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New Mexico House Passes Solvency Package

on January 25, 2017 - 7:54pm

  • SB113 and SB114 Head to Governor’s Desk

SANTA FE – Tonight, the New Mexico House passed a solvency package that settles the budget for Fiscal Year 2017 while minimizing the effect on schools, infrastructure projects and basic services for New Mexicans. The agreement passed by a vote of 36 to 32.

Prior to the voice vote, the bills were discussed in bipartisan, bicameral conference committees, each containing two members from the majority and one from the minority from each chamber.

“We have been working day and night on this solvency package, to fulfill our constitutional

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 19 To Jan. 23, 2017

on January 25, 2017 - 3:28pm
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 filed against them.
Jan. 19 at 8:10 p.m. / Police arrested Katie Pecos, 27, of Los Alamos at Joya Loop., and charged her with abuse of a child.
Jan. 19 at 8:30 p.m. / Police arrested Ryan Barnes, 38, of Valerde, at 9th St., and charged him with petty larceny: $500 or less. The police booking photo is not available.
Jan. 19 at 9:32 p.m.

Heinrich On Reports Of Executive Order On Reinstating Interrogation Policies

on January 25, 2017 - 3:17pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement regarding media reports that the Trump Administration is considering an executive order to reinstate the CIA detention and interrogation program:

"Any attempt to roll back prohibitions against torture is out of step with American principles and ruins our global credibility on human rights.

“The CIA’s use of ‘black sites’ and ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ resulted in a dark chapter in our history, and was filled with gross

Pajarito Mountain: Stunning, Snowy, Scenic...

on January 25, 2017 - 12:16pm

It's a beautiful bluebird day at Pajarito Mountain after this latest cycle of storms that left the ski area with 47 inches of snow over the past seven days and 8 inches in the past 24 hours. The base depth is 60 inches and the skiing is fantastic! Pajarito is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Tom Stockton

Governor Announces Nominations For Appointment To University Of New Mexico Board Of Regents

on January 25, 2017 - 12:13pm
Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE  Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the nominations of Don Tripp of Socorro and John Ryan of Albuquerque for appointment to the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.
Tripp served as the Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives from 2015-2017. He was first elected as a state representative for New Mexico’s 49th House District in 1999. He is a jeweler by trade and has served on the Board of Directors for State National Bank and is a former director of the Association of Commerce and Industry.

Legislators Push Bi-Partisan Bill To Strengthen Auto Theft Intelligence, Investigation And Recovery

on January 25, 2017 - 12:11pm
Sen. Howie Morales
SANTA FE  New Mexico State Senator Howie Morales (D-28-Catron, Grant & Socorro), other legislative sponsors, and law enforcement officials from State, City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County law enforcement introduced promising legislation to stem the wave of auto-theft across the state, and to help catch criminals engaging in it.
Senate Bill 139 and its companion, House Bill 177, will strengthen law enforcement’s ability to gather and share information about potentially stolen vehicles.
“Families depend on their cars to get to school and

The Finishing Touch Updates Walls With PPG Pittsburg Paint's Color Of The Year

on January 25, 2017 - 11:57am

Kaylen Pocaterra is painting PPG Pittsburg Paint's Color of the Year on the walls Tuesday at The Finishing Touch, 174 Central Park Square. The Violet Verbena color is a gray-purple hue that idealizes the popular bohemian, 'gypset' lifestyle. This nuanced update on a classic shade adds depth, luxury and pampering to every space, making it the perfect backdrop for consumers looking to blend the masculine, the feminine, the mystic and the modern. Photo by Cheryl Sowder

Community Invited To Fuller Lodge Grand Re-opening

on January 25, 2017 - 11:45am


Los Alamos County is pleased to announce the completion of renovations to Fuller Lodge and the Historical Museum, aka the Guest Cottage.

The public is invited to a grand re-opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31. The ceremony will be followed by tours of the facilities.

As both facilities are on the State Register of Cultural Properties, the project required close coordination with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board.

AG Balderas Sues Takata And 15 Automakers Over Airbags That Function As Fragmentation Grenades

on January 25, 2017 - 11:34am

Photos of airbags that function as fragmentation grenades. Courtesy/AG


  • To date, known Takata airbag IR incidents have injured more than 180 people and killed at least 11 in the United States alone

SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed a lawsuit this week against Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata and 15 automakers over dangerous and defective airbags that function as fragmentation grenades.

Hundreds of thousands of which were installed in cars sold or offered for sale in the State of New Mexico.

Seeking Data And Artifacts To Help Influence Legislator’s Votes To Fix Flawed Teacher Evaluation System

on January 25, 2017 - 11:05am
Barranca Mesa Elementary

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the parents, grandparents and community members who wrote letters of support for my appeal on the New Mexico Teacher evaluation. We are continuing to collect artifacts for this appeal process.

The 2017 New Mexico legislation session began Jan. 17 and concludes in February. During this session, legislators will review, create and vote on many educational bills. Chantielle Hansen (a Barranca parent) is working closely with Rep.

Becoming A Love And Logic Parent Classes And Families In Action Class

on January 25, 2017 - 10:42am
FSN News:
Raise children who are self-confident, motivated and ready for the real world with this win-win approach to parenting. Your children win because they will learn to solve their own problems. You win because you establish healthy control without resorting to anger, threats and nagging or exhausting power struggles.
Becoming a Love and Logic Parent is an evidenced-based course that is designed around raising self-reliant children through logical consequences.

2017 Board Of Public Utilities Meeting Calendar

on January 25, 2017 - 10:40am

Great Blessing Of Waters At Ashley Pond 2017

on January 25, 2017 - 10:39am

Rev. Theophan Mackey and the people of Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church in Los Alamos celebrate the Great Blessing of Waters 2017 last Sunday at Ashley Pond. Courtesy photo

Rev. Theophan Mackey celebrates the Great Blessing of Waters 2017 at Ashley Pond. Courtesy photo


The people of Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church in Los Alamos assembled at noon Sunday, Jan. 22 at Ashley Pond for their annual Great Blessing of Water.

The Orthodox Church celebrates Theophany according to the Julian Calendar.

Second Walk-In Registration For Youth And High School Lacrosse Teams Jan. 26

on January 25, 2017 - 10:27am
Courtesy photo
A second walk-in registration for youth and high school lacrosse teams is 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, 4475 West Road.
Students from age 9 through high school seniors are welcome. Registration is $125 for high school and $115 for youth.
Practices are scheduled to start in mid-February for the high school team, and typically are held four evenings per week at the Dara Jones Field at Overlook Park in White Rock. Practices for the youth team will begin TBD.
For information, email

Arts In Public Places Board Meets Thursday

on January 25, 2017 - 10:26am
The next meeting of the Los Alamos County Arts in Public Places Board is 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, in Room #110 of the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The agenda for the meeting has been published and is available online at:

Letter To The Editor: SR4 Safety Issues

on January 25, 2017 - 10:19am
By Los Alamos Taxpayer
I read the column written by Mr. Harry Burgess for last Thursday’s Los Alamos Daily Post about the Safety issues of State Road 4. 
This is the only neglected road within a 40-mile radius of Los Alamos. Everyone, including Los Alamos County officials, ignore it although the primary users of this road are residents of White Rock (LA County taxpayers) and Laboratory personnel whose employer pays a ton of taxes to Los Alamos County. 
I agree with the observations made by Mr. Burgess.

House Republicans To State Auditor: Show Us The Money

on January 25, 2017 - 10:13am
New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller
SANTA FE  The House Republican Caucus sent a letter to New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller yesterday asking him to specifically identify unspent government funds that could be reallocated to other areas of state government.
The letter, signed by 31 members of the Republican caucus, cited two reports prepared by Keller’s office that claimed New Mexico had over $4 billion in unspent money sitting in agency accounts.
The lawmakers wrote, “[w]e appreciate the work that your office performed in tallying these fund balances and

NM House Rep. Jim Dines Leads Bipartisan Charge For Constitutional Ethics Commission

on January 25, 2017 - 9:35am
Rep. Jim Dines
Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo) yesterday introduced HJR 8, a proposed constitutional amendment that would establish an independent ethics commission with teeth and transparency.
The bill is co-sponsored by a group of southern New Mexico legislators, Sen. Jeff-Steinborn (D-Dona Ana), Rep. Nathan Small (D-Dona Ana), and Rep. Bill McCamley (D-Dona Ana).
If passed by a majority in both houses, the measure would go to the voters in 2018 and require enabling legislation.
The seven-member ethics commission proposed in the amendment would have the power

DNCU Re‐Dedicates Española’s Valdez Park

on January 25, 2017 - 9:30am
DNCU News:
SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, is proud to announce a rededication of Valdez Park at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 30.
The rededication will honor Vietnam hero Petty Officer Phil Valdez for whom the Española park is named, as well as salute all men and women who serve our country with honor.

Valdez, who was born in Dixon and attended Española High School, was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions in saving the lives of two Marines while under fire.

The U.S.S.

Letter To The Editor: Mil Levy Congrats

on January 25, 2017 - 9:28am
By SHEILA K. SCHIFERL, candidate
UNM-LA Advisory Board Position 5

Thanks to the press - notably the Los Alamos Daily Post, for getting the word out on the mil levy. 

This made a decisive difference between now and the last time.


Daily Postcard: Sunrise Ablaze Over Los Alamos

on January 25, 2017 - 9:26am

Daily Postcard: Blazing sunrise viewed Jan. 17 over Los Alamos. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

School Bond Passes By 79 Percent Majority – Highest On Record

on January 24, 2017 - 11:24pm

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, left, thanks Dave Woodruff and the community for their support. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

On behalf of Los Alamos Public Schools and the School Board, President Jim Hall would like to thank the citizens of White Rock and Los Alamos for their resounding endorsement of our public schools in the recent bond election.

“This is an investment in the future of our youth. The bond vote assists LAPS in further modernizing facilities as outlined in our 20-year master plan,” School Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said.

Whether you voted for or against, we appreciate that

Rooney: Thank You To The Voters Of Los Alamos

on January 24, 2017 - 10:52pm
Thank you banners are placed across UNM-LA Mil Levy election signs throughout Los Alamos and White Rock following tonight's vote by Los Aamos residents to pass the MIl Levy. Courtesy photo

Thank you to everyone in the Los Alamos community who with their votes and various actions have demonstrated their support for UNM-Los Alamos. We are grateful for the election results supporting the mil levy request.

Voters Approve UNM-LA Mil Levy And LAPS Bond!

on January 24, 2017 - 8:31pm

The crowd cheers and LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus hugs UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cynthia Rooney as they hear the good news from the election this evening at the County Municipal Building. The UNM-LA Mil Levy passed 3,928 to 2,221 and the LAPS General Obligation Bond passed 4,912 to 1,322. Photo by Carol A. Clark//

A crowd gathers earlier this evening in the lobby of the Municipal Building waiting for the election results. Photo by Carol A. Clark//

From left, School Board member Jenny McCumber, UNM-LA Advisory Board member Michelle Hall, UNM-LA CEO Dr.