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LAPD Alerts Community About Credit Card Fraud

on March 27, 2015 - 4:52pm

LAPD News:

In March of 2015, the Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) noticed a specific increase of credit card fraud from Los Alamos citizens and visitors to the community reporting unauthorized charges on their credit card accounts as well as “on-line” postings of fraudulent activity in the area.

LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris explained that LAPD began to investigate circumstances that there may be a “skimmer” in Los Alamos County or a malware hack of point-of-sale software used by local businesses.

The LAPD Investigations section began compiling victim’s card usage to address the issue.

RE/MAX Associate Broker Teddie Sue Mooday Inspires 4th Graders To Take Pride In Community

on March 27, 2015 - 4:45pm
RE/MAX Associate Broker Teddie Sue Mooday. Courtesy Photo
 
By KayLinda Crawford
Los Alamos Daily Post

Local RE/MAX Associate Broker, Teddie Sue Mooday, supports the Fourth Grade Foresters of New Mexico Tree Project; and nurtures a growing connection between replanting our forests and inspiring 4th graders to care about their community.

Fourth Grade Foresters was kicked off in 2006, and was created to revitalize the celebration of Arbor Day.

Thanks to 2,591 sponsors, more than 604,600 trees have been distributed to fourth graders in 6,800 schools across the country.

“I found out about Fourth

RTD Adds Additional Bus To Accommodate Chimayo Pilgrims On Good Friday

on March 27, 2015 - 3:29pm

RTD News:

In addition to its regular Chimayo Route bus, the North Central Regional Transit District (RTD “Blue Bus”) will be adding an additional bus along its Española to Chimayo route to accommodate people making the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday, April 3.

Two ADA accessible buses will run on a continuous loop throughout the day 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the first bus begins at 8 a.m. and the second at 8:30 a.m.) departing from the RTD stop on the north side of the Santa Claran Hotel in front of the Arrow Motel.

The route then traverses NM Highway 76 with multiple

Los Alamos NJROTC Takes Home Seven Trophies From Texas Tech University Drill Competition

on March 27, 2015 - 3:22pm
Los Alamos NJROTC front row from left, Jared Rodriguez and R. Michael Purdy, middle row from left, Thomas Hanlon, Derek Janetzky, Gianna Maggiore, Leander Murphy, William Whitman, Ben Hanlon and Lauren Partin. Back row from left, Jonathan Schueler, John Valdiviez, Austin Estrada, Andres Maestas, Rigel Baron, Sam Wolfe, Madison Gaetjens and Mikyla Smith. Courtesy photo
 
Los Alamos NJROTC Color Guard from left, Ben Hanlon, Rigel Baron, Gianna Maggiore and Lauren Partin. Courtesy photo
 
NJROTC News:
 
Los Alamos High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) took home seven

Piñon Elementary School Students ‘Read Forward’ For National Reading Month

on March 27, 2015 - 11:54am
'Gregor's friends' pose in the Piñon Elemtary School Library in White Rock Thursday. All of these students have finished the book 'Gregor the Overlander.' Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Librarian Julie Goen with a copy of 'Gregor the Overlander' poses near the poster listing the 'Friends of Gregor.' Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Piñon Elementary School Librarian Julie Goen has created an exciting way to get students reading. It’s called Read Forward.

Pinon Principal Jill Gonzales found the funds to purchase 50 copies

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Letter To The Editor: LAVNS Extends Huge Thanks

on March 27, 2015 - 11:54am
By LYNN M. FINNEGAN, President
LAVNS Board of Directors

As President of the Board of Directors for Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, I extend a huge THANK YOU to the Los Alamos community for its support of our Daffodils for Hospice 2015. 

We sold 2,300 bunches of daffodils (23,000 flowers!) and raised $16,000!

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service is the only non-profit provider of home health care and hospice services in Los Alamos and the generous support of our donors has been a major factor in our ability to provide quality services for over 42 years.

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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Leads Effort To Keep Dark Money Out Of Elections

on March 27, 2015 - 11:42am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the Senate debating amendments to this year’s proposed budget resolution, Republicans voted against an amendment offered by Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. aimed at making it more difficult for corporations and billionaires to secretly influence federal elections through unlimited and undisclosed campaign expenditures – so-called “dark money.”

Their amendment would have facilitated passage of legislation that promotes transparency in political spending and prevents big corporate and wealthy donors from evading campaign

Check Out This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on March 27, 2015 - 11:36am

REAL ESTATE News:

This is a great weekend to tour the top open houses in the area!

The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe. Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.

Click on the map to read details about the featured home. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open house or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!

Click on the Real Estate Section "red button" near the top of this page to

Five-Year Plan Released To Protect Antibiotics

on March 27, 2015 - 11:35am
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NMPIRG News:

  • Some Good, Some Bad in Obama Administration Plan to Protect Antibiotics ... Plan fails to adequately address growing public health threat

The New Mexico Public Interest Research Group (NMPIRG) reports that the National Task Force for Combatting Resistant Bacteria released a five-year action plan today to tackle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

While the plan takes several important steps necessary to control the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it misses the opportunity to call for critical reforms in the agricultural sector that are

Kindergarten Roundup At All Los Alamos Elementary Schools April 1

on March 27, 2015 - 9:39am

LAPS News:

Kindergarten Roundup is Wednesday, April 1 at all Los Alamos Elementary Schools. 

Children who turn five by Sept. 1, 2015 are eligible to be enrolled in kindergarten for the school year 2015/2016. The purpose of kindergarten roundup is to give parents and children an idea of what to expect for kindergarten.

Parents and students will get to meet kindergarten teachers, principals, school nurse, school counselor and other key school personnel. The kindergartners to be will visit a kindergarten classroom and see all the learning materials, toys and books.

Parents are encouraged

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SFI: Cooperation In Complex Stateless Societies...

on March 27, 2015 - 8:44am
Charles Stanish, Director
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA; SFI External Professor

SFI News:

Santa Fe Institute (SFI) holds 'Cooperation in Complex Stateless Societies: The Archaelogical Evidence' seminar at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 at the Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.

Abstract: The key to understanding the development of complex societies is to determine how groups solved collective action or free-riding problems.

By examining the earliest complex, stateless societies in the archaeological record in any region, we can detect the kinds of strategies in the early Holocene and later

Forum Series: Peec Tips To Connect With Nature

on March 27, 2015 - 8:41am
Sue Watts
 
PEEC News:
 
Environmentalists are beginning to sense that there is a new environmental crisis brewing. More and more people, more and more kids, are losing, or never forming, a connection with nature. Why is this a problem? 
 
Sue Watts will talk about the reasons this issue concerns environmentalists and about ways people can help their kids, grandkids, and themselves become more connected with nature. Since that also is the mission of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Watts will highlight ways it is striving to enrich the lives of people in the community

Rotary Student Of The Month: Madison Foley

on March 27, 2015 - 8:35am
Rotarian Bethany Douglas, right, presents LAHS student Madison Foley with a Student of the Month certificate. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos recognized Madison Foley as its newest Student of the Month during the regular club meeting Tuesday at the Manhattan Project Restaurant.

The Rotary Club’s motto is “Service above Self” and the organization reaches out to students who exemplify this motto throughout the academic year.

Udall, Heinrich Announce $833,700 Grant To Improve N.M. Affordable Housing Options

on March 27, 2015 - 8:21am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that NeighborWorks America will award three New Mexico nonprofit affordable housing organizations with a total of $833,700 in grants funded through last December’s “omnibus” appropriations bill to fund the government.
 
The funds will be used to help families who need safe, affordable housing, and create jobs in New Mexico.  
  • Homewise, Inc. will receive $591,450 to help New Mexicans in Santa Fe and Albuquerque buy homes and make home improvements to improve energy efficiency.
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TALES OF OUR TIMES: Consensus Looked To The Data

on March 27, 2015 - 8:18am

By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Consensus Looked To The Data

Tension always exists between team loyalty and advancing your team’s interests with sound evidence.

In about 1975, I was appointed to a national panel of the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) in Washington, D.C. This rare experience revealed the many worthy souls at work on all sides, and it shapes my point of view still today.

Our panel had the formidable task of assessing the impact of regulations on the nation's economy.

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Luján Votes To Protect Seniors’ Access To Doctors And Extend Health Care For Children

on March 27, 2015 - 8:10am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted Thursday in support of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation to protect seniors’ access to doctors through Medicare. 

“Year after year for more than a decade, Congress has passed short-term fixes to a flawed system in order to prevent seniors on Medicare from losing access to the doctors they trust. Time and again, rather than enacting a stable payment system for doctors, Congress has kicked the can down the road.

High Flyers Gymnasts Win At State Meet

on March 27, 2015 - 8:05am

Los Alamos High Flyers including Emily Smith, middle front, who won first place at the New Mexico State Level 2 Junior Olympic gymnastics championships March 7 in Albuquerque, becoming the first ever all-around state champion at High Flyers Gymnastics. Smith also claimed the state event championship titles on vault and floor exercise. Three other girls earned honors as event state champions: in separate age divisions Megan Martinez and Valarie Valdez placed first on Level 2 balance beam, and Sofia Enriquez won on Level 3 uneven bars with a score of 9.45. Photo by Don Taylor

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Del Norte Credit Union Makes Award-Winning Financial Literacy Program Free For Local Classrooms

on March 27, 2015 - 8:02am

EDUCATION News:

Local students are getting a free education in how to manage their money. Del Norte Credit Union is working with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to make curriculum available to Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe county schools completely free.

"Banzai is a web-based financial literacy program. Kids get their own accounts, and they work through assignments that are based on real life," Banzai co-founder Morgan Vandagriff said. "But because Del Norte Credit Union is sponsoring it, local schools get it for free.

Kindred Spirits Spring Open House May 9-10

on March 27, 2015 - 7:55am
Ulla and Sammy. Courtesy photo
 
Kindred Spirits News:
 
Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that offers hospice and eldercare to unwanted dogs, horses and poultry.
 
Kindred Spirits will be holding an annual Spring Open House and collective birthday party for many of their senior animals.
 
The public is invited to come and visit the animals, learn about the sanctuary, attend free educational talks and demonstrations by wellness caregivers on various topics like; how to care for aging animals, massage tips, nutritional wellness care and much more.
 
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Pecos National Historical Park Comes Alive With Tension And Noise Of Civil War In The West

on March 27, 2015 - 7:45am
PNHP News:
 
Pecos National Historical Park is set to come alive with the tension and noise of the Civil War in the West, complete with artillery demonstrations, music by a fife and drum corps, a look at period military medicine, and the chance to interact with costumed interpreters who demonstrate both camp and homefront life. 
 
The Pecos NHP Civil War Weekend activities are Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29. The weekend’s events will highlight the 153rd anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass, referred to by some as the “Gettysburg of the West.”

New Mexico and the

Valley Daily Post Newspaper Launches Today

on March 26, 2015 - 8:59pm

Valley Daily Post publishers Carol A. Clark, center, and Eric Vasquez, second from right, met earlier this year at the Manhattan Project Restaurant in Los Alamos with members of Española’s ‘It Takes A Valley’ community group to discuss the new newspaper. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

New Mexico’s newest newspaper officially began operations today in Española.

The Valley Daily Post, Inc. is an online publication co-owned by Eric Vasquez, the former REDI Program manager for the Regional Development Corporation and Carol A. Clark, owner and publisher of the Los Alamos Daily Post. 

Vasquez is

Technical Assessment Team Report Released On Cause Of Breached Drum At WIPP

on March 26, 2015 - 8:34pm

DOE EM News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy today released a report by an independent team of technical experts that evaluated the mechanisms and chemical reactions contributing to the failure of a waste drum at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

The Technical Assessment Team (TAT) concluded that one drum, Drum 68660, was the source of radioactive contamination released during the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological event at WIPP. The contents of Drum 68660 were chemically incompatible and the drum breached as a result of internal chemical reactions.  

The

Los Alamos High School Basketball All District, State, North/South Selections Announced

on March 26, 2015 - 8:27pm

SPORTS News:

The Los Alamos High School Athletics Department has announced the All District, All State, and North/South Basketball Awards.

All District:

Boys Basketball:

  •  2nd Team All District: Antonio Trujillo and Jack Stewart

Girls Basketball:

  • 1st Team All District: Ashlynn Trujillo and Amber Logan
  • 2nd Team All District: Makaela Jones and Ashley Logan
  • Honorable Mention All District: Sofia Roybal, Hannah Sledzik, and Jordan Duran

All State:

  • 2nd Team All State : Ashlynn Trujillo

North/ South All Star Team:

  • North All Star Team: Amber Logan

Congratulations to all of these student athletes for

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Governor Orders Flags Flown At Half-Staff Friday For Navajo Nation Police Officer Alex Yazzie

on March 26, 2015 - 8:11pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE—Gov. Susana Martinez has issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Friday, March 27 in honor and mourning of Navajo Nation Police Officer Alex Yazzie.

The full text of the Governor’s executive order:

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2015-004

FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR AND MOURNING OF NAVAJO NATION POLICE OFFICER ALEX YAZZIE

WHEREAS, On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Navajo Nation Police Officer and United States Marine Corps veteran Alex Yazzie was killed in the line of duty;

WHEREAS, Officer Yazzie was in pursuit of a domestic violence

Elks Easter Egg Hunt 10 A.M. Saturday April 4

on March 26, 2015 - 6:11pm

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