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Lunch With A Leader: Arin McKenna Feb. 16

on February 6, 2016 - 8:38am

Letter To The Editor: The New ACT Schedule

on February 6, 2016 - 8:22am

Learn Why Ski Hill Still Matters To Community

on February 6, 2016 - 7:54am

Daily Postcard: Stormy Sunset

on February 6, 2016 - 7:27am

Stormy sunset from Gold Street. Photo by Chris Clark/

Duke City Repertory Theatre Presents Two Free Performances Of “Julius Caesar” Feb. 10

on February 6, 2016 - 7:26am
DCRT News:
ESPAÑOLA — Duke City Repertory Theatre (DCRT) is proud to present two free performances of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar at 10 a.m. to  7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the College of Fine Arts Theatre at Northern New Mexico College in Española.
Each performance is 75 minutes in length and appropriate for grades 6th and older. On the same day, DCRT will also partner with Moving Arts Española to bring a free acting workshop for all students (as young as kindergarten) and adults.

Sheriff Marco Lucero Testifies At State Capital

on February 6, 2016 - 7:25am
By Sheriff Marco V. Lucero
Los Alamos County

This year’s 30-Day Legislative Session has been busy for New Mexico sheriffs. I, as your elected sheriff, have again been active in testifying at the State Capital in support of bills that will enhance penalties for crimes against children, support to help protect law enforcement officers and efforts to make the Office of the Sheriff more professional and functional.

I will begin with HB-65. This bill will enhance penalties for sex offenders who are in possession of child pornography.

Missing Person Alert: Randall Bruce Bilyeu

on February 6, 2016 - 7:23am

New Mexican Named to U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Community Advisory Council (CAC)

on February 6, 2016 - 7:19am
Meeting of Members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Community Advisory Council - Nov. 20, 2015. From the left in the back row: Mr. Miller, Mr. Fogle, Mr. Poyo, Mr. Barragan, Mr. Rubinger, Mr. Vazquez, Mr. Mangan, Mr. Dujakovich, Mr. Dulchin, Mr. Shank, Ms. Smith, Ms. Taoka, Ms. Blackwell, Ms. Wilson, Ms. Tingerthal, Governor Tarullo, Chair Yellen, Governor Brainard. Courtesy photo
CAC News:
The newly-appointed Community Advisory Council (CAC) of the Federal Reserve Bank recently met with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.

2016 Los Alamos Slam Shootout April 8-10

on February 5, 2016 - 5:15pm


Probate Judge Vacancy: Change In Process

on February 5, 2016 - 5:09pm


Upon further review of State statute, the Los Alamos County Attorney has determined the County should change the end date for the term that had been specified in earlier public notifications about the upcoming Probate Judge vacancy. 

The selected applicant who fills the vacancy left by current Probate Judge Christine Chandler will fill the position until Dec.

Los Alamos Student Wins New Mexico Doodle 4 Google Competition — Public Can Vote For National Finalists

on February 5, 2016 - 4:35pm

Capital Project Public Meetings Continue This Month

on February 5, 2016 - 3:54pm


Public meetings continue this month, as requested by the Council as part of their deliberations on narrowing a project list to fund possible future capital projects.

Based on Council direction on Dec. 8, 2015, the list of projects forms the basis for a new CIP, which could be funded either directly from CIP funds for design and construction, or, could be placed to a public vote no later than May 2017 and (if successful) paid for with a bond. To review the list of projects that were being discussed as of Dec. 8, download this one-page PDF document. 

In addition, the Council is

Dr. Richard Melzer Lectures On Security At Los Alamos During The Manhattan Project

on February 5, 2016 - 2:24pm


Dr. Richard Melzer will present a lecture on security at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9.

He will discuss the theory of how security was supposed to work at that time, the reality of how bad security was during the war, and how at least three Soviet spies were able to exploit security weaknesses to steal the secret of the bomb, leading to the successful development of a Soviet atomic weapon by 1949.

Melzer is originally from Teddy Roosevelt's hometown of Oyster Bay, N.Y. He has lived in New Mexico since 1973.

Melzer earned his

Soto Pushes Better Pay For Critical School Employees

on February 5, 2016 - 2:14pm

Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto


SANTA FE – Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-15-Bernalilo, has introduced legislation to increase the pay of some low paid school district employees to improve their economic circumstances.

Currently, the minimum pay rate for school district cafeteria staff, school bus drivers, and all non-certified school personnel and educational assistants is $6 per hour. The Ivey-Soto bill, SB 152, will increase wages for these employees to $15 per hour and will be heard in Senate Education Committee tomorrow.

“Our school support staff provide invaluable service making sure

2016 New Mexico Stout Invitational Feb. 20

on February 5, 2016 - 1:09pm

Armstrong Bill To Eliminate Wait-List For Specialized Senior Care Program To Be Heard In Committee

on February 5, 2016 - 12:52pm
Rep. Deborah Armstrong
Rep. Deborah Armstrong’s bill to expand New Mexico’s already successful PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) program for seniors in order to eliminate the waiting list to enroll in the specialized Medicare and Medicaid program will be heard Thursday by the House Health Committee.
“PACE is already working for New Mexico seniors,” Armstrong said.

NCRTD Receives Unmodified Opinion With No Findings In Its FY2015 Audit Report

on February 5, 2016 - 12:51pm


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has received an Unmodified Opinion with no findings and no carryovers as reported in its Fiscal Year 2015 Independent Auditor’s Report.

The findings, which have been verified by the New Mexico State Auditor’s office, were presented today at the NCRTD monthly Board meeting by Farley Vener, president of Hinkle and Landers, P.C., which conducted the audit.

The report issued an Unmodified Opinion with no new findings and no carryovers, marking the second consecutive year that the District audit received such designation.

In And Around Town: Feb. 5

on February 5, 2016 - 12:23pm
The Los Alamos Big Band Dance Concert
The Los Alamos Big Band will host a free dance/concert to the community 7-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5 at Fuller Lodge to thank the community for its many years of support.
The event includes big band music of the 40's featuring many vocals and solos from the band members. While there is no cost, donations are welcome to pay for the event space. 
Community Benefit For Connie Salazar
The community is invited to attend a benefit Frito Pie Luncheon for

Innovative Internship Program Is Building Workforce Development In Los Alamos

on February 5, 2016 - 12:05pm
LANL News:
A Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Connections podcast episode that features Cindy Rooney, interim executive director of UNM-LA, and Carter Payne, assistant principal of Los Alamos High School, has just been released by the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Community Programs Office. 
The internship program—titled the Community Internship Collaboration—is built on a recent partnership between UNM-LA, Los Alamos High School and LANL Community Programs Office.

House Committee Approves Stricter Penalties For DWI Offenders Caught Driving With A Suspended License

on February 5, 2016 - 12:04pm
SANTA FE  Monday, Feb. 1, legislation to help address New Mexico’s DWI problem passed the House Judiciary Committee by a unanimous, 9-0 vote.
House Bill 81, sponsored by Rep. Paul Pacheco, will toughen the punishment for DWI offenders who continue to get in the driver’s seat after their licenses have been suspended or revoked.
“Recent studies show that we need stricter DWI laws,” Pacheco said. “There is no question in my mind that habitual DWI offenders need tougher punishments.

Los Alamos Historical Society Offering Overnight Tour To Trinity Site

on February 5, 2016 - 12:03pm


Trinity Site, the location where on July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated, is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site April 1 and 2 for the spring opening.

The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range.  Departure from Trinity Site will be out of the northern Stallion Gate, with a lunch stop at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.

Bonuses include a visit to the young

Family Strengths Network Presents: Financial Peace University

on February 5, 2016 - 12:03pm
FSN News:
Discover the peace and freedom of taking charge of your finances. This 10-week class will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future and much more!
Some class topics include relating to money, super saving, cash flow, buyer awareness, mortgages and real estate. We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University is a program created by Dave Ramsey to help people avoid financial stress. Family Strengths Network is a United Way Community Partner.
Dave and Terra Hite completed Financial Peace four years ago and were inspired to facilitate

Minutes Matter: Knowing The Signs Of Heart Disease Can Save A Life

on February 5, 2016 - 12:02pm
Chief Nursing Officer, Los Alamos Medical Center

When a heart attack strikes, every minute matters. In fact, the first few minutes are critical in determining the short-term and long-term outcome for the patient.

According to the National Institutes of Health, of the people who die from heart attacks, about half will die within an hour of their first symptoms.

At Los Alamos Medical Center, we want to make sure everyone in our community knows what signs to look for and understands what to do if you or someone you know experiences a serious heart problem.

'Ranger in Your Pocket: Los Alamos' Tour Launches

on February 5, 2016 - 12:00pm
AHF News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) and the Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS) have launched an online “Ranger in Your Pocket” program on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos.
As AHF President Cynthia Kelly explained, “We have collected over 500 oral histories of Manhattan Project participants. Now we are taking excerpts from these firsthand accounts to help visitors to the Manhattan Project National Historical Park appreciate what it meant to live and work on the project.”
The Los Alamos tour features fifteen audio/visual vignettes focusing on

LAMC Offers Free Monthly Physician Lunch Program At Senior Center

on February 5, 2016 - 11:59am

LAMC Staff Report

Los Alamos Medical Center has started a new community education program designed to help seniors improve and maintain their health and lifestyle.

The LAMC Physician Lunch Program is offered at the Betty Ehart Senior Center at noon on the second Friday of the month. The lunch program is free, courtesy of LAMC, and every month physicians will present on important health issues relevant to the senior population. Since February is Healthy Heart month, the first topic will be (drum roll…) heart health!

The presenter for February is Josiah Child, MD, Medical Director for the