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Minimum Wage Fight Continues As Session Nears End

on March 15, 2019 - 9:22am
The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFNM
 
By ROBERT NOTT
The state House of Representatives and the Senate may be on a collision course when it comes to how best to reset New Mexico's minimum wage law, a priority issue for Democrats in this year's legislative session.
 
That's because the House on Wednesday night refused to budge on its proposal to the raise the statewide minimum wage to $12 an hours by Jan. 1, 2022 and then increase it in future years with a cost-of-living bump.
 
The Senate, however, has approved a more modest proposal designed to increase

Coyote-Killing Contest Ban Now Up To Governor

on March 15, 2019 - 9:20am
Bill 76 Co-sponsor Sen. Mark Moores, R-Albuquerque
 
By ROBERT NOTT
The Legislature has sent Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham a bill that would outlaw coyote killing contests in New Mexico.
 
A 37-30 vote late Tuesday by the House of Representatives to pass Senate Bill 76 came after the Senate approved the measure last week on a vote of 22-17.
 
As to whether the governor plans to sign it into law, spokesman Tripp Stelnicki said Wednesday only that, "At this point, we're reviewing the legislation."
 
The House vote came after a two-hour plus debate that was often

Public Works Director Briefs County Council On Roads

on March 15, 2019 - 8:46am
Public Works Department Director Philo Shelton presents the status of local road conditions during the County Council meeting Tuesday night at the White Rock Fire Station. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
From potholes to roundabouts, the streets around Los Alamos have recently received a lot of attention. As a result, Public Works Department Director Philo Shelton reported on various efforts for road maintenance during Tuesday night’s Los Alamos County Council work session at the White Rock Fire Station.
 

Education Spending Plans Go To The Governor

on March 15, 2019 - 8:38am
By ROBERT NOTT
The state Senate and House of Representatives approved identical plans Wednesday for how New Mexico should spend a big boost in public education funding, sending the two measures to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
 
Both Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 5 provide for an additional $450 million in public education spending next year, including $113 million aimed at providing support for at-risk students and an extra $38 million to increase teacher pay.
 
While much of the content of the bills mirrored earlier versions debated last week, there was one

AGU: Arctic Change Has Widespread Impacts

on March 15, 2019 - 8:36am
As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. And these changes not only affect the infrastructure, economies and cultures of the Arctic, they have significant impacts elsewhere as well – according to a commentary in the AGU journal Earth’s Future, led by research scientist Twila Moon of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of

Legislative Roundup: March 15

on March 15, 2019 - 8:22am
By The New Mexican
 
Days left in session: 1
 
Recreational marijuana unlikely: The likelihood that New Mexicans will be able to access legal recreational cannabis is fading away.
 
On Friday, Rep. Antonio "Moe" Maestas, D-Albuquerque, said he thought the bill "probably will not get heard" in the Senate Finance Committee, where it's been sitting since the House of Representatives voted 36-34 to approve the proposal.
 
Friday is the last full day of the session and the last planned meeting of the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming.
 
An amended

NWS: Today’s High Near 40, Tonight’s Low Around 23

on March 15, 2019 - 8:13am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 40 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 23. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Cedar Waxwings Dine At Pond

on March 15, 2019 - 7:49am

Daily Postcard: A small flock of Cedar Waxwings is spotted feasting on berries (even upside down) Thursday at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos. According to the Audubon Society, these birds are sociable at all seasons, and it is rare to see just one waxwing. Occasionally a line of waxwings perched on a branch will pass a berry back and forth, from bill to bill, until one of them swallows it. Photo by Lynn Wysocki-Smith

A Waxwing takes a break from munching berries to sip water from a shallow puddle Thursday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Lynn Wysocki-Smith

A Waxwing turns his most

LAMS Student Pursues Olympic Dreams

on March 14, 2019 - 5:35pm
Los Alamos Middle School student and mogul skier Stephen Boone training in Telluride, Colo., hopes to join the U.S. ski team and take part in the Olympics. Courtesy photo 
 
LAMS student Stephen Boone practices his backflip with a full twist last year during a mogul skiing summer camp in Park City, Utah. Courtesy photo 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 

Los Alamos Middle School Stephen Boone eighth grader, 14, has big aspirations ... he hopes to one day join the U.S. ski team as a competitive mogul skier and take part in the Olympics.

His father Vance

In And Around Town: March 14

on March 14, 2019 - 4:47pm
 In and Around Town:
 
The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas. Send event announcements to bjgordon@ladailypost.com
 
THURSDAY March 14
 
Perfect Pi Day Celebration
The Los Alamos Youth Activity Centers, a program of Los Alamos Family Council, will host the first ever communitywide Perfect Pi Day Celebration. 5-6 p.m. at the Ashley Pond Park Pavilion in Los Alamos.

Free Training Announced For Community Members Interested In Los Alamos Stories

on March 14, 2019 - 4:42pm

COMMUNITY News

If you have ever wanted to know the story of Fuller Lodge and to learn more about Ashley Pond, or if have you thought it would be interesting and fun to interact with some of the visitors who come to Los Alamos from all over the world (it is), now is your opportunity. 

The Los Alamos Historical Society and History Museum are seeking new volunteers for a variety of positions. Training will begin with an introductory session 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. 

Sessions focusing on Los Alamos history, including the Ancestral Pueblo people, the homestead era, the Los Alamos Ranch

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Los Alamos Children's Dentistry Donates $1,800 To Art Council Kite Festival

on March 14, 2019 - 4:36pm

Christine Monteith with Los Alamos Arts Council and Dr. Bill Nichols, owner of Los Alamos Children's Dentistry, hold up a $1,800 check Tuesday at Nichol's office, 751 Trinity Dr. The money will be used to purchase t-shirts for the arts council's Kite Festival. The festival is May 18-19 at Overlook Park in White Rock. Nichols has supported the Kite Festival for three years. 'We enjoy how it's an event for all the little kids in the community .... it's just a really fun, cool event,' he said. Monteith said the arts council appreciates his longtime support.

NM 4 Has Reopened

on March 14, 2019 - 4:34pm

Traffic Alert Update:

N.M. 4 has reopened to traffic.

A stretch of the roadway was closed Wednesday due to an extremely high volume of downed trees that continued to fall and pose a severe public safety risk as a result of high winds.

The County reminds motorists to continue to use caution when traveling the roadway and to watch for fallen trees and icy conditions.

County Lineman Repairs Power Line In Western Area

on March 14, 2019 - 3:14pm

A Department of Public Utilities lineman repairs a power line Wednesday knocked down near a residence in the Western area by high winds. Photo by Ray Laskey

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on March 14, 2019 - 3:09pm

LANL: Handling Trillions Of Supercomputer Files Just Got Simpler

on March 14, 2019 - 11:44am

Gary Grider, left, and Brad Settlemyer discuss the new Los Alamos and Carnegie Mellon software product, DeltaFS, released to the software distribution site GitHub this week. Courtesy/LANL

Carnegie Mellon team members, from left, Chuck Cranor, Qing Zheng and George Amvrosiadis. Courtesy/Carnegie Mellon University

LANL News:

  • Exascale file system Delta FS breaks the ‘the metadata bottleneck’ by handling extreme numbers of files and amounts of data with unprecedented performance

A new distributed file system for high-performance computing being distributed today via the software collaboration

Canceled: Trails Workshop Due To Weather Closure

on March 14, 2019 - 11:43am

Trails News:

SANTA FE – The Greater Santa Fe Trails Planning Workshop scheduled for tonight at the Santa Fe Community College is canceled because the college is closed due to road closures and weather.

The workshop was for trail enthusiasts, businesses, landowners, user groups and anyone else interested in developing a comprehensive, sustainable plan for trails in the Santa Fe area.

The Greater Santa Fe Recreation Partnership will reschedule the workshop in the near future.

Sancre Productions Announces Partial Lineup For 2019 Summer Concert Series

on March 14, 2019 - 11:22am
Igor and the Red Elvises are coming back to town! The band will perform Aug. 2 during the Summer Concert Series. Courtesy photo 
 
COMMUNITY News: 
 
Sancre Productions, producer of the 2019 Los Alamos Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond, announces Big Head Todd And The Monsters, Chevel Shepherd and the return of Igor & The Red Elvises in this year’s concert series happening 7-10 p.m. each Friday, May 24 to Aug 30.
 
Starting at 6 p.m., each concert will have a  food truck court, concert opening music and dance performances from area youth and a Nonprofit Row.
 
“We are thrilled

More Scenes From Thursday Tree Falls

on March 14, 2019 - 11:07am

A downed tree blocks 46th street and county roads and streets crews Thursday were busy clearing a path. The Electrical crews had turned off the power to the downed lines. The electrical crew was working a list of 250 calls Thursday and all county crews were on full force to meet the needs caused by the fierce wind storm that plagued the area. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from a downed tree removel operation underway Thursday on 46th Street. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene from a downed tree removel operation underway Thursday on 46th Street. Photo by John

McQuiston: The Next Catastrophic Flood Could Be Coming For You

on March 14, 2019 - 11:01am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
Rain, rain, go away! At least that is what most of us are thinking after a few months, or in some cases, years of heavier-than-normal rainfalls.

The U.S. has experienced flooding in areas that haven’t been affected for hundreds of years. If your home is next, are you covered? Probably not. Did you know the standard homeowner’s or renter’s policy does not provide coverage for flooding?

Some homeowners are required by their mortgage company to purchase a flood policy, usually because the home is in a designated flood plain.

Generally the only option for

Senior Centers To Host Dramatic Reading For ‘Of Butterflies And Roses’ March 27 And April 4

on March 14, 2019 - 10:58am

Mandy Marksteiner, left, and Cassandra Bowman will perform a dramatic reading for ‘Of Butterflies and Roses’ at the senior centers. Courtesy photo 

COMMUNITY News: 

A dramatic reading of  “Of Butterflies and Roses,” by Claudia I. Haas will take place at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. A reading also will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the White Rock Senior Center.

‘Of Butterflies and Roses,’ takes place after a memorial service for Clara and Laurel’s mother is done, and the last guest has left.

Laurel and Clara are now picking up the last

Bill Expunging Criminal Records Clears NM Senate

on March 14, 2019 - 10:56am
By MILAN SIMONICH
Committing a crime might be easy enough. Getting a criminal record expunged in New Mexico is more difficult than almost anywhere in the West.
 
Now that is close to changing. The New Mexico Senate on Wednesday voted 28-13 for a bill clearing the way for both the wrongly accused -- and those who committed certain crimes -- to petition a court for expunction of those records.
 
The proposal, House Bill 370, probably would be most important to people convicted of drug offenses or lower-level property crimes.
 
But even they would have no

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus Briefs School Board On Impact Of Decisions At Legislature

on March 14, 2019 - 10:54am
LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus updates school board members Tuesday evening on developments at the New Mexico Legislature. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

During Tuesday’s meeting, Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus updated school board members on developments at the New Mexico Legislature and what they mean for LAPS.

Steinhaus first outlined what he finds encouraging:

  • Although there is a 20 percent reduction in the special funding for small-sized schools, the reduction is phased in over

Los Alamos Genealogical Association Meets March 21

on March 14, 2019 - 10:53am
LAGA News:
 
The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21 at the White Rock Branch Library.
 
Ron Smith and Kent Parsons will report on the recent RootsTech 2019 Conference and also discuss several recent technological advances in Family History and Genealogy (including DNA).
 
The meeting will be preceded by a no host social dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Pig + Fig.
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Police Remove Fallen Trees Along NM 4 Thursday

on March 14, 2019 - 10:51am

Police and other responders work to remove fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene from police and other responders removing fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene from police and other responders removing fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene from police and other responders removing fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene from police and other responders removing fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

Scene from police and other responders removing fallen trees Thursday along N.M. 4. Courtesy/LAPD

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