Today's News

  • Pete Sheehey running for 43rd District representative seat in 2018

    Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey, a Democrat, is seeking to replace Rep. Stephanie Garcia in District 43, he announced Tuesday.

    A former Los Alamos National Laboratory applied scientist, Sheehey said he could add another perspective to the state Legislature.

    “I think I can offer some skills that I think are complementary to a lot of what exists in the Legislature today,” Sheehey said. “Attorneys, teachers, some business people… but not too many applied scientists. Facts and sound science have to be the basis of good policy. I can bring that perspective.”

    Sheehey is the first candidate to enter the race to replace Garcia, who announced last month her campaign to run for New Mexico State Land Commissioner.

    Sheehey’s campaign platform includes getting more support for public education, nurturing economic development within the county, universal healthcare, preserving the environment, campaign finance reform and supporting efforts for renewable energy.

    Sheehey said he will be just as careful in the state House of Representatives with the people’s money as he was on council.

    “I never voted in the council to raise taxes,” Sheehey said.

  • University of California submits bid for LANL contract

    The University of California was the only organization to confirm Monday it had submitted a bid to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory for the next five years.

    Bids were due to the National Nuclear Security Administration Monday. The NNSA would not release information about the contractors that submitted bids and would not say when bids would be opened.

    The UC system confirmed its submission in an email to the Los Alamos Monitor.

    “I can confirm that UC submitted a proposal today for the Los Alamos National Laboratory management contract. We aren’t confirming or discussing any of our bid partners at this time,” UC Spokeswoman Stephanie Beechem said.

    UC is a managing partner in Los Alamos National Security LLC, the consortium operating the lab.

    Retired lab employee and current Los Alamos County Council Chairman David Izraelevitz wrote a letter to the UC Board of Regents in late November, urging the board to consider including in its bid language that promotes the idea that not-for-profits like the UC system should be taxed for their gross receipts, just like the for-profit companies are that do business in New Mexico.

  • Sheriff’s office decision at standstill

    The cases filed by Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero and Los Alamos County regarding the reinstatement of the county sheriff’s office duties will likely not be resolved this year.
    The latest court filings show the cases were postponed until after Dec. 22.
    A year and a half ago, in May 2016, Los Alamos County Council voted to take away the budget and most of the duties of the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office. In November 2016, people voted to keep the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office in a referendum. The county and the council then did nothing with the issue for many months.

    Lucero filed a lawsuit against the county in August, saying to the courts that the county was not following state statutes “to adequately fund the sheriff’s office to provide law enforcement pursuant to state statute.”

    The county filed a countersuit in October citing it’s status and recognition by the state as an incorporated county as the reason it could abolish the sheriff’s office entirely.

    “By creating a home rule form of government, the county has provided itself with the power to exercise maximum local self-government to which the courts give liberal construction to the powers of the municipality,” the county said in its lawsuit against Lucero.

  • N.M. gets tax forecasting tool

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers began using information from a fiscal planning tool that predicts future tax revenues as they contemplate changes to the state’s complex taxes on sales and business services.

    The Legislature commissioned the fiscal calculator for $400,000 from a consulting group to anticipate the consequences of tax reform on state government income, family finances and business interests.

    Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and allied Republican lawmakers pushed unsuccessfully this year for an overhaul of the state’s gross-receipts tax that would lower rates while eliminating hundreds in tax credits, deductions and exemptions.

    New Mexico relies on the gross receipts tax for about one-third of its annual general fund budget — collecting about $2.1 billion to meet spending obligations of $6.1 billion.

    Various lawmakers have balked at potential changes that would collect more taxes from nonprofit health care providers or reinstating sales taxes on food, while industry groups have warned of possible costly and unpredictable consequences for state government.

  • Reward offered for shoplifters

    Knowledge about a pair of shoplifters at Smith’s Marketplace on Dec. 3 could bring in some extra cash for the person who reports them.

    The Los Alamos Police Department is offering a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man and woman who left the store without paying for several items. Cameras also caught their vehicle, a white sedan, police said.

    Anyone with information about the pair should call Los Alamos Crimestoppers at (505) 662-8282. Persons may remain anonymous.

    Unlike many other communities in New Mexico, Los Alamos’ commercial centers don’t see an escalation of shoplifting or other types of theft related to busy or distracted shoppers, said LAPD Commander Oliver Morris.

    The population in Los Alamos, while the public schools and Los Alamos National Laboratory close during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, usually drops substantially.

    With fewer people around, some types of crime, such as shoplifting, are more difficult to pull off.

    This year, the highest number of larcenies in Los Alamos occurred in August, with 12 reported. Without numbers yet reported for November and December not over, Morris said it is likely that the number of larcenies reported to police may be less than 100.

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  • Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans on Tuesday rushed toward a deal on a massive tax package that would reduce the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the corporate rate to a level slightly higher than what businesses and conservatives wanted.

    In a flurry of last-minute changes that could profoundly affect the pocketbooks of millions of Americans, House and Senate negotiators agreed to expand a deduction for state and local taxes to allow individuals to deduct income taxes as well as property taxes. The deduction is valuable to residents in high-tax states like New York, New Jersey and California.

    Negotiators also agreed to set the corporate income tax rate at 21 percent, said two congressional aides who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss private negotiations. Both the House bill and the Senate bill would have lowered the corporate rate from 35 percent to 20 percent.

    Business and conservative groups lobbied hard for the 20 percent corporate rate. Negotiators agreed to bump it up to 21 percent to help offset revenue losses from other tax breaks, the aides said.

  • LAHS picks up big win at St. Pius

    As far as wins in December go, this was about as big as they come. Thursday night, the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team traveled to St. Pius X High School, and won 70-56.

    On the schedule, it will be marked down like any other game, but this was far from ordinary. Year in and year out, St. Pius is one of the top teams in the state, and this year is no exception. The Sartans entered the game 6-1, with the team’s only loss coming against Española Valley, currently ranked as the top team in the state.

    This was LAHS’ chance to prove it was among the best in the state, and the team delivered.

    From the opening tipoff, the Hilltoppers were hustling up and down the floor, and contesting everything the Sartans did on offense.

    Though he scored just 2 points in the first quarter, Ramon Roybal was the catalyst for LAHS, bringing down rebounds, running the floor and stealing passes.

    His effort led to opportunities for Antonio Trujillo, who took full advantage. He led the way with 7 points in the quarter, as LAHS jumped out to a 17-15 lead.

    Though the Sartans hit just four shots from the field in the opening quarter, the aggressiveness of LAHS led to free throw opportunities for St. Pius, and the team knocked down five of the seven to stay in the game.

  • Atomic City Update: Girls basketball nears end of difficult start to season

    I don’t think a lot of people understand how difficult it can be at times to be a student-athlete. They go to school all day, and then go to practice or a game in the evening. They don’t get weekends off like most high school students do, and the amount of responsibility they have is enormous.

    With that in mind, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the girls basketball team at Los Alamos High School, which has been going non-stop since the season began on Nov. 18.

    Between then and now, the team has played 12 games, and has not had more than three days off between games at any point yet this season. And this isn’t a team filled with experience dealing with this type of schedule. There are only three seniors on the roster. The team relies heavily on sophomores and juniors, all of whom have stepped into roles they were unfamiliar with prior to this year. 

    Sure, there have been some struggles on the team this year. But expecting consistently good play from a young group that has not had very much time to practice together since the season began is a lot to ask.

  • Metzger’s raises more than $700 for United Way of Northern New Mexico

    United Way of Northern New Mexico would like to thank Metzger’s Do It Best for their generous gift of just over $700 from their successful Small Business Saturday.

    United Way of Northern New Mexico and Metzger’s have been partners since Small Business Saturday began encouraging businesses to donate to nonprofits in 2012. 

    Together, UWNNM and Metzger’s have raised thousands of dollars to support the mission of UWNNM and the people of Northern New Mexico.