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Catch Of The Week: Tech Support Scams

on July 12, 2019 - 6:33pm
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

Your phone rings, you pick up, and it’s “Microsoft” calling to let you know that you have “a virus” on your computer. What do you do?

  1. Pay whatever they are asking to have them remove it.
  2. Hang up.
  3. My computer has a virus?? OH NO!!! Kill it with fire!!!

Hopefully, you answered, “B. Hang up.”  Microsoft, Apple, Dell, etc. will NEVER ever call you to tell you there is a problem with your computer.  These scammers will try to get you to hand over remote access to your computer so they can “fix” it.

2019 Los Alamos ScienceFest Discovery Day Activities Schedule, Trolley And Parking Map

on July 12, 2019 - 6:29pm

ScienceFest Trolley and Parking Map. Courtesy/LACD

ScienceFest  News:

The community is welcome to attend ScienceFest fun, all weekend long, as Discovery Day kicks off 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

You may have seen some fun promotional tickets, but organizers want to make sure everyone knows that the large event in Los Alamos downtown area is free, no ticket needed! A small number of activities require fees or pre-registration to participate. You can see the entire list at www.losalamossciencefestival.com/events.

This weekend includes a variety of food vendors, inflatables, photo booths,

County Tree Trimming Underway In White Rock

on July 12, 2019 - 6:15pm

COUNTY News:

Allied Tree Services, under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, began this week trimming trees from around power lines on Meadow Lane and intersecting streets between Rover Boulevard to Overlook Park in White Rock.

Crews will work through this neighborhood until mid-August and then move to the Grand Canyon Drive area. 

According to DPU officials, the tree trimming effort is to reduce power outages by removing branches and trees that are either too close to power lines or pose a risk of falling on power lines.

Trimming trees coupled with an aggressive

Governor Announces 1st New Mexico STEM Challenge

on July 12, 2019 - 5:38pm

NMDWS Secretary McCamley flanked by Santa Fe High School computer science teacher Brian Smith, School of Dreams student Annalicia Sena, and Victor Reyes from the Office of the Governor. Courtesy/Governor's Office

From the Office of the Governor:

Albuquerque - Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today the first ever New Mexico Science Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Challenge program.

High schools that elect to participate will use a question formulated by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as a problem-solving tool in science classes and will receive funding for teacher

Teatro Paraguas Presents Poetry Reading With Natachee Momaday Gray Aug. 18

on July 12, 2019 - 5:07pm
Natachee Momaday Gray
 
TEATRO PARAGUAS News:
 
Natachee Momaday Gray is a Santa Fe poet and artist whose work focuses on the melding of art and myth, ancestry and nostalgia, food and prayer, glamour, frivolity and time.
 
A believer in the saying "the higher the heel, the closer to God," she is intent on composing a unique and charming color to paint her world. 
 
She writes: “I will be reading from a new gathering  that I am calling Silver Box.

Chevel Shepherd Has Arrived In Los Alamos!

on July 12, 2019 - 4:56pm

Singer Chevel Shepherd arrived in Los Alamos this morning. The 17 year old was the Season 15 winner of The Voice. She will take the stage at 8 p.m. today at the Ashley Pond Pavilion as part of the Secret City Summer Concert Series. In addition to Shepherd, the show will feature singer-songwriter Eryn Bent as well as Gabriella Salazar, a 14 year old native Taoseña. Salazar will perform at 6 p.m. and Bent will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Despite being hours before the start of the concert, the lawn around Ashley Pond is already covered by camping chairs

Cone Zone: Week Of July 15, 2019

on July 12, 2019 - 4:37pm

COUNTY News:

The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects: 

Mesa Public Library West Parking Lot Closure:

The Mesa Public Library West Parking Lot will be closed July 15-17, while County crews repave the lot. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Manhole Repairs - Ponderosa Estates in Los Alamos: 

Crews continue adjusting manholes in Ponderosa Estates along Aspen Drive, Sumac Lane and Maple Drive. Work is scheduled to continue through the end of July.

Scenes From TIME Exhibit At UNM-Los Alamos

on July 12, 2019 - 4:30pm

Gordon McDonough of Los Alamos, stands next to his piece, Zephyr Vanes, Friday afternoon at UNM-LA. McDonough participated in the Temporary Installations Made For the Environment or TIME exhibit, which is part of ScienceFest. The theme of the exhibit is Aha! McDonough said his piece is a wind vane, which shows the direction the wind is blowing at different heights. The piece is made of a 25 foot long steel pipe and the vanes are made from a 3-D printer. McDonough said he was inspired to make this piece after seeing something similar years ago in San Francisco.

NM Delegation Applauds Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Bill To Reauthorize Native American Language Programs

on July 12, 2019 - 4:26pm
Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded the Senate passage of the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act to strengthen Tribally-developed Native American language revitalization programs.
 
The bill is named after Esther Martinez, an Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo traditional storyteller and Tewa language advocate who passed away

LAFD Hosts EMS Facility Tour At UNM-Los Alamos

on July 12, 2019 - 4:20pm

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Division Chief Ben Stone chats with Bonnie Olsen during the EMS Training Facility Tour today at UNM-Los Alamos. The tour, which is part of ScienceFest, highlighted the training facility, comprised of areas for scenario-based training with high tech mannequins, including an emergency room and ambulance simulator. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

U.S. Climate Alliance Governors Issue ‘Nation’s Clean Car Promise’

on July 12, 2019 - 4:17pm
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE — New Mexico joined 23 other states of the U.S. Climate Alliance Tuesday in condemning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) vehicle rule.
 
The rule would replace national car emissions standards enacted in 2012. Rolling back these standards will result in increased greenhouse gas emissions and weakened environmental protections.
 
“States have been stepping up to protect our environment and our citizens and will continue to do so until we have a viable partner at the federal level,” Gov.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Canopies For ScienceFest

on July 12, 2019 - 4:06pm

On the job in Los Alamos are crews setting up canopy boothes Thursday evening at Ashley Pond Park in preparation for 2019 Los Alamos ScienceFest activities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

American Statistical Association Pleased With Decision To Leave Citizenship Question Off 2020 Census

on July 12, 2019 - 3:44pm
ASA News:
 
The American Statistical Association (ASA) supports the conclusion of the 2020 census citizenship question debate, as the President announced in a White House news conference this evening that the administration will not further pursue its efforts to include the question on the form.
 
This decision puts at ease the most immediate threat to the data integrity of the 2020 census. However, the ASA emphasizes there is still much work to be done.
 
“We are reassured that the form for the decennial Census has been decided.

LANL Hosts Community Conversation On Needs Of Area Nonprofits And How To Meet Them

on July 12, 2019 - 10:04am
Los Alamos National Laboratory  hosted a Community Conversation Thursday morning at UNM-Los Alamos. The Conversation focused on the challenges facing nonprofit staff and board members in the search for organizational excellence. The morning began with a panel presentation. Panel members from left, LANL Director Thom Mason, Barrios Unidos Executive Director Lupe Salazar, Pajarito Environmental Education Center Executive Director Katie Bruell, Mesa to Mesa Executive Director Inez Leibman and N3B-Los Alamos Regulatory and Stakeholder Interface Program Manager Frazer Lockhart.

IG Report Clears RCLC And DOE Employees Of Accepting Inappropriate Gifts

on July 12, 2019 - 9:59am

Staff Report

A U.S. Department of Energy Inspector General’s report released July 2 has found “no evidence” that DOE employees inappropriately accepted meals or tickets to a Major League Baseball game purchased by the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC). The report also states that a separate inspection is underway over RCLC’s use of grant funds.

The RCLC is a consortium of nine northern New Mexico communities that advocates for jobs and federal environmental cleanup funding at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

James Mountain Takes Helm At Valley Daily Post

on July 12, 2019 - 9:10am

From left, Valley Daily Post (VDP) Co-founder/Publisher Carol A. Clark, new Operating Manager/Majority Owner James Mountain and Co-founder Eric Vasquez signing documents Wednesday that transfer majority ownership of the VDP to Mountain. Clark and Vazquez launched the VDP in March 2015. Clark, Vasquez and James Chrobocinski will maintain minority shares in the VDP newspaper. Clark remains sole owner of the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper at 1247 Central Ave. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

It's official ... with a stroke of

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Delivers Opening Remarks In Key Energy Subcommittee Hearing

on July 12, 2019 - 8:34am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy, delivered opening remarks during today’s hearing on a number of important issues, including energy efficiency, energy storage, artificial intelligence, and carbon capture.
 
Heinrich called for increased research, development, and deployment of long-term energy storage capabilities and to strengthen the U.S.

Museum Of Indian Arts And Culture: Mural Confronts Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Epidemic

on July 12, 2019 - 8:28am
Diego Romero, Girl in the Anthropocene, 24.5” x 19”, Lithograph, Courtesy of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.
 
Mateo Romero, Mondo Pueblo #1, 38” x 50”, Oil on Canvas, Courtesy/Mateo Romero 
 
MIAC News:
 
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture hosts Cochiti artists Diego and Mateo Romero as they create a mural confronting the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic.
 
The event is 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 at Milner Plaza in Santa Fe.
 
As part of the Romero Brothers’ current exhibition, The Brothers Chongo: A Tragic Comedy in Two Parts, the mural will be painted at

AG Balderas Files Court Brief To Protect New Mexicans From Opioid Overdoses

on July 12, 2019 - 8:24am
Attorney General Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Balderas joined a coalition of eight states in filing a brief Thursday supporting the rights of states to enact public health policies that can prevent opioid overdoses, save lives, and treat those suffering from opioid use disorder.
 
The amicus brief, filed today in United States v.

PEEC Celebrates ScienceFest Discovery Day!

on July 12, 2019 - 8:21am
Come see the Electric Vehicle Show at Discovery Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13. PEEC is organizing this event, which is made possible by the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities. PEEC also is hosting the July New Mexico PBS Science Café 2-4 p.m. Stop by to watch a segment of 'NOVA Wonders: What’s the Universe Made Of?' and hear from a panel of experts. Courtesy photo
 
Photo by Thomas Graves
 
PEEC News:
 
Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for two special events this Saturday, July 13 for Los Alamos ScienceFest’s Discovery Day.
 
PEEC is organizing the

Community Development Advisory Board Meets July 15

on July 12, 2019 - 8:17am

Purgatory Hosts Town Series Enduro MTB Races

on July 12, 2019 - 7:58am
Purgatory’s Bike Park. Courtesy/Purgatory
 
PURGATORY News:
 
Purgatory Resort is hosting Town Series Enduro MTB Races, Wednesday, July 17 at Purgatory’s Bike Park in Durango, Colo.
 
After the epic 2018/19 ski season, Purgatory’s Bike Park continues to open trails as conditions allow. Purgatory also continues to develop lift-access biking for recreational mountain bike enthusiasts, including the addition of two new expert trails, Links and Pirate.
 
Purgatory is in the process of building its first lift-served downhill trail for beginners, Shangrila, which is estimated to be

NMFO: Film & Media Industry Conference Aug. 9 & 10

on July 12, 2019 - 7:52am
NMFO News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Film Office will host its 7th annual New Mexico Film & Media Industry Conference Aug. 9 and 10 at the Hyatt Regency, 330 Tijeras Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
 
This two-day conference is a chance to learn about the film industry from a wide variety of instructors.
 
The film industry is booming in New Mexico and conference attendees will have the opportunity to go to multiple training on one subject or to learn about a variety of topics.

Luján, Torres Small Criticize Veto Threat Harming National Security, New Mexico Dairy Farmers

on July 12, 2019 - 7:34am
Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) Thursday sharply criticized the threats from the Trump administration to undercut the country's national security and harm dairy farmers in New Mexico.
 
U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small
 
This week, President Trump threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act – legislation that responsibly funds the nation's defense systems – over the inclusion of language requiring the Air Force to replace or clean water found to

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