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Today's News

  • Mother of binge-drinking teen victim launches awareness program

    Tania Huff, the parent of a Los Alamos High School teen who died of alcohol poisoning last year, has managed to channel her grief into helping other teens avoid the same fate.

    '“I’m speaking for my son, because he can’t speak for himself now,” Huff said.

    Together with her friend and emergency paramedic Samantha Robinson, the two have launched an anti-drinking program called “Project Aware Alive.” 

    Robinson’s son was also at the party where Arleigh Huff died.
    “So, these three boys go to a sleepover. I switched off my radio that night… I was awoken at 5:27 a.m. with a phone call from a parent saying ‘please come, Arleigh is not breathing and the boys are drunk. Between that time (Aug. 27) and the 29th of October when Arleigh was pronounced dead, this is what came out of it, Project A,” Robinson told school board members Tuesday.

    Students in six school districts have viewed the program. Robinson and Huff have also visited several businesses and youth groups.

    Huff said they don’t plan to stop any time soon.

    “We have no size limit,” Huff said about who she will talk to about her message.

    “We’ll do five, we’ll do 500,” Robinson said.

  • Cruz – Bences Gonzales’s grandson – is new artist in residence at Bandelier

    Bandelier National Monument welcomed Artist in Residence Paul Cruz this month.

    Cruz is no stranger to the area. He was born in Española and still has many relatives in the area.

    For those familiar with the history of Los Alamos Ranch School and the Manhattan Project, his grandfather was Bences Gonzales, a hardworking and well-loved character through those years of Los Alamos history.

    Cruz’s mother and her siblings grew up in Los Alamos. His uncle, Ray Gonzales, wrote the book, “A Boy on the Hill,” about growing up on “the Hill” during the Ranch School years.

    Taught by his father, Cruz began learning jewelry making and lapidary work at an early age. He has used a variety of techniques for his original designs, including soldered applique, stamping and setting stones in bezels.

    Cruz’s materials include silver, gold and copper, as well as a wide variety of semi-precious and precious stones, and also bone.

    He enjoys making pieces that incorporate a theme or story. Cruz’s favorite styles are inlay and raised inlay, and he is particularly fond of working with turquoise.

  • Sen. Domenici, a tireless advocate for LA County, dies

    Former Republican Sen. Pete V. Domenici, a six-term senator who was known for his work on budget and energy issues and support of the state’s national laboratories, died Wednesday. He was 85.

    Domenici died at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, his son Pete Domenici Jr., said. The senator had undergone abdominal surgery in recent weeks.

    When the late U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici first took office in 1972, Los Alamos County did not have its own fire department, and a large part of the land the county now owns belonged to the Department of Energy.

    By the time he left office in early 2009, Los Alamos County had its own fire department and enough land that enabled the county to think seriously about its future, as far as its economic development and quality of life was concerned.

    Los Alamos resident Veronica Rodriguez worked for Sen. Domenici for about 10 years. She joined his staff in 1998 and started work in his Washington D.C. office. By the time Domenici left office in 2009, Rodriguez was Domenici’s regional director for northern New Mexico.

    Throughout the time she worked with him, Rodriguez said she saw firsthand the why and the how behind Domenici’s success when it came to his advocacy for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the county.

  • Environmentalists sue to block US border wall with Mexico

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Three advocacy groups sued the federal government Thursday to block construction of a border wall with Mexico, alleging that that Trump administration overstepped its authority by waiving environmental reviews and other laws.

    The Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife and Animal Legal Defense Fund seek to prevent construction of wall prototypes in San Diego before it begins and halt plans for replacement barriers in San Diego and Calexico, California.

    The complaint largely mirrors a lawsuit filed by another advocacy group, the Center for Biological Diversity, but the three organizations each say they have hundreds of thousands of members, bringing more attention and resources to a legal fight over one of President Donald Trump's key campaign pledges.

    The government has waived reviews seven times under a 2005 law to speed construction of border barriers, including twice under Trump. The law allows the government to waive dozens of laws, including the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires extensive reviews of environmental impacts.

    The lawsuit contends the waiver authority expired in 2008, when the government met congressional requirements for additional border barriers.

  • Flags to fly at half-staff in New Mexico to honor Domenici

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered flags to fly at half-staff around New Mexico on Friday and Saturday in honor of former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici.

    Domenici died Wednesday morning of complications from abdominal surgery at age 85.

    He was New Mexico's longest serving senator, in office from 1973 to 2008.

    Domenici announced in October 2007 that he wouldn't seek a seventh term because he had been diagnosed with an incurable brain disorder, frontotemporal lobar degeneration.

    A public celebration of the longtime lawmaker's life will be held at Isotopes Stadium in Albuquerque on Saturday at 3 p.m.
    Martinez issued an executive order Thursday that flags are to be flown at half-staff from sunrise Friday to sunset Saturday.
     

  • Forest Service spends record $2B battling forest fires

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion battling forest fires around the country — a record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the nation's worst fire seasons.

    Wildfires have ravaged the West this summer with 64 large fires burning across 10 states as of Thursday, including 21 fires in Montana and 18 in Oregon. In all, 48,607 wildfires have burned nearly 13,000 square miles (33,586 square kilometers).

    The fires have stretched firefighting resources, destroyed more than 500 homes and triggered health alerts as choking smoke drifted into major Western cities.

    The Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is the nation's primary firefighting agency.

    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the severe fire season means officials "end up having to hoard all of the money that is intended for fire prevention, because we're afraid we're going to need it to actually fight fires."

    The emphasis on firefighting means that money for prescribed burns, insect control and other prevention efforts is diverted to putting out fires in what Perdue called a self-defeating cycle. The end result is that small trees and vegetation remain in the forest for future fires to feed on.

  • South Korea says North has fired another missile

    South Korea says North has fired another missile over Japan
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's military said North Korea fired an unidentified missile Friday from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean.

    It was the second aggressive test-flight over the territory of the close U.S. ally in less than a month and it followed the sixth and most powerful nuclear test by North Korea to date on Sept. 3.

    South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile traveled about 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) while reaching a maximum height of 770 kilometers (478 miles).

    The missile was launched from Sunan, the site of Pyongyang's international airport.

    North Korea last month used the airport to fire a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile that flew over northern Japan.
    The North then declared it a "meaningful prelude" to containing the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam and the start of more ballistic missile launches toward the Pacific Ocean.

    Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga denounced North Korea's latest launch, saying he was conveying "strong anger" on behalf of the Japanese people.

    Suga said Japan "will not tolerate the repeated and excessive provocations."

  • New Mexico government hiring spree aimed at efficiency

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico state government is seeking to hire dozens of human resources professionals, in an ongoing effort to centralize and streamline personnel operations.

    The State Personnel Office has announced it will interview candidates Friday for human resources positions based in Santa Fe and Albuquerque linked to nine state agencies, at a "rapid hire" event at agency offices in Santa Fe.

    New Mexico employs about 18,000 people at agencies overseen by the governor, not including political appointees.

    The ranks of state employees have shrunk in years mostly through attrition as New Mexico wrestled with a downturn in revenues linked to weak oil and natural gas prices.

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez lifted a two-month hiring freeze in June as state finances showed signs of stabilizing.
     

  • MOWW to meet Tuesday

     This month’s meeting of the Military Order of World Wars will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room.

    The speaker will be Marla Brooks, the emergency operations manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Emergency Operations Center. She will talk about operation at the center. September is National Emergency Management Month.

    The Los Alamos Research building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east of the fire station (accessible from southbound lane 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 is from the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the second level.

  • On the Docket

    Cesar H. Marti was found guilty of failing to provide a proper driver’s license and was fined $50. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs. 

     

    Daniel Trujillo pleaded no contest to speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit and the sentence was deferred until Oct. 7. Defendant was also sentenced to defensive driving school. 

     

    Karen Trythall pleaded no contest to speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit and the sentence was deferred until Oct. 7. Defendant was also sentenced to defensive driving school.

     

    Andres Martinez was found guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit and was fined $50. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs. 

     

    Douglas Wolstein was fined $50 for failing to appear in court and must pay $65 in court costs.