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UNM-LA Gears Up For Summer Program For Youth

on June 23, 2016 - 9:36am
Students participate in a Chemistry in the Kitchen class during last year's Children’s College at UNM-LA. Photo by Vint Miller
 
UNM-LA News:
 
The popular UNM-Los Alamos Community Education Summer Program for Youth (SPY) returns in July with week-long classes for children in grades 1-10. 
 
Children’s College, for children entering the first through third grades, and Youth College, for children entering the fourth through sixth grades, runs July 18-22. Teen College, for students entering the seventh through tenth grades, will take place July 25-29.
 
For students in grades 1-3, this

Jewell Announces $452 Million In Payments To Local Communities To Support Vital Services

on June 23, 2016 - 9:30am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to rural communities, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced more than 1,900 local governments around the country are receiving a total of $451.6 million under the 2016 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.
 
The payments represent the largest amount ever allocated under the PILT program to compensate counties and local governments for their support of national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands and waters as they forego property

Daily Postcard: Fourth Of July Tree

on June 23, 2016 - 9:27am

Daily Postcard: A tree decorated for the Fourth of July is spotted Wednesday growing along the Canyon Rim Trail. Photo by Greg Kendall

Leadership Los Alamos Profile: Troy Hughes

on June 23, 2016 - 9:17am

Leadership Los Alamos 2015-16 graduate and Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes. Photo by Marth Katko

LLA News:

Enrollment is open through June 25 for the Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2017 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

Udall Votes To Prevent Suspected Terrorists From Obtaining Guns

on June 23, 2016 - 9:16am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has joined Senate Democrats in pushing for two measures to close loopholes in the law by expanding background checks for gun purchases and preventing suspected terrorists from obtaining guns.
 
The measures, offered as amendments to the annual Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies funding bill, were blocked by Senate Republicans who offered counter proposals that would weaken gun laws.
 
"Today, we had the opportunity to pass measures supported by an overwhelming number of Americans that could

In And Around Town: June 23

on June 23, 2016 - 9:12am
 
THURSDAY June 23
 
Dedication of Solar Tree
The Art in Public Places Board and members of the Los Alamos County Council will join artist Eric Thelander in the ribbon-cutting and art dedication of the County’s newest art work, “Solar Tree,” at 2 p.m. “Solar Tree” is located in the west plaza of the County Municipal Building in downtown Los Alamos.
 
 
FRIDAY June 24
 
Meet Up
Wondering what to do this Friday evening after a LONG week at work? Why not come to Friday Night Happy Hour with Meet Up?

New Signage Going In At Metzger's In White Rock

on June 22, 2016 - 4:03pm

Brand new signage is going up today at Metzger's Hardware Store in White Rock. Photo by David Jolly

Metzger's Hardware Store in White Rock is getting new signage. Photo by David Jolly

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 15 To June 21, 2016

on June 22, 2016 - 2:23pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department. Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

SONJA MARTINEZ

June 15 at 6:04 p.m. / Police arrested Sonja Martinez, 38, of Los Alamos near 46th Street and Yucca and charged her with Aggravated DWI: Refusal to submit to chemical testing.

 

 

 

RUSSELL TRUJILLO

June 15 at 8:40 p.m. / Police arrested Russell Trujillo, 41, of Hernandez near 44th Street and Sandia on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

 

 

Leadership Los Alamos Profile: Melanie Pena

on June 22, 2016 - 8:00am
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WRMPIC Has Adjourned Sine Die

on June 22, 2016 - 7:25am

Members of the WRMPIC gather June 13 at the White Rock Branch Library for their final meeting. From left,  Chair Denny Erickson, Vice Chair Tony Fox, former member Katy Korkos, Dan Saxton, standing; Laurie Hixson, standing; Vicky Carrejo and Glenn Lockhart. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The White Rock Master Plan Implementation Advisory Committee (WRMPIC) held its final meeting June 13 at the White Rock Branch Library.

The WRMPIC served for several years as an advisory body to Los Alamos County for the purpose of achieving the economic revitalization of White Rock through implementation of

Girl Scout CEO: Thank You Governor Martinez For Proclaiming June Great Outdoors Month

on June 22, 2016 - 6:51am
Gov. Susana Martinez with Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo
 
By Peggy Sanchez Mills, CEO
Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails
 
I grew up in New Mexico and learned much about the Great Outdoors from my family and through Girl Scouts.
 
As a young girl, we took two-week camping vacations where all six of us piled into the station wagon and we were each allowed one brown grocery paper bag for our clothes, one sleeping bag, one blanket, a box of food, Coleman stove, Coleman lantern and a tent to hold all six of us.
 
Our favorite camp site was Fenton Lake - actually we thought as kids that

Letter To The Editor: Doubts About County Property Clean-Up Effort

on June 22, 2016 - 6:43am
By CHRISTINE WEAVER
Los Alamos
 
I love the optimistic article about county clean-up and the idea that code enforcement will actually make people comply.
 
I had a friend in town last summer for a class reunion and we drove down a street where he used to live in the 60s. It was 41st Street between Urban and Sycamore. I watched his face fall as we drove past his former home and he commented that the entire street resembled a shanty town.

Compelling Reason NOT To Build LANL Bypass Road

on June 22, 2016 - 6:37am
This bear is spotted recently strolling along West Road. Photo by Andi Kron
 
By ANDI KRON
Los Alamos
 
On an evening around sunset recently, I was enjoying a beautiful view and quiet stroll across Omega Bridge and then onto the trail behind the Research Park.
 
As usual, I like to take the trail behind the building rather than the noisier West Jemez Road. As I headed out of the trees and approached the intersection with West Road, I looked up and quite unexpectedly saw the cutest little bear--about 2 years old--wandering around the road in front of me.

'Latitude' Exhibit At Mesa Public Library July-August

on June 22, 2016 - 6:25am
Painting by Maureen Howles. Courtesy photo

Clearing skies oil painting. Painting by Maureen Howles

LIBRARY News:

“Latitude”, a solo exhibition of work by Maureen Howles is set for July 4 through Aug. 5, in the gallery at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave.
 
A reception is 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9. This exhibit presents various presentations of “scapes” from the traditional or representational naturalistic landscape to the semi abstract study of nature as pure form and to the fictitious conceptual invented landscape.

Crowley, Serrano, Luján Language In Support Of STEM Grants For Hispanic Serving Institutions Included In Appropriations Bill

on June 22, 2016 - 6:13am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), vice chair of the Democratic Caucus and José E. Serrano (D-the Bronx) announced the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill includes their push to require the National Science Foundation to move forward with a grant program to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).
 
Specifically, the language directs the National Science Foundation to establish a STEM grant program for

Lensic Receives Coveted 4-Star Rating

on June 22, 2016 - 6:03am
LENSIC News:
 
SANTA FE  The Lensic Performing Arts Center is proud to announce it has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. Only about one quarter of the more than 8,000 charities rated by Charity Navigator achieve this distinction.
 
Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that The Lensic “adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way,” said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator in a letter to The Lensic.

IRS Reminds Taxpayers To Report Foreign Accounts

on June 22, 2016 - 6:00am

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers who have 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 Thursday, June 30.

By law, many U.S. taxpayers with foreign accounts exceeding certain thresholds must file Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, known as the “FBAR.” It is filed electronically with the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen).

“Robust growth in FBAR filings in

Review: The Untold Biology Of A Physicists’ Town

on June 21, 2016 - 8:23pm

Elizabeth Church signs copies of her new novel in May at Collected Works in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

Review By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

“The Atomic Weight of Love” is Los Alamos novelist Elizabeth Church’s first book, written by an unproven, non-celebrity writer, not even a relative of Los Alamos’s most famous literary figure, the poet Peggy Pond Church.

Elizabeth Church is on her own hook.

Obituary: Theodore (Ted) S. Lopez Nov. 9, 1949 – June 15, 2016

on June 21, 2016 - 6:04pm

THEODORE (TED) S. LOPEZ Nov. 9, 1949 – June 15, 2016

Theodore (Ted) S. Lopez, loving husband, amazing father, caring son and brother, devoted co-worker, and dedicated friend passed away in the early morning of June 15th, in his home, surrounded by his family.

Ted was born on November 9th, 1949, in Santa Fe, New Mexico to Frank S. and Jessie M. Lopez. He was preceded in death by his father - Frank S. Lopez, as well as; father-in-law - Ambrosio F. Ortiz;/ mother-in-laws - Ernestine S. Ortiz and Frances L. Ortiz; niece/goddaughter - Karen Ortiz; and aunt - Sr. Vianney Martinez, OSF.

Ted was a
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DOE Awards $4 Million Contract To RRC-JGMS NHO

on June 21, 2016 - 6:01pm
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI  The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the award of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to RRC-JGMS NHO, LLC (RJ-JV), a small business in Wexford, Penn. 
 
The contract will have a maximum value of $4 million over 4 years. Firm-fixed-price and time and material task orders will be issued from the base contract. Work performed under this contract will be performed at various DOE-EM sites.
 
The Contractor will provide the U.S.

Obituary: Linda Harris Jan. 24, 1946 – June 12, 2016

on June 21, 2016 - 5:40pm

LINDA HARRIS Jan. 24, 1946 – June 12, 2016

Linda Harris, 70, beloved mother and wife, passed away peacefully from this life to the next on June 12, 2016 after a long courageous struggle with esophageal and lung cancer.

Linda was born January 24, 1946 in St. Louis, MO. At the age of 4, Linda's family moved to Albuquerque, NM where she attended grade school through high school. She married Eddie Harris and they moved to Los Alamos where they lived until her passing.

Over the years, Linda made many friends working at her second home, the Sports Bag, which she thoroughly enjoyed for nearly 20

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Tuesdays At The Pond: Craig Martin Experience Tonight

on June 21, 2016 - 5:08pm

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CREATIVE DISTRICT News:

Tuesdays at the Pond continues tonight with the Craig Martin Experience under the pavillion at Ashley Pond Park.

CME celebrates the start of summer with a night of upbeat jazz at the Pond. Two hours of funky, swinging jazz from the septet including jazz classics and original tunes by band members. The concert begins at 7  p.m. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner and enjoys some great music!

Tuesdays at the Pond, a summer entertainment series, runs through Aug.

Update: ‘Granite Mountain’ Film: Fire, Smoke And Loud Helicopters At Pajarito Mountain

on June 21, 2016 - 5:00pm

COUNTY News:

“Granite Mountain” is a motion picture based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of wildland firefighters that courageously battled one of the worst wildfires in history to save an Arizona town.

The production is based at Pajarito Mountain through Wednesday, July 29 and will be producing the following special effects and impacts:

  • FIRE on Pajarito Mountain, film crews under direct supervision of the Los Alamos Fire Department’s Wildland Division, will produce controlled ground fire. Current dates for ground fire are June 21, June 27 and June 28.

For

DOE Invests $82 Million In Nuclear Technology

on June 21, 2016 - 4:35pm
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $82 million in nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development, and infrastructure awards in 28 states.
 
In total, 93 projects were selected to receive funding that will help push innovative nuclear technologies toward commercialization and into the market. These awards provide funding for nuclear energy-related research through the Nuclear Energy University Program, Nuclear Science User Facilities, and Nuclear Energy Enabling Technology programs.

State Auditor Issues Scam Alert On Wire Transfer Fraud

on June 21, 2016 - 4:28pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller sent a Risk Advisory to government agencies and schools across the state alerting officials to a wire transfer scam targeting public money. Scammers posing as high-level government officials wrote emails directing financial staff to make wire transfers in large amounts.
 
Employees at Zuni Public Schools, Deming Public Schools and San Miguel County initiated transfers to the scammers totaling over $100,000 from public funds.

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