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Daily Postcard: Snowy Los Alamos Project Main Gate

on January 20, 2019 - 8:37am

Daily Postcard: Los Alamos Project Main Gate during the Jan. 13 snowstorm. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NWS: Today’s High Near 47 With Mostly Sunny Skies

on January 20, 2019 - 8:34am
The National Weather Service forecasts a high today of near 47 with mostly sunny skies and a low tonight of around 26. Courtesy/NWS

County Crews Getting Handle On Pothole Epidemic

on January 19, 2019 - 12:07pm

Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division Manager Dan Erickson this morning on Trinity Drive getting a handle on the epidemic of potholes emerging around town following recent snow storms. Traffic and Streets Division crews are doing what they can to fill the potholes based on weather and availability of materials and labor. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Ringside Seat: Keep An Open Capitol

on January 19, 2019 - 11:48am
The east entrance to the State Capitol Building in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
One of several statues and sculptures on the grounds of the State Capitol Building in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Local government liaison David Trujillo, right, looks over the rotunda Tuesday at the State Capitol Building in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MILAN SIMONICH
 
What a spectacular place the New Mexico Capitol is.
 
Millions of dollars of artworks line the walls.

On The Job In Los Alamos: Uber Driver Leora McMullan

on January 19, 2019 - 11:05am

On the job Friday afternoon is local Uber driver Leora McMullan in White Rock. Call McMullan to schedule a ride at 505.350.3660 or tap a button to get a ride by downloading the Uber app here. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

NMHU: Ruthy Watson Keynote Speaker At Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Event Monday

on January 19, 2019 - 10:49am
Ruthy Watson
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM Ruthy Watson of New Mexico Highlands will deliver the keynote address for the Santa Fe Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. event commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan. 21.
 
Watson directs the HU – Center for Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support at Highlands. She speaks at the New Mexico Roundhouse rotunda at 1:30 p.m., Jan. 21.
 
“We believe Dr. Watson’s presentation will excite the audience and encourage them to be active as they address the challenges identified by Dr. King throughout his life,” said Cedric Page, chair of the MLK, Jr.

PEEC: Explore Age Of Earth And Lunar Eclipse

on January 19, 2019 - 10:45am
Rick Wallace talks at 2 p.m., Sunday at the nature center about the evening’s total lunar eclipse. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium has something coming up everyday this weekend.
 
Discover how scientists measure the age of the Earth on Friday evening, watch the beautiful film “National Parks Adventure” Saturday afternoon and learn more about the total lunar eclipse Sunday afternoon before viewing it Sunday night.
 
At 7 p.m., Friday, Jan.

House Democrats Announce ‘Rocket Docket’ Bills

on January 19, 2019 - 10:38am
NMHD News:
 
SANTA FE Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and House Democrats have announced the House bills that will be on the “rocket docket” for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
 
House Democrats are eager to expedite these bipartisan bills to create economic progress for New Mexicans and keep the legislature moving forward in this historic legislative session.
 
The following House bills will be on the rocket docket:
 

VFW Scout Of The Year Competition

on January 19, 2019 - 10:29am
VFW News:
 
Commander Roger Anaya of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post 8874, is announcing the kick-off of the VFW’s annual Scout of the Year competition.
 
Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, Venture Summit Award recipients and/or Sea Scout Quartermasters in this area have the opportunity to compete and win thousands of dollars in national awards.
 
The close relationship between the VFW and the Boy Scouts of America dates back 100 years when VFW Post 2100 teamed up with another civic organization to establish Troop 1 in Everett, Washington.
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Diversity Through Music At Mesa Public Library Jan. 26

on January 19, 2019 - 10:23am

Musician Sagit Zilberman performs with a Swiss Hand Pan to a group of children. She will share her music Saturday, Jan. 26 with Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

LIBRARY News:

Israeli-born musician Sagit Zilberman presents her program “Songs of Peace” 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Mesa Public Library as part of the Library’s celebration of Diversity Week. The program will be held in Mesa’s downstairs rotunda.

Zilberman received her bachelor of music degree in performance from the Berklee College of Music, where she played primarily saxophone.

Rep. Joseph Sanchez Sponsors Bill To Help Families Of Missing Persons

on January 19, 2019 - 10:20am
NMDP News:
 
SANTA FE Rep. Joseph Sanchez (D-Alcalde) introduced House Bill 16 in the House of Representatives.
 
House Bill 16 would require the state’s Department of Public Safety to share pertinent missing persons information with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, created by the United States Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice.
 
“One of my constituents has been deeply impacted by this issue,” Rep. Joseph Sanchez said.

Scenes From FIRST LEGO League Robotics Event

on January 19, 2019 - 10:12am
FLL Team 146, The Quadrumaniacs, won the top award, The Champion's Award at the 2018-2019 Los Alamos FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament. Courtesy photo
 
FLL Jr. Teams cheer for a successful expo! Courtesy photo
 
ROBOTICS News:
 
LEGO robots congregated at Los Alamos Middle School Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 for the local qualifying tournament for FIRST LEGO League (FLL).
 
Teams from Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque competed for awards and met to share ideas, as is part of the "gracious professionalism" concept of FLL.
 
Local high school robotics team, Project Y, which is

GOP On Sanctity Of Human Life Sunday

on January 19, 2019 - 10:10am
From the Republican Party of New Mexico:
 
Many churches across the nation will shed light on the issue of life and the unborn this Sunday, Jan. 20, which is recognized as the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.
 
Few people are aware that New Mexico has become the late term abortion capitol of the country and has become a late term abortion magnet.

Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee Seeks Feedback

on January 19, 2019 - 10:02am
A dog and cat play together in the snow. Courtesy/Los Alamos Animal Shelter
 
By Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee:
 
The Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee (ASAC), appointed by the Los Alamos County Council, is hard at work and we need your input!
 
The ASAC members include Chair Wendee Brunish, Vice Chair Linda Zwick, Melissa Bartlett, Wendy Marcus, Mary Timmers, Sally Wilkins and Jennifer Jung.
 
The mission of the ASAC is to provide a recommendation to the Los Alamos County Council, along with high-level cost estimates, as to what type of organizational structure best meets high

GOP Blasts Idea Of Paying New Mexico Legislators

on January 19, 2019 - 10:01am
By ANDREW OXFORD
Republicans in the state House of Representatives are blasting a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow legislators to receive a salary.
 
House Joint Resolution 5 would ask voters to create a commission that would set pay for statewide elected officials and lawmakers, who currently receive a daily stipend but no annual salary.
 
In a statement, House GOP leaders signaled they would not support the measure in the face of proposals by Democrats to raise taxes.
 
"House Republicans are standing against the Democrat plan to raise

Shutdown Hurting Workers Outside Government

on January 19, 2019 - 9:12am

Peter Brill, president of Sarcon, looks at blueprints for the Spectra Hangars Thursday at his office. His plan to begin the construction in early January was halted by the government shutdown. Photo by Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican

 

By STEVE TERRELL
sterrell@sfnewmexican.com

Federal employees and contractors aren’t the only ones suffering because of the government's nearly monthlong partial shutdown.

A local construction company with an $8.4 million contract to build two new hangars for private aviation companies at the Santa Fe Airport is unable to begin work on the project because it needs

Dustin Sutherland Is New Wellness Director At YMCA

on January 19, 2019 - 7:55am

New Y Wellness Director Dustin Sutherland

YMCA News:

The Los Alamos YMCA anounces that Dustin Sutherland has accepted the position of Wellness Director at The Family YMCA; he will begin his new position Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Sutherland has been with the YMCA since 2016 as a wellness coach, small group instructor and personal trainer.

Bill Seeks Voter OK To Pay Legislators A Salary

on January 19, 2019 - 7:50am
Roberto ‘Bobby’ J. Gonzales, D-Ranchos De Taos, sits in the House chambers Tuesday, the first day of the 54th New Mexico legislative session. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
Roberto ‘Bobby’ J. Gonzales, D-Ranchos De Taos, takes the oath of office in the House chambers Tuesday in Santa Fe. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
By ANDREW OXFORD
Rep. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales has been in the state House of Representatives for nearly 25 years. Plenty of colleagues have come and gone.

UNM Student Esteban Abeyta Selected To Study At University Of Cambridge As Churchill Scholar

on January 19, 2019 - 7:40am

Churchill Scholar Esteban Abeyta

UNM News:

Receiving the Churchill Scholarship is an honor bestowed upon a very select cohort of college students from across the U.S.

The University of New Mexico’s Esteban Abeyta, a senior biochemistry major and honors minor, can now count himself as one of the scholarship’s elite.

The Churchill Scholarship was awarded to Abeyta for one year of master’s study at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. The award covers full tuition, a stipend, travel costs, and the chance to apply for a $2,000 special research grant.

The Scholarship was set up

New Mexico State Police Seize 956 Pounds Of Marijuana At Gallup Port Of Entry In Two Days

on January 19, 2019 - 7:13am

NMSP seize 391 pounds of marijuana at the Gallup port of entry. Courtesy photo

Eaid Gheith and Cemil Durgut are booked into the Gallup-McKinley County Detention Center. Courtesy/NMSP

NMSP News:

GALLUP  The New Mexico State Police seized 391 pounds of marijuana Tuesday, out of a car hauler carrying two SUV’s at the Gallup port of entry.

The very next day two men were arrested at the Gallup port of entry when state police officers found 381 pounds of marijuana and 183 pounds of drug paraphernalia in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

While officers conducted a safety inspection on the CMV

Rep. Gonzales Remarks On Taos Avalanche

on January 19, 2019 - 7:10am
Rep. Roberto Gonzales
 
NMDP News:
 
SANTA FE Thursday, an avalanche fell just before noon at Taos Ski Valley leaving one skier dead and one critically injured.
 
Rep. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales (D-Ranchos de Taos) released the following statement:
 
“I am grateful to the ski patrol, first responders, and good Samaritans that responded instantly and without hesitation. Our community sends our thoughts, prayers, and will hold close the victims and families of those affected.”

Daily Postcard: Mesa Viewed From Main Hill Road

on January 19, 2019 - 6:59am

Daily Postcard: View of the mesa Friday from the Main Hill Road. Photo by Trisha Ancell

NWS: Today’s High Near 40 With Sunny Skies

on January 19, 2019 - 6:53am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 40 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 21. Courtesy/NWS

Officials Identify Man killed In Taos Ski Valley Avalanche

on January 18, 2019 - 10:31pm
Matthew Zonghetti in an undated high school photo provided by The Sun Chronicle in Massachusetts. Courtesy/The Sun Chronicle
 
By YVONNE PESQUERA

Officials have confirmed the identity of the skier killed Thursday in an inbounds avalanche at Taos Ski Valley as Matthew Zonghetti, 26, of Mansfield, Mass.

The second skier caught in the avalanche remained in critical condition Friday afternoon at University of New Mexico Hospital, according to Alex Sanchez, public information officer for the facility. His name has not yet been confirmed by officials.

According to WHDH-7News

Chief Justice: NM Court System In Better Shape

on January 18, 2019 - 6:41pm
New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura delivers her State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
By PHAEDRA HAYWOOD
 
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura told a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature Thursday the state's justice system, which her predecessor described in 2017 as a patient on life support, is beginning to breathe on its own.
 
Nakamura said funding appropriated over the past two years means the judicial branch

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