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  • NM PBS to stream start of 2016 legislative session

    Join NM PBS for the televised broadcast, *and* live streaming.
    At noon Mountain time, join NM PBS online at NMPBS.org NewMexicoInFocus.org for online streaming of the start of the 2016 legislative session, followed by the governor's address. www.newmexicopbs.org  

    Ch. 5.1 will begin a televised broadcast of the speech when the governor starts her address, which may be anywhere between 12:30 p.m.– 2 p.m. (the start time is approximate).
    The NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS team will live tweet the State of the State address @NMinFocus
    Following the speech, NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS host Gene Grant will lead analysis of the Governor Martinez's address with a panel of former Republican and Democratic state lawmakers. Tune in on Channel 5.1, online, or on KUNM (89.9 in Albuquerque and Santa Fe or online at KUNM.org.

  • New Mexico lawmakers convene to forge budget

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico's Legislature convenes at noon on Tuesday to forge a budget aimed at keeping pace with soaring health care costs for low-income residents, stimulating a sluggish state economy and possibly increasing pay to teachers and police.

    The 30-day budgetary session leaves little time to spare, and legislators already are clamoring to push through major policy initiatives designed to address concerns about violent crime and public corruption.

    At the same time, Republican Gov. Susan Martinez and lawmakers are under pressure from the federal government to resolve a stalemate over immigrant driver's licenses and the state's failure to comply with the REAL ID Act.

    Political stakes are high with every legislative seat coming up for election in November. Republicans hope to extend their control of the lower House to the Senate, where Democrats hold 24 out of 42 seats.

    Legislative leaders are largely in agreement with the governor on priorities for a nearly $6.5 billion budget proposal that increases spending 3.7 percent. A third of new spending would go toward new state Medicaid expenses.

  • Today in history Jan. 19
  • News briefs 1-17-16

    Plague found in pets in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE (AP) — Police are warning that plague has been confirmed in some pets in Santa Fe.
    The Santa Fe Police Department issued a warning, saying there may have been exposure at the Frank Ortiz Dog Park and La Tierra Trails.
    Police say plague can be fatal to both pets and humans if not properly diagnosed and treated. It can be spread through fleas and contact with infected animals such as rodents, rabbits and cats.

    Nambe Pueblo to open slots-only casino Sunday

    SANTA FE (AP) — Nambe Pueblo will open its first casino Sunday.
    The small, slots-only casino about 16 miles north of Santa Fe will be open to the public from 6 p.m. to midnight Sunday, ending years of negotiations and planning. Nambe Pueblo has been talking about getting into the casino business for 20 years. Initial plans were for a 50,000-square-foot building with 500 slot machines and a theme park.
    The Nambe Falls Casino is a fraction of that size at only 7,310 square feet and features 180 slot machines.
    The Nambe casino is just south of Pojoaque Pueblo’s Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, which has 1,200 slot machines and 18 tables for games such as blackjack and roulette.

    Warehouse worker takes third of $1.6 billion Powerball pot

  • Police Beat 1-17-16
  • Feds start work on Manhattan Project Nat’l Park


    Now that the National Park Service and the Department of Energy have reached a memorandum of agreement about what their respective responsibilities are for the management of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP), attention has turned to the logistics of getting the park up and running. 

    At last Tuesday’s meeting of Los Alamos’ MPNHP committee, Project Manager/Assistant to the County Manager Linda Matteson updated members on the efforts of various local and national working groups.

    The National Park Service Foundation Working Group is the major player in the park’s creation. That group will delineate such things as the park’s purpose, its significance, its fundamental resources and values and the interpretive themes. 

    To help determine what those are, the FWG will be visiting all three sites (Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Hanford, Washington) in February. The group will be in Los Alamos Feb. 8-9, and hold a public meeting at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 in Los Alamos County Council chambers. 

    To develop the planning document, the FWG will also meet with relevant experts on such things as history, natural resources, facilities, operations and maintenance, interpretation and education. 

  • Phone-a-thon

    Chamisa Elementary School Principal Debbie Smith does her part Thursday night at a phone drive in getting out the vote for the HB33 Mill Levy election. By now, all Los Alamos residents have received a ballot in the mail voting “for” or “against” continuing the mill levy that has been in place for six and a half years. The funds raised by the annual levy pays for capital improvements for public schools, such as student technology and maintenance projects. The amount raised is $2,216,646 a year. The ballots must be delivered to the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office at 1000 Central Drive no later later than 7 p.m.

  • Bandelier entry is free on Monday

    Bandelier National Monument and other national parks in the country will offer its first fee free day on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

    The free fee day also includes entrance fees to the Valles Caldera National Preserve. At Bandelier, there will also be discounts at the bookstore and gift shop.

    In addition, entry will also be free at Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management sites where entrance fees are charged. This is the first fee free day for 2016, but there are many more through the year. For the National Park Service (NPS), the 2016 dates include April 16-24 for National Parks Week, Aug. 25-28 for the NPS’ 100th Anniversary, Sept. 24 for Public Lands Day and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.  Fee Free days vary among the other agencies. 

  • Chapter commander to speak at MOWW meeting

    This month’s meeting of the Military Order of World Wars is Jan. 19. The guest speaker is Dr. Gregg Giesler. 

    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Giesler’s presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.

    In 2012, Giesler and his wife visited Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, including a cruise on the Mekong River. Some of the highlights of this trip included visiting the “Hanoi Hilton,” the Killing Fields and the Cu Chi Tunnels. He will talk about some of these interesting locations of the Vietnam War period. Come and learn about these important sites.  

  • Education: 'Super School' team makes progress

    The “XQ Super School” movement is alive and well at Los Alamos High School, as evidenced by a recent update from the team in charge of the project.
    XQ Super School is a movement started by Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of the late computer inventor/entrepreneur Steve Jobs. The movement, in part funded by a $50 million grant from Laurene Jobs, seeks to reinvent the high school model, a model she said hasn’t changed in 100 years.
    According to the Xqsuperschool.org website, Laurene Jobs issued a national request for entries in the form of a contest in September. The top five winning school districts will be awarded a share of the $50 million grant to carry out their idea.
    The Los Alamos team, led by school board member Bill Hargraves, first approached the school board with the idea in November. With the board’s approval, Hargraves has held public meetings with high school students and the community since then, working to come up with a proposal to send in for the “discover and design” phase of the project. That proposal will be the group’s vision and structure of what their redesigned “super school” will look like. It’s due Feb. 11.