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  • Santa Fe progressive launches run for New Mexico governor

    SANTA FE (AP) — Alcohol-prevention teacher Peter DeBenedittis of Santa Fe is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for governor of New Mexico.
    DeBenedittis formally announced his candidacy Monday, describing himself as a progressive Democrat and political outsider who does not owe favors to past political contributors.
    A New Mexico resident since 1995, DeBenedittis wants to pursue policies that expand early childhood education and provide universal health insurance coverage, while increasing taxes on alcohol and cigarettes. He has not previously run for public office.
    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's cannot run for a third term in 2018. The Democratic nomination also is being sought by businessman Jeff Apodaca and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
    No Republican has entered the race, though U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce says he may pursue the GOP nomination.

  • Chamisa Elementary hosts seventh annual wax museum

    The halls of Chamisa Elementary School were filled Wednesday with famous scientists, musicians, actors and much more.
    The actual celebrities may not have been there, but the third- and fourth-graders posed as these famous people for their annual wax museum, a project intended to help them learn the process of researching.
    In order to meet their Language Arts standards, third-grade teacher Sharon Jiron came up with the idea of doing a wax museum research project to meet those standards. Megan Lee was in charge of getting the fourth-graders ready and Jiron took charge of the third-graders for this event.
    The Chamisa students represented a wide range of people like Christopher Columbus, Derek Jeter and Shirley Temple, just to name a few.
    “The third-graders chose famous people and fourth-graders did people from New Mexico,” said Jiron.
    Each student stood in their own space, defined by a hula-hoop on the ground, next to the person’s name and a short description of their wax figure.

  • Reluctant lawmakers set sights on fix for N.M. budget

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are reluctantly returning to the budget negotiation table with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez as time runs short to restore billions of dollars in vetoed spending for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
    The state Supreme Court on Thursday refused a request by lawmakers to rescind the governor’s vetoes of all funding for the legislative branch and state institutions of higher education.
    A special legislative session is set for May 24. Elected officials will have to shore up anemic tax revenues or agree to a new round of spending cuts at state agencies or public schools.
    Here’s a glimpse of what lies ahead:
    Tax Shortfall
    Lawmakers and the governor largely agree on a $6.1 billion state budget that would slightly increase spending, particularly for public schools and cash-strapped courts. They remain at odds over how to fill a roughly $150 million shortfall in revenues.
    Lawmakers in March approved higher registration fees for interstate trucking and increased taxes for some hospitals, online sales and retail gasoline and diesel sales. Martinez vetoed the tax hikes and lambasted lawmakers.

  • Cyberattack wave ebbs, but experts see risk of more

    LONDON (AP) — The "ransomware" cyberattack that has hit companies and governments around the world ebbed in intensity on Monday, though experts warned that new versions of the virus could emerge.
    Thousands more infections were reported Monday, largely in Asia, which had been closed for business when the malware first struck Friday. The cases were more contained, however, than the systemic outbreak that last week paralyzed computers running factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems around the world.
    Many of the 200,000 victims in more than 150 countries were still struggling to recover from the first attack of the so-called "WannaCry" virus.
    Carmaker Renault said one of its French plants, which employs 3,500 people, wasn't reopening Monday as a "preventative step."
    Britain's National Health Service said about a fifth of NHS trusts — the regional bodies that run hospitals and clinics — were hit by the attack on Friday, leading to thousands of canceled appointments and operations. Seven of the 47 affected trusts were still having IT problems Monday.

  • Nerses ‘Krik’ Krikorian reflects on his career as a scientist and intelligence analyst

    LANL Communications Staff

    When Nerses “Krik” Krik Krikorian was born on a Turkish roadside in 1921, the future looked bleak. His parents were fleeing the Armenian genocide that would ultimately claim 1.5 million lives. They spent the next four years moving from country to country with nothing but the clothes on their backs, trying to find a permanent home.

    Along the way, in Aleppo, Syria, his mom gave birth to his brother. “It’s a tortured way of living because you don’t belong anywhere,” recalled Krikorian. They finally found refuge in Canada. When Krikorian was 4 years old, they moved to the United States, settling in Niagara Falls, where his father became a factory worker and his mom a homemaker, and where his youngest brother was born. 

    Today, at age 96, Krikorian lives in a brightly lit condominium in Los Alamos, surrounded by his vast art collection and family photos, marveling at his good fortune. When he started kindergarten in Niagara Falls, he barely spoke English. Sixteen years later, he graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and began a job at Union Carbide, working in a lab that made highly enriched uranium. For what purpose, Krikorian wasn’t sure.

  • Kerr to host meeting Thursday on new LA Ambassador program

    Longtime Los Alamos County resident Vernon Kerr is hosting a special meeting at the Mesa Public Library Thursday and residents are invited.
    A free hat is involved, but there’s one catch – he would like those interested to know a little something about Los Alamos and be willing to share it. Experts on the Manhattan Project can apply, as well as those who know what the best time to visit the dog park in Overlook Park, or what flavor of bagel to wrap a Ruby K’s sandwich in.
    “One of the things I’ve noticed, sitting waiting for the bus, watching people go by… there are tourists in this town,” Kerr said. “I figured we’ve got enough retired people around here that if they have the kind of time where they could talk to people, I’m offering them, and others in similar circumstances, to come downtown and talk to the tourists.”
    While Kerr is mostly looking for retirees with a lot of free time during the day, anyone can apply.
    “Whoever shows up I’m going to enlist, and I’m going to give them a red cap,” Kerr said. Each person that shows up will get a red baseball cap with gold lettering on it that says “Los Alamos AMBASSADOR.”
    Kerr hopes all 46 or 50 of the hats go swiftly. There is a lot at stake.

  • Key LANL programs funded with spending package

    Several of Los Alamos National Laboratory defense and environmental program received vital funding with  the $1.1 trillion spending package that was passed by Congress May 4 and signed by President Donald Trump May 5.
    The funds in the appropriations bill will last through September.
    LANL’s legacy cleanup, the replacement of LANL’s Chemical and Metallurgy Research Center and the life-extension program of the B-61 nuclear weapons program received funding.
    “This bipartisan agreement makes robust investments in our economy and will create and preserve jobs in New Mexico at a time when we truly need them. New Mexico’s national laboratories, military bases, and WIPP will all receive critical federal investments”, said Sen. Heinrich (D-NM).

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  • Supreme Court denies challenge to overturn governor's vetoes

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request to override budget vetoes, leaving negotiations about how to solve the state's budget crisis — and restore funding to the Legislature — in the hands of the governor and lawmakers.
    In a two-page order, the court said it was too soon to consider any possible constitutional violations related to Gov. Susana Martinez's vetoes of all funding for the Legislature and state universities in the coming fiscal year.
    The Republican governor has called a special session for May 24 in an attempt to resolve a state budget crisis linked to faltering tax revenues and a weak local economy.
    The Democratic-led Legislature had argued that Martinez overstepped her authority by defunding the legislative branch of government and all state institutions of higher education.
    Martinez had urged the state Supreme Court to stay out of budget negotiations and said her vetoes were made in pursuit of reductions to state spending and never sought to abolish the Legislature.
    For the upcoming special session, Martinez has outlined rough proposals to restore most vetoed funding for the fiscal year starting July 1, but there has been no sign of a compromise with Democratic lawmakers.