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Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes Completes Studies At Naval Postgraduate School Center For Homeland Defense And Security

on December 17, 2017 - 7:09am

Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes, right, with his friend, former Los Alamos National Laboratory Physical Security Division Leader Michael Wismer Friday at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Wismer, who lives in Santa Fe flew out with his wife Lisa Wismer to join Hughes and his wife Jodi Hughes at a ceremony in which Hughes graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Scenes From Wreaths Across America At Guaje Pines

on December 17, 2017 - 6:34am

American Legion Riders Post 90 President Ed McDaris welcomes guests Saturday to the annual Wreaths Across America event at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Volunteers placed wreaths on the graves of the 375 veterans laid to rest at Guaje Pines. McDaris called for a moment of silence to remember the fallen, prisoners of war and those missing in action and to honor those who have served and are still serving ‘in this great nation’s armed services’. Photo by John McHale/

Post 90 Cmdr.

Fr. Glenn: Laying The Foundation

on December 17, 2017 - 5:23am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Perusing local news, we see recent stories of brawling young lads at Smith’s … young lads walking quite unwisely across ice at Ashley Pond. I couldn't help but remember my own days of teenage male youthfulness—the testosterone-fueled drives of pride and combativeness in young males, which so easily turns to rage—something seen throughout the animal kingdom.

Young men typically have feelings of inadequacy due to yet-unproven manhood and the longing to remedy such perceived deficiency—mine own exacerbated by tales of

Mountain’s Project VeX Robotics Team Takes 3rd

on December 17, 2017 - 5:19am

Mountain Elementary School Robotics Team Project VeX bring home 3rd place in Arizona competition. Courtesy/LAPS

Members of the Mountain Elementary School Robotics Team Project VeX. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Mountain Elementary School Robotics Team, Project VeX, traveled to Arizona Dec. 1-3 to compete in the Northern Arizona VeX IQ Challenge. Out of 40 teams, they finished 3rd in the skills portion of the competition, an impressive feat for a brand-new team. Not only was this the first competition for the young team, they also were the only team from New Mexico.

Mountain’s PE teacher,

SFNF Stops Ignitions On Gallinas Watershed Burn

on December 17, 2017 - 5:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – There will be no additional ignitions on the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn this month, according to fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). Crews will continue to monitor treated units within the watershed.

Even though ignitions have ceased, small pockets within the project area continue to burn at low intensity, and smoke is visible from Gallinas, Romeroville, Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas and I-25.  

Smoke from the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn is monitored to ensure that the New Mexico

Community Asset Award Nominations Close Soon

on December 17, 2017 - 5:18am

Los Alamos High School student Ruby Selvege receives a Community Asset Award at last year's ceremony. Courtesy photo


There's just one week left to nominate a student, adult, business or club for a Community Asset Award. Champions of Youth Ambitions (C'YA) welcomes the nominations for anyone who lives, works, schools or volunteers in this community.

Nomination reasons can be big or small for how one has impacted a community, the state or the world. Nominations can be submitted at, by requesting a form or calling 505.695.9139.
One nominee will receive the

Blue Buses Not In Service Dec. 22, 25 And Jan. 1

on December 17, 2017 - 5:18am


The North Central Regional Transit District RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Friday, Dec. 22; Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays respectively.

The Mountain Trail to Ski Santa Fe and TSV Green to Taos Ski Valley will operate on those days.

The RTD 255 Mountain Trail Route to Ski Santa Fe and the 341 TSV Green Route to Taos Ski Valley will operate each day, Dec. 22 through Jan. 1. (The Mountain Trail will operate on a weekend/holiday schedule Saturday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 1.)

The weekend 305 Taos Express


Jemez Springs Aims To Increase January Visitation With Free Discount Punch Cards

on December 17, 2017 - 5:17am

Jemez Springs. Courtesy/westerntrips


JEMEZ SPRINGS — More than a dozen businesses in Jemez Springs are offering steep discounts and incentives to encourage visitation in the month of January with a “Spring Up to Jemez Springs” punch card, valid Jan. 2-31, 2018 only.

“January is typically the slowest month of the year in terms of visitation, mainly due to a decrease in post-holiday travel, so we are hoping to see an increase in overnight stays and are offering this free punch card to incentivize visitation,” said Village of Jemez Springs Mayor Bob Wilson.

County Council Meets 6 p.m. Tuesday

on December 17, 2017 - 5:16am
Los Alamos County Council will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The meeting is open to the public.

Recognition - League of American Bicyclists recognized Los Alamos County with a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community Presenters: Philo Shelton, Public Works Director and Eric Martinez, County Engineer
Presentation of Draft Tourism Strategic

SFNF Seeks Public Input On Master Plan For Trails In Los Alamos County

on December 17, 2017 - 5:10am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) hopes to harness public passion for outdoor recreation to develop a master plan for Forest Service trails in Los Alamos County. 
Members of the public are invited to share their ideas and priorities for an integrated trail system at a meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.
The discussion will focus on the development of a master plan to preserve, maintain and provide public access to SFNF trails in and around Los Alamos.
“Trails connect us with each other, with our communities and with our

Saint Job Of Pochaiv: Julian & Gregorian Calendars

on December 17, 2017 - 5:04am
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Christian Church at 1319 Trinity Dr. Courtesy photo
By Fr. Theophan Mackey
Saint Job of Pochaiv

First, I’d like to thank the Los Alamos Daily Post for dedicating the space for churches to post their schedules for Christmas services. It is a good thing to gather together in thanksgiving and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

You may or may not have noticed that Saint Job of Pochaiv was not included on that list last week. This was not an oversight.

Pastor Raul: Put Christ Back Into Christmas

on December 17, 2017 - 5:01am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
The beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ, God's Son, happened just as it was written about in the prophecy of Isaiah: Look, I am sending my messenger before you. He will prepare your way, a voice shouting in the wilderness: "Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight." (Mark 1:1-3 CEB).
By now, most of us who celebrate Christmas have already set up our trees, hung the lights, purchased the gifts (or at least placed them into our virtual carts), and made plans for the holiday season.

Daily Postcard: Pueblo Canyon Hike

on December 17, 2017 - 5:00am

Daily Postcard: A view Monday afternoon during a hike of lower Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Chris Clark/

Metzger's Do It Best Supports United Way Of NNM

on December 16, 2017 - 5:01pm

Metzger's Do It Best General Manager David Jolly, right, and Metzger's employees present the store's Small Business Saturday contribution to United Way of Northern New Mexico. UWNNM would like to thank Metzger's Do It Best for their generous gift of over $700 from their successful Small Business Saturday! UWNNM and Metzger's have been partners since Small Business Saturday began encouraging businesses to donate to nonprofits in 2012. Together, UWNNM and Metzgers have raised thousands of dollars to support the mission of UWNNM and the people of Northern New Mexico. Courtesy photo

More Scenes From Toys For Tots

on December 16, 2017 - 4:54pm

Motorcyclists from the LANL Jemez Riders Club lead the delivery of Toys for Tots Friday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Scene from Toys for Tots delivery Friday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Scene from Toys for Tots send-off Friday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Volunteers formed a human chain to load presents Friday for Toys for Tots. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

A truck-load of presents gets ready to leave Friday afternon. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Fire Department Truck No. 6 was on hand as the gifts made their departure Friday.

LANB Honors Senior Citizens With Special Luncheon

on December 16, 2017 - 12:41pm

Los Alamos National Bank CEO/President John Gulas thanks some 150 senior citizens gathered for a special lunch provided by the bank in their honor Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos. Gulas is joined by 15 bank employees who served meals and chatted with the senior citizens. LANB also provided live music performed by a quartet from Santa Fe during the luncheon. LANB honored another 100 senior citizens with a special lunch Thursday at the White Rock Senior Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANB Marketing Director Jillian

Zia Credit Union Donates $500 To Los Alamos 4-H

on December 16, 2017 - 12:24pm

Zia Credit Union presents a check for $500 Thursday afternoon to the Los Alamos 4-H Club. Top row from left, Zia representatives Sonya Chacon, Tanisha Rivera, Natalia, Tretiak, Annette Lujan, 4-H shotgun and archery leader Mike O'Neill, 4-H rifle and meeting leader Sha-Marie Reid, 4-H reporter Monica Smith and Albanita Romero of Zia. Bottom row from left, 4-H Activities Director Isaac Romero, Michael Lujan, 4-H President Kelsey Decker, Kara Moss and 4-H Secretary Christopher Garcia. Photo by Riley Arnoudeille

Hilltopper Boys Win Big Against St. Pius

on December 16, 2017 - 12:15pm

Once again Coach Mike Kluk prepares the Toppers to take to the floor to play the St. Pius Sartans in the confines Thursday of the St. Sebastian Gymnasium. The Sartains had a record of 8-1 going into this game and are always a fierce competitor. The Toppers came to win and win they did ... all four quarters ... and a final score of 70-56 in a very exciting and competitive game. Photo by John McHale/

Michael Naranjo reaches long for a loose ball under the Topper basket. Photo by John McHale/

Antonio Trujillo goes for a layup, he was the big scorer for the Toppers

LANL Employees Share Big-hearted Holiday Spirit

on December 16, 2017 - 9:12am

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Motorcycle Safety Committee and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department gathered Friday afternoon at the LANL Community Partnerships Office at 15th Street and Central Avenue to help transport the more than 1,000 gifts donated by Lab employees to less fortunate children as part of their annual Holiday Gift Drive. Photo by John McHale/

LANL’s Motorcycle Safety Committee and members of the LAFD help pack more than 1,000 gifts donated by Lab employees to less fortunate children. Photo by John McHale/

LANL’s Motorcycle Safety

AG Balderas Announces New Mexico Joining Legal Fight Against Illegal Repeal Of Net Neutrality Rules

on December 16, 2017 - 8:22am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

Santa Fe – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Friday that he has joined other state attorneys general in announcing a multi-state lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission over its vote to rollback net neutrality protections.

The FCC voted to eliminate rules that prohibit Internet Service Providers from blocking or throttling Internet traffic. The commission also eliminated a rule that prohibits charging websites for priority access over home and mobile Internet services.

Brittany Alert: Rio Rancho/Albuquerque Area

on December 16, 2017 - 8:12am
Armando Partida with shorter hair, he now has longer hair and went missing Thursday from the Rio Rancho/Albuquerque area. Courtesy/SCSO
SCSO News:
Sandoval County – The following is information from the distribution of a Brittany Alert from Sandoval County:
The Sandoval County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating Armando R. Partida. He is a hispanic male who is 31 years old, five feet eight inches tall, weighing 200 pounds, with long black hair, and brown eyes.
Partida was last seen wearing a black sweat shirt and black pants at about 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec.

Democratic Party Of New Mexico Moves On Trailblazing Sexual Harassment Prevention Program

on December 16, 2017 - 7:54am

DPNM News:

The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) is moving on its trailblazing sexual harassment prevention program. The DPNM released its policy Friday to proactively prevent sexual harassment and assault by requiring candidates to complete a comprehensive training program with a focus on creating safe work environments and implementing effective reporting guidelines.

New Mexico's state Democratic Party is one of the first state party organizations to implement a policy of this kind in the country.

The DPNM requested the assistance of the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault

FBI: Man Wearing University Of New Mexico Football Jersey Robs Albuquerque Bank

on December 16, 2017 - 7:27am
FBI News:
A man wearing a red University of New Mexico football jersey robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Thursday Dec. 14.
The suspect was described as a white male in his 20s, approximately 5'11" tall, with a slender build. He wore a red football jersey with the number 12 on both sides and "New Mexico" on the back, a dark long-sleeve shirt under the jersey, a dark baseball cap, and dark pants. He possibly used a light-colored wig.
At approximately 1:29 p.m., the suspect entered BBVA Compass Bank, 7530 Montgomery Blvd. NE.

SFNF: Meeting For Fire Equipment Vendors

on December 16, 2017 - 7:20am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Southwestern Region of the USDA Forest Service will hold an informational meeting for vendors interested in providing resources to support wildfires and other emergency incidents. 
The meeting on the 2018 solicitations is scheduled 1-4 p.m. MST Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, via video teleconference (VTC) at Forest Service offices throughout New Mexico. Vendors are welcome to attend the VTC at the Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 11 Forest Lane in Santa Fe.
Topics for the meeting include:
  • How to become a Federal Government vendor;
  • How to locate and

NNSA Transfers Bannister Federal Complex To Developer For Demolition, Remediation, Redevelopment

on December 16, 2017 - 6:59am
NNSA News:
KANSAS CITY, MO  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) today announced that ownership of over 200 acres of the aging Bannister Federal Complex in South Kansas City was formally transferred in November to Bannister Transformation and Development LLC (BT&D).
“Transferring this property from federal to private ownership was a highly successful team effort involving several local, state and federal government agencies. I want to thank everyone who helped make this happen,” NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz said.