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  • ‘Double Indemnity’ to screen Thursday at Mesa Library


    The New Mexican

    When you know “whodunit,” the questions become more complex, and the murder takes second to what it’s like to be a murderer, or more specifically, a co-murderer. “Double Indemnity” (1944, unrated), Billy Wilder’s classic film noir, will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday upstairs at Mesa Public Library as part of its ongoing Free Film Series.

    Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) sells insurance, but when he meets Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck), wearing only her towel, he forgets all about her husband’s lapse in coverage. Other than her sharp wit and ability to dress quickly, Neff doesn’t know much about her. Nevertheless, he engages her in a plan to off her beloved, now quite well-insured in the case of an accident – doubly insured should the accident occur on a train.

    The murder goes off with only the smallest of hitches, but that doesn’t mean happily ever after for Neff and Dietrichson. The lovers still need to fool Neff’s boss, Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson), who has a “little man” inside himself who always knows when someone’s pulling a scam.

  • Setting boundaries is an important lesson for kids

    The Asset category of the week is, Boundaries and Expectations. As you enter summer, talk with your kids about some guidelines, you can tell them you’ve heard some stories and wonder what they would do or how they would react.

    One important reminder, is safety in numbers. I’m quite sure there is plenty of documentation on how many times I have said, “A cell phone does not inevitably make a child safe.” I can agree with safer, but it doesn’t mean young children should be wandering aimlessly, with no one knowing the where and what they are doing.

    My kids had an understanding that if I am calling you on your cell phone, you will answer, or the penalty will be you don’t go out with it next time. Oh, and you don’t go out either. The addition to that is if kids need an out, then you have to teach them how they can do just that and save face too.

  • Medicare steps up its fight against diabetes

    By Bob Moos, Southwest public affairs officer, U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

    Diabetes affects as many as one in four older adults with Medicare. It costs hundreds of billions of dollars to treat and results in the loss of tens of thousands of lives every year.

    If we could better control diabetes, we’d be taking a huge leap toward creating a healthier America.

    Diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t respond to the insulin it does make. Insulin is what your body uses to process sugar and turn it into energy.

    When too much sugar stays in your blood, it can lead to serious complications and even life-threatening problems, including heart disease, strokes and kidney damage.

    Medicare is committed to fighting the diabetes epidemic.

    If you’re on Medicare and at risk for diabetes, you’re covered for two blood sugar screenings each year at no out-of-pocket cost to you. Risk factors include high blood pressure, a history of abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels, obesity or a history of high blood sugar.

  • ‘Social justice’ sounds good, will matter in November

    In a debate, accepting the other side’s language means losing. 

    So it was in the early 2000s in Albuquerque where “smart growth” drove land use and transportation policy discussions. Business types organized and talked smarter growth or something. End of dialectical story. 

    Today the dominance of smart growth concepts is seen in a gushing post at smartgrowthamereica.org calling Albuquerque’s amazingly awful ART bus project “just one project, but it forms a frequent and reliable backbone for Albuquerque’s entire transportation system.”

    The bus now takes us to social justice, a central phrase in the 2018 election campaign among people calling themselves “progressive.” After all, who could possibly question the goodness of being “progressive.” Nor is it possible to question smart growth or to wonder about social justice.

  • Operations resume at underground US nuclear waste repository

    CARLSBAD (AP) — Routine operations have resumed at the U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository following an evacuation in May that was prompted by the discovery of a misaligned drum of waste.

    Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico confirmed this week that processing and handling resumed June 2.

    In disposing the waste, seven 55-gallon (208-liter) drums are wrapped together in a tight formation to go deep inside the ancient salt formation where the repository is located. The idea is that the shifting salt will eventually entomb the waste.

    Work was halted when employees found one drum wasn't aligned with the others that made up the waste package. The package was eventually repacked and disposed of underground.

    Officials say no radiation was released and no injuries were reported.

  • Torres Small wins Dem’s 2nd district

    Las Cruces attorney Xochitl Torres Small has won the Democratic nomination for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District as the party looks to take control of a seat along the U.S.-Mexico border that’s eluded it for years.

    Torres Small on Tuesday defeated U.S. Coast Guard veteran Madeline “Mad” Hildebrandt. She’ll face the winner of a three-way contest for the Republican nomination in November’s general election.

  • Haaland wins Dem nomination for 1st Congressional District

    Former state Democratic Party leader Debra Haaland has won the party’s nomination for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District as she tries to become the first Native American congresswoman.

    Democrats are looking to maintain control over the Albuquerque-based seat in November. The member of Laguna Pueblo finished ahead of a crowded field that included former career prosecutor Damon Martinez, former law professor Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, attorney Damian Lara and business consultant Paul Moya.

    Haaland will face former Republican state lawmaker Janice Arnold-Jones and Libertarian candidate Lloyd Princeton in the general election.

    During the campaign, some fellow Democrats accused Haaland of not doing enough to address claims of misconduct while leading the state party. 

    Haaland argued that she adopted a statewide sexual harassment policy for the party during her tenure.

  • Herrell wins GOP nod for 2nd district

    State Rep. Yvette Herrell has won the Republican nomination for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District as the party looks to keep control of the seat along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Herrell on Tuesday finished ahead of a field that included former state GOP chairman Monty Newman and former U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs official Gavin Clarkson.

    She will face Democratic nominee Xochitl Torres Small, a Las Cruces attorney, in November’s general election.

    Throughout the campaign, the 54-year-old Alamogordo resident sought to position herself as a strong ally of President Donald Trump and a staunch supporter of the president’s push to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    The congressional race is one of many expected to draw national attention because it may help determine which party controls the U.S. House.

  • LANL road construction set to start Thursday

    The first of three phases of road improvements to and from Los Alamos National Laboratory is scheduled to start Thursday.

    The road improvements are part of a $34.5 million Supplemental Environmental Projects settlement agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy, following the February 2014 drum breach incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.

    Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc., will perform the road work under a $7 million contract awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers through an interagency agreement with the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    Construction activities will include sections of road extending from Omega Bridge in Los Alamos to the Totavi gas station east of Los Alamos. 

    These sections include portions of East Jemez Road, N.M. 4, and N.M. 502. Improvements will include milling and replacing the top layer of asphalt. 

  • Stephanie Garcia Richard wins public land commissioner seat in primary

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP)

    State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard has won the Democratic nomination in the race for New Mexico public land commissioner.

    Garcia Richard beat state Sen. George Munoz of Gallup and activist Garrett VeneKlasen of Santa Fe in Tuesday's primary for land boss, a position that oversees oil and mineral development on state trust land.

    Garcia Richard of White Rock will face Republican Patrick Lyons of Cuervo in November's general election.

    Lyons is a member of the Public Regulation Commission who previously served two terms as land commissioner. Libertarian candidate and rancher Michael Lucero also will be on the ballot.

    Current Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn is running for U.S. Senate as a Libertarian.

    The State Land Office is on track to collect record revenue from oil and gas lease sales this fiscal year as production in New Mexico rebounds.