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Today's News

  • King looks at bid for governor’s office

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King said Tuesday that the decision to throw his hat into the ring for New Mexico’s top office was no spur-of-the-moment decision.

    Pointing to the magnitude of the governor’s race, the Democrat said he wanted to start early — a result of lessons learned after previous attempts.

    “These days, starting the governor’s race two and a half years out is not really a long lead time,” King said during a phone interview.

    King is a former state lawmaker and son of New Mexico’s longest-serving governor, the late Bruce King. He was first elected attorney general in 2006 and is serving his second term.

  • Activist to begin hunger strike

    Peace activist Alaric Balibrera of Santa Fe expects to begin a hunger strike on Monday. July 16 is the anniversary of the first atomic bomb test in 1945 at the Trinity Site.

    Balibrera says his hunger strike is intended as a call for the transformation of the scientific work at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), a transformation from being injurious to humanity to being constructive.

    Before Balibrera begins his strike, he plans to speak with New Mexico Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and LANL Director Charles McMillan.

    Lab spokesman Fred DeSousa said that he was unaware that Balibrera had tried to contact McMillan.

  • House committee passes Manhattan Project Park bill

    The House Natural Resources Committee today approved by unanimous consent H.R. 5987, a bipartisan bill introduced by Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) and Congressman Ben Lujan (NM-03) to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park that will include facilities at Hanford, Wash., Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Los Alamos.

    The action by the Committee makes the bill eligible for consideration by the full House.

  • Radiation risk underestimated

    Much has been made in the past year on the speculation of how a major earthquake would affect Los Alamos and especially the Plutonium Facility (PF-4).

    The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board weighed in on one of those scenarios recently. And the news was not good.

    Apparently, the Los Alamos National Laboratory has underestimated the amount of radiation that could leak from the facility as a result of an earthquake, according to the DNFSB.

    This is the first paragraph of a letter from DNFSB addressed to NNSA administrator Thomas D’Agostino, dated June 18.

  • Council OKs revision

    The atmosphere at Tuesday’s county council discussion of the White Rock Civic Center surged with excitement -- a marked contrast to the contentious debate that ensued during Capital Improvement Project (CIP) hearings just two months ago.

    Civic Center supporters were crestfallen when council voted down the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee’s (WRMPIC) request for $16 million to build a combined facility with a library, senior center, youth activity center, activity center and town hall,

  • Medicaid debate rises to forefront

    I attended a Medicaid conference in Washington, D.C. on June 27 and 28.  The non-partisan Council of State Governments organized the conference for state legislators to address ongoing growth in Medicaid costs and expected changes in Medicaid programs.  
    This is the first of two columns on Medicaid.  This column discusses the current program.  The next column will discuss Medicaid’s future in New Mexico.  The June 28 PPACA decision by the Supreme Court makes these issues even more timely and important.

  • Accuracy, relevance sought

    A boring sameness of errors, misstatements, baseless assertions and irrelevance pervades discussions of New Mexico’s economy and what to do about it. Lea, Eddy and Chaves counties are the big exception.
    The most recent sinner is one of the good guys, Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation. His op-ed is posted at www.riograndefoundation.org.
     (Disclosure: I worked with Gessing when RGF owned the former print incarnation of my Capitol Report New Mexico publication.)
    New Mexico doesn’t attract businesses, Gessing claims.
    That’s just not true. April brought the announcement that avionics supplier

  • Sports Update 07-11-12

    Sanchez earns ace on July 4

    For the second year in a row, Eddie Sanchez scored an ace at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Sanchez hit a hole-in-one on the No. 17 hole at LAGC on Independence Day. Sanchez was using the same club, a 5-hybrid, that he hit his hole-in-one on March 26, 2011.
    Sanchez’s ace on the 167-yard, par-3 was witnessed by his match play opponent Jamie Aslin, along with John Stam and Mark Sandoval.

    Indoor soccer tourney hosted by Y

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is hosting an indoor soccer tournament July 21-22.
    Teams of four will face off in one of several divisions, adult men, adult women, coed, high school coed and youth.
    Price for participation is $15 per player.

  • Topes Notes 07-11-12

    Ace pitcher John Ely rewarded with trip to All-Star Game

  • LA Majors fall to Española in semifinal

    It could be a long road to hoe for the Los Alamos All-Star Majors baseball team.
    Los Alamos was tripped up by the Española All Stars in the semifinals of District 1 tournament, going on this week at Lou Caveglia Field on North Mesa. Los Alamos now drops into the loser’s bracket in that tournament and needs to win three straight contests to grab the district title.
    Los Alamos, which knocked off Santa Fe Metro Sunday to advance to the semifinals, will face Pojoaque in an elimination game tonight. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Pojoaque defeated a big-hitting Santa Fe American squad Tuesday night to stay alive in the loser’s bracket.