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Local United Way Earns 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator ... Seventh Consecutive Time

on July 2, 2015 - 9:45am


United Way of Northern New Mexico’s (UWNNM) sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

This is the 7th consecutive time that UWNNM has earned this top distinction.

Since 2002, using objective, data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating.

Police: TAG YOUR TOTS At Overlook Park July 4

on July 2, 2015 - 9:23am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department will be issuing wristbands to children this Saturday at overlook park for the 4th of July festivities as a part of the TAG YOUR TOTS initiative.

Parents may come to the LAPD information tent that will be set up in the south west corner of the Paul Spirio soccer fields at overlook park. 

“We want to encourage Los Alamos residents and visitors to take a brief moment to stop by the tent and get wristbands for their children so that, in the event they are separated from their families, they can be reunited with them quickly and easily,” Cmdr.

Bandelier Hosts Naturalization Ceremony July 4

on July 2, 2015 - 8:48am

Participants at the July 4, 2013 Naturalization Ceremony at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS Photo


July 4th is traditionally a day when Americans celebrate freedom and independence. 

For the fourth year,  Bandelier National Monument is proud to partner with the United States Citizenship and Naturalization Services to host a naturalization ceremony at the park on that day.  Eighteen candidates from nine countries, after working for years to fulfill their requirements, will be taking the oath and becoming the newest citizens of the United States.

In And Around Town: July 2

on July 2, 2015 - 8:34am


The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published Thursdays, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the top right red button on this page.

PEEC Downtown Bird Walk
Participants in this program will meet at 4:30 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park. It is free to attend, and no advance registration is required. Bring a picnic dinner, as well as binoculars, a field guide and a field notebook, if available.
FRIDAY, July 3
The Jemez Thrift Shop Bag Day
On Bag Days, everything a customer can fit into a

GED Test Fees Lowered In New Mexico

on July 2, 2015 - 8:33am


SANTA FE – Beginning July 1, New Mexico adult learners have seen a one-third drop in fees to take the GED test.

The exam will now cost $20 per test subject, or $80 for all four test subjects. Students will continue to have the flexibility to pay for one test at a time, and they'll continue to receive two free retakes.

First-time test-takers in New Mexico may also take advantage of a national program that gives a $10 discount off of their first test subject.

Lunch With A Leader Features Sanders Moore

on July 2, 2015 - 8:14am

Sanders Moore


The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos will host its monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader, at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 21 at Mesa Public Library
The speaker is Sanders Moore. Moore is the State Director for Environment New Mexico where she works to protect air, water, and open spaces in the state. Prior to joining ENM in 2010, she worked at the Georgia Conservancy for several years on improving air quality in the metro-Atlanta area through education and advocacy and decreasing the organization’s environmental footprint.
At the July 21

CIR Presents Talk On Recent Energy Trend Impacts

on July 2, 2015 - 7:24am

Senior Adviser to the Center for Naval Analyses, James Clad. Courtesy photo

CIR News:

​The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents James Clad, senior adviser to the Center for Naval Analyses and former deputy assistant secretary of defense.

Clad will discuss how recent energy trends have upset the world oil market and transformed the geopolitical landscape in a talk entitled, “The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape” at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, hosted at Tipton Hall, SF University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michaels Dr.

Asian energy demand is surging, Russian

Living Well Los Alamos: Tis The Season For Canning

on July 2, 2015 - 7:17am
Living Well Los Alamos
Los Alamos

Pressure Canner Care and Maintenance

Tis the season for canning! Whether you are planning to can homemade applesauce, salsa from garden tomatoes or apricots from your fruit trees, well maintained equipment is one key to successful food preservation. This is especially true of pressure canners. 

To begin, check any rubber gaskets for cracks. Rubber that has dried out, cracked or broken can result in a loose seal and not being able to reach the appropriate pressure.

NM Receives $3 Million In Major Disaster Funds

on July 2, 2015 - 7:14am
FEMA News:
DENTON, Texas  On Oct. 6, 2014, at the request of Gov. Susana Martinez, President Obama declared a major disaster for the state of New Mexico.
In June 2015, the state of New Mexico was awarded some $3 million in federal disaster assistance for repairs to roads in Lincoln County following severe storms and flooding in July and August 2014. The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management continues to administer the funds and provide support to the county as it recovers.
The severe weather and floodwaters washed away a total of 15 roads.

Classic Air Medical At Overlook Park 4-7 p.m. July 4

on July 1, 2015 - 7:10pm
Community members are invited to meet the Classic Air Medical crew and check out the helicopter 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Overlook Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Classic Air Medical Base Manager/Lead Pilot Geoff Rodgers and crew will fly over the Fourth of July festivities about 4 p.m. Saturday at Overlook Park and land on the south park.

Community members are invited to stop over and check out the state of the art helicopter and visit with the flight crew from about 4-7 p.m., Saturday on the south park.

Classic Air Medical Base Manager/Lead Pilot Geoff

White Rock Artist Market July 4

on July 1, 2015 - 7:09pm
The White Rock Artist Market. File photo

ART News:

The White Rock Artist Market continues 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 4 outside the White Rock Visitor Center.

This market will feature 10 local artists and artisans selling a variety of jewelry, paintings, glasswork, natural beauty products, hand woven baskets, children’s stuffed animals, handmade purses and bags, Mexican Talavera pottery, acrylic sculptures, knitted items and more. Stop by on the way to the Kiwanis 4th of July Celebration at Overlook Park. 

The White Rock Artist Market is held the first Saturday of every month.

Membership Deal At Pinon Park Pool Ends July 10

on July 1, 2015 - 5:49pm
PPP News:
Pinon Park Pool is offering 25 percent off membership fees and waiving the $75 volunteer fee for new members who sign up by July 10.
There’s still plenty of swim time this summer so don’t be left out of the fun. Swim lessons also are available.
Pool hours 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday and the pool stays open until 10 p.m. Wednesdays.
Located at 104 Bryce Avenue in White Rock, the pool offers no crowds, lots of room for lounging on the deck, tables and grills for a picnic, two slides, a diving board, lap swims at lunch and early evening, snack bar, play area and a

RTD Blue Buses Will Not Run July 3-4

on July 1, 2015 - 5:29pm


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service this Friday in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.   

The RTD Taos Express will not be in service Saturday, July 4. The Taos Express will be operating on its normal schedule Sunday, July 5.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses more than 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos; the Cities of Santa

White Rock Branch Library Grand Opening July 31

on July 1, 2015 - 11:37am

Work is coming down the homestretch on the new White Rock Branch Library and adjacent Youth Activity Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Landscaping is underway on the grounds of the new White Rock Branch Library. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The community is invited to join in the grand opening celebration of the New White Rock Branch Library.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, July 31 at the new library adjacent to Piñon Park on Sherwood Drive between N.M. 4 and Longview Drive.

Library Manager Steven Thomas

CB FOX Launches Online Atomic City Store

on July 1, 2015 - 10:28am
Courtesy image
Los Alamos Daily Post

The owners of CB FOX Department Store in downtown Los Alamos have met customer demand by making it possible for anyone in the world to purchase a famous Los Alamos T-Shirt through their new online store

What Part Of …. Don’t You Understand' is the best-selling T-shirt on the new online store. Courtesy photo

“The demand for T-shirts and gifts unique to Los Alamos is definitely growing, and we wanted to have this site up and running well ahead of the Manhattan National Park opening,” CB FOX President


White Rock Children's Parade & Carnival July 4

on July 1, 2015 - 10:06am
Kick off your July 4 Celebration with the Children's Parade and Carnival in White Rock. Flag ceremony and Parade begin at 10 a.m. at 366 Grand Canyon, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All are invited. Free carnival games and treats on the back lawn after the parade. Come join the fun and celebrate the Birthday of the U.S.A.! Courtesy photo

Public Invited To SFNF 100th Birthday Party July 18

on July 1, 2015 - 9:59am

Smokey Bear will be at July 18 party. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FEThe Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is celebrating its Centennial by throwing a party. 

The public is invited to join the fun 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18, on the grounds at Ski Santa Fe. Admission is free, and food and drink will be available for purchase. 

There will be live music, activities for adults and kids, and – of course – a special guest appearance by Smokey Bear.

Tribute To Joshua Oppenheimer At CCA July 11-12

on July 1, 2015 - 9:34am
Movie still from
Look of Silence’, a film by Joshua Oppenheimer to be screened at CCA July 12. Courtesy photo

CCA News:

SANTA FE – Joshua Oppenheimer will screen his two interconnected feature documentaries, the Oscar-nominated “Act of Killing” and soon-to-be-released “Look of Silence,” winner of more than 30 awards, during a weekend-long celebration and exploration of his groundbreaking work. 

Oppenheimer’s films, each exploring the Indonesian genocide of 1965-1966 from a different perspective, represent a landmark in the cinema of commitment.


SFNF Offices Close July 3 In Observance Of Fourth

on July 1, 2015 - 9:17am


All Santa Fe National Forest offices and ranger stations will be closed Friday, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Regular business hours will resume at 8 a.m. Monday, July 6.

Larger-than-usual numbers of visitors are expected on the Santa Fe National Forest during the Fourth of July weekend. Law enforcement, recreation staff and fire personnel will be on duty over the three-day weekend.

Although there are no fire restrictions on the Santa Fe National Forest, visitors to campgrounds and trails are asked to practice campfire safety and remember that

Heinrich Lauds New Rules For Overtime Pay Protection

on July 1, 2015 - 9:13am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C.  Tuesday, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., welcomed President Obama's plan to extend overtime pay protection for workers in New Mexico and across the country.

The President's plan would guarantee overtime pay to most salaried workers earning less than an estimated $50,440 next year.

The increased threshold would tie overtime protections to the 40th percentile of weekly earnings for full-time salaried workers. The plan would raise the salary threshold from $455 a week below the poverty threshold for a family of four to a projected

Udall Welcomes Historic Agreement To Re-open U.S. And Cuba Embassies

on July 1, 2015 - 8:46am


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the agreement between the United States and Cuba to re-open embassies in Washington and Havana: 

“Re-opening embassies in Washington and Havana is a historic step toward normalizing relations and finally building a 21st century relationship with Cuba. In my visits with Cuban entrepreneurs, artists and others, it's clear to me that the Cuban people are eager to engage with the world.

Letter To The Editor: Fed Up With Inaction, Landowners File Suit To Resolve Nasty Road Dispute

on July 1, 2015 - 8:29am
By Northern New Mexicans Protecting Land, Water and Rights, Inc.

Northern New Mexicans Protecting Land, Water and Rights, Inc.(NNMPLWR), filed a lawsuit Monday, June 29, in federal district court naming Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI), Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Raymond Fry, Superintendent of the Northern Pueblos Agency of the BIA as plaintiffs in a suit alleging that federal government has illegally clouded title to private property within the exterior bounds of the San Ildefonso Pueblo

Unitarian Officials Break Ground On New Church

on July 1, 2015 - 8:04am
Unitarian Church of Los Alamos officials break ground Tuesday at 1738 N. Sage St. where their new church will be constructed. From left, Rick Bolton, Rev. John Cullinan, Galen Gisler, Dawn Venhaus and Dale Arnink. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Members from the congregation and community turn out for Tuesday's groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Unitarian Church on Sage Street. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Staff Report
The old Unitarian Church at 1738 N. Sage St.

Home Country By Slim Randles: An American Thing

on July 1, 2015 - 7:28am

Home Country


We all watched as the flag came by. It was the first thing in the parade, of course. Great big one, carried by two of the kids from the ROTC at the high school. The bands followed, along with the mounted patrol, the ski patrol in their summer-weight jackets, the float with the princesses on it, and the local kids leading dogs and cats – some rather reluctantly – on leashes.

For some of us, the Fourth of July parade is a chance to see just how much the local kids have grown over the past year. For others, it’s a chance to see something that is really ours.