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Today's News

  • Legislative decisions range from schools to crime

    Recently, this column looked at the Legislative Council Service (LCS) report on the legislative session and considered the budget (the biggest part of the picture), listed state government’s major functions, and briefly discussed Medicaid.
    Today we look, from the policy view, as before, at legislative decisions affecting those major functions and touch on a few of the tiny and always interesting items. “Less than very seldom” is how often really big changes happen in state government.
    Scrounging money required considerable creativity during the session. The term “skimming money” isn’t usually associated with doing good, legal things. But skimming money is the LCS description for pulling money from “various reserves.” House bill 311 did the deed.
    Public schools get 44.3 percent of the money budgeted through the General Fund, the state’s operating account. Education changes amounted to bits and pieces, the same as for all of state government in this year of reduced spending. One change, following the precedent from the 2008 recession, allows school districts to change requirements for class size, length of the school day and other factors. This suggests Santa Fe doesn’t know all the details of running the schools.

  • Cases of animal plague and tularemia in New Mexico

    SANTA FE (AP) — Health officials say there have been 10 cases of plague and 19 cases of tularemia in dogs and cats in New Mexico so far this year.

    Recent rabbit deaths from tularemia also have been confirmed in the Santa Fe and Eldorado areas of Santa Fe County.

    Confirmatory testing was conducted at the New Mexico Department of Health's Scientific Laboratory Division.

    Plague positive pets come from Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, Sandoval, Los Alamos, Torrance and Taos counties.

    Dogs and cats have tested positive for tularemia in Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Los Alamos counties.

    Last year, four humans contracted plague in New Mexico with one fatality with eight human cases of tularemia and no deaths. There were 18 confirmed cases of plague and 63 cases of tularemia in dogs and cats.

  • News for Retirees June 12-18

    June 12-18
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Salad
    6 p.m.         Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.         Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Baked Potato Bar
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge (Classroom)
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise
    10 a.m.        Options Trading Group
    10:30 a.m.        Music with Ruth    
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Tilapia

  • Hikes, astronomy offered at Bandelier

    School’s out and it is a good time to come to Bandelier for ranger talks and hikes.
    Upcoming activities include wilderness hikes. Be sure to bring at least three liters of water per person, sunscreen, hat and sturdy comfortable shoes. Numbers are limited, so call the Visitor Center at 672-3861 ext. 517 for details and to sign up.
    • June 18: Burnt Mesa, about 5 miles round trip, moderate, about 300 feet of elevation change  (Elliot Schultz).
    • June 25: Visitor Center to the mid-Alamo Canyon rim, about 7 miles round trip, crosses three canyons, 700 feet of elevation change, difficulty moderate to strenuous  (Elliot Schultz).
    For more information, call the Visitor Center at 672-3861 ext. 517; check the park website at nps.gov/band.

  • Kerr given Patrick Henry Silver Award

    Vernon Kerr was presented with a Patrick Henry Silver Award by the MG Franklin E. Miles Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars at the organization’s May dinner meeting.  
    The Patrick Henry Silver Award is the highest award a chapter can award to an individual for significant contributions to the cause of Patriotism in their community.  
    After serving in the military during the Korean War, Kerr moved to Los Alamos and began working for Los Alamos National Laboratory. From 1971 through 1986, he served as the state representative from Los Alamos. He later served as several other posts in the state legislative and executive branches.
    For many years, Kerr worked with youth, especially Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and an Explorer Post. For 17 years, he has been a government councilor for the American Legion New Mexico Boys State.

  • Elks Lodge to celebrate Flag Day Tuesday

    Los Alamos Elks Lodge invited the public to celebrate Flag Day at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Elks Lodge, 1601 Trinity Drive. Food and beverages will follow.
    Flag Day is celebrated every year on June 14. The Elks organization provides services to many local communities through programs that promote Americanism and support our nation’s youth and its veterans.
    For more information on this event, or other Elk programs, visit elks.org.

  • Police Beat 6-12-16

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    May 31
    12 a.m. — Adam Martinez, 18, of Velarde, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia at the intersection of 48th Street and Yucca Street.

    1:26 a.m. — Geoffery Marquez, 19, of Los Alamos was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at Sioux Avenue.

    5:42 a.m. — Augusta Dyson, 38, of Los Alamos was arrested for aggravated driving while under the influence with a blood alcohol concentration of .16 or more at Diamond Drive.

    10:53 a.m. — Elias Gallegos, 49, of Espanola was arrested for shoplifting (More than $100 less than $250) at the Los Alamos police station.

    11:17 a.m. — Police reported that a 16-year-old Los Alamos female was the victim of harassment at Central Avenue.

    3:26 p.m. — Police reported that a 58-year-old Los Alamos woman was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $2500) at 38th Street.

    June 1

  • Cone Zone: Week of June 13

    For more information about these projects, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. The below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.
    Public Works Projects:
    Canyon Rim Trail
    The west leg of the Canyon Rim Trail is closed for construction.  No traffic delays on DP Road or N.M. 502 are anticipated.
    Knecht Street Improvements Project
    Century Club will start construction on the Knecht Street Improvements Project Monday. Work hours will be Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Access to businesses as well as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained. On-street parking will be restricted for the duration of the project.
    Western Area Phase 4
    On Monday, the Western Area Phase 4 Project is scheduled to start with preconstruction utility line locating and video recording of landscaping and walls near county right-of-way to ensure such features are returned to pre-construction condition.

  • On the Docket 6-12-16

      June 1
    Jerome J. Garcia  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court courts.

    Adrienne M. LaFleur  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court courts.

    Andrea Harwell  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to use seatbelts. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court courts.

    Brian Padgett paid a $50 fine for failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked.

    June 2
    James Carpenter was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of shoplifting. Defendant was fined $250 and must also pay $60 in court costs.

    Gayle Cunningham was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding in a school zone 11 to 15 miles an hour over the limit. Defendant was given a deferred sentence. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs. Defendant was also sentenced to community service and defensive driving school.

  • More than ever, we need each other

    My heart aches over the stories I hear about heroin overdoses. Local fathers post stories about their sons and daughters, fatal victims of the heroin market. Police conduct raids. The illegal marketing demand continues to fund Afghanistan poppy farmers. Other illegal drug markets cause societal issues, as meth labs contaminate homes and acreage. A house in my neighborhood is selling for half its former market value because of meth lab damage. More than ever, we live in a drug culture.
    When I google “heroin,” however, my top hit is an article by the National Institute of Drug Abuse indicating that nearly half of young people who inject heroin reported abusing prescription opioids before starting to use heroin.
    As bad as our illegal drug market has become, the potential for the abuse of prescription drugs is a much more pervasive problem throughout America today.
    This conversation is frequently fueled by stories about yet another superstar and his/her battles with prescription drugs, the most recent being that of Prince. I am not sufficiently familiar with his pain and challenges to comment on his possible addictions, but I am saddened at his plight and that of millions of Americans who deal with chronic pain.