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  • Star seniors presented with scholarships

    The Duane Smith Auditorium was humming with students and parents Tuesday evening as Los Alamos High School seniors on the cusp of graduation were presented with their hard-earned scholarships.

    Morrie Pongratz was master of ceremonies for the convocation and welcomed the crowd. Pongratz introduced the LAHS administrative team, who were in attendance to shake each students hand.

    School board members and superintendent Kurt Steinhaus were also present. After looking over the convocation program, Steinhaus said, “I saw a couple things that were missing. A ‘thank you’ to the proud moms and dads.”

    He then asked the students to stand and give a round of applause to the parents.

    LAHS Principal Brad Parker received a warm welcome from the crowd and he responded, “All I can say is when you work with great people, it makes it easier to do your job well. I’ve gotten probably a lot more than I’ve given here. Thank you for letting me be here.”

    Pongratz recognized the educators in attendance and people working behind the scenes of the program.

  • Nuclear waste transport contract awarded to Colorado company

    CARLSBAD (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department has awarded a contract worth up to $112 million to a Colorado company for transportation services at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository.
    The agency announced the contract with CAST Specialty Transportation, Inc. on Thursday. CAST already maintains a terminal in southern New Mexico to support transport operations for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
    Under the new contract, CAST also will be responsible the shipment of waste to the repository from federal facilities across the nation as part of the Energy Department's multibillion-dollar cleanup program.
    The waste includes gloves, tools, clothing and other materials from decades of bomb-making and research.
    The repository recently began accepting shipments following a nearly three-year closure that resulted from a radiation release in one of the underground disposal rooms.

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  • Hawaii, parts of Southeast, Southwest face summer fire risk

    DENVER (AP) — Forecasters say Hawaii and pockets of the Southeastern and Southwestern United States could face above-normal danger of significant wildfires this summer.
    The National Interagency Fire Center's summer outlook released Thursday shows the risk on the Big Island of Hawaii is expected to be above normal through September.
    Forecasters say western Nevada faces above-normal fire danger from July through September. The risk will be high in inland Southern California in July and in parts of Northern California during August and September.
    Southeastern Arizona and western New Mexico could have above-normal risk in June.
    Forecasters say fire danger will be below normal through July in the Rocky Mountains and in a large swath of the Eastern U.S. from Texas to the Atlantic. The risk will return to normal in late summer.

  • Dem gets calls to resign on Trump Facebook post

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is calling on a Democratic public education commissioner to resign over his social media post supporting a bloody, beheaded image of President Trump.

    Martinez spokesman Michael Lonergan said Thursday that Tim Crone crossed the line when he applauded and encouraged "a sick stunt." Lonergan says the governor is demanding that he apologize and step down from the commission.

    Crone wrote on Facebook late Wednesday that he endorsed comedian Kathy Griffin's posting of the Trump image and called the Native American-owned Route 66 Casino a "loser, redneck" venue for canceling an upcoming Griffin show over the video.

    The 70-year-old Crone told The Associated Press his remarks "were intended as a joke" and were directed at friends.

    He later edited the Facebook post.

    Griffin, who helped with CNN's New Year's Eve coverage, has apologized, saying that the brief video was "too disturbing" and wasn't funny.

    Route 66 Casino, a casino operated by Laguna Pueblo, announced Tuesday that it was canceling a July 22 performance by Griffin.

    Crone was elected to the commission's District 10 seat in November as a write-in candidate.

  • Do you want tax reform? Muzzle the governor and make it bipartisan

    Republicans are discouraged that instead of getting a gross receipts tax overhaul, we’re getting a $400,000 study. But realistically, their 430-page baby was way too much for a two-day special legislative session. The good news is that tax reform is on everybody’s radar, and I see the political will to get it done. What I don’t see, yet, is the necessary bipartisan cooperation.
    Sitting through the long hearing for the bill, I heard strengths as well as unfinished business.
    Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, deserves our thanks for taking on this monster. Harper told the House Labor and Economic Development Committee that he tried hard to be nonpartisan. “It’s not a far right solution or a far left solution,” he said. “We met in the middle of the road.”
    The bill would have removed most GRT exemptions, deductions and credits and applied the savings to reduce the rate from 7 percent to 6 percent. It also remedied a host of other problems with the tax, including its name, which is scary to outside companies thinking about moving here.
    “Names really mean something,” Harper said.
    The bill would also have taxed internet sales, healthcare providers and nonprofits and increased the motor vehicle sales tax and the healthcare premium tax.

  • ‘Two Days, One Night’ screens Thursday at Mesa Library

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  • New Mexico casino cancels Kathy Griffin performance

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A casino in New Mexico has scrapped a scheduled performance by comedian Kathy Griffin after she posted online a bloody image that resembled President Donald Trump.
    Route 66 Casino, a casino operated by Laguna Pueblo, announced late Tuesday on social media that July 22 performance by Griffin was canceled.
    Griffin, who helped with CNN's New Year's Eve coverage, has apologized, saying that the brief video was "too disturbing" and wasn't funny.
    Griffin appears in a video posted online Tuesday holding what looks like President Donald Trump's bloody, severed head.
    She described the project as an "artsy fartsy statement" on Instagram and says she does not condone causing harm to others.

  • History on Tap topic to include cold war Thursday

    Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square for an engaging discussion about the Soviet side of the Cold War with Samantha Lippard.
    This edition of History on Tap will explore the Soviet side of the Cold War, from Levi’s blue jeans and the British Invasion to cosmonauts and Soviet television. Come learn about the many ways in which the Soviet Union and the United States were similar during this turbulent period, as well as the unique experiences of the Soviet people.
    Lippard graduated from Texas Tech University in 2013 with a degree in Russian Language and Area Studies and a degree in History. She loved her time at Texas Tech so much, she returned and graduated in 2015 with a master’s degree in European history with a focus on Soviet history. During her time at Texas Tech, her areas of study were Soviet sports history and Soviet social policies in Central Asia and the Caucasus.
    More information about History on Tap and other Historical Society programs and events can be found at losalamoshistory.org and by following the Los Alamos History Museum on Facebook.

  • Summer Family Evening to host Santa Fe Animal Shelter

    Join the Santa Fe Animal Shelter for a tail-wagging presentation hosted by the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. June 7.
    Don’t miss your chance to play with furry friends and get tips on how to care for them. This event is part of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program.
    This week’s Summer Family Evening event is a great way to get involved with an animal-friendly organization. Humane Education Coordinator Tom Alexander will be present to share the Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s mission, teach animal safety, and highlight various volunteer opportunities.
    Here is a list of this year’s Summer Family Evenings schedule:
    • June 21 – Reptiles from the International Rattlesnake Museum in Albuquerque,
    • June 21 – Orienteering with the New Mexico Orienteers,
    • June 28 – Science experiments from the Explora Museum of Albuquerque,
    • July 5 – Gardening activities with the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens,
    • July 12 – Burro packers from Paraje Atajo Guest House,
    • July 19 – Animals from the New Mexico Wildlife Center, and
    • July 26 – Solar Eclipse Night.