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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Automatic voter reg changed, stripped of purpose

    BY ANDREW OXFORD
    The New Mexican

  • SFNF to hold meetings on new forest plan

    The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will host a one-day technical meeting and four public meetings between today and March 7, on the next phase of the multi-year effort to revise the comprehensive plan that will guide forest management, use and protection for the next 10 to 15 years.
    This round of public meetings will focus on alternatives to the draft plan and management areas.
    • Alternatives to the draft plan. Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the new forest plan will include analysis of the draft plan and alternatives to the proposed action. Alternatives will explore different scenarios and priorities to meet the overall goals for forest plan revision.
    • Management areas. Management areas are separate areas identified in the forest plan to be managed differently than the rest of the forest, such as eligible wild and scenic rivers, interpretive heritage trails, wildlife protection areas or oil and gas leasing areas.
    This round of public meetings will give members of the public the opportunity to learn more about alternatives and management areas, including the criteria used to define an eligible wild and scenic river, and provide input to the process.

  • Parenting expert Coloroso returns to UNM-LA

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos have announced that Barbara Coloroso will lead the next Parenting University workshop March 18 at the UNM-LA campus.
    In this free workshop, Coloroso will speak about bullying and offer practical advice for breaking its cycle of violence and raising kids that treat others with dignity and respect.
    Participants will learn about the characteristics of bullying, techniques for teaching kids how to deal with bullies, how to hold bullies accountable, and how to parent children that are cyber-savvy, cyber-civil and cyber-safe.
    Coloroso, a widely-acclaimed author, consultant, and parenting expert, has appeared on Oprah, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and NPR, and has been featured in the New York Times, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and other national and international publications.
    The author of five bestsellers, Coloroso’s book “The Bully, The Bullied, and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander” became a standard text on the topic when it was first published in 2010. A new and fully revised edition of this title will be available for purchase during the workshop.

  • Senior Olympics coming in April, sign ups begin

    The Los Alamos Senior Games are coming, just in time to clear away those last traces of cabin fever.
    Residents who are 50 and older are invited to sign up at the Los Alamos Family YMCA. Registration, which is $20, starts today and goes through March 31.
    This year’s games will be April 13-May 15. A full schedule of games and events will be included on the registration form.
    Sports will include golf, horseshoes, pickleball, track events, cycling, dance, badminton, airgun, cycling, bowling, disc golf, field events, frisbee accuracy and distance, huachas, racewalking, racquetball, roadracing, soccer ball kicking, softball throwing, shuffleboard, table tennis, regular tennis and a triathalon.
    Most of the events will take place in Los Alamos County. Sites include the Los Alamos Family YMCA, the Betty Ehart Center, the athletic fields of the county’s schools and Sullivan Field. The only event held outside the county will be the bowling competition, which will be held in Española at Big Rock Bowling.
    “We have a motto, and that is, ‘If you’re 50 plus, come play with us,’” Assistant Coordinator Ann ReVelle said.
    ReVelle, and Los Alamos Senior Olympics Coordinator Cy Jakubowski, want as many residents 50 years and older coming out to enjoy the games.

  • Police nab shoplifter with big haul

    Los Alamos Police officers arrested a Santa Fe man Monday after responding to the Smith’s Marketplace on Trinity Drive Monday for a report of a shoplifting in progress.
    There, Cpl. Sheldon Simpson encountered Robert Abeyta, 22, of Santa Fe in a yellow Jeep driving out of the store’s parking lot.
    Abeyta pulled his Jeep over into a parking lot across the street, and was arrested without incident.
    Inside his Jeep, police recovered a Krups coffee pot, a  knife set and a set of pots and pans.
    “We recovered items from a previous encounter, two boxes of kitty litter they think that were taken yesterday,” Cpl. David Boe said.
    Abeyta was charged with shoplifting (less than $500) and unlawful use of a driver’s license.

  • Reelin’ in the green

    Students from the Belisama Irish Dance Company and School descended on the Los Alamos Unitarian Church Saturday afternoon to show residents their latest jigs, reels and step dancing.
    The students and members of the Belisama Irish Dance Company are an award-winning troupe of step dance enthusiasts who have won many awards since it opened in 2006. The event raised more than $1,500 at the event.
    Funds raised through tickets and a raffle at the show paid for new uniforms. Next year, the troupe plans to hit the road and begin competing again.
    “We’ve decided to take a break this year since we have a lot of young dancers,” Belisama Director Adrienne Bellis said.
    The troupe was founded in 2006 and has won awards for their step dancing from numerous competitions across the country. Members have garnered awards from the CRN North American Irish Dance Championships and have featured special guests at shows in the past, such as Riverdance star Michael Patrick Gallagher, former Stomp dancer Seán Curran, choreographer Kieran Jordan, fiddler Laura Cortese and choreographer Ronan McCormack.
    But you don’t have to be a star to be in Belisama, you just have to have passion for dancing.
    Adraic Sparks, 21, joined the troupe a couple of years ago.

  • LA tennis claims State Wide Invite

    The Los Alamos boys and girls tennis teams dominated their way to a first place finish last weekend.
    The Hilltopper boys and girls claimed the State Wide Invitational Friday and Saturday in Albuquerque.
    The Los Alamos boys outpaced Carlsbad for the top spot. In singles play, George Margevicius defated Hope Christian and Piedra Vista’s top singles but lost to Carlsbad’s Adam Overstreet.
    Andrew Tang won two singles matches, while Thomas Chadwick swept the No. 3 singles bracket. JD Downing, Junseo Kim, Tim Martin and Donald Poston also helped Los Alamos by winning their respective brackets.
    In doubles play, top doubles team of Tang and Margevicius, who swept top doubles bracket, led the Hilltoppers.
    On the girls side, the Hilltoppers outmatched the defending Class 5A state champions Albuquerque Academy and runners up Farmington.
    Sidra Hseih-Ratliff went unbeaten in the top singles bracket, while Katya Skurikhin claimed two wins.
    Lauryn Anaya, Maia Menefee, Kayla Parker, Ann Sherrill, Serena Birnbaum, Rachelle Stokes, Alina Bulthuis and Mackenzie Cook all added singles wins for Los Alamos.
    In doubles, Sherrill and Hseih-Ratliff won two matches, while Skurikhin and Anaya won three.
    Los Alamos will partake in the Chapin tournament Friday in El Paso, Texas.