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HJM 4: Shining Light On State Infrastructure Projects; Examining Capital Outlay Structure Passes House

on February 24, 2017 - 10:35pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico House of Representatives passed House Joint Memorial 4 (HJM 4), which calls for the creation of a new interim committee that would accomplish two goals:
  • Shine a light on all state infrastructure projects to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent efficiently on these endeavors; and
  • Examine state’s capital outlay structure and propose recommendations on how to improve it.
 
“Just last year, our State Auditor’s Office produced a report showing approximately $1.8 billion in taxpayer money that was earmarked for infrastructure projects around the

Letter To The Editor: House Bill 50 ... Just To Clarify

on February 24, 2017 - 10:27pm
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

I just want to clarify a couple things in response to Jody Benson's letter as well as thank her for her engagement on the topic (link).

I did not say that we should reject House Bill 50. What I said was the original and present wording was problematic. There is still plenty of time in this legislative session to find some common ground on this
bill and amend it so it has bipartisan and gun owner support.

To excerpt from my own essay (link), what I said was "...provisions in the bill put onerous constraints on temporary transfers and casual sales between law abiding

Help LALO Select Next Production

on February 24, 2017 - 10:27pm

LALO News:

Los Alamos Light Opera is inviting the public to comment on choices for its next show, to be produced the last weekend of February and the first weekend of March2018.

Recently, the LALO Board listed and discussed 25 possible light operas and narrowed the choice down to five.

Community Celebrates White Rock Municipal Complex

on February 24, 2017 - 3:44pm

At Thursday's ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated White Rock Municipal Complex, from left, Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, White Rock Senior Center Coordinator Annie Bard, Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization Executive Director Pauline Schneider and County Councilor Chris Chandler along with other county officials and residents. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Residents relax Thursday in the reading room at the new White Rock Senior Center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos County

Brave New Brass Brown Bag Recital March 1

on February 24, 2017 - 3:32pm
Brave New Brass 2013. Courtesy photo
 
MUSIC News:
 
Brave New Brass is a brass ensemble formed in Los Alamos, based on previous brass quintets organized by Dave and Deniece Korzekwa.
 
The members of Brave New Brass have a broad interest in the music available for small brass ensembles of various combinations, and have been performing as a group in Los Alamos since 2012.
 
Members of the group are all local Los Alamos musicians, with Elizabeth Hunke (French horn), Deniece Korzekwa (tuba), Dave Korzekwa (trumpet), Mandy Marksteiner (trumpet), and Bruce Warren (trombone).
 
As an

Scenes From Ellen Ben-Naim Victory Celebration At Pig & Fig In White Rock This Morning

on February 24, 2017 - 3:31pm
Newly elected Los Alamos School Board member for District One, Ellen Ben-Naim, with School Board Member Bill Hargraves at her Victory Celebration this morning at Pig and Fig Cafe in White Rock. The district encompasses Pinon Elementary School and other areas. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Guests chat at the Victory Party for newly elected School Board member Ellen Bn-Naim this morning at Pig and Fig Cafe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Supporters, from left, Robyn Schultz, Karyl Ann Armbruster, Amy Storey and Eric Vasquez at the Victory Celebration this morning

Annual Benefit Basketball Game Helps New Mexicans

on February 24, 2017 - 3:25pm
Check presentation. Courtesy photo
 
SPORTS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― The New Mexico Senate “Lobos” tip off against the House of Representatives “Aggies” on Wednesday, March 1, at Santa Fe High School.
 
The hotly-contested game is a fun event for those on the court, on the bench and in the stands. But everyone knows that the real opponent is cancer.
 
The annual game is an important source of private donations for The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. Over the past six years, it has raised more than $100,000.
 
“The proceeds help us to deliver the cutting-edge,

In And Around Town: Feb. 24

on February 24, 2017 - 3:14pm
Weekly Calendar: 
 
The Los Alamos Daily Post In and Around Town community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and the surrounding area. Send event announcements to bjgordon@ladailypost.com.
 
FRIDAY, Feb. 24
 
Los Alamos Meet-Up
​The Los Alamos Meet-Up group will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Cottonwood on the Greens restuarant. Participants can RSVP on the Los Alamos Meet-Up website, https://www.meetup.com/Los-Alamos-Yours-to-Discover/events/237817351/ 
 
PEEC's Series on Cosmic Distance Scale and Age of the Universe 
The second show in PEEC's series on cosmic distance

Fat Tuesday Around The World Feb. 28

on February 24, 2017 - 3:13pm

COMMUNITY News:

You asked for it - You got it! The ARK Child Development Center FOCUS Fundraiser Event - Fat Tuesday Around the World.

Richer than a pancake supper for sure - Join us for a four course meal with Brisket (vegetarian BBQ Seitan available - must RSVP By Feb. 24 for vegan option) - as well as a variety of desserts.

Check out our website for all the details at www.firstinyourheart.org/ark/fundraising-dinner-silent-auction/  

This is an adult event; child care is not provided. Checks and cash only for dinner and silent auction items.

LANL Foundation Announces New Scholarships Program Manager John McDermon

on February 24, 2017 - 10:07am

John McDermon is the new scholarship program manager for the LANL Foundation. Courtesy/LANLF

LANL FOUNDATION News:

ESPAÑOLA — The LANL Foundation, a non- profit organization, which among other community services provides dozens of local students with scholarships to college, recently hired John McDermon as its new scholarship program manager.

McDermon joins the Foundation staff after nine years as a member of the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund advisory committee, where he also served in leadership roles as committee chair and chair of the student ranking sub-committee.

The

Plans Announced For Los Alamos Museum Of Art

on February 24, 2017 - 9:09am

Local artists Ruth Tatter and Michelle Griffin recently spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, describing efforts they are spearheading to create a Los Alamos Museum of Art. In the very first planning stages of this non-profit, Board members are seeking funding, a museum location and a director. Photo by Alison Pannell

Judge Sentences Christopher Davis Of White Rock

on February 24, 2017 - 8:23am

Christopher W. Davis

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

First Judicial District Court Judge Mary L. Marlowe Sommer accepted a plea agreement Feb. 17 for Christopher Davis of White Rock on charges of sexual offenses against minors.

Davis, 25, was arrested Jan. 26 by Los Alamos police on an outstanding warrant from the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General involving charges of alleged sexual offenses against children in two states.

The plea agreement lists charges against Davis as follows:

  • Counts 1, 2, 3, and 4: Criminal sexual penetration of a minor child, 13-16;
  • Count 5:

ABQid Announces New Executive Director T.J. Cook

on February 24, 2017 - 7:56am
New ABQid Executive Director T.J. Cook
 
ABQid News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  ABQid has announced that T.J. Cook became the new executive director of ABQid, Inc., Feb. 13.
 
Cook, a lifelong New Mexican, was most recently chief executive officer of CauseLabs, where he had a 10-year career. CauseLabs is an award-winning firm that works with clients to accelerate growth with digital strategies.
 
While working both nationally and internationally for CauseLabs, Cook also has been active locally as a TEDx speaker and founding organizer of 1 Million Cups, a weekly entrepreneurial gathering.
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McQuiston: How Often Do You Review Your Homeowners Insurance?

on February 24, 2017 - 7:50am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
An annual homeowners insurance review is something most people don't do but should.
 
Your home is one of your biggest investments and it is important to plan for the unexpected. However, when reviewing your insurance needs, please consider that cheaper insurance could leave you unprotected when you need coverage the most. Not all insurance policies are created equal. 
 
Let’s review some questions you should consider to help determine if changes might be needed to your policy.
 
Have any additions been made to your home or renovations to the
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Cabin Fever Festival In Jemez Springs Saturday

on February 24, 2017 - 7:48am

An artist carves an eagle out of a block of wood at the Cabin Fever Festival in Jemez Springs. Courtesy photo

EVENT News:

Jemez Springs will provide a much needed reprieve from the lull of winter with the family friendly Cabin Fever Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

A portion of all proceeds will benefit Jemez Valley Animal Amigos – a no kill rescue group. In addition, the Jemez Springs Community Library will be selling more than a dozen books by late author Tony Hillerman – some which are signed – as part of their book sale, and as donated by Hillerman’s daughter.

Cabin Fever

Yang: Fact, Truth, Reality ... Which One Is Debatable?

on February 24, 2017 - 7:38am
​By ELENA YANG
Former Los Alamos Resident
  • Author’s note: In one of my last columns of 2016, I mentioned that the Los Alamos Daily Post graciously invited me to submit my writing whenever the mood seizes me. So, I am back, more or less, less on a weekly basis, more as an irregular presence.
 
A child asks mom, “what is that man doing?” Mom says, “He’s entertaining.” Child, “No, what is he doing?” Mom, “He’s performing.” Child gasped, “But what is he doing?” Mom tries again, “He’s making people smile.” Child continues, “But what is he doing?” Mom finally adopts the conventional definition,

Lecture Explores Pictorial Traditions Of Kiowa People

on February 24, 2017 - 7:33am
Untitled (Deer, man and stream). Silver Horn (Haungooah). Ca. 1897. Gift of Charles and Valerie Diker. 55172.; Untitled (Boy and porcupine in tree). Silver Horn (Haungooah). Gift of Charles and Valerie Diker. 55173. Courtesy photo
 
MIAC News:
 
SANTA FE — The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) is presenting a lecture exploring pictorial traditions of the Kiowa during the period of radical change in the plains Indian life and culture.
 
The lecture is 10 a.m. to noon, March 11 at the Kathryn O’Keeffe Theater at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.
 

NMVC On Indiscriminate Immigrant Raids

on February 24, 2017 - 7:25am
NMVC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding the recent immigration raids in southern New Mexico:
 
“We are disturbed at the news of immigration raids in southern New Mexico and urge immigration officials to keep the best interests of all of our children and families at heart going forward.
 
“As a nation built on ingenuity, America can craft common-sense reforms to our immigration system that improve our economy and keep us safe while maintaining our American values of inclusion and equality of

Sleep Matters/Sleep Apnea & Treatment Talk April 3

on February 24, 2017 - 7:23am
HEALTH News:
 
A Sleep Matters/Sleep Apnea and Treatment presentation is 2 p.m. Monday, April 3 on the 3rd floor at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living; 1010 Sombrillo Court in Los Alamos. 
 
Dr. Roger Wiggins and Patricia Donahue, respiratory therapist of the SW Sleep Center will conduct the presentation.
 
The community is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served and no RSVP is necessary.
 
Contact Community Liaison Cynthia Goldblatt for information at 505.695.8981.

PEEC: Learn Botanical Drawing And Watercolor

on February 24, 2017 - 7:18am
Illustration by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy photo
 

PEEC News:

Learn botanical drawing and watercolor using botanical and natural subjects with Santa Fe Artist Lisa Coddington. Novices as well as those refining their skills will receive encouraging step-by-step instruction in drawing and watercolor.

With easy to understand demonstrations and master artist examples, Coddington will work to reinforce each artist's confidence in creating dimensional autumn-themed subjects.

Agencies Collaborate To Promote Brain Health

on February 24, 2017 - 7:11am
 
HEALTH News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Department of Health, Public Health Division and the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter have announced they are collaborating to educate New Mexicans on maintaining a healthy brain. 
 
The Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter and the NM Department of Health, now agree that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes.
 
“The research on cognitive decline with aging, and how it relates to Alzheimer's Disease, is ongoing.

Daily Postcard: Buckman Mesa And Rio Grande

on February 24, 2017 - 7:06am

Daily Postcard: Buckman Mesa and Rio Grande River during a hike Wednesday. Photo by Robert Beberniss

LAFD Prepares Six New Fire Units For Service

on February 23, 2017 - 11:39pm

Los Alamos Fire Department personnel prepare six new trucks for service. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD firefighters train on new fire apparatus at the facility on DP Road. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department is in the process of preparing six new fire apparatus for service. 

The six units include:

  • Two Pumper Trucks capable of 1,500/gpm capacity;
  • One Heavy Rescue Truck;
  • One Light Rescue Truck;
  • One Type Four Wildland Engine; and
  • One Type Five Wildland Engine.

The pumpers and rescue trucks are replacements

Governor Signs Emergency Funding For Courts

on February 23, 2017 - 5:05pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law House Bill 261 sponsored by Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo) and Rep. Zachary Cook (R-Lincoln and Otero), House Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Bernalillo).

The new law appropriates critical emergency funding for New Mexico’s judiciary system by providing $80,000 to the Supreme Court and $1.6 million to the Administrative Office of the Courts’ Jury and Witness fund to prevent anticipated FY 2017 budget shortfalls in those entities.

“Justice Charles Daniels alerted us to the grave funding

Among Our Distant Cousins: An Extinct Pig-Turtle With Tusks

on February 23, 2017 - 5:01pm
Christian Kammerer is a paleontologist at the Museum fur Naturkunde (Museum of Natural History) in Berlin, studies mass extinctions and the ancestors of mammals. The photo was taken with a timer in the Paleontological Institute in Moscow while he was examining fossils of mammal-related ancestors from the Ural Mountains. Courtesy photo
 
Artist’s recreation of Bulbasaurus by M. Celeskey. Courtesy image

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Naturalists worry about endangered species and the threat of a sixth great extinction in the contemporary world, which some fear might sweep our own

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