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Today's News

  • Thursday’s Nature on Tap to focus on astronomy discoveries

    This month’s Nature on Tap, set for Thursday, will focus on the latest findings in astronomy, including gravitational waves and neutron star collisions.

    Local astronomers and astrophysicists Dr. Galen Gisler, Dr. Steve Becker and Dr. Paul Arendt, will provide an engaging discussion about gravitational waves, the creation of precious metals, black holes, neutron stars, the night sky and upcoming planetarium shows.

    Nature on Tap is part of a series of conversations about art, history, nature and science. Thursday’s discussion will be at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room.

    Gisler was born under the dark and starry skies of eastern New Mexico and eventually found his way back to his home state. With a bachelor’s degree in astronomy from Yale University, and a Ph.D in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge (England), Gisler went on to postdoctoral positions at the Leiden University Observatory (Netherlands) and Kitt Peak National Observatory (Arizona).

    Arendt has a Ph.D in physics from Ohio State University. His working career was spent in Applied Research and Development of materials at LANL and also in commercial manufacturing.

  • Assets in Action: Let your voice be heard, before it is too late

    As an actual Certified Prevention Specialist in the State of New Mexico, I would never tell anyone what to think or how to vote. I would, however, say that you shouldn’t be allowed to vote on something drug related unless you do your homework.

    If you are in a position to have an intern, a student, or a volunteer have them research the history of the drug. If other state’s have legalized it, someone should spend a considerable amount of time seeing how decisions have affected their community, and in what ways.

    Recently, I have seen how the news is calling the legalization of marijuana in California as, “California is going green.”

    As a speech communication major, the media literacy aspect is astounding to me. “Going Green,” has an all-natural, healthy connotation to it. I am curious, however, if the going green is all about the financial aspect of legalization?

    Remember we elect officials to be our voice, but it may soon be imperative to let your voice be heard on this issue. If New Mexico decides to legalize marijuana, we won’t have a say after the vote.

  • Save for the lean years  

    BY LISA SHIN
    Guest Editorial

    Recently, one of my patients told me, “They should have saved for the lean years” as we discussed the possible change in LANL management and GRT revenues. She was referring to the Biblical account of Joseph and his rise to power from slavery.

    Pharaoh dreamed of  seven fat cows, devoured by seven starving cows. Then he dreamed of seven ripe, healthy sheaves of wheat, devoured by seven dead, dry ones.   Joseph correctly predicted the meaning of the Pharaoh’s dreams.

    “Immediately ahead are seven years of great abundance in all the land of Egypt. After them will come seven years of famine and all the abundance in the land of Egypt will be forgotten. As the land is ravaged by famine, no trace of the abundance will be left in the land…And let Pharoah take steps to appoint overseers over the land, and organize by taking a fifth part of the land’s produce in the seven years of plenty....Let that food be a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which will come upon the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish in the famine.”

    The principle is simple: save during the plenteous years to be ready for the lean years.

  • Ringing in 2018
  • Time to ask: ‘How is UNM athletics paying for itself and helping the university?’

     In 2017, the University of New Mexico got itself a new president, a new athletic director and a new athletic financial officer. They have their work cut out.

    UNM athletics is such a mess that former State Auditor Tim Keller called the athletics department and its fundraising arms “an ungovernable ball of organizations.” A special audit noted nearly $700,000 in missing revenues, perks for insiders, mixing of public and private money, and years of blown budgets.

    What other college sports program has drawn its own investigative journalist and a website devoted to its excesses? For about a year, Daniel Libit and his “NM Fishbowl,” instead of the usual fawning Lobo coverage, has scrutinized the program and demanded accountability. Now Libit, turning to other pursuits, calls on New Mexico journalists to stop acting like stenographers and step up to the plate. College sports should be covered like a public institution and not entertainment, he told the online NM Political Report. Students and taxpayers should hold the department to higher standards.

  • Sheriff candidate files injunction against county

    White claims the county is not following its own charter and ordinances. 

    He said he wants a district court judge to order Los Alamos County to restore its sheriff’s office.  White’s previous attempt to get the New Mexico Supreme Court to get the county it’s decision to defund and the cut the sheriff’s entire staff was rejected. This time, White is taking a different strategy.

    “What I’m asking the court to do is order the county to follow its own charter, follow their own ordinances and follow state statute that specifically says H-class county or home rule municipality,” White said. “I’m not asking the judge to decide constitutional or statutory issue like I did for the Supreme Court.”

    White wants the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office restored to where it was before the Los Alamos County Council took away its budget and most of the services it used to perform last year, including process serving. In 2016 the council voted to transfer those services, and the budget it needed to perform them, to the Los Alamos County Police Department. 

  • Welcome to the world, Lucille

    She wasn’t due to arrive until Jan. 4, but Lucille Rayos Manzanares couldn’t wait.

    Manzanares came into the world at 7:06 a.m. New Year’s Day at the Los Alamos Medical Center, making her the first baby born in Los Alamos County in 2018.

    From start to finish, it took Lucille about 11 hours to make her debut for the new parents.

    Her mom, Jesse, and dad, Israel, from Hernandez, said they were proud, exhausted and glad that everything turned out OK.

    “We’re just really happy that the baby’s healthy,” Israel Manzanares said. “The nurses really helped a lot. it’s been a really good experience.”

    Mom was also excited and they said they were looking forward to the next chapter in their lives.

    “I agree. I think they’re really nice here. I’m just adjusting to a new baby and becoming new parents,” Jesse Manzanares said.

    According to dad, Lucille is making a bit of an adjustment.

    “She’s just crying, eating sleeping mostly, being real cute. She’s not a loud crier. She’s just kind of chilling back and watching everything and learning,” Israel Mansanares said.

    “We just can’t stop staring at her,” Jesse Manzanares said.

  • ‘Critical Assembly’ exhibit opens at National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

    The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History has opened a permanent exhibit by American sculpture Jim Sanborn that features recreations of secret experiments from Los Alamos’s Manhattan Project atomic bomb program.

    “This is an opportunity to see something you can’t find anywhere else,” said Jim Walther, executive director of the museum. “It looks like what it would look like if you would have peered into that setting 70 years ago.”

    Sanborn has carefully pieced together scenes from 1945 to create “Critical Assembly, the Secrets of Los Alamos 1944.” The installation includes original electronic instruments, hardware, furniture, tools and materials used by Los Alamos National Laboratory during the 1940s.

    Sanborn, who is best known for creating the encrypted “Kryptos” sculpture at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, spent six years collecting pieces for the project from a variety of sources, including former laboratory employees. Any materials Sanborn was unable to collect in Los Alamos, he made himself.

    The permanent display was made possible by Los Alamos benefactors Clay and Dorothy Perkins of Los Alamos, Walther said.
    “This is a world-class exhibition,” Walther said.

  • Libertarian Party plans to make entrance in N.M. races

    An Albuquerque attorney is in talks with various would-be candidates across the state of New Mexico who are interested in running on the New Mexico Libertarian Party ticket this year.

    Attorney A. Blair Dunn, the son of New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, said it’s time to give New Mexicans a third option.

    He posted an open letter on his Facebook page urging citizens to consider the “Liberty” ticket, when it’s ready.

    “Being a candidate is no easy or comfortable task, but without those willing to put themselves out there in an election, there will be no alternatives that vote for the principles that we all share in, and we would be left to our status quo decision of the lesser of two evils between two parties that have offered no solutions in 100 years of control,” Dunn said in his letter.

    Dunn declined to mention any candidates that are interested, only saying there would be an official introduction, and announcement as soon as next week.

    As for his father filling the governor spot, he would.

  • New Mexico city manager resigns amid harassment allegations

    JAL (AP) — The manager of a small southeastern New Mexico community facing sexual harassment accusations has resigned.

    City councilors in Jal, New Mexico, recently announced that Bob Gallagher stepped down from his position following allegations of harassment.

    The resignation came after KOB-TV reported that two women had accused Gallagher of sending them crude text messages and asking for sex.

    Dadrianne White told the TV station Gallagher repeatedly sent her lewd text messages for two years after he helped get her out of jail.

    Gallagher denied in a statement last month all allegations of harassment from that accuser and said he believed he was being targeted. He says racy text messages he sent were "consensual."
    Gallagher says he apologized to his wife and family.