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Hilltopper Boys Soccer Win Title, Remain Undefeated!

on August 27, 2017 - 10:26am

It’s all smiles as Andreas Runde elevates the trophy that the Topper soccer received for winning the 2017 Louis Cernicek Tournament Championship. Photo by John McHale/

Head Coach Rom Blue congratulates his team for the outstanding effort it takes to win a tournament of this caliber. Photo by John McHale/

By RJ Montaño, Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Louie Cernicek Memorial Tournament may have been a preview of the 2017 New Mexico high school soccer 5A championships.

Spencer: War And Other Historical Memorials Aren’t Created Equal

on August 27, 2017 - 10:23am

Memorial in Frank Ortiz Park. The camp was at what is now the Casa Solana residential area. Courtesy/N. Mesa Mutts 

Los Alamos

Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.

Shovel them under and let me work—
I am the grass; I cover all.

And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.

Two years, ten years, and the passengers ask the conductor:
What place is this?
Where are we now?

I am the grass.
Let me work.

Grass, by Carl Sandburg

There is quite a bit of uproar over the de-emphasis of United States Civil War

Dave Fox To Present NM 126 Paving Petition Tuesday

on August 27, 2017 - 7:47am

An unpaved stretch of N.M. 126, which runs from La Cueva to Cuba. Courtesy photo



Los Alamos Daily Post


CB FOX owner Dave Fox explains that his involvement in the local tourism industry began with a t-shirt. He said in 1959, then Laboratory Director Norris Bradbury scribbled a picture of an atomic bomb on a napkin at Sparky’s restaurant. That image was put on a t-shirt that the department store sold to tourists.


Fast forward to 2014. Fox said road work on Central Avenue was finally completed and a re-opening celebration was held.

FBI: Hobbs Man Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Federal Law Enforcement Officer

on August 26, 2017 - 10:49am

FBI News:
  • Defendant Admits Pointing Firearm at DEA Task Force Officer

ALBUQUERQUE – Felipe T. Castillo, 38, of Hobbs pled guilty Thursday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces to assaulting a federal law enforcement officer under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Castillo was arrested June 13, 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to the complaint, Castillo pointed a firearm at a DEA Task Force Officer May 31, 2017, in Lea County.


The complaint further indicates that Castillo was on parole for a prior firearms

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols Launch Across New Mexico Throughout September

on August 26, 2017 - 9:52am

Don't even think about drinking and driving. Courtesy photo

NMSP News:

SANTA FE - State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of September 2017.

NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.

Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage

More Americans Have Epilepsy Than Ever Before

on August 25, 2017 - 11:07am

CDC News:

The number of U.S. adults and children with epilepsy is increasing, with at least 3.4 million people living with the disorder, according to data released today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

It’s the first time epilepsy estimates have been available for every state.

The data show the disorder is widespread. In 2015, about 3 million U.S.

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Report On Out-of-State Contracting By State And Local Governments

on August 25, 2017 - 11:04am

State Auditor Tim Keller


Identifies more than $2 billion in public funds that left state in two-year period

ALBUQUERQUE – State Auditor Tim Keller released Thursday the Report on State and Local Government Contracting.

The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) reviewed over 6,000 government procurements in fiscal years 2015 and 2016 totaling more than $6 billion to analyze trends in purchasing dollars flowing out of state. Of that, more than $2 billion went to out-of-state companies.

Udall, Heinrich Announce $3.4 Million For Restoration Projects In Carson, Cibola, Gila, Lincoln National Forests

on August 25, 2017 - 9:40am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $3.4 million in funding from the U.S. Forest Service for restoration projects in four of New Mexico's national forests.
The projects will aim to promote healthy watersheds, reduce the threat of wildfires, and improve the functioning of forest ecosystems by reducing the number and density of small diameter trees on public forest lands in New Mexico. The funding comes from the U.S.

Bandelier Waives Entrance Fee On Founders Day

on August 25, 2017 - 7:43am
Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS


Every year, Bandelier National Monument gets to celebrate two birthdays: the park was authorized Feb. 11, 1916, and the National Park Service was established the same year Aug. 25, now known as Founders Day. 

“After an eventful first century, the agency now cares for 417 of the most significant and amazing historical, cultural and natural areas in the country,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott.

Governor Appoints Christopher Ruszkowski Cabinet Secretary For Public Education Department

on August 24, 2017 - 4:23pm

Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski


SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the appointment of Christopher Ruszkowski as cabinet secretary of the Public Education Department.

Ruszkowski previously served as deputy cabinet secretary for the Department. He is a former middle school social studies teacher and served for nearly six years at the Delaware Department of Education under former Democratic Gov. Jack Markell.

“I’m confident that Christopher will bring the energy, enthusiasm and leadership needed to help New Mexico’s students succeed in the

Explore Contemporary Cuba With Classes At SAR Oct. 3

on August 24, 2017 - 9:37am
SAR News:
SANTA FE  Investigate the nature of social life in Cuba today, during a four-week class that begins Oct. 3, 2017, at the School for Advanced Research (SAR), taught by Dr. Paul Ryer, director of Scholar Programs. 
The class is offered to the public in conjunction with an already sold-out SAR field trip to Cuba, led by Professor Ryer and Peggy Gaustad of Cuba Cultural Travels, Nov. 1-8, 2017. These classes continue SAR’s tradition of offering classes to the general public (with discounts for SAR members) on topics of current social and cultural relevance.
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Udall Staff To Host Information Session For Students Interested In Attending A Military Service Academy

on August 24, 2017 - 8:29am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udal staff are hosting an information session 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29 at University of New Mexico Student Union Building - Ballroom C, for high school students and recent graduates interested in applying to the U.S. military service academies.
Representatives from Udall’s office, the New Mexico congressional delegation and the military service academies will be available to field questions from prospective applicants and parents. Udall is accepting applications for nominations to enter an academy in the fall of 2018.
Four of the five

AFP-New Mexico Launches Campaign To Stop Job-Killing Sick Leave Ballot Proposal

on August 24, 2017 - 8:17am

AFP News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Americans for Prosperity-New Mexico (AFP-NM) is launching a campaign to educate citizens about a job-killing ballot measure, related to mandatory paid sick leave, that will be decided on Oct. 3.
The so-called Healthy Workforce Ordinance was drafted without public input and, if passed, would forcefully inject burdensome government bureaucracy into the day-to-day decisions small business owners face, putting thousands of jobs in jeopardy.
AFP-NM is acting quickly to make Albuquerque activists and concerned citizens aware of the risks associated with

'Living With Alzheimer's: Early Stage' Sept. 15

on August 24, 2017 - 7:58am
AA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Santa Fe, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
“Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers, Early Stage” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15. The event will be hosted by Vista Grande Library in Eldorado, 14 Ave Torreon, Santa Fe, NM 87508. The class is free and open to all citizens of Santa Fe and surrounding communities.
These presentations are designed primarily for non-professional or family

State Transportation Commission To Meet Today

on August 24, 2017 - 7:36am
SANTA FE  The State Transportation Commission is holding a special meeting at 8 a.m. today, Aug. 24, at the NMDOT General Office at 1120 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87504.  
The six member governor-appointed commission determines policy for the New Mexico Department of Transportation. Community members are invited to attend and time will be allotted for public comment. 
The agenda is available on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s website or by calling (505).827.5258.

Heinrich Announces $17 Mil For Directed Energy Development In NM, Tours UNM Directed Energy Lab

on August 24, 2017 - 6:57am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
ALBUQUERQUE  During a visit to Boeing in Albuquerque yesterday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and founder of the Congressional Directed Energy Caucus, announced a $17 million investment for the Department of Defense to acquire directed energy systems that support jobs and boost New Mexico as a center of excellence in this increasingly important space for our military.
Following the announcement, Heinrich toured a directed energy lab facility at the University of New Mexico and met

VFC: New Mexico Makes Second Largest Higher Education Spending Cuts Since Recession

on August 24, 2017 - 6:47am
VFC News:
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s state funding for higher education is 33 percent less now than it was before the recession, when looking at inflation-adjusted state spending per student.
Looking at the dollar investment, the state is spending $4,509 less in 2017 than it did in 2008 on a per student, inflation-adjusted basis. Only Louisiana has made deeper cuts over that time period.
These are among the findings of a report released this week by the Washington, D.C.- based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). As a result of these funding cuts, tuition at the

LANL Officials Present Update To Community Leaders

on August 24, 2017 - 6:28am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan told Los Alamos community leaders Wednesday morning that the Lab is committed to executing its national security mission safely and securely while the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) carries out their process of finding a new contractor.

“We will remain strong through the transition as we work on what the Lab does on behalf of the nation,” he told more than 270 gathered for updates from McMillan,

Regional Coalition Discusses Future Of LANL Cleanup With DOE Officials

on August 24, 2017 - 6:23am

Deputy Assistant Secretary of DOE-EM Jim Owendoff

RCLC News:

SANTA FE -- The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) and Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) met with several Department of Energy Environmental Management (DOE-EM) officials Wednesday, Aug. 8 for a reception dinner in Española.

The opportunity allowed for relationship building and an open dialogue on the future vision of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and DOE-EM cleanup campaigns with Deputy Assistant Secretary of DOE-EM, Jim Owendoff, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Roger Jarell, and other

Heinrich Hosts Teacher Listening Session In Taos

on August 24, 2017 - 6:17am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich hosts a listening session Aug. 21 at Taos High School with Taos Municipal School educators. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) hosted a roundtable with Taos Municipal School educators to discuss challenges and opportunities for education in rural New Mexico and what’s at stake under President Trump’s proposed education budget cuts. 
“Every child in every school deserves an opportunity to benefit from a great public education.

NMED Confirms Santa Fe County-West Sector Water Is Lifting Precautionary ‘Boil Water Advisory’

on August 24, 2017 - 6:15am

NMED News:
  • 2,690 Customers are no Longer Urged to Boil Water Prior to Drinking

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) is confirming that the precautionary “boil water advisory” for the Santa Fe County West Sector Water System is being lifted.

Santa Fe County West Sector Water System issued the precautionary advisory Tuesday after a 16.0-inch transmission line was ruptured causing water delivery to the affected area to be disrupted. Repairs have been completed, the system was adequately flushed, and water service has been restored to customers.

NNSA Responds To Concerned Stakeholder Letters Regarding LANL M&O Contract Draft Solicitation

on August 23, 2017 - 3:52pm

RCLC News:

SANTA FE — An overwhelming number of letters were submitted by local governments and community stakeholders to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) concerning the Draft Request For Proposal (RFP) for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Management & Operation (M&O) Contract competition currently underway.

The NNSA released preliminary responses Aug. 11 to community concerns regarding the upcoming RFP.

Wadt: A Guide To School Grades ... Real Or Noise?

on August 23, 2017 - 3:38pm
Los Alamos

The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) just released the grades for all of the schools in the State. Gov. Susana Martinez advocated for a simple grading system, similar to the one used in Florida, to improve communication with parents and other community members as to how well your local school is doing with a focus on student proficiency in reading and math. That was a very good idea. 

The next question is how do you measure student proficiency in a way that allows you to compare performance from school to school, district to district, and state to state?

Ryan Baca Receives NMSBDC Student Star Award

on August 23, 2017 - 3:26pm
Ryan Baca
SBDC News:
ESPANOLA  Ryan Baca from Chimayo will receive the New Mexico Small Business Development Center (NMSBDC) Student STAR AWARD for his commitment, dedication and participation in the Espanola SBDC Media Mentorship for the past five years.
Baca participated in local, state, national and international business events under the SBDC Student Media Mentorship with his mentor SBDC Director Julianna Martinez-Barbee where he was actively involved in hands-on experiential learning.
The awards ceremony and community recognition is 4-p.m. Aug.

Visit Eight National Parks In NM Fee Free Friday

on August 23, 2017 - 3:03pm

Descend into the cool cave climate at Carlsbad Caverns, the iconic national park known for its cave systems, which are laced with remarkable pinnacles and spires of rock. Courtesy/NPS

NPS News:

All of New Mexico's 15 parks and monuments that are a part of the National Park Service will be "fee free" Friday in celebration of the NPS's 101st birthday.

Eight of the 15 properties, which include Bandelier National Monument, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Capulin Volcano National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Gila Cliff Dwellings National