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Today's News

  • Today in history April 22
  • Run For Her Life

    Runners take off from the start of fifth annual Run For Her Life Sunday at East Park. The run, which included a 5K and 10K race hosted by the local chapter of Haddasah, is a fundraiser for charities working in the field of breast cancer research.

  • Be There calendar 4-21-15

    Today
    Los Alamos Texas A&M Aggie Muster. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at United Church, 2525 Canyon Road in Graves Hall. Potluck. Call Irene Powell 662-5877 to RSVP.

    The Los Alamos Geological Society monthly meeting. 7:30 p.m. at Los Alamos Christian Church, 92 East Road. The topic of discussion is “Methane hot spot in Four Corners: Where is it coming from? Why does it matter?” The talk will be led by Manvendra Dubey, scientist and climate focus lead from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Wednesday
    The Nature Center Grand Opening Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. 2 p.m. Local school choirs are preparing a special performance for the ceremony and refreshments will be served. Free to attend, and no registration is required.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Thursday

  • Christian artists to play at White Rock church

    In September 2014, Everfound, a Christian rock band came to town and entertained the community. Event promoter Phil Jacobson said that it was so successful, he formed “Infinitely Squared Music” on Facebook to promote and attract interdenominational, northern New Mexico Christian concerts. White Rock Baptist Church supports the effort, as well as many other churches in the area.
    “My intention is to have at least two shows per year, and would like to grow into a bigger event of some kind next year,” Jacobson said. “This is good for our entire town and broader New Mexico community.”
    For this year’s concert, Jacobson, again with the help of his daughter Kaela, has booked the band 7eventh Time Down, along with Ryan Stevenson and introducing, Shiloh. The show is aptly named the Wild West Music Tour and is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 26 at White Rock Baptist Church. All walks of life are invited to the all ages show. “It is a small venue in a small town,” Jacobson said.
    The event is marked as a post prom event since prom happens on April 25. For prom-goers the show is free. See details at the church website wrbcnm.org or call the church office, 672-9764.

  • Things aren’t always what they seem

    This week, I will reflect on some quotes I have read recently from an Assets book, “A Moment’s Peace for Parents of Teens,” by Patricia Hoolihan.
    The book, while printed in 2007, is perfect for the many stages of the development of your teenager.
    Unfortunately you need prior permission from the author to quote it and there wasn’t time to accomplish that before I wrote my weekly column.
    If you know me and my family well enough to be considered a friend, then you might also think that not everything you read is always exactly as it seems.
    When you are unsure of something with your teen or with anyone, remember conversation, conversation, conversation.
    There are at least two keys of importance this week and the first is communication.
    We aren’t big on holding “family meetings,” but sometimes they are necessary for everyone to get the same message, everyone to hear exactly the same thing or for a parent to get feedback in general.
    I would have to say that another equally important key is perception. As adults, we perceive the world around us much differently than youth. You see, one of the benefits we have as adults is the frame of reference because we are so old.

  • New Mexico author to discuss latest novel

    New Mexico author and local favorite Stan Crawford will talk about his latest book, “The Canyon,” at 7 p.m., Thursday in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library. His talk is part of the ongoing Authors Speak Series, held on the fourth Thursday of each month.
    Crawford, a Dixon resident, has spent a lot of time in Los Alamos, teaching writing at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, selling garlic at the Los Alamos Farmer’s Market and speaking at previous library events.
    In addition to “The Canyon,” he is the author of “Petroleum Man” and four other novels, as well as three books of nonfiction published by the University of New Mexico Press: “Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico,” “A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm” and “The River in Winter: New and Selected Essays.”
    His books are full of subtle (and not so subtle) humor, and his characters are portrayed with great compassion. “The Canyon” is a gently-told story whose main character is a 14-year-old boy named Scotty. His perspective on life is at once pragmatic and romantic — naïve and wise.
    Crawford will talk about the art and craft of writing and the particulars of this book and other recent work. The talk will be followed by a book signing.

  • Letting the Music Play

    Local resident Debra Minyard (center) was formally recognized by the New Mexico Public Education Department Thursday evening at the University of New Mexico. Those in attendance included Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera (far right) and State representative Stephanie Garcia Richard (fourth from left). Additional supporters were husband Joshua, students, friends and co-workers from Pojoaque Valley High School, where Minyard is a music educator. She heads to Washington, D.C. this weekend to meet President Barack Obama.

  • Jet fuel spill may miss water wells

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A fuel spill that officials worried might pollute Albuquerque drinking water seems to be bypassing the city’s wells, according to experts.
    Leaders of the Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill cleanup team say the plume appears to be headed north rather than northeast, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
    The direction means the fuel will likely bypass two of three nearby wells. It is unclear whether it will pollute the third.
    “It looked before like it was going directly to Kirtland (well) 3,” Dennis McQuillan, a geologist with the New Mexico Environment Department, said this weekend. “But it appears to be going more north than northeast.”
    The fuel leak, which is believed to have been seeping into the ground for decades, was first detected in 1999. Estimates of the amount of fuel spilled range from 6 million to 24 million gallons. The greatest concern has been that the spill would contaminate drinking water wells .
    McQuillan and other officials involved in the effort to define the extent of the contamination and get rid of it have said all along that there is no imminent danger to the drinking water supply because the plume has been just inching along.

  • Names of officers in shooting given

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The six officers suspended in the investigation of a black man who died after his arrest had experience on the force ranging from nearly two decades to three years, officials said.
    The officers were identified by city officials Tuesday. They have been suspended with pay while authorities investigate the death of Freddie Gray, who was handcuffed, placed in a transport van with his legs later shackled, and driven around in the van for about 30 minutes before being rushed to the hospital in critical condition, officials said.
    Gray died of a "significant spinal injury" on Sunday, a week after his arrest, Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said Monday. Police have not said exactly how Gray was injured.
    Gray, 25, was arrested on April 12 after police "made eye contact" with him and another man and the two started running, authorities said. The lawyer for Gray's family said he believes the police had no reason to stop the man in the first place.
    What led to that injury — and why Gray was initially pursued by police — is still unknown.
    According to court documents, Officer Garrett Miller accused Gray of carrying a switchblade, which was discovered in Gray's pocket after he was stopped.
    The other suspended officers were identified as:

  • Nuclear waste drums are safe after reaction signs

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Dozens of drums of radioactive waste at one of the nation's premier weapons laboratories are stable after some showed signs of chemical reactions over the past year, according to federal officials.
    The drums are being closely monitored after a chemical reaction inside a container with similar contents caused a breach in February 2014, resulting in a radiation release and the indefinite closure of the country's only underground nuclear waste dump.
    Investigators with the U.S. Energy Department confirmed during a recent town hall that there have been chemical reactions in the containers stored at Los Alamos National Laboratory, but the gases building up inside have decreased over the past several months.
    "That would suggest that the reaction, if it is occurring, is slowing down. It's reached a steady state, and it has stopped," said John Marra, chief research officer for Savannah River National Laboratory and one of the investigators who reviewed the cause of the 2014 radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico.
    Monitoring of the temperature and the gases — which can include hydrogen, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide — has provided evidence of fluctuation inside the drums remaining at Los Alamos.