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  • Police Beat 1-21-15

    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. 8

    7:34 a.m. — Police reported a 45-year-old Santa Fe woman was involved in an accident with injuries at the intersection of East Jemez Road and West Jemez Road.

    8:43 a.m. — Police reported that a 62-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of identity theft at Pecos Drive.

    11:10 p.m. — Derrick Koehler, 28, of Los Alamos was arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .16 or more in the 3000 block of Arkansas Avenue.

    Jan. 9

    1:25 p.m. — Markisha Atencio, 20, of Española was arrested through a Los Alamos Municipal Warrant in the 600 block of Trinity Drive. The original charge was petty larceny (less than $100), committed on Trinity Drive Aug. 11, 2014.

    Jan. 10

  • Update 1-21-15

    Backcountry

    The Backcountry Film Festival will start at 7 p.m. Thursday. The film festival features 9 unique films aimed to inspire winter adventurers. It will be at the Reel Deal Theater. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org,

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will meet Jan. 27 in council chambers. The meeting will start at 7 p.m.

    Authors Speak

    Sharon Oard Warner, the author of “Sophie’s House of Cards,” will talk about her latest novel, and also about writing and working as a writer today during the Authors Speak Series presentation at Mesa Public Library. Warner’s presentation will be at 7 p.m. Thursday.

    School board

    The Los Alamos School Board will hold a work session Thursday at Mountain Elementary School. Session time is 5:30 p.m.

    BPU meeting

    A regular session of the Board of Public Utilities is schedueld for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

  • Obama: tax wealthy to help middle class

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP’s own plans.
    In a shift from tradition, Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress was less a laundry list of new proposals and more an attempt to sell a story of a national economy emerging from the “shadow of crisis.” He appealed for “better politics” in Washington and pledged to work with Republicans, but he showed few signs of curtailing or tweaking his own plans to meet the GOP’s platform.
    Instead, the president vowed to use his veto pen to strike down the Republican leadership’s efforts to dismantle his signature accomplishments, including his health care and financial reform laws.
    “We can’t put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street or refighting past battles on immigration when we’ve got a system to fix,” Obama said in his hour-long address. “And if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, I will veto it.”

  • Gov. asks for bipartisanship

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez urged state lawmakers Tuesday to put aside their politics and come together to focus on improving the lives of New Mexico’s children through a slew of education and economic development reforms.
    Martinez outlined her legislative priorities in her State of the State address after lawmakers convened for what many have described as a historic 60-day session.
    The political landscape has shifted somewhat now that Republicans have the majority in the House of Representatives, something the state hasn’t seen in 60 years. Whether that will help the governor as she pushes her initiatives remains to be seen since Democrats continue to control the Senate, where many of the proposals she floated during her first term faced steep opposition.
    Martinez noted the change of power in the House and told a packed chamber that New Mexico voters were tired of the status quo.
    “Voters didn’t choose one party over another in November. I firmly believe they chose progress over politics,” she said. “They chose to move forward, to keep reforming, and that’s my commitment - to work together with Republicans and Democrats to make New Mexico an even better place to live — for them, and for their children and grandchildren.”

  • County budget could face more cutbacks

    Deputy County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne presented the Los Alamos County Council with grim news Tuesday night.
    Gross receipts tax revenue is projected to be $3.6 million lower than expected in FY 2015 and $2.1 million lower in FY 2016.
    The change is largely due to lower than anticipated spending and tax rates for Los Alamos National Laboratory. According to Lynne, LANL spending bottomed out at a figure lower than anticipated and the spending recovery after the government shutdown has been slower than projected.
    The lab has also refined its tax management policies so it is paying less tax.
    Lynne asked council to provide guidance on three questions:

    • Should general fund expenditures be reduced to one percent below FY 2015 spending?
    • Should Capital Improvements Project fund transfers be reduced by $3.5 million, and should previously approved CIP projects (i.e. improvements to the ice rink and the golf course) be delayed by one year? Annual placeholder amounts for roads, facilities, parks and IT maintenance projects would be maintained at an adequate level.
    • Should the county reinstate $1.5 million in property taxes eliminated by the council in 2011?

  • Today in history Jan. 21
  • Winter storm warning issued for the area

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Los Alamos and north central New Mexico effective from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. Thursday.

    Initially, the NWS issued a winter storm watch for the area, but upgraded it to a warning this afternoon.

    Anywhere from 3 inches to a foot of snow is possible in some areas. The warning effects the eastern plains along with the mountain areas.

  • Spirit of the West Winners

    Jim Hay admires his new handcrafted Spirit of the West Award with wife Reine and award presenter, 2015 New Mexico Teacher of the Year, Debra Minyard, Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The Spirit of the West Award is named for former County Councilor Jim West.

  • Health care website gives out personal data

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s health insurance website is quietly passing along consumers’ personal data to outside websites, just as President Barack Obama is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections.
    It works like this: When you apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, dozens of data companies may be able to tell that you are on the site. Some can even glean details such as your age, income, ZIP code, whether you smoke or if you are pregnant.
    HealthCare.gov contains embedded connections to multiple data firms that the administration says generate analysis to improve the consumer experience. Officials say outside firms barred are from using the data to further their own business interests.
    Still, ever-evolving technology allows for individual Internet users to be tracked, building profiles coveted by advertisers.
    Connections to third-party tech firms were documented by technology experts who analyzed HealthCare.gov, and confirmed by The Associated Press. There is no evidence that personal information from HealthCare.gov has been misused, but the high number of outside connections is raising questions.

  • State Briefs 1-20-15

    House Democrats list higher minimum wage as priority

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico House Democrats are listing their priorities for the legislative session, but they’ll have less clout to push those initiatives.
    Republicans won control of the House in the November general election for the first time since 1954.
    Democratic representatives list priorities that include increasing New Mexico’s statewide minimum wage.
    Democratic floor leader Brian Egolf said Democrats support a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from the current $7.50.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that other Democratic representatives said during a Monday news conference in Santa Fe that they would fight for bills to limit class sizes and reduce standardized testing in public schools.
    Republican House Floor Majority Leader Nate Gentry later said Democrats are beginning the session by choosing divisiveness over bipartisanship.

    Former sheriff’s requests for new trial, sentencing delay