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  • Sanchez-Gagne, Lidyard win judicial races

    Maria Sanchez-Gagne overcame the appointment of current judge Gregory Shaffer to win Tuesday’s election for 1st Judicial District Court Judge Division 2.

    Sanchez-Gagne tallied 10,888 votes (33.87 percent) to win the four-person race while Shaffer, who is currently serving as the judge for that division after being appointed through an independent, bipartisan judicial nominating commission, got 9,683 votes (30.12 votes).

    Finishing third was Jerry Archuleta with 6,103 votes (18.98 percent) and Donna Bevacqua-Young came in fourth with 5,476 votes (17.03 percent).

    Sanchez-Gagne is an attorney from Santa Fe who began her career as an assistant district attorney in the First Judicial District Attorney’s office from 1996 to 2000.

    She has been in public service for more than two decades, including a post as an assistant attorney general as a prosecutor of felony child abuse and sexual assault cases.

    Jason Lidyard gained almost 60 percent of the votes in the 1st Judicial District’s race for judge in Division 5.

    He garnered 17,014 votes (59.99 percent) against Matthew Jackson, who received 11,246 votes (40.01 percent).

  • Chandler takes break after primary election win

    The state Democratic candidate for the 43rd District is going to take a small break.

    The newly-minted state Democratic candidate for the 43rd District, Christine Chandler, plans to take a few days off to visit family before diving back into the race against her Republican opponent, Lisa Shin. 

    “I’m going to take a few days then put a team together and plan our campaign strategy,” Chandler said. 

    She also had some kind words to say about her Democratic primary opponent, Pete Sheehey, saying he ran a good race. 

    “I appreciate his willingness to endorse me, and he’s also correct that our positions on most issue were really very much in line with each other,” Chandler said. “Pete is a great campaigner and a real hard worker and I commend him for how well he did in the election.”

    The final, but still unofficial numbers from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office, show Chandler received 1,944 votes to Sheehey’s 1,604.

    During the primary election season, Chandler had been keeping an eye on Shin through the newspapers, reading her op-ed pieces on various subjects.

  • Garcia Richard comes out swinging after primary win

    After a hard-fought, three-way primary election for New Mexico Public Lands Commissioner, Tuesday, one would think the winner, Democratic candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard, would take a small break before taking on her general election opponents, Republican Pat Lyons and Libertarian Michael Lucero.

    Garcia Richard said the start of the general election season was Wednesday.

    “You can’t sit back on your laurels too long,” Garcia Richard said. 

    Garcia Richard is currently serving as Democratic representative of District 43.

    In the primary for New Mexico land commissioner, Garcia Richard beat her closest opponent Garrett O. VeneKlasen by 3,740 votes, according to the unofficial tally from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office. Garcia Richard received 65,357 voted for Garcia Richard, VeneKlasen received 61,617 votes and George Munoz received 38,584 votes.

    Richard already has her sights set on Lyons, who was land commissioner for the state of New Mexico from 2003 until 2011. Lyons is currently Chairman of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission and is the district commissioner 2nd District.

    Garcia Richard said she would be sure to attack his record during his time as land commissioner.  

  • NNSA awards contract to Triad National Security LLC

    The university that has been a part of Los Alamos since the Manhattan Project will get another chance to manage the Los Alamos National Laboratory, federal officials announced Friday.

    The National Nuclear Security Administration Friday awarded a $2.5 billion annual contract to Triad National Security LLC, a group that includes the University of California, which has operated LANL for 75 years, as well as Texas A&M and Battelle Memorial Institute.

    The contract could be worth $25 billion over 10 years.

    Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp said he was honored Texas A&M, which also happens to be Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s alma mater, was picked as a part of the consortium.

    “We are committed to building on the legacy of world-class research, unparalleled innovation and service to public good that have been the hallmark of the laboratory since it was founded in 1943,” Sharpe said.
    LANL Director Terry Wallace said the lab was committed to working with the new management team.

    “We are committed to working with the new management team to ensure a transition that is as seamless as possible,” said Terry Wallace, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory. “While the contract change will bring in a new team of parent companies, the laboratory’s mission remains the same: to serve the nation in the tradition of excellence that has defined Los Alamos for the last 75 years.”

  • New Mexico voter participation increases by 29 percent

    SANTA FE (AP) — Voter participation in the New Mexico's primary election this week was 29 percent greater than four years ago.

    New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced Thursday an uncertified election tally of 261,615 in the primary election that narrowed competition for two open congressional seats, the governor's office, several statewide offices and the state House of Representatives. In 2014, voters cast 202,327 primary ballots.

    More than twice as many Democrats voted as Republicans in the closed primary. Many Republicans including gubernatorial candidate and Congressman Steve Pearce ran unopposed, while Democratic candidates crowded into primary contests for governor, congress and public land commissioner. Democratic Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham advanced in the governor's race.

    Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, will face Libertarian Sandra Jeff and Republican Johanna Cox in the general election.

  • New Mexico gun shop owner pleads guilty in firearms case

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The owner of New Mexico gun shop has pleaded guilty to selling firearms to minors and convicted felons.

    Prosecutors say 56-year-old Robert Real had a change of plea hearing Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque.

    Real is a licensed firearms dealer and the owner of Shooter's Outpost in Espanola.

    He pleaded guilty to seven of eight counts of an October 2017 indictment.

    Prosecutors say Real attended gun shows around New Mexico between March 2016 and February 2017 and admitted to falsifying sales records and selling firearms other than shotguns or rifles to persons under age 21.

    Real faces up to five years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing hasn't been scheduled yet.

    Real's wife and stepdaughter also were indicted in the case, but both have pleaded not guilty.

  • New Mars discoveries advance case for possible life

    By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — New Mars discoveries are advancing the case for possible life on the red planet, past or even present.

    Scientists reported Thursday that NASA's Curiosity rover has found potential building blocks of life in an ancient Martian lakebed. Hints have been found before, but this is the best evidence yet.

    The organic molecules preserved in 3.5 billion-year-old bedrock in Gale Crater — believed to once contain a shallow lake the size of Florida's Lake Okeechobee — suggest conditions back then may have been conducive to life. That leaves open the possibility that microorganisms once populated our planetary neighbor and might still exist there.

    "The chances of being able to find signs of ancient life with future missions, if life ever was present, just went up," said Curiosity's project scientist, Ashwin Vasavada of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

    Curiosity also has confirmed sharp seasonal increases of methane in the Martian atmosphere. Researchers said they can't rule out a biological source. Most of Earth's atmospheric methane comes from animal and plant life, and the environment itself.

  • Community Calendar


    Jemez Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood in White Rock, will have a Bag Day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


    Today to July 25 –
    Forest Explorers Hike and Play
    Get outside this summer by exploring with PEEC! This seven-session class is for youth ages 5 to 8 and meets every Wednesday, except July 4. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Admission: $150/non-member, $120/PEEC member. 


    Summer Family Evening: New Mexico Bats at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center.
    Enjoy a presentation from Justin Stevenson of Fightwns on the biology and behavior of New Mexico bats, as well as the opportunity to meet native bats. Free for member families, $5 for non-member families. 


  • Many environmental activities planned for June

    There are many actions each of us can take to reduce our environmental impact and support a clean community. One of the easiest actions to take every day is to recycle. Did you know, Los Alamos residents recycle approximately 23 percent of all household trash; unfortunately, the contamination rate is a whopping 17 percent. That’s why Environmental Services invites residents to visit their booth and sharpen their recycle skills at the following events in June:

    • Saturday: Chamber Fest from10 a.m.–3 p.m. Business and Education Recycler of the Year winners will be announced at 11a.m.

    • June 13: Movie in the Park: Despicable Me 3 at 7 p.m. at Urban Park. 

    • June 14: Farmer’s Market at 8 a.m. Residents can stop by to register for the new Yard Trimming roll cart, learn about Zero Waste and play the recycle game to learn the “dos and don’ts” of recycling and win a zero waste prize. 

  • Registration now open for LAMS’s D.C. trip

    Registration is now underway for next year’s Los Alamos Middle School’s eighth-grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C. This trip has been a Los Alamos tradition for over 35 years. 

    Sign up before June 15 and receive the Early Bird discount and travel at last year’s trip price. Call Worldstrides at 1-800-468-5899 to register. Use trip code 160851. 

    Call Roberta Cocking at 670-0679 with questions, or visit the group’s Facebook at LAMS Washington, D.C. trip to see this year’s and previous year’s pictures.