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Letter To The Editor: Funds Well Spent At UNM-LA

on January 11, 2017 - 7:10am
By FERNANDO TRUJILLO
Los Alamos
 
I worked for Los Alamos Public schools for 25 years and retired five years ago. 
 
I continued my business and have had the privilege of being contracted through UNM-LA. I feel fortunate to have seen LAPS offering dual credit classes for high school students. When I first came to UNM-LA the enrollment was low and this past semester the enrollment has grown significantly. 
 
Last summer UNM-LA remodeled the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) classroom for more in-depth real life training.

Los Alamos Single Family Home Prices Jump

on January 11, 2017 - 7:07am
 
LAAR News:
 
The Los Alamos Association of REALTORS® (LAAR) reports that the median price of Single Family Home salesjumped by 18 percent when compared to the 4th Quarter of 2015 or $270,000 to $320,000 in this quarter.
 
Single Family home sales moved from 57 in the 4th Quarter of 2015 to 63 this quarter. Single Family home sales volumes also rose sharply from $16.7M in 2015 to $20.8M for the 4th Quarter of 2016 reflecting the increase in home prices. Condo and Townhome sales also rose in the 4th Quarter of 2016 to 21 units sold compared to 16 units in 2015.
 
During this same

Obituary: Clare Hollingworth Oct. 10, 1911 – Jan. 10, 2017

on January 11, 2017 - 7:00am

CLARE HOLLINGWORTH Oct. 10, 1911 – Jan. 10, 2017

Clare Hollingworth died Jan. 10, 2017 in Hong Kong at the age of 105. She was an English journalist and author who was the first war correspondent to report the outbreak of World War II, described as “the scoop of the century”.

As a reporter for The Daily Telegraph in 1939, while travelling from Poland to Germany she spotted and reported German forces massed on the Polish border; three days later she was the first to report the German invasion of Poland.

Hollingworth was born in Knighton, a southern suburb of Leicester, the daughter of

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Daily Postcard: Taos Mountains From Main Gate Park

on January 11, 2017 - 6:51am

Daily Postcard: Saturday, Jan. 7 was one of those exceptionally clear days revealing much detail on the mountains near Taos. This photo was taken from Main Gate Park as the setting sun lit up the higher peaks. Photo by Marc Bailey

Council Proclaims Jan. 11, 2017 ‘Craig Martin Day’!

on January 10, 2017 - 8:04pm

House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard presents a state proclamation honoring Craig Martin, center, for his volunteer service to the community for open space and trails, and furthermore declares Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 as 'Craig Martin Day' in Los Alamos County (co-presented with Councilor Antonio Maggiore, right, on behalf of the County Council and accepted by Craig Martin at Tuesday's Council Meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

From left, County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, June Martin, Craig Martin and House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Photo by Carol A.

Los Alamos County Council Elects New Leadership

on January 10, 2017 - 7:19pm

The Los Alamos County Council is meeting this evening in Council Chambers and unanimously elected David Izraelevitz as chair, and in a vote of 4-3, elected Susan O'Leary to remain as vice chair. The 2017 Council from left, Chair David Izraelevitz, new Councilor Chris Chandler, James Chrobocinski, outgoing chair Rick Reiss, Pete Sheehey, Vice Chair Susan O'Leary and new Councilor Antonio Maggiore. Read the full story and comments from the new leadership in Thursday's print edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, re-elected Council Vice Chair

Council Proclaims Jan. 15-21, 2017 As ‘Diversity Week’

on January 10, 2017 - 6:40pm

Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary, center right, presents a proclamation to the local diversity group 'One Los Alamos' declaring the Week of Jan. 15-21, 2017 as 'Diversity Week' in Los Alamos County. One Los Alamos members include Ryn Herrman, Heidi Rogers, Madhavi Garimella, Sandra Tobin, Elena Giorgi and Anagha Dandekar.

Contract Awarded For Technical Support At DOE Environmental Management Sites Across DOE Complex

on January 10, 2017 - 11:58am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the award of a Time and Materials, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to SUNSi JV, LLC, of Pocatello, ID.
 
SUNSi JV, LLC is a Small Business. The contract will have a maximum value of up to $4 million over 5 years. Work performed under this contract will be performed at various EM sites across the DOE complex.
 
The Contractor will provide support in the following areas: Quality Assurance, Safety (including nuclear safety), Radiological Protection, Emergency Management, Safeguards and

Video: Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Encourages Voters To Support UNM-LA Mil Levy

on January 10, 2017 - 11:56am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, right, with UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cynthia Rooney. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of White Rock speaks in support of the UNM-LA Mil Levy.

View the video here.

DOE Selects TerranearPMC To Explore New Mexico Research Project

on January 10, 2017 - 11:53am
DOE News:
 
OTERO COUNTY  TerranearPMC, LLC (TPMC) was selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) to begin exploring the possibility of conducting a research project known as the deep borehole field test in Otero County, New Mexico.
 
This is one of four potential test sites nationally chosen to explore this project.

Ivey-Soto Files Legislation To Create Public Accountability Board

on January 10, 2017 - 11:51am
Sen. Daniel A. Ivey-Soto/Courtesy photo
 
SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Monday, State Sen. Daniel A. Ivey-Soto pre-filed Senate Bill 72, the Public Accountability Act, which will significantly strengthen ethics enforcement across state and local government. 
 
It creates a venue for the public to bring forward ethical concerns related to the conduct of public officials and the management of public dollars.
 
This legislation represents the most comprehensive ethics enforcement reform to be introduced in the state legislature.

Letter To The Editor: Upcoming Voting

on January 10, 2017 - 11:49am
By ROBERT VISEL
Los Alamos
 
I’m glad the Presidential Election is finally over, unfortunately we here in Los Alamos still have more B.S. to deal with. I’m referring to the upcoming “All Mail” ballots to vote for the Bonds and Mil Levi’s.
 
First off it should be illegal for anyone other than property owners to be able to vote on these since they’re the ones who are going to have to pay for them.
 
But, as a Landlord, I have informed my tenants that if these items should pass I will be significantly raising their rent to cover the property tax increase and I’m sure other Landlords
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This Weekend At Nature Center Planetarium

on January 10, 2017 - 11:48am
 
PEEC News:
 
Dr. Galen Gisler will reveal the stories behind star colors at 7 p.m., Friday, January 13, in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. 
 
At 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Mysteries of the Unseen World, a film that uncovers what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum, will play in planetarium.
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be open regular hours this month: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday as well as 1 p.m. to 4 p.m on Sunday. The nature center is closed Thursdays for regular maintenance.

It’s Not Too Late, New Mexicans Are Still Needed As Tax Volunteers

on January 10, 2017 - 11:47am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program and the IRS are seeking community volunteers from all across New Mexico to provide free tax assistance to those who need help in filing their taxes.
 
Who volunteers? People like you to become a community tax volunteer and help in a variety of ways.
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Letter To The Editor: Duck Test

on January 10, 2017 - 11:45am
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos

There seems to be some disagreement as to whether an affirmative vote by the community to increase the levy for UNM-LA or LAPS would be a tax increase.

I suggest the simple Duck Test: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. So if the amount of my check to the county, based on my property assessment, were go to up, it sure does sound like a duck. Er, I mean a tax. But that is beside the point.

The question of whether a levy increase to support local public educational institutions is a good idea is separate

Heinrich Launches Online Portal To Collect Health Care Stories From New Mexicans

on January 10, 2017 - 11:45am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) launched a new tool on his website for New Mexicans to share their stories about the critical importance of having access to quality, affordable health care.
 
The online portal will enable people across the state to share their experiences gaining access to health care and how repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will impact their lives.
 
“It’s criminal for Republicans to strip millions of Americans of their health care.

Obituary: Arthur M. Smith May 28, 1917 – Jan. 6, 2017

on January 10, 2017 - 11:41am

ARTHUR M. SMITH May 28, 1917 Jan. 6, 2017

Arthur M. Smith, was born May 28, 1917, passed away January 6, 2017 at the age of 99 in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Art was a long time resident of Farmington, New Mexico. He was a avid golfer and bowler, he enjoyed working his yard. Art was active in his local United Methodist Church, Masons and Shriners.

He grew up in Colorado and graduated from the Colorado Schools of Mines with a degree in Petroleum Engineering 1950, He worked in Texas and New Mexico in the oil and gas industry.

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New Mexico Wildlife Center Hires Executive Director

on January 10, 2017 - 11:20am
New NMWC Executive Director Melissa H. Moore. Courtesy photo
 
NMWC News:
 
New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) in Espanola has hired Melissa H. Moore as its new executive director.
 
The previous Director, Katherine Eagleson, retired at the end of 2016 after 8 years of leadership. Eagleson brought a strong, science education-based focus to the agency, and helped bring the whole organization to a higher standard.
 
Moore, who moved to Santa Fe in November, came from Seattle, WA where she was Education Manager at PAWS in Lynwood, WA.

Los Alamos Choral Society/Symphony Orchestra Concert Preview

on January 10, 2017 - 11:15am
LACS News:
 
The Los Alamos Choral Society (LACS) and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra (LASO) are preparing an unusual experience for local music lovers.
 
At 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22 at Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos, LACS and LASO, under the direction of Mary Badarak, will present "Classic to Neo-Classic: Bach to Mendelssohn to Stravinsky to Bach Again," as their winter concert.
 
(Tickets—$15 for adults—will be available at CB Fox and at the door. Student admission is free.)
 
The concert will provide an opportunity to compare the styles of three very different composers in

Spooky Cocktails For Friday The 13th

on January 10, 2017 - 10:43am

Sugarsnake cocktail. Courtesy image

ENTERTAINMENT News:
 

Friday the 13th and a full moon? This Friday, avoid the mayhem and celebrate this superstitious holiday safely at home with friends and some spooky sips from Sparkling Ice, the zero-calorie beverage.

With zero carbs and no sugar added, there is no need to fear these fruity beverages.

Cocktail Recipes:

Sugarsnake Ingredients:

  • 1 Part Wicked White Whiskey
  • 2 Parts Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry
  • Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry / Sugar syrup "Blood"
  • Kiwi slices

DIRECTIONS

  • Reduce 1 cup of Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry with 2 tablespoons of

LWVLA And AAUW Host Legislative Preview Jan. 11

on January 10, 2017 - 10:13am

POLITICAL News:

The League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women (AAUW) are hosting a Legislative Preview of the 2017 Legislative Session, which opens Jan. 17.

The public is invited to attend the Legislative Preview at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Fuller Lodge.

Senators Richard Martinez, Carlos Cisneros and Daniel Ivey-Soto will be at a Democratic Caucus so are unable to attend Wednesday's event. However, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Vice President Dick Mason of the New Mexico League of Women Voters will participate in the preview and answer questions on a

Letter To The Editor: How Does Los Alamos Compare In Supporting Higher Education? We’re The Cheapest!

on January 10, 2017 - 8:54am
By MORRIE PONGRATZ
Former County Councilor and former School Board member

How does Los Alamos compare to other New Mexico communities in their support for local higher education? We’re the cheapest.

You can go to the website: http://nmdfa.state.nm.us/Certificate_of_Property_Tax.aspx and double check my research. I examined the percentage of a resident’s property tax bill that went to support the college in their city.

Here’s the list of the cities and the percentage of their property taxes that goes to support their local college:

  • Gallup (16.9 percent for UNM-G);
  • Farmington (16.9 percent

Science And Engineering Fair Seeks Volunteers

on January 10, 2017 - 8:09am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools County Science and Engineering Fair seeks volunteers to help at the annual judges dinner 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.

Three volunteers also are needed 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 to help with midmorning student snack duty.

To volunteer, email Dawn Lee Brown at d.brown@laschoosl.net.

Letter To The Editor: Straight Fact - LAPS Bond Election DOES NOT INCREASE TAX RATE

on January 10, 2017 - 7:50am
By DAVE FOX
Los Alamos

DOES NOT INCREASE TAX RATE is the straight fact about the Los Alamos Public Schools bond election.

We bring this up because as business people we figure a good many other people would be interested in our take regarding what I think of as "this no-question-about-its-importance bond".

Because we also care about the health of CB FOX itself, we've double-checked, and again the fact is passage of the bond DOES NOT INCREASE THE TAX RATE.

IT JUST DOESN'T.

With great respect for this remarkable community,

Dave Fox

Common Cause Priorities For 2017 Session

on January 10, 2017 - 7:43am

Viki Harrison, executive director of Common Cause New Mexico

POLITICAL News:

Disclosing information about ever-more powerful PACS, creation of an independent ethics commission and better monitoring of the activities and expenditures of lobbyists will be top priorities of Common Cause New Mexico in the 2017 legislative session. 

The non-partisan good government group will also continue its drive to increase voter participation in elections through measures to ease registration and open primaries to those who decline to state a party preference. 

“Sometimes it feels like we are singing the

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