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  • State hosts AMC’s ‘Better Call Saul’ for another season

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico is hosting another season of AMC’s “Better Call Saul.”

    Production work on the television series is underway in Albuquerque.

    The network had initially announced last year that the “Breaking Bad” spinoff would return in 2018 for a 10-episode fourth season.

    Starring Bob Odenkirk, the series follows Jimmy McGill, who eventually becomes Walter White’s lawyer Saul Goodman on “Breaking Bad.”

    Officials with the state film office say about 150 crew members and several dozen principal actors from New Mexico are a part of the production.

    “Better Call Saul” season three was among the more than 60 film and television productions shot in New Mexico during the past fiscal year. Others included “The Night Shift,” ‘’Longmire,” and Netflix’s “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”

  • State of County speech previews future

    Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess’ State of the County speech Thursday morning gave listeners a view of how the county was preparing for the future.

    All the efforts the county put toward tourism, housing, code enforcement and amenities this year is laying the groundwork for better things to come for residents, businesspeople and residents, Burgess said.

    Burgess spoke Thursday to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.  Many members of County Council, Chamber of Commerce and the public attended.

    Burgess talked first about tourism, and how the county had capitalized on the National Park Service’s recent addition of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The Los Alamos section is one of the park’s three sections, the other parts being in Hanford Washington and Oak Ridge Tennessee. The Los Alamos section in downtown Los Alamos.

    He said that the 20-member Tourism Work Group formed last year will soon release a plan on how Los Alamos County will better be able to capitalize on the thousands of visitors and tourists that come to Los Alamos every year, whether that be for lab business or to visit Bandelier, the Valles Caldera or the  Manhattan Project Historical Park.

  • State representatives help get veterans' Fisher House project moving

    Veterans and their families may soon get a place to stay in Albuquerque while they wait for their loved ones to get care at the VA Medical Center.

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials joined with officials from the state Historic Preservation Office, the Fisher House Foundation and state legislators Wednesday to agree on final plans to build a Fisher House on the campus of the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque.

    The agreement provides the framework for construction to proceed on a proposed facility that will house the families of military personnel and veterans while their loved ones are receiving medical care.

    The agencies and the foundation reached the agreement at the urging of the Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) and New Mexico House Republican Caucus. Pearce and state representatives reached out to state and federal officials to resolve obstacles blocking construction.

  • Sandra Jeff to run as Libertarian for sec. of state

    Former New Mexico State Rep. Sandra Jeff announced late Thursday her intention to run for secretary of state on the Libertarian Party ticket.

    “It is time for candidates that are about making life better for New Mexicans, not about following party dogma,” Jeff said in a release.

    Sandra went on to discuss that she “is switching parties and looking to run for secretary of state to fight the corruption in Santa Fe so that New Mexico has a new horizon to look to.”

    In 2016, Jeff ran as Democrat in the state senate race for District 22. She was defeated in the June 7 primary.

    Prior to that, Jeff served in the New Mexico House of Representatives, District 5, (representing McKinley and San Juan counties) from 2009 to 2014.

    In 2014, during her bid for re-election, Jeff was taken off the primary ballot because she did not have enough valid signatures, according to a state district court judge. The New Mexico Supreme Court upheld the state court ruling.

    She then ran in the general election as a write in candidate, but was defeated by Doreen Johnson.

    She is the second Libertarian candidate to declare a spot on the Libertarian ticket.

  • Council paves way for apartment complex

    Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved the donation of county-owned land on DP Road Tuesday to Bethel Development Corporation, to pave the way for the development of an affordable housing apartment complex.

    The land is parcel A-9, located at 120 DP Road, between the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse and a county firefighting training facility.

    “We go to a lot of communities. This one has been so supportive in our efforts to redouble affordable housing in the community, that it’s refreshing to have that kind of support,” said Bethel President Daniel Terlecki, in his reaction to the vote.

    Bethel wants to build a four building, 72-unit complex on the site.

    The project would border a section of Canyon Rim Trail, which concerns Councilor Antonio Maggiore.

    “When you talk about desert landscaping, does that mean a lot of gravel,” Maggiore asked.

    Terlecki also said there will be greenery on the property.

    “We lean toward a lot of trees for that shading factor,” Terlecki said.

    Maggiore was concerned that the property would not have a buffer between the trail and the apartment complex.

    Terlecki then said they were planning on putting a buffer of year-round pine trees in that section.

  • Legislators update county on session

    Los Alamos County’s three state legislators talked about what they’re going to be working on in next week’s 30-day legislative session to a packed house at the Fuller Thursday night.

    The event was cohosted by the League of Women Voters Los Alamos and the American Association of University Women, a non-partisan organizations that promote awareness of political candidates and issues through a public forum.

    State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-43, talked to the audience about education, and gave them some good news.

    “We (Garcia Richard, and Sens. Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez) stood before you a year ago $350 million in the hole, and it is so great to stand before you know in the black,” Garcia Richard said.

    This January, the New Mexico State Legislature announced it was going into this session with a $200 million surplus.

    Some of that funding, she said, may be used to give teachers a raise (1.5 percent proposed by legislature, 2 percent by governor and a 1 percent raise for all state workers).

    She also said the Legislature would try to restore money for transportation, instructional materials and other “middle-of-the-line” items, money that was cutback when the state budget was running a $350 million deficit.

  • States rethink sexual misconduct policies after complaints

    By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After a tumultuous few months that saw numerous lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct, a majority of state legislatures across the country are considering strengthening sexual harassment policies that have gone unheeded or unchanged for years.

    A 50-state review by The Associated Press found that almost all legislative chambers now have at least some type of written sexual harassment policy, though they vary widely, and many are placing a greater emphasis on preventing and punishing sexual misconduct as they convene for their 2018 sessions.

    This week alone, lawmakers in Arizona, Idaho and Rhode Island underwent detailed training about sexual harassment, some for the first time.

    Yet about a third of all legislative chambers do not require lawmakers to receive training about what constitutes sexual harassment, how to report it and what consequences it carries, the AP's review found.

  • N.M. cities building onramps to information superhighway

    ust as public utilities and the interstate highway system made New Mexico more accessible and habitable over the past century, the internet – today’s information superhighway – is what links the state’s entrepreneurs with potential customers and partners around the world. 

    In a state with far-flung rural villages and growing urban hubs, such infrastructure enhancements as fast and reliable internet service determine whether residents are isolated or engaged and whether enough taxable revenue can be generated through economic development to improve public safety and community amenities. 

    With that in mind, New Mexico municipalities are getting creative in their pursuit of broadband service, and many are finding that collaboration is essential to procuring this indispensable collective asset.

    Pick a partner

    Larger urban communities with hundreds of thousands of potential customers have little trouble attracting broadband service providers. It’s a different story in communities where one company has a monopoly on phone lines through which broadband fibers run.

  • Community Calendar

    Choices for Sustainable Living at 6 p.m. at the Nature Center.
    Join a discussion course that will help you explore sustainability more deeply and learn its unique meaning from individual, societal, and global perspectives. Free, but purchase of the coursebook is REQUIRED. We need six people to run this course. 

     

    The United Thrift Shop will have a $6 bag sale, excluding jewelry from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at its shop at 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos. 

     

    League of Women Voters and AAUW will host a 2018 New Mexico Legislative Preview presentation started at 6:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The presentation starts at 7 p.m. Los Alamos legislators, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, and Sens. Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez, will share their views on the upcoming New Mexico Legislative Session. Artie Pepin, Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, will discuss the new (2017) pretrial release and detention rules issued by the New Mexico Supreme Court, as well as the need for increased funding for the judiciary. Come at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and socializing.

    THURSDAY

  • Registration begins for UNM-LA

    With a high number of faculty who have Ph.Ds in their teaching fields, UNM-LA provides an exceptional quality of instruction. 

    Small class sizes allow for personal attention that is critical for student learning and success. The student support in advising and career exploration is vibrant and personal. According to Kathryn Vigil, Student Enrollment Director at UNM Los Alamos, “There is no better value in New Mexico, and families can feel comfortable knowing that they’ve made a good investment. Compared to the two larger Universities in New Mexico, the savings at UNM-LA can be viewed as a 45 percent discount. Money can also be saved in rent, food and transportation for students who choose to live at home for a year or two.”

    In addition to traditional face to face classes, UNM-LA offers online and hybrid classes (a combination of face-to- face and online) to help meet the various scheduling preferences and learning styles of students. There are also a variety of short courses, including classes that will start later in the semester.