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Today's News

  • Medicare steps up its fight against diabetes

    By Bob Moos, Southwest public affairs officer, U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

    Diabetes affects as many as one in four older adults with Medicare. It costs hundreds of billions of dollars to treat and results in the loss of tens of thousands of lives every year.

    If we could better control diabetes, we’d be taking a huge leap toward creating a healthier America.

    Diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t respond to the insulin it does make. Insulin is what your body uses to process sugar and turn it into energy.

    When too much sugar stays in your blood, it can lead to serious complications and even life-threatening problems, including heart disease, strokes and kidney damage.

    Medicare is committed to fighting the diabetes epidemic.

    If you’re on Medicare and at risk for diabetes, you’re covered for two blood sugar screenings each year at no out-of-pocket cost to you. Risk factors include high blood pressure, a history of abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels, obesity or a history of high blood sugar.

  • ‘Social justice’ sounds good, will matter in November

    In a debate, accepting the other side’s language means losing. 

    So it was in the early 2000s in Albuquerque where “smart growth” drove land use and transportation policy discussions. Business types organized and talked smarter growth or something. End of dialectical story. 

    Today the dominance of smart growth concepts is seen in a gushing post at smartgrowthamereica.org calling Albuquerque’s amazingly awful ART bus project “just one project, but it forms a frequent and reliable backbone for Albuquerque’s entire transportation system.”

    The bus now takes us to social justice, a central phrase in the 2018 election campaign among people calling themselves “progressive.” After all, who could possibly question the goodness of being “progressive.” Nor is it possible to question smart growth or to wonder about social justice.

  • Operations resume at underground US nuclear waste repository

    CARLSBAD (AP) — Routine operations have resumed at the U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository following an evacuation in May that was prompted by the discovery of a misaligned drum of waste.

    Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico confirmed this week that processing and handling resumed June 2.

    In disposing the waste, seven 55-gallon (208-liter) drums are wrapped together in a tight formation to go deep inside the ancient salt formation where the repository is located. The idea is that the shifting salt will eventually entomb the waste.

    Work was halted when employees found one drum wasn't aligned with the others that made up the waste package. The package was eventually repacked and disposed of underground.

    Officials say no radiation was released and no injuries were reported.
     

  • Torres Small wins Dem’s 2nd district

    Las Cruces attorney Xochitl Torres Small has won the Democratic nomination for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District as the party looks to take control of a seat along the U.S.-Mexico border that’s eluded it for years.

    Torres Small on Tuesday defeated U.S. Coast Guard veteran Madeline “Mad” Hildebrandt. She’ll face the winner of a three-way contest for the Republican nomination in November’s general election.

  • Haaland wins Dem nomination for 1st Congressional District

    Former state Democratic Party leader Debra Haaland has won the party’s nomination for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District as she tries to become the first Native American congresswoman.

    Democrats are looking to maintain control over the Albuquerque-based seat in November. The member of Laguna Pueblo finished ahead of a crowded field that included former career prosecutor Damon Martinez, former law professor Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, attorney Damian Lara and business consultant Paul Moya.

    Haaland will face former Republican state lawmaker Janice Arnold-Jones and Libertarian candidate Lloyd Princeton in the general election.

    During the campaign, some fellow Democrats accused Haaland of not doing enough to address claims of misconduct while leading the state party. 

    Haaland argued that she adopted a statewide sexual harassment policy for the party during her tenure.

  • Herrell wins GOP nod for 2nd district

    State Rep. Yvette Herrell has won the Republican nomination for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District as the party looks to keep control of the seat along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Herrell on Tuesday finished ahead of a field that included former state GOP chairman Monty Newman and former U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs official Gavin Clarkson.

    She will face Democratic nominee Xochitl Torres Small, a Las Cruces attorney, in November’s general election.

    Throughout the campaign, the 54-year-old Alamogordo resident sought to position herself as a strong ally of President Donald Trump and a staunch supporter of the president’s push to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    The congressional race is one of many expected to draw national attention because it may help determine which party controls the U.S. House.

  • New Aquatomics coach brings passion, excitement to LA

    Mark Scott, the new head coach of the Los Alamos club swim team known as the Aquatomics, has been in or around pools since he could walk. 

    Scott’s father was a swim coach, so he was at the pool quite often. Scott taught himself how to swim at 3 years old, was on his dad’s team at 4 years old, and swam competitively for 17 years. 

    After his many years of competitive swimming, Scott did not miss being in the water due to the amount of injuries he had been forced to deal with. However, Scott quickly realized “it felt really good to be on deck,” and he began coaching.

    Scott has been coaching since 1975, including stints at NCAA Division II school University of Puget Sound and NCAA Division I school University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    Scott’s coaching path has not always been straightforward, though. Twice Scott has dealt with 5-year-stints of feeling burnt out due to stress and high levels of competition.

    Scott says that stress and pressure is “dependent on what the coach wants out of the team, and what the swimmers want out of the team.”

  • Atomic City Update: Lanse Carter is the perfect hire for LAHS girls basketball

    Longtime college basketball coach Bobby Knight once said, “To be as good as it can be, a team has to buy into what you as the coach are doing. They have to feel you’re a part of them and they’re a part of you.”

    I think this quote is particularly relevant right now to Los Alamos High School, and new girls’ head basketball coach Lanse Carter, who is looking to change the culture of the program and once again turn the Hilltoppers into state championship contenders. 

    Though he is new to the Los Alamos area, he is anything but a stranger to basketball in northern New Mexico. He has had stints at Capital, Pojoaque, Santa Fe Indian School and Santa Fe High School and has a history of turning programs around in a hurry. 

    In 2008 and 2009, he won state championships at Pojoaque, and also took Santa Fe High to the state tournament in his only year there in 2016, after taking the job just two days before the season began. 

    Sure, on paper his credentials are impressive enough. But after watching a little bit of his practice last week and watching him interact with the girls, I am even more convinced that he is the right man for this program. 

  • LANL road construction set to start Thursday

    The first of three phases of road improvements to and from Los Alamos National Laboratory is scheduled to start Thursday.

    The road improvements are part of a $34.5 million Supplemental Environmental Projects settlement agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S. Department of Energy, following the February 2014 drum breach incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.

    Albuquerque Asphalt, Inc., will perform the road work under a $7 million contract awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers through an interagency agreement with the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    Construction activities will include sections of road extending from Omega Bridge in Los Alamos to the Totavi gas station east of Los Alamos. 

    These sections include portions of East Jemez Road, N.M. 4, and N.M. 502. Improvements will include milling and replacing the top layer of asphalt. 

  • Topper Soccer School kicks off at Urban Park next week

    Next week, kids ages 3-9 will have the opportunity to play soccer like the Hilltoppers, as Topper School 2018 gets underway at Urban Park in Los Alamos. 

    The mission of Topper Soccer School is to provide an extraordinary camp environment through innovative instruction and positive reinforcement, and to expose little kids to big soccer. Members of the boys’ high school soccer program provide instruction.

    The first session of the camp runs June 11-15. Though the registration date has passed, late registrations will be accepted. Ages 3-5 will play from 4-5 p.m., and ages 6-9 will play from 5-6 p.m. 

    The “Tiny Touches” session will be for the 3-5-year-olds, and is designed for young children who like to kick soccer balls.  Proper technique will be taught with an emphasis on basic skills including dribbling, shooting and passing in an encouraging and enthusiastic environment.  Skills will be demonstrated and lots of fun and games will be included in the sessions.  To make the overall environment more comfortable and conducive to learning for the young players, parents (mom, dad, older sibling, aunt, uncle, etc.) are welcome to participate in these training sessions as well.