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  • Gov. Martinez seeking solution on budget crunch

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez provided new indications Tuesday that the state may be headed toward a special legislative session to address dwindling state operating reserves.

    The Republican governor told members of the State Investment Council that her office has been working for weeks with executive agencies and a key legislative committee on how to resolve the state's fiscal imbalance.

    New Mexico is one of several states dealing with general fund declines linked to reduced energy prices and production. Where some states have tapped rainy day funds or raised taxes, New Mexico has allowed its operating reserves to plunge.

    Martinez said a solution may involve a short, pre-negotiated Legislative session, without indicating exactly how the state would meet spending commitments. The governor has called the special sessions of the legislature before to resolve issues of electoral redistricting and spending on public works projects.

    "I'd really like to see this resolved, as we did, (at a) special session over at the capitol before we walk in, and it's a four-hour session," Martinez said.

  • Today in history July 26
  • Dems' opening night: Party stars, struggle to quiet disputes

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders urgently joined forces Monday to tamp down dissent among his supporters, as Democrats tried to keep infighting from overtaking an opening night featuring some of the party's biggest stars.

    It was unclear whether the efforts would succeed. Chants of "Bernie" echoed through the arena, and boos could be heard nearly every time Clinton's name was raised. Outside the arena, several hundred Sanders backers marched down Philadelphia's sweltering streets. Signs carried messages such as "Never Hillary" and even in one case "Just go to jail, Hillary," an echo of the Republicans' "Lock her up."

    Much of Monday's program appeared aimed at giving Sanders' backers an opportunity to express their frustration before the convention moved on to focus on speakers who strongly support Clinton, such as first lady Michelle Obama. Sanders was delivering the night's closing address, just after Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who was expected to give a fervent address in favor of Clinton as well as denouncing Trump.

  • Fall prep sports approaching, schedules set

    With the fall prep sports season less than a month away, teams around the state are ramping up the energy at their respective practice sessions.
    Among those teams are Los Alamos football, volleyball, boys and girl’s soccer, and boys and girl’s cross country. All the schedules for the fall are also finalized, which means the Hilltoppers know whom they can prepare for in the upcoming season.
    The Los Alamos football team has its eyes set for Aug. 26 - the football season opener. The Hilltoppers will host Pojoaque at 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field. It will be the seventh-consecutive season opener between Los Alamos and Pojoaque, with the Hilltoppers winning four of the last six meetings.
    Los Alamos will have two new Class 5A opponents in 2016, Grants (Sept. 9) and Gallup (Sept. 23). District 2-5A play will begin Oct. 8 against Del Norte in Albuquerque and it will continue with a home match-up against new district opponent Albuquerque Academy Oct. 14. The rivalry against Española Valley will be renewed Oct. 28 in Española, and the season finale will be at Sullivan Field against Capital.

  • Shelter Report 7-24-16

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Bingley—A10-year-old fluff ball who was adopted from the shelter 3 years ago, and she’s a little sad to be back! Unfortunately one of her human friends developed an allergy to Bingley, so she’s looking for a new forever home. This sweet girl has a very pretty gray and tan longhaired coat.
    Juan—A big tomcat who was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter, but two very dedicated Friends of the Shelter volunteers have been working with Juan to help him relax. He’s finally learning that people can be nice and gentle, particularly when they have treats! Check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan!

  • Perspectives on a national conversation

    BY CHIEF DINO SGAMBELLONE
    Los Alamos Police Department

  • The cost of RPS in New Mexico

    BY TIMOTHY J. CONSIDINE
    Professor, University of Wyoming

  • Abeyta sentenced to supervised probation

    The criminal past of a 22-year-old Alcalde man finally caught up to him when he was sentenced June 9 in district court for several crimes he committed in 2014 and 2015.
    Andrew Abeyta was sentenced to 108 months of supervised probation for three counts of possession of cocaine and heroin and one count of burglary. In all four counts, he was sentenced to 72 months in prison, all suspended.
    The drug charges were incurred in Santa Fe County and Rio Arriba County, but the burglary charge was incurred in Los Alamos County on Oct. 8, 2015.
    In that incident, Abeyta stole $200 in DVDs and a GPS tracker from a car in the Time Out Pizzeria parking lot in White Rock. The next day, Abeyta allegedly stole a .357 Smith and Wesson and $1,215 in camping gear from a car on Pruitt Avenue in White Rock. Police were able to identify Abeyta as the one who did the crimes through eyewitness reports and search of Abeyta’s vehicle.
    If Abeyta violates his probation, he could serve the 72 months in prison and incur about $20,000 in fines.
    As a part of his sentence, he must also admit to be the person who confronted a couple on Dec. 24, 2013 with a firearm inside the Smith’s parking lot during a road rage incident. 

  • Tulsa man charged for dealing meth

    Police arrested a Tulsa, Oklahoma, man July 19 in Loma Linda Park suspected of dealing methamphetamine.
    A Los Alamos Police Department officer patrolling the area around 11:30 p.m. when they reportedly spotted Jeremiah Colson, 36, sitting in the dark in a white, Ford Escape truck. According to the police report, Officer David Bradshaw, told him that the park closed at 10 p.m. Bradshaw reported that Colson “was extremely nervous” while talking with him.
    Colson apparently told Bradshaw there was a handgun in the car. Bradshaw then asked Colson to step out of the vehicle to put distance between Colson and the gun. Colson was checked for additional weapons.
    “Colson was extremely nervous and appeared to be under the influence of narcotics,” Bradshaw said in his report.
    When Bradshaw took the gun, he apparently also noticed a black, plastic case on the console, and could also smell marijuana in the vehicle.
    Bradshaw discovered a small pipe used for smoking marijuana in the case. Another search of the vehicle turned up another black case with traces of methamphetamine in it. There were also digital scales in the case. Thirty-three small plastic “baggies,” a pipe for smoking methamphetamine and a torch lighter were also found, according to the report.

  • XQ Super School Project team one step closer in competition

    The Los Alamos Public Schools announced Monday that the Los Alamos XQ Super School Project team is in the top 50 finalists in the competition to create a high school with a curriculum with a more global relevance.

    The district received word of their placement late last week in the competition. Their team’s concept is the “Odyssey High School,” which has an emphasis on mental health and has a curriculum on global relevance.

    “It is with great excitement that we share, the Los Alamos Team creating ‘Odyssey High School’ in the XQ competition is one step closer to realizing the vision of expanding the possibilities of education for our students,” Marvel Harrison, Los Alamos Odyssey Team member.

    The announcement of winners will be made Aug. 4. The winner will receive a $10 million grant. Five teams will be designated a winner in the competition.

    Read more about this story in Wednesday’s edition of the Monitor.