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Governor Signs Education Legislation

on March 16, 2019 - 8:48am

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed three bills that will create new and boost existing education efforts across the state, welcoming legislative sponsors to brief signing ceremonies in the Cabinet Room.

 

Senate Bill 576 increases access to area vocational high schools by removing restrictions on where those schools can be located. The new law also places the responsibility of approving such a school solely in the hands of the Public Education Department.

 

House Bill 7 establishes four centers of excellence at colleges and universities across the

Chamisa Elementary School Student Yan Kaa Martinez Wins State Youth Art Month Flag/Poster Contest

on March 16, 2019 - 8:46am

Chamisa Elementary School sixth grader Yan Kaa Martinez wins New Mexico's Elementary Youth Art Month Flag/Poster Contest. Courtesy photo

CHAMISA News:

Chamisa Elementary School proudly announces the State of New Mexico’s Elementary Winner for the Youth Art Month Flag/Poster Contest is Yan Kaa Martinez. 

The school celebrates the efforts of all sixth grade creative problem solvers who worked diligently to create posters that exemplified the theme: “Your Art, Your Story.”

Martinez will receive $100 in art supplies and the Chamisa art program will receive $300 in art supplies from the

Udall Statement On EPA Methylene Chloride Rule

on March 16, 2019 - 8:41am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Friday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, issued the following statement on EPA’s final rule on methylene chloride:
 
“The Trump administration has again failed to live up to the letter and spirit of the historic bipartisan reform of TSCA that Congress passed in 2016. In that law, we explicitly authorized EPA’s work to ban methylene chloride-based paint strippers because of their dangerous effects on both workers and the

Friends Of Los Alamos Pride Invite Community To Participate In Second Annual Festival

on March 16, 2019 - 8:39am
A 'coming out door' activity was featured at LA Pride Festival 2018. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
“We really didn’t know if it was going to be a huge flop or an amazing event until the moment it was happening,” said Ken Nebel, remembering last year’s inaugural Los Alamos Pride Festival.
 
After hours and hours of planning meetings, of creating props and activities, of talking to volunteers, and of worrying and anticipating this event with its unknown impact, the core team of organizers breathed a collective sigh of relief when the day and time finally came at 4 p.m. June 15, 2018.
 
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Senate, House Reach Deal On $7 Billion State Budget

on March 16, 2019 - 8:39am
By ANDREW OXFORD
 
The New Mexico Senate and House of Representatives appeared to have an agreement on a $7 billion state budget late Friday after ironing out differences over pay for educators, funding for roads and college athletics.
 
In the end, the biggest sticking point turned out to be a tiny but politically fraught piece of the spending plan: $700,000 for legislators to hire additional staff.
 
The House passed the budget Feb. 21 and the Senate approved a series of changes on Wednesday.

NWS: Today’s High Near 46, Tonight’s Low Around 26

on March 16, 2019 - 8:32am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 46 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 26. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Evening In Downtown Los Alamos

on March 16, 2019 - 8:24am

Daily Postcard: Evening falls over downtown Los Alamos Friday looking east from 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Sonic Prepares To Reopen Saturday Morning

on March 15, 2019 - 10:27pm

Work is underway tonight to prepare for the reopening Saturday of Sonic Drive-In at 1695 Trinity Dr. Sonic owner Frank told the Los Alamos Daily Post tonight that he has owned the establishment for five years. He said the recent two-month closure has been difficult. The weight of heavy snow caused a side roof to collapse Jan. 13, pinning a couple of vehicles beneath. No injuries were reported in the incident. The newly installed Sonic menu displays are lit up tonight as the owner and his crew prepare for the reopening Saturday. Hours listed: 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

Topper Ladies Softball Sweeps Capital Jaguars

on March 15, 2019 - 2:56pm

Savanna Luster was the leadoff pitcher in the first game of a doubleheader series against the Capital Jaguars played last Saturday in White Rock. The Toppers easily won the first game 17-7, but the second game turned into a slugfest, with Toppers prevailing 12-11. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Terri Jaramillo goes to the fence to make the catch for the first out in the second inning. Catcher Dailynn Rodrigquez backs her up. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Megan Romero puts the tag on Yvonne Cote for the 3rd out in the third inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Katie
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County Cone Zone: Week Of March 18

on March 15, 2019 - 2:51pm
COUNTY News:
 
New Mexico Department of Transportation(NMDOT) and Star Paving Company will begin roadway reconstruction on N.M. 502 from mile post 1.257 to mile post 2.053 in Los Alamos. The contractor will begin construction and preparation for detour paving.
 
Starting this week: N.M. 502 will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Motorists can expect minor delays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and short duration temporary closures during non-peak hours at the east end of the project in the existing 2-lane section of the roadway using flagging operation.
 
This project will

Southwest Fire Defense And Tree Services Utilizes Crane To Hoist Fallen Trees From Los Alamos Neighborhoods

on March 15, 2019 - 2:31pm

Crew members from Southwest Fire Defense and Tree Services strap a cable around a large tree this morning that blew over in the wind Wednesday onto a home at 3172 Woodland Road. The crew utilizes a tall crane to hoist the tree up and away from the home before moving on to other neighborhoods to assist homeowners with similar tree issues. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from a tree removal operation this morning by Southwest Fire Defense and Tree Services  at 3172 Woodland Road. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from a tree removal operation this morning by Southwest Fire

Obituary: Miles Baron March 13, 2019

on March 15, 2019 - 2:30pm

MILES BARON March 13, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Miles Baron announces his passing on March 13, 2019 at the age of 59 years after a hard fought eight-year battle with metastatic prostate cancer.

Miles will be forever remembered by his wife of nearly 14 years Erica, his beloved son Rigel, and his brother Seth. 

Miles is preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Rita Baron.

Miles was born in Española, NM, but grew up in many different places around the country.

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Businesses Hear Update On NM 502 Roundabout Construction At Monthly Chamber Breakfast

on March 15, 2019 - 2:20pm
During the Chamber Business Breakfast Thursday at UNM-LA, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Engineering Project Manager Dennis Segura, left, and Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton updated business members on road construction mitigation to take place during the creation of a roundabout N.M. 502 and DP Road. Several of those who have businesses on DP Road expressed concern about loss of business during the construction. The presenters assured them that there would always be access to DP Road and signage would explain alternative routes.

Friends Of Manhattan Project National Historical Park – Los Alamos To Hold Annual Meeting Noon April 11

on March 15, 2019 - 1:07pm

Members of the Board of the Friends of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park – Los Alamos, from left, Treasurer Ron Wilkins, President Kristin Henderson, Dr. Ben Neal, Park Ranger Alecks Pitt, David Jolly, Heather McClenahan, Vice President Rick Reiss and Carol A. Clark (taking the photo) gathered to set a work plan Thursday afternoon in the Nambe Room at Fuller Lodge. The Board’s annual meeting with a potluck meal is scheduled for noon, April 11 in the Nambe Room at Fuller Lodge.

Heinrich, Gardner Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation To Address Workforce Shortage In Tech Industry

on March 15, 2019 - 1:05pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) reintroduced the Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (CHANCE in Tech) Act Wednesday to provide workers from all backgrounds with the skills and training they need to fill good-paying tech jobs.
 
The American economy is dependent on the technology industry to create jobs and expand economic growth. In New Mexico, the average tech industry wage is $87,400 a year, which is almost double the average state wage.

Scenes From Pi Day At Ashley Pond Park

on March 15, 2019 - 12:34pm

Corbin Greco serves up pie to his teacher and County Councilor Katrina Schmidt during PI Day activities Thursday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Cody Adams

Severus Redmond, 4, laughs with his father Jordan Redmand. Photo by Cody Adams

Emmitt Tibbits, feeds dessert to Chef Laurence Pena. Photo by Cody Adams

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris breaks out the cuffs as Melanie Weekley brings the pie. Photo by Cody Adams

Rita Sanchez delivers a pie in the face to Activities Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen. Photo by Cody Adams

Sophie Bathrick-Price pies Teen Center Director George Marsden.

County Community Services Department Hosts Putt-Putt Golf And Other Activities At Nature Center March 19

on March 15, 2019 - 12:12pm
The community is invited to join PEEC and the Los Alamos County Community Services Department for a night of putt-putt, games, prizes and more, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos County Community Services Department is taking over the Los Alamos Nature Center 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 19 and will be setting up putt-putt golf stations, playing a planetarium film, making s’mores over a campfire and setting up a velcro golf game for the evening.
 
This family-friendly event is open to all ages.
 
There will be trivia questions

LAPS Kindergarten Round-Up April 10

on March 15, 2019 - 12:03pm
LAPS News:
 
It’s almost time to round up the kids and get ready for school. All Los Alamos Elementary Schools will host Kindergarten Round-Up Wednesday, April 10.
 
Children who will turn five by Sept. 1, 2019 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year, and are invited to attend Kindergarten Round-Up with their parents.
 
This is the first step in the pre-registration process, and gives families an idea of what to expect for kindergarten.
 
At the Round-Up, prospective students and parents will get to meet kindergarten teachers, principals, school nurses,

NMDOT: Public Meeting On Roundabout March 20

on March 15, 2019 - 11:40am

RCLC Notice Of Possible Quorum; Canceled Meeting

on March 15, 2019 - 11:38am
RCLC News:
 
Notice of Possible Quorum
 
Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities may attend an informal discussion with congressional delegation staff at 10:30 a.m., March 19, 2019, at the Small Business Center in Los Alamos.
 
A quorum may be present. No action will be taken.
 
Meeting Cancellation
 
The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting, scheduled for March 22, has been canceled. The next meeting is scheduled to occur at 1:30 p.m., April 19 in the City of Espanola City Hall.
 

Los Alamos High School Hockey Team Wins State!

on March 15, 2019 - 10:56am

The Los Alamos Hockey Team won State in a tournament played at the Chaves Community Center in Santa Fe this past Saturday. The Toppers play in the Rio Grande Hockey League, which has teams from New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. The Toppers were the number one seed for the tournament but lost a game to the Amarillo team and had to play Taos to get to the Championship game, which they won 3-5 played on Saturday morning. Then, during Saturday afternoon, the Toppers played the Amarillo Big Texans for the Championship.

Senate Panel Pares Back Proposed Tax Increases

on March 15, 2019 - 10:51am
Corporations and Transportation Committee Chair Sen. Clemente Sanchez
 
By ANDREW OXFORD
A Senate committee rolled back proposed tax increases in a sprawling bill that would change rates on internet sales, car purchases, e-cigarettes and more.
 
House Bill 6 represented a push by top Democrats in the House of Representatives to shore up the state's finances, which now rest largely on revenue from oil and gas.

Bystander Intervention Workshop At FSN April 6

on March 15, 2019 - 10:38am

County Board Of Public Utilities Meets March 20

on March 15, 2019 - 10:35am

Senate, House Differ On Details Of Hefty State Budget

on March 15, 2019 - 10:05am
By ANDREW OXFORD
The New Mexico House of Representatives rejected the Senate's proposed budget on Wednesday, raising objections related to teacher pay, road funding and the pension plan for public employees.
 
The differences are not insurmountable, leaders in both chambers insisted, but they delayed final action on a whopping $7 billion spending plan.
 
The Senate approved its version earlier in the day with a vote of 39 to 2. But the House voted overwhelmingly against that budget, leaving some questions over how to divvy up appropriations as the state

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