Coyote, NM

Hiker Encounters Bear Near Los Alamos Reservoir

Noah Banks suddenly encountered this bear. A brief staring contest ensued before the bear lumbered off into the trees to parts unknown. Courtesy/Crystal Banks. Hiker Noah Banks experiences a tense and thankfully brief stare down with this bear Friday along the trail to the Los Alamos Reservoir before the bear lumbers off into the trees. Courtesy/Crystal Banks.
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Wedding Announcement: Scott Lawan And Theresa Berger

Scott Lawan and Theresa Berger were married Friday June 24 by Municipal Judge Eleizabeth Allen at the Los Alamos Justice Center. The bride is from San Francisco, California and the groom is from Denver, Colorado. They fell in love through their professional work as archivists and their mutual love of preserving historical ephemera. Photo by Maire O’Neill/
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Hilltalkers Compete At National Speech & Debate Tournament

Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers celebrating being at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky are, back row from left, Luke Favorite, Maximus Posada, Rylee Mechum and Keturah Sherrill. Front row: Philippa Fung, Yunseo Kim, Uxue Sansinena and Taylor Kanzleiter. Photo Courtesy LAPS. LAHS rising sophomore...

LAPD Urges Community To Take On Responsibility And Promote Traffic Safety

The Los Alamos Police Department has received several inquiries from citizens concerned over traffic safety related to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Like any community issue, to effect any positive change takes collaboration and responsibility from multiple parties. Each group should take on the responsibility and ask the question ”What can I do to promote safety?”.

Santa Fe National Forest to begin selling fuelwood permits June 27

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Santa Fe National Forest will begin selling personal-use fuelwood permits June 27. Permits can be purchased in person at forest headquarters in Santa Fe and at offices in Española, Coyote, and Cuba. The Jemez District will sell permits over the phone. Fuel wood permit sales were delayed this year because of […]

June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship Awarded To Kate Whitley

The Friends of the Los Alamos County Libraries, in partnership with the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, have awarded the 2022 June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship to Kate Whitley for her review of the book Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains, edited by Robert Julyan and Mary Stuever. The scholarship was...

County Hosts Public Meeting On COVID Surge Situation

Los Alamos County experienced a surge in reported COVID-19 cases this month and while the reasons behind this surge remain a mystery, the number of cases seem to be decreasing, retired epidemiologist Dr. Will Athas said during a virtual community briefing Thursday. Following a similar format to the Cerro Pelado...

Steve Laurent Named Los Alamos Community Foundation New Executive Director

Newly-appointed LACF executive director Steve Laurent and outgoing executive director Rachel Kizielewicz. Courtesy photo. Steve Laurent has been named the new executive director of the Los Alamos Community Foundation. Laurent replaces Rachel Kizielewicz who, after four years as executive director, announced her departure due to family relocation to Virginia earlier this year.

Obituary: Mary Jo Parker June 14, 2022

Mary knew it was time to go. In the early morning of June 14, 2022, Mary peacefully left this Earth to join her beloved Paul in heaven. The saying goes, “Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much,” this easily describes Mary’s life. Mary Jo was born in Owensville, Missouri to William and Mae Moses. She was the first girl after a string of four boys. She was followed by another brother and sister.

Los Alamos Public Schools Names Four New Assistant Principals

Los Alamos Public Schools assistant principals named for the upcoming school year are, from left, Katherine Herring, Shannon Trujillo, Jennifer Kieltyka and Audrey Juliani. Photo Courtesy LAPS. LAPS NEWS RELEASE. Los Alamos Public Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of four assistant principals for the upcoming school year. They...

On The Job In White Rock: Specialist Monique Archbold

On the job in White Rock is Library Specialist Monique Archbold assisting Clare Montoya Valdez, 5, Wednesday at the White Rock Branch Library with the question of the week: How many steps do you take to get from where you’re standing to your favorite section of the library? Young patrons of the library are to count their steps then write the number on the paper with a foot on it and add it to the poster to get a candy or sticker. Archbold has worked at the library for seven years. Many activities are in full swing at the White Rock and Los Alamos libraries including a Summer Reading Program that runs through July 30. For information on all activities, visit or call 505.662.8265 for the White Rock branch or 505.662.8250 for Los Alamos Mesa Library. #worklosalamos, #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Rotarian Alison Pannell Visits Honolulu Sunset Rotary Club

Newly elected president of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, Alison Pannell, second from left with her daughter’s dog, Zuko, recently visited the Honolulu Sunset Rotary Club while members volunteered at Pearl Haven, Hawaii’s first long term residential treatment campus and sanctuary for healing for girls ages 11-18 rescued from sexual exploitation. Courtesy photo.

On The Job In White Rock: Bandelier Shuttle Bus Driver

On the job in White Rock is Atomic City Transit’s Bandelier shuttle bus driver Anthony Haven waiting for passengers to load up Wednesday at the Visitor Center on N.M. 4 a the short ride to Bandelier National Monument. The shuttle bus schedule and pay station to enter Bandelier is posted at the bus stop but best to speak with Visitor Center staff about the many sites to see throughout Los Alamos County. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photos by Jenn Bartram/

Learn To Make Beeswax Wraps At Local Sustainable Art Classes

Los Alamos Arts Council and Fuller Lodge adult summer programming continues on June 30 with Sustainable Art: Beeswax Wraps. This workshop teaches students how to make beeswax wraps to replace the traditional plastic bags or wrap we use in our kitchens and lunchboxes. Discounts for families and organizations are available by reaching out to us at our classes email. More adult classes are available in July and may be viewed at

Letter To The Editor: Response To Julie Walker

Thank you for your patriotism. I appreciate your honorable service on the Navy’s combat team. I would like to challenge kindly your portrayal of the GOP in your Letter to the Editor of June 19, 2022 (link). By “GOP” it seems you are referring to local Republicans as a group. You ascribe offensive and unkind actions to a whole group of people, and I am unaware of when Republicans have committed such deeds as a group.

Rendija, Other NNSA Land Transfers, New SWEIS, Cerro Pelado Fire And Electrical Power Upgrade Discussed By NNSA’s Wyka At County Council Meeting

Los Alamos County Council had a broad and informative briefing Tuesday evening from DOE/NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Manager on four issues of major interest to Los Alamos and surrounding communities. It was perhaps the most extensive public discussion before Council in recent years on land transfers within the County, especially 900 acres in Rendija Canyon. Wyka also discussed the Cerro Pelado Fire, the Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Electrical Power Capacity Upgrade, which will involve a 12 ½ mile transmission line from near Buckman Road in Santa Fe to LANL.

LAHS Teacher’s Simple Act Of Kindness Inspires Students

LAHS teacher Lynn Ovaska during an interview June 9 at the Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Los Alamos High School teacher Lynn Ovaska was deeply touched by Holocaust Survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein and the inspirational story told in her autobiographical account of the Holocaust, “All But My Life”.