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  • Rollover on N.M. 502
  • Local families pay homage to their Irish roots

    Top o’ the morning!
    Almost everyone has heard of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick. But how many know that he wasn’t actually born in Ireland and that he was a slave?
    St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century. When he was 16, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland.
    After six years, he escaped on a ship headed back to Britain. Patrick eventually became a Catholic priest.  
    Returning to Ireland as a bishop, Patrick converted the pagan Irish people to Catholicism. He is famous for using a shamrock to explain to the people about the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.
    After many years of serving the people of Ireland, St. Patrick died on March 17, 461.  
    The Catholic Church commemorates his life each year by naming March 17 as St. Patrick’s Feast Day.
    Today in Ireland, the feast day of St. Patrick has also become St. Patrick’s Festival, a five-day celebration and tourist attraction, where millions of people enjoy music, dance and fireworks.
    The millions of Irish immigrants in the United States have celebrated St. Patrick’s Feast Day since the late 1700s.

  • No. 15 New Mexico back in MWC title game

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — New Mexico's size and Tony Snell's shooting were too much for San Diego State.

    Snell scored 17, including five 3-pointers, to lead No. 15 New Mexico past San Diego State 60-50 in the semifinal round of the Mountain West Conference tournament Friday night.

    Top-seeded New Mexico will look for back-to-back tournament titles on Saturday against UNLV.

    "I'm excited about defending our championship," New Mexico coach Steve Alford said. "I thought our guys did a lot of good things, especially on the defensive end for 40 minutes."

    Also for the Lobos (28-5), Cameron Bairstow added 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Alex Kirk had 15 points, seven rebounds, and four blocks.

    "I wouldn't say they were undersized, but they were smaller than us," said Kirk, the 7-foot center. "There was an emphasis to go right at them. We kept up the intensity. We got defensive stops and we kept going at them."

  • Today in History March 16th
  • Colo. Resident: Fire Is "Deja Vu" From Summer

    A wildfire is threatening homes near Fort Collins, Colorado and has prompted more than 50 people to leave the area. The fire began burning near the scene of a large wildfire last summer that burned 259 homes and killed one person.

  • Raw: Fiery Plane Crash in Fla. Parking Lot

    Video from WSVN-TV shows the smoke-filled scene of apparent plane crash in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Local reports say a plane went down near the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.

  • House reintroduces Manhattan Project legislation

     

    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), and Congressman Ben ray Luján (D-N.M.) Friday introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R. 1208) in the House of Representatives to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park that will encompass facilities in Hanford, Wash.; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and Los Alamos.

    The Manhattan Project was an unprecedented top-secret program to construct a nuclear weapon during World War II. This effort combined military and scientific resources and involved hundreds of thousands of workers.

    "The Manhattan Project is a significant chapter in America's history.  The establishment of this park will ensure that this history is preserved and that facilities, such as Hanford's B Reactor, will remain open and accessible for future generations to visit.  I'll continue to work with advocates in these local communities, as well as with my colleagues in both the House and the Senate, towards the goal of getting this bill enacted into law," Hastings said.

  • State House passes minimum wage increase; Martinez may veto

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to increase the state minimum wage to $8.50 an hour is close to clearing the Legislature but faces trouble if it reaches Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The House approved the bill Friday on 37-32 vote, sending it back to the Senate. The state minimum wage went to $7.50 an hour in 2009. Supporters said the proposed increase would help workers and their families with rising costs of food and other essentials. Opponents warned that the wage increase would hurt businesses and could cause them to reduce jobs.

    Only three states — Washington, Oregon and Vermont — have minimum wages higher than $8.50 an hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. A Martinez spokesman says the governor opposes increasing the rate to $8.50 but would accept $7.80.

    Martinez, meanwhile, has vetoed a proposal by the Democratic-controlled Legislature to expand the state's tax incentives for television projects and films. Martinez rejected the measure on Friday and objected that lawmakers had approved only the subsidy for Hollywood rather than making it part of a package of economic development tax incentives she's seeking.

  • LALL holding baseball tryouts, softball spring training

    Spring training sessions and tryouts for Los Alamos Little League softball and baseball will continue Saturday.
    Tryout sessions for LALL’s majors baseball division will be Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. Saturday's session is from 1-3 p.m. and Monday's and Wednesday's sessions will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at Lou Caveglia Field. Anyone interested in playing majors baseball this season must attend one of these sessions.
    For softball, spring training sessions are also scheduled for, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. Saturday's session is from 1-3 p.m. and Monday's and Wednesday'sspring trainings will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at Bun Ryan Field on North Mesa.
    More information can be found by visiting LALL’s website, lalittleleague.org.
     

  • Citizen advisory board slates meeting

    The Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board bi-monthly meeting will be from 1-7 p.m. March 20 at the Marriott Pyramid North, Yucatan Meeting Room, 5151 San Francisco Road N.E., Albuquerque.
    The New Mexico Environment Department, Los Alamos National Security, Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency will attend, to provide status updates.
    At 2:45 p.m., Tom Carver from the Department of Energy, will discuss the results of the Aerial Rad Survey of Los Alamos. At 3:15, Dan Cox and Dave Nickless from Los Alamos National Laboratory, will provide a status on the 33 Shafts at Area G.
    The board will consider action on Draft Recommendation 2013-12 “Recommendation to Review Material Disposal Areas at LANL” for risks associated with fires. The public will have opportunity to address the board and voice their questions and concerns during the public comment periods, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    The meetings will wrap up with comments from the board members and adjourn at 7 p.m.

    From a press release