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LANB’s ‘Trinity Capital Corp’ And Enterprise Financial Services Corp Announce Intent To Merge

on November 1, 2018 - 4:02pm


ST. LOUIS — Enterprise Financial Services Corp (NASDAQ:EFSC) (the “Company,” “EFSC,” “Enterprise,” “we,” “us,” or “our”), the holding company of Enterprise Bank & Trust (“EB&T”) and Trinity Capital Corporation (“Trinity” or “TCC”), the holding company of Los Alamos National Bank (“LANB”) announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement in a transaction valued at approximately $213 million. On a pro forma consolidated basis, the combined company would have approximately $7 billion in assets.

TCC is headquartered in Los Alamos, New Mexico, with

LANL Posts Lowest-ever Illness And Injury Rate

on November 1, 2018 - 12:21pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory has posted its lowest-ever monthly illness and injury rate, as documented by the industry standard of Days Away Restricted Transfer Rate (DART) and Total Recordable Case (TRC) rates. The Laboratory’s rates are well below comparable industry averages.

This summer, DOE renewed the Laboratory’s Voluntary Protection Program Star status, making LANL the largest VPP Star site among the 17 national laboratories.

Head To Head: Hateful Words And Violent Acts

on November 1, 2018 - 12:15pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

In light of the tragic murder of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and the bombs mailed to 14 people and a media outlet (CNN) who President Trump has called out as his enemies, I’m going to postpone the discussion of tribal politics and talk about the capacity of speech to inspire violence.

Hate crimes in the nation’s 10 largest cities increased by 12 percent last year, reaching the highest level in more than a decade, according to a report in May by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism

FBI: U.S. Attorney Designates District Election Officer

on November 1, 2018 - 10:29am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson announced Wednesday that Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Jeremy Peña will lead the efforts of his Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the Nov. 6 General Election.
AUSA Peña has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) for the District of New Mexico and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

Triad National Security Takes The Helm Today At Los Alamos National Laboratory

on November 1, 2018 - 9:32am

The National Security Sciences Building at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL


LANL News:

  • New LANL Director Thom Mason stresses, ‘Change where needed, continuity where critical.’ 


Los Alamos National Laboratory begins operations today under a new management and operating (M&O) contract between Triad National Security, LLC (Triad) and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The NNSA awarded the M&O contract to Triad June 8, 2018. 


“The new leadership team at Los Alamos is determined to strike the right balance between mission delivery for

Texas Super-PAC Attacking New Mexico Land Commissioner Candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard

on November 1, 2018 - 9:31am

Pat Lyons

Staff Report

For the past two months, New Mexicans watching television have been inundated with Super PAC funded political ads attacking or supporting various candidates. One Texas-based PAC calling themselves “New Mexico Strong” has focused exclusively on the usually quiet race for New Mexico Land Commissioner, spending millions of dollars in attack ads against the Democratic candidate, State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos.

Stephanie Garcia Richard

This large influx of out of state spending in this historically obscure office has drawn the attention of many

UbiQD Of Los Alamos Selected Nationally For Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator Program

on November 1, 2018 - 8:33am

UbiQD of Los Alamos is one of only five companies selected nationally for the IN2 program. UbiQD will receive up to $250,000 to accelerate innovative commercial buildings technology. Courtesy/UbiQD


  • One of only five companies selected nationally for the IN2 program, UbiQD will receive up to $250,000 to accelerate innovative commercial buildings technology

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has announced that UbiQD, Inc.

SBA Focuses Attention, Resources On Veterans, Spouses During National Veterans Small Business Week

on October 31, 2018 - 8:36am
Associate Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Field Operations
Nov. 5-9, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is focusing attention and resources on a community that deserves it – our military veterans.  
During National Veterans Small Business Week, the SBA is hosting and participating in free events around the country to provide opportunities for veterans and their spouses to connect with local small business-building resources.
When their military service ends, SBA services to these heroes begin.

FBI: Cyberstalking – Two Cases Illustrate Consequences

on October 31, 2018 - 7:25am
FBI News:
Children and young adults seem particularly susceptible to sextortion—when a victim is threatened with the release of private and sensitive information unless sexual favors, nude photos, or other demands are met.
But two unrelated cyberstalking crimes committed months apart and hundreds of miles away from each other serve as a reminder of the dangers of compromising personal photos being in the wrong hands, no matter the age of the victim.
In Houston, Heriberto Latigo repeatedly used nude photos of his ex-girlfriend to coerce her to have sex with him.

NFWF: $1.1 Million Plus In Grants To Help Bats

on October 30, 2018 - 9:08am

A big brown bat shows the telltale symptom of white-nose syndrome. This mysterious disease is obliterating entire bat colonies as it spreads across North America, and scientists say time is running out to save these ecologically and economically important mammals. Source: Courtesy/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

NFWN News:

  • Four grants awarded to test strategies to stop white-nose syndrome from devastating bat populations

BIRMINGHAM, AL – On the eve of Halloween, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has announced more than $1.1 million in grants to combat white-nose

Letter To The Editor: Trump’s Rhetoric Has Influence

on October 30, 2018 - 8:24am
Los Alamos

Saying Trump’s rhetoric does not influence what people do is like saying Hitler’s rhetoric did not influence what the Nazi’s did.

Hitler’s people voted for him and then he betrayed his people.

Please vote.

New Mexico Educators Tackle Media Literacy Education

on October 30, 2018 - 7:20am
MLN News:
SANTA FE In the wake of Alexa in our homes, and Siri in our pocket and credibility of online information, New Mexico participates in the 4th annual Media Literacy Week, Nov. 5-9, highlighting the essential role of media literacy in education today.
Media Literacy is the ability to:
  • Decode media messages;
  • Assess the influence of those messages on our thoughts, feelings and behaviors; and
  • Create media thoughtfully and conscientiously.
New Mexico’s Media Literacy Now Chapter will celebrate Media Literacy Week by launching a new advocacy and public awareness campaign for

Democrats Host Booth At Trick Or Treat On MainStreet

on October 30, 2018 - 7:01am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján has become a regular at Trick or Treat on MainStreet and brought along his little monster sidekick to help distribute candy to the massive crowd Friday on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Democratic candidates distributing candy to trick-or-treaters Friday, from left, Council candidates James Robinson in his Spider-Man costume, Randall Ryti and Sara Scott, Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler, Council candidate David Izraelevitz and Municipal judge candidate Elizabeth Allen. Courtesy photo

Wonder Woman, AKA Andrea Determan poses with a powerful

KAFB To Conduct Military Emergency Training

on October 30, 2018 - 6:31am
KAFB News:
KIRTLAND AFB This week Kirtland will conduct military training exercises on the installation.
People on and off the installation may observe the increased presence of emergency vehicles, sirens and simulated gunfire.
Installation gate access also will be affected, primarily 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Truman Gate, as enhanced security procedures are performed on inbound traffic. During this time, the Truman Visitor’s Control Center also will be closed.
The exercise involves planning and coordination across Kirtland, as well as other installations, and is

President Orders Flags Flown Half-Staff In Honor And Remembrance Of Victims Of Tragedy In Pittsburgh

on October 29, 2018 - 9:22am

President Trump orders flags flown at half-staff in honor of victims at The Tree of Life Synagogue. Courtesy photo


From the Office of the Governor of New Mexico:


President Donald J. Trump has ordered flags flown at half-staff beginning today in honor and remembrance of the victims of the terrible tragedy at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Penn.




As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 27, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President

Lujan Grisham Calls On DeVos To Address Failures With Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

on October 29, 2018 - 9:11am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) has joined more than 150 Members of Congress in requesting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to turn over more information on — and swiftly act to fix — the Department’s flawed handling of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.
New data show that an alarming number of PSLF borrowers are being denied forgiveness, and it appears that both the Department and the companies that receive nearly $1 billion in taxpayer funding each year to service federal student loans have

Michelle Lujan Grisham Releases Plan To Support New Mexico Veterans With 100+ Veteran Endorsers

on October 28, 2018 - 7:48am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
From Michelle Lujan Grisham for Governor Campaign:
ALBUQUERQUE Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released her plan to increase our state’s support for veterans and their families. The plan calls for the state to play a greater role in helping New Mexico veterans access services and benefits.
“New Mexico’s veterans face unique challenges when it comes to healthcare access, education assistance, housing, and employment,” Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “I’m proud of my record of serving veterans throughout my career.

Governor Dedicates Veterans Cemetery In Angel Fire

on October 27, 2018 - 6:57am

The Village of Angel Fire now has the state's third veterans cemetery. Courtesy/wikipedia

From the Office of the Governor:

ANGEL FIRE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez dedicated the new $3.2 million Veterans Cemetery Friday in Angel Fire. The cemetery is the third cemetery constructed under Governor Martinez for veterans who live in rural areas throughout the state.

“We dedicate this new cemetery to honor all who have served in uniform,” Martinez said. “New Mexicans have always stood ready to defend our state and nation in the U.S.

Lujan Grisham Announces Healthcare Action Plan

on October 27, 2018 - 6:45am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
From the Michelle Lujan Grisham for Governor Campaign:
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has released her plan to build a Healthcare System that Works for all New Mexicans.
The action plan details the nine steps she will immediately take as governor to make healthcare more accessible to New Mexico families.
“Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege,” Lujan Grisham said. “Too many New Mexicans suffer from a healthcare system that is understaffed, hard to understand, and not affordable.

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty Recognizes LANL Director Terry Wallace In Special Ceremony

on October 25, 2018 - 4:20pm

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty presents LANL Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., with the Gold Award—the NNSA’s highest honor. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, the Department of Energy’s undersecretary for nuclear security and administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), visited Los Alamos National Laboratory today to present Dr. Terry Wallace, outgoing Laboratory director, with the Gold Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed by an NNSA Administrator.

NNSA is the government agency that oversees the entire U.S.

Lujan Grisham And Luján Introduce Crop Insurance Fairness Act To Protect Rio Arriba Farmers

on October 25, 2018 - 1:01pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján have introduced the Crop Insurance Fairness Act.
The bill is a response to USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in New Mexico’s mid-year reduction in Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) payments for Rio Arriba farmers.
The Crop Insurance Fairness Act would require that any adjustments made mid-year that result in a decrease in NAP payments not take effect until the following year. This ensures that farmers receive the full payments they budgeted for and anticipated.
“New Mexican farmers

McQuiston: States With Legal Marijuana See Rise In Car Crashes As Much As 6 Percent

on October 25, 2018 - 12:35pm

The Jemez Agency

I came across this article that I thought was interesting and not surprising.
Car crashes were up as much as 6 percent in states where the recreational use of marijuana has been legalized, said two studies.

According to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, the frequency of collision claims filed to insurers were higher in four states where marijuana is legal: Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The studies were presented Thursday at the Combating Alcohol- and Drug-Impaired Driving summit.


Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Honored In TripSavvy Editors’ Choice Awards

on October 25, 2018 - 10:58am
The slot canyon at Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, formed by the wear of water rushing through rock. Courtesy photo

BLM News:

ALBUQUERQUE ― The Bureau of Land Management and Pueblo de Cochiti have announced that Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument has been named a winner in the inaugural TripSavvy Editors’ Choice Awards in the 2018 Beaches and Natural Attractions category.  

The TripSavvy Editors’ Choice Awards takes a two-pronged approach to choose winners: a combination of data and real, human vetting to recognize the very best restaurants, hotels, and attractions across

Rep. Lujan Grisham Supports BLM Decision To Suspend Certain Lease Sales Around Chaco Canyon But Joins APCG To Continue To Call For Permanent Protections

on October 25, 2018 - 9:03am
Rep. Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Lujan Grisham has released the following statement to Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) announcement that the agency would suspend the sale of several leases within 10 miles of Chaco Canyon.
Rep. Lujan Grisham had previously urged BLM to maintain a 10 mile protection zone around Chaco Canyon and to not include it in any future lease sales.
“Despite this announcement, I remain concerned that if BLM does not take additional precautions, important archeological and cultural resources in the area could be damaged and

National Drug Take Back Initiative Oct. 27

on October 25, 2018 - 8:45am