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Today's News

  • LFC in Artesia: Ominous federal regulatory clouds over oil and gas

    Just how little we know about the New Mexico world around us is one lesson from the mid-June visit to Artesia by the Legislative Finance Committee’s traveling summer road show.
    Massive danger from Obama administration regulatory overreach (putting it politely) is another lesson.
    Holding meetings around the state allows legislators to get some direct knowledge of people and activities and provides an opportunity for those, such as Eddy County Commissioners Stella Davis and James Walterscheid, who both attended the Artesia session, to get acquainted with respected senators and representatives.
    LFC members coming to Artesia included Sen. John Arthur Smith, Deming; Rep Jimmie Hall, Albuquerque; Rep. Paul Bandy, Aztec; Sen. Carlos Cisneros, Questa; Rep. Jason Harper, Albuquerque; Sen. Carroll Leavell, Jal; and Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, Gallup.
    Oil was the topic for the day in Artesia. One illustration of different legislator perspective came as the group toured Elite Well Services (elitewells.com). The firm and its facilities are a long way from Sandia National Laboratories where Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, earns his living. Employment of the highest technologies connects Elite and Sandia. A layman-level summary of extracting oil was a highlight at Elite Services.

  • Today in history June 21
  • MOWW meeting tonight

    The Military Order of the World Wars Chapter 229 will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at the Los Alamos Research Park Building, second-floor conference room, located west ofthe South Mesa Fire Station.

    This month’s speaker is CPT Michael Helpin USMC, who will speak on “Fourth Turning.” Helpin is the commander of MOWW Region XIII, chair of the MOWW National Membership Committee, president of the Sunbelt Patriotic Youth Leadership Conference Inc., and past commander of the Santa Fe and Phoenix Chapters of the MOWW.

    Helpin is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. He has done many things in many places but mostly in aviation and airport management. Among his accomplishments are standing atop Mt. Suribachi viewing the invasion beaches of Iwo Jima; piloting a B-17 Flying Fortress; and making eye contact and exchanging a friendly wave with Queen Elizabeth II in London. Semper Fi!

    Parking is available east to the fire station (accessible from southbound land of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building (access is through the LANL control stations to West Jemez road.) Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the 2nd level.

  • Marathon runner recovering from bear attack

    A woman running the 2016 Valles Caldera Runs in the Jemez Mountains near Los Alamos who was attacked by a black bear Saturday is recovering from serious injuries to her head, neck and body.

    Wildlife officers tracked and euthanized the female bear Sunday that was responsible for the attack.

    State law requires any wild animal that attacks or bites a human be euthanized and tested for rabies. The bear will be sent to Española for testing, said department spokesman Karl Moffatt.

    The bear had three young cubs that officers are trying to capture and place in the care of the New Mexico Wildlife Center in Española, Moffatt said.

    Game and Fish officials said they were able to track the bear through a GPS collar it was wearing for a study about wild bears.

    State law requires any wild animal that attacks or bites a human be euthanized and tested for rabies, Moffatt said.

    The woman was released Sunday, according to the La Cueva Fire Department officials.

    Runners and volunteers working an aid station nearby came to her aid, according to a social media update from organizer Kristen Kern.

    “EMTs took her to La Cueva where she was flown to UNM hospital," Kern said

  • Community Calendar 6-17-16

    TODAY
    Fuller Lodge Art Center PULSE exhibit day of celebration from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Volunteer Appreciation PULSE preview from 12:30-2 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Ave.

    Igor & the Red Elvises at 7 p.m. at Ashely Pond, Gordon Concert Series.

    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Astronomy Show FROM 7-7:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore our universe from the comfort of the planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Rockhound Geology Outing: Shark’s Tooth Ridge at 8 a.m. at the Nature Center. Find fossilized shark’s teeth embedded in sandstone. Cost is $10 for individuals and $20 for families; PEEC members save $2 for individuals and $4 for families. More information at peecnature.org.

    Young at Heart Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

  • Art Center to hold day of celebration today

    Fuller Lodge Art Center will celebrate the marriage of art and music with its newest exhibit PULSE.
    The Art Center will host a day of celebration today that will include an exhibit preview and a volunteer appreciation event.
    Over 40 artists will be on display, many of whom have assigned a piece of music to accompany their artwork. QR codes will show side by side with the art so that anybody with a cell phone can scan the code and listen to the artist’s soundtrack.
    In the Portal Gallery, White Rock artist Britton Donharl will be opening her solo show, 101 Faces. Britton has used a plethora of media to bring faces, both real and imagined, to life.
    During the opening reception, the Fuller Lodge Art Center will stop all of the music and have a moment of silence for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.
    Also on Friday at the Art Center and in the Pajarito Room at the Fuller Lodge, the New Mexico Garden Clubs, District 2 members of Floral Designers, Los Alamos Garden Club, and Summit Garden Club will hold a Standard Flower show THE PULSE OF Life to coincide with the opening of PULSE.
    From 8-inch-tall miniature floral sculptures to large-scale horticulture exhibits, both buildings will be filled with greenery.

  • Written terms: The first step toward avoiding disputes

    BY FINANCE NEW MEXICO

  • Not your parents’ national parks but beautiful just the same: Happy 100!

    We’re celebrating the centennial of the national park system this year, and this week the First Family visits Carlsbad Caverns. I hope they enjoy it as much as my family has.
    For many of us growing up, the family vacation meant a road trip. Sometimes the destination was a national park. I saw the caverns the first time as a kid and passed it along when my son was old enough to understand what he was seeing. He loved it.
    New Mexico has its share of treasures: Carlsbad Caverns, Bandelier, El Malpais, White Sands, Fort Union, Aztec Ruins, Capulin Volcano, Chaco Canyon, El Morro, Gila Cliff Dwellings, Manhattan Project, Pecos, Petroglyph, Salinas Pueblo Missions, Valles Caldera.
    When we think of the national parks and monuments, it’s with a brush of nostalgia, but issues of 2016 will elbow their way in to the party.
    As we know, Carlsbad Caverns was without its elevators until recently. Congress has underfunded the National Park Service for years, and the backlog of deferred maintenance has reached $11.9 billion; in New Mexico, it’s $113 million -- $44.4 million just at Carlsbad. Many sites are understaffed.
    And yet our tourism industry counts on the 1.6 million visitors to New Mexico’s national parks and the $88.8 million they spent. The parks also provide 1,400 jobs here.

  • Unitarian Church to hold vigil for Orlando victims

    The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting at 7 p.m. tonight at 1738 North Sage St.
    The names of the dead will be recited and prayers for peace will be offered. The church will also take up a special collection for the relief fund for the surviving families. All are invited to attend.
    The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos is a congregation that welcomes people of diverse beliefs who share a common vision of a fair, just planet where all people are valued, according to its website. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your life’s journey, you are welcome. Call 662-2346. 1738 for information.

  • Hot temps, wind hamper firefighter efforts in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A blaze burning in central New Mexico outpaced firefighters Thursday as it marched across miles of tinder dry forest, forcing evacuations and destroying structures near the small community of Chilili.

    The blaze made a big push overnight, but fire information officers could not immediately say how many structures were lost or whether any were homes since crews have not been able to access and survey the area.

    The community was among those in Bernalillo and Torrance counties that were placed under a mandatory evacuation Wednesday night as the flames raced to the northeast.

    It wasn't immediately clear how many homes and other structures were threatened by the flames, fire information officer Denise Ottaviano said.

    "We have ground crews throughout the perimeter of the fire and out ahead of it," she said. "They're trying to provide some structure protection in certain points that could be threatened."

    Close to 700 personnel were assigned to the fire, along with a fleet of air tankers and helicopters.

    Despite all the work, there was no containment Thursday afternoon.

    Roads remained closed as authorities prepared for the blaze to shift course and possibly head east into previously evacuated areas that are dotted with ranches.