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  • Martinez signs civil seizure bill

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez took action on some 170 of about 190 bills passed during the 60-day legislative session by the noon Friday deadline.
    Her signature on a bill that keeps police from seizing money or assets from people unless convicted of a crime was hailed by civil rights advocates as historic.
    Martinez wrote in her signing message that she understands the importance of putting safeguards to protect constitutional rights.
    "On balance, the changes made by this legislation improve the transparency and accountability of the forfeiture process and provide further protections to innocent property owners," she said.
    However, she also made clear she does not care for the term "policing for profit" used by backers to describe the legislation, calling it a catch phrase that "improperly questions (law enforcement officers') motives and disregards their desire to serve and protect."
    "It is also dangerous to discount the role that funds acquired through forfeitures have played in keeping our communities safe and in protecting our officers from harm," she added.
    Martinez vetoed more than a dozen bills outright and did not take action on about 20 others, which resulted in them being pocket vetoed.

  • Sanchez faces 12 years for cliff crash

    SANTA FE — Neither the prosecution nor the defense minced words at the Friday arraignment of a Los Alamos man accused of causing “great bodily harm” to his now ex-girlfriend.
    Zachary Sanchez, 31, is accused of driving himself and his girlfriend off a 200-foot cliff on N.M. 502 near Anderson Overlook in August of last year. According to both the prosecution and the defense, the crash was no accident.
    At his arraignment, where Sanchez entered a not guilty plea, the prosecution asked Sanchez be placed on a surety bond and a wireless alcohol sobriety monitoring system.
    “Frankly, we’re lucky this isn’t a vehicular homicide,” said Assistant District Attorney Natalie Perry in Santa Fe District Court Friday. “He’s a danger to himself and the community. He admitted to driving, he drove off a cliff with a passenger and severely injured that passenger.”
    The state is contending he did it on purpose.
    “The scary part of this is that the evidence shows it was intentional. There’s a witness that saw him on the side of the cliff that saw him slowly drive off of it, there were no brake lights,” Perry said, adding that he also made comments about killing her if she tried to break up with him.

  • Today in history April 11
  • Schmidt taking job in Farmington

    Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt said today he has signed a letter of intent to take over as superintendent of the Farmington Public Schools.
    Schmidt signed the Letter of Intent Thursday evening. Schmidt will be stepping down from Los Alamos Public Schools following this academic year.
    More information will be in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Church listings 4-10-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • The Bible is second in importance to God

    “You refer to the Bible as the ‘penultimate authority.’ Doesn’t that lessen its authority?” — Katrina

    Christian faith holds that one God above all gods is ultimate authority (Ex. 20:3; Deut. 6:4). The eternal, sovereign Creator (1 Ti. 1:17), transcending time and space, He is the supreme, ontological ground of being (Is. 40:21-26, 28).
    The faith also contends that God has a message for humans. Referred to by the Greek word kerygma (which means “preaching”, Lk. 4:18-19; Ro. 10:14; Mt. 3:1), this message is that God has made a way, through the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, to rescue a broken humanity that cannot save itself.
    In place since before the beginning of time, this message is the expression of God’s heart and purpose for His creation (Eph. 1:3-12). It is the essence of the holy, just, gracious, merciful God. It is for this reason that creation itself and all eternity venerate the living, loving God (Lk. 19:40; Rev. 7:9-12).

  • Two manufacturers share machines, expertise with outside entrepreneurs

    Any entrepreneur with a product idea or prototype can find someone to build it in New Mexico.
    Two companies that do just that for a variety of clients are Marpac, a maker of devices that secure medical tubes and collars, and TEAM Technologies Inc., which designs and fabricates products that require advanced engineering and electronics.
    Both Albuquerque companies opened their doors for New Mexico Manufacturing Day activities last fall and plan to participate again this year.

    From full service to a single stitch

  • Doing the math on math

    The orphanage door was locked and the only way to open the door was to punch in a cryptic key, the deranged design of an eccentric locksmith.
    The key was a zero of a quartic equation displayed above the door, a labyrinth of logic for your average citizen.
    As smoke billowed from the rooftop, firefighters were unable to get inside to rescue the children.
    The fire chief yelled out, “Quick! We need to know how to determine the x-intercepts for this quartic!”
    Fortunately, I was ready, armed with the algebraic knowledge that allowed me to recognize the quadratic form embedded in the esoteric equation. I quickly derived the root, entered the key and rescued the children!
    OK, so this didn’t really happen. I’m still waiting for my chance to be an algorithmic hero, but I’m sure that one day, knowing how to factor a polynomial will be a life-changing event.
    When studying new concepts, my math students always ask, “What am I going to ever use this for? What good is it?”
     I could tell them, “Well, it keeps me employed,” but if that were really the reason, I’d be the first to say we shouldn’t teach it!
    So why do we study math? Or more to the geometric point, why do we study the math we study?

  • And There's The Pitch

    Los Alamos pitcher Jordan Hammock delivers a strike in Wednesday’s softball game against Española Valley. Los Alamos has a big doubleheader Saturday at Bernalillo for the early District 2-5A lead. Game times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • Religion class to start on April 19

    A new “Gospel Principles” class will begin on April 19 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    This free course will provide basic gospel instruction in a small-group setting where questions and discussion are welcome. Interested community members are invited to attend.
    The focus of the class will be to gain an understanding of basic doctrine as supported by the scriptures and the words of latter-day prophets and apostles. Discussion on how gospel principles can be applied to daily living will be included.
    The course will enable participants to find answers to life’s questions, gain an assurance of individual purpose and self-worth and face personal and family challenges with faith.
    The class will meet 2:20-3 p.m. Sundays at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th St.
    Class attendees are welcome to join the congregation for worship services from 1-2:10 p.m., but attendance at worship services is not required in order to attend the Gospel Principles class. Course materials, including a course manual, are provided at each class meeting.
    For more information on the class, contact Joshua Miller at 695-7502.