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Georgetown Hosts AG, FBI, DEA Officials

on September 21, 2016 - 8:26am
DEA News:
 
Georgetown University will host U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, FBI Director James Comey and other distinguished panelists during a screening of the FBI/DEA documentary Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Georgetown University’s Healy Hall.
 
The documentary screening is part of DOJ’s National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week and is being hosted by Georgetown University in partnership with the Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Bureau of

AFT-NM Reacts To OECD Education Report

on September 21, 2016 - 8:24am
AFT-NM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
 
“The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) latest education report paints a troubling picture for early education access and enrollment and educator pay in the United States.
 
“We have a lot of work to do to serve the needs of our students from cradle to career according to the newly released ‘Education at a Glance’ report.

Los Alamos Artist Betty Nance Smith Announces 2016 Salon Show Opening Sept. 30

on September 21, 2016 - 8:22am

ART News:

Los Alamos artist Betty Nance Smith announces 2016 Salon Show and reception Sept. 30 through Oct. 29 at the Castle Gallery Fine Art in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Organic Farm Goes Green With Solar Power System

on September 21, 2016 - 8:16am
USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner (second from left) presents a certificate of congratulations to Ronald Ice (third from left) and his wife Gayle for the recent completion of construction of a solar power system at their farm; as Karen Paramanandam of SunPower by Positive Energy Solar looks on. Courtesy photo
 
USDA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner dedicated the new solar photovoltaic system recently installed at the Ice’s Organic Farm and Tea House in Alcalde.
 
While presenting a certificate of completion, Brunner said, "This

CIR Fall 2016 Lecture Series Begins With 'China/Japan Confrontation In The East China Sea' Oct. 8

on September 21, 2016 - 8:13am
CIR News:
 
Council on International Relations’ Fall 2016 lecture series on the China Seas begins with a talk by Ambassador Michael Armacost of Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.
 
Armacost is a former ambassador to Japan and the Philippines and his talk is entitled: The China/Japan Confrontation in the East China Sea.
 
The talk is 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Forum at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr. Tickets are $20 for non-members and $15 CIR members.
 
Register at www.sfcir.org or call 505.982.4931.

Opera On The Rocks: Online Tickets End Sept. 22

on September 21, 2016 - 8:07am

Cast of Opera Alta at their recent dress rehearsal at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater. Opera Alta will perform !Zarzuelas! Zarzuelas are considered the most popular form of Spanish opera. Courtesy photo

 

OPERA News:
 
Los Alamos Opera Guild of the Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Bandelier National Monument and Atomic City Transit will be presenting Opera on The Rocks Saturday, Sept. 24 during National Public Lands' Day. 
 
A great event to celebrate arts in your local National Park for their 100th birthday celebration.

Los Alamos Pony Club Team Wins Top Scores

on September 21, 2016 - 7:58am
Los Alamos Pony Club Team members Ashley Smith, Madison McKee and Sydnee Etuk win the top scores at the recent Southwest Regional Quiz Rally. Courtesy photo
 
LAPC News:
 
Three members representing the Los Alamos Pony Club Team won the top scores at the recent Southwest Regional Quiz Rally and won the opportunity to compete in next year's National United States Pony Club Quiz Competition next July at the famous Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Visit Kentucky Horse Park :: Lexington, KY and USPC Championships - United States Pony Clubs.
 
The winning members of the Los Alamos Pony

Valles Caldera Jemez Mountains Elk Festival Sept. 24

on September 21, 2016 - 7:46am
The 8th Annual Jemez Mountains Elk Festival is 2-7 p.m., Sept. 24. Courtesy/nps
 
VCNP News:
 
The Valles Caldera National Preserve is home to one of the largest elk herds in New Mexico. Each fall, the sound of elk bugling in the mountains marks the start of their mating season, known as the 'rut'.
 
To celebrate the upcoming elk rut and to learn about this fascinating creature, the National Park Service will host the 8th Annual Jemez Mountains Elk Festival 2-7 p.m., Sept. 24. 
 
This FREE festival features a food truck, bugling contest, solar telescope display, and loads of fun interactive

How The Hen House Turns: Whistles Work

on September 21, 2016 - 7:33am
How The Hen House Turns
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
There is an ongoing disagreement about birdfeeders—a balancing act between the joy that people have in watching the birds, and the birds' need to know how to find wild food.
 
We have enjoyed the company of Los Alamos's scrub jays over the years. One took peanuts from our hands, one fluffed on the porch rail when he saw us eating breakfast, one made it quite clear that he wanted his peanut on the porch rail, nowhere else.
 
This spring, when the squirrels took over our bird feeder, emptying it at every sitting, we decided

MPNHP Advisory Committee Meets Thursday

on September 21, 2016 - 7:29am
COUNTY News:
 
The Manhattan Project National Historical Park Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet at noon Thursday, Sept. 22 in Room 330 of the Los Alamos County Municipal Building.
 
The meeting is open to the publc.
 
Agenda:
 
I. Call to Order
 
II. Introductions
 
III. Update on Civic Group sign
 
IV. Final report from ScienceFest
 
V. Possible Recommendation of RV Park on DP Road
 
VI. Reports from subcommittees
A. Transportation
B. Signage
C. Other Attractions/Amenities
 
VII. Next Meeting Scheduled: TBD
 
VIII. Adjourn Meeting

Letter To The Editor: County Should Not Proceed With Tennis Courts Project

on September 21, 2016 - 7:24am
By ELIZABETH J. CHURCH
Los Alamos
 
Twenty-two tennis courts already exist in Los Alamos. Although they are, arguably, underutilized, the county is considering a capital improvement project that would create an additional eight “championship” courts, to be located in one spot.
 
The plan also calls for a scoreboard (lighted?), parking, bleachers and restroom facilities. Nearby food vendors would be nice, too. A loudspeaker is not specified but seems reasonably predictable. Detailed information, including the four proposed sites, can be found at
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Governor Rallies Crowd For Sharon Stover

on September 20, 2016 - 9:19pm

Local businessman and White Rock resident Brian D’Andrea visits with Gov. Susana Martinez and House Dist. 43 candidate Sharon Stover as Stover campaign manager Denny Erickson and Los Alamos County Clerk candidate Naomi Maestas enjoy the band Sunday at Rover Park in White Rock. Courtesy photo

Gov. Susana Martinez congratulates LAHS Chemistry teacher Kathy Boerigter on receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Courtesy photo

Gov.

Reel Deal Weekly Movie Schedule

on September 20, 2016 - 9:18pm
By JIM O'DONNEL
REEL DEAL
 
This Friday, we will continue showing Kubo and the Two Strings, Hell or High Water, Hands of Stone and Sully. We will open Bridget Jones’s Baby.
 
Check out our on-line schedule before you come at www.reeldealtheater.com and be sure and sign-up for our newsletter at the top of the page.
 
Hopeful coming attractions include: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Magnificent 7, Light Between Oceans, Inferno, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Moana.

Obituary: Murl Eugene (Gene) Jenkins July 28, 1931 – Sept. 17, 2016

on September 20, 2016 - 8:42pm

MURL EUGENE (GENE) JENKINS July 28, 1931 – Sept. 17, 2016

Murl Eugene (Gene) Jenkins went home to meet the Lord, his loving wife and extended family on September 17, 2016, surrounded by his family, and animals after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s.

Gene was born on July 28, 1931 to Clifton and Cecil Jenkins in Wewoka, Oklahoma. He attended Oklahoma State University, and Texas Tech University after the family moved to Lubbock, Texas. He met and fell in love with Julia Pruette who was in nursing school there.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clifton and Cecil Jenkins,

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LAPS: Open Invitation To Community

on September 20, 2016 - 8:22am

Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAPS

Los Alamos High School main office lobby. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

As part of saying thank you to parents and the community, Los Alamos Public School principals are offering personally guided tours of school buildings and facilities in Los Alamos. Here is what you might see. 

Los Alamos High School went through a major renovation in 2011-12. Current construction projects at the high school include the Topper Freshman Academy, Music Wing and upgrades to Smith Auditorium.

McQuiston: Things You Need To Know About Rental Cars And Insurance

on September 20, 2016 - 8:21am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
Things You Need to Know About Rental Cars and Insurance
 
Despite the growing popularity of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, demand for rental cars continues to increase. Although there are many different situations in which you may need to rent a vehicle, the two most common are as a replacement for your primary vehicle after an accident or as a means of transportation when you’re traveling.
 
Understanding how your insurance applies in each of these situations can prepare you for the unexpected and help you to maintain your peace of
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Heinrich, Flake Introduce Legislation To Complete Parks, Wilderness Areas And Increase Revenues For Schools

on September 20, 2016 - 8:20am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) have introduced legislation to better facilitate land exchanges between Western state land offices and federal public land agencies.
 
The Advancing Conservation and Education (ACE) Act specifically focuses on state trust land inholdings within the boundaries of federal conservation areas like parks, monuments, and wilderness areas.  

"Inholdings present challenges for both public land managers and state trust land commissioners because differing policies and missions of the respective

Artist’s Statement By Kirsten Stromberg

on September 20, 2016 - 8:18am
Paintings by Kirsten Stromberg are on display through Oct. 12 in the upstairs gallery at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN STROMBERG
Artist’s Statement
 
Many of my earliest memories are of drawing; are those of having artistic materials in my hands.
 
I love to look out at the world while keeping my hands moving. I have always wished to pursue what it is that the eye sees, and how our minds synthesize direct sensory perceptions into images that convey our humanity at the point of its intersection with the natural world.
 
Whether wild animal that would never pose,

Espanola Valley Humane Society Unveils Website

on September 20, 2016 - 8:06am
EVHS News:
 
ESPANOLA  The Espanola Valley Humane Society (EVHS) unveils its redesigned, mobile friendly website at www.evalleyshelter.org.
 
The revamped site features the organization’s new logo, an online calendar of events and other services, a secure opportunity to donate directly to the Shelter, and a section that better highlights homeless animals available for adoption.
 
In addition, visitors can follow EVHS on social media, as well as find information and link to EVHS’s two retail consignment/thrift stores, Barkin Attic and Barkin Boutique, both in Santa Fe.
 
“We always
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Taos County Historical Society: 'Ladies Of The Canyons' Oct. 1

on September 20, 2016 - 8:03am
Ms. Poling-Kempes. Courtesy photo
 
TCHS News:
 
The Taos County Historical Society will present a free, public lecture “Ladies of the Canyons” by Lesley Poling-Kempes at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Boardroom of Kit Carson Electric Co-op, 118 Cruz Alta Rd., Taos, NM.
 
This program is a partnership with the Taos Arts Council and featured in the Taos Fall Arts Festival through the Society's participation in the 2016 Taos Visionaries theme for the community's arts and cultural organizations.
 
Ms.

NMDOT Sponsors Statewide Child Safety Seat Clinics

on September 20, 2016 - 8:02am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is sponsoring child safety seat clinics statewide 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24. The clinics are free to the public.
 
Clinics Across The State:
  • Alamogordo: Alamogordo Police Department, 700 Virginia Ave.;
  • Albuquerque North: Kohl’s, 6800 Holly Ave. NE;
  • Albuquerque West: Kohl’s, 3715 Ellison Dr. NW;
  • Albuquerque East: Home Depot, 200 Eubank Blvd. SE;
  • Artesia: Wal-Mart, 604 North 26th St.;
  • Las Cruces: Kohl’s, 2500 North Triviz Dr.; and
  • Las Vegas: Cornerstone Church, 2207 7th St.
“These statewide child safety seat

PEEC: Fourth Friday Fractal Show Sept. 23

on September 20, 2016 - 8:02am
 
PEEC News:
 
Have you journeyed into the never-ending world of fractals?
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s dynamic fractal show is back for one evening this month: at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
 
This show incorporates math, science, art, and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music.
 
This spectacular show starts promptly at 7 p.m. and seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature center and are only $10 for adults and $8 for children.

'Parents Raising Teens' Support Group Oct. 12

on September 20, 2016 - 8:01am
Courtesy photo
 
JJAB News:
 
Beginning at 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, at UNM-LA, JJAB is offering a free 6-week group for parents navigating the challenges of raising teenagers.
  • Be with other parents who can offer non-judgement and compassion.
  • Get assistance in brainstorming ideas for how to respond to difficult situations.
  • Through mindfulness exercises, learn tools for improved communication and connection with yourself and your teen.
  • Share helpful parenting resources.
  • Find some laughter and companionship in the process.
Facilitator: ELIZABETH GRANT, LPCC holds an MA in counseling and

Udall On Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 20, 2016 - 7:59am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has issued a statement marking Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and celebrates the tremendous contributions Hispanic Americans have made to New Mexico and America:
 
“New Mexico enjoys a rich and diverse Hispanic heritage going back 400 years. From Spanish colonists to immigrants from Latin America, New Mexico’s Hispanic community has played an integral part in shaping our state’s history, economy, and culture—and will for generations to come.
 
"New Mexico is indebted to the

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