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Backcountry Film Festival Will Inspire Winter Adventurers To Seek Snow Less Traveled

on January 13, 2016 - 8:33am


PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Reel Deal Theater are teaming up to bring the popular Backcountry Film Festival to Los Alamos for the fifth year in a row.

Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world. The screening at the Reel Deal at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 will be the only one in New Mexico.

The Pajarito Brewpub will sell beer and wine before the show and at intermission.

Letter To The Editor: Amazon Should Collect NM Taxes

on January 13, 2016 - 8:00am
Los Alamos
In the third quarter of 2015, Amazon sold $25 billion. I have no way of knowing how much of these goods went to New Mexico households. But, I do know that no New  Mexico taxes were paid on them.
I know that local businesses suffered a loss of revenue that could have been spent locally and passed on to New Mexico folks, and that New Mexico citizens suffered a loss of government services because of that loss of revenue.

Faith & Science Series: ‘What Makes Us Human?’

on January 13, 2016 - 8:00am


The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum is holding a winter series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?”

The group will meet Jan. 19 to discuss Human Genetics. A video/presentation begins at 6 p.m. followed by a large group discussion at 6:30 p.m., for about an hour. All are welcome. Attendees may bring their dinner.

Human Genetics

Due to billions of years of evolution, humans share genes with all living organisms. The percentage of genes or DNA that organisms share records their similarities. We share more genes with organisms that are closely related to us.

Letter To The Editor: 'Thank You Los Alamos!'

on January 13, 2016 - 7:37am
By SrA DANIEL NEBEL, USAF Band of the Golden West
Los Alamos
It is always a pleasure to return to Los Alamos and visit my folks because it is such a unique and generous community. 
This year when I returned home for the holidays I performed a recital at Fuller Lodge on New Year’s Eve and was pleasantly surprised to have over 90 people come to the performance!  
I took up a free will offering for the Santa Fe Youth Symphony, one of the many ensembles in the area that was vital to my success as a professional musician, and I just sent them $250.  
For those of you who attended: thank you for

The Most Important New Year’s Resolution Of All

on January 13, 2016 - 7:35am
As 2016 begins, we might find ourselves thinking about new years resolutions for how we can better parent our children. 
More than ever, it feels important to help our children develop tools that will allow them to grow into a conscious, healthy adults. 
One of the most important skills for emotional well being is that of gratitude. Here are five quick, easy (and free) ways to encourage an attitude of gratitude in our children.
  • Engage in random acts of kindness: Children will often spontaneously share a toy or friendly words with a teacher, friend, or relative.

Letter To The Editor: Guns Are A Tool, Not The Cause

on January 13, 2016 - 7:30am
Los Alamos
Once again Khalil J. Spencer (letter), has illumined the basic problem in our debate(?) about guns in our society.
Not only are the two widely separated sides talking past each other, they both ignore the roots of the situation we have found ourself in: Our self perpetuating culture of violence is at the base and where we find ourselves today.
Guns are a tool, not the cause. We have become a more angry society. Our answer to any situation is confrontation, not compromise.

Los Alamos Among Affordable Cities For Renters Insurance

on January 13, 2016 - 7:23am
New Mexico is the fifth largest state but has little more than 2 million residents. It was inhabited by indigenous peoples until European exploration and today the state has the second highest number of Native Americans. Sante Fe is the capital but Albuquerque is the most populous and both have a lot of renters.
To see who has the cheapest and most expensive renters insurance rates, we evaluated quotes for a sample property (a rental property with roughly 1,000 square feet of living space and $100,000 in liability coverage).
The results showed that the most expensive renters

Coaching Café: Catabolic vs. Anabolic Leaders Part 4

on January 13, 2016 - 7:12am
By LeAnne Parsons
Los Alamos
Welcome to 2016, the best year yet! The year to design your best life! 
This month, part 4 of the discussion of the characteristics of anabolic and catabolic leaders focuses on how (and if) leaders assess themselves, and examine how their actions and attitudes affect their results, as well as impact the people around them.
Catabolic leaders operate in their own little worlds. They do what they do, and they rarely, if ever, stop to think about the consequences of what they are doing (and how they are doing it).
If catabolic leaders do assess, they self-assess – that

BBBS: January Is National Mentoring Month

on January 13, 2016 - 7:10am
BBBS Los Alamos/Rio Arriba Counties Co-Chair
Founded in 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States.
Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors children, ages 6-18, in communities across the country. Our mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth.
National research has shown that positive relationships between youth and their Big Brothers and Big Sisters mentors have a direct and

Obituary: Jeanette Marie Preber Verre Dec. 23, 2015

on January 13, 2016 - 7:02am
Jeanette Marie Preber Verre, a former Los Alamos resident, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
Jeanette, born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1931, was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond D. Verre, her parents, John and Margaret Preber, her brother, Walter James Preber, and her nephew, Gregory Justin Preber.
She is survived by her nephew, Bradley Preber and wife, Lois, of Pheonix, Arizona, niece, Heather Preber, and nephew, Cameron Preber, as well as two ornery Schnauzers, Missy and Pepper, and her

Paustenbach Makes $1 Million Gift To Jackson Lab

on January 13, 2016 - 7:01am
Jackson Laboratory News:
Dennis J. Paustenbach, Ph.D., a pioneer in the health and environmental risk assessment industry, has made a $1 million planned gift to The Jackson Laboratory to support cancer and immunology research.
The gift will establish an endowment called the Paustenbach Family Cancer and Immunology Research Fund.
“I concluded JAX was the best equipped to take its eight decades of work with mice to make dramatic improvements in the way we treat or cure cancers,” Paustenbach said. “JAX can use the mouse to give us insights into diseases that other places can’t do.

Gray Matters: Vote No On School Bond Issue

on January 13, 2016 - 6:56am
Los Alamos
The purpose of this column is to urge you to vote no on the school bond issue. There are at least three good reasons to vote no.
First, we voted for a large tax increase before the new high school was built, followed by a new middle school and a new elementary school. We were assured by the school board at that time they would need no further bonds for capital expenses. The present vote is for further capital spending. A vote no will reduce our taxes and partially compensate for the previous large increase.
The second reason to vote no is because the

Three Santa Fe Arts Institutions Celebrate Lloyd Kiva New's 100th Birthday

on January 13, 2016 - 6:53am
Woman's purse. Courtesy/NMMA
NMMA News:
SANTA FE  This year is the centennial of the birth of seminal Native American artist Lloyd Kiva New, and three Santa Fe arts institutions are celebrating this anniversary in style.
Lloyd Kiva New, a Cherokee, is known locally as the Institute of American Indian Art's (IAIA) first artistic director, yet nationally, Native people refer to him as the "Godfather of Native Fashion."
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and the New Mexico Museum of Art will each present an exhibition in 2016

LANL Narrowly Missed Contract Extension Goal

on January 12, 2016 - 3:41pm
LANL Director Charlie McMillan speaks with staff. Courtesy/LANL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos National Laboratory came up 2 percentage points short of qualifying for another one year contract extension, according to a lab communication obtained by the Los Alamos Daily Post.

The crucial Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration FY 2015 Performance Evaluation Report, which has yet to be officially released, rated the laboratory 2 percentage points below the 51 percent required in the operations and infrastructure category, which was not

New Los Alamos Police Officer Takes Oath Today

on January 12, 2016 - 3:40pm
Newest Los Alamos Police Officer Cpl. Jemuel Montoya, with his wife LeAnne Montoya and their son Antonio, was sworn in today by Magistrate Judge Pat Casados at the Los Alamos County Justice Center. Photo by Chris Clark/
At today's ceremony at the Justice Center, from left, Cmdr. Preston Ballew, Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, new Cpl. Jemuel Montoya, Chief Dino Sgambellone and Cmdr. Olver Morris. Photo by Chris Clark/
Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados swears in Cpl. Jemuel Montoya as the County's newest police officer. Photo by Chris

Luján Announces Native New Mexican, Recent STEM Graduate As State Of Union Guest

on January 12, 2016 - 3:38pm

Alejandra Montoya-Boyer


U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján looks forward to President Obama's final State of the Union Address tonight and is pleased to announce that Alejandra Montoya-Boyer will be his guest.

Montoya-Boyer, a native New Mexican, is a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Secondary Education Graduate Fellow. She has served as a fellow in Luján’s Washington, D.C. office.

“I am pleased that Alejandra will be my guest for the State of the Union.

Bill Priedhorsky Presents Talk To Mountaineers Jan. 20

on January 12, 2016 - 10:09am
Llama packer BJ Orozco and his staff, schlepping gear down the canyon of the Escalante River. Courtesy photo
Bill Priedhorsky, a local Los Alamos Mountaineers member, will present "Adventures in the Canyons: A Country of Puzzles" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos. Social time and reports of recent and upcoming events begin at 6:30 p.m.

Priedhorsky will share some highlights of his 36 years of exploring, focusing on the last few years of new adventures.

6th Annual Music Marathon Raises Money For UNM-LA Scholarships 2-8 p.m. Jan. 31

on January 12, 2016 - 9:20am

The Craig Martin Experience joins the band lineup at the Music Marathon Jan. 31 at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo


Music lovers can spend the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 31 listening to local musicians while raising scholarship funds for students attending the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. The 6th Annual Music Marathon runs 2-8 p.m., in the UNM-LA student center, in building 2.

Pianist Cindy Little, left, and violinist Kay Newnam. Courtesy photo

The band lineup includes The Craig Martin Experience, The Pajarito String Band, Higher Ground, The Double A Trio and the Brave

New Mexico ACOs Serve 12,604 Medicare Beneficiaries

on January 12, 2016 - 8:51am
HHS News:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday that in 2016, a total of 12,604 Medicare beneficiaries will be served by Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in New Mexico.
ACOs are groups of doctors and hospitals that join together to develop and execute a plan for a patient’s care and share information, putting the patient at the center of the health care delivery system.
The ACOs are paid not based on how many tests or procedures are performed but by the success of the treatment administered.

IRS Offers Video Series On Identity Theft

on January 12, 2016 - 8:41am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  In coordination with the state revenue departments and the tax industry, the Internal Revenue Service has released the first in a series of YouTube video tax tips designed to provide people critical information to help protect their tax and financial data.
The videos, part of the continuing Security Summit effort combating identity theft and refund fraud, is part of an ongoing effort to educate taxpayers and provide them tools to stay safe online.
The first of the Security Awareness YouTube videos ( includes tips from four state officials reminding

Letter To The Editor: Facts About HB33

on January 12, 2016 - 8:40am
Former County Councilor/former School Board member

One of the frustrations during my years on the School Board was that all school district operational funds are allocated by the state on a per-pupil basis, regardless of local cost-of-living. Teachers are paid from the operational fund.

We cannot vote to increase the funding for teacher’s pay, but our community’s continuing support of the property tax referendum, HB33, means that major maintenance, activity buses, ADA compliance, athletic supplies and equipment, music instruments, and district computer hardware and

Seniors Rally Against TPP Trade Deal

on January 12, 2016 - 8:37am
ARA News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Retirees and concerned citizens will join a rally at 6 p.m., today, Jan. 12, at the Federation of Labor in Albuquerque (2300 Buena Vista Dr SE #126) to demonstrate their opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. 
President Obama is expected to push for passage of the TPP during his State of the Union Address tonight. 
Nationally, seniors will hold more than 20 rallies today to draw attention to the fact that the TPP will lock in high prices for prescription drugs. 
“The TPP will be bad for jobs and bad for consumers who rely on prescription

SFNF Offices Closed MLK Holiday Jan. 18

on January 12, 2016 - 8:29am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
Forest offices will resume regular business hours Tuesday, Jan. 19.
For additional information, contact your local Ranger District or the Forest Headquarters at 505.438.5300.



County DWI Planning Council Meets Thursday

on January 12, 2016 - 8:16am
The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meets  8:30 a.m., Thursday Jan. 14, in Room 110 of the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.
I. Call to Order
II. Public Comment
III. Approval of minutes from previous meetings: Dec. 17, 2015 (Minutes are available upon request.)
IV. Council Chair’s Report
V. Coordinator’s Report
a. FY17 Distribution Grant Deadlines
i. Funding request discussion – today
ii. Review & vote on requests (1/28/16 ) – Special Meeting
iii. Resolution to be approved by Council – Feb. 2, 2016 (tentative)

New Mexico Voters Weigh In On Public Lands

on January 12, 2016 - 8:13am
COLORADO SPRINGS — Against an uptick in anti-public lands rhetoric from militant extremists, a new Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll released today revealed strong public support for efforts to protect and maintain national public lands.
The poll surveyed the views of voters in seven Mountain West states—including New Mexico—on key public lands issues affecting the region, including proposals to designate new national monuments in the West, establish new environmental and safety standards for oil and gas drilling, and prioritize