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Today's News

  • Senators call for NNSA reforms

    At least, two U.S. Senators including one from New Mexico want to see some reform in the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    It makes for an interesting pair.

    One sponsor was Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and the other was Jon Kyl, a lame duck Republican from Arizona.

    The two senators announced the adoption of their amendment to the Senate-passed 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, to evaluate the National Nuclear Security Administration in light of major management issues, cost overruns and security breaches in recent years.

    “The NNSA has been plagued with problems that have impacted the scientific and stockpile stewardship work being done at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, as well as the security and safety of the workers there,” Udall and Kyl said. “The ineffectiveness of the NNSA is a serious national security issue and our amendment will take a good look at what is needed to reform it. Moreover, this short, 120 day effort is meant to ensure Congress has the information necessary to implement needed reforms in the coming congress to improve our nuclear enterprise.”

  • Police subdue suicidal man

    It’s often been said a life is lived in moments. Two days after Thanksgiving, a suspect currently charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, found that out the hard way.

    Three officers from the Los Alamos Police Department responded to a domestic call at 5:07 a.m. Nov. 24, involving a suicidal male at a residence in the 2400 block of 35th Street.

    When Officer Oliver McCartney, Cpl. Eric Wilhoit and Sgt. Jeremy Duran arrived, a woman identified as Caitlin Smith in court documents answered the door. She told them that Isaiah Cisneros, 26, was upstairs with a gun to his head.

    With a side arm and Taser at the ready, McCartney and Wilhoit proceeded upstairs and cautiously peered into the bedroom where Cisneros was reported to be.

    There, they saw him. He had his back to the officers and was sitting on the bedroom floor with his legs crossed, hands hidden from the officers’ view. Though McCartney could not see the gun at this point, he told Cisneros several times to drop it.

  • Stuck in the Middle With You

    Kiana Zerr, seen here during the Hilltoppers’ game Friday night against Pojoaque Valley, and the rest of her team will take on the Albuquerque Academy Chargers tonight in their first meeting of the season against a Class 4A team. That game is set for 7 p.m. in Albuquerque. Los Alamos evened its record to 1-1 on the season with its 53-47 win over the visiting Elkettes , a game Los Alamos never trailed in.

  • Sanchez to start for Jets

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Mark Sanchez spent a few days after his miserable performance wondering what was next.

    The New York Jets quarterback had been benched, his coach tired of his mistakes, and there was no guarantee Rex Ryan would give him his job back anytime soon.

    "I knew at some point before I died, I'd start at quarterback again," Sanchez said Wednesday. "I'm glad it's this week."

    Ryan gathered his three quarterbacks Wednesday morning and told them he made up his mind: He's sticking with Sanchez.

    For this week, at least.

    Ryan weighed his options after pulling Sanchez for Greg McElroy last Sunday against Arizona, talking to many people within the organization before settling on his quarterback.

    "I have to get this decision right," Ryan said, "and I believe I have."

    So it will be Sanchez and not McElroy or Tim Tebow on Sunday when the Jets take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

    "I'm pleased with coach's decision," Sanchez said. "Now it's my job to go make him right."

  • State Notes 12-06-12

    Lobos top Trojans, Kirk earns another double-double

    After falling behind by 10 points midway through the first quarter, the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team put together a big run against the University of Southern California.
    The Lobos went on a 25-6 streak extending more than eight minutes to take a 43-34 lead into the half, then cruised in the second half to win 75-67 at The Pit.
    Center Alex Kirk turned in his third double-double in four games Wednesday night against USC’s Trojans, finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
    With the win, the Lobos improved to 9-0 on the season and extended their home winning streak in the month of December to an impressive 33 games.
    USC (3-5) fell behind by as many as 17 points in the second half but rallied to cut the lead down to 70-65 late, but would get no closer.
    UNM’s Hugh Greenwood finished with a game-high 17 points. Kirk and Kendall Williams had 13 and Williams chipped in a season-high 9 assists.
    For Kirk, he was 5-for-9 from the field, including a 3-pointer, and had 10 defensive rebounds.
    The Trojans were paced by Eric Wise, who finished with 14 points.
    Both teams shot over 50 percent from the floor Wednesday, with the Lobos hitting 28 of 54 attempts and the Trojans connecting on 27 of 51 tries.

  • Key to fracking is tell-tale data

     Great passions are expended in disputing the pros and cons of regulation. Yet people on both sides of it act afraid that regulation will be improved. The trait is mystifying unless we look inside.  
    A current event shows the shrouded impulses at work.
    New York State is on the verge of a giant boost in extracting natural gas from deep shale formations by means of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The prospects for the next 30 years are to see tens of thousands of gas wells drilled and fracked.
    To look ahead, New York is undertaking a new review of the safety risks. News stories on the nature of the review breed slim hope it will do anything new or better.
    The stories say the review is focused on health and environmental risks. The review is headed by New York’s health commissioner, who is an able physician. “Health” is the subject; “regulation” is unmentioned.
    A study of fracking and health problems will find places where they occur and many more places where they do not. The result tells us nothing not already known.
    A decision will be made on fracking, either to stop or proceed. Lawsuits will be filed by one or more sides. The old course will be run again, yielding little in return for the time and money lost in the run.

  • Off The Hill 12-06-12

    Art openings

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces the annual group exhibit, “A Square Foot of Humor.” The exhibit will be up through Jan. 8. The show will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 30 at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe. For more information, visit zanebennettgallery.com.
    Bazaar

    There will be a Christmas Bazaar at the Pueblo de San Ildefonso Gymnasium, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Arts and crafts, baked goods, raffles, a food booth and more will be featured.
    Christmas events

    Taos will sparkle as galleries, studios, merchants and museums collaborate for Lighting Ledoux, at 7 p.m. Saturday. This free event is a time for friends and family of all ages to explore historic Ledoux Street in the heart of downtown Taos.
    Performances

    Experience a night of music with award-winning a cappella group, New Directions Veterans Choir. The group includes veterans who have overcome challenges with homelessness, incarceration and addiction. They come to Popejoy Hall at 8 p.m. Friday.  Tickets are $20-$39 and can be purchased at popejoypresents.com, unmtickets.com or by calling 877-664-8661.

  • Martin to sign book during WinterFest

    Trinity Drive. Peggy Sue Bridge. Bathtub Row. The history of Los Alamos is written it the names given to locations around town.
    The origins of those names and many more are discussed in the second edition of “Place Names of Los Alamos” by local author Craig Martin.
    “The first edition has been out of print since 2002 and I’ve been promising the Los Alamos Historical Society an update since 2005, so it’s about time,” Martin said.
    The book chronicles the stories behind about 500 names and the second edition includes two-dozen new places that have acquired names in the 15 years since the book was first published. And the names of a few places have taken on greater meaning over the years.
    “Cerro Grande was just ‘big hill’ in 1998, but of course now the name is strongly associated with the fire of 2000,” Martin said.
    “Las Conchas, the mountain to the west, wasn’t mentioned before because it is in Sandoval County, but now the name is deeply associated with Los Alamos.”
    Basic names are descriptive, but in New Mexico, they can come in English, Spanish or Native American tongues.
    Other names come from a variety of sources ranging from governmental decree to naming contests to personal memorials.

  • ‘The Webs of Varok’ launched Tuesday

    Longtime Los Alamos resident Cary Neeper’s second novel, “The Webs of Varok” launched Dec. 4.
    A new independent press, California micropublisher Penscript Publishing House, released the book to online booksellers in hardcopy, paperback and e-book formats.
    The second book in “The Archives of Varok” series, this young-adult/crossover science fiction title follows the human and alien cast from Neeper’s 1975 first-contact novel, “A Place Beyond Man,” as they leave a troubled 21st century Earth for the promise of stability on another world.
    What will it take to secure that promise, after a talented traitor sets her eye on the world’s wealth — and their fragile new family?
    Weaving real issues into the fabric of the story, Neeper illustrates sustainability and ecological economics though example.
    She explores trade-offs in planetary stewardship through the adventures of her amiable aliens on a veiled moon of Jupiter.
    Neeper is an avid student of sustainability, steady-state economics and the impact of cosmology on issues of science and religion.
    In addition to the “Archives of Varok” novels, she has written two musical science fiction comedies and book reviews for The Christian Science Monitor.

  • A Jemez Springs Christmas

    The Village of Jemez Springs will officially kick off the holiday season with a series of events and festivities around town on Saturday.
    The day begins at 3 p.m. with the traditional performance by the Albuquerque Boys Choir, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, across from the state monument. Elliot Higgins and the Hummingbird music camp facilitate the annual event. Admission is free.
    The community Holiday festivities in the park start at 4:30 p.m. with music performed by local kids and an opportunity for families to help decorate the Christmas tree. Musicians include Sage Mijares with her young Suzuki violin students. Mijares will also perform with her siblings, Noah and Isabella. Music students from Jemez Valley public schools will also perform.
    Santa will arrive at the gazebo at 5 p.m., followed by the annual Christmas tree lighting and caroling at 5:30 p.m. Friends of the Library will offer baked goods and free warm drinks, in the conference room, next to the library.
    From 5-9 p.m., the state monument hosts the annual luminaria event among the ruins of the old Gisewa pueblo and San Jose de los Jemez Mission Church. The event is free and includes hundreds of traditional luminarias, Native American flute music and Jemez pueblo dancers.