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Udall Urges Protection Of New Mexicans Right To Due Process, Opposes Civil Asset Forfeiture

on November 15, 2017 - 12:49pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined a bipartisan group of senators in urging a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee to protect New Mexicans' constitutional due process rights by defunding the practice of seizing – without a hearing – property that law enforcement believes is connected to a crime.
 
The practice, known as civil asset forfeiture, violates due process protections outlined in the Fifth Amendment of the U.S.

Obituary: George H. Kolb Aug. 10, 1919 – Oct. 30, 2017

on November 15, 2017 - 12:48pm

GEORGE H. KOLB Aug. 10, 1919 Oct. 30, 2017

On October 30, 2017 George H. Kolb passed away peacefully in the care of Hospice of the Valley in Surprise, Arizona with family at his side.

George was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 10, 1919. After technical high school, he became a welder by trade. In 1942, he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in the South Pacific assigned to the Seabees. 

In August 1945, he was on 30 day leave to his home in Chicago when the Atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

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Lane Closures At All Diamond Intersections Nov. 17

on November 15, 2017 - 12:05pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos, New Mexico—

The Los Alamos County Traffic Sign Crew will be installing “Yield to Pedestrian” signs on traffic signal arms  8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at the following intersections:

  • Diamond Drive at West Road (all traffic signals);
  • Diamond Drive at 38th Street and Arkansas (all traffic signals);
  • Diamond Drive at Trinity (all traffic signals);
  • Diamond Drive at Canyon Road (all traffic signals); and
  • Diamond Drive at Orange Street and Sandia (all traffic signals).

There will be lane closures as they install these signs on each traffic signal.

Heinrich Questions DOD Nominees On Domestic Violence Reporting Loophole, Other Key Issues

on November 15, 2017 - 11:15am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) participated in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to consider the nominations of Anthony Kurta to be Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, James McPherson to be General Counsel of the Department of the Army, and Gregory Maggs to be a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
 
 
During the hearing, Heinrich secured a commitment from Army

Account Set Up For Stabbing Victim Cory Kershner

on November 15, 2017 - 11:14am

COMMUNITY News: 

Cory Kershner, a member of this community was severely injured Nov. 3. He was trying to protect his girlfriend when he was stabbed multiple times in a brutal attack.

Kershner was air-lifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital to undergo emergency surgey. His prognosis is good but he is still hospitalized and in need of financial assistance. 

Donations are being accepted at New Mexico Bank & Trust, under "Cory Kershner The Recovery Fund", to help with his financial needs.

He has a long road to recovery. Please consider giving whatever you can to support him.

 

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 15

on November 15, 2017 - 11:03am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
As I suspected, the kokanee salmon snagging at Heron Lake, which opened Nov. 11 has been slow. I believe the low water levels we’ve been experiencing at Heron Lake the last several years has had a detrimental effect on the kokanee salmon fishery there.
 
Snagging kokanee in previous years had literally become a social event, with lots of anglers participating and lots of salmon being caught. It would be interesting to see if they can start storing more water at Heron if the salmon fishery improves with higher water levels.
 
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Cinema Cindy Reviews Murder On The Orient Express

on November 15, 2017 - 11:01am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Murder on the Orient Express” is a star-studded remake of the 1934 Agatha Christie murder mystery which first came to the big screen in 1974. Kenneth Branagh directs the film and stars as Hercule Poirot, by his own admission, “the greatest detective in the world.” (Poirot’s mustache alone is worth the price of admission.)
 
After solving a very public case in Jerusalem, Poirot boards a steamboat for Istanbul where he will catch the famous cross-continental train, the Orient Express, and head to England for his next case.
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FBI: Two Men Rob Albuquerque Bank, Flee In Toyota Sienna Minivan

on November 15, 2017 - 10:58am

FBI News:
 
The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for two men who robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Monday (11/13/2017) and fled in a Toyota Sienna minivan.
 
The robbery occurred at New Mexico Bank & Trust, in the Sierra Vista Shopping Center, 9500 Montgomery Blvd. NE, at approximately 3:36 p.m.
 
The first suspect is described as a white male 25-30 years old, approximately 6' tall, with a thin build and freckles on his cheeks.

WIPP Marks Milestone With 12,000th Safe Transuranic Waste Shipment

on November 15, 2017 - 10:57am
The 12,000th shipment of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant arrives at the facility from EM’s Idaho Site late Nov. 9. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
CARLSBAD  EM’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) recently received its 12,000th shipment of transuranic (TRU) waste for disposal since opening in 1999.
 
“We are all very proud of receiving the 12,000th shipment of transuranic waste and contributing to the Department’s cleanup mission.” said Todd Shrader, manager of the Carlsbad Field Office.  
 
Since the underground repository’s opening, WIPP drivers have safely

Pearce Votes To Increase Pay For Troops And Modernize Defense Department

on November 15, 2017 - 10:55am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018:
 
“The NDAA is by far one of the most important pieces of legislation that comes before Congress each year. It authorizes crucial training, equipment, and resources our nation’s military relies upon to complete its mission.

LAHS Key Club Family Fun Night Friday

on November 15, 2017 - 10:54am

UNM-LA Presents Gift To Pat Soran

on November 15, 2017 - 7:25am

At the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board meeting Nov. 13, UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney presented Advisory Board member Pat Soran with a ceramic vase created by instructor Barb Yarnell in appreciation for the ceremonial mace, which Soran provided to the college for the May 2017 graduation. Soran created the mace, incorporating a unique UNM-LA symbol provided by instructor Skip Canfield. The mace, a traditional symbol of university scholarship and integrity, is used by higher education institutions for graduation and other special ceremonies. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Los Alamos Chapter #63, Order Of Eastern Star Halts Fruitcake Sales

on November 15, 2017 - 6:40am
The end of an era ... Los Alamos Chapter #63, Order of Eastern Star, halts fruitcake sales. Courtesy image
 
By Mary Ethel Plotner
Fruitcake Sales Chairman
Worthy Matron, Los Alamos Chapter #63, OES
 

The members of Los Alamos Chapter #63, Order of Eastern Star, thank all the many customers who have purchased Collin St. Bakery fruitcakes and pecan cakes over the past 60-plus years.

We want to let you know that your donations and purchases have gone toward worthy causes, most recently scholarships for students at Los Alamos High School.

We will not be selling fruitcakes any longer.

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Purgatory Ski Resort Set To Open Saturday

on November 15, 2017 - 6:29am

James and Tonia Coleman opening day 2016 at Purgatory Resort. Courtesy photo

SKI News:

DURANGO, Colo. – With more snow in the forecast this week, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a unique experience Saturday, Nov. 18 at Purgatory Resort. Ski and mountain bike on the same day, at the same resort. 

Purgatory Resort opens for ski season Saturday, Nov. 18 with Lifts 1 and 2 operating 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with access to the trails Westfork and El Diablo, PLUS Lift 4 will provide lift-served mountain biking, weather permitting.

Recent Talks At Rotary Club Of Los Alamos

on November 15, 2017 - 6:14am
At the Nov. 14 Los Alamos Rotary Club meeting, Christine Glidden of the Rotary Club of Rio Rancho describes her Rotary International Grant and the inspiration behind founding the non-profit 'Women To Be' that provides reusable feminine hygiene products for young and adult women in Nepal. The project will expand to Zambia in 2018. Glidden is seen here, center, with UNM student Kristin Joe, Rotary President Laura Loy, Andrew Chapuma - emissary to the King of Zambia, Bemba Tribe and International Service Chair Jean Gindreau. Photo by Rob Metcalf

Diane Kessel Knight, an accomplished Rotarian

Gravitational Waves And Dark Matter At Planetarium

on November 15, 2017 - 5:46am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium has a special gravitational wave planetarium show planned for at 7 p.m. Nov. 17, and the full-dome film Dark Matter Mystery is screening at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19.
 
These shows are organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Education Center (PEEC), and the Friday show is expected to sell out.
 
During the special November 17th show, astrophysicist Dr.

Judge Detains Alleged Writer Of SFHS Shooting Plan

on November 15, 2017 - 5:43am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

A Santa Fe High School student, Aaron Encinias, will be held in a youth detention center pending trial on a charge of conspiring to engage in terrorist activity.

First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer ordered the detention Tuesday saying Encinias poses a risk to others. Charges against two other students, Santiago Trujillo and Julian Carter were dropped.

The three students were arrested last week when other students found a letter on campus, which included plans for a mass shooting at SFHS along with a diagram

Los Alamos Retirement Community Hosts Annual Luminaria Walk And Buffet Dec. 13

on November 15, 2017 - 5:37am

Arts In Public Places Advisory Board Meets Thursday

on November 15, 2017 - 5:35am
COUNTY News: 
 
Arts in Public Places Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
 
The public is welcome to attend the meeting. 
 
Agenda: 
 
1. CALL TO ORDER-ROLL CALL
 
2. PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
 
3. APP BOARD BUSINESS
  • Approval of Minutes from Oct. 26, 2017
  • Review and approve APPB meeting calendar for 2018
 
4. CURRENT PROJECTS
  • WR Pottery Project - cost for educational plaque
  • Update on Selig

Judge Detains Stabbing Suspect Citing 12 Prior Cases

on November 15, 2017 - 5:26am

Andrea Rivera, right, consults with her attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies Tuesday during a dangerousness hearing before First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 30-year-old Los Alamos woman will remain in custody without bond until further notice on two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of tampering with evidence.

First Judicial District Judge T.

Daily Postcard: Poppies Still Blooming

on November 15, 2017 - 5:04am

Daily Postcard: When all else is fading away this Fall, the poppies are bright and beautiful. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter Barbara Gonzales Speaks At UNM-LA Wednesday

on November 14, 2017 - 3:16pm

San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter Barbara Gonzales. Courtesy/Derek Gonzales

UNM-LA News:

The public is invited to hear San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter Barbara Gonzales speak at 10 a.m., Wednesday in the library at UNM-Los Alamos.

Gonzales, the great-granddaughter of Maria Martinez, is known for intricately carved red, black and polychrome bowls, inlaid coral and turquoise and her “good luck spider” motif.

She will talk about the historical aspects of her pottery, the ancestral lands on which Los Alamos is located and her life experiences. She also plans to demonstrate how she builds a pot.

Superintendent Serves Thanksgiving Meals At Aspen

on November 14, 2017 - 3:04pm

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurt Steinhaus serves Thanksgiving meals today at Aspen Elementary School. Courtesy photo

Homebuyer Assistance Program Launches Tomorrow

on November 14, 2017 - 2:56pm

COUNTY News:

Income-qualified homebuyers needing assistance to make a down payment on a home are invited to apply for Los Alamos County’s new Homebuyer Assistance Program (HAP) starting Wednesday, Nov. 15.

The County has contracted with Los Alamos Housing Partnership (LAHP) to oversee the program, which is funded by the County Council for $150,000 for the first year.

HAP is designed to help income-qualified homebuyers purchase a home by providing a loan for a down payment using County funds, without adding to monthly mortgage costs.

Bouman: President Reagan’s Secret 702(j) Retirement Plan

on November 14, 2017 - 2:51pm
By BEN BOUMAN
Alpine Financial Partners

Several times over the past few weeks I have been asked if I knew anything about “President Reagan’s Retirement Plan” and a 702(j)-retirement plan. I had never heard of such a thing, so I decided to investigate it. Here’s the deal folks. There is no such thing. This concept goes by many names. The 770 account, the 702(j), the 7702, The Presidents Secret Account, Invisible account, etc. It resurfaces every few years with a new name and new marketing approach from salesmen in the insurance business.

A 702(j) is not actually a retirement savings plan

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