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Red Flag Gun Bill ‘Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act’ Steeped In Controversy Clears Senate Panel

By JENS GOULD
The New Mexican

In an emotional hearing before hundreds of supporters and detractors, a state Senate panel narrowly passed a high-profile gun bill today that would allow law enforcement to obtain a court order to confiscate guns from people considered dangerous.

The Senate Public Affairs committee voted 4-3 along party lines in favor of Senate Bill 5, known as the “Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act”.

The bill will now be sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The legislation is a marquee item on Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s agenda and likely to be one of the most contentious


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Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard Unanimously Appointed State Investment Council Vice Chair

Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard in her office in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

State Investment Council News:

SANTA FE – Today State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard was unanimously appointed as the next vice chair of the State Investment Council (SIC).

She will be the first elected official to serve in the vice chair position in recent memory as well as the first land commissioner.

The vice chair position was previously held by SIC member Peter Frank.

This is the first time that both the chair and vice chair positions on the SIC have been held by women, with


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Governor Pushes $25 Million Senior Citizen Trust Fund

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

By MICHAEL GERSTEIN
The New Mexican

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham touted a plan today to create a $25 million trust fund for senior services.

The meeting was moved to the hallway outside the Governor’s Office suite after a woman collapsed against the wall inside her office suite and state Human Services Department Secretary David Scrase, a medical doctor, rushed through the crowd to tend to her before she was wheeled away in an office chair.

The woman appeared to be okay.

During the news conference, Lujan Grisham argued to dozens in attendance that senior programs


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Topper Boys And Girls Swimmers Win Griffin Invite

Hayden Sutton at the start of the 200 yd medley relay. Both Boys and Girls Topper swim teams won the Santa Fe Prep Griffin Invite Saturday at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe. The boys finished with 546 points for 1st place and the girls finished with 489 points to win 1st. Their next meet is the state competition Feb 21-22 at the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Andy Corliss swimming the breaststroke portion of the 200 yd medley relay. The relay team won this event. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Konstantin Nelson swimming the free style


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House Democrats: Bill To Add Protection For Pregnancy And Related Conditions Passes First Committee

HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:

SANTA FE – Today, House Bill 25, which amends the Human Rights Act to add protection for pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions unanimously passed the House Labor, Veterans’ and Military Affairs Committee.

Sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey (D-Albuquerque) and Sen. Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics (D-Albuquerque), House Bill 25 expands the protections afforded to pregnant workers under the Human Rights Act, ensuring pregnant employees can earn a living and help uplift our state’s economy.

“It’s time to end these discriminatory practices and show the country that New


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CD3 Candidate John Blair Speaks At Local Event

CD3 candidate John Blair discusses his campaign and values with Los Alamos voters Sunday at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

CD3 candidate John Blair speaks with Los Alamos voters Sunday at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op. Courtesy photo

From the John Blair for CD3 Campaign:

In a crowded primary of Democratic candidates for CD3, John Blair is working hard to gain support from Los Alamos voters before June 2, 2020.

At an informal meet-and-greet event Sunday afternoon, Blair addressed a crowd of more than 30 interested residents at the Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op in Central


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Shop On The Corner Children’s Clothes Sale Wednesday

Shop on the Corner will be open for business Wednesday. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Children’s clothes will be half off 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Shop on the Corner thrift store on the first floor of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church at 3900 Trinity Dr.

The sale includes clothing from infant size to grade school sizes. Shoppers are also encouraged to check out the winter coats, jackets and new items in the store’s boutique section.

The thrift store staff thanks its donors and shoppers for their support as well as the volunteers who keep the store running.

The public is encouraged


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Annual Love Los Alamos Campaign Begins Feb. 1

Annual Love Los Alamos campaign runs Feb. 1-28. Courtesy image

COUNTY News:

Local businesses, residents and visitors are asked to show their love for Los Alamos throughout the month of February by taking a selfie with one of many heart-themed frames or posters produced and distributed around town at local businesses or County facilities.

Individuals are asked to share their photo and post it on social media such as Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #LoveLosAlamos.

Along with the photo, participants are encouraged to state “why” they love Los Alamos.

Those who participate with public


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Fifteen Organizations Join LANL’s EMC3 Project

LANL News:

Just over a year after Los Alamos National Laboratory launched the Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3), 15 companies, universities and federal organizations are now working together to explore new ways to make extreme-scale computers more efficient. 

“In the first year of EMC3 we have already seen efficiency improvements to HPC in a number of areas, including the world’s first NVMe-based hardware-accelerated compressed parallel filesystem, in-situ analysis enabled on network adapters for a real simulation code, identifying issues with file system metadata


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BLM: Prescribed Burns Near Tres Piedras And Cerro

BLM News:

TAOS – Beginning Feb. 1 and continuing for up to 30 days, the Bureau of Land Management will be conducting prescribed burns in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument on the Guadalupe Mountains, located 1 mile south of Cerro.

Smoke may be visible from highways NM 522, U.S. 285 and U.S. 64.

The goal of this project is to employ management-ignited prescribed fire to reduce hazardous fuel loadings that could contribute to high intensity crown fire under the right conditions.  

Historic uses and active fire suppression have interrupted the natural fire regime in this fire-dependent


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Serenata Santa Fe Presents ‘Migration’ Friday Feb. 7

Serenata Santa Fe presents ‘Migration’ Feb. 7 at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo De Peralta. Courtesy/SSF

Serenata Santa Fe News:

Serenata Santa Fe presents “Migration” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo De Peralta in Santa Fe.

The community is invited to hear the original music of Kinah Azmeh on clarinet and Dinuk Wijeratne on piano.


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Legislative Roundup: 24 Days Remaining In Session

The New Mexican:

Rally in the Rotunda: Immigrant rights groups gathered at the Roundhouse on Monday for a rally in support of a bill to expand the Working Families Tax Credit to immigrant families, a proposal to fund more wage theft investigators and an initiative that would require state agencies to keep residents’ personal information confidential. 

Members of Santa Fe-based Somos un Pueblo Unido, Albuquerque-based El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos and the ACLU of New Mexico packed the Rotunda wearing yellow and green t-shirts, holding signs and cheering on speakers. 

Rep. Javier


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Book Signing: The Chile Line: Historic Northern New Mexican Recipes At Los Alamos Daily Post Saturday

Front cover of The Chile Line: Historic Northern New Mexican Recipes by Liddie Martinez. Courtesy/Pajarito Press

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos Daily Post is hosting a book signing 2-4 p.m. Saturday Feb. 1 for its food columnist Liddie Martinez and her recently released cookbook, The Chile Line: Historic Northern New Mexican Recipes, published by Pajarito Press LLC.

The community is invited to enjoy refreshments, ask Martinez questions, acquire a book, and have her sign it at Los Alamos Daily Post headquarters, 1247 Central Ave. in downtown Los Alamos.  

In her cookbook, Martinez shares her


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CIR: Jeff Bingaman On ‘Impeaching A President’

Sen. Jeff Bingaman

CIR News:

During a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3 at Hotel Santa Fe, retired U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) will react and respond to the Senate trial of President Trump by offering key reflections on his experience in the January 1999 trial of President Bill Clinton. 

Interviewed by Amb. Vicki Huddleston, Sen. Bingaman will provide a behind-the-scenes look at an impeachment trial, reviewing the oft-cited trial rules set by the US Senate in 1999 for such a trial, and the role that evidence, including witnesses and partisanship played in President Clinton’s eventual


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Right Of Way Maintenance On Canyon Road Jan. 28-31

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Department will be performing right-of-way maintenance along Canyon Road between the Los Alamos Jewish Center and 15th Street.

Work will commence Jan. 28 and end Jan. 31.

Crew will be setting up a flagging operation starting at 8:30 am each day and ending by 3:30 pm.

Vehicle traffic is urged to slow down in this area and follow all traffic diversion devices and to watch for crews working in the area as well as pedestrian traffic.

For questions or concerns, Call 505.662.8113 or email us at lacpw@lacnm.us.


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Total 2019 Part 1 Crimes Believed Lowest Recorded Rate In Los Alamos Police Department History

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for 2019 today, which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property.

The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the property crime category. Both of these


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Supreme Court Justice Testifies Before Committee About Plan To Expand Access To Civil Legal Services  

Supreme Court Justice C. Shannon Bacon testifying today before the House Judiciary Committee. Courtesy/Administrative Office of the Courts

SUPREME COURT News:

SANTA FE – Supreme Court Justice C. Shannon Bacon outlined for legislators today a plan for increasing the availability of services to help low- and modest-income New Mexicans with civil legal problems.

The New Mexico Commission on Access to Justice developed the strategic plan for meeting the essential legal needs of people on matters ranging from safe housing and work environments to health care and financial issues. The Supreme


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