Today's News

  • State Briefs 08-10-14

    Sandoval County deputy involved in shooting

    ALGODONES — Authorities are investigating a shooting involving a Sandoval County Sheriff’s deputy that left one man wounded.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports the shooting took place Thursday around 9 p.m. in Algodones, just north of Bernalillo.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Keith Elder says deputies responded to reports of shots fired.
    Elder says one man was taken to a hospital but did not say if the man had been shot by a deputy. His condition is unknown.
    He did not identify him or the deputy involved.
    Resident Richard Spence, who lives across the street from the scene, says he called 911 after hearing about 10 shots.

    Crew finds prehistoric remains at missile range

  • LANL probes mysteries of uranium dioxide’s thermal conductivity

    Nearly 20 percent of the electricity in the United States is generated by nuclear energy from uranium dioxide fuel, but mysteries still surround exactly how the material controls the electrical production: poor thermal conductivity can limit the conversion rate of heat produced by fission, however we don’t know the physics underlying this behavior or, as it turns out, some of the properties to which it gives rise.
    “A deeper understanding of the physics that governs the performance of important engineering materials, such as uranium dioxide, should lead to improvements in efficiency and safety,” said David Andersson, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist on the project, “which are ultimate goals of the Department of Energy’s program to develop advanced predictive computer models of nuclear reactor performance.”
    New research at Los Alamos is showing that the thermal conductivity of cubic uranium dioxide is strongly affected by interactions between phonons carrying heat and magnetic spins. “This leads to unexpected behavior of the thermal conductivity: For example, in single crystals the measured thermal conductivity is different along the side or edge of the cubic unit cell than along the diagonal, even at and above room temperature,” said Andersson.

  • Bighorn sheep to be released into Jemez

    The Department of Game and Fish plans to reintroduce Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep into historic bighorn sheep habitat near Cochiti Canyon in the Jemez Mountains of the Santa Fe National Forest.
    Several dozen department staff and volunteers will conduct a capture operation Aug. 11-14 near Wheeler Peak in the Carson National Forest. The sheep will be released in the treeless burned area created by the Las Conchas Fire in 2011, which has become ideal bighorn sheep habitat.
    The department hopes to capture 30 to 40 adult sheep and their lambs using drop nets and then transport the sheep via helicopter to a staging area where they will undergo a health evaluation. After receiving veterinary care, they will be transported by trailer their new home.
    This will be the 10th Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herd the department has established since beginning to restore the species in 1978. Biologists anticipate that the herd will expand into Bandelier National Monument and the White Rock Canyon area, and will increase opportunities for New Mexican’s to see bighorns in the wild.
    As part of a long-term study, the department will place radio collars on all of the adult sheep. Twenty of the collars will have GPS technology that will give wildlife biologists new insights about the sheep and their daily routines.

  • State sues over gambling compact

    SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has sued the federal government to stop the Interior Department from approving a new gambling compact for Pojoaque Pueblo and imposing it on New Mexico.
    The governor’s office filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, contending the interior secretary doesn’t have the authority to implement a compact under procedures being followed by Pojoaque after it failed to negotiate a new gambling agreement with the state.
    Interior Department spokeswoman Emily Beyer said Friday she could not comment on pending litigation.
    Jessica Hernandez, the governor’s deputy chief of staff and attorney, said in a statement that Pojoaque “is attempting to use regulations from the Department of Interior to conduct gaming in a way that is contrary to the best interests of New Mexicans and neighboring pueblos.”
    A federal appeals court ruled in a Texas case in 2007 that the federal agency couldn’t impose a gambling compact on the state using that process, but that decision isn’t binding on federal judges in New Mexico.

  • Flood damage in Jacona

    Last week’s storms produced flooding that destroyed a section of CR 84 in Jacona.

  • Seen @ The Scene: County Fair Parade

    The Hill Stompers took top honors in the 2014 Los Alamos County Fair Parade Saturday.
    The Hill Stompers beat out the World War II Veterans and Zia Realty Group, which tied for second place. Following those two parade participants was LANL Workers' Safety.
    The Grand Marshal of this year's parade was former Los Alamos basketball player Alex Kirk - today is Alex Kirk Day in Los Alamos County.

  • Run commemorates Pueblo Revolt

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — More than 130 people signed up to run and walk through parts of Albuquerque’s North Valley Saturday to commemorate the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.
    The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center organized the Resilience Run in part to raise money to purchase a marble statue of Po’pay, the pueblo religious leader who organized the revolt against the Spanish following years of oppression.
    Historians say the revolt is significant because it helped ensure the survival of pueblo cultural traditions.
     as well as their land holdings, language and religion.Cultural center officials say more than half of the funds have been raised for the statue, with $25,000 remaining to achieve the goal of $70,000.

    The statue by renowned Jemez Pueblo sculptor Cliff Fragua currently sits in the center’s south entryway.

  • Police: Four wounded in ABQ shooting

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Police say four people have been wounded in an Albuquerque shooting and a suspect remains at large.

    Albuquerque Sgt. Ferris Simmons says the shooting occurred Friday in the Northeast Heights area of Albuquerque.

    Simmons says at least one victim is in critical condition.

    She says detectives are working the case and the public has been asked to avoid the area around Candelaria and Vassar.

    No further information was available.

  • U.S. bombs militants in Iraq as crisis worsens


    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group Friday amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. The extremists took captive hundreds of women from a religious minority, according to an Iraqi official, while thousands of other civilians fled in fear.

    Many of America's allies backed the U.S. intervention, pledging urgent steps to assist the legions of refugees and displaced people. Those in jeopardy included thousands of members of the Yazidi religious minority whose plight — trapped on a mountaintop by the militants — prompted the U.S. to airdrop crates of food and water to them.

    The extremists' "campaign of terror against the innocent, including the Yazidi and Christian minorities, and its grotesque and targeted acts of violence bear all the warning signs and hallmarks of genocide," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. "For anyone who needed a wake-up call, this is it."

    Underscoring the sense of alarm, a spokesman for Iraq's human rights ministry said hundreds of Yazidi women had been taken captive by the militants. Kamil Amin, citing reports from the victims' families, said some of the women were being held in schools in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul.

  • New principal to lead Mountain

    When the school bell rings in August, one former kindergartener becomes the principal at Mountain Elementary.
    LAPS teacher and former Piñon Panther, Jennifer Guy has risen through the ranks and will take the reins at Mountain’s top spot.
    Guy takes the position after teaching 24 years in a variety of grade levels, K through eighth, and in a great deal of learning situations.
    “I have been extensively involved with mentoring programs for teachers across the state,” said Guy. “I have worked with teachers and leaders from around the state and across the country on Common Core standards and student assessments.”
    Last year, she had the opportunity to work as an administrative intern, under the tutelage of Piñon Elementary Principal, Jill Gonzales, which Guy describes as “wonderful.”
    Guy also comes to the playground with a Master’s degree in Pedagogy and Learning, licenses and endorsements in Teaching English as a Second Language and Early Childhood education and completed the back to school list, by recently earning her administrative certification from Eastern New Mexico University.
    Guy had been teaching kindergarten at Piñon for the past eight years and loves the joy they bring to learning, which she brings as well.