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Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse Season Starts Today

on March 21, 2015 - 8:05am

SPORTS News:

LAYLAX (Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse) would like to let everyone know that its 2015 season starts today.

The team's first high school games of the year are 10 a.m. vs Sandia/Highlands and 2 p.m. vs Rio Rancho at Rio Rancho High School.

GO TOPPERS!

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Gov. Susana Martinez Acts On Legislation

on March 20, 2015 - 8:51pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez signed the Vaccine Purchasing Act.

Senate Bill 121, sponsored by Rep. Terry McMillan, R-Las Cruces and Sen. Bill O’Neill, D-Albuquerque, shores up funding for a statewide program that provides critical vaccines for children against life-threatening diseases. New Mexico is one of only nine states that purchase all recommended vaccines for children.

This legislation will ensure that New Mexico continues to be a leader in vaccinating children against life-threatening diseases.

The governor also acted on the following legislation:

  • Signed Senate

WIPP Center Stage At Waste Management Conference

on March 20, 2015 - 8:46pm

James Knox with the Arizona Department of Public Service performs a mock Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) level VI inspection of a WIPP truck and transuranic waste shipping containers during this week’s Waste Management Conference in Phoenix. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

WIPP took center stage at this week’s Waste Management Symposia 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz., where more than 200 participants attended a three-hour panel discussion titled “Lessons Learned and Return to Operations Following 2014 Operational Incidents.”

The panel focused on the WIPP fire and radiological release incidents

Senate Breaks Impasse On Immigrants’ Drivers Licenses

on March 20, 2015 - 8:32pm

STATE News:
  • Strongly Bipartisan Compromise Bill Passes Senate On 35-5 Vote

SANTA Fe – With the broad support of both Democrats and Republican members, the New Mexico Senate today passed compromise legislation that successfully resolves the complex issue of undocumented immigrants drivers’ licenses and state compliance with the federal REAL ID law.

The compromise was hammered out by two of the Senate’s most respected leaders, Republican Floor Leader Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Chaves, Curry, and Finance Committee Chairman, Democratic Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Luna.

This Week At Pajarito: Closing Weekend

on March 20, 2015 - 7:03pm

PAJARITO MOUNTAIN News:

After one of the best ski and snowboard season in years, barring substantial snowfall, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area will end winter operations after Sunday, March 22.

We invite all of our guests - especially our New Mexico Power Pass holders - to visit our sister resorts, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, Purgatory and Arizona Snowbowl, which are all scheduled to remain open into April. 

Hours:

  • Ticket office, rental shop and restaurant will be open at 8 a.m.
  • Mountain will be open from  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch.
Mountain News:
 

LANL Foundation ISEC Staff And Students Demonstrate Inquiry Science Kits At Roundhouse

on March 20, 2015 - 6:40pm

LANL Foundation Inquiry Science Education Consortium (ISEC) staff and student scientists demonstrated inquiry science kits to visitors at the Santa Fe Capitol Roundhouse this week. Young scientist Jakob Warniment assists New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera with a microscope from the Microworlds science kit. Standing in back from left, ISEC Director of Professional Development and Evaluation Gwen Warniment, LANL Foundation CEO Jenny Parks and ISEC Program Director Dorothy Sanchez. Courtesy photo

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Project Manager Details 20th Street Improvements

on March 20, 2015 - 6:00pm

The 20th Street Improvement Project is expected to begin in July. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Improvements to 20th Street between Central Avenue and Trinity Drive are expected to begin in early July and conclude in late summer.

Los Alamos County Engineering Project Manager Bryan Aragon told the Los Alamos Daily Post today that the project includes new 6-foot-wide sidewalks on both sides of the street, improved ADA ramps, two crosswalks, planter boxes and new street lights to match those installed recently on Central Avenue.

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LANL: HAWC Observatory To Study Universe's Most Energetic Phenomena

on March 20, 2015 - 12:53pm

The HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory, 13,500 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mexico’s Volcán Sierra Negra. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Inaugural ceremony marks completion of powerful system to detect gamma rays and cosmic rays

Supernovae, neutron star collisions and active galactic nuclei are among the most energetic phenomena in the known universe. These violent explosions produce high-energy gamma rays and cosmic rays, which can easily travel large distances—making it possible to see objects and events far outside our own galaxy.

Construction is now complete on the newest tool available to

Los Alamos Police Receiving Higher Volume Of Reports Of Fraudulent Charges To Credit Cards

on March 20, 2015 - 12:42pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has been receiving a higher volume of reports of fraudulent charges to credit card purchases from citizens and visitors to the community and the LAPD Investigations Division has been looking into the matter. 

“We understand there has been a lot of ‘online’ communication amongst local victims who have had their credit cards used fraudulently in other states,” Cmdr. Oliver Morris said. “We would like these victim’s to come to the Los Alamos Police Department and ask to speak to a detective.”

There has not been one instance reported to LAPD of a

LAPD Places Drug Collection Box In Lobby

on March 20, 2015 - 11:16am

Citizens may now dispose of their unused and unwanted prescription medication in this drug collection box in the front lobby of the Los Alamos Police Station at 2500 Trinity Dr. The box is under 24-hour surveillance. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department obtained a free drug collection box from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) and has placed it in the LAPD front lobby at 2500 Trinity Dr. 

Last September was the ninth and final Drug Enforcement Agency’s drug take back initiative where citizens could turn in their unused and unwanted

Los Alamos Police Arrest Suspected Pot Grower

on March 20, 2015 - 10:42am

Los Alamos police confiscated these marijuana plants Wednesday in the Denver Steels neighborhood. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

On the evening of Wednesday, March 18, the Los Alamos Police Department’s Patrol Shift led by Sgt. Monica Salazar-Casias executed a search warrant in the Denver Steels neighborhood.

Roy Moore

The patrol shift investigated the illegal growing of marijuana plants without an official license from the New Mexico Department of Health.

OBITUARY: Edward Gene Carlson March 11, 2015

on March 20, 2015 - 10:05am

EDWARD GENE CARLSON March 11, 2015

Edward Gene Carlson, 87, of Los Alamos, New Mexico, died March 11, 2015. He was born in Tacoma, Washington, where he lived most of his life.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean conflict. He later worked in Tacoma as a motion picture projectionist and a TV cameraman.

Ed loved the mountains of Washington State and spent much of his free time hiking in Mt. Rainier National Park.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Selma Carlson of Tacoma, Washington; his brother, Roy Carlson of Boston, Massachusetts; and by his

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Bill To Significantly Boost New Mexico Businesses Passes Senate Floor

on March 20, 2015 - 9:57am

Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla

SANTA FE – Senate Bill 69 (SB 69), also known as the Resident Business Set-Aside Act, has passed the Senate floor. SB 69 is designed to build the local economy and create more jobs for New Mexicans by proposing that 33 percent of certain state contracts go to resident businesses.

Bill sponsor, Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla, D-Bernalillo, said he is delighted about the support the bill has received in the Legislature and from the public.

“This week, the Senate passed a bill that is important to our state.

LANL: Frontiers In Science Talks Explore New Strategies For Diagnosing Challenging Diseases

on March 20, 2015 - 9:51am

LANL researcher Harshini Mukundan discusses the re-emergence of tuberculosis in a series of threeupcoming  lectures. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • First talk is Tuesday, March 24 in Los Alamos

Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Harshini Mukundan discusses the re-emergence of tuberculosis in a series of three lectures called “The Microbe Strikes Back: The Return of Tuberculosis.”

The talks, which focus on how effective diagnosis can prevent its spread and save lives, take place in Los Alamos, Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

“Human evolution and persistent diseases have existed side-by-side,”

Spaghetti Dinner At American Legion 5:30 P.M. Today

on March 20, 2015 - 9:39am

Pet Of The Week: Buck The Dog

on March 20, 2015 - 9:37am
Buck lost his family and is looking for a new one. Courtesy/FOS
 
SHELTER News:
 
Buck is a brown and white “New Mexico mixed breed”. He is an energetic 1 year old that would do well with a high energy canine playmate.
 
Buck was found roaming at Timber Ridge on Trinity Drive and seems a little sad that his family never came looking for him.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder website for photos here. All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and have up-to-date on vaccinations.

For information about

Author Don Usner Speaks At Rotary For Literacy Month

on March 20, 2015 - 8:56am
Author and photographer Don Usner discussing his bi-cultural upbringing at Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

A drive down Los Alamos’ main hill road to Chimayo can lead you to a whole other world.

Don Usner, author and photographer, experienced both these communities’ worlds growing up. He further explored the world of Chimayo in his book, Chasing Dichos in Chimayo, and shared his book and adventures Tuesday afternoon with the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

Usner, who graduated from Los Alamos High School 40

Mrs. Beadsley’s Jewel Box: Vintage Costume Jewelry - What's It Made Of?

on March 20, 2015 - 8:45am
By DEBRA LOWENSTEIN, Owner
Mrs. Beadsley Vintage Jewelry

This month's column is about the materials vintage costume jewelry is made from.

You may have inherited a piece of jewelry from your grandma or you might have bought a piece of old jewelry at a flea market that intrigued you, and now you are wondering what it's made of. One thing is certain: if it's costume jewelry it will not be made of precious metal such as gold or platinum and it will not be set with fine gemstones.

So what materials are commonly used to produce costume jewelry?

Costume jewelry can be made of a great many

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Saturday's Auction Event Supports Mexico Mission Trip

on March 20, 2015 - 8:37am
Nica Riahard-Vasquez, left, and Maddy Foley apply stucco during a Mexico Mission Trip.  Photo by Laura Erickson

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN

On Saturday, more than 45 campers and their closest friends will work hard to raise funds to travel during spring break and lend a hand to their fellow man.

The 30th annual spring break Mexico Mission Trip for the United Church of Los Alamos will take place in April, but this weekend a fundraising silent and live auction will assist in raising the funds for the building supplies and food needed for the team.

“We have many great gift certificates from

Udall, Heinrich Announce $5.6 Million in Federal Funding For Early Childhood Education

on March 20, 2015 - 8:31am

U.S. Senate News:

Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. announced Thursday $5.6 million in federal grant funding to Eastern Plains Community Action Agency and La Clinica de Familia for early childhood education programs.

Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grants are offered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to allow new or existing Early Head Start programs to partner with local child care centers and family child care providers serving infants and toddlers from low-income families.

"Improving child well-being in New Mexico is one of my top

Legislation To Ensure Coverage Of Treatment For Brain Injuries Passes House

on March 20, 2015 - 8:27am

Rep. Deborah Armstrong

STATE News:

HB 556, a bill introduced by Rep. Deborah Armstrong to ensure that health care services needed by patients dealing with traumatic brain injuries are covered by insurance plans, unanimously passed New Mexico House of Representatives Wednesday and is now on its way to the Senate.

“Traumatic brain injuries can be debilitating health issues that, until recently, we have had limited means of treating,” Armstrong said.

NYC Jazz Duo Plays Fuller Lodge Saturday

on March 20, 2015 - 8:24am

NYC musicians Roy Dunlap (piano) and Marcus Parsley (trumpet) perform Saturday. Courtesy photo

MUSIC News:

NYC musicians Roy Dunlap (piano) and Marcus Parsley (trumpet) will give a jazz concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at Fuller Lodge.

They will be performing a number of works from the classic American songbook. The duo will be featuring music from jazz masters Thelonius Monk and Charlie Parker, as well as their own compositions. In addition to the jazz and be-bop program, they will be reinventing and improvising over a work from Gustav Mahler's Rückert-Lieder.

Pajarito String Band will

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Heinrich, Udall Commemorate 70th Anniversary Of White Sands Missile Range

on March 20, 2015 - 8:22am
White Sands Missile Range Museum Park. Courtesy/delange.org

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Wednesday,  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Tom Udall, D-N.M. introduced a resolution to commemorate the 70th anniversary of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in September 2015. The resolution recognizes WSMR's unique place in history and its national security importance.

"White Sands Missile Range's mission remains as pertinent to national security today as it was in 1945. It is the premier research, development, test, and evaluation facility, and employs more than 13,000 civilians and

SFI Seminar: 'Exploring The Hidden Metric Space Of Complex Networks'

on March 20, 2015 - 8:20am
Antoine Allard
University of Barcelona

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents 'Exploring the Hidden Metric Space of Complex Networks' at 12:15 p.m. Monday, March 23 at Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.

Abstract: Many real world complex networks are embedded in metric spaces. In some cases, such as airport networks, the embedding is explicit, while it is hidden in other cases such as the Internet or metabolic networks.

This talk will present an overview of the theoretical framework developed to unveil the hidden geometry of real complex networks.

County Manager Addresses CIP And FY16 Budget

on March 19, 2015 - 2:59pm

County Manager Harry Burgess

COUNTY News:

County Manager Harry Burgess addressed questions that have arisen in the last month regarding citizen desires for anticipated or additional capital improvement projects (CIP) and whether or not the CIP will be an agenda item during budget hearings for FY16 that will be coming up in April.

Burgess explained that there will not be placeholders for individual CIP projects in the FY16 budget, but rather that money will be proposed to be accumulated in the CIP fund balance, so that it is available for a future Council discussion about the overall CIP

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