Today's News

  • Region offers events for Easter celebration

    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

  • United Church of Los Alamos invites community to Easter Sunday sunrise service

    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.

  • The similarities between Passover and Easter

    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.

  • All-faith community Seder to be held in honor of Passover

    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber will join local residents of all religious backgrounds at 6 p.m. today at the Drury Plaza Hotel, 228 East Palace Ave., in Santa Fe, for the Jewish Federation of New Mexico’s fourth-annual Jane and Stephen Hochberg Community Seder of Northern New Mexico.

    The Passover event is for people of all faiths and religious backgrounds to commemorate the holiday.

    The Seder is the festive kosher holiday event and meal that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday, Passover. It traditionally includes a reading and discussion of the text of Haggadah, or Passover prayer book, and a retelling of the biblical story of the Exodus, the journey of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt to eventual freedom in the Promised Land.
    Special foods mentioned in the Book of Exodus are typically eaten during the Seder.

    Los Alamos

    The Los Alamos Jewish Center will celebrate the second night of Passover with a great story, great food and socializing at a community Seder. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pig and Fig Restaurant, 11 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock. Andrew Dattelbaum will lead the Seder.

  • Capital outlay process remains secret

    Every year, the Legislature divides up a pot of money known as capital outlay, for one-time expenses such as construction, repair, and purchases of equipment. This year the total has approached a billion dollars.

    The process of dividing the money is done behind the scenes, out of public view. Open government advocates have been ranting about this secrecy for the last few years.

    Since New Mexico’s capital outlay structure is designed largely to provide bragging rights to legislators, the secrecy seems absurd.

    But more absurd, and far more important, is the method used to divide up the money, which has received national recognition for its stupidity.

    The process goes like this: legislators submit wish lists of projects to be considered for funding. Each legislator’s list is probably longer than what can realistically be funded. Legislators know some of their requests will be chopped off.

    Meanwhile, the finance committees are calculating how much money in total will be available. When the numbers are crunched, the projects selected for final approval are packaged into one or two long and detailed bills. This year the main bill was Senate Bill 280.

    You can read every legislator’s original list on the Legislature’s website (nmlegis.gov).

  • Use prescription pain medications safely

    Southwest Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

    Medicare wants to help you use prescription pain medications safely.

    Prescription opioid medications – such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and codeine – can help treat pain after surgery or after an injury, but they carry serious risks, like addiction, an overdose and death.

    Those risks increase the higher the dose you take or the longer you use the pain medications, even if you take them as prescribed. Your risks also grow if you take certain other medications, like benzodiazepines (commonly used for anxiety or sleep), or if you get opioid medications from many doctors or pharmacies.

    More than 11 million Americans misuse prescription opioids every year. In fact, opioid misuse has become so prevalent that the government has declared it a public health emergency. Opioid overdoses accounted for 47,600 deaths in 2017, and 40 percent of those deaths involved a prescription opioid medication.

  • LAPD to host Drug Take Back Day April 27

    The Los Alamos Police Department will conduct its biannual DEA Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27 in the north parking lot, off of Central Avenue of the Los Alamos Police Department. 

    This drug diversion program is a part of a national initiative by the DEA. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

  • Community Calendar 4-19-19


    Ringing Rocks of the Southwest at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Learn about the “ringing rocks” found throughout the Southwest and northern Mexico with Ron Barber and discover what significance they had. Free.


    Spring Trail Workday with Los Alamos County from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Nature Center. Celebrate Earth Day by helping beautify our open spaces. Join a team of volunteers and the County’s Open Space Specialist for this project. Free.

    Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Elks Lodge at 10 a.m. at Ashley Pond Park.

    Fee Free Day at Bandelier National Monument. Entrance fee waived at the park. Merchandise in the Western National Parks Association park store in the Bandelier Visitor Center will be discounted 15% and visitors may join a ranger for a guided walk on the Main Loop Trail at 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m.

    Feature Film: “The Hot and Energetic Universe” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join us for one of our new full-dome planetarium films! “The Hot and Energetic Universe” surveys high-energy events and objects in the universe. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.


  • Wildfire Day and Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt set for Saturday

    Downtown Los Alamos will be filled with family fun Saturday as children hunt for Easter Eggs and the county fire and medical community presents the Wildfire 2019 event.

    Central Avenue between Oppenheimer and 20th Street will be closed from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday in support of the combined efforts of the fire department, Los Alamos Elks Lodge and many more to present the community the annual Elk’s Easter Egg Hunt and Wildfire 2019.

    Activities start at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

    This will be a fun event for the entire family with the Easter Egg hunt, a bicycle rodeo, children’s bicycle helmet giveaway, the LAPD bomb truck, bounce houses, a Classic Air Medical helicopter on display, Smokey Bear, Sparky the Fire Dog and much more.

  • Assets in Action: Get involved, make a difference

    The month of April is National Volunteer month and you still have plenty of time to get involved with what can be a life changing opportunity.

    There are many exciting things taking place and many still ahead, right in our community. This week to celebrate Good Deeds Day, the youth at the Los Alamos and White Rock Activity Centers made, “blessing bags.”

    It was novel to some to explain that you could give it to someone that asks for money on a street corner. At the same moment, another student told me that on his grandmother’s birthday every year, the family gets together and makes them. His gift of sharing the story, may have created a lovely new tradition for my family.

    The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization has an entire program dedicated to volunteers. Their volunteers spend thousands of hours in our community doing a variety of jobs. The make and serve snacks at the local blood drives, coordinated volunteers to ring the bell for the Salvation Army and LA Cares, volunteer as Big Brothers and Sisters and even staff the welcome spots and help with lunch at both centers.

    The Los Alamos Volunteer Association has a special celebration this month just to say thank you.