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New Mexico State Police Arrest High School Teacher For Illegal Relations With Female Students

on August 18, 2018 - 8:56am
James Dee Coulter
NMSP News:
AZTEC New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted in June by the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) to investigate evidence resulting from a licensure investigation, which indicated that an Aztec High School teacher had an illegal sexual relationship with at least one female high school student.
The evidence and statements turned over by PED indicated that high school math and philosophy teacher James Dee Coulter, 31, of Aztec had an illicit sexual relationship with at least one 17-year-old female student.
The New Mexico

County And Community Honor Pierotti’s Clowns

on August 18, 2018 - 6:04am

A crowd gathered Tuesday in the Los Alamos County Council Chambers to honor, congratulate and reminisce about the Pierotti's Clowns. The community turned out for the opening of the exhibit about the five-man softball team, which is featured in the lobby of the Municipal Building. The amateur softball team started in 1953 and played for 25 years. All the money they raised from games went to charities.

Ag Dept. Proposes New Solutions To Protect Forests

on August 18, 2018 - 6:01am
USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announced a new strategy for improving wildfire management across the nation’s forestlands Thursday.
Statement from Defenders of Wildlife’s Director of Federal Lands Pete Nelson:
“We are facing unprecedented challenges in wildfire management, and there are no silver bullets.

Smart Design With Suzette: Lighting Tips – Part One

on August 18, 2018 - 5:53am

An example of kitchen lighting. Courtesy image

An example of pendant lighting. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

No matter the size of a space, how you light it can make all the difference in its function. There are two rules of thumb: Have a mix of light sources at different levels to create a flattering ambience; and have appropriate task lighting for whatever you do in that space (reading, sautéing, getting dressed.) In all rooms maximize natural daylight with windows and skylights whenever possible.

What is a Lumen? What’s the Difference Between it and a Watt?
Lighting—it’s all

Upcoming Events At New Mexico Historic Sites

on August 18, 2018 - 5:50am
Front of Fort Stanton Hospital built in 1936. Courtesy photo
NMHS News:
SANTA FE New Mexico Historic Sites offer a place to experience history where it happened. The following events are planned at the sites during the remainder of 2018.
Dig Giusewa 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, through Oct. 6
Jemez Historic Site, 18160 N.M. 4, Jemez Springs
Explore the ruins of Giusewa Pueblo with archaeologists from New Mexico Historic Sites and Native American tribal members from Jemez Pueblo.

Man In Red Shirt; Baseball Cap Robs Albuquerque Bank

on August 18, 2018 - 5:47am
FBI News:
A man wearing a red baseball cap and red shirt robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Wednesday, Aug. 15.
The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-20s, approximately 5'7” to 5'8” tall, with a thin build. He wore a red baseball cap turned backwards, sunglasses, a long-sleeve red shirt, dark pants and dark shoes. He carried a dark satchel with a strap over his shoulder.
At approximately 4:49 p.m., the suspect walked into U.S. Bank at 2015 Eubank Boulevard NE. He presented a demand note to a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Aspen Copies

on August 18, 2018 - 5:37am

On the Job in Los Alamos at Aspen Copies, from left, Eric Tavera, co-owner Dawn Cline and Josh Williams put together spiral notebook reports. Cline and her husband, James, standing in the far back, have owned Aspen Copies since 1996. Williams has worked at Aspen Copies at 1907 Central Ave., for two years and Tavera has worked at the business for several months. Photo by Mairen Hoch/

Science On Tap: Sensor Diagnosis Of Infectious Diseases – The Need For Speed Aug. 20

on August 18, 2018 - 5:26am
Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland
The next Science On Tap, “Sensor Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: The Need for Speed” is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at UnQuarked - The Wine at 145 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, recognizing the global health threat from drug-resistant bacterial infections, have developed a rapid diagnostic tool that promises to revolutionize the way hospitals test for infection.
Join Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland, with the Lab’s Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group, for a discussion about

Explore Cub’s Life As Bear Week Kicks Off Aug. 21

on August 18, 2018 - 5:21am
PEEC News:
Learn about the life of black bear cubs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak will give this free presentation about the trials and tribulations of a young black bear’s life to kick off Bear Week at the nature center.
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation are hosting a series of events throughout the week, culminating with Bear Festival Saturday, Aug. 25.
In this talk, called “A Cub’s Life,” Ratajczak will give an overview of a black bear

Sen. Michael Padilla Urges Governor To Accelerate Completion Of Overdue CYFD Case Management System

on August 18, 2018 - 5:10am
State Sen. Michael Padilla
SANTA FE New Mexico State Sen. Michael Padilla (D-Bernalillo) sent a letter to Gov. Susana Martinez Tuesday alerting her that significant portions of a critical IT project meant to deliver a new case management system for CYFD is now overdue.
In his letter, Padilla urges the governor to see that the project gets prioritized and properly resourced for a swift and timely completion.
This comes just days after the governor’s office announced that Daryl Ackley, the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) Secretary, will be departing

Chile Roasting In Full Swing At Smith’s Marketplace

on August 18, 2018 - 5:00am

Teddy Watrin watches Friday as two batches of chiles roast at Smith’s Marketplace. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Newly Formed Community Development Advisory Board Holds First Meeting Monday

on August 18, 2018 - 4:58am
The newly formed Community Development Advisory Board will meet for the first time at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 in Boards & Commissions Room #110 at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The meeting is open to the public.
A. Call to Order/Introductions
B. Approval of Today's Agenda
C. Review/Approval of Meeting Minutes
D. Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda


A. Election of Chair and Co-Chair

Nasario Garcia: ‘No More Bingo, Comadre!’ Sept. 9

on August 18, 2018 - 4:39am

Teatro Paraguas News:

Noted author Dr. Nasario Garcia will read from his new book “No More Bingo, Comadre!” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe.

Leading New Mexico Folklorist Dr. Nasario GarciaIt takes all kinds to populate Northern New Mexico, and this book has everyone from gypsies and gamblers to ranchers and criminals.

García introduces us to some of these people and the challenges they face. The title character, Adelfa, flirts with the glamour of casinos and finds herself addicted to gambling.

Daily Postcard: Hanging Baskets Bursting With Flowers

on August 18, 2018 - 4:27am

Daily Postcard: Los Alamos County hanging baskets bursting with flowers spotted on a dark night on 20th Street after a recent summer concert. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

NWS: Today's High Near 79 With 60% Chance Of Rain

on August 18, 2018 - 4:17am

The National Weather Service reports today's high near 79 with a 60 percent chance of rain likely, mainly after noon. Tonight's low around 58. Courtesy/NWS

Big Move Underway At Mesa Public Library

on August 17, 2018 - 6:03pm

Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust, second from left, checks out the area where cement will be poured for a new air intake shaft in front of Mesa Public Library. Photo by Katy Korkos


In order to accommodate the renovation project at Mesa Public Library, the Library will be closed Monday, Aug. 20 and reopen Tuesday, Aug. 21.

The road between the two library parking lots also will be closed intermittently Monday in order for cement to be poured.  The White Rock Branch will be open normal hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.

Obituary: Tammy M. Thorn Aug. 13, 2018

on August 17, 2018 - 5:25pm

TAMMY M. THORN Aug. 13, 2018

Tammy M. Thorn, 58, a resident of El Rancho, passed away peacefully on Monday Aug. 13, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Ledford and brother, Cecil W. Thorn Jr.

Tammy was a loving and caring person who helped anyone in need. She worked at Los Alamos National Bank for 38 years and made many friends throughout her career. She finished her banking career at New Mexico Bank & Trust.

Tammy was civic minded and served on various boards including the Sombrillo Nursing Facility and Los Alamos Visiting Nurses, just to


On The Job In Los Alamos: At Starbucks On Central

on August 17, 2018 - 9:04am

On the job in Los Alamos is Starbucks employee Aaron Coronado mixing up a drink Friday for a thirsty customer. Coronado has worked at Starbucks on Central Avenue for two years. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Daily Post And New Mexico Bank And Trust Co-Sponsor 100+ Women Who Care Aug. 23

on August 17, 2018 - 9:01am

Scene from a 100+ Women Who Care Los Alamos quarterly gathering sponsored by Los Alamos Medical Center hosts in May at Cottonwood on the Greens. The women raised more than $4,600 that evening for the First Born Program® of Los Alamos Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A Clark/


By Mary Beth Maassen
UWNNM Executive Director
100+ Women Who Care Los Alamos

The Los Alamos Chapter of 100+ Women Who Care will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at Cottonwood on the Greens.

The gathering is generously sponsored by the Los Alamos Daily Post and New Mexico Bank and Trust.

LAHS Announces Athletic Hall Of Fame 2018 Inductees

on August 17, 2018 - 8:53am
LAHS News:
Individuals who will be inducted into the Los Alamos High School Athletic Hall of Fame include:
  • Elisa Bonner;
  • Jim Higgins;
  • Eric Boland;
  • Steve Kraemer;
  • Mark Morris; and,
  • Alex Kirk.
The induction will be included in the Homecoming weekend festivities Sept. 28-29.

Federal Agencies Take Safety Steps As New Mexico Tests For Fungus Causing Bat Disease

on August 17, 2018 - 8:44am
Western long-eared myotis (Myotis evotis), one of many bat species found in New Mexico caves and abandoned mines. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2016
University of New Mexico research team member Eddie Strach takes a sample of bat guano in Carlsbad Cavern in March 2018. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2018
Research leader Diana Northup of the University of New Mexico enters a New Mexico cave in March 2018 to collect samples to test for P. destructans, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats. Photo by Kenneth Ingham, copyright 2018
Federal agencies

LAPS: First Day Of School Update

on August 17, 2018 - 7:57am
LAPS Superintendent
On the first day of school, we welcomed 3,737 students to the 2018-2019 school year for the Los Alamos Public Schools.
Enrollment is on an upward trend. We are fortunate to have a highly-qualified teacher in all classrooms. In addition, every school has at least one guidance counselor, nurse and resource specialist.
Safety University was held last week to help prepare for the start of school.

Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival Aug. 24-26

on August 17, 2018 - 6:53am
NHCC News:
ALBUQUERQUE The National Hispanic Cultural Center is again partnering with Guanábana Productions on Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival 2018, an unforgettable weekend of instruction, workshops, lectures, films and dancing under the stars.
This year, the festival returns to its roots with the theme "Home Is Where the Art Is!," highlighting all that New Mexico has, all that it does, and all that it is.
Events at the Center are scheduled Aug. 24-26; for tickets to the main Saturday night concert Aug.

AG Balderas Brings Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo For Opening Thousands Of Fake Accounts

on August 17, 2018 - 6:51am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Division filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for illegal business practices in opening unauthorized accounts in the name of thousands of New Mexicans.
“As the fiscal agent for the State, and a provider of banking services to thousands of New Mexicans, Wells Fargo has failed to resolve their violations of law," Balderas said.

Opera On The Rocks At Bandelier Sept. 15

on August 17, 2018 - 6:48am
SFO News:
Once again, The Los Alamos Opera Guild of The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc. is joining Bandelier National Monument to present Opera on the Rocks, Saturday, Sept. 15.
The performance returns this year with a concert staging of scenes from several popular operas. The New Mexico Performing Arts Society will present selections from Gounod’s Faust, Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Johann Strauss, Jr. The Gypsy Baron, and Offenbach’s Barcarolle, all selections from their sold-out performances in Santa Fe.
The New Mexico Performing Arts Society was founded to promote the