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Attorney General, U.S. Department of Labor To Hold Human Trafficking Press Conference; Announce Joint Initiative To Combat Labor Trafficking In New Mexico

on December 9, 2017 - 4:32pm

New Mexico AG Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

  • Labor Trafficking is occurring in New Mexico at a much higher rate than what is being reported

Attorney General Hector Balderas, U.S. Department of Labor, New Mexico Human Trafficking Task Force Cmdr. Anthony Maez and law enforcement are set to announce a new joint initiative to combat labor trafficking in New Mexico.

The officials will discuss the new initiative at 2 p.m. Monday at the Office of the Attorney General in Albuquerque.

Update: Guadalupe Fire In Jemez Ranger District

on December 9, 2017 - 4:24pm

SFNF News:

The Guadalupe Fire is burning in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

Start Date: Dec. 8

Cause: Human

Size: 6.2 acres, 40 percent contained

Location: Near Forest Road (FR) 376 on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. Smoke is visible as far south as Rio Rancho. Travelers along FR 376 need to be mindful of fire personnel and equipment in the area.

Vegetation: Logging slash and pre-made piles.

Current Situation: The fire was reported to the Jemez Ranger District Office 12:27 p.m. Friday, Dec 8.

Resources on-scene: Three engines with

ICYMI: How Tax Reform Will Lift The Economy

on December 9, 2017 - 11:23am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Economic experts and professors wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin examining how both the House and Senate tax reform bills are pro-growth, and will reenergize the nation’s economy and work to drive down costs of the reform.
 
This letter was published in the Wall Street Journal Nov. 26, 2017.
 
How Tax Reform Will Lift the Economy: The Wall Street Journal
 
By: Robert J. Barro, Michael J. Boskin, John Cogan, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Glenn Hubbard, Lawrence B. Lindsey, Harvey S. Rosen, George P. Shultz, and John B. Taylor
 

Gluten-Free Holiday Baking Class Dec. 15

on December 9, 2017 - 11:15am

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz Delivers ‘State of the County’ Address Wednesday

on December 9, 2017 - 6:47am

Council Chair David Izraelevitz

COUNTY News:

The community is invited to join Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz for the “State of the County” address noon Wednesday, Dec. 13 at Betty Ehart Senior Center.

Izraelevitz will discuss highlights and accomplishments from 2017, as well as touch on potential news for the coming year.

CB FOX Donates 5 Percent Of Small Business Saturday Profits To United Way Of Northern New Mexico

on December 9, 2017 - 5:42am

CB FOX owner Andy Fox, left, presents a check for 5 percent ($809) of the store's Small Business Saturday profits to United Way of Northern New Mexico Board Member Mike Lippiatt Friday evening at CB FOX’s Sip and Shop Loyalty Party. ‘Thank you Los Alamos for supporting a local business like CB FOX, and allowing us to contribute to UWNNM in such a meaningful way,’ Fox said. ‘Supporting small businesses in your community is such a win for ONE AND ALL!’ Courtesy photo

YMCA Accepts Youth Conservation Corps Applications

on December 9, 2017 - 5:23am

The YMCA is accepting applications for its Youth Conservation Corps. Courtesy photo

 

Y News:

 

Applications for summer employment with The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps trail crew will be taken until 8 p.m. March 13. Hiring for this program is restricted to those ages 14-25.

Application packets and job descriptions are available on the Y’s website at www.laymca.org, at the YMCA 1450 Iris St., and at the Los Alamos and Española YMCA teen centers. Completed applications require two letters of reference and may be turned in to the Y or the teen centers.

Applicants must be New

NNSA, Air Force Complete Two B61-12 Life Extension Program Test Flights At Tonopah Test Range

on December 9, 2017 - 5:23am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and the U.S Air Force announced the completion of two qualification flight tests of the B61-12 gravity bomb at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.
 
Completed Nov. 7-8, these tests continue a series of qualification flight tests that will be conducted over the next three years. 
 
“These tests continue to demonstrate that the B61-12 meets requirements and marks another on-time achievement for the B61-12 Life Extension Program,” said Brig. Gen.

San Ildefonso Pueblo Gov. James Mountain Visits Los Alamos Daily Post Friday

on December 9, 2017 - 5:18am

San Ildefonso Pueblo Governor James Mountain met Friday with Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark in the newsroom at 1247 Central Ave. Governor Mountain is completing his term as leader of the Pueblo in January and during his meeting at the Post he discussed his youth growing up in Los Alamos and his commitment to continue his life of public service. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Arts In Public Places Advisory Board Meets Dec. 14

on December 9, 2017 - 4:59am
COUNTY News: 
 
The Arts in Public Places Advisory Board will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 in Council Chambers in ther Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 
 
The meeting is open to the public. 
 
Agenda:
  • 1. CALL TO ORDER
  • 2. PUBLIC COMMENT
  • 3. APP BOARD BUSINESS
    • Approval of Minutes from Nov. 16 meeting
  • 5. CURRENT AND FUTURE PROJECTS
    • Project overview for the proposed underpass for Hwy 502 near the Canyon Rim Trail head​ Presenters: Eric Martinez
    • WR Pottery Project - update on educational plaque Presenters: Libby Carlsten
    • Update on Selig artwork

Library Books Are Off To Kenya!

on December 9, 2017 - 4:52am

Students carry box of books to U-Haul truck. Courtesy photo

Students, faculty and community members help load books into U-Haul truck. Photo by Morrie Pongratz

EDUCATION News: 

A sendoff celebration for the African Library Project was held Tuesday, Nov. 28 in the Sullivan field parking lot. 

A U-Haul truck decorated with balloons and a sign for the African Library Project was loaded by kids of all ages from all the schools in Los Alamos with boxes of books headed to Kenya, Africa, to make 12 school libraries.

Home Country: December Dreaming

on December 9, 2017 - 4:50am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
There is a nighttime sweetness and hope that hovers over us this time of year here at home. This is a time for summing up and looking ahead … and a time for dreams.
 
And at night … ah, that’s the time, isn’t it? Outside it’s dark, December dark, and we’re inside and warm and cocooned up. The cold makes our world shrink, especially at night. But we have our dreams.
 
For Janice Thomas, our art teacher at the high school, it’s that painting she’s planning.

Voices Of Los Alamos Targets Chromium Plume Safety

on December 9, 2017 - 4:49am
By BARBARA CALEF
League of Women Voters of Los Alamos

Because the existence of a chromium plume in the regional aquifer below Sandia and Mortendad Canyons has been a source of concern for citizens of northern New Mexico, Voices of Los Alamos asked experts to discuss the problem at a Nov. 27 meeting.

Danny Katzman is the Technical Program Director for LANL’s chromium project and a hydrogeologist. Katzman began by saying that he was working on a way to explain the complicated technical project, putting together FAQs (frequently asked questions) for the DOE website. This is now posted here.

LAPS Statement On Tragic News In Aztec

on December 8, 2017 - 5:17pm

By LAPS Board of Education 
 
Jenny McCumber, President
Andrea Cunningham, Vice President
Ellen Ben-Naim, Secretary
Bill Hargraves, Member
Steven Boerigter, Member
Kurt Steinhaus, Superintendent

The School Board and I are deeply troubled by the tragic news from Aztec, New Mexico. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. We are keeping the students, parents, staff, and the entire Aztec community in our thoughts and prayers. We want to also acknowledge and appreciate the quick actions of the school staff and first responders in Aztec.

While school shootings are rare, we

Scenes From 3rd Bill Hudson Memorial Invite

on December 8, 2017 - 4:57pm

Swimmer Sonyia Williams opens the 3rd Bill Hudson Memorial Invite held at the Aquatic Center this past Saturday by singing the National Anthem. There were 15 teams in attendance with 336 swimmers participating. Both the boys, 609 points, and the girls, 672 points, won their portion of the meet. Many state standards were met and personal bests were achieved. The Rookies were impressive as well. Photo by John McHale

Alma Goodwin starts the Girls 200 yard medley relay, which they won. Photo by John McHale

Dylan Ma swims the butterfly portion of the 200 yard medley relay which the team won.
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Jingle Bell Run Sunday

on December 8, 2017 - 4:57pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos High School Band is hosting the third Annual Jingle Bell Rock 'N Run Sunday, Dec. 10 to raise money for the Los Alamos High School and Middle School band programs.

The fun run includes the choice of a 5K or 1 mile run and is modeled after the popular Rock and Roll marathons by featuring live music along the routes. Students from the Los Alamos High School and Middle School bands will be playing holiday tunes for the runners. Costs are $30 for the 5K (race day registration is $35) and $10 for the mile.

Both of the fun runs start and end at Los Alamos Middle

Interfaith Christmas Concert Saturday

on December 8, 2017 - 4:55pm
Booklynn with her violin. Courtesy photo
 
MUSIC News:
 
An Interfaith Christmas Concert is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Mormon Church at 1967 18th St. in Los Alamos. 
 
This free event will have musical numbers from members of White Rock and Los Alamos communities. Performances include a variety of instruments, including piano, cello, ukulele and a bell choir. There also will be soloist and singing performances and opportunities for the audience to sing some classic Christmas music. The performers vary in age from 9 years to adults. Families and children are encouraged to attend. 

Pinon Collect Books For Kenyan School Libraries

on December 8, 2017 - 4:51pm
Students pack books to send to Kenyan school libraries. Courtesy photo
 
By Ian Swavely and Miles Weaver
Pinon School Students

Pinon School is trying to help kids in Africa by sending books to the kids in Kenya so they can learn to read and read more.

We gathered one thousand books and we wrote a grant to the Alex Kirk Foundation, which donated $200 to help us finish our goal of $500. We rasied  have all the money we need to send the books to Kenya. People from the community donated bookmarks they made which also helped pay to send the books.

Below are a few excerpts from interviews

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Arts And Crafts Fair At IHM Parish Hall Saturday

on December 8, 2017 - 4:50pm

K of C Ladies Auxiliary News:

The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary is holding its Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall at 3700 Canyon Road.

"With more than 30 vendors selling everything from jewelry to handmade Christmas ornaments, this is a perfect opportunity to get some of your Christmas shopping done right here in Los Alamos," organizer Gloria Lopez said.

Breakfast and lunch will be offered, including breakfast burritos, green chili stew, coffee, sodas and baked goods.

Papa Murphy's Donates To LAPS Foundation

on December 8, 2017 - 1:36pm

Gayle Cunningham of Papa Murphy's presents Laura Loy, executive director of the LAPS Foundation, with a check for a portion of their Small Business Saturday earnings. The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization that supports, challenges, and invests in a successful future for all Los Alamos public school students. www.lapsfoundation.com. Courtesy photo

North, South Bound Lanes On Diamond Drive Near Fire Station Closed 1-3 p.m. Today

on December 8, 2017 - 12:14pm
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division will close both the north and south bound lanes 1-3 p.m. today on Diamond Drive at the Los Alamos County Fire Department.
 
Crews will be installing new firetruck crossing signs. 
 
Proceed with caution through these work zones.
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LAPS Weather Delay, Cancellation, Early Dismissal

on December 8, 2017 - 7:45am
From Superintent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

This message is to help us prepare for winter weather and focus on safety for students and staff. 

  • The decision to close LAPS or delay the start of school due to weather will usually be made by 5:30 a.m. 
  • Official announcements will be made via the media, district web page, LAPS School Messenger email and text, the school district’s information telephone line and each individual school line (see list below)
  • We will coordinate with LANL and the County on all decisions about a delayed start, cancellation, or early dismissal
  • In

Heinrich, Heller Introduce Bipartisan Public Lands Bill

on December 8, 2017 - 7:45am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) led a group of senators to introduce a bill to reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA).
 
Before it expired in 2011, FLTFA allowed the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service in the western United States to use the proceeds from sales of certain federally designated areas to protect lands of exceptional conservation value.
 
“This program takes a balanced approach to conservation of

Luján Introduces Bill To Spur Partnerships Between National Labs And Local Businesses

on December 8, 2017 - 7:29am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

  • Bill Makes it More Affordable for NM Businesses to Partner with Labs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has introduced legislation to help foster relationships between businesses and national laboratories that can help spur new economic growth and create new jobs.

Luján’s bill authorizes funding for Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) that foster partnership with businesses and startups to transfer commercially relevant technologies to the private sector.

“For over a half a century, our national laboratories

New Mexico Delegation Writes Air Force In Support Of Restoring Air National Guard Tacos Flying Mission

on December 8, 2017 - 7:14am
NM CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján have announced that they are urging the Air Force to transfer legacy HH-60G PAVE Hawk combat search-and-rescue helicopters to the N.M. Air National Guard when the Air Force fields the new HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter at Kirtland Air Force Base.
 
The leadership of the 58th Special Operations Wing (SOW) at Kirtland has told the delegation that they anticipate that the transition from the PAVE Hawk to the Combat

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