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Los Alamos Freshman Academy Eases Transition From Middle School

on March 16, 2017 - 4:37pm
Topper Freshman Academy Principal Carter Payne in his office in the administration area, added at the front end of the building. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Topper Pride is spotted in the hallway at Topper Freshman Academy. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 

By MAIRE O’Neill
Los Alamos Daily Post

Transitioning from eighth to ninth grade can be a very difficult time in a young person’s life.

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Police Issue Statewide Arrest Warrant On Second Bealls Shoplifting Suspect Stephanie Garcia

on March 16, 2017 - 4:35pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos police report that they have identified the second suspect involved in the March 9 shoplifting incident at Bealls and the hit and run case involving a silver Volvo that left a local man with minor injuries. A search warrant was obtained and executed on that Volvo, according to police. 

The name of the second shoplifting suspect is Stephanie Garcia, 31, of Espanola, (no relation to arrested suspect Ashley Garcia) and LAPD Det. Joseph Robinson has obtained a statewide arrest warrant against her for the following charges;

  • Shoplifting (4th Degree Felony)
  • Conspiracy (3rd

LAPS Announces The Healthy Schools Initiative Community Book Read

on March 16, 2017 - 4:03pm
 
LAPS News:
 
The LAPS Healthy Schools Initiative invites parents, teachers, and community members to join a Community Book Read sponsored by 100+ Women Who Care and the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.
 
LAPS staff gather on a regular basis in professional learning circles to read and discuss the latest developments in educational research and practice. These book groups have been supported by the LAPS Foundation and other generous funders. They provide a venue for exchanging ideas and building mutual support.
 
The Healthy Schools Initiative would like to extend this

PEEC: Last Two Guided Snowshoe Hikes Of Season

on March 16, 2017 - 3:59pm
Each snowshoe hike explores a different part of the Valles Caldera and allows participants to explore, observe, and learn about the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Winter is winding down, but there is still time to explore the Valles Caldera in the snow.
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) are partnering to offer two educational, family-friendly, hikes this month.
 
These Saturday hikes will take place from 1-3:30 p.m. on March 18 and 25 and be led by a VALL ranger and a PEEC representative.

UNM-LA Students Consider LANL Technician Pipeline

on March 16, 2017 - 10:27am

Students with a variety of educational interests attend the recent presentation by Debbie Martinez who is the HR lead on the LANL Institutional Technician Pipeline Job Program. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Irina Alvestad and UNM-LA student Justin Garcia chat with presenter Debbie Martinez. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

In an ongoing effort to help students transition to the workforce, faculty at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) regularly invite representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to campus to speak about opportunities at

Atomic City Hotel Inches Toward Eventual Opening

on March 16, 2017 - 9:35am
Atomic City Hotel at 400 Trinity Dr. moves slowly toward an evental opening date. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

While it may not look like anything is happening at the former Hilltop House these days, a spokesman for Atomic City Investments who bought the property in July 2015 said Tuesday that there is lots going on behind the scene.

The property at 400 Trinity Dr., which has been renamed Atomic City Hotel, went into foreclosure in the fall of 2012. During a public auction in March 2013, LANB entered a cash bid of $2.9 million and

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Patience

on March 16, 2017 - 9:29am
By MARYBETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
As we approach Spring Break I realize Los Alamos residents—particularly those with school-age children—are absolutely over-wrought with the anticipation of leaving the hill for a few days.
 
As we all know, travel is not what it used to be. It is an exercise in patience, patience, and patience. Did I say patience? In order to encourage you to be patient, not only with your own children, but the children (and parents) of those you will encounter on your travels, I would like to share the story of a short flight I once took, alone, with my own children.

Public Meeting: North Road Traffic Calming Concerns

on March 16, 2017 - 8:30am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Public Works Traffic and Streets Division is hosting a Public Meeting regarding Traffic Calming Concerns on North Road.

The Public Meeting is 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 at Fuller Lodge. The public is encouraged to attend this meeting.

For questions regarding the meeting, call the Traffic and Streets Division office at 505.662.8113 or email lacpw@lacnm.us.

Hilltoppers Will Be Represented At All District Game

on March 16, 2017 - 8:05am

Isaac Fascon made the first team in the boys' All District Basketball. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Elena Abeyta earned a spot on the girls' first team for All District Basketball. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Cade Gasway earned a place on the boys second team for All District Basketball. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

SPORTS News:

The All District Basketball teams were announced this past week. The Los Alamos Hilltoppers boys and girls are well represented in the teams selected.

For the boys, Isaac Fason was selected for the first team, and Cade Gasway and Antonio

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Sen. Martin Heinrich: President Trump’s Budget Outline Does Not Reflect Our Core Values And Principles

on March 16, 2017 - 7:56am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich issued the following statement after President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2018 budget outline that cuts $54 billion from non-defense discretionary spending.

The President's budget boosts Defense Department spending by 10 percent, cuts the State Department by 28 percent and the Environmental Protection Agency by 25 percent, eliminates funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and provides $1.5 billion for construction of the border wall.

“President Trump’s proposal irresponsibly robs $54

House Passes Ban On Conversion Therapy

on March 16, 2017 - 7:41am

STATE News:

SANTA FE The New Mexico House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 121 Wednesday evening, a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy for individuals under 18 years of age.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Andrés Romero (D-Albuquerque). Conversion therapy, aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity, has been rejected by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association.

“This discredited practice is not based on medical science. It’s based on dangerous misinformation,” Rep.

Obituary: Wilfred Gutierrez Sept. 15, 1934 – March 10, 2017

on March 16, 2017 - 7:24am

WILFRED GUTIERREZ Sept. 15, 1934 – March 10, 2017

Wilfred Gutierrez was born to Eufrosina Gutierrez on September 15, 1934, in Velarde, NM. At age 82, he died peacefully at his home in Velarde on March 10, 2017.

A 1953 graduate of Espanola High School, he later served in the US Army for three years where he was honorably discharged and returned home to a 35-year career at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 1960, he married Cleo Herrera of El Rancho and together, they raised five children.

Beyond his love of God and for his family, Wilfred’s passions were his apple orchard and working

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Ethics Commission Proposal Advances To Senate

on March 16, 2017 - 7:14am
Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo). Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE ― March 9 the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Joint Resolution 8, a proposal to establish an independent ethics commission in New Mexico. HJR 8 is sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo).
 
HJR 8 would amend the New Mexico Constitution to create a seven-member independent commission, no more than three of which may belong to the same political party, to investigate and adjudicate ethics complaints against state officers and employees in the legislative and executive branches of government.

Community Invited To IHM’s Fish Fry Dinner Friday

on March 16, 2017 - 7:02am

Freedom Of The Press ... Sunshine Week Editorial

on March 16, 2017 - 6:35am
By CHRIS WOOD, President
New Mexico Press Association

Recognizing that a representative government is dependent upon an informed electorate, the intent of the legislature in enacting the Inspection of Public Records Act is to ensure, and it is declared to be the public policy of this state, that all persons are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of public officers and employees.

Daily Postcard: Cooper’s Hawk Spotted In Local Yard

on March 16, 2017 - 6:15am

Daily Postcard: A Cooper’s Hawk with attitude is spotted recently in a backyard in White Rock. Photo by Cathe Ragsdale

State Police Request Assistance Identifying Suspects

on March 15, 2017 - 5:06pm

Anyone with information regarding the possible identity of these subjects is asked to contact the New Mexico State Police at 575.382.2500. Courtesy/NMSP 

NMSP News:

A First Financial Credit Union debit card was stolen from Fort Bayard Medical Center in Bayard, N.M.

This debit card was used throughout New Mexico including the following cities:
  • Santa Fe;
  • Silver City;
  • Clayton;
  • Las Vegas;
  • Truth or Consequences;
  • Williamsburg;
  • Deming;
  • Roswell; and
  • Las Cruces. 

Anyone with information regarding the possible identity of these subjects is asked to contact the New Mexico State Police at 575.382.2500.

Letter To The Editor: How Ironic ...

on March 15, 2017 - 4:52pm
By ANDREW DELOREY
Los Alamos
 
How ironic that the Los Alamos GOP chairman should write, “No matter what political party a citizen chooses to associate with, it should be their first and most precious duty to protect the republic.” (link)

We have a GOP president that likely has many undisclosed conflicts of interest regarding his domestic and international business relationships. He has assaulted the first amendment by threatening and excluding the media. The media is diverse and every president has adversaries; that is by design. He has assaulted the first amendment by discriminating based on

Community Development Department Shares Goals

on March 15, 2017 - 4:42pm

Community Development Director Paul Andrus, front, and Chief Building Official Michael Arellano discuss updates to building permitting and code enforcement during the Los Alamos County Council regular meeting Tuesday night at the White Rock Fire Station. Andrus said he was excited to present these changes to the Council. "Our department is in transition and it's going in a good direction," he said.
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Letter To The Editor: Horse Stable Flap ... Far Too Often Newcomers Feel Need To Change Us

on March 15, 2017 - 4:35pm
By MICHAEL RAGSDALE
A 60-year Los Alamos resident

Once again, the battle of the stables emerges to the forefront of the news. Why does this remind me of the individual who finds a good deal on a piece of property that happens to be located next to an airport. Only after moving onto the property do they discover that there is a plethora of airplanes flying over the house, whereupon they attempt to have the airport closed because of the noise.

A lack of planning on one person's part does not constitute an emergency for everyone else! It would seem that Ms.

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Bill Promoting Use Of Local Inspectors Gets Concurrence And Awaits Governor’s Signature

on March 15, 2017 - 2:00pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  March 14, the House of Representatives unanimously concurred with the Senate on House Bill 305. HB 305 Sponsored by Rep. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming), a strong advocate for agriculture, would ensure that our local farms are inspected by local inspectors from the New Mexico department of agriculture (NMDA), rather than federal inspectors from the FDA.
 
This increase in certified inspectors not only allows agribusinesses to grow, but it increases opportunities for them to expand into value-added enterprises that require additional inspectors.
 
“I am thrilled that

P&Z Discusses Projects With County Council

on March 15, 2017 - 1:58pm

Planning and Zoning Comission Chair Philip Gursky, left, and Vice Chair Michael Redondo present the Fiscal Year 2018 Planning and Zoning Work Plan and Fiscal Year 2018 Commission Work Plan to the Los Alamos County Council during its regular meeting Tuesday night at the White Rock Fire Station. According to the Planing and Zoning Workplan, activities the commission were involved during the past year include completion of the comprehensive plan update, site plans for condominiums in Quemazon and O'Reilly's Auto Parts and rezoning on Bathtub Row.
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Egolf Hails Passage Of Sweeping Ethics Reform

on March 15, 2017 - 1:56pm
HOUSE DEMOCRATS  News:
 
SANTA FE  After extensive work on both sides of the aisle, the New Mexico House passed a bipartisan resolution that would bring sweeping ethics reform to New Mexico government.
 
HJR 8, which gives voters the opportunity to decide on the creation of an independent State Ethics Commission, passed unanimously 66-0.
 
“The people of New Mexico have asked year after year for transparency and accountability, and the New Mexico House answered their call tonight,” said New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) “I was pleased to work with the sponsor on needed

Officials Brief County Council On Library System

on March 15, 2017 - 11:27am

Library Board Chair Jennifer Baker and Library Manager Steven Thomas present the board's Fiscal Year 2017 work plan and details about the County library system and board to the Los Alamos County Council during its regular meeting Tuesday night at the White Rock Fire Station. During the presentation, Baker reported that in FY 2017, more than 391,000 items were checked out of the libraries and the library system had more than 333,000 visitors. Councilor Antonio Maggiore commended the library board for its work. ''ou guys run some fantastic libraries here," he said.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: March 1 To March 13, 2017

on March 15, 2017 - 11:23am

LAPD News:
The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department. Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

ROBERT J. GARCIA

March 1 / Police arrested Robert J. Garcia, 23, of Espanola on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

 

DOLORES MONTANO

March 1 / Police arrested Dolores Montano, 66, of Espanola on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

JOSEPH CHAVEZ

March 2 / Police arrested Joseph Chavez, 27, of Hernandez on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

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