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NWS: Today’s High Near 46, Tonight’s Low Around 30

on March 22, 2019 - 6:09am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 46 with a 60 percent chance of rain and snow showers likely before noon, then scattered snow showers and some thunder possible. Tonight’s low around 30. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Super Worm Moon Rises Over Sangres

on March 22, 2019 - 6:09am
Daily Postcard: The Super Worm Moon rising Wednesday evening over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The March 20 supermoon has many nicknames: the Worm Moon, because the ground begins to thaw and earthworms reappear. The Worm Moon will be the last supermoon of 2019. Photo by Marc Bailey

Community Budget Meetings For 2019-20 School Year

on March 21, 2019 - 3:35pm

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus answers questions at Wednesday's Budget Committee Meeting. Courtesy/LAPS

Several representatives of the LAPS Budget Committee from left, Aspen Secretary Barbara Poston, School Board Vice President Stephen Boerigter, School Board Secretary Jennifer McCumber, community member Morris Pongratz, Los Alamos Middle School Principal Brian Easton, Healthy Schools Initiative Program Director Kristine Coblentz and Student Services Coordinator Karla Crane are just a few representatives on the LAPS Budget Committee. Courtesy/LAPS

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Diamond Drive Asphalt/Pothole Repairs Begin Monday

on March 21, 2019 - 3:33pm

COUNTY News:

Weather Permitting, Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets crews will continue to patch potholes on Diamond Drive beginning Monday March 25. 

Work will begin at Trinity Drive and Diamond Drive and continue toward the San Ildefonso Road round-a-bout on the north bound lanes.

Motorists should expect a moving single lane closure indicated by a digital arrow board. Please slowdown in the work zone and follow all temporary construction signage. It is anticipated work will be completed by Friday March 29.

Residents with questions are asked to call the County’s Traffic & Streets

County Offers Complimentary Brush Collection

on March 21, 2019 - 3:31pm

Los Alamos County Environmental Services is offering a complimentary collection service to help collect broken tree branches and brush debris from affected residents March 27-April 10. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

After the wind storm last week many residents have been left with broken trees branches. Los Alamos County Environmental Services is offering a complimentary collection service to help collect broken tree branches and brush debris from affected residents.

Anyone who experienced hardship due to the wind storm and would like to request a complimentary pick up should contact

Balderas Urges CFPB To Protect New Mexico Consumers From Payday Lenders

on March 21, 2019 - 3:11pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
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ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas Tuesday urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to take immediate action to protect consumers from abuses in payday lending, vehicle title lending, and other types of high-cost exploitative consumer lending, after a rule aimed at protecting borrowers from abusive lenders was delayed a second time.
 
“President Trump’s Consumer Finance Protection Bureau is failing to deliver on its promise to protect New Mexican consumers,” Balderas said.

Los Alamos County Council Proclaims March 18-24 Community Theatre Week

on March 21, 2019 - 2:29pm

Los Alamos County Councilor James Robinson, left, presents a proclamation to Los Alamos Little Theatre Board Member Eric Bjorklund Tuesday night during the regular council meeting. The proclamation recognizes March 18-24 as Community Theatre Week. Los Alamos Little Theatre will host the American Community Theatre Festival and Conference Thursday through Sunday. During the event a theatre company will be selected to attend the Region 6 conference May 2-5 in Midland, Texas. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
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A proclamation recognizing March 18-24 as Community Theatre

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bicameral MAR-A-LAGO Act To Require Disclosure Of Visitor Logs At White House, Trump Properties Where President Conducts Official Business

on March 21, 2019 - 2:01pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act, a bicameral bill that requires the publication of visitor logs to the White House or any other location where President Trump regularly conducts official business, including various Trump Organization properties that he frequents.
 
“No one should have greater access to or influence over the president or the administration just because they are wealthy, well-connected, or a regular at one of the

First Graders Tour Los Alamos Municipal Court

on March 21, 2019 - 1:53pm

Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Allen speaks with 17 first graders from Barranca Elementary School on a recent field trip that included a tour and mock trial. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Allen with teacher and parent volunteers and 17 first graders from Barranca Elementary School during a recent field trip to her court in the Justice Center. Courtesy photo

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The Los Alamos Municipal Court recenty hosted 17 first grade students from Barranca Elementary School.

After the students visited the police department, they were given a tour of the

NM State Police Officer Arrested In Chaves County

on March 21, 2019 - 1:42pm
NMSP News:
 
CHAVES COUNTY New Mexico State Police Ofc. Ricky Romero, 24, of Roswell was arrested Wednesday by the Chaves County Sheriff’s Department and charged with violating various state laws.
 
In early March 2019, the Chaves County Sheriff’s Department opened a criminal investigation into Romero. NMSP has fully cooperated with the Chaves County investigation.
 
Immediately after learning of the investigation, NMSP launched an internal affairs investigation and Romero was placed on administrative leave.

Council Approves Raises For County Employees

on March 21, 2019 - 1:36pm
Los Alamos County Councilors approved salary adjustments for general County employees Tuesday night. Courtesy/LAC
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

General Los Alamos County employees haven’t seen pay raises since 2017 but that changed during Tuesday night’s County Council meeting.

Council voted 6-0 to implement a 2 percent increase for merit-based salary adjustments as well as a 2 percent increase for step structure-based salary adjustments. Council Vice Chair Pete Sheehey was absent from the meeting.

Additionally, Council approved 6-0 to have a 2

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Obituary: Margaret Montagno Clay Aug. 13, 1939 – March 18, 2019

on March 21, 2019 - 1:35pm

MARGARET MONTAGNO CLAY Aug. 13, 1939 – March 18, 2019

Margaret Montagno Clay passed away peacefully at home on Monday, March 18, 2019, in Los Alamos at the age of 79.

Margaret was born August 13, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York, to Della Quarto and Antonio Montagno and lived in New York until the age of 8, when her family moved to Columbus, Ohio.

Margaret hated to be the center of attention and rarely talked about her accomplishments, but she had many. Margaret graduated from St.

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SFI: Laws Of Life, Time And Chance March 26

on March 21, 2019 - 1:35pm
Balint Alovits: Time Machine no.10. 2016. Budapest. Courtesy photo
 
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SFI Community Event, Laws of Life, Time and Chance, with Srividya Iyer-Biswas is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center 211 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM.
 
We all intuitively understand what is alive and what is not. Equally intuitively, we know that time flows forward and the past is distinct from the future.

Council To Consider Water Rate Increase April 2

on March 21, 2019 - 1:32pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave., to consider adoption of a proposed ordinance to increase water rates by 6.25 percent.

The ordinance was approved by the Board of Public Utilities at the Feb. 20 public hearing. If Council adopts the ordinance, the new water rates take effect immediately.

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) seeks to increase wholesale, non-potable and retail water rates to recover costs necessary to maintain reliable water services

Century Bank Opening Los Alamos Branch

on March 21, 2019 - 12:58pm

Karen Easton, left, and Commercial Advisor Jyl DeHaven of Retail Solutions in front of the new space for Century Bank Monday afternoon at 751 Trinity Dr., #301 in Smith’s Marketplace. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Century Bank is opening a full-service branch in Los Alamos at 751 Trinity Dr., #301.

The bank has leased a 3,600 square-foot space, between Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry and Domino’s Pizza in the Smith’s Marketplace shopping center.

“We are very excited to become a part of Los Alamos.

NMVC: New Mexico Should Invest In Public Infrastructure To Build A Strong Economy

on March 21, 2019 - 12:55pm
NMVC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE In New Mexico, as in most states across the nation, investment in public infrastructure remains at lower levels than it did in 2002, even as the economy has rebounded after the recession. That’s according to a new report released today by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).
 
Lawmakers can fix this by prioritizing new and increased investments in transportation, public buildings, water treatment systems, and other forms of vital infrastructure in order to build a strong economy now and in the future.
 
“This report makes it clear that while the

Zia Waste Hosts Grand Opening April 27

on March 21, 2019 - 12:54pm
Tiffany Pegoda, owner of Zia Waste, will host a grand opening for her business 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 during the annual Earth Day Festival. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Tiffany Pegoda, owner of Zia Waste in Los Alamos, held up completely blackened and rather soggy looking banana peel. The decaying peel hosted a large crowd of Red Wriggler worms, which squirmed and dangled from its surface. Some might scrunch their nose at the sight but something miraculous was occurring.

Justice Department Awards $5.7 Million To Support Native American Crime Victims In Seven States

on March 21, 2019 - 12:53pm
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ Office for Victims of Crime today awarded more than $5.7 million to support crime victims in Native American communities in seven states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Washington and Wisconsin.
 
The group of 10 awards is the second in a series of grants being made by OVC to American Indian and Alaska Native communities. OVC has now awarded more than $9 million of up to $100 million to support tribal victim service programs.
 
The awards—17 in total so far—will fund critical crime victim services, such

Los Alamos County Zero Waste Team Turns One!

on March 21, 2019 - 12:37pm

The Zero Waste Team celebrates its first year anniversary Wednesday at the Municipal Building. Team member Sue Barnes said it was a successful year in setting up a webpage on the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division website, establishing a Facebook page, hosting numerous talks and participating in various events including the Bear Festival at the Los Alamos Nature Center. As the team proceeds into its second year, Barnes said the team is focusing on food waste across the County. She added that the community's response to the Zero Waste Team's work has been excellent.

McQuiston: Our Spring Winds May Require Additional Coverage

on March 21, 2019 - 12:35pm

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency


Last week’s wind prompted me to re-publish a story about what happens when that big beautiful tree in your yard comes crashing down.

Did you know that most homeowner’s policies only cover trees that hit a covered structure? There’s also a limit to how much insurance will pay to remove the tree debris, once the tree has hit the ground. While most of us worry about having adequate insurance coverage for our homes and cars, how often do we think about trees? If your home or property is surrounded by trees, keep reading.

Most standard homeowner’s policies cover

No Tuition Increase At UNM-LA For FY20

on March 21, 2019 - 12:30pm
During its March 11 meeting, UNM-LA Advisory Board decides unanimously to recommend maintaining tuition at the current rate. Gathered at the meeting from left, UNM-LA Dean of Instruction Sharon Hurley, Director of Student Affairs Kathryn Vigil, CEO Cindy Rooney, Director of Business Operations Bob Harmon and Advisory Board members Michelle Hall, Sheila Shiferl, David Sutton, Pat Soran and Chair Steve Boerigter. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
 
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The UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Advisory Board met March 11 and made a unanimous decision to recommend maintaining tuition at the current

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on March 21, 2019 - 12:15pm

LANL Profile: Frederico ‘Cisco’ Archuleta

on March 21, 2019 - 12:12pm

Bassist Frederico ‘Cisco’ Archuleta of LANL’s Hazardous Materials Management group performs with the country music band Perfect StrangR. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

It’s a Friday night and couples at the Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort are ready to dance and have a good time. As the lounge’s lights dim, the country music band Perfect StrangR takes the stage.

As the stage lights begin their colorful interplay of patterns, bassist Frederico “Cisco” Archuleta of the Laboratory’s Hazardous Materials Management group, along with drummer Timm Kailey, set the pace and the beat for the opening song,

Study: Property Taxes In Los Alamos County Offer Big ‘Bang for Buck’

on March 21, 2019 - 11:53am

SmartAsset News:

SmartAsset recently released its fifth annual study on property taxes, and Los Alamos ranked among the New Mexico counties getting the most ‘bang for their buck.’ The study analyzed metrics including quality of local schools and local crime rates compared to property taxes to find where people were seeing the most value for their tax dollars.

For a look at how the leaders in New Mexico performed, check out the table below:

The full study results, methodology, and interactive map can be found here: https://smartasset.com/taxes/new-mexico-property-tax-calculator#map

 

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich To Introduce Legislation To Establish Bandelier National Park And Preserve

on March 21, 2019 - 10:42am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at Bandelier National Monument his intent to introduce legislation to establish the Bandelier National Park and Preserve. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz, left, and Council Chair Sara Scott with Sen. Martin Heinrich Wednesday at the Bandelier press conference to express the Los Alamos community's endorsement of the proposed legislation. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Tribal leaders, wildlife advocates, and northern New Mexico

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