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Animals Receiving Care at Wildlife Center Pose at Weekend Open House

on May 6, 2014 - 9:56am
Peregrine falcon is one of several wildlife receiving care at the Wildlife Center in Espanola. Several birds posed for photos during the Wildlife Center's Weekend Open House event. Photo by Jim O'Donnell
Owl with an injured wing receiving care at the Wildlife Center. Photo by Jim O'Donnell
Turkey Vulture. Photo by Jim O'Donnell
Volunteer holds an owl residing at the Wildlife Center. Photo by Jim O'Donnell

Hilltopper's LA Slam Boys Are 14U Champs!

on May 6, 2014 - 9:14am

The Hilltopper's LA Slam boys 14U basketball team won the first annual Jaguar Jam LA Slam 47 NM Heat 39 score championship game last weekend in Santa Fe. Front row from left, Brandan Duran, Cid Rice, Ramon Roybal and Kirk Peterson. Back row from left, Preston Brown, Andreas Runde, Sean Rau, Jack Stewart, Ivan Balakirev, Troy Hammock and Michael Naranjo. Hilltopper Basketball Academy (HBA) is a nonprofit organization that sponsors LA Slam teams of various age groups for boys and girls. Courtesy photo

Lt. Governor Joins Los Alamos Federated Republican Women in Celebrating 60 Year Anniversary

on May 5, 2014 - 8:28am

NMFRW Kirsta Edwards, right, presents a 60-year banner to LAFRW President Mary Wilhoit, second from right, at Thursday 60th Anniversary celebration at Fuller Lodge. LAFRW Treasurer Crystal Dufresne holds the banner at right as Secretary Cathy Walters and Lt. Gov. John Sanchez look on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is the keynote speaker at Thursday's 60th anniversary event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Community members and Republican Party leaders gathered to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Los Alamos Federated Republican

Los Alamos Senior Olympic Coed 4 by 100 Relay Team Qualifies for State Games

on May 5, 2014 - 8:18am
The Los Alamos Senior Olympic Coed 4 by 100 relay team qualified for the State Games on Saturday with a time of 1:14:87. Team members from left, Ted Romero, Bob Weeks, Sheryl Bailey and Margaret Ellis. Photo by Linda Daly


New Mexico Teacher of the Year Carolyn Torres of Los Alamos Visits Washington, D.C.

on May 4, 2014 - 11:54am

New Mexico Teacher of the Year Carolyn Torres of Los Alamos, front row fourth from right, during a visit to Washington, D.C. to meet President Obama. Courtesy photo

New Mexico Teacher of the Year Carolyn Torres of Los Alamos, front row fifth from left, at the White House during a visit to Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

Take Part in 'Give Grande New Mexico' to Support Local Nonprofits May 6

on May 4, 2014 - 10:19am


The Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico is organizing Give Grande NM, a day of giving dedicated to supporting local causes. Give Grande NM is one of many giving days happening on May 6 as part of the national Give Local America event.

Locally on May 6, donors will be able to donate directly to nonprofits working in their communities by visiting
Los Alamos nonprofits who have registered include:
  • Los Alamos Community Winds
  • Los Alamos Family Council
  • Los Alamos Historical Society
  • Pajarito Envirmonmental Education Center
  • Self Help, Inc. 
  • The Family

April Bank Robbers Wanted by FBI in New Mexico

on May 4, 2014 - 7:57am

FBI News:

The FBI and local law enforcement are looking for those responsible for committing seven bank robberies in April 2013 and April 2014 in New Mexico.

Although these robberies were previously publicized, the FBI is asking the public to take another look at the photos and information for the following bank robberies and immediately contact the FBI at 505.889.1300 if they know the whereabouts or other information about any of the suspects.

April 29, 2014
Where: Bank of Albuquerque, 4201 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque

Suspect Description: Hispanic male, approximately 5’7” tall, in his

WIPP Update: Underground Ventilation System Worked as Designed

on May 4, 2014 - 7:22am

The WIPP Underground Ventilation System ensures proper air flow is provided during mining and waste handling activities. It also is designed to automatically switch to Filtration Mode if radioactive contamination is detected in the underground. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Since February, there has been considerable coverage about the WIPP Underground Ventilation System. On Feb. 14, the ventilation system worked as designed, protecting human health and the environment.

In normal exhaust mode, the ventilation system provides a continuous flow of fresh air to the underground tunnels and rooms

WIPP Clarifies Reports on Magnesium Oxide Usage

on May 3, 2014 - 8:30am

WIPP personnel place 'super sacks' of magnesium oxide on the top of waste columns during underground waste disposal operations. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Due to some confusion in recent news reports, here is a more detailed explanation of the use of magnesium oxide (MgO) at WIPP. The magnesium oxide, a dry chemical, is not used to weigh down waste containers in the WIPP underground as one news outlet reported. The material is used as an engineered barrier to prevent radioactive material from releasing into the environment over a 10,000-year period, as required by the U.S.

NMPW Announces 2014 Zia Book Winners

on May 3, 2014 - 8:17am

NMPW News:

New Mexico Press Women’s 2014 Zia Book Awards honored four writers at the organization’s annual meeting April 26 in Las Cruces. Their books rose to the top of the pool of 14 submissions entered this year for children’s books by female New Mexico authors.

The 2014 Zia Award judges selected one winner and one honorable mention in each of two categories: Picture Books and Youth Books.

Winning Books and their Authors:

Kitten Caboodle by Paige Grant (illustrated by Lisa Williams; Azro Press)

After retiring as a hydrologist, Paige Grant, along with her husband, became an active


Lt. Gov. Speaks at LAFRW 60th Anniversary

on May 2, 2014 - 12:54pm

New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez speaks to the crowd gathered at Fuller Lodge Thursday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women. Check back at later for more photos and details from the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is the featured speaker at Thursday's 60th anniversary celebration of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women. Check back at later for more photos and details from the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Attendees listen to Lt. Gov.

Unitarian Forum: Sen. Bill O'Neill Discusses Behavioral Health Audit Sunday, May 4

on May 2, 2014 - 10:46am

Sen. Bill O'Neill


This week's Unitarian Forum is a talk by Sen. Bill O'Neill, Dist. 13 (Albuquerque North Valley), at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 4 at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 N Sage Loop. The public is invited to attend.

O'Neill is a member of the Behavioral Health Subcommittee of the New Mexico Legislative Health and Human Services Committee. He will talk about issues concerning the recent behavioral health audit in New Mexico.

This week's talk is part of the continuing Forum Series at the Unitarian Church.

DPNM Files Public Records Request for Martinez DA Files

on May 2, 2014 - 10:16am


Pursuant to the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairman Sam Bregman submitted a request April 30 for email and written correspondence between then-District Attorney and Gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez, her campaign staff and the Third Judicial District Attorney’s office in 2009 and/or 2010. 

The request follows recent reporting that Martinez’s 2010 campaign utilized the DA’s office for overtly political purposes. According to the Mother Jones report 

“A former [Martinez] staffer recalls the campaign on multiple occasions

Report: NM Has Made Third Largest Higher Ed Spending Cuts Since Recession

on May 1, 2014 - 9:15am

NMVC News:

ALBUQUERQUE— New Mexico has cut higher education expenditures by $4,588 per student since 2008, when adjusted for inflation. Only two states—Louisiana and Hawaii—made deeper cuts. And New Mexico is one of the 48 states still spending less per student on higher education than before the recession.

These are among the findings of a report released today by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). The report’s authors believe such cuts could jeopardize the nation’s economic future, as fewer adults will have the opportunity to earn college degrees.

Gubernatorial Candidate Howie Morales Sparks Student's Interest

on May 1, 2014 - 9:07am

LAHS student Alex Csanadi said he thought one of the best things Howie Morales, AFT endorsed  candidate for governor, said at a Meet and Greet Monday night was, 'I want to run, win, be governor for eight years and not go on ... to the Senate or the White House. I want to stay in New Mexico.' Csanadi poses for a photo at Monday's event with Morales and Marvel Harrison Csanadi. Courtesy photo

EPA Proposes Plan Cutting Harmful Emissions in New Mexico

on May 1, 2014 - 7:28am

EPA News:

 DALLAS –The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing an action that will significantly benefit the people of New Mexico. EPA is proposing approval of revisions to the New Mexico Regional Haze plan that addresses nitrogen oxide emissions and improves regional visibility from the San Juan County power plant.

“We are committed to working with our state partners to improve visibility and reduce pollution,” EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry said. “Pollution, especially air pollution, has no geographical boundaries.

LAHS Sophomore JoAnna O'Neill Earns Highest Score at State Shotgun Sports Competition

on April 30, 2014 - 10:17pm
Los Alamos Young Guns Team 1 competing in Raton last weekend. Photo by Kathryn J. Smith

Los Alamos Young Guns and coaches at the NRA Whittington Center last weekend. Front row from left, Mike O'Neill, Sam Stringfield, Josh Smith, David Smith and Quentin Brown. Second row from left, Kes Luchini, Alison Pimentel, Hannah Wilbanks and JoAnna O'Neill. Fourth row from left, Kathy Smith, Tom Hanlon, Chris Bond and Nick Greenfield. Back row from left, Alan Bond and Dave Smith. Courtesy photo

LAHS sophomore JoAnna O'Neill took first place in the State High Schools Shotgun Competition.

US 84/285 & North Tesuque Interchange Bridge Work Begins May 2

on April 30, 2014 - 10:44am


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will start bridge rehabilitation work on US 84/285 and North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) north of Santa Fe near the Tesuque Village at mile post 171.6 Friday, May 2.

This work will include the removal and replacement of the bridge approach slabs, bridge sleeper slabs, transition slabs and roadway improvements at the interchange. 

Starting at 9 a.m., Friday the North Tesuque Interchange (Exit 172) will be CLOSED, and the US 84/285 northbound and southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane and be detoured through

Gubernatorial Candidate Howie Morales Visits Los Alamos

on April 29, 2014 - 9:54am
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, left, with Sen. Howie Morales and Barranca Mesa Elementary teacher Andrea Determan at Monday's Meet and Greet event sponsored by the Los Alamos Federation of Teachers. The union has endorsed Morales to be the Democratic candidate in the New Mexico governor's race. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Sen. Howie Morales explains why he should be New Mexico's next governor at Monday's event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE) held a "Meet and

Heinrich Website Wins Coveted Congressional Gold Mouse Award

on April 29, 2014 - 9:09am

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. was recognized Monday by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) for having one of the best websites in Congress, awarding Heinrich.Senate.Gov with a 113th Congress Gold Mouse Award.

"I'm honored to share this award with New Mexicans. I'm especially proud that my website was recognized as one of the best in providing transparency and online constituent services," Heinrich said.

WIPP Preparing For Future Entries

on April 29, 2014 - 8:36am

WIPP News:

Last week, Department of Energy and Nuclear Waste Partnership teams evaluated the initial photos from Wednesday’s entry into Room 7 of Panel 7. The entry confirmed that the radiation source was in Room 7, but the cause of the release was not evident.

This week, teams are finalizing safety basis documents and planning future entries to conduct additional investigations in Room 7. During the next entry, teams will have a longer stay-time, and workers are bringing equipment that allows better visibility.

Colorado Groups Tour Los Alamos

on April 29, 2014 - 7:33am

Members of the Pillar Institute for Lifelong Learning and the Women's Educational Society of Colorado College visited  Los Alamos Monday. Seen here dining at the Manhattan Project Bar & Grill in the early evening with lecturer Henry Hertzman of Colorado Springs, center, the group is on an eight day bus tour through New Mexico. The Pillar Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization offering enrichment through lifelong learning. There is no age requirement for the life enriching educational opportunities available to its members.

Los Alamos Nonprofits Participate in Give Grande NM May 6

on April 29, 2014 - 7:03am


The Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico is organizing Give Grande NM, a day of giving dedicated to supporting local causes. Give Grande NM is one of many giving days happening May 6 as part of the national Give Local America event.

May 6, donors will be able to donate directly to nonprofits working in their communities by visiting A number of Los Alamos nonprofits are participating in the event.

“Together with communities across the country, we’re inviting everyone in Los Alamos to come together on a single day to designate gifts to organizations

Del Norte Credit Union Recognized by Quality New Mexico

on April 28, 2014 - 1:58pm

DNCU News:

  • Achieves Roadrunner Recognition for Third Consecutive Year

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, is proud to announce that it has been once again recognized by Quality New Mexico and its New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards program for progress towards performance excellence—Level 3 Roadrunner recognition. 

This accolade is based on DNCU’s success in enhancing the member experience and improving products, services, internal processes and organization.

“We have adopted the Baldrige Criteria framework through Quality

Lt. Governor Meeting Residents in Los Alamos Thursday

on April 28, 2014 - 10:33am

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez


Lt. Gov. John Sanchez will visit Los Alamos to meet with local leaders and citizens 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., as part of his ongoing “Mobile Office Day” Initiative.

Sanchez will be available to personally meet with constituents and his staff will be prepared to provide assistance with all issues related to state government. No appointment necessary.