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AG Balderas Supports Effort To Reject Education Department Rule That Fails To Protect Students

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

SANTA FE — Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a coalition of states in supporting Congressional efforts to reject a final rule by the U.S. Department of Education that fails to protect students and taxpayers from the misconduct of unscrupulous schools.

In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general supported efforts to reject the U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Borrower Defense Rule pursuant to a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act.

“New Mexican students trying to make a better life for themselves and their


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Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $850,000 In Grants To GallupARTS And Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), announced Tuesday that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded $100,000 to gallupARTS to support a digital project to increase public engagement and $750,000 to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum for a grant-matching fund to encourage private support for a humanities project.

These grants will support New Mexico’s creative economy.

“New Mexico’s unique landscapes and rich history has inspired artists for generations—from trailblazers


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Kehar Koslowsky And Robert Tweeten Perform Feb. 28

Mezzo soprano Kehar Koslowsky and pianist Robert Tweeten perform Feb. 28 at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

MUSIC News:

Mezzo soprano Kehar Koslowsky and pianist Robert Tweeten perform 5:30-6:15 p.m., Feb. 28 for the TGIF Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe, 208 Grant Ave.

Admission is free and open to all; a freewill offering will be accepted.

Program:

A Unconventional Cabaret

  • Sweeter Than Roses – Henry Purcell
  • Music for a While – Henry Purcell
  • Dear Pretty Youth – Henry Purcell
  • Les Chemins de L’Amour – Francis Poulenc

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Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 15, 2020

By GEORGE MORSE

SPORTS and Outdoors

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Chama River below Abiquiu Dam is undergoing a stream improvement project and there are some closures along the river at this location.

You can no longer access the river by driving down Abiquiu Dam. The Chama River can be accessed from a road that runs along the river.

That road starts just north of Bodes General Store in Abiquiu on the left just before you cross the bridge over the Chama River on US Highway 84. It is not suited for passenger cars and you will need four-wheel drive. It will end at a gate about one-quarter to one-half mile below

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Jenny McCumber Takes Helm At LAPS Foundation

Jennifer McCumber is the new executive director for the LAPS Foundation. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools has announced that Jennifer McCumber is the new executive director for the LAPS Foundation.

McCumber officially began this position Monday, Jan. 6.

While this is a new role for McCumber, she is by no means new to the schools or the Foundation. Most recently, she served as a school board member for District 5 (Mountain Elementary) 2015-2019.

She also served on the board of the LAPS Foundation for several years as the school board representative, a committee assignment


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NM Public Regulation Commission Network Is Down

PRC News:

SANTA FE — The network internet and intranet system at the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is down but expected to be assessed and fixed within 10-days.

The system has been down since Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, and has remained in a non-operational condition since apparently being hacked.

Jason Montoya, chief of staff, stated that the network is expected to be properly functioning after  third party risk assessment is conducted as required by the Department of Information and Technology.  

It may take at least 10 days. The system is currently in safe mode, while IT engineers and


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Obituary: Timothy Karyl Owens Jan. 20, 1960 – Jan. 9, 2020

TIMOTHY KARYL OWEN Jan. 20, 1960 – Jan. 9, 2020

Timothy Karyl Owens left family and friends on January 9, 2020. Tim was born January 20, 1960 in Gunnison, Colorado. He was educated in the Los Alamos school system, served honorably in the United States Army and worked professionally as an X-ray Technician.

Tim leaves behind mother, Romayne; brothers, Perry and Theodor; sons, Westly, Travis and Clayton and loving extended family.

Tim was very proud of being a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. Tim’s professional career was distinguished by his loving attendance and excellent X-ray diagnostic.


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County Discoveries Action Team Meets Jan. 23

COUNTY News:

The next meeting of the Los Alamos County Discoveries Action Team (DAT) is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge

New members interested in joining the team are invited to come to the meeting and visit with County Staff and team members while enjoying a free lunch, followed by a recap of 2019 accomplishments and reports from project champions and current projects moving ahead in 2020.

The Discoveries Action Team is open to all County residents, businesses and organizations. Volunteers donate time and talent to Place-Making (enhancing Los Alamos


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On The Job In Los Alamos: Hot Rocks Eatery Inside Los Alamos Medical Center

On the job in Los Alamos Tuesday morning is Dani Macias ready with a wide variety of burritos, coffee and special treats at Hot Rocks inside the main entrance of Los Alamos Medical Center at 3917 West Road. Hot Rocks is open 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. #worklosalamos #wherediscvoeriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com


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Los Alamos County To Challenge EPA MS-4 Ruling

County Manager Harry Burgess

COUNTY News:

County officials have announced their intent to challenge a recent ruling from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requiring Los Alamos County to obtain and comply with a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) MS-4 permit.

In addressing the need for this challenge, County Manager Harry Burgess cited significant legal concerns about how the EPA’s decision was reached. Burgess also expressed serious concerns about the fairness of the EPA ruling which would unfairly place the costs of cleanup and monitoring upon the citizens


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SFCC Continuing Education Open House Jan. 23

SFCC News:

Santa Fe Community College Continuing Education Open House. Learn about the wide variety

of classes for life-long learners.

Meet instructors and hear about all of the great offerings for spring, register and much more during the Continuing Education open house at Santa Fe Community College, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 in Room 131, 6401 Richards Avenue.

SFCC Continuing Education is offering several new classes, including Pizza Party for Parents and Kids, Personal Paths to Joy, How to Become an Indiana Jones, and How Motown Changed America.

For more information, visit https://www.sfcc.edu/offices/continuing-education/


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DPU: Waterline Repair Underway On N.M. 4

A worker on the job today at the scene of a waterline leak that is under repair on N.M. 4. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene today on N.M. 4 where a waterline leak is under repair. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

DPU News:

Water crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) are repairing a waterline on N.M. 4 that broke last weekend. 

Crews continue to work on the shoulder with no interruption to water services in the northeast bound lane leaving White Rock at the bend heading toward the townsite.

A lane may be dropped later today that will require a flagging operation


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Obituary: Lillian (Lil) Apodaca Sept. 29, 1931 – Jan. 12, 2020

LILLIAN (LIL) APODACA Sept. 29, 1931 – Jan. 12, 2020

Lillian (Lil) Apodaca, beloved wife, mother, sister, mother-in-law, aunt, grandma, great grandma and friend, passed from this life on January 12th, 2020, leaving an indelible memory with each of us who knew and loved her.

Her legacy will be treasured forever and will be joyfully passed on to future generations.

Words cannot express the ache and sense of loss felt by all of us whose lives she touched. She was known for bringing family together, having genuine concern for her many friends, prioritizing relationships and making time for the people


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Community Asset Award Winners Announced

The Director’s Choice Award was presented to Los Alamos Police Officer Ben Irving, left, and Steve Bublitz of the Los Alamos Arts Council. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Marlene Trujillo was nominated by a customer as the top employee for Smith’s Marketplace. Her checkout line at the store is long, but customers don’t mind waiting for a chance to chat with kindness. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

COMMUNITY News:

The Community Assets Award winners have been announced in the following categories:

Blazing Businesses

  • Aspen Copies    
  • Morning Glory Bakery

Art In Public Places

  • Catherine Ozment      
  • Jeremy

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Udall Applauds House Passage Of PFAS Action Act

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement Monday on last week’s House passage of the PFAS Action Act:

“The House vote to pass the PFAS Action Act brings communities in New Mexico and across the country one step closer to the relief they long have deserved. While federal agencies drag their feet – families, business owners, farmers, service members and communities continue to suffer from exposure to these hazardous chemicals. The evidence is clear that these chemicals are toxic, and the federal government has a responsibility


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Legislators Preview Upcoming 30-Day Session

From left, Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler, Dist. 5 Sen. Richard Martinez and Dist. 6 Sen. Roberto Gonzales answer questions during the Legislative Preview Jan. 9 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Voices for Children Deputy Director Amber Walin addresses the audience during the Legislative Preview. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON

Los Alamos Daily Post

bjgordon@ladailypost.com

The three New Mexico state legislators who represent Los Alamos spoke at a Legislative Preview presented by the League of Women Voters and the


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