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Udall, Heinrich: G.I. Bill Reforms For NM Veterans And Families Becomes Law

on August 18, 2017 - 3:36pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich to modernize and strengthen veterans’ education benefits and enhance the post-9/11 G.I. Bill became law Thursday.
 
The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 further invests in the proven educational success of our veterans and helps propel them toward becoming our nation’s civic, business, and public leaders. 
 
“New Mexico’s men and women in uniform sign up willing to risk everything for our country, and they deserve a modern post 9/11 G.I.

Governor Announces NM Participation In National DWI Crackdown: ‘Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over’

on August 18, 2017 - 3:34pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that New Mexico will participate in the national DWI crackdown: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’. The crackdown begins today and runs through Labor Day weekend.
 
“Getting drunk drivers off our streets is a top priority,” Martinez said. “When you get behind the wheel drunk you’re putting lives in danger – that’s unacceptable. If you do make the reckless decision to drive drunk, you will be caught.”
 
So far this year, preliminary data shows there have been 76 DWI related traffic fatalities on New Mexico roads – that’s down

LAMS Boys Tennis Sport Meeting Aug. 22

on August 18, 2017 - 3:29pm

‘Hunted By My Ex’ Completes Filming In New Mexico

on August 18, 2017 - 3:28pm
NMFO News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced that the theatrical motion picture “Hunted By My Ex”, produced by Vociferous Films, LLC has filmed in Albuquerque. 
 
The production employed 30 New Mexico crew members, 14 New Mexico principal actors and approximately 60 New Mexico background talent.
 
Local crew included: Line Producer Rick Metz, Production Designer Will Albarez, Director of Photography Nolan Rudy, Set Decorator Nathally Bothelho and Costume Designer Kim Trujillo.
 
The theatrical motion picture was directed by Danny J.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Cheryl Bell

on August 18, 2017 - 3:19pm
By JAMES ROBINSON
Chair, Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation
Member, Environmental Sustainability Board
 
I wanted to thank Cheryl Bell for the wonderful letter about bears (link). One point I really want to drive home is thanking Los Alamos for making great strides in becoming a bear friendly community.
 
Earlier this year, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation teamed up to host New Mexico’s first Bear Festival.

Public Shares Thoughts On Local Trails

on August 18, 2017 - 3:15pm

From left, Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson and Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division Manager Chris Wilson host a meeting Wednesday night at the North Mesa Stables area regarding Los Alamos County's trails. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Approximately 20 people attended the trails meeting Wednesday near the stables. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

Trail users were invited to give their thoughts and input on Los Alamos’ trails during an informal gathering Wednesday night at the North Mesa

Los Alamos Sarov Sister City Initiative Needs Community Support

on August 18, 2017 - 11:16am
Middle from left, former Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, former County Council Chair Geoff Rogers, Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and County Manager Harry Burgess visited Los Alamos' sister city, Sarov, Russia in 2013. Courtesy photo
 
Students from Sarov, Russia pay a visit to UNM-LA in 2011. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

National news reports daily on the ongoing drama between Russian and American politicians.

Firefighters Spiff Up Fleet In White Rock

on August 18, 2017 - 10:15am

Los Alamos Firefighters wash and shine their emergency response vehicles Saturday morning at Station 3 in White Rock. LAFD maintains one of the top fleets in the nation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Reminder: Community/Economic Development Training, Strategic Planning - Mid-Central SET Aug. 19

on August 18, 2017 - 9:44am
COUNTY News:
 
Community input is requested at a community/economic development training and strategic planning session for the Mid-Central Rural Corridor and South-Eastern New Mexico regions.
 
Breakfast is 8:30 a.m. and the session is 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 19 at the Jemez Pueblo Community Center.
 
The purpose is to provide feedback on what is important to the community of Los Alamos and surrounding areas; how to partner together within the SET region with the other communities to leverage assets and set goals; and how the SET proposal should be drafted.
 
Background: In May USDA

Brazilian Jazz & Flamenco Guitar Master Diego Figuerido Plays Summer Concert At Ashley Pond Tonight

on August 18, 2017 - 9:19am
Brazilian guitarist Diego Figuerido performs at 7 p.m. today at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy photo
 
By RUSS GORDON
Concert Producer

We are really excited to bring back the fantastic Brazilian guitarist, Diego Figuerido to Los Alamos! The show is free and starts at 7 p.m. today at Ashley Pond Park. We won’t be changing the venue, we’ll wait it out if we have any rain. This is a mountain town and the weather changes often. Bring a chair, some warm clothes and an umbrella. The show is going to be wonderful!

Tonight’s concert will be Los Alamos Medical Center Night.

JJAB Delivers School Supplies To LAPS

on August 18, 2017 - 8:44am
On the first day of the school year for LAPS students Thursday, Barranca Mesa Elementary School Counselor Alyssa Romero, left, and JJAB Family Resource Specialist Katy Fellows checked out school supplies donated to Barranca Elementary School. The Los Alamos JJAB conducted a summer fundraiser, the proceeds of which were used to purchase school supplies for LAPS students and schools. Courtesy/JJAB
 
Santina Shije, JJAB Youth Resource Specialist, left, helps kick off the new school year Thursday with a delivery of school supplies to Los Alamos Middle School Counselor Jennifer Neil.

Science On Tap Presentation Targets Lightning

on August 18, 2017 - 8:35am

Tess Light discusses what is shocking about lightning during a Science on Tap presentation Thursday at Unquarked. She is with the Lab’s Space and Remote Sensing Group and touched on research that dates back to the 1960s when it was developed in connection with space payloads that monitor the Earth for evidence of nuclear treaty violation. Learning more about lightning is an outgrowth of those sensors. Courtesy photo

IRS: Don’t Take The Bait ... Watch Out For W-2 Email Scam

on August 18, 2017 - 8:34am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry urge tax professionals and businesses to beware of a recent increase in email scams targeting employee Forms W-2.
 
The W-2 scam – called a business email compromise or BEC – is one of the most dangerous phishing email schemes trending nationwide from a tax administration perspective. The IRS saw a sharp increase in the number of incidents and victims during the 2017 filing season.
 
Increasing awareness about business email compromises is part of the “Don’t Take the Bait” campaign, a 10-part series aimed at tax
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NPS Action Provides Park Visitors Better Access To Safe, Healthy Water

on August 18, 2017 - 8:28am
NPS News:
 
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Visitors to all of America’s national parks will have better access to the healthiest packaged beverage now that the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has rescinded a policy that allowed individual national parks to ban the sale of bottled water in single-serve plastic containers.
 
“The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) applauds this action, which recognizes the importance of making safe, healthy, convenient bottled water available to the millions of people from around the world who want to stay well-hydrated while visiting national parks,” IBWA

Balderas Urges Congress To Fix Child Trafficking Law

on August 18, 2017 - 8:24am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas joined 49 other state and territorial attorneys general in a bi-partisan coalition urging Congress to affirm that all law-enforcement agencies retain their traditional authority to fight sex trafficking.
 
In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general ask representatives to amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to clarify that states, localities and territories retain authority to investigate and prosecute facilitators of child sex trafficking wherever they operate, including online.

Kids Want To Sleep In? They May Be On To Something

on August 18, 2017 - 7:41am
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later. Courtesy image​
 
CDC News:
 
Starting school later can help adolescents get enough sleep and improve their health, academic performance, and quality of life.
 
Not getting enough sleep is common among high school students and is associated with several health risks including being overweight, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and using drugs, as well as poor academic performance.
 
One of the reasons adolescents do not get enough sleep is early school start times.
 
The American Academy

SFNF: Gilman Tunnels Reopen

on August 18, 2017 - 7:41am
The Gilman Tunnels have reopened. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Gilman Tunnels on Forest Road (FR) 376 have reopened on the Jemez Ranger District. 
 
Closed since mid-June, the Gilman Tunnel corridor has undergone essential safety measures following several near misses with large boulders falling into the roadway. Road crews have stabilized the cliff walls within the box canyon and removed sections of loose rock along a portion of FR 376 between mile markers 0.1 and 5.5. 
 
Keep in mind that although these measures have helped stabilize the canyon’s walls, weather

Secretary Geisel Announces $167,500 In LEADS Grants To New Mexico Communities

on August 18, 2017 - 7:36am
Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel
 
NMEDD News:
 
SANTA FE  Yesterday, Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel announced $167,500 in Local Economic Assistance & Development Support Program (LEADS) grants to 18 communities across the state.
 
The grants will fund a variety of economic development projects throughout New Mexico and support the continued growth of our state and local economy.
 
"Community development is a crucial aspect of economic growth," Geisel said. "These LEADS grants will promote job creation, corporate recruitment and business development.

FBI: Leader Of Sunland Park Heroin Trafficking Ring Sentenced To Six Years

on August 18, 2017 - 7:29am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Raymundo Munoz, 69, of Sunland Park, was sentenced Aug. 15 in Federal Court in Las Cruces, to 72 months in prison for his conviction on heroin trafficking charges. Munoz will be on supervised release for four years after completing his prison sentence.
 
Munoz was the ringleader of a heroin trafficking organization operating out of Sunland Park, that obtained its heroin from Juan Francisco Rivera, 60, of El Paso, Tex., that was the target of a DEA-led investigation.

August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

on August 18, 2017 - 7:24am
National Immunization Awareness Month highlights the importance of vaccinations for all ages.  Courtesy image ​
 
HEALTH News:
 
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.
 
NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them.

Alzheimer’s ‘Basics’ Presentation In Espanola Sept. 7

on August 18, 2017 - 7:22am
ALZHEIMERS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free presentation in Espanola, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Espanola Senior Center, 735 Vietnam Veterans Parkway, Espanola NM, 87532. All citizens from Espanola and surrounding areas are invited to attend. 
 
For more information, contact David L Davis, (505).473.1297 or dldavis@alz.org.
 
This presentation is primarily a general introduction for those seeking a basic knowledge of

County Planning And Zoning Meets Aug. 23

on August 18, 2017 - 7:21am

COUNTY News:

Planning and Zonning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23 in Council Chambers at 1000 Ave. 

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda

  • CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
  • PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
  • APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  • PUBLIC HEARING(S)
    • A. P&Z Staff Report for Case No. REZ-2017-0007 Entrada Rezone 
  • PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION BUSINESS
    • A. Minutes from the Planning And Zoning Commission Meeting July 12, 2017
  • COMMISSION/DIRECTOR COMMUNICATIONS
    • A. Department Report
    • B.

Keller Statement On Replacement Of Superintendent Of Dora Consolidated Schools Following Special Audit

on August 18, 2017 - 7:12am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Aug. 15, State Auditor Tim Keller confirmed that the Superintendent of Dora Consolidated Schools was placed on administrative leave and will be replaced by the Dora School Board following the Office of the State Auditor’s (OSA) Special Audit.
 
School board members voted unanimously last night to place the Superintendent on leave and begin seeking applicants for the job.
 
The OSA initiated the audit after it received several complaints from concerned citizens in the small town south of Portales and revealed over $100,000 in

Scenes From Rotary Club Summer Programs

on August 18, 2017 - 7:11am

Despite wearing a Norway t-shirt, Wayne Hardie presented a fascinating travelogue about the trip to Cuba he and wife Linda enjoyed recently. Courtesy photo

District 4 Public Education Commissioner Karyl Ann Armbruster recently spoke at Rotary about public education and charter schools in New Mexico. Courtesy photo

Rotary Club President Laura Loy shares a club exchange banner with Rotarian David Griggs, a retired Los Alamos County staff member, who now lives in Guatemala. Courtesy photo

Sara Tuzel, a Los Alamos High School graduate, thanked the Rotary Club of Los Alamos for supporting her
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