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Los Alamos Daily Post Surpasses 7,000 FB Likes!

on March 14, 2017 - 2:59pm

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Daily Post extends its heartfelt appreciation to the local community and readers around the world for helping the Post’s Facebook page hit 7,000 “likes” this week!

Along with this latest milestone, Publisher Carol A. Clark and her team have had a lot to celebrate so far this year. On Feb. 7, they celebrated the fifth anniversary of the online newspaper and the Post becoming the official newspaper of record in Los Alamos County.

Reaching 7,000 Facebook likes is another sign that readers in the area are enjoying the instant availability of local news and certainly

District Attorney's Office Issues Scam Alert

on March 14, 2017 - 1:58pm

SCAM ALERT:

There is a phone scam going around in which a person claiming to be a police officer or an investigator with the New Mexico District Attorney’s Office will call and tell people that there is an active warrant for their arrest and they need to pay to avoid being arrested.

The most recent number that the calls are coming from is 505.312.5386.

The District Attorney’s Office will never ask for money over the phone. 

Bills Limiting School Testing And Restricting Use Of Restraint And Seclusion Head To Governor

on March 14, 2017 - 8:38am

STATE News:
  • Bills Aim to Improve the Quality of Student Life at New Mexico Schools

SANTA FE – Monday night, the House concurred with two bills to improve the quality of student life at New Mexico schools.

House Bills 185 and 75 will now head to the Governor’s desk. House Bill 185 sets limits on the amount of time that students spend taking standardized tests.

“This bill puts teaching ahead of testing, and makes sure students aren't missing out on valuable classroom time,” said Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), one of the bill’s sponsors.

NMDOT Public Information Meeting March 23

on March 14, 2017 - 8:19am

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation is hosting a Public Information open house at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Santa Claren Hotel, 460 N. Riverside in Espanola.

Meeting Purpose:  The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is sponsoring this meeting to discuss the roadway reconstruction of NM 30 Phase 1 from mile post 7.150 to mile post 7.610 in Pueblo of Santa Clara.  The public is encouraged to attend this public meeting and provide comments and questions.

Meeting Overview:Vital Consulting Group, LLC; Bohannon Huston, and NMDOT representatives will

Senate Sends School Restraint Bill To Governor

on March 13, 2017 - 8:36pm

Rep. Jim Smith

SENATE News:

SANTA FE – This afternoon, the Senate approved House Bill 75, a bill to limit the use of restraint and seclusion techniques in schools. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith (R-Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe), passed on a bipartisan 30 to 4 vote.

House Bill 75 specifies conditions when restraining and seclusion techniques may be permitted in schools, and it requires New Mexico’s public schools to adopt policies and procedures for the use of restraint and seclusion techniques in their school safety plans.

McMillan To Testify At House Armed Services Panel

on March 13, 2017 - 8:03pm

LANL Director Charlie McMillan

Staff Report

The public will get a first glimpse under the hood of the next era of American nuclear weapons this week, when key officials in the complex stand for questions during a hearing of a House Armed Services subcommittee scheduled for Thursday.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan is set to be among those appearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The meeting at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

FBI: Navajo Police Officer Dies In Shooting

on March 13, 2017 - 7:42pm

FBI News:

The FBI and Navajo Nation are investigating a shooting that resulted in the death of a Navajo Police Officer. He was Houston James Largo, 27, a decorated officer with five years of service.

The officer was shot while responding to a domestic violence call near Prewitt, N.M., on the Navajo Nation, early Sunday morning.

A suspect is in custody.

The officer was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital.

The New Mexico State Police and McKinley County Sheriff's Office are assisting with the investigation.

More information will be released when it is available.

Anti-Hazing Bill Advances Past House

on March 13, 2017 - 6:26pm

Rep. Monica Youngblood

STATE  News:

SANTA FE – This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 427, a bill sponsored by Rep. Monica Youngblood (R-Bernalillo) to prevent hazing in New Mexico’s schools. The House approved the bill by a 56 to 2 vote.

Youngblood’s bill would require every New Mexico educational institution to adopt, post, and enforce a hazing prevention policy. The bill defines what actions are considered hazing and lists the areas that hazing policies need to address to ensure the policies are consistent statewide.

According to recent statistics, forty-eight

Hilltoppers Lose North Star Trophy To Taos Ice Tigers

on March 13, 2017 - 3:43pm
Jacob Dunwoody battles for the puck in front of the Taos goal in the 1st period. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Emily Moulton picks up a loose puck in front of the Taos goal in the 2nd period. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 

Brett Ireland takes a shot at the goal in the Taos end of the ice. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
SPORTS News:
 
The Hilltoppers and the Taos Ice Tigers hockey teams squared off at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center last Friday to see which team would be taking home the coveted North Star Trophy, a traveling trophy, which the Hilltoppers won

Update On Bealls Shoplifting Case

on March 13, 2017 - 3:32pm

Staff Report

A statewide warrant has been issued for 23-year-old Ashley Alexanda Garcia of Hernandez, on charges of shoplifting, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and duty to give information and render aid, in connection with an incident Thursday, March 9 at Bealls Department Store at 610 Trinity Dr.

LAPD Sgt. Daniel Roberts and Cpl. Ben Henrichs responded to Bealls after two women reportedly fled the area in a silver four-door Volvo after striking a pedestrian with their vehicle to leave the area.

Det.

Udall Celebrates Women's History Month

on March 13, 2017 - 3:09pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement today in honor of Women's History Month:
 
"This Women's History Month, we celebrate the resiliency and strength of generations of women in New Mexico and nationwide, who have marched, organized and rallied for equality in the face of great opposition.

NMDOT: Work Zone Memorial Coming To New Mexico

on March 13, 2017 - 3:08pm
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  March 9, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced that the American Traffic Safety Services Association’s National Work Zone Memorial will be on display at locations throughout New Mexico through March 16.
 
The national memorial honors highway workers who have been tragically killed in a work zone and will include David Eggert and Anthony Rivera, two NMDOT employees who were killed in a work zone last March.
 
“I urge every New Mexican to please slow down and take every precaution when driving through a work zone,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said.

Governor Signs Bill To Create Broadband Network

on March 13, 2017 - 3:00pm
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed House Bill 113 into law. House Bill 113, sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith (R-Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe) and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Bernalillo), authorizes the state to establish a statewide broadband network.
 
While New Mexico has one of the highest school Internet connectivity rates in the country, connection speeds at the schools are among the slowest in the country.
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House Passes Bill Benefitting New Mexico Businesses

on March 13, 2017 - 9:32am

STATE News:
  • HB 356 Uses LEDA Funds to Create Jobs & Promote Local Businesses

SANTA FE -- The New Mexico House of Representatives passed House Bill 356, which uses Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funds to increase local economic growth and create jobs.

HB 356 sponsored by Representatives Rudy Martinez (D-Grants) and Daymon Ely (D-Corrales), targets $2 million in investment dollars specifically for resident businesses in both rural and urban New Mexico.

“When our small businesses thrive, our state thrives,” Rep. Martinez said.

Bipartisan Bill To Rein In Predatory Loan Practices Passes House

on March 13, 2017 - 9:25am

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- The New Mexico House of Representatives has passed House Bill 347, a bill to rein in predatory loan practices, in a sweeping bipartisan vote of 64-2. Sponsored by Rep. Patty Lundstrom (D-Gallup) and Rep. Debbie Rodella (D-Española), HB 347 is part of a bipartisan effort to limit the fees and charges financial institutions add to installment loans, also known as payday loans, and to implement financial literacy programs in the state.

"We need to make sure the consumer financial market works for everyday New Mexicans, not just the well-connected,” Rep. Lundstrom said.

Mountain Club Swimmer Julia Chen Of Los Alamos Wins 2017 State Short Course Swim Championship

on March 13, 2017 - 8:36am

Julia Chen of Los Alamos wins 2017 State Short Course Swim Championship. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

Mountain Club swimmer Julia Chen, the daughter of Haidan and Houtong Chen, won the individual high-point First Place in the girls 11-12 age group at the 2017 New Mexico State Short Course Swim Championship.

Swimmers at the state championship meet March 2-5 at West Mesa Aquatic Center in Albuquerque  were limited to seven individual events.

Chen, 12, won three events and finished second in her other four events to take the individual high-point honors.

Letter To The Editor: Background Checks Needed For All Gun Sales

on March 13, 2017 - 7:20am
By CATHY WEBER
Los Alamos
 

I am writing because I support  requiring background checks for all gun sales. As a mom and member of Moms Demand Action, I know gun safety is good for kids and families.

 

Right now, the New Mexico legislature is considering bills that would expand criminal background checks for gun sales to include purchases from unlicensed sellers over the Internet and at gun shows. The background check bill would close the dangerous unlicensed sale loophole and make it harder for criminals to buy guns from strangers in unlicensed sales at gun shows.

 

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Letter To The Editor: If You Really Want A Background Check Bill Passed ... Tell ‘Moms’ And ‘Everytown’ To Sit Down, Shut Up, And Listen

on March 12, 2017 - 10:17am
By KHALIL J. SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry when I read the latest pro “background check” letter (by Amber Espinosa-Trujillo) in what seems to be an orchestrated letter writing campaign by Everytown for Gun Safety/Moms Demand Action.

Indeed, it has probably been the tone-deafness and intransigence of that group (both “Everytown” and “Moms” are names for “Astroturf” organizations supported by New York City billionaire Michael Bloomberg) that have stood in the way of a background bill passing out of the legislature.

The out of state lobbyists and their supporters,

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Hazardous Waste Backlog May Take Years To Unload

on March 12, 2017 - 9:35am

A hazardous waste permit modification for LANL requests three storage units at Technical Area 55, including the High Efficiency Neutron Counter Pad, shown here, which would be used as an outdoor storage pad. Courtesy/LANL

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Among the many consequences of the Valentine’s Dayradiation incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico in 2014, one necessity was a significant reworking of hazardous waste storage arrangements at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility.

Governor Acts On Three More Bills

on March 12, 2017 - 9:34am

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

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

  • Signed House Bill 12 – Close Certain Taos & Colfax Magistrate Courts [MESSAGE]
  • Vetoed Senate Bill 200 – Certified School Employee Program Units [MESSAGE]
  • Vetoed Senate Bill 6 – Industrial Hemp Research Rules [MESSAGE]

Bill Restricting Isolated Confinement Passes House

on March 12, 2017 - 9:04am

STATE News:  
  • HB 175 Restricts New Mexico Correctional Facilities’ Use of Outdated & Inhumane Practice

SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives passed House Bill 175, the Isolated Confinement Act, in a 38-22 vote Saturday evening.

HB 175 restricts the use of isolated confinement in New Mexico prisons and jails for pregnant women, minors and those suffering from severe mental illness. It also sets a 48-hour maximum for isolated confinement in cases of emergency and a five-day maximum upon initial booking.

“Isolated confinement is overused and misused in our great state,” Rep.

Letter To The Editor: Internet And Gun Show Sales

on March 12, 2017 - 8:54am

AFTNM On Senate Passage Of House Bill 2

on March 12, 2017 - 8:28am

House Approves Bill To Protect Nonprofit Volunteers

on March 12, 2017 - 7:34am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to protect volunteers from personal liability when they are performing services for nonprofit organizations.
 
House Bill 224 is sponsored by Reps. Yvette Herrell (R-Otero) and Bob Wooley (R-Chaves, Lea & Roosevelt).
 
The provisions of the legislation would cover properly trained volunteers acting in good faith and within the scope of their assigned duties.

Heinrich On 16 Million New Private-Sector Jobs

on March 12, 2017 - 7:29am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich issued the following statement after February’s employment report showed more than 16 million private-sector jobs have been created over the past 84 months.
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 235,000 jobs in February.
 
“Today’s jobs numbers make clear what we have known for some time: President Trump did not inherit a mess, in fact he inherited one of the longest expansions in American history.

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