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In And Around Town: Feb. 16

on February 15, 2018 - 12:59am
 In and Around Town:
 
The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas. Send event announcements to Kirsten@ladailypost.com.​​​​​​​
 
FRIDAY Feb. 16
 
Slaid Cleaves Performance
Singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves will visit Los Alamos in February by way of Austin, Texas where he is a respected part of the Americana music scene that thrives there. Cleaves will take the stage at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

NHCC Museum Opens La Ultima Exhibición

on February 15, 2018 - 12:53am
Courtesy/NHCC
 

NHCC News:

ALBUQUERQUE ― The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Art Museum will hold an as new works by artists invited to participate in the 2018 version of the show opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 16, for La Ultima Exhibición.

The exhibition is curated by Augustine Romero and organized around the visual interpretations of Rudolfo Anaya's acclaimed book, Bless Me, Ultima (1972) -- a portrait of life in rural New Mexico as seen through the eyes of a young boy during World War II.

Anaya tells of the spiritual healer, Ultima, as she guides young Antonio on a

Bipartisan Public Safety Package Clears Another Hurdle

on February 15, 2018 - 12:32am
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
SANTA FE The bipartisan public safety package that passed the House with overwhelming support passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support today and will move to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.
 
The package includes bills sponsored by Representatives Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), David E.

Daily Postcard: View Of Pajarito Ski Hill

on February 15, 2018 - 12:31am

Daily Postcard: View of Pajarito Ski Hill from Quemazon Trail. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Reforming Code Enforcement Takes Step Forward

on February 14, 2018 - 7:17pm
Citizens in Action member Heather Ortega with her son, Isaac, provide their thoughts about the County code enforcement program during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 
 
Residents gather in Council Chambers to share their thoughts on the code enforcement program. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Reforming the Los Alamos County code enforcement program took a step forward Tuesday night during the County Council meeting.
 
The Council voted 5-0 to direct staff to

Investment Seminar―'Retirement: Making Your Money Last' - Considerations For Retiring Employees

on February 14, 2018 - 7:09pm
Shelly Wiemann
 
EDWARD JONES News:
 
The Los Alamos National Security contract renewal is quickly approaching and you may be considering when you should retire, and if you are financially ready to retire.
 
To assist long-term employees nearing retirement, Shelly Wiemann, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, is holding a retirement planning seminar in a small-group setting. / She is offering the seminar, "Retirement: Making your Money Last", several times over the next few months on "A" and "B" Fridays.
 
First session is at 3 p.m. Friday, March 2. Additional sessions are April 13,

Los Alamos Community Foundation Hires Rachel Kizielewicz As Executive Director

on February 14, 2018 - 2:57pm
New LACF Executive Director Rachel Kizielewicz. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
When Rachel Kizielewicz looks at her new position as executive director of the Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF), one of the things that excites her most is the foundation’s energy and enthusiasm for philanthropic work.
 
“I love that such a key part of the foundation’s mission is to help strengthen nonprofits in Los Alamos and I am looking looking forward to help the fundraising services to nonprofits and work with them across the board... and help
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Helicopter Lands At Barranca Mesa Elementary School

on February 14, 2018 - 2:56pm

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Division Chief Ben Stone supervises the landing of a Classic Air Medical helicopter this morning at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. The school hosted Classic Air as part of the 120th Day of School celebration in support of the Los Alamos Public Schools motto, ‘Show Up, It Matters’. Students heard from Los Alamos Police and Fire Department staff on the importance of showing up. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Barranca Mesa Elementary School students watch as a Classic Air helicopter lands on their school field. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

House Education Committee Passes Teacher Raises

on February 14, 2018 - 12:34pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, a bill to raise pay for New Mexico teachers passed the House Education Committee and now heads to the House Floor.

SB 119, sponsored by Sen. Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque), would increase minimum salaries for all teacher levels.

“We have seen other bills come up around increasing teacher pay that don’t incorporate the proposed raise into the state budget, which makes it really hard to move the legislation forward.

LAFD Greets Students For ‘Show Up’ Campaign

on February 14, 2018 - 12:03pm

Members of the Los Alamos Fire Department greeted students arriving this morning at area schools including Aspen Elementary on Villa Street as part of the District's ‘Show Up, It Matters’ campaign. Statistics show how important it is for students to be in class every day. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Aspen Elementary School. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Vote To Put Patients First Makes History

on February 14, 2018 - 11:57am
House Democrats News:
 
SANTA FE Monday, a bipartisan bill to ensure patients get the right medication at the right time made history, and passed the House Floor.
 
Senate Bill 11, sponsored by Representatives Elizabeth Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Monica Youngblood (R-Albuquerque) and Senators Elizabeth Stefanics (D-Cerrillos) and Gay G. Kernan (R-Hobbs), would improve “step therapy”, the practice used by insurance companies to cut costs by requiring patients to try more affordable treatment options before more expensive ones.
 
SB 11 would allow doctors to skip treatments that have

Canceled: Lady Luck Runs Out On ‘Guys And Dolls’

on February 14, 2018 - 11:55am

LALO News:

The remodeling of the Duane Smith Auditorium will not be complete in time for the opening of Los Alamos Light Opera’s production of “Guys and Dolls” scheduled for Friday, Feb. 23.

“In keeping with the gambling theme of ‘Guys and Dolls’, LA Light Opera continued to create sets, costume the cast, and rehearse the orchestra, hoping the auditorium would be open in time, as the “beep-beep” of construction hoists continued in the background … but luck ran out on the guys and the dolls,” said Laurie Tomlinson, LALO president and “Guys and Dolls” director.

Los Alamos Light Opera is

SFCSO Alert: Area Residents May Hear LANL Tests

on February 14, 2018 - 10:59am

News Alert:

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office just issued an advisory notice that Los Alamos National Laboratory is conducting explosive tests 1-3 p.m. today.

Area residents may hear those tests.

TOTH Offers Ash Smudging Near Starbucks

on February 14, 2018 - 10:44am

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent and Lynn Finnegan, left, and Fr. Chris Adams from Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church offer ash smudging this morning outdoors in front of Starbucks on Central Avenue. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Fr. Chris Adams smudges ashes on visitor James Biebers this morning near Starbucks. Biebers travels to Los Alamos by bus several days a week from his home in the valley. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Ashes and a lemon for cleaning. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

TOTH's Fr.

Lab Stabilization Bill Heads To Governor’s Office!

on February 14, 2018 - 10:28am

STATE News:

Senate Bill 17, the Lab Stabilization Bill, passed the House overnight 48-19 and is headed to Gov. Susana Martinez to sign into law.

SB 17 is a bill to stabilize gross receipts tax revenues received from prime contractors at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

Prime contractors have been paying tax since 1979 at Sandia and 2006 at LANL. In Fiscal Year 2016, the State received some $162 million paid through the two Lab contracts through GRT.

SB17 is sponsored by Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Sen. Richard C. Martinez and Sen. Carlos R.

Obituary: Eden Joy Weinbrecht Feb. 12, 2018

on February 14, 2018 - 9:09am

EDEN JOY WEINBRECHT Feb. 12, 2018

Eden Joy Weinbrecht, 40, was guided to Heaven by angels Monday, February 12, 2018.

She was a lifelong resident of Los Alamos; the daughter of Kama Michel and John Fredrick Weinbrecht.

Eden was a dedicated employee of Los Alamos National Bank for 19 years where she was promoted to Marketing Coordinator. She was responsible for planning various community events in Los Alamos including ScienceFest, ChamberFest, WinterFest Light Parade and LANB Night of the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.

Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation was fortunate to have her as a

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District 2 Garden Clubs Hosting Spring Convention

on February 14, 2018 - 8:43am

Members of Floral Designers’ from left, Anne May, District II Director Juanita Ortega, Doris Jackson, Laurie Hixson, Dorothy Crawford, Pat Copple and Diana Capshaw, kneeling, visit Buffalo Thunder Resort in preparation for the New Mexico Garden Clubs, Inc., annual Spring Convention. Floral Designers’, Los Alamos and Summit Garden Club comprise the District II Clubs hosting the convention ‘Foot Steps of the Three Sisters’ April 3-6 at the Resort. The members of the host Clubs are busy planning table decorations, a silent auction and tours of the Resort and surrounding area.
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Los Alamos Teen Center Pool Party Feb. 16

on February 14, 2018 - 8:17am

PEEC: Guided Eight-Mile Hike In White Rock Canyon

on February 14, 2018 - 8:16am

Thunderbird Rock. Photo by Paul Arendt

 

PEEC News:

 

Saturday, Feb. 17, Paul Arendt will lead an eight-mile loop hike connecting the Red Dot Trail to the Blue Dot Trail in which participants will see petroglyphs, springs and the beauty of White Rock Canyon in the winter.

 

This rugged outing begins at 9 a.m., and takes the group about six hours to complete the loop. Space is limited, and registration is required for this hike, organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

 

Arendt, a local hiker and mountaineer, will lead the group down the Red Dot Trail, upriver

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Thursday

on February 14, 2018 - 8:06am
COUNTY News:
 
The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 in Suite 110 at the Muncicipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 
Agenda

1. Call to Order – Roll Call

2. Public Comment

3. Approval of Agenda

4. Approval of Minutes

  • Approval of the Jan. 18, 2018, Environmental Sustainability Board Minutes Presenters: James Robinson

5. Board Business  

  • Review and Approve FY19 ESB Work Plan Presenters: James Robinson
  • Discuss the 2018 Business Recycler of the Year Presenters: Angelica Gurule
  • Update from County Council Work

BCBSNM Awards Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Grant To PEEC And New Mexico Wildlife Center

on February 14, 2018 - 7:55am
Smiles are abundant at Nature Playtimes programs. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) have received a Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico Healthy Kids Health Families (HKHF) grant for the popular, free Nature Playtimes program.
 
The grant will ensure that PEEC can continue to provide this program to the community every Monday morning at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road.
 
The grant also provides funds for the NMWC to begin a pilot program of Nature Playtimes at its facility in

United States Sen. Tom Udall Holds Listening Session On Combatting Violence Against Native Women

on February 14, 2018 - 7:50am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, cohosted a listening session on combatting violence against Native women.
 
In the listening session, Udall sought input from Tribes on implementing and improving the landmark legislation that amended the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to restore Tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence crimes on Tribal lands.
 
"Thank you for your work and advocacy on these important issues.

Purgatory Resort Gets 15 Inches – It's A Powder Day!

on February 14, 2018 - 7:47am
Scene Tuesday at Purgatory Resort. Photo by Scott Smith
 
SKI News:

Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colo., received 15 inches of snow over the past 24 hours and 21 inches in the past three days and 95 percent of its trails are now open as a result of all this fresh powder.

Another 14 inches is in the forecast for today and Thursday.

Purgatory has great activities planned for Valentine's Day, including a special prix fixe dinner at Purgy's, and an Alpenglow Snowshoe Tour.

Cebollita Prescribed Burn Starts In March

on February 14, 2018 - 7:40am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin a broadcast prescribed burn in March in the Cebollita area to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
As weather conditions permit, the Cebollita prescribed burn could take place anytime between March 1 and March 17.
 
Up to 1,900 acres of hazardous fuels could be treated in the Cebollita area by hand and aerial ignitions.

USAF Academy Band Falconaires Plays Los Alamos

on February 14, 2018 - 7:34am

USAF News

The United States Air Force Academy Band - The Falconaires jazz ensemble from Colorado Springs will perform a free concert at 3 p.m., Feb. 25 at Duane Smith Auditorium.

The concert evening will feature an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary jazz repertoire that celebrates our national heritage.

The concert is free and open to the public. Ticket distribution begins today at Smith’s Marketplace customer service desk.

In the event that Duane Smith Auditorium’s new renovations are not completed in time for the performance, the Los Alamos Middle School’s Gymnasium will be

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