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Today's News

  • State Democrats face pressure over REAL ID fix

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The fate of legislation aimed at bringing New Mexico into compliance with tougher federal identification requirements is now in the hands of the Democratic-led Senate.

    A key Senate committee is scheduled Tuesday to hear proposals that lawmakers say would do just that. The differences center on how the state deals with immigrants living in the country illegally who want to lawfully drive in New Mexico.

    A version passed by the GOP-controlled House would require residents to get a REAL ID compliant license and allow immigrants to obtain a driver's permit card. Gov. Susana Martinez favors that measure.

    Senate Democrats, however, are pushing a proposal that would create a two-tier system, granting REAL ID compliant licenses to those who want them and non-compliant ones to others who don't want to go through the federal requirements. Immigrants in the country illegally would be able to obtain non-compliant licenses.

    Another measure introduced late Monday by two key senators, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, would essential combine elements of the two bills for a compromise.

  • New Mexico House committee gives nod to anti-DWI bills

    SANTA FE (AP) — A House panel has given the nod to a pair of measures aimed at cracking down on New Mexico's drunken drivers.

    The House Judiciary Committee voted 9-1 Monday in favor of legislation that would allow judges to impose stricter penalties for repeat offenders.

    A DWI offense can be deemed a felony after the fourth conviction. The legislation would make individuals convicted of a DWI felony eligible for sentencing under the state's habitual offender law.

    The other measure that passed the committee would make it a fourth-degree felony to be charged with DWI while driving on a suspended or revoked license for a prior DWI offense.

    The bill would also increase punishments for those who lend their car to someone with a revoked or suspended license due to drunken driving.

  • Today in history Feb. 2
  • More snow tonight

     Los Alamos residents are in for more snow tonight and can expect more of the same winter storm weather again throughout the day Tuesday that they dealt with today.  

    Meteorologist Kerry Jones with the National Weather Service said Los Alamos will see at least another three to five inches of snow between this afternoon and Tuesday night, as the other side of the weather system passes through.

    “That’s what we’re looking at for tonight and into tomorrow morning,” Jones in a weather briefing for media.

    Wednesday and Thursday will be the week’s quietest days he said, as the precipitation creeps in on Friday and the temps rise into the mid 30s.

    Even as the snow retreats to higher levels, commuters will have to deal with icy roads, as the temperatures are expected to stay in the mid to late 20s, at least until Wednesday or Thursday. 

  • Both Main Hill Road and Truck Route now open

    11:04 a.m.:This just in from the National Weather Service: Prepare for more snow later on today.  "Change is good when it comes to weather! The leading edge of an east-bound colder air mass had reached Santa Rosa, and was emerging east of the northern Sacramento Mountains as of this writing.   This sharp cold front resulted in an exciting albeit rather brief period of wintry weather this morning for many locales.  The front will continue to plow eastward as the the associated upper level low slowly makes its way eastward over northern New Mexico maintaining a very favorable environment for continued snow for the northern mountains. Elsewhere,  a showery regime will result in more localized snowfall impacts.   However,  strong to potentially damaging winds are expected both ahead of and behind the cold front today with the strongest winds buffeting southern and eastern areas." --Meteorologist Kerry Jones, NWS, Albuquerque

    The Los Alamos Monitor will come out with a larger weather advisory and story this afternoon.

  • Oregon protestors lost in court of public opinion

    At the first news of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation, some of us wondered if it could happen here. The way it played out, that’s not likely.

    It began with Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven being convicted by a jury of arson, but the sentences jumped from months to five years because of a federal anti-terrorism law passed in response to the Oklahoma City bombing. The sentences sparked a protest by ranchers and militiamen in Burns, Oregon, and a few armed protesters led by Ammon Bundy took over the nearby refuge. 

    We’ve learned more about the players. In interviews, current and former employees of the wildlife refuge describe decades of hostility and death threats from the Hammonds. 

    “They said they were going to wrap my son in barbed wire and throw him down a well. They said they knew exactly which rooms my kids slept in,” said a former director. 

  • Church listings 2-5-16

    Baha’i Faith

    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Calvary Chapel

    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.

    The Christian Church

  • Israeli Cabinet OKs non-orthodox prayer at holy site

    JERUSALEM — Israel’s Cabinet voted Sunday to allow non-Orthodox Jewish prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a move advocates said marked a historic show of government support for liberal streams of Judaism.

    The issue is of particular importance to the Jewish community in the United States, where the more liberal Reform and Conservative streams of Judaism are dominant. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushed the plan in an attempt to please American Jews, a key source of support for Israel, despite stiff opposition by ultra-Orthodox and religious nationalist elements in Israel who are key members of his own government.

    “I know this is a sensitive topic, but I think it is an appropriate solution, a creative solution,” Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday’s Cabinet meeting, where members voted on the plan.

    According to the government plan, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, Israel will build a new plaza for mixed gender prayer at the Western Wall, adjacent to the Orthodox prayer plaza but separate from it.

  • How to accelerate ’word of mouth’ business

    W

    e all know that Los Alamos is a “word of mouth” town.

    But that doesn’t mean you should sit with your hands folded and wait for people to say nice things about your business. There are several things that you can do to speed up the process. Read on for some inexpensive marketing tactics that build your reputation and encourage your customers to tell their friends about your services.

    Let’s get started!

    First, ask yourself: Who do I want to reach?

    Do you ever worry that there are still people in town who have never heard of your business? Stop worrying, because you don’t need everyone in town to know that you exist. Identify the small group of people who will be your best customers, and direct all your energy to reaching those people.

    Address your ideal customer to the exclusion of everyone else in your ads, your press releases and on your website. For example:

    • Parents of toddlers are invited 

    • Are you going to prom this year?

    • Read this if you’re about to retire.

    • Do you own a stucco house?

  • Ice fishing stable in spots, melting at other lakes

    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 300 cubic feet per second (cfs). Trout fishing was fair to good using worms, streamers and PowerBait.
    Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on the Albuquerque Drain, Albuquerque Drain South, Belen Drain and the Peralta Drain was good using wax worms, power eggs, small jigs and salmon eggs.
    Bluewater Lake: High winds and sun have broken up the ice and the lake has closed to ice fishing until further notice.
    For updated ice conditions, contact the State Park office at 505-876-2391.
    Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 95 cfs and 72 cfs respectively.
    Fishing below Abiquiu was good using small midge patterns and worms for trout. Fishing below El Vado was good using wooly buggers and an assortment of small nymphs for a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout.
    Eagle Nest Lake: As of this past Sunday, the ice averaged about 14 inches thick across the lake.
    Fishing was fair using small gold Kastmasters and jigs tipped with meal worms for a combination of perch, trout and kokanee.