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Governor Signs New Mexico Senior Dignity Fund Into Law

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed two pieces of legislation Wednesday establishing important protections for New Mexico seniors.

House Bill 225 establishes the Kiki Saavedra Senior Dignity Fund, a crucial investment in improving and delivering high-priority services for seniors all across New Mexico.

The Legislature, in House Bill 2, appropriated $7.3 million for the initiative, a priority of Gov. Lujan Grisham’s for the 2020 legislative session. 

The legislation is named in honor of the late state Rep. Kiki Saavedra; it was co-sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong,


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Council Honors Los Alamos Head Golf Pro Michael Phillips

From left, Los Alamos Golf Course Manager Mike Lippiatt, Interim CSD Director Linda Matteson, Head Golf Pro Michael Phillips, County Councilor Randall Ryti and Parks and Recreation Division Manager Dan Erickson show off Phillips’ two Top 50 Kids Coach awards. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Head Golf Professional Michael Phillips is a multi-award winner. Not only does Phillips hold numerous awards but he is a two-time recipient of the Top 50 Kids Coach by U.S. Golf, which is the highest distinction


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Udall, Senators Introduce Comprehensive Bill To Break Up Cozy Relationship Between FAA And Aviation Industry

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, introduced comprehensive legislation to improve safety for aviation passengers by revitalizing oversight of the aviation industry.

The Restoring Aviation Accountability Act would reform the federal government’s role to implement strong safety standards for and oversight over the aviation industry in the wake of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes


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Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus Shares Information With Staff And Parents On LAPS Planning In Regards To COVID-19

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus sent the following letter Wednesday to staff and parents:

Dear Parents and Staff,

This letter is to provide information about what Los Alamos Public Schools is planning in regards to COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus. We take the health of our students and staff very seriously. 

You are likely aware of the outbreak of COVID-19 in China and the subsequent confirmed cases in the United States and other countries around the world. It’s important to know that the World Health Organization


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‘Inside Arts’ Features Local Photographer TK Thompson

Local photographer TK Thompson is featured on ‘Inside Arts’ beginning Sunday on PAC 8. Courtesy/PAC 8

COMMUNITY News:

The Los Alamos Museum of Art continues its series “Inside Arts” with an interview with local photographer TK Thompson on PAC 8.

The interview airs 8:30 p.m. Sunday, 4 p.m. Tuesday and 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5.

The sheer joy of photography comes through in the works of TK Thompson. Motivated by the “wonders of the world” around him, Thompson finds joy in the whole process embracing the technical advances in current equipment and production.

“I try to give my work an emotional component


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SFNF Recruiting Archaeology Site Stewards

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest is looking for site stewards to protect its wealth of archaeological sites rich with sherds, lithics and adobe pueblo remains.

The selected stewards will receive comprehensive training in a full-day session Saturday, March 21.

Because applicants must complete an application, which is then reviewed for eligibility, the Program must receive applications as early as possible.

The training covers the topics of safety, proper preparation, national forest regulations, historic preservation acts, sensitivity to the cultures, both prehistoric


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On The Job In Los Alamos: UWNNM Visits TechSource

On the job in Los Alamos at a meeting Feb. 20 at TechSource, 1475 Central Ave. # 250, are United Way of Northern New Mexico Executive Director Cindy Padilla, left, with TechSource President and CEO Brian D’Andrea. Padilla is speaking to D’Andrea about United Way’s Cornerstone Partner Program opportunity available to local businesses. To learn more about the Cornerstone Partner Program, click here or call Padilla at 505.663.3891. To learn more about TechSource, click here. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Letter To The Editor: Will Gun Control Be Efficient?

By CAMILLE ROMERO
Los Alamos Student

I am Camille Romero, a 15 year old at Los Alamos High School and have taken a hunter safety course as well as been in a situation where my family and I have had to use a gun to defend ourselves from a mountain lion.

This experience helped me realize how important guns can be when someone is in a position where they need to defend themselves from an animal or a person. Without a gun, my family and I would have had to face the consequences of getting attacked by that mountain lion.

Today in New Mexico gun control is an issue that is being discussed in the legislature as well as


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LANL Foundation And Pueblo Representatives Attend National Home Visiting Conference In Washington, D.C.


Scene from LANL Foundation’s Early Childhood staff and representatives of the Pueblo Outreach Advisory Committee at the 2020 National Home Visiting Summit in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/LANLF

Scene from LANL Foundation’s Early Childhood staff and representatives of the Pueblo Outreach Advisory Committee at the 2020 National Home Visiting Summit in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/LANLF

LANLF News:

SANTA FE — LANL Foundation’s Early Childhood staff and representatives of the Pueblo Outreach Advisory Committee recently participated in the 2020 National Home Visiting Summit.

The 2nd annual


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Weekly Fishing Report Feb. 27

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports & Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The weather turned sharply colder Monday night with a strong wind contributing to the chill.

The temperatures and wind chills dropped to below zero in Northeastern New Mexico. Walking from my truck to the gym for a basketball game was the coldest I’ve felt all winter long.

That said, the pattern lately is for temperatures to warm up quickly and be back in the 50’s in a couple of days. The weekend looks nice.

The lakes that had ice fishing last week are still holding up well. The good news is that Sunday (March 1) several lakes in Northeastern


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AGU: Wind Turbines Perturb Leeward Evening Temperatures

Wind turbines at farm in Texas. Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons

AGU News:

Single wind turbines and large wind farms modify local scales of atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) turbulence through different mechanisms dependent on location within the wind farm.

These changes in turbulence scales would most likely have notable influence on surface fluxes and microclimate during the afternoon and early evening stability transition. Profiles of Richardson number, shear and buoyancy from 1‐Hz tall‐tower measurements in and near a wind farm in an agricultural landscape were used to quantify departures


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State Supreme Court Upholds 2016 Murder Convictions

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and prison sentence of an Albuquerque man for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit the murder.

The defendant, William York, was sentenced to life in prison – a mandatory 30 years before becoming eligible for parole – and an additional 18 years for the death of 32-year-old Cory Coyner in 2016. 

In a unanimous decision, the state’s highest court concluded there was sufficient evidence to support York’s convictions and rejected other arguments in his appeal, including that his sentence on the conspiracy charge violated


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Los Alamos FIRST LEGO League Teams Shine

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus jazzes up the crowd at the December Los Alamos FLL Qualifier and FLL Jr. Expo. Courtesy photo

The Radioactive Gummy Bears are amazed at their robot’s performance in the Robot Games. Courtesy photo

LAFLL News:

Young robotics teams from Los Alamos got to showcase their hard work at the local Los Alamos FLL qualifying tournament and at the New Mexico FIRST LEGO League State Championship Tournament, for teams who advanced.

The Los Alamos FLL Qualifying Tournament was Dec. 14, 2019 at Los Alamos Middle School, and hosted by FRC Team 4153, Project Y, headed by Coach Andrew


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 21 To Feb. 25, 2020

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.

 

JOHN P. KELLEY

Feb. 21 at 3:40 p.m. / Police arrested John P. Kelley, 50, of Los Alamos at 2360 A 37th St. and charged him with Sexual Exploitation of a Child: Possession of Child Pornography.

 

 

 

MARTIN PALACIOS-ARREOLA AKA JORGE RODRIGUEZ

Feb. 25 at 10:55 p.m. / Police arrested Marti Palacios-Arreola AKA Jorge Rodriguez, 44, of Española at 2500 Trinity Dr.,


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Toppers Defeat Pojoaque Elks 63-57

Video by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

Harrison Frank goes coast-to-coast for the score that put the Toppers in the lead in the 4th quarter and the Toppers held the lead against the Elks until the final buzzer, winning 63-57. This was the second round of the district playoffs Tuesday evening in Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Pojoaque. This is the 3rd meeting of these teams with the Elks winning both previous games by a narrow margin. The Toppers now progress to the 3rd round game against the Taos Tigers at 6 p.m. Thursday in Taos. Harrison was the top scorer of the game with 27 points, which included 6-3’s for


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Obituary: Samuel Robert Skaggs June 23, 1936 – Feb. 20, 2020

SAMUEL ROBERT SKAGGS  June 23, 1936 – Feb. 20, 2020

On February 20, 2020, Dr. Samuel Robert Skaggs completed his 83.66 trips around the sun and passed away.

He was born in Philipsburg, PA on June 23, 1936 to Samuel Ralph and Martha Amelia Montes Skaggs.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Richard Skaggs. Bob (Bobby, Robert, Dad, Opa) is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Barbara Jan Hurley Skaggs of Nambe, NM, and his sister Mary Jean Fields of Dallas, TX.

He is also survived by five children, Rusty (Rebecca) Skaggs of Bolivar, MO, Cheryl (Steve) Buckel of Bremerton,

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Lena Loves Los Alamos!

Lena loves Los Alamos, especially the White Rock Senior Center where pets are welcome and treats are available anytime. Lena belongs to Jim Stapp#LoveLosAlamos. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen


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