Today's News

  • Assets in Action: Help youngsters be their best through reading

    One motto of the Search Institute for 2018 is that they bridge research and practice, “to help young people be and become their best selves.”

    One way for young people to even find their best self is through reading. How wonderful is it to get lost in a book. Can you recall the last time you read a book and literally didn’t want to put it down?

    I miss the Harry Potter book launches when people were lined up to purchase a book, not a phone, not a concert ticket, but a book. The Mesa Public Library’s waiting list for it was long, but you were happy to be on the list.

    The Asset category is Commitment to Learning and the Asset is called, Reading for Pleasure. This is defined as when a young person reads for three or more hours a week.

    My favorite kind of learning is when kids don’t even realize they are learning something. Reading for many of our youth is seen as that stuff you have to do in school in between taking the tests. This is one area where a small effort can make a huge impact.

  • Bosque Redondo, Long Walk, treaty are Southwest survival stories

    It’s a human thing, I think, that nearby things and people get less attention. So it was for the Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial and George Dodge Jr., a Santa Rosa businessman. Then Dodge, a Democrat, became a state representative. With De Baca County, home to the Bosque Redondo Memorial, in his district, Dodge’s perspective changed.

    Dodge shared the story on a hot Saturday, June 9, at the memorial, as part of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the June 1, 1868, signing of the treaty releasing Navajos from the concentration camp (today’s common term), allowing them to go home, and establishing the Navajo Nation.

    For the Navajo Nation, 2018 is the Year of the Treaty.

    June was full of commemoration events at Window Rock and other locations.

    One of three treaty documents is now displayed at the Memorial, which is seven miles southeast of Fort Sumner. It’s a big deal; it’s important.

    Navajos came to Bosque Redondo as prisoners of war, rounded up by soldiers led by Col. Kit Carson. Carson also got some of the Mescalero Apache people to Bosque Redondo, though without the scorched earth campaign conducted against the Navajos.

  • The full-blown sprint to 5G commercialization begins

    Vice President, Technology, Systems Architecture & Client Group and General Manager of Next Generation and Standards, Intel Corporation

    Just six short months ago, I remarked that the finalization of the Non-Standalone 5G New Radio represented “One Small Step for 5G, One Giant Step for Wireless ” – noting that, with the announcement of the common standard, the real innovation was just beginning. Today, I’m excited to say that the industry has not just taken more steps to advance the future of 5G, but has gone from a walk to a jog to a run, and is now in a full-blown sprint to commercialization, as the 3GPP Release 15, Standalone (SA) 5G NR standard is finalized.

    Intel has been uniquely positioned at the forefront of these conversations – providing essential technological inputs and leveraging global partnerships to push testing and implementation of standards-based technologies.

    We’re also working with operators and manufacturers worldwide, to drive a wholesale transformation of the network infrastructure required to deliver 5G experiences to a flexible, agile and virtualized architecture powered by Intel computing technologies.

  • At Mexico border, US mayors say humanitarian crisis persists

    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Mayors of major U.S. cities who gathered Thursday at a holding facility for immigrant children at Texas' border with Mexico said President Trump has failed to address a humanitarian crisis of his own making with an executive order to halt the separation of minors as families are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally.

    Seattle Mayor and former U.S. attorney Jenny Durkan said immigrant shelters have been overwhelmed by criminal prosecutions ordered by the Trump administration.

    "It is unclear whether the children being separated from their families are being treated as unaccompanied minors,"
    Durkan said. "They do not know where these children's' parents are. This is a humanitarian crisis."

    She joined about 20 mayors from cities across the country in calling for the immediate reunification of immigrant children with their families.

    Speaking outside a cluster of fenced-off tents nestled along the Rio Grande, they said Trump's order raises as many new questions as it answers.

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said separated immigrant children still don't know when they will see their parents again.

    The group was denied immediate access to a holding facility by the Department of Health and Human Services, said Steve Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, South Carolina.

  • New Mexico to join Washington, other states to sue over family separations

    SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Washington and more than a half-dozen other states said Thursday that they plan to sue the Trump administration over a policy of separating immigrant families illegally entering the United States.

    Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson made the announcement Thursday outside a federal prison in the city of SeaTac, south of Seattle, where about 200 immigration detainees have been transferred — including dozens of women separated from their children under the administration's "zero tolerance" policy. It calls for prosecuting all migrants caught illegally entering the country.

    Ferguson said the separations violate the due process rights of children and their parents and that President Donald Trump's executive order Wednesday halting the practice has not resolved the legal concerns.

    "This is a rogue, cruel, and unconstitutional policy," Ferguson said. "We're going to put a stop to it."

    The lawsuit would be filed in the U.S. District Court in Seattle.

    The states set to join Ferguson's lawsuit are Massachusetts, California, Maryland, Oregon, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Minnesota. New York has separately announced plans to sue.

    New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said the policy harms children and families.

  • Firefighters injured in San Antonio Fire

    Two firefighters were injured Wednesday fighting the San Antonio Fire.

    U.S. Forest officials said the two firefighters are part of a firefighting crew based in Oregon. The nature of their injuries and their identities were not released Thursday.

    The fire is 35 percent contained, as firefighters continue to build a southeastern containment line. The fire size remains at 495 acres, according to Valles Caldera National Preserve Spokeswoman Kimberly DeValle.

    “While the perimeter-based size hasn't changed in several days, the scattering of the smaller fires inside the perimeter continue to burn. The 495-acre size is based on a perimeter that encompasses all the smaller fires,” DeValle said in a written statement.

    The U.S. Forest Service’ strategy is to hold the containment lines and let the fire burn itself out from within. The fire is located in the northwestern section of the Valles Caldera. It was named the San Antonio Fire because of its proximity to San Antonio Mountain. Santa Fe National Forest officials said the Stage 3 fire restrictions established at the beginning of June by the U.S. Forest Service remain in effect for the area, even though the forest and the preserve received some rain over the weekend.

  • $2B power line project awaits green light in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Hours of testimony, reams of documents and the concerns of ranchers and others are being weighed as New Mexico regulators consider clearing the way for a $2 billion power line project to funnel wind and solar energy from New Mexico and Arizona to the rest of the American Southwest.

    A five-day hearing before the Public Regulation Commission wrapped up Tuesday, but it will likely be September before a final decision is made.

    The SunZia project has been years in the making and not without controversy. Disputes rose over its proximity to a U.S. military installation and environmentalists raised concerns about effects on wildlife.

    Federal land managers spent years reviewing the potential effects, and Arizona regulators signed off in 2015.

    In New Mexico, SunZia is seeking permission for the location of the transmission lines and rights of way.

  • Fleet division to turn waste oil into heat

    Pete Mondragon is fine with warm weather. It’s just that he can’t wait for winter.

    That’s when Mondragon, the fleet manager for Los Alamos County’s Department of Public Works, gets to fire up the county’s new heater.

    But it’s not just any heater. It’s an environmentally friendly heater that is fueled by waste oil collected from routine oil changes performed by Mondragon’s staff.

    “We’re excited to have this,” he said. “I can’t wait for it to get cold so we can try it out.”

    The heater, which was installed May 31 by Richard Branch from the Facilities Division, is expected to reduce the cost of heating the fleet shop during the winter and will also lower the cost the department pays to have the waste oil taken off the Hill.

    “What this will do is divert waste oil that we have to haul away and use it for heating the building, especially in the winter time when we roll up the doors a lot to bring vehicles in and out,” said Philo Shelton, the county’s director of public works. “When it’s cold all that heat from the building just gets siphoned out, especially on windy days.”

  • Judge to rule on recall petition

    Los Alamos resident Greg White is petitioning the First Judicial Court to recall three Los Alamos County candidates for their part in “seeking and voting to eliminate the Los Alamos County Sheriff with an illegal resolution,” according to court documents.

    White is petitioning the court to recall councilors Antonio Maggiore, Rich Reiss and Susan O’Leary.

    Judge David K. Thomson is reviewing the case following a hearing June 11 in Santa Fe. A decision is expected this week.

    White claims the councilors failed to ask council to restore the sheriff’s budget and his staff, “thus depriving the plaintiff and all the citizens of Los Alamos County liberty, equal protection and privileges (they) were bound by law to provide in the election they supported Nov. 8 (2016), in which the citizens of Los Alamos voted to restore a functional sheriff’s office.”

  • Man accused of sex assault to appear in court

    Bryce Delano, 30, of Los Alamos, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday. Delano was arrested in March for alleged criminal sexual penetration in the first degree and false imprisonment in connection with an altercation he had with a hotel maid at a Los Alamos hotel March 10. Delano was arrested March 21 and released that day.

    According to court documents, the victim is accusing Delano, who worked as the hotel’s clerk at the time of incident of allegedly going into a room the maid was cleaning, forcing her onto a bed and sexually assaulting her.

    Injuries documented in the attack by police include a bite wound on the victim’s tongue, red marks on her scalp from pulled hair, and bruises in her arms and thighs.

    Criminal penetration in the first degree in the state of New Mexico carries a maximum sentence of 18 years in prison, and a maximum $15,000 fine. The crime of false imprisonment carries a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

    Employees reached at the hotel could not say whether or not Delano still worked there.