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Johnson Supports Johnson

on August 25, 2016 - 10:06am
Longtime Los Alamos GOP leader JoAnn Johnson worked side by side with Gary Johnson as his regional campaign chairman in the 1994 election in which he became Governor of New Mexico. Photo by Carol A. Clark/  
By JoAnn Johnson
Los Alamos

If you are looking for a viable candidate for President of the United States in the Nov. 8, 2016 General Election, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is your man.

Johnson’s beliefs are what I want to hear. He has pushed for equal rights for LGBT couples, criminal justice and immigration reform and for less American military intervention.

NMDOT Unveils Powerful Ad To Combat Drunk Driving

on August 25, 2016 - 9:50am


ALBUQUERQUE – Today, New Mexico Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Church and Department of Public Safety Secretary Scott Weaver will unveil a powerful new TV ad to combat drunk driving and announce New Mexico’s participation in a nationwide effort to crackdown on drunk driving through Labor Day.

They will unveil the new ad at 2 p.m. at the New Mexico State Police District 5 Office in Albuquerque.

National Park Service Is 100 Years Old Today!

on August 25, 2016 - 8:36am

Turret Arch and North Window are two of the massive stone arches at the Windows Section in Arches National Park Utah. Photo by NPS/Jacob W. Frank

NPS News:

The National Park Service turns 100 years olds today and everyone can take part in the celebration.

The centennial kicks off a second century of stewardship of America's national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation and historic preservation programs.

The National Park Service invites the nation to find a park and discover the national parks and programs in their own backyard.

Humanist Lobby Group Releases Scorecard For US House Members On Church/State Separation

on August 25, 2016 - 7:45am
CFE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Center for Freethought Equality, the 501(c)4 sister advocacy organization of the American Humanist Association, released its scorecard of the members of the US House of Representatives of the 114th Congress.

“It’s time for our US Representatives to listen to the concerns of the nonreligious community, especially now that the Pew Research Center is reporting that nearly a quarter of Americans do not identify as religious,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the Center for Freethought Equality.

NMPED Releases Annual School Grades

on August 24, 2016 - 4:42pm

LAPS News:

Today, the New Mexico Public Education Department released individual school grades. Here is information to keep in mind when reviewing the school grade reports.

First, the PED School Grades are primarily a measure of increases in state test scores. The school grades are not a reflection of overall student achievement or quality of teaching. 

Second, based upon PARCC test scores for the last two years, the Los Alamos Public Schools is the highest achieving district in the state.

Dist. 43 Candidate Stover Listens To Senior Concerns

on August 24, 2016 - 3:51pm

Senior residents gather with House Dist. 43 candidate Sharon Stover recently to voice their views on a range of issues important to them. Courtesy photo
From left, Glen Lockhart, House Dist. 43 candidate Sharon Stover and host Dorothy Crawford. Courtesy photo


Sharon Stover, Republican candidate for House Dist. 43 recently sat with a group of residents in White Rock to discuss issues of concern to the senior community.

Dorothy Crawford hosted the event. Topics included the new White Rock Senior Center, public transportation availability and senior housing options.


National Park Service Turns 100 Years Old: All Parks Are Free To Visit Aug. 25-28

on August 24, 2016 - 3:16pm

NPS News:
My name is Cheyenne and I am a rising 5th grader at an elementary school in Maryland. This Thursday, Aug. 25, the National Park Service turns 100 years old.

To celebrate this anniversary, all national parks will be free to visit Aug. 25-
28, and I wanted to tell you why I hope you will go to and plan a visit to some of these amazing places.

Parks are very important to me. When you go to parks, you are able to see just how beautiful and awesome the outdoors can be and how we must be good stewards of our planet.

Sure, you can go on an adventure in a video game, or

NMVC: Pre-Special Session Negotiations Need To Be Open And Focused On Resources For Public Investment

on August 24, 2016 - 2:59pm
NMVC News:
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Voices for Children issued the following statement from executive director James Jimenez regarding Gov. Susana Martinez’s agreement to call a special legislative session:
“Closed-door deals aren’t in the public’s interest. And quick ‘solutions’ that fail to promote long-term public investment don’t serve New Mexicans.
“For New Mexico’s communities to thrive, we need the resources for good schools, roads and other infrastructure, and safe neighborhoods.

FBI: Couple Sentenced For Robbing Española Bank

on August 24, 2016 - 8:18am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Fidel Naranjo, 27, of Santa Fe and Kendra Brophy, 29, of San Pedro were sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque for convictions arising out of the Dec. 2, 2015 robbery of a bank in Española. 

Naranjo was sentenced to a 40-month term of incarceration followed by three years of supervised release. Brophy was sentenced to a year of probation to be served under home confinement with electronic monitoring followed by five years of supervised release.

Garcia Richard Visits With Tech Transfer Companies

on August 24, 2016 - 7:58am

From left, Fast Company Magazine founder Alan Webber and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard visit with UbiQD CEO Hunter McDaniel Aug. 11 during a tour of local tech transfer companies. Courtesy photo

From left, Fast Company Magazine founder Alan Webber and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard watch a demonstration by UbiQD CEO Hunter McDaniel during an Aug. 11 tour of local tech transfer companies. Courtesy photo

Rick Nebel, founder of Tibbar Plasma Technologies in Los Alamos speaks with Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Aug.

Valles Caldera Celebrates National Park Service Birthday With Free Entry Aug. 25-27 And Special Event Saturday

on August 23, 2016 - 5:27pm

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — Valles Caldera National Preserve, in partnership with Los Amigos de Valles Caldera and the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, is celebrating the National Park Service centennial anniversary with free entry from Aug. 25-28 and a special event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

Visitors on Saturday can participate in the preserve’s “BioBlitz” where citizen-scientists of all ages can help the NPS discover and document the plants and animals that call the preserve home.  

Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, the preserve’s friends group, will sponsor a variety of

New Mexico Together Family Picnic Hosted by Hillary for Los Alamos County Campaign East Park Saturday

on August 23, 2016 - 5:09pm


The community is invited to a Family Picnic 5-7 p.m. Saturday at East Park as a campaign kick-off event for the Hillary for Los Alamos County Campaign hosted by New Mexico Together. 

Special guests at the picnic include Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, State Sen. Richard Martínez and Marco Serna, Democratic candidate for District Attorney. Attendees will have an opportunity to speak to their local elected officials and those running for election and re-election this year.


Governor Activates State Emergency Operations Center In Preparation For Potential Flooding Statewide

on August 23, 2016 - 4:17pm


Today, Gov. Susana Martinez directed the activation of New Mexico Emergency Operations Center to assist in the coordinated response to flooding across the state, including Rio Arriba, Sierra, Dona Ana and Eddy counties.

These counties, including other areas of the state, have been hit with heavy rain, which is expected to continue throughout the week.

“As monsoon season continues to bring heavy rains and flooding throughout the state, I’ve activated the Emergency Operations Center to monitor the situation and assist in response as needed,”  Martinez said.

Estimated $109 Billion Annual Cost Of Drowsy Driving

on August 23, 2016 - 3:05pm
GHSA News:
We all know not to drive drunk, drugged or distracted, but what about driving drowsy? The Governors Highway Safety Association issued a new report in collaboration with State Farm titled Wake Up Call!
Understanding Drowsy Driving and What States Can Do, highlights the dangers associated with driving tired. Among them: drowsy driving can closely mimic drunk driving, 10-20 percent of large truck and bus crashes involve fatigued drivers, and society loses $109 billion annually due to drowsy driving crashes.
Check out the full report here: 

Protecting New And Existing Parks For Next 100 Years

on August 23, 2016 - 7:25am
Environment New Mexico Research & Policy Center

There’s no better time than the 100th anniversary of our national park system to redouble our efforts to protect our country’s most spectacular natural areas.

Our top priorities this Centennial include:

#1 With its massive size, colorful walls, and breathtaking views, the Grand Canyon is one of the most amazing places on earth. But while the national park itself is protected against destructive activities like mining and drilling, the area surrounding it is not.

Los Alamos High School Teacher Kathy Boerigter Receives Prestigious Presidential Award For Excellence In Science Teaching

on August 22, 2016 - 7:56pm
 Los Alamos High School teacher Kathy Boerigter has received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, which she will receive in September at the White House in Washington, D.C. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus congratulates Los Alamos High School teacher Kathy Boerigter for being honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. P
hoto by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Today, the White House announced the recipients of the prestigious Presidential

Heinrich Hosts NSF Director, Highlights STEM Education And Community Empowerment Programs

on August 22, 2016 - 4:57pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) with National Science Foundation Director Dr. France A. Córdova and Northern New Mexico College staff and students today at NNMC. Courtesy/Heinrich Staff


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) was in Rio Arriba County today with National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Dr. France A. Córdova to promote educational investments in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and highlight training programs to prepare students for New Mexico's high-tech job industry.

Senator Heinrich and Director Córdova toured Northern New Mexico College to

NEA-NM President On PARCC Student Test Results

on August 22, 2016 - 8:38am

President NEA-New Mexico

The Public Education Department’s release of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) scores is a positive sign. However, the continued use of these scores for high stakes decisions is still just as misguided as it ever was. Movement in the right direction is an indication that New Mexico’s educators and students are working hard.

Students are at the heart of all we do at NEA-New Mexico, so we appreciate the 30,000 foot view of New Mexico’s education system which the PARCC does provide.

Students And Parents To Receive PARCC Test Results

on August 21, 2016 - 5:39pm

LAHS students. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Students and parents in the Los Alamos Public Schools will be receiving PARCC Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) reports by Friday Sept. 2.  

Based upon feedback, this year’s student report has been improved for clarity. Several key elements of the score report have been updated into visual representations tobetter show results. These changes were developed because parents want to know how their child is doing, and where they need help. The LAPS goal is for continuous improvement in communications.

Over the next several weeks, LAPS staff

Heinrich: U.S. Must Help Safeguard Tribal Patrimony

on August 21, 2016 - 11:21am

By U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-NM

Earlier this year, when looking through a list of tribal artifacts up for bid at an art auction house in Paris, the Pueblo of Acoma discovered that the Acoma shield, a sacred ceremonial object, had been stolen and was about to be sold to the highest bidder.

After Acoma Gov. Kurt Riley notified me, I wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the U.S. State Department to take all possible action to help repatriate the shield and other stolen cultural items to American Indian tribes.

Los Alamos Athletes Bring Home Senior Olympic Gold!

on August 21, 2016 - 11:04am

Los Alamos athlete Brian Newnam wins a gold medal in track at the 2016 New Mexico Senior Olympics Games in Roswell. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos athlete Margaret Ellis takes home the gold medal at the 2016 New Mexico Senior Olympics Games in Roswell. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos athletes Abel Castillo and Ann ReVelle win the gold medal in Mix Doubles Table Tennis at the 2016 New Mexico Senior Olympics Games in Roswell. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos athletes scored several gold and bronze medals during the 2016 New Mexico Senior Olympics Summer Games July 13-16 in Roswell.

Among the 22

Buy Local: New Mexico True Certified Campaign Begins

on August 20, 2016 - 7:13am
NMT News:
New Mexicans should prepare to feel a lot hungrier over the next few weeks as the campaign to advertise the New Mexico True Certified program kicked off this week in the Land of Enchantment.
Advertising designed to bring awareness to the quality and care behind products grown in, made in and born and raised in New Mexico directs consumers to “support your neighbors” by purchasing products that are native to our state.

“What comes from New Mexico is durable, resilient, tested by the elements, and better for it,” the 30-second television commercial reads.

Isotope Research Opens Possibilities For Cancer Treatment

on August 19, 2016 - 7:49am
The triumphant research team during the acquisition of the first actinium X-ray Absorption Fine Structure analysis (on the screen). From left, Thomas Hostetler (SSRL), Chantal Stieber (former Los Alamos), Maryline Ferrier (Los Alamos), Juan Lezama Pacheco (Stanford) and Stosh Kozimor (Los Alamos). Courtesy photo

LANL News:

  • Computer models supporting spectroscopy unlock behavior of actinium-225

A new study at Los Alamos National Laboratory and in collaboration with Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource greatly improves scientists’ understanding of the element actinium.

Celebrate National Parks Centennial With Free Lecture Sept. 4

on August 18, 2016 - 10:27pm
Dr. Dwight T. Pitcaithley
NMHM News:
SANTA FE — This year marks the Centennial for the National Park System in the United States.
From Carlsbad Caverns to Chaco Canyon, National Parks pepper the terrain of New Mexico and the southwest. Each helps shape our regional history through the land. In celebration of one hundred years of our national parks, the New Mexico History Museum has scheduled a lecture by Dr. Dwight T. Pitcaithley, the former Chief Historican for the National Parks Service, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium at 113 Lincoln Ave.

SFNF: Prescribed Burn Planned For Española Ranger District

on August 18, 2016 - 10:09pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to take advantage of the warm days and cool nights of September to conduct prescribed burns in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed and on Borrego Mesa, both on the Española Ranger District.
The September window is intended to take advantage of fall weather but is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.
The planning area for the Watershed prescribed burn totals 1,800 acres within two to eight miles east of the City of Santa Fe.