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Today's News

  • House panel backs bill to revive Nevada nuclear waste dump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill to revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, while also moving forward with a separate plan for a temporary storage site in New Mexico or Texas.

    Supporters said the bill represents a comprehensive package to solve a nuclear-waste management problem that has festered for more than three decades. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill, 49-4, sending it to the full House.Republican Reps. Greg Walden of Oregon, Fred Upton of Michigan and John Shimkus of Illinois said in a joint statement the bill is good for taxpayers, communities and ratepayers. Walden chairs Energy and Commerce, while Upton and Shimkus chair energy and environment subcommittees.

    Thirty years after Congress designated Yucca Mountain as the sole site for a permanent repository for nuclear waste, "it's now time for the federal government to fulfill its obligation and permanently dispose of the spent nuclear fuel sitting in our states, alongside our lakes, rivers and roadways," the lawmakers said.

  • New Mexico statehouse districts avoid overall partisan bias

    SANTA FE (AP) — The once-a-decade process of redrawing New Mexico's state legislative districts has provided a relatively unbiased playing field for both major parties.

    A statistical analysis by The Associated Press found Republican-skewed districts are far more common than Democratic ones in U.S. House and statehouse districts nationwide, though not in New Mexico.

    New Mexico's districts were drawn in 2012 by a specially appointed district court judge after the Democratic-led Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez reached a stalemate.

    The share of seats won by Democrats in the House of Representatives in 2016 — 38 out of 70 — closely corresponds with average vote share in districts across the state.

    Albuquerque-based pollster Brian Sanderoff says the boundaries of the state's three U.S. congressional districts have changed little over the past three decades.
     

  • LAHS athletes teach value of kindness at Safety Town

    A group of Los Alamos High School athletes showed this week that kindness and respect could be taught to young children in a variety of ways.

    Four members of the LAHS football team, Levi Guarello, Justin Gilbert, Arturo Rodriguez and Chris Pittman, came to Safety Town to use their experience as being part of a team to help the kids understand how they should be treating each other.

    “When you guys are out here, you don’t want to be pushing each other, shoving each other,” Rodriguez said to the kids during the first of three sessions during the day. “You want to make sure you’re sharing the playground with everybody and that you guys are playing nice. Everybody has a chance to play with each other.”

    The athletes also taught the kids the value of inclusion, encouraging them to actively seek out people who look to be alone, and invite them to join your group.

    They felt that it was important to begin instilling these values into the kids now because they are skills that will be useful throughout their lives, not just during their years in school.

    After talking to the kids for a few minutes about the way they should be treating their peers, they took the kids down to the playground to test out what they had just learned through play.

  • UNM mourns passing of former golf coach

    The University of New Mexico has announced the passing of former golf coach Dick McGuire.

    A Mangum, Oklahoma native, McGuire passed away from widespread metastatic cancer on June 23.

    McGuire graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1945 and enrolled at UNM.

    He became the Lobos’ top golfer and a three-year letterman. He received his degree in Secondary Education in 1952.

    Upon graduation, McGuire launched his coaching career at Highland High School where his golf teams posted a 28-3 match play record and won two state titles in his first and only two seasons at the school.

    Born in 1927, McGuire began an amazing coaching run at UNM  beginning in 1954.

    He was head men’s golf coach from 1954-77, recording 38 team championships, 10 of which were conference titles, and 41 times he had individuals claim medalist honors.

    In 1956, McGuire started the UNM women’s golf program with the Lobos’ first women’s golfer Patti Howard Olliges.

    McGuire was the Head Professional and Director of Golf from 1954-87 and directed numerous high profile tournaments hosted by UNM, including NCAA Championships and the William H. Tucker Invitational 22 times.

    He also helped supervise the construction of the UNM South Golf Course.

  • Youth encouragement elk hunting licenses on sale next month

    More than 1,900 youth, antlerless elk licenses will go on sale through the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Online License System on July 5 at 10 a.m.

    The sale is designed to encourage youth hunting and includes almost 1,500 licenses for hunters using any legal weapon and 390 licenses for hunters using a muzzleloader or bow.

    Licenses will be sold online only on a first-come, first-served basis. To purchase a license, customers will need to log in to their Online License System account at wildlife.state.nm.us.

    Eligibility requirements:
    •For the first 14 days, the sale is open only to N.M. resident youths who have applied in the current license year for one or more draw hunts for deer, elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, oryx or ibex and were not successful for any hunt.
    Please note that the purchase of a leftover draw hunt for deer counts as a successful deer application.
    •Must have a valid Hunter Education certification.
    •Must be under 18 years old on the opening day of hunt.

    Beginning on July 19 at 10 a.m., the sale will open to all eligible youths in the area, regardless of residency, who did not draw a 2016-17 elk license, whether they applied or not.

  • LA natives place well at Atomic Man Duathlon

    Matt Charles and Shane Treadaway finished as the two winners of the Atomic Man Duathlon, held in Los Alamos County this past weekend.

    Charles, who is from Albuquerque, was the winner of the Fat Man Olympic distance race.  Treadaway, also from Albuquerque, came out on top in the Little Boy sprint distance race.

    In total, 65 people competed in the race including eight sets of two-man relays.

    According to Mike Engelhardt, the president of the Triatomics Multisport Club that organized the event, participation increased by 12 people from last year’s race.

    He credited much of the increase of the race-organizing skills of Tad Hughes, who has been in charge of the race for the past two years.

    “He has the skill and knowledge necessary to successfully organize a race that the rest of us just don’t have, so we are very fortunate to have him on board,” Engelhardt said.

    Engelhardt participated in the event in the Little Boy race, where he finished third.

    He said the most fun part of the competition was the back-and-forth battle between himself and runner-up Scott Valdez, from Dixon.

  • Local man faces trial for animal cruelty

    Gabriel A. Wadt, 27, of Los Alamos is going before Judge Donna Bevacqua-Young Wednesday afternoon at the Los Alamos Magistrate Court for a non-jury trial. Wadt has been charged with animal cruelty and failure to vaccinate.

    Public Service Aid Officer Alysha Lenderman reported that on Sept. 23, 2016, a small- to medium-sized female dog was picked up on Camino Uva. The dog was described as a brindle type canine, possibly a pit/heeler mix was roaming with no collar or tags.

    The initial reporting party had an idea of who the owner was, but the officer at the scene was unable to make contact. The dog was then transported to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter where it was given a temporary name of Casey.

    According to the official report, Casey was approximately 1 year old and weighed 18 pounds. “The dog’s spine was protruding, individual vertebrae were visible,” stated Lenderman in her statement of probable cause.

    She also observed minor muscle atrophy on the head and all four limbs of the canine. The dog appeared to be weak, but was alert and able to eat a few small meals.

  • Audit: N.M. Higher Ed Dept. lacks financial controls

    SANTA FE (AP) — A newly released audit has found that the New Mexico Higher Education Department lacks adequate controls to oversee financial reporting and erroneously is recording investments.
    The audit released Tuesday by New Mexico Auditor Tim Keller claims the department didn’t follow policies and procedures in 2016 and recorded around $3 million in the Lottery Tuition Fund in the wrong year. The audit also says the department overstated federal grants receivables.
    Overall, the audit, conducted with an independent accounting firm, contained 18 findings.
    A spokeswoman for the New Mexico Higher Education Department did not immediately return an email or a phone message.
    State Auditor Tim Keller says recent budget cuts are preventing the department from hiring staff to provide financial oversight.

  • Maple wood from the Old Griffith Gym floor available

    Summertime in Los Alamos includes professional development for teachers and major school building repairs to prepare for the upcoming school year.

    The first day of school for students is Aug.17. 

    LAPS projects for this summer include the Smith Auditorium Lobby, design of the Barranca Mesa Elementary School major remodel, Mountain Elementary School Gym floor, HVAC systems at Chamisa and Piñon Elementary Schools, technology upgrades, and a safety shelter and field house at Sullivan Stadium. 

    All of this work is made possible by Los Alamos people and businesses.

    One project at the high school this summer is replacement of the 50-year-old floor in Griffith Gymnasium. Workers have removed the old maple wood gym floor and are now putting the wood-slats puzzle back together for a beautiful new floor.

    Anyone who would like a piece of history or maple wood for a home project, the old wood slats are free for the taking.
    Some of the slats even have Topper green paint.

    People are cautioned to be careful in collecting the old wood slats as they are filed with nails and splinters.

    The trash bin with maple wood is located in front of Griffith Gym and will be there until this Friday.

  • Crews continue to monitor Cajete Fire

    The Santa Fe National Forest Service gave its final update on the Cajete Fire this week. The fire from June 15 started from an abandoned campfire and reached up to a total of 1,412 acres, although no structures were damaged in the flames.

    According to Santa Fe National Forest Acting Public Affairs Officer Julie Anne Overton, the fire is now 96 percent contained. She said she thinks it will take the remainder of the monsoon season to completely consider the fire out.

    According to Overton, there are about 10 to 15 personnel on the ground and one helicopter doing aerial surveillance.
    Crews and overhead personnel have been demobilized and reassigned to other incidents as the command of the Cajete Fire was transitioned to a type 4 organization on Tuesday.

    There are limited personnel on the ground as the local team is now on more of a monitor status of hot spots. “They are continuing mop up and making sure that fire lines are secure,” Overton said.

    Isolated smoke may be visible as concentrations of heavy fuels smolder within the fire perimeter, though no further fire growth is anticipated.

    Hot and dry conditions persist, with a chance of rain and thunderstorm activity possible for the fire area.