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  • Amazon to collect sales tax in New Mexico starting in April

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Online retail giant Amazon will soon begin collecting taxes on purchases being sent to New Mexico addresses.
    Officials with the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department confirmed Monday that the new sales tax will begin in April.
    The tax will combine state and local rates to total about 7 percent.
    Department spokesman Ben Cloutier says the revenues generated by Amazon's collections will be significant, likely in the tens of millions of dollars.
    Some of the revenue will go into the state's general fund and the rest will be allocated to the cities where the item was purchased.
    As New Mexico looks to fill a budget gap, lawmakers are considering measures to force internet vendors without a physical presence in the state to collect gross receipts taxes.
     

  • GOP’s Senate leader expects deal on revenue, budget

    BY BRUCE KRASNOW
    The New Mexican

  • Senate confirms Carson, Perry for housing, energy

    WASHINGTON — Two of President Donald Trump’s former rivals for the GOP White House nomination won Senate confirmation Thursday to join his administration.
    Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was confirmed as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on a vote of 58-41. A few hours later, the Senate backed former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be energy secretary, 62-37.
    Carson and Perry are the 17th and 18th of Trump’s 22 Cabinet and Cabinet-level nominations to win Senate approval.
    Carson has never held public office and has no housing policy experience. Republicans have praised the life story of a man who grew up in inner-city Detroit with a single mother who had a third-grade education.
    Perry, who once pledged to eliminate the department, has repeatedly promised to be an advocate for the agency and to protect the nation’s nuclear stockpile. Perry also pledged to rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change.
    Perry, who served 14 years as Texas governor, has said he will seek to develop American energy in all forms, from oil, gas and nuclear power to renewable sources such as wind and solar power.

  • Candyman expanding hours at LA Music Academy site

    BY WREN PROPP
    Special to the Monitor

  • Police Report 3-5-17

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Feb. 15
    7:45 a.m. — Police officers recovered a laptop computer at Morning Glory Bakery.

    3:20 p.m. — Los Alamos police reported a burglary  in Los Alamos. Police are actively investigating.

    Feb. 17
    11:50 a.m. — Police reported a laptop stolen at the Los Alamos Unitarian Church.

    8:49 p.m. — Police arrested a minor for being in possession of drugs on East Road.

    Feb. 18
    1:28 p.m. — Byron Keith Henderson,  49, of Los Alamos was arrested at the intersection of North Street and San Ildefonso Road on two counts of not having a license and drug possession.

    9:37 p.m. — Police investigated an act of vandalism at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center where the windshield of a car was found shattered.

    Feb. 19

  • On the Docket 3-5-17

    Feb. 9
    Kathryn Sandoval  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Edward Dendy was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Defendant was fined $30 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Fred Humphrey  pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to following too closely and causing an accident. Sentencing deferred until April 9 Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Feb. 10
    Benjamin Ebersole  was found guilty through Citepay of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    David Norris paid a $50 fine for failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked.

    Feb. 13
    Ling Lin  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of careless driving that caused an accident. Sentencing deferred until May 13. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school. Defendant also charged with not having a proper driver’s license.
    Defendant was fined $50 and must also had to pay $130 in court costs.

  • 20th Street extension moves ahead

    Construction on an extension of 20th Street is set to begin in June, according to project engineers who spoke at Thursday’s Transportation Board meeting.
    The project will extend 20th Street across Trinity Drive to several plots of county land, and down past the Los Alamos Public School offices at 2075 Trinity Drive.
    The extension length will be about 600 feet where it will end in a cul de sac. Bids for the project go out April 9. It’s hoped that once the project is completed in September the extension will encourage more economic development in the county.
    “We’re looking to promote economic development in this area,” Senior County Engineer Bryan Aragon said. “This is prime land in the county, along the main thoroughfare in the community. We’re hoping it will spur some economic development.”
    Some business owners already in the area had concerns about how the extra traffic the extension may attract will affect them.
    Doris Roberts, owner of “All Individuals First,” an adult day-care facility at 2101 Trinity Drive, said it was hard enough to help her clients across the street to enjoy Ashley Pond Park. At the meeting, she told county officials that she’d been trying for three years to get the state to install a traffic light at that intersection.

  • County enacts hiring freeze until mid-May

    Los Alamos County has instituted a hiring freeze, which will be in effect at least until early May.
    County Manager Harry Burgess has put the brakes on filling any vacant positions until he is more certain about funding prospects for Los Alamos National Laboratory and the preparation of Los Alamos County’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018.
    “He’s not going to make any decisions about vacancies until we get through budget adoption, which could be second part of May,” county spokeswoman Julie Habiger said.
    Since Sept. 29 2016, LANL has operated under a Congressional continuing funding resolution, which means the federal funding to keep LANL operating is being held at 2016 levels.
    “Because Los Alamos relies heavily on gross receipts tax from spending by the national laboratory as the community’s largest employer, Burgess explained that their projected spending and the estimated tax revenue for Los Alamos will be a key part of his decision as he finalizes the budget,” Habiger said in a written statement Friday.
    The topic of hiring was raised over questions from the press about when the county is going to replace Deputy County Manager Brian Bosshardt. Bosshardt, who has served the county as deputy manager since 2012, is leaving to become Bedford, Texas’ city manager March 31.

  • Regional Coalition gets positive vibe from trip

    Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities seem pleased with the way things are going in Washington, D.C., as far as funding for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Coalition representatives Peter Ives, a councilor for the City of Santa Fe, and Rick Reiss, a Los Alamos County Councilor told Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night the positive about the fact-finding trip the coalition took to Washington, D.C. between Feb. 20-24.
    They both reported that every since the new administration expressed an interest in upgrading and ensuring the safety of the country’s nuclear stockpiles.
    Other coalition members that went were RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero, Los Alamos County Deputy Manager Brian Bosshardt, Commissioner Robert Anaya, County of Santa Fe and RCLC Communications Director Scarlet Rendleman.  

  • ‘It’s important to help out other countries’

    Alysha Lenderman is headed to the tropics to do some hard and sometimes ugly work.
    The Los Alamos resident will spend time in Honduras to help the people of Roatán and St. Helena provide medical care to its population of dogs, cats and other domesticated animals, as a member of “Helping Paws Across Borders,” a New Mexico-based pet rescue organization.
    Lenderman leaves on March 18 and will be there for two weeks.
    “I’m going there to help spay and neuter and provide medical service to animals,” she said. Lenderman’s full-time job is as a public aide officer with Los Alamos County. She also has 10 years of experience working as a veterinarian technician. She will take unpaid leave from her job to volunteer for the work.
    For her second week, she will be using her expertise to give aid to the animals on nearby St. Helena Island.
    Though both places are tourist destinations, Lenderman, takes the job of caring for and helping animals seriously. Both islands are remote. People and animals living on the islands lack many basic necessities including medical care that people from other countries take for granted.
    “There are areas that are nice, but where we are going, it’s not,” Lenderman said.
    Resources in the area are pretty scant.