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ACT Shuttle Service Ready For Kiwanis July 4 Event

on June 25, 2015 - 11:38am

Kiwanis Fireworks extravaganza. File photo

COUNTY News:

Atomic City Transit will once again provide free shuttle service to the annual fireworks show Saturday, July 4 at Overlook Park in White rock.

Buses will provide continuous service starting at 4 p.m. from Sullivan Field at Canyon Road and Diamond Drive in Los Alamos and the White Rock Visitor Center on N.M. 4. Immediately following the fireworks show, buses will shuttle attendees back to the two remote parking lots as quickly as possible, until all persons who rode the buses are out of the park.

NM Communities Awarded Millions For Projects

on June 25, 2015 - 11:19am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE  More than $11 million in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants were recently awarded to 27 multi-modal projects across New Mexico.
 
Multi-modal projects include sidewalks, bicycle paths, and transit stops, which provide benefits such as reduced congestion and improved air quality.
 
TAP and RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and are administered by the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT). The TAP provides funding for community-based projects that expand travel choices and improve the

‘Up And Over 10K Run’ In Taos July 31-Aug. 1

on June 25, 2015 - 11:17am
TSV News:
 
TAOS — Now in its 10th year, the Up and Over 10K Run in the Taos Ski Valley will hit the ground running with a challenging 6.2 mile trail run on Aug. 1.
 
And, to celebrate trail running, there will be a presentation of nine inspirational films at the “Trails in Motion Film Festival,” July 31.

Runners will have amazing views of both Kachina and Wheeler Peaks at the 10K trail run. The trail run starts at 9,207 feet with more than a 2,600-foot elevation gain in the first three miles.
 
Because of the steep grade changes and elevation, the race is considered to be a great way for runners

Letter To The Editor: In Our Country We Need To Demand To Know What Our Government Is Up To

on June 25, 2015 - 11:16am
By RHETA MOAZZAMI 
Los Alamos
 
To address Paul J. Gessing’s letter of June 22 on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the Trade Promotion Authority, (TPA) that allows presidents to negotiate an agreement with an up-or-down vote in Congress, (they can make no amendments or filibuster):
 
This might be just fine for a country run by a totalitarian government. But, we the people, in our country, need to demand to know what our government is up to. And, this is impossible with the TPP.
 
Why should people in a democracy need to just trust their corporations to write laws which can only be seen by
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Camp CEO: Invest In Your Future

on June 25, 2015 - 11:13am
Courtesy/NMGS
 
 
NMGS News:
 
Girl Scouts is the oldest organization for girls designed to support their personal leadership journey. 
 
We support their exploration, decision making process and support girls being the best leader they can be as they plan their futures. We know if a girl grows to be a strong woman, she will build a strong family, who in turn will contribute to building strong communities. 
 
A recent study found that girls in New Mexico face significant obstacles in comparison to girls in other states. Some of these obstacles include:
  • Only 12 percent of girls feel “very confident”

Congressional Committee Members Call On DEA To Detail Methods Behind 'Cold Consent' Searches

on June 25, 2015 - 11:09am
CONGRESS News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr., D-Mich., House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Ranking Member Sheila Jackson Lee, D-TX, and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-NM. issued a letter Tuesday June 23 to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenburg requesting details concerning the use of “cold consent” searches, particularly at transportation facilities.  

The letter cites a report released by the Justice Department Inspector General earlier this year in January

Young Native Artists Show & Sale July 4-5

on June 25, 2015 - 10:25am
Participants in the Young Native Artists' 2014 show. Photo by Allen Brown
 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE — Start growing your collection of Native art at the Young Native Artists Show & Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 4 and 5, in the Palace Courtyard.
 
Children and grandchildren of artists belonging to the Native American Artisans Program will show off their latest works of art, learn a few tricks of the customer-service trade, and potentially launch their careers.

Free Camping At Bandelier Saturday June 27

on June 25, 2015 - 10:23am
BANDELIER News:
 
All over the country, this weekend is being celebrated as the Great American Campout. It's a time for packing the tent and sleeping bags into the car, heading out for a favorite camping spot, and enjoying a weekend in the great outdoors.
 
As a part of the celebration, Bandelier National Monument is inviting campers to come and stay in the park's Juniper Campground for free Saturday night, June 27.
 
"We're close enough to Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and even Albuquerque to be an easy drive, but far enough into the woods to feel like a real campout," Park Superintendent Jason Lott

Parra-Vasquez And Romero Best Pace Race Predictors

on June 25, 2015 - 10:09am
Racers are off and running in Tuesday's 3-mile Pace Race. Courtesy photo
 
ACRR News:
 
Nicholas Parra-Vasquez and Ted Romero were the best predictors in Tuesday's 3-mile race, being 9 and 16 seconds off their predictions.
 
In the 1-mile race, Martin Pieck was 27 seconds and Bob Weeks was 29 seconds off their predictions. Tuesday's pace race was held on trails to the Estante Overlook and in Portrillo Canyon.
 
The fastest runners for 1 mile were Jason Pieck (8:34) and Sophia Pieck (9:01). For the 3-mile course, Katie Gattiker was 61 seconds off her prediction.

Beat The Heat: Stay Cool At Pinon Park Pool

on June 25, 2015 - 10:06am
Pinon Park Pool. Courtesy photo
 
PPP News:
 
Beat the heat this summer with a membership to Pinon Park Pool.
 
For about $2.50 a day, community members can stay cool at Pinon Park Pool this summer. Located at 104 Bryce Ave., in White Rock, the pool offers no crowds, lots of room for lounging on the deck, tables and grills for a picnic, two slides, a diving board, lap swims, snack bar, play area and a shaded kiddie pool. Swim lessons are also available.
 
Pinon Park Pool offers three membership options: a single membership for $200 (must be 18 or older); a two-person membership for $325 and a family

Firing Operations Completed On Commissary Fire

on June 25, 2015 - 10:01am
SFNF News:
 
Commissary Fire Update:
 
Start Date: June 5, 2015
 
Percent Contained: 0
 
Size: 500 acres
 
Growth Potential: Moderate
 
Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, aspen, mixed conifer, grass and brush
 
Summary: Fire crews on the lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District successfully completed firing operations with hand ignitions on 150 acres yesterday as part of a strategy to manage the fire for resource objectives. 
 
Resource objectives on the Commissary Fire include improving wildlife and range habitat, encouraging regeneration of aspen, and improving watershed and overall

Primary Fuse Failure Causes White Rock Power Outage

on June 25, 2015 - 9:35am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ electric linemen restored power to a little more than 150 customers in the White Rock area Wednesday evening. 

The 45-minute outage began around 5 p.m. when a primary fuse at an overhead pole failed. Affected by the outage were customers on Rover between Aragon and Paul Place, as well as customers on Glenview, Kolleen and Kris Courts, Kimberly and Jeffrey Place.

Linemen restored power by 5:45 p.m. to all customers.

IRS Reminder To File On Foreign Bank Accounts

on June 25, 2015 - 9:05am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX The Internal Revenue Service reminds everyone who has one or more bank or financial accounts located outside the United States, or signature authority over such accounts that they may need to file an FBAR by Tuesday, June 30.
 
FBAR refers to Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, which must be filed with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the Treasury Department. It is not a tax form and cannot be filed with the IRS. The form must be filed electronically and is only available online through the BSA E-Filing(

Drones And Food

on June 25, 2015 - 8:53am

Pteryx UAV, a civilian UAV for aerial photography and photomapping with roll-stabilised camera head. Image/wikipedia

HSNW News:

The precision agriculture sector is expected to grow at a high rate over the coming years.

This new way of farming is already a reality in northwest Italy, where technologies are being used to keep plants in a good state of health but also to avert the loss of quality yield.

Sensors and drones can be among the farmers’ best friends, helping them to use less fertilizers and water, and to control the general condition of their crops.

CORDIS reports that nowadays

Governor Receiving Business Advocate In Politics Award

on June 25, 2015 - 8:40am

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will receive the Business Advocate in Politics Award from the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.

This award comes the day after New Mexico made a big leap in CNBC's "America's Top States for Businesses" rankings, jumping from 37 to 24 in the country. The improvement is tied for the best in the nation.

Luján Wants Vote To Reauthorize Export-Import Bank

on June 25, 2015 - 8:31am

STATE News:
  • Bank Supports 265 Jobs in New Mexico

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District called on House Republican leaders this morning to allow a vote in the House of Representatives to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States. 

Absent legislative action, the bank’s charter will expire at the end of the month, and it will no longer be able to provide loans to U.S. businesses. The Export-Import Bank is an independent, self-sustaining agency with an 80-year record of supporting U.S. jobs by financing the export of American goods and services.

Project Update: Kirtland AFB Fuel Spill Remediation

on June 25, 2015 - 8:12am
Image not to scale. Courtesy/NMED
 
 
NMED News:
 
The New Mexico Environment Department issued a few of the recent project activities on the Kirtland Air Force Base clean up of a decades-old jet fuel spill:
  • Drilling of 16 new groundwater monitoring wells was completed in early June. The analytical results from the new wells show that ethylene dibromide (EDB) in the shallow and intermediate zones is not migrating toward the Kirtland-3 and Ridgecrest-3 drinking water wells. The new monitoring wells are also defining the vertical extent of EDB contamination in the aquifer.  
  • The first extraction well

Harrell House Bug Museum Visits Nature Center

on June 25, 2015 - 7:59am

 

Harrell House Bug Museum on a previous visit to PEEC. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC NEWS:

Summer Family Evenings returns with the Harrell House Bug Museum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

There will be an amazing selection of live critters on display including tarantulas, scorpions, insects, centipedes, crabs and more. Wade Harrell, founder of the Bug Museum, will be on hand to answer questions and share facts about these unusual animals.

Harrell has been keeping strange animals as pets since he was six years old.

Colorado Man Sentenced In New Mexico For Robbery

on June 25, 2015 - 7:55am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Robert O’Dell Neihart, 44, of Ignacio, Colo., was sentenced Wednesday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces to 148 months in prison for the armed robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Farmington.
 
Neihart will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.
 
Neihart was arrested in November 2012 on a two-count indictment charging him with the armed robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank branch on East Main Street in Farmington Sept. 21, 2012, and using a firearm during a crime of violence.
 
Count 1 of the indictment also

HD3 Forms New Angel Investment Group

on June 25, 2015 - 7:42am
HD3 News:
 
High Desert Discovery District (HD3)New Mexico’s first privately-led high technology start-up accelerator (www.hddd.org)announces the formation of a new angel investment group, the High Desert Angels. 
 
The organization also announced the HD3 Board of Directors for the 2015-2017 term.
 
“For some time, HD3 has debated the most productive way to provide HD3 innovators, entrepreneurs and start-ups access to seed, early stage and growth capital.

DOE Issues Remaining $1.8 Billion In Loan Guarantees

on June 25, 2015 - 7:36am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — To further support the construction of two advanced nuclear reactors at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, the Department of Energy announced it will issue $1.8 billion in loan guarantees to three subsidiaries of the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG Power).
 
This is the last of three conditional commitments that were first announced by the Administration in 2010, which, when combined with the previously issued $6.5 billion in loan guarantees to Georgia Power Company (GPC) and Oglethorpe Power Corporation (OPC), allow the project to be

LANB's Karen Easton Joins Rotary Club Of Los Alamos

on June 25, 2015 - 7:33am
Los Alamos Rotary Vice President Linda Hull, right, inducts Karen Easton, center, into the Club during a special ceremony at Tuesday's regular club meeting at Cottonwoods on the Green. Rotarian Carol A. Clark, left, sponsored Easton into the Club. Easton is the Administrative Officer to Chief Executive Officer John Gulas at Los Alamos National Bank. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

How The Hen House Turns: Raising Finches 3

on June 25, 2015 - 7:32am
How The Hen House Turns
By CAROLYN (CARY) NEEPER Ph.D.
 
Raising Finches 3

Having successfully raised two baby Cassin’s finch, we realized the time would come when they must be released to the wild. We double-checked the Release Check List provided by the Kragdahls. Release should be done at 6 to 8 weeks. The time was approaching in mid August, and the birds were still insisting that I feed them.

I knew they had to be self-feeding for two weeks, so I steeled myself and left their food, which now consisted of insects, seeds and crumbs along with their gruel of Gerber’s baby beef and

Los Alamos Roadway Pavement Surveys Underway

on June 24, 2015 - 10:39pm

IMS Infrastructure Management Services is performing Pavement and Asset Management Services in the Los Alamos and White Rock areas during the next few days on roadways for the county. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County recently entered into a contract with IMS Infrastructure Management Services to perform Pavement and Asset Management Services for County roadways. 

IMS will be in the Los Alamos and White Rock areas during the next few days surveying county roads using sophisticated van mounted equipment that measures pavement condition and distress.

Profile: Leadership Los Alamos Graduate Doris Prokop

on June 24, 2015 - 10:16pm

Leadership Los Alamos 2015 graduates Doris Prokof and Geoff Goins. Photo by Martha Katko

LLA News:

Enrollment is open through June 26 for the Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2016 and everyone is welcome to apply.

Between now and then, the Los Alamos Daily Post is publishing a series of Q&A profiles on recent LLA graduates who talk about their experience in the program.

Leadership Los Alamos is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization founded to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos community, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the

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