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  • NFL owners revamp video replay for officiating

    PHOENIX (AP) — One day after approving the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas, NFL owners got busy passing several rules changes and adopting resolutions they believe will speed the game and enhance player safety.
    Most notable Tuesday was the change in handling officiating of video replays. Referees will now watch replays on the field using tablets, eliminating “going under the hood” to the watch on television monitors.
    League officiating chief Dean Blandino and his staff in New York will make the final decisions on those calls, with input from the referee, who in the past was the ultimate arbiter after consulting with league headquarters.
    “And I think that’s important to remember, we’re not taking the referee out of the equation,” Blandino has said. “The referee will still be involved, the referee will still give input, but will no longer have the final say.”
    Also at the league meetings owners extended bringing touchbacks out to the 25-yard line for another year; eliminating “leapers” trying to block field goals or extra points; added protections for defenseless receivers running their routes; and made permanent the rule disqualifying a player who is penalized twice in a game for specific unsportsmanlike conduct.

  • ‘Topper baseball, softball teams start District 2-5A seasons

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams get their District 2-5A seasons going starting today.
    Both teams will be at Del Norte to face the Knights to open 2-5A play today. Following today’s games – both single contests in Albuquerque – both teams will be at home Saturday to face off against Albuquerque Academy.
    For the Hilltopper softball team, it started off its season very well, winning four in a row, but have dropped five of six games since then, including four straight heading into this afternoon’s game with the Knights.
    Only one of those four recent losses has been particularly close. The Hillltoppers kept pace with the Rio Rancho Rams, a well-respected Class 6A program, in their game Friday, but the Rams prevailed 5-4.
    With those recent losses, the Hiltopper softball team is currently 5-5 on the year, but heading into the 2-5A season, only one of the five teams in district has more wins. Surprisingly, that team is the Capital Jaguars.
    The Jaguars are 6-6 right now and lost a close call Monday to its cross-town rival, the Santa Fe Demons. The Jaguars were down by three runs heading into their final at-bat, when they came up with a pair of runs to make the Demons sweat it out, but the Demons held on for an 8-7 victory at Santa Fe High School.

  • Efforts coalesce to avoid cavern collapse in Carlsbad

    SANTA FE (AP) — Efforts are coalescing to shore up a giant, man-made underground cavern in southern New Mexico before it collapses underneath a community of mobile homes and critical highway and rail transportation routes, nearly nine years after state officials sounded the first danger alarm, state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary Ken McQueen said Tuesday.
    He said his agency will be prepared as early as July to help commission engineering plans to stabilize the cavity left by the extraction of a salt formation underneath a crossroads at the edge of the small city of Carlsbad.
    The formation was mined by flushing water through it to extract brine for use by the oil and gas industry for drilling operations. Operations were halted in 2008 in following cavern collapses at two similar brine wells in nearby unpopulated areas with similar geology.
    “Basically the idea is to fill that void space, which is filled with water, with solid material which is designed to keep the cavern from collapsing at any time in the future,” McQueen said.

  • On the Docket 3-29-17

    Feb. 27
    Gilbert Marquez  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to appear in court and not having a proper driver’s license. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $130 court costs.

    Tina Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Christan Gerardo Andresen was found guilty  through Citepay of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Christopher Ellard was found guilty  through Citepay of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Hunter Gustafson was found guilty of hitting an unattended vehicle with his vehicle. Defendant received a deferred sentence but must also pay $65 in court costs. Defendant was also sentenced to community service.

    Deryl Garcia was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 16-20 miles per hour over the limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Arts & Entertainment Calendar 3-29-17

    Art exhibits
    The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, 601 Eubank SE in Albuquerque, will host “Critical Assembly, the Secrets of Los Alamos 1944: An Installation by American Sculptor Jim Sanborn,” through Oct. 8. This special exhibit, created by world renowned sculptor Jim Sanborn – best known for creating the encrypted “Kryptos” sculpture at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia – invites visitors to explore and study the recreations of the super secret experiments from the Manhattan Project’s atomic bomb program. The museum is open from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., 361 days a year. For information, visit nuclearmuseum.org, or call 505-245-2137.

    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of Southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May.

  • UNM-LA students consider the LANL technician pipeline

    In an ongoing effort to help students transition to the workforce, faculty at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos regularly invite representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratory to campus to speak about opportunities at LANL.
    In late February, Deborah Martinez who works with LANL Human Resources on various engineering related programs, presented an overview of the LANL Institutional Technician Pipeline Job Program. The program provides training and development, as well as entry into career pathways.
    Martinez explained that Post Associates Internships are available for those who have earned an associates degree within the past three years but have little or no relevant experience. Employees will be provided with on-the-job training and mentoring with a senior technician or supervisor. The program is offered through a number of divisions, from Applied Engineering and Technology to the Weapons Systems Engineering division. The electro-mechanical degree program at UNM-LA is designed to prepare students for tech positions in these areas.
    After stating that LANL is looking for people who are adaptable, flexible team players eager to learn, Martinez continued with advice on writing a strong cover letter and a resume that reflects skills appropriate to the job.

  • TRAVEL: Surprises abound in OKC

    By Debbie Stone

    Special to the Monitor

  • ‘Everyone Does IT’ event kickoff helps people learn about computing

    The Los Alamos Nature Center hosted a kickoff event for Everyone Does IT on March 21. This event focused on helping students of all ages learn about computing and information technology.  
    Tables filled with computers and props lined the building and created an interesting juxtaposition to the nature exhibits.
    The Nature Center was also filled with children and adults alike, eager to interact with the electronics available.
    Booth participants included VISIBLE VR Experience, Coder DOJO, Software is Everywhere, Dragon Dash! Photo Booth, Hacking Queen of the Hill, a Supercomputing Challenge, the Atomic Women and recruiting for Los Alamos National Laboratory.  
    Scientist Ambassador Terri Roberts ran the “Software is Everywhere” booth, which was stocked with intriguing gadgets that demonstrated the process of coding. During her explanation of basic computing principles, she said the first programmer was, in fact, a woman, Ada Lovelace.
    “Women need to be in this field!” Roberts said with a smile.  
    Although the event was not focused solely on girls and women, the goal is to increase the pool of people that are pursuing IT.

  • 22nd Annual Photographers Show set for April 3 at Mesa Public Library

    Interested in local photography? What about pictures from around the United States or even the other side of the world? The public is invited to view all of this and much more at the 22nd Annual Los Alamos Photographers Show hosted by the Los Alamos Photo Club on April 3-April 28 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library. 

    The show will start with an April 3 opening. The community is also invited to the April 18 Club walk-through, where the photographers will discuss their images and briefly explain where it was taken, what it is, and what they are trying to convey. 

    Both events will allow guests and participants to view submitted works and to interact informally with the photographers.

    The show is intended to give people who live and work in Los Alamos a chance to display their photos in a formal setting. 

    The content of the images can be diverse, ranging from local to astronomical. The pieces might be displayed for sale or simply for viewing pleasure, depending on the photographer’s goal. 

  • LA museums, parks won’t be affected by a state shutdown

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday ordered a hiring freeze for all agencies under her control, a move designed to save cash pending a political standoff over the funding of state government and public schools.

    The state personnel director outlined the freeze in a memo to cabinet secretaries, citing the need for executive agencies to take immediate action to control spending due to unprecedented budgetary challenges.

    Despite the freeze, some hiring will continue for jobs identified as critical for public safety and health as well as those related to taxation and revenue collections.

    The memo did not mention the governor’s disappointment with the outcome of the legislative session that wrapped up more than a week ago. However, she has been outspoken about the Democratic-controlled Legislature sending her a budget built on $350 million in tax increases and fee hikes.

    “The fact is, state government affects every New Mexican, and passing a balanced budget is critical in funding education, public safety and service to protect abused children,” she said in a statement.