Today's News

  • Trump vows to cut taxes 'tremendously' for middle class

    By MARCY GORDON and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump vowed to deliver on a major tax cut for middle-class Americans on Tuesday as the White House and congressional leaders prepared to release details on a tax overhaul proposal that would slash the corporate rate and simplify the nation's tax code.

    Trump met with Republicans and Democrats from the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee at the White House, telling reporters he would be releasing a "very comprehensive, very detailed report" on Wednesday that would offer the framework for his top legislative agenda.

    "We will cut taxes tremendously for the middle-class. Not just a little bit but tremendously," Trump said. He predicted jobs "will be coming back in because we have a non-competitive tax structure right now and we're going to go super competitive."

    The president and congressional leaders were putting the final touches on plans for the first major overhaul to the tax system in three decades, a major Trump campaign pledge that the White House hopes will give Trump a sorely needed legislative achievement.

  • State committee discuses chromium plume cleanup

    A state legislative committee met with Los Alamos National Laboratory officials in Los Alamos Thursday, focusing mainly on cleaning up a decades-old hazardous waste spill on lab property.

    The legislators were members of the Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee.

    The lab is treating the ground plume, which is on an aquifer below Mortandad Canyon that is part of a regional aquifer used by Los Alamos Santa Fe and other communities.

    The plume is 1,000 feet below the ground, and some has made its way into the regional aquifer below.

    LANL discovered the plume in 2005, and has been installing a series of wells to define where the boundaries of the plume are, so it can be stopped and the area inside the well boundary cleaned or rendered harmless to the environment.

    The chromium 6 was used as a corrosion inhibitor at a LANL power plant from the mid-‘50s to the early ‘70s. The chromium was regularly flushed out into the canyons. There is approximately 160,000 pounds of chromium in the plume.

    Officials believe the plume is about 20 to 50 feet deep, and a mile long by a half a mile wide.

    In a presentation to the committee, Doug Hintze, manager of the Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office, disputed recent newspaper reports that the plume was spreading and growing in size.

  • ESB backs off trash cart fine plan

    The Environmental Sustainability Board tabled an ordinance Thursday that would have fined residents $50 to $200 for bringing their trash out too early, and for not keeping the roll carts in a secured, covered area when not in use. 

    “I was appalled by the ordinance we got back from county legal, we had what we thought was a reasonable approach,” Chairman John Bliss said.

    According to Fine and ESB Liaison Angelica Gurule, the ordinance had to meet a certain legal standard to be enforceable, and what came out of the department was not their intention.

    “Ordinances cannot be suggestive,” Gurule said. “You cannot have suggestive language, it cannot be enforceable.”

    The original draft ordinance contained no mention of structures where the carts are to be stored when not in use, only that they be “neatly stowed.” The second violation gave the owner the option buying a bear-proof container or paying the fine. 

  • New Mexico college bake sale charged prices based on race

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A bake sale at the University of New Mexico set up by a nonprofit group to charge students based on race and ethnicity ended after outraged opponents disrupted it.

    The group, Turning Point USA, set up what it called an "Affirmative Action Bake Sale" on campus Thursday with a sign advertising higher prices for Asians and Caucasians and cheaper prices for African Americans and Hispanics.

    William Witt, a Turning Point regional director, said the bake sale was aimed at generating a conversation about affirmative action programs. "Certain groups get different opportunities than other groups, and we believe it doesn't give equal opportunity," he said.

    But protesters outnumbered the people who set up the bake sale, and the members of Turning Point ended up leaving.

    "We had tons of people who wanted to have great conversations. But once people start yelling, destroying our stuff and breaking everything on the table, it makes it tough to have good discussions," Witt said.

    Some students encouraged a dialogue and asked angry students to calm down.

    Bake sale opponent and student Ryan Sindon said the group's departure came after "we exercised our free speech to the point where they felt they needed to leave."

  • Toulouse Oliver: No evidence Russians attempted to hack New Mexico election networks

    New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said Friday there is no evidence New Mexico was targeted by Russian hackers in the 2016 elections.

    According to Toulouse Oliver, the Department of Homeland Security said Russian hackers attempted to gain access to election networks in 21 states, but there is no evidence that any votes were affected. DHS is contacting the 21 states impacted to provide specifics on the breaches, she said.

    DHS called senior election officials in all 50 states and six U.S. territories Friday to provide information about attempts by Russians to gain access to various election networks around the country during the 2016 election, presumably with the goal of swaying election results in the favor of current President Donald Trump, Toulouse Oliver said.

     “Fortunately, it appears that New Mexico was not one of the states targeted by Russian hackers last year,” said Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver. “However, cybersecurity threats are still a major concern and should be handled with the utmost seriousness and attention to detail. My staff and I will continue cooperating with federal agencies and other states to maintain the integrity of New Mexico’s elections and protect the privacy of all voters. Election security is and always will be a top priority for me.”

  • Girl’s soccer picks up dramatic OT win

    All season long, senior Alix Hailey has been an offensive force for the Los Alamos High School varsity girl’s soccer team.

    Tuesday night at Sullivan Field, she added another moment to her highlight reel, scoring the game-winning goal in overtime, as the Hilltoppers defeated Hope Christian High School 1-0.

    This was an especially meaningful game for LAHS. Earlier this season, Hope Christian defeated the Hilltoppers 3-2 during the Albuquerque Academy Tournament, one of just three losses LAHS has collected so far this year.

    Head coach Ann Cernicek said that her team was able to avoid mistakes in this game that cost them dearly in the first matchup.

    “Two of the goals Hope Christian scored in the tournament were off of a corner kick and a free kick, and we didn’t give those things up tonight,” Cernicek said.

    In fact, it seemed like both teams were trying their hardest to avoid giving up those set pieces throughout regulation, knowing how potent both offenses can be when given free chances.

    Because of that, the majority of the play took place in the middle of the field throughout the night, with the defenses preventing strong scoring chances on either side.

  • Brown Bag Lunch to feature Black Mesa Brass Quintet

    The second of the monthly Brown Bag Performances, will be presented at Fuller Lodge from noon-1 p.m. Oct. 4, and will feature trumpet player, Jan McDonald, leading the locally acclaimed Black Mesa Brass Quintet.

    The program will present popular and classical tunes arranged for brass quintet and drum set. Favorites such as “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Basin Street Blues,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” along with the music of Bach and Rossini will be featured in this toe-tapping, sassy and brassy performance.

    All Brown Bag Series performances are informal and are free to the public.

    The public is invited to attend and bring a lunch to munch on, while enjoying some gifted performers presenting uplifting and stress-relieving music.

    McDonald has been a mainstay of the Los Alamos and Santa Fe music scene for decades. He is recognized nationally as an accomplished trumpet player and educator. He performs with many professional groups in New Mexico, and is the recipient of the Outstanding Secondary Educator Award and the Outstanding New Mexico Jazz Educator Award.

    Black Mesa Brass Quintet was formed in 1990 and still has three of the original five members.

    Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of classical, modern, pop, and jazz tunes.

  • Sign up now for Holloweekend

    Halloweekend returns to haunt Los Alamos on Oct. 27 and 28.

    On Oct. 27, Los Alamos MainStreet hosts Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet in downtown Los Alamos from 4-6 p.m.

    Main Street and Central Avenue, from 15th to 20th Streets, are closed to auto traffic and become a safe pedestrian area where local businesses and organizations distribute candy to costumed families.

    While businesses in the downtown area open their doors to the public, this is also an opportunity for businesses and organizations that are not located in the downtown area to be involved.

    In 2016, an estimated 5,000 people took part in the weekend’s festivities.

  • Community Calendar 9-22-17

    Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild “Tomorrow’s Heirlooms” Quilt Show from 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. at the Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos. Tickets for the show are $2 for adults and $1 for children under 12. There will be vendors from all over New Mexico, a Silent Auction and numerous quilts and other hand-made items to view. Tickets will be available for the Donation Quilt “Spinning Stars.”

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will present Alan Ayckbourn’s “Communicating Doors,” a time-traveling murder mystery, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 22-23. Visit lalt.org for more information.

    Gentle Walks
at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free.

    Astronomy and Climate
at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Explore the relationships between astronomy cycles and climate with Chick Keller. Cost is $6/adult, $4/child.

  • Metzger’s celebrates 70 years of serving Los Alamos

    Metzger’s Do It Best hardware store will celebrate its 70-year anniversary in Los Alamos Saturday, and the public is invited to join the festivities.

    Metzger’s offers a wide variety of items to fulfill any and all practical needs, like building materials, cleaning supplies, hand tools, hardware, housewares, outdoor living, paint and painting supplies, plumbing supplies and much more. 

    The first Metzger store was founded by Lee J. Metzger in 1947, and it has been an integral part of the community since its inception.

    Technically two years older than the county, Metzger’s boasts being the oldest business in Los Alamos, save for maybe KRSN. The hardware store has been through ownership changes, but has stayed in the same family for four generations.

    A comment from Los Alamos resident and Metzger’s customer Roslyn Reeves sums it up nicely: “With the kind of customer service they have, it’s easy to see why they have been around for 70 years.”

    The beginning

    Metzger’s story began during World War II, when Lee Metzger opened stores within the Hanford Project site in Washington and found success offering basic provisions to workers in the plant.