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Daily Postcard: Snowy Scene At Ashley Pond

on December 30, 2019 - 5:33am

Daily Postcard: A family romps in the snow Saturday around Ashley Pond. Photo by Erika Clark

Los Alamos Native Brian Fishbine Helps To Shine A Light On His Home State In Words And Pictures

on December 29, 2019 - 6:59am
Brian Fishbine of Atomic City Lights Publishers visits the Los Alamos Daily Post to talk about his company's latest offerings. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Brian Fishbine has always been a Renaissance man. He holds a PhD in plasma physics and was initially hired at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a writer/editor. He also worked in research and development. He was the main science writer of Los Alamos Research Quarterly magazine, where he worked with “great editors and first rate designers,” Fishbine said.

Sen. Martinez Steps Down From Leadership Roles

on December 29, 2019 - 6:58am

Sen. Richard Martinez

 

SENATE DEMOCRATS News:

SANTA FE  – In a letter to New Mexico Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen and Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, Sen. Richard Martinez (D–Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe) resigned Friday from his positions as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and co-chair of the Courts, Corrections & Justice Interim Committee.

In the letter, Sen.

Posts From The Road: 2019 Year In Review

on December 29, 2019 - 6:57am
Straight Ahead: A view of a beautiful thunderstorm brewing ahead of us a we approach International Falls, Minn. in July. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
Curves: We enjoy traveling the back roads especially the two lane back roads that take you through small towns across the country. These roads lead to the most beautiful and scenic locations anywhere but many of these roads were not constructed for a fast travel. Seen is a very curvy road we traveled in Door County, Wisc. in July. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Roller Coaster: Two lane roads were often constructed to the lay

Spaceport America Announces Test Operations Of ABL Space Systems

on December 29, 2019 - 6:55am
SPACEPORT AMERICA News:
 
ABL Space Systems, a company founded by former SpaceX engineers, recently completed a successful test campaign of its E2 rocket engine at Spaceport America.
 
“Spaceport America provided the perfect location and support staff for us to test the E2 rocket engine,” ABL CFO Dan Piemont explained. “Our team did a great job rapidly activating our deployable test site, and we are happy with how E2 performed. This campaign was an important step toward bringing the RS1 launch vehicle to market.”
 
When operational, RS1 will fill an important role in the global launch

NMMSH: Free Launch Pad Lecture On Comets Jan. 3

on December 29, 2019 - 6:55am

Comet Bennet was discovered Dec. 28, 1969 by John Caister Bennett in Pretoria, South Africa. It was widely visible by April 1970 and was slated to be photographed April 14 from Apollo 13, but a critical malfunction in the spacecraft prevented the crew from taking the photos. Courtesy/britastro.org

NMMSH News:

ALAMOGORDO – From early effects on world history to intergalactic interlopers, take a fascinating look at the sometimes terrifying but always beautiful and fascinating world of comets.

Harbingers of doom in the past, comets today provide a fascinating look into the early days of the

Fr. Glenn: Wholly Family, Too

on December 29, 2019 - 6:54am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Ahh … another Christmas filled with joy. Lights and shopping. Carols, cards and creches. Squeals of happy children ripping wrappers. Bellies burgeoning with biscochitos and—for many of us here in New Mexico—with those steaming Christmas tamales. Mmmmmm.

Now … hustle and bustle over, a new year approacheth. Is it a new decade, though? If we began a new year-measuring standard, we wouldn’t cite the date as January 1, 0. Hmmmm. Well … if that’s the biggest conundrum we have this year, we’ll be doing well!

Alas … I fear it will be a year fraught with conundrums—especially

Grief Group Support At UNM-LA Jan. 9 – Feb. 13

on December 29, 2019 - 6:54am

Scenes From Freedom Church Candlelight Service

on December 29, 2019 - 6:51am

Pastor Mike Brake from Freedom Church in Los Alamos gives a message of hope to more than 100 people gathered for the candlelight service Christmas Eve at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/Freedom Church

Families light candles and sing Christmas carols at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/Freedom Church

Freedom Church News:

The snow storm that came through Los Alamos on Christmas Eve made for some special and unforgettable moments for those in attendance of the candlelight service hosted by Freedom Church Los Alamos.

More than 100 community members and their families came out to celebrate Christmas Eve at Ashley

NMDWS Offices; UI Operations Center Closed Jan. 1

on December 29, 2019 - 6:50am
NMDWS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE All New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) offices, including the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Operations Center, will be closed all day Wednesday Jan. 1, 2020, in observance of the New Year holiday.
 
The department urges claimants to plan accordingly.
 
The Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System (www.jobs.state.nm.us) will remain available. Customer Service Agents in the Unemployment Insurance Operations Center will be available when normal business hours resume Jan.

Scene Of San Francisco de Asis Church In Golden

on December 29, 2019 - 6:49am

Snow falls Saturday on San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church in Golden. Built in 1839, the historic church is located along the Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway and about 10 miles north of the Sandia Park junction on N.M. 14. Photo by Fr. Glenn Jones

State Film Office Names Carrie Wells Deputy Director

on December 29, 2019 - 5:49am
Carrie Wells
 
NMFO News:
 
SANTA FE Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes has announced that Carrie Wells has been named deputy director of the New Mexico Film Office.
 
Wells worked in the Albuquerque Film Office, a Division of the City of Albuquerque Economic Development, for 14 years before moving to the State Economic Development Department in March 2019, where she served as special projects coordinator.
 
But with changes at the Film Office, Keyes said her knowledge and attention to detail was needed there, and Wells was transferred to the Office on

NWS: Today’s High 15-Lower 30s; Tonight’s Low 0-15

on December 29, 2019 - 5:43am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos in the mid teens to lower 30s. Caution advised on area lakes. Tonight’s low around zero to 15. Courtesy/NWS

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s wind chill indexes across the state. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Frosty Morning In White Rock

on December 29, 2019 - 5:33am

Daily Postcard: Scenes of a frosty morning with ice crystals on fallen leaves Thursday in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Frost spotted on a plant Thursday morning in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Bandelier Closed Due To Ice And Snow Conditions

on December 28, 2019 - 1:07pm

Bandelier National Monument closed today due to weather. Courtesy/BNM

 

BANDELIER News:

 

Due to ice and snow accumulation and predicted snow throughout the day, Bandelier will be closed today, Saturday, Dec. 28.

 

Any forecast for snow throughout the day will add to clean up efforts once the park reopens. Once it stops snowing park staff will need time to clear the roads, parking lot and Main Loop Trail so that visitors may safely visit the park once again. 

 

Visitors can get updated information regarding this closure and when the park will reopen on the Bandelier Visitor Center phone

DOE Issues Final Rule On Fee For Long-Term Management And Storage Of Elemental Mercury

on December 28, 2019 - 8:30am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Mercury Export Ban Act (MEBA), as amended, assigned the Department of Energy (DOE) the responsibility for the long-term management and storage of elemental mercury. DOE has undertaken efforts to establish a facility for long-term management and storage of elemental mercury.
 
With respect to the facility, a DOE Record of Decision published in the Federal Register Dec. 6, designated Waste Control Specialists, LLC in Andrews County, Texas (WCS), as a DOE facility for the long-term management and storage of elemental mercury.
 
DOE has entered into a

Upstart Crows: The Merchant Of Venice Jan. 17-Feb. 2

on December 28, 2019 - 8:25am

The Merchant of Venice run Jan. 17 through Feb. 2 at the Swan Theater in Santa Fe. Courtesy/UCFS
 
UCSF News:
 
Upstart Crows of Santa Fe present Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Three casts of young Shakespeareans 10-18 perform an uncut production of this brilliant and challenging play.
 
The Merchant of Venice contains two intertwined plots - a love story, and a revenge tale. And yet neither is what it seems at first. Shakespeare subverts the comedic form with this story of deplorable couples and prejudiced officials in a greed-driven system.
 
Portia, a rich heiress, is bound by her

Martin: What Happens When Freedom Of The Press Is Silenced Or Imprisoned?

on December 28, 2019 - 8:22am
By MELISSA MARTIN
 
What happens when freedom of the press is silenced or imprisoned? Jailed journalists around the globe. How can it be? First Amendment aggressions in the United States. How can it be?
 
Devious despots misusing power and preying upon humanity—withholding information because knowledge is power. Silencing the other side of the story. Fear of losing control feeds their depravity. Dictators hiding behind castle walls and armies of destruction for those who dare criticize.
 
Freedom of the press is held hostage as journalists observe through prison bars.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At North Mesa Stables

on December 28, 2019 - 8:04am

On the job in Los Alamos is Karla Palmer preparing her 14-year-old horse Cozi for a ride Thursday at the North Mesa Stables. ‘It’s like a crack habit – owning horses,’ said Palmer who with her husband and six children own seven horses. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

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DOJ, Forest Service; U.S. Fish & Wildlife File Opinions On Mexican Spotted Owl Court-Ordered Injunction

on December 28, 2019 - 7:53am

A pair of Mexican spotted owls. Courtesy/NPS

USDA News:

ALBUQUERQUE ― The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), in coordination with USDA Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have filed biological opinions related to the recent court-ordered injunction on select timber management activities on five national forests in New Mexico and on the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.

The submission of these biological opinions is in adherence with the court direction on formal consultation requirements between the Forest Service and USFWS related to potential effects of timber

Los Alamos Aquatomics Swimmers Shine At State And National Meets Earning Six Of Ten Top Awards

on December 28, 2019 - 7:31am
Los Alamos Aquatomics swimmers earned six of the 10 top high point awards. Back row from left, Carson Hick, Sophia Pieck, Duncan Henderson, Julia Quernemoen and Mary Couture. Front row from left, Fayrouz Mourad, Michelle Lo, Owen McLaughlin, Nikolai Nelson and (Allison Amrani, not pictured). Photo by Heath McLaughlin
 
Orion Henderson represented the Aquatomics in the 18-under USA Swimming National Championship series meet in Federal Way, Wash., and one of a handful of 15 year olds who qualified for this level of swim meet competing in the 400 yd IM and 200 yd breaststroke. Photo by K.

Rep. Miguel P. García Seeks AG Opinion On Federal Jurisdiction Of Tri-State Generation And Transmission

on December 28, 2019 - 7:17am

State Rep. Miguel P. García

 

STATE News:

 

ALBUQUERQUE State Rep. Miguel P. García (D-Atrisco) has taken his concern to the Attorney General of New Mexico regarding Tri-State’s actions in subjecting themselves to federal jurisdiction under FERC.

 

“I am of the belief that Tri-State’s arbitrary actions to be subject to the jurisdiction of FERC violates the negotiated jurisdiction of the Public Regulatory Commission (PRC) over Tri-State’s rates, the statutory and constitutional rights of New Mexico ratepayers and the constitutional duties of the PRC,” García said.

 

Rep.

NWS: Today’s High Near 32; Tonight’s Low Around 12

on December 28, 2019 - 7:04am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 32 with a 60 percent chance of showers likely, mainly after 2 p.m. and tonight’s low around 12. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

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

Daily Postcard: Farolitos Around Ashley Pond

on December 28, 2019 - 6:49am

Daily Postcard: Scene from annual Christmas Eve farolitos that Los Alamos Boy Scout Troop 122 assembled and placed around Ashley Pond. Photo by Greg Noeninckx

Local Senior Centers Seek Community’s Assistance

on December 27, 2019 - 5:37pm
Beautiful art adorns the State Capitol in Santa Fe on a recent trip by senior center director and members. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen/LARSO
 
The Seal of the Great State of New Mexico. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen/LARSO

 

 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO

Your local senior centers need your help during the start of 2020.

As the state legislature prepares to convene, it is the goal of all 32 senior centers across the state to make the voices of their people heard.

It isn’t important what staff thinks or believes they need for the future; they want to hear it from the

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