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Happy April Fools Day From Los Alamos Daily Post!

on April 1, 2017 - 5:17pm

White House Announces Border Wall ... Between Colorado And New Mexico

on April 1, 2017 - 5:16pm

Courtesy photo

Staff Report

In keeping with campaign pledges made in the 2016 presidential election, the Trump Administration announced that a groundbreaking for the first stage of a border wall between the United States and Mexico would be conducted today.

In a surprise to many New Mexicans, a press release from the White House made clear that the groundbreaking ceremony would be very close-to-home for residents of the Land of Enchantment. What caused some confusion was that it would also be along the border with New Mexico and Colorado.

During a press conference Friday afternoon, White

Governor Acts On Four Bills

on April 1, 2017 - 4:29pm

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez acted on the following legislation:

  • Signed House Bill 218 — Litter Control & Landscape Beautification [MESSAGE]
  • Signed House Bill 257 — Crane Operators Safety Act [MESSAGE]
  • Vetoed House Bill 227 — Use of Public Databases [MESSAGE]
  • Vetoed House Bill 307 — Career-Technical Professional Development [MESSAGE]

Luján Visits LANL Today; Discusses Range Of Issues

on March 31, 2017 - 8:49pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today visited Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to meet with lab employees and discuss issues of interest to the Labs.

He was briefed by LANL personnel and discussed topics including tech transfer, the Labs infrastructure and workforce needs and expanding regional capacity.

“Our nation faces a wide range of threats including environmental challenges, the emergence and spread of infectious disease, the need for increased energy independence, the spread of nuclear

Can The Southwest Endure A Change In Climate?

on March 31, 2017 - 10:03am
From left, retired National Weather Service Meteorologist Deirdre Kann; in-depth environmental journalist  Laura Paskas; and David Stuart, an archeologist with lessons learned from the ancient Chaco Canyon culture in New Mexico, gave climate-related presentations Tuesday at the Society for Applied Anthropology conference in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com
 
According to Bill deBuys, author and full-time humanist, climate change leads to an enervating depression trap. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

In case there were any

Los Alamos High School Graduate Kevin Johnson Becomes CEO Of Starbucks April 3

on March 31, 2017 - 8:58am
LAHS 1978 graduate Kevin Johnson, left, takes the helm of Starbucks April 3 from retiring CEO Howard Schultz. Courtesy photo
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School 1978 graduate Kevin Johnson will become chief executive office and assume full responsibility for Starbucks global business and operations April 3. 

Johnson, his sister Kerry Hinsch and brother Dr. Tim Johnson all grew up in Los Alamos and graduated from LAHS. Dr. Tim Johnson, an optometrist at Eye Associates of New Mexico, still resides in Los Alamos.

Five Fun Ways To Celebrate National Park Week

on March 31, 2017 - 6:27am
NPS News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Ring in spring with a visit to a national park during National Park Week, April 15 through 23.
 
Throughout the country, hundreds of programs and events will encourage visitors to explore new places and enjoy new experiences. More information is available at www.nationalparkweek.org.
 
"Our National Parks are our national treasure," Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said. "My formative years were spent in Glacier National Park and one of my biggest mentors was a park ranger and football coach.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Group To Reintroduce Sportsmen’s Act

on March 30, 2017 - 10:12am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

  • Measure Provides Access To Public Lands, Protects Outdoor Traditions

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, unveiled the Sportsmen’s Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation he’s championed to enhance opportunities for hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts, reauthorize key conservation programs, improve access to public lands, and help boost the outdoor recreation economy.

“The number one issue for sportsmen across the country

National Crime Victim's Week April 2-8

on March 30, 2017 - 8:05am

For more information: Contact the Los Alamos Police Department, Victim Assistant, 505.663.3511 (Free service. No police report required.) This project is supported by a National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Project subgrant awarded by the National Assocociation of VOCA Assistance Administrators under a Victims of CrimeAct (VOCA) grant from-Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Dept of Justice.

Los Alamos County Council Considers Resolution On Treatment Of Immigrants And Refugees April 4

on March 30, 2017 - 7:57am
Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council members will consider adopting a resolution regarding the just treatment of immigrants and refugees in the United States when it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 at the Municipal Building.

Councilor Pete Sheehy was instrumental in having the resolution prepared. He read a letter to his fellow councilors at a February work session asking them to consider discussing the issue with County residents and consider passing a resolution on the issue.

 The letter stated that courts would

Take 5 ... 5,000 Steps On National Walking Day

on March 29, 2017 - 8:29am

Y News:
  • Y and American Heart Association Host April 5 Event

The Family YMCA will host a free walking event, Take 5 With the Y, 5,000-Steps, in celebration of National Walking Day April 5, which is an American Heart Association health awareness promotion. A knapsack and new water bottle will be given to the first 70 registering for the free 5,000-step walk that starts at noon, April 5, at the Y.

The walk will begin on the sidewalk at the Y, 1450 Iris St., and proceed up Central Ave.

8th Annual Dolores Huerta Day Of Service Friday

on March 28, 2017 - 7:03am
DoS group listening to Carlos Marentes. Courtesy photo
 
RCCC News:
 
Nearly 350 grade school students and dozens of adult volunteers will descend on La Plazita Gardens at Sanchez Farm 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, March 31 in Albuquerque, to learn about farming, César Chávez, Dolores Huerta and the migrant farm workers' movement.
 
Many organizations and individuals are involved in organizing and volunteering to teach children in a fun, culturally enriched environment.
 
The Dolores Huerta Day of Service learning uses traditional, hands-on, experiential learning techniques to help

Santa Fe Opera Supports NEA

on March 27, 2017 - 8:39am
By CHARLES MACKAY
General Director
Santa Fe Opera
 
Now that we know for certain that the Trump Administration’s budget blueprint proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a consistently bipartisan supported arts and culture agency, please join me in supporting a budget of $155 million for the NEA in the FY 2018 Interior Appropriations Bill to preserve citizen access to the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the arts and advance creativity and innovation in communities across the United States.
 
Support from the NEA is absolutely vital to

Kraft Heinz Commits To Clean Up Palm Oil Supply Chain

on March 27, 2017 - 8:33am
KRAFT HEINZ News:
 
SAN FRANCISCO  Today, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) welcomed the new palm oil policy issued by the Kraft Heinz Company, but continued to warn customers that its much-loved brands remain at risk of containing Conflict Palm Oil.
 
RAN called on the Kraft Heinz Company to develop a more robust policy after its merger in 2016, as both companies were lagging behind their peers in adopting commitments to end the destruction of all forests, peatlands and the egregious violations of human rights common in the operations of members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil,

SFCC Celebrates Native American Week March 27-31

on March 27, 2017 - 8:31am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College will celebrate the third annual Native American Week March 27 through March 31.
 
SFCC’s Native American Student Outreach Coordinator Valerie Grimley, Ph.D. said, “We’ve got an exciting program this year that celebrates our increased enrollment of Native American students.” There are 462 Native American students enrolled at the college in Academic Year 2016-2017. The current number represents a 34.4 percent increase since Academic Year 2013-14, when there were 344 Native American students attending SFCC.
 
Festivities begin Monday,

IRS: Get Automatic Six More Months To File

on March 27, 2017 - 8:30am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service remind taxpayers that if they are unable to file their tax returns by this year’s April 18 deadline there is an easy, online option to get more time to complete their return.
 
The advice for those who cannot complete their tax return by April 18: Do not panic. Taxpayers who need more time to complete their return can request an automatic six-month extension. An extension allows for extra time to gather, prepare and file paperwork with the IRS, however, it does not extend the time to pay any tax due.
 
The fastest and easiest way to get

Udall To Oppose Gorsuch For Supreme Court

on March 26, 2017 - 8:41am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that he will vote against confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. He issued the following statement: 
 
"I have met with Judge Gorsuch, followed the hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and studied his record, and I have decided that I can't support his confirmation. 
 
"The Supreme Court changes people's lives, and its decisions stand for generations.

Sen. Heinrich Celebrates 4th Anniversary Designation Of Río Grande Del Norte National Monument

on March 26, 2017 - 7:26am

Río Grande del Norte National Monument. Courtesy photo

 

STATE News:

Saturday was the fourth anniversary of the designation of Río Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico. From the tops of Cerro de la Olla and Ute Mountain, to the depths of the Rio Grande Gorge, the Río Grande del Norte is one of the most 

spectacular places on earth.

U.S. Senate Vote Threatens Consumer Data Security

on March 25, 2017 - 7:34am
NCL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate’s vote Thursday to repeal the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules is a disappointing step that threatens to make consumers’ data less secure. At a time when data breaches routinely expose consumers to identity theft and other fraud, according to advocates at the National Consumers League (NCL), it is extremely disheartening that the Senate would seek to obliterate strong consumer data security requirements.
 
John Breyault, NCL’s vice president of public policy, telecommunications and fraud issued the following statement:

EM, UKAEA Expand Collaboration On Robotics

on March 25, 2017 - 6:45am

Acting EM Assistant Secretary Sue Cange and Rob Buckingham, director of the Center for Remote Applications in Challenging Environments, shake hands after signing the Statement of Intent. Courtesy/DOE-EM

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Energy Office of Evironmental Management (EM) and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Agency (UKAEA) have agreed to further collaborate to develop and apply robotics to nuclear decommissioning tasks.

Representatives from EM and the UKAEA earlier this month signed a new Statement of Intent (SOI), providing the framework for exchange of information

FBI Seeks Special Agents With Diverse Backgrounds

on March 25, 2017 - 6:28am
FBI News:
 
At a recent event in Houston sponsored by the FBI’s Diversity Agent Recruitment Program, potential employees with varied backgrounds learned what it takes to become a special agent. 
 
To read more, click here.

Luján On Postponed House Vote On Trumpcare

on March 24, 2017 - 5:01pm
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement after House Republicans delayed a high profile vote on the Republican health care repeal bill when the legislation failed to gain sufficient support to pass the House:
 
“President Trump and Congressional Republicans hatched a bill in a back room and tried to slip it through the House with no hearings before anyone – even members of their own party – were able to understand the details,” Lujan said.

Letter To The Editor: Protest GOP Healthcare Bill

on March 24, 2017 - 10:45am
By CHARLES SMITH
Santa Fe

The congressional Republican healthcare plan will be a disaster for working families. Their plan will take health care away from 24 million people across the country and impose painful taxes on working people.

Thank you.

America’s Small Business Development Centers Host Inaugural National SBDC Day

on March 24, 2017 - 6:03am
 
SBDC News:
 
BURKE, VA  Business has changed dramatically over the last 37 years, and America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has been there throughout.
 
Since 1980, America’s SBDCs— the nation’s largest business assistance network—have helped aspiring and emerging small business owners achieve the American dream of entrepreneurship.
 
With nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources to succeed.

Letter To The Editor: To That Concerned Citizen...

on March 23, 2017 - 10:40am

By JAMES ROBINSON, Chair
Republican Party of Los Alamos

Thank you, That Concerned Citizen, for your passionate response to the many letters written. Believe it or not, I agree with you, and I take up your challenge.

Although I share the political affiliation with the current party in power, does not mean I completely agree with all of their actions. Especially those that threaten our freedoms or future.

Many in my own Party have heard me call out the hypocritical notion that a party can call for less government, but mandate that the government decide who can marry.

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