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Pig +Fig Cafe Becomes White Rock Institution

on February 16, 2017 - 3:52pm
Chef Laura Crucet Hamilton puts the finishing touches on one of the courses at a recent Wine Dinner at Pig + Fig Cafe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

When award-winning chef Laura Crucet Hamilton opened Pig + Fig Café a year ago this month, fine dining returned to White Rock.

In one short year, Hamilton and her staff have made Pig + Fig a home away from home for many White Rock residents, but unless you’re a gourmet cook, the food is probably a lot better than you could whip up for breakfast or lunch.

“We are so grateful for how loyal

This Week At The Reel Deal

on February 16, 2017 - 3:51pm

House Committee Shuts Window On Solar

on February 16, 2017 - 3:50pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE House Republicans voted Thursday against House Bill 193 in the House Business and Industry Committee along a partisan 5-5 vote.
 
HB 193 would have made permanent and expanded New Mexico’s investment in solar energy, creating jobs and diversifying the state’s economy at a time when its over reliance on oil and gas has left us in a deep financial crisis.

Council Okays Special Election For Recreation Bond

on February 16, 2017 - 3:46pm

County Councilor James Chrobocinski makes a motion to approve the special election for the $20 million recreation bond, which passed unanimously. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos County Council unanimously passed the resolution to hold a special election for a $20 million recreation bond during its regular meeting Tuesday night. The special election will be held May 23.

If voters approve the bond, Council anticipates utilizing up to $13.5 million of Capital Improvement Project funds in order to supplement the bond proceeds

WIPP Releases Preliminary Shipping Estimates

on February 16, 2017 - 3:33pm
WIPP News:
 
The Department of Energy (DOE) has developed estimates for the resumption of shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) over the next 12 months. 
 
Shipments are expected to be made during that time from Idaho, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, the Savannah River Site, and Waste Control Specialists.
 
Shipments of TRU waste from generator sites across the U.S. are expected to commence in April.

Public Official 'Cooling Off' Bill Continues To Advance

on February 16, 2017 - 3:32pm

STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The House Judiciary Committee approved House Bill 73 Tuesday, a bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo) to enhance “cooling off” standards for New Mexico public officials.
 
The bill is cosponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Doña Ana) and Rep. Nathan Small (D-Doña Ana).
 
Dines’ legislation would restrict certain former state officials from becoming compensated lobbyists for at least two years after leaving their public positions.
 
The restriction would apply to statewide elected officials, legislators, cabinet secretaries and Public Regulation

Carlsbad Bank Robbers Still Sought Three Years Later

on February 16, 2017 - 3:30pm
 
FBI News:
 
The FBI and Carlsbad Police Department are still looking for an unidentified man and woman who robbed a Carlsbad bank three years ago.
 
Feb. 7, 2014, at approximately 2:40 p.m., two suspects robbed the Western Commerce Bank at 3310 National Parks Highway in Carlsbad.
 
The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of these suspects.
 
Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Heads To Washington, D.C. Next Week

on February 16, 2017 - 10:16am

RCLC News:

SANTA FE — The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) is traveling next week to Washington, D.C. The RCLA will attend the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) meeting and other meetings with Congressional offices and Department of Energy (DOE) government officials Feb. 20-24 to discuss matters relating to LANL’s upcoming management and operations contract, workforce priorities, mission diversification and legacy waste cleanup.

Members of the RCLC Board of Directors attending  the D.C.

Council Approves Brush & Bulk Collection Changes

on February 16, 2017 - 9:47am

From left, Environmental Sustainability Board Chair John Bliss, Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule and Public Works Director Philo Shelton answer Council questions about the board's recommendation for the brush and bulk collection program during Tuesday's meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

During its meeting Tuesday night, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved changing the way brush and bulk items are collected in this community.

Council approved the Environmental Sustainability Board's (ESB)

Former ACT Driver Slated For Arraignment Friday

on February 16, 2017 - 9:38am
Joseph Dimas faces charges of child solicitation. Courtesy/LAPD
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A former driver for Los Alamos County Atomic City Transit is scheduled for arraignment Friday before Judge Mary L. Marlowe Sommers in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. 

Joseph Dimas, 31, faces charges of child solicitation by electronic communication device (child aged 13 to 16) and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was arrested in October 2016 and on Jan. 26 bound over to District Court.

According to the statement of probable cause filed in the Los Alamos

House Passes Data Breach Notification Act

on February 16, 2017 - 9:10am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Wednesday evening, the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 15, known as the Data Breach Notification Act. The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Bernalillo).

House Bill 15 would require service providers to implement reasonable procedures to protect the personal identifying information (PII) of consumers within their custody. It also would require providers to notify consumers whose PII may have been compromised by a security breach.

UNM-LA Honors First PCA Class Graduates

on February 16, 2017 - 8:37am

UNM-LA's first class of PCA graduates with their certificates Wednesday morning, from left, Weifeng Fan, Maria Eadie, Instructor Melanie Colgan, RN, MA, Carmen Salazar and Maria 'Victoria' Rygh. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Gathered for a photo following Wednesday's PCA graduation ceremony at UNM-LA, from left, Instructor Melanie Colgan, RN, MA, Maria 'Victoria' Rygh, Maria Eadie, Weifeng Fan, Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside, program supporter Barbara Stoddard and UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Judge Denies Release To Man Accused Of Taking Deadly Weapon Into Los Alamos County Detention Center

on February 16, 2017 - 8:09am

Jeremiah Colson awaits his status hearing Monday in District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A man accused of taking a deadly weapon into the Los Alamos County Detention Center Dec. 29, was denied release Monday in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe.

Jeremiah Colson, 36, of Albuquerque had been conditionally released on bond in November pending the outcome of a drug trafficking charge from July 2016 in Los Alamos. He was arrested Dec.

Living With Alzheimer’s Talk Offered In Santa Fe

on February 16, 2017 - 8:08am
HEALTHCARE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free education presentation in Santa Fe, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Living with Alzheimer’s - for Caregivers: Late Stage” will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 3, at Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507.
 
Participants will learn effective ways to communicate, connect with and provide daily care for their loved ones in the later stage of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
 
To register or for more information on either

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'A Man Called Ove'

on February 16, 2017 - 8:04am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“A Man Called Ove” is one of the Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film of 2016.
 
If you don’t speak Swedish and don’t like reading subtitles, you’ll just have to read the book by Fredrik Backman. It is terrific! What the film offers are some wonderful character performances, despite the pruned storyline.
 
The story takes place in a community of look-alike, blockhouses. Our hero Ove Lindahl used to be president of the homeowners association and since those glory days everything he sees is going to pot.
 
Every morning Ove still makes the

County Council Pushes RV Park Idea Forward

on February 16, 2017 - 8:02am

Los Alamos resident Craig Martin. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos resident Craig Martin discusses establishing a downtown gateway RV Park during Tuesday night's County Council meeting held in Council Chambers.

The Council unanimously approved inviting Martin and other interested individuals to work with the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Committee to further vet the idea of a RV park and include strategic tourism master planning.

 

New Mexico Internet Connection Speed Similar To Iraq And Molodova

on February 16, 2017 - 7:50am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Internet connection speed ranks 48th in the nation and is similar to the average connection speed of Iraq and Molodova. According to Federal Communication Commission study, even a 7 percent increase in broadband adoption could create an estimated 15,000 jobs to New Mexico.
 
The New Mexico Senate overwhelmingly approved two measures Tuesday aimed at creating jobs and opportunities through increased broadband access and increased Internet speed across the state.
 
Senate Bill 24 sponsored by Sen.

County Council Hears DWI Strategic Plan

on February 16, 2017 - 7:49am

DWI Planning Council Coordinator Kirsten Bell briefs County Council on DWI Strategic Plan during Tuesday's meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

DWI Planning Council Coordinator Kirsten Bell gave a presentation Tuesday evening to the Los Alamos County Council on the Los Alamos County DWI Strategic Plan. The Council approved the motion to participate in the local DWI Grant and Distribution Program 7-0.

The plan was developed by the Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council.

Mountain Air Cleaners Services Individuals And Commercial Clients

on February 16, 2017 - 7:37am

Customer service representative Jennifer Casados has been working with Mountain Air on and off for 10 years. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Carlos Arras assists a customer at Mountain Air Cleaners. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

When you look at the modest Mountain Air Cleaners storefront at 464 Central Ave., you would never guess how extensive and varied their enterprise really is.

Husband and wife team Dick Beaudoin and Dina Quintana are the owners of the 20-year old business, which operates in both Los Alamos and Espanola and

Armstrong Bill To Create Public-Private Partnership To Fight Diabetes In New Mexico Passes House

on February 16, 2017 - 7:31am
Rep. Debbie Armstrong
 
STATE News:
 
The New Mexico House of Representatives unanimously passed HB 87 Monday, a bill sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong to help reduce diabetes in New Mexico by creating a public-private partnership to help state agencies develop strategies to combat diabetes among the populations they serve.
 
Specifically, under HB 87, the Secretary of Health would convene a Diabetes Committee of state agencies including:
  • The Department of Health,
  • The Corrections Department,
  • The Human Services Department,
  • The Aging and Long-term Services Department
  • The Indian Affairs

Senior Topper Girls Play Final Home Game

on February 16, 2017 - 7:29am
By NICCOLO SNYDER
Student Intern
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Topper girls participated in their final home game Wednesday night. Previous to the game, Griffith Gymnasium was decorated with balloons and other assortments in honor of the Senior Toppers Bell Larribas, Elena Abeyta, Casey Trujillo, Sienna Ahlers, Ashley Logan and Shannon Irwin for their time as Toppers in a pre-game ceremony. The Espanola seniors were honored for their time, and the Sundevils congratulated the Topper Seniors for their time playing.

The atmosphere was easy and friendly compared to the Boy’s game versus Espanola.

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Legislation To Add Solar Power On State Buildings Passes Key Senate Committee

on February 16, 2017 - 7:22am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  The Senate Conservation Committee Feb. 14 voted unanimously to pass Senate Bill 227, a bill that would require the State to utilize solar power on its 750 buildings so long as it would “provide a net savings on utility costs and not require any upfront costs.” Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D- 36-Dona Ana), the sponsor of SB 227, said the move would be a huge win-win opportunity for the state of New Mexico.
 
“By harnessing our abundant solar resources on state buildings, we would not only save taxpayers potentially millions of dollars of utility costs over time, but also

IRS: Falsifying Income Scam On List Of 'Dirty Dozen'

on February 16, 2017 - 7:18am

IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service Feb. 14 continued issuing its annual list of common tax scams by warning taxpayers to avoid schemes to erroneously claim tax credits. This year’s “Dirty Dozen” includes falsifying income to claim tax credits.
 
“Taxpayers should ensure all the information they provide on their tax return is accurate,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. "Falsifying income to claim tax credits is against the law. Taxpayers are legally responsible for all the information reported on their tax returns.”
 
The “Dirty Dozen,” a list compiled annually by the
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Udall Calls For Investigation Of NSA's Flynn And Russia's Involvement With Trump Administration

on February 16, 2017 - 7:16am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday on the resignation of National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn.
 
Udall called for a full independent investigation into the influence of the Russian government on the Trump administration and the 2016 election. 
 
“General Flynn’s resignation underscores the urgent need for a full investigation into this administration’s troubling associations with the Russian government.

Early Childhood Education Investment Moves Forward

on February 16, 2017 - 7:13am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  A major investment in early childhood education, House Joint Resolution 1, has cleared the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee.
 
House Joint Resolution 1 proposes to amend the New Mexico Constitution to increase funding for early childhood education.
 
Sponsored by Representatives Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque) and Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), HJR1 seeks to increase enrollment in early childhood education programs, create 4,000 jobs, and provide a strong return on investment to the state.
 
During the

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