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Los Alamos Daily Post Hits 8,000 FB Friends!

on October 10, 2017 - 1:21pm

DAILY POST News:

The Los Alamos Daily Post has surpassed 8,000 friends today on Facebook!

The local newspaper began operations Feb. 7, 2012 and became the Official Newspaper of Record in January of this year under a contract with Los Alamos County, which runs through 2023.

The Daily Post is published online seven days a week and its print edition is mailed each Thursday to every home and business in Los Alamos and White Rock. The Post also has readers throughout New Mexico, across the United States and in 129 countries around the world.

The Los Alamos Daily Post is owned and operated by

AG Balderas Urges New Mexicans Affected By Las Vegas Mass Shooting To Contact The AG’s Office

on October 10, 2017 - 6:18am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas is urging all New Mexicans affected by the Las Vegas mass shooting to contact his office’s Victim Services Unit for assistance.
 
Attorney General Balderas has issued the following statement:
 
“Our hearts and prayers go out to all of those who have been affected by the tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas. Any New Mexicans who were at the concert at the time of the shooting are encouraged to contact our Victim Services Unit at 505.717.3512 for information regarding resources that may be

Fall Prescribed Burns On Jemez Ranger District

on October 10, 2017 - 6:17am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable fall conditions to conduct prescribed burns as early as Monday, Oct. 16. 
 
That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.
 
The primary target is a planned broadcast burn on the 1,950-acre Stable unit located about 5 miles northwest of Jemez Springs, 8 miles north of Gilman and 6 miles west of La Cueva. 
 
Additional projects fire managers are considering for this fall include:

Heinrich Demands Scrutiny Of IRS Contract With Equifax

on October 10, 2017 - 5:52am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), joined eight of his colleagues in a letter demanding further scrutiny of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) decision to award Equifax a sole-source contract to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent tax fraud despite the company’s recent disclosure of a massive cybersecurity breach exposing the personal information of as many as 145.5 million Americans, including over 860,000 New Mexicans.
 
“By awarding this no-bid contract, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is

Senate Democrats Applaud Court Decision To Allow 10 Bills To Become Law

on October 9, 2017 - 2:51pm
SENATE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE  Ten bills that Gov. Susana Martinez attempted to veto earlier this year became law today after Santa Fe District Court Judge Sarah Singleton denied Gov. Martinez’s request to delay their implementation. 
 
The Court held that the Governor’s request is not likely to succeed if it is appealed, and that the public interest is best served by allowing those bills to become law.

Pearce: It's The Job Of Congress, Not The President

on October 9, 2017 - 10:24am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce today released the following statement after President Trump announced his immigration principles and priorities:
 
“We in New Mexico know firsthand the challenges that come with a broken and outdated immigration system. Previous Administrations continuously sidestepped Congress by ordering harmful, temporary patchwork solutions without thinking about the long-term affects. It is the job of Congress, not the President, to make legal reforms to our immigration policies.
 
“I look forward to

Snow And Freezing Temps Moving Into Area

on October 9, 2017 - 9:17am

Courtesy/NWS

NWS News:

The National Weather Service has announced that the vast majority of impactful weather this week is expected to move into the area this afternoon through Tuesday morning. 

Weather details:

  • A quick hitting fall system will bring colder temperatures and snow to northern New Mexico. Snow should begin by early afternoon across the Sangre de Cristo mountains and Raton Pass. 
  • One to 3 inches of snow is possible around Raton Pass where at least minor impacts to I-25 are anticipated.
  • Two to 4 inches of snow are expected above 9,000 feet, with local amounts over 5 inches

Lawmakers Announce $2.5 Million In Federal Funding For Raton Water Treatment Plant

on October 9, 2017 - 9:09am
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Friday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Congressman Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded funds, totaling $2.58 million, to help the City of Raton in northern New Mexico upgrade its Water Treatment Plant.
 
“The Raton Water Treatment Plant has served the City of Raton well since 1947 but it is long past time for the system to be upgraded and repaired,” Luján said.

NMMNHS: Da Vinci – The Genius Exhibition Explores Early Aviation Concepts Feb. 10 To July 29, 2018

on October 9, 2017 - 6:58am

Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition coming in February to the the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque explores early aviation concepts. Courtesy/Grand Exhibitions

NMMNHS News:

Thousands of visitors and New Mexicans are looking skyward this week at hot air balloons participating in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Hot air balloon and aviation enthusiasts enjoying the enchanting vision of colorful balloons and special shapes will have another opportunity to study the origins of flight Feb.

Heinrich Announces $4 Million For Navy Testing And Evaluation Construction Project At WSMR

on October 9, 2017 - 6:46am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Navy that it will fund a $4.3 million project at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) to support future testing for naval operations.
 
The U.S. Navy was able to secure this funding through a provision Sen. Heinrich included in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to revitalize and recapitalize facilities at labs and test ranges.

U.S. Rep. Luján Co-sponsors Legislation To Prohibit Manufacture And Sale Of Bump Stocks

on October 9, 2017 - 5:05am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) Thursday released the following statement on his co-sponsorship of legislation (H.R.3947) to prohibit the manufacture, possession, sale or transfer of bump stocks and similar devices designed to convert a semi-automatic weapon into the near equivalent of a fully automatic machine gun.
 
“Earlier this week, our country witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

DOJ Awards Nearly $37 Million To Support Sexual Assault Kit Testing, Tracking And Investigation

on October 9, 2017 - 4:47am
DOJ News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Justice Thursday announced awards totaling nearly $37 million to help state, local and tribal government agencies improve the response to sexual assault and victim services, and analyze unsubmitted sexual assault kits in law enforcement custody.
 
The grants will aid jurisdictions in reducing backlogs of sexual assault evidence and solving crimes of sexual violence.
 
“There is no greater injustice to a victim of sexual assault than a failure on the part of the system to exhaust its investigative possibilities,” said Alan Hanson, Acting

Garcia Richard: Science Under Threat

on October 8, 2017 - 11:18am
By Rep. STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD
Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe

I represent Los Alamos; where we take science seriously. And here we know two things: we know that we want our students to be taught real science. So why should we teach any other student in New Mexico anything less than that? And we know that if our students are taught anything less than rigorous, demanding scientific theory, then they will be left out.

You may have seen the NM Public Education Department’s version of the science standards described by a national magazine with the headline: “New Mexico doesn’t

Pearce Re-Introduces Native American Housing Bill

on October 8, 2017 - 9:30am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce has introduced H.R. 3864, the reauthorization of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA), to increase access to safe and affordable housing for Native Americans across the nation.
 
Original co-sponsors of this bipartisan legislation include U.S. Representatives Gwen Moore (D-WI), Don Young (R-AK), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Denny Heck (D-WA), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN).
 
NAHASDA was first

Heinrich Statement On September Jobs Report

on October 8, 2017 - 9:29am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement after the Department of Labor announced 33,000 jobs were lost in September:
 
“Today’s job numbers underscore the gravity of the task at hand—to rebuild families’ lost homes, businesses, and communities in the wake of the devastating hurricanes that have affected Americans across the South, Southeast, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Nineteen New Mexico True Adventures To Experience During 2017 Balloon Fiesta

on October 7, 2017 - 4:56am
Courtesy/NMTD
 
NMTD News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Tourism Department created a list of 19 things for travelers to do during Balloon Fiesta week, to encourage extended stays for the hundreds of thousands of visitors that travel to see New Mexico’s sky burst with color in early October.

The list, titled “19 New Mexico True Adventures You Need to Experience During Balloon Fiesta,” showcases the wide variety of cultural activities and authentic experiences visitors can encounter before, during and after the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
 
Suggestions include “Fill Your Tank”

New Mexico Ranks #2 For Most Burglaries Nationwide

on October 7, 2017 - 3:41am
Courtesy/ADT
 
ADT News:
 
With over 1 million annual burglaries in the U.S. alone, many of us can relate to having our sense of security being taken away along with our stolen property.
 
In its latest study, the team at ADT looked at data from more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies to find out the times and places with the highest risk of burglary. 

Here are some key findings: 
  • New Mexico has about 8.2 burglaries per 1,000 residents (2nd nationwide);
  • Santa Fe has about 16.2 burglaries per 1,000 residents (8th nationwide); and
  • While most burglars live within 2 miles of the victim,

CCNS Appeals EPA Denial To Terminate LANL Outfall From Clean Water Act Permit

on October 7, 2017 - 3:18am
CCNS News:
 
Outfall No. 051 at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a discharge pipe connected to a key facility, the Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility. The Clean Water Act only regulates facilities that actually discharge pollutants. 
 
After November 2010, the Facility became a zero-liquid-discharge system, meaning the discharge pipe would no longer be used. Since then LANL has been using a Mechanical Evaporator System to evaporate treated water into the air, and nothing has been discharged through the Outfall.

FBI: Herbert Boyd Smith Charged With Bank Robbery

on October 6, 2017 - 9:51am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  A U.S. Magistrate Judge sitting in Albuquerque, found probable cause to support a criminal complaint charging Herbert Boyd Smith, 50, of Albuquerque, with a bank robbery charge. During proceedings, Smith was ordered detained pending trial.
 
The FBI and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office arrested Smith Oct. 3, 2017, based on a criminal complaint charging him with robbing a bank in Bernalillo County. The complaint alleges that Smith robbed a Bank of the West branch located at 3733 Isleta Blvd., in Albuquerque Oct. 2, 2017. 
 
According to the complaint, Smith

Balderas: Bernalillo Murderer Stays In Prison

on October 6, 2017 - 7:39am

Mark Romero

AG News:

BERNALILLO – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that Mark Romero, who brutally murdered Francisco Landovazo in July 2011, will remain in prison after the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division.

Using a gun, Romero and another man forced him into the trunk of a car, drove him to El Llanito, beat him with a baseball bat, hogtied him and choked him until he died.

“We are working to keep New Mexico’s most violent, dangerous criminals out of our communities and behind bars,” Attorney General

Reps. Luján And DelBene Introduce Smart Cities Bill

on October 6, 2017 - 7:28am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), along with the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced legislation Oct. 2 to promote the advancement of smart cities.
 
“Smart infrastructure has the potential to make our communities safer, more efficient, healthier, and more sustainable. But these advances shouldn’t just be reserved for major cities and Silicon Valley,” Luján said.

SFCC: 2017 Edition Of Santa Fe Literary Review

on October 6, 2017 - 7:26am
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College will host a free reading and reception to launch the 2017 edition of the Santa Fe Literary Review and to recognize the contributors, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery, Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave. Contributor readings begin at 5:30 p.m.
 
SFCC students and local, regional, national and international writers will read their work, and contributing artists and authors will sign copies of the Review. The event is free and refreshments will be served. The public is welcome to attend. 
     
Pick up a free copy

Udall, Heinrich Memorialize Sen. Pete Domenici In Back-to-Back Speeches On Senate Floor

on October 5, 2017 - 8:07am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich gave back-to-back speeches Tuesday on the Senate floor in honor of former Senator Pete Domenici, who passed away in September. 
 
In his speech, Udall said, "New Mexicans will always remember him as one of the strongest fighters our state will ever know. Senator Domenici and I belong to different political parties, and we didn’t always  agree on things. But I always appreciated that he cared deeply about the issues and put the nation and New Mexico’s interests first, as he saw them.

Pearce Votes To Protect Sanctity Of Life

on October 5, 2017 - 7:55am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted and passed H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This bill seeks to protect unborn children who are 20 weeks or older:
 
“Today’s bill is something we as Americans can unite together around. We have scientific proof that an unborn child at 20 weeks into a pregnancy – the end of the 5th month – has the capability to feel pain. I cannot sit back and allow this brutal act to continue.

NM Foundation For Open Government Hosts 2017 William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Awards

on October 4, 2017 - 7:45pm

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark in conversation following today’s Foundation for Open Government event in Albuquerque. Their conversation touched on a variety of subjects including the importance of shining a light on dark nets ... those notorious digital marketplaces operating in the hidden corners of the Internet. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Attorney Blair Dunn chats with Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Maire O’Neill at today’s event.

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