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Today's News

  • New UNM-LA Advisory Board sworn in
  • Wallstrom to hold recital at Fuller Lodge

    Miriam Wallstrom, a high school junior, will present her first trumpet recital at Fuller Lodge at 2 p.m. Sunday.
    Playing pieces on both a b-flat trumpet and a piccolo trumpet, she will perform works by Haydn, Albinoni, Sasche, and a Dixieland jazz piece.
    Jan McDonald is her music teacher, and he will accompany her on trumpet for several of her recital pieces. Cindy Little, a well-known piano player, will also accompany her on the piano, and her friend, Jenny Paige, will play duets with her on the euphonium.
    Wallstrom has studied the trumpet for almost six years, played in the Los Alamos Middle School band for two years, and played in the Los Alamos High School band for one-and-a-half years. She was selected for the New Mexico All State Band two years in a row. During the previous two summers Wallstrom studied trumpet at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. The first summer there she spent a week at an intensive Trumpet Institute and the second summer she spent six weeks playing with the World Youth Wind Symphony.
    In addition to the trumpet, Wallstrom also plays the piano, and at the high school is active in the National History Day Club, and the Key Club, a service organization related to Kiwanis. In Key Club, she will serve as an officer during the 2017-2018 school year. She is also a member of the LAHS National Honor Society.

  • Gov. mulls special session if issues linger

    ALBUQUERQUE — The focus of New Mexico lawmakers on “meaningless bills” such as establishing the official state dance may force Gov. Susana Martinez to call a special session to deal with larger issues such as the strapped budget, a spokesman for the governor said Tuesday.
    Martinez, a Republican, might have no choice because the Democratic-controlled Legislature is debating measures such as a holiday song about the traditional foods of empanada and posole, said Michael Lonergan, a Martinez spokesman.
    State lawmakers also have considered declaring the green chile cheeseburger as New Mexico’s official burger.
    Meanwhile, the full Legislature has yet to pass a budget that would address a significant shortfall in funding for public education, Medicaid and other government programs.
    In addition, the Democratic-controlled Senate has refused to hold confirmation hearings on some of the governor’s appointments, and both chambers have stalled items like payday loan and ethics reforms.
    “Not only have they killed bills to protect children from predators – they are even neglecting to do their basic constitutional duties,” said Michael Lonergan, a Martinez spokesman.

  • Police to conduct drill at 1 p.m. today at Barranca

    The Los Alamos Police Department will be conduct training at Barranca Mesa Elementary School at 1-3 p.m. today.  
    The police plan to notify any nearby residents to disregard the increase in police presence during that time frame at the school.   

  • Cadet achieves milestone

    Monday night, Civil Air Patrol Cadet Officer Jack Weston Stafford achieved a milestone in his career that few cadets with the CAP ever achieve.
    Stafford received his General Billy Mitchell Award, an award that shows he has successfully completed the second phase of the CAP cadet program. With his award, Stafford graduated from CAP Chief Master Sergeant to a CAP 2d Lt.
    Very few CAP cadets in the country get this far in the program. The award marks a turning point in their careers in CAP.  
    “There are 23,000 cadets in the U.S. Of those 23,000, only 15 percent of them achieve the Mitchell Award,” said Lt. Col. and Deputy Commander for Cadets Annette Peters.
    The Mitchell Award marks the midway point in Stafford’s career in the Los Alamos CAP squadron, otherwise known as the Los Alamos Composite Squadron. To get to that point, Stafford logged many hours in leadership training, physical training, aerospace training and character development.
    “It’s definitely taken a lot of work,” Stafford said. “I’m very excited to have the honor of wearing these new ranks.”
    Stafford was inspired to make the achievement after seeing the examples set by his fellow friends and cadets, cousin J.D. Downing and friend Caleb Britton.

  • 'Meaningless bills' may force New Mexico special session

    By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico state lawmakers' focus on "meaningless bills" such as establishing the official state dance may force Gov. Susana Martinez to call a special session, the Republican governor's office told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
    The governor's office says Martinez may have no choice but to call a special session to address pressing issues because the Democratic-controlled Legislature is debating measures such as a holiday song about empanadas and posole.
    During the current 60-day session, state lawmakers have debated measures such as naming an official holiday winter song, establishing a state official dance and declaring the green chile cheeseburger New Mexico's official burger. Meanwhile, the full Legislature has yet to pass a budget that would address a significant shortfall in funding for public education, Medicaid and other government programs.
    Similar criticisms were leveled at Martinez from Democrats last year pushing crime bills during a 30-day budget Legislative session.
    But in the current session, the Democratic-controlled Senate has refused to hold confirmation hearings on some of the governor's appointments and both chambers have stalled items like payday loan and ethics reforms.

  • Forecasters warn of windy conditions in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Forecasters with the National Weather Service are warning of windy conditions across New Mexico.

    The combination of strong to potentially damaging winds and extremely dry conditions have resulted in critical to extreme fire danger along the Rio Grande from Albuquerque to Socorro and across the eastern plains.

    Blowing dust is reducing visibility in some parts of the state.

    Forecasters on Monday reported gusts of nearly 80 mph near Red River and over 70 mph east of Los Alamos. Several other communities around the state reported gusts over 50 mph.

  • Farmers Market Report 3-8-17

    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will be 8 a.m. to noon Thursday at Fuller Lodge.
    This week’s market will have plenty of fresh, frozen pastured fed pork from Frances Deters of Pancha Patch Farm.  She also brings pecans from her trees along with some eggs from her free-range chickens.
    Another meat vendor is Gayle and Conlan Jones from the Tierra Armailla area where they raise yak and beef. Beside offering fresh frozen meats, they also farm so
    Gayle usually has garlic ristra, new potatoes and other farm items for sale in her booth.
    Eremita Campos Nativo de las Campos offer a number of canned jams and peaches from last season fruit crops. There will be weaving, as well.
    Ricardo from RZ’s Bees with all his local honey in all different sizes. His grandsons honey sticks are also offered. This helps him support his 4-H projects.
    Mary Campbell of Dixon usually has red chile pods, a few starts, certified organic seed packets and more.
    Pat Montoya of Montoya’s Family Orchard will be at market will his Apple/ Apple cider, jams, tea breads, tortillas, knittings, snowcones or iced drinks.
    Market baskets and aprons are also offered through the markets information booth.
    All proceeds from this booth are reinvested back into the market.

  • House revisits crackdown on false water quality data

    By Andrew Oxford
    The New Mexican

    It was not necessarily a crime under New Mexico law for a utility in the Four Corners area to tell regulators its water was fine even as turbid, odorous liquid flowed to customers' taps.
    But a measure to make lying to state regulators about water quality a fourth-degree felony is a step closer to becoming law. A committee in the state House of Representatives revived the issue under a new bill with a new sponsor and narrower scope, ending an impasse that had prompted finger pointing over the influence of special interest groups and had upended the usual tough-on-crime dynamics at the Capitol.
    On Saturday, the new House Bill 511 won bipartisan support in the House Judiciary Committee, which elected 10-2 to advance it to a vote by the full House.
    Republicans blocked a similar bill last month, even though it was sponsored by a GOP colleague and had the backing of the state Environment Department. GOP members of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee said the bill was far too broad.

  • Proposal to bring death penalty back to New Mexico stalls

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A proposal to bring back the death penalty in New Mexico for those convicted of certain violent crimes has stalled.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the legislation by Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood of Albuquerque was tabled Sunday on a party-line 3-2 vote in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee.
    Lawmakers abolished the death penalty in 2009 and replaced with life in prison without the possibility of parole.
    Similar legislation to reinstate the death penalty was approved five months by the state House, but that proposal was never acted on by the Senate.
    There appeared to be little appetite for bringing back the death penalty after Democrats reclaimed a majority in the House in November's general election.