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  • LAPS honors 18 retirees

    Even though Los Alamos Public Schools is losing a combined 333 years of experience with the retirement of 18 employees this year, Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus knows the district is stronger moving forward because of the contributions of this group.

    “It is a group that provided decades of service – and really high quality service – to Los Alamos schools,” he said. “If you look at the picture last year and the picture this year we have a lot fewer retirees this year and a lot more teachers returning as well. So I’m happy about that.”

    The certified retirees (and their years of service to the district) include: Laura Parker (31), teacher; Kathryn Anderson (26), speech pathologist; Barbara Musgrave (23), teacher; Judy Nekimken (23), teacher; Julia Goen (19), librarian; Ronda Harmon (18), teacher; Barbara Kress (17), teacher; Elizabeth Laskey (12), teacher; Kenneth Holmes (11), librarian; and Carole Kirby (6), nurse.

  • AP Poll: Young adults feel stress of long-term care

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most young adults haven’t given much thought to their own needs as they get older, but a significant number are already providing long-term care for older loved ones, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

    And while those who have caregiving experience put in fewer hours than their older counterparts, they’re more likely to feel stressed out by the experience.

    According to the poll, a third of American adults under age 40 have already provided care for an older relative or friend, and another third expect to be called upon to do so within the next five years.


    According to the survey, 17 percent of young adults are currently providing long-term care to an older loved one, and another 19 percent have done so in the past.

    Three-quarters of younger caregivers spend less than 10 hours a week providing care, compared to most caregivers over age 40 who provide at least 10 hours of unpaid care a week. But despite putting in fewer hours of unpaid work, younger caregivers are more likely than older caregivers to say their care responsibilities are at least moderately stressful, 80 percent to 67 percent.

  • Famous jazz musician teaching ‘the joy of music’ to LA

    World-renowned musician, author and entrepreneur Jon Barnes’ biography reads like a jazz song.


    He’ll start off with an idea, where he’ll then push, prod and rehearse it, do some more research, sometimes collaborating with others until he has something completely different and unique to give to the world.

    Whether that’s a book, a composition or a new way to teach kids about music, Barnes enjoys every bit of the process.

    He took his first steps into his career as a jazz trumpet player when he was eight years old. 

    He remembers being in a room with family and passed a trumpet no one else could make a note come out of, and the rest is history. Ever since, he’s been playing his own unique song, a song he’s never stopped playing or innovating. For an indefinite time, Los Alamos County residents are welcome to join him.

  • Man threatens couple with ax in road rage incident

    Police arrested a 23-year-old Los Alamos man Monday for allegedly threatening a couple with an ax during a road rage incident. 

    Jerry Ray Chase was arrested at the Shell gas station at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Arkansas Avenue. He was initially charged with two counts of aggravated assault (with intent to commit felony) and later charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. 

    Police were called to San Ildefonso Road around 9:30 a.m. when eyewitnesses reported being threatened by a man with an ax.

    The witnesses, who was driving down San Ildefonso Road in separate vehicles ahead of Ray’s green Ford Explorer. The cars driven by the eyewitnesses stopped in the road to avoid hitting deer crossing San Ildefonso Road. Ray drove around the two cars in front, stopping briefly to yell at the people in the cars before continuing on down San Ildefonso Road. 

    At the bottom of the hill near the San Ildefonso Roundabout, the two witnesses saw Ray’s vehicle pulled over to the side of the road. The vehicles stopped in the road to tell Ray why they stopped. 

  • Kroger says it has offer for Mari-Mac site

    Kroger has informed Los Alamos County officials that it has a potential buyer for the Mari-Mac property located between Central Avenue and Trinity Drive, the cornerstone of which is the vacant building that used to be occupied by Smith’s Food and Drug.

    The county council heard the good news from Deputy County Manager Steve Lynne at its work session held Tuesday night at the fire station in White Rock.

    “They have received an offer to purchase their entire interests in the Mari-Mac Center,” said Lynne. “They are currently going through their process of evaluation and underwriting, basically their due diligence in evaluating the offer. Hopefully they’ll have some substantial progress sometime in the next 90 days.”

    Lynne said Kroger is not saying who the buyer is until the evaluation and underwriting process is completed.

    One obstacle being faced by any potential buyer is the issue of covenants at the Mari-Mac location.

  • Judge candidates consider bringing more cases to LA

    At a candidate forum held May 9 sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos, Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados asked the four Democratic candidates running for First Judicial Court Judge, Division II, if they would be willing to hold court in Los Alamos County more often if elected to the office. Lately, most court cases involving Los Alamos residents have been held in Santa Fe. 

    The first candidate to speak was Donna Bevacqua-Young, who has been serving as a Santa Fe Magistrate Court judge since 2013. She first spoke about her times filling in for Casados as a magistrate court judge whenever Casados had a scheduling conflict. 

    “There is more than enough ample space, not only for magistrate court judges but for district court judges to cup up here. I would actually advocate for judges to actually come up to Los Alamos more,” Bevacqua-Young said. 

  • Police, community give their all for annual Torch Run

    The Los Alamos Police Department ran the torch for the annual Law Enforcement Torch run to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics on Thursday.  This year is a special year as it marks 50 years since founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a movement in 1968 to fulfill this mission. Commander Oliver Morris said, “Eunice Kennedy Shriver believed in justice, that is why I believe it is synonymous that law enforcement agencies globally participate in this endeavor that changes lives and attitudes for those with intellectual disabilities. LAPD has a long and proud tradition of supporting this cause which benefits our local athletes and the state games.” For more information on how you can help support this cause contact Morris via email at: morrisoliver44@gmail.com or visit sonm.org  

  • UNM president lauds importance of Los Alamos branch

    Tony Hillerman novels once inspired Garnett Stokes to load up a popup camper and head out on a spring break trip to Los Alamos.

    Wednesday it was her new job as president of the University of New Mexico that brought her back to the Secret City, where she made a visit to the campus of the university’s Los Alamos branch the first stop on her inaugural statewide listening tour.

    “This campus is really important to the University of New Mexico,” said Stokes, who took over as UNM president on March 1. “It’s in a key location in the state, they are able to help facilitate our relationships in this area of the state and facilitate economic development. I’m especially pleased that we are able to serve the students in this region with our branch campus here.”

    Dr. Cynthia Rooney, chief executive officer of UNM-LA, called it “an absolute privilege” to have Stokes visit the campus.

  • Judge sides with sheriff’s IPRA claim

    First Judicial District Court David K. Thomson rejected a summary judgment Tuesday for New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas. Balderas and his office are defendants in a lawsuit filed by Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.

    Lucero filed his lawsuit in January, claiming the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General violated New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act by failing to give him an official legal opinion Lucero claims the office prepared back in 2016. Lucero said the alleged opinion was in the form of a memorandum from then Assistant Attorney General Peter Auh.

    “At the August 2016 meeting, Mr. Auh presented what he described as a final version of a memorandum he had prepared concerning the opinion or evaluation of the attorney general’s office regarding the dispute over the legal responsibilities of the elected sheriff in Los Alamos County,” Lucero’s attorney, A. Blair Dunn said in the lawsuit. 

    Lucero and then executive director for the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association Jack LeVick were allowed to read the alleged memorandum, but not allowed to take a copy with them. 

  • Pig and Fig makes a move

    Saturday morning was the start of Pig and Fig restaurant’s official first day at its new location, but customers wouldn’t even know it judging by the crowds that came for breakfast. 


    It seems customers have not skipped a beat in finding the Pig and Fig’s new location at 11 Sherwood Blvd. 

    “White Rock has been extremely loyal,” Executive Chef and owner Laura Crucet said. “They have been waiting with bated breath for us to open.” Crucet and her staff were ready, too. 

    Disappearing rapidly off a counter were the same luscious, homemade, French style cakes, pies tarts and pastries customers have come to expect from the Pig and Fig, and coming from their new bigger kitchen were numerous plates of quiches and omelets cooked to order. 

    “We have the best staff,” Crucet said. “We have the best restaurant staff in New Mexico, I’m convinced of it.”