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Today's News

  • Electric car show brings spark of ingenuity to ScienceFest

    BY ISAAC FASON
    lanews@lamonitor.com

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities hosted an electric vehicle show Saturday at the Nature Center as a part of Los Alamos ScienceFest.

    The show contained a wide range of electric vehicles, including a 2018 Tesla 3, a 2015 Nissan Leaf, a 2018 Chevrolet Volt, a 2013 Toyota RAV4 and many more.

    The vehicle that possibly stood out the most among the sleek modern vehicles, however, was a 1981 Jet Electra Van owned by Jim Redman.

    Redman has owned the vehicle for “about 4-5 years, I bought it from a guy up in Taos,” he said.

    In terms of everyday utility, the van is not as reliable compared to the more modern cars at the show.

    “This is just a fun vehicle, a classic vehicle to drive around,” said Redman. “I would like to drive it more but there’s always a project with it. Mostly I like to use it for driving around town, going grocery shopping, something like that.”

    Even though the van is not Redman’s primary vehicle, many people in Los Alamos have seen it.

    “I drive this usually in the parades, so it is fairly well known around town and I was invited to come show it off today,” Redman said on his involvement in the show.

  • New Mexico AG seeks to void Hispanic land grant transfer

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is seeking to void a 2003 land transfer from a historical Hispanic land grant on grounds it was illegal.

    Balderas announced Wednesday his office has filed a complaint against the Colorado-based nonprofit group Al Frente de Lucha over a title transfer of property belonging to La Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierra Amarilla in northern New Mexico.

    La Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierra Amarilla land grant was established in 1831 by Mexico to encourage ranchers to settle in the New Mexico territory. The Spanish government also made similar grants before 1821.

    A 2016 state audit found the La Merced board approved the sale of assets without board approval.

    Al Frente de Lucha did not immediately return an email from The Associated Press.
     

  • UNM regents approve cutting four sports

    The Board of Regents at New Mexico's flagship university voted Thursday to eliminate four sports teams and make other changes to its troubled athletic department to address persistent budget problems and failures to meet federal gender equity requirements under Title IX.

    University President Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Eddie Nunez presented recommendations to cut men's soccer, along with the men's and women's skiing and beach volleyball programs, during a special meeting.

    This decision will have an impact locally on the Southwest Nordic Ski Club, which has had a relationship with the Lobo ski team since the 1980s. As the longest running Nordic ski club in the state, the Los Alamos-based group has worked closely with the athletes from UNM in the past, and the two groups have combined to run programs in the state.

  • Arts & Entertainment Calendar 7-18-18

    Art exhibits
    National Museum of Nuclear Science & History has opened a permanent exhibit by American sculptor Jim Sanborn called “Critical Assembly, the Secrets of Los Alamos 1944: An Installation by American Sculptor Jim Sanborn,” which recreates the Manhattan Project experiments that determined when plutonium goes “critical in an atomic bomb.” The museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and is located at 601 Eubank Blvd. SE, in Albuquerque. Call 505-245-2137 for information, or visit nuclearmuseum.org.

    The Fuller Lodge Art Center’s exhibit “Vessel” features freestanding and wall work of over 50 artists from around the state through Saturday. Visitors to the gallery will be able to see a variety of media depicting each artist’s interpretation of the theme. To find out about more about the exhibits, visit fullerlodgeartcenter.com.

    New Mexico History Museum and Santa Fe Opera to recognize “Atomic Histories” in 2018 and 2019. The History Museum’s exhibition will run through May 2019. The History Museum is located at 113 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe. Call 476-5200 for more information. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, May through October and closed Mondays November through April.

  • SF Opera’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ a stirring performance

    BY MARY HELEN KLARE
    Special to the Monitor

    The Santa Fe Opera’s “Madame Butterfly,” by Giacomo Puccini, is one of the most dramatically stirring productions of this opera that I have seen in years. Sung in Italian, this was the opera’s third performance.

    With a cast of magnificent singers, Puccini’s exquisite score, Matthew Ozawa’s perceptive direction and the expressive baton of Maestro John Fiore, we were swept into the poignant world of Madame Butterfly.

    Born in Lucca, Italy in 1858, Puccini wrote “Madame Butterfly” in 1904 after seeing David Belasco’s play in London. The opera premiered at La Scala in Milan the same year to a disappointing reception but grew in popularity after several revisions. It remains one of his most beloved works. Wanting to authenticate the opera’s music, Puccini attended Kabuki shows. He also incorporated Chinese folk tunes into the score and inserted Star Spangled Banner motifs as well. All makes for music filled with emotional lyricism.

  • Chamber celebrates second anniversary with Cortex & Co.

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce on Saturday celebrated the second anniversary of a hair salon whose focus is on more than just cutting hair.

    Krystal Davidson is the owner of Cortex & Co., which opened two years ago. She is operating the business under an umbrella of sustainability, employee education and non-gender-based operations.

    “I’m from big cities, from Austin and Fort Worth,” she said, “and so I’ve always worked in different salons – high-end salons, DIY salons, grunge salons – so I was able to collect all of those experiences and create a brand that I believed in, which is sustainability and further education in an industry that can sometimes get complacent.”

    Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrman said the salon is “an amazing addition to Los Alamos,” and that the community looks forward to “many, many more years” of its association with the salon.

    Also in attendance at the ceremony was Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, who said, “I think it’s wonderful to have people here who have a passion and are able to start a small business and contribute to the community.”

  • Authorities probing cyber attack against city of Alamogordo

    ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a possible cyber attack against the city of Alamogordo.

    The Alamogordo Daily News reports Alamogordo City Administration discovered that the city's finance department was the victim of the fraudulent emails after city finance employees were misled by official looking emails from a contractor.

    Officials say the fraudulent emails asked to make changes to account information that led to payments being redirected to a fraudulent vendor account.

    City Attorney Petria Schreiber says no resident's information was compromised or given out.

    Schreiber says city officials turned over the case to the police department, FBI and IRS.
     

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  • Lujan Grisham claims opioid overdoses fell on her watch

    SANTA FE (AP) — Congresswoman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham is touting in a new television ad a reduction in drug overdoses during her tenure as New Mexico’s health secretary.

    The Republican Governors Association, an ally of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce and other GOP gubernatorial candidates, calls the ad misleading and says drug overdose deaths actually increased under Lujan Grisham’s watch.

    Both candidates are pledging to address stubbornly high rates of overdose deaths in New Mexico that exceed the national average.

    A look at how the statement compares to the facts:

    LUJAN GRISHAM: “When I was secretary of health, we lowered overdoses through better treatment.” Lujan Grisham led the department from August 2004 through June 2007.

    THE FACTS: That was only true for illicit drugs such as heroin in some years, and not those counted as dying from a combination of drugs. Lujan Grisham’s campaign cited a 21 percent decline in heroin deaths from 2005-2006.

    But statewide annual drug overdose deaths increased steadily from 304 in 2004 to 439 in 2007, according to the state Department of Health. The rate of opioid-related overdose deaths from illicit drugs and pain-relief medication also increased.

  • Flow trail contract awarded, construction timeline discussed

    The bike flow trail project now has a contractor and a timeline of how it will proceed, but local horse owners still have major concerns about the location.

    At a meeting Thursday, Los Alamos County Community Services Manager Brian Brogan presented a seven-step outline to the Parks and Recreation Board.

    Mountain Capital, of Colorado, the winning bidder of the contract, will first consider options of where to build the flow trail. The contract was approved in February. There is no official timeline for the project.

    In earlier Los Alamos Monitor articles about the flow trail project, the most favored location for the trail was Bayo Canyon, a location that horse owners in Los Alamos County do not agree with.

    At Thursday’s meeting, president of the Los Alamos Stable Owners Association, Amy Rogers, submitted a two-page statement on behalf of the association on why the group think it would be bad to build a trail in that location, which is a primary access point to the horseback riders into the Los Alamos County trail system.

    “We have specific concerns in four major areas, including access for horses, safety, the impact on Bayo Canyon Trail use by Los Alamos County residents, and historic preservation,” Rogers said.