Today's News

  • State Briefs 06-02-11

    Museums offer free admission to military
    SANTA FE —  New Mexico’s state-operated museums and historical monuments are offering free admission this summer to active duty military and their families.
    The Department of Cultural Affairs said it’s the second year the state will participate in a program created by the National Endowment for the Arts to honor military personnel.
    The free admission started on Memorial Day and continues through Labor Day on Sept. 5.

  • Congressman investigates effects of E15 on vehicle engines

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-WI, sent a survey to major auto manufacturers to investigate whether the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to allow 15 percent ethanol (E15) could damage vehicle engines and impose additional costs on American drivers.
    “The EPA prematurely approved an increase to the ethanol blend from 10 to 15 percent and left many questions unanswered about the effects of this fifty percent increase,” Sensenbrenner said.
    “There are serious concerns that the increased blend could cause costly engine damage and reduce fuel efficiency. Consumers deserve to know about potentially negative effects of E15 on their vehicle’s engine.”

  • Seen at the Scene: Memorial Day

    Kevin Smith, the manager of the NNSA’s Los Alamos Site Office, was the keynote speaker during Memorial Day ceremonies at Guaje Pines Cemetery Monday in Los Alamos. The color guard and a cub scout troop also were present.

  • Update 06-02-11

    Movie night
    “Almost Famous” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Library. The movie is free.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on June 6 at the community training room in the Community Building.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet at 7 p.m., June 7 in the council chambers.

    Board meeting
    The Transportation Board will meet at 5:30 tonight at 2101 Trinity Drive.

  • Trujillo named interim executive director at Valles Caldera

    Valles Caldera National Preserve Manager Dennis Trujillo has been named interim executive director of the organization that oversees the 89,000-acre federally owned preserve in northern New Mexico.
    The board of trustees of the Valles Caldera Trust announced Trujillo’s appointment. He has been preserve manager since 2002and he directly supervises the management of natural resources, recreation, roads, facilities, fleet, fire, law enforcement, safety, merchandizing, and special uses.
    Trujillo has overseen the development of the proposed plans for landscape restoration and management and public access and use, including leading comprehensive planning for the Preserve.

  • Proposal would expand local Historic District

    The first topic under discussion at the Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board meeting Wednesday evening was a proposed expansion of the National Historic Landmark District (NHLD).

    The expansion would include 18 Manhattan Project-era buildings “behind the fence” at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

    Ellen McGehee, who manages LANL’s Historic Buildings Program, and Judy Machen, who is assisting her on the project, presented the report.

  • On board for space flight

    Gazing at the Earth from space is a lifelong dream on the verge of coming true for Los Alamos astrophysicist Stephen Becker.

    “It will be the highlight of my life,” said 60-year-old Becker, who holds a ticket on a commercial spaceflight with Virgin Galactic, expected to launch next year.

    “The flight will last about two-and-a-half hours,” he said. “We’ll travel 100 kilometers, 61 miles, to the edge of space and the weightlessness at the top of the flight will last about five minutes.”

    Becker is a private pilot. He explained that the X-15 rocket planes manufactured in the 1960s flew to 61 miles, whereas commercial airlines typically reach just six or seven miles.

  • Locals vie for House seat

    Sandoval County Commissioners nominated Los Alamos Democrat Stephanie Richard on Thursday to fill the House District 43 seat left vacant following the death of Jeannette Wallace from illness in April.
    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is interviewing each of the nominees from the three counties that comprise District 43.

    Martinez interviewed Richard in her fourth floor office at the Round House at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Developing the economy is more than recruiting

    We whine about being a federal colony, but, by God, protect those federal laboratories.
    Such ideas are what masquerades for deep thinking about the New Mexico economy.
    Recent presentations from Gov. Susana Martinez and Jon Barela, secretary of the Economic Development Department, have considered economic development.
    From both, the only specific was recruiting companies to the state.
    Recruiting is good and necessary, but for that to be the only topic massively misses the point.
    Recruiting companies, which is what “economic development” is about, is just part of developing the economy.
    Further, recruiting companies only matters at the margin for New Mexico’s 870,000 (or so) employees.

  • Time for realistic Middle East policy

    Last week I participated in a joint meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to receive Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  
    This should have been a positive meeting with America’s strongest ally in the Middle East.  
    Instead, the tension in the room was palpable, because everyone there was conscious of President Obama’s speech on Israel last week.
    I was shocked to hear the President make the unprecedented suggestion that Israel should revert to its 1967 borders.