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  • Bandelier takes part in photo contest

    Bandelier National Monument and the National Park Foundation are looking for photographs for its new photo contest.
    The contest, “Share the Experience,” invites amateur photographers to show off their photos from public lands.
    According to Bandelier, judges are seeking “amazing photos that highlight the best of America’s federal lands, national parks and historical sites.”
    Images will be judged in the following categories: Adventure and Outdoor Recreation, Historical and Cultural, Scenic, Seasons, and Landscapes, Every Kid in a Park, Wildlife and Night Skies.
    Photos must be taken on lands administered by the sponsoring agencies, the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.
    The grand prize is $10,000 and the winning image may appear on the 2017 Federal Land Pass. Second and third prizes will also receive cash awards, as will the two “Fan Favorites.”
    Winners will also receive Federal Recreation Lands Passes and prizes from the co-sponsors, which include Celestron, Historic Hotels of America and the Active Network.
    Photographers must be 13 years of age or older and photos must have been taken between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2015.

  • Susana’s Tax and Rev Woes?

    Back in January, as he was about to be sworn in as New Mexico’s attorney general, Hector Balderas reminded an Albuquerque Business First reporter that during the previous eight years as state auditor he had exposed corruption in a number of state agencies.
    As attorney general, he will be no less vigilant, Balderas pledged.
    The “Attorney General’s Office has powers,” he noted. “That’s what’s exciting about the Attorney General’s Office.”
    Roughly two weeks ago, Balderas’ successor as state auditor, Tim Keller, handed the new attorney general a preliminary investigation conducted by an independent, certified forensic investigative accounting firm indicating that top officials of the state Taxation and Revenue Department “improperly intervened in tax matters.”
    It was subsequently reported that one of the top Tax and Rev officials under scrutiny is none other than the department’s cabinet secretary, Demesia Padilla, about whom Keller said in a letter to Gov. Susana Martinez, “there is reasonable basis to open an investigation into” whether “the secretary improperly influenced, or attempted to influence the tax audit of a former client.”

  • LAPS hires new administrators

    Los Alamos Public Schools announced two new appointments to its administration, one at Barranca Mesa Elementary School and one at Los Alamos High School.
    Gina Terrazas will be the new principal at Barranca Mesa for the upcoming school year. Renee Dunwoody will be the new assistant principal at the high school.
    Both administrators started at their positions Monday.
    Dunwoody, who is originally from the Chicago area, has been with LAPS in several different functions, including a parent volunteer, instructional assistant and special education teacher.
    She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Purdue University and took part in the New Mexico Highlands University-LAPS partnership to offer advanced employment degrees. She has begun Educational Leadership Program and completed an internship at LAHS.
    Prior to working for LAPS, Dunwoody stayed at home to raise her sons.
    During that time, Dunwoody was active in the Los Alamos Hockey Association and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
    As for Terrazas, she has been an administrator for the past nine years, serving at the Mesa Vista school district at the elementary and high school levels.
    Terrazas earned a bachelor’s degree in 1998 and a master’s degree, both from Highlands.

  • Hintze will head EM at field office

    The Department of Energy’s Office of Emergency Management announced Monday that Douglas E. Hintze will be the new manager as the manager of the new EM Los Alamos Field Office (LAFO).
    Hintze comes to Los Alamos after serving as the assistant manager for Mission Support at the DOE Savannah River Operations Office since September 2012.
    “Doug’s experience in helping to manage work at one of our largest cleanup sites makes him an excellent choice to head up (Emergency Management at LAFO) as we continue to assume direct responsibility for the remaining legacy cleanup activities at the Los Alamos National Laboratory,” acting EM Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney said.
    EM established the EM-LA Field Office in March as part of transitioning direct responsibility for the remaining legacy cleanup at the laboratory from the National Nuclear Security Administration to EM.
    The work includes transuranic waste disposition, soil and groundwater remediation and decommissioning and demolition of aging facilities.
    Christine Gelles, EM associate deputy assistant secretary for Waste Management, headed the office in an acting capacity before Hintze was named manager.

  • After two big wins, Isotopes blow big lead

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (43-53) belted a trio of home runs, including an inside-the-park homer from Roger Bernadina, but the Reno Aces (45-51) scored thee runs in each the eighth and ninth innings to beat the Isotopes 6-5 in come-from-behind fashion. Right-handed pitcher Boone Whiting tossed 6.2 innings of shutout ball for the Isotopes.

    Right-hander Boone Whiting kept the Aces face down through seven innings, and allowed Albuquerque to jump out to a five-run lead.

    The Isotopes first struck with a solo home run from Kyle Parker in the fourth inning.

    Just two batters later, Jeremy Barfield tripled in Angelys Nina with two outs to push the 'Topes lead to 2-0.

    Trevor Story mashed a one-out solo shot in the fifth, and Roger Bernadina followed with an inside-the-park two-run home run as Albuquerque jumped out to a 5-0 lead.

    Former Isotope Jamie Romak hit a three-run home run for Reno in the eighth inning to give the Aces their first offense of the night. Romak struck again with a two-run single in the ninth to tie the game before Mike Freeman singled in the winning run.

  • Baseball teams go down swinging at state

    Both of the Los Alamos County baseball teams that advanced to the state champions were eliminated from title contention over the weekend.
    The 10-11 All-Stars went 1-2 at state.
    The Majors (11-12 year olds) went 0-2 at state.
    The 10-11 year old team started its tournament by losing to the host team, Carlsbad, 9-5. After the loss, the team came back and beat Zia Little League (Clovis) 9-1.
    Los Alamos then took on Carlsbad a second time. The elimination game needed extra innings to be decided, but Carlsbad scored a seventh-inning run to come out on top, 4-3.
    “Overall, I am extremely pleased that our kids represented Los Alamos well in both character and the fact that they played a weekend of competitive baseball,” 10-11 manager Dave Swavely said. “They did not give up!”
    In Albuquerque, Los Alamos’ Majors ended up having to play both teams that escaped from their side of the bracket and advanced to next week’s semifinals.
    Los Alamos played Altamont Little League (Albuquerque) and Lions Hondo (Roswell), but got 10-runned by both teams.
    “You get down there and there’s a lot of good competition, but our kids competed,” Majors manager Jason Martines said. “In games like that you have to play flawless, or close to it.”

  • LA softball team wins state

    Los Alamos County’s 10-11 year old softball team won the state championship Monday night in Santa Fe. Los Alamos’ All-Stars beat Deming 11-8 in the title game.
    “I’m pretty darn proud right now,” Los Alamos manager Donny Ellsworth said. “I think this is the first time we’ve brought a state softball championship back to Los Alamos.”
    After losing its first game of the tournament to Deming, 9-7, Los Alamos had its back against the wall. The team, however, won three straight elimination games to capture the title.
    “We fought back from the loser’s bracket — that’s a long road to the championship,” Ellsworth said.
    Los Alamos responded to its first-round loss by beating Las Vegas 18-0.
    After the win, Los Alamos got a rematch with Deming. Ellsworth said it was pretty close the whole way, but Los Alamos came out on top, 9-6, to force a deciding game in the double-elimination tournament for the state title.
    “Each game we gave the them things from the previous game to work on,” Ellsworth said.
    Before the championship, however, Ellsworth and his coaches just told the girls that they deserved to be there and it would boil down to which team had more heart.

  • Today in history July 21
  • Today’s launch brings a close to ScienceFest

    ScienceFest officially wraps up today with its final event, High Powered Rocket Day.
    This will be an out-of-county event, which will be held 8 miles north of Española on N.M. 68 going toward Taos.
    High Powered Rocket Day will give model rocketeers the chance to show off their stuff. Today’s event will go from 1:30-5 p.m.
    Among those scheduled to make an appearance today are the Zia Spacemodeler Rocket Club, which will be demonstrating and launching several of its “G” through “I” motor high powered models. Those models are scheduled to be launched on the hour at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
    Those wishing to launch their own “A” through “F” —low power — rockets may do so, as well. There is a $5 fee to do so.
    Spectators are invited and there is no admission charge. However, organizers warn that parking and shaded areas are limited at the launch site, so spectators should plan accordingly.
    Here are directions to get to the event from Los Alamos:

  • Judge: Academy must release docs in Foster lawsuit

    SANTA FE —A district court judge recently ruled that the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy must turn over documents relating to an investigation into a Los Alamos police officer’s certification status.
    The motion is connected to a lawsuit filed against Los Alamos County by attorneys George Geran and Linda Hemphill, who are representing three officers who were with the Los Alamos Police Department. The officers are claiming they were wrongfully terminated or forced out of the department by Los Alamos County in order to appease the officer that was being investigated by the academy.
    The former officers suing the county are Randy Foster, Scott Mills and Paige Early. Foster is suing for wrongful termination, and Mills and Early are suing for allegedly being forced out of the department for their role into the investigation into former LAPD officer Brian Schamber.
    The investigation was requested in late 2012 by Foster, who was then acting as police chief of the Los Alamos Police Department.