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  • New Mexico governor appeals ruling on voided vetoes

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is appealing a state judge's decision to void her vetoes on 10 bills that cleared the Legislature with little to no opposition earlier this year.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the case is headed to the New Mexico Court of Appeals after the Republican governor's attorney filed a notice of appeal earlier this week.

    Martinez vetoed the 10 bills without explanation resulting in legislators filing suit against the governor. The Democratic lawmakers cited a section of the New Mexico Constitution that requires the governor to offer reason for vetoing bills while legislators are in session.

    State District Judge Sarah Singleton agreed with the legislators and issued a decision the August.

    The bills became law last week.

  • AP-NORC Poll: Most dislike NFL protests _ and Trump comments

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans think refusing to stand for the national anthem is disrespectful to the country, the military and the American flag. But most also disapprove of President Donald Trump's calling for NFL players to be fired for refusing to stand.

    The NFL protests began last season with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the national anthem to bring more attention to the killings of black men by police officers. The protests spread this season, as the former San Francisco 49er was unable to sign on with another team, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said he was racially profiled by Las Vegas police and then Trump sounded off.

    According to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 52 percent of Americans disapprove of professional athletes who have protested by refusing to stand during the national anthem, compared to 31 percent who approve. At the same time, 55 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump's call for firing players who refuse to stand, while 31 percent approve.

    In the poll, African-Americans were far more likely to approve of the players' protests.

  • Girl’s soccer defeats Del Norte

    The Los Alamos High School varsity girl’s soccer team got off to a good start in district play, defeating Del Norte High School 2-0 at Sullivan Field Saturday morning.

    The game got started more than an hour later than expected, as heavy rain and lightning kept the players off the field.

    Once they got started, however, it didn’t take long for the Hilltoppers to take control.

    Just seven minutes into the game, LAHS got on the scoreboard.

    Alyssa Parker took a shot from the left side of the field. The Del Norte goalkeeper, Jazzmine Herrera, stopped the shot, but the deflection came right to Elsa Gram, who buried the ball in the back of the net to put the Hilltoppers up 1-0.

    Throughout the game, Parker and Gram were able to consistently run past the Del Norte defenders, setting up quality scoring opportunities and keeping the Hilltoppers in control.

    LAHS goalkeeper Ashley Atencio came up with numerous big saves throughout the first half to keep her team in front.

    There may have been none bigger than a pair of stops in the 11th minute, when she lunged to the left to make one save, then quickly pivoted to the right to stop the redirection.

  • Boy’s soccer wins district opener

    It may not have been as easy as the team hoped, but the Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team began district play with a 2-1 win over Del Norte High School.

    It appeared the game would go smoothly for the Hilltoppers when Tristan Semelsberger scored in the second minute to put the team up 1-0. He dribbled through five defenders straight down the middle of the field and snuck a shot past the goalkeeper before he even had a chance to react.

    In the following minutes, the Hilltoppers missed out on a number of opportunities to add onto their lead, as Arthur Steinkamp narrowly missed on two shots, though the team maintained good pressure.

    Del Norte was able to tie the score in the 24th minute off of a direct kick from 25 yards out. The ball snuck over the outstretched reach of LAHS goalkeeper Cid Rice and into the top corner to make the score 1-1.

    The Hilltoppers did not let the goal change their game plan, as they went right back to dominating possession after the goal.

  • Football runs past Santa Fe High

    The Los Alamos High School varsity football team is off to its best start in a decade. After defeating Santa Fe High School 21-14 in the Hilltoppers’ homecoming game, the team’s record now stands at 4-2 heading into district play.

    Nothing about the most recent victory came easy, however, as it came down to the last possession and the final minutes.

    The first quarter was a defensive battle, as the teams traded turnovers on downs and struggled to move the ball past midfield. As the quarter drew to a close, Santa Fe appeared to have their best scoring opportunity of the game up to that point, with first and goal inside the 5-yard line. The Hilltopper defense was able to tighten and force a field goal attempt, which they blocked, keeping the game scoreless.

    Hilltopper running back Cade Yost changed that on the first play of the ensung drive, as he took a handoff to the left and ran 82 yards for a touchdown, outrunning the entire Santa Fe defense. After a successful extra point attempt, LAHS led 7-0.

    Santa Fe answered right back on their next drive, picking up big gains down the field and capping off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Zach Russell, tying the game at 7-7.

  • New Mexico city may allow workers to carry concealed weapons

    ROSWELL (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico city is weighing whether to allow its employees to carry concealed weapons at work.

    KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports the Roswell City Council is scheduled next week to vote on a concealed weapons measure. Supporters say the new option will keep employees safe.

    Under the proposal, Roswell employees who complete requirements to obtain a concealed carry license will have the option to carry a gun.

    Nearby Eddy and Otero counties already allow their employees to carry a concealed weapon while on the job.

  • Money flows fast to GOP candidate for New Mexico governor

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce's campaign for governor has quickly raised $1 million as he battles in court for access to a separate chest of money he raised while serving in Congress.

    Pearce said in a news release Thursday that his campaign has received money from at least 930 contributors in less than three months. The campaign has at least $900,000 in cash on hand ahead of the 2018 primary and general elections.

    At the same time, the seven-term congressman and his approach to public land issues have come under pointed criticism in an advertising blitz from an alliance of five nonprofit advocacy groups. Pearce campaign spokesman Greg Blair dismissed the criticism as the work of liberal-leaning special interest organizations with a radical agenda.

    Two-term Republican Gov. Susana Martinez cannot run for re-election in 2018, and Pearce so far is the only contender for the GOP nomination. Candidates for the Democratic nomination include U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, state Sen. Joseph Cervantes and former media industry executive Jeff Apodoca.

  • Einstein proof: Nobel winners find ripples in the universe

    By  SETH BORENSTEIN and JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For decades astronomers tried to prove Albert Einstein right by doing what Einstein thought was impossible: detecting the faint ripples in the universe called gravitational waves. They failed repeatedly until two years ago when they finally spotted one. Then another. And another. And another.

    Three American scientists — including one who initially flunked out of MIT — won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday that launched a whole new way to observe the cosmos. Sweden's Royal Academy of Sciences cited the combination of highly advanced theory and ingenious equipment design in awarding Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of

    Technology and Barry Barish and Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology.

    "It's a win for the human race as a whole. These gravitational waves will be powerful ways for the human race to explore the universe," Thorne told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

  • Geology outing Oct. 14 with local geologist

    Local geologist Patrick Rowe will lead an outing Oct. 14 to the Cabezon Peak area in search of geological treasures at two sites.

    Participants can expect to find minerals and marine fossils at the windmill site, and Shark’s Tooth Ridge is aptly named for the fossilized teeth from five species of Cretaceous Period sharks that the group will find.

    This program is organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Space is limited.

    The windmill site lies roughly between Cabezon peak and the Ojito Wilderness, where the group will be collecting nodules containing calcite crystals and fossil gastropods and ammonites.

    The nodules in this area often contain open pockets with beautiful calcite and every now and then barite crystals. The calcite crystals are found within some very large, partially buried and highly weathered concretions.

    To collect them, participants should be ready to do some digging in loose sand to expose the concretions. Once exposed, use prying tools and hammers to take apart the concretions while keeping an eye out for calcite.

  • State Archaeology Fair set for Oct. 14

    SANTA FE — Would-be archaeologists can be part of a mock excavation at the Oct. 14 New Mexico Archaeology Fair held this year in Taos at the Millicent Rogers Museum.

    Presented by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, Department of Cultural Affairs, the fair is a chance for children and adults to experience activities associated with cultures that trace their origins back thousands of years. At the same time, they can learn techniques developed over the last 150 years that have helped people better understand the lives of some of New Mexico’s earliest inhabitants.

    “The mock dig is new to the fair this year,” said State Archaeologist Michelle Ensey, who also is the deputy State Historic Preservation Officer at HPD. “We’re conducting the excavations using some of the same tools archaeologists use to excavate prehistoric and historic sites.”

    The fair runs from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and admission is free. The museum is hosting the event and will be open during the fair, which also features the Taos Archaeological Society, state Office of Archaeological Studies, Archaeological Society of New Mexico and the New Mexico Archaeological Council. Several HPD archaeologists and cultural resource professionals will be on hand.