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Judge Detains Stabbing Suspect Citing 12 Prior Cases

on November 15, 2017 - 5:26am

Andrea Rivera, right, consults with her attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies Tuesday during a dangerousness hearing before First Judicial District Judge T. Glenn Ellington in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 30-year-old Los Alamos woman will remain in custody without bond until further notice on two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of tampering with evidence.

First Judicial District Judge T.

Daily Postcard: Poppies Still Blooming

on November 15, 2017 - 5:04am

Daily Postcard: When all else is fading away this Fall, the poppies are bright and beautiful. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter Barbara Gonzales Speaks At UNM-LA Wednesday

on November 14, 2017 - 3:16pm

San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter Barbara Gonzales. Courtesy/Derek Gonzales

UNM-LA News:

The public is invited to hear San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter Barbara Gonzales speak at 10 a.m., Wednesday in the library at UNM-Los Alamos.

Gonzales, the great-granddaughter of Maria Martinez, is known for intricately carved red, black and polychrome bowls, inlaid coral and turquoise and her “good luck spider” motif.

She will talk about the historical aspects of her pottery, the ancestral lands on which Los Alamos is located and her life experiences. She also plans to demonstrate how she builds a pot.

Superintendent Serves Thanksgiving Meals At Aspen

on November 14, 2017 - 3:04pm

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurt Steinhaus serves Thanksgiving meals today at Aspen Elementary School. Courtesy photo

Homebuyer Assistance Program Launches Tomorrow

on November 14, 2017 - 2:56pm

COUNTY News:

Income-qualified homebuyers needing assistance to make a down payment on a home are invited to apply for Los Alamos County’s new Homebuyer Assistance Program (HAP) starting Wednesday, Nov. 15.

The County has contracted with Los Alamos Housing Partnership (LAHP) to oversee the program, which is funded by the County Council for $150,000 for the first year.

HAP is designed to help income-qualified homebuyers purchase a home by providing a loan for a down payment using County funds, without adding to monthly mortgage costs.

Bouman: President Reagan’s Secret 702(j) Retirement Plan

on November 14, 2017 - 2:51pm
By BEN BOUMAN
Alpine Financial Partners

Several times over the past few weeks I have been asked if I knew anything about “President Reagan’s Retirement Plan” and a 702(j)-retirement plan. I had never heard of such a thing, so I decided to investigate it. Here’s the deal folks. There is no such thing. This concept goes by many names. The 770 account, the 702(j), the 7702, The Presidents Secret Account, Invisible account, etc. It resurfaces every few years with a new name and new marketing approach from salesmen in the insurance business.

A 702(j) is not actually a retirement savings plan

Law Enforcement Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment From Los Alamos Community

on November 14, 2017 - 2:19pm

LAPD News:

Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone announced today that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive Nov. 27 in Los Alamos to examine all aspects of the Los Alamos Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations and support services.

Verification by the team that the LAPD meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, he said.

Delancey Street Sets Up Annual Christmas Tree Lot

on November 14, 2017 - 2:18pm

A crew from the Delancey Street Foundation is setting up the structure for its annual Christmas Tree Lot today at the corner of 15th Street and Trinity Drive. The Delancey Street Foundation offers people with nowhere to turn an opportunity to turn their lives around. Its primary program is a two-year residential treatment for substance abusers in New Mexico, which includes vocational and academic training. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailyost.com
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Obituary: Tobias Daniel Ervin July 25, 1975 – Nov. 4, 2017

on November 14, 2017 - 2:17pm

TOBIAS DANIEL ERVIN July 25, 1975 – Nov. 4, 2017

Tobias Daniel Ervin was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 25, 1975. He was 42 years old when he passed to be with our Lord and Savior.

Tobias is survived by his grandmother Frances Giron, his mother and father, Rosina M and Russell R Ervin, his daughters McKaylyn, Jordyn Ervin and his ex-wife/confidant Melonee Ervin, sister and brother-in-law Crystal D and Kevin J Miller, and 3 nephews Aedin and Leif Miller, Kaden Niderman and one niece Skyelar Miller. Tobias was currently in a loving relationship with Lacey Hamson.

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Small Prescribed Burn Planned In Santa Fe Watershed To Restore Forest Health, Reduce Risk Of Wildfire

on November 14, 2017 - 1:46pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE -- Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, forecasted winds and weather, to conduct a one-day prescribed burn Thursday in the Santa Fe Watershed.

The 248-acre treatment area is approximately 4 miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the east end of the McClure Reservoir and adjacent to the western boundary of the Pecos Wilderness.

LAMS Library Raises Funds For New Book

on November 14, 2017 - 1:19pm

LAMS News: 

After removing worn out, old and unappealing books, the library staff at Los Alamos Middle School needs to buy some new ones to keep students reading.

To accomplish this, an account was established on MackinFunds called Books 4 Hawks to collect donations for new books. The goal is to raise $5,000.

The community is encouraged to contribute, even a small amount, to help make the middle school library collection better. Students want new and exciting books and library staff want them to continue reading.

Remember, recreational reading improves the mind and improves grades and

New Mexico Dinosaurs Draw Big Crowds In Japan

on November 14, 2017 - 1:17pm
Opening day of the ‘A Great Journey of Dinosaurs exhibit at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Fukui, Japan, July 7, 2016, in front of the animatronics Bistahieversor sealeyi, a tyrannosaur dinosaur known only from New Mexico. Photo by Thomas Williamson
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  New Mexico dinosaurs and other extinct reptiles drew huge crowds in Japan, during a yearlong three-city tour of the nation. During a collective 218 days on exhibition at three venues, the exhibition drew more than 588,000 visitors.
 
“The Japanese we worked with combined cutting-edge robotics

Scam Alert: AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans About Common Online Holiday Shopping Scams

on November 14, 2017 - 1:07pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE  Monday, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to encourage online holiday shoppers to avoid common scams.
 
The Attorney General is issuing tips for avoiding online scams during this hectic time of year to help New Mexico shoppers stay alert and protect their finances.
 
“The holiday shopping season is one of the most dangerous times for consumers to fall victim to scams,” Balderas said.

NMDOT To Unveil 'Move Over' Signage

on November 14, 2017 - 1:05pm
NMDOT News:
 
BERNALILLO The New Mexico Department of Transportation is unveiling the state’s new “Move Over” signs.
 
This comes after Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law Senate Bill 76, which requires drivers approaching stationary emergency vehicles, tow trucks, or NMDOT help trucks and equipment to slow down and get out of the lane next to the stopped vehicle if they can do so safely.
 
This new law will keep emergency responders and others safe as they help others on the side of the road.

Volunteers Help PEEC And Los Alamos County Clean Up Fencing In Acid Canyon

on November 14, 2017 - 1:03pm
These 25 volunteers removed about two tons of old fencing recently from Acid Canyon. Photo by Thomas Graves/www.thomasgraves.com
 
Many hands made light work of the fencing cleanup project. Photo by Thomas Graves/www.thomasgraves.com
 
PEEC News:
 
Hikers have long been subject to the sight of Atomic Energy Commission era chain link fencing disturbing views in Acid Canyon. Thanks to a hearty group of 24 volunteers and to organizations from the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Los Alamos County the fencing, which was also a hazard to wildlife, was completely removed.

The

Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Permits On Sale Nov. 20; 4th Graders Get One Free

on November 14, 2017 - 8:01am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest go on sale Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Forest Headquarters, all Ranger District offices and select third-party vendors. 
 
As part of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, every fourth grader is eligible for a free holiday tree permit. In order to redeem the free permit, the student must present a valid fourth-grade pass, downloadable at www.everykidinapark.gov
 
Once the pass is printed out, the fourth graders must bring a parent or guardian over the age of 18 with them to the nearest SFNF

LANL: Scalable Clusters Make HPC R&D Easy As Raspberry Pi

on November 14, 2017 - 8:00am

The BitScope Pi Cluster Modules system creates an affordable, scalable, highly parallel testbed for high-performance-computing system-software developers. The system comprises five rack-mounted BitScope Pi Cluster Modules consisting of 3,000 cores using Raspberry Pi ARM processor boards, fully integrated with network switching infrastructure. Image: Bitscope. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • System with thousands of nodes brings affordable testbed to supercomputing system-software developers

A quest to help the systems software community work on very large supercomputers without having to

Udall Leads Indian Affairs Committee Hearing On Safeguarding Tribal Objects Of Patrimony Act

on November 14, 2017 - 7:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a legislative hearing to review the Safeguarding Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, a bill to curb the theft, illegal possession, sale, transfer, and export of Tribal cultural items.
 
Tribal cultural items have immense historical, traditional, and spiritual importance. It is illegal under federal law to own or sell Tribal cultural patrimony domestically, but federal law does not explicitly prohibit exportation abroad.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Housing Partnership Board

on November 14, 2017 - 7:22am

On the job in Los Alamos Monday night during a meeting in the New Mexico Bank & Trust Building, from left, Los Alamos Housing Partnership Executive Director Steve Brugger, LAHP Board Member Lesley Harelson who is vice president and Banking Center manager at NMB&T, Board Secretary Craig Wehner who owns Los Alamos Landscaping, Board President Karl Hjelvik who is an internal auditor manager with Zia Credit Union, Board Treasurer Carol A.

Secretary Zinke And BLM Invite Sportsmen To Enjoy Upcoming Deer Season At Sabinoso Wilderness

on November 14, 2017 - 7:17am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
TAOS, NM  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and the Bureau of Land Management have announced that the Sabinoso Wilderness – which contains some of the most pristine habitat in the country for elk, mule deer and other wildlife – is for the first time ever accessible to the public for hunting, fishing and other recreational activities.
 
The 16,000-acre Sabinoso was previously wholly surrounded by non-federal land, making it inaccessible to the general public.

County Crew Prepares Holiday Lights Around Pond

on November 14, 2017 - 7:14am

A County crew works on the tree lights Monday night at Ashley Pond Park in preparation for the holiday season that is just around the corner. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

AG’s Office Files Brief In Mallory Appeal

on November 14, 2017 - 7:01am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Assistant Attorney General Maris Veidemanis has filed a “brief in chief” in an appeal in a local case involving alleged sexual exploitation of children under 18 years by visual media.

Scott Mallory of Los Alamos was arrested in January 2016 after forensic searches of his computer revealed images of young female teenagers, some of which were focused on the clothed breast area and 250 items bookmarked as “child erotica and child pornography”.

The appeal was filed in May by Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist and claims

Daily Postcard: Venus Over Jupiter Spotted At Sunrise

on November 14, 2017 - 6:50am
Daily Postcard: Venus is spotted over Jupiter at sunrise Nov. 12 above Los Alamos. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

Division Chief Ramon Garcia And Battalion Chief Justin Cassel Retire From Los Alamos Fire Department

on November 13, 2017 - 9:25pm

Retired Los Alamos Fire Department Deputy Chief Justin Grider, left, traveled from Washington to speak at the retirement event for his longtme colleagues Division Chief Ramon Garcia, center, and Battalion Chief Justin Cassel Thursday in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos Municipal Building. Photo by Marisol Padilla

Family, friends and coworkers gather Thursday in Council Chambers for the retirement of LAFD Division Chief Ramon Garcia and Battalion Chief Justin Cassel. Photo by Marisol Padilla

LAFD Capt.

Joint Statement From U.S. Department Of Energy And Los Alamos Department Of Public Utilities On Chromium Plume Issue

on November 13, 2017 - 4:55pm

DOE/DPU News:

Recent reports in the media about the presence of a chromium plume in the regional Pajarito Plateau aquifer has led to some confusion and misinformation about the safety of the drinking water in the Los Alamos community.

This joint statement by the Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office and the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is to provide assurances to the public that the drinking water in Los Alamos County is safe and meets all Safe Drinking Water Act standards.

These wells are highly monitored by Los Alamos County and the

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