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County Testing Parks And Golf Course Sprinklers

on March 27, 2017 - 7:57pm

COUNTY News:

Over the next few weeks, the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division crews will be out and about testing the sprinkler systems at the athletic fields, parks and the Golf Course during daylight hours.

This is part of the PROS Division’s annual water audit to check for any sprinkler head adjustments, broken sprinklers or lines needing repairs/replacement. Once the systems are checked out, staff will place the sprinklers on a timed system for early or evening irrigation.

Direct questions to the Parks Administrative Office at 505.662.8159 or the Golf Course Pro Shop at

McQuiston: Car Insurance Rates Are Going Up. Why?

on March 27, 2017 - 7:50pm
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
I get a few calls a week from our clients wondering why their car insurance rates are increasing even though they have not had an accident. 
 
It's a good question, but the answer can't be summed up in a statement or two. I have written before how car insurance rates are impacted not only by your specific driving habits, but by others as well. I have written about how your insurance company and the claims they pay out in your city, county, state and nationally impact your insurance rates.
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Start Off April With Bird Walk In Cañada Bonita

on March 27, 2017 - 5:24pm

Dusky Grouse. Photo by Hari Viswanathan

PEEC News:

One of the best ways to begin bird watching is by looking for the birds typically seen and heard every day.

Join long-time Los Alamos resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 1, for a hike along the Cañada Bonita and the Nordic Ski Trails. This high-elevation trek winds through mixed conifer forest and offers breathtaking views. This is the perfect opportunity for adults and children who can hike up to five miles to get outside and admire local species of birds.

DPNM Rally For Governor To Sign Balanced Budget

on March 27, 2017 - 5:00pm

Democrats rally today outside a Governor Martinez event in Albuquerque calling on her to sign the state budget and protect New Mexico from harmful cuts. Courtesy/DPNM

 

DPNM News:

 

ALBUQUERQUE—The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) called on Gov. Susana Martinez today at a rally outside of her event in Albuquerque to sign the balanced budget.

 

The rally drew more than 50 people including DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland, who said, “The legislature passed a reasonable, bipartisan, and balanced budget. There is a way out of a government shutdown and harmful furloughs—sign the budget.

Supreme Court Justice Speaks To Los Alamos LWV

on March 27, 2017 - 10:26am

Chief Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels discusses court functions and bail reform at recent Los Alamos League of Woman Voters' Lunch with a Leader talk at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
Chief Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels with Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados, left, and Karyl Ann Ambruster at March's Lunch With A Leader meeting. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos League of Woman Voters members heard from Chief Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels at their March Lunch with a Leader

NHCC: César Chávez Day March And Fiesta April 1

on March 27, 2017 - 10:25am
Labor leader and civil rights activist César Chávez in 1974. Courtesy/wikipedia
 
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is again the location for the 24th annual César Chávez Day Fiesta April 1, featuring musical and dance acts as well as poetry, community exhibits, children's activities and games, food, and a keynote speech by Dolores Huerta.
 
This is a free family event that will take place at noon on the NHCC's Plaza Mayor.
 
One of the headlining acts at the fiesta will be Kiko Villamizar, who was born in Miami and raised in Colombia.

14th Annual Clean Up Los Alamos Day: Register Now!

on March 27, 2017 - 10:18am

COUNTY News:

Lets keep Los Alamos litter free. Join the fun and help tidy up the community by collecting trash and recyclables from your neighborhoods and public places.

Free gloves and bags will be provided upon registration. The Eco Station will allow free trash disposal to all Los Alamos County residents. An appreciation lunch will be provided to volunteers noon–1 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at Ashley Pond Park.

Register now by clicking here.

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘The Shack’

on March 27, 2017 - 8:41am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“The Shack” is the long-awaited film version of the 2007 novel of the same name, written by Canadian author William P. Young. If you have read the book, you will know to bring plenty of tissues to the film. This is a story of bad things happening to good people and of the Holy Trinity intervening to teach love and forgiveness. As a result, the IMDB website categorizes the film as “drama/fantasy.”
 
The Shack in question is where hard evidence was found that Mackenzie Philip’s youngest daughter was indeed murdered.

Santa Fe Opera Supports NEA

on March 27, 2017 - 8:39am
By CHARLES MACKAY
General Director
Santa Fe Opera
 
Now that we know for certain that the Trump Administration’s budget blueprint proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a consistently bipartisan supported arts and culture agency, please join me in supporting a budget of $155 million for the NEA in the FY 2018 Interior Appropriations Bill to preserve citizen access to the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the arts and advance creativity and innovation in communities across the United States.
 
Support from the NEA is absolutely vital to

Experimental Living On The Edge Of Taos Desert: SAR Field Trip May 2017

on March 27, 2017 - 8:34am
Stanley Crawford. Courtesy photo
 
SAR News:
 
SANTA FE  Since the late 1880s, northern New Mexico has been a place of starting over.
 
But it really was in the early decades of the twentieth century, as people fled the collapse of modernity and the failure of progress in the wake of the Great War, that it came into its own as a refuge.
 
That’s the theme of the May 12, 2017, field trip sponsored by the School for Advanced Research (SAR). Study leaders are garlic farmer and writer Stanley Crawford, and Mabel Dodge Luhan historian Ellen Bradbury.

Kraft Heinz Commits To Clean Up Palm Oil Supply Chain

on March 27, 2017 - 8:33am
KRAFT HEINZ News:
 
SAN FRANCISCO  Today, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) welcomed the new palm oil policy issued by the Kraft Heinz Company, but continued to warn customers that its much-loved brands remain at risk of containing Conflict Palm Oil.
 
RAN called on the Kraft Heinz Company to develop a more robust policy after its merger in 2016, as both companies were lagging behind their peers in adopting commitments to end the destruction of all forests, peatlands and the egregious violations of human rights common in the operations of members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil,

SFCC Celebrates Native American Week March 27-31

on March 27, 2017 - 8:31am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College will celebrate the third annual Native American Week March 27 through March 31.
 
SFCC’s Native American Student Outreach Coordinator Valerie Grimley, Ph.D. said, “We’ve got an exciting program this year that celebrates our increased enrollment of Native American students.” There are 462 Native American students enrolled at the college in Academic Year 2016-2017. The current number represents a 34.4 percent increase since Academic Year 2013-14, when there were 344 Native American students attending SFCC.
 
Festivities begin Monday,

IRS: Get Automatic Six More Months To File

on March 27, 2017 - 8:30am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service remind taxpayers that if they are unable to file their tax returns by this year’s April 18 deadline there is an easy, online option to get more time to complete their return.
 
The advice for those who cannot complete their tax return by April 18: Do not panic. Taxpayers who need more time to complete their return can request an automatic six-month extension. An extension allows for extra time to gather, prepare and file paperwork with the IRS, however, it does not extend the time to pay any tax due.
 
The fastest and easiest way to get

Morning Of Buddhist Meditation April 7

on March 27, 2017 - 8:28am

Museum Of Art Explores Cady Wells’ Modernist Interpretation Of The Southwest

on March 27, 2017 - 8:27am
Cady Wells, Untitled (New Mexico Landscape), 1934, watercolor on paper, 21 1/4 x 28 1/4 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum. Bequest of E. Boyd, 1976 (3504.23P) Photo by Blair Clark
 
NMMA News:
 
SANTA FE — Cady Wells: Ruminations presents watercolor paintings from one of the Southwest's most interesting modernists.
 
The exhibition opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on March 25 and is on view through Sept. 17, 2017. A public reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m., April 7. 
 
Ruminations explores the dynamic and psychologically penetrating watercolor paintings of Cady Wells
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Brewer Finds Success With Tourism And Beer Mix

on March 27, 2017 - 8:26am
AFECB News:
 
ANGEL FIRE Enchanted Circle Brewing opened last spring in Angel Fire and has made a mark in the village bringing craft beer, a creatively fresh menu and live entertainment.
 
Owners Steve and Shelly Larson aren’t New Mexico natives, but decided to call Angel Fire home soon after visiting. They designed and built the 20-barrel brew house with the expectation that Enchanted Circle beer would extend beyond northern New Mexico, into the state and eventually beyond. “It had been a longtime dream of mine to open a brewery.

Santa Fe Mountain Center: 'Adventures In Recovery'

on March 27, 2017 - 8:21am

VCNP Applications For 2017 Livestock Program

on March 27, 2017 - 8:20am
A range rider moves cattle within the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/NPS
 
VCNP News:
 
JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve is seeking applications for its 2017 livestock grazing program.
 
The preserve is mandated by Congress to allow the grazing of livestock to the extent the use furthers scientific research or interpretation of the preserve’s ranching history.  
 
The National Park Service (NPS) will issue a one-year special use permit to a private operator to graze approximately 250 Animal Units per Month (AUMs) on the preserve during a four-month period

Hilltoppers Flourish At Tournament In Phoenix

on March 27, 2017 - 8:18am
By SHAWN HAILEY
 
Locally grown talent flourished at the 38th annual President’s Day Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz, where more than 400 teams participated from four countries and 25 states. On Sunday battling poor conditions, the 99s found a way to win 2-1 taking them to the championship match against an opponent they knew well, New Mexico Rush 00. After a weather shortened 60 minutes of scoreless soccer, the game was decided by kicks from the mark. Rio prevailed knocking in four goals while Rush was only able to tally two.
 
Katie Hopkins has been lighting up the scoreboard since joining
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Daily Postcard: American Pasqueflower Blooms Near Ponderosa Estates

on March 27, 2017 - 7:58am
Daily Postcard: American Pasqueflower blooms Saturday near Ponderosa Estates in Los Alamos. Photo by John Scott

Los Alamos Library Manager Accepts Job In Seattle

on March 26, 2017 - 11:34am

Los Alamos County Library System Manager Steven Thomas is leaving Los Alamos to work as the Regional Manager at the King County Library System in Seattle, Wash. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

After serving five years as Los Alamos County Library System Manager, Steven Thomas is taking the next step in his career. Thomas is leaving the County to accept a position as Regional Library Manager at the King County Library System in Seattle, Wash. His last day was Friday.

 

“It’s been a great five years,” Thomas said in looking back on

LAHS Track & Field Varsity Home Meet Results

on March 26, 2017 - 11:16am
Kaitlin Bennett takes the handoff from Maddie Beck in the winning 4x400 m relay, held under the stadium lights. Photo by Blake Wood
 
Sophie Wood won the triple jump with a State Qualifying mark of 35' 1". Photo by Blake Wood
 
Nicole Aldaz charges out of the blocks in the 100 m. Photo by Blake Wood
 
Chris Buntain ran a gutsy 2:03 for the 800 m leg of the 1600 medley relay to run away from a hard-charging Pojoaque runner for the win. Photo by Blake Wood
 
Elijah Velasquez leads teammates Miroslav Betts and Nathaniel Ortega at the bell lap of the 800 m.
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Letter To The Editor: Truthiness, Or Fun With Election Hype

on March 26, 2017 - 10:45am

By DAVID NORTH
Los Alamos

Brace yourself. Here comes the media storm of exaggerations, illogics, sentimentalism, tirades and irrelevancies about the looming bond measure.

But coping with it can be fun when you play “The Truthiness Game”.

The idea? Spot a statement that seems to make sense but just might not be true. It’s easier if you already know it’s fishy. Then try to determine just how true or false it is.

Assign a percentage value to how true it sounds (truthiness) and then another value for how accurate it really is (truth). Subtract the truth from the truthiness and you have your score.

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols To Launch Across New Mexico Throughout April

on March 26, 2017 - 10:37am

NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE -- State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during April.
 
We are bringing awareness to this, in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities, through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
 
People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into our friends and families.
 
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Mountain Students Celebrate Reading Success!

on March 26, 2017 - 9:55am

Students who reach their reading goals are high-fived and highly celebrated by staff and fellow students Friday at Mountain Elementary School. Courtesy photo

Mountain Elementary School reading champions, front row from left, Julia Doebling, Anders Medin, Alex Meek and Henry Middleton. Back row from left, Nora Johnson, Ben Dattelbaum and Imogen Middleton. Courtesy photo

Fifth grader Nora Johnson has read 30 books and written 30 book reviews since the beginning of the school year. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Anders Medin and Julia Doebling are celebrated in the school hallway Friday
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