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Today's News

  • Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantú leaving for California post

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — The Vatican has announced that Las Cruces Bishop Oscar Cantú is leaving for California.

    The Catholic News Agency reports that Pope Francis appointed Cantú on Wednesday to be coadjutor bishop of San Jose, California. He will assist the 73-year-old Bishop Patrick J. McGrath with the administration of the Diocese of San Jose, and succeed McGrath upon his retirement or death.

    The 51-year-old Cantú has served as bishop of Las Cruces since February 2013.

    Born in Houston, Texas, to a large Mexican-American family, Cantú has been an outspoken advocate for immigrants and refugees.

    In 2015, Cantú joined a group of bishops condemning racism in the U.S. in light of national tensions over police treatment of African-Americans.
     

  • Congresswoman says home state shouldn't be heroin capital

    SANTA FE (AP) — Congresswoman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham is promising to change New Mexico's reputation as the heroin capital of the nation.

    Lujan Grisham launched a 30 second video advertisement on Tuesday that says opioids and crime are problems all across New Mexico, and that as governor she would force pharmaceutical companies to "stop pushing opioids and start paying for treatment."

    Overdose deaths in New Mexico have hovered well above the national average even as the state has implemented pioneering policies to rein in fatalities. The crisis drew attention this year as President Trump praised an Albuquerque police officer for agreeing to adopt the unborn baby of a pregnant heroin user.

    Lujan Grisham's ad says the state reduced overdoses through treatment when she was secretary of health, without citing statistics.
     

  • New Mexico candidate for governor pledges not to raise taxes

    SANTA FE (AP) — The Republican candidate for governor of New Mexico has signed a pledge to oppose any tax increases if elected, even as the state struggles to shore up its credit rating and address public pension liabilities.

    Congressman and gubernatorial contender Steve Pearce confirmed Monday his commitment to conservative activist Grover Norquist's famous pledge against any net tax increases if elected governor.

    A spokesman for Pearce said any tax increase would threaten efforts to boost employment opportunities and broaden the state economy.

    "With an outflow of people, businesses and jobs, raising taxes would make a desperate situation even worse," Kevin Sheridan said, a spokesman for Pearce. "His first priority will be creating jobs while growing and diversifying New Mexico's economy."

    Pearce's promise on taxes may be easily kept at first. New Mexico is in the midst of an oil-sector boom that is boosting state government income at current tax rates.

  • GOP names Clarkson as New Mexico SOS candidate

    SANTA FE (AP) — A former Trump administration appointee who recently came in third in a GOP congressional primary is now the Republican candidate for New Mexico secretary of state.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the New Mexico Republican Party's State Central Committee voted Saturday to place Gavin Clarkson on the ballot after previous GOP nominee JoHanna Cox dropped out.

    The 49-year-old Clarkson served as deputy assistant secretary in President Donald Trump's U.S. Interior Department. He resigned in late 2017 after the department's inspector general released a report critical of a tribal loan program he ran.

    Clarkson recently filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against New Mexico State University, saying officials unfairly fired him from his position as a business professor when he started his congressional campaign.
     

  • Golf association awards scholarships to 6 seniors

    A month after graduating, the scholarships are still pouring in for a few lucky Los Alamos High School students. 

    Last week at the Los Alamos County Golf Course, the Northern New Mexico Senior Golf Association awarded $1,000 scholarships to six students, five of whom were in attendance for the ceremony. 

    The students honored were Sydney Ashford, Caleb Hatler, Radhika Iyer, Junseo Kim, Ben Rees and Tristan Semelsberger. 

    All of the students submitted applications about their involvement in extra-curricular activities and their goals following high school. Out of all the applications submitted, these six students were named some of the best in the state, and were rewarded by the association. 

    Despite the organization awarding the scholarships being about golf, being an avid golfer was not one of the key components of the decision-making process.

    Ashford was a member of key club and was part of the varsity debate club at LAHS, the Hilltalkers. She will attend Wellesley College in the fall to pursue a career in dentistry. Ashford describes herself as a casual golfer. 

  • Atomic City Update: World Cup shows that hard work pays off at all levels of sports

    If this year’s World Cup has taught us anything, it is that success is never guaranteed, and the value of hard work can never be overlooked. 

    For the fourth time in the previous five World Cups, the defending champion has been eliminated prior to the knockout stages. 

    This time, that defending champion is Germany, the country ranked as the top team in the world by FIFA. 

    In a stunning turn of events, the Germans lost the opening match 1-0 against Mexico, but appeared to be back on track with a last-minute win against Sweden in the second match. 

    However, the hopes and dreams of the players and fans came crashing down with a 2-0 loss against South Korea in the final match of the group stage. 

    Not only did the Germans not advance, but they finished at the bottom of their group. After allowing only four goals in the 2014 World Cup en route to a championship, the Germans allowed four goals in the group stage alone this year, and have plenty of questions to answer over the next four years until the next World Cup. 

  • Aquatomics dominate at VAST June Open

    As the season slowly begins to wind down for the Los Alamos Aquatomics swim team, the results continue to get more and more impressive. 

    At the team’s latest meet, the VAST June Open in Albuquerque, the Aquatomics won more than 25 races between prelims and finals, and had countless top-five finishes across all age groups. 

    As has been the case throughout the season, Ming Lo was one of the top competitors for the Aquatomics, collecting three first-place finishes in finals, and finishing in the top-five in each of his races. 

    He continues to improve throughout the season, dropping 49 seconds in the 400 individual medley. 

    Equally impressive was Fayrouz Mourad, who won two of her races in the finals, and also finished in the top-five of each of her races. 

    Allison Amrani won the 9-10 50-breaststroke and the 10-and-under 100-backstroke. She also finished in the top-five of five other races. 

    Duncan Henderson had seven top-three finishes, including a first-place finish in the 200-freestyle. 

  • McMillan wins Firecracker 5K Fun Run

    More than 200 people kicked off their Fourth of July celebrations at the Firecracker 5K Fun Run, which has become an annual tradition in Los Alamos County. 

    The run, organized by the YMCA, brought together people of all ages. Some were dressed in creative costumes, some ran with their dogs and others rolled strollers through the streets.

    The overall winner of the event was Erik McMillan, from the United Stated Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He finished the run in 17:17.27, and competed in the 18-22 age group. 

    Finishing second overall was Casey White of Los Alamos, who completed the race just six seconds after McMillan. White was competing in the 35-39 age group. 

    Steven Strevell, who finished second last year behind his brother Josh, earned third place at this year’s event with a time of 17:54.77. He ran with his dog Branson, who won the race with Joshua last year. 

    Strevell was joined in the race by several of his teammates on Los Alamos High School’s cross country and track and field teams, including Duncan Fuehne, Elijah Velasquez, Noah Bridgewater, Konstantin Nelson and Norissa Valdez. 

  • Alex Kirk Donates To UNM-LA Summer Program

    Pro basketball player Alex Kirk visited the UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) campus on June 13 to make a $1,000 donation to UNM-LA Community Education’s Summer Program for Youth (SPY). UNM-LA Community Education Program Coordinator Mike Katko said, “With this support from Alex, we will be able to add a component about living a healthy lifestyle to our regular programming.”

    The donation was made from the Alex Kirk Foundation, whose mission is “To raise awareness in our communities, families, schools and local agencies to foster the recognition and growth of physical activity for boys and girls.” 

    A local success story, Alex played basketball for Los Alamos High School and The University of New Mexico Lobos prior to starting his professional career. 

    He has played with the NBA, and for teams in Italy, China and Turkey, and he will return to Alvark Tokyo in Japan for a second season in the fall.

    During the short time he is in his hometown this summer, Alex has awarded three scholarships, sponsored basketball camps in Los Alamos, Española, and Clayton, provided funds to support the local junior golf program and helped refinish the floor of the basketball court at the Española Teen Center.

  • Atomic City Update: Loyalty has disappeared from professional sports

    For sports fans, July 1 is one of the most exciting days of the year. It’s the day NBA and NHL free agency begin, and the entire sports world is buzzing as players choose their new teams and fans can begin daydreaming about what the upcoming season might look like. 

    Fans go crazy when a player doesn’t choose their teams, and dance in the streets when a highly coveted free agent chooses to play in their city. General managers hold conference calls where they highlight all of the positive traits of the players they acquired, while ignoring any of the glaring weaknesses their team may still have. 

    There is perhaps more sports talk on that day than nay other day of the year, and it is always circled on my calendar. 

    However, that day also exposes a problem in sports, one that gets worse every year. 

    There is no loyalty in sports anymore, and as someone who grew up hearing about so many players in different sports spending their whole career in one place, that’s sad.