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Scenes From Santa Claus Visiting Kids At CB FOX

on December 3, 2017 - 6:16am
Santa Claus admires a Star Wars patch on the shirt of a young visitor during the annual Talk With Santa Saturday at CB FOX Department Store on Central Avenue. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Young ladies wait in line to talk with Santa. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Siblings strike a pose with Santa. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

NM Delegation Announces Senate Passage Of Bill To Promote Preservation Of Native American Languages

on December 3, 2017 - 6:09am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján, and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the full Senate passed the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act by unanimous consent late Wednesday.
 
The bill, S. 254, is backed by the full N.M. delegation and provides grants to Native American language educational organizations to maintain and revitalize endangered Native languages in Indian Country.

Mesa Library Features Holiday Book Tree

on December 3, 2017 - 6:08am

A Christmas tree made out of books to celebrate the holiday season is on display outside the Friends of the Library used book store inside Mesa Public Library. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

Pastor Granillo: He Is Coming

on December 3, 2017 - 6:07am
Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock

When He returns is not as important as the fact that we are ready for Him when He does return. ―A.W. Tozer

My mom was a working, single mom. (For the record, these people are among the highest level of superheroes.) This meant that my siblings and I would often come home from school and find the house empty because mom had to go to work. We had a procedure in place for when this happened. We were to lock the doors, find the list that she left for us, and then call her to let her know we were all safely at home.

Daily Postcard: Dramatic Sunrise Over Pajarito Acres

on December 3, 2017 - 6:04am

Daily Postcard: A dramatic sunrise is spotted Tuesday above Pajarito Acres. Photo by Douglas Reilly

County Holiday Tree Lighting At Ashley Pond

on December 2, 2017 - 9:23pm

The Los Alamos County holiday tree lighting Saturday night at Ashley Pond Park. Nancy Ann Hibbs

The Los Alamos County holiday tree lighting Saturday night at Ashley Pond Park. Nancy Ann Hibbs

Earth Treasures Show Rocks On Today And Sunday

on December 2, 2017 - 4:47pm

The Annual Earth Treasures Show attracted a large crowd today at the Los Alamos Masonic Temple. The Show continues all day Sunday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
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Scenes From Mesa Library WinterFest Activities

on December 2, 2017 - 4:36pm

Eileen Zhang and her son, Derek, create holiday crafts this morning at Mesa Public Library while Zhang's mother looks on. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

A group works on holiday arts and crafts today at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Youngters playing with water beads; or tiny beads that expand in water. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Kiley McNeel does beadwork with her father Stephen this morning at the library. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Kelly Dolejsi and her daughter Jocelyne participate in arts and crafts activities at the

Scenes From Affordable Art Show At FLAC

on December 2, 2017 - 4:26pm

Volunteer Debbie Huling checks on one of the Christmas trees during the Affordable Art Show today at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Christie Kelly, right, checks out the offerings at the Affordable Art Show today at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Fuller Lodge Art Center volunteer Judy Dean wraps up a purchase. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

One of many displays at today's Affordable Art Show at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Savvy Shoppers Find Bargains At Trinity On The Hill Childrens Christmas Bazaar

on December 2, 2017 - 4:21pm
A young shopper ponders her purchase this morning at the annual Childrens Christmas Bazaar at Trinity On The Hill. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
One of Santa's elves wraps a purchase for a young man. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Shoppers check out the book selection at TOTH. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Moms help shoppers with their lists. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Selecting a gift at the Childrens Christmas Bazaar. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Wrapping underway. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

Kiwanis Breakfast With Santa Brings Out Smiles

on December 2, 2017 - 4:18pm
A youngster poses with Santa during this morning's Breakfast With Santa at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Young people enjoy Breakfast With Santa. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
This young lady sits on Santa's knee during the Kiwanis Club's Breakfast With Santa. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
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AG & NMSP Apprehend Firearms Instructor Wanted On Money Laundering, Medicaid Fraud And Other Charges

on December 2, 2017 - 4:16pm
Edward Boysel
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Thursday, Attorney General Hector Balderas and New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas announced that their agencies arrested Edward Boysel on a warrant for failure to appear in a case brought by the Office of the Attorney General.
 
After an investigation by New Mexico State Police Special Investigations Unit and the Office of the Attorney General Special Investigations Division, a Bernalillo County grand jury handed down an indictment against Mr.

Local Dog Walking Group Strolls Around Downtown

on December 2, 2017 - 2:43pm

A local dog walking group gathers at 11:30 a.m. today at Pet Pangaea in Central Park Square for their Saturday walk, which begins with a stroll around Ashley Pond before they head down Central Avenue passed the Municipal Building, over to Iris Street and finally back to Pet Pangaea. With their walk finished, the excitement was visible in the dogs as they waited for an employee to step out onto the sidewalk in front of the store and give them each a special treat.

State Gets $455M In Interior Energy Disbursements

on December 2, 2017 - 2:42pm
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Thursday that New Mexico’s energy production disbursements, through the Interior Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), totaled $455 million in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017).
 
This represents a significant increase of $86.5 from the previous year’s total. The funds are derived from energy and minerals produced on Federal and Indian lands, as well as U.S. offshore areas.
 
“Under President Trump’s American Energy Dominance agenda, we’ve increased energy funds by a billion dollars nationally, and by

Toys For Tots Drive Underway At Metzger’s

on December 2, 2017 - 11:53am

Toys For Tots will be in the parade tonight and is asking people to bring toys to fill the truck as it moves slowly down Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

 

The HMS Implacable, the Santa Fe/Los Alamos Chapter of the Honor Harrington Fan Association is collecting toys today at Metzger's Do It Best Hardware in the parking lot and inside the store at 1607 Central Ave., in Los Alamos.

Toys For Tots is a national charity organized by the United States Marines Corps Reserve.

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IRS: National Tax Security Awareness Week No. 4

on December 2, 2017 - 11:24am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The IRS, state tax agencies and private-sector tax groups warned the nation’s business, payroll and human resource communities about a growing W-2 email scam that threatens sensitive tax information held by employers.
 
These emails may start with a simple, “Hey, you in today?” and, by the end of the exchange, all of an organization’s Forms W-2 for their employees may be in the hands of cybercriminals. This puts workers at risk for tax-related identity theft.
 
The W-2 scam has emerged as one of the most dangerous and successful phishing attacks as hundreds of

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Smith’s Marketplace

on December 2, 2017 - 10:59am

On the job in Los Alamos at Smith’s Marketplace where florist Krista Cupitt is keeping the store’s display colorful and varied for the holidays. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Notice Of Proposed Floodplain Actions At LANL

on December 2, 2017 - 10:57am
NNSA News:
 
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is proposing to allow Los Alamos County to replace an irreparably damaged water line from the Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir to the townsite of Los Alamos. 
 
This activity would occur on small segments of land within the Los Alamos County 100-year floodplain. The majority of this project occurs on property owned by the U.S. Forest Service. A segment of this project occurs on U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) administered land in Technical Area (TA) 62.
 
In accordance with 10 Code of Federal Regulations

Amateur Naturalist: The Mathematical Symmetry Of Pine Cones

on December 2, 2017 - 7:55am
The shape of the pinecone bracts create eight spirals going outward and counter clockwise. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
The Mathematical Symmetry of Pine Cones
By ROBERT DRYJA
Amateur Naturalist
 
 
The shape of the pine cones lying on the ground below a tree provides a kind of predictability that is the complete opposite to predicting the youthfulness or maturity of a tree. A cone grows overlapping bracts that protect the developing seeds within. When the seeds mature, the bracts open. The seeds then may flutter away to germinate or become food for some animal or insect.
 
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State Auditor Reveals Nearly $145,000 Likely Stolen From Deming Public Schools

on December 2, 2017 - 7:54am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Thursday, State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of Deming Public Schools.
 
The audit resulted in 19 findings and identified nearly $145,000 in public funds that were likely stolen from the District. State Auditor Keller designated Deming Public Schools for a special audit after receiving information from the school district about the potential mishandling of money by a former employee.
 
“We see our fair share of fraud, but it’s especially disappointing to see tens of thousands of dollars apparently being taken from

Young Explorers: Winter Camps For School Age Kids

on December 2, 2017 - 7:45am
Children explore and learn during the NMMNHS Winter Camp Programs. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
 
Children participate in hands-on activities during the NMMNHS Winter Camp Programs. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
 
Children investigate the diversity of garden habitat during the NMMNHS Winter Camps. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Keep your young explorers engaged and active this winter for one or all of the day-long Young Explorers Winter Camps at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. 
 
The camps start Dec. 18 and run through Jan.

Quorum Notice: 20th Street Extension Ribbon Cutting

on December 2, 2017 - 7:40am

COUNTY News: 

Members of the Los Alamos County Council may attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the 20th Street Extension project at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the 20th Street construction site.

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

The community is invited to attend this ribbon cutting ceremony.

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Paints Sky Over Los Alamos

on December 2, 2017 - 7:30am

Daily Postcard: The sunrise paints the sky Thursday over Los Alamos. Photo by Jim Gourdoux

Hilltopper Football Earns Postseason Awards

on December 1, 2017 - 6:05pm

Hilltoppers Head Coach Garrett Williams addresses the audience at the 2017 Sports Awards Banquet. Photo By John McHale

Hilltopper MVP Jack Stewart with Head Coach Garrett Williams. Photo by John McHale

 

By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post

Hilltopper athletes were honored at the end of the season awards banquet Nov. 17 at Crossroads Bible Church, where the coaching staff handed out team awards, as well as district honors.

Two players had their names called multiple times.

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DPU To Work On NM 502 And Airport Road

on December 1, 2017 - 5:25pm

COUNTY News: 

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities announced that crews with its electric distribution division will begin construction activities on the northwest corner of N.M. 502 and Airport Road. 

Weather permitting, work will begin as soon as Monday, Dec. 4 and continue through Friday, Dec.15.

Working from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, crews will upgrade equipment in the area to improve electric reliability for the adjacent neighborhoods. The project footprint is limited to the inside of the curb and should have minimal impacts on traffic.

Motorists are urged

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