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Today's News

  • Martinez to consider bill to combine local elections

    SANTA FE (AP) — A piece of legislation awaiting Gov. Susana Martinez’s signature would reshape the political landscape for school boards, cities and other nonpartisan local governments in New Mexico by consolidating elections and putting them before voters in November every other year.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that currently, such elections draw little attention, with some garnering zero ballots.

    Political analyst Brian Sanderoff says combining school board and municipal elections could boost turnout significantly. School elections draw maybe 5 percent turnout on their own, but Sanderoff says municipalities attract up to 45 percent.

     
    Municipalities would have the option of opting out of the combined elections.

  • Hike to Window Rock April 8

    Join the Santa Fe National Forest from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 8 to as part of the Forest Your Health, a local partnership and health initiative.
    The Window Rock Trail hike will include trash pickup, sign installation, archeological interpretation and campfire finale (hot dogs and s’mores).
    The hike is part of Window Rock and lies north of Española off of the highway to Abiquiu.
    Participants should not bring less than three liters of water, plus lunch, shade hat, sunscreen and clothing layers. The round-trip hike is eight miles.
    Contact Jennifer Sublett for more information and to sign-up for this bi-annual stewardship hike at jasublett@fs.fed.us or 505-753-7331.

  • LALT looks for producers

    Los Alamos Little Theatre is engaged in producing short staged readings periodically for the Betty Ehart and White Rock senior centers.
    The group is looking for anyone interested in either directing or acting in the staged readings. Because these are brief (10 - 15 minute plays), they are a great opportunity for people who would like to get some experience or practice without a huge investment of time.
    Interested directors or actors should send an e-mail to Pat Beck at pdbeck@aol.com.
    The next time slot for providing a staged reading is in May.

  • Bus Driver Appreciation Day celebrated

    Los Alamos Public Schools honored their bus drivers March 17 during National Bus Driver Day.
    “We are truly fortunate in this District to have such a tremendous group of professional drivers and bus assistants. Our team performs their job assignments each day with concern for the safety of students and the public. It is an honor to be a part of this team and district,” said Keith Rosenbaum, LAPS transportation director.
    “Today we celebrated National Bus Driver Day to show our appreciation to the unsung heroes of our community. They get up early every day to guarantee our children get to school on time, safe and sound. The Los Alamos Schools Credit Union wanted show them that we care and that their role in our community is important.  I’d like to thank Bethany for organizing this event and Keith for giving us this opportunity to brighten their day,” said Matt Schmidt of the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union.

  • DPU launches app for customers

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) announced the launch of its free Los Alamos DPU app Thursday by Smart Energy Systems. 
    The a new cloud-based platform has a friendly interface for DPU customers to access their accounts, track consumption and pay utility bills from their computers or mobile devices, according to department officials.
    In 2015, a DPU customer satisfaction survey revealed that a segment of customers wanted more online functions.
    “Customers under the age of 45 told us that they wanted better ways to do business with us online. We listened and believe the Los Alamos DPU App will allow customers the flexibility and convenience they seek,” said Utilities Manager Tim Glasco, in a statement issued Thursday.  
    Some of the advantages that DPU customers can expect from the Los Alamos DPU app when used on their computers or downloaded to their mobile devices include the ability to:
    • Customize the home screen to create personalized dashboards,
    • View current and historic bills,
    • Make payments with a credit card or electronic check,
    • View current and historic consumption,  
    • Compare personal consumption to the average of all Los Alamos customers’ consumption, and
    • Receive alerts for high or low usage.

  • How to use digital devices this Lent for holy reflection

    BY HEIDI A. CAMPBELL
    Texas A&M University

  • Women helping women
  • Running out the clock on New Mexico’s future

    BY REP. JASON HARPER
    R-Rio Rancho, New Mexico House of Representatives

  • Healthcare change asks hard questions about cost and services

    “In America, we don’t leave people bleeding in the doorway of the emergency room.”  I wrote that line for a presentation I used to give, some 25 years ago, about medical care in workers’ compensation.
    There had been a time when some American hospitals did exactly that. Even in emergencies, patients had to produce an insurance card before they would be treated. A federal law was enacted in 1986 prohibiting hospitals from turning away patients in emergencies.
    The system has been been battling ever since over who pays. The hospital? The taxpayers? The patient with no money? The Affordable Care Act offers one solution by requiring everybody to be insured and providing subsidies.
    The “individual mandate” is one thing many Americans detest about the ACA. So, among the features of the new proposed healthcare law it took Congressional Republicans only six years to draft, the individual mandate is to be repealed. Young healthy people who think they don’t need insurance won’t have to buy it.
    But young healthy people can get sick or injured. What does the proposed law anticipate when a young healthy uninsured person shows up with broken bones from a motorcycle accident? Who will pay the bill? Or will we go back to letting him bleed? That has to be one of our questions.

  • Judge approves settlement barring ICE cooperation

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Forecasters say an approaching storm system with potentially damaging strong winds is expected to pose hazards that include extreme fire conditions on New Mexico's eastern plains through Thursday and into Friday.
    The National Weather Service says eastern and central New Mexico will see winds gusting up to 70 mph.
    Forecasters warn of dangerous crosswinds on roads oriented north and south and blowing dust reducing visibilities to a mile or less on the eastern plains and central New Mexico's lower elevations.
    Other hazards could include damage to trees, power lines and roofs, and forecasters say lightweight objects could become airborne.
    Up to 6 inches of snow are expected in the northern mountains late Thursday and Friday.