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Shin: $7 million Kiddie Pool With $34 Million Cash Cow

on December 7, 2017 - 9:41am
By LISA SHIN
Los Alamos

Earlier this year, Councilor Chris Chandler told us that what the voters would decide in the REC Bond election, would become the “Council’s marching orders.”

So I ask, was a $5 million or a $7 million kiddie pool the voters’ “marching orders”? A $5 million pool was questionable. But $7 million? Citizens voiced their opinions and made their voices heard on May 23, 2017. We had hoped that our County Council would vote on what the majority wanted. Democracy in action. Apparently, that was asking too much.

Further, Councilor Susan O’Leary told us that “if the bond fails, $7

Convicted Trafficker Nicholas Conner Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

on December 7, 2017 - 9:40am

Nicholas Conner awaits sentencing Tuesday in the First Judicial District Court. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By Maire O’Neill
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Nicholas Conner, 35, of Los Alamos will serve four years in prison following sentencing handed down Tuesday by First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington. He is convicted of five counts of trafficking of methamphetamine.

Conner is one of seven people arrested and charged following Operation Spring Cleaning, a drug sting conducted last March by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Judge Ellington imposed

County Council Approves Four Recreation Projects

on December 7, 2017 - 9:40am
Bonnie Olsen and daughter Avery showing support for recreation projects during Tuesday’s Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 

After hearing the Los Alamos County Council’s decision on the recreation Capital Improvement Project (CIP) for the pool, long-time advocate for the project Shelby Redondo said, “I want to sob with relief. It’s the right thing for kids.”

Council approved all four proposed recreation CIPs during its regular meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers.

Suspects Flee After Attempt To Run Down Officer

on December 7, 2017 - 9:39am
Louis Martinez
 
By Maire O’Neill
Los Alamos Daily Post

Two 18-year-old men were arrested Monday at Smith’s Marketplace after another alleged shoplifting incident where one of the men tried to run over a Los Alamos Police officer while attempting to flee the scene.

Andrew Gallegos

Louis Martinez of Espanola was charged Tuesday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court with aggravated assault upon a police officer, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault upon a police officer, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a

Lobby Shop At LAMC Extends Hours Through Dec. 24

on December 7, 2017 - 9:22am

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Snow Spotted This Morning In White Rock

on December 7, 2017 - 9:09am

The community's first dusting of snow this season was spotted at 5:30 a.m. today in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

NMPHA Health Policy Legislative Forum Friday

on December 7, 2017 - 9:03am
NMPHA News:
 
The New Mexico Public Health Association will hold its 14th Annual Health Policy Legislative Forum this Friday, Dec. 8, at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel. 
 
Registration is still open with just a few spaces left, please see link below. 
 
Learn the latest health policy issues, network with people, and influence health policy decisions in New Mexico.
 

New Mexico Mental Health Rankings Rise

on December 7, 2017 - 8:06am
NMHSD News:
 
SANTA FE — New Mexico Human Services Department Cabinet Secretary Brent Earnest has announced that New Mexico has once again improved in Mental Health America’s “The State of Mental Health in America 2018” report.
 
Since 2015, New Mexico has improved from 46th to 21st in the overall category. 
 
“One of our priorities is to continue working with our partners to improve the state’s behavioral health system,” Earnest said. “And we’re seeing results from our work. Putting the patient first and more effectively coordinating care is essential to improving outcomes.

Criminal Summons Filed For Karyne Archuleta In Los Alamos Embezzlement Case

on December 7, 2017 - 8:04am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A criminal summons has been filed in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Karyne Archuleta of Espanola charging her with embezzlement of more than $17,500 from her former employer, Annette Weyrauch, owner of Physical Therapy Plus in Los Alamos.

Court documents indicate that Los Alamos Police Sgt. Tim Lonz met April 9 with Weyrauch who told him that Archuleta, then her office manager, had possibly embezzled the money from her over a two-year period.

Lonz’s report states that Weyrauch suspected Archuleta because she was the only other

DEA Operation Targets 26 Pharmacies In Three States In Attack Against Illicit Opioid Abuse And Trafficking

on December 7, 2017 - 8:00am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Los Angeles Field Division today announced Operation Faux Pharmacy, a multi-pronged initiative aimed at attacking the opioid epidemic by targeting rogue pharmacies throughout southern California, Hawaii and Nevada.
 
DEA investigations over the last year identified as many as 26 pharmacies in these areas that may have operated outside the bounds of legitimate medicine.
 
The United States has been increasingly devastated by opioid abuse, created in large part by the over-prescribing of potent opioids.

Common Questions For Los Alamos History Museum

on December 7, 2017 - 7:59am
Gen. Leslies Groves thought Los Alamos would be easy to guard, and Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer loved the inspiring vistas. Courtesy photo
 
By HEATHER MCCLENAHAN
Los Alamos Historical Society
 
There are two common questions that visitors ask at the Los Alamos History Museum. Why was Los Alamos chosen for the Manhattan Project? and How did Bathtub Row get its name?
 
Those popular questions aren’t just from out-of- town visitors; they often come from our own residents, so here are the answers.
 
Los Alamos was an ideal location for a top-secret laboratory for the Manhattan Project.

Attracting, Nurturing Volunteers Part II - A Conversation

on December 7, 2017 - 7:57am
LACF News:
 
Next LACF Nonprofit Training:
  • Attracting and Nurturing Volunteers: Part II - A Conversation
  • Linda Boncella, Los Alamos Volunteer Association (LAVA)
  • Diana Martinez, Los Alamos Family YMCA
  • Todd Nickols, Los Alamos Historical Society
  • 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14
  • UNM-LA, Bldg. 2, Room 203 (note change in room from usual)
Based on our popular session last October, we are continuing our conversation on volunteer engagement. Join us for this interactive panel discussion.

‘Coffee With A Cop’ Provides Relaxed Forum

on December 7, 2017 - 7:54am

Los Alamos Police Department Community Liaison Sgt. Chris Ross, in background, and Cmdr. Oliver Morris meet with members of the public Wednesday morning during 'Coffee with a Cop' at Rose Chocolatier in Central Park Square. LAPD hosts the program to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Federated Republican Women Christmas Luncheon At Oppenheimer Place Friday

on December 7, 2017 - 7:54am
LAFRW News:
 
The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will its annual Christmas Luncheon noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at 1001 Oppenheimer Place in the Patio Room downstairs.
 
Any women interested in joining are invited to attend. A potluck lunch will be provided.
 
Members also will be gathering gifts to participate in the local Adopt-a-Family program.

O’Keeffe’s Desert Abstraction ‘Bear Lake’ Finds Home At New Mexico Museum Of Art

on December 7, 2017 - 7:53am
Georgia O'Keeffe, Desert Abstraction ‘Bear Lake’, 1931, oil on canvas, 16 1/2 x 36 1/2 in. On long term loan to the New Mexico Museum of Art from the Museum of New Mexico Foundation (1984.336) © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Photo by Blair Clark
 
MNMF News:
 
SANTA FE  In honor of the New Mexico Museum of Art Centennial year celebration, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation made permanent its long-term loan of the Georgia O’Keeffe’s Desert Abstraction (Bear Lake) to the Museum.
 
With this move, the 1931 O’Keeffe piece becomes part of the Museum of Art’s permanent collection. 
 
“After
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FBI: Man In Jacket With Under Armour Logo Robs Albuquerque Bank

on December 7, 2017 - 7:51am
Anyone recognizing this bank robber should call the FBI at 505.889.1300. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a black jacket with a white Under Armour logo on the front robbed a northwest Albuquerque bank Monday Dec. 5.
 
The suspect was described as a white male in his 40s, with a heavy build. He wore a black ski cap, a black jacket with a white Under Armour logo, black pants, and a dark bandana over his face. At approximately 2:30 p.m., the suspect entered Washington Federal bank, located at 3761 Highway 528.
 
The suspect threatened a teller and demanded money.

Iceland’s Secret Solstice 2018 Announces Exclusive Performances Inside A Glacier + Lava Tunnel

on December 7, 2017 - 7:46am
Into The Glacier. Photo by Juliette Rowland
 

The Lava Tunnel Raufarhólshellir. Courtesy photo
MUSIC News:
 
Iceland’s Secret Solstice, the bucket-list music festival held during 96 hours of straight sunlight in Reykjavik from June 21-24, 2018 announces the return of their signature side events, Into The Glacier and The Lava Tunnel for their fifth edition with tickets on sale at 7 a.m. ET / 4 a.m. PT Thursday, Dec. 7.
 
Combining a world-class music festival with the many one of a kind attractions that the land of fire and ice has to offer, Secret Solstice will once again prove why it

Heinrich Testifies Before U.S. Trade Representative On Tariffs That Would Harm Solar Industry

on December 7, 2017 - 7:45am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, testified before the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to oppose raising tariffs on imported solar panels and modules.
 
The USTR held a public hearing to help inform the decision of President Trump, who received a range of formal remedy recommendations from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on November 13 and must make a final determination in the case in January 2018.
 
Earlier this year, Heinrich 

Finishing Touch Donates To Los Alamos Family YMCA

on December 7, 2017 - 7:28am

This is the first year Marcelo Ruano and Julio Gaytan, the new owners of The Finishing Touch, participated in Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25. They said they were impressed with the impact that Los Alamos Family YMCA has on the community and felt that Small Business Saturday reflected the community spirit that the YMCA shared. As a result, Ruano and Gaytan took a portion of Finishing Touch’s earnings from Small Business Saturday and donated it to the YMCA. Here, Gaytan presents a check to Los Alamos YMCA CEO Linda Daly.

PAC 8 TV Schedule Dec. 8 - 21

on December 7, 2017 - 7:20am
PAC 8 TV schedule for the month of December:
 
Friday, Dec. 8
  • 06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
  • 10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
  • 11:00 AM County Council Meeting –Replay 12-05-17
  • 01:00 PM Democracy Now!
  • 02:00 PM United in Christ
  • 03:00 PM Road to Recovery
  • 04:00 PM Uprising
  • 05:00 PM Democracy Now!
  • 06:00 PM Chamber Business Breakfast – Tourism Strategic Plan
  • 07:00 PM Los Alamos History – How Los Alamos Became a Ranch School
  • 08:00 PM Los Alamos High School Graduation
  • 10:00 PM League of Women Voters – Nuclear Waste Storage
  • 12:00 AM Free Speech TV
 
Saturday, Dec. 9
  • Free Speech TV
Sunday, Dec. 10
  • 06:00 AM

Coro De Camara Performs ‘Deck The Hall’ Concerts

on December 7, 2017 - 7:16am

Coro de Camara presents ‘Deck the Hall’ Dec. 15 at the United Church of Los Alamos and Dec. 17 at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

​COMMUNITY News:

Coro de Cámara presents “Deck the Hall”, a merry concert of holiday favorites and offers a free, 30-minute preview performance at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 for Santa’s arrival at the Santa Fe Railyard.

Full concert performances:

  • 7 p.m. Friday, Dec 15 at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road;
  • 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe, 208 Grant Ave.; and
  • 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec.

Townsend Appointed To Lead House GOP Policy Development Working Group

on December 7, 2017 - 6:56am
Rep. Jim Townsend
 
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
SANTA FE — Dec. 1 House Republican leadership tapped Rep. Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) as chair of the newly-formed Policy Development Working Group for the House Republican Caucus.
 
The group will provide a forum to develop legislative proposals, offer policy recommendations, and set long-term strategic goals.  
  
“New Mexicans want fresh ideas to solve the problems facing our state, and Jim Townsend is the right person for this job,” House Republican Floor Leader Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque) said.

Daily Postcard: View Spotted From LAHS E Wing

on December 7, 2017 - 6:50am

Daily Postcard: The view spotted Wednesday from behind E wing at Los Alamos High School. Photo by Randall Morris

EM’s Los Alamos Field Office Awards Contractor 84 Percent of Available Fee

on December 6, 2017 - 4:33pm

​Technicians load the last remediation notrate salt drum for transportation. Courtesy photo

LANL News:  

The cleanup contractor for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) earned approximately 84 percent of the available fee for fiscal year (FY) 2017, according to a recently released award fee scorecard from the EM Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA).

Los Alamos National Security (LANS) received $8,458,736 of an available $10,083,579 fee. In its scorecard, EM-LA noted the contractor’s strong performance in several areas, including: 

  • Successfully completing an operational test of the Chromium

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