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Governor Announces Legislation To Improve New Mexico Special Education … Bill Will Create Dedicated Office, Increase Support For Teachers

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today the introduction of legislation designed to support New Mexico students with disabilities and improve special education in schools across the state.

Sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson, House Bill 285 will create the Office of Special Education, attached to the Public Education Department with a director to be appointed by the governor, to expand special education oversight and ensure effective and timely delivery of special education services for students, in addition to increasing supports and establishing Read More

LAHP Adds Cindy Hollabaugh As Program Manager

Gathered together for a photo Monday morning, from left, Contractor Simon Lopez of TruBuilders, LAHP Program Manager Cindy Hollabaugh and homeowner Linda Dickson in front of her home where renovations are underway on Cheryl Avenue in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos Housing Partnership (LAHP) has added Cindy Hollabaugh as program manager for the Home Renewal Program and Homebuyer Assistance Program.

“The organization is extremely fortunate to have someone with Cindy’s skills, experience Read More

Electric Utility Is Sparking! Department Of Public Utilities Briefed On County Electric Distribution And Generation

Participants Thursday night at the BBU Town Hall in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

The BPU hears a presentation on the County’s electric distribution. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

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

While Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is exploring a variety of energy options for its electric generation including solar and battery storage, geothermal, wind, pump hydro and simple cycle gas turbines, there is one option that DPU feels is the strongest bet: the Carbon Free Power Read More

Congressional Delegation Welcomes More Than $74.7 Million In Federal Funding For Public Transportation In New Mexico

Congressional News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.), Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.), and Gabe Vasquez (D-N.M.) are welcoming a total of $74,773,262 in formula funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that will be made available to transit agencies and communities in New Mexico to support public transportation.

New Mexico is receiving the funding through FTA formula programs in Fiscal Year 2023, which includes funding from both Read More

Wildfire Preparedness: Pack A Go-Bag & Keep It Near!

Courtesy/FSG

Forest Stewards Guild News:

SANTA FE — It is vital to have an emergency kit and an evacuation plan in place for you and your family.

The 2023 Wildfire Preparedness is Year-Round campaign provides monthly wildfire preparedness tasks that follow the changing seasons. The February message from the Forest Stewards Guild and the Fire Adapted NM learning network, partners, agencies and non-governmental organizations is, “Preparedness is all Year, Pack a Go-Bag and Keep it Near.”

Whether you live in the wildland-urban interface or in a rural area in the mountains, communication Read More

All-You-Can-Eat Cowboy Breakfast At Posse Lodge Sunday

COMMUNITY News:

The community is invited to enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast 7-11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 at the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road near the stables.

Breakfast includes plain, blueberry, banana and chocolate chip pancakes with sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee.

The cost is $8 adults; $5 children 10 and under.

Proceeds benefit the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Read More

LACF Hosts Free Estate Planning Workshop

LACF hosts workshop on estate planning basics Tuesday, Feb. 7 at UNM-LA in Building 2, Room 230. Courtesy image

LACF News:

The Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) invites the public to an important workshop on the basics of estate planning Tuesday, Feb. 7 at UNM-LA (Building 2, Room 230).

Join LACF for an overview of common estate planning tools and discussion of how these may apply to you or your loved ones. 

Topics include last will and testament, revocable or living trust, advanced health care directive, durable power of attorney, transfer on death deed, and ways to include charitable Read More

LAPD Clears Main Hill Crash – Traffic Flowing Smoothly

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) reports that the accident on N.M. 502 (Main Hill) below the twin tanks is cleared and traffic is flowing smoothly.

This accident involved two cars and no injuries were reported.

Santa Fe County took over the crash scene as it ccurred in their jurisdiction. Read More

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Chocolate Flan

Chocolate Flan ready to serve. Photo by Liddie Martinez.

Video showing how to prepare chocolate flan. Video by Liddie Martinez

By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Española Valley

Over the last decade, flan has been popping up on fancy dessert menus at high end restaurants with great frequency. It used to be that outside of New Mexico, you rarely saw it in the US and most folks did not know what it was when this special dessert came up in conversation. Now it is standard fare and holds its own among Lava Cake, Chocolate Mousse and Tiramisu.

As a kid, my sister and I would pool our money to go eat flan at El Paragua after school Read More

Pets Of The Week: Meet David & Barbie

David is an orange tabby cat daddy so motherly toward the kittens he arrived with that it was assumed he was their mama. David and his brother Josh are the sweetest, most empathetic boys with old souls inside their 1 and 2-year-old bodies. They are caretakers and lovebugs, ready to go home neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and all fees waived. Española Humane is open to walk-in adopters 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For details, click here. Courtesy/EH

Barbie the Anatolian Shepherd mix with baby blue eyes is swoon-worthy. She weighs 6 lbs. at 8 weeks old and goes home spayed, microchipped, Read More

Four Los Alamos Scientists Honored By American Association For The Advancement Of Science

Stosh Kozimor 

LANL News:

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) scientists have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The honorees are Stosh Kozimor, Rangachary Mukundan, Tanja Pietrass and Sergei Tretiak.

“For Mukund, Sergei, Stosh and Tanja, this recognition as an AAAS fellow speaks to the important contributions they have each made in their disciplines and to the Laboratory,” said Deputy Read More

Los Alamos Integrative Health Center Brings The Latest In Natural Healing To Los Alamos

The staff of Los Alamos Integrative Health Center, from left, Mark Huebner, LMT; Claudia Munoz, office assistant; Angie Bartholomew, LMT; Nikhil Ramburn, DOM; Cait Fischer, LMT, Anastasia Tsiagkouis, LMT; and Sarah Heinold, medical assistant. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Dr. Nikhil Ramburn heads up the dynamic team of health practitioners at Los Alamos Integrative Health Center, a locally-owned, health and wellness clinic. The large, airy clinic in Central Park Square (next door to Rigaberto’s) houses Read More

Traffic Alert: Multiple Car Crash … Avoid Main Hill Road

Traffic Alert:

The Los Alamos Police Department has issued an alert to motorists that a crash involving multiple vehicles has occurred in the westbound lane of N.M. 502 heading up the Main Hill Road (just below the twin tanks).

Police are advising motorists to avoid the left lane, merge right and drive with extra caution.

If at all possible, motorists should avoid the area completely and seek alternate routes to allow first responders to clear the scene. Read More

Obituary: Marjorie McInroy Nov. 2, 1931 – Jan. 7, 2023

MARJORIE ARLENE BEACH MCINROY Nov. 2, 1931 – Jan. 7, 2023

Marjorie (Marge) McInroy, 91, of Rio Rancho, NM, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on the morning of January 7, 2023.

Marge was born on November 2, 1931, to Floyd and Bertha (Louise) Beach in Mansfield, PA. She was the youngest of their three children, following brother Earl and sister Marie.

On September 5, 1953, she married the love of her life, Jim McInroy. Their marriage of 69 years served as an example of love and commitment. Over the years their love grew as did their family. They welcomed five children, Barbara, Robert, Read More

Los Alamos State Farm Agent Loren Valdez Fosters Puppy Brothers Rusty & Rowdy Found Roaming Streets In Santa Fe

Six-week-old Rusty is being fostered by Loren Valdez at his State Farm Insurance Agency at 1350 Central Ave. Ste. 100 in downtown Los Alamos. Rusty and his brother Rowdy were found recently roaming the streets in Santa Fe. The small brothers appear to be German Shepherd-boxer mixes. Rusty is shown here Wednesday afternoon with his new friend, State Farm Account Representative Roberta Madrid at the Valdez Agency. To learn how to adopt these adorable puppies, visit the Santa Fe Animal Shelter here. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypst.com

Rusty, 6-weeks-old, relaxes at his foster dad Loren Valdez’ Read More

McQuiston: How To Help Prevent House Fires

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
Jemez Insurance Agency
Serving Los Alamos Since 1963

Using our claim data, Travelers Insurance has developed a list of the most common causes of fire-related losses as well as some things you can do to help prevent them.

Faulty Wiring and Outlets Are One of the Top Causes of House Fires.

        • Check the electrical cords throughout your home for signs of fraying, and replace all frayed wires.
        • Do not pinch or cover electrical cords with items such as rugs.
        • Be aware of the capacity of your home’s electrical system. Do not overload your circuits. If you have questions about your home’s
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Senate Bill 99 To Lift Prohibition On Rent Control Falters

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Post file photo

By DANIEL J. CHACÓN
The Santa Fe New Mexican

Jason Santos weighed roughly 185 pounds when he moved to New Mexico in August.

Today, the University of New Mexico graduate student is about 45 pounds lighter.

It wasn’t by choice.

Santos, 24, told legislators considering a bill Wednesday to repeal a prohibition on rent control he’s been skipping meals to make sure he has a roof over his head.

“I’m not the only one,” he said. “There are many students like me who are having to choose between paying rent or eating food.”

Members of the Senate Health and Public Affairs Read More

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