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State Takes Enforcement Action Against Cannon Air Force Base For Discharging Without Permit

on January 9, 2020 - 3:48pm

NMED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) today issued an administrative compliance order to the United States Air Force for ongoing violations of state law related to the protection of groundwater resources.

The administrative compliance order seeks immediate compliance with groundwater discharge permitting requirements and assesses a civil penalty of $1,699,872.60.

In 2018, the state began protecting groundwater resources from three per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals, a group of manmade chemicals known to cause adverse health effects.

Spotlight On EB&T’s Uriah Cachora And Her Community Outreach Efforts

on January 9, 2020 - 3:46pm

Assistant Vice President for Community Outreach Uriah Cachora at the Los Alamos Daily Post recently discussing her work at EB&T. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Uriah Cachora recently moved into a newly created position at Enterprise Bank and Trust. Her title is Assistant Vice President for Community Development and her mission is community outreach and education.

“This position was created for a person with ties to Northern New Mexico and who understood the market,” Cachora said.

NMDOH Reports First Child Death Of Flu Season

on January 9, 2020 - 3:46pm

NMDOH News:
SANTA FE -- The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) today reports the death of a one-year-old Roosevelt County resident from influenza-related illness, the boy is New Mexico’s first pediatric influenza (flu) death of the 2019-2020 season.
 
Since the start of the flu season in October, NMDOH has identified 52 pneumonia and influenza-related deaths.
 
Flu is still spreading in all regions of the state, and we have not yet reached peak activity.

Military Plane Conducts Training At Los Alamos Airport

on January 9, 2020 - 2:54pm

A HC 130J Combat King military plane begins its descent this morning onto the runway at Los Alamos County Airport. The plane, which flew from Kirtland Airforce Base in Albuquerque, conducted a training session at the local airport, County Airport Manager Cameron Humphres said. He explained that Los Alamos Airport was selected for the training because of its high altitude and short runway. The plane conducted two landings and two takeoffs at the airport.

Spy Museum Responds To Senator Appeal To Modify Exhibit Misrepresenting CIA Torture Program

on January 9, 2020 - 2:10pm

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. has responded to a request made by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), all members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that the museum make changes to its exhibit on the CIA torture program.

In December 2019, the senators sent a letter to Tamara Christian, president and chief operating officer of the International Spy Museum, expressing disappointment over the exhibit’s misrepresentation of the CIA’s torture

LANL Scientists And International Partners Create 3-D Image Of Heart RNA Structure For First Time

on January 9, 2020 - 1:43pm

The first 3-D images have been created of an RNA molecule known as ‘Braveheart’ for its role in transforming stem cells into heart cells. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Work could lead to new strategies in regenerative medicine for heart conditions

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and international partners have created the first 3-D images of a special type of RNA molecule that is critical for stem cell programming and known as the “dark matter” of the genome. 

“As far as we know,” said corresponding author Karissa Sanbonmatsu, “this is the first full 3-D structural study of any

McQuiston: Tips To Check Tire Tread For Safety

on January 9, 2020 - 11:26am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Tire problems are thought to be a factor in one out of 11 vehicle crashes. Blowouts, tread separation, under inflation, and worn treads—the grooves in your tires that offer stability and traction—are some of the tire problems associated with these crashes.

Like a pair of sneakers that get more slippery with use, your tires lose their ability to grip the road as their treads wear down. Checking your tire treads can help keep you safer on the road. It only takes a few minutes, and some spare change.

Putting the Brakes on an Age-Old Debate About When to

Former LANL Director Siegfried Hecker To Speak At Alice And Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11

on January 9, 2020 - 8:46am
Dr. Siegfried Hecker during the official CTBTO photostream. Courtesy photo
 
LAHS News:
 
Dr. Siegfried Hecker will give his annual talk on the state of nuclear arms control and world politics, 7 p.m., Jan. 11 at the Alice and Lawry Mann Lecture.
 
Hecker served as the fifth director of Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986 to 1997, and is now a senior fellow emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

He has spoken to a full house each year he has returned to Los Alamos for this event. Come early for the best seating!

New Mexico Magazine Selects Edward Graves To Serve As CEO/Publisher

on January 9, 2020 - 8:40am
Edward Graves
 
NMTD News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Tourism Department and New Mexico Magazine have selected Edward Graves to assume the role of CEO/Publisher for New Mexico Magazine. Edward officially joined New Mexico Magazine Jan. 6.
 
Graves brings over 25 years of publishing experience to the role and has served at the senior-level in publishing roles in six states. Graves most recently served as Publisher for Lifestyles After50, the largest senior publication in Florida.

Centers For Disease Control And States Update Number Of Hospitalized E-Cigarette Or Vaping Cases And Deaths

on January 9, 2020 - 7:13am

Centers for Disease Control offers updates on EVALI cases. Courtesy image

CDC News:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced that as of Dec. 27, 2019 the number of hospitalized cases or deaths from e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) was 2,561 nationwide.

More specifically, there have been 55 deaths confirmed in 27 state and the District of Columbia.

These states include: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi,

Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Meets Wednesday

on January 9, 2020 - 7:07am
JJAB News:
 
The next meeting of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 in Room 631, Building 6 at UNM-LA.
 
The meeting agenda is available at www.losalamosjjab.com.
 
The public is welcome to attend.

Study: Deforestation Changing Animal Communication

on January 9, 2020 - 6:57am

Howler monkey. Courtesy/UofW

University of Waterloo News:

Deforestation is changing the way monkeys communicate in their natural habitat, according to a new study.

This study, led by an anthropologist at the University of Waterloo, offers the first evidence in animal communication scholarship of differences in vocal behaviors in response to different types of forest edge areas.

Working in a tropical lowland rainforest in Costa Rica, the researchers examined how human-caused forest habitat changes have affected vegetation and, in turn, the rate and length of howling by the group-living

Gessing: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Budget Highlights Contrast Between New Mexico And Colorado

on January 9, 2020 - 6:51am
By PAUL J. GESSING
Rio Grande Foundation
 
Gov. Lujan Grisham recently released her budget to be considered by the Legislature in the upcoming 30 day session. As expected, there is a lot of new spending thanks to the continued growth of oil and gas production in the Permian Basin.
 
After a 12 percent boost in General Fund spending last year, the Gov. is requesting yet another big increase. This year she’s asking for 8.4 percent.
 
According to news reports, the nearly $7.7 billion spending plan includes a proposed 4 percent salary increase for New Mexico teachers and more money for

NWS: Today’s High Near 38; Tonight’s Low Around 22

on January 9, 2020 - 6:45am
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 38 with partly sunny skies and a 10 percent chance of snow showers after 5 p.m., and tonight’s low around 22 with a 40 percent chance of snow, mainly after 8 p.m. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Frosty Effects In White Rock

on January 9, 2020 - 6:03am

Daily Postcard: Frost and snow cover a juniper tree early Friday morning in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Ice crystals cling to a fence early Friday morning in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Obituary: Ronald Eugene Randolph Feb. 12, 1949 – Jan. 5, 2020

on January 8, 2020 - 3:33pm
RONALD EUGENE RANDOLPH Feb. 12, 1949 – Jan. 5, 2020
 
Ronald Eugene Randolph, was born on February 12, 1949. He passed away at home on January 5, 2020 in Chandler, AZ.
 
He was born in Elkhart, KS to Eugene “Randy” and Georgina Randolph. They moved to Los Alamos when he was six years old. He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1967. He was especially proud of his contribution to the 1966 Toppers Football State Championship.
 
He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Geology from Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Colo.
 
Ron served his country in the United States Marine Corps in the U.S.
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New Mexico Supreme Court Forms Committee To Consider Changes In Pretrial Detention Rules

on January 8, 2020 - 3:24pm

SUPREME COURT News:

 

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court has ordered the establishment of a 15-member committee to consider possible changes in procedures for the pretrial detention of criminal defendants.

 

“The work of the committee can help strengthen the reforms approved by voters in the 2016 constitutional amendment and provide additional guidance to judges making the difficult decisions about pretrial detention and release,” Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura said in a statement.

 

Retired Justice Edward Chávez will chair the Ad Hoc Committee to Review Pretrial Release and

United Church Memorial Service: Jan Sander Jan. 18

on January 8, 2020 - 11:30am

MEMORIAL SERVICE News:

The Memorial Service for Jan Sander is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the United Church of Los Alamos at 2525 Canyon Road.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to one’s favorite charity or to the Compass Housing Alliance, which was Jan’s favorite charity.

Master Gardener Classes Start Tuesday Feb. 4

on January 8, 2020 - 11:00am

Basket of Gold (Alyssum montanum). Courtesy/LAMG

GARDENING News:

For anyone desiring inspiration for this year's garden or landscaping, now is the time to register for the Master Gardener course offered by the Los Alamos County and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service.

Classes begin Feb. 4 and run through April 25, 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday in Fuller Lodge, and are open to anyone who desires to learn more about gardening.

Each of the 13 classes will be taught by specialists from New Mexico State University and Los Alamos County Agent – Carlos Valdez.

Commissioner SGR Signs Executive Order Providing Land Office Employees 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave

on January 8, 2020 - 10:45am

NMSLO News:

 

SANTA FE – New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard signed her first Executive Order of 2020 Jan. 3 to provide a paid 12-week parental leave policy for employees of the State Land Office.

 

This order follows Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Executive Order signed Dec. 31, 2019 to provide eligible state employees who work at agencies under her oversight paid parental leave. The Governor urged other independent State agencies to also provide this important benefit.

 

“I’m extremely grateful to the Governor for taking this initiative and prompting this change of

Governor Announces Extreme-Risk Protection Order Legislation To Be In 2020 30-Day Session ‘Call’

on January 8, 2020 - 10:40am

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy photo

From the Office of the Governor:

  • Initiative creates procedure to enhance public safety by empowering family members, public safety officers to act on early-warning signs, threats of violence

LAS CRUCES – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today her support for a public safety proposal in the upcoming legislative session authorizing extreme-risk protection orders, an important, proven-effective and proactive step toward minimizing the risk of gun violence in New Mexico communities.

Legislation co-sponsored by Sen.

Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 8, 2020

on January 8, 2020 - 10:13am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

New in 2020, anglers can participate in the New Mexico Trout Challenge.

Participating anglers can earn awards and recognition by catching five trout of different species within New Mexico lakes and river during a calendar year.

The five species of trout are:

  • Rio Grande cutthroat trout;
  • Rainbow trout;
  • Brown trout;
  • Brook trout; and
  • Gila trout.

Rainbow trout will likely be the easiest trout to catch, as they are the species raised in the state fish hatcheries and stocked in water all across the state.

Speaker Brian Egolf Launches Jobs Listening Tour

on January 8, 2020 - 9:44am

STATE News:

  • Hosting leaders, Egolf discusses local needs to grow and develop economically for continued job growth and economic diversification

SANTA FE – New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) begins his travels today to Los Lunas, Socorro, Ruidoso, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Mescalero, Alamogordo and Portales to host a Jobs Listening Tour.

Focused on finding solutions to the challenges facing both urban and rural communities, the tour is part of an ongoing effort to meet with community, business and economic development leaders to get ideas for local and statewide economic

On The Job In Los Alamos: On Pajarito Mountain

on January 8, 2020 - 9:12am

On the job in Los Alamos early this morning are workers preparing the slopes for skiers on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain Webcam

Scene of workers on the job this morning preparing the slopes for skiers on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain Webcam

Scene of ski patrol members on the job this morning on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain Webcam

Scene of workers on the job this morning on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain Webcam

Scene of workers on the job as the sun comes up this morning preparing the slopes for skiers on Pajarito Mountain.

OBITUARY: Katherine Ann Lawrence Oct. 27, 1947 – Nov. 25, 2019

on January 8, 2020 - 7:58am

KATHERINE ANN LAWRENCE Oct. 27, 1947 Nov. 25, 2019

Katherine Ann Lawrence, wife of George Lawrence, daughter of Stephanie Sydoriak, passed out of this world at her home on Nov. 25, 2019, following a stroke.

A memorial celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.

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