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  • New Mexico announces more ‘record-breaking’ tourism

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico saw record-breaking tourism for the fourth year in a row and created more than 2,500 related tourism jobs last year, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday.
    The governor and state tourism officials said 700,000 more trips were taken in New Mexico last year, bringing the total number of visitors to 33.4 million.
    Those numbers, based on survey data from research firm Longwoods International, point to a steady increase of travel to New Mexico since Martinez took office in 2011.
    “New Mexico True allows us to showcase adventures all around the Land of Enchantment that truly feed the soul like no other state is able to do,” Martinez said. “As a result, we’re breaking tourism records and sharing our unique culture, scenic vistas, unrivaled ski slopes and, of course, our green chile.”
    Last year, Martinez said half a million more people visited New Mexico in 2014 than in 2013 and credited the state’s New Mexico True campaign. That campaign has featured the state’s famous outdoor locations and New Mexico celebrities, such as mixed-martial arts fighter Carlos Condit.
    New Mexico True advertisements have been spotted in airports around the country, including at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

  • No charges for Clinton, FBI says – despite biting criticism

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI lifted a major legal threat to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign Tuesday, recommending no criminal charges for her handling of highly classified material in a private email account. But Director James Comey’s scathing criticism of her “extremely careless” behavior revitalized Republican attacks and guaranteed the issue will continue to dog her.
    Comey’s announcement effectively removed any possibility of criminal prosecution arising from Clinton’s email practices as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said last week that she intended to accept the recommendations of the FBI and of career prosecutors.
    But the FBI director’s blistering televised statement excoriated her handling of national secrets, contradicted her past explanations about her emails and ensured she will remain on the defensive about voters’ views of her trustworthiness and judgment.
    GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said the statement provided more evidence against “Crooked Hillary” and showed anew that “the system is rigged.” Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said the decision not to prosecute simply defied explanation.

  • Sheehey focuses on future growth

    Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series profiling candidates running for local and state offices.

    Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey’s goal in running for reelection in November is helping the county prepare for a spate of hiring at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and increased tourism sparked by the area’s new national parks.
    A high priority for Sheehey is creating housing for the estimated 2,000 vacancies LANL will be filling in the next five years. Although it is unlikely all those new hires will choose to live in Los Alamos, Sheehey believes the town could grow by 2,000 people in the next few years.
    Although he sees a need for a range of housing options, Sheehey believes the focus should be on affordable housing for new families and seniors.
    “We need to get this done sooner rather than later, because if people are moving in and they take a job here, can’t find anything acceptable and buy a place in Santa Fe or wherever, then we’ve lost that chance,” Sheehey said. “So the sooner we have nice places available, and just a better set of choices for people, the better this town can be.”

  • Police Beat 7-6-16

    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, served a court summons, or issued a citation.


    June 28

    9:04 a.m. — Michelle Frye, 28, of Los Alamos  was arrested on a charge of vaccination of dogs and cats required at the Los Alamos police station.


    10:00 a.m. — Cherry Lucero, 35, of Santa Cruz was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant. The original charge was shoplifting (less than $100) at Trinity Drive on June 22, 2015.


    11:47 a.m. — Miguel Perez, 21, of Espanola was arrested for larceny (less than $250) at the Los Alamos police station.


    11:50 a.m. — Juan Maldonado-Ranjel, 21 of Espanola was arrested on a charge of larceny (less than $250) at the Los Alamos police station.


  • Celebrating freedom

    After a long night of live music and spectacular fireworks, it was the audience’s turn to make some noise. When the last volley of fireworks shot up into the night sky at the Los Alamos Kiwanis Fireworks event in Overlook Park Monday night, a massive cheer from the audience followed, signaling the end to a very satisfying day of food, fun and fireworks at the annual event. About 4,470 shells were fired off this year.
    The Habañero Sky Dive Team kicked things off at 2 p.m. Monday. The four-member team was easy to spot in the clear blue sky with their smoking streamers of red, white and blue. On their second jump, they unfurled an American flag and POW-MIA flag on their descent.
    LA Kiwanis Club member Steven Boerigter, was pleased to note that this year, the weather cooperated for both jumps. The Habañeros were able to get in two jumps, the early afternoon one and one later on in the evening that officially kicked of the evening festivities.
    “We were just so pleased that they could get that second jump in, since the winds picked up earlier,” Boerigter said.

  • Fire contained in field at Cherokee Lane


  • New Mexico to provide backdrop for new film 'Hostiles'

    SANTA FE (AP) — A new movie starring Christian Bale and Native American actors Wes Studi and Adam Beach will be filming in northern New Mexico through September.

    The New Mexico Film Office announced Tuesday that principal photography for the frontier epic "Hostiles" will begin this month. Locations include Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Abiquiu and Los Alamos.

    The film is set in 1892. It tells the story of a legendary Army captain played by Bale who ends up escorting a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family from a remote Army post back to tribal lands.

    Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess says the region is proud to serve as a backdrop for the production.

    Officials expect about 350 New Mexico crew members to be hired for the project, along with 10 New Mexico cast members.

  • Today in history July 5
  • Open space gets support in comp plan meeting

    Nearly 50 people packed White Rock Fire Station No. 3 on June 29 for the comprehensive plan meeting on open space, trails and circulation.
    Architectural Resources Consultants (ARC) Principal Planner Stephen Burstein kicked things off with some results from the recent random sample survey, which garnered 599 responses out of 3,000 mailed out. The results showed:
    • 79 percent of survey respondents support undeveloped public lands open space.
    • 63 percent support active recreation.
    • 61 percent support playgrounds or tot lots.
    • 72 percent believe there should be a focus on developing bike trails in the next five years.
    • 76 percent would like to see the Canyon Rim Trail extended to other points in the community, such as Ashley Pond and the historic district and 75 percent would like to see that reach the aquatic center.
    The survey asked for responses to development on public lands, but did not specify whether that would or would not impact the county’s open space.
    Respondents were fairly evenly split about whether using public lands for housing development would be acceptable, but 59 percent opposed manufacturing or industrial use of public lands.

  • Cone Zone: Week of July 4

    For more information about these projects, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. The below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.        
    Public Works
    Canyon Rim Trail
    Construction on the west leg of Canyon Rim Trail continues. The trail is closed to pedestrians. Clearing and excavating south of DP Road continues. No traffic delays on New Mexico 502 or DP Road are anticipated.
    Knecht Street Improvements Project
    On Tuesday, the eastbound right lane of Trinity Drive will be closed to continue concrete work starting at the intersection of Knecht Street.
    Western Area Phase 4 Improvements Project
    Construction continues on 40th Street south to the UNM-LA parking lot. 40th Street is closed to through traffic and on-street parking is restricted. The UNM-LA parking lot at the end of 40th Street is closed. Use University Drive to access the parking lot on the southwest corner of the UNM-LA campus. Sidewalk closures and pedestrian detours will be present during the time of construction.