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Today's Features

  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a safe and convenient way to dispose of expired and unused prescription drugs, is set for Saturday.

    According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, and a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

    You can help prevent misuse by securing your medications or by disposing of unused prescriptions on Saturday at the following locations:

    * Los Alamos Police Department in the North parking lot off Central Avenue from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (or 24/7 by taking them inside the station after Take Back Day).

    * Nambe Drugs at 111 Central Park Square from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (or during their normal business hours after Take Back Day).

    For those wanting to dispose of unused prescription drugs but are unable to visit a Take Back location, contact Kristine Coblentz (k.coblentz@laschools.net) or Brandi Seekins (b.seekins@laschools.net) for a Deterra® Drug Deactivation System, a drug disposal pouch that provides an easy way for people to deactivate and dispose of unused, expired or unneeded medications in their own home.

  • Adrien Lawyer, co-director of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, will offer his presentation, “Transgender 101: A Cultural Humility Training,” for the community on Wednesday, May 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater. Los Alamos Public School staff, parents, youth, and community members are encouraged and welcome to attend.

    “Did you know that transgender folks are twice as likely to experience homelessness as the general population?” asks Lawyer. “We are also twice as likely to experience unemployment. For transgender people of color that goes up to a staggering four times! Transgender people experience discrimination and even physical violence on a consistent basis.”

    Transgender 101 is an introduction to transgender people, their lives and challenges. The presentation covers basic terms, definitions, and concepts as well as how to begin to be a good ally to transgender and gender nonconforming individuals.

    Transgender people are generally not known and understood by others, and Lawyer’s training is meant to address this lack of information and experience. Lawyer has extensive experience training professionals in schools, law enforcement, businesses and the national labs.

    This presentation will be Lawyer’s fourth visit to LAPS.

  • Los Alamos County will be conducting a county-wide active shooter exercise May 18 at the University of New Mexico–Los Alamos campus. The campus will be closed for the exercise, which is being conducted in order to test and improve the county’s overall preparedness in responding to an active shooter event.

    The county is seeking at least 30 volunteers to participate as “actors” in the exercise.

    Exercise activity will last about seven hours starting at 8 a.m.  

    Volunteers will need to arrive at UNM-LA, Building 2 by 7 a.m. in order to be registered and properly briefed. Breakfast and lunch will be provided free.

    Volunteer actor/victims will be provided with symptomology cards (simulating injuries) and moulage t-shirts or other moulage materials to enhance the realism of injuries associated with an active shooter event.

    Volunteers will be at various locations throughout the exercise areas on the campus. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and must sign participation waivers and other necessary forms.

    Those intersted should send their first and last name and a contact phone number and email address to lacmanager@lacnm.us. In the email, use “Volunteer for Active Shooter Exercise” in the subject line.

  • The board of directors of the Los Alamos Community Foundation selected Frances Chadwick as its newest member.
    Chadwick joined the current board that consists of Don Cobb, Linda Daly, David Izraelevitz, Jenny McCumber, Cindy Rooney and Pat Soran.

    Chadwick is a member of the Triad National Security executive team which assumed management of Los Alamos National Laboratory in November 2018.

    She serves as the laboratory’s staff director, managing the various offices that report into the director’s office. She has specific responsibility for the laboratory’s community outreach programs and is committed to partnering with local and state entities to increase the laboratory’s positive economic impact in northern New Mexico.

    Chadwick has held leadership positions in the laboratory’s business and financial organizations and in the national security programs. She is a voting member of the laboratory’s Benefits and Investments Committee and is a member of the Department of Energy’s Infrastructure Executive Council.

    Originally from the UK, Frances holds a bachelor’s degree from Oxford University, England, and an MBA from the University of California, Davis. She and her husband have lived in Los Alamos since 1996, and have raised three children here.

  • Los Alamos County’s Open Space Division announce one of its most popular trails – School Canyon Rim Trail – will become the latest addition to its Adopt-a-Trail program, thanks to N3B volunteers wanting to make a difference in Los Alamos.

    “We’re very excited to have N3B on board as part of the County’s Adopt-a-Trail program,” said Harry Burgess, County Manager. “Having volunteers who periodically clean up our trails helps with overall maintenance of our extensive trails system, a community asset enjoyed by our residents and many visitors year-round.”

    N3B is celebrating its first anniversary as the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and employees wanted to find a way that they could meaningfully show their support for the community where they are living and working.

    The segment of trail that N3B is adopting runs behind the Pueblo Complex on Diamond Drive, making it convenient for employees who work in the facility or nearby facilities to hike the trail and pick up litter on a frequent basis.

    “We’re excited to celebrate Earth Day by adopting the School Canyon Rim Trail,” said Glenn Morgan, N3B president and program manager.

  • The weather is getting warmer and it is time to remind adults that helmet safety for children is a primary role. Children are often in a hurry and don’t take the time to remember, so we as friends and neighbors must re-enforce the lesson. If we don’t, we could regret it for a lifetime.

    The Youth Risk and Resiliency Data for our community shows that 31% of middle school age students reported that they rarely or never wore a helmet. Our high school students reported 44% for the same question. Sure, our numbers aren’t as high as the state, but does that matter?

    Someone once asked me, “Why this is such a problem when your community lives on its head?” I guess I don’t have the answer, but we need to stop and think about it. If we all work together, perhaps people will hear the message again and again and change can take root.

    There are many great organization websites dedicated to resources for safety. There is one dedicated to Bicycle Helmet Safety, Safe Kids Worldwide, Bake Safety Council and the League of American Bicyclists. These organizations want to educate the public about bicycle safety month in May. There are handouts on how to properly fit a helmet, age appropriate guidelines and of course games to make it all fun.

  • In a woodsy part of the Los Alamos National Laboratory where elk linger outside his building, John Kramer is guiding the next generations of high explosives experts.

    The lab’s esteemed explosives enclave has been Kramer’s turf since he was 19, mopping up water in big bays and growing accustomed to the shaking, rumbling world around him. Now, 37 years later, Kramer is a revered R&D engineer who holds two patents and keeps the lab’s detonator powder production plant humming to meet growing demands.

    His current mentee, Reid Buckley, decided to go into explosives work after serving as a Marine in Afghanistan and other parts of Asia under the global war on terrorism known as Operation Enduring Freedom. Since graduating from Arizona State University last year with his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, Buckley has been working with Kramer on pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN), a deadly, stable, colorless explosive that has reportedly been used in terrorist plots.

  • The region offers several events for those who are looking to do something extra memorable to celebrate Easter this year.

    The Jemez Historic Site will host an all-faiths sunrise service Easter Sunday with the Jemez Valley Baptist Church, the Jemez Springs Community Presbyterian Church and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church. 

    The service will be from 7-10 a.m. at the historic site, 18160 N.M. 4. To get there from Los Alamos, take N.M. 4 west to Jemez Springs (about 37 miles).

    After the service, visitors can take in the picturesque ruins. The historic site will be closed for the remainder of the day. Call 575-829-3530 for more information.

    Sunrise service at Ashley Pond

    For anyone who might be new to the community or would like a church home on Easter Sunday, the United Church of Los Alamos invites them to attend a multi-organization service at Ashley Pond Park at sunrise (at 6:15 a.m.), or at 2525 Canyon Road, at 9:30 a.m.

    Easter Egg Hunt at Ashley Pond

  • For anyone who might be new to the community or would like a church home on Easter Sunday, the United Church of Los Alamos invites them to attend a multi-organization service at Ashley Pond Park at sunrise (at 6:15 a.m.), or at 2525 Canyon Road, at 9:30 a.m.

  • To the casual observer, Passover and Easter may not to seem to have much in common. While the two holidays are celebrated by people of different faiths, they share certain similarities.

    Both Passover and Easter celebrate fundamental tenets of their respective faiths. For Christians, Easter commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, a moment that has shaped the lives of faithful Christians ever since. During Passover, Jews honor a moment in history that helped free slaves from captivity and shape them into the people of Israel.

    In addition, historians believe that the Passion of Christ, which is the short final period of Jesus’ life, occurred during the observance of Pesach, or Passover.

    During this time, Jesus went to Jerusalem in response to a mandate to appear at the Temple. It also is believed that the Last Supper described in all four Gospels was likely a Passover seder. Liberation and rebirth also are at the heart of both holidays.