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  • Democrats in state House to reconfigure committee structure

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Incoming Democratic leaders in the New Mexico House plan to reconfigure the chamber's committee structure by creating new committees and eliminating others.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Democratic leaders plan to make committee changes just as Republicans did two years ago.

    Democrats reclaimed control of the House in November.

    One change would involve creating a House Labor and Economic Development Committee.

    Democrats had objected two years ago to a GOP push to abolish a labor committee and replace it with the House Business and Employment Committee.

    Another change would involve bringing back the House Taxation and Revenue Committee, which had been recast as the House Ways and Means Committee after Republicans won control of the House in 2014.

  • Exhibits allow visitors step back into the Cold War era

    Along with the reopening of the Los Alamos History Museum, the Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS) celebrated the opening of the new Harold Agnew Cold War Galleries at the Hans Bethe House Friday.
    LAHS Executive Director Heather McClenahan explained that Bethe lived in the historic house on Bathtub Row only six months – the shortest residency on record.
    “But the work he did was incredible throughout his life, and he served as a mentor and a teacher to many Los Alamos scientists,” McClenahan said. “He also served as the conscience for the scientists. He said, if we’re going to be working on weapons of mass destruction, we need to have a say in how they’re used. So he really served a great role.
    “So we wanted to honor him by calling the house after him.”
    The new galleries focus on the era after the Manhattan Project, when Los Alamos was changing from a military facility focused on the war effort to one of the United States’ leading national laboratories.
    Visitors are introduced to the Cold War era as they enter a living room with period furnishings and an early television set playing news footage of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the moon landing, duck and cover and other events from that period.

  • Community celebrates reopening of LA History Museum

    Fuller Lodge was filled to capacity Friday morning as residents and people from all over the country came to see the Los Alamos History Museum’s grand reopening.
    The event included special guest speaker Clifton Truman Daniel, the grandson President Harry S. Truman. Truman was the first and only U.S. president to deploy nuclear weapons in war.
    The other surprise wasn’t in the program, but was just as welcomed. Near the end of the event, local accountant James Dinkel came forward with a $100,000 check. He presented the check on behalf of the estate of Dr. Zenas “Slim” Boone and his wife Irene to Dennis Erickson. Erickson is co-chair of the “History is Here” campaign. The campaign raises money to preserve and protect the buildings that make up Los Alamos’ historic legacy, including the museum.
    Daniel shared anecdotes with the audience, including a story about the time Truman’s 4-year-old son Daniel and his 2-year-old brother turned off the TV so Truman could read Thucydides’ “History of the Peloponnesian War” to them. He also talked about coming to terms with his grandfather being president of the United States.

  • Feds seek to protect geothermal features at Valles Caldera

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Underground pockets of boiling water and steam in a northern New Mexico national preserve that represent the heart of an ancient collapsed volcano could get extra federal protection under a new effort by the National Park Service aimed at limiting or preventing tapping the geothermal energy from neighboring land.

    Federal officials said last week that the Valles Caldera National Preserve would become the 17th U.S. park unit with designated thermal features if approved. A monthlong public comment period will end Jan. 26.

    Yellowstone, Crater Lake and Hawaii Volcanoes already are on the list of parks with federally protected geothermal features.

    Dubbed the "Yellowstone of the Southwest," Valles Calderas is home to vast grasslands, the remnants of one of North America's few super volcanoes and one of New Mexico's most famous elk herds. The bear-claw shaped ring of mountain peaks that form the caldera also is culturally significant to neighboring Native American tribes.

    Its visible geothermal features are nowhere near as striking as Yellowstone's geysers and consist mainly of above-ground, pungent smelling sulphur springs.

  • Today in history Dec. 30
  • Lobos top Fresno St. in MW opener

    The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team opened up Mountain West action with a 78-73 win over Fresno State Wednesday night inside WisePies Arena. The Lobos improve to 8-5 on the season and 1-0 in the Mountain West.
    The victory was the seventh straight win inside The Pit this season, the eighth straight MW opening win inside The Pit and sixth straight MW opening win for the Lobos.
    “I thought this was a really good game for all of our guys,” said UNM head coach Craig Neal. “It was a really good indication about the fight we have as a group and the effort they play with. Many guys were able to come back in and get us our first win in the conference.”
    Elijah Brown led the Lobos in the scoring column, finishing with 19 points. He was 14-for-14 from the foul line which is third best in program history. He also added three assists. Tim Williams put together 18 points, a team-leading seven rebounds and a season-high, team-leading four assists. He shot 7-for-15 from the field.
    It was the first time the Lobos had four players in double-digits since the Cal State Northridge game at the Wooden Legacy Classic. Along with Brown and Williams, Obij Aget and Dane Kuiper both finished with at least 10 points, 12 and 10 respectively. Jalen Harris finished with nine points and three assists.

  • Pajarito enjoys recent snow

    Mother Nature is beginning to do its part.
    After receiving more than 20 inches of snow in the past two weeks, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area opened almost 100 percent of its ski hill for skiing and snowboarding operations.   
    On Tuesday, Pajarito added five more runs including Daisy Mae, Li’l Abner, Dog Patch, Sundance and Bonanza. The following day, the ski hill opened Big Mother, Little Mother, Sidewinder, Precious, Breathless, Rim Rum, Why Not to Zero Road West, One More Time to Zero Road West and I Don’t to Zero Road West.
    “Our mountain crew has been working overtime track-packing and grooming the slopes to open up as much of the mountain as possible,” said Pajarito manager Tom Long.
    It was Pajarito’s most thrilled week of the season, as the ski hill will temporarily close on Monday for snow making purposes.
    Torchlight Parade set for Saturday
    Pajarito’s annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade is scheduled for sundown on Saturday.

  • Top NM sports moments of 2016

    New Mexico experienced a plethora of memorable and exciting occurrences in the past 12 months. From both Division I universities experiencing individual accomplishments, to prep teams providing excitement for fans.
    The following five moments prove that sports are alive and well in New Mexico.  
    Siakam gets picked in NBA Draft first round
    New Mexico State star Pascal Siakam was drafted 27th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors.
    Siakam, who left NMSU after his sophomore season, became the third Aggie to be selected in the first round. He was also the first NMSU player drafted in 25 years.
    Siakam has had a solid rookie season so far playing in 18.2 minutes per game and scoring 5.3 point per game. He’s also played every game this season and started the season opener.
    Lobos win nine games in 2016 season
    The University of New Mexico football team had its best season since 2007.
    The Lobos completed the nine-win season with a 23-20 win against UTSA in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 17. It was UNM’s third bowl victory in school history.
    It was a happy ending to a mostly enjoyable season for the Lobos. It could’ve been more charming but gut-wrenching losses to New Mexico State and Rutgers left UNM faithful wondering what could’ve been.

  • Santa Fe archbishop using ‘Social Gospel’ to fight poverty

    BY RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    Associated Press

  • How to turn monetary gifts into teachable moments

    BY NATHANIEL SILLIN
    Practical Money Skills