Today's News

  • 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.

  • ‘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.