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AFT New Mexico, ATF, And AEAA Respond To NM PED School Closure Threats

on December 6, 2017 - 2:51pm
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, Albuquerque Educational Assistants Association President Kathy Chavez, and Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein released the following statement:
 
“Yesterday, Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski announced the New Mexico Public Education Department is placing four elementary schools on “rigorous intervention” tracks – three in the Albuquerque Public School district, and one in the Dulce Independent School district.
 
“It is incredible disheartening that instead of

Free Weekly Raspberry Pi Club At Los Alamos Makers

on December 6, 2017 - 2:33pm
Einstein meets Raspberry Pi is one of the projects completed at Los Alamos Makers. The bust of Albert Einstein was 3D printed and brought to life with Raspberry Pi-powered animated eyes. Courtesy/Prisca Tiassé Yoder

Los Alamos Makers News:

“It's small. It's cheap” ($10). “You can turn it into an environmental monitor that can keep track of the temperature in your house, and even turn on your fan or air conditioner before you get home from work.”

This is how Akkana Peck describes the Raspberry Pi in her latest book, “Jumpstarting the Raspberry Pi zero - Controlling the world around you with

Educators Pension Fund Investments Posts Positive Return For The Eighth Consecutive Quarter

on December 6, 2017 - 12:18pm
NMERB News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board Fund, which provides defined pension benefits to the state’s public educational employees, posted an investment return of 3.0 percent, net of management fees for the three months ending Sept. 30, 2017.
 
This marks the eighth consecutive quarter of positive returns. The fund has experienced only one negative quarter in the last 17 calendar quarters.
 
The fund also reached a new high in assets at $12.6 billion, an increase of $365.6 million for the quarter.
 
As for longer term results, net of investment management

Help LANB Support Five Families For The Holidays

on December 6, 2017 - 12:07pm

LANB News:

The Los Alamos National Bank team has adopted five families for the holidays and invite customers, employees and friends to participate.

The community is invited to help these families by making a monetary donation at a favorite branch. All donations will be collected through Dec 15, then the LANB team will shop for the families provided by their partner non-profit organizations listed above.

On the list this year is a family gift, a special gift/clothing items for each child and a ham or turkey dinner.

Donate until Dec 15, by simply letting a teller or universal banker know

Pajarito Ski Area Is Making Snow!

on December 6, 2017 - 11:52am

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is making snow and will continue to do so until its Dec. 16 opening date. According to Manager Tom Long, the temperatures are cooperating but Mother Nature hasn't done her part with providing snow. Long said 1.6 million gallons of water from the snow-making water pond is being used judiciously so as to have coverage for a run from top to bottom, the beginner area and the new Magic Carpet area. Courtesy/PMSA

Los Alamos National Laboratory: Computer Simulations Reveal Roots Of Drug Resistance

on December 6, 2017 - 11:43am
Bacterial efflux pumps, such as the P. aeruginosa MexAB-OprM pump shown here, are one of the dominant molecular mechanisms available to Gram-negative pathogens for removing toxins, including antibiotics. Inactivation of the pump assembly and function would be a major step for reducing bacterial multidrug resistance. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
New supercomputer simulations have revealed the role of transport proteins called efflux pumps in creating drug-resistance in bacteria, research that could lead to improving the drugs’ effectiveness against life-threatening diseases and restoring

Trump Affirms Jerusalem Is Capital Of Israel

on December 6, 2017 - 11:32am

LIBERTY COUNSEL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump has affirmed that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and promised to begin the process of relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Trump's affirmation that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel represents a significant and long overdue shift in U.S. policy,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, president of Christians in Defense of Israel, and founder and chairman of Covenant Journey.

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History On Tap: ‘From Bride Price to Gay Propaganda: 90 Years Of Sexuality Legislation In Central Asia’

on December 6, 2017 - 11:13am

HISTORY ON TAP News:

Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap, with an engaging discussion led by Samuel Buelow. History on Tap, part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District, is 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square ... don't forget that UnQuarked now serves food!

Buelow will speak on the topic “From Bride Price to Gay Propaganda: 90 Years of Sexuality Legislation in Central Asia” Control of gender and sexuality has featured heavily in modernizing projects across the globe. The Soviet Union was no exception regarding those efforts.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Nov. 30 - Dec. 5, 2017

on December 6, 2017 - 10:55am

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 against them.

EMILIO LUJAN-DELAFUENTE

Nov. 30 at 2:08 a.m. / Police arrested Emilio Lujan-Delafuente, 28, of Santa Fe at the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

GERALD F. HECK

Dec. 1 at 10:32 a.m. / Police arrested Gerald F. Heck, 39, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding District Court warrant.

 

 

BOBBY GURULE

Dec. 1 at 6:41 p.m.

Toppers Hockey Prevails 7-4 Against Taos Ice Tigers

on December 6, 2017 - 9:32am

Goal tender Sam Fisher takes a few minuets before the game to collect his thoughts. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Ben Rees puts the brakes on to take control of the puck in the first period. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

SPORTS News:

Saturday's hockey game in Los Alamos featured the Taos Ice Tigers and the Toppers. These two teams have been heated rivals as long as they have been playing each other and each game is very physical and exciting no matter the outcome.

Saturday's match was no exception.

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Fajardo Demands Report On Legislative Agency Directors Response To Sexual Harassment Complaints

on December 6, 2017 - 9:24am
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
LOS LUNAS — Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas) sent a letter Monday to the directors of the Legislative Counsel Service (LCS) and Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) calling on them to disclose how their agencies handled three sexual harassment complaints brought to their attention since 2013, including one involving a sitting legislator.  
 
Fajardo sent the letter after she was made aware of the existence of the complaints following her letter to New Mexico legislative leaders Nov.

LA MainStreet Light Parade Draws Record Crowd

on December 6, 2017 - 9:02am
Los Alamos MainStreet 2017 Holiday Lights Parade draws massive crowd Saturday night to Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
The Hill Stompers Street Band in its 18th appearance leads the parade down Central Avenue. Courtesy photo
 
Los Alamos MainStreet News:
 
Los Alamos MainStreet wishes to thank the local businesses and organizations that participated in the annual 2017 Holiday Lights Parade Saturday, Dec. 2, and the volunteers and sponsors who made it possible.
 
“It was our most well-attended Light Parade!” MainStreet Executive Director Suzette Fox said.

NMSP Investigate Police Shooting In Peñasco

on December 6, 2017 - 8:53am
NMSP News:
 
TAOS  The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau is investigating a police shooting, which occurred Nov. 25, involving NMSP and Taos County Sheriff's Office (TCSO).
 
Around 8 a.m. Nov. 25, NMSP officers responded to a domestic disturbance call to assist TCSO deputies at 57 A Santa Barbara Road in Peñasco. It was reported that Nelson F. Rodarte, 39, of Peñasco was inside that residence and had battered and assaulted his girlfriend. In a later interview, it was learned on the evening of Nov. 24, Rodarte was highly intoxicated and began to harass his girlfriend.
 

New Art Show On Display At Rose Chocolatier

on December 6, 2017 - 8:41am

Examples of art created by Lene Bryson, left, and Connie Pacheco on display through Jan. 16 at Rose Chocolatier in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

ART News:

Rose Chocolatier is hosting artists and friends Connie Pacheco and Lene Bryson. Their work is on display at Rose Chocolatier throughout the holiday season.

Forty plus years of memories connect these two friends who are sharing the results of their creative passions in this show at Rose Chocolatier.

Pacheco has worked in many media, lately with new materials including mica and gold leafing.

Terry Hawkins Speaks At MOWW Meeting Dec. 10

on December 6, 2017 - 8:33am
MOWW News:
 
This month’s meeting is the annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration and is Sunday Dec. 10. Note the change in date and time.
 
This month’s speaker is Dr. Houston “Terry” Hawkins. Dr. Hawkins has spent his entire career in work related to nuclear weapons, first as an Air Force officer, then a scientist at LANL. He is now a LANL Senior Fellow working on nuclear counterterrorism. He will be talking about the relative state of nuclear forces in the world.
 
The meeting is at the Los Alamos Research Park in the 2nd floor conference room.

Daily Postcard: Cattails Spotted At Fenton Lake

on December 6, 2017 - 8:22am

Daily Postcard: Seeds burst forth from cattails spotted last week at Fenton Lake. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

Daily Postcard: Cattails spotted last week at Fenton Lake. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

Chamisa Students Compete In Electric Car Challenge

on December 5, 2017 - 11:12am

Chamisa 6th graders who participated in the Electric Car Challenge include Seth Javernick, Owen Wylie, Rosario Dodd, Victoria Raven, Lia Rushton, Maya Carpenter, Julianna McCabe and Ella Javernick. Courtesy/LAPS

Chamisa students with their medals and trophy. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

With support from Los Alamos National Laboratory, two teams of Chamisa Elementary School 6th graders participated in the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge and proudly brought home a 3rd place trophy.

Susan Hettinga, a teacher at Chamisa Elementary School, was the “ringleader” of the eight students who

NMAA Realigns Classes And Districts

on December 5, 2017 - 10:31am

Hilltopper Football defense gets instructions from Coach Chuck Cotter. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

By RJ MONTAÑO

Los Alamos Daily Post
rjmontano@ladailypost.com

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Activities Association has made significant changes for the 2018-2020 seasons. The first change is eliminating the 6-A Class in all sports except football. Using three-year average attendance records as the metric, schools are placed in classes by size and broken into districts by region. Schools with an average attendance of 550-1,299 students are placed into the 4-A classification.

In football,

Heinrich Releases Video Promoting Computer Science Education Week, STEM Education

on December 5, 2017 - 9:18am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following video promoting "Hour of Code" events taking place this week across New Mexico during Computer Science Education Week.
 
 
The Hour of Code is a national initiative to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming, designed to demystify "code," to show that anybody can learn the

Wreaths Across America Ceremony Dec. 16

on December 5, 2017 - 9:16am
The national Wreaths Across America ceremony is Saturday, Dec. 16. Courtesy photo
 
NMDVS News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico Department of Veterans Services Secretary Jack Fox will take part in a special 10 a.m. Christmas Wreath ceremony Monday, Dec. 11, at the State Capitol Rotunda in Santa Fe.
 
The public is invited to attend this annual ceremony presented by the Daughters of the American Revolution/Stephen Watts Kearny Chapter.
 
Secretary Fox will represent the state of New Mexico in accepting a giant wreath donated by the Worcester Wreath Company.

Preliminary Hearing Continued For Stephen Montano

on December 5, 2017 - 9:08am

COURT News:

 

A preliminary hearing for Stephen Montano, 22, of Grants was again continued Friday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court and reset for Jan. 12, 2018.

Montano’s attorney Tyr Loranger had advised him to ask for the continuance to allow Loranger to review a video of an Aug. 25 shoplifting incident at Smith’s Marketplace, which resulted in charges of resisting or obstructing an officer, shoplifting and conspiracy for the purpose of committing shoplifting.

Despicable Me 3 Dive-In Movie Dec. 8

on December 5, 2017 - 8:29am

County Transportation Board Meets Thursday

on December 5, 2017 - 8:13am
COUNTY News: 
 
The Los Alamos County Transportation Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 in Room 110 at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. 
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 
Agenda: 
 
1. CALL TO ORDER / ROLL CALL
2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. LIAISONS' REPORTS
5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  • Approval of the November 2, 2017 Transportation Board Minutes
  • Presenters: Brian O'Neil, Chair of the Transportation Board
6. OLD BUSINESS
7. NEW BUSINESS
  • Approval of the 2018 Transportation Board Meeting Schedule Presenters: Brian O'Neil, Chair of the Transportation Board

Udall Announces Senate Passage Of Bill To Expand AMBER Alert System In Indian Country

on December 5, 2017 - 8:09am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has announced that the full Senate passed the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017 by unanimous consent late Wednesday.
 
The bill comes in response to the tragic abduction and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike on the Navajo Nation in 2016 – when authorities did not issue an AMBER Alert until a day after Ashlynne’s abduction was reported. 
 
The bipartisan legislation led by Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) would make the Tribal AMBER Alert

RTD ‘Blue Bus’ Customer Friendly Trip Planner Now Available Through Google Maps

on December 5, 2017 - 8:08am
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) is now offering a customer friendly trip planning feature, in partnership with Google Maps, that will offer convenience and ease in planning a trip utilizing any of the transit district’s RTD “Blue Buses.”
 
In Google Maps you can access transit directions and departure times, and have your trip planned for you.

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