Local News

  • Nuclear deal could still be circumvented

    VIENNA (AP) — In selling the Iran nuclear deal to Congress and other skeptics, President Barack Obama said it is built on “unprecedented verification,” telling his radio audience over the weekend: “If Iran cheats, the world will know it.”
    Only time will tell if Obama is right. While Iran could try to push back or cover up, it certainly has little incentive for deceit.
    Its negotiators returned home to jubilant crowds hailing the prospect of an end to the crippling economic sanctions that forced Iran to the negotiating table in the first place. On Tuesday, even the chief of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard joined in praising their efforts.
    Tehran thus is unlikely to risk the prospect of having the sanctions re-imposed — the penalty for cheating. More likely, Iran will push for every loophole any agreement provides but honor it, and wait out the strict restrictions any deal will impose.
    Still, hoping that Iran will toe the line isn’t enough. Distrust about its intentions will persist long after the fleeting good vibes generated around the negotiating table by last week’s preliminary deal. It was designed to at least temporarily cap such potential Iranian bomb-making nuclear activities.

  • Local Briefs 4-7-15

    Local presenters will be at meeting

    Pete Maggiore of the Los Alamos Field Office and Carole Rutten of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Programs Office will give presentations at the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities during its meeting Friday.
    The Regional Coalition meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Española City Chambers, located at 405 N. Paseo de Oñate Road.
    Maggiore is currently the assistant manager of the Environmental Projects Office at LAFO and Rutten is the deputy director at Community Programs. Those presentations are scheduled for approximately 30 minutes.
    The coalition is comprised of nine cities counties and pueblos around northern New Mexico to ensure the needs of those communities are being met with regard to LANL on local and national levels.

    Prescribed burn scheduled for Santa Fe watershed

  • The Hunt Is On

    Young Easter egg hunters start their quest at the Elks’ annual Easter egg hunt at Ashley Pond Saturday.

  • Santa Fe forest is now 100

    Santa Fe National Forest is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and is seeking the public’s help for its celebration.
    SFNF was established April 6, 1915, the day the Jemez Forest Reserve west of Santa Fe and the Pecos Forest Reserve east of Santa Fe were merged.
    Officials are asking the public to share its ideas of how residents are planning on celebrating the 100th anniversary and are interested in hearing stories about the SFNF. Those that would like to contribute may do so by sending email to sfnfpao@fs.fed.us. or filling in the feedback form on the SFNF website, fs.usda.gov/santafe.

  • Budget includes property tax hike

    Although the proposed FY2016 budget for Los Alamos County is one percent higher than in FY2015, county departments plan to continue their efforts to control expenditures in the face of decreased revenues.
    Total revenues in FY2016 are projected to be $187.3 million compared to $191.6 million in the FY2015 adopted budget.
    The good news is that general fund revenues are expected to increase by $0.8 million — 1 percent higher than in FY2015 — for a total of $57.6 million.
    Part of that increase is due to a proposal to raise property tax. During budget discussions earlier this year, council tentatively approved reinstating $1.5 million in property taxes, which had been reduced at the height of gross receipts taxes (GRTs) collections 5 years ago. The proposal is to increase property taxes by 2.25 mills.
    Additional revenues from the property tax will be offset by a projected $0.8 million decrease in GRT due to reduced spending by Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    Over the past five fiscal years, GRT collections have fallen by 29 percent, with the greatest impact on the General Fund.

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  • Records: SFPD ignoring city’s pot ordinance

    SANTA FE (AP) — Police in New Mexico’s capital appear to be largely ignoring a new city ordinance that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, according to records.
    Dozens of police reports show that Santa Fe officers since November have been filing cases only under state statute in Magistrate Court. Those cases involve possession of an ounce or less of marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia.
    Since Nov. 5, when the last verifiable citation was issued under the city ordinance, there have been more than 70 charges under the state statute.
    After the Santa Fe council voted last summer to adopt the new ordinance, officers were given discretion to issue citations under either municipal or state law.
    “I understand that it’s an option,” City Councilor Joseph Maestas told the Albuquerque Journal. “But it’s troubling to me that policy hasn’t been fully accepted to the degree of full implementation.”
    Those charged under state law face a criminal petty misdemeanor — punishable by up to 15 days in jail and fines up to $100 — that remains on a person’s record.
    Under the city’s ordinance, offenders are charged with a civil violation subject to a maximum $25 fine.