Today's News

  • Officials plan $15M in ski resort improvements to 5 mountains

    Resort officials with the largest ski area collective in the southwest announced capital improvements that will be made for the 2017/2018 season at five southwestern mountains located in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, plus Colorado’s largest cat skiing operation.
    James Coleman, managing partner of  Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colorado;  Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Arizona; Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort near Taos, New Mexico; Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in Los Alamos, New Mexico; Hesperus Ski Area, west of Durango; and Purgatory Snowcat Adventures, Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation, announced the company is investing an additional $15 million for the 2017/2018 season, continuing the aggressive multi-mountain improvement campaign for a grand total of $35 million over three consecutive seasons.  Capital improvements include additional trails, enhancements to snowmaking systems, new summer activities, and new offerings to boost the overall skiing and guest experience at the resorts.
    The 2017/2018 capital investment plan outlines new trails, snowmaking, new summer activities, and more at these mountains:
    Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort

  • Tennis teams, individuals among top seeds in 5A

    It seemed throughout the spring season the Los Alamos Hilltopper tennis teams were on the very short list of squads with a very good chance of earning a state title in 2017.
    And the New Mexico Activities Association tennis seeding committee seemed to agree.
    Los Alamos earned either the No. 1 or No. 2 seeds in girls singles, girls doubles and boys doubles, which started Wednesday in Albuquerque. Along with that, the Hilltopper girls earned the top seed in team competition, while the boys are the No. 2 seed in that draw.
    The singles and doubles tournaments were scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in Albuquerque, with the team competition starting today.
    Los Alamos’ athletes will play their matches at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center.
    Albuquerque Academy, one of the dominant programs in the state in both boys and girls tennis, extending as far back as there’s been tennis at the prep level in New Mexico, picked up the No. 1 seed on the boys side.
    The Chargers, who went through the regular season a spotless 11-0 and won three different tournament titles, are undoubtedly the team to beat in boys tennis, while the Charger girls are the three seed behind top-seeded Los Alamos and second-seeded Farmington.

  • Love the horses but let them starve

    Of all the demonstrations of Americans’ political hypocrisy, what we’ve done about the slaughter of horses is right up there.
    We can thank our governor for a recent example, though she is hardly alone.
    Like other public figures, the governor shed crocodile tears a few years ago during the controversy over the possible opening of a horse slaughterhouse in Roswell. That controversy helped spark a change in federal policy that effectively banned horse slaughter in the United States.
    This year, she pocket vetoed a simple bill that would have saved a few horses. A pocket veto means she simply ignored the bill until the deadline passed.
    The bill, HB 390, said when the state livestock board has custody of a stray horse, licensed rescue organizations should get a chance to buy the horse at a modest fee before the horse is offered at auction. This would allow the rescue to get the horse at a low price rather than having to bid against other unknown buyers, possibly including “killer buyers” who would take the horse to Mexico and sell it for slaughter. The bill passed both houses handily.

  • Avoiding shutdown is not such a bad thing

    The Boston Herald published this editorial Wednesday.

    So either “This is what winning looks like” or “Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix (this) mess!”
    Yes, we’re confused too. In an early morning tweet yesterday President Trump seemed so unhappy with the temporary spending deal struck by congressional Republicans to keep the government up and operating until September that he would risk a shutdown then. But by mid-day he had suddenly decided that it’s a good deal after all and “a clear win for the American people.”
    The $1.1 trillion spending package does include a $15 billion boost in military spending — half of what Trump wanted — but in the greater scheme of things not a bad deal. And it includes $1.5 billion in additional cash for border security — some of it for “fixing” existing portions of the border wall.
    As for all those proposed cuts in domestic spending, well that’s just a big nevermind. The proposed $1.2 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health? NIH got a $2 billion increase. Defunding Planned Parenthood? Nope. The Environmental Protection Agency takes a 1 percent haircut on its $8 billion budget.

  • Local church effort goes a long way to help immigrants in Otero County

    Special to the Monitor

  • Barks ‘n Brews event set for Saturday

    Bathtub Row Brewing is hosting a fundraiser for the Española Valley Humane Society from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
    The event will be a dog-friendly fundraiser on the patio of Bathtub Row and proceeds will benefit Española Valley.
    “We are having events in neighboring communities to bring awareness of the shelter and the amazing things that they do for the animals,” explained Dolores Trujillo, a member of the shelter’s fundraising committee.
    The shelter has been saving animals since 1990.
    “Española Valley Humane accepts every animal, regardless of how old, sick, neglected or abused. Our goal is to provide compassionate shelter and care to the thousands of animals that would otherwise have no refuge,” according to their website. They want to ensure that these animals do not live struggling on the streets or being neglected in a home that is not equipped to take care of them.
    Española Valley is a city-owned animal shelter, which means that 91 percent of contributions go directly to the animals in care.
    Española Valley’s mission is to end animal suffering due to overpopulation and preventable diseases, especially in underserved communities.

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  • Lone GOP congressman in New Mexico backs health overhaul

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico’s lone Republican congressional representative joined the GOP majority Thursday in voting for an overhaul of President Barack Obama’s health care law.
    Rep. Steve Pearce said he supported the bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act because it will restore power to the states on health care issues.
    The House-approved legislation would rework subsidies for private insurance, limit federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people and cut taxes on upper-income individuals used to finance Obama’s overhaul.
    Pearce said many individuals currently are forced to purchase insurance they may not like, need or be able to afford. The GOP plan will “put the power back into the states’ hands so they can decide what is best for their unique populations,” he said in a statement.
    New Mexico insurance regulators and advocacy groups on poverty issues have warned the GOP plan would shift costs for Medicaid onto the state general fund in coming years, likely leading to reductions in insured health coverage. The state’s uninsured rate has been cut in half since 2013 under the expansion of Medicaid.

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  • LA Historical Society, county presented with award

    The Los Alamos Historical Society and Los Alamos County has been presented the 2017 Edgar Lee Hewett Award, given yearly by the Historical Society of New Mexico.
    The award was announced at the Joint Arizona-New Mexico History Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona, during ceremonies at the conference banquet April 23.
    The Hewett award is given in recognition of outstanding service to the people of New Mexico.
    Los Alamos, with the help of the historical society, draws visitors from around the globe to experience the history of the Manhattan Project and the Cold War, along with introductions to our connections with Ancestral Pueblo people, Hispano and Anglo homesteading, and the Los Alamos Ranch School.
    Throughout the last few years, the Los Alamos Historical Society and its partner, Los Alamos County, have made significant resource investments to ensure that these uniquely New Mexican stories are preserved and shared.
    Los Alamos County took the first steps in earning this award when it included a state-of-the-art archive to house the collections of the Los Alamos Historical Society in its new municipal building in 2013. That collection contains tens of thousands of photographs, more than 1,500 linear feet of documents, and more than 20,000 artifacts – from Maria Martinez pottery to samples of trinitite.