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County Says Goodbye To Deputy Manager Bosshardt

on March 24, 2017 - 5:02pm

Los Alamos County hosted a reception Friday afternoon to say farewell to Deputy County Manager Brian Bosshardt. After almost seven years working at Los Alamos County, Bosshardt will be moving to Bedford, Texas, to work as its city manager. He starts his new position in April. His final day with the County is March 31. From left: Brian Bosshardt's wife, Marie Levie, Brian Bosshardt, Legal Assistant Melissa Salmon and Assistant to the County Manager Linda Matteson take part in the reception. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
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Luján On Postponed House Vote On Trumpcare

on March 24, 2017 - 5:01pm
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement after House Republicans delayed a high profile vote on the Republican health care repeal bill when the legislation failed to gain sufficient support to pass the House:
 
“President Trump and Congressional Republicans hatched a bill in a back room and tried to slip it through the House with no hearings before anyone – even members of their own party – were able to understand the details,” Lujan said.

Obituary: Mary C. Brooks Jan. 9, 1926 – March 19, 2017

on March 24, 2017 - 4:03pm

MARY C. BROOKS Jan. 9, 1926 March 19, 2017

"Someone Special"

Mary C. Brooks, age 91 of Los Alamos, NM died March 19th at Palmilla Senior Center Living in Albuquerque, NM of natural causes.

Mary was born on January 09, 1926 to Norman and Ruth Carls of Allegany, NY. After graduating from Allegany High School and acing her chemistry regents, she attended Syracuse University and majored in Chemical Engineering.

She graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1948 and met her soon to be husband Thomas Brooks. They were married at Hendricks Chapel on the campus of Syracuse University.

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Meet Freeride Champion Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Ulrich

on March 24, 2017 - 11:54am
Freeride Champion Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Ulrich takes the lines less traveled. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Charlotte “Charlie” Ulrich, a ninth grader at Los Alamos High School, has been invited to ski at the North America Junior Freeride Championships April 5-9 at Kirkwood Mountain, Calif. Ranked third in North America in the 12-14 year-old female ski category, she is in her second year of training and competing with the Taos Winter Sports Team and has been sponsored this season by Head-Ski.

Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Ulrich

Ulrich began skiing at Pajarito Mountain

Richard Atencio Charged With Stealing From LANL Heads To First Judicial District Court April 3

on March 24, 2017 - 11:42am

Staff Report

Richard Atencio, 53, of Espanola is slated for a plea hearing in First Judicial District Court April 3 on larceny and tampering with evidence charges in connection with property he allegedly stole in 2015 from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The criminal complaint, filed in Los Alamos Magistrate Court in April 2016, indicates that the value of the property was more than $2,500 and less than $20,000.

Police records indicate Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jack Casias received a telephone call Sept.

Letter To The Editor: Protest GOP Healthcare Bill

on March 24, 2017 - 10:45am
By CHARLES SMITH
Santa Fe

The congressional Republican healthcare plan will be a disaster for working families. Their plan will take health care away from 24 million people across the country and impose painful taxes on working people.

Thank you.

Graduating Seniors Invited To Apply For J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship

on March 24, 2017 - 10:29am

J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News:

The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee is dedicated to furthering the memory and spirit of J. Robert Oppenheimer through scholarships to graduating seniors attending Los Alamos, Pojoaque, Capitol, and Santa Fe public high schools.

The committee awarded the first scholarship in 1984 and the number of scholarships awarded has grown over the years due to the generous contributions of many people. Twelve scholarships were awarded in 2016.

The Committee would like to remind graduating seniors that the deadline for applications for Los

Operation Spring Cleaning Defendants Face Judge

on March 24, 2017 - 10:13am

COURT News:

Seven people arrested Tuesday morning during Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sweep spearheaded by the Los Alamos Police Department, had their first appearances Thursday before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados.

All seven defendants were released on their own recognizance with conditions that include no firearms, no alcohol or drugs, urinalysis requirements, checking in with the probation officer, not being allowed to leave the state without contacting the court, and not being allowed any contact with victims or others involved in the case.

‘Topper Track & Field Athletes Turn In Excellent Performances At Wednesday’s JV Home Meet

on March 24, 2017 - 9:33am

Topper Track & Field athlete Chris Brown finishes the 110 m hurdles in a time of 20.15 seconds at Wednesday's JV Home Meet at Sullivan Field. The varsity Home Meet is today. Photo by Blake Wood

Freshman Natalie Gallagos clears 4'6" in the high jump. Photo by Blake Wood
 
Justin Gilbert throws the discus 108'4". Photo by Blake Wood
 
Leah Wolfsberg explodes out of the blocks in the 1600 medley relay. Photo by Blake Wood
 
Wyatt Saeger throws the javeline 108'1". Photo by Blake Wood
 
Jamie Cull-Host clears 7'0" in the pole vault. Photo by Blake Wood
 
Bryce Gentile and Gage Ellis crank
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County’s Matthew Valdez Retires After 21 Years

on March 24, 2017 - 8:48am

Los Alamos County Technical Support Specialist Matthew Valdez, center, celebrates his retirement with Nina Fresquez, Wayne Kohlrust and many other friends and colleagus at his farewell party Thursday afternoon at the Municipal Building. Valdez celebrates 21 years working for Los Alamos County and most recently worked in the County's records department. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Matthew Valdez and his father, Ruben Valdez who retired from Los Alamos County 25 years ago. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Matthew Valdez' mother Juanita Valdez and Los Alamos County Custodian

Governor Orders Flags At Half-Staff In Honor And Mourning Of U.S. Air Force Capt. Kenneth Dalga

on March 24, 2017 - 8:20am
Flag at half-staff in mourning of Capt. Kenneth Dalga. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today, March 24, 2017 in honor and mourning of U.S. Air Force Capt. Kenneth Dalga.
 
Capt. Dalga and his crewmates Major Andrew Becker and Capt. Frederick Dellecker were killed March 14, 2017 in the line of duty. Martinez is calling for flags to be flown at half-staff in their memory until sunset Saturday, March 25, 2017.
 
The full text of the executive order:
 
EXECUTIVE ORDER

Annual Festival Spotlights Sandhill Cranes

on March 24, 2017 - 7:13am

Thousands of Sandhill Cranes flock earlier this month to the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com​

A Sandhill Crane jumps for joy. Photo by Kirsten laskey\ladailypost.com​

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

It was an incredible social gathering. The air bubbled with inaudible conversations and the crowd was a bevy of movement. Newcomers swooped into the gathering while others rushed away. The crowd would hop, bob and weave.

Business After Hours March 29

on March 24, 2017 - 7:00am
 
CHAMBER News:
 
Time: 5:30-7 p.m. MDT
Date: Wednesday March 29
Location: 1475 Central Ave., Los Alamos, NM 87544
 
Fees/Admission: Free
 

Smart Design With Suzette: Small House - Big Design

on March 24, 2017 - 6:59am
Create the feeling of more space selecting a warm ‘French vanilla’ color scheme. Courtesy photo

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

There are big benefits to living in a small home. It means thoughtful consideration of what goes in it. For some however, it seems limiting – more of a curse than a blessing. Regardless, if your home or apartment feels small to you, maximizing space is essential.

My first home was a 900 square foot bungalow in Florida. I quickly learned how to make the best use of a small space.

Pinon Park Pool Memberships Now Available

on March 24, 2017 - 6:42am

FBI: Rio Rancho Woman Sentenced For Filing False Claim For Federal Tax Refund

on March 24, 2017 - 6:37am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Frances Jo Mehner, 71, of Rio Rancho was sentenced Thursday afternoon in Federal Court in Albuquerque to a 207-day term of imprisonment, which she has already served, followed by a year of supervised release for filing a false claim for a federal tax refund.

 

Given Mehner’s obstructive behavior toward the IRS, the federal judge also ordered Mehner to comply with several special conditions during her term of supervised release. Mehner is required to file timely, accurate, and lawful tax returns. Mehner also may only communicate with the IRS through a licensed attorney.

America’s Small Business Development Centers Host Inaugural National SBDC Day

on March 24, 2017 - 6:03am
 
SBDC News:
 
BURKE, VA  Business has changed dramatically over the last 37 years, and America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has been there throughout.
 
Since 1980, America’s SBDCs— the nation’s largest business assistance network—have helped aspiring and emerging small business owners achieve the American dream of entrepreneurship.
 
With nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources to succeed.

LAHS Athlete Mackenzie Alexander Competes In Crossroads Tournament

on March 24, 2017 - 5:58am

Front row from the left, Alyssa Marquez, St. Pius X High School; Allie Lackner, St. Pius X High School; Kaylee Maxon, Monte Del Sol Charter School and Shelbi Chino, Cleveland High School. Back row from the left, Justine Litherland, Del Norte High School; Jessica Givens, St. Pius High School; Mackenzie Alexander, Los Alamos High School; Miranda Canez, Hope Christian High School and Camyrn Nelson, Sandia Prep High School. Not picture is Ellie Breeden, St. Michael's High School. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

Los Alamos High School senior Mackenzie Alexander, who competes on the Albuquerque

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SFNF: Prescribed Burn Planned To Reduce Risk Of Wildfire; Restore Forest Health

on March 24, 2017 - 5:54am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to conduct a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed as early as Friday, April 7, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.
 
Hand and aerial ignitions on the 850-acre treatment area approximately 4 miles east of the City of Santa Fe could continue for up to three days, depending on fuel conditions, forecasted weather and smoke dispersion conditions.

Community Invited To Fish Fry Dinner At IHM Tonight

on March 24, 2017 - 5:50am

Letter To The Editor: LAMC Exceeds Expectations!

on March 24, 2017 - 5:36am
By MARCUS HALL
Los Alamos
 
This is just a short public “thank you” to the Los Alamos Medical Center.
 
I am a single dad with an 8-year-old son. A short time ago I had to go the ER with severe stomach pains and was admitted overnight into the ICU for observation. My parents were out of the country. Friends picked my son up from school and took care of him that afternoon, but he had no familiar place to stay overnight.
 
The staff at LAMC set up a bed in my room in the ICU, arranged for his supper, and he was able to spend the night with me in my room.

Demand For Local Recreation Facilities Reaches Limit

on March 23, 2017 - 4:08pm
Los Alamos Futures Co-Chairs Tony Fox, left, and Darren Meadows promote the $20 million bond that, if passed, would help fund five recreation capital improvement projects. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Proposed White Rock Splash Pad. Courtesy photo

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Demand for recreation facilities has reached its limit in Los Alamos County, according to Los Alamos Futures Recreation Bond Advocacy Group, a recently formed Political Action Committee (PAC).

“We’re busting at the seams with what we’ve got,” PAC Co-Chair Tony Fox said.

As a result, young

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Get Out

on March 23, 2017 - 4:03pm
The fabulous fruit hat. Mary Beth Maasseen at the Red and Black Ball. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

So, I wore a fruit hat.

It was made of artificial fruit and I was going for that Carmen Miranda look, and folks at the party were kind enough to humor me in that regard. I wore the fruit hat to the Family YMCA Red and Black Ball last Saturday night, so there are lots of witnesses and I can’t pretend it didn’t happen.

The theme for the event was “Havana Nights” and for some reason I thought, “Carmen Miranda!” Although as it turns out, Carmen was

Los Alamos DPU Launches New App

on March 23, 2017 - 4:01pm

COUNTY News:

An improved way for customers to access their DPU utility accounts

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) today announced the launch of its free Los Alamos DPU App by Smart Energy Systems. According to DPU officials it’s a new cloud-based platform with a friendly interface for DPU customers to access their account, track consumption, and pay utility bills from their computer or mobile device.    

In 2015, a DPU customer satisfaction survey revealed that a segment of customers wanted more online functions.

“Customers under the age of 45 told us that they wanted

Utilities Board Approves 2018 Proposed Budget

on March 23, 2017 - 3:42pm

DPU Deputy Manager Bob Westervelt

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Board of Public Utilities unanimously agreed to bring its Fiscal Year 2018 proposed budget to County Council for approval.

The DPU Board approved the budget during its regular meeting March 15 in Council Chambers. The proposed budget will be presented to the Council during the County budget hearings April 17-18 and April 24-25.

The utilities budget provides for $72,375,881 in total expenditures.
If Council approves the budget, DPU Deputy Manager Bob Westervelt said utility customers may see changes in their rates

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