Today's News

  • Tough choices needed for New Mexico to take off

    It’s official. Tesla has broken ground at its new “gigafactory” near Reno, Nevada. While New Mexico appears to have missed out on Tesla and its expected 6,500 jobs, some legislators, when asked, seem willing to spend as much as 500 million tax dollars to lure the company to the state.
    While details are by no means firm, it appears that Tesla is looking for an infusion of $500 million, not tax breaks of $500 million. The difference between the two is that tax breaks don’t actually “cost” the state/taxpayers anything because Tesla would have to locate in New Mexico for any tax revenue to result from its activities. When it comes to outright spending of New Mexicans’ tax dollars, those are dollars that come directly out of the pockets of average New Mexicans and the businesses already located here.

  • Campaign questions you don't hear about

    During the political season, while you’re listening to what candidates want to tell you, there’s another form of communication that most of us don’t see. It happens every election season. Maybe it should be more public.
    Organizations of every political stripe send questionnaires to candidates for office, asking for their positions on issues of special interest to those organizations.
    Some questionnaires are designed to educate the candidates about the organization’s issues. That’s a legitimate reason for a questionnaire. Organizations may use the candidates’ responses to make decisions about campaign contributions, endorsements and other forms of support.
    Some questionnaires go further in attempting to pin candidates down to specific positions. The candidate is asked to make a commitment, in writing, to a position that the voters at large never learn about, because the organization has promised it won’t make the answers public. This should concern us.
    Candidates are free to choose which questionnaires they will answer. They can (and do) ignore the questionnaires from organizations they disagree with.
    Over the years I have had a chance to write a few questions and help candidates answer a few questions. Writing the questions is more fun.

  • Saluting the American Legion

    Recently, a group of eight motorcyclists pulled up in front of the home of the family of Wendell G. Armour, ridden by the Legion Riders of American Legion Post 90. The group carefully carried out the ashes of Armour and put them in a carrier case on the back of one of the motorcycles. Three of the motorcycles were red, white and blue. They rode through town and out to the county stables. Then, they came to the church, carrying in the box of ashes and setting them on the altar. They posted the colors before his service and at the end, Post President Ken Nadeau presented Armour’s wife with a flag. They helped carry the flowers and ashes to the reception. The family would like to thank all the members of American Legion Post 90 who helped honor a proud war hero and recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star. Special thanks goes to Ken Nadeau, Randi Moore, Jim Hay, Renee Williams, Shaunessy Nadeau, Kenny Merlin, Ernie Durr, Patrick Durr and Ed Miller. Miller organized all of this and was a friend to Armour, making frequent visits while he was in nursing homes and at his home.

  • Be There 08-13-14

    How to Identify Wildflowers. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Learn from two local experts, Terry Foxx and Craig Martin, how to identify wildflowers. Advance registration required. $70/$58 PEEC members for all four sessions, including materials fee. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    “Off the Cuff.” a juried collection of artwork by artists who answered the call to “run wild, take a snapshot, experiment, gesture, sketch, scribble, doodle — then walk away. Marta Light is featured n the Portal Gallery. Daily through Sept. 20 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Bring a friend or someone new who hasn’t been to the market before and get 25 bonus tickets towards the contest. Just bring them into the information booth. Also come by and take the survey to enter in a seperate drawing.

  • Police Beat 08-13-14

    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.

    July 31

    3:07 p.m. ­—Raymond Martinez, 29, of Los Alamos was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia at 2064 42nd Street.

    5:23 p.m. — A 52-year-old Espanola man reported to police he was the victim of a car burglary at Crossroads.

    Aug. 1

    6:49 p.m. — A 36-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of careless driving at 37th and Trinity Drive.

    7:20 a.m.—Daniel Hoffman, 54, of Rio Rancho was arrested for driving under the influence, fourth conviction at Airport Road.

    Aug. 4

    10:27 a.m. — Rowena MacDonald, 48, of Los Alamos was arrested on a municipal court warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center.

    8:39 a.m. — A 54-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of graffiti, (less than $1000) at Longview Drive.

    9:33 a.m. — A 22-year-old Santa Cruz man reported to police he was the victim of a vehicle burglary at Central Avenue.

  • Update 08-13-14

    Farmers Market

    Farmers Market will be held 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Library parking lot.

    Blood drive

    A blood drive will be held Aug. 21 and Aug. 22 at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 22.

    Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader will feature Ben Carlson, the publisher of the Monitor, as speaker at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Mesa Public Library. Contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com  for the menu choices if you would like to order a lunch from the Co-op ($10) by Aug. 17. You do not have to order lunch to attend this community event.

    P and Z

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Municipal Building.


    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Two acts performing: Bronach Celtic Blues Band followed by Belisama Dance group. on Aug. 19. The wrong date was reported Tuesday.

  • Santa Fe facility offers new technology to detect breast cancer

    Santa Fe Imaging has become the first facility in New Mexico and the entire mountain west region to offer 3D automated whole breast ultrasound (ABUS) for the early detection of breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue. Breast density increases the risk of breast cancer and makes it more difficult to detect by traditional mammography alone.
    “Adding 3D automated breast ultrasound to mammography in dense-breasted women gives physicians a valuable new tool in the fight against breast cancer,” according to the American College of Radiology (ACR), more than 40 percent of all U.S. women have dense breast tissue, and women in the highest dense-breast category established by the ACR are four to six times more likely to get breast cancer compared to women with low breast density.

  • Event planning goes 'green'

    Going “green” and becoming dedicated to sustainable living are buzz phrases in today’s society.
    Los Alamos resident Kimberly Hoch has started Piñon Events, a business which consists of conference and event management, but on a level where it is environmentally friendly and a way to reduce a carbon footprint.
    “I strive to provide quality event management services for everything from fundraisers to weddings, to large scale conferences and trade shows,” Hoch said.
    While living in Colorado, Hoch was employed by BBI International as event manager. BBI International was one of the first professional conference and event companies to implement full scale “no-low waste” greening services for the its events, Hoch said. The point was to use reusable, compostable, or recyclable materials for events, such as cups, napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, signage and marketing materials.
    “I’m particularly passionate about leaving the lightest footprint possible and continuing the greening initiatives I learned and implemented,” she said.
    Efforts a business can to achieve a green event may include full scale composting and recycling stations, use of bio-products for food and beverage disposable items, electronic marketing and reusable print marketing.

  • Sampling concludes at Fenton Hill

    Supporting future land use for the U.S. Forest Service, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Corrective Actions Program (CAP) completed sampling soil at Fenton Hill in the Jemez Mountains this month.
    Fenton Hill, known to the laboratory as TA-57, is located on Forest Service property.
    DOE historically used the site between 1974 and 1992 for geothermal experiments in an attempt to generate energy using steam produced from pumping water into hot rocks deep in the ground.
    Most of the 10 areas of concern on the site were previously addressed. The EM-supported initiative under CAP involves investigating the two remaining areas of concern — a former liquid waste drum pad and a former sanitary waste leach field.
    The 2005 Compliance Order on Consent requires investigation of the site so in addition to releasing the property the accelerated investigation is another step toward the laboratory completing two more sites on property no longer used by DOE.

    LANL addresses explosive contamination in surface, groundwater

  • Roasting Peppers

    Smith’s employee Joseph Crocker roasts a 25-pound box of Hatch green chiles for a customer at the White Rock store Monday afternoon. The soil and growing conditions in New Mexico’s Hatch Valley contribute to the flavor of chile grown there. Most of the varieties of chile cultivated in the Hatch Valley have been developed at New Mexico State University over the last 130 years, according to Wikipedia.