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Los Alamos Girls Golf Wins Third At State

on May 16, 2017 - 6:40am

Elizabeth Lockhart watches her putt on the 12th hole during the girls state golf championships May 8-9 at The Canyon Club at Four Hills golf course in Albuquerque. The Los Alamos High School girls golf team placed third at state. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Leah Mountain reads the green before her putt on No. 7. She finished with a 180 that tied her for fifth place. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Jessica Osden chips up on to the No. 6 green. Osden finished the tournament with a score of 174, which put her in fourth place. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com ​

 

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Study: Los Alamos County Ranks Among Best Places In New Mexico To Borrow Money

on May 15, 2017 - 7:15pm
SMARTASSET News:
 
Buying a home, going to college, and starting a new business are a few reasons why Americans take out loans.
 
We all know this, but did you know that there are places where it’s better to borrow money and easier to manage debt than others? These places generally offer a great cost of living relative to income and provide stronger legal protections for borrowers.
 
In its new study, SmartAsset dove into the numbers to uncover the best places to borrow money, and Los Alamos County ranked among the top spots in New Mexico.
 
For a look at how Los Alamos County

Los Alamos Boys Golf Team Earns Third At State

on May 15, 2017 - 7:13pm

Davis Johnson blasts out of the No. 8 sand trap; he shot a 181 and a 21 finish during the state golf championships May 8-9 at the The Canyon Club at Four Hills in Albuquerque. The boys golf team finished in third place. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Logan Bishop tees off on No. 8; he finished with a 179 and tied for 18th place in the state golf championship. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 


Henry Poston reads the green on No. 2. Poston finished with a 174, which tied him to 12th place. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

Jacob Benelli chips to green No.

Oppenheimer Scholarship Winners Announced

on May 15, 2017 - 11:53am
J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy/JROMC
 
EDUCATION News:
 
Eleven college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.
 
The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley, Capital, and Santa Fe high schools.
 
The JROMC has awarded 217 scholarships and other awards totaling $513,000 since the program was begun in 1984. The philanthropic organization's scholarship program is supported by several limited term endowments; numerous small, individual donations; and major contributions

New Mexico Bank & Trust Recognized As A 2017 Forbes Best Bank In America

on May 15, 2017 - 11:42am
NMBT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Bank & Trust, a subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF), has been named a “Forbes Best Bank 2017”.
 
In its annual review of the largest publicly traded banks and thrifts, Forbes ranked Heartland Financial USA, Inc. 44 th among a nationwide group of 100 leading banking organizations with assets ranging from under $8 billion to over $2.5 trillion.
 
“We are proud to be named among the best banks in America for 2017,” said Greg Leyendecker, President and CEO of New Mexico Bank & Trust.

Military Working Dogs Compete At Kirtland AFB

on May 15, 2017 - 7:26am
Military dog handler demonstrates attack. Courtesy photo

KIRTLAND AFB News:

 

Military working dogs at Kirtland are competing against various military and police canine units from around the state in a competition May 15-17.
 
The competition feature teams of canines and their handlers from departments ranging from the Albuquerque Police Department and Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office to the 377 Security Forces Group. The first event begins with a patrol and control demonstration at 10 a.m. today.

The dogs will take part in various events over the two days of competition, finishing

Local Students Are National History Day Winners

on May 15, 2017 - 7:09am

All seven National History Day Club members won awards at the regional competition in Farmington. Standing in the back from left, Ruby Selvage, Miriam Wallstrom, Sydne Ashford, Kyler Parkinson and Liam Devlin. Kneeling in the front, from left, Sarah Shipley, Alex Ionkov and teacher Brent Collom. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News:

Four local high school students won prizes at the state National History Day (NHD) contest April 28 in Albuquerque.

National Nuclear Security Administration Notice Of Proposed Floodplain And Wetland Actions At LANL

on May 14, 2017 - 6:26am
NNSA News:
 
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing activities within the 100-year floodplain in Delta Prime (DP) Canyon and within a wetland in Mortandad Canyon in Technical Areas-(TA) 21 and TA-03 respectively, at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
 
In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations 1022 Compliance with Floodplain and Wetland Environmental Review Requirements, NNSA has prepared a joint floodplain and wetland assessment for the proposed actions.

New Mexico Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham Named 2017 National Mother Of The Year

on May 14, 2017 - 6:09am
Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Tourism Department is honored to announce that Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham was named the 2017 National Mother of the Year by American Mothers, Inc.
 
This marks only the second time in the organization’s 82-year history that a mother from New Mexico has received this prestigious honor.

“We are so proud of Secretary Latham,” Gov. Susana Martinez said. “Through her incredible passion, integrity and hard work, I know that she will continue to show the world what being a New Mexico True mom is all about.”

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AMP Concerts Launches New Mexico Culture Squared

on May 14, 2017 - 5:46am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico Culture Squared (NMC2) is a multi-year NM Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) project to build and manage partnerships between DCA institutions and cultural organizations that will enhance the impact, effectiveness, attendance, and visitor experience of exhibitions and programs of DCA entities.
 
Under the management of AMP Concerts, NMC2 will create programs in collaboration with State Historic Sites, DCA Museums, and various cultural organizations with the goal of increasing public programs statewide and promoting New Mexico as a destination for arts

NNSA Awards NNSS Site Management & Operating Contract To Mission Support And Test Services, LLC

on May 13, 2017 - 5:22pm
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced today it has awarded Mission Support and Test Services LLC (MSTS) with the management and operating contract for the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) near Las Vegas, Nev.
 
MSTS is a limited liability company consisting of Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell), Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs), and Stoller Newport News Nuclear, Inc. (SN3).
 
NNSA conducted a full and open competition for the follow-on NNSS M&O contract.

Del Norte Credit Union Announces 2017-18 DNCU Scholarship Winners

on May 13, 2017 - 3:33pm
DNCU News:
 
SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union, northern New Mexico’s hometown financial co-op, is pleased to announce the winners of the DNCU Scholarship program for 2017-18.
 
The 10 winners each will receive $1,000 toward their higher education for the 2017-18 school year.
 
“Our DNCU Scholarship program demonstrates our commitment to supporting young people in New Mexico, in line with our mission of Improving Lives,” DNCU President and CEO Chuck Valenti said. “We are very pleased this year to offer 10 scholarships to deserving students in Northern New Mexico.”
 
DNCU increased

Udall, Heinrich Call On FCC To Protect Net Neutrality

on May 13, 2017 - 6:50am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined in sending a letter led by U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass) to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai expressing strong opposition to the Chairman’s plans to gut net neutrality protections.
 
In 2015, the FCC adopted the Open Internet Order which reclassified broadband as a telecommunication service and prohibited internet service providers from setting up internet fast and slow lanes, ensuring all online traffic is treated the same.

Udall Secures Commitment From Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin Not To Close Facilities That Provide Care For Veterans

on May 12, 2017 - 10:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall questioned Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin on the steps he is taking to ensure veterans are getting the health care and coverage they have earned.
At the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies hearing, "Reducing Burden & Increasing Access to Healthcare: Improving VA Community Care," Udall asked Secretary Shulkin for clarification on his statements about "realigning" the VA and reports of planned closures of various

NMED Seeks Appointees For Recycling And Illegal Dumping Alliance

on May 12, 2017 - 7:58am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is seeking appointees for the Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) Alliance that supports a cleaner, healthier environment for New Mexicans.
 
The industry waste generator seat, the nonprofit organization seat, and the solid waste authority seat are open.
 
The RAID Alliance, established by the 2005 New Mexico RAID Act, provides recommendations to NMED to award grants designed to protect the health and welfare of the environment and current and future residents of New Mexico by preventing and abating illegal

'I Get By With A Little HEP From My Friends': Lives Changed By High School Equivalency Program

on May 12, 2017 - 5:59am
NNMC students Aida Saucedo and Marina Lopez. Courtesy photo
 
NNMC News:
 
Marina Lopez has a hectic schedule. After working a graveyard shift as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at Aspen Ridge Lodge in Los Alamos, she barely gets a few hours rest before rushing off to a full day of classes.
 
What the 26-year-old student lacks in sleep, she makes up for in drive and enthusiasm. Her life didn’t always look like this. She had been out of school for 10 years. After realizing that being a high school student was just not for her, she decided to drop out and enter the real world.
 

AG Balderas Sues President To Properly Compensate State For Coal Extraction And Its Climate Change Impact On New Mexico

on May 12, 2017 - 5:25am
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas joined with the Attorneys General of California, Washington and New York to file a challenge in federal District Court in Montana to the Trump Administration’s decision to resume federal coal leasing without completing the required environmental impact statement as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
 
“Yet again, President Trump is breaking the law and New Mexicans stand to pay the price for his illegal actions,” Attorney General Hector Balderas said.

AFT New Mexico And ATF Respond To Second Round Of Cuts To K-3 Plus And Bilingual Programs

on May 12, 2017 - 5:17am
AFTNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, and Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein, released the following joint statement:
 
“The announcement by Secretary of Education Hannah Skandera and the New Mexico Public Education Department of proposed cuts to the State’s Bilingual programs on top of already announced cuts to K-3 Plus programs is an outright assault on the ability of New Mexico’s students to receive a quality public education in our State.
 
“Secretary Skandera and Governor Martinez’s so-called

NMDOT And State Police Release Results Of Cinco de Mayo DWI Crackdown

on May 11, 2017 - 9:34am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Transportation and the New Mexico State Police have released results from the Cinco de Mayo DWI crackdown across the state.
 
Over the course of the Cinco de Mayo weekend, State Police arrested 34 drunk drivers, made 30 other arrests, handled 14 crashes – which included one fatality – and issued over 165 citations for traffic violations.
 
"There is simply no excuse to drive drunk," Gov. Martinez said. "Plan ahead, call a taxi, crash at a friend’s house or hail an Uber.

Pearce Meets With Local Leaders In Los Alamos

on May 11, 2017 - 8:17am
During a meeting in a Zia Realty Group conference room Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, left, shows Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski a video clip on his cell of his plane as it takes off from Grants Tuesday morning as he headed to Los Alamos to meet with local leaders. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce visited Los Alamos Tuesday as part of a sweeping trip through Northern New Mexico this week.

Council Proclaims May 14-20 Police Week, May 15 Peace Officers' Memorial Day In Los Alamos County

on May 11, 2017 - 8:13am

On behalf of the County Council during the May 2 regular Council meeting, Councilor Pete Sheehey presents Police Chief Dino Sgambellone with a proclamation declaring the Week of May 14-20, 2017 as ‘Police Week’ and Monday, May 15, 2017 as ‘Peace Officers’ Memorial Day’ in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

On behalf of the Los Alamos County Council during the May 2 regular Council meeting, Councilor Pete Sheehey presents Police Chief Dino Sgambellone with a proclamation declaring the Week of May 14-20, 2017 as “Police Week” and Monday, May 15, 2017 as

Alzheimer's Association, NM Chapter And UNM Memory & Aging Center Present Healthcare Conference

on May 11, 2017 - 7:51am
Alzheimer’s Association News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter is very pleased to announce the 6TH Annual Professional Conference: “Breaking Down Barriers,” co-sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter and the University of New Mexico Memory and Aging Center.
 
The two-day event is May 18-19 in Albuquerque at the Embassy Suites, 1000 Woodward Place NE. Healthcare Professionals from all communities in the state are highly encouraged to attend. CEU’s & CME’s will be offered.

Bandelier Shuttles Begin Operating Season Sunday

on May 10, 2017 - 5:34pm
One of the Atomic City Transit shuttle buses that will carry visitors from White Rock to Bandelier National Monument May 14 to Oct. 15 this year. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
It's been a busy spring at Bandelier National Monument. There have been many days when it was very noticeable that there's just not enough parking in Frijoles Canyon near the Visitor Center, and visitors and rangers alike wished the shuttles were running.
 
Now the waiting is over - the shuttles will start back up this Sunday, May 14. On the same day, the Bandelier Visitor Center hours will lengthen to 9 a.m.

NEA-NM President Betty Patterson On National Teacher Appreciation Week

on May 10, 2017 - 5:02pm
By BETTY PATTERSON, President
NEA-New Mexico

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. We have wonderful Teacher's, and Education Employees! We need to celebrate the incredible teaching happening all over New Mexico.

New Mexico has more students graduating and better test results, thanks to teachers!

Everyday teachers give of themselves and their small paychecks. Gena in the South Valley supplies snacks and fruit so her students are not hungry. Sylvia in Las Cruces helps students learn English.

Udall: Senate Rejects Repeal Of Commonsense Natural Gas Waste Prevention Rule

on May 10, 2017 - 9:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after the Senate voted 49-51, defeating a measure to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) natural gas waste prevention rule through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Udall helped lead the fight against the repeal.
 
"This is a victory for taxpayers and school children in New Mexico — because we were able to fend off this dangerous repeal, New Mexico will continue to benefit from the BLM's commonsense steps to prevent the waste of taxpayer-owned natural gas, create

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