Today's News

  • Bliss to run for County Council

    The ninth candidate running for Los Alamos County Council, Republican John Bliss, was not included in the March 14, Los Alamos Monitor article “19-year-old student looks to make a difference, files for County Council,” because of Los Alamos Monitor press deadlines.

    There are four county seats available, and nine candidates, including Bliss, have filed.

    Other candidates include Democrat James Robinson, Republican Dawn Trujillo Voss, Democrat Quentin David Dimick, Democrat Tim Morrison, Libertarian Helen Milenski, Democrat David Izraelevitz, Democrat Randall Ryti, Republican Brady Burke and Democrat Sara Scott.

    Bliss is chair of the Los Alamos Republican Party.

  • 19-year-old student looks to make a difference, files for County Council

    By far the youngest candidate to file for elected office Tuesday in Los Alamos County was Los Alamos High School graduate and University of New Mexico-Los Alamos nursing student Quentin David Dimick, 19.

    As the stream of other candidates came through the county clerk’s office, Dimick, a Democrat, filled out paperwork.

    “I guess I’m a little nervous, but I feel confident in my abilities,” Dimick said. When asked about what made him decide to run, Dimick said. “It’s time for the young people of Los Alamos to make a difference.”

    Dimick’s dad, Denis, a Libertarian, said he was very proud of his son and his bid for public office.

    “Politically, I disagree with him, but I support him, because it’s their world, and they might as well try and make the changes they want now,” Denis Dimick said.

    Los Alamos County had few other surprises on filing day, but many candidates streamed in to the county clerk’s office to file paperwork to run for county council, sheriff, municipal judge, county assessor, magistrate court judge and probate judge.

  • Push for gun laws faces resistance in most states

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The campaign for tighter gun laws that inspired unprecedented student walkouts across the country still faces an uphill climb in a majority of states, an Associated Press review of gun legislation found.

    The AP survey of bill activity in state legislatures before and after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting provides a reality check on the ambitions of the “Enough is Enough” movement. It suggests that votes like the one in Florida, where Republican lawmakers defied the National Rifle Association to pass new gun regulations, are unlikely to be repeated in many other states, at least not this year.

    The student-led activism might yet lead to future reforms, but for now, the gun debate among most lawmakers still falls along predictable and largely partisan lines, with few exceptions, according to the analysis.

    Because Congress shows no sign of acting, state legislatures dominate the national debate over guns. And major changes won’t be easy to achieve in statehouses that are mostly controlled by the gun-friendly GOP.

  • US and French companies form venture for nuke waste storage

    HOBBS (AP) — A Dallas company and a France-based multinational corporation are forming a joint venture to license an interim storage site in West Texas for high-level nuclear waste.

    Orano USA and Waste Control Specialists announced on Tuesday their intent to form the joint venture as a competing group tries to promote its proposal for southeastern New Mexico, the Hobbs News-Sun reports.

    Waste Control Specialists had notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission three years ago of its plan to seek the license to build the facility in rural Andrews County, Texas, that would store spent fuel rods from power plants. There's currently no such disposal site in the U.S.

    The proposed site is five miles east of Eunice, New Mexico.

    Orano USA is a division of the Paris, France-based Orano company that specializes in nuclear power and renewable energy.

    The move comes as a debate over what to do with spent fuel generated by the nation's nuclear power plants. Backers of another plan to build a temporary storage site in southeastern New Mexico are pressing Washington officials to support their proposal.

  • Fire warnings issued for 6 states in nation's midsection

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued fire warnings for six states in the nation's midsection.

    The Red Flag warnings issued Friday include most of Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, southern Kansas, northeastern New Mexico, southeastern Colorado and southeastern Missouri.

    Oklahoma Forestry Services has already requested and received firefighters and equipment from Alabama, Kentucky and Louisiana because of the fire threat that is expected to continue into next week. Additional firefighters and equipment from Georgia and Mississippi are on the way.

    Forestry spokeswoman Michelle Finch-Walker says they are positioned at various areas of the state and that could change daily in anticipation of which area is under the greatest threat of wildfire.

    Finch-Walker said the firefighters and equipment could be sent to any of the other states as needs arise.

  • LAHS students show support for Parkland victims

    Students gathered on the front lawn of Los Alamos High School this morning to show their support for the victims of the recent shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

    The event was organized by students and included a speech by state Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard.

    Members of the Los Alamos Police Department were on hand to provide protection for the students at the event as well as support to LAHS.

    “As the principal here my first concern is for the safety and well-being of our students,” said LAHS Principal Carter Payne. “We have a lot of diversity and individuality here and we’re happy to support and honor that and this was a way we could do that. We are happy to support the students in this manner.”

    LAHS student Sophia Jeffery thanked the administration for “its flexibility” in allowing the students to organize the event. She also thanked the League of Women Voters for being on hand to register students to vote and thanked LAPD for being present “to make sure our safety was not compromised.”

    After the crowd observed a minute of silence for the 17 victims of the shooting in Parkland, Garcia Richard addressed the gathering.

  • US, states agree to collaborate on Mexican wolf recovery

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The U.S. government and state officials have signed an agreement that furthers their intentions to work together to recover an endangered wolf that once roamed the American Southwest.

    The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced the agreement with Arizona and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday. The agreement is aimed at getting Mexican gray wolves to the point where they can eventually be removed from the endangered species list.

    As part of the effort, a field team that includes members from the states' wildlife management agencies will provide input to determine the timing, location and the circumstances for releasing wolves into the wild in Arizona and New Mexico.

    New Mexico Game and Fish Director Alexandra Sandoval called the new agreement an act of good faith.

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  • District urges residents to watch for bus riders

    The citizens of Los Alamos and White Rock are riding a safety hot streak and Keith Rosenbaum is urging them to do all they can to keep that streak alive.

    Rosenbaum, who oversees 26 buses and 16 bus routes as the director of facilities and transportation for the Los Alamos Public Schools, was happy to report Tuesday that over the past two weeks there have been no instances called in of vehicles passing a school bus while the stop arm of that bus was deployed.

    “Over the past two weeks we haven’t had any, which is the first time this school year where we didn’t have a week where somebody ran a stop arm,” he said.

    Rosenbaum keeps track of these incidents through reports from his drivers. While the number of incidents called in during the first half of the school year was high, the number of second-half reports has decreased.

    “We were having three to five a week for a period of time,” he said. “Since we returned (from Christmas break) we’ve been aggressively getting information out to the public by putting signs up. I’m not sure if that’s a contributing factor, but it’s my hope that people are at least becoming aware of the danger they are creating by running the stop arms.”

  • LA Democrats make a showing at convention

    Stephanie Garcia Richard grabbed first position on the ballot in her bid for state land commissioner in a tight race at this year’s pre-primary convention in Albuquerque Saturday as Los Alamos Democratic delegates joined other delegates from across the state to prepare for the June primaries.

    Richard has served Los Alamos and the neighboring counties of Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe as state representative of the 43rd district for six years.

    At the pre primary convention, held at the Albuquerque Convention Center, Richard got top billing on the June ballot with 618 votes. Following a close second was Garrett VeneKlasen with 553. VeneKlasen was boosted by a strong endorsement speech by Sen. Martin Heinrich.

    Richard said her experience as state representative has prepared her well for the office of land commissioner.
    She said she felt her political experience and background as an educator resonated most with the delegates.

    “First and foremost the qualifications and expertise that I bring being in the state Legislature, but also having and educator in the land office that knows what’s at stake,” Garcia Richard said.

    She also thanked the delegates for their support in getting her to the top of the primary ballot