Today's News

  • Lobos nip Wyoming in Laramie

     LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — New Mexico dropped in the polls earlier this week, but the No. 20 Lobos' confidence never wavered.

    Cameron Bairstow scored 17 points as New Mexico rebounded from a loss to San Diego State last Saturday to beat Wyoming 63-59 on Wednesday night.

    Hugh Greenwood added 13, including four in the last eight seconds, Kendall Williams 12 and Alex Kirk 10 for the Lobos (18-3, 5-1 Mountain West).

    "We did have that swagger," Greenwood said. "We're still 20th in the country and we've got guys who can really score and really defend and really play this game. You always have to be confident. We took a hit, but to come out here and get a win and respond is really what this thing's all about."

    New Mexico has won 10 of its last 12 games against Wyoming and five of the last six in Laramie.

    The Cowboys (15-5, 2-5) have lost three straight. Wyoming was led by Derrious Gilmore's 15 points, all of which came on 3-pointers. Riley Grabau and Leonard Washington had 11 apiece. Wyoming hit 12-of-22 3-pointers in the game, but New Mexico dominated play in the paint — outscoring the Cowboys 28-12 inside and winning the boards 35-23.

    Wyoming's two inside threats — Washington and Larry Nance Jr. — were a combined 7-for-21 from the field.

  • Briefs 01-31-13

    Mental Health Hotline opens

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico will make its mental health hotline available statewide starting Friday.
    Gov. Susana Martinez announced the expansion of the helpline Wednesday, saying the first step to addressing a mental health crisis is ensuring easy access to services.
    Starting Feb. 1, she says the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line will be available across New Mexico at 1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474).
    The crisis line will be staffed by mental health professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    It has previously been available in some of the state’s more densely populated areas.

    Fugitive wanted in N.M. gun case captured in N.Y.

    LOS LUNAS — Los Lunas police say the last person wanted in connection with the Christmas Day burglary of six guns from a local Wal-Mart has been captured by federal authorities in New York.
    Los Lunas Police Chief Roy Melnick says Gary Wilson was arrested Wednesday by agents with the U.S. Marshals Service as he was leaving an apartment in Getzville, N.Y.
    The chief says the 27-year-old Wilson fled the state two weeks ago after police issued an arrest warrant for his alleged involvement in the burglary.
    Wilson is accused of driving the getaway truck and acting as a lookout outside the store.

  • On the Docket: Local Courts 01-31-13

    Jan. 23

    Nathan Hohner was found guilty through the Los Alamos Municipal Court’s Citepay system of failing to pay a speeding ticket. The original charge was for driving six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit.
    For both charges, Hohner was ordered to pay $100 in fines and $92 in court costs.

    Stephen. S. Moore was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $46 in court fees.

    Phyllis A. Foley was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. She was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $46 in court fees.

    Stephen L. Weller was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was ordered to pay a $75 fine and $46 in court fees.

    Jan. 24

    Dee Martinez was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay $73 in court costs and serve 182 days of unsupervised probation.

    Javier Dominguez was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of two counts of failure to appear/failure to pay. He was fined $100 and ordered to pay $190 in court fees.

  • Update 01-31-13

    Brisket night

    The LAHS NJROTC will host brisket night from 5:30-7 p.m. today at the Posse Lodge. A $10 donation includes barbecue pork, potato salad, baked beans, corn, a cookie and drink. Proceeds go toward competition travel.

    Fixing trash carts

    The Environmental Services Division announced it will fix trash and recycling roll carts free of charge. For more information, call 662-8163.

    Sierra Club

    Mariel Nanasi, executive director of New Energy Economy, will speak on “Securing a future with coal in New Mexico,” at the LASE/Sierra Club meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in media room 203, building two at UNM-LA.

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    Pancake breakfast

    The Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge will hold a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Feb. 3 at the Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 10 and younger.

    Garden Club

    The Summit Garden Club will meet Feb. 4, with guest Kimberly Tanner speaking on the topic of “Starting plants from seed, in a very, very small space.” Visitors welcome. For more information, call Nancy Nunnelly at 662-4950.

  • NM could lose millions in education funding

    SANTA FE (AP) — Millions of dollars of federal money for special-education programs in New Mexico is at risk because the state hasn’t met all of Washington’s requirements to qualify for the funding.
    Between $43 million and $93 million could be withheld in future years, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
    Officials with the U.S. Department of Education said the problem is that the state failed to abide by a requirement to not reduce its own spending on federally funded programs and so far has failed to obtain a waiver from the agency.
    State legislators addressed the issue Monday during a joint hearing of the Senate and House education committees. They said they’re still trying to sort out exactly what happened, and they expressed concerns over what the situation means for the state’s education budget.
    The Public Education Department maintains that it has been discussing the issue with the federal agency since the beginning of Gov. Susana Martinez’s tenure as governor.
    Correspondence between the state and the agency show that New Mexico was notified of stricter spending guidelines in the fall of 2011, and the two parties agreed that the state should request a waiver the following spring.

  • Business owners speak out

    Small business owners attended a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Chris Fresquez, the new head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Small Business Office, was introduced and took questions from the business owners.

  • School board OKs $1,000 reward

    If you were looking to buy a Sony Playstation 4, maybe some rims, a new computer or perhaps a special night out with your significant other (guys, Valentine’s Day is around the corner) but you just can’t afford it right now, listen up.

    The Los Alamos School Board is giving away $1,000; all you have to do is pick up a phone.

    The catch is, you’ll be calling the Los Alamos Police Department at 622-8222 to tell them who spray painted the front of Piñon Elementary School Saturday night. That’s it. You don’t have to give your name or anything. If it leads to an arrest and a conviction, you get the money, no questions asked.

    As of now, the police have few clues.

    The only details that are known for sure is that the vandal(s) used mostly red, yellow and blue spray paint, none of it seeming to have been purchased locally. Parents, contractors and other who keep spray paint on hand are urged to check their paint supplies to see if any amounts of those colors are missing from their supply.

  • Projects face delays

    As the Los Alamos County Council debated the current and anticipated budget crunch during its Tuesday meeting, councilors made it clear that deferring capital improvement projects was preferable to lowering standards for customer service through draconian cutbacks or raising taxes.

    County staff recommended deferring $10 million in capital projects spending for up to five years.

    Council voted to defer up to $12.5 million for four years.

    “Essential services are what a government is all about,” Councilor Rick Reiss said. “We need roads. We need a library, but the library may not need to be open 24/7 with big flashing lights.

    “But there are essential services that no private entity is going to provide. We’ve got to do certain things, like pick up the trash. And if we’ve got money to pick up the trash and that’s all the money we have, then we’re going to pick up the trash. If we have money to build an addition onto a pool, that’s not an essential service and if we don’t have any money, then we can’t build it.”

  • Be There 01-31-13

    In Search of Dominguez and Escalante. Come to PEEC to hear photographers/authors Siegfried Halus and Greg MacGregor speak about their book, which follows the 1776 expedition of Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante. 7 p.m. Free, with books available for purchase. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    The deadline for receiving proposals for plays to be performed in the 2013-14 Los Alamos Little Theatre season is Jan. 31. Look for the information sheet on the resources page at lalt.org for instructions.

  • Salute to senior service

    The search is on for New Mexico’s outstanding senior volunteer.
    The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, honors the contributions of adults 65 and older, who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.
    Nominations for outstanding senior volunteers will be accepted between Feb. 1 and March 31. State winners then will be selected by popular vote at SalutetoSeniorService.com.
    Online voting will take place from April 15-30. From those state winners, a panel of senior care experts will pick the national Salute to Senior Service honoree.
    Home Instead, Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ favorite nonprofit organizations and their stories will be posted on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s nonprofit charity of choice.
    Senior care professionals and those who work at hospitals, senior care facilities and other places where seniors volunteer are encouraged to nominate older adults. So, too, are family caregivers and the adult children of aging parents. Older adults also may self-nominate.