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Los Alamos Residents At Tournament Of Roses Parade

on January 2, 2020 - 5:30am

Longtime Los Alamos residents Linda Deck, left, and Libby Carlsten are volunteers who helped put flowers on floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade Wednesday morning in Pasadena, Calif., where the temperature was a balmy 61. Deck is director of the Bradbury Science Museum and Carlsten recently retired from Los Alamos County. Courtesy photo

A float from Dole Foods for which Los Alamos residents Linda Deck and Libby Carlsten prepped the ‘orange crush’ roses displayed on the float bed. Photo by Linda Deck

A float celebrates the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. Photo by Linda Deck


Need A New Year’s Resolution? Take Trout Challenge!

on January 2, 2020 - 5:23am

NMDG&F News:

SANTA FE Anglers in New Mexico are very fortunate to have such diverse fishing opportunities, especially when it comes to trout.

With six different trout species, all within a few hours of each other, catching several, or all of them, can be quite the challenge.

The Department of Game and Fish launched Wednesday the New Mexico Trout Challenge (NMTC). This challenge, which is the first of its kind for New Mexico, will encourage anglers in the state to catch five of New Mexico’s trout species.

The five trout species that anglers will be challenged to catch include:

  • Rio

NWS: Today’s High Near 36; Tonight’s Low Around 13

on January 2, 2020 - 5:22am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 36 with a 30 percent chnace of scattered snow showers, mainly between 9 a.m. and noon and tonight’s low around 13. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Deer Licks Chops After Devouring Seeds

on January 2, 2020 - 5:14am

Daily Postcard: A deer is spotted licking its chops after cleaning out the bird feeder at a residence Wednesday on Orange Street. Photo by Alene Bennett

A deer cleans out every last seed from the bird feeder at a residence on Orange Street. Photo by Alene Bennett

The birds don't stand a chance with these hungry deer. Photo by Alene Bennett

AG Balderas To Convene Faith Leaders To Discuss Violence Against Religious Communities, Anti-Domestic Terrorism, Hate Crime Initiatives

on January 1, 2020 - 8:46am

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter Tuesday to faith leaders in all religious communities in New Mexico, urging them to come together with the Office of the Attorney General to discuss hate motivated violence against religious communities.

The call to action comes in the wake of multiple violent incidents across the United States that targeted people based on their faith and in their places of worship.

“There is no place for violence in New Mexico, let alone violence perpetrated

Unsafe Ice Conditions Close Monastery Lake To Fishing

on January 1, 2020 - 8:45am

Monastery Lake, near Pecos, is closed to fishing until further notice. Courtesy photo

NMDG&F News:

SANTA FE – Monastery Lake, near Pecos, has been closed to fishing until further notice due to unsafe ice conditions.

Ice fishing is not allowed at the Benedictine Monastery lake leased through the Department’s Open Gate program. A thin layer of ice has formed on the lake prompting the closure.

The lake will reopen when there is sufficient open areas of water available to allow fishing from the bank.

Anglers can find good winter trout fishing in the Albuquerque area drains, at Tingley Beach

FBI Offers Up To $5K For Info Leading To Arrest Of Jose Arturo Navarrete, Jr., Who May Be In New Mexico

on January 1, 2020 - 8:11am

Jose Arturo Navarrete, Jr.

FBI News:

The FBI is requesting assistance from the public to help locate Jose Arturo Navarrete, Jr., who is wanted for federal unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that results in the arrest of Navarrete.
Navarrete was last seen in Texas and may be in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas or Mexico.
Navarrete, who was born in Midland, Texas, is described as a 24-year-old Hispanic male with hazel eyes and black hair. He weighs 172 pounds and stands 5'11" tall.
A federal arrest warrant was

Eagle Nest Lake State Park Open To Ice Fishing

on January 1, 2020 - 7:57am

Eagle Nest Lake State Park is now open to ice fishing. Courtesy/webcam

NMDG&F News:

EAGLE NEST – Eagle Nest Lake State Park is now open to ice fishing.

According to the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resource Department’s State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish, current measurements indicate that ice thickness exceeds the minimum standards. The State Parks Division and the Department of Game and Fish jointly manage the lake and surrounding area.

The surface of Eagle Nest Lake is now open to walk-in access or access by snowmobiles and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) for ice

DPU To Undergo Billing Software Upgrade Jan. 2-3

on January 1, 2020 - 7:43am

DPU News:

An upgrade to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ billing software is scheduled for noon on Thursday, Jan. 2 through close of business on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. 

As a result, customer care representatives’ ability to view customer account activity or process account changes will be limited until the upgrade has been completed. 

Los Alamos County is upgrading its enterprise resource planning software, Tyler MUNIS, to a newer version and during this time many county systems will be down, including DPU’s billing software. 

Customer care representatives will have the

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Chile Pasado

on January 1, 2020 - 7:31am

Chile Pasado. Photo by Liddie Martinez


Espanola Valley

This week I have been applying lotion to my very dry skin and longing for the humid beaches of Hawaii. Our cold and dry New Mexico winters are very hard on our skin but living in the high desert does have its advantages.

Before refrigeration, the indigenous tribes of Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley took advantage of the hot, dry climate to preserve food by drying what they had gathered or hunted.

Preview January’s Night Skies At Nature Center Friday

on January 1, 2020 - 7:03am

Discover what is coming up in January’s night skies at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Discover what will be visible in the night sky in the month of January, Friday, Jan. 3 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Join Paul Arendt at 7 p.m. for an interactive tour of the heavens in the planetarium that will highlight the planets, star patterns, nebulae and constellations that may be readily observed throughout the month. This program is perfect for beginner stargazers who want to learn more.

In addition to this talk, the nature center

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

on January 1, 2020 - 6:39am

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Siegfried Hecker


Dr. Siegfried Hecker will return to Los Alamos to present this year’s annual Alice and Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11.

The talk is open to the public and will start at 7 p.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th St.

Titled, “North Korea and Iran: Looking back and looking ahead,” the talk will assess the current issues in two of the world’s major hotspots.

Hecker said that “the signs are ominous for what will happen in North Korea and in Iran in 2020 and beyond.” He

CDC Tips For Staying Safe Inside And Out This Winter

on January 1, 2020 - 6:32am
Tips for staying warm during a winter storm. Courtesy photo

CDC News:

Winter storms are dangerous. They can bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services and icy roads.

This can make being outside dangerous, so you should limit your time outside. Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, you may also face hazards inside your home.

Stay Safe Indoors:

Protect yourself and your loved ones during a winter storm. Take extra steps to make sure you heat your home safely, and follow the tips below.

Heat your home

Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living – A Fun Fictitious Cause

on January 1, 2020 - 6:25am

A Los Alamos member of The International Behaviorology Institute

Why these columns? Because human behavior causes global problems and solving these problems requires changes in human behavior. So everyone needs to know something about the natural science of human behavior.

As described in a previous column, being able to spot fictional explanations for behavior provides a skill that prevents analysis errors when trying to understand the causes of behaviors, including problem behaviors, from local to global. Here we consider another type of explanatory fiction.

NWS: Today’s High Near 37; Tonight’s Low Around 18

on January 1, 2020 - 6:18am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 37 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 18 with a 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after midnight and new snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts wind gusts across the state today. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Happy 2020 To Our Readers!

on January 1, 2020 - 5:33am

Daily Postcard: As the sun rises today the Los Alamos Daily Post news team wishes our readers in Los Alamos, across the state and nation and around the world a very Happy New Year! Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Nature On Tap: Updates In Astronomy; Celestial Objects And Expansive Skies Monday, Jan. 6

on December 31, 2019 - 5:20pm

A black hole. Courtesy/extremetech


The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Creative District for Nature On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 at projectY cowork.

This On Tap will feature a combination of science and cheer with Peter Polko and Felicia Krauss, who will take a light-hearted look at cosmology, the supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies, and the connection between the two in two 20-minute talks. 

Nature On Tap is sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in

Man Arrested Following Police Shooting Involving Otero County Sheriff’s Office And New Mexico Game And Fish

on December 31, 2019 - 5:03pm
Thomas Ryan
NMSP News:
CLOUDCROFT The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted Dec. 28 to investigate a police shooting involving the Otero County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico Game and Fish.
State Police agents learned that around 7:30 p.m., the Otero County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico Game and Fish responded to a domestic violence incident at 55 West Side Road in Otero County.
As Otero County Deputy and Game and Fish officers arrived at the residence, at least one gunshot was fired from inside the residence toward the location of deputies and

New Mexico Minimum Wage Increase Begins Jan. 1

on December 31, 2019 - 4:25pm


Jan. 1, 2020, the New Mexico Minimum Wage will increase to $9 an hour. This increase is in accordance with an amendment to the New Mexico Minimum Wage Act signed into law April 1, 2019 by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020:

  • State minimum wage: $9 per hour; and
  • State tipped minimum wage: $2.35 per hour.

Attached you will find the updated Minimum Wage poster that employers are required to display in a place where employees can easily see it. 

Minimum wage is the lowest wage that an employer is legally required to pay to workers.

Governor Orders 12-Week Paid Parental Leave For State Employees Effective Jan. 1

on December 31, 2019 - 3:57pm
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
From the Office of the Governor:
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order Tuesday directing the State Personnel Office to establish a 12-week paid parental leave policy for all state employees under her purview, advancing her efforts to provide a family-friendly workplace in New Mexico state government.
It is the first time New Mexico state government has provided paid family leave.
“Ensuring that families have time to bond with and care for their children is incredibly important,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said.

Prepare For Winter Storms; Extremely Cold Weather

on December 31, 2019 - 3:42pm

Winter storm. Courtesy/CDC

CDC News:

During extremely cold weather or winter storms, staying warm and safe can be a challenge. Winter storms can bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services, and icy roads.

To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, you should know how to prepare your home and your car before a winter storm hits.

According to FEMA , more than 60 percent of people do not have an emergency plan that they have discussed with their household. Here are 5 simple things you can do to start your Emergency Action Plan :

Your Plan

  • Find phone numbers for

James Russ Elected President Of State Realtors Assoc.

on December 31, 2019 - 3:42pm
James Russ II
NMAR News:
James Russ II, broker/owner of Sierra Blanca Realty in Ruidoso, has begun his term as 2020 President of the New Mexico Association of REALTORS (NMAR).
Russ has more than 20 years of professional real estate service and experience. In 2014 he served as president of the Ruidoso/Lincoln County Association of REALTORS and in 2013 he was named their REALTOR of the Year.
He has served in many capacities, including as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of NMAR.

NMMSH: Free Telescope Workshop Jan. 4

on December 31, 2019 - 9:53am
A telescope can help inspire a lifelong interest and appreciation in nature and science, but the first step is learning how to use it. Bring your new telescope and everyone interested to the free telescope workshop Jan. 4 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Courtesy/Air & Space Magazine
ALAMOGORDO The New Mexico Museum of Space History education department is holding a free telescope workshop beginning 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 in the front classroom of the Tombaugh Building in Alamogordo.
The focus of the workshop will be on showing new telescope users the

Highlights From County Council Meeting Dec. 17

on December 31, 2019 - 9:46am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Dec. 17 was the final meeting for the Los Alamos County Council in 2019. Here are some of the highlights from the meeting:

Public Voices Concern For LAMC OBGYN Services

During public comment, several individuals expressed concern that Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) is at risk of losing its obstetrics and gynecology services.

Community Health Council Vice Chair and Chair of Baby Net Carie Fanning said she thought that after decades of continuous use, LAMC’s mother/baby unit is in jeopardy of closing.

AGU100 Blogosphere: Llamas Could Help Replenish Plant Life After Glaciers Retreat

on December 31, 2019 - 9:14am

Plot used to sample landscapes in the Andes and the Alps. Photo by Anaïs Zimmer/UT-Austin

A llama near the village of Patacancha in the Peruvian Andes. Photo by Lauren Lipuma
AGU100 Blogosphere
  • Unexpected gardeners might help plant communities colonize newly exposed land

The rapid retreat of glaciers from alpine regions around the world could result in widespread ecosystem losses, according to new research. Now, scientists are exploring a hairy solution to this hairy problem in the form of llamas.

As glaciers retreat with increasing speeds, they leave behind bare