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  • NCRTD earns award as top system of '14

    Earlier this month, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) announced that it has named the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) the 2014 Section 5311 Rural Transit System of the Year.
    NCRTD provides free weekday bus service to four counties and six pueblos in Northern New Mexico.
    “Over the last 10 years, the NCRTD has progressed exponentially and proved to be exemplary in its compliance of state and federal transit requirements, as well as for having an ongoing record of safe, efficient and growing public transit service,” commented David C. Harris, Transit Bureau Chief at NMDOT.
    This is NCRTD’s second major award in the past six months.
    In October, FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan presented NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro with the Federal Transit Administration Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Public Service in Rural Public Transportation during the 21st National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation conference in Monterey, California.
    McMillan was also on hand for the presentation of the state award.

  • YAP Jamboree

    Three Young Adult Patrollers and five YAP candidates from Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol traveled to Sunlight Mountain Resort recently in Colorado for the Annual Rocky Mountain Division YAP Jamboree.
    YAPS JoAnna O’Neill, John Rees and Max Herrmann, and candidates Ethan Aulwes, Justin Holmes, Gustavo Rogers, Chris Buntain and Kai Coblentz participated in the two-day event with other young adults from Loveland, Sandia and Sunlight ski areas.
    The skiers trained and practiced on toboggan techniques with O’Neill and Rees in the more advanced groups and the others in the beginner groups.  
    They participated in a scenario challenge where they had to transport a two-foot snowman by toboggan downhill to the lift and were judged on creativity and the condition of the snowman when it reached the bottom.
    Traveling with the group were YAP advisors David Phillips, Steve Maze, and Julie Maze, patrollers Eric Schaller, Mike O’Neill, patrol medical director Robert McClees, and patrol candidates Heidi Rogers and Jessica Gillis.

  • First Born Program now offered in Los Alamos

    First Born Program of Los Alamos recently celebrated its “kick-off” party at Bridge Care for Women. In attendance were local medical providers, community members and social service providers.
    “We’re excited to be offering this vital service to first-time families again,” stated Board Member Dr. Tom Csanadi during the event.
    Kim Ferguson, program co-manager further explained, “First Born of Los Alamos began accepting referrals in December, and we currently have no waiting list. All Los Alamos families pregnant and parenting for the first time can request services, regardless of income.
    Each family is assigned a specially-trained home visitor who provides information and support concerning that family’s individuals goals, needs, and concerns. Home visits last around 45 minutes and occur on a weekly basis, and all visits include information from the First Born curriculum and the opportunity to check-in with the home visitor to discuss any questions, concerns, or support needs the family has.”

  • Assets in Action: Help support youth activities all week long

    This week, I’d like to highlight the many youth-sponsored events that are taking place in town.
    At this very moment, Girl Scouts in and around Los Alamos are selling their wares and hoping you will make a purchase. They are trying something new and not coming door to door with pre-orders, but finding out what you love and delivering on the spot.
    So if you find yourself in need, call your favorite Girl Scout and if she doesn’t have the type of cookie you want, she has an awesome network of sisters that will help a girl out.
    There’s a SPUD in the oven with your name on it. The Los Alamos High School class of 2017 will have a SPUDtacular dinner from 4:30-7:30 p.m. today at Trinity Hill Episcopal Church. Tickets are $7 each or $20 for four and includes a potato and all the fixings with shamrock lemonade. Tickets will be available at the door.
    That fabulous Speech and Debate teams will be warming waffles on Saturday morning.

  • Get a handle on gross receipts tax if doing business in New Mexico

    Anyone who operates a business in New Mexico is familiar with the gross receipts tax, or GRT — a tax not on sales but on companies and people who do business here.
    Unlike a sales tax, the GRT is imposed on the seller of property or services. It is not a tax the seller collects from the buyer and delivers to the state; it’s due even if the seller doesn’t charge the buyer.
    The tax is imposed on the gross receipts of businesses or people who sell property, perform services, lease or license property or license a franchise in New Mexico. The same goes for those who sell research and development services performed outside New Mexico when the resulting product is initially used here.
    “Gross receipts” are the total amount of money or other consideration received from the activities covered in the tax law. They include sales of property handled on consignment and commissions received.  
    But they exclude GRT billed to the buyer, as that would constitute taxing a tax. Also excluded are cash discounts; taxes imposed by a Native American tribe or pueblo that is exempt from New Mexico GRT; interest or other types of time-price differentials; or amounts received solely on behalf of another in a disclosed-agency capacity — like an in-state florist who fulfills an order placed with an out-of-state company.

  • Pet Talk: Tips for traveling with furry family members

    With spring break upon us, and summer vacations right around the corner, it’s time to start planning your much-needed getaways. Whichever destination you choose, having your pet by your side makes it even more enjoyable. However, there are some important things to consider before letting your furry family member tag along.
    “The first thing you want to do before you go on a big trip with your pet is to go on a short trip with your pet,” said Dr. Mark Stickney, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “Drive around and make sure that they don’t get too nervous or car sick while they’re in the vehicle.”
    If you notice that Fido is an anxious traveler, but still need to bring him along, consult your veterinarian about motion sickness medication or tranquilizers to help make the ride more comfortable.

  • Economic developers need vision, new energy


    Economic development” gets much conversation in the policy realm. Occasions range from chamber of commerce meetings to political campaigns and legislative hearings.
    But what, really, is all that conversation about? The perspective here comes from years of hanging out with economic developers and listening to the economic policy conversations.
    To do economic development is to meddle with an economy, be it a community, a county or region or even a state.
    Those of us tilting against meddling on the grounds that freedom, choice and competition provide better results are correct, but perhaps irrelevant.
    Conservatives meddle.
    The example as I write comes from all but one of the potential Republican presidential candidates swearing fealty to the ethanol industry in Iowa. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz provided the exception.
    When properly and narrowly defined, the idea of economic development is to add organizations to what is called the “basic” economy of the area. The organization can be private or public.
    Only when there appears the possibility of a government organization adding itself to a community is the acceptability of a government organization admitted.

  • Hilltoppers win pure hockey championship

    SANTA FE — After battling teams with players from multiple high schools all season, Los Alamos and Taos stepped on the ice to decide who was the best pure team in the state on Saturday.
    For the fourth time this year, the answer was Los Alamos. The Hilltoppers beat Taos for the fourth consecutive time, 4-1, to claim the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League pure division’s state championship.
    “It’s an awesome way to finish,” Los Alamos head coach Kevin Blake said. “This is always a great rivalry. We play at a little disadvantage against the rest of the league since our players all come from one high school.”
    The game was a battle and only one goal separated the teams for most of the contest.
    “(Taos) came out harder than they had all season this game,” senior Hudson Davenport said. The rivalry between the two teams made the win “way more fun,” he said.
    Up 2-1, Los Alamos goalkeeper Zealand Walterscheid turned into a brick wall, stopping shot after shot.
    “There were times this year when he was unbeatable and I think you saw that tonight,” Blake said. He took away several goals with his glove hand,”
    Eventually Los Alamos was able to put the game out of reach.

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