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  • Today in history Oct. 6
  • Latino Democrat: Trump supporter tried to run me over

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A New Mexico Hispanic Democratic candidate says a Donald Trump supporter tried to run over him and his mother in a parking lot.

    Sergio S. Gonzalez, a Democratic candidate for county commissioner in southern New Mexico, told The Associated Press a woman attempted to strike him outside the Democratic Party headquarters in Roswell, New Mexico last week after the woman yelled obscenities about Democrats.

    The 39-year-old retired Marine told police the driver shouted Trump's name before trying to hit him and his 72-year-old mother. Gonzalez says he, his mother and two others were just standing in the parking lot when the woman came over to yell obscenities.

    No arrests have been made.

    Republican Party of Chaves County chairman Jason Perry told the Roswell Daily Record the woman, who has not been identified, likely isn't among the local GOP leadership.

  • Death penalty bill fails to clear NM Senate

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature has adjourned from a special legislative session without considering a measure to reinstate the death penalty and other criminal justice initiatives backed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The Democrat-led Senate adjourned Thursday without taking up stricter sentencing provisions approved by the House or Representatives.

    New Mexico repealed the death penalty in 2009. Martinez and allies in Legislature have pushed for stricter criminal sentencing as a response to the recent killing of two police officers and the August sexual assault, killing and mutilation of 10-year-old Victoria Martens in Albuquerque.

    Many Democrats said it was inappropriate to consider the weighty issue of capital punishment during an abbreviated special session.

  • Trash sort quantifies recycling progress

    On Friday, members of the Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) and Eco Station staff suited up in coveralls, gloves, hardhats and masks to sort through three to four tons of solid waste looking for items that could have been recycled instead. The goal was to quantify the amount and types of waste being generated.

    “The reason we’re doing it is basically to help us plan for the future,” said Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule. “So by determining how much brush or food or recycle or cardboard it is, then we can target our audience better, like target the residents when we promote recycling cardboard.”

    Gurule began with some instructions for the crew, including how to safely sort the trash to avoid injuries from such objects as syringes and broken glass. She summed up what to expect with “Basically, you just have to get dirty.”

    A truck load of solid waste from a residential neighborhood in White Rock was set aside for the sort. A truck holds eight to 10 tons, but Gurule anticipated sorting three to four tons over the course of the day. In the first sort of this nature, conducted on March 25, workers got through 3.14 tons – the equivalent of approximately 100 households. 

  • Pajarito celebrates end of summer season

    A festival goer enjoys ULLR Fest Saturday at Pajarito Mountain and the Los Alamos Ski Club. The popular event included live music with JJ and the Hooligans and special guest Bronach. Guests also enjoyed New Mexico craft beer that included Enchanted Circle, Bathrub Row, Blue Heron, Boxing Bear, Chil Line, La Cumbre, Santa Fe, Second Street, Taos Mesa, Tractor, and wine from UnQuarked Wine. ULLR Fest activities included a lift-served hike and bike, a downhill bike race, a costume contest and a disk golf tournaments. 

  • House ed committee kills bill

    A bill that would’ve transferred $25 million in operational reserves from New Mexico’s school districts back into state’s General Fund died in the House Education Committee Saturday. The bill, known as “Senate Bill 10” was one of several the legislature has tried to pass in this year’s special session to try and head off  $600 million shortfall in the state budget.

    Though the bill passed the Senate, all seven republicans on the House Education Committee voted against it, effectively killing the bill for this session. Shortly after the vote, the Republicans on the committee issued a statement sharply criticizing the six Democratic colleagues on the committee for trying to keep the bill alive. 

    “We shouldn’t try to balance the budget at the expense of schools, teachers, and students,” said Dennis Roch, R-67, chair of the Legislative Education Study Committee. “This bill punishes school districts that responsibly anticipated the current budget situation and built reserves to protect their ability to cover expenses and teacher salaries. We must look for other alternatives to resolve our budget situation.”

  • Report: LANL to end on-site radioactive waste disposal at Area G in 2017

    A Los Alamos National Laboratory environmental report released has revealed that by Oct. 1, 2017, the lab will cease disposing of low-level radioactive waste on site. 

    “The strategy for both low-level radiological waste and mixed low-level waste is to minimize its generation and to dispose of all newly generated waste off-site… No new, on-site disposal capacity will be developed,” read a statement in the report. The report also mentioned that the lab plans to dispose of  low-level waste at “Area G” by Oct. 1, 2017.  

    The report also indicated that for 2015 the amount of plutonium detected in the air was nine attocuries per cubic meter, which the lab categorized as the lowest it’s been in recent years, because there was not much soil activity at the site. The lab was shipping the low-level waste from Area G to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad. That stopped when an improperly packed barrel shipped from the lab exploded at the plant in February 2014. The WIPP plant is due to resume partial operations in December.

    Greg Mello, executive director of the Los Alamos Study Group, a nuclear disarmament and environmental organization, was pleased to hear the news. 

  • Today in history Oct. 4
  • White Cane Awareness Week is Oct. 15-22

    Special to the Monitor

  • Recent astronomy discoveries to be discussed at Nature on Tap

    Anyone fascinated by discoveries in astronomy is invited to join this week’s discussion at Nature on Tap from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked Wine Room.
    Local astronomers and astrophysicists Dr. Paul Arendt, Dr. Galen Gisler and Dr. Rick Wallace will provide an engaging discussion about black holes, NASA’s Juno probe, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, the night sky, and upcoming planetarium shows.
    Nature on Tap is part of a series of conversations about art, history, nature and science.
    Arendt received his Ph.D. in physics at Ohio State University and now works in commercial manufacturing and the Applied Research and Development of Materials department at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Galen Gisler spent his life studying astrophysics around the world before furthering his career at the LANL. Rick Wallace, now a thirty-year member at LANL, attended U.C. Santa Cruz to study numerical calculations of stellar explosions and nuclear fusion.
    Nature on Tap, hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), is part of an informal discussion series started by the Los Alamos Creative District. At each Nature on Tap event, the topic is introduced by a facilitator before being opened up to the group for informal discussion.