Today's News

  • Science Fair at Barranca Mesa
  • Council paves way for apartment complex

    Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved the donation of county-owned land on DP Road Tuesday to Bethel Development Corporation, to pave the way for the development of an affordable housing apartment complex.

    The land is parcel A-9, located at 120 DP Road, between the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse and a county firefighting training facility.

    “We go to a lot of communities. This one has been so supportive in our efforts to redouble affordable housing in the community, that it’s refreshing to have that kind of support,” said Bethel President Daniel Terlecki, in his reaction to the vote.

    Bethel wants to build a four building, 72-unit complex on the site.

    The project would border a section of Canyon Rim Trail, which concerns Councilor Antonio Maggiore.

    “When you talk about desert landscaping, does that mean a lot of gravel,” Maggiore asked.

    Terlecki also said there will be greenery on the property.

    “We lean toward a lot of trees for that shading factor,” Terlecki said.

    Maggiore was concerned that the property would not have a buffer between the trail and the apartment complex.

    Terlecki then said they were planning on putting a buffer of year-round pine trees in that section.

  • LAHS picks up bounce-back win over Taos

    Led by 20 points from sophomore guard Gavin Campos, the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team got back on track Tuesday evening, defeating Taos High School 82-62.

    Heading into the matchup, many questions surrounded the Hilltoppers, notably the health of two of the team’s best players.

    Senior guards Antonio Trujillo and Ramon Roybal missed time over the past week with injuries, and it was uncertain whether either would be able to play against Taos.

    As it turned out, both were good to go and played significant minutes, though neither started.

    In their places, Campos and David Owen, a junior, entered the starting lineup at the guard positions.

    Campos began scoring almost immediately, collecting 6 quick points in the first quarter, a time when the rest of the team was struggling to find an offensive rhythm.

    Senior forward Troy Hammock, who has been a key offensive contributor in recent weeks, picked up 4 points in the first quarter.

    Despite those contributions, the Hilltoppers trailed Taos 15-14 after the first quarter, as the Tigers knocked down three 3-pointers in the quarter.

    The offensive production picked up significantly for the Hilltoppers in the second quarter, with players consistently knocking down jump shots.

  • LAHS drops two weekend games

    Playing games on back-to-back days isn’t easy for a basketball team under any circumstances. Doing it without the team’s best player makes it even more challenging.

    This was the situation facing the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team last weekend, as it lost at home to Belen High School, and on the road to Santa Fe High School without the services of senior guard Antonio Trujillo.

    Trujillo, who has averaged more than 13 points per game this season, was on the bench with an injury in both games.
    The impact of him being out of the lineup was noticed immediately at the start of Friday’s game against Belen, as the Eagles jumped on top of the Hilltoppers 13-8 in the first quarter, and LAHS connected on just three shots. Two of those three shots were 3-pointers from Michael Naranjo and Ivan Balakirev, two of the team’s big men.

    Getting the ball to the big men continued to be the theme for the Hilltoppers in the second quarter, as all 10 points the team scored in the quarter came from Balakirev, Naranjo and Troy Hammock, another of the team’s inside presences.

    Heading into halftime, LAHS trailed 28-18. None of the Hilltopper guards scored in the first half, as Balakirev led the way with 7 points, Hammock had 6 points and Naranjo added 5 points.

  • N.M. cities building onramps to information superhighway

    ust as public utilities and the interstate highway system made New Mexico more accessible and habitable over the past century, the internet – today’s information superhighway – is what links the state’s entrepreneurs with potential customers and partners around the world. 

    In a state with far-flung rural villages and growing urban hubs, such infrastructure enhancements as fast and reliable internet service determine whether residents are isolated or engaged and whether enough taxable revenue can be generated through economic development to improve public safety and community amenities. 

    With that in mind, New Mexico municipalities are getting creative in their pursuit of broadband service, and many are finding that collaboration is essential to procuring this indispensable collective asset.

    Pick a partner

    Larger urban communities with hundreds of thousands of potential customers have little trouble attracting broadband service providers. It’s a different story in communities where one company has a monopoly on phone lines through which broadband fibers run.

  • Coalition uses data to analyze criminal justice

    By Finance New Mexico 

    For years I have wondered whether our criminal justice system makes sense. 

    I think first about my own safety. Does our system make me safer? Does it prevent crime? Does it make prudent use of my tax dollars? Is it pragmatic?

    Then I think about fairness and justice. Does our system teach criminals the lesson that will prevent them from committing crimes again? Does it prevent others from committing crimes? Do tougher penalties deter criminals from offending again? What is the system doing to prepare them for when they get out?

    I want data. Rather than being driven by emotions, either of compassion or retribution, I’d like to know what actually works.

    A group called NMSAFE (nmsafe.org) has done some of this homework. 

  • Community Calendar

    Choices for Sustainable Living at 6 p.m. at the Nature Center.
    Join a discussion course that will help you explore sustainability more deeply and learn its unique meaning from individual, societal, and global perspectives. Free, but purchase of the coursebook is REQUIRED. We need six people to run this course. 


    The United Thrift Shop will have a $6 bag sale, excluding jewelry from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at its shop at 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos. 


    League of Women Voters and AAUW will host a 2018 New Mexico Legislative Preview presentation started at 6:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The presentation starts at 7 p.m. Los Alamos legislators, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, and Sens. Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez, will share their views on the upcoming New Mexico Legislative Session. Artie Pepin, Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, will discuss the new (2017) pretrial release and detention rules issued by the New Mexico Supreme Court, as well as the need for increased funding for the judiciary. Come at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and socializing.


  • Assets in Action: Time goes by fast when you do what you love

    Only 72 days until spring break! I know you must be thinking, what?

    Sure, it is might be due to the fact that, everyone is now back to school. Sure, there is someone already counting the days, but I like to emphasize the point for the parents of seniors in high school. Time is about to take on a new meaning.

    We are at the halfway mark and time will move at warp speed between now and spring break. Truth be told, prom planning is already underway. Once spring break is over, I can’t even describe how fast time moves.

    We see time differently when we graduate and head off to college and that time also goes by so fast.

    I graduated from Idaho State University in 1991, 27 years ago, wow! Now not only does that make me feel old, but it is unreal that so much time has passed.

    Recently I received an email from Dr. Brandt Short, one of my college professors. He actually tracked me down through my Assets In Action work, which this column is based upon.

    Dr. Short wanted to return a term paper that I wrote for his class after an internship. 

  • Colon to run for state auditor

    Colon announced his bid in a statement late Sunday. Colon says he is running because he is “fed up” and wants to ensure taxpayer money goes to the right places. He says his background in finance and law make him the right candidate.

  • Lawmakers propose pet food tax to help spay, neuter pets

    Democratic State Reps. Carl Trujillo and Debbie Rodella sponsored a bill that would impose an increase on commercial pet food registration fees from $2 per label to $100 per label of food each year, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported .

    The increase would raise over $800,000 to help impoverished citizens pay to have their dogs and cats spayed and neutered, Trujillo said. He estimates the fund could pay for services for some 8,000 to 10,000 pets annually.

    “This is a needed tool to combat an overpopulation of dogs and cats in the state,” he said. It also will cut down on the number of pet euthanizations, he added.

    But Laura Moore, owner of The Critters and Me pet store in Santa Fe, has concerns.

    “This is either going to increase the price of dog and cat food or manufacturers are going to want to stop supplying these foods to New Mexico,” she said. “There has to be a better way to facilitate spay and neuter services than having bureaucrats get involved in it.”