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Today's News

  • Scientists urge rehiring of fired nuke lab worker

    SANTA FE (AP) — A group of scientists who work to limit the spread of nuclear weapons is urging the U.S. Energy Secretary to intervene on behalf of a fired worker at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Santa Fe political scientist James Doyle says he was fired after 17 years on the job in July after writing an article for a nonprofit website in support of abolishing nuclear weapons.
    Doyle worked on the lab’s non-proliferation team.
    Federation of American Scientists President Charles Ferguson urged Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to ensure that that Doyle isn’t penalized for participating in the national dialogue over nuclear policy. Doyle tells the Santa Fe New Mexican he was fired after lab officials claimed his article raised classification concerns.
    He says the article had been cleared for publication. 

  • Flash flood watch in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday

    FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

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  • Sheriff IDs victims in Main Hill crash

     

    The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the people involved in Monday’s single-vehicle crash on N.M. 502.

    The man that was driving the car that plunged into Pueblo Canyon Monday is Zachary Sanchez, 30, of Los Alamos. His passenger was Espanola resident Andrea Harvier, 31.

    According to Maj. Ken Johnson, spokesperson for the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office, Sanchez’ 2004 maroon Nissan Sentra was parked near the Anderson Overlook around Mile Post 4 at 3:14 p.m. when it suddenly accelerated for about 100 feet before plummeting 200 feet into the canyon.

     When rescue officials arrived at the base of the cliff, they found Sanchez outside the car, dazed and walking around. Harvier was found lying on the ground a short distance from the car.

    Though they know for sure that Harvier was ejected from the vehicle, they aren’t sure about Sanchez.

    Sanchez is currently in stable condition, and Harvier is still listed as critical. Sanchez was airlifted separately to CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe and Harvier was airlifted to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque.

    Johnson said they are still trying to determine the cause of the crash. No one has been cited or charged with any crime in the incident.

  • Be There calendar 08-26-14 to 09-02-14

     

    Today

    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org. 

     

    The Great Books discussion group is now called Mesa Readers. The group meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Mesa Public Library. The group chooses selections that interest its members and selects books and short stories that meet participants’ choices. All are welcome. For more information, call Mary Cernicek at 662-7100.

  • Assets in Action: Donate supplies at the upcoming open houses

     

    As we come to the time for open house at the high school and middle school levels, I encourage you to attend and see everything the sites have available.

    On occasion, I hear parents say that they have attended them in the past and know everything they need to know about the schools.

    As each student is different, there is so much new to learn about, things to see and people to meet.

    If you haven’t been to the middle school yet, you are in for a treat. You’ll have a chance to roam the halls and see how much has truly changed for the Hawks.

    The high school has so much in store too, new staff members, new programs and so much to offer students each and every year.

  • This week at PEEC: Mexican culture and Science on Tap

     

    Mexico is one of the most biologically and culturally diverse countries in the world. These two categories, culture and nature, have gone hand-in-hand throughout history in Mexico: nature being fundamental to Mexican cultural development, and vice versa. There will be a free presentation 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. 

    Two interns from Mexico, currently working at Bandelier, will take you back in time for an overview of how Mexican culture has changed throughout the years in its relationship with nature. The presentation will explore the impact of modern society on biodiversity, as well as outline some recent conservation efforts to save the natural beauty of Mexico.

  • Nation’s greatest number of artists, writers, performers found in Santa Fe

     

    Someone inside the administration gets the notion that life and economics are complicated and understanding might come from a thorough, if expensive, look at what is and is not happening. The result is a new report from the Department of Cultural Affairs, “Building on the Past, Facing the Future: Renewing the Creative Economy of New Mexico.” 

    Summarizing the Cultural Affairs report will take at least one more column. Before starting, a much smaller scale summary deserves applause. The summer issue of “New Mexico Earth Matters,” the newsletter of the Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, reviews the role of geology in the state’s future. Topics include water, energy, mining, geologic hazards and induced seismicity.

  • Fix issues before legalizing pot

     

    Good thing the Legislature didn’t pass that marijuana proposal.

    The proposal, introduced in the 2014 session, was a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana, which would have been submitted to the voters in the upcoming election. 

    The reasons to legalize marijuana are compelling: removing power from criminal cartels, sparing young people the stigma of criminal records and simply facing the reality that pot is here to stay.

    But New Mexico is not ready.

  • 'Topes continue their struggles

    The Albuquerque Isotopes continued their limp to the finish of the 2014 season Monday with a loss in the second game of their series against Oklahoma City.
    The Isotopes were shut out against Oklahoma City’s RedHawks 3-0. A quartet of RedHawks pitchers combined to hold the Isotopes to six hits for the game.
    Albuquerque’s Matt Magill (7-6) and Bruce Billings, the only two pitchers to make appearances for the team Monday, also allowed just six combined hits. But Oklahoma City scored twice in the bottom of the eighth on a walk to force in a run and a sacrifice fly.
    Magill allowed just one earned run in 5-2/3 innings.
    With Monday’s loss, the Isotopes (59-77) have dropped three straight contests and four of their last five. For the month of August, they are 6-18.
    The Isotopes will play their final two road games of the season today and Wednesday.
    Thursday, Albuquerque will return home for the final three games of its season. It will face the Las Vegas 51s Thursday, Friday and Sunday to close out the year.
    The 51s have already already clinched the Pacific Southern division’s championship and will advance to the 2014 PCL playoffs.

    Pederson joins exclusive club

  • LA drops decision to Scorps

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team dropped its first game of the season Saturday afternoon to the Farmington Scorpions.
    Los Alamos fell 4-3 to the Scorpions in Farmington. Farmington (1-0) scored three goals in the second half to Los Alamos’ two to take the victory.
    The Hilltoppers (0-1) won’t have much time for a turnaround, either, as they were scheduled to play a tough team in the Bosque School Bobcats this afternoon at home.
    Saturday, Los Alamos’ top offensive threat, Catie McDonald, got her season off to a fast start with a hat trick. She scored all three of the Hilltoppers’ goals, two of them assisted.
    Abby Schmalz and Charlotte Leonard earned the assists on two of the goals.
    Saturday was also the first start in the career of eighth grade goalkeeper Anna Lemke. Lemke, who earned the starting job during the preseason, played all 80 minutes for Los Alamos and made five stops.
    Today’s game will be the season opener for Bosque School.
    The Bobcats were 11-10 last season and advanced to the second round of the Class A-3A playoffs.
    Like Los Alamos this season, Bosque is a young team.
    It features just two seniors and three juniors on its 2014 roster.
    Following today’s game, the Hilltoppers will be on the road again to face Moriarty Thursday.