Today's News

  • Avoiding shutdown is not such a bad thing

    The Boston Herald published this editorial Wednesday.

    So either “This is what winning looks like” or “Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix (this) mess!”
    Yes, we’re confused too. In an early morning tweet yesterday President Trump seemed so unhappy with the temporary spending deal struck by congressional Republicans to keep the government up and operating until September that he would risk a shutdown then. But by mid-day he had suddenly decided that it’s a good deal after all and “a clear win for the American people.”
    The $1.1 trillion spending package does include a $15 billion boost in military spending — half of what Trump wanted — but in the greater scheme of things not a bad deal. And it includes $1.5 billion in additional cash for border security — some of it for “fixing” existing portions of the border wall.
    As for all those proposed cuts in domestic spending, well that’s just a big nevermind. The proposed $1.2 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health? NIH got a $2 billion increase. Defunding Planned Parenthood? Nope. The Environmental Protection Agency takes a 1 percent haircut on its $8 billion budget.

  • Local church effort goes a long way to help immigrants in Otero County

    Special to the Monitor

  • Barks ‘n Brews event set for Saturday

    Bathtub Row Brewing is hosting a fundraiser for the Española Valley Humane Society from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
    The event will be a dog-friendly fundraiser on the patio of Bathtub Row and proceeds will benefit Española Valley.
    “We are having events in neighboring communities to bring awareness of the shelter and the amazing things that they do for the animals,” explained Dolores Trujillo, a member of the shelter’s fundraising committee.
    The shelter has been saving animals since 1990.
    “Española Valley Humane accepts every animal, regardless of how old, sick, neglected or abused. Our goal is to provide compassionate shelter and care to the thousands of animals that would otherwise have no refuge,” according to their website. They want to ensure that these animals do not live struggling on the streets or being neglected in a home that is not equipped to take care of them.
    Española Valley is a city-owned animal shelter, which means that 91 percent of contributions go directly to the animals in care.
    Española Valley’s mission is to end animal suffering due to overpopulation and preventable diseases, especially in underserved communities.

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  • Lone GOP congressman in New Mexico backs health overhaul

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico’s lone Republican congressional representative joined the GOP majority Thursday in voting for an overhaul of President Barack Obama’s health care law.
    Rep. Steve Pearce said he supported the bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act because it will restore power to the states on health care issues.
    The House-approved legislation would rework subsidies for private insurance, limit federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people and cut taxes on upper-income individuals used to finance Obama’s overhaul.
    Pearce said many individuals currently are forced to purchase insurance they may not like, need or be able to afford. The GOP plan will “put the power back into the states’ hands so they can decide what is best for their unique populations,” he said in a statement.
    New Mexico insurance regulators and advocacy groups on poverty issues have warned the GOP plan would shift costs for Medicaid onto the state general fund in coming years, likely leading to reductions in insured health coverage. The state’s uninsured rate has been cut in half since 2013 under the expansion of Medicaid.

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  • LA Historical Society, county presented with award

    The Los Alamos Historical Society and Los Alamos County has been presented the 2017 Edgar Lee Hewett Award, given yearly by the Historical Society of New Mexico.
    The award was announced at the Joint Arizona-New Mexico History Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona, during ceremonies at the conference banquet April 23.
    The Hewett award is given in recognition of outstanding service to the people of New Mexico.
    Los Alamos, with the help of the historical society, draws visitors from around the globe to experience the history of the Manhattan Project and the Cold War, along with introductions to our connections with Ancestral Pueblo people, Hispano and Anglo homesteading, and the Los Alamos Ranch School.
    Throughout the last few years, the Los Alamos Historical Society and its partner, Los Alamos County, have made significant resource investments to ensure that these uniquely New Mexican stories are preserved and shared.
    Los Alamos County took the first steps in earning this award when it included a state-of-the-art archive to house the collections of the Los Alamos Historical Society in its new municipal building in 2013. That collection contains tens of thousands of photographs, more than 1,500 linear feet of documents, and more than 20,000 artifacts – from Maria Martinez pottery to samples of trinitite.

  • Storm brews locally over UNM ski team cut

    When the University of New Mexico announced last month it was cutting its men’s and women’s ski program, the outcry from the local ski community was immediate.
    “It actually affects us here because we do a lot of joint programs with them,” said Southwest Nordic Ski Club President Clay Moseley. “It’s going to be a huge disappointment if they go away.”
    The decision to cut the ski teams hasn’t been made official yet by the UNM Board of Regents. The decision is expected to be made once the school adopts an official budget.
    Multiple calls and emails to the board were not returned as of press time.
    For years, members of the UNM ski team have encouraged Southwest Nordic Ski Club members to advance in the sport, and to keep the sport alive across the state.
    UNM Ski Coach Fredrik Landstedt is not sure what will happen next. He hopes the teams will not be cut.
    “It doesn’t seem like it’s officially over,” he said. “They announced the cuts, and I guess the regents had approved it, but at least until they approve the new budget, there’s still a chance we can be put back into the budget for next year. “There has been talk, so it’s not a total closed deal yet.”

  • County, lot manager fight over hole

    The manager of the western side of the “old Smiths” parking lot is trying to dig himself out of a hole.  
    Gerald Ohlsen was issued a criminal summons by the county April 27 for allegedly failing to fix a hole in the pavement in a timely manner.
    The site is located at the Mari Mac parking lot, at the 535 Central Ave. A construction crew hired by Ohlsen dug the hole in an effort to install a cement slab to support garbage trucks emptying a pair of dumpsters located in the middle of the lot.
    Ohlsen said he has to appear in court May 27 to face the charge of committing a “nuisance” and interfering with people’s “right to use public property,” according to the summons.
    The area is located in the middle of the parking lot is cordoned off by a pile of dirt and fence.
    After the dumpster pad was installed about six years ago, the weight of the trucks began to collapse the asphalt, Ohlsen said. When the crew pulled up the asphalt to begin work on the project two-and-a-half months ago, they quickly found out why.
    An abandoned crumbling clay sewer pipe installed in the 1940s beneath the dumpster pad has sprung a leak. Every time it rains, the pipe leaks water into the hole.  

  • House OKs GOP health bill, a step toward Obamacare repeal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Relieved Republicans muscled their health care bill through the House Thursday, taking their biggest step toward dismantling the Obama health care overhaul since Donald Trump took office. They won passage only after overcoming their own divisions that nearly sank the measure six weeks ago.
    Jubilant Republicans, celebrating what they hope will soon be the demise of "Obamacare," sang the pop song, "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" as the end of the voting neared.
    The measure skirted through the House by a thin 217-213 vote, as all voting Democrats and a group of mostly moderate Republican holdouts voted no. A defeat would have been politically devastating for President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
    Passage was a product of heavy lobbying by the White House and Republicans leaders, plus late revisions that nailed down the final supporters needed. The bill now faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, where even GOP lawmakers say major changes are likely.
    "Many of us are here because we pledged to cast this very vote," Ryan said. He added, "Are we going to keep the promises that we made, or are we going to falter?"