Today's News

  • Re-imposing food tax doesn’t add up

    The best state sales tax systems (or gross receipts tax, as it is called in New Mexico) are broad, low, and don’t tax necessities, like food.  
    If tax systems are broad and low, that means that the tax burden is shared widely by different products and services and doesn’t fall too heavily on any one product or service.
    Meanwhile, most states avoid taxing necessities so that citizens who live paycheck to paycheck are not forced to choose between paying the rent and putting food on the table.   
    Unfortunately, New Mexico‘s gross receipts tax (GRT) is neither broad nor low. At last count, there were 338 exemptions for everything from boxing matches to all-terrain vehicles and these exemptions significantly narrow the tax base.
    The GRT also averages more than 7.25 percent across New Mexico, which is relatively high, according to the Tax Foundation.
    The one area where New Mexico’s GRT gets it right is the fact that, since 2005, New Mexico no longer taxes food or medical services. This was an important reform, since the food tax not only fell on a necessity, it was also very regressive in that it fell hardest on those who could least afford it.

  • Operation Genesis arrests
  • ’Genesis’ nets drugs, arrests

    A four-month operation by Los Alamos Police Department netted 10 arrest warrants and 8 search warrants connected to drug trafficking and distribution in a recent operation.
    LAPD’s “Operation Genesis” began in October and raids on several local suspected drug houses have taken place in recent days. LAPD reported that its officers conducted hundreds of hours of surveillance and specialized investigations on suspected local drug dealers.
    According to information provided by LAPD, detectives have already seized methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, controlled prescription medications, marijuana wax and marijuana during Operation Genesis.
    “I want to thank all of the officers and detectives involved for their efforts in combating the illegal drug culture in our community,” said commander Oliver Morris. “Our investigators have information that several of these suspects have also been allegedly selling drugs to our community’s youth at Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School. I also want our citizens to realize our youth have access to almost any type of drug imaginable.”
    Morris said LAPD has worked hard and is committed to combating the local drug problem with “every resource available” to help provide a safe community for youth.

  • News for retirees 1-25-15 to 1-31-15

    Jan. 25-31, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Pasta primavera
    12:15 p.m.    Smart Driver course
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Tilapia
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.    “Friends”
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table Tennis

    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken chile             cheese soup
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate             bridge

  • Births 1-25-15

    Jan. 8: A boy, Jayceon Salazar, born to Eryana and Julian Salazar
    Jan. 15: A girl, Kayleigh Suzanne Hollowell, born to Brittany and Ben Hollowell
    Jan. 17: A boy, Elisa Daniel Mora, born to Samantha Jo Martinez and Isidro Urias Mora

  • Animal shelter 1-25-15

    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 a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Cordelia — A short haired, all-black cat with a tiny little white patch on her chest and a small notch out of her ear. She was trapped on 48th Street on New Year’s Eve, and she was certainly happy to be somewhere warm for the new year! She is extremely friendly, and now that she has received a clean bill of health, she’s ready for her own warm, indoor home.

  • Today in history Jan. 24
  • Students unveil prom plans

    It’s an ambitious plan for a prom, but Los Alamos High School students Deanna Gutierrez and Jordan Henson seem to have plenty of inside and outside support for their plan.
    Their plan was presented at Thursday’s work session of the Los Alamos School Board where Gutierrez, the junior class president, and Henson, the vice president, went detail by detail through their presentation of two prom proposals.
    One proposal centered on having the prom at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. The other was centered on going “off the hill” to Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino.
    When they were done with the comparison part of the presentation, the two students announced that the class preferred Buffalo Thunder.
    Even though there was a $14 price difference in the tickets, Henson said the students preferred Buffalo Thunder because they felt they would be getting more bang for their buck for their $50 ticket.
    Prom at Buffalo Thunder would include a three-course dinner in a ballroom setting with clean up and set up included. She also said that the junior class, which has been fundraising since they were freshmen, will be paying for the DJ, the court supplies and the tickets.

  • Drug sweep yields eight arrests, more pending

    This report was taken from a recent LAPD press release on the operation:


    "Since October of 2014, the Los Alamos Police Department’s Investigations Division has been investigating illegal narcotics trafficking and distributing cases throughout Los Alamos County.  Detectives and officers have conducted hundreds of hours of surveillance and specialized investigations on local drug dealers.  Ten arrest warrants have been obtained and eight search warrants related to illegal narcotic sales.  Detectives have already seized quantities of the following illicit drugs; methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, controlled prescription medications, marijuana wax, and marijuana.  Detectives and specialized officers from the LAPD executed these warrants beginning Thursday evening and in the early morning hours of Friday throughout Los Alamos and White Rock. Detectives also worked with undercover detectives from the Espanola Police Department and conducted joint operations within the city limits of Espanola related to these cases.

  • Sports Briefs 1-23-15

    Girls stay put in rankings

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team stayed put at No. 5 in this week’s MaxPreps online rankings.
    Los Alamos, which plays tonight at home against Las Vegas Robertson, had been ranked as high as No. 3 this year, but dropped down to the No. 5 spot following its loss to Belen two weeks ago.
    Heading into this weekend’s play, the Hilltoppers have the best won-loss record in 5A at 16-2. They trounced both Class 6A Highland and District 2-5A opponent Capital in their last two outings.
    Gallup, which has been at or near the top of the 5A rankings all season, remained No. 1 in the state, followed by Roswell, Los Lunas and the Hilltoppers’ biggest foe, Española Valley.
    The Sundevils (14-3) open 2-5A play Saturday against Del Norte.
    In the boys 5A rankings, the Hilltoppers (2-15) remained at No. 23 in the 24-team classification, ahead of only winless Chaparral.
    Centennial remained at No. 1 this week. Gallup, which has the best record in 5A at 16-1, is No. 2.

    NMSU downs
    Grand Canyon