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Udall, Heinrich Invite Energy Secretary Rick Perry To Visit New Mexico National Laboratories

on March 15, 2017 - 10:06am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry inviting him to visit Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico.

“The work at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories is critical to meeting DOE’s mission of assuring national security through stewardship of the nuclear weapons stockpile, nuclear non-proliferation, and homeland security,” wrote the senators.

Beware The Ides Of March: A Warning For All Republics

on March 15, 2017 - 9:52am
By JAMES ROBINSON
Los Alamos GOP Chair

On this day, 2061 years ago, Roman Dictator Julius Caesar was brutally assassinated by Roman Senators in the Roman Senate.

The event was the culmination of Caesar’s victory in the Civil War with his rival Consul Pompey the Great. After the victory, Caesar contributed on to a regime change in Egypt, and returned to Rome as triumphant leader. As he concentrated his power, Caesar reportedly denied the offer to make him King of Rome. He reportedly did this three times.

Q&A: Los Alamos Museum Of Art’s Ruth Tatter

on March 15, 2017 - 9:40am

Los Alamos Museum of Art Co-founder Ruth Tatter. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

 

By MANDY MARKSTEINER
Los Alamos

Thursday, March 16, the Los Alamos Museum of Art will host a special reception 5-7 p.m., at the Karen Wray Gallery at 1247 Central Ave., where LAMOA board members and volunteers will display their own artwork. The community is invited to come and get to know the members of LAMOA.

An interview with LAMOA Co-founder Ruth Tatter:

Marksteiner: How did you first come up with the idea for LAMOA?

Tatter: My mother was living in a condo in Los Alamos and one of her neighbors was a

Letter To The Editor: Concerns With County Financial Disclosure Forms And Public Access Procedures

on March 15, 2017 - 9:35am
By EDWARD BIRNBAUM
Los Alamos

The Feb. 3 issue of the Los Alamos Daily Post had a story (link), which caught my eye regarding the violation of the Code of Ethics in Hobbs as reported by State Auditor Tim Keller. Apparently, Hobbs public officials were not filing the required financial disclosures and perhaps more importantly, were not recusing themselves from voting on official business issues when their personal financial interests were involved.

Members of the County Council and the Board of Public Utilities here in Los Alamos are responsible for making decisions involving many millions of

Bill To Help Workers Care For Sick, Elderly Relatives Heads To Senate Floor

on March 15, 2017 - 9:18am

STATE News:
  • Caregiver Leave Act Allows Employees to Use Already-Provided Sick Leave for Caregiving

Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s Caregiver Leave Act, HB 86, is headed to the Senate floor for a final vote after it passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, moving the widely supported bill, which would allow workers to also use sick leave that is already provided by their employers to cover absences for caregiving, one step closer to the governor’s desk.

“Too many New Mexicans are in the Sandwich Generation,” Armstrong said. “My kids are grown, but my 88-year-old mother lives with me.

Letter To The Editor: Proposal For Workable Firearms Transfer Background Check Law

on March 15, 2017 - 9:06am

By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

A couple of us have thought of a background check proposal that might accomplish most or all of what we really want but with far less acrimony. So here is an idea if this is to be revisited again and assuming for the moment that the present bills are not resurrected. I’ve stolen some ideas from a colleague (with thanks) but modified them with my own additions, so any rotten fruit should be thrown at me alone. Here would be the basis of the law.

1. It is of material and social benefit to society to verify that a person unknown to you is not a prohibited person

Mesa Public Library Project Postponed

on March 15, 2017 - 8:47am
COUNTY News:
 
Due to budget constraints, the Los Alamos County Public Works Department will postpone upgrades to the Mesa Public Library heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
 
Project engineering and design was recently completed and originally scheduled for construction this summer. In the meantime, Public Works staff will make some improvements to the existing system to improve air flow based on the findings and recommendations provided by the design engineer.
 
Additionally, a smaller and lower cost safety project to replace the fire communications system is

Letter To The Editor: Response To North Mesa Stables Complaint

on March 15, 2017 - 8:43am
By LAUREN GRIFFITH
Los Alamos

I have to completely agree with Joann Johnson (letter) about the objections made by Olga Chertkov (letter) regarding the North Mesa Stable area. I cannot help but think this is the ranting of someone who bought a house near the stables and now regrets it because they don’t like the smell.

The fact that Chertkov has demanded the stables be moved or closed down shows this person has one interest, and that is themselves. If Chertkov truly believed it was detrimental to the environment, why suggest it be moved as one of the options?

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County: Final Personnel Board Agenda Friday

on March 15, 2017 - 8:30am

Heinrich: GOP Healthcare Plan Disastrous As Expected

on March 15, 2017 - 8:29am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored the GOP healthcare plan.
 
According to CBO estimates, 14 million would be uninsured by 2018 and 26 million by 2026.
 
“The Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that the Republican healthcare bill will be as disastrous as we expected.

LAHS Key Club Elects Officers For Next Year

on March 15, 2017 - 8:27am

LAHS student Sydne Ashford is the newly elected Lieutenant Governor of the Sangre de Cristo Division of the Southwest District Key Club. Photo by Morris Pongratz

LAHS Key Club President-elect Miriam Wallstrom. Photo by Morris Pongratz

LAHS Key Club Vice President-elect Radhika Iyer. Photo by Morris Pongratz

KEY CLUB News:

The 75 members of the Los Alamos High School Key Club have elected their officers for the 2017-2018 school year.

The new officers include President-elect Miriam Wallstrom, Vice President-elect Radhika Iyer, Secretary-elect Sara Shiina, Co-Treasures-elect Zoe Hemez and

Udall Celebrates Sunshine Week By Advocating Open Government, Defending Free Press

on March 15, 2017 - 8:09am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, will today mark Sunshine Week — a national initiative to educate the public on the importance of an open and transparent government — by advocating for transparency in our government, defending the critical role of the free press, and calling for campaign finance reform to shine a light on dark money in politics.

Starting at 10 a.m.

Guided Hike With Jean Dewart This Sunday

on March 15, 2017 - 8:04am
View of the Rio Grande from Blue Dot Trail. Photo by Craig Martin
 
PEEC News:
 
Join LANL meteorologist and Los Alamos Mountaineering Club member Jean Dewart for a challenging hike in White Rock Canyon with PEEC.
 
This guided hike down Ancho Canyon and up Blue Dot Trail includes great views, interesting petroglyphs, natural springs, and 1,000 feet of elevation gain—all the climbing is on the return trip. Participants will enjoy great views, experience a variety of ecosystems, and get a workout!
 
To hike Ancho to Blue Dot with PEEC, register online at www.peecnature.org.
 

Fifth Annual Women's Mini Conference Saturday

on March 15, 2017 - 7:16am
Joy Freymiller Rhodes

SPIRITUALITY News:

“Ripples of Kindness” is the theme of the fifth annual countywide “Women2Women” mini-conference.

The mini-conference, which seeks to connect Los Alamos women with each other and with God, will take place 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 18 at the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Dr.

Roberta (Bertie) Sorenson

The morning of Christian fellowship, mutual encouragement, and spiritual strengthening is open to all women in the community. The event is free. Tea and finger foods will be served.

The church began sponsoring the countywide conference in 2013

Letter To The Editor: Significant Soil Contamination At Los Alamos Horse Stables

on March 15, 2017 - 5:40am
By OLGA CHERTKOV
Los Alamos

I have read the letter to the Los Alamos Daily Post from JoAnn Johnson, “North Mesa Stable Area Objections Are Much Ado About Nothing!”, and I see that she does not care at all about opinion of other citizens of Los Alamos, her ignorance looks like this:

... You should be happy to live next to my horse … She was there first … you have no choice … waste of time and resources … There will be no changes… .

Her argument that in the 1960’s the horse stables were considered free from contaminations holds no merit today, 50 years later.

AGU: Increase In Extreme Sea Levels Could Endanger European Coastal Communities

on March 15, 2017 - 5:18am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Massive coastal flooding in northern Europe that now occurs once every century could happen every year if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to a new study.
 
New projections considering changes in sea level rise, tides, waves and storm surge over the 21st century find global warming could cause extreme sea levels to increase significantly along Europe’s coasts by 2100. Extreme sea levels are the maximum levels of the sea that occur during a major storm and produce massive flooding.
 
The increase in frequency of these events that are

Toppers Triumph While Tigers Tumble

on March 15, 2017 - 5:17am
Jacob Rutten drills one into right field in the bottom of the 3rd. Photo by Niccolo Snyder/ladailypost.com
 
 
By NICCOLO SNYDER
Community Internship Collaboration
Student Intern
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

The Los Alamos Hill Toppers Boys Baseball team played in their second home game of the season Monday against the Los Lunas Tigers. The game was filled with plenty of buzz and excitement. The Toppers learned from their last game and took advantage of the experience they gained.

The lineup was changed significantly to the Toppers game last week.The starting pitcher was Antonio Gonzales and his

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Nationally Recognized Summer STEM Program Coming To Barranca Mesa Elementary Week Of June 19

on March 14, 2017 - 10:37pm

EDUCATION News:

Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is coming to Barranca Mesa the week of June 19. Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. What makes this camp truly unique is that the curriculum is inspired by some of our nation’s most brilliant minds — the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

For students entering kindergarten through sixth

New Teacher Evaluation System Passes Senate

on March 14, 2017 - 5:40pm

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE – On a strongly bipartisan basis, the New Mexico Senate today passed legislation to develop a new system for evaluating teachers and principals that relies less heavily on students’ scores on controversial standardized tests. By a vote of 30-7, with both Democratic and Republican support, SB 34 was passed by the Senate. 

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City, also was amended to include language offered by Republican Sen. Craig Brandt from the historic Senate override earlier in the day of the Governor’s veto of teacher sick days legislation.

Notice Of Possible Quorum At Boards & Commissions Luncheon Thursday

on March 14, 2017 - 5:12pm

COUNTY News:

A possible quorum notice has been published for the Boards and Commissions Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 16.

No decisions will be voted on at this event.

IRS: Payment Options For Those Who Owe

on March 14, 2017 - 4:47pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX -- The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that it’s easier than ever to pay taxes electronically. For those unable to pay on time, several quick and easy solutions are available.

This is the seventh in a series of 10 IRS tips called the Tax Time Guide. Taxpayers can use these tips to find solutions to common tax issues as the April 18 tax deadline approaches.

Taxpayers who owe taxes can now choose among several quick and easy electronic payment options, including the following:

LAPS: Notice Of Possible Quorum Thursday

on March 14, 2017 - 3:08pm

Bill To Allow Pharmacists To Dispense Interchangeable Biosimilar Medicines Passes Senate

on March 14, 2017 - 3:07pm
NM SENATE News:
 
The New Mexico Senate on Monday unanimously passed Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s bill, HB 260, which will allow pharmacists in the state, when filling a prescription for a biologic medicine, to dispense less-expensive biosimilar medicines once the Federal Drug Administration has determined that the medicine is interchangeable with an existing biologic treatment.
 
“With biological products becoming increasingly important in treating medical conditions from cancer to rheumatoid arthritis, and with the FDA currently considering several biosimilar products for ‘interchangeable’

Los Alamos Daily Post Surpasses 7,000 FB Likes!

on March 14, 2017 - 2:59pm

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Daily Post extends its heartfelt appreciation to the local community and readers around the world for helping the Post’s Facebook page hit 7,000 “likes” this week!

Along with this latest milestone, Publisher Carol A. Clark and her team have had a lot to celebrate so far this year. On Feb. 7, they celebrated the fifth anniversary of the online newspaper and the Post becoming the official newspaper of record in Los Alamos County.

Reaching 7,000 Facebook likes is another sign that readers in the area are enjoying the instant availability of local news and certainly

District Attorney's Office Issues Scam Alert

on March 14, 2017 - 1:58pm

SCAM ALERT:

There is a phone scam going around in which a person claiming to be a police officer or an investigator with the New Mexico District Attorney’s Office will call and tell people that there is an active warrant for their arrest and they need to pay to avoid being arrested.

The most recent number that the calls are coming from is 505.312.5386.

The District Attorney’s Office will never ask for money over the phone. 

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