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County Earns 25th Distinguished Budget Award

on April 25, 2017 - 8:20am

Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall had good news for the County Council at the start of its budget hearings Monday night in Council Chamabers. For the 25th year, the County received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers' Association. The budget hearings will continue at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
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Valley Celebrates National Poetry Month

on April 25, 2017 - 8:17am
COMMUNITY News:
 
An event celebrating National Poetry Month called Habla Espanola! A Celebration of Spoken Word & the Language of Place is 7-8:30 p.m. April 29, at the Espanola's MainStreet Theatre (nonprofit organization). The event includes poetry, music and refreshments with a $5 suggested donation.
 
This event  features local Valley poets, including former Santa Fe Poet Laureate Joan Logghe, Dr.

GOP Senatorial Candidate Mick Rich Discusses Race

on April 25, 2017 - 7:53am
Mick Rich, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate speaks at Friday's Patriot's Day Dinner at De Colores. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Mick Rich, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich criticized Heinrich Friday evening for not voting for the confirmation of Gov. Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy.

“We’re up here on the hill and this guy can’t even vote for the confirmation of Gov. Rick Perry.

Sixty Plein Air Artists Draw Beauty Of Jemez Springs

on April 25, 2017 - 6:59am
Maryann McGraw paints a Valles Caldera plein air. Courtesy photo
 
ART News:

Sixty artists will be plein air painting April 28–May 4 throughout the Jemez Valley.

Those works will then be exhibited at Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery commencing with an artists reception 1-3 p.m., May 6. Paintings from the “Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) Spring Paint-Out and Show” will be exhibited at the gallery through May 24 and will be available for sale.

The art of plein air painting is making a comeback and the village of Jemez Springs is excited to host the event.

“Jemez Springs provides

LAFD's Proposed Budget Tentatively Approved

on April 24, 2017 - 8:32pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and Management Analyst of Finance and Budget Heather Garcia present the fire department's $30,360,474 budget Monday night in Council Chambers. Council voted 7-0 to tentatively approve the budget. In the presentation, Hughes reported a number of acheivements in his department including continous improvement to EMS delivery through collaboration with other jurisdictions nationwide. He reported overall patient satisfaction for EMS services is 93.28 percent. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Council Tentatively Approves Its Proposed Budget

on April 24, 2017 - 8:20pm

Deputy Manager Steve Lynne. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Deputy Manager Steve Lynne presents the County Council's 2018 proposed budget, which totals $389,546 Monday night in Council Chambers.

Councilor Rick Reiss suggested adding a budget option for a one-time consultant-driven study for a utility financial assessment and for funding options. He added he would like to see some members of County Council, the Department of Public Utlities (DPU) staff, members of the Board of Public Utilities and County staff involved in this effort.

Reiss said the study would help

Probate Judge, County Clerk Proposed Budgets Get Council's Tentative Approval

on April 24, 2017 - 7:53pm

County Clerk Naomi Maestas, left, and Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz present their office's $602,603 proposed budget to County Council Monday night in Council Chambers. Council voted 7-0 to tentatively approve the County Clerk's budget. In her presentation, Maestas reported that voter turnout for recent elections has been high. In fact, there was a 77 percent voter turnout for the November general election. 'We were the highest in the state,' she said.

Assessor's Proposed Budget Tentatively Approved

on April 24, 2017 - 7:36pm

County Council passed 7-0 its tentative approval of the County Assessor's $597,058 budget Monday night in Council Chambers. Councilor James Chrobocinski commended the assessor's office, saying, 'We do have an excellent run tax assessor office.' Assessor Ken Milder, left, and Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez make their presentation to Council. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

Mainstreet Auditions For 'Acting May Be Murder'

on April 24, 2017 - 4:58pm

MAINSTREET THEATRE News:

Espanola's Mainstreet Theater is hosting auditions for its upcoming production of "Acting May Be Murder." Auditions are 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at 500 Paseo de Onate in Espanola.

"Acting May Be Murder" is a mystery/comedy that spoofs Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock. The play is a "who dunnit" backstage comedy that will keep the audience guessing. The cast will be made up of six men and eight women from late teen to adult.The performances are 7 p.m. June 2, 3, 9 and 10. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee June 4 and 11.

If dates and times for auditions

Pajarito Greenhouse Opens Wednesday!

on April 24, 2017 - 2:25pm
Pajarito Greenhouse is already bursting with blooms, with more on the way. The Greenhouse has been redesigned for a more open feel and more cover for tender plants. Pajarito Greenhouse opens at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Pajarito Greenhouse is a department of CB FOX. The Greenhouse is at 238 Rio Bravo in Pajarito Acres. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 505.695.4640. Visit online at www.cbfox.com/pajaritogreenhouse. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Certified Arborist Laural Hardin advises Pajarito Greenhouse
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Bandelier Trading Company Continues Tradition

on April 24, 2017 - 8:44am
Co-owner Dominic Mayo of Bandelier Trading Company. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Bandelier Trading Company. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos

When Dominic Mayo and his wife, Emily, took over Bandelier Trading Company in the heart of Bandelier National Monument, they were following in the footsteps of two of Emily’s uncles who operated the business for 20 out of the last 30 years.

Mayo said as a family, they have always had a passion for quality Native American products.

Taos Students Visit Museum Thanks To BSMA

on April 24, 2017 - 7:46am

BSM Educator Liz Martineau shows students the flash light they will use to make shadows during an activity. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/BSMA

BSM Educator Gordon McDonough explains the Human Battery exhibit to Taos second graders during their recent field trip. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/BSMA

Taos second graders use a tool to create short and long shadows. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/BSMA

​BSMA News:

Approximately 50 Taos second-graders were able to visit the Bradbury Science Museum Thursday in downtown Los Alamos, thanks to the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA).

“Thank you!

Colorado Man Arrested For 11th DWI, Child Abuse

on April 24, 2017 - 7:12am
NMSP News:
 
PECOS ― Around 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 14, New Mexico State Police uniformed officers were dispatched to the Pecos area due to numerous 911 calls about an erratic driver, possibly drinking with a child in the vehicle.
 
The officers witnessed the vehicle in motion and initiated contact with the driver, who was later identified as Terry Huff, 56, of Greeley, Colo.
 
As the officer approached the vehicle he noticed a small child standing in the seat looking out the vehicle's window.

Smart Design With Suzette: The Garagenous Zone

on April 24, 2017 - 7:07am

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Garages have a way of going from (relatively) organized to complete chaos in no time at all. It then becomes a glorified shed. But, let’s face it, garage organization can be daunting and overwhelming. However, if you have a game plan, it can be a piece of cake. In this column, I will help you get started, give options for storage, safety, going green and other tips that you might not have heard before.

The Best Reason to Tackle This Project

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FBI: Man Wearing Green Shirt, Black Baseball Cap Robs Albuquerque Bank

on April 24, 2017 - 6:50am
FBI News:
 
A man wearing a green long-sleeve shirt and black baseball cap robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Tuesday, April 18.
 
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s to late 30s, approximately 5'9" tall, with a medium build. He had a black cloth mask over part of his face and also wore black gloves and black cargo pants.
 
The suspect entered My Bank, 6000  Montgomery Blvd. NE, at approximately 4:25 p.m. He threatened and demanded money from a teller, who handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect. The suspect left the bank with the cash.
 

Daily Postcard: Golfers Swing Into Spring

on April 24, 2017 - 6:45am

Daily Postcard: Golfers swinging in the spring season last week at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scenes From LAHS Track & Field Harper Invite

on April 23, 2017 - 9:59pm
Senior Kai Coblentz came from behind to nearly edge Volcano Vista runner Kaden Hamilton for the win in their heat of the 1600 m.  Coblentz and Hamilton were given identical times of 4:41.98 at this weekend's Harper Invitational at Albuquerque Academy. Photo by Blake Wood

Senior Isaac Timmerman blasts out of the blocks in the 100 m. Photo by Blake Wood

Sophomore Nic Storey passes the baton to junior Ben Schauer in the 1600 m medley relay. Photo by Blake Wood
Eighth grader Lidia Appell ran an excellent 2:30 split in the 800 m leg of the 1600 m medley relay.
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Earth Day Activities Include Local Solar Array Tours

on April 23, 2017 - 4:38pm

Power Scheduler and Energy Manager for Los Alamos County Jordan Garcia, far left, led a tour of the County's solar array Saturday morning. The tour was part of Pajarito Environmental Education Center's Earth Day festivities. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

A tour of the County's solar array Saturday morning as part of Earth Day activities shows rows of solar panels constructed in 2011. It was explained during the tour that there is one 400 kilowatt panel, five that emit 100 kilowatts, and 10 that that emit 10 kilowatts. In total, the array generates one megawatt.

Obituary: Jane Gerheart June 28, 1940 – April 18, 2017

on April 23, 2017 - 4:25pm

JANE GERHEART June 28, 1940 – April 18, 2017

Jane Gerheart (June 28, 1940), a longtime resident of Los Alamos, passed away on April 18, 2017 after battling pancreatic cancer for nine months. She is survived by her husband Don of over 52 years, a daughter, Ann and son, Chuck & daughter-in-law, Chris & a sister, Nancy Chase from Laramie, WY.

Jane taught band in the Los Alamos Public Schools from 1986 to 2005. Her middle school bands qualified for the New Mexico Activities Association State Band Contests in 2003 and 2005. Both times they received the first-place trophy in the middle school

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Alex Kirk Factors Big In Game 2 Of EuroLeague Playoffs

on April 23, 2017 - 12:42pm

Coming into Game 2 of the EuroLeague playoffs against Olympiacos, Anadolu Efes had been winless on the road in the history of the competition ... but then, Alex Kirk happened. Courtesy/Eurohoops

Alex Kirk of Los Alamos celebrates with teammate Thomas Heurtel. Courtesy/Eurohoops

 

By Antonis Stroggylakis
Twitter.com/AStroggylakis

With 53 seconds left in last night’s (21/4) match between Olympiacos and Anadolu Efes in Piraeus, the score was tied 71-71. The Turkish team had erased the 8-point deficit in the middle of the fourth quarter but their task of leaving Piraeus

LAHS' Faith Koh Is Presidential Scholar Semifinalist

on April 23, 2017 - 12:16pm

Faith Koh

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School Senior Faith Koh has been named one of 722 semifinalists in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The semifinalists were selected from nearly 5,100 candidates expected to graudate from U.S. high schools this year.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 53rd year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic acheivements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

The

On The Job In Los Alamos: Kennidy Ortiz At LANB

on April 23, 2017 - 8:24am

On the job in Los Alamos: Teller Kennidy Ortiz greets customers with a smile Friday at Los Alamos National Bank. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Mexico Mission Service Talk At United Church Today

on April 23, 2017 - 8:21am
Mission campers prepare to head out for day one building homes during spring break in Puerto Penasco. Photo by Keith Lewis

COMMUNITY News:

Participants in the Mexico Mission Trip taken during spring break will share their experiences by leading the worship service at 9:30 a.m. today at the United Church.

The team of roughly 50 members from the community, the Unitarian Universalist Church and the United Church of Los Alamos, spent a week building three homes for the less fortunate, changing lives forever and leaving three families with a gift that they need not repay.

One family consists

Gathering Of Nations Pow Wow April 28-29

on April 23, 2017 - 8:07am
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Southern Slam, from Jemez Pueblo, has been announced as an invited drum group at the 34th annual Gathering of Nations, the world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people.
 
The Gathering of Nations, considered the most prominent Native American powwow in North America, will host tens of thousands of people and more than 700 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world celebrating their culture and traditions through traditional Native American dance, music, arts, crafts, and cuisine.
 
The powwow is

WIPP’s Mine Rescue Team Wins Competition

on April 23, 2017 - 8:05am
Members of the WIPP Red Team prepare to begin the field portion of the mine rescue competition recently in Carlsbad.  Courtesy/WIPP
 
WIPP News:
 
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) mine rescue teams (Red and Blue) recently competed in the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Association Competition in Carlsbad.
 
The WIPP Red Team came away with top honors, being named the Overall Contest Champion and taking first in the field competition, and WIPP Blue Team members (Heath Fowler and Nico Dominguez) won the team technician category.
 
“We have, arguably, the two best mine rescue teams

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