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LAFD Assists Rescue Of Dog Stranded On Cliff Ledge

on April 29, 2017 - 9:47pm
Smiley the stranded dog looking forlorn as he awaits rescue. Courtesy/LAFD
 
Los Alamos Firefighter Sam Meyersick places a harness on Smiley. Courtesy/LAFD
 
Los Alamos Firefighter Aaron Williams, left, gets ready to take Smiley to the top as Firefighter Sam Meyersick looks on. Courtesy/LAFD
 
Happy to be rescued, Smiley joins, from left, LAFD Capt. Gerard Coriz, Firefighter Aaron Williams, Firefighter Sam Meyersick and Capt. Manny Pacheco. Courtesy/LAFD
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Fire Department took their newest heavy rescue truck to Rio Chama in Rio

LAHS Schola Cantorum Named 2017 State Champions!

on April 29, 2017 - 9:26pm
Los Alamos High School Schola Cantorum are the 2017 State Champions and will perform at 6 p.m. Monday, May 1 at Duane Smith Auditorium. Courtesy photo
 
Los Alamos High School Bel Canto choir will perform Monday evening, May 1 as well at Duane Smith Auditorium. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Schola Cantorum has been named the 2017 5A State Champions.

This year’s New Mexico State Treble Choir runners-up, the LAHS Bel Canto choir, and Schola Cantorum directed by Jason Rutledge will be combined to perform portions of the Mozart Requiem (KV 626) at 6 p.m.

Letter To The Editor: We Can’t Ignore Oil And Gas Pollution’s Harm To Our Tourism Industry

on April 29, 2017 - 5:49pm
By Ron Trujillo
Santa Fe City Councilor for District 4,
and
Amber Espinosa-Trujillo, Grant Manager
Library Services and Technology Act Federal
New Mexico State Library
 
Our state is known for breathtaking views, unique public lands and ancient cultures within reach.
 
Tourists choose New Mexico as a destination because of ample opportunities to experience these assets. We’ve built a bustling and successful tourism industry that depends on our state being in its natural state – an industry that injected $6.1 billion into New Mexico’s economy and supported 89,000 jobs in 2014.

Bandelier Closed Today Due To Hazardous Conditions

on April 29, 2017 - 9:28am

BANDELIER News:

With all the snow and hazardous road conditions, Bandelier will be closed all day (Saturday April 29).

Weather permitting, Bandelier anticipates reopening Sunday.

Heinrich: Opening Up Arctic Ocean To Drilling Poses Serious Risks

on April 29, 2017 - 8:35am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to President Trump’s executive orders removing protections and moving to reopen risky offshore drilling, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to introduce the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act, a major piece of legislation to permanently protect the Arctic from offshore drilling.

The legislation would prevent any new or renewed leases for the exploration, development, or production of oil, natural gas, or any other mineral in the Arctic Ocean planning

History Museum Explores Turn-Of-The-Century Syria In A Post-ISIS World

on April 28, 2017 - 11:10am
Album of Mideast archaeology explorations conducted by Howard Crosby Butler. Courtesy/NMHM
 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE  As Syria’s ongoing civil war, staggering death toll, and displacement of thousands of refugees threatens to destroy Syrian culture, the Palace of the Governors will display seven albums of photographs of historic sites in Syria taken between 1899 and 1909.
 
Entitled Syria: Cultural Patrimony Under Threat, the exhibition will include multi-functional information kiosks with insights into Syrian people and culture.

Forest Service Plea To Visitors: Put Out Your Campfire

on April 28, 2017 - 11:09am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  For the second weekend in a row, irresponsible campers left multiple unattended and abandoned campfires on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). 
 
Luckily, 11 still-burning campfires were discovered and extinguished before they could spark or spread.
 
But with the fire danger level on the SFNF at HIGH and most of northern and central New Mexico under a fire weather watch, it takes very little for a campfire to become a human-caused wildfire, putting lives and property at unnecessary risk. 
 
Current conditions include temperatures

AG: Brutal Rapist Gets 36 Years Behind Bars

on April 28, 2017 - 11:06am

Joseph Apodaca to spend 36 years in prison. Courtesy photo

From the Office of the Attorney General:

---Victim Left For Dead in Parking Lot

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Joseph Apodaca was sentenced to 36 years in prison for the extremely violent rape of a young woman he left for dead in Valencia County in 2014.

The victim almost died and will suffer medical issues for the rest of her life due to the brutal rape.

New Mexicans March For Climate, Jobs And Justice

on April 28, 2017 - 10:54am
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
New Mexicans are invited to take to the streets Saturday, April 29, to call for a strong government response to the global climate crisis.
 
People’s Climate Marches are planned in the state’s largest three cities: Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe. New Mexicans will join more than 100,000 people nationwide in more than 300 cities, representing a growing popular movement for climate justice.
 
From the disruption of ecosystems, a loss of biodiversity, an increase in extreme weather, rising seas, and the spread of new diseases, to resource scarcity that exacerbates

New Mexicans Invited To Watch Archaeologists Hand Excavate Kuaua Pueblo Site

on April 28, 2017 - 9:25am
Excavations of Kuaua Ruins at Coronado Historic Site. Courtesy/NM Historic Sites, Department of Cultural Affairs
Painted kiva at Coronado Historic Site. Photo by John Cutler. Courtesy/NM Historic Sites, Department of Cultural Affairs

 

STATE News:

  • Dig Expected to Produce Thousands of Artifacts Dating to the 1500s

Bernalillo – New Mexicans have a rare opportunity to watch archaeologists on a live dig at the Coronado Historic Site off U.S. 550 in Bernalillo. The Dig Kuaua!

Improvements At Bandelier Include 55 Parking Spaces

on April 27, 2017 - 11:02am
Part of the new Cottonwood Parking Area at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Bandelier has 55 new parking places close to the Visitor’s Center in the heart of the park. The new spaces are on a narrow, paved road across Frijoles Creek from the existing parking lot and a newly-constructed bridge joins the two areas. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladaiypost.com
 
Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladaiypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Locals and return visitors alike will be surprised to see the many recent

Udall Statement On Trump Dropping Demands For Border Wall Money In Funding Bill

on April 27, 2017 - 11:01am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — April 25, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement after President Trump reportedly backed off his threat to force a government shutdown unless a funding bill to keep the government open included money for his plans to build a wall along the entire border with Mexico:
 
"Last week, I visited with New Mexicans on the border — business owners, immigrants, community leaders, farmers and others — and the overwhelming message I heard was that they oppose President Trump's proposal to build a $70 billion border wall.

Local Police Corporal Remains On Desk Duty

on April 27, 2017 - 10:59am

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jack Casias
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Jack Casias remains on desk duty almost seven months after an incident involving a fellow officer resulted in injuries to his arm, wrist and hand. He has been assigned to administrative duties for the department since the incident, which was investigated by New Mexico State Police (NMSP) at Chief Dino Sgambellone’s request.

Los Alamos Police Cdr. Preston Ballew

A tort claim notice filed Nov. 14, 2016 against LAPD and Cdr. Preston Ballew asserts that Ballew intentionally battered him during the incident.

AG Launches Investigation Of National Cattle Industry

on April 27, 2017 - 8:31am
Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

LAS CRUCES ― This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a multi-pronged investigation to review unfair and anticompetitive practices in the national cattle industry that harm New Mexican families, and our ranchers and cattle farmers-- who are the backbone of New Mexico’s economy.

Family-owned farms and ranches that have been in operation for generations are vital to the health of New Mexico, which is why Attorney General Balderas is extremely concerned about the possibility of those businesses being threatened, especially by harmful

Bandelier National Monument Seeks Public Input On Fire Management Plan

on April 27, 2017 - 8:13am
Prescription fire underway in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BNM News:
 
Bandelier National Monument has announced that the park is re-initiating a planning effort to prepare a new Fire Management Plan and Environmental Assessment. 
 
The resulting plan will guide the full range of wildland fire program activities that will support land and resource management objectives. In 2013, Bandelier solicited public feedback regarding this Fire Management Plan.

$15 Million In Improvements Across Five Mountains!

on April 26, 2017 - 4:24pm
SKI News:
 
DURANGO, Colo.   Resort officials with the largest ski area collective in the Southwest announced capital improvements that will be made for the 2017/2018 season at five southwestern mountains located in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, plus Colorado’s largest cat skiing operation. 
 
James Coleman, managing partner of  Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colorado;  Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Arizona; Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort near Taos, New Mexico; Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in Los Alamos, New Mexico; Hesperus Ski Area, west of Durango; and Purgatory Snowcat Adventures,

SFNF Issues Closure Order For Jemez Cave

on April 26, 2017 - 4:05pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) this week issued a closure order prohibiting the public from entering Jemez Cave and closing public access to user-created trails that lead to the cave as well as the area immediately surrounding it. This closure order, which replaces one initially issued in 2012, is effective until May 1, 2019, unless it is rescinded earlier.

Jemez Cave is located on the Jemez Ranger District in the Soda Dam Geologic Special Interest Area adjacent to N.M.

Former Republican Party Of New Mexico Political Director Todd Johnson Takes Job At Pentagon

on April 26, 2017 - 3:19pm

STATE GOP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Todd Johnson, the Republican Party of New Mexico's former Political Director under Chairman Debbie Maestas, has left New Mexico to take a job as Advance Officer to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Johnson left RPNM in August to serve as the Trump Campaign's New Mexico state director.

“Todd had a strong impact on New Mexico politics, and his hard work in support of our candidates and building the party will not be forgotten,” said former Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Debbie Maestas.

Los Alamos High School Sophomore Emily Jones Wins 2017 Congressional Art Competition

on April 26, 2017 - 7:52am

LAHS student Emily Jones with her winning art. Courtesy photo

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) announced Tuesday that Emily Jones, a sophomore at Los Alamos High school, is this year’s winner of the Congressional Art Competition.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Unique Collaboration Results In New UNM-LA Class Focusing On Federal Lands

on April 26, 2017 - 7:27am

Jeremy Sweat, Chief of Resource Management at Bandelier, will teach Introduction to Conservation and Land Management. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

This summer UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will offer a new one credit college course focusing on federal conservation and environmental policy.

LANL: Managing Disease Spread Through Accessible Modeling

on April 26, 2017 - 7:23am

The research draws on Los Alamos’ expertise in computational modeling and health sciences and contributes to the Laboratory’s national security mission by protecting against biological threats. Infectious diseases are a leading cause of death globally. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lower computing requirements and streamlined data analysis support public-health decision making

A new computer modeling study from Los Alamos National Laboratory is aimed at making epidemiological models more accessible and useful for public-health collaborators and improving disease-related decision making.

“In a

Patriot's Day Dinner Features U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

on April 25, 2017 - 5:10pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce is the keynote speaker at the Republican Party of Los Alamos Patriot's Day Dinner Friday at De Colores. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
RPLA First Vice Chair and County Councilor James Chrobocinski, left, and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce at Friday's Patriot's Day Dinner at De Colores. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

U.S.

Heinrich Co-Chairs Outdoor Recreation Caucus

on April 25, 2017 - 3:38pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The outdoor recreation economy directly contributes $887 billion in consumer spending annually and employs more than 7.6 million Americans according to a new report released today by the Outdoor Industry Association.
 
Given the outdoor industry’s significant economic impact, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is co-chairing the bipartisan Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus, along with U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), to promote policies that invest in the outdoor industry and to ensure it continues to grow and thrive. 
 
"New Mexicans' livelihoods are rooted

BLM Seeks Comments On Analysis Of Southeastern New Mexico Oil And Gas Lease Parcels For September Sale

on April 25, 2017 - 2:54pm
BLM News:
 
SANTA FE  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking input on the analysis of 60 parcels in southeastern New Mexico for the September 2017 competitive oil and gas lease sale. The parcels are located in Eddy, Chaves, Quay, Curry, Lea, and Roosevelt counties.
 
The draft environmental assessment (EA) analyzes a range of alternatives for the sale and is available for review online at https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and- minerals/oil-and- gas/leasing/regional-lease-sales/new-mexico. Comments will be accepted through May 12, 2017.
 
Public comments are an important

Coyote Ranger District Prescribed Burns Postponed

on April 25, 2017 - 2:52pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest have postponed the previously announced Mesa Poleo and Gallina Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) prescribed burns that were tentatively scheduled for this week due to forecasted weather, including high winds and precipitation.
 
Fire managers closely monitor conditions before, during and after prescribed burns. If conditions change and are no longer optimal for prescribed burning, plans are cancelled or postponed.

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