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  • 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

  • Lessons to learn from Johnson administration

    In the early days of Gary Johnson’s governorship, I had occasion to be at the State Capitol talking with some of his new appointees.
    “Oh,” one of them said to me, “so you work for the Department of Labor.” He looked pleased with himself.
    “No,” I said. “I work for the Workers’ Compensation Administration.”
    “Right,” he said, “Department of Labor.”
    “No,” I said, but he didn’t believe me.
    Several similar conversations happened with other appointees of the new administration.
    A few weeks later, I saw taped to a wall in the Capitol an organization chart of state government, showing a dotted line between the Department of Labor and my agency. We had at one time been “administratively attached” to that department. But we had never been part of it.
    The chart was several years out of date. This new gang of managers were relying on it as reference information to learn what they were now in charge of.

  • States face off over future of Obama global warming plan

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two weeks after officials in two dozen states asked Republican President-elect Donald Trump to kill one of Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature plans to curb global warming, another group of state officials is urging Trump to save it.
    Democratic attorneys general in 15 states plus four cities and counties sent a letter to Trump asking him to preserve Obama’s Clean Power Plan, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the lead author, announced Thursday.
    The letter was a rebuttal to one sent this month by Republican officials from West Virginia and 21 other states and Democrats from the coal-producing states of Kentucky and Missouri urging Trump to issue a Day 1 executive order declaring the Clean Power Plan unlawful and prohibiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing it.
    The Clean Power Plan aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at existing power plants, the nation’s largest source of the pollution, by about one-third by 2030. Opponents say the Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority to implement the rules. The plan is already the subject of a legal fight.

  • Los Alamos offers New Year’s Eve events for all

    There will be plenty to do New Year’s Eve in Los Alamos for kids and adults alike.
    Events
    In the daytime, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will show a planetarium feature Saturday at 2 p.m. Called “Exploding Universe,” the event is open for all ages. The planetarium show documents the formation of the universe as we know it today in stunning cinegraphic and audio detail that only a planetarium show can bring. PEEC doesn’t recommend the show for kids under 4.
    Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children. The show starts at 2 p.m. PEEC is located at 2600 Canyon Road, Los Alamos. The show is about 40 minutes long and there’s seating for 50. PEEC can be reached at 662-0460.
    In the evening, around 4:30 p.m., those interested in a light show should head to Pajarito Mountain for the annual Pajarito Ski Area’s Torchlight Parade.
    The event starts around 5:30 p.m. Residents are allowed to bring their own food and beverage of choice, sit out on the Pajarito Ski Lodge’s patio and watch the staff come down the mountain via Lumberyard Run (the main run in front of the ski lodge) on skis with torches in hand to usher in the new year.