Today's News

  • Hillary’s energy plan is like Obama’s Clean Power Plan on steroids

    The Hillary Clinton campaign’s newly announced “ambitious renewable energy plans” move far beyond Barack Obama’s highly criticized efforts that have increased costs and jeopardized reliability.
    Obama’s policies push a goal of producing 20 percent of the nation’s electricity from renewables by 2030 — hers is 33 percent by 2027. We are at 7 percent today.
    At a rally in Ames, Iowa, Clinton said, “I want more wind, more solar, more advanced biofuels, more energy efficiency. And, I’ve got to tell you, people who argue against this are just not paying attention.”
    I’ve got to tell you, the Clinton campaign isn’t paying attention — or, it is paying attention to the demands of wealthy campaign donors.
    The White House has received aggressive push back and a Supreme Court’s smack down over the administration’s policies designed to cut carbon dioxide by requiring renewables.
    A growing list of governors refuses to comply with Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) — the cornerstone of his climate agenda — and Congress has pending legislation giving the governors the authority to “just say no” if such plans would negatively affect electricity rates, reliability, or important economic sectors.

  • Short changed at primary

    Few, if any, New Mexicans seem to notice, let alone mind, that their lawmakers schedule the state’s presidential primaries so late as to seriously limit their choice of presidential candidates.
    Yet it happens every four years.
    Think upon it. By June 7 of next year, when New Mexico holds its 2016 primary elections where Republican and Democratic voters can vote for the candidate they wish to be their parties’ standard bearers at the November general election, that decision will already have been made by voters in 40 other states.
    By then some candidates currently presumed to be in it for the long haul will have dropped out of the race altogether.
    There are (at present count) fully 17 individuals who have declared their candidacy for the Republican nomination, far more than necessary, even most Republicans would surely agree.
    Yet such are the vagaries of presidential politics that just last week one of the most recognizable of those candidates, former-Texas Gov. Rick Perry, made it known that for want of sufficient “liquidity” in his campaign treasury staffers at his headquarters will go unpaid for the time being.

  • Today in history Aug. 21
  • On The Docket 8-21-15

    Aug. 13

    Ruth A. Neal was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding one to five miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Aug. 14

    Ross E. Bridge was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Elfago Lovato paid a $50 fined for improper stopping, standing or parking.

    Santiago Martinez pled not guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court for not having a driver’s license. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Tuhy M. Mills was found guilty through Citepay of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Aug. 16

    Loma Salazar was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Aug. 17

    Seth Kirshenberg was found guilty at the time of traffic stop to speeding 21 to 25 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Road Work

    Early Thursday afternoon, crews were digging up 20th Street and pouring new concrete as part of planned county improvements. Traffic was reduced to one lane on Trinity Drive to make room for the work.

  • NMSU’s Abdelkader among WAC’s top returners in 2015

    LAS CRUCES —Aggie midfielder Holly Abdelkader was named to the preseason All-Western Athletic Conference team for New Mexico State University.
    “This is definitely a really good feeling and I want to thank all my teammates and coaches for their support,” Abdelkader said. “I’ll try to use my experience of my freshman year and try to pass that on to my teammates. I just want this team to be successful and I have a feeling we’re going to have a great season ahead of us.”
    During her freshman year, Abdelkader played in all 22 matches for the Aggies, starting 12.
    She finished the season fifth on the team with two goals and tied for fourth on the squad with two assists and six points.
    The preseason women’s soccer poll and all-conference teams were announced last week following a coaches’ meeting at Texas-Rio Grande Valley.
    The coaches voted NMSU in a tie for sixth with the Rio Grande Valley, formerly Texas-Pan American, in the eight-team conference. The Aggies and UTRGV both earned 17 points, ahead of only Chicago State who finished in eighth with eight points.

  • Lobo volleyball to appear on national broadcast

    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico volleyball team will finish off its opening weekend of the 2015 season in front of a national TV audience.
    The Lobos’ match at Ball State will be streamed on ESPN3. That match is set for Aug. 29.
    UNM now has two matches scheduled for a nation audience in 2015, with the Ball State match joining the Lobos’ Sept. 11 match versus USC on the PAC-12 Networks.
    “I’m excited to have another match nationally broadcast,” Lobo head coach Jeff Nelson said. “These types of games really help promote our program nationally.”
    The Ball State match is UNM’s first match to be produced for a national audience since the Lobos played San Diego State on the CBS Sports Network in early 2011.
    The Lobos open their season at the Ball State Invitational Aug. 28-29, taking Belmont and Albany on the first day of the tournament before facing Ball State on Saturday.
    UNM will host a fan appreciation night this Thursday, including a 6:30 p.m. Cherry & Silver exhibition match.

  • Fishing good in some spots

    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, worms, salt craws, wooly buggers and zonkers for smallmouth bass. Fishing for walleye was slow to fair using deep diving crank baits, spinner night crawler rigs and minnows. Anglers fishing at night and using night crawlers and liver picked up a few catfish.
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 270 cubic feet per second (cfs). The river has reopened to fishing and other recreation but it is recommended that anglers practice catch and release through the contaminated area.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using stick baits, jerk baits and hot dogs for tiger muskies. Fishing was fair to good using hot dogs and liver for catfish. We had no reports on other species.
    Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 861 cfs and 697 cfs respectively. Fishing slowed at both locations due to the high water.

  • Runners right on pace

    Tuesday’s Pace Race was held on the Pipeline “Gutbuster.”
    The best predictor of the night was Lauraine Maness with a seven-second error, followed by Jesse Woodroffe, nine seconds off, Laura Woodroffe, 10 seconds off, and Ryan Smeltzer, 11 seconds off.
    The fastest female and male on the one-mile course were Mariela Saenz (10 minutes, 53 seconds) and Jack Ammerman (11:26).
    The fastest male and female on the 3.2-mile course were Valerio Pinchetti (27:30) and Nikol Strother (28:05).
    Next Tuesday’s race will start and finish at LANL’s TA-16 (S-Site) on N.M. 501 at 6 p.m.

  • Gravity Games scheduled for Labor Day Weekend

    Bike jousting, races, whip offs, a brewer’s festival and more are all on tap for Angel Fire Resort’s annual Gravity Games.
    The games begin Sept. 4.
    The Labor Day weekend event is meant to bring together music, a mountainside brewfest featuring New Mexico brewers, scenic motorcycle riding and three days of mountain biking competition.
    All season pass holders (Gravity Pass Holders) will be entitled to free entry to this year’s Gravity Games.
    Tickets are available for purchase in Angel Fire Resort Bike Shop or at the Lift Ticket Office.
    Gravity Games Lift Tickets are required to participate in Saturday’s events only.
    For more information on the events, visit angelfireresort.com.