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SFNF Reminder: No Off-Road Vehicles Allowed In Designated Wilderness

on June 27, 2017 - 12:27pm

All-terrain vehicle. Courtesy/

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Call them what you will – four-wheelers, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or utility vehicles (UTVs) – but remember that off-road vehicles of any kind are always prohibited within congressionally designated wilderness areas.

This past weekend, ATV tracks were observed within the San Pedro Parks Wilderness on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).   San Pedro Parks is one of the original wilderness areas created by the Wilderness Act of 1964, which set aside “primeval” federal land to be managed as “an

Domingos En Arte: Summer Music And Dance Series

on June 27, 2017 - 12:01pm
NHCC News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Domingos en Arte, a summer music and dance series presented by Melaza Music, AMP Concerts, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in the NHCC's Fountain Courtyard, continues its second season in July.
Musicians from the local community and outside have been invited for lively community get-togethers right next to the Rio Grande Bosque. Spend Sunday evenings enjoying live music, drinks, and delicious Latin cuisine with family and friends in this enchanting courtyard setting. 

July 2, Grammy-winning conjunto band Los Texmaniacs is joined by

State Police Officer Involved Shooting In Rowe

on June 27, 2017 - 11:58am
NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police is investigating an officer involved shooting, which occurred around 1:15 Monday in Rowe, N.M. 
This incident stemmed from a 911 call that originated around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in Pecos, N.M. The call reported a male subject near Griego's Market stated he was armed and homicidal.
New Mexico State Police officers responded to the call in Pecos. However, responding officers did not locate the alleged suspect near Griego's Marget. Officers remained in the area and a short time later heard gun shots being fired close by.

Pearce Voices Priorities Of New Mexico Resources

on June 27, 2017 - 11:51am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M. voiced New Mexico land and resource priorities Monday at the House Committee on Natural Resources hearing with Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
“New Mexico is rich with natural wonders and abundant resources. From natural resource production, to the management and maintenance of federal lands, New Mexican’s are greatly affected by decisions that come out of the Department of the Interior.

New Mexico History Museum Explores Turn Of The Century Syria In A Post ISIS World

on June 27, 2017 - 11:48am
Portrait: Femme arabe Syrienne, photograph by Bonfils ca. 1899 – 1900. Courtesy/NMHM

Album of Mideast archaeology explorations conducted by Howard Crosby ButlerPortrait: Femme arabe Syrienne, photograph by Bonfils ca. 1899 – 1900. Courtesy/NMHM 


NMHM News:
SANTA FE  As Syria’s ongoing civil war, staggering death toll, and displacement of thousands of refugees threatens to destroy Syrian culture, the Palace of the Governors displays seven albums of photographs of historic sites in Syria taken between 1899 and 1909.
Entitled Syria: Cultural Patrimony Under Threat, the exhibition

FBI: Jason Loera Sentenced To 97 Months For Child Porn Conviction

on June 27, 2017 - 11:42am

FBI News:


ALBUQUERQUE – Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney and Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division have announced that Jason Loera was sentenced this afternoon in federal court for his conviction on a child pornography charge.


Loera, 48, a former political consultant and resident of Albuquerque who recently resided in Los Angeles, Calif., until his remand into federal custody in Oct. 2016, was sentenced to 97 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for receiving a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Closing Costs In Los Alamos County Among Lowest

on June 27, 2017 - 9:56am

Closing costs in Los Alamos are among the lowest in the state. Courtesy/©iStock/manley099

SmartAsset News:

Closing Costs are a crucial aspect of buying a home, and in its third annual study, financial technology company SmartAsset shows where they are lowest.

The study measures closing costs as a percentage of median home value at the county level and Los Alamos County was among those with the lowest closing costs in New Mexico.

Additional information on the study, including the full methodology, results, and interactive map can be found here:

Letter To The Editor: Don't Let Shelter Animals Suffer

on June 27, 2017 - 9:44am
Los Alamos
It is a true shame that the Friends of the Shelter and the County could not come to terms (link).
The level of help and support that FOS has provided to the shelter, and to the animals housed there, is immeasurable.

Tuesdays At The Pond Features Roaring Jelly Tonight!

on June 27, 2017 - 9:38am

Roaring Jelly plays the pond at 7 p.m. today. Courtesy photo


The Tuesdays at the Pond Entertainment Series continues this evening with Roaring Jelly. Brought to you by the Los Alamos Creative District, the concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Ashley Pond Park stage.

Roaring Jelly is a Celtic band local to Los Alamos, playing a variety of Irish, Scottish, European Folk and Americana music.

The 2017 Summer Entertainment Series features a wide variety of musical acts, and happen every Tuesday night through Aug.

IRS Cautions Taxpayers On Summertime Scams

on June 27, 2017 - 9:32am

IRS News:

PHOENIX The Internal Revenue Service today issued a warning that tax-related scams continue across the nation even though the tax filing season has ended for most taxpayers. People should remain on alert to new and emerging schemes involving the tax system that continue to claim victims.

“We continue to urge people to watch out for new and evolving schemes this summer,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “Many of these are variations of a theme, involving fictitious tax bills and demands to pay by purchasing and transferring information involving a gift card or iTunes card.

Y Reaches 79 Percent Of Fundraising Goal

on June 27, 2017 - 9:07am

Y News:

A divorced father living in Los Alamos travels 750 miles one way on a Friday then drives back Sunday, once a month to visit his children.

His ex-wife attends college and is taking an intensive summer course, which allowed the kids to stay with dad this summer. It is the only time he gets to see his children for more than a weekend. Due to unanticipated medical expenses, finances are tight and he can’t take a month off work. His kids were awarded YMCA Annual Campaign scholarships to Y Camp.

The award of assistance from Annual Campaign donations, he said, “is really a wonderful and

Keller: New Mexico Higher Education Department Audit Contains 18 Findings Related To Financial Oversight

on June 27, 2017 - 8:36am

State Auditor Tim Keller


  • 18 findings exacerbated by state’s budget woes, hiring freeze

SANTA FE – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released the New Mexico Higher Education Department’s (HED) financial audit for fiscal year 2016.

The audit was conducted in partnership with an independent accounting firm and contains 18 findings. The issues identified relate to a range of problems with financial oversight.

“The Higher Education Department’s audit demonstrates the impact spending cuts can have on safeguards aimed at protecting taxpayers’ money,” Keller said.

Ranch School Evening At Fuller Lodge July 13

on June 27, 2017 - 8:24am
Historic Fuller Lodge in Los Alamsos. Courtesy photo


A nostalgic rendition of childhood summers, but with cocktails, and no curfew. Join this fast-growing trend, enjoy an old fashioned Ranch School evening at Fuller Lodge during ScienceFest 2017.

Each $50 ticket includes dinner and a complimentary drink (cash bar). The night features music, guitar and campfire songs, a rootbeer float station, gourmet s’mores (toasted on the campfire - weather permitting), and lawn games. Adults only.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: There will be a silent and live auction of props from WGN’s

Cowboy Breakfast Benefits Sheriff's Posse Sunday

on June 27, 2017 - 8:22am

Memorial Celebration For Lawrence Gurley July 1

on June 27, 2017 - 8:02am
Memorial Celebration:
A memorial celebration for Lawrence Ray Gurley is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos. 
Gurley, 82, died April 19, 2017.
Join Gurley's family and friends for a time to share memories at the reception following the service.

People To People Travel Group To Tokyo 2018

on June 27, 2017 - 7:47am

Donna Giaquinto of White Rock, a retired educator and her colleague, practicing educator LeAnne Montoya of Medanales are leading a People to People travel group to Tokyo next year. 

There are 40 positions planned on the program. A meeting will be held in the fall for families to meet leaders, alumni and participating families. 
Contact for details or to begin the registration process.


Los Alamos Tennis Clinic Fundraising Event

on June 27, 2017 - 7:46am

New Mexico Communities Receive $38.5 Million In PILT

on June 27, 2017 - 7:42am
USDI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Monday that 32 local governments in New Mexico are receiving a total of $38.5 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2017.
The payments are New Mexico’s share of the record $464.6 million distributed to 1,900 local governments around the country this year -- the largest amount ever allocated in the PILT program’s 40-year history. This continues to underscore the Trump Administration’s commitment to rural communities. A full list of funding by state and county is available at 

Triatomics Splash n' Dash #2 Results

on June 27, 2017 - 7:10am

McQuiston: Precious Cargo - Keeping Your Children Safe

on June 27, 2017 - 7:07am
The Jemez Agency
I was driving over to Smith's the other day and saw a woman stopped behind me at the light with what appeared to be a toddler in the seat next to her. 
It kind of ticked me off, but then I thought, it's a small town, what's the harm. We never have accidents here, right? Every 33 seconds, a child is involved in a car crash. Car crashes continue to be a leading cause of death of children in the United States.
An average of 11 children per week died in motor vehicle accidents nationwide between 2010 and 2014. Of these deaths, 43 percent were

On The Job In Los Alamos: Kyle Granillo Plays Piano

on June 27, 2017 - 7:01am

On the Job in Los Alamos: Kyle Granillo of White Rock is working to perfect his piano playing. He also is a Los Alamos County Little League athlete sponsored by the Los Alamos Daily Post. Courtesy photo

Community Members Invited To Register By June 30 For Leadership Los Alamos Class Of 2017-18

on June 27, 2017 - 6:07am

Kim Sherwood is a graduate of the 2016-17 Leadership Los Alamos program. Photo by Martha Katko

LLA News:

Leadership Los Alamos is accepting applications for its 2017-18 program, which gets underway in September.

To date, LLA has graduated more than 250 leaders who are making a difference in this community. LLA is seeking to fill this year’s class with approximately 24 committed individuals who want to learn more and continue this fine tradition.

The program begins with a two-day orientation Sept. 8-9. The deadline to apply for the program is June 30.

What recent graduates are saying:

Forty Percent Of Travelers Contract Infectious Disease On Vacation ... Tips To Help Return Unscathed

on June 27, 2017 - 6:04am
Dr. Brent W. Laartz
Dr. Brent W. Laartz thought he was in for the ride of his lifetime when he set out on a horseback riding excursion in Costa Rica.
Admittedly younger and more naïve than he is today, Laartz – an infectious disease specialist and author of the book How to Avoid Contagious Diseases ( –  failed to take some of the precautions necessary to avoid becoming one of the 40 percent of travelers every year who bring back an unwanted souvenir of a major illness from their trip.
“While on vacation it becomes entirely necessary to be more

Obituary: Gail Roach June 26, 2017

on June 27, 2017 - 5:59am

GAIL ROACH June 26, 2017

Gail Roach, 64, a resident of White Rock, passed away peacefully on Monday June 26th, 2017 after battling with cancer. Gail was a beautiful and loving person and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her father, Kelly Blount, Sr., of Jemez  Springs; and nephew, William Horvath, of Carlsbad.

Gail retired from the Los Alamos National Laboratory after 13 years of service. She enjoyed being outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting, spending time at the lake, going to yard sales, and getting together with her book club.

Gail was an


2017’s Best & Worst Places To Celebrate 4th Of July

on June 27, 2017 - 5:59am
With the Fourth of July just days away, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2017's Best & Worst Places to Celebrate 4th of July to go along with interesting stats about the holiday in its Independence Day Facts & Figures infographic. 

To determine the best places to celebrate the most star-spangled occasion, WalletHub’s data team compared the 100 largest U.S. cities based on how well they balance holiday cost and fun.