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NMDWS Announces $50,000 Judgment For Workers

on July 17, 2019 - 5:11pm
ALBUQUERQUE Last week, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) won a summary judgment of $52,240.50 on behalf of seven workers of the now defunct CPST Consulting, LLC in Albuquerque after the business ceased operations in 2015 without distributing final paychecks for employees.
The amount adjudged includes $16,920 in unpaid wages plus 200% in liquidated damages and interest mandated by state law when workers are left unpaid.
The Second Judicial District Court ruled that the LLC’s sole owner, Richard Montoya, was individually liable for the LLC’s

LAAC Holds Auditions For ‘The Snow Queen’ July 22

on July 17, 2019 - 3:44pm

Scene from the finale of Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of ‘Wendy and Peter’. Courtesy photo

LAAC News:

The Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) invites children of the community to come and audition for this year’s Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of “The Snow Queen” 10 a.m. to noon  Monday, July 22 at Crossroads Bible Church.

Those auditioning should arrive at 9:30 a.m. and plan to stay for the full two hours. Parents should send their child with water and a sack lunch in the event that they are required to stay for the second half of the day.

Auditions are free and open to

Obituary: Brett C. Cumins Dec. 30, 1967 – July 15, 2019

on July 17, 2019 - 3:29pm

BRETT COLE CUMINS Dec. 30, 1967  July 15, 2019

Brett Cole Cummins, 51, resident of Rio Rancho, NM, passed away suddenly on July 15, 2019.

He was born to Bonnie and James “Butch” Cummins on December 30, 1967 in Farmington, NM, where he graduated from high school, achieving two state championships in baseball and basketball. He was a gifted athlete and a die-hard Cubs’ fan. In June of 2019, Brett attended his first Cubs game in Chicago, IL, checking this off his bucket list.

Brett graduated from New Mexico State and followed his education throughout his career in Environmental Compliance and


SFNF Hosts Glorieta Rock Art Tour Aug. 14

on July 17, 2019 - 3:16pm

Rock art panel on Glorieta Mesa. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The community is invited to join the Santa Fe National Forest’s Site Stewards Wednesday, Aug. 14 to explore two unusual horizontal rock art panels on Glorieta Mesa.

The petroglyphs are unique in both design and location. Both panels are easily accessible, but the trip will require carpooling in high-clearance vehicles. Sunscreen, snacks, water and closed-toe shoes are recommended.

The Glorieta rock art tour is free and open to the public, but anyone planning to attend must register in advance by calling the Pecos Ranger

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 14 To July 16, 2018

on July 17, 2019 - 3:06pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.


July 10 at 2:58 p.m. / Police arrested Paul Robert Martinez, 52, of Espanola near East Road and Sombrillo Court and outstanding District Court and Magistrate Court warrants.



July 14 at 4:12 a.m.

LAPSF: 2019 George And Joan Bjarke Scholarship Recipients Israel Gellis, Morgan Jones, Emmeline Segler

on July 17, 2019 - 11:55am

2019 George and Joan Bjarke Scholarship winners Israel Gellis, left, and Morgan Jones. Scholarship recipient Emmeline Segler is not pictured. Courtesy/


The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and the Bjarke family have announced the winners of the 2019 George and Joan Bjarke scholarship.

The winners of a $2,000 scholarship each are Israel Gellis, Morgan Jones and Emmeline Segler.

The scholarship is awarded annually to students who demonstrate good citizenship and the ability to successfully complete their selected degree or program. 


Free Hot Lunches At Aspen Elementary Through Aug. 2

on July 17, 2019 - 7:17am

The Summer Food Service Program at Aspen Elementary School provides children under the age of 18 with a free hot lunch and healthy snack 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Courtesy photo


Aspen Elementary School is still the home of free food for children under the age of 18 through Aug. 2.

The Summer Food Service Program is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and provides a free hot lunch and healthy snack. This free lunch is extended to any youth visiting the community during the summer.

Meals are served Monday through Friday, with an option for parents to purchase a meal for

FBI To Hold Diversity Recruiting Event In Albuquerque

on July 17, 2019 - 7:03am
FBI News:
The Albuquerque FBI Division will hold a recruiting event next month to encourage members of underrepresented communities - especially women and minorities - to consider becoming Special Agents.
The Diversity Agent Recruiting (DAR) event is 6-9 p.m., Aug. 20 in Albuquerque.
"The FBI is stronger when it better represents the communities it serves," said James Langenberg, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in New Mexico.

Kirtland Air Force Base Releases RFP For New Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System

on July 17, 2019 - 6:09am
Minuteman III ICBM launches during an operational test. An unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 2:42 a.m. Pacific May 1, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The Ground Based Strategic Deterrent ICBM is the follow-on to the aging Minuteman III, which first became operational in the mid-1960s. The GBSD program is managed by the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Hill AFB, Utah.  Photo by Airman 1st Class Aubree Milks
KAFB News:
KIRTLAND AFB The Air Force released a request for proposals Tuesday for its

Secretary Of State Releases Amendment To Campaign Finance Rule; Announces Public Input Process

on July 17, 2019 - 5:59am
SOS Maggie Toulouse Oliver
SANTA FE New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released Tuesday a draft amendment to the state’s Campaign Finance Rule and announced a public hearing in the state’s capital to gather community input about the draft amendment.
The amendment was mandated by the passage of Senate Bill 3 during the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session, which directed the Secretary of State to promulgate rules in order to implement the changes to the Campaign Reporting Act (“the Act”) contained in Senate Bill 3. 
“The proposed amendment to the

New Issue Of LANL’s 1663 Magazine Now Available

on July 17, 2019 - 5:58am
Cover of the new issue of 1663 magazine. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
The new issue of Los Alamos National Laboratory's 1663 magazine is available.
In this issue:
  • Averting a satellite-collision apocalypse in low earth orbit
  • Chasing beauty quarks in ultrahigh-energy collider experiments
  • Modeling the climate effects of sea ice
  • Using ultrasound to look underground
  • Protecting crops from untimely frost damage
  • …and more!
Click here to get your science and technology fix from Los Alamos!

Magic Show And Workshop At Senior Center Thursday

on July 17, 2019 - 5:57am
Professor Cheesecurdle
Adults in the community are invited to a free magic show and workshop Thursday, July 18 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
Professor Cheesecurdle has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) since 1975. He also is a member of the highly respected Order of Merlin in the IMB association.
Lunch can be purchased for $10, if reservations are made by 10 a.m. Thursday. Members 60 and over can purchase lunch for $5.
Call 505.662.8920 for more information.

The Damn Band Performs At Summer Concert Friday

on July 17, 2019 - 5:53am
The Damn Band. Courtesy photo
The 2019 Los Alamos Secret City Summer Concert Series welcomes The Damn Band for its debut performance Friday night in Los Alamos.
With a huge dose of R&B, Rock, Blues, Reggae, Latin and Pop as its driving force, The Damn Band is known as "The Party Band of the Southwest!”
The Damn Band has been rocking northern New Mexico for over a decade and has a musical background as diverse as the area they reside in.

Weekly Fishing Report: July 17

on July 17, 2019 - 5:49am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather has entered what we like to call “monsoon season” here in the Southwest.
Mornings may start out warm and clear. In the afternoon, thunderstorms develop over the mountains due to the heating of the air, which causes it to rise. Once it cools down enough, the moisture in the clouds starts to condense and fall as rain (even sometimes hail).
These storms generate a lot of energy with frequent lightning strikes.

NWS: Today’s High Near 85; Tonight’s Low Around 61

on July 17, 2019 - 5:47am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 85 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 61. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Storm Clouds Over Jemez

on July 17, 2019 - 5:45am

Daily Postcard: Storm clouds fill the sky Monday looking toward the Jemez Mountains from Pajarito Acres in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

New Mexico Tech And Los Alamos National Laboratory Make Joint Appointment To Work On Robotics Projects

on July 16, 2019 - 5:23pm

From left, Joint appointee David Grow, Laboratory Director Thom Mason and New Mexico Tech President Stephen Wells at the ceremony to mark the joint appointment. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Engineer becomes first researcher hired under cooperative agreement

New Mexico Tech (NMT) and Los Alamos National Laboratory marked the first scientific staff appointment under their cooperative agreement at a July 11 ceremony held at the Laboratory and attended by NMT President Stephen Wells and Laboratory Director Thom Mason.

Appointee David Grow will work as an R&D Engineer with the Laboratory’s

New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf Selected For National Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship

on July 16, 2019 - 4:58pm

Speaker Brian Egolf

NM Legislature News:

SANTA FE – Speaker of the House of Representatives Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) has been selected for the national Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership.

The program will bring together elected officials who have shown exceptional leadership and the ability to work across party lines.

Speaker Egolf was nominated for the Fellowship by Tobias Read, the State Treasurer of Oregon, and is one of only 24 elected political “rising stars” from around the country to be chosen.

“Speaker Egolf has been a long-time champion for New Mexico

Slot Canyon Trail At Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument To Undergo Trail Maintenance July 22-24

on July 16, 2019 - 4:32pm
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Courtesy photo
BLM News:
ALBUQUERQUE The Bureau of Land Management is announcing a partial closure of the Slot Canyon Trail at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. 
The necessary trail improvements will be conducted July 22-24 on the last half-mile section of the Slot Canyon Trail that climbs steeply out of the canyon to the mesa top. By providing these trail improvements, the BLM is striving to protect the fragile geologic features of this area and increase visitor safety.  
Due to the exposure, weather and consistent foot

FBI Seeks Public’s Assistance In Identifying Body Found In Trunk Of Burning Car Near Church Rock

on July 16, 2019 - 4:24pm
FBI News:
The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are investigating a body that was found in the trunk of a burning car near Church Rock.
The vehicle, believed to be a Dodge Avenger SXT, was discovered on fire Monday morning off Pipeline Road, in an isolated area north of Church Rock.
The body, which was badly burned, was taken to the state Office of the Medical Investigator for determination of cause of death and identification.
Anybody with information about this incident, or who recalls seeing anything suspicious in the area between the hours of 6 a.m.

Environmental Management Los Alamos Interim Measure Shows Progress Reducing Contaminant Plume

on July 16, 2019 - 2:24pm

Crews installed a monitoring well to help the EM Los Alamos Field Office and cleanup contractor Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos better characterize chromium distribution in the eastern edge of the plume. Courtesy/EM-LA

EM-LA News:

The Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and cleanup contractor Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos are seeing positive results from an interim measure to contain and control migration of a contaminant plume in groundwater.

The groundwater extraction, treatment, and injection system has been fully operational for the past year along the

Environmental Sustainability Board Meets July 18

on July 16, 2019 - 10:11am

Maggie Toulouse Oliver: It’s Time to Abolish ICE

on July 16, 2019 - 10:10am

From the Maggie Toulouse Oliver For Senate Campaign:
  • Agency Created to Fight Terrorism Now Creates Terror in U.S.

SANTA FE -- New Mexico Secretary of State and candidate for U.S. Senate Maggie Toulouse Oliver called today for the federal government to do away with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency saying that it has overstepped its original mission and is actually undermining safety and stability in American communities.

“It’s time to abolish ICE,” Toulouse Oliver said. “ICE was created to stop terrorism and keep Americans safe.

Homeland Security News Wire: Four Ways Blockchain Could Make Internet Safer, Fairer And More Creative

on July 16, 2019 - 10:01am

Courtesy/TPC Management SRL

HSNW News:

The Internet is unique in that it has no central control, administration or authority, but in recent years Internet services such as search engines and social media platforms have increasingly been provided by a small number of very large tech firms.

The Internet is slowly turning into something like the current financial system, which centrally monitors all transactions and uses that data to predict what people will buy in future.

Randy Carlson Of Los Alamos Remembers Apollo 11

on July 16, 2019 - 8:48am
Randy Carlson of Los Alamos depicted here, blue shirt at right, in the Apollo 11 movie DVD released in mid-May using a 16 mm tri-turret camera to film the event. Courtesy/Randy Carlson
Los Alamos

Today, July 16 is the 50th anniversary of man going to the moon. It so happens that I was there that morning and witnessed the Saturn V launch.

More recently those memories returned having seen myself in the recent “Apollo 11” movie. The movie uses a lot of footage not seen before and, to my amazement, there I was at the 18-minute mark into the movie. 

Although I was in the