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Study: 2017’s Best & Worst Community Colleges

on August 21, 2017 - 7:56am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With back-to-school season upon us and several states, such as New York and Rhode Island, offering free community-college education starting this month, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst Community Colleges, coupled with its state-by-state ranking of the Best & Worst Community-College Systems.

To determine where students can receive the best education at the cheapest rates, WalletHub’s analysts compared more than 700 community colleges across 14 key indicators of cost and quality.

Former Manager Of Mescalero Apache Tribe Owned Childcare Center Pleads Guilty To Theft Charge

on August 21, 2017 - 6:54am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The former manager of Team Members Childcare Center (TMCC), a childcare center owned by the Mescalero Apache Tribe and operated at the Inn of the Mountain Gods (IMG) on behalf of its employees that require childcare pled guilty Aug. 14 in Federal Court in Las Cruces, to a theft of government money charge.
 
Gina McPherson, 49, of Capitan, was arrested May 1, 2017, and was charged by criminal complaint with theft of public money. According to the criminal complaint, McPherson committed the crime from Sept. 2011 through Jan.

TSC Partners With PSI To Align Metrics In Measuring Sustainability Issues In Potato Supply Chain

on August 21, 2017 - 6:48am
TSC News:
 
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) announced its mutual membership and partnership with the Potato Sustainability Initiative (PSI) to align metrics in measuring sustainability issues in the potato supply chain.
 
TSC and PSI will work together to align sustainability metrics for over 500 potato growers and key retail partners. This partnership will also help streamline reporting by potato growers to retailers by working together to align metrics between PSI and TSC.
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Udall Touts Kirtland’s Critical Mission & Cutting-Edge Technology In Meeting With Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski

on August 21, 2017 - 6:47am
Udall and Pawlikowski agree that sequestration and threatened government shutdown would be dangerous for national security and service member morale. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Aug. 14, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall met with Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) at the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center to discuss Kirtland Air Force Base’s critical national security mission, cutting-edge technology, and future plans for harnessing the base’s research and development capabilities to maintain the United States’ technological advantage.
 
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McQuiston: The ABCs Of Fire Extinguishers

on August 21, 2017 - 6:33am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
The ABCs Of Fire Extinguishers – What You Need To Know
 
It might seem hard to believe, but there are some people that feel fire extinguishers are not a valuable fire protection method.
 
The fact is, most people have limited knowledge of fire extinguishers and their intended use. A fire extinguisher can certainly be a lifesaver.
 
There are numerous factors to consider when selecting the proper fire extinguisher. Selection, location, servicing, and training are the key elements of utilizing fire extinguishers to their full capacity.
 
The

Navajo Man From Shiprock Gets 30 Months In Prison

on August 21, 2017 - 6:32am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Byron Harold Peshlakai, 26, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, was sentenced in Federal Court in Santa Fe, to 30 months in prison for his involuntary manslaughter conviction. Peshlakai will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
 
Peshlakai was arrested in October 2016 on an indictment charging him with involuntary manslaughter. According to the indictment, Peshlakai killed the victim with his vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol on the Navajo Indian Reservation Oct. 25, 2015.

LA Daily Post Updates Letter To The Editor Policies

on August 21, 2017 - 6:31am

LADP News:

Anonymous letters to the editor are streaming in to the Los Alamos Daily Post in record numbers. In an effort to be fair to all concerned, the Post is updating its policy.

Going forward, anonymous letters and letters written under pseudonyms will not be considered. Writers with compelling issues, but reluctant to disclose their name, are encouraged to contact us and we will consider investigating those issues and, if warranted, write a story.

Letters submitted to the Los Alamos Daily Post should preferably be 150 to 200 words. No attachments, please.

For verification purposes,

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Daily Postcard: Fawns Graze In Pajarito Acres

on August 21, 2017 - 6:29am

Daily Postcard: These two fawns have been seen for several days in the Monte Rey Drive area of Pajarito Acres in White Rock. They were spotted once with their mother but usually are in a particular backyard by themselves. They have nice spots typical of fawns. They usually run or sometimes prance away fast when they spot the homeowners, so grabbing a photograph has been a challenge. Photo by Bob Reedy

Daily Postcard: These two fawns have been seen for several days in the Monte Rey Drive area of Pajarito Acres in White Rock. Photo by Bob Reedy

Hilltoppper Boys Soccer Shut Out St. Michaels

on August 20, 2017 - 3:18pm

Dark clouds hang over Sullivan field as the Boys Topper Team and St. Mike’s Horseman met Saturday aftermoon for their game ... but that did not slow ether team as they both came to play some serious soccer. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Tristan Semelsberger heads the ball for a goal during a corner kick at the 19:53 mark. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Adam Listwan herds the ball at near center field. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

By RJ Montaño, Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post

rjmontano@ladailypost.com

In a physical and challenging match, the Los Alamos

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DPU Notes Increase In Gas Leak Reports

on August 20, 2017 - 2:39pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A spike in suspected gas leaks reported to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities and Los Alamos Fire Department last week was mostly related to leaking appliances, according to the County’s Deputy Utilities Manager Jack Richardson.

There was a total of six calls Aug. 17 alone but Richardson said his supervisors were not really surprised.

“As we head into fall weather, people are relighting furnaces and using more gas, so we get more calls than we typically do.

LAPS: Solar Eclipse Safety Reminder

on August 20, 2017 - 2:28pm

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Greetings from the Superintendent’s Desk!

Well … it looks like we may have clouds and maybe even rain during Monday’s Solar Eclipse. In any case, this spectacular event offers a rare teachable moment about science and safety.

In Los Alamos, the Partial Eclipse begins at about 10:22 a.m. when the Moon touches the Sun's edge. The Maximum Eclipse will be at about 11:46 a.m. when the Moon is closest to the center of the Sun.

Here are some safety reminders for students and staff on Monday: 

  • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or

Figuerido And Warren Wow Crowd At Friday Concert

on August 20, 2017 - 2:16pm

Los Alamos Summer Concert organizer Russ Gordon checks out Kandice Favorite's groovy shoes during the Summer Concert Friday night at Ashley Pond Park, which featured Brazilian guitarist Diego Figuerido. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

A group of concert goers enjoy the music Friday night at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Brazilian guitarist Diego Figuerido performs for the crowd Friday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Guitarist Diego Figuerido and Drummer Michael Warren jazz it up at Friday's concert. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church Features New Stained Glass Art

on August 20, 2017 - 2:11pm

Nambe artist Spin Dunbar created the newest piece of stained glass art at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church. Photo by Audrey Derell​/Courtesy 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

​Los Alamos Daily Post 

kirsten@ladailypost.com

 

The newly installed stained glass window by Nambe artist Spin Dunbar at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church emcompasses elements celebrated at the church: The Holy Trinity, Martin Luther's heart design and Song. 

Spin Dunbar

The end result shows contemporary images of The Holy Trinity symbol and the Holy Cross as well as a visualization of sound waves in the

Hilltopper Girls Soccer Rout Santa Fe

on August 20, 2017 - 8:55am

Alix Hailey battles for the ball near midfield in the first half of the contest. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Senior Elsa Gram battles for control near the topper goal in the second period. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Jennifer Paige brings the ball down the left side through traffic in the second period. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

By RJ Montaño, Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post

rjmontano@ladailypost.com

It didn’t take very long to see the balanced attack and athleticism of the Los Alamos Hilltoppers Girls Soccer team (record: 1-0) in a 10-0 shutout of the Santa

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Daily Postcard: Western Area Walk Turns Into Standoff

on August 20, 2017 - 6:42am
Daily Postcard: An afternoon walk with the family dog Saturday in Western Area turns into a game of ‘chicken’ ... the big buck blinked. Photo by Brint Perera

Earn Electro Mechanical Certificate In One Year

on August 20, 2017 - 5:41am

Technician in her workplace. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

According to the recent Occupational Outlook Handbook, Electro Mechanical Technicians can make an average of over $21 an hour—and that is with a 1-year degree. Electro-mechanical technicians work with robotics, plastics, communication equipment, solar equipment and electronic circuits, usually in manufacturing facilities.

As a generalist, Electro-mechanical technicians have a broad set of skills that maintain a high demand for their services.

Deputy Secretary Bernhardt: $660,000 In Historic State And Tribal Preservation Grants To New Mexico

on August 20, 2017 - 5:40am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt with the National Park Service has announced the distribution of $341,169 in historic preservation grants to New Mexico as well as $322,404 for historic preservation grants to eleven Tribal Historic Preservation Offices in the state.
 
This funding, part of $25.5 million going to states and tribes across the country today, represents a total of $58 million that the National Park Service has invested in the preservation efforts to every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the U.S.

Fr. Glenn: One People Under God

on August 20, 2017 - 5:38am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

This last week we were treated to yet another example of the truth of scripture—that “there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) The wall-to-wall coverage about the Charlottesville and subsequent protests and counter-protests reminded of the riots of the 60’s and 70’s. Sigh. Perhaps the birthing pains of eventually moving toward a more civilized society, we can only hope.

Predictably, there were myriad reactions over the Charlottesville protests and events.

Udall, Heinrich Announce Open Application Process For 2018 United States Senate Youth Program

on August 20, 2017 - 5:38am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has begun its annual statewide selection process and encouraged New Mexico high school students to apply.

Each year, two students from each state and the District of Columbia – as well as two children of service members stationed and living abroad — are selected to participate in a week-long study of the federal government and its leaders.

Public Safety Degree Offered

on August 20, 2017 - 5:36am

UNM-LA News:

UNM Los Alamos is now offering a two-year pathway for earning an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Public Safety with Concentrations in Police Science, Emergency Management, and Homeland Security.

This program trains specialists to work for local and state governments, hospitals, emergency and other relief organizations in the wake of an increased need of Police departments, Emergency Management groups and Homeland Security departments in Northern New Mexico and beyond.

Instructors in this program include Elizabeth Allen, a local attorney with a JD from Pepperdine

UNM-LA CEO Cindy Rooney: A New Semester Begins

on August 20, 2017 - 5:33am
By DR. CYNTHIA J. ROONEY
CEO UNM-LA

Classes for the Fall 2017 semester begin Monday, Aug. 21. We are excited to have new and returning students back on campus.  

UNM–Los Alamos is an innovative, rigorous, and affordable comprehensive branch community college that provides foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. We offer over 30 different degree and certificate programs.

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Los Alamos Concert Association Unveils 72nd Season!

on August 20, 2017 - 5:33am

LACA's 72nd Season opens with Metales M5, The Mexican Brass, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/LACA

Wyndsync closes the season at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3 at 4 p.m. at the Smith Auditorium. Courtesy/LACA

 

LACA News:

One highlight among many in the Los Alamos Concert Association’s 72nd season will be the unveiling of a renovation at the Association’s venue, the Duane Smith Auditorium.

Built for the community by the Atomic Energy Commission in the early 1950s, the Smith Auditorium is the second largest concert venue in New Mexico.

Public Forum Targets Veterans Transportation Issues

on August 20, 2017 - 5:32am

VETERANS News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Veterans, National Guard/Reserve personnel, and their spouses are invited to attend a public forum to address transportation issues facing veterans at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Central New Mexico College (CNM) Workforce Training Center at 5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE.

This public forum follows a morning Veterans Transportation Summit sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) attended by representatives from public and private transportation agencies throughout the state, who will be discussing how they can improve the transportation

Governor: New TV Ads Fight DWI; Distracted Driving

on August 20, 2017 - 5:32am

Courtesy/NMDOT

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced powerful TV ads – called “Just a Matter of Time” – to fight drunk and distracted driving. 

Both of the new ads are from the point of view of a driver breaking the law – until ultimately they crash. The ads can be viewed here.

“When you drive drunk or distracted you put your life and the lives of every other person on the road in danger,” Martinez said. “It just isn’t worth it. Make the responsible decision when you get behind the wheel – it will save lives.”

In one ad a man is featured driving distracted over and over

Journey Continues: Returning To College Classroom

on August 20, 2017 - 5:31am
Ufemia Bernal Rios returned to UNM-LA to further her education, where she participated in the Community Internship Collaboration. Through that experience she was offered a job. She continues to take classes while working in Los Alamos. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNMLA

UNM-LA News:

Many adults have had to put aside or to put off their pursuit of a college degree because other duties have called upon them: taking care of family, raising children, moving to a new area or needing to work full-time.

But recent research from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that many are now finding

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