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County Council Holds Closed Session Thursday

on February 14, 2018 - 7:30am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council will hold a closed session at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

The purpose of the closed meeting is to discuss threatened or pending litigation.

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'Topper Wrestling Team Are District Champions

on February 14, 2018 - 7:23am

The 'Topper wrestling team proudly displays the trophy it won this past Saturday in the Edward Medina Gymnasium in Espanola. The 'Toppers won four first place, three second place and four third place medals. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Devin Atencio in the 106 weight class makes easy work of his Espanola opponent to win a first place medal. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

By RJ MONTAÑO
Los Alamos Daily Post
rjmontano@ladailypost.com

ESPANOLA – You can add a team and several individual district tournament championships to the list of successes the 2018 Los Alamos High School

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BLM: Revision To Methane Waste Prevention Rule

on February 14, 2018 - 7:19am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. As part of President Trump’s Executive Order 13783 promoting energy independence [Section 7 (6)(iv)] from March 28, 2017, to review and modify federal regulations that unnecessarily hinder economic growth and energy development, the Bureau of Land Management today announced a proposal to revise the 2016 final Waste Prevention Rule (also known as the venting and flaring rule).  
 
The proposed rule would eliminate duplicative regulatory requirements and re-establish long-standing requirements that the 2016 final rule sought to replace.

Wilhelm Arrested On Probation Violation, New Charges

on February 14, 2018 - 7:17am

A Los Alamos police detective enters the Orange Street residence of Krista Wilhelm Jan. 24 during the execution of a search warrant. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

 

The Los Alamos Police Department crime scene unit parked Jan. 24 near the Orange Street residence of Krista Wilhelm. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

 

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Krista Wilhelm, 33, of Los Alamos is back in jail on charges in two new cases just weeks after she was given supervised probation in three prior Los Alamos Magistrate Court cases.

Under a plea

Road Rage Case Remains Unsolved

on February 14, 2018 - 7:16am

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office continues to look for a white Jeep Wrangler involved in a Feb. 1 road rage incident in which 40-year-old Los Alamos National Laboratory employee was shot in the head while traveling home from Los Alamos to Santa Fe on N.M. 502 between the N.M. 30 turn off for Espanola and Pojoaque High School.

SFCSO Public Relations Officer Juan Rios said despite extensive publicity on the incident, the driver involved has not been identified.

“We have had some calls but so far nothing has panned out.

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Spotted Through Trees At Pond

on February 14, 2018 - 6:56am
Daily Postcard: Sunrise spotted through the trees at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Trisha Ancell

State Police Saddened By Loss Of K-9 Arras

on February 13, 2018 - 4:44pm

K-9 Arras is survived by handler and friend Sgt. Ronald S. Wood. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico State Police is very sad to announce the passing of K-9 Arras. He died Monday in Albuquerque from complications related to an unexpected medical event.

Arras nobly served the State of New Mexico from April 2012 up until his death. During his service with the Department, Arras was responsible for the seizure of 294 pounds of methamphetamine, 133 pounds of cocaine, 82 pounds of heroin and 1,218 pounds of marijuana.

Arras also apprehended fleeing felons on two separate

Los Alamos School Board And Community Budget Committee Meeting Thursday

on February 13, 2018 - 4:12pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board and Community Budget Committee will be hosting the first community budget meeting, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the High School Speech Theater to discuss the 2018-19 LAPS budget proposal.

All parents and interested community members are invited to attend and participate in the conversation.

The first meeting, scheduled for Thursday, will begin with an introduction to school budgeting followed by a review of the school funding formula, a quick Legislative update and considerations for the 2018-19 budget.

The school board and budget committee are asking

Mesa Public Library Opens At 1 p.m. Feb. 23

on February 13, 2018 - 3:38pm

COUNTY News:

Mesa Public Library will open at 1 p.m., rather than the normal 10 a.m. opening Friday, Feb. 23, due to fire system testing.

The closure has been postponed one week due to fire system wiring issues.

During this time, the public will not be allowed into the building due to frequent fire alarms going off.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

The crew is working on final testing and programming through Tuesday, Feb. 20 with full functional testing occurring prior to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23.

Direct questions or concerns to the Public Works Department at 505.662.8150 or email

Los Alamos Big Band Hosts Valentine’s Dance

on February 13, 2018 - 3:30pm

Los Alamos Big Band presents a Valentine's Dance Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

 

COMMUNITY News:

 

The Los Alamos Big Band presents a Valentine’s Dance 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Fuller Lodge.

 

Admission is $15 for couple, $10 for individuals and $5 for students. Admission is free for middle-school children and younger with a paying adult. Tickets are available at the door. Come dance to a variety of Big Band favorites, including romantic Valentine’s Day tunes, or just relax and listen!

 

The Los Alamos Big Band is a 16-instrument 1940s Glenn Miller-style swing band

Chamber Breakfast At UNM-LA Thursday

on February 13, 2018 - 3:27pm

CHAMBER News:

 

This month's Chamber Business Breakfast is 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 in Room 230 in Building 2 at UNM-LA, 4000 University Dr.

 

Presenters Jim Glover and Marianne Tenenbaum of The Idea Group of Santa Fe will provide information about how to use the community branding at your business.

 

The Business Breakfasts are presented with the generous support of the LANL Community Parterships Office. Secret City Kitchen will cater the February Breakfast so register on the Chamber website events page: http://losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/.

 

The Los Alamos

Girl Scout Cookies Arrive At Saint Job For Distribution!

on February 13, 2018 - 1:57pm

Saint Job Of Pochaiv Orthodox Church on Trinity Drive is the local distribution point this year for troops in Los Alamos, White Rock and Espanola. Courtesy photo
 
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LAPS: ‘Just Stop!’ For Our School Buses

on February 13, 2018 - 11:11am

LAPS kicks off bus safety campaign Wednesday called, ‘Just Stop!’ Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools will be kicking off its bus safety campaign Feb. 14 called, “Just Stop!” in order to encourage drivers in Los Alamos to be extra vigilant and stop when the stop arm is extended on school buses.

Over the course of the next few weeks, LAPS will be displaying signs and banners across the county to remind drivers to be careful.

Since the beginning of the school year, and even the start of the new semester, LAPS Director of Facilities and Transportation Keith Rosenbaum has

Patrick Sullivan Receives International Economic Development Council CEcD Designation

on February 13, 2018 - 11:00am

Patrick Sullivan

LACDC News:

Patrick Sullivan, executive director of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

The CEcD exam was administered by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Jan. 27-28 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The CEcD designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the economic development field and sets the standard of

Pajarito Cliffs County Facilities Targeted For Theft

on February 13, 2018 - 10:35am

Los Alamos County Pajarito Cliffs Site facilities are being targeted for theft. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Police Department is investigating a series of incidents involving burglary and theft at the Los Alamos County Pajarito Cliffs Site facilities at 101 Camino Entrada, east of the airport, including the theft of a County truck between 3 and 4 a.m. Thursday.

The truck, a Ford F350 with a flat bed and a dump feature has been recovered and now secured in a shop at the Pajarito Cliffs location.

Bandelier Hosts Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 16-19

on February 13, 2018 - 10:35am

Bandelier staff and visitors will be looking for birds Friday during the Great Backyard Bird Count. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

 

This weekend, Feb. 16-19, is the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count, which in 2018 is part of the Year of the Bird.
 
Anyone who would like to participate can watch birds at home or come out to three locations at Bandelier National Monument - or both. Sightings become part of observations to help track population density, health, and movements of birds worldwide.
 
Everyone is encouraged to count the birds in their backyard (or another favorite location) for at

Jack And Kurt Benner Become Eagle Scouts

on February 13, 2018 - 9:40am
Eagle Scouts Kurt Benner, 18, left, and Jack Benner, 18, with their mother Kelly Benner at their Eagle Scout ceremony Saturday at First United Methodist Church on Trinity Drive in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
From left, Troop 122 Scoutmaster Holly Trellue, Jack Benner, Kurt Benner and Scoutmaster Emeritus Steve Mosier at the Eagle Ceremony Saturday at First Methodist Church. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Jack and Kurt Benner of White Rock became Eagles Scouts during a special Court of Honor

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FY19 Presidential Budget Request For NNSA Released

on February 13, 2018 - 9:40am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has released details of its portion of the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget Request.
 
The President’s $15 billion FY 2019 Budget Request for NNSA represents an increase of $2.2 billion – or 16.8 percent – above the FY 2017 enacted level, representing the Administration’s commitment to NNSA’s unique and diverse missions: maintaining the safety, security, reliability, and effectiveness of the nuclear weapons stockpile; reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation and

projectY cowork Partners With ABQid To Offer Lean Startup Bootcamp In Los Alamos

on February 13, 2018 - 9:39am
Courtesy photo
 
projectY cowork News:
 
Los Alamos-based coworking space, projectY cowork Los Alamos, has partnered with Albuquerque entrepreneurial accelerator program ABQid to launch a new eight-week program to assist individuals who are starting a business in Northern New Mexico.
 
The projectY Lean Startup Bootcamp, hosted by projectY cowork in Los Alamos and facilitated by ABQid, is free for up to 10 participants thanks to funding provided through a Los Alamos National Laboratory Major Subcontractors Consortium Economic Development Industry Cluster Grant.
 
The program, based

Udall, Lujan Grisham Introduce Bill To Help Native Students Access Healthy Foods

on February 13, 2018 - 7:44am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.); and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) reintroduced legislation in the Senate and House to give Tribes an important tool to address the pervasive and serious problem of child hunger and nutrition-related diseases.
 
The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018 acknowledges that Tribes better understand the needs of their communities and are better positioned to ensure children get healthy

IHM Ladies Auxiliary Spring Arts And Crafts Fair

on February 13, 2018 - 7:30am

IHM Ladies Auxiliary News:

The Ladies Auxiliary of Los Alamos is hosting a Spring Arts and Crafts Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28 in the Parish Hall at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church at 3700 Canyon Road in Los Alamos.

Vendors are invited to reserve a table/space at $35 each and include one 8-foot table with two chairs. Fill out the attached registration form and mail back with your payment for the amount of table(s)/space(s) you require.

Do not take or mail your registration to IHM.

PEEC: Aliens And Asteroids Feb. 16-17

on February 13, 2018 - 7:02am
Chick Keller
 
PEEC News:
 
Want to learn about the probability of finding life outside of Earth or how likely we are to be hit by an asteroid?
 
At 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16, join Chick Keller in a discussion discussion and exploration of the Drake Equation, used to estimate the number of communicating civilizations in the cosmos. At 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, the full-dome film Incoming! will play on the planetarium dome.
 
Both of these shows take place in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
 
What is the likelihood that other extraterrestrial civilizations are trying to

Bandelier National Monument Makes List Of America’s 10 Best Small Town Gems To Visit In 2018

on February 13, 2018 - 7:00am

Talus Houses Cliff Dwellings at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy photo

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument comes in at number 2 on the list of America’s 10 Best Small Town Gems to visit in 2018.

Bandelier covers roughly 50 square miles of New Mexico wilderness and is home to the remains of ancient settlements built between the years 1150 and 1550, out of soft, volcanic rock.

Explore ancient artwork carved into caves and other pueblo relics dotted in more remote areas of the monument to get a sense of how their creators might have lived.

See the full list here

Secretary Zinke Prioritizes Conservation And Big Game Migration Corridors

on February 13, 2018 - 6:52am
DOI News:
 
SALT LAKE CITY Friday​, at the Western Conservation and Hunting Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah,​ U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3362, which will improve habitat quality and western big game winter range and migration corridors​ for antelope, elk, and mule deer​.
 
​The order fosters improved collaboration with states and ​private landowners and facilitates all parties ​using the best available science to inform development of guidelines that helps ensure that robust big game populations continue to exist.
 
The order seeks to improve

Northern Foundation Opens 2018 Scholarship Applications With Projected $200,000 Available

on February 13, 2018 - 6:45am
NNMC News:
 
The Northern Foundation opened its scholarship application cycle for the 2018-2019 academic year, and Executive Director Terry Mulert hopes this year will provide more than $200,000 in funds available to students attending Northern New Mexico College.
 
“It’s a very realistic goal based on early projections, and we are working hard every day to cultivate existing and new donor interests,” Mulert said.
 
New scholarships this year include the Belinda Martinez and Bob Trapp Scholarship, which will award $5,000 to High School Equivalency/GED graduates, and the Lightning Boy

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