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Arthur A. Garcia Appointed State Director For USDA Rural Development In New Mexico

on December 13, 2017 - 9:51am
Arthur A. Garcia
 
USDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Trump Administration recently appointed Arthur A. Garcia as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in New Mexico. Garcia began his new role Nov. 27.
 
Garcia brings years of experience to USDA Rural Development. April 1, 2002 Garcia was appointed by President George W. Bush as the Administrator of the Rural Housing Service in Washington DC.

Los Alamos Board Of Education Votes No Change To School Start Time In 2018-19

on December 13, 2017 - 9:44am
By Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos School Board

The Los Alamos School Board reviewed options at its Tuesday evening meeting for changing school start times under their Strategic Plan focus areas:

  • Student well-being;
  • Student learning; and
  • Teacher and staff well-being and excellence.

After much discussion, the board approved a motion for no change next year to start and end times. The Board decision also encourages “the high school to explore the implementation of alternative schedules that allow for flexible start times.”

Let’s all thank the School Board for listening carefully

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RCLC: Op-Ed On Upcoming LANL M&O Contract

on December 13, 2017 - 9:22am
RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero
 
By RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero, and
RCLC Administrative Manager Scarlet Rendleman

NNM Communities United on Issues Regarding Next LANL Contractor

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) persists as the largest job supplier in Northern New Mexico, generating the greatest economic impact throughout the region.

RCLC Administrative Manager Scarlet Rendleman

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC), has been closely following the process and progress on naming the next LANL manager and operator (M&O), overseeing 10-12,000 jobs and a

U.S. Senators Udall, Heinrich Call On FCC Chairman Pai To Abandon ‘Reckless’ Plan To End Net Neutrality

on December 13, 2017 - 8:57am

U.S. SENATE News:

39 senators tell FCC not to repeal net neutrality rules that protect the free and open Internet

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that they have joined a group of 39 Democratic senators in urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to abandon his plan to repeal the agency’s net neutrality rules in favor of giving Internet providers the ability to freely block or slow down consumers’ access to the Internet.

The senators’ letter comes ahead of a Thursday vote by the FCC to dismantle net neutrality protections. 

“Your

Lujan Grisham On Plan For Methane Mitigation Making New Mexico A Leader In Clean Energy Production

on December 13, 2017 - 8:50am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Tuesday, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign announced a plan to create jobs and generate revenue for schools through methane mitigation by implementing a statewide methane rule that would cut waste and pollution at both new and existing oil and gas wells while creating jobs and generating revenue for schools.
 
“As governor, I’ll work to make New Mexico a national leader in clean energy by moving to renewable energies such as solar and wind and through innovative, smart policy and practices such as methane mitigation,” Grisham

‘Wonder Girls’ Book-signing, Lecture, Photos Jan. 24

on December 13, 2017 - 8:40am

CREATIVITY FOR PEACE News:

2018 is shaping up to be the “Year of the Girl.” As each news headline trumpets an unstable atmosphere for countries the world over, girls are leading the way in education, environmental action and social justice.

CREATIVITY FOR PEACE, a Santa Fe-based nonprofit, celebrates the stabilizing role that young women play in our communities with the upcoming exhibition of photographs, Jan. 24-31, from the just-released book, “WONDER GIRLS, Changing Our World” by Paola Gianturco and Alex Sangster.

Gianturco and Sangster's book journey began with a pivotal chapter about

Udall’s Landmark Bipartisan MGT Act To Reduce Wasteful IT Spending, Strengthen Cybersecurity Included In FY18 NDAA Signed Into Law

on December 13, 2017 - 7:34am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • New law would save taxpayers up to $20 billion a year

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) welcomed news that his Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act has been signed into law.

Udall introduced the bill with U.S. Sen.

Serena Birnbaum Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

on December 13, 2017 - 7:08am

Serena Birnbaum from Los Alamos has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Serena Birnbaum from Los Alamos New Mexico has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious achievement in Girl Scouting.

The Gold Award, which challenges Girl Scouts to make a difference in their communities, is presented to fewer than 6 percent of Girl Scouts each year. This Award is recognized by colleges and employers.   

Serena's project "Choir Risers" addressed the need to support the arts program at Los Alamos High School.

Hilltop Spa & Infinity Wellness Offer New Service

on December 13, 2017 - 7:07am

Dr. Carmen Solano and Hilltop Spa Owner Tracy Ashton who is receiving a Coolsculpting Session. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

The Hilltop Spa at 1789 Central Ave. #6 has partnered with Dr. Carmen Solano, owner of Infinity Wellness, in a joint venture to bring Coolsculpting to Los Alamos.

The CoolSculpting fat-freezing procedure is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. The results are proven, noticeable and lasting.

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Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes Graduates From CHDS Master’s Degree Program

on December 13, 2017 - 7:07am

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes graduates in a special ceremony this week from The Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Naval Postgraduate School Master’s Degree Program (MA). The CHDS Master’s Degree Program is an 18-month program, geared towards:

  • Developing policies, strategies, plans and programs to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, and reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism and catastrophic events;
  • Building the organizational and interagency arrangements needed to strengthen homeland security; and
  • Helping

Los Alamos Choral Society Announces New Director

on December 13, 2017 - 6:58am
Newly selected Los Alamos Choral Society Director Steven Paxton. Courtesy photo
 
By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Los Alamos Choral Society

After almost seven months of uncertainty, the Los Alamos Choral Society (LACS) has a new director. Steven Paxton, the unanimous choice of the Choral Society Board of Directors, will take over in late February.

He succeeds Mary Badarak, a popular director at LACS for more than a decade.

Home Country: Reasons For Christmas Season

on December 13, 2017 - 6:58am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
For years now, Herb Collins has been helping Santa by donning the red and the beard and the tassels and waving to passing cars on Christmas Eve out at the Old Fort Road crossing.
 
He takes a bag of candy along, in case anyone cares to stop, and he also takes his daughter Cindy along, because she’s always been his head elf. Cindy’s grown now and has helpers of her own, but this has been a daddy/daughter event for a long time and neither sees any reason to quit.
 
He had done it a few years and was wondering why he was doing it when one special Christmas

Daily Postcard: Bandelier National Monument

on December 13, 2017 - 6:46am

Daily Postcard: Bandelier National Monument. On the way to Bandelier driving through White Rock, tune in to AM 1710 to get the latest park information. Photo by Miejsca Świata

County Council Special Meeting Noon Friday

on December 12, 2017 - 9:22pm
COUNTY News:
 
The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special meeting at noon Friday, Dec. 15, in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
 
The meeting is open to the public. 
 
Agenda: 
 
1. OPENING/ROLL CALL
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
5. BUSINESS
  • County Council Minutes for Nov. 28. Presenters: Naomi Maestas, County Clerk
  • Discussion of Ski Hill Land Transfer Plans. Presenters: Council Vice-Chair Susan O'Leary and Councilor James T. Chrobocinski
  • Discuss Mountain Bike Flow Trails.

LAPD Seeks Publics Help Finding Shoplifter Suspects

on December 12, 2017 - 3:15pm

Anyone who recognizes the female and male shoplifting suspects in this surveillance video is asked to call L.A. Crimestoppers at 505.662.8282. Reporting individuals can remain anonymous. Courtesy/LAPD

Female shoplifting suspect. Courtesy/LAPD

Shoplifting suspect’s vehicle. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is seeking the identities of two suspects in a local shoplifting case. 

LAPD is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the female and male suspects as seen in the surveillance footage. 

The suspect’s vehicle also is depicted in

Wreaths Across America Event At Santa Fe National Cemetery Saturday Morning

on December 12, 2017 - 2:47pm

Wreaths Across America. Courtesy photo

LANB News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory employee volunteers, their families and friends are invited to place wreaths at grave markers at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, as part of the Wreaths Across America initiative.

Employees, in partnership with Los Alamos National Security LLC, Centerra-LA (the Lab's protective force contractor), Berardinelli Funeral Home, the International Guard Union of America Local 69, and Los Alamos National Bank raised $11,500 to sponsor 1,150 wreaths of remembrance for the ceremony.

"It was

'Toppers Hockey Loses To La Cueva

on December 12, 2017 - 2:27pm

Goalee Zachary Brown makes a save in the first game against the La Cueva Bears Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, in Los Alamos. The first game ended in a 3-3 tie. The Bears dominated the second game, winning 4-0. This brings the 'Toppers season to 3-1-1. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Jared Carnes gathers up a loose puck behind the 'Topper net in the second game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Ray Guffee scores the first goal in the 4.39 minute. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Ben Rees watches the puck hit the back of the net for the second 'Topper goal in the .45
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Pearce Commends U.S. Department Of Justice Action To Review Two Criminal Referrals

on December 12, 2017 - 2:25pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that the Criminal Investigative Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will review the two criminal referrals sent to the New Mexico Attorney General by the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives regarding violations made by the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO).
 
"I've worked tirelessly with New Mexico officials and members in Congress to ensure the rights and liberties of women and the unborn are

DOE Investigates ‘Near Miss To A Fatality’ At Lab

on December 12, 2017 - 2:16pm

Staff Report

The Department of Energy has notified Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan that its Office of Enforcement will investigate the facts and circumstances associated with an incident that occurred Sept. 13 at LANL.

The incident, described as a “near miss to a fatality”, involved a Lab worker who entered a room containing an oxygen deficient atmosphere.

Los Alamos National Security (LANS) reported this event Sept. 18 to DOE.

Copy of DOE letter:

Pete Sheehey Announces Bid For House Dist. 43

on December 12, 2017 - 12:14pm

Pete Sheehey visited the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning to discuss his decision to run the House Dost. 43. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey has announced his candidacy for state representative in New Mexico Dist. 43, which includes Los Alamos and portions of Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties.  

Sheehey garnered the largest number of votes in the 2016 election when he ran for re-election to Council. He said he is not daunted by the larger population in Dist.

LAHS Winter Dance Show Dec. 18

on December 12, 2017 - 11:42am
In this year's Winter Dance Show, Los Alamos High School students will present Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Bollywood, Hip-Hop and Modern at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, in the Los Alamos High School Auxiliary Gymnasium. Admission is free. Courtesy photo
 
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AGU: New Simulations Suggest Meteors Explode From The Inside

on December 12, 2017 - 11:37am
AGU News:
 
NEW ORLEANS, LA — Researchers have identified an explosive new mechanism that breaks down meteors as they hurtle toward Earth.
 
New simulations of falling meteors suggest air particles penetrate the space rocks’ porous interiors as they careen through the atmosphere. These air particles create pockets of high pressure that ultimately lead the rock to explode from the inside, tens of kilometers above the Earth.
 
By uncovering this new way in which Earth’s atmosphere breaks up meteors, the new finding suggests the atmosphere may provide better protection against meteors than

Amateur Naturalist: Observing Birds Long Term

on December 12, 2017 - 10:58am
White-winged doves are increasing both in numbers and occupied areas. Photo by Bob Walker

 

By ROBERT DRYJA

Los Alamos
 
Citizen science refers to individuals collecting and submitting data to an organization that then collates the data from many people. The Ornithology Department of Cornell University has been collecting bird sightings for thirty years for the United States and Canada. The program is called “Project FeederWatch”. Participants provide weekly counts of the different species of birds that they see at their bird feeders during the winter months.

Why Did Some Sandoval County Commissioners Order $62,000 Oil And Gas Study They Don’t Plan To Use?

on December 12, 2017 - 10:48am
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
Why is the Sandoval County spending $62,000 to pay for an oil and gas resource assessment of the County if it does not plan to use it?
 
In July 2016, the county entered into an agreement with New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology costing taxpayers $62,009.07. Services include assessing potential oil and natural gas resources throughout Sandoval County as well as mapping aquifer distribution and depth to understand the effects of modern drilling on groundwater (which 90 percent of New Mexicans depend on for their drinking water in Albuquerque Basin Aquifer).
 

New Mexico History Museum And Santa Fe Opera Presentations Recognize State’s ‘Atomic Histories’

on December 12, 2017 - 10:46am
Test of Atomic Bomb at Trinity Site, New Mexico, July 16, 1945, near Alamogordo, NM. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives. Courtesy/National Park Service
 
General Leslie Groves walks across the Trinity Site in September 1945, 45 days after the first nuclear bomb was tested there. Courtesy/Historical AP News Features Photo
 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico History Museum and the Santa Fe Opera will each feature presentations exploring New Mexico’s Atomic Histories during 2018 and 2019.
 
The History Museum’s Atomic Histories exhibition opens June 3, 2018 and runs through May 2019.

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