Today's News

  • Number of flu cases in New Mexico double this year

    The New Mexico Department of Health reported Thursday a spike in the number of flu cases across New Mexico in the last few weeks.

    Compared to the same time last year, influenza-like illness activity was twice as great, with this year’s flu season not yet reaching its peak. 

    The number of flu-related deaths has risen in New Mexico to six, and flu-related hospitalizations, especially among residents age 65 and older have been steadily increasing since October, the beginning of the flu season, health department officials said.

    Since October, the health department has investigated 12 flu outbreaks in facilities around the state, seven of them in the last few weeks.

    “We have not seen an increase in flu activity this early in the winter in the past five years,” said Department of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher. “No matter what, the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu is to get vaccinated. Everyone six months and older who have not yet gotten vaccinated should get their flu vaccine as soon as possible.”

    Flu vaccine is produced every year and is always made to address the top flu strains of the previous season. 

    Flu shots remain highly recommended for the following high-risk groups:

  • Trump moves to vastly expand offshore drilling off US coasts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday moved to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off California for the first time in more than three decades.

    The new five-year drilling plan also could open new areas of oil and gas exploration in areas off the East Coast from Florida to Maine, where drilling has been blocked for decades. While some lawmakers in those states support offshore drilling, the plan drew immediate opposition from governors up and down the East Coast, including Republican Govs.

    Rick Scott of Florida and Larry Hogan of Maryland, who pressed Trump to withdraw their states from consideration.
    The three Democratic governors on the West Coast also blasted the plan and vowed to do "whatever it takes to stop this reckless, short-sighted action."

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the plan, saying that responsible development of offshore energy resources would boost jobs and economic security while providing billions of dollars to fund conservation along U.S. coastlines.

  • Dow Jones industrials climb above 25,000 for the first time

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average is trading above 25,000 points for the first time Thursday, just five weeks since its first close above 24,000.

    The Dow broke through five 1,000-point barriers in 2017, on its way to a 25 percent gain for the year, as an eight-year rally since the Great Recession continued to confound skeptics.

    Strong global economic growth and good prospects for higher company earnings have analysts predicting more gains, although the market may not stay as calm as it has been recently.

    The Dow has made a rapid trip from 24,000 points on November 30, partly on enthusiasm over passage of the Republican-backed tax package, which could boost company profits this year with across-the-board cuts to corporate taxes.

    "For a long while in 2017 I would say the biggest driver was excitement and anticipation over tax reform, but at a certain point I think there was a handover to global economic growth really helping to carry the stock market," said

    Invesco Chief Global Markets Strategist Kristina Hooper.

  • Official: Cibola County may be bankrupt by end of February

    GRANTS (AP) — A New Mexico county is facing the prospect of bankruptcy in 60 days and the likelihood of having to move forward with layoffs and liquidate assets, officials said.

    Cash-strapped Cibola County is in "crisis mode" after years of overspending and the recent discovery that it sent a bounced check to the for-profit prison company CoreCivic, interim County Manager Valerie Taylor said.

    The Gallup Independent reports that Taylor has contacted the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration Local Government Division Special Director Michael Steininger to straighten out the finances.

    Taylor said in all likelihood the state would bail out Cibola County with a loan and establish a repayment plan for the county if it can't pay its debts

    "If we do not make significant changes, I believe we are going to be insolvent by the end of February," Taylor said at a county commissioners meeting.

    The county overspent by $9.5 million from 2013 to 2016 and wrote the $7 million bounced check to CoreCivic in November.

    The county has a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to serve as a pass-through for payments to CoreCivic, which houses immigrant detainees at a prison in Milan.

  • Boys basketball struggles at Roswell tourney

    After taking nearly two weeks off for the holiday break, the Los Alamos High School boys basketball team got back to action last weekend in the Roswell Poe Corn tournament, finishing in sixth out of eight teams competing.

    The tournament appeared to be starting on a high note for the Hilltoppers, as LAHS jumped out to an early lead on Artesia High School in the first round matchup. In fact, the Hilltoppers led by 10 in the first quarter, led by 6 quick points from Troy Hammock.

    The strong play continued into the second quarter, as the LAHS offense continued to be productive, and the defense stood strong. At halftime, the Hilltoppers led 30-15.

    Everything changed for LAHS after halftime, however. Artesia began slowly chipping away at the lead, and took control. The Hilltoppers scored just 8 points in the quarter, compared to 25 for Artesia. The uptick in offense allowed Artesia to take the lead heading into the fourth quarter 40-38.

    LAHS was never able to get its offense going down the stretch, and scored just 5 points in the final quarter. Artesia remained in control throughout, and defeated the Hilltoppers 52-43.

    Hammock finished with 15 points, while Michael Naranjo scored 9 and Antonio Trujillo added 8.

  • 2017 proves to be successful for LAHS cross country

    Of all the programs at Los Alamos High School, few were more successful in 2017 than the cross country program, which again was a factor in the state championship race, and had a number of standout individual performers.

    On the boys’ side, no one was more impressive than freshman Rafael Sanchez, who finished in fifth place at the state championship meet, and also competed in the Nike Cross Regionals race. His time of 15:49 made him the 14th fastest freshman in nation.

    For the girls, freshman Lidia Appell and eighth-grader Norissa Valdez were the key standouts, finishing in fifth and eighth place, respectively, at the state competition.

    Overall, the girls finished as the state runner-ups, and the boys finished in third place.

    For the girls, it was the 28th straight podium finish, while for the boys it was the 21st straight podium finish.

    The future appears bright for both programs, with the boys and girls returning their top runners next season, and for many seasons to come.

    There is no doubt expectations will remain high for LAHS cross country in 2018 and the years to come.

  • Atomic City Update: A look back at this year’s top moments in sports

    As I look back on the past few months in sports at Los Alamos High School, I’m reminded of how many great memories the athletes have provided to the community since the school year began in August.

    I arrived in Los Alamos right after the sports calendar ended for the 2016-17 school year, but I have had the pleasure of following the fall and winter sports since the 2017-18 school year began a few months ago. I have been with the teams through some incredibly high highs, and I have been there to see seasons end on a sour note.  

    As 2017 draws to a close, I’d like to take a look back on some of the best moments for the LAHS sports teams since this school year began. And don’t worry spring athletes.

    I promise there will be another one of these coming when the school year ends in May.

    5. Hockey completes impressive comeback in home opener

    Sure, it’s hard for a game at the beginning of the season to match the intensity of a game with playoff implications on the line.

    But this was the first time local fans had the opportunity to watch the LAHS hockey team this season, and the show was impressive.

    Down 3-1 late in the second period, the Hilltoppers rattled off six straight goals to seize control of the contest against Taos High School and win 7-4.

  • Deputies: Homeland Security employee stole $26K from grandma

    FARMINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Department of Homeland Security employee is facing charges after authorities say she embezzled more than $26,000 from her New Mexico grandmother.

    The Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico, reports 32-year-old Cassie Davis was recently arrested on embezzlement and forgery charges in connection with unlawfully signing checks.

    An arrest warrant affidavit says Davis of Flora Vista, New Mexico, stole $26,800 from her grandmother and unlawfully signing six checks payable to herself from her grandmother's checking account.

    Davis told San Juan County Sheriff's deputies she was being set up.

    A motion on Davis' conditions of release to allow her to travel to Colorado for work says she is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security employee.

    Her attorney, Steve Murphy, says he hasn't seen any of the evidence from the case.

  • New Mexico Supreme Court puts disputed laws on hold

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has placed a temporary hold on disputed legislation as it considers whether vetoes last year by Gov. Susana Martinez fulfilled legal requirements.

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a stay that may delay full implementation of 10 laws that aim to expand high-speed internet access, allow hemp research and more. Two out of five justices opposed the action.

    Leading lawmakers in the Democrat-led Legislature say Martinez missed veto deadlines and never explained the reason for vetoes as required. The governor says the Legislature is overstepping its authority in challenging the vetoes.

    A state district court opened the way for the 10 disputed bills became law in September. The Supreme Court has no timetable for a final decision.

  • Fall prevention workshop Jan 23

    The public is invited to attend the fall prevention workshop “Stay on Your Feet:  Keeping your Balance and Preventing Falls,” a presentation at Aspen Ridge Lodge, located at 1010 Sombrillo Court.

    The presentation will be January 23, given by Robert Lee, PT, DPT, MA and director of LAMC Rehabilitation Services.

    No RSVP is needed to attend. Refreshments will be served on third floor of Aspen Ridge.

    For information, contact Cynthia Goldblatt, program manager and liaison, at 695-8981.