Sen. Heinrich Taps Rebecca Avitia For Chief Of Staff

Rebecca L. Avitia

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced this morning that Rebecca L. Avitia will serve as his chief of staff in Washington, D.C.

Avitia is a native New Mexican and will be one of three Latino chiefs of staff serving in the Senate. She is transitioning next week from her role as Heinrich’s state director.

Before joining Heinrich’s state leadership team, Avitia served as the executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

“Throughout her career, Rebecca has been a strong advocate


New Mexico Commits To Outdoor Recreation Principles

Director of Outdoor Recreation Axie Navas (bottom row at right), joins with representatives from four other states Oct. 24 to be the latest signatories of the Confluence Accords. Courtesy/NMED
NMED News:
SANTA FE Outdoor recreation leaders from Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, and Virginia committed to advance the principles contained in the Outdoor Recreation Industry Confluence Accords, on behalf of their governors, at a signing ceremony yesterday. That brings the total number of states to an historic 13.
The signing took place in St.


Environmental Services Division: Consequences Can Be UnBEARable

Black Bear. Courtesy/


Bears hibernate not because of the cold but because there is a lack of food during the winter months.

To get the 20,000 calories a day while fattening up before hibernation, a bear would need to eat about 200 ounces of acorns, 78 pounds of blueberries, nearly 25,000 tent caterpillars or 25 cups of birdfeeder filled with black oil sunflower seeds.
Bears are not out to cause problems. Black bears are very smart and will do their best to take advantage of all the easy-to-get-at calories we make available such as accessible garbage, bird


Four Santa Fe Museums Close Mondays For Winter

New Mexico History Museum facade. Courtesy photo


New Mexico Museum of Art. Courtesy photo


NMMA News:


SANTA FE Four New Mexico museums adopt their annual winter schedules effective Monday, Nov. 4.


The seasonal hour change is in effect at the New Mexico Museum of Art and the New Mexico History Museum off Santa Fe Plaza; and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill.


During winter months, all four Santa Fe museums are closed on Mondays. During this period, the Museum Hill Café also will be closed on Mondays.



Q&A With Congressional Candidate Marco Serna

CD3 Candidate Marco Serna

Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series in which the Los Alamos Daily Post presents the same set of questions to each of the candidates running for Congressional District 3, which serves the northern half of New Mexico.

Democratic candidate Marco Serna provided the following answers:

POST: Why do you believe you are qualified to represent New Mexico in Congress?

SERNA: A Member of Congress must embody the characteristics of their constituents. The people from my district are passionate, honest,


MRM: Celebrating Dia De los Muertos Nov. 1-2

Millicent Rogers Ofrenda. Courtesy/MRM
MRM News:
Día de los Muertos originated in ancient Mesoamerica (Mexico and northern Central America) where indigenous groups, including Aztec, Maya and Toltec, had specific times when they commemorated their loved ones who had passed away.
Certain months were dedicated to remembering the departed, based on whether the deceased was an adult or a child.
Day of the Dead is actually divided into two distinct holidays, the first being Día de los Inocentes, which is dedicated to children Nov. 1, and Día de


RSF Calls For Release Of Chinese Reporter Huang Xueqin Who Covered Hong Kong Protests

Journalist Huang Xueqin
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Chinese independent journalist Huang Xueqin, also known under the name of Sophia Huang, who covered the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong last summer and the #MeToo movement in 2018.
She was arrested Oct. 17 in her home province of Guangdong under the vague charge of “making trouble and picking quarrels”, an accusation often used by the regime against journalists, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
“Huang bravely addressed societal


Nature On Tap: Updates In Astronomy Monday



Those fascinated by celestial objects and expansive skies who would like to know more about the latest updates in astronomy are encouraged to join the Pajarito Environmental Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Creative District at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 for Nature On Tap at projectY cowork, 150 Central Park Square.

More information about Nature On Tap and other PEEC programs and events can be found at

The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute topic introduction by the speaker, followed by a lively group


Gessing: Santa Fe Spending Binge Kicks Into High Gear

Rio Grande Foundation
The Legislative Finance Committee recently reported the requests of New Mexico government agencies for FY 2021.
Last year the Legislature increased general fund spending by a robust 12 percent, but with oil production growing rapidly and prices per-barrel holding stable, New Mexico government is planning for another year of massive growth.
In fact, (not including funding requests for public school support and from higher education institutions) agencies are looking to further increase their budgets in Fiscal Year 2021 by


On The Job In Los Alamos: Creature Greeting Visitors

On the job in Los Alamos is a creature with a pumpkin head and octopus-like lower extremities greeting visitors Thursday at First National of Santa Fe Bank at Deacon and 20th Street in Los Alamos. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Courtesy photo


FBI Offers Reward In Death Of Zuni Man

Homicide victim Nastacio Keith Travis. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of a man whose body was found in the trunk of a burning car near Church Rock.

The body of Nastacio Keith Travis, 51, of Zuni, was in the trunk of a light-colored Dodge Avenger SXT discovered on fire July 15, 2019 off Pipeline Road, in an isolated area north of Church Rock on the Navajo Nation.

The cause of Travis’ death is not being released at this time.

Anybody with information is asked to call


Daily Postcard: Thirsty Bird Sips Water In White Rock

Daily Postcard: A thirsty bird stops by a home to sip water Thursday in White Rock. Many homes have bird feeders but providing water to thirsty birds is importantas well. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Defrosting water feeders after an overnight freeze is important as well for thirsty birds in winter. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs


Chamber Director Works Herself To The Bone

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrmann has apparently worked herself to the bone … she appears to be sitting alone today in the Chamber office staring into space while holding a small pumpkin. Courtesy photo


SFNF: Joaquin Prescribed Burn May Begin Nov. 30

SFNF News:
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including snow pack, fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind and weather forecasts, to burn piles of woody debris on the Joaquin project area starting as early as Nov. 30.
The unit is approximately 648 acres and about 7 miles north of the community of Gilman west of Forest Road (FR) 376 and south of FR 534. 
Prescribed fire is one of the most effective tools available to restore fire-adapted ecosystems like the SFNF by applying


Aspen Elementary School Serves Up Something New: Zero Waste Lunches

From left, Aspen Elementary School Cafeteria Manager Patrick Jaramillo, Principal Michele Altherr and Director of Dining Services for Chartwell K12 Laurence Peña stand in front of the many thank you letters students have written in appreciation of Aspen’s zero waste lunch program. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Students in Los Alamos Public Schools’ Eco Clubs came up with a great idea last year; to institute a zero-waste school lunch program.
The idea gathered more momentum to be implemented


Scenes From LAPS Leaders Breakfast Thursday

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, left, and Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes were among those attending the Leaders Breakfast hosted by Los Alamos Public Schools this morning at UNM-Los Alamos. The event updated community leaders on the most recent developments at LAPS and solicited input from the guests on how to reach the District’s goals. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Community leaders divided into small groups to discuss three questions posed by LAPS staff: How can we foster civility in our schools and our community? How can we best address


Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris Shares FBI National Academy Experience With Rotary Members

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris discusses his experience at the FBI National Academy during a talk Tuesday at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post
For 10 weeks Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., and on Tuesday shared his experiences with the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.
To sum it up, Morris, who also is a Rotarian, said, “It was a good experience.”
He explained that his participation


Sipapu Resort Makes Ski History Today

Sipapu Resort opened for the season today – making ski history in opening nearly a month ahead of its usual schedule. Sipapu is recognized for having the longest ski season in New Mexico, being the first to open for the season and one of the last to close. Sipapu is the seventh ski resort to open in the U.S. this season. ‘The slope conditions are not your normal early season conditions,’ Sipapu general manager John Paul Bradley said. ‘With the cold temps and natural snow adding to snowmaking efforts, my first run on Thumper today was a legitimate great run! We even had people camp out overnight to get


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