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Today's News

  • Today in History for Feb. 3rd
  • Dolin, Hall in contest for UNM-LA advisory board

    On the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus, big things are happening. The campus’ advisory board is at hard of work on its plans for the future, most notably the expansion of some programs and the introduction of some new ones.

    All this is happening in spite of a challenging economy and in the face of declining state funding. Figures show state funding for the Los Alamos campus has gone down by 40 percent recently, making the goals of the board even more challenging.

    In the middle of this is this month’s UNM-LA Advisory Board election, where the board will fill three open seats. The election is Tuesday, and those interested in voting can do so either at the White Rock Fire Station or at the Community Building in Los Alamos.

    Three seats are open but only one is contested. That race is between UNM-LA Advisory Board three-term (12 years) incumbent Ronald M. Dolin and challenger Michelle K. Hall.

    Micheline Devaurs is unopposed and Nelson Hoffman is being replaced by John Hofmann. The other members of the board, Stephen T. Boerigter, chair and Linda Hull, secretary, have terms that run until 2015.

  • Watchdogs dispute plutonium shipment proposal

    Nuclear watchdog groups met in Livermore, Calif., this week to discuss a federal proposal they say would allow the transport weapons-grade plutonium from Los Alamos to California.

    Nuclear Watch New Mexico’s Jay Coghlan, who was on the panel, said he and Tri-Valley CAREs Executive Director Marylia Kelley were in Washington D.C. to discuss the plan with Don Cook, the head of NNSA Defense Programs.

    “We stand behind the fact this plan indeed exists, which NNSA now seems to be backpedaling from,” Coghlan said.
    Kelley told the San Jose Mercury News that although no plan has been formalized, the idea has been discussed by U.S. Department of Energy officials and in documents from the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    “There’s no question that this is the proposal,” Kelly told the newspaper. “What would be the fair thing to say is that the final decision hasn’t been made.”

    NNSA spokesman Joshua McConaha said such a plan does not exist for now.

  • Valles Caldera releases report to Congress

    Record revenues and visitation at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in 2012 highlighted a year of recovery and restoration.

    The numbers are detailed in the Valles Caldera Trust’s Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2012 (Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012).

    The report details the challenges and successes of 2012, reviews the historical accomplishments and progress made from 2008-2012 and presents the outlook for fiscal year 2013.

    One development involved the appointment of Dennis Trujillo as executive director. Trujillo has been with the trust since its inception and served as Valles Caldera National Preserve manager during the formative stages of the organization.

    “This (2012) was a year of transition,” Trujillo said. “We recognized that in order to be successful we had to transition from interim management to a cohesive, comprehensive management plan. We began that phase with the development and implementation of a Strategic Management Plan last spring.”

  • GOP not dead yet

    SANTA FE – Is the GOP dead? Not on your life. Yes, demography and Barack Obama’s campaign machine are creeping up on Republicans. But before I get into the whys, I want to talk about the whats.
    Remember the aftermath of the 2008 elections? The Obama war machine, also called a ground game, swept many candidates into office. Democrat Harry Teague even won New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional district. Democrats had control of top state and national offices.
    There were so many Republican defeats just four years ago that many in my business were writing the party’s epilogue. There was no foreseeable way for Republicans to come back.
    Until six months later, that is. In the summer of 2009, Obama started talking about health care and everything turned around. And in the 2010 elections, Democrats lost heavily up and down the ballot.
    It was the perfect time for Republicans to win. They got to redesign state and national legislative and congressional districts. It has been said that had Republican legislators not have redesigned congressional districts; Democrats would have taken back control of the U.S. House in 2012.

  • Parcells, Sapp, Carter among 7 Hall inductees

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Coach Bill Parcells, Warren Sapp, Cris Carter, Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

    The class of 2013 also included a pair of senior selections, Curley Culp and Dave Robinson. The announcement was made in New Orleans, site of Sunday's Super Bowl.

    Five players failed to get in on the final vote: Jerome Bettis, Charles Haley, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan and Aeneas Williams.

    Earlier Saturday, the selection committee eliminated Tim Brown, Kevin Greene, Will Shields and former owners Edward DeBartolo Jr. and Art Modell.

    Parcells reversed the fortunes of four teams — New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys — during 19 years as a head coach. He finished with a record of 172-130-1, leading the Giants to a pair of Super Bowl titles.

  • Word on the Street 02-03-13

    Teen Pulse staff members Owen Bradbury Aranda and Elizabeth Hjelvik asked students, “What do you think about gun control?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 02-03-13

    • Tuesday: Crayon hearts
    • Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: Chinese New Year lanterns
    • Friday: Kids choice board games
    Memberships are free and open to all in third through eighth grade.

  • Andrew and Mousie 02-03-13
  • Be flat out fashionable

    Every day I see teens hurrying to meetings, booking it to class or legging it down the street to catch their buses.
    With so much to do and so little time on our hands, we’ve got to get around fast. Despite that fact, some of us still want to wear our trendy new heels.
    We all know that getting around in a hurry is not going to happen in wedges or stilettos, but fashionistas would argue that to accessorize the majority of their outfits, tennis shoes just won’t do.
    Additionally, some people — even the most devout fashion queens — shy away from high heels.
    After all, this type of shoe is not healthy for your feet, especially if worn often, and finding a truly comfortable heel is, while doable, a daunting and arduous task.
    The shoe that can best keep our feet comfortable and fashionable is the flat.
    Wedged sneakers and heeled boots are strutting down the runway as some of the trendiest footwear for this season and next, but flats aren’t far behind. In fact, they may soon outrun stilettos.
    One of my favorite flats —and one that is massively trendy right — now is the penny loafer flat.