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Today's News

  • An interview with Ruth Tatter, co-founder of Los Alamos Museum of Art

    By Mandy Marksteiner

    Marksteiner:  How did you first come up with the idea for LAMOA?

    Tatter: My mother was living in a condo in Los Alamos and one of her neighbors was a gentleman who had an incredible art collection. He had been collecting for a long time and was looking for a place to put it.

    Los Alamos needs to have this place where these collections can go. There’s a scientific history here that has been well documented, but there's a cultural history that goes along with this of art and artists who've been here from the beginning.                                                                                                              

  • Scientists race to prevent wipeout of world's coral reefs

    SOUTH ARI ATOLL, Maldives (AP) — There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef is dead, killed by the stress of rising ocean temperatures. What's left is a haunting expanse of gray, a scene repeated in reefs across the globe in what has fast become a full-blown ecological catastrophe.

    The world has lost roughly half its coral reefs in the last 30 years. Scientists are now scrambling to ensure that at least a fraction of these unique ecosystems survives beyond the next three decades. The health of the planet depends on it: Coral reefs support a quarter of all marine species, as well as half a billion people around the world.

    "This isn't something that's going to happen 100 years from now. We're losing them right now," said marine biologist Julia Baum of Canada's University of Victoria. "We're losing them really quickly, much more quickly than I think any of us ever could have imagined."

    Even if the world could halt global warming now, scientists still expect that more than 90 percent of corals will die by 2050. Without drastic intervention, we risk losing them all.

  • Panel delays vote on early childhood ed initiative

    By Andrew Oxford

    The New Mexican

     

    Most members of the Senate Rules Committee trickled out of a hearing Monday, scuttling a vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to expand funding for early childhood education.

    The lack of a quorum stalled House Joint Resolution 1 in the first of two committees it must clear before even reaching a vote of the full Senate before the legislative session ends at noon Saturday.

    A couple Republicans were in the room when the Rules Committee took up the proposal. But all four Republicans on the committee either left the hearing or never entered it. Two Democrats also were absent, so only five of the committee's 11 members remained as the debate wound to a close. A majority of a committee's members must be present for it to act on legislation.

    Without a quorum, the Rules Committee chairwoman, Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, adjourned the committee altogether.

    "We're at a standstill," she told the remaining members, all Democrats.

    One cosponsor accused the resolution's critics of leaving to avoid a vote rather than go on the record opposing the proposal.

    "They know a vote against this is a bad vote," said Rep. Javier Martinez, D-Albuquerque.

  • Reading bill dies quietly

    By Robert Nott
    The New Mexican

    For seven consecutive years, Gov. Susana Martinez has unsuccessfully pushed a bill to hold back thousands of third-graders who score below par on standardized reading tests.

    A pair of similar bills this year haven't even received a hearing before a legislative committee. And with just five days left in the 60-day legislative session, it is unlikely that they will.

    Democratic Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, chairwoman of the House Education Committee, said she didn't know whether the panel would have time to hear House Bill 114, introduced by Rep. Monica Youngblood, R-Albuquerque. But even if Garcia Richard's committee takes up the measure, it almost certainly would table it.

    "I am never going to support mandatory retention," said Garcia Richard, herself a teacher. "But I do support the intervention portions of that bill" to provide extra help to children who don't read well.

    Despite the fact that her committee is "all caught up" on legislative bills, Garcia Richard said, she wasn't sure where Youngblood's bill stood in terms of a hearing date.

  • Painter Ming Franz to teach two-day splash watercolor workshop this weekend

    Join Ming Franz, an International Artist Magazine's recent grand prize winner, will teach a splash color workshop at the Fuller Lodge Art Center this weekend.

    The class will be from 9:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    Beginning with ancient black-and-white splash, the class will evolve into marbling splash and then abstract splash using liquid watercolor, acrylic, and Asian ink.

    The foundation of this painting process is based on principles originating in Tang Dynasty China with a technique, known as PoMo. Essentially the artist freely "splashes" liquid color onto stacks of dampened sheets of mulberry paper. After the sheets dry, they are separated and the real magic begins.

  • Powell announces candidacy for New Mexico land commissioner

    SANTA FE (AP) — Democrat Ray Powell is running again for New Mexico state land commissioner, an office he's held twice before.

    A statement released Monday morning by Powell says he planned to announce his candidacy at an environmental justice rally at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.

    Powell served as commissioner from 1993-2002 and again from 2011-2014, when he narrowly lost the 2014 general election to Republican Aubrey Dunn.

    The land commissioner oversees management of 13 million mineral acres and 9 million surface acres.

  • Today in history 3-13-17
  • Navajo Nation officer died after encountering 2 people

    PREWITT, N.M. (AP) — A tribal police officer shot dead over the weekend in a remote community on the nation's largest American Indian reservation died after he encountered two people in a vehicle along a county road while responding to a domestic violence report, authorities said Monday.
    Preliminary reports indicate Navajo Nation Officer Houston James Largo, 27, was critically wounded when he came into contact with the two after being sent to a rural address north of the town of Prewitt, said McKinley County Sheriff's Deputy Roberta Jaramillo.
    "A female saw that the officer was down and called dispatch over his radio," Jaramillo said.
    Navajo police were already on the scene when sheriff's deputies and New Mexico state police officers arrived. Authorities quickly identified a suspect and the search intensified as daylight broke. Footprints helped officers to track the suspect, who was taken into custody early Sunday.
    Authorities did not immediately release any information about the suspect, the circumstances of the arrest or what led to the shooting.

  • LAHS to mark Kick Butts Day

    National Kick Butts Day activities will be Wednesday at Los Alamos High School.
    The LAPS Prevention Office is working with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids to encourage young people to kick the habit or to avoid using tobacco.
    The high school Robotics Department and the Art Department have created a visual display to “Destroy Tobacco” which will take place during lunch-time activities.
    Free tobacco cessation programs are also available for students and staff members and information can be accessed by calling Bernadette Lauritzen in the Prevention Office at 663-3252.

  • Births 3-12-17

    Feb. 21 — A boy. Ira Daniel Weis. Born to Danielle Hauck and Eric Weis.
    Feb. 22 — A boy. Jared Smidt. Born to Esther and Joe Smidt.
    Feb. 25 —A girl. Ginny Lynn Williams. Born to Anna and Dwigth Williams.
    March 3 — A girl. Olivia Lake Parish. Born to Amanda Babicke and Mychael Parish.