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  • Gov plans meeting with US Health Sec

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez plans to meet with Health and Human Services Sec. Tom Price during her visit to Washington, D.C.
    A spokesman for the second-term GOP governor says she traveled Thursday to the nation’s capital to participate in meetings with other governors, including a group meeting at the White House with Donald Trump.
    About 45,000 New Mexico residents participate in the state’s health insurance exchange.
     

  • Police Beat 2-26-17

    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, served a court summons, or issued a citation.
    Feb. 2
    3:23 p.m. — Police reported that a 53-year-old Santa Fe man was the victim of aggravated assault.
    Feb. 3
    12:28 p.m. — Byron Henderson, 49, of Los Alamos was arrested for possession of a controlled substance at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Range Road.
    Feb. 3
    4:09 p.m. — Police reported that a 48-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of a car accident with no injuries at the intersection of Bathtub Row and Central Avenue.

    4:38 p.m. — Joshua Padilla-Spanarkel, 22 of Santa Fe was arrested for shoplifting (more than $250 less than $500) on Trinity Drive.

    4:38 p.m. — Emilio Lujan, 27, of Santa Fe was arrested on a charge of shoplifting (more than $250, less than $500) at Trinity Drive.
    Feb. 5
    10:55 p.m. — Police reported that a 9-year-old boy was the victim of animal bites. Animal was impounded.
    Feb. 7

  • On the Docket 2-26-17

    Feb. 2
    Michelle B. Smith  pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit (enhanced). Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Feb. 8
    Olimpia Newman  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Feb. 9
    Lisa Y Salazar pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to abandonment. Sentence deferred until March 10. Defendant also had to pay $60 in court costs.

    Michael Vigil was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Sentencing deferred until April 9. Defendant also sentenced to community service. Defendant also had to pay $65 in court costs.

    Angela Chavez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Sentencing deferred until May 9. Defendant also had to pay $65 in court costs.

  • New Mexico panel backs special chile pepper license plate

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — With red and green chile saturating nearly every facet of life in New Mexico, a legislative panel on Thursday put its support behind a measure that calls for the creation of a special license plate adorned with the hot peppers.
    The House Transportation and Public Works Committee gave a favorable recommendation to the legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Cathrynn Brown of Carlsbad.
    Brown told fellow lawmakers that most New Mexicans can’t go a day without enjoying chile and a new license plate would help to recognize the popular peppers and their connection to New Mexico’s culture and history.
    “Chile is an iconic product of New Mexico,” she said. “If you can take a Seattle born-and-bred girl like me and turn her into a chile-holic, that says something about the chile I think.”
    Chile has been a staple of New Mexico cuisine for centuries, and the Hatch region has become world famous for its flavorful hot peppers. Chile is also the state vegetable and the basis of the official state question, “red or green?”

  • Agency plans to award border wall contracts by April

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect “a great wall” along the 2,000-mile border.
    The agency said it will request bids on or around March 6 and that companies would have to submit “concept papers” to design and build prototypes by March 10, according to FedBizOpps.gov, a website for federal contractors. The field of candidates will be narrowed by March 20, and finalists must submit offers with their proposed costs by March 24.
    The president told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday that construction will start “very soon” and is “way, way, way ahead of schedule.”
    The agency’s notice gave no details on where the wall would be built first and how many miles would be covered initially. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has sought employees’ opinions during border tours of California, Arizona and Texas.

  • Los Alamos man arrested for DWI after rollover crash

    Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputies chased down and arrested a Los Alamos man early Feb. 18, after he reportedly attempted to run from police and rolled his car following a traffic stop on N.M. 502.
    Sheriff’s deputies found Matthias Jaramillo, 23, trapped upside down his Toyota sedan after a high-speed chase.
    Jaramillo was charged with driving while under the influence, resisting, evading obstructing an officer, reckless driving and speeding.
    Sheriff’s deputies first encountered Jaramillo allegedly driving 70 miles an hour westbound on N.M. 502 at 3:13 a.m.
    When approaching the vehicle, deputies detected a “heavy odor” of alcohol, but Jaramillo reportedly told the deputy he smelled his cologne.
     During a field sobriety test, the deputy went back to adjust the dashboard camera. Jaramillo then allegedly got back in his vehicle, a white, 2004 Toyota four-door sedan, and sped away.
    “Mr. Jaramillo refused to yield to my lights and siren and continued westbound on N.M. 502 at a speed of at least 100 miles an hour,” Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert. J. Clark said in his report.
    At the eight-mile marker, Clark lost sight of Jaramillo’s vehicle. Clark later came across Jaramillo’s car upside down on a median where the road splits off into White Rock.

  • NMSU to study wildlife in Jemez Mountains for signs of recovery

    New Mexico State University was awarded a $100,000 grant by the National Park Service to study bears, mule deer, elk and mountain lions that live in the Jemez Mountains. The study will determine how well the animals are reacting to the NPS’ wildfire restoration efforts in the area.
    The program will study the affects of NPS’s forest restoration program otherwise known as the “Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program.”
    NPS started the program in the area about eight years ago. The program uses prescribed burns, debris clearing and tree planting to prevent wildfires.
    The NMSU study will help fulfill a federal requirement to ensure the program is working,  and it’s not harming the mammals that call the Jemez Mountains home.
    “The only way you can tell that is if you go and monitor the fish and wildlife populations and their use of the habitat that you restored,” said Bob Parmenter, division chief for science and resource stewardship at the Valles Caldera.
    Many of the animals in the area already have tracking devices on them, and it will be up to the team from NMSU to track them.

  • Supers’ plea to lawmakers: Save schools from further cuts

    BY MILAN SIMONICH
    The New Mexican

  • Automatic voter registration bill dies in committee

    BY ANDREW OXFORD
    The New Mexican

  • LAPS to cut ties with federal school lunch program

    Los Alamos Public Schools will cut ties with the National School Lunch Program by next school year.
    The program serves the district’s five elementary schools. The middle school and the high school do not participate in the program because they do not qualify.
    The district has decided to leave the program because the portions are too small and the selection of choices slows the service.
    Once the new school year begins, students will have bigger portions of food, more variety and faster service, school officials said.  
    The federally funded program offers free and reduced lunch to students who qualify. By next school year, there will be funding in place to cover those students currently in the federal program.
    “The community will not see a difference in the food service structure and we will still be taking care of the children that require assistance. It’s imperative to the district and the board that we take care of all kids,” LAPS Chief Financial Officer Lisa Montoya told the Los Alamos Public Schools School Board Feb. 14.
    “We have listened to community and listened to what they’ve said they’ve wanted,” Montoya said.
    The federally funded program subsidizes the cost of lunch to students who qualify.