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NWS: Today’s High Near 70; Tonight’s Low Around 45

on June 23, 2019 - 5:46am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 70 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 45. Courtesy/NWS

Local Actress Nora Cullinan On Broadway Monday!

on June 22, 2019 - 5:03pm
Los Alamos actress Nora Cullinan will perform on the Broadway stage Monday, June 24 in the Jimmy Awards. Courtesy photo
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos actress Nora Cullinan bested 10 other New Mexico female high school students for the title of Best Actress in the Enchantment Awards May 4 at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque, winning the opportunity to work with Broadway professionals and perform on a Broadway stage in the Jimmy Awards® in New York City.

The National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (NHSMTA®) program impacts more than

Tent Rock Prescribed Burn Planned In Jemez Today

on June 22, 2019 - 1:33pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) may proceed today with the previously announced Tent Rocks prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind direction and weather forecasts, are favorable.

The Tent Rocks treatment area is approximately 2 miles north of Jemez Springs and less than 1 mile southwest of La Cueva.

Up to 1,520 acres will be treated to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire, improve wildlife habitat and improve forest health.

NMDOT: Days & Nights Of Summer ENDWI Campaign

on June 22, 2019 - 1:14pm
NMDOT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s (NMDOT) Traffic Safety Division, more DWI arrests and traffic violations occur during the summer months.
 
The 100 Days and Nights of Summer campaign began 10 years ago in an effort to reduce drunk and reckless driving during a 100 day span. Beginning June 23 through Sept. 30, NMDOT in partnership with state and local law enforcement will commence their annual, aggressive action plan surrounding the 4th of July and Labor Day holidays.
 
In 2018, 100 Days and Nights of Summer resulted in more than

DOI: $40.2 Million To New Mexico For Vital Services Including $92,880 For Los Alamos County

on June 22, 2019 - 12:18pm
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that 32 local governments in New Mexico including Los Alamos County are receiving a total of $40.2 million under the 2019 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, demonstrating the Trump Administration’s commitment to local communities.
 
“Payments in lieu of taxes are made to local governments to help offset their inability to tax federal property,” Secretary Bernhardt said. “These payments are one example of the United States striving to be a good neighbor to local communities.

NMDOH Proposes Medical Cannabis Rule Changes

on June 22, 2019 - 11:53am

NMDOH News:

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) recently announced details of proposed rule changes for its Medical Cannabis Program (MCP) that, if adopted, will implement several important policy changes, including a new maximum limit of 1,750 plants for licensed non-profit producers (LNPPs) of medical cannabis.

The new plant limit replaces NMAC Rule Change - 2019 - MCP - Emergency Amendment enacted in March that adopted an emergency plant count rule of 2,500 plants for LNPPs while the NMDOH worked to obtain data for a permanent rule.  

The proposed provisions would strengthen

Weekly Fishing Report: June 22, 2019

on June 22, 2019 - 10:33am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The near record-breaking spring runoff continues and the weather remains relatively cool for this time of year.
 
We had a nice, soaking rain Monday in the Espanola Valley. The Rio Grande and Rio Chama continue to run high and heavy. Some of the smaller streams are offering some good fishing now and the best fishing continues to be in the smaller lakes and ponds.
 
Some fruits like cherries and mulberries are starting to ripen here in Espanola and show up at the Farmers Market.

Udall Leads Hearing On Five Bills, Questions Administration’s Commitment To Improving Public Safety In Native Communities

on June 22, 2019 - 8:59am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined committee chairman John Hoeven to convene a legislative hearing Wednesday on five public safety bills, including two Udall-led bills – S. 290, the Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act (NYTOPA), and S. 1853, the Bridging Agency Data Gaps and Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act.
 
“Today, we have an opportunity to take action and make good on our promises to improve public safety in Indian Country.

NWS: Today’s High Near 74; Tonight’s Low Around 45

on June 22, 2019 - 8:52am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 74 with a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 45. Courtesy/NWS

Quilts Of Valor Provide Covers Of Comfort To Service Members And Veterans Touched By War

on June 21, 2019 - 8:24am
Jake Espinoza wrapped in a Quilts of Valor quilt was a special education teacher in Los Alamos before going to work for Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps and served two tours in the Vietnam War. He has retired and now resides in Houston, Texas. The mission of Quilts of Valor is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. info@QOVF.org New Mexico State Coordinator Priscilla.andrews@QOVF.org. Courtesy photo

House Natural Resources Committee Votes For Full Dedicated Funding Of Land & Water Conservation Fund

on June 21, 2019 - 8:24am
LWCF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday voted to advance legislation to provide full, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
 
The bill (H.R.3195), the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, is a House companion to S. 1081 and was introduced by Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.), Committee Chair Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).
 
Passage of the John D. Dingell, Jr.

Letter To The Editor: Misuse Of Kids Count Report

on June 21, 2019 - 7:31am
By PAUL J. GESSING
President
Rio Grande Foundation
 
The Rio Grande Foundation supports free market policies. New Mexico Voices for Children is on the left of the political spectrum and usually support more government.
 
There are vast areas of disagreement but I believe that in the end New Mexicans across the political spectrum ALL want New Mexico’s children to do better.
 
That’s why it is so disappointing that Voices for Children is seemingly using the annual “Kids Count” report it publishes with the support of the Annie E.

Air Force Research Lab Unveils New HPM System

on June 21, 2019 - 6:54am
An image of a 3-D solid model of the Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder (THOR) system. The system is used for modeling and simulation before integrating and testing. Courtesy/Verus Research and BAE Systems
 
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE The Air Force Research Laboratory has a new high power microwave system that will be a major asset to the warfighter.
 
The Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder (THOR) is a directed energy weapon that disables the electronics in flying drones. The technology is housed in a shipping container-sized unit.
 

‘The Pacemakers’ Rocking National Senior Olympics!

on June 21, 2019 - 6:33am

Chris Ortega and Victor Valenzuela of Los Alamos are playing in the National Senior Olympics in Albuquerque in the 70-74 age group in basketball. They have won 3, lost 1 and play in the semifinals today. The team name is ‘The Pacemakers’ comprised of two players Ortega and  Valenzuela, two players from Arizona and one from Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Chandler Tacos At The Tub Rescheduled To July 10

on June 21, 2019 - 6:23am

Commissioner Garcia Richard: Holtec International Misrepresentations Raise Serious Safety Concerns For Proposed Nuclear Storage Facility In New Mexico

on June 21, 2019 - 6:21am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard sent the attached letter Wednesday to Holtec International President and CEO Krishna Singh.
 
The letter outlines a number of concerns regarding Holtec’s proposal for a nuclear storage facility in Lea County - specifically safety concerns that have not been addressed and misrepresentations made by the company in its filings with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The surface and mineral estate are split in ownership at the proposed location, with the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance, LLC owning the surface land

Free Online Access Provided To New Mexico’s Official Database Of State Laws, Other Legal Materials

on June 21, 2019 - 6:13am
NMCC News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Compilation Commission, the state’s official legal publisher, announced that unprecedented free online access to the official master database of state laws became available to the public May 1.
 
Convenient online access to more legal materials, including forms used for filings in court cases, assists the increasing number of New Mexicans who represent themselves in civil legal proceedings.
 
“The public deserves easy access to the law and judges need the most current information when making decisions.

NWS: Today’s High Near 79; Tonight’s Low Around 50

on June 21, 2019 - 5:57am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 79 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 50. Courtesy/NWS

Courtesy/NWS

GSD To Post Settlements Of Claims On Web

on June 20, 2019 - 9:49pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico General Services Cabinet Secretary Ken Ortiz announced today that the department will begin the first-ever web posting of settlements of claims against state agencies.
 
“The money used to pay claims is taxpayer money, and taxpayers have a right to know how that money is being spent without going through a formal records request,” Ortiz said.
 
The secretary said the web postings also will streamline the process of releasing settlements, saving taxpayer money.
 
GSD’s Risk Management Division provides legal representation and insures state agencies

SFCC Continuing Education Dept. And Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Co-Host Grantsmanship Training Program

on June 20, 2019 - 9:21am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE — Santa Fe Community College’s Continuing Education Department and Georgia O’Keeffe Museum will co-host a Grantsmanship Training Program Aug. 5-9 on SFCC’s campus at 6401 Richards Ave. in Santa Fe.
 
The intensive, five-day, hands-on workshop for nonprofit and government grantseekers will guide participants step by step through all stages of planning programs, researching funding sources and writing proposals.
 
The Grantsmanship Center will conduct the course.

Udall, Heinrich Call For Senate Hearing On Hardrock Mining And Reclamation Act

on June 20, 2019 - 9:06am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich wrote to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee leadership Wednesday requesting a hearing on the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act to provide a forum for states, environmental groups, and industry to discuss mining reform.
 
The bill requires companies to pay royalties for the first time for the ability to extract mineral resources like gold, silver, and copper from public lands, helps ensure that taxpayers aren’t on the hook for cleaning up abandoned mines, and seeks to prevent another toxic spill

Lujan Grisham Announces Final Cabinet Selection

on June 20, 2019 - 9:00am
NMCD Cabinet Secretary Alisha Tafoya Lucero
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday announced the final member of her Cabinet in a news conference at the Capitol.
 
Alisha Tafoya Lucero is the cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Corrections Department.
 
“Secretary Tafoya Lucero has the experience, skills, vision and leadership this agency needs,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “I’m thrilled to have a New Mexican and a career public servant who has diligently worked her way up the ladder take this top leadership position.

FBI Alert: Cyber Actors Exploit ‘Secure’ Websites In Phishing Campaigns

on June 20, 2019 - 8:32am
FBI News:
 
Websites with addresses that start with “https” are supposed to provide privacy and security to visitors.
 
After all, the “s” stands for “secure” in HTTPS: Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. In fact, cyber security training has focused on encouraging people to look for the lock icon that appears in the web browser address bar on these secure sites.
 
The presence of “https” and the lock icon are supposed to indicate the web traffic is encrypted and that visitors can share data safely.

Luján Announces Major Investments For Families

on June 20, 2019 - 7:39am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) announced Wednesday that major victories for New Mexican families were included in the Labor, Health and Human Services fiscal year 2020 appropriations package that passed the House.    
 
“After years of Republicans working to chip away at our health care and economic security, House Democrats put forward bold ideas to uplift middle-class families and put America back on track.

Human Trafficking In The United States: How Does New Mexico Measure Up?

on June 20, 2019 - 7:02am
HTI News:
 
New Mexico ranked 28th in the United States in 2018 for the number of active criminal human trafficking cases making their way through federal courts with seven cases.
 
All cases involved sex trafficking. No cases involved labor trafficking.
 
These findings derived from data the Human Trafficking Institute compiled for the 2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report. The Report is a continuation of the Institute’s efforts to provide comprehensive data about every human trafficking case that federal courts handle each year.
 
Human trafficking is an economically-motivated

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