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  • On the Docket 4-3-16

    March 24
    Victoria T. Lovato was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for headlamps on motor vehicles. Sentence deferred until April 25. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Cuilan Yuan pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court for speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Sentence deferred until May 23. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    March 25
    Jerry C. Dudley was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    March 28
    Karen D. Miller was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75 and must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Mark D. Ortega was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Defendant was fined $30 and must also pay $65 in court costs.
    Kathy Steck was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Male arrested for shoplifting entire outfit

    Jacob Romero, a 32-year old from Alcalde, was arrested on Aug. 11 at Smith’s Marketplace for shoplifting, and after being searched, was also charged with drug possession, concealing his identity and an outstanding warrant.

    Around noon that Friday, Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. L. Gallegos was dispatched to Smith’s in reference to a shoplifting incident and was met by the store manager, who informed Gallegos that a man wearing black pants had tried on a pair of pants, shoes and a shirt in the changing room inside the store.

    The male then left all points of sale without attempting to pay for the items.

    A store employee informed Gallegos that the suspect was inside the store and possibly wearing the shoes he stole.

    “I watched a bald male in a striped shirt and black pants walk through the front of the store,” said Gallegos in his police report. The suspect complied when Gallegos asked him to step inside.

    The man identified himself as Christopher Romero and gave a date of birth that came back valid with no warrants. Romero said that he purchased the shoes from Shoe Depot in Española.

  • Low contract fee could spell trouble for northern New Mexico, advisor warns

    An advisor to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities expressed concern about a one percent performance fee in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s draft request proposal for the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s management and operations contract. The one percent fee is two percentage points lower than what the current contract is now.

    “...The other big concern is that they set the fee base so low,” John Jekowsky told the board Aug. 11.

    The first point Jekowsky made is that the low fee may not be enough to attract the right type of company or organization that could run a nuclear laboratory effectively. He also doubted that even if the NNSA reestablished the three percent performance fee that is in the current contract the NNSA has with Los Alamos National Security LLC, it still might not be enough to attract the best and the brightest.

  • Senate candidate makes stop in LA

    In his bid to unseat Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) in the 2018 senatorial race, businessman Mick Rich is taking his fight straight to the middle class.

    When he talks healthcare, border security, the economy or any other topic, Rich tends to keep his focus on the New Mexicans in the middle. 

    Nowhere is this more clear than when he talks about utility rates.

    “Right now, here’s where we are at on this. They’re looking at subsidizing large customers to move here and subsidize their electrical rates. And the people at the bottom, they’re getting their rates subsidized by different programs to help the disadvantaged. So, who pays full freight? The average, hard working New Mexican.” Rich said. “Right now, we have a system that’s unfair. What we need to do is consider that we have fair utility rates for everybody, not just for the people at the top and the bottom.”

    He does admit, however, that he’s facing an uphill battle when it comes to helping the middle class. Part of the problem, Rich says, is that Heinrich and other members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation haven’t done enough to defend New Mexico’s economic interests, especially when it comes to military project.

  • A new beginning

    Students of all ages walked, biked, bussed or drove to their respective school Thursday morning for the first day back to school.

    While some may have dragged their feet a bit as they approached the building, others practically skipped inside.
    Regardless of the enthusiasm level, the beginning of a new school year is always full of promise: new classes, new teachers and maybe even new friends.

    Another school year means another chance to excel as a student and grow as a person.

    Some students look forward to diving into a challenging new course, while for others the excitement comes from diving into a swimming pool. The possibilities are endless.

    The first day back is not only exciting for the students, but also for the teachers and staff. When asked what she likes about the first day of school, Mountain Elementary School Principal Jennifer Guy said, “The kids’ excitement and enthusiasm, the teachers are excited, and just the energy in the air. It’s really great.”

    Guy also commented on the state of the returning kids, saying, “Some are nervous, some are excited…but I think the parents are more nervous than the kids.”

  • Strategist Steve Bannon leaves White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon, a forceful but divisive presence in President Donald Trump's White House, is leaving.

    Trump accepted Bannon's resignation on Friday, ending a turbulent seven months for his chief strategist, the latest to depart from the president's administration in turmoil.

    White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday would be Bannon's last day on the job.

    "We are grateful for his service and wish him the best," she said in a statement confirming reports of Bannon's departure.

    A combative and unorthodox Republican, Bannon was a key adviser in Trump's general election campaign, but he has been a contentious presence in a White House divided by warring staff loyalties.

    The former leader of conservative Breitbart News has pushed Trump to follow through on his campaign promises and was the man behind many of his most controversial efforts, including Trump's travel ban and decision to pull out of the Paris Climate agreement.

    But Bannon repeatedly clashed with other top White House advisers and often ran afoul of the president himself.

    Bannon offered his resignation to Trump on Aug. 7, according to one person close to the adviser.

  • Organizers set dates for annual Gathering of Nations powwow

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Organizers of one of North America's most prominent American Indian powwows say they're already gearing up for next year's event.

    They are kicking off their promotional campaign for the 2018 Gathering of Nations today with the release of the event's official poster.

    The 35th annual event takes place April 26-28 at the state fairgrounds in Albuquerque. The Miss Indian World Talent Competition will be held downtown at the city's convention center.

    New for next year will be a parade featuring Native American riders in full regalia. Organizers say the parade is meant to recognize the importance that the horse culture holds for some tribes.

    The gathering usually draws tens of thousands of people, including dancers, singers and drummers representing tribes from across the United States, Canada and elsewhere.
     

  • Santa Fe to review role in events that celebrate history

    SANTA FE (AP) — Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales wants the city to review its involvement in events that celebrate or recognize historic events and people.

    His request for the city manager to compile a report follows a rally against racism that prompted hundreds of people to gather on Santa Fe's historic plaza in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    The review will include the annual Fiesta de Santa Fe , in which northern New Mexico's Hispanic residents mark the reoccupation of the city by Spanish conquistador Don Diego De Vargas following a Native American revolt. The fiesta has been carried on for more than 300 years.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that long-running summer art markets and the annual burning of Zozobra will also be reviewed.

  • Tennessee site marks milestone with shipment to US nuke dump

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A processing center for radioactive waste in Tennessee has made its first shipment in five years to the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository, marking another milestone as the U.S. gets its multibillion-dollar cleanup program back on track.

    Cleanup of contaminated tools and other debris from decades of nuclear research and bomb-making at sites around the nation was sidelined in 2014 when a radiation release forced the closure of the southern New Mexico repository.

    Shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant resumed in April following an expensive recovery effort and a major policy overhaul. Officials said that the initial pace would be slow and methodical.

    Repository officials confirmed Friday they are now receiving between three and four shipments a week, most of them coming from the Idaho National Laboratory.

  • New Mexico forecasts revenue surplus as budget crisis wanes

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico is on track to collect more money in the coming fiscal year than it currently spends as surging oil production pulls state government out of a budget crisis, state economists told lawmakers on Wednesday.

    Economists from three state agencies and the Legislature predicted that tax revenue and other government income will slightly surpass spending obligations during the fiscal year that begins in July 2018.

    They anticipate excess revenues of $25 million — equal to a small fraction of the state's $6.1 billion general fund spending plan for the current fiscal year.

    Lawmakers expressed guarded relief as they prepare to craft a budget for the coming fiscal year during a 30 day legislative session that starts in January.

    "I do feel better with the trend than where we've been in the past," said Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, as a panel of lawmakers met at a ski resort outside Taos.

    He cautioned that New Mexico remains vulnerable to swings in oil and natural gas prices. Smith also warned that an ongoing lawsuit could force legislators to boost funding of public schools that already account for 44 percent of state general fund spending.