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Celebrate Life Of Sara Snowball At Pinon Elementary Aug. 21

COMMUNITY News:

The community is invited to celebrate the life of Sara (McCann) Snowball, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 in the gymnasium of Pinon Elementary School in White Rock.

Sara passed away unexpectedly from complications due to childbirth on May 20, 2021.

Sara was born in Harrisburg, PA on Oct. 22, 1986. She grew up in Bradenton, FL and married her high school sweetheart, Matthew Snowball after many years of engagement.

Sara attended Lakewood Ranch High School, and went on to earn a Masters of Education from the University of Florida, and was a proud Florida Gator. Sara was a dedicated early


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Cone Zone: Week Of Aug. 2, 2021

COUNTY News:

Public Works Projects: 

The projects listed in this section are being managed by County Public Works staff through contractors. For more information, please email lacpw@lacnm.us, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects/Public Works” link at www.losalamosnm.us.

Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.  

Canyon Rim Trail Underpass 

The current highway detour will be shifted to the north side of NM502 allowing the


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Scenes From Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts At Pond

Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts wow the crowd during the summer concert night Friday at Ashley Pond Park. After a pause due to a rainstorm, Los Alamos was treated to a great show, which also featured local band Eddy and the Nomads. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Local favorite Eddy and the Nomads entertain the crowd Friday night before Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts take the stage. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

2021 County Fair & Rodeo Princess Aspen Jaramillo sings the national anthem at the start of the concert Friday at the pond. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com


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New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies Enters Partnership To Reduce Gun Violence

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies

STATE News:

SANTA FE — The staff of the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office took part in a training on Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) Friday, as part of a pilot project between the District Attorney and New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence. 

Despite the passage of the Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act in 2020, ERPOs continue to be underutilized, leaving far too many firearms in the hands of people who present a risk of violence to themselves or others. While most think of ERPOs within the context of police departments and sheriffs’


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CommuniTREE Celebrates County Fair & Rodeo Aug. 13-15

CommuniTREE highlights upcoming Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

The ever-changing CommuniTREE displays a country-western “boots, badges and bandanas” theme celebrating the annual Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo coming up Aug. 13-15.

The theme for the Fair is “On the Road Again” and information on events that span the three-day celebration can be downloaded in the Fair booklet available on the Parks, Recreation and Open Space “Programs and Events” webpage.

CommuniTREE was created during the COVID-19 pandemic to help lift employee spirits; it is sponsored


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State Cautions Investors About Interest-Bearing Accounts

NMRLD News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department (NMRLD) cautions New Mexicans about the risks associated with interest-bearing cryptoasset/cryptocurrency accounts.

A growing number of companies offer so-called “deposit” account products that promise to pay high rates of interest on deposits of cryptocurrencies. When an investor makes a deposit, they typically exchange their cryptocurrency for a promise by the issuing company or the borrower for a return of the same amount of cryptocurrency plus interest whenever the investor requests a withdrawal of the


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On The Job In Los Alamos: LAHS Girls Cross Country Team

On the job in Los Alamos early Wednesday morning while most community members are starting their second cup of coffee the 2021/2022 Los Alamos High School Girls Cross Country Team are finishing their workout with a cool down stretch in the far corner of the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Go Toppers! #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com


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NMDWS Issues Alert On Text-Message Scams

NMDWS News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) warns New Mexicans to be on alert for scammers who pretend to be NMDWS through text message for the purpose of unlawfully capturing individuals personal information.

NMDWS has received reports of claimants and members of the public receiving scam cell-phone text-messages to trick unemployment insurance claimants into clicking a link and disclosing personally identifiable information and other sensitive data. That information can then be used by fraudsters to commit identity theft.

NMDWS from this

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NMSP: Officer Involved Shooting Involving City Of Las Vegas Police At Scene Of Domestic Dispute Saturday July 17

NMSP News:

LAS VEGAS, NM — The New Mexico State Police (NMSP) Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate an officer involved shooting July 17 in Las Vegas, N.M. involving the City of Las Vegas Police Department (LVPD). 

Investigators learned that at approximately 9:36 p.m., LVPD responded to a domestic dispute at 1315 Keen St. Upon arrival, officers attempted to contact the reporting person, later identified as Jeffery Scott, 30, of Las Vegas, N.M., when they observed a male, later identified as Scott, walk out of 1315 Keen St. armed with a shotgun.

Officers observed Scott walk toward


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Northern New Mexico National Forests Sign Final Decision

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Carson, Cibola and Santa Fe National Forests (SFNF) and Kiowa National Grasslands have released the final decision notice on a proposal to restore riparian, wetland and aquatic ecosystems in Northern New Mexico.

The signed decision opens the door to begin implementing multiple projects to improve aquatic and terrestrial habitat, watershed health and water quality across the three national forests.

Although wetlands or riparian areas make up less than 200,000 acres of the 4.8 million acres of National Forest System lands in Northern New Mexico, they provide essential


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FBI And Bernalillo Police Search For Identity Of Bank Robber

The FBI is seeking the identity of this man who robbed a bank Friday afternoon in Bernalillo. Courtesy/FBI 

FBI News:

A man wearing a dark blue Torrance County Fire Department long-sleeve shirt robbed a bank in Bernalillo Friday, July 30, 2021.

The robbery occurred at approximately 2:15 p.m. at Wells Fargo, 239 W. Highway 550.

The suspect is described as a Native American or Hispanic male with dark skin, approximately 5’6″ tall, with a medium build. He wore the blue shirt, a dark mask covering the lower half of his face, a dark baseball cap with a light-colored bill and dark green pants.


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Obituary: Kenneth Charles Spicocchi – July 26, 2021

KENNETH CHARLES SPICOCCHI – July 26, 2021

Kenneth Charles Spicocchi, longtime resident of Los Alamos and Santa Fe, N.M., went home to be with Our Lord on July 26, 2021.

As a husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather, he brought joy and laughter to those who he knew.

He passed away at the age of 85 at his home surrounded by his family on July 26, 2021, after a long battle with prostate and bone cancer.

Kenneth will be remembered by his wife of 36 years Cay Spicocchi, five children, eight grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren.

He was employed in Los Alamos at Los Alamos National


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County: Update On Boards & Commissions Meeting Formats

COUNTY News:

In July, the County Council discussed and then decided to return to in-person meetings in Council Chambers, with the option for members of the public to continue to join meetings via the Zoom online video platform remaining in place.

Zoom had been added during the COVID-19 pandemic last year. The Council asked their various boards, commissions and committees (BCCs) to have a similar discussion at their meetings over the month of July and decide how to proceed – in-person only, Zoom only, or a “hybrid” using both options.

Two of the BCCs already made the decision in July to begin the


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Obituary: Matthew Lee Whitaker Nov. 2, 1978 – July 23, 2021

MATTHEW LEE WHITAKER Nov. 2, 1978 – July 23, 2021

Matthew Lee Whitaker passed away unexpectedly July 23, 2021, in Los Alamos, NM.

Matthew was born Nov. 2, 1978, in Los Alamos, NM and was a graduate of Los Alamos High School, class of 1997. After high school he enrolled in some college classes and took part in a technician training program at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Later, he received certification as a Network Wiring Installer and worked as a PBX technician in network communications. He was a lifelong resident of Los Alamos.

He is survived by his parents, Barbara and Rodney Whitaker; sister


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Daily Postcard: Honey Bees Sip Nectar On Barranca Mesa

Daily Postcard: A honey bee flips upside down to sip nectar from a Rocky Mountain Bee Plant blooming at a residence Sunday on Barranca Mesa.. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan 

A small honey bee hangs on to the pistil of a flower blooming on a Rocky Mountain Bee Plant to gather nectar Sunday at a residence on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan 

A honey bee prefers to rest on the anther rather than the flower blooming Sunday at a residence on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

A honey bee clings to the pistil of a flower blooming on a Rocky Mountain Bee Plant and has bright yellow pollen dust all over


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New Mexico State Auditor Fraud Alert: ‘Smishing’ Scam

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Office of the State Auditor has issued a Risk Advisory warning New Mexicans to be aware of fraudsters using cellphone text messaging technology to scam recipients.

The Motor Vehicle Division is reporting the text messages appear to be an attempt to steal social security numbers and other personal identifying information.

For full details of the Risk Advisory following this link: RISK ADVISORY | Fraud Alert: “Smishing”: Scam.

New Mexicans concerned about potential instances of governmental waste, fraud, and abuse should contact the


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Power Restored To Homes And Businesses In White Rock

Los Alamos County Public Utilities crews on the job early this evening behind Del Norte Credit Union near the intersection of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4, working to repair a power outage that affected homes and businesses in White Rock. At about 7:30 p.m. the crews restored power to the area. Photo by Katy Korkos 


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In And Around Town: July 30, 2021

In and Around Town:

The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas.

Send event announcements to Bjgordon@ladailypost.com.

 

FRIDAY July 30

Free Movie Night at BELC: Princess Bride
Free movies on alternate Friday nights are being offered by Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road in Los Alamos (near Mountain Elementary School). The movies will be shown outside in the church courtyard starting at 8:20 p.m., as darkness descends. Seating will be outside under the stars, in a safe, socially distanced


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