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Today's News

  • 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.
     

  • Police: Home of hospitalized woman burglarized 5 times

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The home of an elderly Albuquerque woman hospitalized for a week has been reportedly burglarized at least five times, highlighting the city's rising crime rates.

    Albuquerque police arrested two people on Sunday in connection with the latest break-in that followed a string of burglaries at the same home, KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports .

    Burglars tried twice to break into the home of Margaret Young on Christmas Eve, police said. After those attempts,

    Young's two daughters found Damian Lee Castillo, 31, inside the home on Christmas Day, and pepper-sprayed him after he threatened them with a knife, police said.

    Castillo was arrested and charged with burglary.

    Following Castillo's arrest there were more break-ins, including two on Sunday, police said.

    Investigators said Young's son chased a couple away from the home on foot but the couple left their car behind.
    Police later found methamphetamine and other drugs in the car, a criminal complaint said.

  • LA offers variety of activities for New Year’s Eve

    Whether residents are looking for a quiet celebration or a party with friends and neighbors, Los Alamos has them covered.

    The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars posts will be open New Year’s Eve. Both posts will show football games on the TVs all day. Thanks to a temporary change in the state liquor laws, at least the VFW plans to remain open until 2 a.m. 

    The American Legion is at 1325 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos and the VFW is at 1793 Deacon St., Los Alamos.
    Los Alamos public libraries

    The Mesa Public Library and the White Rock Public Library will host kid-friendly daytime celebrations of “Noon Year’s Eve” on Sunday.

    At Mesa Public Library, the celebration begins at 1 p.m. with balloon drops at 2 p.m. At White Rock Public Library, celebrations begin at 3 p.m. and end at 4 p.m.  Kids aged 12 and younger are welcome, but an adult must accompany kids aged six and younger. Mesa Public Library is at 2400 Central Ave.and the White Rock Public Library is at 98 NM 4.

    Restaurants

    The Blue Window Bistro will be closed Sunday and Monday (New Year’s Day), but it will be presenting a reservation-only, five-course dinner on Saturday for $70 per person from 4-9 p.m. There were early and late evening reservations still available as of Friday afternoon.

  • New Mexico lawmaker cited for minor spending violations

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico campaign finance regulators say a Democratic state lawmaker violated campaign finance disclosure rules in several instances.

    The New Mexico Secretary of State's Office on Friday directed state Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero of Albuquerque to make numerous revisions to campaign finance reports dating back to 2012 and personally repay a $50 campaign-account donation to a political group that is not registered with the state.

    The agency rejected objections by a private investigator to campaign-account spending by Roybal Caballero on trips to out-of-state legislative conferences, the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and a $48 retirement gift to a leader of the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

    Albuquerque-based private investigator Carlos McMahon is seeking strong sanctions against Roybal Caballero. McMahon represents the ex-wife of Roybal Caballero's husband in a child-support dispute.
     

  • Sue Grafton, writer of popular 'alphabet' mysteries, dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sue Grafton, author of the best-selling "alphabet series" of mystery novels, has died in Santa Barbara. She was 77.

    Grafton was surrounded by family, including husband Steven Humphrey, when she died Thursday after a two-year battle with cancer, her daughter, Jamie Clark, posted on the author's website.

    "Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast. She had been fine up until just a few days ago, and then things moved quickly," the posting said.

    Grafton began her "alphabet series" in 1982 with "A is for Alibi." Her most recent book, "Y is for Yesterday," was published in August.

    "Many of you also know that she was adamant that her books would never be turned into movies or TV shows, and in that same vein, she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name," her daughter wrote. "Because of all of those things, and out of the deep abiding love and respect for our dear sweet Sue, as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y."