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Today's News

  • Campaigns need to promote civil discourse, dignity

    Ideas for our coming campaign season: Respect and dignity.
    In offering these ideas as a thematic umbrella for the races for governor, U. S. Senate and, indeed, all others, I am not suggesting boredom, ponderous speeches with long explications of obscurity. Nor am I suggesting that candidates refrain from discussion of the opponent’s record.
    Candidates must talk about matters that will make a difference in voter’s lives and they must discuss these subjects with vigorous statements that will get voters’ attention. Talking about the opponent’s record is the best way to create contrast, which is necessary to provide a reason to vote one way or the other.
    The problem is how the messages are presented. Or not presented, as in the case of Albuquerque Republican mayoral candidate Dan Lewis.
    We have a long record of political nastiness. At our country’s beginning, wrote historian Gordon Wood recently in the Wall Street Journal, “The conservative and liberal parties – the Federalists and the Jeffersonian Republicans, respectively – were led by two distinguished patriots, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, and the partisan campaigns waged by their parties were bitter and scurrilous.”

  • N.M. Supreme Court ousts Aztec magistrate from office

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has removed Aztec Magistrate Court Judge Connie Johnston from office for misconduct that a state commission said included dishonesty, surreptitious recording of private conversations in the courthouse and abuse of her judicial power of contempt.
    The high court’s order issued its order Monday following a hearing on the Judicial Standards Commission’s April 10 petition seeking removal of Johnston from office.
    Her term was set to end in December of 2018.
    The commission’s petition cited Johnston’s “dishonesty shown in committing various acts of willful misconduct and throughout the commission’s proceedings, including her false statements under oath as well as her concealment of surreptitious recordings that she was ordered to disclose but kept secret until midtrial when she perceived a personal advantage to disclosure.”

  • Clarification on bond subjects

    Capital improvements at White Rock elementaries Pinon and Chamisa will be top priorities for funding for the next bond issue, as a result of the Los Alamos Public Schools board meeting last week, Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said Tuesday. A story in Sunday’s paper may have implied otherwise.

  • Sale to benefit hospital auxiliary

    A gift sale to benefit the Los Alamos Medical Center Auxiliary is coming to the Los Alamos Medical Center. The sale will be from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.
    The sale will be in the Doctor’s Lobby of the hospital.
    The sale will feature new books, trinkets, small gifts, calendars and other stationery supplies. The event is sponsored and organized by Collective Goods. Proceeds of the sale will benefit the Los Alamos Medical Center Auxiliary, the hospital’s volunteer organization.
    Each the LAMC Auxiliary organizes various events to help patients make their stay at the hospital more comfortable. It also helps to mark the milestones of its special patients.
    For more information about the LAMC Auxiliary, or to become a volunteer, call 662-9555.  

  • House GOP chairmen announce probe of Obama’s Justice Dept.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairmen of two House committees announced Tuesday they’re opening an investigation into actions the Obama administration Justice Department took during last year’s presidential election.
    The chairmen said in a statement Tuesday they have several questions, including why then-FBI Director James Comey decided to publicly announce the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information but not to publicly announce the investigation into Donald Trump’s campaign associates.
    Trump fired Comey in May. At first, the White House cited a harsh memo about Comey’s performance from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as the justification – though Trump later said he would have fired Comey regardless of what the Justice Department recommended.
    Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, chairman of the Oversight Committee, announced the probe. They described it as necessary to “better understand the reasoning behind how certain conclusions were drawn.”

  • Astronomers measure Milky Way with radio waves

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A collection of radio telescopes that spans thousands of miles and is remotely operated from central New Mexico has measured a span of 66,000 light-years (one light-year is equal to 6 trillion miles) from Earth across the Milky Way’s center to a star-forming area near the edge of the other side of the galaxy.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports astronomers say they hope to measure additional points around the galaxy to produce a map – the first of its kind – over the next decade.
    Alberto Sanna of Germany’s Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy said in a news release that using the Very Long Baseline Array, which is remotely operated near Socorro, allows astronomers to “accurately map the whole extent of our galaxy.”

  • Trump allows refugee admissions to resume with new screening

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday allowed the resumption of refugee admissions as a complete ban he instituted four months ago expired, but the administration is adding “enhanced” screening procedures and a 90-day review for nationals from 11 countries believed to pose a higher risk to U.S. national security.
    Officials refused to identify the 11 countries, but said refugee applications from those nations will be accepted and judged case-by-case.
    Trump issued an executive order directing relevant government agencies to resume refugee processing, which he clamped down on shortly after taking office. Trump argued that the U.S. needed to do a better job determining whom it allowed into the country given the threat of terrorism.
    Under an executive order Trump signed earlier this year, the United States had temporarily halted admissions for refugees from all countries, with some exceptions. That order expired Tuesday and was replaced by the new one.
    Officials declined to describe the new screening procedures in detail, but they include such measures as collecting additional information to better determine whether refugees are being truthful about their status; stationing fraud detection officers at certain locations overseas; and improving training for adjudicators who process refugee applications.

  • N.M. Women Veterans Dental Program opens in Carlsbad

    The statewide New Mexico Women Veterans Smile Program is available for women veterans in Los Alamos.
    The program, begun by civilian volunteers and funded by the New Mexico Beverage Association, has served more than 15 women veterans. Dental Association Foundation Executive Director Linda Paul stated the program is looking for more women veterans from around the state.
    The Veterans Administration does not provide dental services to veterans unless they are 100 percent disabled or wounded in service. Some women veterans had not been to a dentist for years.
    Many dentists from around the state agreed to provide the services, including in Los Alamos. This care is donated by generous dentists in their own offices. Each patient receives a once in a lifetime benefit of a complete treatment plan that average $3,200/per case in donated care.
    The patient is not charged for this care. Funding is provided by the New Mexico Beverage Association.
    To apply, go to nmdentalfoundation.org, click on donated dental services, print the completed application form and mail to Donated Dental Services, PO Box 16854, ABQ NM 87191. If you need help with the application, call veteran Judy Quintana, 505-306-3756. 

  • Northern N.M. native supports nuclear deterrence

    TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – A 2004 Robertson High School graduate and Las Vegas, New Mexico native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the nation’s nuclear deterrence mission at Strategic Communications Wing ONE.
    Petty Officer 2nd Class Nikki Garcia credits her grandfather for influencing her decision to join the service.
    “My grandfather served in the Army during the Korean War,” Garcia said. “The stories he told made me want to contribute to our country and be like him.”
    The mission stems from the original 1961 Cold War order known as Take Charge and Move Out! Adapted as TACAMO and now the command’s nickname, today, the men and women of TACAMO continue to provide a survivable communication link between national decision makers and the nation’s nuclear weapons.
    The commander-in-chief issues orders to members of the military who operate nuclear weapons aboard submarines, aircraft or in land-based missile silos. Sailors aboard TACAMO E-6 Mercury aircraft provide the one-of-a-kind and most-survivable communication needed for this critical mission.

  • Sewing dreams into reality

    Cruiser’s Custom Embroidery may have just opened up a shop on Trinity Drive in August, but the store’s owner has been embroidering for much longer than that.
    Mike Luna actually started his business about 10 years ago, working from home. At the time, Luna sold his restaurant, Home Run Pizza, and was looking for something else to do. As the president of the Atomic City Corvettes car club, Luna realized that the companies that did the embroidering on their jackets and clothing weren’t quite cutting it.
    The rest is history.
    “I’ll buy my own doggone machine and I’m just going to play,” he said, thinking it was just going to be a hobby to help out his fellow club members and nothing more. But his friends kept calling for him to do more work and his business grew.
    Luna has grown proficient with his sewing machine, he can take any idea and make a logo or a design out of it and put it on anything, whether it’s cloth, leather, or anything in between.
    Luna still works by himself, and loves to work with customers one-on-one. A lot of amazing ideas have passed through the needle of his machine through the years, and he can wait to see what’s next.