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County Council Tentatively Approves CDD Budget

on April 17, 2019 - 8:09am

CDD Director Paul Andrus presents his department budget as County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall listen Tuesday evening during the annual budget hearings. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the Community Development Department’s (CDD) approximately $1.9 million budget during Tuesday night’s budget hearing.

All the suggested budget add-on options also were tentatively approved save for $10,000 for the clean and lien program.

Los Alamos Visitor Center Grand Opening Today!

on April 17, 2019 - 8:05am

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Los Alamos Youth Activity Centers Open Registration For 3rd Through 8th Grade Students

on April 17, 2019 - 8:02am
YAC News:
 
The Los Alamos Youth Activity Centers have opened registration for new families with students in 3rd through eighth grade. Students just finishing second grade are welcome to apply now and begin when the school year ends.
 
The new process for application is available on the Facebook page at Los Alamos Youth Activity Centers. The free membership allows students to attend either the Los Alamos or White Rock Center at anytime.
 
Questions can be directed to staff members at 505.662.9412. Registration is only open to those that attend school in Los Alamos.

New And Returning Student Registration May 6

on April 17, 2019 - 7:58am
Ofc. Chris Ross sees to it that Aspen Students safely cross the street to school. Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
Los Alamos Public Schools will begin registration Monday, May 6 for returning students for the 2019-20 school year.
 
On that day, LAPS will send out an email to one parent or guardian per family with instructions for registering their student(s) online.
 
Once they receive this email, parents may log in to the student registration site to complete the online form for each child attending an LAPS school.
 
How to know if your child is a new or returning student:
  • Any

Proposed Jim Billen Trail: Last Week To Comment; Public Hearing Set For April 25

on April 17, 2019 - 7:56am
Map with highlighted section in yellow shown on the existing Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail details the proposed segment of the trail to be re-named Jim Billen Trail. Courtesy/LAC
 
COUNTY News:
 
Individuals have one more week to submit comments “for” or “against” a citizen petition to re-name a segment of the Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail as the “Jim Billen Trail.” Billen passed away April 14, 2018.
 
Under County Code, a public hearing must be held prior to naming or re-naming any County facility – or in this case, a trail – after a deceased individual, and such a request can only be considered

Udall, Heinrich Unveil Legislation To Cut Taxes For Workers And Families In New Mexico

on April 17, 2019 - 7:50am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Ahead of Tax Day and the IRS Commissioner’s annual appearance Monday before the Senate and House, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich,along with 46 Senate Democrats, introduced the Working Families Tax Relief Act.  
 
At a time when wages are stagnant and the cost of childcare has exploded, the Working Families Tax Relief Act would cut taxes for workers and families by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). EITC and CTC are two of the most effective tools we have to put money back in the pockets of working

Los Alamos Lacrosse Falls To Sandia Prep 9-6

on April 17, 2019 - 7:49am

The Los Alamos Lacrosse Team played the Sandia Prep Sun Devils Friday on the pitch at the Los Alamos Middle School. As always the game was fast passed and filled with drama, and in the end the Sun Devils were the victors by a score of 9-6. Pictured is James Flesner battling for the ball as Marie Lee blocks Josh Pratt. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Kaden Lim makes an offensive move to avoid Justin Garcia. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

James Flesner fires a shot that went between the legs of goalie Stacy for the first Los Alamos goal in the first quarter.
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Funding Secured For State Poet Laureate Program

on April 17, 2019 - 7:44am
Sen. Bill O’Neill
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Landmark Legislation. 282 bills signed into law. A $7 billion budget. Unprecedented capital outlay dollars for statewide infrastructure spending.
 
The 2019 session was one for the books. But among the marquee accomplishments of the legislature were several measures that, while receiving fewer headlines, also will have a lasting impact on the state. One such accomplishment was securing the funding to establish a state Poet Laureate program.
 
The idea to establish a state Poet Laureate program dates back several years.

Artist Petr Jandacek Displays Stations Of The Cross

on April 17, 2019 - 7:39am
Local artist Petr Jandacek is opening his home to the community 5-7:30 p.m. today for an outdoor display of his uniquely crafted Stations of the Cross. Photo by Lynn Finnegan
 
Created by local artist Petr Jandacek, the station ‘Jesus falls for the first time’ is depicted by a pavement stone marred with a bloodied handprint. Photo by Lynn Finnegan
 
By LYNN FINNEGAN
Los Alamos

Longtime Los Alamos resident and local artist Petr Jandacek is opening his home to the community 5-7:30 p.m. today, April 17, for an outdoor display of his uniquely crafted Stations of the Cross.

The “Stations of

NWS: Today’s High Near 53, Tonight’s Low Around 35

on April 17, 2019 - 7:25am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 53 with a 60 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 35. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Red-Naped Sapsucker At Bandelier

on April 17, 2019 - 7:14am

Daily Postcard: A red-naped sapsucker is spotted at Bandelier. The bird has a 16-inch wingspan and is uncommon but can be seen mostly in spring and fall in Frijoles Canyon. Photo by Sally King/NPS

Celebrate Earth Day By Improving Local Trails

on April 16, 2019 - 5:42pm

Join PEEC and Los Alamos County for a trail workday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Volunteers will be planting willows and shrubs in arroyos along the Perimeter Trail. Registration is requested at peecnature.org. Photo by Thomas Graves

 

PEEC News: 

 

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Los Alamos County this Saturday, April 20 for a spring trail workday on the Perimeter Trail.

 

This volunteer project runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and participants will focus on planting willows and shrubs in arroyos along a section of the trail.

Annual Spring Vendor Blender May 4

on April 16, 2019 - 5:32pm

Los Alamos Pride Planning Meeting Thursday

on April 16, 2019 - 5:31pm
The local Pride Celebration is June 14. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
The next all-community Los Alamos Pride Planning meeting is 7 p.m. Thursday at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St. 
 
Friends of Los Alamos Pride (FLAP) is committed to kicking off a week-long Pride Celebration. The celebration will culminate with the family-friendly Pride Festival 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 14 at the grassy area in Central Park Square, adjacent to Unquarked Wine Bar. The Los Alamos County Summer Concert at 7 p.m., June 14 will be sponsored by Pride, too.

Other events include: Hella Bella, an
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County Council Tentatively Approves Its Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 5:04pm

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott listens to the discussion on the council's budget during the annual hearing Monday evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the council's $419,546 budget during the Monday night budget hearing.

Council discussed several budget adds-on but they were not included in the tentative approval. They were placed as “parking lot” items and will be discussed later in the hearings as part of funding for Progress through Partnering.

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Council Tentatively Approves County Manager Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 5:01pm

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess during the presentation on his office budget Monday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the approximately $17.8 million budget for the Los Alamos County Manager’s Office Monday night during the budget hearing.

Additionally, they tentatively approved several budget add-ons:

  • $744,777 in the general fund and $423,710 from various funds outside the general fund for the County employee salary plan maintenance
  • $542,000 for economic development programs
  • $190,400 for a

Marg Ellison Speaks At Democratic Party Meeting

on April 16, 2019 - 4:59pm

New Mexico Democratic Party President Marg Ellison spoke recently at the monthly Democratic Party meeting. She was accompanied by her husband, former U.S. Sen. Fred Harris. Courtesy photo

Council Tentatively Approves Assessors Office Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 4:57pm

Los Alamos County Chief Deputy Asesssor Joaquin Valdez, left, and Assessor Ken Milder discuss their budget as County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall listen Monday evening during the annual budget hearings. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted unanimously to tentatively approve the budget for the County Assessor’s Office Monday night during the budget hearing.

They also tentatively approved the $57, 669 budget ad-on to double fill the Chief Deputy Assessor position.

Council Tentatively Approves Attorney's Office Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 4:55pm

Assistant County Attorney Katie Thwaits presents her department budget Monday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the $726,699 budget for the Los Alamos County Attorney’s Office Monday night during the budget hearing.

Assistant County Attorney Katie Thwaits presented a few highlights of the attorneys office budget:

  • Budget supports delivering the highest quality legal services in an efficient and economical manner.
  • The staff of the County Attorney's Office is dedicated to providing superior public

Udall To Wheeler On EPA Reorg: Agency Should Focus On Staffing Crisis And Environmental Enforcement

on April 16, 2019 - 4:49pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed reorganization of regional offices, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.),ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, requested April 10 a detailed plan from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to improve staffing levels across the agency, prioritize enforcement and compliance, increase communication with states, Tribes, and EPA staff, and honor agreements with staff and unions.
 
“While I acknowledge that

Council Tentatively Okays Sheriff Office Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 4:42pm

Sheriff Joe Granville presents his budget Monday night as County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall listen Monday evening during the annual budget hearings. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the Sheriff Department $15,510 budget Monday night during the budget hearing.

Sheriff Joe Granville highlighted some of his department’s budget items:

  • The Sheriff’s Office primary function is to maintain the sex offender registry in Los Alamos County and to ensure all sex

DOE Releases Sources Sought For Environmental Management Idaho Cleanup Project

on April 16, 2019 - 4:38pm
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wednesday issued a Sources Sought for the Environmental Management (EM) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) - Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Licensing and Other Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) Program Mission Objectives, and Facility Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) Requirements at the DOE Idaho National Lab (INL) Idaho Cleanup Project (ICP) Site in southeast Idaho.
 
The EM ICP mission objectives are currently being performed by Fluor Idaho, LLC and Spectra Tech Inc.; and expire March 31, 2021 and May 31, 2021,

AGU: Warm Autumn Winds Could Strain Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

on April 16, 2019 - 4:36pm
 
This satellite image from March 3, 2016 shows unusual late summer/early fall melting on the Larsen C ice shelf. New research finds the additional melting is due in part to warm, dry air currents called foehn winds that originate in the Antarctic Peninsula’s central mountain range and discusses the compounding effects of these late-season melt events on the snowpack. Courtesy/NASA Earth Observatory/Lauren Dauphin

This photograph shows a cloud-clearing, induced by foehn winds, on the lee side of mountains on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Why Recent Improvements To New Mexico Tax Code Didn’t Change This Year’s Tax Return

on April 16, 2019 - 4:35pm
By JAMES JIMENEZ
Executive Director
New Mexico Voices for Children
 
When we think about all the public amenities that our tax payments support – like roads and highways, schools and education, internet access, parks, public safety, health care, and more – it’s a wonder we don’t celebrate Tax Day.
 
These amenities are, in fact, what make our modern economy and quality of life possible.

NMHU Receives Indigenous Pottery, Basket Donation

on April 16, 2019 - 4:30pm
Victor Ramirez, a Highlands anthropology graduate student, examines a Hopi pottery piece that was donated to Highlands. Photo by Rick Loffredo/University Relations
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM Anthropology students at New Mexico Highlands are learning first-hand about Indigenous Southwest pottery and baskets, thanks to the generosity of two sisters.
 
Margaret Hermann and Kathleen Walz have donated their mother’s collection of Southwest Native American pottery and baskets as well as Guatemalan Mayan huipiles, embroidered women’s blouses, to the Highlands anthropology program.   
 

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