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Today's News

  • Common homeseller mistakes to avoid

    Jason Alderman

    Now that the housing market has finally begun to stabilize and interest rates remain at historically low levels, more and more homebuyers and sellers are dipping their toes back in the water.

    If you’re planning to sell your home, you need to understand the tax implications of selling a home as well as be aware of structural and cosmetic flaws in your home and neighborhood that could undermine your asking price or keep the property languishing on the market for months.

    First, the tax tips:  

  • 01-10-13 Restaurant inspections

     

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department. 

     

    Santa Fe

     

    Allsup’s #336, 650 Cerrillos Road

    Date inspected: Jan. 3

    Violations: Two moderate-risk violations for contaminated equipment — inadequate dishwashing facility, no stoppers, no dish rack for clean dishes. Non-NSF hot dog warmer.

  • NM native is featured artist

     

    New Mexico native Jeremy Denk will be the featured artist as the Los Alamos Concert Association continues its 2012-2013 season with a performance at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.  

    Denk has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and London. 

    He regularly gives recitals in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia and around the United States. Denk is known for his music writing, which has appeared in the New Yorker, the front page of the New York Times Book Review, Newsweek and on the NPR Music website. 

  • On the Docket 01-10-13

    Jan. 8

     

    Garrett J. Eckhart was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of aggravated battery, a misdemeanor offense.

    Eckhart was sentenced to 364 days of supervised probation and ordered to pay $73 in court costs.

    Conditions of probation include obeying all laws and not be arrested or convicted of any other offense while on probation. Defendant will comply with all conditions of probation.

    The defendant shall not enter an establishment that sells alcohol. Defendant shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant must meet with probation officer within seven days and maintain contact.

  • Martinez announces plan to expand Medicaid

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico, a state that hovers near the top of national poverty and uninsured rankings, plans to follow provisions of a federal health care law to expand Medicaid to potentially provide medical services to 170,000 low-income adults, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday.

    New Mexico will join at least 15 other states and the District of Columbia in broadening eligibility for the health care program under terms of a health care overhaul championed by President Barack Obama. New Mexico and Nevada are the only states with GOP governors to so far commit to the Medicaid expansion.

    Martinez made the announcement Wednesday in Albuquerque, prompting cheers and applause from some of those listening to her speech at a conference on child welfare and juvenile justice.

  • LANL cutbacks impact NCRTD

    At a board meeting of the North Central Regional Transit District last week, a six-month financial report revealed that reduced Gross Receipts Tax from Los Alamos National Laboratory has impacted the NCRTD’s budget. 

    Los Alamos County’s share of GRT payments to NCRTD is largely determined by the lab’s GRT. Revenues from the county were significantly less than anticipated in both July and September. July revenues were down 71 percent ($124,560 actual instead of the projected $176,002). September revenues were $263,631, 78 percent of the projected $336,445.

    NCRTD was also affected by LANL’s overpayment to Los Alamos County in FY2011. The transit system’s share of reimbursement is $65,391, putting October’s revenues 24 percent below the projection.

  • And now for something completely different

     

    Three summers ago, Fuller Lodge Art Center hosted a weeklong exhibit of children’s artwork after Summer Art Camp, with the art hung in the regular Exhibit Gallery. The show was so popular that it has become an annual tradition. 

    Now the Art Center is expanding the concept of student art shows by offering a two-week exhibit of adult student work from Jan. 11 through Jan. 26. 

    “Show Some Class” will feature more than 100 works by students, their teachers and also works produced in art groups that meet at the Art Center or Village Arts.

  • County budget issues loom

    During Tuesday’s first Los Alamos County Council meeting of the year, council reviewed the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY2011, presented by the Office of Management and Budget and independent auditing firm Clifton Larson Allen LLP. 

    The report also addressed upcoming budget issues.

    Staff anticipates revenues of $6.8 million less for FY2013 than the FY2012 adopted budget.

    The report reads, “It is expected that future LANL spending and related county GRT revenue levels will stabilize, but at a level lower than had been previously expected.”

    The impact could be significant. 

  • Mechanical animals

     

    Richard Swenson and David Trujillo are Los Alamos neighbors, friends and fellow sculptors of forms. Rabbits, prancing stylized horses, plunging and cavorting wild hogs, giraffes, whales, sinuous dragons, armadillos, porcupines — not to mention humans — are melded and welded from all manner of scrap metal. 

    The duo will show their work in “Metal Menagerie: Scrap Metal Sculpture by Richard Swenson and David Trujillo,” at Mesa Public Library. The show opens with a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 16.

    “Do you know what this is?” Swenson asked, smiling and pointing to a solid chunk of machined metal that happens to be a giraffe’s shoulder. “A piece from a tool to yoke oxen together!” 

  • 01-10-13 Be There

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    PEEC and Reel Deal Theater team up to show the Back Country Film Festival. Seven films, all shot in the backcountry, make up this 90-minute celebration of winter. There will also be a raffle for outdoor gear. Tickets $10 adults/$5 kids in advance or at the door. 7 p.m. at Reel Deal. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

     

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. in Room 3 at Mesa Public Library. The speaker will be Irma Holtkamp and her topic will be, “Using Ancestry.com to do Family History Research.” The public is invited.