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  • Nordquist spending to catch up with Romero in Dist. 46

    According to the latest campaign finance reports from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office, write in Democratic candidate for state representative for District 46 Heather Nordquist spent $7,302.39 of $6,617.07 in total contributions and Democratic candidate Andrea Romero spent $1,929 of a total of $11,200 in contributions.

    Nordquist covered the balance from her previous contributions she received in September, when she received $16,442.26 and spent $14,778.44.

    Nordquist’s latest campaign finance report, filed Monday, showed her campaign was $3,311.88 in debt. Romero’s latest report shows no debt.

    Romero’s report also shows she received a total of $4,500 in out of state funding.

    On Sept. 21, Romero received a $500 donation from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufactures of America. On Sept. 22, Romero received $1,500 from Emily’s List, a political action committee that “ignites change by getting pro-choice Democratic women elected to office,” according to its web site. On Sept. 23, Romero received a $2,500 donation from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

  • Los Alamos lab marks milestone with shipment of waste

    LOS ALAMOS (AP) — Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory say they have completed the first shipment of waste from a key area at the lab to the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository since the dump resumed operations in early 2017.

    An official with the U.S. Energy Department's Office of Environmental Management called the shipment a significant milestone for the cleanup effort at the northern New Mexico lab.

    The waste was shipped from a location known as Area G. It holds radioactive and other hazardous waste generated by weapons production during World War II's Manhattan Project and the Cold War that followed.

    It was an inappropriately packed shipment from Los Alamos that prompted a nearly three-year closure of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in 2014. A costly recovery ensued along with major policy changes.
     

  • LAHS grad, Peace Corps volunteer, follows in mom’s footsteps

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    Back in 1984, Catherine Torres Cournoyer, of White Rock, worked at village called Primero de Mayo, Peru, a poor suburb of Chimbote, Peru. As a Catholic volunteer, Cournoyer, a licensed Practical Nurse, spent two years treating many children for malnutrition, among other common diseases.

    Now, 34 years later, her son, Nathan D. Cournoyer, a Los Alamos High School graduate of 2009, is following her example. Nathan Cournoyer joined the Peace Corps in July.

    The Peace Corps is a volunteer program run by the United States government. The stated mission of the Peace Corps includes helping people outside the United States to understand American culture, and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries. Each program participant, a Peace Corps volunteer, is an American citizen, typically with a college degree, who works abroad for a period of two years after three months of training.

    Nathan Cournoyer completed his three months of training on Sept. 22, and now is a Peace Corps volunteer working abroad in Tanzania, Africa for a period of two years. He is teaching Biology at a Catholic Mission in Karibu, Tanzania.

  • US Energy secretary: 'Don't mess with the United States'

    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry backed up his agency's push to ramp up production of key components for the nuclear arsenal and bolster related research, saying the nation needs to guard against threats and provide a deterrent to conflict.

    "The United States is going to have a robust, modern weapons program and we'll send a clear message: Don't mess with the United States," Perry said Tuesday following a tour of Sandia National Laboratories.

    The visit to the sprawling campus on the edge of Albuquerque marked the first for Perry. He was shown work being done as part of a $35 million investment in the development of autonomous flight systems that will allow for close tracking of moving targets at hypersonic speed.

    Perry also learned about tiny electronics developed at the lab used to monitor the planet for nuclear activities and the "Z machine," which can create powerful X-rays for research.

    He told an auditorium packed with scientists and other workers at Sandia that their contributions — whether related to weapons or discoveries in astrophysics, carbon capture and fusion — have the potential to change the world. He used examples of recent advancements in energy development.

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  • New Mexico poised to begin voting, conclude registration

    SANTA FE (AP) — Voter registration is coming to a close throughout New Mexico as absentee voting begins in the general election to select a new governor.

    Tuesday is the last day for eligible residents to register to vote in the election that culminates on Nov. 6.

    The New Mexico Secretary of State's Office says absentee balloting begins Tuesday. Voters initially can obtain paper mail-in ballots or vote directly in person at county clerk offices.

    New Mexico is picking a successor to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and selecting an attorney general, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer and public land commissioner.

    Congressional elections include a close race in southern New Mexico between Republican state Rep. Yvette Herrell and Democratic attorney Xochitl Torres Small, and a three-way race for U.S. Senate.
     

  • Hearing set for ground water permit

    The state has set a Nov. 7 date for a hearing in Los Alamos when residents can learn and give an opinion on a water discharge permit that will allow the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s legacy waste contractor, N3B, to process 350,000 gallons of groundwater a day that’s located 45 to 900 feet below the surface of Mortandad Canyon.

    The groundwater permit was issued by the New Mexico Environment Department in July 2015.

    The upcoming hearing is the outcome of a court case brought by Communities for Clean Water demanding from the NMED and the new Mexico Water Quality Control Commission that a hearing be heard on the permit. The CCW won through a court appeal Dec. 27, 2017, to have the hearing. The hearing will start at 9 a.m. at the Los Alamos County Courthouse, located at 2300 Trinity Drive.

    “We hold that while the NMED has limited discretion to grant or deny a public hearing, the WQCC lacked substantial evidence to support its decision to sustain NMED’s denial of a public hearing,” New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge Julie J. Vargus said in her 2017 ruling.

  • Netflix chooses New Mexico for new US production hub

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Netflix has chosen New Mexico as the site of a new U.S. production hub and is in final negotiations to buy an existing multimillion-dollar studio complex on the edge of the state's largest city, government and corporate leaders announced Monday.

    It's the company's first purchase of such a property, and upcoming production work in Albuquerque and at other spots around New Mexico is forecast to result in $1 billion in spending over the next decade.

    More than $14 million in state and local economic development funding is being tapped to bring Netflix to New Mexico.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, a Democrat, touted the investment and said lengthy efforts to put New Mexico on the movie-making map are paying off.

    "After years of hard work to cut taxes and make New Mexico business-friendly, we're seeing incredible results," Martinez said in a statement.

    Keller said the city has laid the groundwork to make sure the film industry is part of its economic development plan. He called landing Netflix a "transformative victory" for the city.

    Netflix series produced in New Mexico include the Emmy Award-winning limited series "Godless" and "Longmire."

  • Santa Fe celebrates indigenous people with day of dancing

    SANTA FE (AP) — Indigenous Peoples Day is being celebrated for the third consecutive year in the New Mexico capital with prayer, dancing and music throughout the morning and afternoon.

    A center for Native American culture, Santa Fe in 2016 designed the second Monday in October as Native American People's Day in recognition of 23 designated indigenous communities throughout the state. About one in 10 residents of New Mexico is identified as Native American.

    Dozens of cities and at least four states use the day to honor Native Americans, and in some instances have abolished Columbus Day.

    Santa Fe this year abandoned an annual costumed re-enactment of the 1692 return of Spanish conquerors to New Mexico after a Native American revolt, amid complaints that the pageant glossed over historic mistreatment of indigenous people.

  • Residents hear views on code enforcement DUI cases at forum

    Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk, a Republican, and his Democratic opponent, former prosecutor and practicing attorney Elizabeth Allen fielded questions from the audience, who wanted to know about how they would handle drunk driving and code enforcement cases. The forum was the second forum organized by the League of Women

    Voters Los Alamos Wednesday, and the first one two focus on the magistrate and municipal judge races.
    In her opening statement, Allen talked of her professional experience as a prosecutor, a defense attorney and her current job as a local attorney with her own law practice. She also teaches law at the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos.

    “Raising my family in Los Alamos means I am present and aware and invested in making sure we live in a safe community,” Allen said.