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Today's News

  • Jemez Spring Library seeks residents to share stories

    The Jemez Springs Public Library is actively seeking former and current residents of the Jemez Valley area to share their stories and history as part of the library’s ongoing Jemez Valley History Project.
    The library is hosting an interactive program May 20 to encourage residents to make videos of personal stories, learn how to write a memoir of their history, scan and share historic photos and much more.
    The public is also invited to find out more about what the library has compiled so far about the area, which contains everything from land grants, early families, pueblo history and other information.

  • Pet Talk: Responsibilities of pet bird ownership

    If adding a dog or cat to the family is out of the question, pet birds are extremely intelligent and form strong bonds with their owners. However, because companion birds are so smart, they need plenty of mental stimulation and attention to be happy in their environment.
    Before you choose to adopt or purchase a pet bird, Dr. Sharman Hoppes, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, recommended doing your research on the responsibilities of pet bird ownership.
    “A pet parrot of any size is not a low-maintenance or inexpensive pet,” Hoppes said. “Depending on the species and age, the bird itself will vary in cost. Pet bird owners also need a large cage, play gyms, multiple toys, and perches in different textures and diameters to prevent foot problems.”
    The species and number of birds present will determine the amount of time pet owners should spend caring for their birds. However, Hoppes said this does not mean you have to hold your bird for hours a day. Being at home and having the bird out of its cage on a play gym or perch will keep the bird happy.

  • Shelter Report 5-14-17

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 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 micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are 12–6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, and 12–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating.
    CATS  
    Scarlet—A sweet 12-year-old kitty who was recently surrendered when her family was worried about her medical care. Scarlet was pre-diabetic, but after a stay with the vet, she is doing much better and currently does not require any medication. She could use help with her diet though – she’ll feel much better after losing a few pounds!
    Mr. Whiskers—A big tabby cat that is about 4 years old. Changes are a bit stressful for him, so he will likely need a little bit of time to adjust to his new home. He can be independent, but he’s also very sweet and likes to snuggle when he’s in the mood! He is OK with mellow cats, but other dominant males sometimes bother him.

  • Finding common ground on immigrant resolution

    The original resolution turned out to be a bag of worms with few people happy and most believing the other side was getting what they wanted while their side lost out. I’m told emails ran 50-50 while I observed the voices at the Council meeting ran 75 percent conservative and 25 percent liberal.
    Shame on us!
    I can remember when this country was almost all moderates and common ground could be found between Democrats and Republicans. The word liberal referred to a college with a wide range of degree programs. Conservative referred to a person preserving nature and gay meant someone was happy.
    How far we’ve separated ourselves. To bad Obama didn’t live up to his speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention. “W” Bush had run on a platform of uniting a divided America. But he just divided us more. Listening to Obama I had a great feeling we could unite again. He certainly was a great orator, “There are no red states and blue states only the United States of America! There are no liberals and conservatives we are the United States of America!”

  • Los Alamos Federated Republican Women to meet Friday

    The next meeting for the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will be Fridayat the Chamber of Commerce Office from 1-3 p.m. 

    Speaker Michael Grimler, a local National Rifle Association (NRA) training counselor,  holds multiple firearm instructor certifications from the NRA. He will speak to firearm safety in general, defensive use of firearms both inside the home and out, and will talk about the considerations needed if people are interested in becoming a concealed carry permit holder. 

    Seating is limited, so come early. For more information, call at Donna MacDonald 662-4001.

  • Los Alamos County’s fiscal predicament

    BY LISA BRENNER
    A Better Way for LA PAC

  • On the Docket 5-14-17

    March 22
    Willie Cordova was found guilt for failing to display a current a valid registration plate. Defendant must pay $75 fine and $65 in court costs.

    Ladonna Philips was found guilt for failing to display a current a valid registration plate and speeding six to 10 miles and hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Overall, defendant must pay $125 fine and $130 in court costs.
    March 23
    Clinton Harlow was found guilty through Citepay of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant must pay $50 fine and $65 in court costs.

    Christi A. Olguin was fined $50 for failing to obey traffic signal. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Liviu Popa-Simil pleaded no contest for failing to yield/stop at a sign and must pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until May 23.

    Deborah J. Barnes was found guilty for failing to yield/stop at a sign and display a valid registration plate. Defendant must pay $75 fine and $130 in court costs.

    Aaron Martinez pleaded no contest to speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Sentence deferred until May 23. Defendant sentenced to defensive driving school and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Santa Fe progressive launches run for New Mexico governor

    SANTA FE (AP) — Alcohol-prevention teacher Peter DeBenedittis of Santa Fe is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for governor of New Mexico.
    DeBenedittis formally announced his candidacy Monday, describing himself as a progressive Democrat and political outsider who does not owe favors to past political contributors.
    A New Mexico resident since 1995, DeBenedittis wants to pursue policies that expand early childhood education and provide universal health insurance coverage, while increasing taxes on alcohol and cigarettes. He has not previously run for public office.
    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's cannot run for a third term in 2018. The Democratic nomination also is being sought by businessman Jeff Apodaca and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
    No Republican has entered the race, though U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce says he may pursue the GOP nomination.
     

  • Chamisa Elementary hosts seventh annual wax museum

    The halls of Chamisa Elementary School were filled Wednesday with famous scientists, musicians, actors and much more.
    The actual celebrities may not have been there, but the third- and fourth-graders posed as these famous people for their annual wax museum, a project intended to help them learn the process of researching.
    In order to meet their Language Arts standards, third-grade teacher Sharon Jiron came up with the idea of doing a wax museum research project to meet those standards. Megan Lee was in charge of getting the fourth-graders ready and Jiron took charge of the third-graders for this event.
    The Chamisa students represented a wide range of people like Christopher Columbus, Derek Jeter and Shirley Temple, just to name a few.
    “The third-graders chose famous people and fourth-graders did people from New Mexico,” said Jiron.
    Each student stood in their own space, defined by a hula-hoop on the ground, next to the person’s name and a short description of their wax figure.

  • Reluctant lawmakers set sights on fix for N.M. budget

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are reluctantly returning to the budget negotiation table with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez as time runs short to restore billions of dollars in vetoed spending for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
    The state Supreme Court on Thursday refused a request by lawmakers to rescind the governor’s vetoes of all funding for the legislative branch and state institutions of higher education.
    A special legislative session is set for May 24. Elected officials will have to shore up anemic tax revenues or agree to a new round of spending cuts at state agencies or public schools.
    Here’s a glimpse of what lies ahead:
    Tax Shortfall
    Lawmakers and the governor largely agree on a $6.1 billion state budget that would slightly increase spending, particularly for public schools and cash-strapped courts. They remain at odds over how to fill a roughly $150 million shortfall in revenues.
    Lawmakers in March approved higher registration fees for interstate trucking and increased taxes for some hospitals, online sales and retail gasoline and diesel sales. Martinez vetoed the tax hikes and lambasted lawmakers.