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Udall, Markey, Blumenthal Call For FTC Investigation Into Manipulative Marketing In Children’s Apps

on November 16, 2018 - 7:24am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), members of the Senate Commerce Committee, called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to launch an investigation into new evidence of manipulative marketing in apps directed at children.
 
A new study authored by public health experts in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics reveals numerous instances of young children’s games using advertising techniques that appear to be unfair and deceptive practices as defined by Section V of

How The Hen House Turns: The Love Of Pigs

on November 16, 2018 - 7:23am
Courtesy photo
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
There seems to be an outbeak of pig stories lately at least on my reading list. Sy Montgomery’s story of her “Good Good Pig” (New York, Balantine Books, 2006) is a very fun read, while providing wonderfilled evidence that convinces us that pigs are real people.
 
And here in our small California town “pickles the Pig” has gone viral on Instagram and Facebook and now has 65,000 worldwide fame.
 
Both pigs were treated with respect as the aware beings they were, and the authors let them be themselves, while teaching them

Los Alamos School Board Meeting Summary

on November 16, 2018 - 6:56am

Standing from left, Los Alamos Heart Council Chair Phil Gursky, Fire Chief Troy Hughes and LAMC CEO John Whiteside donate an AED to provide potentially life-saving first aid for students and spectators at Sullivan Field. Courtesy photo

School Board member Stephen Boerigter listens as Los Alamos High School science teachers Debbie Grothaus and Stephanie Mitchell present information about the transition to Next Generation Science Standards in classroom instruction. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School’s Board met for a regular school board meeting Tuesday, Nov.

Comments Sought On State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)

on November 16, 2018 - 5:54am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s 5th Amendment to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
 
The program will serve as a four year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program.
 
The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and is required under the federal legislation. Projects on the list are on federal and state highways (i.e. Interstates, US or NM routes).
 
The NMDOT has posted the 2018-2023 STIP amendment on the internet asking for public comment until Dec.

Festival Of Trees At Betty Ehart Senior Center Saturday

on November 16, 2018 - 5:47am

This week volunteers weathered snow, slush and 25 degree temperatures to decorate two trees in downtown Los Alamos for the Los Alamos MainStreet project. The Festival of Trees is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Tree viewing has begun. If the cold weather keeps you from heading out to catch an early glimpse, allow the Los Alamos Daily Post to assist with a preview. Tickets for the snowflake raffle tree and many other items will be on sale during Thanksgiving lunches Thursday and Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Louise Hassman, Kay Burick, Patricia Rathbone,

Report Shows Economic Impact Of Public Lands

on November 16, 2018 - 5:31am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has released the Department's Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2017, which shows that for the first time in several years, economic growth and jobs supported by federal lands both increased.
 
According to the report, under President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Zinke's first year in office, the economic output of Interior's federal lands and resources increased by $400 million to $292 billion and the number of jobs supported increased by 230,000 to 1.8 million jobs.

Daily Postcard: Goose Spots Holiday Lights At Pond

on November 16, 2018 - 5:17am

Daily Postcard: Homer the goose shows his pals the holiday lights shining brightly Thursday night around Ashley Pond. Photo by Karen Kendall

On The Job In Los Alamos: New Family YMCA CEO

on November 15, 2018 - 3:39pm

On the job in Los Alamos this afternoon is newly hired Family YMCA CEO Rob Wilkinson visiting the Los Alamos Daily Post world headquarters on Central Avenue. Wilkinson is completing his second week on the job Friday. He moved to town from Texas and said he loves this community and the beautiful landscape. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on November 15, 2018 - 3:30pm

In And Around Town: Nov. 18

on November 15, 2018 - 3:28pm

 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.​​​​​​​

 
SUNDAY, Nov. 18
 
Coro de Camara
Coro de Camara presents 'Music She Wrote'​, a concert celebrating women composers at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Church​ of Los Alamos at 1738 N. Sage Loop. Dr. Nelly Case will hold a pre-concert lecture at 3:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students at the door or in advance at corodecamara-nm.org.
 
CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot
The 2018 CROP Hunger

Burst Pipe Displaces Residents In 40 Apartment Units

on November 15, 2018 - 9:36am
Water main bursts and displaces residents in 20 units at the Cottonwoods on Gold Street and 20 units at an adjacent complex. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Six feet of water floods the basement at the Cottonwoods on Gold Street. Photo by Mike McNeil
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

An overnight flood has displaced the residents occupying 40 apartment units in Los Alamos.

Plateau Property Construction and Maintenance Manager Mike McNeil explained that his crew responded to a no-heat call at 7 a.m.

Udall On FDA’s Proposal To Limit Sales Of E-Cigs

on November 15, 2018 - 9:34am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees the budget for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has released the following statement after the FDA proposed plans to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes, and e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs subsequently announced that it would take steps to curtail sales of its flavored products in retail stores.
 
The FDA’s proposal and JUUL Labs’ announcement comes after mounting public pressure in response to a surge in vaping using e-cigarettes among

Teens Share Old Fashioned Fun In Pile Of Snow

on November 15, 2018 - 9:30am
Teens share some good old fashioned fun in a pile of snow after school Wednesday in Central Park Square. Photo by Jim O'Donnell

NHCC Opens Proposal Process For 2019-2020 Performing Arts Season

on November 15, 2018 - 9:22am
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) has launched its second performing arts proposal process to determine its Performing Arts Season that runs between June 2019 and July 2020.
 
All performing artists who would like to present a show at the NHCC during that time period are required to submit a proposal form no later than midnight Dec. 21, 2018.
 
Additional information along with links to the forms can be found in the proposal guidelines, and the NHCC will be holding informational sessions at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, and at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov.

Grey Fox Spotted Foraging For Apples On Venado

on November 15, 2018 - 9:11am
This Grey Fox was spotted foraging for apples shortly before the snow storm Monday outside a home on Venado Street in Los Alamos. The Grey Fox, also known as a Tree Fox or Gray Fox, is a nocturnal mammal found throughout many areas of the United States. What makes this animal unique is that it is one of the only members of the dog family that has the ability to climb trees and is so agile in trees that when it climbs down, it can go either head or tail first. Source: interesting-animal-facts.com. Photo by Jennifer Baker
 
Grey Fox foraging for apples Monday outside a home on Venado Street.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Preventing A Silent Killer

on November 15, 2018 - 8:55am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency


According to the National Safety Council, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning each year.

Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer because it’s odorless, colorless, tasteless, and can easily go undetected. When the cold temperatures start to hit, what’s the first thing we do? We turn on our furnaces to heat our home and tightly seal our windows. If your furnace is emitting poisonous gases, you are trapping them in your house.

Here are a few things you do to help prevent this silent and deadly killer.

Los Alamos Airport Projects Nearing Completion

on November 15, 2018 - 8:47am
Los Alamos County Airport Manager Cameron Humphres shows off the new County-owned hangar expected to be available for occupancy in December or January. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
The interior of the new hangar at Los Alamos County Airport. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Posts are being installed for the new fence along N.M. 502 adjacent to the airport. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
If you have driven past the Los Alamos County Airport on N.M.

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 15

on November 15, 2018 - 8:30am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The weather turned sharply colder last week and heavy snows in the mountains have probably shut down the fishing in the high country for the rest of the fall and winter. It looks like we will have a winter this year.
 
The moisture we are receiving now will help the plants, trees and grasses go into the winter in good shape and be able to grow well in the early spring. It will help ease the wildfire danger as well.
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LANL Profile: Physicist Donald Sandoval Is A Master Of The Loom

on November 15, 2018 - 8:22am
Donald Sandoval is a fifth generation weaver. Courtesy/LANL

Donald Sandoval works in the laboratory’s Primary Physics Group. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
Donald Sandoval, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Primary Physics group, stands before a loom made by his father and weaves a tapestry. The weaving process itself is not too complicated but does take time, so Sandoval’s mind tends to wander. His thoughts often venture to his day job as a mechanical engineer supporting the Lab’s national security mission.

House Democrats Commit To Reinstating UNM Men’s Soccer Program

on November 15, 2018 - 8:20am
NMDP News:
 
SANTA FE Representatives Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup), Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) and Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) are reaffirming their commitment to reinstate the UNM Men’s Soccer program, including the team’s world class coach, by addressing funding issues in the upcoming legislative session while ensuring Title IX compliance.
 
“Restoring the UNM Men’s Soccer program is a priority for the House going into the legislative session,” Speaker Brian Egolf said.

Coro De Cámara And LAHS Choirs Celebrate Women Composers With ‘Music She Wrote’ Concert Nov. 16-18

on November 15, 2018 - 8:18am

Coro de Camara rehearses for upcoming performances. Photo by Jessica Benge Photography

Choir members rehearse for upcoming performances. Photo by Jessica Benge Photography

By ANNE MARSH
Coro de Cámara

Quick quiz: How many women composers can you name? If your answer is not many, you’re not alone. Although women have composed music since at least the time of the ancient Greeks, music written by women is seldom heard, even today.

The chamber singers of Coro de Cámara will give audiences a chance to experience some of this wonderful music in their upcoming program “Music She Wrote:

Stump PEEC’s Astronomers At Planetarium Friday

on November 15, 2018 - 8:05am
PEEC News:
 
The community is invited to test its knowledge of astronomy this Friday evening at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium during a “Stump the Astronomers!” panel.
 
This event begins at 7 p.m., Nov. 16 and will feature 10 local astronomers. Bring along the toughest astronomy-related questions and get ready for an evening of fun.
 
Astronomer Rick Wallace will be the MC for the evening and the panel will include Paul Arendt, Steve Becker, Chick Keller, Akkana Peck, Dave North, Dan Reisenfeld, Jonas Lippuner, Jonah Miller and Peter Polko.

Alix Hailey Wins Weekly Live United Decal Contest

on November 15, 2018 - 7:58am

Los Alamos High School student Alix Hailey is the newest winner in the United Way of Northern New Mexico and Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Live United Campaign. Hailey received $100 in Chamber checks, which she can spend in local Chamber member stores. Hailey won when her ‘Live United’ decal was spotted displayed in her car window. A photo of her car was published in the Los Alamos Daily Post - she say it and  notified the Chamber to claim her winnings. The campaign’s purpose is to encourage others to change lives for the better and create and make Northern New Mexico a healthier place.
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New Mexico Human Resources System Upgrade Receives National Recognition

on November 15, 2018 - 7:57am
NMDOIT News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Department of Information Technology (DoIT) has announced it has received the 2018 State IT Recognition Award for Business Process Innovations from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).
 
The award recognizes DoIT’s work to modernize the Statewide Human Resources, Accounting and Reporting (SHARE) system.
 
“Under the leadership of Governor Martinez, state government has continuously improved the way it operates in order to better serve the citizens of New Mexico,” DoIT Acting Secretary Estevan Lujan said.

AGU: Powerful Solar Storm Likely Detonated Mines During Vietnam War

on November 15, 2018 - 7:50am
A solar flare bursts off the left limb of the sun in this image captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Courtesy/NASA/SDO/Goddard/Wiessinger
 
AGU News:
 
A strong solar storm in 1972 caused widespread disturbances to satellites and spacecraft, and may have led to the detonation of mines during the Vietnam War, according to new research showing the event may have been a more devastating solar storm than previously thought.
 
In a new study in Space Weather, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, researchers pieced together data and historical records related to the solar activity

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