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Today's News

  • Hospice project comes to a halt

    Donors recently received a letter from the Board of Directors of Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services (LAVNS) informing them of a decision not to move forward with The Sanctuary at Canyon’s Edge, a hospice facility planned for the Boy Scout Lodge property on Canyon Road.
    The letter cited three major factors in the decision to halt the project: declining and unpredictable Medicare reimbursement, the impact of increasing costs and staffing needs, including escalating Medicare-required compliance, and fundraising challenges that proved greater than anticipated.
    The board provided more detail at a meeting for major donors last Wednesday.
    “The decision to stop this project is because we felt, when we first started, that a sanctuary can be self-sustaining, based on the Medicare reimbursement at the time and the costs that we were looking at and the number of people that we thought could take advantage of that Medicare benefit,” board President Lynn Finnegan said.
    Research by individual board members and a feasibility study conducted by Jim Monahan, a 20-year hospice veteran who currently serves as executive vice president of Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota, Florida, indicates that the facility would not be self-sustaining.

  • Family evenings with the Wildlife Center

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings continues Wednesday with a visit from the New Mexico Wildlife Center.
    Families can learn about local habitats, responsible rehabilitation, conservation and biology, and what to do if you find an injured wild animal.
    The Wildlife Center will also bring along its rescued raptor and owl ambassadors, allowing participants to meet these amazing creatures in person.
    The New Mexico Wildlife Center, located in Española, was founded in 1986 by Dr. Kathleen Ramsay.
    It has grown from its original purpose of rehabilitating birds into its current mission to treat all animal species in New Mexico. Because many animals cannot be released back into the wild, the Wildlife Center also operates a wildlife sanctuary, housing more than 30 animals.
    Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program at PEEC and are now supported by Del Norte Credit Union.
    Summer Family Evenings are at the Nature Center every Wednesday evening throughout June and July at 6:30 p.m. They are free for PEEC members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.

  • Man involved in standoff arraigned

    The man who was involved in a standoff with local police Friday evening was informed of his charges Monday.
    Los Alamos resident Mark Henins made his first appearance in Los Alamos Municipal Court Monday morning, where Judge Alan Kirk read to him the charges he’s accused of committing during an altercation with a neighbor Friday night.
    Those charges included assault and damage to property.
    On Friday at around 6 p.m., police responded to a disturbance call at the Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road.
    When LAPD officers arrived, they learned that Henins had an alleged altercation with a neighbor and her daughter.
    The neighbor said Henins made remarks of a sexual nature toward the daughter, then later threw a rock through the daughter’s bedroom window.
    When police confronted Henins, they tried to talk with him through a window in his apartment, but were not successful.
    Then, according to police documents, one of the officers looking through Henin’s apartment window saw him take a gun off a table and retreat into an interior room of his apartment.
    Police evacuated residents from the complex and closed off Canyon Road.

  • By doing nothing, Congress sides with taxpayers, basic market principles

    After more than three-quarters of a century, the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) could close its doors on June 30.
    Ex-Im was created by Executive Order in 1934 by Franklin D. Roosevelt. With the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945, Congress made Ex-Im an independent agency and required that Ex-Im be reauthorized every 4-5 years. Ex-Im’s current authorization expires at month’s end.
    Ex-Im has historically enjoyed bipartisan support. However, the need to cut spending — coupled with watchdog reporting — brings reauthorization into question.
    Under the Obama Administration, Ex-Im lending has increased 248 percent. Taxpayers now hold nearly $140 billion in Ex-Im exposure.
    The Ex-Im website states, “EXIM Bank is more critical than ever to small businesses.” However, a recent report from American Transparency (AT), the Federal Transfer Report — Export-Import Bank found that while 90 percent of Ex-Im loans do go to small businesses, 85 percent of the money goes to big business — 10 percent of the transactions get 85 percent of the money.
    The AT report, released on May 30, analyzed the $172 billion in Ex-Im loans, guarantees, and activity since 2007.
    Boeing is Ex-Im’s number one customer.

  • Five counties gain from movers over four years

    New Mexico’s population picture has improved.
    In the year from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014 six counties had more people move in than moved out. The improvement: just five counties gained from movers during the four years to 2014 from the census in 2010.
    A further cloud on any smiling about our population is that Taos and McKinley, two of the counties with a one-year move-in gain, added between them 16 people.
    The Census Bureau released the numbers in March.
    That this change in movement of New Mexicans into and out of the state could be called “improvement” is a backhanded way of saying that “dismal” is the real description.
    “Migration” is the census geek term for people moving. “International migration” means moving into or out of New Mexico to (or from) another nation. “Domestic migration” refers to another state.
    Over the four-year period, 2010-2014, just four counties had positive domestic migration — more people moving in than left for other states.
    Sandoval County attracted 3,073 people. In terms of really growing the state, I suggest Sandoval doesn’t count because the history has been that Rio Rancho, by far the largest Sandoval community, attracts hordes of people from Albuquerque, which is in the same metro area.

  • A few spots left in Bairstow camp

    The Cameron Bairstow basketball camp is filling up fast, but some openings are available. As of Tuesday morning, there were 49 spots left.
    This camp is for both girls and boys in first through 12th grade.
    Each camper will get to be around some NBA players during the three-day camp.
    Bairstow said he expects all of the former Lobo greats who will be playing in the Lobo All-Star game to stop by the camp, like the Chicago Bull’s Tony Snell and Phoenix Suns’ Danny Granger, plus professional players like, Kendall Williams, Alex Kirk, Daniel Faris, Drew Gordon and many others.
    Each camper will get a Nike camp T-shirt and a ticket to the all-star game, which will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday at WisePies Arena, AKA The Pit.
    Campers will also get an autographed photo of themself with Bairstow.
    The camp will take place June 26-28 at The Pit and the Rudy Davalos Center.
    The price is $150 per camper.
    For more information, email cbairstowcamps@gmail.com or call 505-414-6279.
     

  • Isotopes lose series against Rainiers

    The Tacoma Rainiers (35-36) scored a combined four runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to beat the Albuquerque Isotopes (31-40) 6-5 in come-from-behind fashion Sunday night at Isotopes Park.
    Albuquerque starter Jon Gray was solid in his six innings of work, recording his seventh-straight quality start. He tossed six innings of seven-hit, three-run ball. Only two of his runs were earned.
    Gray also struck out a season-high nine batters against only two walks.
    Albuquerque’s offense, meanwhile, scored in each of the first three innings on Sunday to jump out to a 5-2 lead.
    A Kyle Parker sacrifice fly led to a run in the first, while Dustin Garneau blasted a solo shot to lead off the second. Garneau again stepped to the plate in the third with two runners own and ripped a double into the right center field gap. He would later score on Angelys Nina’s single.
    Tacoma then settled in to keep Albuquerque at bay the rest of the game.
    After a Rainiers solo homer in the sixth, left fielder Franklin Gutierrez blasted a game-tying, two-run home run over the left field wall.
    Another Rainiers solo home run in the eighth would give Tacoma the 6-5 lead and eventual win.

  • Archers get animals in their sights at Pajarito

    An archer lifts his binoculars to his eyes and stares down a deer standing in the forest. After a few seconds he lowers the glasses and pulls an arrow out of his quiver, threads it on his bow string, pulls the string back and takes aim.
    He knows he’ll only get one shot at the animal, so he takes his time.
    The animal, a hard-foam 3-D rendering of a real deer, has a scoring ring in its vital area. A kill shot is worth the most points. A shot to the butt or leg isn’t worth anything.
    The archer releases his arrow, then pulls out his binoculars again to see how many points he scored.
    After every one in the group shoots, they walk up to the animal, pull their arrows and write everybody’s score down.
    Then they move on to the next of 25 animals and try for another kill shot through the thick forest.
    The 3-D target archery shoot drew over 137 archers — men and women, adults and kids — to Pajarito last weekend, Friday through Sunday.
    Archers came from all over New Mexico, Colorado and Texas for the first shoot at the mountain. About 30 locals also participated in the event while lots of other locals ran the event.

  • Today in history June 23
  • Henins appears in court after standoff with police

     

    Los Alamos resident Mark Henins made his first appearance in Los Alamos Municipal Court Monday morning, where Judge Alan Kirk  read to him the charges he’s accused of committing during an altercation with a neighbor Friday night. 

    Those charges were assault and damage to property.

    On Friday night, at around 6 p.m.police responded to a disturbance call at the Caballo Peaks Apartments at,  Canyon Road entrance to the apartments. When they arrived, they learned that Henins an alleged altercation with a neighbor and her daughter, where Henins allegedly made remarks of a sexual nature toward the daughter, then allegedly threw a rock through the daughter’s bedroom window.

    When police arrived, they tried to talk with Henins through a window in his apartment, but were not very successful. Then, one of the officers, looking through Henin’s apartment window, saw Henins take a gun off a table and retreat into an interior room of his apartment. Police evacuated residents from the complex and closed off Canyon Road.

    Eventually, they were able to convince Henins into giving himself up. Henins exited his apartment without the firearm and was taken to Los Alamos Medical Center for evaluation before being taken into custody.