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Los Alamos Arts Council Brown Bag Performance: Violinist Stephen Redfield; Violist Jeffrey Smith Jan. 8

on January 3, 2020 - 7:13am
Violist Jeffrey Smith. Courtesy/LAAC
 
Violinst Stephen Redfield, Courtesy/LAAC
 
LAAC News:
 
Stephen Redfield, violin; and Jeffrey Smith, viola; will join Los Alamos Arts Council for a special performance at noon Wednesday, Jan. 8, in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. This lovely violin/viola duo comes to Los Alamos from Santa Fe and will play pieces by Michael Hayden and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
 
The pieces have a very interesting history. Michael Haydn, the younger (and at the time, well-known) brother of Franz Joseph, was commissioned to write a set of six duos.

Governor On Passing Of Councilor Ken Sanchez

on January 3, 2020 - 7:04am
Ken Sanchez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement Thursday upon the death of longtime Albuquerque City Councilor Ken Sanchez: 
 
“Ken Sanchez was a dedicated public servant and a fierce advocate for the West Side, his home. He worked tirelessly to deliver public safety resources, roadway improvements, community and senior centers and so much more.
 
We should all aspire to champion our neighbors’ causes and best interests with the same passion as Ken.
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‘Little Shops’ Sales Indicate Interest In Ongoing Venue

on January 3, 2020 - 6:58am
Courtesy/YMCA
 
Courtesy/YMCA
 
YMCA News:
 
The 27 and 31 vendors who took part in the Los Alamos “Little Shops” Pop-up sales Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 at The Family YMCA garnered more than $14,000 in sales, expressed gratitude and indicated an interest in ongoing “small” type markets.
 
Los Alamos County’s Discoveries Action Team and The Family YMCA hosted the Pop-up event to help local vendors test group-selling at a single venue. A survey held last summer revealed that 80 local, home-based businesses were interested in a group-selling ideal.
 
Of the 27 to 31 vendors who particpated in

New Mexico First In Nation To File Suit Against Contaminated Talcum Powder Makers And Sellers

on January 3, 2020 - 6:55am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
From the Office of the Attorney General:
 
SANTA FE Attorney General Balderas today filed a lawsuit in the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico against four corporations that manufactured, advertised, and sold talcum powder products, including baby powder, which contained hazardous and carcinogenic asbestos to New Mexicans.
 
The defendants named in the lawsuit are Johnson & Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Corporation; and Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC.
 
“Our office will
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Canvas And Chamomile Painting Class Jan. 9

on January 3, 2020 - 6:50am

The Canvas and Chamomile painting class is 4 p.m., Jan. 9 at the White Rock Senior Center and 1:30 p.m., Jan. 27 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. the cost is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. No experience is necessary. For registration and questions, call 505.412.1534. Courtesy photo

State Ethics Commission Begins Jurisdiction

on January 3, 2020 - 6:47am
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE With the beginning of the New Year, the State Ethics Commission commences jurisdiction for administrative complaints alleging violations of New Mexico’s governmental conduct and disclosure laws.
 
The Commission has jurisdiction to investigate and adjudicate complaints filed by any person with the Commission against public officials and employees of the legislative and executive branches of state government and state instrumentalities; candidates and other participants in state elections; lobbyists and their employers; and governmental contractors and seekers

Los Alamos Big Band New Year’s Dance Saturday

on January 3, 2020 - 6:14am
 
Los Alamos Big Band performs 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 in the Parish Hall at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3700 Canyon Road. Courtesy/LABB
 
By JOYCE ANN GUZIK
Los Alamos Big Band
 
Celebrate the New Year by dancing to tunes of the Los Alamos Big Band, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4.
 
The dance will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, and is a fund-raiser for the IHM Youth program.
 
Admission is $20 per person and $10 for high-school students. Admission is free for middle-school children and younger with a paying adult.

Wiemann: Look For Changes In Retirement Plans

on January 3, 2020 - 6:09am
By SHELLY A. WIEMANN
Financial Advisor 
Edward Jones
 
It might not have made the headlines, but a recently passed piece of legislation could affect the IRAs and 401(k)s of millions of Americans beginning in 2020. So, if you have either of these accounts, or if you run a business, you’ll want to learn more.
 
The new laws, collectively called the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, include these noteworthy changes:
  • Higher age for RMDs – Under current law, you must start taking withdrawals – known as required minimum distributions, or RMDs – from your
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NWS: Today’s High Near 33; Tonight’s Low Around 19

on January 3, 2020 - 6:05am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 33 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 19. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Sunset Viewed From Stables

on January 3, 2020 - 5:57am

Daily Postcard: Sunset viewed Thursday from the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Trish Ancell

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on January 2, 2020 - 4:30pm

Supreme Court Affirms Use Of Seized Drug Evidence In Trial That Led To Conviction Of Curry County Man

on January 2, 2020 - 3:47pm

New Mexico Supreme Court News:

 

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court today upheld the convictions of a Curry County man on drug trafficking and other offenses, ruling that police lawfully stopped the defendant’s car and seized evidence used to charge and later convict the man.

 

The Court’s unanimous decision reversed a 2017 ruling by the state Court of Appeals, which had overturned Mikel Martinez’s convictions on grounds that police obtained their evidence through an improper investigative stop.

 

The state’s highest court determined that State Police Officer Donald Garrison

Registration Open For PEEC Forest Explorers Club

on January 2, 2020 - 3:24pm

Registration is now open for PEEC’s Forest Explorers club. This program meets 1-4 p.m. every other Wednesday Jan. 22-April 29 and is for children ages 5 to 8. Photo by Denise Matthews

PEEC News:

Registration is now open for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s afterschool club Forest Explorers.

This program provides the opportunity for children, ages 5 to 8, to go on hikes from the nature center for child-directed play in the canyons, creeks and surrounding forest.

This program meets 1-4 p.m. every other Wednesday, Jan.

RAPS Retreat For LAMS & LAHS Students Feb. 1

on January 2, 2020 - 3:03pm

Olive Mae Bergauer Sept. 30, 1921 – Dec. 18, 2019

on January 2, 2020 - 2:37pm

OLIVE MAE BERGAUER Sept. 30, 1921 – Dec. 18, 2019

Olive Mae Bergauer, passed away peacefully at her home, Wednesday, December 18, 2019 with her family at her side.

She was born in Kassler, Colorado on September 30, 1921 to James D and Ada B (Woodward) Mitchell. It is here that she developed her love of the outdoors and for fishing. She was the youngest of three girls and always said that she was the tomboy of the three. As a youngster she was best known for sneaking off and going fishing with her father.

Her life in Kassler, home of the Denver Water Works, was one of fishing, hiking, gold

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Los Alamos County 2019 Year In Review

on January 2, 2020 - 9:41am
The setting sun casts a pastel hue to the clouds floating above the Municipal Building in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

All in all 2019 was a productive year for Los Alamos County government. The County made advances in economic development, welcomed new faces into different leadership positions and set into motion several capital improvement projects for recreation.

Here are a few of the highlights:

2019 Welcomes In New Members To Los Alamos County Council

With the results of the

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Attorney General Balderas: Man Accused Of Trafficking His Own Children Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

on January 2, 2020 - 9:31am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday that James Stewart Sr. was sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Corrections after he was convicted of three counts of human trafficking. 
 
Jurors found that between 2015 and 2018, Stewart Sr. used his three minor children to panhandle around Albuquerque so he could use that money to buy drugs. All three children courageously testified against their father at trial.
 
“Protecting New Mexican children from predators is a top priority,” Balderas said.

2019 Year In Photos In Los Alamos

on January 2, 2020 - 9:26am

This photo of a snoozing deer herd received the most attention and was shared around the world following the Jan. 1 winter snowstorm that covered Los Alamos. The owner of this home on Corona in Quemazon went out the following day, Jan. 2, to clear 3 feet of snow off of her hot tub when she encountered this snoozing deer herd on her patioPhoto by Patricia Walls

The sun shines a ring around the solar tree sculpture Wednesday, Jan. 10 in front of the County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave. in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by John Gustafson

A female Cooper’s Hawk perches on a fence

NMDWS UI Tax & Claims System Now Available 24/7

on January 2, 2020 - 9:20am

NMDWS:

ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) Unemployment Insurance online services, which provide a fast, convenient, and secure way for claimants and employers to access information, apply for benefits, and manage accounts, are now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, apart from scheduled monthly maintenance. 

Previous operations allowed access six days a week, 4 a.m. to 9 p.m.,Sunday through Friday, limiting the timeframe employers, third party agents and claimants could access the Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System.

2019 Los Alamos Education Highlights

on January 2, 2020 - 9:04am

The Public Education Commission listens to statements from the board of the proposed Polaris Charter School Aug. 22 at the Public Education Building in Santa Fe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Here are highlights of 2019 for Los Alamos Public Schools and UNM-Los Alamos:
  • The New Mexico Public Education Commission voted to deny the charter school application of Polaris School at a hearing Aug. 22 at the Public Education Building in Santa Fe. The Commission voted against approval on a 7-3 vote. Read more:

Cultivating Vitality With Michelle: Creating Something Different This Year

on January 2, 2020 - 8:42am
By MICHELLE HARKEY-WILDE
Los Alamos

Each year this day rolls around. Some people are still recovering from the excesses of their New Year celebration, but some of you are awake and contemplating the Big Decision: should I make New Year’s Resolutions?

Past experience, if you’re like most of us, says that a new set of yearly expectations only leads to a new set of “failures” sometime in January.

I really don’t enjoy repeated failure. That’s why I changed how I do this resolution thing.

Instead of a great big push to totally change life at the beginning of the year, I opt for small

Scenes From Torchlight Parade On Pajarito Mountain

on January 2, 2020 - 6:22am

Skiers and community members gather Dec. 31 to celebrate the anniversary of Los Alamos Ski Club with music and sparklers and the 2019 New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Hilary Trottier

Watching the New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade from left, Timothy Trottier, Lydia Trottier and Joanna Trottier. Photo by Hilary Trottier

Scene from the 2019 New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Hilary Trottier

Scene from the New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Hilary Trottier

Chandler: 2019 – The Year We Began To Turn New Mexico Around

on January 2, 2020 - 5:50am
By Rep. Christine Chandler
House Dist. 43
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Sandoval counties

As my first year as your New Mexico State Representative ends, I welcome this opportunity to review the year’s accomplishments, activities and on-going challenges. 

The 2019 legislative session was noteworthy for its exceptional productivity and results. After a decade of inertia, the legislature with a cadre of new representatives and our new Governor committed to positive change. 

A focused and strategic legislative effort achieved much: a public education moonshot marked by meaningful funding

Highlights Of Events In And Around Town In 2019

on January 2, 2020 - 5:49am
Central Avenue is filled with more than 1,300 pumpkin carvers Oct. 26 attempting to break the world record. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The community was busy with a variety of special events in 2019. Here are a few of the highlitghts:

Mass Pumpkin Carving Event

Central Avenue was awash with more than 1,300 pumpkin carvers attempting to break the Guinness World Record for simultaneous pumpkin carving Saturday, Oct. 26 in the heart of downtown Los Alamos. The Los Alamos Arts Council sponsored the activity.

McQuiston: Save Money While Improving Teen’s Driving

on January 2, 2020 - 5:35am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

I am about to get my third and youngest child licensed to drive.

The fear and worry I have about my teen being behind the wheel is real. Studies indicate 80 percent of all teen drivers will be in a police reported collision during the first three years of driving.

Even worse, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) refers to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death for teenagers.

As a parent, you want to give your teen the tools he or she needs to be a safe driver, rather than a statistic.

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