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Today's News

  • Board: Dem broke campaign rules in Albuquerque mayor's race

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — An ethics board says Democratic Albuquerque mayoral candidate Tim Keller broke campaign finance rules when his publicly financed campaign accepted "in-kind" cash donations.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the city's Board of Ethics & Campaign Practices issued its ruling Monday — a day before the city's runoff election. But the board did not impose any penalties against Keller.

    Republican Dan Lewis, Keller's opponent, said in a statement that the ruling was proof Keller "lied to Albuquerque voters and illegally worked with his political allies to funnel cash to his campaign."

    Keller said he accepts the board decision and the ruling gave "needed clarity going forward."
     

  • N.M land commissioner may run for governor as Libertarian

    New Mexico land commissioner may go Libertarian

    SANTA FE (AP) — A family member and political spokesman says New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn is seriously considering a run for governor under the Libertarian Party.

    Albuquerque-based attorney Blair Dunn said Monday that his father, Aubrey Dunn, is giving "heavy consideration" to leaving the Republican Party to run for New Mexico governor as a Libertarian candidate or independent of any party. Second-term GOP Gov. Susan Martinez cannot seek re-election in 2018.

    Aubrey Dunn has said he will not seek re-election as land commissioner in 2018, and briefly campaigned this year for Congress in New Mexico's southern district before withdrawing.

    Support for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson in 2016 elections has made it easier for Libertarian candidates to get on the ballot in New Mexico, and several other states including Iowa, Kentucky and Massachusetts.

  • New Mexico man facing 11th DWI _ after released from jail

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing his 11th drunken-driving charge after police say he led them in a high-speed chase — 10 hours following his release from jail on another DWI conviction.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports police say 43-year-old Henry Gonzales led officers on a chase that reached 75 mph on city streets in the early morning hours of Nov. 4. Police say officers had to use a stun gun during the arrest.

    According to a criminal complaint, there was an open bottle of Crown Royal on the passenger seat of Gonzales' car.

    Gonzales last was convicted of DWI for an incident in May 2016. In that case, records show, he also led city police on a high-speed chase.

    It was not known if he had an attorney.
     

  • LAPS gets ‘A’ on report card

    The Los Alamos Public School District aced its report card for 2016-2017, according to a score issued recently by the state Public Education Department.

    The district received an overall score of “A,” which includes scoring in areas of accountability, achievement, post-secondary success and other benchmarks set by the PED.

    All but two schools in Los Alamos received individual “A” scores in the annual report under the category of accountability.

    “Parents, students and staff deserve a pat on the back, a high-five, and congratulations,” Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said on Thursday.

    The district’s middle school received a “D” in the accountability area of the report, and the district’s Topper Academy – for ninth graders, received a “B” in the area of accountability.

    The middle school’s grade reflects certain aspects of the PED’s scoring system that is unclear, Steinhaus said.

    “We’ve asked (PED) to release their algorithms, we would like to know how they calculate it, but they haven’t released it,” Steinhaus said.

  • New Mexico Dem congressional hopeful arrested for stalking

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man running for the state's southern congressional seat as a Democrat has been arrested for stalking.

    KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports that David Alcon (al-COHN') was arrested Friday at an Albuquerque apartment complex after authorities had been searching for him for nearly two weeks.

    Santa Fe police issued a warrant for his arrest last month in connection with accusations that he sent graphic text messages to a woman he saw at a Halloween party. The woman told police that Alcon then stalked her outside her apartment.

    Alcon is one of four Democrats seeking the U.S. House seat now held by Republican Rep. Steve Pearce, who is running for governor.

    Alcon was previously convicted of stalking a woman in 2007.
    It was not known if he had an attorney.
     

  • LANL Foundation brings science to classrooms

    CHIMAYO — A huge warehouse here holds a treasure trove – boxes filled with materials needed to teach young students lessons about energy, matter, or other science topics.

    Operated by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, a nonprofit with programs fostering educational opportunities in communities in the shadow of the national laboratory in Los Alamos, the 7-year-old program offers science education modules or “kits” for northern New Mexico elementary classrooms.

    And, they deliver.

    LANL Foundation officials provided a tour of the warehouse earlier this week to representatives of Sens. Tom Udall, D-NM, and Martin Heinrich, D-NM. The tour offered a ground-floor view of the Inquiry Science Education Consortium, which includes providing professional development for the hundreds of teachers who receive the modules or kits, twice a year.

    Two science education organizations developed the curriculum on which the modules are based, the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of Berkeley and Science Resource Center of the Smithsonian Institute, according to the LANL Foundation. Classrooms at each grade level use two modules a year; one is focused on Earth science, the other on physical science.

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  • Young Hilltopper basketball team ready to roll

    This season, the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team is out to prove that the phrase “practice makes perfect” really is true.

    After finishing with a disappointing 6-21 record last year under first-year head coach Josh Archuleta, the team instituted an entirely new offseason training regimen.

    It was aimed at improving the chemistry of the team and bringing out all of the players’ best qualities on the court.

    Archuleta believes that goal was accomplished.

    “The strengths on this roster have been proven throughout the summer,” Archuleta said. “We played more than 30 games during the summer, and never stopped working preseason.”

    Archuleta believes that the team has a stronger sense of cohesion than last year, and that the results of that have shown on the court in practice this month.

    “We are the type of basketball team that is very unselfish,” Archuleta said. “We aren’t prideful in terms of individual pride. We are prideful in terms of team pride. If the team wins, we all win.”

    The players seem to share that sentiment, with several of them saying they have a different feeling about this season than in previous years.

  • Fusion Volleyball to host tryouts at LAHS this weekend

    For many people in Los Alamos County, volleyball is more than a sport. It is a lifelong passion.

    For more than 20 years, the volleyball community in Los Alamos has run and organized Fusion Volleyball, a competitive youth club affiliated nationally with USA volleyball.

    “It is such a great opportunity for local kids to learn the game,” said Cheryl Bell, the club’s director.

    The organization is run completely by volunteers.

    Many of them have been around the sport their entire lives, coaching and playing at various levels.

    The number of teams the club puts together varies from year-to-year, based on the interest from the community.

    This year, that will be determined at the club’s tryouts, scheduled for Sunday.

    Last year, the team organized two 12-and-under teams, as well as teams in the 11-and-under, 13-and-under and 14-and-under groups.

    In past years, the number of teams has varied between two and six.

    Bell encouraged anyone in those age groups to come to the tryouts, which will be at the Los Alamos High School Auxiliary Gymnasium at 11:30 a.m. for children 12 and under, and at 1 p.m. for 13 and 14 year olds.

    The tryout will cost $20 and includes a T-shirt from the club.

  • Hopkins named first team all-state

    Katie Hopkins earned first-team honors and 11 other Hilltoppers were honored, as All-State soccer performers for Class 5A were announced this week.

    In total, seven girls made the cut, along with five boys.

    This is Hopkins’ first appearance on the First-Team list. The junior has been on the Honorable Mention All-State list the past two years.

    This year, she scored 10 goals and added five assists while playing in the midfield.

    Shelly Doyle made the cut on the Second-Team list. She was one of the Hilltoppers’ top defenders this season, and played a key role on the team’s run to the state championship game.

    Five girls made the Honorable Mention list for LAHS. They are: senior goalkeeper Ashley Atencio, senior defender Perla Terrazas, senior forward Elsa Gram, junior forward Alissia Haagenstad and junior forward Alix Hailey.

    Atencio played extremely well this season in her first year as a full time goalkeeper, while Terrazas was part of the back line that made life easier for Atencio.

    Gram, Haagenstad and Hailey were key contributors to the offense, each of them finishing with more than 10 goals.