Today's News

  • Poor driving conditions reported on NM highways

    LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Difficult driving conditions due to winter weather are reported on parts of Interstate 25 and some other highways in northeastern New Mexico.

    The Department of Transportation says I-25 between Bernal and Raton is snow packed and icy.

    Other highways with difficult driving conditions include U.S. 64 west of Cimarron, State Route 104 between Las Vegas and Tucumcari and New Mexico 434 between Mora and Black Lake.

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  • Football group's leader removed after porn arrest

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The president-elect of the New Mexico Young America Football League was removed from his position after he and his wife were arrested on a child pornography charge.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the league's incoming president, 42-year-old Frederick Gonzales, and his wife, 36-year-old Carey Gonzales, were arrested Friday. The league's board on Saturday removed Gonzales as president-elect of the group that oversees about 5,000 players statewide who range in age from 7 to 14.

    "There was really nothing to indicate that something like this was going to happen; we were all totally shocked," League president Jim Summer told the newspaper.

    Summer said Frederick Gonzales cleared criminal background checks in 2011 and 2012. He added that the group plans to hire an independent agency to review its procedures and that the league's board planned to cooperate with authorities.

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  • Lab received NNSA waiver

    There is more to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s 2012 performance evaluation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory than meets the eye.

    According to documents obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor, the lab received a one-time waiver from the NNSA fee determining official — principal deputy administrator Neile Miller.

    In a letter from former Los Alamos Site Office head Kevin Smith to Miller, the award term (one-year contract extension) originally was not granted. But at the bottom of the letter, the no is scratched out with a notation, “Yes. Contingent on LANS letter attached.”

    That LANS letter was written by DOE Senior Procurement Executive Joseph Waddell to lab director Charlie McMillan, dated on Dec. 7. The letter stated that Los Alamos National Security had been granted a waiver for the FY-12 NNSA fee by the Fee Determining Official (Miller).

    According to the letter, LANS met two of the three criteria but earned less than 80 percent overall at-risk fees.

  • Legislators talk issues as session looms

    Three of Los Alamos County’s representatives to the Round House stopped by Fuller Lodge this week to talk with residents about their goals for the upcoming legislative session that gets underway Tuesday.

    Rep.-Elect Stephanie Garcia Richard D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba Counties
    Garcia Richard was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in November. She teaches third grade in the Pojoaque School District, so it was no surprise then, that Richard told the audience she’d be their champion for education reform. However, she also tempered her enthusiasm with a dose of reality, by telling those on hand that it may take some time to get things done.

    “... You may put your heart and soul into something, but it may take a few sessions to get there,” she said. “... I know that I’m starting out with a lot of idealism and enthusiasm, but hopefully, by the time we meet again I will still have some left.”

    One thing Garcia Richard wants to reform is the teacher evaluation system, taking the emphasis off of testing and having it rely more on student surveys and peer review.

  • Fledgling firm helps launch NM business

    As David Blivin and his wife Jamai were considering moving to New Mexico to be near Jamai’s family, Blivin met Los Alamos National Bank CEO Bill Enloe and Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Kevin Holsapple. When Enloe and Holsapple learned of Blivin’s previous career in venture capital, they suggested there might be a niche he could fill.

    “Capital is always an issue in New Mexico with technology businesses and Dave focuses on startups, which is always the most difficult stage to get funded because of the higher risk,” Enloe said. “With very few funds in the area, we felt this type of approach would be a success. There is not much competition and not a lot of companies getting funded.”

    Blivin did some research and agreed that a void existed for venture capital firms dedicated to tech commercialization within the Southwest region. Those with ideas ripe for product development generally move to other parts of the country to be near capital resources.

    LANB and the LACDC invested in Blivin’s own startup, the Cottonwood Technology Group, while he provided the sweat equity to build the company.

  • Flu blitzes New Mexico

    SANTA FE (AP) — The flu has walloped New Mexico with an early one-two punch and health officials are urging people to get vaccinated against the illness.

    Dr. Joan Baumbach, an epidemiologist in the New Mexico Department of Health, said Friday the flu has hit New Mexico earlier and harder than last year.

    “This is an unusually early flu season,” she said.

    Medical providers report they’re seeing 7 percent of their patients with flu-like illnesses, according to department. That’s higher than the national average and is up from 3 percent in New Mexico at this time last year. New Mexico peaked at 3.7 percent in late February and March last year.

    There have been 88 New Mexicans hospitalized so far. That compares with two cases at this time last year, according to Baumbach.

    There have been no confirmed deaths from flu so far.

    The department doesn’t track every flu case statewide, but it collects information from counties representing more than half of the population.

    Of the hospitalizations, 55 are in Bernalillo County — the state’s largest county, which is home to the city of Albuquerque.