News Highlights 2019

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Friday January 24, 2020

Quality New Mexico is proud to announce the 2019 New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards (NMPEA) recipients. These four organizations are role models in customer and employee satisfaction and engagement, sound operational management, innovation, and favorable outcomes. They exemplify the result of commitment, progress, and dedication to organizational excellence.
The Roadrunner (Progress) level reflects that the recipient demonstrates progress in building sound and systematic processes and attaining improved outcomes. The 2019 Roadrunner Recognition Recipients are:
     Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, Los Alamos
The NMPEA is a multi-tiered assessment and awards process assisting New Mexico organizations along their path to achieving and sustaining performance excellence. Performance excellence reflects Level 1 Adobe, Level 2 Piñon, and Level 3 Roadrunner Recognitions as key stages to achieving the pinnacle of performance-earning the prestigious Level 4 Zia Award. New Mexico


Thursday January 23, 2020

Los Alamos County and their consultant will host a public meeting on the North Mesa Housing Study on Thursday, January 30th at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers (1000 Central Ave). The County is seeking to create a design concept for workforce housing on approximately 30 acres of land located on North Mesa, located east of the Los Alamos Middle School, between the school, soccer fields, North Mesa Rd and San Ildefonso Rd. The land is owned by the School District. The overall goal is to generate a concept that can be carried into design and development.
Preliminary work on three design concepts began in December by engaging an appointed Steering Committee in a workshop to explore housing types and options. The public meeting on January 30 to review these concepts is the next step. The consultant will be presenting the information and collecting public feedback in a formal presentation, which includes a survey of participants as part of the process.

Tuesday January 21, 2020

With the recent snowfall in Los Alamos, officials with the Department of Public Utilities would like to remind customers to maintain access to and clear snow and ice off meters. This will ensure that DPU can bill customers on actual meter reads rather than estimating reads.
Meter Technician Supervisor Edgar Castillo asks customers to please check gates if meters are in the backyard.
More importantly, snow and ice on the natural gas meter can be dangerous. Castillo points out that if snow and ice block the vent on the meter's regulator, gas could be expelled back into the home. Use a broom instead of a shovel to clear snow off the regulator, meter, and associated piping. If customers smell gas, Castillo instructs them to immediately call the Customer Care Center at 505 662 8333 Mon. - Fri. from 8 - 4 p.m. and after hours the Police Department at 505 662 8222.


Monday January 20, 2020

County administration offices are closed today for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. If this is your trash day, put your roll cart at the curb Wednesday instead. The Eco Station and Overlook Convenience Center are closed. Other County facilities may be closed or have shortened hours of operation. Check the county website before you you plan to visit the library, pool or ice rink.


Friday January 17, 2020

Due to the weather and snow, Los Alamos National Laboratory is closed, Los Alamos Public Schools are closed, Los Alamos and White Rock senior centers are closed, Magistrate Court is closed.   Los Alamos County is on a Two hour delay.


Thursday January 16, 2020

Due to expected heavy snow, the Lab is on a delayed opening Thursday, Jan. 16. Employees should report to work between 10 a.m. and noon.

UNM-LA is on a 2 hour delay. The Chamber of Commerce breakfast is cancelled.

Los Alamos Public Schools are on a 2 hour delay


Wednesday January 15,2020

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is pleased to announce that Monther Jubran will serve as the new director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Jubran, who has been teaching Accounting and Tax at UNM-Los Alamos, has extensive experience in academia, public accounting and private industry.
As Vice President of Finance, Administration and Coaching for a seed investment company, Jubran helped start-ups accelerate growth, develop their marketing strategies and monetize on their business models.
The SBDC at UNM-LA is part of the New Mexico SBDC network, which is a nationally accredited association providing statewide business resources. It is the state's largest small business assistance program offering no-cost consulting, low-cost training and market research for businesses at all stages of business development.
Typical areas of assistance include business start-up and registration, business planning development, customer service, marketing, business funding, incorporation, proposal preparation, human capital planning, business computing, record keeping, regulatory issues, quality management, productivity enhancement and trade name searches.
Jubran is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Masters in Accounting and Taxation from the University of Memphis.
Located in the lower level of building 7 on the UNM-LA campus, the SBDC is generally open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. For further information, call 505-662-0337.


Tuesday January 14, 2020

Both Sandia Corporation and Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory published recruitment and brand awareness advertisements in Physics Today and Scientific American in 1956-1964. In those advertisements the laboratories mobilized tropes, symbols, and art of an "American Southwest Imaginary."
Martin Pfeiffer, a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, will review a sample of advertisements when he speaks in Fuller Lodge Tonight at 7:00 p.m. His lecture is titled "Nuclear Weapons are a Southwestern Thing: Los Alamos and Sandia Magazine Advertisements, 1956-1964."
Pfeiffer will examine a sample of advertisements to suggest how nuclear weapons laboratory advertising responded to US nuclear weapon projects, while also seeking to shape the circumstances and outcomes of some projects. In particular, he will discuss the ways in which Los Alamos and Sandia mobilized images of the American Southwest in efforts to recruit workers, shape mass attitudes positively toward nuclear weapons work, and respond (or not) to geopolitical and sociocultural changes varying from shifts in American gender ideologies to the challenges of the nuclear explosive test moratorium of 1958-1961.
Martin Pfeiffer is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. His main research focus at the moment is nuclear semiotics: the ways in which we create, negotiate, and circulate meaning about, around, and through nuclear weapons. Pfeiffer, lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Monday January 13, 2020

Here is the Los Alamos National Laboratory weather summary for the month of December. For the second month in a row, temperatures were slightly above average. Winter was off to a great start in November with above average snowfall, but December was much drier with several sunny days
and light precipitation. Winter storms between Christmas Eve and December 28 resulted in all of the month's snowfall of 4.2 inches which is only 34% of normal.
The 2019 weather Summary In Los Alamos, temperature was slightly above average and
precipitation was slightly below average.
The Mean temperature: 48.8°F (101% of normal).
Total precipitation: 17.99 inches (95% of normal).
Total snowfall: 47.6 inches (83% of normal).
The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is predicting below-average temperatures and equal chances for above or below precipitation for January. The CPC is predicting above-average temperatures
and equal chances for above or below average precipitation for January to March.


Friday January 10, 2020

Forty people will be recognized this Saturday, as Champions of Youth Ambitions (C'YA) and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, sponsor the 11th annual Community Asset Awards. The annual event, strives to highlight the good work done by many people throughout our community.
Six businesses have been nominated, along with a variety of individuals. Those include; Aspen Copies, Fleur de Lys, Morning Glory Bakery, Pig & Fig, Rigoberto's and Unquarked. The many individuals represent, the arts, banking, Los Alamos County, the Los Alamos Public Schools, the Los Alamos Police Department, Smith's Market Place and many community volunteers. They also run the gamut from youth to senior citizens.


Thursday January 9, 2020

The 14th annual chili bowl cook off is March 7 at the Santa Claran Event Center. It is time to become a sponsor, support and/ or enter the contest to be voted the best red chili, green chili and salsa in the valley. Individuals, groups and businesses can all participate. It is all to benefit the San Martin de Porres Soup kitchen. For all the details to participate email


Tuesday January 7, 2020

Los Alamos Public Schools is hosting a job fair on Wednesday, January 8 from 9 am - 3 pm at Piñon Elementary School.
LAPS is looking to fill several substitute positions including regular substitute, licensed substitute, office substitute, substitute nurse, substitute custodian, substitute bus driver, substitute bus assistant and a long term substitute. Some positions require additional licensing. Pay ranges from $14.41 to $29.47 per hour, depending upon the position.
Human Resources staff will be available to assist with the application process and applying for a substitute license. Applicants are encouraged to bring direct deposit, W-4, emergency contact and physician information to the job fair.
For more information about the job fair and career opportunities with Los Alamos Public Schools, contact Trey Pereyra at 505-663-2245 or You can also view our current job postings at