Today's News

  • 19-year-old student looks to make a difference, files for County Council

    By far the youngest candidate to file for elected office Tuesday in Los Alamos County was Los Alamos High School graduate and University of New Mexico-Los Alamos nursing student Quentin David Dimick, 19.

    As the stream of other candidates came through the county clerk’s office, Dimick, a Democrat, filled out paperwork.

    “I guess I’m a little nervous, but I feel confident in my abilities,” Dimick said. When asked about what made him decide to run, Dimick said. “It’s time for the young people of Los Alamos to make a difference.”

    Dimick’s dad, Denis, a Libertarian, said he was very proud of his son and his bid for public office.

    “Politically, I disagree with him, but I support him, because it’s their world, and they might as well try and make the changes they want now,” Denis Dimick said.

    Los Alamos County had few other surprises on filing day, but many candidates streamed in to the county clerk’s office to file paperwork to run for county council, sheriff, municipal judge, county assessor, magistrate court judge and probate judge.

  • Push for gun laws faces resistance in most states

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The campaign for tighter gun laws that inspired unprecedented student walkouts across the country still faces an uphill climb in a majority of states, an Associated Press review of gun legislation found.

    The AP survey of bill activity in state legislatures before and after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting provides a reality check on the ambitions of the “Enough is Enough” movement. It suggests that votes like the one in Florida, where Republican lawmakers defied the National Rifle Association to pass new gun regulations, are unlikely to be repeated in many other states, at least not this year.

    The student-led activism might yet lead to future reforms, but for now, the gun debate among most lawmakers still falls along predictable and largely partisan lines, with few exceptions, according to the analysis.

    Because Congress shows no sign of acting, state legislatures dominate the national debate over guns. And major changes won’t be easy to achieve in statehouses that are mostly controlled by the gun-friendly GOP.

  • US and French companies form venture for nuke waste storage

    HOBBS (AP) — A Dallas company and a France-based multinational corporation are forming a joint venture to license an interim storage site in West Texas for high-level nuclear waste.

    Orano USA and Waste Control Specialists announced on Tuesday their intent to form the joint venture as a competing group tries to promote its proposal for southeastern New Mexico, the Hobbs News-Sun reports.

    Waste Control Specialists had notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission three years ago of its plan to seek the license to build the facility in rural Andrews County, Texas, that would store spent fuel rods from power plants. There's currently no such disposal site in the U.S.

    The proposed site is five miles east of Eunice, New Mexico.

    Orano USA is a division of the Paris, France-based Orano company that specializes in nuclear power and renewable energy.

    The move comes as a debate over what to do with spent fuel generated by the nation's nuclear power plants. Backers of another plan to build a temporary storage site in southeastern New Mexico are pressing Washington officials to support their proposal.

  • Fire warnings issued for 6 states in nation's midsection

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued fire warnings for six states in the nation's midsection.

    The Red Flag warnings issued Friday include most of Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, southern Kansas, northeastern New Mexico, southeastern Colorado and southeastern Missouri.

    Oklahoma Forestry Services has already requested and received firefighters and equipment from Alabama, Kentucky and Louisiana because of the fire threat that is expected to continue into next week. Additional firefighters and equipment from Georgia and Mississippi are on the way.

    Forestry spokeswoman Michelle Finch-Walker says they are positioned at various areas of the state and that could change daily in anticipation of which area is under the greatest threat of wildfire.

    Finch-Walker said the firefighters and equipment could be sent to any of the other states as needs arise.

  • LAHS students show support for Parkland victims

    Students gathered on the front lawn of Los Alamos High School this morning to show their support for the victims of the recent shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

    The event was organized by students and included a speech by state Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard.

    Members of the Los Alamos Police Department were on hand to provide protection for the students at the event as well as support to LAHS.

    “As the principal here my first concern is for the safety and well-being of our students,” said LAHS Principal Carter Payne. “We have a lot of diversity and individuality here and we’re happy to support and honor that and this was a way we could do that. We are happy to support the students in this manner.”

    LAHS student Sophia Jeffery thanked the administration for “its flexibility” in allowing the students to organize the event. She also thanked the League of Women Voters for being on hand to register students to vote and thanked LAPD for being present “to make sure our safety was not compromised.”

    After the crowd observed a minute of silence for the 17 victims of the shooting in Parkland, Garcia Richard addressed the gathering.

  • US, states agree to collaborate on Mexican wolf recovery

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The U.S. government and state officials have signed an agreement that furthers their intentions to work together to recover an endangered wolf that once roamed the American Southwest.

    The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced the agreement with Arizona and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday. The agreement is aimed at getting Mexican gray wolves to the point where they can eventually be removed from the endangered species list.

    As part of the effort, a field team that includes members from the states' wildlife management agencies will provide input to determine the timing, location and the circumstances for releasing wolves into the wild in Arizona and New Mexico.

    New Mexico Game and Fish Director Alexandra Sandoval called the new agreement an act of good faith.

  • LAFC U11 teams start spring seasons strong

    The Los Alamos Football Club is off to a strong start this season, with the boys U11 club winning its first two games, and the girls U11 club earning a promotion to the Duke City Soccer League Premiere Division.

    The U11 girls earned the promotion by defeating the Rio Rapids Northern SC Black Widows 3-1 in the first game of the season March 10.

    Margaret Steinkamp, Estella Remillieux and Tirryn Sutherland all scored goals. Molly Castille had an outstanding performance as goalkeeper.

    After a successful Fall season in the Challenge One bracket, this victory officially moves the LAFC Lasers 07 into the top bracket of competition, where they will compete with the best teams in the state for their age group. This is an extraordinary achievement for their first year playing in the competitive Duke City Soccer League.

    The U11 boys have begun the season on a roll, picking up 3-1 victories over the AYSO United EM Elements and the Clovis White soccer team.

    In the opener against AYSO, the Lasers began with a sequence of crisp passes starting with Dhruv Thulasidasan across field to Liam Cunningham, over to Sammy Brown, through to Taelin Stanfield, who then centered it to James Ito, who scored a nice far-post goal. Goalie Hayden Watkins made several key saves to keep the score 1-0 at halftime.  

  • Lobo track star named to Bowerman watch list

    University of New Mexico track & field student-athlete Josh Kerr captured a spot on The Bowerman Men’s Post-Indoor Watch List, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Thursday.

    Kerr, a three-time NCAA champion and back-to-back NCAA mile titlist, is one of 10 men selected to the Post-Indoor Watch List, which is the fourth such list in 2018 for The Bowerman, the highest individual honor in collegiate track & field.

    Coming out of the 2018 indoor track & field season, Kerr has cemented himself as one of the elite middle-distance runners in the NCAA.

    The first male athlete to win back-to-back NCAA mile crowns since former Lobo Lee Emanuel (2009-10), Kerr defending his upstart win from 2017 with a gusty victory last week at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas.

    Powered by his remarkable finishing speed, Kerr won the race in 3 minutes, 57.02 seconds.

    He is just the ninth male athlete to win consecutive national championships in the mile run over the 53-year history of the NCAA Indoor Championships.

    Kerr also rewrote the record books in February, as he ran a personal-record time of 3:54.72 to place second in the elite Wanamaker Mile at the 2018 NYRR Millrose Games at The New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in New York City.

  • UNM advances to second round of NIT

    Cherise Beynon scored a game-high 33 points and N’Dea Flye hit two momentum-changing three-pointers late to lead the University of New Mexico women’s basketball team to a hard-fought 82-80 win over Saint Mary’s in the first round of the WNIT.

    Playing in Johnson Center on the main campus of UNM due to a schedule conflict in their usual venue of Dreamstyle Arena, the Lobos found themselves at home as they held off a furious Gael rally to advance to second-round action vs. Rice on Tuesday.

    “We held our composure, even when there were plenty of opportunities not to,” UNM head coach Mike Bradbury said. “I thought they were great. They held themselves together and made it a place to win.”

    Back in the WNIT for the sixth time overall and first time since 2010, the Lobos made sure they’d get to keep playing as they relied on their pressure defense and a boisterous crowd for the victory.

    The crowd, announced at 1,428 fans, was instrumental down the stretch. Packed in the old home of the UNM men’s basketball team, the crowd’s intensity at Johnson rivaled that of many crowds in The Pit.

    New Mexico forced 24 Saint Mary’s turnovers on the evening, which translated into 30 points off turnovers.

  • Atomic City Update: High school basketball can produce some madness of its own

    March is the month that college basketball takes center stage in the minds of nearly every sports fan. For three weekends, the top teams in the country face off to crown a champion, and every small school in America dreams of taking down one of the bluebloods in the sport in a moment that will be remembered forever.

    Every college basketball fan remembers when Middle Tennessee State took down Michigan State in 2016, when Lehigh defeated Duke in 2012 and when Northern Iowa defeated Kansas in 2010.

    The drama of an unbelievable upset in college basketball is hard for any sport to top, because it is the ultimate story of David vs. Goliath.

    This year, however, I think I witnessed the most drama I will see on a basketball court all month when I attended the championship games of the New Mexico high school state basketball tournament. The emotion of those games was more than I had seen in a long time, and reminded me of what makes basketball such a special game.

    My main motivation for attending these games was to watch Española Valley High School in the Class 5A championship game. All year, the Sundevils were dominant, especially against Los Alamos High School, and lost just once during the regular season.