Today's News

  • Company proposes nuclear waste storage in New Mexico

    HOBBS (AP) — An energy equipment company has taken steps toward opening a long-term storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico.

    Holtec International has submitted a letter of intent to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission about its bid to open a $5 billion Consolidated Interim Storage Facility in Lea County, The News-Sun reported.

    Holtec is proposing a long-term facility that could have a lifespan of 100 years. Company officials have said they anticipate initial licensing for the first 40 years.

    The company's letter to the NRC says it hopes to submit a site-specific license application by the end of November.

    Hobbs Mayor Sam Cobb says the formal notice to the NRC is the latest development in a yearslong process. Cobb is a member of the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance board, a group of four southeastern New Mexico governments that is selling the 1,000 acres of land in western Lea County and Eddy County that Holtec has its eye on.

    The alliance includes the city of Hobbs, Lea County, Eddy County and the city of Carlsbad.

    The alliance has entered a tentative agreement to sell the land to Holtec that is contingent upon Holtec receiving the NRC license.

  • On the Docket 4-13-16

    March 31
    Nikolat A. Yampolsky pled guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Defendant was fined $30 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Jeremy A Sauer  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal court of having animals at large. Sentence deferred until April 29. Defendant must pay $60 in court costs.

    John Ferris  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a sign and causing an accident. Sentence deferred until May 30. Defendant also sentenced to defensive driving school. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Cody J. Ulibarri pled no contest to headlamps on motor vehicles. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    April 1
    Luke Manzanares  was found guilty of four counts of failing to appear in court and not paying court costs or fees. Defendant was fined $200 and must also pay $284 in court costs

    Larry Bobo paid a $50 fine for failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked.
    Greg Gonzales was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of three counts of failing to appear, one count of not having proper car insurance and one count of failing  to display a current, valid registration plate.

  • MOWW meeting Tuesday

    The Military Order of the World Wars meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. This month’s speaker is Alan Carr, who will speak about “Project Y Spies: An Historical Perspective on a Perennial Threat.”
    The meeting will be held in Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room. The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner.  The meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.  Call Gregg Giesler, USA Retired, Chapter Commander, 662-5574 (g.giesler@computer.org) or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (depinyan@cybermesa.com).


  • Community Calendar 4-13-17

    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free.
    Los Alamos Farmer’s Winter Market from 8 a.m. to noon. At Crossroads Church, 97 E Road.

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women meeting will be at noon in the Patio Room at 1001 Oppenheimer Drive. Special guest speakers are Nora Espinoza, candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State and Yvonne Chicoine, candidate for First Judicial District Attorney.  Anyone is welcome.

    Los Alamos Chamber Business After Hours from 5:30-7 p.m. co-hosted by Farber & Associates, at 1475 Central Avenue, Suite 210. Business after hours is a monthly after-work-hours social that promotes interaction, friendship and identification of business opportunities. Register online http://losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of the Mesa Public Library. Speaker Dr. Emmanuel (“Manny”) Olona from Albuquerque will present a talk on “Are You Sure You Are Who You Think You Are?” and will be about the essentials of genealogical analysis. The traditional no-host social dinner will convene earlier that same evening at 5:30 p.m. at the China Moon restaurant.

  • In early days, Bankhead Highway was a first

    “If any town in the United States needs roads worse than us, it has my pity,” a citizen told his county commissioners. “Farmers,” said the local paper, “have been wedged between two sand hills long enough.”
    These were the first rumblings of the Good Roads movement in New Mexico. In 1915, farmers on the East Side threatened to take their produce to markets in Texas, where roads were better, if the Roosevelt County Commission didn’t do something.  
    The next time you get in your car, remind yourself that a century ago the nation’s roads were little more than dirt tracks and trails with no signs or bridges. In New Mexico, land owners fenced across roads, and drifting sand was a bigger hindrance than fences.
    New Mexico joined the national Good Roads movement, which produced a network of highways, such as they were. We know Route 66 best, but a few years earlier and farther south was the Bankhead Highway, one of the first transcontinental highways.
    It began in 1916 with the Bankhead Highway Association, whose namesake, U. S. Sen. John H. Bankhead, of Alabama, was a leader of the Good Roads movement. That year, Congress passed the Federal Aid Road Act of 1916 over the objections of citizens like Henry Ford, who didn’t think roads were a good use of taxpayer money.

  • Song starts path to 206 commissions

    Follow a random path and the journey can get a little strange. This path started with a song, a terrible song, it must be said. I heard the song, “Truth or Consequences,” when I paused my dial flipping at KUNM, the public radio station at the University of New Mexico.
    What I could understand of the lyrics indicated unkind things about Truth or Consequences and about New Mexico. The song seemed to fit our situation.
    By email, I got the name of the song and the artist, Fish Karma of Tucson, aka Terry Owen. The lyrics, in part, say:
    “Well I was on my way to Santa Fe to take a brief vacation.
    “Feeling hungry I pulled in here to get a bite to eat.
    “That was about a month ago and they won’t let me leave.
    “I’m stuck in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
    “Ain’t no way out that I could see…
    “…the deepest pit of hell has gotta be better than this.”
    Unfortunately, the song appeared in 1992, just as we began an Intel-driven boom.

  • Second half of property taxes due date approaching

    Los Alamos County reminds property owners that the second installment for 2015 property tax bills becomes delinquent after May 11.  
    Payment must be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m. May 11 or postmarked by midnight that same day to avoid late payment penalty and interest charges. The 311 Customer Care Center is located in the Municipal Building lobby at 1000 Central Ave. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, NM  87544.  
    Payments are also accepted through a property tax lockbox at Los Alamos National Bank.


  • Time to find positivity

    After multiple comments on my column last week about Texas, I felt I needed to continue my train of thought and how I see it relating to youth.
    I was fascinated in Texas by so much state support of just being Texas. Now I know there is a fine line between having some self-pride and gloating.
    What I mean by this is that the Texas star is everywhere! It was on the bag of potatoes in the grocery store. It was on those self-sealing bags you use for kid’s sandwiches for lunch. People had it on their salt and pepper shakers on the dinner table, painted in their driveways beside the house number and prominently and quite largely displayed on their homes.
    I see a little bit of pride in our state, but how can we raise our children to be proud of where they come from, when as adults, we don’t seem to have very much?
    I’m excited to see the New Mexico True commercials because there are many things to be proud of about our community and our state. If you don’t feel that way, then I am sure there is an equal amount that can be said of us as individuals too, so what do you do to make it better?
    I don’t mean what does the government do, I mean each and every day, and what do you do to make life for someone better?

  • Espinoza, Chicoine to speak at LAFRW

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women meeting will be at noon Thursday in the Patio Room at 1001 Oppenheimer Drive. Special guest speakers will be Nora Espinoza, candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State, and Yvonne Chicoine, candidate for First Judicial District Attorney.  Anyone is welcome.
    Espinoza was born and raised in Panama City, Panama, (Canal Zone) and graduated from Balboa High School. She and her husband, Sonny, have been married for 41 years and they have a son, daughter-in-law, and a young granddaughter.
    Espinoza holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious education and spent 22 years as a teacher at Christian schools in Roswell.
    Following her career in education, Espinoza gained valuable experience in government as a legislative assistant in Santa Fe, before moving on to become the protocol liaison for New Mexico Military Institute, where she guided and influenced the lives of young men and women cadets until winning the nomination for state representative in 2006.
    Espinoza also has considerable business experience as the sole proprietor of her own company from 1981-1987, and later as managing partner of a food supply company from 2011-1015.

  • Silva-Bañuelos to speak Tuesday

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s 2016 Earth Day talk will feature Valles Caldera superintendent Jorge Silva- Bañuelos, who will talk about the past, present and future of the national preserve.
    The talk is sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, and will be held at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
    The talk is free and open to the public.
    Silva-Bañuelos will discuss the history of the Valles Caldera from its geologic origins to its designation as a unit of the National Park System. He will also share his vision and plans for the short- and long-term future of the preserve.
    Silva-Bañuelos was recently selected as the first National Park Service superintendent of Valles Caldera National Preserve.