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Today's News

  • It's an ugly climate

    Nothing much, bad or good, seems to be happening in the New Mexico economy.
    For the past few months the state has been bumping along.
    The big bad exception is Las Cruces, which has dropped firmly back into recession and job loss. Maybe we’re ending the long slide.
    The job creation index of the Gallup polling firm, released Aug. 19, shows New Mexico tied for 45 out of 51 with three states, California, the epitome of state policies gone wrong; the near bankrupt Rhode Island; and New Hampshire.
    Ugly company. (See www.capiolreportnm.blogspot.com for an explanation of the Gallup survey.)
    Our neighbors fare better, as is usual with state economic performance rankings.

  • Senator Udall Recruits Applicants for Fall Internships

     U.S. Senator Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for internships in his Washington, D.C. or state offices. To apply online, visit www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=internships  or www.tomudall.senate.gov.  
    Internships are available in the Washington D.C., Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Carlsbad and Santa Fe Offices. Deadline to apply for Washington internships is Sept. 15. State internship deadlines are flexible.  

  • Help replace a soggy book

    Otowi Station Bookstore is sponsoring a book drive to help replace chapter books damaged in a recent flood in the library of Aspen Elementary School. According to Librarian Lisa Laprairie-Whitacre, rainwater from a thunderstorm flowed in through the windows, onto the tops of the bookshelves and down four bookshelves. Chapter books written by authors’ last names beginning with F through R were damaged or destroyed in the flood.

  • Rotary Club awards scholarship

    Mackenzie Wehner was the guest speaker at a recent Rotary Club meeting, received a $27,000 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship for a year of academic study at Cambridge University, England. Wehner’s scholarship is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos under the auspices of Rotary District 5520, which encompasses all of New Mexico and West Texas.
    Wehner, who was born and raised in Los Alamos, graduated from LAHS in 2004. She is the daughter of Tom Wehner and Barbara Lange, now of Santa Fe.  
    Wehner earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale and has completed three of four years of medical school at Stanford University.

  • Be There 08-31-11

    Today
     Geekout game night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m., upstairs in the Mesa Public Library.

    A Tsankawi Evening Walk will be at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517. The walk is free.

    Los Alamos Medical Center’s “To Your Health” community education series continues from 6:30-7:30 p.m., as Dr. Jonathon Owen of Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico will speak on “Prevention and Screening for Chronic Kidney Disease” in the large conference room.

    Thursday
    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents “The Social Network,” rated PG 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library.

  • On the Docket 08-31-11

    Aug. 23

    Michael Linzey, 29, of Los Alamos pled guilty in Magistrate Court to the charge of interference with communications and criminal trespass. Linzey also pled nolo contendere (no contest) to the charge of battery against a household member, which the court accepted as an admission of guilt for the purposes of this action only. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Linzey to supervised probation for an unspecified number of days and to attend a minimum of 25 anger management sessions. The judge also ordered Linzey to pay a $25 monthly probation fee and $179 in fees and court costs.

  • Pa. school to launch STEM initiative with LANL help

    Speaking at the 2011 Pittsburgh STEM Summit, Nick Trombetta, CEO of Pennsylvania’s largest cyber charter school, will discuss his school’s plans to launch a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiative in the Pittsburgh area.
    Trombetta is head of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. He and three other leading educators are to discuss regional efforts to improve science and math education for grades K-12. The STEM Summit was held Wednesday.

  • State Briefs 08-31-11

    ABQ police kill robbery suspect

    ALBUQUERQUE — Albuquerque police shot and killed a 31-year-old armed robbery suspect Tuesday, bringing to 20 the number of suspects who have been shot by police in the same number of months.
    Police Chief Ray Schultz said officers saw the suspect — who he said had a long criminal record — coming out of an apartment holding a bag and confronted him. He said the officers surrounded the suspect and talked with him for 15 to 20 minutes trying to get him to surrender. But he said the man became agitated and indicated and he would not be taken, so a sniper shot him.
    Schultz said the officer later found an AK-47 assault rifle in the bag.

  • Keeping the Plants Happy

    County worker Steven Martinez waters hanging flower baskets along Central Avenue Friday afternoon.

  • LANL in line for new waste shipping containers

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Tuesday that the first shipment of transuranic waste using the newly approved shipping packaging known as the TRUPACT-III safely arrived at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory spokesman Fred DeSousa, though, said the lab will not be using the new containers anytime soon.
    “Every container and its contents, big or small, must be analyzed and certified before shipment to WIPP,” DeSousa said. “LANL currently does not have equipment on site that’s capable of analyzing the large items that would go in TRUPACT-III containers. So, at least for now, people won’t see TRUPACT-III’s on the route from LANL to WIPP.”