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  • 'Breaking Bad' actor runs for seat

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Citing the growth of urban sprawl and a need for more Mexican-American elected officials, “Breaking Bad” actor Steven Michael Quezada said he is jumping in a heated race for county commissioner in Albuquerque.
    Quezada, who played DEA agent Steven Gomez in the hit AMC-TV series, told The Associated Press on Monday that he will make a formal announcement on Tuesday that he’s seeking a commission seat in Bernalillo County — the state’s most populous county.
    The 52-year-old actor and comedian said he’s joining in the race because he feels someone like him can make a difference in the district that includes the historic Hispanic South Valley and an area in Albuquerque’s west side where developers are seeking to build homes.
    “I think I bring a new face to the Democratic Party,” said Quezada, a Democrat who is a member of the Albuquerque school board. “We need to reach out to our young people — the young Chicanos, the young Latinos — and get them involved in this process and let them know this is important.”
    At least three others are running for the open seat in 2016.

  • Local Briefs 7-21-15

    County will start spraying for weeds on North Mesa

    Los Alamos County announced it will be conducting herbicide spraying this week.
    The Parks Division will be applying broadleaf weed herbicide (Trimec and Round-Up) in between Wednesday and July 29 at North Mesa parks and fields.
    Starting on July 29 and going through Aug. 5, the Parks Division will be spraying those herbicides at all Barranca Mesa parks and fields.
    For more information about the spraying, call 662-8159.

    Jiron named to council

    Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Feliciano Jiron has been appointed to the American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals Governing Council.
    The council is a national advisory committee that represents AHA constituents and counsels members on advocacy and policy.
    Jiron will represent rural hospitals on the council.
    The governing council includes 18 elected and four appointed members who are chief executives and physician leaders of some prominent small or rural hospitals.

  • Iran: 60 days needed for nuke deal

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament will need “at least” 60 days to review a proposed final deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program, a prominent lawmaker said Tuesday, giving legislators in the Islamic Republic about the same time as the U.S. Congress to examine the proposal.
    But while hard-liners in Iran’s parliament could vote against the deal struck last week in Vienna, their numbers wouldn’t be enough to derail a proposal already backed by the country’s supreme leader. That’s even with an influential member of the country’s Revolutionary Guard expressing concerns over the deal.
    Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who headed the Iranian negotiating team, formally submitted the deal Tuesday to parliament. Hours later, the official IRNA news agency reported lawmakers formed a 15-member special committee to review the deal.
    Under Iran’s constitution, parliament has the right to reject any deal — even one negotiated by the Foreign Ministry. But committed hard-liners in the Iranian parliament hold only about 60 of the body’s 290 seats, the rest belonging to conservatives and a handful of pro-reform lawmakers.

  • Update 7-21-15

    Movie

    Los Alamos County will host a Movie in the Park at sunset Wednesday. The movie is “Big Hero 6.” It will be at East Park in Los Alamos. All Movies in the Park are free.

    Butterflies

    The Los Alamos Nature Center is hosting a presentation, “Meet the Butterflies of Los Alamos,” tonight. The event will start at 7 p.m. today. Biology, behavior and life cycles will be discussed.

    Fourth Friday

    Fourth Friday Downtown is scheduled for this week. The theme is “Under the Microscope.” The event will be from 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Lifeguard course

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Red Cross lifeguard training pre-course at 6 p.m. Thursday. Standards for the pre-training course are listed on the county’s website, losalamosnm.us.

    VCNP

    Valles Caldera National Preserve will host its Preserve Days Celebration Friday through Sunday. This weekend, there will be guided hikes and staff presentations on the caldera. There will also be the Jemez Mountain Storytelling Jamboree on Saturday. Entry into the VCNP will be free this weekend.

  • Cloudy Commute

    Fog was heavy this morning as people came up the hill on East Road. Clouds are expected all throughout this week

  • Muddy Waters

    Several teams gathered together to take part in this year’s Mountain Mudfest volleyball tournament Saturday. The tournament was held at the pits on North Mesa. Following play, teams were hosed off by members of the Los Alamos Fire Department.

  • Bandelier takes part in photo contest

    Bandelier National Monument and the National Park Foundation are looking for photographs for its new photo contest.
    The contest, “Share the Experience,” invites amateur photographers to show off their photos from public lands.
    According to Bandelier, judges are seeking “amazing photos that highlight the best of America’s federal lands, national parks and historical sites.”
    Images will be judged in the following categories: Adventure and Outdoor Recreation, Historical and Cultural, Scenic, Seasons, and Landscapes, Every Kid in a Park, Wildlife and Night Skies.
    Photos must be taken on lands administered by the sponsoring agencies, the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.
    The grand prize is $10,000 and the winning image may appear on the 2017 Federal Land Pass. Second and third prizes will also receive cash awards, as will the two “Fan Favorites.”
    Winners will also receive Federal Recreation Lands Passes and prizes from the co-sponsors, which include Celestron, Historic Hotels of America and the Active Network.
    Photographers must be 13 years of age or older and photos must have been taken between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2015.

  • Today in history July 21
  • Today’s launch brings a close to ScienceFest

    ScienceFest officially wraps up today with its final event, High Powered Rocket Day.
    This will be an out-of-county event, which will be held 8 miles north of Española on N.M. 68 going toward Taos.
    High Powered Rocket Day will give model rocketeers the chance to show off their stuff. Today’s event will go from 1:30-5 p.m.
    Among those scheduled to make an appearance today are the Zia Spacemodeler Rocket Club, which will be demonstrating and launching several of its “G” through “I” motor high powered models. Those models are scheduled to be launched on the hour at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
    Those wishing to launch their own “A” through “F” —low power — rockets may do so, as well. There is a $5 fee to do so.
    Spectators are invited and there is no admission charge. However, organizers warn that parking and shaded areas are limited at the launch site, so spectators should plan accordingly.
    Here are directions to get to the event from Los Alamos:

  • Judge: Academy must release docs in Foster lawsuit

    SANTA FE —A district court judge recently ruled that the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy must turn over documents relating to an investigation into a Los Alamos police officer’s certification status.
    The motion is connected to a lawsuit filed against Los Alamos County by attorneys George Geran and Linda Hemphill, who are representing three officers who were with the Los Alamos Police Department. The officers are claiming they were wrongfully terminated or forced out of the department by Los Alamos County in order to appease the officer that was being investigated by the academy.
    The former officers suing the county are Randy Foster, Scott Mills and Paige Early. Foster is suing for wrongful termination, and Mills and Early are suing for allegedly being forced out of the department for their role into the investigation into former LAPD officer Brian Schamber.
    The investigation was requested in late 2012 by Foster, who was then acting as police chief of the Los Alamos Police Department.