and ability to practice law. This period of suspension will


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