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Today's News

  • Horse stables meeting set for Tuesday

    Los Alamos stable owners and their neighbors are set to meet Tuesday to discuss complaints voiced recently about pollution and safety hazards.
    The public is invited to the meetings, to be held at 5:30 p.m. at the entrance to the North Mesa Stables, 650 North Mesa Road. The meeting will be held in an open space near the entrance way just inside the exit. The meeting may consist of a short “walkthrough” of the facilities.
    The county’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division hopes to address the complaints that have grown up in recent months around the stables over health and safety concerns.
    The division will manage the meeting, which will include talks by Parks and Recreation Manager Chris Wilson, Wildlands Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia, Deputy Utility Manager Jack Richardson and Parks Superintendent Jeff Humpton.
    At a meeting in March, some of the stables’ neighbors expressed concerns that the stables are causing a pollution and environmental problem. One neighbor, Olga Chertkov, said water runoff and waste generated by the stables is making the area unsafe. At the March meeting, she presented soil samples take taken by a testing lab associated with Colorado State University that she said were abnormally high.

  • Presidential wedding guests closes Santa Fe streets

    SANTA FE (AP) — Santa Fe police say they closed downtown streets for former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports people caught a glimpse of the former president and first lady as they were leaving the Nedra Matteucci Galleries Saturday. Reports say the couple was there to watch the wedding of a goddaughter. According to the rumors, the wedding party and guests stayed at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa for the weekend.
     

  • New Mexico governor orders lawmakers to capitol

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez ordered a special session of the Legislature on Friday to resolve a grinding state budget crisis, with no sign of a compromise with leading Democratic lawmakers.
    Calling lawmakers to the New Mexico Capitol on May 24, the governor's proclamation asserts that lawmakers approved a $6.1 billion budget in March that was out-of-balance. The governor last month vetoed tax and fee hikes that many lawmakers say are necessary to shore up funding to public schools, courts and essential public services.
    The decision to reconvene lawmakers comes as the Supreme Court weighs accusations that Martinez overstepped her authority by defunding the Democratic-led Legislature and all state universities and colleges for the fiscal year beginning July 1 —  a step Martinez has said was necessary to avoid a deficit. The governor's legal defense of the vetoes was due on Friday.
    In mid-March, lawmakers sent Martinez a $6.1 billion budget package that would slightly boost spending and includes several tax increases. She responded with line-item vetoes that scratch funding for the legislative branch and cut $745 million in annual general fund spending to state universities, community colleges and specialty schools.

  • Officials plan $15M in ski resort improvements to 5 mountains

    Resort officials with the largest ski area collective in the southwest announced capital improvements that will be made for the 2017/2018 season at five southwestern mountains located in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, plus Colorado’s largest cat skiing operation.
    James Coleman, managing partner of  Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colorado;  Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Arizona; Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort near Taos, New Mexico; Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in Los Alamos, New Mexico; Hesperus Ski Area, west of Durango; and Purgatory Snowcat Adventures, Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation, announced the company is investing an additional $15 million for the 2017/2018 season, continuing the aggressive multi-mountain improvement campaign for a grand total of $35 million over three consecutive seasons.  Capital improvements include additional trails, enhancements to snowmaking systems, new summer activities, and new offerings to boost the overall skiing and guest experience at the resorts.
    The 2017/2018 capital investment plan outlines new trails, snowmaking, new summer activities, and more at these mountains:
    Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort

  • Tennis teams, individuals among top seeds in 5A

    It seemed throughout the spring season the Los Alamos Hilltopper tennis teams were on the very short list of squads with a very good chance of earning a state title in 2017.
    And the New Mexico Activities Association tennis seeding committee seemed to agree.
    Los Alamos earned either the No. 1 or No. 2 seeds in girls singles, girls doubles and boys doubles, which started Wednesday in Albuquerque. Along with that, the Hilltopper girls earned the top seed in team competition, while the boys are the No. 2 seed in that draw.
    The singles and doubles tournaments were scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in Albuquerque, with the team competition starting today.
    Los Alamos’ athletes will play their matches at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center.
    Albuquerque Academy, one of the dominant programs in the state in both boys and girls tennis, extending as far back as there’s been tennis at the prep level in New Mexico, picked up the No. 1 seed on the boys side.
    The Chargers, who went through the regular season a spotless 11-0 and won three different tournament titles, are undoubtedly the team to beat in boys tennis, while the Charger girls are the three seed behind top-seeded Los Alamos and second-seeded Farmington.

  • Love the horses but let them starve

    Of all the demonstrations of Americans’ political hypocrisy, what we’ve done about the slaughter of horses is right up there.
    We can thank our governor for a recent example, though she is hardly alone.
    Like other public figures, the governor shed crocodile tears a few years ago during the controversy over the possible opening of a horse slaughterhouse in Roswell. That controversy helped spark a change in federal policy that effectively banned horse slaughter in the United States.
    This year, she pocket vetoed a simple bill that would have saved a few horses. A pocket veto means she simply ignored the bill until the deadline passed.
    The bill, HB 390, said when the state livestock board has custody of a stray horse, licensed rescue organizations should get a chance to buy the horse at a modest fee before the horse is offered at auction. This would allow the rescue to get the horse at a low price rather than having to bid against other unknown buyers, possibly including “killer buyers” who would take the horse to Mexico and sell it for slaughter. The bill passed both houses handily.

  • Avoiding shutdown is not such a bad thing

    The Boston Herald published this editorial Wednesday.

    So either “This is what winning looks like” or “Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix (this) mess!”
    Yes, we’re confused too. In an early morning tweet yesterday President Trump seemed so unhappy with the temporary spending deal struck by congressional Republicans to keep the government up and operating until September that he would risk a shutdown then. But by mid-day he had suddenly decided that it’s a good deal after all and “a clear win for the American people.”
    The $1.1 trillion spending package does include a $15 billion boost in military spending — half of what Trump wanted — but in the greater scheme of things not a bad deal. And it includes $1.5 billion in additional cash for border security — some of it for “fixing” existing portions of the border wall.
    As for all those proposed cuts in domestic spending, well that’s just a big nevermind. The proposed $1.2 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health? NIH got a $2 billion increase. Defunding Planned Parenthood? Nope. The Environmental Protection Agency takes a 1 percent haircut on its $8 billion budget.

  • Local church effort goes a long way to help immigrants in Otero County

    BY ANN LEPAGE
    Special to the Monitor

  • Barks ‘n Brews event set for Saturday

    Bathtub Row Brewing is hosting a fundraiser for the Española Valley Humane Society from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
    The event will be a dog-friendly fundraiser on the patio of Bathtub Row and proceeds will benefit Española Valley.
    “We are having events in neighboring communities to bring awareness of the shelter and the amazing things that they do for the animals,” explained Dolores Trujillo, a member of the shelter’s fundraising committee.
    The shelter has been saving animals since 1990.
    “Española Valley Humane accepts every animal, regardless of how old, sick, neglected or abused. Our goal is to provide compassionate shelter and care to the thousands of animals that would otherwise have no refuge,” according to their website. They want to ensure that these animals do not live struggling on the streets or being neglected in a home that is not equipped to take care of them.
    Española Valley is a city-owned animal shelter, which means that 91 percent of contributions go directly to the animals in care.
    Española Valley’s mission is to end animal suffering due to overpopulation and preventable diseases, especially in underserved communities.

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