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Today's News

  • Better vehicle mileage crimps NM’s road fund

    BY BRUCE KRASNOW
    The New Mexican

  • Senate panel advances background check bill

    BY STEVE TERRELL
    The New Mexican

  • 2017 State Legislature: Martinez signs budget-balancing measures

    By Andrew Oxford

    The New Mexican

    Correction: In the following story, the Santa Fe New Mexican incorrectly reported that Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed $8 million in funding cuts to the Public Education Department passed by the Legislature. Martinez didn't veto the cuts.

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed three bills Tuesday to balance the state's budget, taking about $46 million from the reserves of public schools. But she vetoed cuts to an economic development program, the Public Education Department and various accounts in New Mexico government.

    The bills could raise $190 million for the state's general fund, closing a deficit that was projected to total about $80 million. The measures also will replenish government reserves, though not nearly to the extent of plans proposed in early January by legislative staff and the governor's own administration. The package will leave the state's cash reserves at 1.8 percent, rather than nearly 3 percent as previously proposed.

    Martinez said in a statement the package isn't perfect, but she maintained that "it doesn't compromise our principles."

    Republicans in the state House of Representatives cheered the governor's decision to veto pieces of the solvency package that they had opposed.

  • Fuller Lodge reopens Tuesday

    After about $1 million worth of renovations, the Fuller Lodge had its grand reopening Tuesday.
    After the ceremonies, members of the public, museum and county officials took tours of the building to see what was different. New floors, an ADA compliant elevator and the restoration of the old stone stairs on the east side patio were just some of the highlights of the renovation. Also, all 192 windows received their own screen and storm window attachments, with their measurements customizes to fit the dimensions of each handmade window. The west patio features a new handicapped-accessible ramp and a flagstone entryway.
    Renovations on Fuller Lodge started in March 2016. The county decided to do the renovations so more people could have access to the historic building. Most of floors were redone too including those in the bathrooms and the Zia Room.

  • Voter forum features UNM-LA board candidates

    Residents attending a League of Women Voters of Los Alamos forum seemed to want to know more about the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos’ partnerships with the Los Alamos Public Schools.
    The forum included four candidates running for a seat on the UNM-LA Advisory Board. The forum took place in the Piñon Elementary School Library Jan. 18.
    Residents also wanted to know how the candidates running for the school’s advisory board, if elected, could help the students attending the school cope better with stress and other mental health issues. There are five candidates running for three positions on the board. They include Michael Redondo and incumbent David Sutton for Position 1; Michelle Hall for Position 2 and James Robinson and Sheila Schiferl for Position 5. Robinson and Schiferl are both vying for UNM-LA Advisory Board member Stephen Boerigter’s seat. Boerigter gave up his seat to run for a seat on the Los Alamos School Board. Hall could not make the forum due to illness.
    Public Education Commissioner Karyl Ann Armbruster wanted to know what an advisory board member could do to safeguard the mental health of students in what could be a stressful time in their lives.

  • Family YMCA and Bandelier build new partnership

    The Family YMCA has announced the formation of a new summer youth employment program focused on conservation and trail building.
    The Y Bandelier Corps was created in response to the loss of Youth Conservation Corps funding this year. The Y has hosted a trail building crew since 2009 and provided skills and wages for up to 43 youth from northern New Mexico each summer for the last 7 years.
     Last year, the YCC funded 43 programs around the state. That was reduced to 39 this year, and the Y did not make it into the top ranking for funding.
    “We almost didn’t have a program this year,” said Diana Martinez, Y senior program director, “The week before Thanksgiving, the state’s Youth Conservation Corps program said we were awarded a jobs grant; then the week after Thanksgiving they told us not enough funding was given to them from the state, so we were cut.”
    Martinez informed volunteers of the news and they rallied to come up with funding. The Volunteer Task Force, Bandelier National Monument, Delle Foundation and Pajarito Trail Fest have pledged enough funding to provide wages for nine youth workers.

  • Union wants a voice in new LANL contract

    A union of professional and technical employees that work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory hope that when the National Nuclear Security Administration seeks a new management and operations contract next year, it will be less about profit and more about science.
    “We’ve been building up a coalition of support for our ideas for influencing the process in the DOE (Department of Energy) and the NNSA to get them thinking about a nonprofit management model for the laboratory,” University Professional and Technical Employees Executive Vice President Jeff Colvin said. “We strongly believe that it’s the for profit management model that’s been the threat to the scientific enterprise to the labs, on which the lab’s national security and scientific research missions depend.”
    To make sure their concerns are heard, local members of the UPTE, (UPTE Local 1663) are engaging the community through community meetings and forums.
    At a monthly meeting of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, a lab scientist presented the UPTE’s wishes to the board.

  • LA hockey stumbles at La Cueva

    The Los Alamos hockey team struggled without Ben Rees and Jake Dunwoody.
    The Hilltoppers dropped a road game to La Cueva 5-1 on Saturday in Albuquerque and fell to 10-5 overall. The loss also put Los Alamos one game and a half behind first place Durango and Cibola.  
    Rees and Dunwoody’s absence played a big part in the Bears (4-6-2) being able to stifle a Los Alamos offense that scored 68 goals going into Saturday’s game.
    La Cueva was able to capitalize in its attack third and pile the pressure early on the Hilltoppers backline. Despite that early pressure, it was Los Alamos that got on the board first after Rico Zerr’s first period goal.
    After La Cueva tied it 1-1 early in the second period, the Bears continued to execute in the Los Alamos zone and scored two more goals in the frame. Jake Rutten appeared to have tied it for Los Alamos midway through the second period but his goal was waved off and the Hilltoppers weren’t able to recover.
    The Bears sealed their fourth win of the season by capitalizing against an attack-heavy Los Alamos team and scoring two more goals in the final period.
    Los Alamos will travel to face rival Taos at 5:15 p.m. Friday.

        
     

  • LA boys hoops game against Española Valley to be rescheduled

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team was unable to play its scheduled game against Española Valley on Saturday.
    The game was cancelled due to the involvement of an Española Valley junior varsity player in a shooting that happened Friday night in a convenience store near Española, according to the Albuquerque Journal.  
    The game was rescheduled to Feb. 6 at Griffith Gym. Tip-off is still set for 7 p.m.
    It was Los Alamos’ second straight cancelled game, as the Hilltoppers haven’t played since defeating Albuquerque Academy on Jan. 20. Los Alamos has only played two games in the past two weeks.  
     

  • Prep girls basketball: ’Toppers stun Academy in OT

    The defensive effort that Los Alamos girls basketball coach Josh Archuleta was looking for came at a good time.
    The Hilltoppers created hustle plays and intensity on defense to claim their biggest win of the season, a 44-41 overtime win against District 2-5A leaders Albuquerque Academy on Monday night at Griffith Gym.
    Los Alamos improved to 6-15 overall and won its first district game. The Hilltoppers also ended an eight-game winning streak for Academy, which fell to 15-5 overall and lost for the first time in district play.
    “That’s what it says about this team,” Archuleta said. “This team finally came out and believed in themselves. We told them they have to bring up the intensity every single quarter. It comes down to... do we believe in one another to excel and be the team that we know we can be? And that just happened here tonight.”
    The Hilltoppers set the tempo in the overtime period and started the period on an 8-0 run. Los Alamos’ defense didn’t allow Academy to find high percentage shots and forced several Charger turnovers. Academy didn’t score in overtime until the 52-second mark but a pair of free throw cut the Hilltoppers lead to 42-39. Los Alamos put the game away with a bucket on the other end.