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  • Lecture on fake news set for Feb. 26

     Journalist and author James McGrath Morris will be the guest speaker at the monthly Voices of Los Alamos progressive advocacy meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St.

    Morris will speak on “Journalism Ethics and the War over Fake News: A Guide for Citizens Wanting to be Media Literate.”

    “Media literacy is not a matter of ideology, but is rather a skill,” said Morris. “The recent and far-reaching changes in journalism, however, require more from citizens who want remained engaged in civic life.”

    The evening presentation will focus on the development of the mass media, look at how fake news has been part of the media for more than a century, discuss the ethics of journalism, and provide insights on ways to evaluate news. 

    “There are plenty of simple and easy ways citizens can remain in touch with events today despite the worry about so-called ‘fake news,’” Morris said.

  • Search for suspect continues in road rage incident

    Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has followed some tips but is still searching for the suspect who fired shots into the vehicle of a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, striking him in the back of his head Feb. 2 as he was driving home to Santa Fe.

    According to initial reports, the victim, a 40-year-old man, called 911 from the Phillips 66 gas station at 67 Ogo Wii Road in Pojoaque Feb. 2 following a road rage incident. 

    The man described to police that he had an exchange on NM 502 with a person driving a white Jeep Wrangler. The driver of the Jeep Wrangler had reportedly driven in front of his vehicle and pulled over to let him pass. The Jeep then pulled behind him and then alongside the victim, yelling and making hand gestures.

    The victim heard two loud pops somewhere between Pojoaque High School and the Rio Grande River. He said he was pretty sure the pops were gunshots, but he could not be sure. He then sped up and left the area.

    The victim was struck in the back of the head and sustained injuries. A bullet fragment was lodged in his skull, according to police reports.

  • No Labels N.M. to hold lecture March 12

     

    No Labels New Mexico State Director Francisco Figureoa will examine a bipartisan path to fixing America’s most pressing problems with a presentation titled “Stop Fighting! Start Fixing!” at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 12 at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St., in Los Alamos. 

     

    No Labels believes the state needs elected officials who combine ideological independence and common sense with a willingness to reach across the aisle to get things done. 

    The talk will delve into the historic political landscape that has brought America where it is today; touch upon the value of consensus and compromise; provide an overview on the No Labels organization; and a look into a growing interest in more centrist politics.

    For information, contact Cristina Olds at wmwlosalamos@gmail.com, or call 944-6525.

  • Santa Fe watershed prescribed burn planned for Monday

     

    Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and winds and weather forecasts to conduct a two-day prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed.  Possibly starting Monday.  

    The 755-acre treatment area is approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe on the south end between Nichols and McClure Reservoirs. Impacts from the hand and aerial ignitions are expected to be minimal due to this being a second entry prescribed burn into this particular area.

    Historically, low- to moderate-intensity wildfires burned through southwestern dry conifer forests like the SFNF every seven to 15 years on average as part of a natural cycle that removed leaf litter, eradicated disease and thinned the understory, making room for new growth. 

  • LA Rotary Club accepts local funding requests

     

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is looking to fund, up to $500 each, service projects in Los Alamos and around northern New Mexico. 

    This is following a successful round last fall, during which four grants were appropriated for $500 each. 

    Applications for the spring round will be accepted now through March 31. The application form can be found on the Rotary Club’s website at rotarylosalamos.com/grant-application.

    All projects will be considered, but particular attention will be given to projects that fall into one of Rotary’s six areas of focus, including maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development, peace and conflict resolution/prevention, disease prevention and treatment, and water and sanitation. 

    Besides funding, organizations will also be able to specify whether there are opportunities for members of the Rotary Club to volunteer their time to assist with the project or initiative.

  • Republican gains in secretary of state posts jolt Democrats

     

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With Republicans holding two-thirds of secretary of state offices, Democrats are focusing renewed attention and money on a statewide post once considered a sleepy political stepping stone, acknowledging they’re playing catch-up with the GOP.

    The Democratic Association of Secretaries of State has been motivated by what it considers efforts by some GOP secretaries to limit voter participation and unfairly pare voter rolls — allegations the GOP denies. The organization plans to raise money and provide guidance to a handful of candidates in 2018, likely in populous states that could prove important in the 2020 presidential election.

    “We’re looking around to see where we have viable candidates and where the registration will be favorable, probably in swing states, places where until recently they did have a Democratic secretary of state, where legislation has been passed that would be what we consider oppressive,” said Denise Merrill, the Connecticut secretary of state and the chairwoman of the Democratic secretaries of state association.

  • 15-year-old shot 5 times protecting classmates from gunfire

     

    PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old student who was shot five times during last week’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is credited with saving the lives of at least 20 other students.

    A fundraising site says Anthony Borges was shot in both legs and his back while attempting to close and lock a classroom door last Wednesday. Seventeen people were killed.

    Borges’ friend Carlos Rodriguez told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the two rushed to hide in a nearby classroom when they first heard gunshots. He says no one knew what to do, but that Borges “took the initiative to just save his other classmates.”

    Borges’ father Royer Borges says his son called him while lying on the ground after being shot. The father asked him to stay on the line, but at one point, he couldn’t hear the teenager’s voice anymore.

  • US: North Korea canceled meeting with Pence

     

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un’s government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday.

    A potential meeting between Pence and the North Koreans had been the most highly anticipated moment of the vice president’s visit to Pyeongchang, South Korea, where he led the U.S delegation to the opening ceremonies. Ahead of Pence’s visit, Trump officials had insisted they’d requested no meeting with North Korea, but notably left open the possibility one could occur.

    There was no indication that a meeting had indeed been planned – and then canceled on short notice – until Tuesday, more than a week after Pence returned to the United States. The State Department said that Pence had been “ready to take this opportunity” but would have used it to insist Pyongyang abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

  • Keeping LA running for 25 years

     

    Whether it’s requests to fix a broken lawn mower handle or to create a facsimile of a nuclear warhead accurate enough to calibrate warhead inspection machines with, Robert Hand’s business, Hand Precision Machining, has been quietly doing it’s part to keep Los Alamos, and the world, running for 25 years. 

    If one happens to visit his shop at 127 Eastgate Drive, he might give a tour of the place, if he has time. Some of his other clients include the Los Alamos National Laboratory and UbiQD, a startup company that specializes in using light technology for security and agricultural purposes. 

    Monday, Hand and his wife Linda greeted friends and customers dropping by to congratulate them, and to offer them cake and cookies. 

    When asked about what he does for the laboratory, he just laughed and gave a knowing smile that basically said there was no way he was going to talk about that.

    His shop has even machined special doors for an underground science equipment calibration laboratory in Canada.

  • Search for suspect continues in road rage incident

     

    Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has followed some tips but is still searching for the suspect who fired shots into the vehicle of a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, striking him in the back of his head Feb. 2 as he was driving home to Santa Fe.

    According to initial reports, the victim, a 40-year-old man, called 911 from the Phillips 66 gas station at 67 Ogo Wii Road in Pojoaque Feb. 2 following a road rage incident. 

    The man described to police that he had an exchange on NM 502 with a person driving a white Jeep Wrangler. The driver of the Jeep Wrangler had reportedly driven in front of his vehicle and pulled over to let him pass. The Jeep then pulled behind him and then alongside the victim, yelling and making hand gestures.

    The victim heard two loud pops somewhere between Pojoaque High School and the Rio Grande River. He said he was pretty sure the pops were gunshots, but he could not be sure. He then sped up and left the area.

    The victim was struck in the back of the head and sustained injuries. A bullet fragment was lodged in his skull, according to police reports.