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Report: Proposed BLM Methane Waste Rule Will Increase Production, Revenue In San Juan Basin

on April 29, 2016 - 9:10am

Courtesy/EDF

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND News:

new study by the Conservation Economics Institute has found that the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed methane waste rule will have a net positive impact on oil and gas production and revenue in New Mexico’s San Juan Basin.

An analysis of more than 8,700 low-producing natural gas wells in two counties in the San Juan Basin, San Juan and Rio Arriba, determined that BLM’s rule will have little to no negative impact on these marginal wells.

Police Host Drug Take Back Day Saturday ... Health & Safety Day May 7

on April 29, 2016 - 8:57am

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is hosting its annual Drug Take Back Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the following locations:

  • Smith’s Marketplace parking lot at 751 Trinity Dr.; and
  • White Rock Visitor Center at 115 N.M. 4.

This drug diversion program is a part of a national initiative by the DEA. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Health & Safety Day

The Los Alamos Police Department also

Auditor Keller Launches Statewide Procurement Study

on April 29, 2016 - 8:37am

State Auditor Tim Keller

Multi-agency special audit will assess state purchasing practices

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller announced that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) is conducting a statewide procurement study.

The State Auditor selected multiple agencies for the special audit due to their roles in procurement oversight: the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), the General Services Department (GSD) and the Department of Information Technology (DoIT). The study will focus on a variety of aspects of state purchasing such as sole-source

Air Force Research Laboratory Names Dr. Kelly D. Hammett As New Energy Director

on April 29, 2016 - 8:06am
Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello, Air Force Research Laboratory commander, passes the Senior Executive Service flag to Dr. Kelly Hammett. Photo by Todd Berenger
 
AFRL News:
 
KIRTLAND AFB  The Air Force Research Laboratory has named Dr. Kelly D. Hammett as the new director of its Directed Energy Directorate.
 
In addition, Hammett is being promoted to the Senior Executive Service, the highest classification of civil service employees. Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello, Commander of AFRL at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, traveled to Albuquerque to preside over the April 25 promotion ceremony.

AFRL’s Directed Energy
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Letter To The Editor: Real Victims Of Middle-East Turmoil

on April 29, 2016 - 7:43am
By DOUG REILLY
Los Alamos
 
We hear every day of the continuing suffering of the people of the Middle-East. The people are the real victims, especially those of Iraq and Syria.
 
The USA, Russia, and Saudi Arabia fight and kill for a variety of reasons, and more innocent civilians die or leave in hundreds of thousands and die on the seas.
 
The USA supports certain rebel groups and demands President Assad step down or be removed before we will stop fighting.
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Senate Democratic Leaders Rebut Regents’ Version Of HSC Takeover

on April 29, 2016 - 7:39am
NMSD News:
 
In their guest column published April 7, three of UNM Board of Regents, Regents Doughty, Lee and Fortner made a number of inaccurate assertions about the recent reorganization of the UNM Health Sciences Center medical complex (HSC). We believe readers deserve clarification.

They have repeatedly claimed that they dissolved the HSC Board of Directors—in an extremely abrupt and secretive way—because the HSC has become too independent. They have also asserted that it is not part of what they describe as “one university”.
 
This assertion overlooks some inconvenient facts.

Pressure Canning Class At TOTH May 20

on April 29, 2016 - 7:34am

Attorney Philip J. Dabney Joins Reid Griffith’s Law Firm

on April 28, 2016 - 9:53pm
Attorneys Reid Griffith, left, and Philip J. Dabney stop by the Los Alamos Daily Post in downtown Los Alamos recently to discuss their joining forces to help clients. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Attorney Philip J. Dabney practiced law in Las Vegas, Nev., for 30 years but after marrying a Los Alamos woman he moved to town and last month joined the local law firm of P. Reid Griffith, PA.
 
“Since marrying Liz, I’ve continued to wind down my practice in Nevada and am excited to be working with Reid who has practiced in Los Alamos for decades and

Los Alamos Swimmer Sarah Lott Qualifies For Nationals

on April 28, 2016 - 9:48pm

Los Alamos swimmer Sarah Lott is on track to qualify for Olympic Trials this summer in Nebraska. Photo by Ranee McElderry Stewart

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Video clip from New Mexico state championship - winning the 200 Free race: Click here. 

Los Alamos High School senior Sarah Lott is ranked 23 in the Nation for the 100m Free for the 2015-2016 season for females 17-18 years of age (World Record Holder - Katie Ledecky is 1st). Lott, 18, wowed the crowd last month with her impressive swims at the 2016 New Mexico High School State Championship in Albuquerque.

She started

National Park Tourism In New Mexico Creates $118.8 Million In Economic Benefit

on April 28, 2016 - 9:45pm
NPS News:
 
DENVER — A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 1,714,675 visitors to national parks in New Mexico in 2015 spent $97.5 million in the state.
 
That spending supported 1,528 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $118.8 million. It also represents a 9.8 percent increase in spending and a 7 percent rise in visitation over 2014.
 
“From Chaco Culture National Historical Park to White Sands National Monument, the national parks of New Mexico draw more than 1.7 million visitors a year from home and abroad,” said Sue Masica, director of the NPS

Letter To The Editor: Is National Wildlife Federation Right Agency For Los Alamos?

on April 28, 2016 - 9:38pm
TERRY DUBOIS
Los Alamos
 
On April 23, our county was recognized as New Mexico’s first “Community Wildlife Habitat” (link). A representative from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) was on hand to present the certificate to county officials. 

Some disturbing details emerge upon closer inspection of the NWF. This is an agency that appears to have wildlife in its best interest, unfortunately, they promote trapping of wildlife. http://www.nwf.org/Who-We-Are/Affiliate-Partnership/Resolutions/Resolutions/1996/1996-12.aspx. Los Alamos passed an ordinance in 2014 banning the use of steel-jaw

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New Mexico Taxation And Revenue Department Warns About Phone Scammers Posing As Tax Agents

on April 28, 2016 - 9:34pm
TRD News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD) is warning New Mexicans about fraudulent phone calls demanding delinquent tax payments.
 
The Taxation and Revenue Department has received reports of aggressive and threatening phone calls made by criminals impersonating Taxation and Revenue Employees or Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Agents.
 
These imposters demand immediate payment of delinquent taxes and threaten taxpayers with arrest if they do not comply. They may also threaten to cancel your driver’s license.

Flight Night At UnQuarked 5 p.m. Friday

on April 28, 2016 - 9:32pm
COMMUNITY News:
 
Anasazi Fields Winery and Secret City Kitchen are teaming up once again to bring Flight Night  to the community starting at 5 p.m., Friday, April 29 at UnQuarked, The Wine Room.
 
Jeremy Varela from Secret City is preparing food sample trays: roasted maple paprika spiced nut medley, brie with balsamic reduction, blackened chicken with a chipotle cream smear, and cayenne salted dark chocolate bark. 
 
Jim Fish, winemaker from Anasazi Fields, will lead attendees through a pairing of their wines with these dishes.
 
Cost is $12 per person.

Los Alamos Certified As Wildlife Habitat Community

on April 28, 2016 - 9:31pm
Community Wildlife Habitat presentation Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Luisa Grant, senior coordinator of community programs for the National Wildlife Federation and County Councilor Pete Sheehey at Saturday's ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Luisa Grant, senior coordinator of community programs for the National Wildlife Federation traveled to Los Alamos from Reston, VA to officially present the Community Wildlife Habitat certification to Los Alamos
Los Alamos County was

Aspen Elementary; Los Alamos Middle School Students Take First In 26th Annual Supercomputing Challenge

on April 28, 2016 - 4:04pm

Aspen Supercomputers from left, Max Corliss (7th), Ming Lo (5th), Andy Corliss (6th) and Phillip Ionkov (6th). Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Andy Corliss, Phillip Ionkov, Ming Lo of Aspen Elementary, and Max Corliss of Los Alamos Middle School won first place for their project, “Solving the Rubic’s Cube 2.0,” Tuesday, April 26 at the 26th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The "Aspen Supercomputers" created a three-dimensional simulation of a Rubik’s cube, a national favorite brain-bending puzzle, as well as an implementation of a cube-solving algorithm.

Governor Appoints Lynn Gallagher Cabinet Secretary For Department Of Health

on April 28, 2016 - 3:46pm

Lynn Gallagher

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced her appointment of Lynn Gallagher as Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH).

Gallagher has served as Deputy Secretary of DOH since 2013. Prior to that, she served as the General Counsel for the Aging and Long-Term Services Department. Gallagher’s appointment follows the passing of Secretary Retta Ward in March.

“Much like Retta Ward before her, Lynn is a dedicated public servant who demonstrates strong leadership and dedication to improving the health of New Mexicans,” Martinez said.

Letter To The Editor: To The Person Vandalizing PEEC’s Hiking Posts

on April 28, 2016 - 10:49am
By LAURA LEITNER
Los Alamos
 
To the person who is vandalizing PEEC’s hiking posts:

I have four sons who are thoroughly enjoying PEEC’s new hiking program “Passport to the Pajarito Plateau”. They have always loved nature and being in the outdoors, and they are very excited about the new program. They are so excited about it that we are making time to do some fun hikes when we might not otherwise have squeezed it into our busy schedule.

We were, in fact, planning to do the Acid Canyon hike the day after I read about that particular post being removed.

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County Launches Telephone Survey Friday

on April 28, 2016 - 10:37am

COUNTY News:

During the next few weeks, residents in Los Alamos County may be receiving a phone call asking for their feedback on County government.

The County has been regularly conducting these citizen satisfaction surveys every other year since 1996. The purpose of the citizen survey is to gather public opinion on a variety of subjects, including satisfaction with County services and programs. Whenever possible, the County uses the information for reporting on performance measures for service improvements.

The firm under contract to conduct the County’s phone survey is Research &

NMED Hosts Open House On LANL Consent Order In Council Chambers 5-7 p.m. Today

on April 28, 2016 - 9:58am

NMED News:

NMED Proposes Changes to Consent Order, which Governs Legacy Clean-Up at LANL

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department’s Hazardous Waste Bureau will host an Open House in Los Alamos to present an overview of their proposed changes to the Draft Consent Order governing legacy clean-up at Los Alamos National Laboratory and to hear citizen and stakeholder input, address concerns, and answer questions.

The Open House is 5-7 p.m., today in the Los Alamos County Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.

On March 1, 2005, NMED and the U.S.

Los Alamos Master Gardeners Prepare For June Fair

on April 28, 2016 - 9:32am

Los Alamos Master Gardeners are working on the Los Alamos Demonstration Garden to have it ready for its June 11 Garden Fair. The workers are preparing an area for a new penstemon garden and an extended butterfly garden. Gardeners from left, Shari Foley, Denise George, Pallas Papin, Pam Rogers, Kimberli Tanner and Carlos Valdez. Courtesy photo

Hilltopper Girls Golf Team Finishes Stellar Season

on April 28, 2016 - 8:45am

Malorie Apgar playing out of the bunker on 18. Photo by Carl Necker

Team members celebrating their District title: Faith Koh, Malorie Apgar, Emily Moulton, Jennifer Necker and Leah Mountain. Photo by Carl Necker

 

By CARL NECKER
Los Alamos

The Los Alamos High School girls golf team closed out their regular season Tuesday at the Los Alamos Golf Course with a team score of 388. That team score was their fourth qualifying score of the season.

The team played again Wednesday at the Los Alamos Golf Course for the District 2 5A championship.

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State Police Launch Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across The State In May

on April 28, 2016 - 8:24am
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police will conduct Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of May 2016.
 
Our efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
 
People are choosing to not drink and drive.

Los Alamos National Day Of Prayer May 5

on April 28, 2016 - 8:22am
Courtesy photo
 
NDOP News:
 
The public is invited to Los Alamos National Day of Prayer. Praise music will begin at 11:30-11:50 a.m., by Centerpeace (Filer family) followed by Prayer time 11:50 a.m., to 12:50 p.m., May 5 at First United Methodist Church at 715 Diamond Dr.
 
For further information, call the Bonner family at 505.672.3864.

Understanding The Syrian Tragedy: Causes And Dynamics Of The Uprising May 1

on April 28, 2016 - 8:20am
Dr. Bassam Haddad, George Mason University
 
CFIS News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  It’s been nearly five years since Syrian rebels took up arms against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and today more than 250,000 people are dead and millions more have fled the country as a result of the bloody conflict.
 
Dr. Bassam Haddad, director of the Middle East Studies Program at George Mason, will attempt to put the ongoing Syrian war in perspective for a New Mexico audience during a lecture at the UNM Continuing Education Auditorium.

Lujan Grisham Introduces Legislation To Provide Stable Funding For Food Banks

on April 28, 2016 - 8:15am
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced legislation to ensure stable and increased federal funding for emergency food banks that distribute food to communities throughout the state.
 
Lujan Grisham drew attention to the need for the funding last month at a food distribution site at Pajarito Mesa. 

As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Lujan Grisham voted for the 2014 Farm Bill that dedicated money for food purchases, along with $100 million a year for food banks to distribute food to communities.

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