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LAPSF: First Larry Baca Memorial Scholarship Winners

on June 15, 2019 - 12:27pm
2019 Larry Baca Memorial Scholarship winners Marin Kelly and Elijah Velasquez. Jessica Booton Photography, www.jessicabootonphotography.com/
 
LAPS FOUNDATION News:
 
The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the first ever Larry Baca Memorial Scholarship.
 
They are Elijah Velasquez and Marin Kelly. The scholarships were awarded based on students meeting an academic requirement and having participated in track or cross country.
 
The scholarship is named for Larry Baca, a renowned coach in Los Alamos for 30 years and member of the Los Alamos High

Los Alamos Jazz Project Heats Up Ashley Pond Park

on June 15, 2019 - 12:20pm
Los Alamos Jazz Project opened the Secret City Summer Concert Friday evening at Ashley Pond Park Pavilion. The group is led by Los Alamos Middle School music teacher Ryan Finn. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The crowd listens to the Los Alamos Jazz Project Friday evening at the Pond. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Young jazz fans soak in the sounds. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Los Alamos Jazz Project on stage Friday evening at Ashley Park Pond Pavilion. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Young boy on a mission. Photo by Bonnie J.

NBCUniversal: Major Albuquerque Production Venture Projected To Generate $1.1B In Direct Economic Impact

on June 15, 2019 - 11:43am

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Mayor Tim Keller and company executives announced Friday that NBCUniversal is entering into a 10-year venture with Garcia Realty and Development to redevelop an empty free-span warehouse in Albuquerque into a state-of-the-art television and film studio with two sound stages, offices and a mill.

Over the next 10 years, NBCUniversal will produce television and film projects at the Albuquerque facility, with the aim of reaching $500 million in direct production spending.

Griggs: ‘End Plastic Soup’ Exhibit At 2019 Rotary International Convention In Hamburg, Germany

on June 15, 2019 - 10:28am
One of many hats displayed at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg. Courtesy/David Griggs
 
By DAVID H. GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
“End Plastic Soup” was just one of the many exhibitors at the Rotary International Convention held this year in Hamburg, Germany.
 
Started in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, this group is trying to make the 1.2 million worldwide Rotarians aware of the immense problem of plastic waste. These creative hats had examples of the plastic soup polluting our waterways: https://endplasticsoup.nl/?lang=en.
 
This group caught my eye

AGU: Climate Change May Shift Summer Thunderstorms

on June 15, 2019 - 10:18am
Thunderstorm seen from Belfort, France. Courtesy/Thomas Bresson, Flickr
 
AGU News:
 
Climate change could affect the regularity of summer afternoon thunderstorms in some parts of the world, according to new research.
 
A new study in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters modeled weather patterns in western Germany, northern France and parts of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, under climate change.
 
Under a strong climate scenario, where greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, extreme summer thunderstorms in these areas might break out more often overnight and

Quorum Notice: DPU Board At Employee Picnic Tuesday

on June 15, 2019 - 10:14am

Rotary: Distinguished Student Neha Sadasivan

on June 15, 2019 - 10:08am
LAHS junior Neha Sadasivan, center, is honored as a Distinguished Student of Service by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, joined here by Rotary President Vincent Chiravalle and her mother Anagha Dandekar. Photo by Linda Hull
 
ROTARY News:
 
The Motto of Rotary is Service Above Self. To support this, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos honors nine “Distinguished Students of Service” in their junior year of high school each academic year.
 
Students are first nominated by their teachers who are asked to select those who: have given positive contributions to the their high school and/or in the

Udall, Martin Resubmit Military Justice Improvement Act Targeting Growing Crisis Of Sexual Assault

on June 15, 2019 - 9:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich reintroduced the Military Justice Improvement Act, which would professionalize how the military prosecutes serious crimes by moving the decision over whether to prosecute them to independent, trained, professional military prosecutors.
 
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is the leading sponsor of the legislation.
 
According to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) own data in this year’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) report, there

County: Save-As-You-Throw Open House June 20

on June 15, 2019 - 9:49am

Department Of Workforce Solutions Experiencing Issues With Unemployment Insurance ... Expects System Back In Service By 4 a.m. Sunday

on June 15, 2019 - 9:36am
NMDWS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Department of Workforce Solutions experienced intermittent issues with the Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System Friday, June 14. 
 
The staff is working to resolve these issues and expects the system to return to service by 4 a.m. Sunday, June 16.
 
People may have tried to call the Operations Center to receive service Friday and were unable to reach the staff. Customers needing to certify their claims may go online starting at 4 a.m. Sunday, June 16 at www.jobs.state.nm.us or call the Operations Center beginning Monday morning at 1.877.664.6984.
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PEEC: Dickman Details Rattlesnake Encounter Tuesday

on June 15, 2019 - 9:28am
Join local author Kyle Dickman at 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center to hear about his rattlesnake encounter. This presentation is open to the public and free to attend. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
In April of 2017, writer Kyle Dickman of Los Alamos went on a wildflower walk in Yosemite with his family, including his then 3-month-old son.
 
On that outing he was bitten by a rattlesnake. The next six hours were harrowing. After being extracted by helicopter from the canyon, he spent eight days in the hospital.
 
Join Dickman for a multimedia presentation at 7 p.m.

Udall, Heinrich, Haaland Urge USPS To Swiftly Improve Albuquerque Post Office Facilities

on June 15, 2019 - 9:22am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland wrote to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan urging the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to implement recommendations made by a recent audit report issued by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding serious deficiencies at post office facilities in Albuquerque.
 
In their letter, the lawmakers called on USPS to address these troubling conditions and swiftly enact critical improvements, such as filling staff vacancies; maintaining safe and secure facilities; and ensuring the

LAPS June 11, 2019 School Board Meeting Update

on June 15, 2019 - 9:06am
At the school board meeting Tuesday, School Board President Ellen Ben-Naim, left, presents a Certificate of Appreciation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church for providing a space to host AP exams this year. Nan Holmes and Fr. John Daniel were on hand to receive this recognition. Courtesy/LAPS
 
Data Analyst Erin Middleton presents latest results of Climate Survey during school board meeting. Courtesy/LAPS
 
LAPS News:
 
The Los Alamos Public School Board met for a regular session Tuesday evening in the School Boardroom.

AG Balderas Announces $2.7 Million In Debt Relief For 252 Former New Mexican ITT Tech Students

on June 15, 2019 - 8:56am
Attorney General Balderas
 
AG News:

 

Mexico as part of a 43 state multistate settlement. Nationally, the settlement will result in debt relief of more than $168 million for more than 22,000 former ITT students.

 

“As Attorney General, I am committed to protecting New Mexican families from out-of-state monetary predators,” Attorney General Hector Balderas said.

Tacos At The Tub With Dist. 43 Rep. Chandler June 26

on June 15, 2019 - 8:51am

The community is invited to chat with Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op at 163 Central Park Square - get tickets here. Also, the Community is invited to attend an event 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 at the Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe. Rep. Chandler is participating on a panel discussing the future of nuclear and nuclear waste.

NWS: Today’s High Near 75; Tonight’s Low Around 52

on June 15, 2019 - 8:15am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 75 with a 30 percent of scattered showers and thunderstorms mainly after 4 p.m. and tonight’s low around 52. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Red Poppies On Barranca Road

on June 15, 2019 - 7:51am

Daily Postcard: Red poppies bloom Friday along Barranca Road. Photo by Ken Hanson

Philo Shelton III Selected To Lead Los Alamos County Department Of Public Utilities Pending Council Approval

on June 14, 2019 - 7:48pm

Philo S. Shelton III 

Staff Report

Philo S. Shelton III has been selected to lead the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities (DPU). His name now goes before the Los Alamos County Council for final approval.

Operating under the jurisdiction and control of the Board of Public Utilities, the DPU is a customer service oriented municipal utility that provides electric, gas, water and sewer services for County residents and businesses and provides wholesale electric and water services to Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Shelton went to work for the County in June 2012 and is director

Los Alamos Boy Scout James Cassel Retires More Than 100 American Flags To Complete Eagle Project

on June 14, 2019 - 6:20pm
Los Alamos Boy Scout James Cassel and his team fold a flag in preparation for its disposal during a special Flag Retirement Ceremony at 10 a.m. today at Fire Station #2 on DP Road. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A firefighter helps the scouts hoist a large flag onto the flames. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scout James Cassel, center, reads a poem honoring the flags to be retired as members of his team look on. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Boy Scout James Cassel

Cone Zone: Week Of June 17

on June 14, 2019 - 5:18pm

COUNTY News:

The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects:

Road Striping - Los Alamos & White Rock:

Traffic and Streets Division crews continue striping local roadways to replace faded markings for traffic safety. Crews are working east on Trinity and east on Canyon/Central to East Road at the edge of Los Alamos. Once they have completed striping in Los Alamos, they will move to White Rock. Work will continue until main roadways are finished; all work is expected to wrap up mid-July. Work is weather dependent.

Scenes From DNCU 65th Anniversary Celebration

on June 14, 2019 - 8:37am

Celebrating the 65th anniversary of Del Norte Credit Union Thursday evening at 1000 Trinity Dr., from left, Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott, DNCU President/CEO Chuck Valenti and Councilor David Izraelevitz, holding three of the Financial Institution of the year awards DNCU has received including in 2019. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

DNCU Vice President Anne Kain of Business Services and Development with the history of Del Norte Credit Union logos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the 65th anniversary celebration of DNCU Thursday evening at the Los

World Futures: Polling, Voting, Surveying, Choosing, Influencing And Statistics – Part One

on June 14, 2019 - 8:33am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
A couple of years ago I penned The List of 18, areas that will affect the future of earth and humanity.
 
The elements of the list are broad in context such as energy: storage, conversion, efficiency and distribution. It is a pretty straightforward list that should be easily controlled and administered.
 
But, as an example, the sub-elements of the energy element affect other items on The List of 18. For example, another item on the list is the distribution of products, stuff needed by the 7.346 billion people that comprise humanity,

Scenes From LAPD’s Safety Town 2019

on June 14, 2019 - 8:28am

The Los Alamos Police Department hosted its annual Safety Town program this week at Mountain Elementary School. Monday, participants learned about animal control, water and outdoor safety. Tuesday the students learned about fire safety and 911. Wednesday, the program was about bus and pedestrian safety. Thursday was police day with gun safety, bicycle safety training, a robot exhibit and a visit by the State Police K-9 unit with Whistler, a dog who helps recover evidence by smell. Bicycle safety and obeying the traffic laws was taught on the bike course supervised by Cpl. James Kearne, Cpl.

Udall, Romney Introduce Smoke-Free Schools Act

on June 14, 2019 - 8:13am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) Thursday introduced The Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019 to help school districts and local education agencies address the surge of e-cigarettes in schools.
 
The legislation would ban e-cigarette use in educational and childcare facilities and lays outs findings to support the conclusion that e-cigarette use in schools and among youth has reached the level of a public health epidemic.
 
“Across America, high schoolers are receiving their hard-earned diplomas – but we cannot stand by as

Malicious Mischief Encountered In White Rock

on June 14, 2019 - 8:09am
Map depicting location of a tripwire placed 6 inches off the ground between a fence and a juniper tree. Courtesy/Jim Cobble
 
By JIM COBBLE
White Rock

As per property convenants in the La Senda neighborhood (in White Rock), a 10-ft right of way exists between various lots, initially for equestrian use but commonly used now for pedestrian foot traffic.

While walking on the seldom-used passage between 121 and 123 La Senda, among high weeds, I got sucker punched Thursday evening. It was unmitigated malicious mischief.

Some one had strung a tripwire -- a metal wire -- 6 inches off the

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