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Today's News

  • New Mexico forecasts revenue surplus as budget crisis wanes

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico is on track to collect more money in the coming fiscal year than it currently spends as surging oil production pulls state government out of a budget crisis, state economists told lawmakers on Wednesday.

    Economists from three state agencies and the Legislature predicted that tax revenue and other government income will slightly surpass spending obligations during the fiscal year that begins in July 2018.

    They anticipate excess revenues of $25 million — equal to a small fraction of the state's $6.1 billion general fund spending plan for the current fiscal year.

    Lawmakers expressed guarded relief as they prepare to craft a budget for the coming fiscal year during a 30 day legislative session that starts in January.

    "I do feel better with the trend than where we've been in the past," said Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, as a panel of lawmakers met at a ski resort outside Taos.

    He cautioned that New Mexico remains vulnerable to swings in oil and natural gas prices. Smith also warned that an ongoing lawsuit could force legislators to boost funding of public schools that already account for 44 percent of state general fund spending.

  • Bandelier rangers offer reward for information on elk poaching

    Bandelier National Monument is offering a reward of $3,000 for information leading to the prosecution of those responsible for the poaching of an elk within the park between the night of Aug. 3 and morning of Aug. 4.

    Park rangers collected at the scene and some parts of the poached elk were taken by the suspects, according to a release sent out by Bandelier Friday. 

    The incident happened along State Highway 4 near milepost 44 near Cerro Grande. The elk was found by rangers on the south side of the road. 

    Anyone who observed a vehicle stopped along the road on the night of Aug. 3 or morning hours Aug. 4 are asked to call Bandelier law enforcement rangers. Anyone with related information is asked to call 505-672-3861 extension 401 or 402. 

  • Open Space and Trails meeting Aug. 16

    The Los Alamos County Open Space and Trails division staff invites residents to meet with Eric Peterson, county Open Space Specialist, to discuss trails in and around the North Mesa Stables area. The meeting will be held on Aug. 16 from 5:30-7 p.m. Attendees are asked to meet at the parking lot across from the Posse Lodge (650 North Mesa Road).
    The focus of the meeting will be on trail issues around the North Mesa Stables area to gather public feedback. Residents with questions can contact Eric Peterson at 663-1776 or eric.peterson@lacnm.us

  • Los Alamos prepares for the annual Fair and Rodeo

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Los Alamos Ranch School, an important piece of Los Alamos history. It’s no surprise then that local events honor that piece of history and this year’s County Fair and Rodeo is no exception as its theme will be “Legends of the Ranch School.”

    In addition to the rodeo events happening at the Brewer Arena, there will many exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy over the course of the weekend, including bounce houses, a parade, arts and crafts fair, and much more.

    The Arts and Crafts Fair at Fuller Lodge begins Saturday morning immediately after the Fair and Rodeo Parade. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., crowds can stroll to the east lawn at Fuller Lodge to shop for all sorts of treasures that can only be discovered once a year at the Summer Fair.

    Amy Bjarke, Exhibit and Marketing Director at Fuller Lodge Art Center, stepped into the position of fair coordinator a little over a year ago and explained that the Arts and Crafts Fair consists of around 100 local, regional, and even national artists, all selling their handmade art.

    “There’s a wonderful variety of artwork to choose from including photography, fiber arts, jewelry, food, wood and so much more,” she said.

  • US Air Force test flights focus on off-the-shelf options

    (AP) Over a U.S. Air Force base in the New Mexico desert, pilots on Wednesday tested some off-the-shelf options as the military looks for its next light-attack aircraft.

    Test flights for the experiment known as the OA-X initiative are being conducted at Holloman Air Force Base. Air Force Secretary and former New Mexico congresswoman Heather Wilson was on hand along with other top officials as pilots put the planes through their paces.

    The scenarios are designed to emulate combat missions and other flights such as search and rescue and reconnaissance.

    The Air Force earlier this year invited the aviation and aerospace industry to put forth data on readily available planes that would meet the service’s needs for a small, low-cost aircraft that could support missions on the ground while being easily maintained. The top candidates were then invited to Holloman to show off their capabilities.

    U.S. Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a supporter of the experiment, said Wednesday the event is aimed at helping the military procure the tools it needs more quickly, efficiently and affordably.

  • Trump say he'll expand US anti-missile programs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's planning to add billions of dollars to the nation's anti-missile programs.

    Trump tells reporters after a security briefing at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, "We are going to be increasing out budget by many billions of dollars."

    He says an announcement is planned soon.

    Trump also says the nation's nuclear arsenal is in "in tip-top shape" and getting stronger. And he insists his administration has "done a lot of modernization" and "a lot of renovation" already.

    Trump is also warning about the dangers of nuclear weapons, saying he'd like to "de-nuke the world." But he says that, until that happens, the U.S. "will be the most powerful nuclear nation on earth, by far."

  • In new threat, Trump demands NKorea 'get their act together'

    BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Not backing down, President Donald Trump warned Kim Jong Un's government on Thursday to "get their act together" or face extraordinary trouble, and suggested his earlier threat to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea was too mild.

    "Maybe that statement wasn't tough enough," Trump said, in the latest U.S. salvo in an escalating exchange of threats between the nuclear-armed nations.

    A day after North Korea laid out plans to strike near Guam with unsettlingly specificity, there was no observable march toward combat, despite the angry rhetoric from both sides. U.S. officials said there was no major movement of U.S. military assets to the region, nor were there signs Pyongyang was actively preparing for war.

    Trump declined to say whether the U.S. is considering a pre-emptive military strike as he spoke to reporters before a briefing with his top national security advisers at his New Jersey golf resort.
    The president insisted the North had been "getting away with a tragedy that can't be allowed."

  • Today in history Aug. 10
  • UNM-LA community internship collaboration launches a new semester

    The Community Internship Collaboration (CIC) will begin its third year of connecting UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and Los Alamos High School (LAHS) students with local business mentors for internship projects later this month.

    The program’s goals are to provide meaningful work experiences for students, meet area workforce needs and to develop the future workforce for the local community, the region and the Laboratory.

    Students are able to put knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to use in a practical way in a variety of industries and settings, while local businesses gain an intern eager to contribute to the success of their business at no cost to them.

    For students, the program provides an opportunity to “work, learn and earn.”

    Students will not only gain the work experience, but will have the opportunity to earn some money, while learning both on the job and in the classroom. CIC students also enroll in a class at UNM-LA specifically designed for students in this program and covering topics that include project management, Gantt charts, time management, problem solving, business communication, customer service and presentation skills.

  • Assets in Action: Important to attend parent, student meetings

    This week should find us all getting back into a routine. The starter gun has sounded and we’re off and running.

    This is an important time to attend all of the meetings that engage adults and students in a new year. You may have done it before, but there are new plans, new faces and new rules you might need to know.

    It doesn’t matter if your student is in kindergarten or college, we need to be engaged and supportive in their educational process. If these things don’t seem important enough to attend, how is each consecutive child going to gauge their importance in the spectrum of education?
    I know it is difficult to get from work, to the school, when is dinner and then there are still the daily activities that come with after school and evening routines. So, DVR or VCR the new start of the season shows and demonstrate the importance of each and every year.

    Last spring, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board brought educator and public speaker, Barbara Coloroso into our community with an anti-bullying message. Many have heard and will implement the message this school year. Do you know if your school is one that will follow the path?