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Today's News

  • Senator starts process for overriding gov’s veto

    A Republican legislator on Friday began his attempt to override Gov. Susana Martinez’s veto of a bill that would enable teachers to use more sick days without being penalized in their performance evaluation.
    Sen. Craig Brandt, R-Rio Rancho, moved to have the vetoed bill returned to the Senate so he could seek an override early next week.
    Martinez is also a Republican, but Brandt said he would continue pursuing the override unless they can reach a compromise in which teachers are not penalized. He said he had initiated conversations with Martinez’s Public Education Department in hopes of starting such a discussion.
    “I don’t take any joy in overriding a veto,” Brandt said.
    Martinez’s spokesman, Michael Lonergan, referenced the governor’s veto message when asked about the possibility of a compromise with Brandt.
    In part, Martinez said: “I would welcome a bill that considers reasonable changes to attendance measures as part of an effective, comprehensive teacher evaluation system. However, the Legislature continually refused to engage despite the Public Education Department’s repeated good-faith attempts to meet teachers and teachers’ unions halfway.”

  • House approves ethics commission proposal

    BY STEVE TERRELL
    The New Mexican

  • LA Adult Softball registration opens

    The Los Alamos Adult Softball League is now open for registration.  
    Important dates coming up are:
    • April 15: Los Alamos Softball Work Party at Overlook Fields
    • April 29-30: USSSA Softball Tournament at Overlook Fields
    • May 6: Los Alamos Softball Pre-Season Tournament at Overlook Fields
    Email losalamossoftball@yahoo.com for more information.

  • BPU OK’s power plant repairs

    A county hydroelectric plant shut down nearly a year ago is expected to be back in service this summer, following the approval of a contract to fix a broken seal this week.
    The Board of Public Utilities voted 4-0 Monday to authorize the DPU to purchase a “field services” contract with Voith Hydro for $120,000 along with $52,000 in funding for components to fix the bad seal on a turbine and generator unit at the county’s El Vado Hydroelectric Plant.
    The plant was shut down in May 2016 because of the leak.
    The water from the generator was leaking into the plant’s powerhouse.
    “It got to the point where the plant had to shut itself down because it was a flooding condition that could cause damage if it continued,” said Deputies Utilities Manager James Alarid at Monday’s meeting.
    The Voith Hydro contract is to hire Voith Hydro personnel to make sure JR Merit, who installed the valve during the original refurbishment, do it to specifications outlined by DPU and Voith Hydro. Voith Hydro is the manufacturer of the turbine and generator unit.
    If JR Merit ultimately decides not to do the repair, the contract gives DPU permission to have Voith Hydro perform the repairs itself.

  • New Mexico will work with ICE on inmate status

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday ordered the corrections department to work with federal authorities on checking the immigration status of inmates serving time in the state's prisons.
    The governor's office said the administration of President Donald Trump asked New Mexico for permission to interview prisoners who were born in foreign countries.
    The interviews by federal authorities are intended at expediting potential deportation proceedings for those suspected of living in the country illegally, said Martinez spokesman Michael Lonergan.
    "This is a matter of public safety, as these are all convicted criminals, many of a violent nature," Lonergan said.
    Immigrant inmates determined by federal authorities to be in the country illegally will be deported promptly after finishing their sentences, Lonergan said.
    Martinez issued the directive after the Trump administration two weeks ago requested a list of inmates who were born in other countries. The corrections department has since provided U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with a list of foreign-born inmates and their convictions, which range from first-degree murder and rape to credit card fraud. Many on the list are from Mexico while a few are from the Middle East.

  • Administrative state creeps along, always growing, always costing more

    The tax boys want additional information for your 2016 return, starting with your driver’s license number. If claiming certain credits for children, you must prove the kid lives with you, which, says my tax preparer, “gets really interesting if the kid is between zero and four.”
    Besides treading on our liberty, the requirements raise costs and provide another definition of what is being called “the administrative state.”
    In his March 5 Washington Post column, Robert Samuelson, one of my favorite analysts, quoting historian Steven Hayward from the current issue of the conservative Claremont Review of Books, wrote, “The administrative state represents a new and pervasive form of rule, and a perversion of constitutional self-government.” Samuelson concluded, “Like it or not, we do have an administrative state. It isn’t going away.”
    The simplest compliance with the new IRS rules will require about 20 minutes, estimates my tax preparer. There will be a modest charge for one new form. Otherwise the changes mean less sleep and no new clients this year, which means that the IRS has prevented the business from growing.
    Another favorite source, Megan McArdle of Bloomberg.com, in a Feb. 14 post linked to a long consideration of why everything costs more.

  • SWOT analysis helps businesses plan for growth

    By Finance New Mexico

  • News for Retirees March 19-25

    March 19-25
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY    
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    9:45 a.m.        Pilates
    10 a.m.         Senior Civic Discussion
    10 a.m.        LARSO Advisory Council
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Taco Salad
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        Mac Users Group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury steak
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis

  • Shelter Report 3-22-17

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating. Also check out Petfinder website for pictures of adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Fernando—A young white and orange kitty who loves lounging the day away. This friendly male is currently in a larger kennel that has a “cat hammock” hanging inside – he loves lounging in it! He can be a bit picky about his feline friends, so he might need a little bit of time to warm up to new companions.
    Mr. Whiskers—A big tabby cat that is about 4 years old. Changes are a bit stressful for him, so he will likely need a little bit of time to adjust to his new home. He can be independent, but he’s also very sweet and likes to snuggle when he’s in the mood! He is okay with mellow cats, but other dominant males sometimes bother him.

  • Spaying, neutering pets may be best decision for pet’s health

    Although the idea of your pet having surgery can be scary, spaying and neutering is a common practice performed by veterinarians that can be beneficial to both you and your pet. In fact, the decision to spay or neuter your pet may be the best decision for your pet’s overall health.
    Dr. Mark Stickney, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained the benefits of spaying and neutering.
    “Spaying is the removal of reproductive organs in female dogs and cats,” Stickney said. “Spaying has a few general benefits, such as owners not having to tend to heat cycles or surprise litters of puppies or kittens. Benefits to neutering male pets—or removing the testicles – include decreased urine marking and aggression toward other males. In addition, neutered male pets are less likely to roam, a behavior that typically occurs when females of the same species are in heat. Roaming also puts your male pet at risk for getting lost, hurt, or injured by a car. Spaying and neutering also helps combat pet overpopulation.”