Local News

  • Martinez won't run for State House minority leader

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico House Speaker Ken Martinez says he won’t seek any leadership position when House Democrats reorganize in the wake of losing their majority in the chamber.
    Martinez told legislative colleagues in a letter Monday that it’s a time to rebuild and to learn from the campaign, which saw Republicans win a House majority for the first time in more than half a century.
    The 55-year-old Grants lawmaker also said House Democrats have a “deep and talented bench” and that it’s time for him to pass the baton.
    Republicans gained four seats in the 70-member House in last week’s general election to gain a 37-33 majority.
    House Republicans on Saturday nominated Rep. Don Tripp of Socorro to become speaker when the legislature convenes in January and all House members vote on the top leadership. Tripp will win the job if Republicans stick together.
    Democratic Reps. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe and Eliseo Alcon of Milan said Tuesday that they’ll run to be minority leader when Democrats hold their caucus.

  • Update 11-12-14

    Packing party

    White Rock Presbyterian Church will host a Shoebox Packing Party for needy families. 7 p.m. Friday at 310 Rover Blvd. in White Rock. Event will include food and door prizes. Donations are also welcome. For more information and to make donations call 672-3682.


    Atomic Film Festival. “When the Wind Blows.” An animated story based on the book by Raymond Briggs about a couple facing nuclear devastation aided only with instructions from the government’s “Protect and Survive” leaflet. 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Free.

    GOP meeting

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have the monthly meeting 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Drive. All registered Republican women are invited to join. In honor of Veteran’s Day, Bill Hudson will be the guest speaker. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe.


  • Saluting our veterans
  • Festival of Chocolate kicks off benefit

    Chocolate lovers may not be able to resist the kickoff for the Los Alamos Senior Center’s (LASC) annual winter fundraiser.
    The ninth annual Festival of Chocolate, from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC), 1101 Bathtub Row, is the opening event for the Festival of Trees. Tickets are $20.
    Champions of Youth Ambitions, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing hands on science education to schools in Los Alamos and northern New Mexico, is partnering with the senior center for this year’s event.
    Chefs from BESC, Blue Window Bistro, the Los Alamos Co-op Market, Rose Chocolatier, Ruby Selvage of Ruby's Rock, Aspen Ridge Lodge and Sombrillo will all be donating chocolate creations to the event.
    LASC Executive Director Pauline Schneider was able to provide a few details about the chef’s contributions.
    BESC’s Mike Mason will provide a chocolate cake with mixed berries, as well as a liquid libation.
    “Mike always makes every year the best hot chocolate you’ll ever have,” Schneider said.
    Also from BESC, Fred Ortiz will be making chocolate hazelnut pizzelles (the snowflake-shaped Italian cookies), as well as white chocolate fudge.
    Samaria Carlson, Sombrillo’s chef, is making Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes.

  • NTSB unveils more details on December plane crash

    It was almost a year ago when Michael Fjetland, 51, landed his Aviat Husky A-1C-200 airplane at Los Alamos County Airport in early December of last year to wait out a snowstorm. Along for the ride was Kevin Burr, 53, his childhood friend. The two successful businessmen were trying to get to Denver, Colo. to nail down a business deal when a massive snowstorm thwarted their plans. After Colorado their plan was to fly on to Chandler, Arizona to park the plane at Fjetland’s second home, an airpark in Chandler Arizona.
    After a shopping trip to Santa Fe, the two decided to fly out of Los Alamos on the morning of Dec. 8. They never made it.
    Shortly after takeoff, around 8 a.m., their plane, loaded with 32 gallons of fuel, crashed in Omega Canyon, one mile south of the Los Alamos County Airport. Both men were instantly killed.

  • Today in history Nov. 12
  • Briefs 11-11-14

    First half of property
    tax bills due

    Los Alamos County property tax bills for 2014 were mailed to property owners last week. The first half installment becomes delinquent after Wednesday, Dec. 10.
    Payment must either be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m. on Dec. 10 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges. The 311 Customer Care Center is located in the Municipal Building lobby at 1000 Central Avenue.
    They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544. Payments are also accepted through a property tax lockbox at Los Alamos National Bank.

    Central Ave. project
    almost completed

  • Nearly $13M spent in political ads

    SANTA FE (AP) — Nearly $13 million was spent on television advertising in New Mexico races for governor, U.S. Senate and other state offices, a government watchdog group said.
    The governor’s race accounted for the largest share of the ads, about $6.2 million, according to the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity based in Washington, D.C.
    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez spent about $4.6 million to air almost 10,000 ads in her winning re-election campaign through the day before the general election.
    Democratic challenger Gary King broadcast almost 1,200 ads in his primary and general election campaigns, costing about $609,000.
    “Martinez’s TV ads against Gary King prevented him from ever gaining momentum in this campaign,” said Brian Sanderoff, an Albuquerque pollster.
    Martinez won a second term with about 57percent of the vote to 43 percent for King, according to unofficial returns.
    “The candidate who spends more money on TV has a tremendous advantage although it’s no guarantee of victory,” Sanderoff said.
    The Republican Governors Association dumped about $433,000 into hard-hitting ads against King that started within days of the Democrat securing his party’s nomination in a five-way primary race.

  • Correction 11-11-14

    The story in the Nov. 6 Los Alamos Monitor incorrectly stated that Self Help, Inc. received seed money for self-reliance grants. Self Help, Inc. provides the seed money for the grants.

  • GOP nominates Tripp

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Don Tripp of Socorro was nominated Saturday to become the top House leader by Republicans who will control the chamber next year for the first time in more than a half century.
    GOP members also selected Rep. Nate Gentry of Albuquerque to serve as majority leader and Rep. Alonzo Baldonado of Los Lunas as majority whip.
    Rep. Kelly Fajardo will be chairwoman of the GOP caucus.
    Gentry said Tripp was nominated unanimously.
    Tripp has served in the House since 1999.
    The speakership won’t become final until January, when the Legislature convenes and all 70 members — 37 Republicans and 33 Democrats — vote on the top leadership position. Tripp will win the job if Republicans stick together The GOP gained enough seats in Tuesday’s election to take control of the House for the first time in 60 years.