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Obituary: Phillip ‘Phil’ G. Young July 21, 1937 – Feb. 10, 2017

on February 13, 2017 - 10:05am

PHILLIP “PHIL” G. YOUNG July 21, 1937 Feb. 10, 2017

Phillip “Phil” G. Young, Jr., 79, our beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on February 10, 2017. Phil was born on July 21, 1937, in Beeville, Texas, to Phillip (Sr.) and Allie B. Young. 

He was raised in Refugio, Texas with his brothers and sisters, Allie, John, Martha “Moye” and Michael Young. Through his early school days, playing football and baseball, Phillip proudly represented the Refugio Bobcats, and he spent time alongside his father, Phillip Young, Sr., in his work as a civil engineer and land surveyor.

Phil went

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Diversity Week Art Contest Winners Announced

on February 13, 2017 - 9:01am

Diversity art contest winners, from left, Aliana Montoya, Ujin Bayarbadrakh and Elizabeth Frost, all from Los Alamos Middle School. Photo by Elena Giorgi

The winning entries in the Diversity Week art contest. Photo by Elena Giorgi

ART News:

In celebration of Diversity Week, the week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15-21, the local group One Los Alamos organized an art contest. Participants were asked to represent what diversity meant to them. All Los Alamos County students were invited to participate.

Three winning entries were selected: Elizabeth Frost, Ujin Bayarbadrakh and Aliana

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Jackie

on February 13, 2017 - 8:53am

House Education Committee Hears From Teachers

on February 13, 2017 - 8:41am
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, center, presents House Bill 158 with her expert witnesses LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, right, and Pojoaque Valley Schools Superintendent Dr. Mel Morgan at Saturday's House Education Committee hearing at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
 
New Mexico House Education Committee listens during Saturday's hearing to teachers speak about their experiences with the state teacher evaluation system. Courtesy photo
 
More than 80 teachers line up to speak at Saturday's special House Education Committee hearing at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.

Letter To The Editor: About House Bill 50 On Gun Safety

on February 13, 2017 - 8:06am
By ELENA E. GIORGI
Los Alamos

Friday Feb. 10, the House Judiciary Committee passed with a vote of 7 to 6 House Bill 50 (HB 50), co-sponsored by our representatives Stephanie Garcia Richard and Richard Martinez. HB 50 would close background check loopholes for buying guns in New Mexico. In our state it’s not illegal to avoid background checks when purchasing a firearm.

According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, New Mexico is the 10th-worst state for gun deaths: There were 14.6 gun deaths for every 100,000 people in the state in 2010. That’s 40 percent higher than the national

Morning Snow Scenes From White Rock

on February 13, 2017 - 7:38am

A layer of snow from an overnight storm blankets the area this morning including the Pinon Trails neighborhood in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Snow scene in the Pinon Trails neighborhood this morning in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Snow scene in the Pinon Trails neighborhood this morning in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Daily Postcard: Puppy Love Spotted At Dog Park

on February 13, 2017 - 7:17am

Daily Postcard: A child and puppy are spotted bonding Saturday morning in the dog park at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Los Alamos Student Wins National Award At 2017 Junior Theater Festival West In Sacramento

on February 12, 2017 - 9:38pm

The students who traveled to the iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival West on behalf of Atomic City Children's Theater are Isabella Bailey, Mikaela Brown, Savannah Brown, Verona Brown, Taylor Kanzleiter, Yuneso Kim, Kate McDonald, Aliana Montoya, Ean Nickols and Elise Ovaska. Courtesy/James Barker Photography

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children's Theater student Ean Nickols won a Freddie G Excellent Individual Performance by a Male award at the 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival West, which happened Feb. 10-12 in Sacramento, Calif.

The iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival West is a

Camel Rock Has Lost Its Mouth

on February 12, 2017 - 9:20am

Apparently from natural causes, the mouth has dropped off Camel Rock, the popular landmark visible along the interstate north of Santa Fe on U.S. Route 84/285 near Pojoaque. Photo by Kateri Morris
Camel Rock. Photo by Kateri Morris
 

Camel Rock as it used to look with its mouth intact. Courtesy/wikipedia

Teachers Are Human Too Bill Passes 2nd Committee

on February 12, 2017 - 9:00am

House Republican News:

SANTA FE – The House Education Committee approved House Bill 241, a bill sponsored by Reps. Jason Harper (R-Sandoval) and Dennis Roch (R-Quay) to allow teachers to use their contractually allotted sick leave without fear of penalty.

The legislation, also known as the “Teachers Are Human Too” bill, would allow teachers to use up to 10 days of sick leave and all personal days without it negatively affecting their annual performance evaluations. The bipartisan bill is cosponsored by Reps.

New Mexico Sanctuary State Bill Pushes Forward

on February 12, 2017 - 7:44am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE In the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee, House Bill 116, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), passed Feb. 9 by a vote of 3-2.
 
HB 116 ensures that the state’s law enforcement funds are spent on protecting its communities from violent crime and community policing. It prohibits using state monies to enforce federal immigration laws.
 
"In these very trying times, when there is a national threat against our immigrant community, it is our responsibility as legislators to ensure New Mexico's values and cultural diversity remain

Scenes From Artist Reception At Rose Chocolatier

on February 12, 2017 - 7:42am

Artist Michelle Griffin, left, mingles with Landon Sutherland, his wife Liese-Marie and son Elijah during her reception Friday night at Rose Chocolatier. The business has shown Griffin's work since it opened at its new location at 149 Central Park Square. 'I love the space ... (there's) nothing better than art and chocolate,' Griffin said, adding she is really appreciative of Rose Chocolatier owner Marguerite McClay. McClay has shown artists' work since she opened her business. 'I'm just a big fan of the arts.

Cinema Cindy Reviews Moonlight

on February 12, 2017 - 7:31am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Moonlight,” nominated for Best Picture of 2016, as well as seven other Oscars, tells the story of a young boy named Chiron, cowered by the expectations of the world around him. His environment militates against showing any kind of vulnerability. He just isn’t a tough guy, like his peers. He lacks a trusted adult in whom to confide.
 
Poster for Moonlight. Courtesy image
 
Chiron is called “Little” when he’s young, because of his diminutive stature and extreme shyness. Chiron’s mother works as a nurse, but is not home enough to care for the boy.

Pet Of The Week: Gretchen The Dog

on February 12, 2017 - 7:28am
Gretchen the dog. Courtesy/Paulina Gwaltney Photography
 
SHELTER News:
 
Gretchen is a young and petite pit mix who needed to have one of her rear legs amputated due to a severely fractured femur.
 
She certainly doesn’t let that slow her down though! She loves to relax and give kisses, she’s very comfortable in new places, and she thinks that treats make everything better!
 
Gretchen is in foster care – call the shelter for information on how to meet Gretchen.
 
Shelter hours are noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m., Sundays.

Smart Design With Suzette: Home Remodeling Projects That Pay Off

on February 12, 2017 - 7:27am
Roughly 10 percent of all projects nationwide had a return of more than 100 percent and every one of the projects had a payback of more than 100 percent in at least one market nationwide. Courtesy image 
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
Depending on the project, the average return on investment (ROI) nationwide for remodeling projects ranges from as high as 107.7 percent to as low as 53.9 percent. That’s the word from REMODELING Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report that compared costs for 29 of the most popular professional mid-range and upscale remodeling projects in U.S.

Gourmet Dinner Benefits Anita Salas Memorial Fund

on February 12, 2017 - 7:22am
Pig +Fig in White Rock Cafe hosted a five course wine dinner Thursday to benefit the Anita Salas Memorial Fund, which provides financial assistance to New Mexican women and men diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. The event was part of the 8th annual K2 Women’s Weekend. Learn more at www.pajaritowomen.org. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Amy
Bauer, event coordinator and Southwest Region K2 Women's Alliance member thanks diners for attending the fundraiser.

Excessive Claims For Business Credits Makes The IRS 'Dirty Dozen' List Of Tax Scams

on February 12, 2017 - 7:13am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service warned that taxpayers should watch for improper claims for business credits, which is on the “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2017 filing season.
 
Compiled annually, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter any time but many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire people to help with their taxes.
 
Fuel Tax Credit Scams
 
Fraud involving the fuel tax credit is considered a frivolous tax claim and can result in a penalty of $5,000. Furthermore,
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Pastor Raul Granillo: The Love Of Hate

on February 12, 2017 - 7:13am

By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO
Los Alamos  

Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs. Proverbs 10:12 (NIV).

I doubt that there are many people who argue with this Proverb. In general, we agree that hatred is bad and love is good. So why do we see so many acts of hatred, not just from terrorists or white supremacists, but from everyday people, including ourselves?

We see hatred while we drive, when we watch the news, when we go to a little league game; even in our churches and in our own homes. Why is it so difficult for us to escape hatred?

Daily Postcard: Sunrise Over LANL

on February 12, 2017 - 7:09am

Daily Postcard: The sunrise Saturday over Los Alamos National Laboratory. Photo by Greg Kendall

Fall In Love With Shopping Locally This Valentine’s Day

on February 11, 2017 - 9:53am
Décor, candles, chocolate and more available at CB FOX in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Purses, soaps, dolls, fabric, yarns and much more available at Warm Hearts Yarn and Atomic City Quilts at 1247 Central Ave. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and many people are just beginning to think about how to celebrate this special day.

If you are still looking for ideas, consider shopping and celebrating locally.

Bill Closing Gun Sale Loophole Heads To House Floor

on February 11, 2017 - 9:37am

HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
  • HB 50 Would Require Criminal Background Checks on All Firearms Sales, Including at Gun Shows and Online

SANTA FE A bill requiring background checks on all firearm sales passed the House Judiciary Committee Friday by a vote of 7 to 6.

House Bill 50 would close a loophole that allows guns to be sold online or at gun shows or even in parking lots without criminal background checks. It has exceptions written in to allow family members to transfer guns to their relatives and to allow for the lending of guns for a five-day period without a background check.

“What we are

Legislation To Require State Government To Negotiate Prescription Drug Prices

on February 11, 2017 - 8:43am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico State Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, and State Rep. Joanne Ferrary, D-Las Cruces have introduced legislation that could save taxpayers millions of dollars. 
 
Senate Bill 354, ‘Interagency Pharmaceutical Purchasing Council’, would require that all state agencies and state benefit providers who purchase prescription drugs to work together to negotiate the price of prescription drugs. 
 
In fiscal year 2016 the combined state agencies spent over $670 million on prescription drugs, a staggering 54% increase in two years.

Los Alamos Teens Needed For Citizen Science Mission

on February 11, 2017 - 8:37am
 
SCIENCE News:
 
Café Scientifique Los Alamos is hosting a Teen Science Café at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 9 in the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
The presentation will focus on the Sun’s Corona Observed During A Solar Eclipse.
 
Café Presenter, Dr. Galen Gisler of Los Alamos National Laboratory will present on sun’s corona, which is normally visible only during a total solar eclipse and why this is important. He also will talk about the upcoming solar eclipse Aug. 21 and the path it will be take to seen as a full solar eclipse across the US.
 
Eight Los Alamos

Heinrich Blasts Dakota Access Pipeline Decision, Stands Up For Tribal Sovereignty And Treaty Rights

on February 11, 2017 - 8:19am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) blasted the Trump Administration’s approval of a final easement to build the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and its failure to undertake meaningful consultation with Native American tribes.
 
In a letter to President Donald Trump, Heinrich and other members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the House Committee on Natural Resources said, “This blatant disregard for federal law and our country’s treaty and trust responsibilities to Native American tribes is unacceptable.

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