Today's News

  • ‘It’s important to help out other countries’

    Alysha Lenderman is headed to the tropics to do some hard and sometimes ugly work.
    The Los Alamos resident will spend time in Honduras to help the people of Roatán and St. Helena provide medical care to its population of dogs, cats and other domesticated animals, as a member of “Helping Paws Across Borders,” a New Mexico-based pet rescue organization.
    Lenderman leaves on March 18 and will be there for two weeks.
    “I’m going there to help spay and neuter and provide medical service to animals,” she said. Lenderman’s full-time job is as a public aide officer with Los Alamos County. She also has 10 years of experience working as a veterinarian technician. She will take unpaid leave from her job to volunteer for the work.
    For her second week, she will be using her expertise to give aid to the animals on nearby St. Helena Island.
    Though both places are tourist destinations, Lenderman, takes the job of caring for and helping animals seriously. Both islands are remote. People and animals living on the islands lack many basic necessities including medical care that people from other countries take for granted.
    “There are areas that are nice, but where we are going, it’s not,” Lenderman said.
    Resources in the area are pretty scant.

  • Council passes affordable homeownership program

    Los Alamos County Council voted on an homebuyer assistance program Tuesday night, a move that’s expected to help low-income household achieve homeownership in Los Alamos County.
    “I’m very excited about this program, I hope that the staff will evaluate it at the end of the year to ensure that it’s working, and that it’s being well-utilized,” said  Councilor Chris Chandler. “If it appears to be not being well-utilized then the staff should look at the policies and procedures to see if there’s something that could be tweaked to make it more user friendly.”
    Homeowners who qualify and earn less than 80 percent of the median income will be given an interest bearing, deferred payment loan.
    There will be no interest on the loans for household below the 50 percent median income and a low-interest rate for those between the 50-80 percent income range. Those between 50-59 percent would qualify for a 1 percent deferred payment loan, 60-69 percent, 2 percent, 70-79 percent and 3 percent.
    The county based its loan and median income on Housing and Urban Development guidelines.

  • Prep baseball: LA falls to Las Cruces in St. Pius tourney

    The Los Alamos boys baseball team dropped its opening round game of the St. Pius tournament.

    The Hilltoppers fell to Las Cruces High 8-0 in five innings Thursday in Albuquerque.

    The Bulldawgs opened the scoring with three runs in the first inning and one in the second and 2 in the third. They sealed the shutout victory by tallying two more runs in the fifth.

    It was the first time Los Alamos had been shutout since March 24, 2016.

    Los Alamos continues play in the tournament Friday and Saturday.

  • ‘Goodbye Solo’ to screen at library

    Special to the Monitor

  • Nonprofit lender helps machine shop expand, diversify client portfolio

    Finance New Mexico

  • Hey, MVD, how about solving the faded license plate problem?

    Check out license plates the next time there is an opportunity to cruise a big parking lot, say at the neighborhood supermarket.
    My informal supermarket survey suggests that about half the plates are the new, cool blue centennial plates with the rest the traditional red and yellow. Perhaps half the red and yellow plates (a quarter of the total) show some fading and half of those are significantly dimmed, faded enough so as to be difficult to read. For a few, the red of the numbers will be a faint hint against the remaining yellow of the background. For another few, the sheeting, as the industry calls it, will be dried and peeling. 3M (3M.com) makes sheeting.
    The ugly balloon plates, which seem especially prone to fading, are no more. This design dates to 1999, making the plates a legacy of Gov. Gary Johnson.
    At Santa Teresa, the hordes of Texas license plates are neither faded nor peeling. Likewise on a recent trip to Arizona we saw all of two faded plates, both of them specialty plates.
    The only number I found for a New Mexico vehicle count was 1.7 million in 2009, from  Statista, a German firm. In 2014, those vehicles were driven by the nation’s second worst drivers, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

  • Today in history March 1
  • Feds: New Mexico's signature crop fares well in 2016

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — The numbers have been crunched, and there's some good news for New Mexico's chile farmers.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday that both the number of acres planted and the tons produced in New Mexico increased in 2016.
    The data shows 9,200 acres were planted, or about 11 percent more than the previous year. Some 69,000 tons of the signature crop were produced, with most of that being sold for processing.
    The value of New Mexico chile production in 2016 was estimated at more than $50 million, a significant jump from $41 million in 2015.
    The figures show Luna County led in acreage and production. Dona Ana County — home of the community of Hatch, which is known as the "Chile Capital of the World" — came in second.

  • Trump says he’s open to ‘compromise’ immigration bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, signaling a potential shift on a signature issue, indicated Tuesday that he’s open to immigration legislation that would give legal status to some people living in the U.S. illegally and provide a pathway to citizenship to those brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
    The president, in a lunch with news anchors ahead of his address to Congress on Tuesday night, said, “The time is right for an immigration bill as long as there is compromise on both sides.” A person with knowledge of the discussion confirmed his comments to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
    Trump campaigned as an immigration hardliner, vowing to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and pledging to step up deportations. Since taking office, some of his policy moves have hewed closely to those promises, including new guidance from the Department of Homeland Security that would subject any immigrant in the country illegally to deportation if they are charged or convicted of any offense, or even suspected of a crime.

  • Bandelier featured in ‘Getaways’

    The National Park Service website includes a section called National Park Getaways, in which a different NPS area is featured each month. 
    Beginning today, Bandelier National Monument will be the highlighted park, with an article and photos, all submitted by local rangers. 
    The section can be found at nps.gov/planyourvisit/getaways or by searching “National Park Getaways.”
    The NPS has posted writeups of different park areas at this location since 2009, and at this point there are over 250 available. 
    This is a great source for ideas for upcoming spring break trips, summer vacations, or other chances for a “getaway” to enjoy some of America’s most outstanding places, including Bandelier National Monument.