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Judge Rules Spousal Privilege Violated In Mallory Case

on May 22, 2017 - 12:38pm

Deputy District Attorney Michael Nunez, left, chats with Christopher Marlowe, attorney for Scott Mallory following Thursday's motions hearing in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 

Scott Mallory
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE – A judge has ruled that spousal privilege was violated and information on a computer belonging to Scott Mallory as well as any statements made by Mallory to police are to be suppressed.

First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington rendered his decision Thursday at a hearing in Santa Fe.

Pinon Park Pool Prepares For May 27 Opening Day!

on May 22, 2017 - 12:34pm

Pinon Park Pool staff gather Saturday for Orientation Day. Courtesy photo

PINON PARK POOL News:

Pinon Park Pool is ready for swimmers to jump in and start the 2017 swim season this Saturday, May 27, at 104 Bryce Ave., in White Rock.

Pool Manager and lifeguard, Jeremy Goettee reports, “The water looks fantastic. It’s going to be an awesome swim season this year. The new pool pump installed in 2016 is producing crystal-clear water.”

Pool members held a work party over the weekend to complete final tasks in preparation for a fun-filled summer.

Joshua J. Montoya Charged With LANL Copper Theft Slated For Arraignment In District Court Wednesday

on May 22, 2017 - 12:18pm

Staff Report

Joshua J. Montoya of Velarde is slated for arraignment Wednesday in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe for allegedly stealing large amounts of copper from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) last year.

A criminal complaint filed July 14, 2016 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court by Los Alamos Police Cpl.

Unitarian Church Hosts Buddhist Meditation Friday

on May 22, 2017 - 11:54am

Letter To The Editor: Walk Your Rec Ballot In Today Or Tomorrow ... And Please Vote Yes!

on May 22, 2017 - 11:42am
By KRISTIN HENDERSON, J.D.
Los Alamos

You can still vote on the Rec Bond if you walk your ballot in today or tomorrow. I am voting yes and i hope you do, too.

In a small town like ours, a Bond question can be won - or lost - by just one vote, or a small handful of votes. Your vote will make a difference.
 
You can turn your ballot in, in person at this point, at the Municipal Building at 10th & Central, on the 2nd floor, in the County Clerk’s Office. It has to be in the Clerk’s Office before 7 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday.
 
While it’s true that property taxes would go up by about $18/

Daily Postcard: Colorful Birds Drawn To Suet Feeder

on May 22, 2017 - 11:07am
Daily Postcard: This suet feeder in the yard of a Barranca Mesa home is drawing a variety of colorful birds including this Western Tanager, which has been returning to eat here for about a week. Photo by Ken Hanson
 
Daily Postcard: This Hairy Woodpecker is a more regular customer to the local suet feeder and is seen dining here during last week's surprise spring snow. Photo by Ken Hanson

Letter To The Editor: Let's Give Back To Our Community

on May 22, 2017 - 10:47am
By KARYL ANN ARMBRUSTER
Los Alamos

The County Council – both the Democrats and the Republicans – agreed after having numerous meetings with the public to give a little something to everyone in the entire community in new recreation opportunities. The chair of the Republican Party and the chair of the Democratic Party both support this rec bond. That alone should make everyone vote YES!

Then the choice came down to use the money we have saved up to pay for a few of these and forget the rest OR take out a mortgage to get all of them … something for nearly everyone … at the current price.

Udall, Heinrich Urge Against NASA Funding Cuts

on May 22, 2017 - 10:20am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to support NASA’s Office of Education in the coming fiscal year despite a proposal by President Trump to eliminate the office, which works to inspire and educate students across the country to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
 
NASA’s Office of Education programs include the Space Grant College and Fellowship Program -- a competitive, state-federal partnership that functions through consortia in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the

Anna Zhang Is Girl's Swimming Official Of The Year

on May 22, 2017 - 9:34am

Mountain Club Swimming Coach Anna Zhang

SPORTS News:

The National Federation Officials Association has selected Mountain Club Swimming Coach Anna Zhang of Los Alamos as the 2016-2017 Girl's Swimming Official of the Year for the state of New Mexico.

The National Federation of State High School Associations annually recognizes up to 20 officials in each state for the outstanding service they provide for young people participating in high school sports across the country.

Zhang is both an official for the New Mexico Activities Association and New Mexico Swimming.

Public Invited To Los Alamos County Municipal Building To View Election Night Results Tuesday

on May 22, 2017 - 9:15am

COUNTY News:

Members of the public are invited to gather Tuesday evening at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., to view election results on the Recreational Bond.

Council Chambers and the lobby will be open. Results are not expected to be posted until after 7:30 p.m. Once available, the unofficial results will be projected onto the screen in Council Chambers and the LCDs in the lobby. Printouts also will be made available.

Unofficial results also will be posted to the Clerk’s webpage and Facebook.

For additional information, contact the County Clerk’s office at

Hondito Wildfire Update

on May 22, 2017 - 9:06am

FOREST SERVICE News:

TAOS – The Hondito Fire, started May 15 from a lightning strike, has consumed 5,000 acres four miles southwest of Tres Piedras and two miles north of Las Tablas and is 0 percent contained.

Fire managers took advantage of favorable conditions Sunday and completed 5,000 acres of the 14,900 acre planning area. Crews spent the morning constructing perimeter line in advance of afternoon aerial ignitions. Utilizing the helicopter, crews were able to cover a larger area in a shorter amount of time.

EPA Urged To Prioritize Gold King Mine Cleanup

on May 22, 2017 - 8:48am
EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged the EPA to fulfill the directive in the omnibus bill passed last week for Gold King Mine cleanup efforts.
 
The bill provides the EPA $4 million to implement a long-term water monitoring plan for areas impacted by the Gold King Mine spill.
 
The delegation asked that the EPA use these funds to support the Long-Term Monitoring Plan prepared by the

Healing America's Heroes: Women's Summer Program

on May 22, 2017 - 8:25am

Healing America's Heroes Founder Eddie Crain with two of the program's partcipants. Courtesy photo

VETERANS News: 

Healing America's Heroes (HAH) is accepting applications for its Summer Program. The program provides up to six women veterans an opportunity to enrich their lives through horsemanship, fly fishing and skills building.

All meals, lodging and therapeutic programs are provided at no cost to veterans during this one-week program June 25-30 at a private, 10-acre retreat in Plaza Blanca.

"We are very pleased to announce our Summer Program ... it has been a long process to reach

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Man Charged In 13-Count Dog Fighting Indictment

on May 22, 2017 - 8:03am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  A federal grand jury in Albuquerque returned an indictment charging Albuquerque resident Robert Arellano, 63, with 13 counts of violating the animal fighting prohibitions of the federal Animal Welfare Act, announced James D. Tierney, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Jeffrey H. Wood, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.
 
Arellano had previously been arrested and indicted on additional charges in the District of New Jersey pertaining to his alleged involvement in a

Northern New Mexico College Nursing Student Soraida Sanchez Awarded 2017 Nightingale Scholarship

on May 22, 2017 - 8:01am
Ellen Trabka, Dean for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, presents 2017 Nightingale Nursing Scholarship recipient Soraida Sanchez with a $1,000 check. Courtesy/NNMC
 
NNMC News:
 
ESPANOLA  Northern New Mexico College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) student, Soraida Sanchez, was one of five associate degree nursing program students in the state to be awarded this year’s $1,000 Nightingale Scholarship. 
 
Nightingale scholarships are funded through a grant from the Nurse Excellence Fund of the New Mexico Board of Nursing, and are based on academic achievement, professional

State Environment Department Announces Air Quality Compliance Assessment Program For Small Businesses

on May 22, 2017 - 7:54am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is pleased to announce that the Air Quality Bureau has developed a compliance assessment program for New Mexico small businesses, except for those located in Bernalillo County or on tribal lands. The program offers free assistance to small businesses who want help in discovering air quality permit violations.

Is New Mexico Becoming A Safe Haven For Criminals?

on May 22, 2017 - 7:52am

BBANM News:

We can all agree, crime seems to be everywhere, and seems to be getting worse. This week, the Albuquerque Police Department announced they would be directing officers to issue citations rather than make arrests on low-level crimes to comply with a settlement agreement on a class-action lawsuit. Many people are asking now, why would a city do this in a time where crime seems to be rising? 

This lawsuit, McClendon v.

Letter To The Editor: Spelling & History

on May 22, 2017 - 7:22am
By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos
 
My apologize to Nancy Shick (link) for my poor spelling. Spelling never was a strong point of mine. Thank the Good Lord for spell check, which unfortunately failed me in that letter as it didn't distinguish between Britain the Country and Briton a citizen of Britain.
 
As for history, please look at "archives.gov" and Google "the Canada Act", "Louisiana Purchase", "Continental Congress" and educate yourself. No apology from you is expected or needed.

WalletHub: 2017’s Best Summer Vacation Spots

on May 22, 2017 - 6:52am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With summer approaching, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2017's Best Summer Vacation Spots to supplement its Best Travel Credit Cards and Currency Exchange studies.

To help travelers plan the perfect summer getaway, WalletHub’s data crunchers compared the 80 largest metro areas across 38 key indicators of budget- and fun-friendliness. The data set ranges from cost of the cheapest flight to number of attractions to average price of a two-person meal.
 
Top 20 Summer Vacation Spots
 
 
1
Las Vegas, NV
 
11
Salt Lake City, UT
2
Los Angeles, CA
 
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Chris And George Chandler Honored At JFK Dinner

on May 21, 2017 - 9:46pm

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos honors George and Chris Chandler this evening at the annual Kennedy Day Dinner at the Betty Ehart Senior Center for their longtime contributions to the Party and the community. Read full details of this evening's event in Monday's edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ldailypost.com

Sun & Suds Draw Crowd To Bands, Burgers & Beer Bash

on May 21, 2017 - 4:45pm
George Hrbek enjoys a craft beer at the Bands, Burgers & Beer Bash Saturday at the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill. The event was co-sponsored by the Brewpub and Bathtub Row Brewing Coop. More than 36 craft beers were available at the event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Hot dogs and burgers were the fare at Saturday's Bands, Burgers & Beer Bash at the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A happy face during the Bands, Burgers & Beer Bash. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Zoltan and the Fortunetellers entertain the crowd.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Pig & Fig Cafe

on May 21, 2017 - 4:42pm
New employee Cody Ulibarri and Chef Laura Crucet serve tapas Saturday night at Pig & Fig Cafe. The new tapas menu, served 4-8 p.m. has been very popular since it began a few weeks ago, Crucet said. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

More Scenes From LAAC's 2017 Kite Festival

on May 21, 2017 - 4:40pm

A young kite flyer gets some assistance during the Los Alamos Arts Council's Kite Festival Saturday in Overlook Park. Photo by Mairen Hoch

A kite enthusiast works to get her kite to take flight. Photo by Mairen Hoch

A kite gets a colorful design put on it during the kite building workshop Saturday at Overlook Park. The workshop was part of Los Alamos Arts Council's annual Kite Festival. Photo by Mairen Hoch

The kite workshop was busy Saturday. Photo by Mairen Hoch

Vivian Sintay flies her kite high during the Kite Festival Saturday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Yuma Wang runs

Crowd Packs First Summer Concert Of 2017

on May 21, 2017 - 7:48am

The audience filled the ground floor of Fuller Lodge and the rafters to hear jazz music Friday at the first show of the 2017 Los Alamos County Summer Concert series. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Fuller Lodge was packed to the rafters Friday night with community members checking out the Los Alamos Middle School Big Jazz Band.

The show kicked off this year's Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. The concert, which was originally scheduled for Overlook Park in White Rock, was moved indoors due to the weather.

The middle school jazz band's performance was followed

Showhomes Of Santa Fe Prepares Homes For Market

on May 21, 2017 - 7:32am

Brandon and Elisa Macomber, owners of Showhomes of Santa Fe. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post
 

It can be overwhelming selling a home; once that for sale sign gets erected, homeowners can be faced with a long to-do list from decluttering a house to making an older home look more updated.

 

However, Santa Fe has two professionals who can make the task of preparing a house for the market less daunting ... in Los Alamos as well as Santa Fe.

 

Brandon and Elisa Macomber have operated Showhomes of Santa Fe for a year and have already

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