Today's News

  • beWellnm tele-town hall tomorrow

    beWellnm, the official health insurance exchange for New Mexico, is hosting two telephone town halls with constituents to address confusion about how to obtain health insurance. The tele-town halls reach thousands of New Mexicans and provide an excellent opportunity to educate and guide people who need help during the enrollment period.

    The calls will be hosted by former KOAT-TV news anchor Nelson Martinez, and representatives from beWellnm will be available to answer questions from people who participate.

    The English tele-town hall will take place Wednesday 7 p.m. The Spanish tele-town hall will take place on Thursday 7 p.m. Call 877-228-2184, code 113868 to join either session.

  • New Mexico State Police: Shots fired at officer hit vehicle

    TAOS (AP) — Authorities say shots were fired at a New Mexico State Police officer and that a search is underway for two suspects who were in a vehicle the officer was attempting to stop.

    Sgt. Chad Pierce says the bullets fired at the officer in the Taos area Monday evening missed the officer but struck his vehicle several times.

    Pierce says the suspects are considered armed and dangerous and that a search is being conducted in an area immediately south of Taos.

  • Today in history Dec. 6
  • Be a Santa to a Senior

    The Santa Fe/Los Alamos branch of Home Instead Senior Care has been lifting spirits during the holidays since 2003 by sponsoring “Be a Santa to a Senior,” a program that works to guarantee that senior citizens who might not otherwise receive a holiday gift are not forgotten.
    “I’m just really thankful to work for a company that’s involved in the community like this and serve people who are often overlooked, especially around the holidays,” said Ken Hendricks, community service representative for Home Instead Santa Fe.
    Home Instead begins working with local nonprofits and community organizations around October to identify seniors who might not otherwise receive gifts.
    “Stars” are filled out with the first name of the recipients and one or two items they might like to receive. The stars are hung on “giving trees” at various locations. Those who wish to participate choose a star, buy the gift or gifts and return the items unwrapped to the location the tree was in.
    In Santa Fe, giving trees are located at Christus St. Vincent, the Santa Fe Place Mall, the Walmart on Cerrillos Road and the Walmart Super Center. The Los Alamos tree, located at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, is already bare of ornaments.

  • Council selects DP Road site for rec center

    The Los Alamos County Council began preliminary deliberations about the 2017 recreation bond projects last Tuesday. The only significant decision they made was about where to locate a proposed recreation center/indoor ice rink.
    Council’s most recent direction to staff was to eliminate the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and North Mesa as possible locations for a recreation center and to develop costs for building on either the A-8 site behind the Smith’s Marketplace or at the Pueblo Complex.
    In the end, neither of those locations was selected. Instead, council voted to approve the A-16 site – located further down DP Road from the A-8 site – for the recreation center location.
    Councilor Kristin Henderson raised objections to the A-8 site, which is currently under consideration for housing development. Preliminary findings suggest that 150 to 400 units could be built at that site.
    “I’m concerned about A-8, because as much as we need a rec center, our more urgent need is housing,” Henderson said. “And it concerns me to put something else right there in the middle.”
    Dekker Perich Sabatini (DPS) Principal/Urban Planner Will Gleason, the consultant providing scoping for the bond projects, pointed out that the recreation center would only occupy about one-quarter of the A-8 site.

  • New Mexico economists slash revenue expectations

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico expects to collect far less revenue this budget year and next than previously forecast as employment, wages and economic growth lag, a group of state economists said Monday.

    The economists from three executive agencies and the Legislature estimated the state's annual revenue stream will decrease by $131 million to $5.6 billion for the current fiscal year, and by $127 million for the fiscal year starting in July.

    Falling fossil fuel prices and declining employment in the oil sector have significantly decreased taxes on gross receipts, which provide about one-third of general fund revenues for the state.

    The figures presented in Santa Fe set a benchmark for lawmakers who meet in January to shore up state finances and craft a new budget.

    The budget crisis has spilled over into courts where public defenders say they cannot keep up with caseloads. Other state agencies and universities are grappling with annual spending cuts as high as 8 percent.

    The forecast indicates spending is likely to outstrip operating reserves by $69 million during the current fiscal year. Next year, revenues are expected to fall $93 million short if New Mexico continues to spend at its current pace of just over $6 billion a year.

  • LA makes strides to decrease drunken driving

    This year, Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Police Department have made inroads into eliminating drinking and driving.
    In 2015, the Los Alamos Police Department arrested 45 drivers for suspected drunken driving. This year, the number of arrests is expected to reach the upper 60s. Police officers have received more training on how to recognize and catch drunken drivers, enabling them to take more offenders off the road, according to Chief Dino Sgambellone.
    One training technique the LAPD has implemented is “Wet Lab,” where volunteers drink alcohol and allow the officers in training to evaluate them.
    “We evaluate them. It’s real world, it’s practical,” Sgambellone said.
    The department will also continue to partner with the community in cutting down on drunken driving in other ways.
    “We continue to collaborate with different organizations including the DUI Planning Council with funding that helps us with our youth planning and educating young people about the dangers of driving under the influence,” Sgambellone said.
    On the county side, the DWI Planning Council and the Los Alamos County Council are also taking steps to eliminate drunken driving. They are joining the state in acknowledging and supporting “DWI Awareness Week” this week.

  • Police Beat 12-4-16

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Nov. 21
    6:01 p.m. — Police reported that a 19-year-old Espanola man was the victim of immediate notice of accidents at East Jemez Road.

    Nov. 22
    1 p.m. — Police reported that a 17-year-old Chimayo female was arrested for a public affray at Diamond Drive.

    1:05 p.m. — Police reported that a 16-year-old Santa Fe female was arrested for a public affray at Diamond Drive.

    5:11 p.m. — Police reported that a 36-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of careless driving at the intersection of Oppenheimer Drive and Trinity Drive.

    5:11 p.m. — Patricia Remelius, 55, of Los Alamos was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor at the intersection of Oppenheimer Drive and Trinity Drive.

    Nov. 23
    7:12 a.m. — Police reported that a 42-year-old Clinton man was the victim of careless driving at Grand Canyon Drive.

  • News for Retirees Dec. 4-10

    Dec. 4-10
    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

    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion             Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Swiss Steak
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: BBQ Chicken Thigh
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus
    10:30 a.m.        Music w/Ruth

  • Mediator takes on NM budget impasse

    SANTA FE (AP) — He is a mild mannered attorney who negotiates out-of-court resolutions to legal disputes for a living.
    In his unsalaried job as the next New Mexico state Senate majority leader, Peter Wirth is positioned as a lead Democratic power broker for high-stakes decisions about plunging state revenues and essential government services when the new Legislature meets in January.
    Amid an oil-industry downturn, New Mexico has largely depleted state operating reserves, slashed agency spending, refinanced construction and closed tax loopholes without fully closing a stubborn budget deficit.
    In a wide-ranging interview this week, Wirth said his challenge is keeping the doors of government open and protecting programs that are economic drivers of the state. And that could mean raising more tax dollars from gasoline sales, corporate income taxes or even the legalization of recreational marijuana — ideas that have been anathema to the state’s second-term GOP governor, Susana Martinez.
    For validation, he points to Wyoming’s recent enactment of a fuel tax increase by a Republican governor and GOP-dominated Legislature.