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  • 2017 State Legislature: House committee advances bill allowing doctor’s aid in dying

    A parent tries to starve herself to death. A cancer patient wonders how long she will have to suffer before the disease destroys her. And across the state, New Mexicans hear the pleas of ailing loved ones to let them die.
    Hours of personal stories Friday about sickness, pain, dignity and death moved lawmakers to tears. Then a committee of the House of Representatives voted along party lines to advance a bill that would allow medical professionals to assist terminally ill patients in ending their own lives.
    The 4-3 vote came only months after the New Mexico Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in the case of a cancer patient who wanted the option to end her own life with the help of a doctor. The state’s highest court decided New Mexico law does not expressly provide patients the right to medical assistance in dying, and suggested the Legislature should clarify the issue.
    House Bill 171, endorsed Friday by the House Health and Human Services Committee, would change a 1963 law that made it a fourth-degree felony for anyone to assist in a person’s suicide. The law would allow medical professionals to aid in an adult’s death by prescribing lethal drugs, provided that the patient meets certain criteria.

  • Today in history Feb. 6
  • Bond election website updated with latest renderings and costs

    Los Alamos County voters will have a chance to vote on a $20 million recreation bond package with a mail-in ballot in May.

    The bond package includes funding to build a multi-generational pool, splash pad and a recreation center with a multipurpose activity center that houses two gymnasium spaces, a running track and indoor ice arena.

    The bond package would also provide for golf course and softball field improvements.

    The Los Alamos County Council will vote on the election resolution at the Feb. 14 regularly scheduled Council meeting.

    The Dekker Perich Sabatini (DPS) team is updating the Los Alamos Bond Projects website with the latest renderings and information.  The updates will be live by the Feb. 14 council meeting.

    If residents have questions, or need more information, they can email info@losalamosbondprojects2017.com.

  • Council nixes plan to get real estate agent

    The Los Alamos County Council voted 6–0 to reverse a decision made by last year’s council in December to market parcels A-8 and A-12/A-13 through a real estate agent. Councilor James Chrobocinski recused himself from the proceedings.
    Councilor Rick Reiss introduced motions to suspend council rules and reconsider the matter, after which County Manager Harry Burgess presented several arguments for marketing those properties directly.
    Burgess’s two key points were that the county has a new economic development administrator who is versed in property development issues and that the market has changed significantly.
    According to Burgess, the county has received numerous expressions of interest from developers on the parcels in question, and also inquiries about A-9, a property across from A-8 on DP Road.
    He attributed the surge of interest to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s intention to fill approximately 2,000 positions in the next five years and an extremely tight housing market.
    “We are looking at an opportunity unprecedented in the county’s history, primarily for the ability to grow somewhere towards the goal set by prior councils of 20,000 people by 2020, if we can just get moving on these properties,” Burgess said.
    Staff has calculated a maximum need for 2,800 new homes.

  • Rep. Grijalva stirs interest in federal land issues

    Residents upset and concerned by what they perceive as threats to America’s national monuments and protected ancient sites due to a change in presidential administrations got some comfort and support from Democrat Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-3) of Arizona last week.
    Grijalva visited Fuller Lodge Jan. 27 to reignite interest and awareness of the federal Antiquities Act. He said he also came to let people know how letting their Congressional representatives know how they feel about their national historic sites and antiquities will keep them protected.
    He encouraged audience members to write to Congress members outside their districts.
    “It doesn’t matter what zip code you’re in, it doesn’t matter what color you are, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been here 10 generations or one generation, you own a little piece of all those public places,” Grijalva said.
    Many came to hear Grijalva because they think President Donald Trump may try to undo much of the protection status former President Barack Obama granted through presidential proclamation and the Antiquities Act to several national sites before he left office.  

  • NRA visits LA to speak out against gun bills

    A lobbyist from the National Rifle Association spoke to members of Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club Thursday night to galvanize support against two gun background check bills in play the state Legislature.
    NRA State Liaison Tara Mica urged members of the club to attend a Saturday hearing to speak out against HB 50 and SB 48.
    The bills will be heard beginning at 10 a.m. in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee on the House Floor.
    “It’s really close. It’s on a weekend, If you can make it, we really need good strong attendance there,” Mica said. “Most of the advocates for this bill live right there in Santa Fe. It’s not a long trip for them.”
    HB 50 is sponsored by State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-43) and State Rep. Miguel Garcia (D-14), and SB 48 is sponsored by Sen. Richard Martinez (D-5) and State Sen. Pete Wirth (D-5).
    Mica described the bills as ones similar to written by “Everytown For Gun Safety,” a nonprofit organization formed in 2014 to reform gun laws in the U.S. She said the bills in the New Mexico Legislature are similar to the ones Everytown has written and passed in other states, including Nevada.

  • On the Docket 2-5-17

    Jan. 25
    Anthony Martinez paid a $50 fine for failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked.
    Jan. 26
    Darren Sandoval pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 26 to 30 miles an hour over the speed limit and failing to appear in court. Defendant fined $200 and must also pay a $130 in court costs.

    Antonio Gonzalez pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to display a current, valid registration plate and failing to appear in court. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $130 in court costs.

    Mitchell John Carson was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court to speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit and failing to appear. Sentenced deferred until March 26. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $130 in court costs.

    Joann Temple pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to appear in court (non-traffic) and two counts of failing to remove animal excrement. Defendant must pay $120 in court costs.

    Sara Gallegos-Garcia pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to shoplifting. Defendant must pay $100 and must also pay $60 in court costs.

  • Police Beat 2-5-17

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, server a court summons, or issued a citation.
    Jan. 25
    3:17 p.m. — Paul Vincent, 44, was arrested for driving while under the influence at the intersection of Deer Trail and North Mesa Road.
    Jan. 26
    6:18 a.m. — Police reported that a 61-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of identity theft at Central Park Square.

    10:59 a.m. — Russell Trujillo, 42, of Española, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at the intersection of 20th Street and Central Avenue.

    11:05 a.m. — Tillie Trujillo, 38, of Española, was arrested for unlawful use of a licence at 20th Street.

    12:01 p.m. — Louisa Archuleta-Trujillo, 35, of Medanales, was arrested through a magistrate court warrant at the Los Alamos police station. The original charge was possession of a controlled substance at Trinity Drive on Dec. 24, 2015.

  • Keeping nuclear materials secure in an uncertain world

    BY NANCY JO NICHOLAS
    Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Water main break at golf course

    Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities are reporting a water line break at the Los Alamos Golf Course.  

    As of 3:30 p.m. Friday, county crews were deployed and taking immediate action, according to county officials.  The DPU warned the public that North and Barranca Mesas may lose water or experience a decrease in water pressure while repairs were underway.  

    Crews estimated that repairs would be completed by 8 p.m. and water to North and Barranca Mesas would return to normal.