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Today's News

  • Animal shelter 1-25-15

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Cordelia — A short haired, all-black cat with a tiny little white patch on her chest and a small notch out of her ear. She was trapped on 48th Street on New Year’s Eve, and she was certainly happy to be somewhere warm for the new year! She is extremely friendly, and now that she has received a clean bill of health, she’s ready for her own warm, indoor home.

  • Re-imposing food tax doesn’t add up

    The best state sales tax systems (or gross receipts tax, as it is called in New Mexico) are broad, low, and don’t tax necessities, like food.  
    If tax systems are broad and low, that means that the tax burden is shared widely by different products and services and doesn’t fall too heavily on any one product or service.
    Meanwhile, most states avoid taxing necessities so that citizens who live paycheck to paycheck are not forced to choose between paying the rent and putting food on the table.   
    Unfortunately, New Mexico‘s gross receipts tax (GRT) is neither broad nor low. At last count, there were 338 exemptions for everything from boxing matches to all-terrain vehicles and these exemptions significantly narrow the tax base.
    The GRT also averages more than 7.25 percent across New Mexico, which is relatively high, according to the Tax Foundation.
    The one area where New Mexico’s GRT gets it right is the fact that, since 2005, New Mexico no longer taxes food or medical services. This was an important reform, since the food tax not only fell on a necessity, it was also very regressive in that it fell hardest on those who could least afford it.

  • News for retirees 1-25-15 to 1-31-15

    Jan. 25-31, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Pasta primavera
    12:15 p.m.    Smart Driver course
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Tilapia
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.    “Friends”
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table Tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m.    Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken chile             cheese soup
    1:30 p.m.    Daytime duplicate             bridge

  • Births 1-25-15

    Jan. 8: A boy, Jayceon Salazar, born to Eryana and Julian Salazar
    Jan. 15: A girl, Kayleigh Suzanne Hollowell, born to Brittany and Ben Hollowell
    Jan. 17: A boy, Elisa Daniel Mora, born to Samantha Jo Martinez and Isidro Urias Mora

  • Animal shelter 1-25-15

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Cordelia — A short haired, all-black cat with a tiny little white patch on her chest and a small notch out of her ear. She was trapped on 48th Street on New Year’s Eve, and she was certainly happy to be somewhere warm for the new year! She is extremely friendly, and now that she has received a clean bill of health, she’s ready for her own warm, indoor home.

  • Drug sweep yields eight arrests, more pending

    This report was taken from a recent LAPD press release on the operation:

     

    "Since October of 2014, the Los Alamos Police Department’s Investigations Division has been investigating illegal narcotics trafficking and distributing cases throughout Los Alamos County.  Detectives and officers have conducted hundreds of hours of surveillance and specialized investigations on local drug dealers.  Ten arrest warrants have been obtained and eight search warrants related to illegal narcotic sales.  Detectives have already seized quantities of the following illicit drugs; methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, controlled prescription medications, marijuana wax, and marijuana.  Detectives and specialized officers from the LAPD executed these warrants beginning Thursday evening and in the early morning hours of Friday throughout Los Alamos and White Rock. Detectives also worked with undercover detectives from the Espanola Police Department and conducted joint operations within the city limits of Espanola related to these cases.

  • Sports Briefs 1-23-15

    Girls stay put in rankings

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team stayed put at No. 5 in this week’s MaxPreps online rankings.
    Los Alamos, which plays tonight at home against Las Vegas Robertson, had been ranked as high as No. 3 this year, but dropped down to the No. 5 spot following its loss to Belen two weeks ago.
    Heading into this weekend’s play, the Hilltoppers have the best won-loss record in 5A at 16-2. They trounced both Class 6A Highland and District 2-5A opponent Capital in their last two outings.
    Gallup, which has been at or near the top of the 5A rankings all season, remained No. 1 in the state, followed by Roswell, Los Lunas and the Hilltoppers’ biggest foe, Española Valley.
    The Sundevils (14-3) open 2-5A play Saturday against Del Norte.
    In the boys 5A rankings, the Hilltoppers (2-15) remained at No. 23 in the 24-team classification, ahead of only winless Chaparral.
    Centennial remained at No. 1 this week. Gallup, which has the best record in 5A at 16-1, is No. 2.

    NMSU downs
    Grand Canyon

  • 'Topper hockey is at home tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will be looking to bounce back tonight from a rough pair of doubleheaders two weeks ago.
    Los Alamos will play three games this weekend, the first of which is tonight at Los Alamos County Ice Rink. The Hilltoppers will face the La Cueva Bears at 8 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday, Los Alamos will be in Durango, Colorado, for two games against the Durango Devils. Saturday’s game is set for 7 p.m. and Sunday’s is 11 a.m.
    The Hilltoppers are currently in second place in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings, the spot they’ve been for most of the season, but went winless in four home two weekends ago.
    Los Alamos took on two of the other top teams in the league, the Coronado T-Birds and the Franklin Cougars. Both teams are from the El Paso, Texas, area.
    Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, they were swept in both ends of both doubleheaders. With those losses, they dropped four games behind the Cougars in the league standings.
    Franklin, which had been undefeated most of the 2014-15 season, lost its first game of the year to Coronado just a day before the two teams started their games in Los Alamos, opening up a chance for the Hilltoppers to take over first place in the NMIIHL.

  • State Republicans shuffle committees

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico House of Representatives voted along party lines Thursday to revamp the way the chamber operates as part of a Republican-led effort to make the legislative process more efficient.
    Approval of the resolution to consolidate some committees and eliminate others marked the first chance for Republicans, who now hold the majority after six decades, to flex their newfound political muscle.
    The measure passed on a 37-30 vote after a two-hour debate in which Democrats found themselves in an unfamiliar position.
    Among the most contested changes was the elimination of the labor committee. Issues relating to labor will now be heard in the business and employment panel. Committees are where lawmakers vet bills and decide whether they should advance.
    “I have this notion that we can bring people together, and we shouldn’t have people who have a common interest in a piece of legislation in two separate committees. We should foster the idea that we can build consensus and seek compromise among people who may have diverging interests,” said House Majority Leader Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, who sponsored the resolution.
    Gentry said certain committees have heavy workloads that result in many bills not being heard and that the changes will streamline the review process.

  • State Briefs 1-23-15

    Man indicted on homicide, other charges
    in students’ deaths

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A 21-year-old man faces homicide and other charges stemming from Albuquerque collision which killed two New Mexico students.
    The District Attorney’s Office announced Friday that a grand jury Thursday indicted Joshua Leal on multiple charges, including two counts each of homicide and great bodily harm.
    According to prosecutors, Leal was driving a stolen truck late the night of Nov. 21 when it collided with a sedan carrying four students. Briana Hillard and Matt Grant were killed, and two other students were injured.
    Prosecutors said tests confirmed that Leal had methamphetamine in his system at the time of the crash.
    Leal remains jailed. He will enter a plea when he’s arraigned. An attorney listed in court records as representing Leal did not immediately return a call for comment.

    Bishops want New Mexico to restrict
    late-term abortions