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African Queen To Air At Mesa Public Library Tonight!

on January 4, 2018 - 10:20am

African Queen movie poster. Courtesy image

Library News:

The classic 1951 movie African Queen will air at 6:30 p.m. today, Jan. 4, in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms at Mesa Public Library.

The film, starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, is set in Africa during World War I. The film is the latest offering in Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series, which takes place on the first Thursday of each month.

The film is full of drama, and full of lively banter.

Abe Dispennette Trains For Infantry Command

on January 4, 2018 - 8:56am
Abe Dispennette of Los Alamos is sworn in Decemeber to the New Mexico National Guard. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos business owner Abe Dispennette moved his status in the Army Reserves to a position in the New Mexico National Guard during a special swearing in ceremony in December.

“I will be going through training as an 09S, which is an enlisted position that will commission me as an infantry commander of the 1-200 Regiment once training is over,” he said.

Dispennette left Tuesday for that training, which runs through late

Bike Flow Trail Regains Momentum

on January 4, 2018 - 8:55am
Hogan Koesis of Pajarito Receation updates Council on plans to construct new bike trails on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
When the single bid to construct a bike flow trail in Bayo Canyon came in over budget, the project skidded to a stop. However, work is underway to push the project back into motion.
 
Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson said he will give an update about the project during the Jan. 11 Parks and Recreation Board meeting.
 
“The County will be preparing a new Request for

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Watch For Tracks

on January 4, 2018 - 8:50am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
Happy New Year!
 
This greeting among friends is frequently followed by a discussion about New Year resolutions. This is the time when we reflect on the past year, and it’s a time when we contemplate what we can improve on in the coming year. And this year, like every year, I have resolutions and the best of intentions. I am not sure where this will get me.
 
I have been thinking a lot lately about getting back on track, and of course, this is the optimal week to do so.

Recent Contamination Events At LANL Did Not Result In Radiological Uptake

on January 4, 2018 - 8:49am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A spokesperson for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said Wednesday that contamination events at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility noted in recent weekly reports filed by Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) staff were reported as part of a Radiation Protection Observation Process employed at LANL.

“None of the identified contamination events rose to a level requiring Occurrence Reporting.

Sheehey: Fiscally Responsible vs. ‘Fiscally Conservative’

on January 4, 2018 - 8:36am
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

The recent letter “Save for the Lean Years” (link) is full of inaccuracies that demand a response. Of course during years of plenty, we should keep some funds in reserve. That is why I have always supported our county policy to maintain over $10 million (15 to 20 percent of general fund revenues) in an uncommitted reserve, above and beyond the 8 percent (for us ~$4.5 million) required of all counties. In my five years on County Council, when more funds have been available, I have worked to invest those funds in growing our local economy.

New or

San Ildefonso Governor James Mountain Ends Term

on January 4, 2018 - 8:19am

Gov. James Mountain in his office Tuesday at San Ildefonso Pueblo. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

SAN ILDEFONSO PUEBLO—James Mountain has completed his three-year term as governor of San Ildefonso Pueblo. His final day in office was Wednesday. He sat down with the Los Alamos Daily Post Tuesday afternoon to recap that experience and share his plans.

“It has been my great honor to serve the people of this community … that has been the best part as well as the most challenging part of my job … working to meet the

UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board Meets Monday

on January 4, 2018 - 8:11am
UNM-LA News:
 
The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, in the Lecture Hall in Building 2 on the campus of UNM-Los Alamos, 4000 University Dr. 
 
Agenda items include an update on UNM-LA’s SunPath grant as well as administrative reports on ongoing UNM-LA activities.

Former Jail Officer/Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Bingham Sentenced For Criminal Sexual Contact With Minors

on January 4, 2018 - 7:52am

Dustin Bingham and his attorney Stephen D. Aarons Wednesday morning in First Judicial  District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

District Attorney Marco Serna, right, Deputy District Attorney Michael Nunez and Defense Attorney Stephen D. Aarons consult with Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer in court Wednesday as bailiff Steve Bing looks on. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

SANTA FE Former Los Alamos County detention officer and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy Dustin Bingham, 37, will spend

Democratic Party Meets At UNM-LA Monday

on January 4, 2018 - 7:32am

DPLA News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8 in Building 05 at UNM-Los Alamos. This month, representatives from the Democratic Party of New Mexico will discuss the candidate selection process.

“If you have ever wondered about (or were confused by) the different procedures for primary candidates and how Democratic Party candidates are ultimately selected, then this is the meeting for you!” Party Chair Robyn Schulz said. “Our County Pre-Primary Convention will be held in February.

Los Alamos Residents Tour Holy Land

on January 4, 2018 - 7:26am

Roger and Lilly Anaya of Los Alamos and parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church are on a trip to the Holy Land with 54 pilgrims from all over the country being led by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio. Courtesy photo

Roger Anaya of Los Alamos makes friends with a donkey shepherd while on his trip to the Holy Land. There are about 20 pilgrims from New Mexico including Roger and his wife Lilly Anaya and John and Connie Russell from Los Alamos. Former IHM Pastor John Carney is leading the New Mexico congregation.

LAFD Responds To Light Fixture Incident At TA-55

on January 4, 2018 - 7:21am

Staff Report

The National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) has confirmed reports that the Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a minor incident involving a light fixture at a Los Alamos National Laboratory support building at TA-55.

“At about 10 a.m. Nov. 30, 2017, a light fixture in the PF-314 building – a non-nuclear, non-radiological support warehouse – failed,” an NNSA spokesperson said.  “An employee responded by pulling a fire alarm and turning off the light switch.”

LAFD responded and found a small carbon mark on the light fixture but no other indications of a fire in the

Daily Postcard: Colorful Sunrise Above Los Alamos

on January 4, 2018 - 7:14am

Daily Postcard: The scene of a colorful sunrise overlooking Los Alamos taken Wednesday from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Hilltopper Hoops Open 2018 With Big Win

on January 3, 2018 - 4:24pm
Antonio Trujillo scores to the basket for two points, which set the tone for the game as the Toppers score to a 65-32 victory Tuesday evening over the Pojoaque Elks in Griffith gym. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Center Troy Hammock battles for a rebound under the Topper basket. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
Ramon Owen has a wreck with an Elk defender, who was cited for a block. Owen had a big game both on defense and offense and finished the game with a high of 14 points. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
 
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
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Don Taylor Moves To Central Park Square!

on January 3, 2018 - 1:40pm

Don Taylor of Don Taylor’s Photography in his new studio Tuesday morning in Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/adailypost.com

Don Taylor’s Photography is now open for business at 181 Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/adailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Owner Don Taylor of Don Taylor’s Photography opened the doors of his new studio Tuesday morning at 181 Central Park Square.

“It’s exciting to start the new year in this new location next to Fuller Lodge where I spend a lot of time taking photographs,” Taylor said during an

Free Opportunity To Learn Chinese Jan. 10-31

on January 3, 2018 - 1:40pm

Los Alamos P&Z Commission Recruiting Members

on January 3, 2018 - 12:45pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Planning & Zoning Commission, or P&Z, is actively recruiting new members. 

The Commission is a nine-member citizen committee appointed by the County Council to hear and make final decisions on most development applications, including Subdivisions, Site Plans and Special Use Permits. P&Z also makes recommendations to Council on planning policy, Rezoning cases, and the development of and amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.

The Commission was instrumental in the development and approval of the new Comprehensive Plan in 2016.

In the past year P&Z reviewed and

SFNF: Gallinas Rx Monitoring Continues

on January 3, 2018 - 12:44pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― The Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn continues at this time through January. Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) crews continue to monitor treated units while engaging residual fires within the burn perimeter of the watershed. 
 
Small pockets within the project area continue to burn at variable intensity with smoke visible from Mineral Hill, Gallinas, Romeroville, El Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas, and I-25.  
 
The Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn is designed to improve and protect the Gallinas Watershed, the primary water source for the City of Las

Balderas & State Mortgage Regulators Reach $45 Million Settlement With PHH Mortgage Corporation

on January 3, 2018 - 12:43pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas 48 other state attorneys general, the District of Columbia and over 45 state mortgage regulators have reached a $45 million settlement with New Jersey-based mortgage lender and servicer PHH Mortgage Corporation. Approximately 265 New Mexico homeowners will receive payments thanks to the settlement.
 
The settlement resolves allegations that PHH, the nation’s ninth largest non-bank residential mortgage servicer, improperly serviced mortgage loans from Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec.

FEMA To Stop Discriminating Against Churches, Synagogues Hit By Hurricanes

on January 3, 2018 - 11:13am
BECKET News:
 
  • Supreme Court decision requires equal treatment for houses of worship hit by hurricanes
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  FEMA announced a new policy today that ought to put an end to its discrimination against churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship. The new policy comes in response to two lawsuits brought by three Texas churches and two Florida synagogues seeking immediate and equal access to disaster relief aid.
 
FEMA says that the new policy is required by the Supreme Court’s June 2017 decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, which ruled that the

Amateur Naturalist: The Shape Of Acid Canyon

on January 3, 2018 - 11:02am
Cracks in cooling lava. Courtesy Photo
 
Amateur Naturalist: The Shape of Acid Canyon
By ROBERT DRYJA
 
Acid Canyon is approximately 0.8 of a mile in length. The north side of Acid Canyon is relatively steep for its entire length. It has a nearly vertical drop of twenty feet at its start. The drop increases to nearly 200 feet at its end where it merges with Pueblo Canyon.
 
The south side follows a different pattern. The slope leading to the canyon bottom is relatively gentle for the initial half mile. It is an easy hike down the south slope to the bottom.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 27, 2017-Jan. 2, 2018

on January 3, 2018 - 9:41am

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department. Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges against them.

AARON B. KOETTER

Dec. 27 at 4:42 p.m. /Police arrested Aaron B. Koetter, 41, of Los Alamos at the Pajarito Brew Pub on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

 

 

ANTHONY RAYMOND MARTINEZ

Dec. 28 at 9:35 a.m. / Police arrested Anthony Raymond Martinez, 32, of Los Alamos in Apt. 3 at 1203 9th St., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant for a charge of reckless driving.

 

Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 3

on January 3, 2018 - 8:56am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Despite the frigid temperatures that cover much of the United States and that have spilled into parts of Eastern New Mexico, there remains open-water fishing on many of our lakes.
 
That includes Eagle Nest Lake, which would normally be New Mexico’s prime ice-fishing destination.
 
Warm temperatures created areas of open water and the fishing was fair for rainbow trout. There are still areas of thin ice around the lake and those areas are closed to fishing.

Wiemann: Time For New Year’s Financial Resolutions

on January 3, 2018 - 8:28am
By SHELLY A. WIEMANN
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
 
We’ve reached the end of another year – which means it’s just about time for some New Year’s resolutions. Would you like to study a new language, take up a musical instrument or visit the gym more often? All these are worthy goals, of course, but why not also add some financial resolutions? 
 
Here are some ideas to think about:
 
Increase contributions to your employer-sponsored retirement plan.
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Brown Bag Pre-Diabetes Classes Feb. 6–May 22

on January 3, 2018 - 7:19am

 

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