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DPU To Undergo Billing Software Upgrade Jan. 2-3

DPU News:

An upgrade to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ billing software is scheduled for noon on Thursday, Jan. 2 through close of business on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. 

As a result, customer care representatives’ ability to view customer account activity or process account changes will be limited until the upgrade has been completed. 

Los Alamos County is upgrading its enterprise resource planning software, Tyler MUNIS, to a newer version and during this time many county systems will be down, including DPU’s billing software. 

Customer care representatives


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Preview January’s Night Skies At Nature Center Friday

Discover what is coming up in January’s night skies at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Discover what will be visible in the night sky in the month of January, Friday, Jan. 3 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Join Paul Arendt at 7 p.m. for an interactive tour of the heavens in the planetarium that will highlight the planets, star patterns, nebulae and constellations that may be readily observed throughout the month. This program is perfect for beginner stargazers who want to learn more.

In addition to this talk, the nature center will


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Former LANL Director Siegfried Hecker To Speak At Annual Alice And Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Siegfried Hecker

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

Dr. Siegfried Hecker will return to Los Alamos to present this year’s annual Alice and Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11.

The talk is open to the public and will start at 7 p.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th St.

Titled, “North Korea and Iran: Looking back and looking ahead,” the talk will assess the current issues in two of the world’s major hotspots.

Hecker said that “the signs are ominous for what will happen in North Korea and in Iran in 2020 and beyond.” He also will “look


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CDC Tips For Staying Safe Inside And Out This Winter

Tips for staying warm during a winter storm. Courtesy photo
 

CDC News:

Winter storms are dangerous. They can bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services and icy roads.

This can make being outside dangerous, so you should limit your time outside. Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, you may also face hazards inside your home.

Stay Safe Indoors:

Protect yourself and your loved ones during a winter storm. Take extra steps to make sure you heat your home safely, and follow the tips below.

Heat your


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NWS: Today’s High Near 37; Tonight’s Low Around 18

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 37 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 18 with a 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after midnight and new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts wind gusts across the state today. Courtesy/NWS


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Prepare For Winter Storms; Extremely Cold Weather

Winter storm. Courtesy/CDC

CDC News:

During extremely cold weather or winter storms, staying warm and safe can be a challenge. Winter storms can bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services, and icy roads.

To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, you should know how to prepare your home and your car before a winter storm hits.

According to FEMA , more than 60 percent of people do not have an emergency plan that they have discussed with their household. Here are 5 simple things you can do to start your Emergency Action Plan :

Your Plan

  • Find phone numbers for your physician,

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Highlights From County Council Meeting Dec. 17

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

Dec. 17 was the final meeting for the Los Alamos County Council in 2019. Here are some of the highlights from the meeting:

 

Public Voices Concern For LAMC OBGYN Services

During public comment, several individuals expressed concern that Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) is at risk of losing its obstetrics and gynecology services.

Community Health Council Vice Chair and Chair of Baby Net Carie Fanning said she thought that after decades of continuous use, LAMC’s mother/baby unit is in jeopardy of closing. “Continuous local


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Abiquiu Lake Hosts Annual Midwinter Bald Eagle Count

The annual midwinter eagle count is Saturday at Abiquiu Lake. Courtesy photo
 
USACE News:
 
ABIQUIU LAKE The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Abiquiu Lake will host its annual midwinter eagle count event 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.
 
The event is free and open to the public.
 
Volunteers will meet at the Abiquiu Lake Visitor Center. The New Mexico Wildlife Center will present a short educational program on bald eagles. At 10 a.m., volunteers will be directed to various locations around the lake to begin the eagle count.
 
Volunteers are asked to dress warmly

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Cowboy Breakfast At Posse Lodge Sunday Jan. 5

COWBOY BREAKFAST: Ththe community is invited to enjoy breakfast 7-11 a.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Roadnear the stables. Proceeds from this month’s breakfast benefit the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse nonprofit. Breakfast includes plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and a seasonal surprise pancake; sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 adults; $4 children 10 and under. Visit www.lasheriffsposse.com. Courtesy/LASPL


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NWS: Today’s High Near 36; Tonight’s Low Around 15

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 36 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 15. Courtesy/NWS

Conditions at midnight look to be dry and tranquil, yet cold. Temperatures will range from the single digits in the high elevations of northern New Mexico to the low 30’s in east central to southeastern parts of the state. Courtesy/NWS


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Secretary Of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver Releases Draft Rule And Announces Public Input Process

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released a draft rule today concerning the creation of a uniform system of randomizing candidate names running for the same office to determine the order that they will appear on the ballot, and announces a public hearing to gather community input. This rule repeals and replaces the current 1.10.7 NMAC.
 
The purpose of the public hearing is to allow members of the public an in-person opportunity to submit data, testimony, and arguments on the proposed rule

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LALT: ‘The Neverending Story’ Opens Jan. 10

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will present the beloved tale, “The Neverending Story” at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Jan. 10-25 and 2:30 p.m. Sundays Jan. 12 and 19 at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nector St. in Los Alamos.

The production is directed by Mimi Adams and produced by Elisa Enriquez.

“Something special about this show is that 10 percent of profits will be donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico,” Enriquez said.

“The Neverending Story” (Die unendliche Geschichte) is a fantasy novel by German writer Michael


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County Zero Waste Team Provides Sustainable Holiday And Gift Giving Guide

COUNTY News:

  • Zero Waste Tip: Give the gift of quality time to family and friends.

Americans throw away 25 percent more waste during the winter holidays than at any other time of the year.

For this holiday season, the Zero Waste Team would like to offer a few ideas to have a sustainable holiday and give gifts with a lower carbon footprint and less waste.

These suggestions can inspire a different approach to make holidays special while reducing material waste and the carbon footprint. The gift of our time and connection with family and friends is often more enjoyable than yet another item.

How to Have


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SafeWise: New Mexico Ranks #5 In The Nation For Impaired Driving Deaths On New Year’s Eve

SafeWise News:

Next to Mardi Gras, people consume the most drinks on average during the New Year’s holiday, with an average of 43.5percent of the population binge drinking.

SafeWise wants to help people ring in the New Year with class and grace, helping them get home safe. SafeWise  is giving away $10 Lyft vouchers to the first 100 people who register for the Safe Rides Home campaign.

Even those who don’t qualify for the voucher can still save the $6,500 or more they’d spend on a DUI by instead hailing a ride from companies like Lyft, taking public transport, or asking a friend to be the designated


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NNSA Issues Partial Withdrawal Of November 2019 Floodplain Assessment For NM 4/East Jemez; TA-72

NNSA News:
 
The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office (NA-LA) has issued a partial withdrawal of the November 2019 Floodplain Assessment for the New Mexico State Route 4 and East Jemez Road Intersection and Floodplain Statement of Findings Technical Area-72 Shooting Range Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos New Mexico(Floodplain Assessment). 
 
The New Mexico State Route 4 and East Jemez Road intersection Floodplain Assessment analysis is withdrawn. This project has not yet received the funding

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GOP Seeks Participants For Elections 101 Seminar

GOP News:

There is a very important election that culminates Nov. 3, 2020, and New Mexico’s future depends on a fair election.

The Republican Party of New Mexico is calling on members to participate Jan. 4, 2020 in a training for volunteers called, Elections 101 Seminar: To Help Keep New Mexico Elections Fair.

Most New Mexicans are aware that there is an election season just ahead that is vital to the GOP future. There are more than 530 polling locations plus 33 county clerk offices that need staff and trained volunteers. Rough count, needed are 1,200 trained election watchers, poll


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Los Alamos County Tops Most Insured In New Mexico

SMARTASSET News:
 
A recent study by financial technology company SmartAsset found the places with the highest insurance coverage rates in New Mexico.
 
Counties were measured by the percentage of the population with auto, health and life insurance coverage. SmartAsset ranks Los Alamos County as #1 in New Mexico.
 
Check out the table to see the top counties in New Mexico:
 
Rank
County
Auto Insurance Coverage
Health Insurance Coverage
Life Insurance Coverage
Overall Coverage Index
1
Los Alamos, NM
83.10%
95.70%
27.94%
45.00
2
Grant, NM
82.64%
95.38%
26.13%
42.69
3
Quay,

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