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  • 2017 State Legislature: Lawmakers to consider measure to restrict firearms at Roundhouse

    BY ANDREW OXFORD
    The New Mexican

  • 2017 State Legislature: Panel kills bill requiring release of presidential hopefuls’ tax returns

    BY STEVE TERRELL
    The New Mexican

  • 2017 State Legislature: Bill to ease rule in bear attacks stalls

    BY TRIPP STELNICKI
    The New Mexican

  • Bradbury Museum updates displays

     

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  • NM Tourism Commission in LA Feb. 15

    The Tourism Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting from 2-4 p.m. in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge Feb. 15.
    The meeting is open to the public and those interested in issues impacting tourism are encouraged to attend.
    Items for presentation and discussion include a legislative update from Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham; a report from New Mexico Hospitality Association President and CEO Jennifer Schroer; and a presentation about the Los Alamos Community Engagement Project from Los Alamos County branding consultants Dave Hayduk with HK Advertising and Jim Glover with The Idea Group of Santa Fe.  
    The commission is charged with developing and recommending policies and program guidance for the New Mexico Tourism Department and approving annual updates to the state’s five-year tourism plan.
    The commission members are Bella Alvarez, Corporate Director of Hospitality, Heritage Hotels and Resorts; George Brooks, Ski New Mexico; John A. Garcia, Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico; Scott Hutton, Hutton Broadcasting; Jennifer Kimball, Chairman of the Board, La Fonda on the Plaza; Jay Christopher Stagg, Interim Chairman, Taos Ski Valley; and Emerson Vallo.

  • LACDC applauds veto of cuts to LEDA funding

    Los Alamos Community Development Corporation Executive Director Patrick Sullivan was pleased with Gov. Susana Martinez line-item veto of cuts to the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funding in SB 113, the solvency bill recently passed by the legislature.
    Martinez also requested additional money for the Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP), but funding for that program still falls far short of demand in this year’s budget.
    Sullivan sees underfunding of those two economic development tools as shortsighted.
    “I understand the difficult position the legislators are in with the budget, but between these two programs and continuing to improve our education system, that’s how we’re going to get out of the budget mess. Oil’s not going to go back to $100 a barrel,” Sullivan said.
    Although Sullivan is not aware of any local companies that have taken advantage of state LEDA funds (several have utilized local LEDA funds), he believes one or two local projects might potentially be eligible. He sees LEDA as an important economic development asset.

  • Climate change project wins science fair grand prize

    Los Alamos Public Schools County Science and Engineering Fair grand prize winner Lillian Petersen seems to be 14 going on 40 – at least when she is explaining her project, “America’s Farming Future: The Impact of Climate Change on Crop Yields.”
    For a panel of best of show judges, Petersen’s project stood out among 471 entries from grades K‒12. She received a $100 gift certificate from CB Fox, in addition to her other prizes.
    Petersen estimates she put approximately 500 hours into the project, working 40 hours a week over the summer and another 60 hours over the holiday break. The quality of her project reflects that.
    Petersen posed the question, “How will various future climate scenarios affect future crop yields of corn, soybeans and rice?”
    She hypothesized that since crop yields are dependent on weather, more heat extremes will cause future crop yields to decrease.
    To test her hypothesis, Petersen created a statistical model that used past yields and weather data to predict future scenarios.
    Petersen began by downloading seasonal crop yield data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for every county in the United States since 1970 for corn, soybeans and rice.

  • Teen seeks to document WWII veterans' disappearing stories

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — While most 19-year-olds are enrolling in college, working their first full-time job or considering what's next in life — all of which keeps their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts buzzing 24/7 — Rishi Sharma is on a far different quest. The 19-year-old Californian has been interviewing at least one World War II combat veteran a day for more than a year, recording their stories and learning all he can from that quickly disappearing "Greatest Generation."

    To date, he's interviewed more than 260 such veterans, including several from New Mexico, reported the Albuquerque Journal.

    "My best friends are World War II veterans," said Sharma, the son of Indian immigrants who was raised in Agoura Hills, California.

    Armed with a video camera, a lengthy list of questions and a razor-sharp focus on the job at hand, Sharma has already traveled thousands of miles in his Honda Civic to interview any combat veteran with the mental acuity and time — typically four to six hours — to spare.

  • FBI asks for help to find WR bank robbery suspect

    It’s been three years and three days since a woman walked into the White Rock branch of the Los Alamos National Bank and robbed a teller of the all the cash in the teller’s drawer.
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is again asking for the public’s help in tracking the suspect down.
    “I can tell you we have chased down every lead we got,” said FBI spokesman Frank Fisher of the Albuquerque Office. “We take bank robberies seriously and want to get this person off the street. Somebody out there knows who this person is.”
    The robbery happened just before 1:30 p.m. Feb. 5, 2013. The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Native American female in her late 20s or early 30s, approximately 5-feet-4 and about 150 pounds. She may have a scar or tattoo below her left eye.
    The suspect wore a black jacket over a black or gray hooded sweatshirt. She also wore winter gloves.
    The FBI office in Albuquerque is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest and conviction.
    No one was injured during the robbery.