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Today's News

  • Stamp dedication at Bandelier Thursday

    The U.S. Postal Service will hold a First-Day-of-Issue Dedication Ceremony for the National Parks Forever Stamps at the Bandelier National Monument visitor center at 11 a.m. Thursday.
    Bandelier was one of 16 national parks chosen for the stamp series honoring the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The NPS system includes 411 national lands.
    Representatives of the U.S. Postal Service and local park officials will be on hand for the unveiling, and stamp booklets will be for sale.

  • ‘This is our moment’

    Los Alamos saw another class of high schoolers off into the world Saturday as 253 students, their friends and family crowded into Griffith Gymnasium to share the last two hours together.
    Between the opening color guard ceremony and the ceremonial tossing of the caps, guest speakers spoke about how important it was to savor every moment, follow their dreams, and to be the change they want to see in the world.  
    “Ultimately, today is a celebration,” said graduate Faith Montano. ”It is a culmination of 13 years of hard work. Class of 2016, after all of the long nights, all of the homework and practices, all of the school dances after all of the tests, quizzes and projects, and after rejoicing in all these beautiful things these years have had to offer and surviving all of the obstacles we’ve faced, we’re finally sitting here.
    “This is our moment. Let it sink in. Celebrate your classmates, your victories, and your classmates, and yourself,” she said.
    High school senior Eric Leith then inspired his fellow graduates with his story of how he went from being more interested in shooting paper balls into wastebaskets and texting, to finding his love for writing during his four years at Los Alamos High School.

  • The games go on: ’Toppers head to all-star games

    All of the state championships have been decided, but there are still a handful of contests to be played.
    The top teams have proven themselves, but now the games turn into regional battles. Does the North or South have a tougher crop of seniors?
    On June 10, five of the eight Class 5A/6A North/South All-Star classics will be played.
    Los Alamos will be represented in three of them that weekend and one more in July.
    Two ‘Toppers scored spots on the North all-star baseball team. Connor Mang and Lane Saunders will both represent the North in the 5A/6A series.
    The baseball teams will play one game at 7:30 p.m. June 10 and then play twice more June 11.
    The baseball series is taking place at Apodaca Park in Las Cruces.
    Ashlynn Trujillo will represent Los Alamos in the 5A/6A all-star basketball game. That contest will take place at 7:30 p.m. June 10 at the Santa Ana Star Center, following the 1A/2A all-star game.
    Michelle Alexander will also represent the North in the all-star tennis classic June 10 and 11. One unique thing about the tennis all-star classic is that boys and girls play together on the same team, unlike the high school season where they usually compete at the same tournaments, but on separate teams.

  • Thomson throws shutout, UNM moves on in winner's bracket

    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico baseball team (36-21) earned a victory in the first game of the Mountain West Conference Championship Thursday, defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack (34-23), 3-0.
    The Lobos received a career-best pitching performance from senior left-hander Colton Thomson (7-3), as he threw his first-ever complete game, a three-hit shutout over the Wolf Pack. He collected a career-high tying 11 strikeouts and walked one. His 122 total pitches thrown marked the most in his Lobo career.

  • Trujillo receives garden club scholarship; two tours June 6

    The Summit Garden Club is pleased to announce Ashlynn Trujillo as the recipient of the $500 2016 Jim and Pat Edmonds Memorial Scholarship. Trujillo plans to attend New Mexico Highlands University as a biology major and pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine.
    The Summit Garden Club has been awarding annual scholarships since 1972 to support a graduating senior in his/her pursuit of higher education.
    Trujillo and her mother will be attending the next Summit Garden Club monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. June 6, at the home of Shirley Carter: 690 Camino Encantado, Los Alamos.
    The program will be a tour of two member’s gardens. After touring the Carter garden, the group will move on to 860 Camino Encantado, to tour the garden of Freda McCormick. After the tour, refreshments will be served, followed by the business meeting.
    Non-members are invited to join the club for the tour and if desiring more information on the Summit Garden Club, all are invited to stay for refreshments and the business meeting. Anyone with questions can call Doris Thielemann at 672-9291.

  • Laboratory employees scholarship campaign kicks off

    Scholarship winners, their families and donors recently gathered at the J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory to celebrate the 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund award recipients and to mark the start of the annual fundraising campaign.
    This year, 95 Northern New Mexico Students were awarded $566,750 in scholarships, primarily funded by donations from Laboratory employees and a $250,000 matching contribution from Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS). Due to the record-setting campaign in 2015 with $356,299 donated by Lab employees, this year the program awarded an additional $150,000 and 20 more awards to students from the seven counties surrounding the Lab.
    In addition to receiving awards, 45 of the 2016 scholars will also have the opportunity to work at the Lab as interns with a mentor this summer due to support and funding from Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan. Several past recipients are returning for summer employment as well.

  • Congressman calls on New Mexico in water dispute

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico’s only Republican member of Congress has joined the fight between ranchers and the federal government over access to water on national forest lands, saying the state can do more to protect the private property and water rights of its citizens.
    The U.S. Forest Service has fenced streams, springs and other watering holes to protect the habitat of an endangered mouse. The agency has repeatedly defended its actions, saying it has responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act to ensure the survival of the rodent.
    But U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce told a group of reporters Wednesday that the agency is blindly implementing laws without regard to the effects on livelihoods, customs and culture in rural New Mexico.
    “They’re required to look at those things, but they tend to enforce one piece of the law at the exclusion of the others,” Pearce said during a conference call from Washington, D.C.
    The congressman, whose district covers most of the southern half of the state, said the federal government is trampling on property and water rights in New Mexico as it has in other Western states.

  • Bill Clinton campaigns in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton has wrapped up a two-day swing in New Mexico with a low-key rally at a packed Albuquerque community center.
    Clinton told the crowd Wednesday that his wife, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, plans to address income equality and college debt and bring back manufacturing jobs to the United States.
    He also made a pitch to the working class, saying he understands their frustrations and that his wife doesn’t want to leave anyone behind.
    Clinton’s visit comes days after Democratic rival Bernie Sanders drew thousands to rallies in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and southern New Mexico.
    Though Hillary Clinton hasn’t campaigned in New Mexico, her team has opened offices in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Las Vegas.
    New Mexico’s primary election is June 7.
     

  • Michelle Obama to speak at Native American commencement

    SANTA FE (AP) — Michelle Obama plans to address 105 Native American high school graduates Thursday during a commencement speech that comes as she tries to spotlight the plight of tribal youth in the final months of her husband’s presidency.
    The first lady’s commencement address at Santa Fe Indian School is being delivered as part of an Obama initiative that aims to remove “barriers to success” for Native American youth — a group the White House says make up the nation’s “most vulnerable population.”
    High poverty rates, aging school buildings, and health and housing disparities within tribal communities have been blamed for Native American graduation rates that fall just below 70 percent and are the lowest of any group in the country.
    Against this backdrop, the Santa Fe Indian School — owned and operated by the 19 pueblo tribes of New Mexico — has emerged as a bright spot, with a graduation rate on par with the national average of 82 percent and nearly every member of the 2016 class college-bound in the fall.
    The graduating seniors — who played a part in inviting Obama to their school — said they expected uplifting, empowering remarks from the first lady on their big day.

  • Unruly group responsible for disturbance at Trump rally in Albuquerque

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A day after a riot erupted outside a Donald Trump rally, Albuquerque officials blamed the downtown melee not on impassioned politics but on an unruly group intent on creating chaos in a city that has seen more than its share of violence.
    Some participants openly admitted that they set out to cause disruption. Many in the crowd were seen with gang tattoos and at one point chanted to Trump supporters that they controlled the streets.
    “I woke up all hung over and stuff,” said Chelsea Rae Gray, a 24-year-old musician. “And then I said, ‘Let’s see what kind of chaos we can get into.’” She said she came to the protest in her pajamas and stole some Trump T-shirts from vendors during the confusion.
    “Then I burned them,” she said.
    Cleanup crews spent Wednesday clearing away broken glass and charred debris in the largest city in the nation’s largest Hispanic state. The mayor and police were tallying up the damage that spread to several blocks near historic Route 66.