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  • Today in History for Jan. 14th
  • Football group's leader removed after porn arrest

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The president-elect of the New Mexico Young America Football League was removed from his position after he and his wife were arrested on a child pornography charge.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the league's incoming president, 42-year-old Frederick Gonzales, and his wife, 36-year-old Carey Gonzales, were arrested Friday. The league's board on Saturday removed Gonzales as president-elect of the group that oversees about 5,000 players statewide who range in age from 7 to 14.

    "There was really nothing to indicate that something like this was going to happen; we were all totally shocked," League president Jim Summer told the newspaper.

    Summer said Frederick Gonzales cleared criminal background checks in 2011 and 2012. He added that the group plans to hire an independent agency to review its procedures and that the league's board planned to cooperate with authorities.

  • Prosthetic Legs Help Mexican Dog Recover
  • Today in History for Jan. 13th
  • Legislators talk issues as session looms

    Three of Los Alamos County’s representatives to the Round House stopped by Fuller Lodge this week to talk with residents about their goals for the upcoming legislative session that gets underway Tuesday.

    Rep.-Elect Stephanie Garcia Richard D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba Counties
    Garcia Richard was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in November. She teaches third grade in the Pojoaque School District, so it was no surprise then, that Richard told the audience she’d be their champion for education reform. However, she also tempered her enthusiasm with a dose of reality, by telling those on hand that it may take some time to get things done.

    “... You may put your heart and soul into something, but it may take a few sessions to get there,” she said. “... I know that I’m starting out with a lot of idealism and enthusiasm, but hopefully, by the time we meet again I will still have some left.”

    Education
    One thing Garcia Richard wants to reform is the teacher evaluation system, taking the emphasis off of testing and having it rely more on student surveys and peer review.

  • Fledgling firm helps launch NM business

    As David Blivin and his wife Jamai were considering moving to New Mexico to be near Jamai’s family, Blivin met Los Alamos National Bank CEO Bill Enloe and Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Kevin Holsapple. When Enloe and Holsapple learned of Blivin’s previous career in venture capital, they suggested there might be a niche he could fill.

    “Capital is always an issue in New Mexico with technology businesses and Dave focuses on startups, which is always the most difficult stage to get funded because of the higher risk,” Enloe said. “With very few funds in the area, we felt this type of approach would be a success. There is not much competition and not a lot of companies getting funded.”

    Blivin did some research and agreed that a void existed for venture capital firms dedicated to tech commercialization within the Southwest region. Those with ideas ripe for product development generally move to other parts of the country to be near capital resources.

    LANB and the LACDC invested in Blivin’s own startup, the Cottonwood Technology Group, while he provided the sweat equity to build the company.

  • Update 01-13-13

    Coalition meeting

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hold its business meeting from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Friday at the Ohkay Casino Conference Center.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. On Jan. 15, Becky Wechsler Oertel, daughter of the late Jay Wechsler, will speak on the long-term effects of fire in the forest.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.
     

  • Slow start to snow season

    The first water supply forecast for 2013 reflects both a slow start to the 2012-2013 snow accumulation season, as well as a storm track that has only intermittently targeted the New Mexico mountain regions so far this winter.
    A dry autumn coupled with the late start to winter weather conditions add up to a disappointing early runoff forecast for New Mexico.
    Forecast flows for the Rio Grande include 47 percent of normal into Cochiti Lake and 37 percent at Elephant Butte Lake. Other Rio Grande Basin reservoir forecast inflows range from 64 percent of normal at El Vado Lake to 41 percent of normal at Jemez Canyon Reservoir.
    Inflow to Santa Rosa Lake is expected to be 39 percent of normal while in the San Juan Basin, Navajo Reservoir is expecting 62 percent of normal inflow.
    Precipitation across New Mexico during December 2012 ranged from well below normal in the southeast plains to above normal in the north central mountains and the far northwest. Water Year 2013 precipitation, October through December 2012, was well below normal across the southern two thirds of New Mexico and below normal in the northern third of the state.

  • Today in History for January 12
  • Texas Blast: 'All You See Is a House Gone'

    An explosion Friday in a North Texas neighborhood leveled a home that is part of a nonprofit group's affordable housing program, injuring at least three men and scattering debris.