Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Low Crime Rate A Community-Wide Achievement

Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, left, speaks with Chief Dino Sgambellone Tuesday at the police station. LAPD recently reported the crime rate in Los Alamos is the lowest in LAPD history. Sgambellone said he appreciates the support LAPD receives from the community and appreciates his staff. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

A positive trend has been occurring in Los Alamos; it is a trend residents should be proud of because the majority of the town has contributed to moving in this good direction.

According


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LAPS And County Continue To Discuss North Mesa Housing

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Ideas, concerns and questions regarding the North Mesa Housing Study were shared during a joint work session Feb. 11 between the Los Alamos Public Schools Board and Los Alamos County Council.

In addition to collecting public input about the housing study during the joint work session, the school board and County council planned out their next moves for the project.

The school board will host another community meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 26, at the Los Alamos Middle School cafeteria.

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus told


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EB&T Sponsorship Takes 144 Students To Bradbury Museum

BSM Educator Chelsea Redman assists students from Tony Quintana Elementary during field trip. Courtesy photo 

BSMA News:

The 2020 spring semester begins the 4th year that Enterprise Bank & Trust (EB&T), formerly Los Alamos National Bank, and the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), have been in a partnership to provide bus transportation for many Title 1 schools in northern New Mexico to visit the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos.

Most recently, EB&T provided the bus transportation for 144 students from Mora Elementary School in Mora, Tony Quintana Elementary


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New Mexico House Approves Increase In Contributions To Public Employees Retirement Association

By MICHAEL GERSTEIN
The New Mexican

A plan that would increase contributions from public workers and the state to the Public Employees Retirement Association to get the pension system on a path to solvency is nearly on its way to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk.

The House approved the legislation in a 40-28 vote Monday after hours of debate.

Senate Bill 72 calls for a rise in contributions and a temporary suspension of cost-of-living increases for some retirees in an effort to ensure PERA can continue pension payouts well into the future, supporters say. It also calls for reduced cost-of-living


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County: You Can Prevent A Trash Fire

A variety of batteries. Courtesy/hudsonwi.gov

COUNTY News:

How often do you think about what is powering your smartphone, laptop and watch?

Lithium-ion batteries are used in many everyday items because they can provide more powerful energy than other batteries and they are rechargeable. However improperly disposing of your lithium-ion battery can have hazardous and deadly results.

Lithium-ion batteries should never be tossed in your roll cart or trash bag. It could end up in a fiery disaster leaving your roll cart melted and unusable. The safest way to dispose of any battery is to bring it


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DEA Announces Launch Of Operation Crystal Shield

A seized bag of ice methamphetamine. Courtesy/DEA

Extremely pure crystal methamphetamine. Courtesy/DEA

DEA Clan Enforcement Team processing crystal methamphetamine Feb. 15 at a crime scene. Courtesy/DEA

DEA News:

  • Efforts Will focus on main U.S. methamphetamine trafficking transportation hubs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon today announced that the DEA will direct enforcement resources to methamphetamine “transportation hubs” — areas where methamphetamine is often trafficked in bulk and then distributed across the country.


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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s Father Pastor Rafael Cruz Participates In ‘Vote Your Values’ Rally In Albuquerque Tuesday Feb. 25

Pastor Rafael Cruz

STATE GOP News:

Pastor Rafael Cruz, father of Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, will be in Albuquerque Tuesday, Feb. 25 to take part in a “Vote Your Values” rally 6-8 p.m., at the Republican Party of New Mexico Headquarters, 5150 San Francisco Road NE #A.

Pastor Cruz will deliver an address, focusing on the importance of the faith community. He’ll also touch on other vital topics including “voting your values”, voter registration and community organization. 

Pastor Cruz will deliver a riveting discourse centered on the significance of the faith community in leading and guiding the

NMBG 2020 Stout Invitational: So. Many. Stouts.

Sample cups at the NMBG Stout Invitational Saturday at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op. Photo by Becky Rutherford

Becky Rutherford and friend at the NMBG 2020 Stout Invitational Saturday at the Tub. Courtesy photo

By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

My knowledge of stouts is basically Guinness; if I want a nice stout, that’s probably what I’ll go for. Well, I’m here to tell you that there is so much more to the world of stout beers than Guinness. At the NMBG Stout Invitational Saturday at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op in Central Park Square, I sampled 15 different stouts from 15 different New Mexico breweries.


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New Mexico Office Of Insurance Issues Statement On Property And Casualty Insurers Provision Of Prizes And Gifts

Superintendent of Insurance Russell Toal

From the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance:

SANTA FE – The Office of the Superintendent of Insurance issued a Bulletin Oct. 9, 2019 providing guidance on an amendment to the Insurance Code which became effective July 1, 2019.

The amendment allows property and casualty insurers, producers and representatives thereof to provide customers or prospective customers “prizes and gifts, including goods, gift cards, gift certificates, charitable donations, raffle entries, meals, event tickets and other items not exceeding $100 in the aggregate

New Mexico State Budget Goes To Governor’s Desk

The 2020 Legislative Session concludes at noon today. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By JENS GOULD
The New Mexican

The New Mexico House of Representatives descended into dysfunction as it tried to approve a budget early Thursday morning, finally sending the legislation to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk with just hours to spare in the session.

The House ultimately voted to accept the Senate’s amendments to House Bill 2 in the wee hours of the morning after the upper chamber had passed an amended version of the legislation in much more civil fashion Wednesday afternoon. 

“We have


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