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T-Rex Spotted Strolling In Snow On Diamond Drive

on February 19, 2019 - 7:20pm

A pair of Tyrannosaurus rex spotted this afternoon strolling across the fill on Diamond Drive. No wonder they went extinct, strolling in the snow is not their thing. The T-Rexes asked to remain anonymous ... for good reason. Photo by John McHale/

New Mexico School For The Arts Exhibition March 1-29

on February 19, 2019 - 2:57pm
HSFF News:
Historic Santa Fe Foundation (HSFF) will host the exhibition Decomposition with works by 14 New Mexico School for the Arts students 5-7 p.m., March 1-29, with the opening Friday, March 1 at HSFF's El Zaguán, 545 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
NMSA's Junior Visual Artists are organizing their first ever thematic exhibition in this lovely historical building, the James A. Johnson House, also known as HSFF's El Zaguán on Canyon Road.
Students will be creating fresh new works inspired by the title and theme of decomposition.

Tax Officials Ask New Mexico Lawmakers To Push Back Bill’s Date For Legal Pot Sales

on February 19, 2019 - 2:43pm

Courtesy photo
When it comes to legalizing cannabis for recreational use, those responsible for running state government have a warning for lawmakers: Not so fast.
The proposed legislation calls for the state to begin licensing retailers as soon as January 2020. But the state Taxation and Revenue Department has told lawmakers the deadline is unfeasible and asked that they push it back to 2021.
The change would shove further into the future the day when New Mexicans who are 21 and older could freely buy cannabis from retailers.

Sen. Mimi Stewart Bill To Improve Fire Safety In Schools, Hospitals Passes New Mexico Senate

on February 19, 2019 - 2:33pm

Sen. Mimi Stewart


SB 143 Calls for Rules to Allow More Smoke/Fire Damper Inspections

Sen. Mimi Stewart’s bill to improve fire safety in schools, hospitals and other public buildings by requiring the Public Regulation Commission to update inspection guidelines for smoke and fire dampers passed the Senate on Tuesday.

Specifically, SB 143 directs the PRC to establish rules that would allow certified technicians who install smoke and fire dampers to also inspect dampers and report damage or needed repairs.

“Smoke and fire dampers are in almost every school, every hospital and

Senator Wants Ethics Panel’s Work Mostly Secret

on February 19, 2019 - 2:25pm
Sen. Linda M. Lopez, D-Albuquerque, sits in the Senate chamber Friday, February 15, 2019. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
A state senator has proposed to keep much of the New Mexico ethics commission's work secret and potentially impose thousands of dollars in fines and even jail time on anyone who breaks its confidentiality rules.
Seventy-five percent of voters in last year's election approved the creation of a state ethics commission, and legislators are now debating exactly how it should work, including how much the public

Ice Rink Opens 4 p.m. For Hockey Practice Only

on February 19, 2019 - 2:16pm

Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Courtesy/LAC


The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will open at 4 p.m. today for hockey practice only.

Adult skate and public skate will resume Wednesday ... presuming no significant additional snowfall occurs overnight.

‘River Of Stars’ Streaming Through Milky Way ... Hiding In Plain Sight For 1 Billion Years

on February 19, 2019 - 1:56pm

In this stereographic projection, the Milky Way curves around the entire image in an arc, with the newly discovered river of stars displayed in red and covering almost the entire southern Galactic hemisphere. Courtesy/Astronomy & Astrophysics

LiveScience News:

One billion years ago, a cluster of stars formed in our galaxy. Since then, that cluster has whipped four long circles around the edge of the Milky Way. In that time, the Milky Way's gravity has stretched that cluster out from a blob into a long stellar stream.

Heinrich, Udall Reintroduce Buffalo Tract Protection Act

on February 19, 2019 - 1:56pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) have reintroduced the Buffalo Tract Protection Act to withdraw four parcels of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in southern Sandoval County, including the Buffalo Tract and the Crest of Montezuma, from any mineral development, including gravel mining.
In 2012, the BLM released a draft of the new resource management plan for BLM lands in central New Mexico.

Hanford Workers Remove Contaminated Structure

on February 19, 2019 - 1:54pm

Debris and soil removed from a remediated waste site is packaged in large containers and transported to Hanford’s onsite landfill for safe disposal. Courtesy/Hanford

A worker with CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company checks for radioactive contamination during remediation of a small radioactive waste site near the former K East Reactor. Courtesy/Hanford


RICHLAND, Wash. – Workers with EM Richland Operations Office (RL) contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) recently removed a radioactive wastewater structure at Hanford.

Workers dug more than 40 feet to

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on February 19, 2019 - 1:54pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) meets at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at the Espanola City Hall, 405 N. Paseo De Onate in Espanola.

Agenda items include a LANL Legacy Cleanup overview presentation by N3B.

The meeting is open to the public.

About the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities:

The Regional Coalition is comprised of nine cities, towns, counties and pueblos surrounding the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and

Fatal Flaws Documentary Postponed To Noon Saturday

on February 19, 2019 - 1:39pm

IHM News:

The Fatal Flaws documentary scheduled to be shown this evening has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The community is invited to watch the documentary at noon Saturday in the IHM Parish Hall. Lunch will be served before the showing.

Proposal On How Regents Are Picked Advances

on February 19, 2019 - 1:38pm
A proposed constitutional amendment to create a nominating commission for university regents cleared the Senate Rules Committee on Monday. The vote was 7-3.
The sponsor, Democratic Sen. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces, said an independent body of nominators, and not the governor alone, should establish a field of candidates to serve as regents.
Senate Joint Resolution 6 would require the nominating commission to submit three names for each regent seat to the governor, who then would make her selections from the field.
"This is the heart of reform,"

Los Alamos Under A Snow Day ... Hip Hip Hooray!

on February 19, 2019 - 12:04pm

Los Alamos woke up to a thick blanket of snow this morning and residents are making the most of it! Here the Jafarov family is clearly having a ton of fun sledding today at Urban Park. Photo by John McHale/

Members of the Jafarov family demonstrate the agony and the ecstasyof sledding this morning at Urban Park. Photo by John McHale/   ‘’  

A man armed with a snow blower clears sidewalks late this morning on Central Avenue. Photo by John McHale/

A row of cars covered with snow this morning on Trinity Drive.

LAPS Invites Parents To CHAAT Sessions

on February 19, 2019 - 11:54am
LAPS News:
Los Alamos Public Schools invites parents with elementary aged children to attend a free two-part info session on creating healthy attitudes around technology (CHAAT) in the home.
The CHAAT sessions will be hosted at Chamisa Elementary School library in White Rock:
  • Session 1 is 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26; and
  • Session 2 is 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 5. (Families must attend Session 1 to attend Session 2).
In part one, District Site Tech Administrator Salvador Zapien will lead a discussion about the effects technology has on development and behavior in students

Los Alamos County Services And Activities Updates

on February 19, 2019 - 11:34am

The Los Alamos County Municipal Building during the last snow storm. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


The latest updates on Los Alamos County services and activities affected by inclement weather conditions:

  • Los Alamos County is open today;
  • The Los Alamos County Council meeting is still a go for 6 p.m. today;
  • Trash pickup is running as scheduled today;
  • The Los Alamos Teen Center is operating noon to 5 p.m. today, not their normal operating hours of noon to 8 p.m., due to the snow storm; and
  • All Atomic City Transit peak services are canceled today due to road conditions.

Bill Shines Light On Legislature’s Budget Process

on February 19, 2019 - 11:04am
SANTA FE Five New Mexico legislators are sponsoring HB 635, a bill introducing transparency into the budget making process and holding lawmakers accountable for how taxpayer dollars are allocated and spent.
“The current budget will be in excess of $7 billion and it is more important than ever that lawmakers be more transparent about how taxpayer dollars are spent,” NMFOG Executive Director Melanie J. Majors said. “HB 635 is a positive step to make the Legislature’s process to produce a state budget more transparent.

Bill To Fund New Chapter For NM Passes HAFC

on February 19, 2019 - 11:01am
SANTA FE Monday, the House Appropriations and Finance Committee passed House Bill 2. The General Appropriations Act of 2019 contains a total recurring appropriations of $7 billion, a 10.8 percent increase over Fiscal Year 19.
“I am very proud of what this committee has been able to do and for passing the budget,” said Chairwoman of House Appropriations and Finance Committee, Rep. Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup). “The House Appropriations and Finance Committee touches the life of everyone in New Mexico. At the end of the day this bill funds our core governmental functions.

Public Lands Rally In Santa Fe Wednesday

on February 19, 2019 - 10:59am
NMWF News:
The New Mexico Wildlife Federation is joining other conservation groups in holding its annual Public Lands Rally Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the state Capitol in Santa Fe.
State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has been invited to speak. The rally also will feature tribal leaders, hunters, anglers and others.
Many plan to protest against the scheduled March 28 auction of energy leases on 11,000 acres of public and ancestral tribal lands in New Mexico, including more than 10,000 acres in the Greater Chaco region.
Members also will showcase the delivery of more

Teatro Paraguas Presents El Coqui Espectacular And The Bottle Of Doom April 11-28

on February 19, 2019 - 10:55am
El Coquí cast. Courtesy photo
A Nuyorican comic book artist down on his luck becomes the city's newest superhero in El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom, written by Matt Barbot and directed by Roxanne Tapia.
Alex Nuñez (Miles Blitch) searches to discover his Boricua identity and prove to himself that he is not just “Sorta Rican” – the stereotype assigned to him by his erstwhile high school bully Junior/current nemesis El Chupacabra (Ricky Mars). So he becomes El Coquí, a superhero named for the iconic Puerto Rican tree frog, who protects Sunset

Read The Latest Letters To The Editor: Click ‘Opinion’

on February 19, 2019 - 10:54am

LADP News:

Click on the “Opinion” button on the menu bar at the top of this page, or this link, to access the latest Letter to the Editor and Column submissions published in the Los Alamos Daily Post.

All past letters and columns are archived in that location as well. Letters and columns also are posted on the Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook page.

Los Alamos & White Rock Senior Centers Closed Today

on February 19, 2019 - 10:46am


Both the Los Alamos and White Rock Senior Centers are closed today due to all the snow.


YMCA Announces Delays And Cancellations

on February 19, 2019 - 10:27am

Y News:

Due to weather conditions, The Family YMCA is scheduled to open at noon today. There will be no morning Child Watch and Fitness Class is expected to begin at noon … weather permitting. Check back for updates and stay safe.

Snow Scenes At Chapel Apartments This Morning

on February 19, 2019 - 10:20am

A blanket of snow covers the parking lot, vehicles, trees and shrubs this morning at Chapel Apartments on Rose Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Victoria Rygh

Snow scene this morning at Chapel Apartments on Rose Street. Photo by Victoria Rygh

LWVLA Lunch With A Leader Is Canceled Today

on February 19, 2019 - 9:47am


The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos Lunch with a Leader scheduled for today is canceled due to inclement weather conditions.

Legislative Roundup: Feb. 19

on February 19, 2019 - 9:08am
Kenneth Walter with the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs talks to Kevin Lancaster of the Legislative Council Service Monday about an exhibit on Ft. Stanton during History Day at the Capitol. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Tiffanie Owen with the Dept. of Cultural Affairs talks to Daniel Betancourt, 5, and Mariana Betancourt, 6, about a Lincoln County exhibit Monday at History Day at the Capitol. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
SFNM News:
Days remaining in session: 25
Immigration enforcement: A poll conducted for two advocacy groups has found