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Today's News

  • Candidates file campaign finance reports

    Candidates for local and statewide office filed their first campaign finance reports April 11. Candidates are required to file reports detailing their contributions, expenditures, loans and in kind contributions four times during the primary season and four times for the general election.
    Reports from the two candidates for the New Mexico House of Representatives District 43 revealed some contrasts.
    Incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard (D) has raised $18,668 to date. Garcia Richard received $1,000 from the Committee to Elect Brian Egolf and had an opening balance of $2,151.53. The rest came from 98 individual donors, the majority giving between $50–$250. One donor gave $500 and two others contributed $1,000 each.
    Garcia Richard had $7,064 in expenditures. Her largest expenditures were three totaling $3,861 to Voter Research, Inc. and $2,000 to the New Mexico House Democratic Campaign Committee. Her campaign also donated $500 to the Family YMCA. Most of her other expenditures were to ActBlue for processing fees.
    Garcia Richard’s Republican challenger, Sharon Stover, raised  $9,575 and spent $70.65 for a post office box and checks.

  • Venture to change regulating

    By JOHN BARTLIT
    New Mexico Citizens for Clean Air & Water

    The time has come for regulation to be more businesslike. A healthy dose of market zeal has been missing for too long.
    Regrettably, politicking will not bring needed change.  
    One old campaign banner says regulation is the scourge of free markets. But that reading forgets that large-scale “free” markets owe their steady success to regulations.
    Long-thriving markets are built on the bedrock of rules that standardize weights and measures, rules of contracts, and rules to enforce both.
    After government had established these necessary parts, trade could reach across regions.   
    Another old snapshot says regulation stifles innovation. Whether it was true at one time, it is distinctly untrue today. Regulation today is a storehouse of unmet needs for inventions.
    In the Digital Age, entrepreneurs search far and wide for new markets. The searches skim past regulation, as if it were fine as is. It is not fine.
    Good prospects to innovate are overlooked, which leaves regulation encumbered with hobbly methods that innovations crowd out of other fields.

  • Shelter Report 5-1-16

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Juan—A big tomcat that was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter, but two very dedicated Friends of the Shelter volunteers have been working with Juan to help him relax. He’s finally learning that people can be nice and gentle, particularly when they have treats! Check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan!

  • Pajarito gearing up for summer after strong winter

    Pajarito Mountain officials touted a successful winter season and announced plans for a robust summer season filled with mountain biking and festivals.
    Pajarito Mountain and its sister resort, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, experienced a combined 23 percent increase in skier visits over the previous year.
    Pajarito opened for ski season on Nov. 27, one of the earliest starts in recent history, operating a total of 87 days, also the most for the resort in recent years.
    Pajarito offered skiers and snowboarders a consistent operating schedule of five days a week, a schedule that will continue again next winter.
    “Going into this winter, our team had several goals: to fill the pond, open Pajarito on ‘White Friday,’ expand our operating schedule and, most importantly, to provide the best skiing possible to every guest that visited this mountain,” Tom Long, General Manager of Pajarito Mountain, said. “I’m proud to announce we were able to accomplish all of those objectives. While we continue to make huge strides, we only see more opportunities to expand upon those accomplishments and we’re eager to continue taking our operations to the next level at Pajarito.”

  • Bjorklund has top prediction in Pace Race

    Mark Bjorklund was the top predictor in this week’s Pace Race, which was held in the Western Area. Bjorklund finished with just an 18-second differential to lead the predictors.
    Burton Krohn was 27 seconds off his predictions while Allison Chan and Georgia Pedicini tied at 34 seconds off.
    On the one-mile course, Billy Strother was the first finisher at 9 minutes, 47 seconds. His sister Savanna Strother was the top female, recording a 10:09.
    Ryan Smeltzer ran a 25:54 to finish first in the three-mile race. Roxana Candia was the first female to finish in 27:56.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will take place at Piñon Park in White Rock, across from Smith’s on Sherwood Boulevard.
    It will be the “staggered start” race where participants will leave at different times depending on their predictions with the ultimate goal of everyone finishing together. One-and three-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com

  • LA softball falls to Bernalillo

    The Los Alamos softball team was unable to give Bernalillo its first district loss of the season Wednesday. The Spartans jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the first two innings and held on to win the game, 10-3.
    Los Alamos is now 13-11 overall and 6-4 in District 2-5A. Los Alamos is also MaxPreps’ No. 11 ranked team in Class 5A.
    Bernalillo is now 20-3, 10-0.
    Los Alamos still controls its destiny in the district. Two wins Saturday over Del Norte (8-14, 4-6) will lock up second place for Los Alamos.
    Those games will start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in White Rock.
     

  • ’Toppers suffer first district loss

    The Los Alamos baseball team lost its first district contest of the season Wednesday at Bernalillo.
    Trailing by one run, the Hilltoppers loaded the bases in the seventh inning, but a strike out ended the game and gave Bernalillo the 7-6 victory.
    The loss, however, doesn’t have much of an impact the district standings. With just two games left, Los Alamos and Del Norte will both head into Saturday’s doubleheader with 9-1 district records.
    Los Alamos, however, won the first game so Del Norte will need to win both of Saturday’s games to move ahead of Los Alamos in the district standings.
    The games will start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Bomber Field.
    Sunday, the brackets for the state tournament will be released.
    Los Alamos is currently ranked No. 8 in 5A by MaxPreps.

  • Hilltoppers sweep district golf titles

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ golf teams both cruised to District 2-5A titles Wednesday at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The Hilltopper girls shot a 364 to win their team title. The score was the girls’ fifth state-qualifying leg in 10 attempts this year, giving them two more than the required three legs needed to advance to the Class 5A state championships, which will be held May 9-10 at Farmington’s Piñon Hills course.
    The Hilltopper boys weren’t too far away from qualifying for state. The boys shot a 328 to win the district tournament, just nine shots above a state-qualifying leg. Any district champion who shoots a qualifying leg at the district tournament automatically qualifies for state.
    Finishing behind the Hilltopper boys were Del Norte (385), Capital (471) and Española Valley (no score).
    Española Valley also competed in the girls’ tournament, but didn’t post a team score there either.
    Individually, Los Alamos also claimed both district titles and nine of the 10 first-team all district spots.
    Jennifer Necker, who will also compete at state as an individual, shot an 80 to win the girls’ championship.
    Eighth-grader Henry Poston shot a 79 to win the boys’ title, just one shot above a state-qualifying leg.

  • Tweeting DWI court hearings should give useful information

    Gov. Susana Martinez is taking another swing at DWI. Last week, she announced a contract with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to observe DWI court hearings and publicize the results on Twitter. It’s strange but has possibilities.
    With a two-year, $800,000 contract, MADD will place monitors in courtrooms in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, Rio Arriba and San Juan counties. They will gather information about DWI case outcomes and post them on social media.
    One thing I’ve heard, from both experts and legislators, is that the criminal justice system isn’t working. We have laws on the books, but prosecutors and judges plead these cases down. We don’t know why.
    The MADD monitors might help answer that question, depending on the information they gather. We need to know the judge’s thinking and what the mitigating factors are, and you can’t deliver that in a tweet. Tweets are good for the quick comment, the wise crack. They generate buzz for a moment and then they’re gone.
    How are we supposed to learn what happens in court and spot problem areas? Call me old fashioned, but I want to see a report.

  • Brooks, Ryan seek civility, get slammed

    Local Democrats responded to Gov. Susana Martinez’s April 14 speech to a big Republican dinner in New Mexico with: “The policy priorities New Mexico has been suffering through the past five years under Governor Martinez are exactly in line with the reckless and racist priorities of Trump and other Republican candidates,” said Debra Haaland, Democratic Party chairwoman.
    While it’s tough to argue Donald Trump is anything other than reckless and racist, pasting that label on Martinez is hardly civil. Democrats note: Haaland’s comment is simply the first one I noticed to provide the contra-example for today’s consideration of political civility. Republicans say the same stupid stuff.
    Further, I consider the labeling an attack by one candidate on an opponent’s record as “negative campaigning” to be weak. Candidates must discuss the opponent’s record and ideas in order to create contrast. The question is how that record is discussed.
    Recently Paul Ryan and David Brooks provided meditations on political civility. Consideration is in order as we swing into our campaigns in New Mexico.
    In his Feb. 26 column in the New York Times, Brooks argued in favor of politics as the best way to accomplish things in our society, the alternative being authoritarianism.