Today's News

  • Redistricting fight may be winding down

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A legal fight may be winding down over political districts for the state House of Representatives in this year’s election.
    Acting at the request of lawyers for groups of Republican and Democratic voters, a panel of three federal judges agreed Tuesday to make no immediate decisions on a pending redistricting lawsuit.
    Retired state District Judge James Hall on Monday ordered a new redistricting plan to comply with a state Supreme Court directive. Lawyers say it’s unlikely there will be any appeals of that map, which should clear the way for the districts to be used in this election.

  • On The Docket 02-29-12

    Feb. 21

    Dustin Taylor pleaded no contest in Municipal Court to speeding leading to an accident. The court found him guilty and fined him $46.

    Terrance McCabe pleaded no contest to careless driving leading to an accident. Judge Alan Kirk found him guilty and McCabe was fined $46.

    Amanda Marksteiner pleaded guilty to speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. She was ordered to pay $96.

    Jeff Wetteland pleaded no contest to having a loud unreasonable unidentified animal. He was found guilty and ordered to pay a $41.

    Charles Williams pleaded not guilty in Municipal Court to running a stop sign. He was found guilty and ordered to pay a $41 fine.

  • Correction 02-29-12

    County council candidate Pete Sheehey’s website is petesheehey.com. The wrong website was inadvertently listed in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Update 02-29-12

    Parks and rec

    There will be a special meeting to consider the Phase 2 “Design and Construction Plan” applications for the Golf Course and Ashley Pond improvements at 5:30 p.m. today in Fuller Lodge.

    'The Giver'

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre presents, “The Giver,” at 7:30 p.m. March 2, 9 and 16; 2:30 p.m. March 3, 10 and 17. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children and seniors and are available at CB Fox or at the door.

    Film series

  • PD goes for grant

    The Los Alamos Police Department is seeking state money to beef up its DWI prevention program.
    Earlier this month, the department’s Lt. Jason Wardlow-Herrera, who is also the project coordinator, applied for $64,000 from the state’s Finance and Administration Department’s Local Driving While Intoxicated Grant Program, of which the majority will go to prevention and treatment.
    The application states that despite Los Alamos’s relative isolation from the rest of the state and perceived educational affluence, that the county suffers from alcohol- and drug- related offenses as much as the rest of the state.

  • High-altitude training

    Team AQLUB from Tokyo, Japan is training at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center in Los Alamos until March 8 in preparation for the Japanese Olympic time trials in April.

  • Council curbs funding to NCRTD

    The Los Alamos County Council had been considering reduced funding for the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) at the end of its five year agreement to provide $5.5 million in seed money. The agreement ends this year, and Tuesday night council decided to reduce the county’s contribution for NCRTD to less than half of its current $1.1 million a year.

    NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro and Chair Rosemary Romero argued unsuccessfully for higher funding from Los Alamos County. Mortillaro also anticipates reduced federal funding, although one councilor pointed out that President Obama proposes increased funding for mass transit.

  • Bandelier Shuttle shifts into high gear

    The Bandelier Shuttle has a three-year lease on life, thanks to a 6-1 vote by the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night.

    The success of last year’s shuttle service during the month of October swayed the vote. The shuttle transported 9,046 visitors into the national park and drastically increased visitation at both the White Rock (3,537) and Los Alamos (2,271) visitor centers. Combined visitation for both visitor centers in October 2010 totaled only 1,223.

  • Fiddling seen in tax changes

    Taxes are complicated and difficult, except when they are simple.
    The observation comes in the wake of my annual chat with the tax lady and the end of the legislative session.
    Like most topics, taxes are simple at the big picture, the most general.
    In the tax world, three main areas offer themselves as targets for being taxed: property, sales and income. For income, corporations and people are taxed separately.
    In New Mexico, even at the most general, tax concepts are more complicated. That’s to be expected. Everything seems more complicated here, disrupted by the magic dust of enchantment.

  • Around the Bend

    Los Alamos’ Tyler Thorn skates around the back of the goal during a Jan. 27 game at Los Alamos County Ice Rink. The Hilltoppers will play the La Cueva Bears in the opening round of the Year-End Tournament Saturday. That game is scheduled for 7 a.m. The purer team (teams where all the players are from the same high school) winner will advance to the national playoff tournament. Los Alamos’ tournament games will be broadcast live from Taos on KRSN AM 1490.