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  • Forest thinning underway to protect watersheds

    The devastation brought on by the Cerro Grande and Las Conchas wildfires is something no one wants to see repeated. Not only were thousands of acres of forests devastated, watersheds were choked with ash and debris for months afterwards, effecting municipal water supplies as far away as Albuquerque.
    The Nature Conservancy-led Rio Grande Water Fund is an ambitious 20-year program aimed at protecting forests from those high-intensity fires and, by extension, the state’s watersheds. Their efforts are directed at the entire northern Rio Grande watershed.
    The program is modeled after the Jemez Mountains/Valles Caldera National Preserve Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program, which was established by Congress in 2010.
    Bob Parmenter, the preserve’s division chief for science and resource stewardship, has been involved with that project from the start and now sits on the RGWF board.
    The foundation of both efforts is restoring healthy forests.

  • P and Z OKs Baseball Academy plan

    This time of year, the county’s baseball and softball fields are either covered with snow or soggy with snowmelt. That can make it difficult for Los Alamos teams to compete with teams in some parts of the state that are already in training. Real estate broker, county councilor and Little League President James Chrobocinski has plans to change that.
    On Wednesday, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special use permit and a site plan for Chrobocinski’s new Los Alamos Baseball Academy, LLC. The 21,200-square-foot facility will offer everything from baseball training equipment to an indoor infield and coaching to help young players to hone their skills.
    Chrobocinski is modeling the facility after the Albuquerque Baseball Academy.
    “I was at the Albuquerque Baseball Academy with my son, and they said, you ought to open up an academy up there, and we can help you,” Chrobocinski said. “I started thinking about it and talking about it and working through it, and it just made a lot of sense, since we have such a large baseball group here, and we’re always pretty competitive. So we started putting this together.”

  • On the Docket 1-29-17

    Jan. 9
     Gabriel Vigil  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six-10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until March 9. Defendant also sentenced to community service.
    Mabel Vigil pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 11-15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until March 9.
    Desmond Stack was found guilty in 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.
    Marie Kailahi was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of not having working tail lamps. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs.
    James Gallegos  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six-10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until March 9.
    Kilee J. Landon was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit and driving with a suspended or revoked license. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $130 in court costs.

  • Poll: New Mexico voters oppose cuts to education funding

    The New Mexican

  • Legislative Roundup 1-28-17

    The New Mexican

  • 2017 State Legislature: Senate panel kills bill to end concealed guns rule

    The New Mexican

  • Health officials promote flu shot ahead of peak flu season

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Health officials are urging New Mexico residents to get the flu shot as flu cases are on the rise.

    Based on the rising number of clinic visits and hospital admissions for flu-like symptoms, health officials believe flu season will peak in New Mexico in the coming weeks, The Albuquerque Journal reported.

    The state tracks the number of patients hospitalized for the flu in seven New Mexico counties. Between Jan. 8 and Jan. 14, about 40 people were hospitalized for flu, about twice the number reported in the previous week. No flu deaths have been reported this season in New Mexico.

    During the 2015-2016 flu season, flu killed 30 adults and one child in New Mexico.

    On average each year, flu kills 36,000 and hospitalizes 200,000 in the U.S.

    University of New Mexico pediatrician Dr. Randall Knott said flu season runs October through May but typically peaks in February, making this year's spike in cases right on schedule.

    "I think that we will be submerged in flu in the next two or three weeks," Knott, a member of the New Mexico Immunization Coalition said.

  • Today in history Jan. 27
  • Nation's only Latina gov not criticizing Trump's border wall

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The nation's only Latina governor is avoiding criticizing President Donald Trump on his executive action pushing a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    A spokesman for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Friday the Republican governor "supports strengthening our border and giving the federal government a variety of tools" to protect residents.

    Martinez spokesman Michael Lonergan says the governor endorses putting more agents along the border as called for by the executive action. But the governor's office refused to comment on Trump's push for the border wall.

    Martinez told the Associated Press last year that building fences could impact the U.S. economy and relationship with trading partners in Mexico and farther south.

    The Republican governor criticized Trump during the campaign for his comments on Mexican immigrants and women.

  • 2017 State Legislature: Report: New Mexicans want ethics reforms to prevent corruption

    By Justin Horwath

    The New Mexican

    The vast majority of New Mexicans reject the notion that political corruption in state government cannot be reversed through legislative action, according to the results of a new University of New Mexico poll.

    But many of the people surveyed said they don't feel they have the power to influence government decision-making, according to the report, released this week as lawmakers are considering proposals to create a statewide ethics commission.

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Center for Health Policy at UNM published the report, which says 72 percent of the 1,505 adult state residents surveyed believe "the state's political leaders should implement reforms such as an independent ethics commission." Roughly half of the people responded to survey questions by telephone, and the other half responded online in September.

    According to the report, 1 in 5 of those surveyed said they never trust state government to do what is right, while only 3 percent said state government can always be trusted to do what is right. Nearly 40 percent said they believe they have no sway over state government policies, and 38 percent said they have little influence.