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Balderas Urges Congress To Fix Child Trafficking Law

on August 18, 2017 - 8:24am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas joined 49 other state and territorial attorneys general in a bi-partisan coalition urging Congress to affirm that all law-enforcement agencies retain their traditional authority to fight sex trafficking.
In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general ask representatives to amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to clarify that states, localities and territories retain authority to investigate and prosecute facilitators of child sex trafficking wherever they operate, including online.

Kids Want To Sleep In? They May Be On To Something

on August 18, 2017 - 7:41am
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later. Courtesy image​
CDC News:
Starting school later can help adolescents get enough sleep and improve their health, academic performance, and quality of life.
Not getting enough sleep is common among high school students and is associated with several health risks including being overweight, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and using drugs, as well as poor academic performance.
One of the reasons adolescents do not get enough sleep is early school start times.
The American Academy

SFNF: Gilman Tunnels Reopen

on August 18, 2017 - 7:41am
The Gilman Tunnels have reopened. Courtesy photo
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Gilman Tunnels on Forest Road (FR) 376 have reopened on the Jemez Ranger District. 
Closed since mid-June, the Gilman Tunnel corridor has undergone essential safety measures following several near misses with large boulders falling into the roadway. Road crews have stabilized the cliff walls within the box canyon and removed sections of loose rock along a portion of FR 376 between mile markers 0.1 and 5.5. 
Keep in mind that although these measures have helped stabilize the canyon’s walls, weather

Secretary Geisel Announces $167,500 In LEADS Grants To New Mexico Communities

on August 18, 2017 - 7:36am
Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel
SANTA FE  Yesterday, Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel announced $167,500 in Local Economic Assistance & Development Support Program (LEADS) grants to 18 communities across the state.
The grants will fund a variety of economic development projects throughout New Mexico and support the continued growth of our state and local economy.
"Community development is a crucial aspect of economic growth," Geisel said. "These LEADS grants will promote job creation, corporate recruitment and business development.

FBI: Leader Of Sunland Park Heroin Trafficking Ring Sentenced To Six Years

on August 18, 2017 - 7:29am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Raymundo Munoz, 69, of Sunland Park, was sentenced Aug. 15 in Federal Court in Las Cruces, to 72 months in prison for his conviction on heroin trafficking charges. Munoz will be on supervised release for four years after completing his prison sentence.
Munoz was the ringleader of a heroin trafficking organization operating out of Sunland Park, that obtained its heroin from Juan Francisco Rivera, 60, of El Paso, Tex., that was the target of a DEA-led investigation.

August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

on August 18, 2017 - 7:24am
National Immunization Awareness Month highlights the importance of vaccinations for all ages.  Courtesy image ​
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.
NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them.

Alzheimer’s ‘Basics’ Presentation In Espanola Sept. 7

on August 18, 2017 - 7:22am
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free presentation in Espanola, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Espanola Senior Center, 735 Vietnam Veterans Parkway, Espanola NM, 87532. All citizens from Espanola and surrounding areas are invited to attend. 
For more information, contact David L Davis, (505).473.1297 or
This presentation is primarily a general introduction for those seeking a basic knowledge of

County Planning And Zoning Meets Aug. 23

on August 18, 2017 - 7:21am


Planning and Zonning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23 in Council Chambers at 1000 Ave. 

The meeting is open to the public.


  • PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
    • A. P&Z Staff Report for Case No. REZ-2017-0007 Entrada Rezone 
    • A. Minutes from the Planning And Zoning Commission Meeting July 12, 2017
    • A. Department Report
    • B.

Keller Statement On Replacement Of Superintendent Of Dora Consolidated Schools Following Special Audit

on August 18, 2017 - 7:12am
State Auditor Tim Keller
SANTA FE  Aug. 15, State Auditor Tim Keller confirmed that the Superintendent of Dora Consolidated Schools was placed on administrative leave and will be replaced by the Dora School Board following the Office of the State Auditor’s (OSA) Special Audit.
School board members voted unanimously last night to place the Superintendent on leave and begin seeking applicants for the job.
The OSA initiated the audit after it received several complaints from concerned citizens in the small town south of Portales and revealed over $100,000 in

Scenes From Rotary Club Summer Programs

on August 18, 2017 - 7:11am

Despite wearing a Norway t-shirt, Wayne Hardie presented a fascinating travelogue about the trip to Cuba he and wife Linda enjoyed recently. Courtesy photo

District 4 Public Education Commissioner Karyl Ann Armbruster recently spoke at Rotary about public education and charter schools in New Mexico. Courtesy photo

Rotary Club President Laura Loy shares a club exchange banner with Rotarian David Griggs, a retired Los Alamos County staff member, who now lives in Guatemala. Courtesy photo

Sara Tuzel, a Los Alamos High School graduate, thanked the Rotary Club of Los Alamos for supporting her

IRS: Don’t Take The Bait ... Beware Of Data Breaches And Business Identity Theft

on August 18, 2017 - 7:07am
IRS News:
PHOENIX  The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry have made significant progress in the past two years against tax-related identity theft aimed at individuals but warned business identity theft is on the upswing.
Some of the increase in business and partnership return identity theft is fueled by cybercriminals’ increasing focus on breaching tax professionals’ systems and stealing client data. The Security Summit has launched a 10-week awareness campaign called “Don’t Take the Bait,” which encourages tax professionals to step up their security measures.
“The IRS,

Letter To The Editor: Response To Bruce Blevins

on August 18, 2017 - 7:03am
Los Alamos
On Aug. 12, 2017, Bruce Blevins, Ph.D., commented on my column titled World Futures: Efficiency (Part Three).
His comments and action to write to the editor raised my spirits because he read the column. His comment on paragraph three, however, dampened my enthusiasm.
In line one I wrote of kilowatts of energy (abbreviated) and in line three used the correct term kilowatt-hours (also abbreviated). Clearly a typo in line one.
Dr. Blevins also commented on my incorrect use (format) of abbreviations to which I say thank you for pointing it out.

County Council Holds Work Session Tuesday

on August 18, 2017 - 6:55am

Los Alamos County Council will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the White Rock Fire Station.
The meeting is open to the public.


    • Action to Suspend Council Rules for Work Session Presenters: County Council
    • Incorporated County of Los Alamos Resolution No. 17-18 to authorize the application to Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for a Bus and Bus Facilities 5339(b) Discretionary Program 2017 Funding
    • Opportunity for the 2017 Federal Fiscal Year; committing to the local match

History Museum Symposium Embraces Community Conversations About Pueblo Revolt; Reconquista

on August 18, 2017 - 6:49am
NMHM News:
SANTA FE — The New Mexico History Museum is hosting a Fiesta Symposium focusing on the history of the Pueblo Revolt, the Reconquest and the Fiesta itself. 
Featuring an array of presenters, this event aims to open broader understandings of the complexities of New Mexico’s history. The day will culminate in a roundtable community conversation in which audience members are invited to participate.
Presentations for the event, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept.

FBI: Albuquerque Man Sentenced For Federal Bank Robbery Conviction

on August 18, 2017 - 6:48am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Kenneth Columbus Burwell, 54, of Albuquerque, was sentenced Aug. 8 in Federal Court in Santa Fe, to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on a bank robbery charge.
Burwell was arrested in Nov. 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing the US Bank branch located at 3000 Central Ave. SE in Albuquerque on Oct. 14, 2015. Burwell subsequently was indicted on Nov. 15, 2016, and charged with bank robbery.
On March 7, 2017, Burwell pled guilty to the indictment, and admitted that on Oct.

World Futures: Efficiency (Part Four)

on August 18, 2017 - 6:44am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In part one of this efficiency series we defined efficiency as avoiding waste in doing something. Waste encompasses materials, energy, efforts, money and time. 

Looking at the sun-earth system, essentially the same amount of energy is delivered by the sun each day. Some of that energy is stored for future use and the rest must leave earth if a stable relationship is to be maintained.

Daily Postcard: NJROTC Cadets Drill At Sunrise

on August 18, 2017 - 6:35am

Daily Postcard: An early morning sky shines over NJROTC cadets at drill practice Monday at Los Alamos High School. Photo by CPO Tim Graziani

By All Accounts LAPS Has Outstanding First Day

on August 17, 2017 - 8:48pm
Freshman Academy Principal Jill Gonzales welcomes incoming 9th graders. Courtesy/LAPS
Los Alamos Publi Schools

Congratulations on a very successful first day of school. By all accounts, the 2017-18 school year for Los Alamos Public Schools is off to an outstanding beginning.

I was fortunate to visit every school today and observed many warm greetings, beautiful classrooms, and caring adults helping students find solutions to first-day challenges.

Here is wisdom that I learned today from some of our elementary students about the most important things


LAFD Responds To Gas Leak At Duplex Near Urban

on August 17, 2017 - 7:57pm

Los Alamos Fire Department and County Utilities responded to a suspected gas leak early this evening at a residence at 41st Street and Urban Street. The homeowner reportedly smelled gas when he arrived home from work and called the County. A gas leak was found somewhere underneath the home and gas has been shut off to both sides of the duplex until State inspectors check the system. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos firefighters check for a gas leak early this evening at a residence at 41st Street and Urban Street. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Firefighters leave

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Rise

on August 17, 2017 - 7:43pm

Los Alamos

My heart is heavy with sadness for the lives lost at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. A helicopter patrolling during the violence crashed and killed the two state troopers on board.

Heather Heyer was a 32-year-old paralegal who showed up to peacefully protest. She was killed by a self-professed Nazi-sympathizer who drove his car into the crowd, injuring many others. Some vile acts of violence can’t be anticipated by those with healthy minds.

Years ago I was a political activist.

Los Alamos Family Members Survive Deadly Crash

on August 17, 2017 - 3:05pm

The Honda Pilot driven by Eileen Nielsen that was involved in crash near Santa Rosa Wednesday evening. Nielsen, her daughter Stephanie and son Jacob sustained minor injuries, however four people in another vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. Courtesy photo

The passenger side of the vehicle. Courtesy photo

The RV that crossed the median in Wednesday night's crash near Santa Rosa. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Members of a Los Alamos family involved in a multi-vehicle accident early Wednesday evening near Santa Rosa are recovering

Birth Announcement: Antonio Abel Lee Maez

on August 17, 2017 - 3:01pm
Antonio Abel Lee Maez was born on Aug. 9 at 2:08 p.m. at Presbyterian Main Hospital in Albuquerque. Proud parents are Antonio Maez and Nicole Sutherland. He was 17 1/4 inches long and weighed 5.55 lbs. He joins his two brothers, Dominic and Jayden Martinez. Courtesy photo

County Council To Hold Closed Session Aug. 22

on August 17, 2017 - 2:59pm


The Los Alamos County Council will hold a closed session at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22 at the White Rock Fire Station. 


  • BUSINESS A. 9827-17 Discussion of the Purchase, Acquisition or Disposal of Real Property: NMSA 1978, Section 10-15-1(H) (8). Presenters: County Council - Closed Session

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact the County Human Resources


Obituary: Lois Ann Alexander ​Sept. 29, 1931 - Aug. 8, 2017

on August 17, 2017 - 2:58pm

LOIS ANN ALEXANDER ​Sept. 29, 1931 – Aug. 8, 2017 

Lois Ann Alexander, 85, passed away in Grand Junction, Colorado on August 8, 2017.

Lois was born on September 29, 1931, in Sigel, Wisconsin, to the Reverend Gustav and Emma Krueger. She was the fourth of six children. Lois attended the Milwaukee School of Nursing and then moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1955 to live with her sister Jean, and to work at Colorado General Hospital.


The Bear Went Over The Mountain ... To Smell What He Could Smell

on August 17, 2017 - 10:14am
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Wildlife Chair
Pajarito Chapter Sierra Club

Forgive me for altering the words of this song. Perhaps the author didn't know that bears don't see terribly well, but wow can they smell! Los Alamos residents have been reporting an uptick in bear activity in town. Why? The short answer is “Humans.” That's right. Humans and our smells. I find it ironic that we label bears as “problem” “nuisance” “habituated” when in reality, we have created and perpetuated the problem. And we are the solution to keeping our property safe and bears alive.