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  • State police investigating Los Alamos police shooting

    Officers with the Los Alamos Police Department were involved in a shooting around 3:45 a.m. Saturday.

    The shooting occurred when LAPD officers were investigating suspicious circumstances at a county facility in Pajarito Cliffs according to LAPD spokesman Commander Preston Ballew.

    A pursuit ensued out of Los Alamos County and into the Espanola/Rio Arriba area. Neighboring law enforcement assisted in the pursuit that ended on Corlett Street in Espanola.

    According to Ballew the suspects fled on foot and remain at large.

    "No officers were injured in this incident and the scene is still being examined to determine if any of the suspects were injured," according to Ballew. "This is an isolated incident and we do not believe the public is in jeopardy."

    State police are investigating the incident. More details will be released as they become available Ballew said.

  • Veterans post honors those who honored them

    The Los Alamos Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874 awarded two essay writers and a retired teacher Thursday for honoring their commitment to veterans and the country.

    Teacher Andrea Determan, who taught in the Los Alamos Public Schools for many years, was honored for educating her fourth-grade Barranca Elementary School students about the American flag, proper flag etiquette and how to show respect for the country.

    Determan was awarded Teacher of the Year by the post and the VFW District 6 office.

    “I appreciate everything you do for our country, what you’ve done before and I appreciate those who are coming up,” Determan said to the veteran’s who honored her.

    At the ceremony, Determan received certificates from the post and the district office. She also received $100 from the post, the district office and the VFW Post 8874 Auxiliary.

    Kaya Loy, a sixth-grade student at Barranca Elementary School nominated Determan for the award. Loy was a student in Determan’s class when she was in the fourth grade.

    “She really inspired me to show more respect for my country, she completely deserves this,” Loy said.

  • LAPS begins public budget meetings

    The Los Alamos School District held the first of four state-mandated public meetings Thursday night as part of the process geared to solidifying its 2018-19 budget.

    Lisa Montoya, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, introduced those in attendance at the high school’s speech theater to what goes into the early stages of the budget process.

    “I always start with a Budget 101,” she said, “just to let everyone know some of the basic terminology and steps we go through.”

    This is the fifth time Montoya has gone through this procedure with the district.

    “As we go through the process I will bring forth what my expenses have been year to date and what I have projected them out to be for the end of the year,” she said. “For example, this year we spent this amount on gas, we spent this amount on salaries and benefits, teacher development, whatever it is. Whatever the category is for expenses, just how much we have spent in that category.”

    The administration monitored the outcomes of the state’s recent legislative session and continues to analyze the impact those measures will have on next year’s budget. It will continue to develop and review potential budget savings options through March, as well as starting school and department budget reviews.

  • Not just yet, gardeners

    It may feel like spring out there with the warm weather and the absence of snow, but gardeners out there should hold off for a bit longer, according to local experts.

    In northern New Mexico, Mother Nature is fickle, and it’s not a good idea to count your perennials before they hatch.

    According to New Mexico State University,  Los Alamos County Program Director Carlos Valdez, gardeners should stick to their regular February schedule. That is if there is no snow on the ground, continue with regular cleanup chores, and perhaps some watering, especially if temps have gone past 50 degrees for longer than a few days in a row.

    “Anything that’s been newly planted ought to be getting a good shot of water,” Valdez said.

    Newly planted means plants planted in the last planting season. Don’t try to plant anything now, even though it may feel like spring.

    “Invariably, in April, we will have a hard freeze,” Valdez said. “Stick to the usual routine with the exception of hard watering.”

    Master gardener and Summit Garden Club member Doris Thieleman suggests waiting until mid-May to plant.

  • A peaceful end

    There were no threats of a government shutdown this time.

    Instead, a sort of political peace reigned as the 30-day legislative session ended Thursday with a $6.3 billion budget headed to the governor’s desk along with a bipartisan slate of crime legislation and pay raises for teachers and state police.

    The bombast and sense of crisis that marked the 2017 session seemed to evaporate as Gov. Susana Martinez sought to strike a conciliatory tone on her way out of office.

    But gone, too, were any major initiatives or innovative policy changes.

    With Martinez nearing the end of her term and the state’s financial outlook brightening but not totally sunny, the session ended anticlimactically, with lawmakers eager to avoid another partisan showdown as they also wait to see what direction the state’s economy – and the governor’s yet-to-be-elected successor – might take.

    More than any new laws or programs, perhaps the biggest thing legislators gave New Mexicans during this session was a sense that their state government is no longer lurching from one financial crisis to another.

  • Who won, who lost in 2018 legislative session

    Winners

    College students: The New Mexico Lottery’s staff and various legislators wanted to rewrite state law to eliminate the requirement that 30 percent of gross revenue from the lottery go for college scholarships.

    Lottery employees and their lobbyists said the proposed change, combined with more prizes, would someday funnel even more money to the scholarship fund. Opponents of the measure countered that students would be shortchanged for years and maybe forever.

    House members heavily amended the bill to guarantee students at least $40 million a year for scholarships. That bill died, but the 30 percent requirement for scholarships remains intact – a good outcome for students trying to get a degree without accumulating debt from loans.

    Think New Mexico: The Santa Fe-based policy organization fought the lottery staff’s proposal all through the session.

    Spaceport America: Just a few years ago, some lawmakers were calling it a boondoggle. This year, it got $10 million to build a hangar, a boost in its operating budget and exceptions from the state’s open records law.

    Public employees: State and public school employees get a 2 percent pay raise. Teachers get 2.5 percent and state police officers get 8.5 percent.

  • Legislature OKs $180M in capital outlay projects

    There have been years in which there was much more money for brick-and-mortar projects in the state.

    But thanks to a rebound in gas and oil revenues, New Mexico has far more severance tax funds this year than last. And that means a lot more money for roads, senior centers, sewage plants and government buildings around the state, including a new state vital records bureau building in Santa Fe, as well as an expansion of the municipal airport’s parking facility.

    Lawmakers approved House Bill 306, which authorizes $179.8 million for capital projects.

    This includes $142.4 million from severance tax bonding capacity, about $36.3 million from other state funds and almost $1.1 million from the state general fund.

    More than $20 million is available for Santa Fe-area projects, though nearly $6.2 million of that would go toward a settlement in the decades-old federal Aamodt water rights case.

  • LAHS finishes in top 10 at state swim meet

    Though only one competitor ended up with a top-3 finish, the Los Alamos High School swimming and diving teams had a good overall showing at the 2018 state championships.

    Both the boys and the girls teams ended up with top-10 finishes, with the girls finishing in sixth place and the boys finishing ninth.

    The Hilltoppers had four swimmers that qualified for the state meet in two individual events apiece: Jillian Bennett, Andy Corliss, Ian Jaegers and Sara Shiina.

    Shiina had the best showing of the meet for LAHS, finishing in third place in the 100-yard butterfly event with a time of 59.54 seconds. She also finished in eighth place in the 100-yard backstroke event with a time of 1:01.65.

    Bennett had a pair of top-5 finishes, earning fourth place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.05 and fifth place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.97 seconds.

    Corliss ended up with a pair of 13th place finishes, in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:06.77, and in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.03.

    Jaegers was also consistent, finishing in 13th place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:05.10, and in 14th place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.25 seconds.

  • Atencio wins state championship

    For the first time since 2014, the Los Alamos High School wrestling team has a state champion.

    Devin Atencio, a freshman in the 106-pound weight class, claimed the title by defeating all four of his opponents last weekend at the NMAA State Wrestling Championships. And he did it in convincing fashion, appearing in control throughout every match.

    “It feels amazing,” Atencio said. “I have been working at this for my whole life. It’s just a great feeling.”

    Last year, as an eighth-grader, Atencio finished in fourth place at the championships, easily getting through the first two rounds of the competition before falling in the semifinals and the third-place match.

    This year, he seemed determined to keep that from happening.

    In the first round, he faced Española Valley’s Joey Fernandez, who he defeated for the District 2-5A championship the week prior. Much like the first matchup, Atencio had little trouble defeating Fernandez, pinning him in 1:13.

    The quarterfinal round against Kirtland Central’s Devin Montano was equally dominant for Atencio, as he earned the pin just 32 seconds into the second round to advance to the semifinals.

  • THIS WEEK ON PAC 8

     

     

     

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    Friday, February 23, 2018

    6:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live

    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program

    11:00 AM County Council Meeting –Replay 2-13-18

    1:00 PM Democracy Now!

    4:00 PM Uprising

    5:00 PM Democracy Now!

    6:00 PM Chamber Business Breakfast – Harry Burgess

    7:00 PM Los Alamos History – A History of Land Transfers on the Pajarito Plateau

    8:00 PM Art Fusion – Live Radio Show with Dr. Hall & Brad Smith

    8:30 PM The LA Times with Peter Malmgren