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PEEC: A Living And Exploding Universe This Weekend

on March 17, 2017 - 8:36am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium will kick off the weekend at 7 p.m. with an astronomy show at by Dr. Rick Wallace the explores what we know about life in the Universe. 
 
At 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, the film Exploding Universe will take attendees on a voyage through space and discover explosive events that shaped the Universe.
 
For more information about these and future planetarium shows, visit www.peecnature.or g/planetarium or call 505.662.0460.
 

World Futures: What Do We Need? PEOPLE - Food Production And Dietary Requirements

on March 17, 2017 - 8:34am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

• World Futures: What Do We Need?

The food we consume comes from two sources:  plants and animals.   If we state that animals get their food from plants, it could be argued that all food comes from plants. The food provides two things – energy and nutrients: energy to run our highly complex bio-machinery and nutrients to keep the bio-machine in good repair – maybe. But the bio-machine can abuse the system, both willingly and unwillingly.

In the article referenced under Medicine, it was noted that “…it looks as if people in the United States

Painting Exhibition Against Hate Opens March 18

on March 17, 2017 - 8:31am
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ART News:

 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) students are using their art to fight for social justice. Color: A Painting Exhibition Against Hate features a group of young diverse college students from SFUAD who are using their art to fight for social justice. All profits from this show will be donated to Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF).
 
Opening night is 4 -7 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at the ART.i.factory in Art.i.Fact at 930 Baca St. in Santa Fe. The exhibition shows through March 28, with gallery hours 10 a.m. to  6 p.m.

Secretary Zinke Issues Lease For 56 Million Tons Of Coal

on March 17, 2017 - 8:28am
USDI News:
 
WASHINGTON. D.C.  U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the approval of a $22 million coal lease on the Greens Hollow tract in central Utah to Canyon Fuel Company, LLC, a subsidiary of Bowie Resource Partners, LLC.
 
Coal mining in the area currently supports nearly 1,700 mining and related jobs.
 
Secretary Zinke also announced Bureau of Land Management (BLM) career veteran Michael Nedd will serve as Acting-Director of the BLM.

Citizens Needed For County Board Vacancies

on March 17, 2017 - 8:26am

Senior Management Analyst Libby Carlsten encourages community members to apply for a vacancy on one of the County boards or commissions. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County is facing many issues from water rate hikes to selecting the next public art piece, and to make the right decisions the County needs its citizens’ help.  

There are a number of openings on County boards and commissions that citizens can volunteer for.

Letter To The Editor: Gun Violence

on March 17, 2017 - 8:24am
By BARBARA MOHON
Santa Fe
 
We have a gun violence problem in New Mexico, and sensible gun policy could be a solution.
 
America's gun homicide rate is more than 25 times the average of other developed countries. An average of seven children and teens are killed with guns in the U.S. every day! The statistics are verifiable and numerous. In an effort to reduce gun violence in our community, I am a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
 
The New Mexico legislature is currently considering legislation to require expanded background checks for gun sales in our state.

Los Alamos School Board Elects New Officers

on March 17, 2017 - 8:22am
Jenny McCumber, left, and Andrea Cunningham at Tuesday's meeting of the Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education in the Administration Building on Trinity Drive. The meeting was the first to include newly elected members Ellen Ben-Naim and Stephen Boerigter. Newly elected school board officers include McCumber as president. McCumber, Andrea Cunningham and Stephen Boerigter supported McCumber, while Ellen Ben Naim and Bill Hargraves voted for Hargraves. Cunningham was the sole candidate for vice president.

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Third Annual Fund Balance Report, Recommendations

on March 17, 2017 - 8:14am
New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) released the third annual Fund Balance Report that tallies unspent funds in government accounts.
 
The OSA Government Accountability Office compiled data from the most recent financial audits of 431 funds in 91 state agencies. Most of the dollars reside in funds for thousands of specific projects and programs.

Itching To Travel For Spring Break? Learn How To Get Prepared For A Safe And Healthy Journey

on March 17, 2017 - 8:12am

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LAMC News:

As winter’s hold weakens, hopeful spring breakers will make their way to balmy beach resorts, rugged rain forests and coastal cruise ship destinations.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) wants you to be informed and make smart choices wherever your spring break plans take you.

The CDC Travelers’ Health website is a great first stop to make sure that you are proactive, prepared and protected when it comes to your health while traveling:

Before you go

  • Find out about vaccines and any health concerns at your destination.
  • Pack smart and prepare a travel health kit

Prescribed Burn Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on March 17, 2017 - 8:06am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning a prescribed burn near the community of Mesa Poleo on the Coyote Ranger District. 
 
Hand ignitions could begin as early as Tuesday, March 21, if conditions, including weather, winds and air quality, are favorable. 
 
The SFNF hopes to treat 300 acres of hazardous fuels located 1.5 miles southwest of the community of Mesa Poleo and 3 miles southwest of Coyote. Fire crews expect to treat 50 to 100 acres per day as long as conditions remain favorable.

Hilltopper Tennis Continues Great Season

on March 17, 2017 - 8:04am

Katya Skurikhin returns a ball to opponent from Belen. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Lauryn Anaya breezes through her opponent. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

SPORTS News:

The Los Alamos Tennis teams are cruising through the 2017 season with many impressive wins.

The girls are at 15-3 while the boys are at 13-3. This past weekend both teams took part in the Capital City Quad played at Capital High School. They played teams from Belen High School, Capital High School and St. Mikes High School in the two-day event.

The Los Alamos girls took first and the boys won second.


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Scenes From Los Alamos Museum Of Art Reception

on March 17, 2017 - 8:00am
The Board of Directors of the  Los Alamos Museum of Art hosted a  special reception Thursday evening at the Karen Wray Gallery on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. The Board is pictured in front of their own artwork, which was displayed at the event. Many of the board members are artists themselves. LAMOA is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. The group has developed a mission statement and devised educational programs for students, adults and seniors, as well as an outreach program. The museum has been promised several art collections and is seeking donations of both art and funds.

Letter To The Editor: Support Legislation To Require Background Checks For All Gun Sales

on March 17, 2017 - 7:56am
By NINA SAMMONS
Santa Fe
 
As a voter in Sen. Liz Stefanics’ district, I encourage my fellow residents to call our legislators to support legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.
 
The law requires sales from gun shows or the internet to include a background check on the buyer ensuring that guns don’t end up in the hands of criminals or those with a dangerous mental illness. Polling has shown that this policy is supported by 87 percent of New Mexicans and 84% of New Mexican gun owners.
 
Please contact your legislators and let them know you support background checks on

Heinrich Calls On Trump To Address Wiretap Claim

on March 17, 2017 - 7:53am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement calling on President Trump to come clean on his unsubstantiated accusation that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower prior to last year's election:
 
“If President Trump wanted to put this to bed, he’d come clean with whatever ‘evidence’ he claims to have.

School Board Honors Departing LAPS Foundation Executive Director

on March 17, 2017 - 7:50am
LAPS Foundation Executive Director Joanna Gillespie, left, and Foundation Board President Cheryl Pongratz address the Los Alamos School Board Tuesday. Gillespie is leaving her post as executive director after a 12-year tenure. She has been the director of the organization since its inception in 2005. The Foundation has raised $1 million to benefit the Los Alamos Public Schools in that time. Pongratz said Gillespie has done 'a phenonimal job' as director.

Elementary Student Orchestra Performs At School Board In Honor of Music In Our Schools Month

on March 17, 2017 - 7:48am
LAPS Orchestra Teacher Michelle Rosette conducts the Enchanted Forest Ensemble, made up of students from all of the Los Alamos elementary schools as well as home schooled students. The group performs during Tuesday's School Board Meeting in honor of Music In Our Schools Month. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

on March 17, 2017 - 7:43am

A St. Patrick's Day religious procession in March of 2010 in Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland, where Saint Patrick is said to be buried. Photo by Ardfern

COMMUNITY News:

Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held March 17, which is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick depicted in a stained glass window at Saint Benin's Church, Ireland. Courtesy image

Saint Patrick's Day was made an

Fire Guts Vacant Building Near Santa Claran Casino

on March 16, 2017 - 10:31pm

A fire burned a vacant building Wednesday night between the Santa Claran casino and the vacant Arrow Motel in Espanola. Courtesy photo

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Valley Daily Post
Staff Report

A fire broke out around 9:40 p.m., Wednesday night in a vacant building on Riverside Drive in Espanola, gutting a former laundromat. The Espanola Fire Department reports that no one was injured in the fire, whch quickly consumed the interior and roof of the cinderblock structure between the Santa Claran casino and vacant Arrow Motel.

Espanola police and firefighters arrived on the scene within minutes of

Los Alamos County Celebrates 25 Years Of Financial Reporting Excellence

on March 16, 2017 - 5:09pm
Los Alamos County Finance Team, front row from left, Zhengyan Liu (Accountant), Yvette Atencio (A/P Coordinator), Karen Kendall (Budget & Performance Mgr.), Beatrice Odezulu (Sr. Mgmt. Analyst), Joe D’Anna (Chief Financial Officer), Helen Perraglio (Deputy CFO). Not pictured: Margot Liberty (Acctg. Operations Mgr). Back row from left, David Griego (Sr. Mgmt Analyst), Nicholle Cordova (A/P Specialist), Thomas Vigil (Acctg. Operations Mgr), Julie Brothers (Accountant), Patricia Olivas (Payroll Specialist). Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

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Science On Tap: What Travels At 84 Percent The Speed Of Light And Is Used By Researchers At Los Alamos?

on March 16, 2017 - 5:09pm

COMMUNITY News:

In response to requests from previous Science on Tap attendees, this month’s topic will be LANSCE. That acronym stands for Los Alamos Neutron Science Center. Housed at Los Alamos, it’s one of the most powerful linear accelerators in the country. During this Science on Tap event, Gus Sinnis, both a deputy associate director for Experimental Physical Science and the facility’s user director, will introduce you to the technology that attracts more than 500 researchers here each year.

Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each time.

Funding For REDI Net Manager Position Fails

on March 16, 2017 - 4:52pm

Councilors Rick Reiss, left, and Pete Sheehey motion to approve funding for REDI Net to hire a general manager during Tuesday's County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post
 

A memorandum of agreement (MOA) failed to receive approval from the Los Alamos County Council to provide funds to REDI Net to hire a new general manager. REDI Net is the public organization which provides broadband network services in Northern New Mexico.

 

The MOA was discussed during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday at the White Rock Fire

Opioid Overdose Prevention Bill Moves To House Floor

on March 16, 2017 - 4:45pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The House Health and Human Services Committee has passed legislation to prevent opioid drug overdoses in New Mexico. House Bill 370, sponsored by Reps. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Bernalillo) and Rebecca Dow (R-Grant, Hidalgo and Sierra), passed by a vote of 6 to 0.
 
The bill aims to increase awareness and access to naloxone. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, blocks the effects of opioids and is used to treat suspected opioid overdoses.

Los Alamos Sportsmens Club Hosts First Cowboy Shoot Of The Year March 18

on March 16, 2017 - 4:43pm
LASC News:
 
The Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club is hosting its first “Cowboy Shoot” of the year at at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 18 at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club Pistol Pits. 
 
This SASS ruled event occurs every third Saturday of each month March until November (weather permitting).
 
The shooting competition is staged in a unique, characterized, "Old West" style. Clothing attire and accoutrements, as well as the guns used, that reflects this period of the American West is required/encouraged to shoot in these events.

Scenes From LAPS Student Art Show

on March 16, 2017 - 4:41pm
Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and Pinon Elementary Art Teacher Stephanie Ritner welcome guests to last Thursday's opening of the Los Alamos Public Schools Art Show. The show, which featues work from students at all of the Los Alamos Public Schools continues through March 31 at the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
In full color. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Young guests take in the show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Whimsical art by elementary school students.  Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
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LAHS Softball Team Defeats Pojoaque

on March 16, 2017 - 4:39pm

Jayde Tucker take a high-five from Coach Randy Burditt as she heads to home plate after hitting a home run in the sixth inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

SPORTS News:

The ‘Topper softball team traveled to Pojoaque Tuesday to face the Elkettes in a non-district game played on the Chris Peterson Field. This cross town rivalry is usually a very competitive but this year the Elkettes  struggled as the ‘Toppers easily won 9-3.

The  Elkettes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and added one run in the third.

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