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BLM New Mexico Oil And Gas Lease Sale Nets More Than $30 Million

on December 27, 2017 - 8:51am
BLM News:
SANTA FE — In keeping with the administration’s goals of promoting America’s energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management New Mexico quarterly oil and gas lease sale resulted in $30,361,782.50 in competitive bids for 2,104.15 acres. 
The combined bids will be distributed between the federal government and the State of New Mexico. 
The BLM offered 7 parcels in Eddy and Lea counties. The highest bid per acre was made by Federal Abstract Company, Santa Fe, N.M. at $40,001.00. This set a BLM record for the highest bid per acre.
For more details about the sale

Largest Array To Date To Be Constructed At Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant

on December 23, 2017 - 10:25am


TAOS – Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC), alongside its energy supplier Guzman Energy Partners, announced Friday a land-lease agreement and 30-year solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to build up to a four-megawatt solar array at the Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant.

This agreement represents the largest solar array built in KCEC’s service area to date and further demonstrates the Taos community’s commitment to embracing resilient, renewable energy generation and distribution.

KCEC has been committed to its role in providing low energy rates for its members

Communication 3: Possibility Of Miscommunication

on December 22, 2017 - 6:38am
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute
Student Intern

In the last column we explored the advantages and disadvantages of mechanical translation. One of the major disadvantages is that a mechanical translator does not account for the connotation of words, but rather the denotation.

This leaves a lot of room for error. As stated in the last article, it makes it difficult for mechanical translators to keep up with the perpetually evolving nature of languages.

Along with this, not accounting for the connotation of words can lead to misinterpretation and thus ineffective

LAPS Custodians To Retain Jobs Despite Outside Contract

on December 21, 2017 - 12:36pm
Assistant Superintendent Lisa Montoya speaks about the custodial service contract between SSC and Los Alamos Public Schools at the Nov. 11 School Board Meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

A contract for a Tennessee-based company to provide night-time custodial services for Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School will not result in the loss of jobs for Los Alamos Public Schools employees, according to Assistant Superintendent Lisa Montoya.

Montoya said she has met with custodial staff three times

DeBenedittis Calls For New Mexico Governor And Legislators To Lead On Net Neutrality

on December 21, 2017 - 8:40am

Peter DeBenedittis

From the Office of gubernatorial candidate Peter DeBenedittis:

Stating that “The new Federal Communications Commission appointees have shown their true colors and sold out Internet users, small businesses, and free speech by eliminating net neutrality,” Progressive Democratic candidate for governor, Dr. Peter DeBenedittis, is calling on Gov. Susana Martinez and the New Mexico State Legislators to take the lead where regulators in DC have failed.

The new rules passed by the FCC allow internet service providers to block or charge more for any content they choose.

“Is it

McQuiston: Don’t Let Grinches Steal Your Christmas

on December 21, 2017 - 5:32am
The Jemez Agency
By the time you read this column, you may be done with your Christmas shopping, but the message can be used all year round.
Online shopping makes it easy to find a great selection of gifts and can be a big time-saver. Unfortunately, thieves are waiting to take advantage of you.
Here are some tips to protect yourself while shopping online:
  • Install the most recent updates for spam filters, anti-virus protection, and firewall security on your computer or phone.
  • Use secure websites and logoff when finished. Look for an “s” in the website URLs. “

LACDC Selects Ryn Herrmann As New Director Of Los Alamos Chamber Of Commerce

on December 20, 2017 - 12:09pm

New Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) announced today the hiring of Ryn Herrmann as the director of Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce effective in January.

“We conducted an extensive nationwide search that resulted in over 30 applicants for the position” LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan said. “Our finalist pool was very strong, but, ultimately we felt Ryn was the top choice. Her knowledge of the organization, the community, and her strong communication skills made a great choice.

DOE Awards New Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract To Newport News Nuclear BWXT–Los Alamos, LLC

on December 20, 2017 - 6:47am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of the new Los Alamos National Laboratory legacy cleanup contract to Newport News Nuclear BWXT–Los Alamos, LLC, out of Broomfield, Colo.

The total value of the contract is $1,390,086,635. The period of performance includes a 90-day Contract Transition Period, Base Period of five years, Option Period 1 for three years, Option Period 2 for two years, with a total period of performance of up to ten years and three months.

Scenes From Joint Party For Employees Of Pig & Fig, Pajarito Brewpub And Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op

on December 19, 2017 - 4:07pm

Pajarito Brewpub co-owners Patrick Mockler-Wood and his mother Catherine Mockler dance during the joint Pig & Fig, Pajarito Brewpub and Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op party Monday night at the Brewpub. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Scene from joint Pig & Fig, Pajarito Brewpub and Bathtub row Brewing Co-op party Monday night at the Brewpub. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Scene from joint Pig & Fig, Pajarito Brewpub and Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op party Monday night at the Brewpub. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Scene from joint Pig & Fig, Pajarito Brewpub and Bathtub Row

On The Job In Los Alamos: Melinda Loy At Supercuts

on December 19, 2017 - 7:21am

On the job in Los Alamos Monday is Melinda Loy who is in training to become a stylist at Supercuts Hair Salon at 751 Trinity Dr., in the Smith’s Marketplace Shopping Center. Supercuts will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day, open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Year’s Eve and closed New Year’s Day. Supercuts is hiring experienced stylists and individuals interested in becoming stylists who can work as receptionists while in training. To apply, call 505.661.9980. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Tourism Work Group Meets Noon Wednesday

on December 19, 2017 - 6:44am


The Tourism Work Group meets at noon Wednesday, Dec. 20 in Room 110 in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public.


1. Call to order
2. Review of draft Tourism Strategic Plan
3.  Schedule for comments and future meetings
4. Adjourn


Sleds At White Rock Metzger's ... Waiting For Snow!

on December 18, 2017 - 12:07pm

Sleds at Metzger's in White Rock ... waiting for snow! Photo by Julie Smith

Texas A&M Representatives Meet With Local Leaders On LANL Managing And Operating Contract

on December 18, 2017 - 9:54am

Texas A&M representatives meet with Los Alamos community leaders and Regional Coalition of LANL Communities staff Friday morning at La Cocina Restaurant in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, left, chats with Assistant Vice Chancellor Scott Sudduth of Texas A&M University’s Office of Federal Relations and Senior Advisor Diane Hurtado for Strategic Initiatives at the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Friday in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Attorney General Balderas Announces $57 Million Clean Energy Jobs Package As Part Of Sagamore Wind Project

on December 18, 2017 - 8:48am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Thursday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has reached an agreement with Southwestern Public Service Company, Western Resources Associates and Collation for Clean Affordable Energy on a $57 million jobs package as part of the Sagamore Wind Project.
The agreement will foster and expand skilled construction and environmental job opportunities throughout the State.

Jemez Springs Aims To Increase January Visitation With Free Discount Punch Cards

on December 17, 2017 - 5:17am

Jemez Springs. Courtesy/westerntrips


JEMEZ SPRINGS — More than a dozen businesses in Jemez Springs are offering steep discounts and incentives to encourage visitation in the month of January with a “Spring Up to Jemez Springs” punch card, valid Jan. 2-31, 2018 only.

“January is typically the slowest month of the year in terms of visitation, mainly due to a decrease in post-holiday travel, so we are hoping to see an increase in overnight stays and are offering this free punch card to incentivize visitation,” said Village of Jemez Springs Mayor Bob Wilson.

Metzger's Do It Best Supports United Way Of NNM

on December 16, 2017 - 5:01pm

Metzger's Do It Best General Manager David Jolly, right, and Metzger's employees present the store's Small Business Saturday contribution to United Way of Northern New Mexico. UWNNM would like to thank Metzger's Do It Best for their generous gift of over $700 from their successful Small Business Saturday! UWNNM and Metzger's have been partners since Small Business Saturday began encouraging businesses to donate to nonprofits in 2012. Together, UWNNM and Metzgers have raised thousands of dollars to support the mission of UWNNM and the people of Northern New Mexico. Courtesy photo

LANB Honors Senior Citizens With Special Luncheon

on December 16, 2017 - 12:41pm

Los Alamos National Bank CEO/President John Gulas thanks some 150 senior citizens gathered for a special lunch provided by the bank in their honor Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos. Gulas is joined by 15 bank employees who served meals and chatted with the senior citizens. LANB also provided live music performed by a quartet from Santa Fe during the luncheon. LANB honored another 100 senior citizens with a special lunch Thursday at the White Rock Senior Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LANB Marketing Director Jillian

Zia Credit Union Donates $500 To Los Alamos 4-H

on December 16, 2017 - 12:24pm

Zia Credit Union presents a check for $500 Thursday afternoon to the Los Alamos 4-H Club. Top row from left, Zia representatives Sonya Chacon, Tanisha Rivera, Natalia, Tretiak, Annitte Lujan, 4-H shotgun and archery leader Mike O'Neill, 4-H rifle and meeting leader Sha-Marie Reid, 4-H reporter Monica Smith and Albanita Romero of Zia. Bottom row from left, 4-H Activities Director Isaac Romero, Michael Lujan, 4-H President Kelsey Decker, Kara Moss and 4-H Secretary Christopher Garcia. Photo by Riley Arnoudeille

SFNF: Meeting For Fire Equipment Vendors

on December 16, 2017 - 7:20am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Southwestern Region of the USDA Forest Service will hold an informational meeting for vendors interested in providing resources to support wildfires and other emergency incidents. 
The meeting on the 2018 solicitations is scheduled 1-4 p.m. MST Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, via video teleconference (VTC) at Forest Service offices throughout New Mexico. Vendors are welcome to attend the VTC at the Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 11 Forest Lane in Santa Fe.
Topics for the meeting include:
  • How to become a Federal Government vendor;
  • How to locate and

NNSA Transfers Bannister Federal Complex To Developer For Demolition, Remediation, Redevelopment

on December 16, 2017 - 6:59am
NNSA News:
KANSAS CITY, MO  The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) today announced that ownership of over 200 acres of the aging Bannister Federal Complex in South Kansas City was formally transferred in November to Bannister Transformation and Development LLC (BT&D).
“Transferring this property from federal to private ownership was a highly successful team effort involving several local, state and federal government agencies. I want to thank everyone who helped make this happen,” NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz said.

McQuiston: Have Enough Homeowners Coverage?

on December 15, 2017 - 7:54am

The Jemez Agency

I came across an article in one of the publications I read and wanted to share my thoughts about it.

Soaring construction costs are giving victims of the recent California wildfires a nasty shock on top of their fire losses – their insurance may not cover all of the damage.

Many who lost homes in the Northern California wildfires may be forced to sell because they’re underinsured – thanks to the area’s skyrocketing construction costs.

Communication 2: Advantages And Disadvantages Of Machine Translation

on December 15, 2017 - 7:42am
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute
Student Intern

Mechanical translators have many benefits, as shown in the previous column, but they are not flawless systems of translation. In a society of perpetually evolving technology, converting solely to mechanical translators seems like the logical thing to do, but the drawbacks of these translators prevent their sole use. This means that they have to work in conjunction with human translators in order for international translation to be as efficient as possible.

The main factor inhibiting the efficiency of machine translation is

Lodger's Tax Advisory Board Meets Tuesday

on December 15, 2017 - 7:37am
The Lodger's Tax Advisory Board meets noon Tuesday, Dec. 19 in Room 110 in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.
The meeting is open to the public.

A.  Call to Order/Introductions
B.  Approval of Agenda
C.  Review/Approval of Meeting Minutes
D.  Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda

A.  Inter-Board-Commission Liaisons Update

1.  Art in Public Places Board - Ryn Herrmann
2.  Historic Preservation Advisory Board - Linda Deck
3.  Library Board - Katie Bruell
4.  Parks and Recreation

LAPD Responds To Group Brawl At Smith’s Marketplace

on December 14, 2017 - 10:33pm

One of two young men detained this evening by Los Alamos police officers sits on the ground as the other is handcuffed. Los Alamos police officers stopped the white pickup with the two men inside at around 6 p.m. in the Smith’s Marketplace parking lot. Both men were detained and transported to the Los Alamos Detention Center and reportedly released. Witnesses say before police arrived there was a brawl involving some 15 people and that when they saw police vehicles arriving they scattered, some on foot and others jumping quickly into cars and trucks to flee the scene.

Udall On FCC GOP Repeal Of Net Neutrality

on December 14, 2017 - 10:19pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement after Republican Commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), led by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, voted to repeal net neutrality protections:
“Today’s vote is a major blow to the internet as we know it.