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Forest Service Visitor Map Price Increases Jan. 1

on December 18, 2017 - 1:15pm

USDA Forest Service News:

SANTA FE – The cost for USDA Forest Service visitor maps will increase from $10 to $14 effective Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Rising costs of production, printing and distribution drive the need for the price increase of the paper and plastic-coated visitor maps, the first such increase in almost a decade.

The agency continually updates its maps, seeking to enhance them as well. The Forest Service also expects to shorten the revision cycle as its cartographers continue applying new digital technology to the map revision process.

The agency also is increasing the

Friends Of Los Alamos County Libraries Hold Sale

on December 18, 2017 - 12:51pm

FRIENDS OF LOS ALAMOS COUNTY LIBRARIES News:

The Friends of Los Alamos County LIbraries in Mesa Public Library on Central Avenue, is running a sale for 50 percent off of everything in the bookstore.

The sale is just in time for any last minute gift shopping. The sale will run through Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24. The store will be closed Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25.

Open seven days a week, 52 weeks a year and entirely staffed by volunteers, the bookstore gives all its proceeds to programs, services, special events and additions to the collections at all three libraries in Los

Obituary: James ‘Jimbo’ Hutton II Feb. 24, 1967 – Nov. 27, 2017

on December 18, 2017 - 12:44pm

JAMES ‘JIMBO’ HUTTON II Feb. 24, 1967 – Nov. 27, 2017

James “Jimbo” Hutton II was born February 24, 1967 in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He unexpectedly went home with the Lord on November 27, 2017.

Jimbo is survived by his parents, Jim and Marcia Hutton of White Rock, his beloved son Kyle, of Los Alamos, Marion, the mother of his son, Kyle/s girlfriend, Alegra Martinez, his aunt and uncle, Bob and Lillian Apodoca, and countless cousins and friends.

Jimbo was preceded in death by his grandparents, Celina and Emilio Lovato, Clyde and Aletha Hutton, and many other aunts and uncles.

Jimbo was a very

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Sleds At White Rock Metzger's ... Waiting For Snow!

on December 18, 2017 - 12:07pm

Sleds at Metzger's in White Rock ... waiting for snow! Photo by Julie Smith

Imposter Spotted At Los Alamos Residence

on December 18, 2017 - 11:33am

An imposter is spotted attempting to blend in with a trio of deer standing in the front yard of a residence last week on North Road. Photo by Nicolé Raddu Ferry

Reservoir, Access Road Closed Beginning In January

on December 18, 2017 - 10:47am

COUNTY News:

Pedestrian access to the Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir and surrounding areas west of the Ice Rink off West Road will be closed in early January through the summer of 2018. 

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will construct a new 10-inch non-potable water pipeline from the reservoir along the reservoir access road and connect to the townsite’s non-potable water system.

Department officials warn that construction crews with heavy equipment will be utilizing and working on the single dirt road rendering it and the surrounding area unsafe for hikers and/or cyclists.

Santa Fe National Forest Holiday Closures

on December 18, 2017 - 10:21am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – All Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Dec. 26 and Tuesday Jan. 2, respectively.

Also, the SFNF Supervisor’s Office at 11 Forest Lane in Santa Fe will be closed 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 21 for maintenance.

Cut-your-own Christmas tree permits are still available at SFNF offices through Friday, Dec. 22 and select vendors through Saturday, Dec.

Texas A&M Representatives Meet With Local Leaders On LANL Managing And Operating Contract

on December 18, 2017 - 9:54am

Texas A&M representatives meet with Los Alamos community leaders and Regional Coalition of LANL Communities staff Friday morning at La Cocina Restaurant in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, left, chats with Assistant Vice Chancellor Scott Sudduth of Texas A&M University’s Office of Federal Relations and Senior Advisor Diane Hurtado for Strategic Initiatives at the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Friday in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

South Korean Journalists Badly Beaten In China

on December 18, 2017 - 9:15am

RSF News:

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) blames the Chinese government for Thursday’s incident in which two South Korean photo-journalists trying to cover their president’s official visit to Beijing were badly beaten by Chinese security agents. The incident is symptomatic of a decline in the situation of foreign journalists in China.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s visit to China, which began Dec. 13, was supposed to help defuse geopolitical tension between the two countries.

But tension within the visiting delegation rose Thursday when the South Korean journalists accompanying

Scenes From Wreaths Across America At Santa Fe National Cemetery Saturday Morning

on December 18, 2017 - 8:57am

Hundreds of people braved cold temperatures Saturday morning to participate in the annual Wreaths Across America event at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, in partnership with Los Alamos National Security LLC, Centerra-LA (the Lab's protective force contractor), Berardinelli Funeral Home, the International Guard Union of America Local 69, and Los Alamos National Bank raised $11,500 to sponsor 1,150 wreaths of remembrance for the ceremony. The Wreaths Across America initiative coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and other

Attorney General Balderas Announces $57 Million Clean Energy Jobs Package As Part Of Sagamore Wind Project

on December 18, 2017 - 8:48am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Thursday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has reached an agreement with Southwestern Public Service Company, Western Resources Associates and Collation for Clean Affordable Energy on a $57 million jobs package as part of the Sagamore Wind Project.
 
The agreement will foster and expand skilled construction and environmental job opportunities throughout the State.

Firefighters Assemble 26 Bicycles For Needy Children

on December 18, 2017 - 8:47am

Los  Alamos Fire Department members, from left, Driver/engineer Daniel Archuleta, Firefighter Robert Sanchez, Capt. Gerard Coriz, Firefighter Kenny Martinez, Firefighter Matt Austin and Firefighter Zach Shriver put together 26 bicycles for kids, which will be distributed in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties. The bicycles were paid for with the proceeds of the Rumble in Rio under the Jim Franklin Bike Giveaway that was the primary charity selected by Rumble in Rio this year. Jim Franklin was an evidence technician in the Rio Rancho Police Department.

Wilhelm Granted Probation In Three Cases

on December 18, 2017 - 8:42am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Krista Wilhelm was sentenced Friday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to 180 days of supervised probation on a charge of disorderly conduct and 12 months of supervised probation on a charge of attempt commit unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

Judge Pat Casados ordered the two probation periods to be served consecutively and that Wilhelm participate in and successfully complete outpatient treatment during the entire duration of her probation.

Wilhelm agreed to plead guilty to the two charges under the terms of a plea agreement

Udall Co-sponsored Bill To Restore Tribal Jurisdiction Over Domestic Violence To Children, Law Enforcement

on December 18, 2017 - 8:33am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the bipartisan Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act (NYTOPA) to build on the Tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) by extending protections to children and law enforcement personnel involved in domestic violence incidents on Tribal lands.
 
The bill also will enhance federal coordination of victim

Daily Postcard: Sunrise From Canyon Rim Trail

on December 18, 2017 - 8:18am

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Sunday morning from Canyon Rim Trail. Photo by Marc Bailey

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/ladailypost.com

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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

COMMUNITY News:

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 www.cya-nm.org, by requesting a form or calling 505.695.9139.
 
One nominee will receive the
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Blue Buses Not In Service Dec. 22, 25 And Jan. 1

on December 17, 2017 - 5:18am

NCRTD News:

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

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

on December 17, 2017 - 5:17am

Jemez Springs. Courtesy/westerntrips

JEMEZ SPRINGS News:

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
COUNTY News:
 
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.
 
Agenda:
1. OPENING/ROLL CALL
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 
5. PRESENTATIONS, PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS
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

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