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Letter To The Editor: In Support Of Our Teachers...

on March 19, 2017 - 11:39am
By ELENA E. GIORGI
A concerned mother grateful for her children’s teachers

Dear Governor and dear Representatives who voted against the resolution that would’ve allowed teachers to take more than 3 sick days without penalty, let me ask you: how many times did you take a sick day this past year? How many times did you have to assist a sick family member, whether a child, a spouse, or an elderly parent? And all this when you hold a position that doesn’t keep you inside a classroom five days a week. Along with train stations and public places, schools are the primary route for the spread of

Pysanky: Learn Thousand Year Old Art Form March 25

on March 19, 2017 - 8:21am

Think New Mexico: 2017 Legislative Session Recap

on March 19, 2017 - 8:16am

Think New Mexico News:

The 2017 legislative session wrapped up at noon Saturday and here are the final outcomes of Think New Mexico's initiatives:

Food Tax Defeated Once Again

Yet again this year there was a serious effort to reimpose the food tax. Along with three stand-alone food tax bills, the comprehensive tax reform package (House Bill 412) initially proposed to reimpose the food tax.

We firmly believe that a food tax has no place in a tax reform bill, and we were grateful that the House voted unanimously to remove the food tax from House Bill 412 before passing it.

Fr. Glenn: Finding The Path

on March 19, 2017 - 8:00am

By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

A few Sundays ago, we read in our Sunday Mass a portion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24) During the Lenten season we deny ourselves various things…for self-denial and penance, yes, but mostly to remind us of the temporary nature of the material. We eat, then are hungry again…we drink, but then thirst again. Yet Jesus assures us: “I am the bread of life;

Safety Town Registration Now Open

on March 19, 2017 - 7:42am

Safety Town fire safety instruction. Courtesy/LAC

Safety Town bicycle safety instruction. Courtesy/LAC

Safety Town crosswalk safety instruction. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Safety Town is returning to Mountain Elementary School 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, June 19-30. This free safety program is open to all children entering Kindergarten in the Fall or who will be five years of age by Sept. 1, 2017.

The program is limited to 80 participants and registration is being accepted at the Walkup Aquatic Center front desk or register online via WebTrac on the PROS Division’s main page

NMG&F: Special Hunter Education Camp Offered At Philmont Scout Ranch

on March 19, 2017 - 7:14am
NMG&F News:
 
CIMARRON – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youth can receive hands-on training and earn a hunter education certification.
 
The camp is open to youth ages 11 to 17, accompanied by a registered, responsible adult. It will be conducted the weekend of April 28-30, 2017 at the renowned Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron. Lodging and meals are free and all equipment is provided.
 
Registration opens March 27. Participants must complete and return the registration form available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/

Los Alamos Jewish Center Hosts Annual Community Passover Seder April 11

on March 19, 2017 - 7:10am

Jewish Center News:

The Los Alamos Jewish Center will hold its annual Community Passover Seder at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The event is open to anyone interested in attending.

The Seder is a ceremonial dinner filled with rituals designed to celebrate the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt. The Seder, which is Hebrew for “order”, ushers in the week of Pesach in which Jews refrain from eating Chametz (any food that's made of grain and water that have been allowed to ferment and "rise").

The celebration of Passover commemorates the miraculous delivery of

On The Job In Los Alamos: Rosalie Valdez At Cooperative Extension Office

on March 19, 2017 - 7:09am

Rosalie Valdez on her first day on the job Thursday as administrative assistant in NMSU's Los Alamos County Cooperative Extension Office with County Extension Agent Carlos Valdez. The Cooperative Extension Office on 20th Street in downtown Los Alamos provides the community with practical, research-based knowledge and programs to improve their quality of life, including horticulture and plant problems, health and family issues and food and nutrition programs. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Pastor Raul Granillo: Building Potential

on March 19, 2017 - 7:08am

Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos


“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17 (NIV)

My wife and I started a basic fort in the back yard for my oldest son Kyle. It’s nothing more than a PVC frame and a camouflage roof. To look at it, you wouldn’t think much, but when Kyle saw it, his imagination exploded. He saw potential for the greatest fort ever. That vision seems to have consumed him.

Daily Postcard: Cabezon Peak

on March 19, 2017 - 6:44am

Daily Postcard: Cabezon Peak during a recent hike. Cabezon Peak is a large volcanic plug that is a prominent feature in northwestern New Mexico. It rises to 7,785 feet in elevation. Cabezon Peak is two miles south of the old ghost town of Cabezon and the Rio Puerco. Source: wikipedia. Photo by Robert Beberniss

House Subcommittee Probes Nuclear Weapons Windfall

on March 18, 2017 - 10:41am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan appears Thursday before House Armed Services oversight and investigations subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/HASC webcast

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

President Trump’s budget priorities were on parade in the House Armed Services subcommittee hearing Thursday, as the White House was releasing a sketch of its fiscal plans for the next 18 months. The White House projection for the nuclear security enterprise proposes strong support for a “nuclear force that is second to none.”

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan spoke

2017 Legislative Session Ends Noon Today

on March 18, 2017 - 10:27am

STATE News:

The 2017 60-day session of the New Mexico Legislature opened at noon Tuesday, Jan. 17 and ends at noon today.

Bill To Restore Classroom Funding Heads To Governor

on March 18, 2017 - 10:22am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Friday, Senate Bill 462 passed the New Mexico Legislature. Instead of funding infrastructure projects in their home communities, legislators chose to strengthen public schools’ bottom line statewide after several years of tough budgets.

The bill utilized a complicated transfer of capital outlay funds to the general fund to strengthen classrooms. The bill restores $46 million that was cut from public school cash balances, or ‘reserves’, earlier in the session to address FY ’17 budget solvency.

Tayra Eidenbenz Receives Community Youth Award

on March 18, 2017 - 10:13am
LAHS student Tayra Eidenbenz is honored with the Community Youth Award for February. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Tayra Eidenbenz is honored with the Community Youth Award for February from Champions of Youth Ambitions (C'YA).
 
Jackie Hurtle nominated the Los Alamos High School student saying, "She is an inspiration to me.

Governor Acts On Four More Pieces Of Legislation

on March 18, 2017 - 9:54am

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE—Late Friday night, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez acted on the following legislation:

  • Signed Senate Bill 103 — Transfer Of College Credits [MESSAGE]
  • Signed Senate Bill 32 — K-3 Plus Eligibility [MESSAGE]
  • Signed Senate Bill 75 — Deferred Compensation Changes [MESSAGE]
  • Signed Senate Bill 28 — Educational Retirement Changes [MESSAGE]
  • Vetoed Senate Bill 297 — Disabled Veteran License Plate Options [MESSAGE]

 

Santa Fe National Forest Seeks Site Stewards

on March 18, 2017 - 9:50am
Courtesy/SFNF
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE -- The Santa Fe National Forest is looking for new site stewards. Site stewards work in assigned areas to monitor archaeological and historical sites for evidence of deterioration due to natural causes or vandalism.
 
Steward responsibilities include visits to sites on a regular assigned basis (usually once a month, weather and roads permitting), to report damage or significant changes. This is a great way to get outdoors and become more familiar with the forest’s cultural resources.
 
The next formal training is a full-day session Saturday, April

Voters To Decide On Independent Ethics Commission

on March 18, 2017 - 9:46am

HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:

SANTA FE – House Joint Resolution 8, to create an Independent Ethics Commission that will restore trust in government, will now head to the ballot.

HJR 8, sponsored by Representatives Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces), Bill McCamley (D-Las Cruces), Daymon Ely (D-Corrales) and Jim Dines (R-Albuquerque), proposes a constitutional amendment creating an Independent Ethics Commission tasked with investigating and issuing advisory opinions regarding any violations of laws or misconduct by elected state officials.
 

New Democratic leadership and new members in each chamber with a

Kunsberg Continues Improving Downtown Buildings

on March 18, 2017 - 9:07am

Los Alamos businessman Philip Kunsberg continues to make improvements to the interior and exterior of buildings he has purchased in downtown Los Alamos. Workers were busy this week painting turquoise trim on Kunsberg's Building on 20th and Deacon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Study Suggests Brain Injury Effects Last Seven Years

on March 18, 2017 - 8:43am
HEALTH News:
 
A new study that was presented Feb. 10 to the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, suggests brain injury long-term effects in children may still be present as long as seven years after the injury is sustained.
 
Furthermore, researchers found that children who sustain brain injuries are at increased risk to develop other functioning issues. The research highlights the importance of protecting children from brain injuries, especially children involved in high-risk sports or activities linked to traumatic brain injury.
 
“More than 630,000 children

Statement On Attempted Override Of Governor’s Veto Of HB 241 - Attendance Component In Teacher Evaluations

on March 18, 2017 - 8:39am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Rep. Jim Smith (R-Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe) released the following statement after the House of Representatives failed to override Gov. Susana Martinez’s veto of House Bill 241:
 
“In her veto message, Gov. Martinez stated that she would be willing to consider changes to attendance measures as part of a comprehensive teacher evaluation system. Attendance measures account for just five percent of a teacher’s overall evaluation. House Bill 241 sought to address only the attendance component in teacher evaluations, and we respect Gov.

Family Strengths Network Hosts Adopt-A-Grandparent Kick Off Party March 23

on March 18, 2017 - 8:36am

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New Mexico Cowork And Incubator Spaces Host Collaboration Kick-Off Mixer

on March 18, 2017 - 8:33am

Business News:

Three New Mexico coworking and incubator spaces, projectY cowork Los Alamos, the Santa Fe Business Incubator and FatPipe ABQ have announced a joint collaboration that allows their respective members and tenants to work collaboratively from the other facilities in the state. 

To kick off the collaboration in a more formal way, the spaces will host a mixer 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 at the Violet Crown Cinema in Santa Fe to celebrate New Mexico entrepreneurs, freelancers and remote employees who work from these coworking and incubator spaces.

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Eight Los Alamos Pianists Sweep Dennis Alexander Piano Competition

on March 18, 2017 - 8:28am
Composer Dennis Alexander and piano instructor Madeline Williamson pose with Sruthi Garimella, center, winner of a Trifecta of awards at the Dennis Alexander Piano Competition. Courtesy photo
 
Pianists Betty and John Kang with their awards at the Dennis Alexander Piano Competition. Courtesy photo

Music News:

Eight young Los Alamos pianists, ages 8 through 14, competed Saturday, March 11 in the prestigious Dennis Alexander Piano Competition, held annually in Albuquerque at the New Mexico School of Music.

Letter To The Editor: Leave Nonprofits Alone ... Bill 412 Is Double Taxation!

on March 18, 2017 - 8:13am
Lou Santoro
President
The Family YMCA Board of Directors

House Bill 412 calls for closing many exemption loopholes to address the budget crisis that our state faces. No doubt, there are many aspects of the Tax Reform Bill that need just that—reform. However, HB 412 also calls for eliminating the sales tax exemption for nonprofits—all nonprofits large, small, 501c3, churches etc., thus subjecting nonprofits to sales and gross receipts tax.

Under HB 412, nonprofits would need to collect and pay GRT on all contracts (local, state, federal), grants from foundations and United Way, fees from

IHM’s Fish Fry Fridays Drawing Record Crowds

on March 18, 2017 - 8:02am

Record crowds are gathering in the parish hall at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3700 Canyon Road, each week for the annual Fish Fry Fridays dinner offered during the Lenten season, according to organizers. This past Friday the crowd was a bit smaller as some diners took advantage of traditional corned beef and cabbage dinners on the menus of area restaurants for St. Patrick's Day. IHM's popular fish fry dinner continues 5-7 p.m. next Friday at the parish hall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Congressman Bill Redmond of Los Alamos enjoys a fish dinner with his family

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