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Today's News

  • Winter (Sports) is on Its Way
  • Today in history Nov. 12
  • Briefs 11-11-14

    First half of property
    tax bills due

    Los Alamos County property tax bills for 2014 were mailed to property owners last week. The first half installment becomes delinquent after Wednesday, Dec. 10.
    Payment must either be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m. on Dec. 10 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 Avenue.
    They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Payments should be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544. Payments are also accepted through a property tax lockbox at Los Alamos National Bank.

    Central Ave. project
    almost completed

  • Nearly $13M spent in political ads

    SANTA FE (AP) — Nearly $13 million was spent on television advertising in New Mexico races for governor, U.S. Senate and other state offices, a government watchdog group said.
    The governor’s race accounted for the largest share of the ads, about $6.2 million, according to the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity based in Washington, D.C.
    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez spent about $4.6 million to air almost 10,000 ads in her winning re-election campaign through the day before the general election.
    Democratic challenger Gary King broadcast almost 1,200 ads in his primary and general election campaigns, costing about $609,000.
    “Martinez’s TV ads against Gary King prevented him from ever gaining momentum in this campaign,” said Brian Sanderoff, an Albuquerque pollster.
    Martinez won a second term with about 57percent of the vote to 43 percent for King, according to unofficial returns.
    “The candidate who spends more money on TV has a tremendous advantage although it’s no guarantee of victory,” Sanderoff said.
    The Republican Governors Association dumped about $433,000 into hard-hitting ads against King that started within days of the Democrat securing his party’s nomination in a five-way primary race.

  • Correction 11-11-14

    The story in the Nov. 6 Los Alamos Monitor incorrectly stated that Self Help, Inc. received seed money for self-reliance grants. Self Help, Inc. provides the seed money for the grants.
     

  • GOP nominates Tripp

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Don Tripp of Socorro was nominated Saturday to become the top House leader by Republicans who will control the chamber next year for the first time in more than a half century.
    GOP members also selected Rep. Nate Gentry of Albuquerque to serve as majority leader and Rep. Alonzo Baldonado of Los Lunas as majority whip.
    Rep. Kelly Fajardo will be chairwoman of the GOP caucus.
    Gentry said Tripp was nominated unanimously.
    Tripp has served in the House since 1999.
    The speakership won’t become final until January, when the Legislature convenes and all 70 members — 37 Republicans and 33 Democrats — vote on the top leadership position. Tripp will win the job if Republicans stick together The GOP gained enough seats in Tuesday’s election to take control of the House for the first time in 60 years.

  • Police Beat 11-11-14

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Nov. 2

    11:32 p.m. — David Hernandez, 18, of Santa Fe was arrested for larceny (Over $2500, less than $20,000) at the Los Alamos County Police Department.

    10:14 p.m. — Gilbert Maestas, 32, of Santa Cruz was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license at the corner of Rover Boulevard and State Road 4.
    Nov. 3

    9:32 a.m. ­— A 61-year-old Jemez Springs man reported to police he was the victim of forgery at Diamond Road.

    9:45 a.m. ­— A 75-year-old San Juan Pueblo woman reported to police she was the victim of forgery at Trinity Drive.

    12:03 p.m.— Melissa Carpenter 38, of Chimayo was arrested through a Los Alamos County District Court Warrant at the Los Alamos County Justice Center. The original charge was shoplifting (less than $100) on Sherwood Boulevard, Nov. 8, 2013.

  • Update 11-11-14

    Packing Party

    White Rock Presbyterian Church will host a Shoebox Packing Party for needy families. 7 p.m. Friday at 310 Rover Blvd. in White Rock. Event will include food and door prizes. Donations are also welcome. For more information and to make donations call 672-3682.

    Film

    Atomic Film Festival. “When the Wind Blows.” An animated story based on the book by Raymond Briggs about a couple facing nuclear devastation aided only with instructions from the government’s “Protect and Survive” leaflet. 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Free.

    GOP meeting

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have the monthly meeting 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Drive. All registered Republican women are invited to join. In honor of Veteran’s Day, Bill Hudson will be the guest speaker. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe.

    Lecture

  • Crews postpone Valles Caldera prescribed burn

    Beginning today, the Valles Caldera Trust was scheduled to conduct prescribed burn of up to 1471 acres of grass in the Valle Grande meadow of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    According to a VCNP press release, though, today’s prescribed burn scheduled for the Valle Grande on the Valles Caldera National Preserve has been postponed.

    Sustained winds prevented the late morning scheduled ignition and are not expected to dissipate in time to complete the project today. Therefore, the prescribed burn is postponed and will be rescheduled for a date later in the season when conditions permit.

    The Valle Grande meadow is adjacent to N.M. 4 near mile marker 39.2 in the Jemez Mountains. Some traffic delays may occur during the ignition phases of the burn but road closures are not expected.
    This treatment is used to improve the resiliency and sustainability of wildland ecosystems by maintaining and enhancing them through the use of fire.
     

  • Home solar: Weighing the cost benefits

    Advocates for home solar have been doing their homework as they prepare to counter a proposal to assess a fixed wires charge ($10 in January, increasing to $15 in July) on customers with home photovoltaic (PV) units.
    Leidos, a consulting firm that conducted a Cost of Service and Rate Design Study for the Department of Public Utilities, suggested the fee as a means of recouping infrastructure costs from customers with net metering.
    Home solar advocates concede that approximately 60 percent of electricity charges pay for the infrastructure necessary to carry power to consumers, with the cost of electricity itself accounting for only 40 percent of the fee.
    Home solar users may end up paying nothing for electricity, since the retail rates they pay when they are pulling electricity from the grid (usually at night) are zeroed out by what DPU pays them when their home generating systems are putting power back into the grid, a system known as net metering.
    “Now, 10 years from now, everybody in town has PV on their roof, so no one is paying an electric bill,” said Chick Keller, one of those contesting the new charges. “But there’s nowhere to send the electricity because the infrastructure is broken down because nobody’s paying for it. So you see the problem.”