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Today's News

  • State governors delve into foreign diplomacy on trade war

    BY MORGAN LEE
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State governors discussed ways Thursday to court foreign investment in the wake of President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with countries including China, Canada and Mexico.

    Several of the more than 20 governors attending the annual meeting of the National Governors Association said shifting U.S. trade policies are rattling markets for agricultural commodities and complicating decisions by foreign investors.

    “It gets damaging when you get into these very frictional relationships where people are trying to measure this tariff or that tariff,” said Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado. “I’m not saying the previous system was fair.”

    Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he is sending the state’s economic development director on an additional trip to China this year to meet with companies that are making investments in his state, amid concerns about deteriorating U.S.-China trade relations.

    “It’s important that we look for a solution very quickly so that we don’t have an increase in tariffs and escalate the tariff war, as some would describe it,” said Hutchinson, who is running for a second term this year.

  • Parks service monitors small fire at Valles Caldera

    The U.S. Parks Service was keeping a close eye Thursday on a fire that broke out on the north flank of South Mountain in the Valles Caldera

    The fire, caused by a lightning strike, was reported at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    According to U.S. Parks Services Spokeswoman Brittney Van Der Werff, the fire remained at a quarter of an acre Thursday morning, but was expected to grow as the Parks Service plans to manage the fire instead of extinguishing it.

    Valles Caldera Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos said recent rain in the area added to their decision to manage the fire instead of directly attacking it.

    “Wildfire is a natural component of our forest and grassland ecosystems, and when conditions permit, we strive to safely manage these naturally caused fires,” Silva-Bañuelos said. “Unlike during the recent San Antonio Fire on the preserve’s north rim, the monsoon rains have created safe conditions to manage the Hidden Valley Fire.”

    Trail systems in Hidden Valley and on South Mountain remain closed.

    The U.S. Parks Service was exclusively handling the fire, with three engines and four crews. Smoke was expected to be visible during management operations into next week.

  • Correction

    In the story, “Flow trail contract awarded, construction timeline discussed,” published Sunday, July 15, the date the contract was awarded was incorrectly reported. Los Alamos County issued a second request for proposals for the contract in February. The contract was awarded to Mountain Capital, LLC, on July 6, 2018.
    The Los Alamos Monitor is committed to accuracy. Contact the editor at lacomunity@lamonitor.com for corrections or clarifications.
     

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  • Mason: Off to a ‘pretty good start’

    Taxes and transition were among the topics addressed by Los Alamos National Laboratory Director-Designee Thomas Mason Monday during his visit to the Secret City.

    Mason, who was at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for 19 years – 10 as its director – made the Monitor his first stop after meeting with LANL employees earlier in the morning as part of the transition process that will see Triad National Security, LLC, take full management control of the lab by Nov. 1.

    “So far I think we’re off to a pretty good start,” Mason said. “We got the notice to proceed on July 3 that said transition starts on July 5. That gave us a couple of days to book our plane tickets and get out here for last Monday. Then we jumped right in and began getting ourselves oriented.”

    Mason said there was a lot of legwork that had already been done by the time he arrived in Los Alamos.

  • State governors caught in crossfire of Trump's trade war

    SANTA FE (AP) — State governors are looking for ways to court foreign investment and commerce in the shadows of President Trump's aggressive use of tariffs in trade disputes with countries including China and U.S. neighbors.

    Discussions about economic ties with China were scheduled for Thursday as more than 20 state governors gather in New Mexico's state capital for a National Governors Association meeting.

    The U.S. and China are threatening a trade war over American complaints that Chinese companies steal trade secrets and force U.S. firms to hand over technology in return for market access.

    President Trump has slapped tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, provoking retaliatory measures by Canada, Mexico and U.S. allies in the European Union.

    Brookings Institution Fellow Joseph Parilla says governors can resort to direct diplomacy on trade and employment.
     

  • State searches for probationer, woman in danger

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A state judge has issued a $500,000 warrant for the arrest of a probationer who is believed to have left northwestern Montana with a woman who may be in danger.

    Marco Antonio Guzman, 45, was to appear Wednesday in District Court in Missoula for hearings in three felony cases, including one charging him with assaulting a Frenchtown woman.

    District Judge Leslie Halligan issued the arrest warrant and the U.S. Marshal's Service issued an alert saying Guzman left the Libby area on July 9 with a woman named Sandra Carris, who was not considered a "willing participant" in the travel.

    They were traveling in a white Dodge Ram pickup truck with New Mexico license plate 393 PTK and towing a travel trailer, also with New Mexico plate. Carris, who is from Mimbres, New Mexico, is listed as a missing and endangered person. He has ties to Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, southern Texas and Florida.

    Guzman is described as Caucasian, 6 feet, 1 inch (186 centimeters) tall, weighing about 300 pounds (136 kilograms). He is bald and has brown eyes.

    Guzman's other open cases include a petition to revoke his sentence in a 2012 case where he defrauded an 80-year-old man out of a cabin and money. He also faces a deceptive practices case from 2017 for conning a man out of several thousand dollars.

  • ScienceFest loaded with experiments

    This year’s ScienceFest seemed to have more experiments going on than ever before, much to the delight of parents and their kids.

    On Saturday, the five-day festival’s Discovery Day, thousands flocked to exhibits at Ashley Pond Park, Bradbury Science Museum and Fuller Lodge to see what was happening.

    “It’s all hands on, so they can play with all the stuff,” said Jacob Aldersebaes, who was heading to Ashley Pond Park to stop by the large number of booths set up at the park with his son Sebastian, 4, and Sebastian’s friend Felix. “It’s not like a museum where you have to stand behind glass or a rope. Here, they can actually play with it.”

    And play they did.

    At the Bradbury Science Museum booth, Ada Mjolsness, 7, was hooking wires to a small motor that she powered with a hand crank as mom and dad watched.

    “It’s an amazing event. We’re shocked at how many things there are to do,” said Ada’s mother, Lora. “They can actually, touch, feel and experiment. To me that’s the key to getting kids interested in science. It’s about teaching them what an experiment actually is and noting the results of it.”

  • Fleur de Lys makes it official Saturday

    Patrons snacked on lemony macarons painted as uranium yellowcake, crackers spread with French pâtés and drank champagne and pastis French summer drink, as County Councilor Antonio Maggiore welcomed the owners of Fleur de Lys to Los Alamos Saturday.

    The French tearoom and grocery store has actually been open for six months, but owners Marcel and Stephanie Remillieux wanted to make sure everything was in place before the official grand opening.

    With ScienceFest happening throughout Los Alamos and the fact that in France Saturday was Bastille Day, which is French National Day, the Remillieuxs thought it would be a perfect time to celebrate.

    Also, Marcel Remillieux said, they wanted to make sure everything was in place inside the store. Since Fleur de Lys opened in February, the Remillieuxs have added a counter and dining space to their store and learned to make pastries, adding many more items to the menu. Those items include crepes, sandwiches, quiches and home baked croissants.

    When they first opened, they relied on a French pastry shop in Santa Fe to supply product, but since then the community has reached out to help them grow and become even more popular.