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Super Blue Moon Eclipse Jan. 31

on January 29, 2018 - 6:08am
Courtesy/NASA.gov
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 31, a rare astronomical concurrence of events will include a full moon, a Supermoon and a Blue Moon that will be totally eclipsed!
 
Early risers can experience this phenomenon 5-7 a.m. at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, (weather permitting).
 
The phrase ‘Blue Moon’ has nothing to do with the color of the moon. The term is used to describe a second full moon during the same month. This ‘Blue Moon’ will turn red, which is what happens when there’s a total lunar eclipse.

SFCC And AARP Offer Free Income Tax Help

on January 29, 2018 - 6:03am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE ― Santa Fe Community College, in partnership with the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide, will host free income tax preparation assistance beginning Monday, Jan. 29. The annual free tax preparation service will be available in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center at SFCC, 6401 Richards Ave.
 
Beginning Jan. 29, Tax-Aide Santa Fe will be available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays and Tuesdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Bill To Support Booming NM Film Industry Advances

on January 28, 2018 - 9:10am
Rep. Antonio Maestas
 
NMDP News:
 
SANTA FE  A bill to promote the New Mexico film industry sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Bernalillo) has passed the House Labor and Economic Development Committee.
 
HB 113 would encourage film makers in and outside of New Mexico to film within the state by removing the cap on film credits. 
 
“This bill will help unlock more good-paying jobs in the film industry, and expand opportunities in an industry that is already booming.” Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas said.
 
The film industry has put New Mexico on the map and continues to bring

Da Vinci—The Genius Exhibition Opens In Two Weeks At New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

on January 28, 2018 - 8:14am

Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition. Courtesy/Grande Exhibitions

NMMNHS News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Da Vinci The Genius opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) in Albuquerque. 

This world class exhibition from Grande Exhibitions remains on display at the Museum 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through July 29.

Da Vinci – The Genius demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable genius as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect.

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LAPS Shares NM Department Of Health Guidance To Schools Response To Widespread Influenza Activity

on January 28, 2018 - 8:14am

Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Greetings from the Superintendent's Desk!

Friday, staff from the Los Alamos Public Schools participated in a conference call with Dr. Chad Smeltzer, Sandra Penya and Dr. Michael Landen from the New Mexico Department of Health; copied below is their advisory.

Our staff also are using the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website for information: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

  • Every school in Los Alamos has a full-time nurse who is available throughout the day;
  • Staff are providing extra time for student hand washing;
  • Across the district, we

SFCC Announces Dean’s List For Fall 2017

on January 28, 2018 - 8:11am
SFCC News:
 
Congratulations to these Santa Fe Community College students on the Dean’s List who maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the fall 2017 semester.
 

Immigrant Day Of Action Rally Monday In Santa Fe

on January 28, 2018 - 8:10am

Immigrant Day of Action Rally Monday outside the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Courtesy/Somos Un Pueblo Unido 

Somos Un Pueblo Unido News:

  • New Mexicans will rally to honor the economic contributions of immigrants and protest detentions and deportations

SANTA FE – Immigrant families, workers and youth, as well as labor, faith and civil rights leaders from across New Mexico, will hold a rally beginning at noon Monday outside the State Capitol in Santa Fe to recognize the vital contributions immigrants make to the state and speak out against the devastating impact that new federal policies and

Dist. 43 Candidate Lisa Shin Shares Vision

on January 28, 2018 - 8:10am
Lisa Shin, owner of Los Alamos Family Eyecare, PC, has announced her candidacy for Dist. 43. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 
Lisa Shin has announced her candidacy for representative of New Mexico House Dist. 43. Shin, a Republican, joins the race for the elected seat along with Democrats and Los Alamos County Councilors Christine Chandler and Pete Sheehey.
 
Shin said she welcomes the opportunity to run for public office and shared her vision.
 
“I am very excited about the prospect of making a difference

Study: Los Alamos County Among Best Places In New Mexico To Save Money

on January 28, 2018 - 7:59am
SMART ASSEST News:
 
SmartAsset, a New York financial technology company, has released a study on the best places to save money in the U.S.
 
The study compares each county’s income, cost of living, purchasing power and taxes to determine the places where it is easiest to save money.
 
For a look at how Los Alamos County performed compared to other counties in New Mexico, check out the table below:
 
Rank
County
Median Household Income
Cost of Living
Purchasing Power
Estimated Tax Rate
Best Places to Save Index
1
Los Alamos, NM
$101,934
$32,586
3.10
13.60%
100.00
2
Lea, NM
$57,533
$29,874
1.90
13.60%

Patterson: NEA-New Mexico Urges Wise Investments In Education With New State Revenue

on January 28, 2018 - 7:59am
By BETTY PATTERSON
NEANM President

SANTA FE ― NEA-New Mexico appreciates that both the Governor and the Legislative Finance Committee propose increasing support for public education. After years of decreases, every additional dollar is vitally important for increasing student success in New Mexico.

We share with legislative leaders and the Governor an understanding of the enormous economic, fiscal and political constraints which must be considered as they make the important decisions for our state budget.

Pearce On White House Immigration Framework

on January 27, 2018 - 10:34am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Friday released the following statement after the White House released priorities and principles for immigration reform and border security:
 
“As we know firsthand in New Mexico, our immigration system is broken. We need pragmatic reforms to ensure flaws and failures intertwined throughout the system do not continue for generations to come. It is the responsibility of Congress to find a solution and we have made serious progress in bipartisan negotiations to get to where we are today.
 
“We

​​Conservation Voters New Mexico Releases 2018 Legislative Priorities

on January 27, 2018 - 9:32am
CVNM News:
 
SANTA FE  Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) released its legislative priorities Thursday, outlined in the first edition of CVNM’s legislative agenda, which includes priorities such as using Volkswagen settlement funds to transition from dirty diesel to clean electric school buses, protecting the Gila River and protecting ratepayers from PNM’s attempts to pass on the full cost of closing the San Juan Generating Station.
 
On behalf of its 12,000 members, CVNM advocates in the New Mexico Legislature for responsible public policies that represent the conservation values of

FBI: Albuquerque Man Wanted On Bank Robbery Charges Apparently Commits Suicide

on January 27, 2018 - 9:27am

FBI News:

 

An Albuquerque man wanted by the FBI for two bank robberies apparently committed suicide during a standoff with law enforcement Friday.

 
Christopher Tracy Schlarb, 44, was found dead of an apparent gunshot inside his residence in the 1500 block of Calle Sonrisa NE in Albuquerque.
 
FBI Special Agents, supported by Albuquerque Police Officers, tried to arrest Schlarb on a federal complaint charging him with Albuquerque bank robberies committed Dec. 5, 2017 and Jan. 11, 2018.
 
Schlarb refused to exit his residence, and after efforts by law enforcement to negotiate his surrender, a

State Police: February Checkpoints & Saturation Patrols

on January 27, 2018 - 7:53am

NMSP News:

New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of February 2018.

NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving. 

Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

  • Who: New

Regional Coalition Defends LANL Tax Stabilization Bill

on January 26, 2018 - 10:24am
RCLC News:
 
The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) is presenting its defense of the Lab Tax Stabilization Bill (SB17), which seeks to maintain the gross receipts tax paid by DOE national labs housed in New Mexico.
 
The presentation is 2 p.m. today at the New Mexico Legislature Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee, Room 311.
 
RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero will represent the Coalition in providing testimony to the Committee when the Bill is reviewed. Coalition Board members and community stakeholders are expected to be present in the audience as well. 
 

Governor Signs Feed Bill

on January 26, 2018 - 7:47am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed House Bill 1, known as the Feed Bill, which provides funding for the New Mexico Legislature through this year’s session as well as the interim period preceding next year’s session.

The Governor also exercised her line-item veto power Thursday on a $19,100 appropriation for the Senate Rules Committee. The Senate Rules Committee has a backlog of 85 nominations awaiting hearings for confirmation, some of which have languished for years, including public safety, law enforcement and other positions.

Committee Chair: Budget Outlook Opportunity To Put New Mexico Back On Track

on January 26, 2018 - 7:38am

New Mexico House Rep. Patty Lundstrom (D-Gallup)

House Democrats News:

SANTA FE – Updated revenue projections were presented Thursday to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, which project additional revenue to the previous estimate from December 2017.

Compared to the previous estimate, the new projection estimates an additional $157.9 million in the state’s recurring revenue and an additional $31 million in one-time revenue for the 2018 Fiscal Year.

New Mexico Ethics Watch Hires Kathleen Sabo As New Executive Director

on January 26, 2018 - 7:27am

NMEW News:

New Mexico Ethics Watch (NMEW) has announced that its Board of Directors has hired Kathleen Sabo as the organization’s next executive director. Sabo is transitioning into the job and will assume full-time duties as Feb. 5.

A Connecticut native, Sabo received her B.A. from Fordham University in New York City and her Juris Doctorate from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She moved to New Mexico in 1991 and is a member of the New Mexico Bar.

Tobacco Tax Bill Passes First Hurdle

on January 26, 2018 - 6:36am
Sen. Howie Morales
 
NMDP News:
 
SANTA FE  Sen. Howie Morales (D-28-Catron, Grant, & Socorro) bill to increase the excise tax on cigarettes and tobacco products by $1.50 in New Mexico has passed the Senate Education Committee. 
 
By a vote of 4-2 along partisan lines, the panel endorsed the measure that would generate $89 million more annually for public school classrooms in the state, and would keep over 11,000 children from starting smoking and get thousands of adults to cease smoking.

Los Alamos Has Viome!

on January 25, 2018 - 10:59am
From left, Viome’s Head of Project Management Miranda Intrator, President Deepak Savadatti, Chief Science Officer Momo Vuyisich and Research Associate Andy Hatch at the lab Monday afternoon at 81 Camino Entrada in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Viome employees gather with Chief Science Officer Momo Vuyisich, seated third from right, to celebrate the company’s first year anniversary Saturday evening at Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Bandelier Celebrates ‘Year Of The Bird’

on January 25, 2018 - 10:11am
Bandelier has chosen a local bird to celebrate each month in 2018, the Year of the Bird, and the bird for January is the raven. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
In October 1918, a profoundly important law was passed – the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It made it unlawful to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, or sell birds listed in the Act as migratory birds.   
 
It came into being in a time when the survival of many bird species was threatened by the commercial trade in birds and especially bird feathers.
 
Since 2018 is the centennial of the Act, people all over the world are

Environment Department Confirms Lifting Of ‘Boil Water Advisory’ For Cochiti Elementary School

on January 25, 2018 - 9:25am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau is confirming that the Cochiti Elementary School has met the requirements to lift the “boil water advisory” issued Jan. 12.
 
Cochiti Elementary School was required to issue the advisory after bacteriological contamination (E. coli) was confirmed in drinking water at the Cochiti Elementary School. The advisory only applied to users served by the Cochiti Elementary School and did not extend to any of the other surrounding water systems or communities. 
 
The NMED’s Drinking Water Bureau provided

Christine Chandler To Run For House Dist. 43

on January 25, 2018 - 7:58am

House Dist. 43 candidate Christine Chandler on the House floor Wednesday afternoon. She has worked as a legislative analyst for three sessions at the New Mexico Legislature in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Christine Chandler of Los Alamos has announced her candidacy for representative of New Mexico House Dist. 43. She seeks the Democratic nomination in the June 5 Primary Election.

Chandler is vice chair of the Los Alamos County Council and has a sustained record of community service.

Cuba Ranger District Chaparral Piles Burn Today

on January 25, 2018 - 7:56am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions today on Chaparral piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
The La Jara prescribed burn could start sometime before March 30.
 
Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 49 acres of the Chaparral piles. On a date still to be determined, crews expect to complete up to 79 acres of the La Jara piles. 
 
The Chaparral piles

Udall, Heinrich Urge Secretary Zinke To Keep Public Lands In Public Hands

on January 25, 2018 - 7:34am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall led a letter, also signed by Sen. Martin Heinrich, urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep public lands public by prohibiting widespread sale and transfer of public lands.
 
The senators asked Zinke to uphold the Department of the Interior's responsibility to retain America's public lands so every American can continue to access public lands.
 
In response to a growing movement by some states to sell or transfer federal lands to states or give states management authority, a coalition of sportsmen, hunters, anglers, hikers,

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