Today's News

  • LAHS drops two weekend games

    Playing games on back-to-back days isn’t easy for a basketball team under any circumstances. Doing it without the team’s best player makes it even more challenging.

    This was the situation facing the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team last weekend, as it lost at home to Belen High School, and on the road to Santa Fe High School without the services of senior guard Antonio Trujillo.

    Trujillo, who has averaged more than 13 points per game this season, was on the bench with an injury in both games.
    The impact of him being out of the lineup was noticed immediately at the start of Friday’s game against Belen, as the Eagles jumped on top of the Hilltoppers 13-8 in the first quarter, and LAHS connected on just three shots. Two of those three shots were 3-pointers from Michael Naranjo and Ivan Balakirev, two of the team’s big men.

    Getting the ball to the big men continued to be the theme for the Hilltoppers in the second quarter, as all 10 points the team scored in the quarter came from Balakirev, Naranjo and Troy Hammock, another of the team’s inside presences.

    Heading into halftime, LAHS trailed 28-18. None of the Hilltopper guards scored in the first half, as Balakirev led the way with 7 points, Hammock had 6 points and Naranjo added 5 points.

  • States rethink sexual misconduct policies after complaints

    By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After a tumultuous few months that saw numerous lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct, a majority of state legislatures across the country are considering strengthening sexual harassment policies that have gone unheeded or unchanged for years.

    A 50-state review by The Associated Press found that almost all legislative chambers now have at least some type of written sexual harassment policy, though they vary widely, and many are placing a greater emphasis on preventing and punishing sexual misconduct as they convene for their 2018 sessions.

    This week alone, lawmakers in Arizona, Idaho and Rhode Island underwent detailed training about sexual harassment, some for the first time.

    Yet about a third of all legislative chambers do not require lawmakers to receive training about what constitutes sexual harassment, how to report it and what consequences it carries, the AP's review found.

  • N.M. cities building onramps to information superhighway

    ust as public utilities and the interstate highway system made New Mexico more accessible and habitable over the past century, the internet – today’s information superhighway – is what links the state’s entrepreneurs with potential customers and partners around the world. 

    In a state with far-flung rural villages and growing urban hubs, such infrastructure enhancements as fast and reliable internet service determine whether residents are isolated or engaged and whether enough taxable revenue can be generated through economic development to improve public safety and community amenities. 

    With that in mind, New Mexico municipalities are getting creative in their pursuit of broadband service, and many are finding that collaboration is essential to procuring this indispensable collective asset.

    Pick a partner

    Larger urban communities with hundreds of thousands of potential customers have little trouble attracting broadband service providers. It’s a different story in communities where one company has a monopoly on phone lines through which broadband fibers run.

  • Coalition uses data to analyze criminal justice

    By Finance New Mexico 

    For years I have wondered whether our criminal justice system makes sense. 

    I think first about my own safety. Does our system make me safer? Does it prevent crime? Does it make prudent use of my tax dollars? Is it pragmatic?

    Then I think about fairness and justice. Does our system teach criminals the lesson that will prevent them from committing crimes again? Does it prevent others from committing crimes? Do tougher penalties deter criminals from offending again? What is the system doing to prepare them for when they get out?

    I want data. Rather than being driven by emotions, either of compassion or retribution, I’d like to know what actually works.

    A group called NMSAFE (nmsafe.org) has done some of this homework. 

  • Community Calendar

    Choices for Sustainable Living at 6 p.m. at the Nature Center.
    Join a discussion course that will help you explore sustainability more deeply and learn its unique meaning from individual, societal, and global perspectives. Free, but purchase of the coursebook is REQUIRED. We need six people to run this course. 


    The United Thrift Shop will have a $6 bag sale, excluding jewelry from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at its shop at 2525 Canyon Road in Los Alamos. 


    League of Women Voters and AAUW will host a 2018 New Mexico Legislative Preview presentation started at 6:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The presentation starts at 7 p.m. Los Alamos legislators, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, and Sens. Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez, will share their views on the upcoming New Mexico Legislative Session. Artie Pepin, Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, will discuss the new (2017) pretrial release and detention rules issued by the New Mexico Supreme Court, as well as the need for increased funding for the judiciary. Come at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and socializing.


  • Registration begins for UNM-LA

    With a high number of faculty who have Ph.Ds in their teaching fields, UNM-LA provides an exceptional quality of instruction. 

    Small class sizes allow for personal attention that is critical for student learning and success. The student support in advising and career exploration is vibrant and personal. According to Kathryn Vigil, Student Enrollment Director at UNM Los Alamos, “There is no better value in New Mexico, and families can feel comfortable knowing that they’ve made a good investment. Compared to the two larger Universities in New Mexico, the savings at UNM-LA can be viewed as a 45 percent discount. Money can also be saved in rent, food and transportation for students who choose to live at home for a year or two.”

    In addition to traditional face to face classes, UNM-LA offers online and hybrid classes (a combination of face-to- face and online) to help meet the various scheduling preferences and learning styles of students. There are also a variety of short courses, including classes that will start later in the semester.  

  • Assets in Action: Time goes by fast when you do what you love

    Only 72 days until spring break! I know you must be thinking, what?

    Sure, it is might be due to the fact that, everyone is now back to school. Sure, there is someone already counting the days, but I like to emphasize the point for the parents of seniors in high school. Time is about to take on a new meaning.

    We are at the halfway mark and time will move at warp speed between now and spring break. Truth be told, prom planning is already underway. Once spring break is over, I can’t even describe how fast time moves.

    We see time differently when we graduate and head off to college and that time also goes by so fast.

    I graduated from Idaho State University in 1991, 27 years ago, wow! Now not only does that make me feel old, but it is unreal that so much time has passed.

    Recently I received an email from Dr. Brandt Short, one of my college professors. He actually tracked me down through my Assets In Action work, which this column is based upon.

    Dr. Short wanted to return a term paper that I wrote for his class after an internship. 

  • Colon to run for state auditor

    Colon announced his bid in a statement late Sunday. Colon says he is running because he is “fed up” and wants to ensure taxpayer money goes to the right places. He says his background in finance and law make him the right candidate.

  • Lawmakers propose pet food tax to help spay, neuter pets

    Democratic State Reps. Carl Trujillo and Debbie Rodella sponsored a bill that would impose an increase on commercial pet food registration fees from $2 per label to $100 per label of food each year, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported .

    The increase would raise over $800,000 to help impoverished citizens pay to have their dogs and cats spayed and neutered, Trujillo said. He estimates the fund could pay for services for some 8,000 to 10,000 pets annually.

    “This is a needed tool to combat an overpopulation of dogs and cats in the state,” he said. It also will cut down on the number of pet euthanizations, he added.

    But Laura Moore, owner of The Critters and Me pet store in Santa Fe, has concerns.

    “This is either going to increase the price of dog and cat food or manufacturers are going to want to stop supplying these foods to New Mexico,” she said. “There has to be a better way to facilitate spay and neuter services than having bureaucrats get involved in it.”

  • US hits record for costly weather disasters

    The U.S. had 16 disasters last year with damage exceeding a billion dollars, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. That ties 2011 for the number of billion-dollar disasters, but the total cost blew past the previous record of $215 billion in 2005.

    Costs are adjusted for inflation and NOAA keeps track of billion-dollar weather disasters going back to 1980.

    Three of the five most expensive hurricanes in U.S. history hit last year.

    Hurricane Harvey, which caused massive flooding in Texas, cost $125 billion, second only to 2005’s Katrina, while Maria’s damage in Puerto Rico cost $90 billion, ranking third, NOAA said. Irma was $50 billion, mainly in Florida, for the fifth most expensive hurricane.

    Western wildfires fanned by heat racked up $18 billion in damage, triple the U.S. wildfire record, according to NOAA.

    Besides Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina all had more than $1 billion in damage from the 16 weather disasters in 2017.