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President Trump In Syria: A New Foreign Policy?

on April 17, 2017 - 8:48am

Professor Nader Hashemi

SFCIR News:

Following the recent missile strike in Syria, and the new chill with Russia, is President Trump's foreign policy in the Middle East taking shape? What will the administration's policy toward ISIS be? Toward Syrian refugees? Toward Assad?

The
Santa Fe Council on International (SFCIR) invites the community to hear Professor Nader Hashemi share his insights Thursday on evolving US foreign policy considerations.

Professor Hashemi is director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.

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Letter To The Editor: Will Los Alamos Remain ‘Home Of The Brave’?

on April 17, 2017 - 8:25am
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos

As I was an authorized immigrant to and am now a citizen of the United States, you might think that, having followed the legal requirements, I would not be supportive of all refugees and immigrants, whatever their status. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although I did not leave Canada out of fear or persecution, I did learn some relevant history there that most Americans are not likely to have encountered.

The two main early European waves of immigrants to North America were from England and France, but they were of completely different characters.

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes And Naval Postgraduate Program Target Safe Travel

on April 17, 2017 - 7:41am

Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes is taking part in the Naval Postgraduate Program and is enlisted as a member of a small working group that consists of a TSA agent, California Highway Patrol captain, Fairfax, Va., Fire captain, Seattle Police commander and deputy chief of the Tucson Police. As a class assignment, Hughes and his group have written several columns related to travel with the focus on how to be safe while traveling.

Here is the first column in the series:

Hello current and future travelers, welcome aboard!

NCRTD Honored For Excellence In Financial Reporting

on April 17, 2017 - 7:07am
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Fiscal Year 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada.
 
Acknowledged in the Certificate of Achievement was the NCRTD Finance Department including Finance Director Troy Bingham, Financial Analyst Pat Lopez and Finance Specialist Shannon Sandoval.
 
In announcing the award, NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro stated, “This is the

Heather Ward’s ‘World Of Birds’ At Mesa Library

on April 17, 2017 - 7:03am

Royal Spoonbill by Heather Ward. Courtesy photo

LIBRARY News:

Scratchboard wildlife artist Heather Ward, recently featured in Southwest Art, depicts more than five dozen species of bird in her solo exhibition, A World of Birds, at the Mesa Public Library upstairs gallery, during the month of May.

The community is invited to the opening reception 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 4, or stop by anytime during the month of May during regular library hours.​

Each of Ward's meticulous drawings is accompanied by information about the species, with some even incorporating sound.

Governor Signs Bills For Students In State's Care

on April 17, 2017 - 6:57am
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Gov. Susana Martinez has signed two bills that will improve support for students in the state’s care. The legislation was developed in collaboration with young people who have had foster care or juvenile justice experience and their insights were critical to ensuring this legislation would provide meaningful help for system-involved students.
 
The Governor’s action places New Mexico at the forefront of a growing movement to improve educational outcomes for children in foster care, homeless students, and those involved in the

Taos County Historical Society Announces 2017 Honoree Luncheon May 7

on April 17, 2017 - 6:51am
2017 Honoree Luncheon. Courtesy photo
 
TCHS News:
 
The Taos County Historical Society announces its 2017 May Honoree Luncheon at noon Sunday, May 7 at the Old Martina's Hall in Ranchos de Taos.
 
The Society's honorees are Nick Branchal and Norbert Martinez Jr., for continuing the tradition of mariachi musicians in the schools. The featured speaker is Nicolasa Chavez, curator of the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. Her presentation is “Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico”.
 

Branchal is a retired music teacher from Taos.

Daily Postcard: Turtle Sunbathes At Ashley Pond

on April 17, 2017 - 6:31am
Daily Postcard: A turtle living in Ashley Pond is spotted sunning itself on the rocks. Photo by Ken Hanson

Eager Egg Hunters Swarm Los Alamos Golf Course

on April 16, 2017 - 7:39pm
Hundreds of egg hunters captured thousands of eggs today at the annual Extravaganza Egg Hunt at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Successful hunter. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
They're off! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Egg hunter fuels up for the hunt. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Seeking eggs. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Easter Bunny posed with kids before the egg hunt. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Hunters find their quarry. Photo by Bonnie J.
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Bandelier's First Astronomy Program Of Season April 22

on April 16, 2017 - 9:33am
Bandelier National Monument's first astronomy program of the season is 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the Juniper Campground Amphitheater. The community is invited to join them for a Ranger talk, followed by viewing the universe through giant telescopes! Courtesy/National Park Service

Los Alamos School Of Gymnastics Wins State!

on April 16, 2017 - 9:21am
Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers Gold Platinum Team. Courtesy photo
 
SPORTS News:
 
Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers from Los Alamos School of Gymnastics on North Mesa brought home gold from the March 19 New Mexico State Championships at G-Force Gymnastics in West Albuquerque. 
 
They won first place team in both the Gold and Platinum divisions of competition, against many much larger teams. (To calculate team scores, the top three gymnasts in each event count.) They also won eight all around medals and 34 individual event medals. 
 
They qualified 10 Platinum and Gold gymnasts to go on to the

Nautilus To Perform At Dr. Zee Benefit Concert

on April 16, 2017 - 8:51am

The local band, Nautilus, will perform April 21 at the Dr. Zee Benefit Concert. Courtesy Photo

COMMUNITY News:

Nautilus is one of the bands performing at the Dr. Zee Benefit Concert  5-8 p.m., April 21 at UNM-LA.

Akash Dighe, lead vocal and lead guitarist, Luc Snyder, lead guitar and rhythm, Jaymes Boe, drums, and Facundo Jaime, bass guitar, have been best friends since middle school. They are grateful to be brought together by their inseparable friendship, but also their passion for music.

Each member’s music experience varies in years, but they expressed how they each have been able to

Court Grants EPA Delay In Smog Standards Battle

on April 16, 2017 - 8:01am
EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A federal court granted a request from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to delay court proceedings over the more protective 2015 smog standards.
 
The agency had requested the delay to give it additional time to review those standards. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the EPA’s request in a summary order.
 
Attorneys for public health and environmental organizations think the delay is likely an indication that the federal government will seek to stop defending or weaken implementation of the smog standards.
 

Los Alamos Rotary Club Inducts Seven More Members

on April 16, 2017 - 8:01am

In recent weeks, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos has had the pleasure of inducting seven new members including from left, Merlinda Martinez, Andrea Albert and Dylan Zanow. These new members were sponsored by Rotarians Laura Gonzales and Skip King. Courtesy photo

New Rotary Club members, from left, Stacey Castille, Sherry Cagle and Paulina Gwaltney. These new members were sponsored by Rotarians Laura Loy, LeAnne Parsons and Gloria Brehm. Not pictured is new member Susan McCloskey, sponsored by Rotarian Donnie Torres. Courtesy photo
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Letter To The Editor: In support Of Rec Bond

on April 16, 2017 - 7:54am
By TOMMY OLDHAM
7th Grader
White Rock

My name is Tommy and I am a seventh grader at Los Alamos Middle School. I support the Los Alamos Recreation Bond fully. I am involved in the Los Alamos Hockey Association and Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse League. These are only two organizations out of a whole bunch of others that could benefit from the bond passing.

There are a lot of projects on the bond, one of them is a Recreation Center, which would include gym space, a track and an indoor ice rink. Yes, we do have an ice rink, but some of the time we are unable to use it when we need to.

New Mexico School For The Arts Chamber Strings Win State Championship In Orchestra Competition

on April 16, 2017 - 7:34am
NMSA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) Chamber String Ensemble won the State Championship in the String Category at the NMAA State Orchestra Competition.
 
The competition, which took place March 31-April 1, featured 16 orchestras from throughout New Mexico and was sponsored by the New Mexico Activities Association.
 
NMSA Conductor Carla Lehmeier says, “The orchestra is thrilled by the announcement. Our students and faculty worked extremely hard to prepare for the competition.

Griggs: Macaws On My Mind At Copán, Honduras

on April 16, 2017 - 7:31am
David Griggs poses with macaws in the interactive plaza at Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve. Courtesy photo
 
By DAVID H. GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Posing with lavishly colored macaws perched on my head and arms was a great photo op and the highlight of the tour. Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve is a beautiful home for rescued birds in Copán Ruins, Honduras.
 
The history of bird park began on the Caribbean island of Roatan in the 1980s.

NM Symphonic Chorus Presents The Creation

on April 16, 2017 - 7:27am
NMSC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The sixth season of the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus comes to a sensational close with Haydn’s The Creation at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 7, at the First United Methodist Church in Albuquerque.
 
Roger Melone will conduct, and the New Mexico Philharmonic will join the Chorus in performing this magnificent oratorio, thought by many to be Haydn’s greatest masterpiece.
 
The Chorus will perform the English translation by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker. Featured soloists will be soprano Hannah Stephens, tenor Gabriel Liboiron-Cohen and
baritone Edmund Connolly.
 
The

WIPP Receives First Shipment Since Reopening

on April 16, 2017 - 7:24am
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has announced receipt of its first shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste since WIPP reopened in January.
 
The shipment from Idaho is an important milestone for WIPP and for DOE host communities that have had to store TRU waste since WIPP suspended operations in February 2014 when a truck fire and unrelated radiological event temporarily closed the facility.
 
“To see shipments arriving again at WIPP is celebrated not only by the WIPP workforce and the Carlsbad community but also by our DOE host communities that support the

Heinrich Statement On March Jobs Report

on April 16, 2017 - 7:22am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement after the March jobs report.
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 98,000 jobs in March.
 
“Today’s jobs numbers show there are still challenges ahead that this administration must address. President Trump and Republicans should focus on job creation and raising wages.

Fr. Glenn: An Unfinished Journey

on April 16, 2017 - 7:19am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

A very blessed and happy Easter to all as we Christians celebrate the (literal, not figurative) resurrection of Jesus from death 2000 years ago. This is one of the absolutely central tenets of the Christian faith. For those unfamiliar with Christianity, know that we believe that Jesus died by crucifixion to take upon us the punishment each person rightly deserves in justice for personal wrongs against God and other people.

Los Alamos Nature Center Open Today

on April 16, 2017 - 7:18am

Pasqueflowers, also known as Easter flowers, are one of the signs of spring that can be found on local trails this time of year. Stop by the Los Alamos Nature Center to find a trail and learn more about local flora and fauna. Photo by Terry Foxx

PEEC News:

This weekend is a great time to enjoy nature and the Los Alamos Nature Center can help. The nature center is open on Easter 1-4 p.m. today, Easter Sunday and the community is invited to stop by to look for signs of spring.

The Los Alamos Nature Center is open on holidays except: Thursday holidays, July 4th, Dec. 24 and 25, and Jan. 1.

Free Savvy Caregiver Course In White Rock

on April 16, 2017 - 7:12am
COMMUNITY News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in White Rock offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“The Savvy Caregiver Program” is a FREE seven-session course presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter. The course is 6-8 p.m., Thursdays, May 4 through June 15. The classes will be hosted at the White Rock Senior Center 133 Longview Dr. The classes are open to all citizens of White Rock and surrounding communities.
 
To register or for more information call or email LARSO at 505.662.8920 or the

Charlie Daniels Band Plays Benefit Concert For Española Valley Humane Society May 19

on April 16, 2017 - 7:02am
EVHS News:
 
ESPANOLA  This year, the Española Valley Humane Society celebrates its 25th anniversary May 19 with a benefit concert featuring Charlie Daniels Band at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino.
 
Tickets are on sale now at https://evalleyshelter.org/charlie-daniels-band/. Prior to the concert, ticket holders can enjoy a BBQ dinner at the Resort (not included in the ticket price).
 
“It’s truly been an eventful 25 years,” Executive Director Bridget Lindquist said.

Pastor Granillo: All Good Things…

on April 16, 2017 - 6:58am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock

All good things must come to an end. Geoffrey Chaucer

There is a great deal of mystery that surrounds Mary Magdalene. Although the Bible says nothing of the sort, many believe her to have been a prostitute or an otherwise scandalous woman.

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