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Legislature Joint Statement On No Harassment Policy

on December 4, 2017 - 4:15pm
STATE LEGISLATURE News:
 
SANTA FE  Leaders from both the House and Senate of the New Mexico Legislature have announced the following plan to address the issue of sexual harassment in the Legislature:
 
Everyone who conducts business with or on behalf of the legislature should be able to do so in a safe and productive environment. Individuals who have experienced harassment of any kind must feel assured that they can come forward without fear of personal or political retribution.

First Half Of Property Taxes Due In One Week

on December 4, 2017 - 4:14pm

COUNTY News:

The first half of Los Alamos County property taxes are due in one week. Payment will become delinquent next Monday, Dec. 11.

Payment must either be made in person by 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Customer Care Center or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges.

The Customer Care Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Municipal Building lobby at 1000 Central Ave.

Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, NM 87544. Payments also are accepted through a property tax lockbox at Los Alamos National Bank.

Los Alamos Young Racers Attend UNM Ski Race Camp

on December 4, 2017 - 3:46pm

Young ski racers from Los Alamos, Taos and Santa Fe attended the UNM Ski Team sponsored race camp last weekend at Red River Ski Area. Courtesy photo

Three Preliminary Hearings For Krista Wilhelm Friday

on December 4, 2017 - 3:44pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Three preliminary hearings have been set for Dec. 8 in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for Krista Wilhelm, 32, of Los Alamos on a variety of charges.

In the first case, charges of abuse of a child and battery against a household member were filed after Los Alamos Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance at her residence.

LANL FY2017 Hazardous Waste Facility Noncompliance Numbers Decline

on December 4, 2017 - 3:39pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
 

Los Alamos National Laboratory had 25 noncompliance reports under its Hazardous Waste Facility Permit from the New Mexico Environment between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, according to a report filed Nov. 28 with state.

The number is down from 100 instances in 2016 and 400 in 2015. The report also states that there were no releases from a permitted unit that could have posed a threat to human health or the environment.

Noncompliance issues included containers not labeled “hazardous waste”, failure to protect two containers

Pearce Statement On Final Mexican Wolf Recovery Program Plan

on December 4, 2017 - 3:27pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released their final Mexican Wolf Recovery Program’s plan:
 
“I appreciate the Fish and Wildlife Service’s attempt at greater collaboration with local governments and communities as they finalized this plan, unfortunately the plan itself continues to fall short.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Lady Bird'

on December 4, 2017 - 3:18pm
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Lady Bird” is Greta Gerwig’s first solo venture into film writing and directing. It most assuredly won’t be her last! Lady Bird, though not quite autobiographical, is a heart-warming tale about a mother-daughter relationship, taking place in Gerwig’s hometown of Sacramento, California.
 
Lady Bird tells the story of high school senior Christine McPherson, who has given herself the name “Lady Bird”—“It’s my given name; I gave it to myself,” she says.
 
Convincing in the role of 17-year-old Lady Bird is Saoirse Ronan (star of the 2015 film, Brooklyn),

FBI: Eric Matthew Reddick Pleads Guilty To Federal Armed Robbery And Firearms Charges

on December 4, 2017 - 3:18pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Eric Matthew Reddick, 22, of Albuquerque, pled guilty Thursday in Federal Court to a two-count indictment charging him with violating the Hobbs Act and federal firearms laws. 
 
The charges against Reddick arise out of the armed robbery of a convenience store Oct. 6, 2017, during which Reddick shot and injured two individuals. Reddick entered the guilty plea without the benefit of a plea agreement. 
 
Acting U.S. Attorney James D.

Strong Support For Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery

on December 4, 2017 - 3:16pm
ESC News:
 
BOULDER, Colo.  Of the more than 100,000 comments submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on the Mexican Wolf Draft Recovery Plan, more than 99 percent were in support of recovery, according to wildlife conservation organizations who reviewed the comments submitted this summer.
 
“We wanted to be able to definitively say that the recovery of the Mexican gray wolf is important to Americans, and we can,” Hailey Hawkins, Southern Rockies Field Representative for the Endangered Species Coalition said.

Craven Faces New Charge In District Court

on December 4, 2017 - 3:13pm

COURT News:

 

John Craven, 35, of Los Alamos, has charged with a new offense in Santa Fe District Court just days after he  dodged a Nov. 28 evidentiary hearing on a probation violation before First Judicial District Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer.

The District Attorney’s office failed to have Craven transported for the hearing and Judge Marlowe Sommer dropped the probation violation charge related to seven charges racked up during an Oct. 2 visit to 10,000 Waves Spa.

The probation in question was under a 2014 case where Craven was found guilty of residential burglary and larceny of more

Documentary Shines Spotlight On Influential Manhattan Project Scientist Dr. Raemer Schreiber

on December 4, 2017 - 3:11pm
An MP with Dr. Raemer Schreiber. Courtesy photo
 
BY KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 

 

Ben Saunders’ grandfather, Dr. Raemer Schreiber, or Schreib to his friends, had an extraordinary career during and after the Manhattan Project. In fact, Schreiber’s work caught the interest of Documentarian John Webb so much so that Webb reached out to Saunders about doing a documentary about his grandfather.  

 

Saunders said Webb felt his grandfather was a “person who had a story that needed to be told.”

 

After three years crafting this story, the film, “Half-Life of a Genius,”

Quorum Notice: Transportation Board

on December 4, 2017 - 2:52pm

COUNTY News: 

Members of the Los Alamos County Transportation Board may attend the ribbon cutting for the 20th Street Extension Improvement Project at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Dec. 7.

A quorum may be present but no action will be taken. 

The community is invited to attend this ribbon cutting event.

 

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Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes Urges Legislature To Address Physical And Verbal Harassment

on December 4, 2017 - 10:47am
Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes
 
SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) has sent a letter to New Mexico House and Senate Leaders urging them to include the topics of physical and verbal harassment in their announced mandatory training and “No Harassment” policy revisions. 
 
Maestas Barnes made her request after describing incidents of physical and verbal intimidation she experienced during previous legislative sessions.  
 
“I share my story now because I believe it raises important issues about how matters of harassment are handled in Legislature,” Maestas

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Shipments Resume

on December 4, 2017 - 10:46am

Shipments from Los Alamos National Laboratory to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad resumed Nov. 8. In this photo, the initial shipment is loaded into a Trupact-II container at the Laboratory’s Technical Area 55 Nov. 7. The first shipment was successfully delivered to WIPP and contained sealed radioactive sources from the Off Site Source Recovery Program (OSRP). OSRP is a NNSA program managed by LANL. Since 1997, OSRP has been able to recover more than 39,400 sources from more than 1,390 sites, including all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and 25 foreign countries.

Governor Appoints Wayne Johnson NM State Auditor

on December 4, 2017 - 10:08am

Wayne Johnson

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Bernalillo County Commissioner and business owner Wayne Johnson as New Mexico State Auditor.

Johnson is currently serving his second term as a Bernalillo County Commissioner where he was elected as Vice Chair in 2016. Johnson is also the owner and president of Vista Media Productions, Inc. and a member of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority.

“It is very clear from Wayne Johnson’s background that he will put the interests of New Mexicans first as State Auditor,” said Governor Susana Martinez.

LANL: First Efficacy Study Announced For HIV-1 Preventive ‘Mosaic’ Vaccine

on December 4, 2017 - 9:24am
LANL theoretical biologist Bette Korber. Courtesy/LANL
 
LANL News:
 
International partners are announcing the first efficacy study for an investigational HIV-1-preventive “mosaic” vaccine. Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson are joining forces with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and National Institutes of Health on this study, and they have enlisted the aid of top researchers worldwide to conduct the trial.
 
The HIV-1 mosaic vaccine in the trial was originally designed at Los Alamos National Laboratory by theoretical biologist Bette Korber and her team.
 

PEEC: Learn To Grow Penstemons Tuesday

on December 4, 2017 - 9:18am
Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Gardener and scientist Larry Deaven will share stories, tips and photos for getting a penstemon garden started. This special presentation is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Los Alamos Nature Center and free and made possible by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
Deaven has been growing penstemons for more than 40 years, and he began work on the nature center penstemon gardens in 2015. He received a special projects grant from the American Penstemon Society in 2016 to help support garden construction.

IRS: National Tax Security Awareness Week No. 5

on December 4, 2017 - 8:58am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry joined together to warn small businesses to be on-guard against a growing wave of identity theft against employers.
 
Small business identity theft is a big business for identity thieves. Just like individuals, businesses may have their identities stolen and their sensitive information used to open credit card accounts or used to file fraudulent tax refunds for bogus refunds.
 
The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the private-sector tax community -- partners in the Security Summit -- are
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Hawks Wrestling Team Wins 2nd At Los Lunas Dual

on December 4, 2017 - 8:51am

The Hawks Wrestling team traveled to Los Lunas for another Dual Tournament. They were seeded in a pool with Valencia Middle School and Academy Middle School. In their first match against Valencia, they crushed their opponent 118-18. The Hawks took on Academy next and won 104-6. That win moved the Los Alamos team into the semi-finals against Rio Rancho. The Hawks took down Rio Rancho easily with a score of 90-21. That win took them into the finals against Los Lunas. It was a tough match between the rivals.
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Michelle Garcia Holmes Announces Candidacy For Lt. Governor Of New Mexico

on December 4, 2017 - 8:49am
Michelle Garcia Holmes
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  New Mexico native Michelle Garcia Holmes announced her candidacy Thursday for Lieutenant Governor.
 
With the experience of 30 years as a commissioned law enforcement officer, chief of staff for Attorney General Gary King, and advocate for children, Garcia Holmes will work hard to make New Mexico a better place to live and raise a family. 
 
“People need jobs and they need to feel safe in their homes and their communities,” Garcia Holmes said.

Rotary Club Grants Funding Requests To Four Local Non-Profit Organizations

on December 4, 2017 - 8:42am

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently granted funding requests of $500 each to four local nonprofit organizations. Flanked by Rotary Community Service chairperson Natalia Tretiak, left, and Rotary President Laura Loy, right, are recipients from left, Jean Gindreau of PAC-8, Andy Erickson of FIRST Robotics Team; Prisca Triasse and Sacha Scully of LA Makers; and Pauline Schneider of the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The Rotary Club will accept funding requests from non-profits again Jan. 15-March 31. Forms will be available at www.rotarylosalamos.com. Courtesy photo

Hilltoppers Girls And Boys Teams Win Swimming And Diving Invitational By Healthy Margins

on December 4, 2017 - 8:09am

Approximately 15 teams competed in the diving portion of the 3rd Bill Hudson Memorial Invite at Los Alamos Friday evening at the Aquatic Center. Emme Mooday scored 157.75 points for a fourth place finish. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Griffin Stidham placed fifth in the men’s with 177.45 points. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

SPORTS News:

The Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers hosted the 3rd Bill Hudson Memorial Swimming and Diving Invitational Dec. 1-2 at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center.

The meet included more than 300 swimming and diving competitors from 16 high school

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Luján Pushes Funding For Opioid Treatment

on December 4, 2017 - 8:09am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) Nov. 30 sent a letter to the leaders of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Committee urging continued investment to combat the opioid epidemic.
 
Earlier this year, Lujan introduced legislation that would provide $2.5 billion in additional funding for five years at the rate of $500 million a year.
 
More than 64,000 people in the U.S. died of drug overdoses in 2016, the deadliest year on record.

Scenes From North Mesa Stable Park Holiday Event

on December 4, 2017 - 7:30am

Horses at Garth and Lisa Reader's stables greet visitors Sunday evening during the annual Holiday Celebration hosted by North Mesa Stable Owners. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Roasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate Sunday evening at the Stidham family's stables, from left, Mia Littleton, Annika Fox, Hanna Stidham and Sage Wilcox. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

​Sherry Carmichael adds the finishing touches to her decorations Sunday at North Mesa Stables Park. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

A horseshoe wreath hangs at Garth and Lisa Reader's stables at

LWV Lunch With A Leader Features Becky Oertel, Cristina Olds And Anagha Dandekar

on December 4, 2017 - 7:20am

LWVLA News:

This month’s League of Women Voters community event, Lunch with a Leader is Dec. 12 and will feature three women from Voices of Los Alamos, Becky Oertel, Cristina Olds and Anagha Dandekar.

The lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. upstairs at Mesa Public Library.

The women will discuss how and why they formed Voices of Los Alamos, the activities they have accomplished and their plans for the future.

Oertel grew up in Los Alamos and is the daughter of Jay and Carol Wechsler, who were active volunteers and founding members of the Los Alamos Community.

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