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Today's News

  • Technical problems stymie New Mexico MVD system

    SANTA FE (AP) — Officials with the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division say computers are down statewide due to technical difficulties.
    The agency reported Wednesday afternoon that it was unable to process any computer-based transactions.
    Officials did not offer any details as to the cause of the difficulties but said technicians were working on the problem.
    The agency was still able to perform road tests and Vehicle Identification Number inspections.
     

  • House heads toward passage of bill to keep gov't running

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily passed a $1.1 trillion governmentwide spending bill on Wednesday, awarding wins to both Democrats and Republicans while putting off until later this year fights over President Donald Trump's promised border wall with Mexico and massive military buildup.

    The 309-118 vote sends the bill to the Senate in time for them to act to avert a government shutdown at midnight Friday. The White House has said Trump would sign the measure, which is the first major legislation to pass in Trump's short, turbulent presidency.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan praised the measure as bipartisan, and said the biggest gain for conservatives came as Democrats dropped longstanding demands to match Pentagon increases with equal hikes for nondefense programs.

    "No longer will the needs of our military be held hostage by the demands for more domestic spending," Ryan said. "In my mind, that is what's most important here."

    Democrats also backed the measure, which protects popular domestic programs such as education, medical research and grants to state and local governments from cuts sought by Trump — while dropping from earlier version a host of GOP agenda items.

  • Letter Carriers Food Drive May 13

     The Los Alamos County 25th Annual National Letter Carriers Food Drive is set for May 13. 

    Local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Venture Scouts are prepared to help the Atomic City Letter Carriers and LA Cares to collect, sort, and store local donations of food and supplies during the 25th Annual National Letter Carriers Food Drive  May 13.

    Residents who want to donate should fill a grocery bag or a box with non-perishable food and other necessities and place it near the mailbox before 10 a.m. May 13.

    Alternately, visit Smith’s MarketPlace in Los Alamos or Smith’s Food and Drug Center in White Rock on May 13 and a Cub Scout will be waiting to accept your donations from about 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those who will be out of town can leave non-perishable food and supply donations year-round at the Aquatic Center or at Los Alamos County Social Services at 1505 15th Street during regular business hours.

  • 1st District Attorney’s office partners with Uber

     District Attorney Marco P. Serna announced Wednesday a partnership with the ridesharing service Uber to promote a safe alternative to drinking and driving during the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend this weekend.

    As part of the partnership, Uber will offer new users a “first ride free up to $15.

    The promotional offer will remain in effect through the Fourth of July.

    “I am proud to partner with Uber and provide safe alternatives to drinking and driving,” Serna said. “We always make it a point to curb drunk driving during the holidays, but it’s a year round problem that requires constant attention and vigilance.” “We encourage people to take advantage of this campaign by making the smart choice not to drink and drive.”

    “Partnerships and awareness are paramount in the fight to prevent impaired driving in our communities. Impaired driving is 100 percent preventable. It is a choice. We believe our technology provides people with more options, empowering them to make better, safer choices.” said Uber Safety Spokesperson Tracey Breeden.

  • ‘Spirit of the Beehive’ featured at library

    BY KELLY DOLEJSI
    Special to the Monitor
    The classic Spanish film, “The Spirit of the Beehive” (“El Espiritu de la Colmena”) (1973, subtitled) will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting-room theater. The free screening is part of the Mesa Public Library Free Film Series.

    Set in 1940, the film, which won multiple awards for best actor (Ana Torrent) and best director (Victor Erice), and is listed on Roger Ebert’s “Great Movies” list, begins when inhabitants of a small Spanish town gather to watch the 1931 masterpiece “Frankenstein.”

    Later that night and unable to sleep, one of the children, Ana (Ana Torrent) asks her slightly older sister why the monster killed the young girl. Isabel (Isabel Telleria) responds that he didn’t – that it was fake, a trick – and further, that she’s seen the monster for real, as a spirit.

    Isabel’s story leads Ana to a misunderstanding that leads to potentially serious consequences for her and her family. 

  • Community Calendar

    TODAY

    The Jemez Thrift Shop will hold a bag day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    THURSDAY

    Los Alamos Farmers Market is every Thursday in the Mesa Public Library parking lot from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

     

    The Los Alamos High School Spring Dance Show will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Duane Smith Auditorium. This year’s show will feature ballroom, Latin, swing, ballet, hip-hop, juggling, Bollywood and modern dance. Admission is free.

     

    Los Alamos County will host a variety of activities for Star Wars Day. Activities include photos with Star Wars Movie characters, free stickers and temporary tattoos, arts and crafts at the Mesa Public Library, the Teen Center and the Youth Activity Center from 2-5 p.m. and an all-ages costume and Lego contest at Ashley Pond.

     

    Thursday, June 8
    A Different Way (6-week course)
    A Different Way provides an opportunity to reconnect with your values, and discover how simple living intersects with sustainability--at personal and global levels. 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Admission: Participation is FREE, but purchase of the course book is REQUIRED. 

    FRIDAY

  • Hang on to your socks, it’s May

    Can you believe we have arrived at May? As friend of mine use to say, “Hang onto your socks.”

    If you’re the parents of a senior, enjoy every breath taking moment and hold your breath or at least your tongue, when you wonder just for a moment how your senior would forget to do, say or tell you that. 

    You may find a point where you question your parenting because you are pretty sure you taught them this or that, just chalk it up to the old saying, “It’s May.”

    One of the most important things to be aware of is Mental Health Awareness month. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about someone five, 55 or a 105, try and cut everyone some slack as pressures heat up and tensions never seem to cool down.

    Somehow it will all get done and we think it will slow down, but alas, it won’t, we just like to think it might for a minute or two.

    The 40 Developmental Assets have never been more important for this time of year, this moment in time, this place in history. We have to rally around our community members, our youth and help them build resilience factors or Assets.

  • Recreation Bond is not justified

    Lke any tax increase, the “Recreation Bond” deserves careful scrutiny. A tax should be for a legitimate valuable public purpose. There should be reasonable expectation the funds will be well used. And there should be no other reasonable alternative to further burdening citizen taxpayers. The Public School and UNM-LA mill levies in January were among the rare tax proposals that satisfy these three criteria (reference Jan. 18 column). This one does not.

    “More recreation facilities” sounds good. 

    What we really need is a different mix of recreational venues. We keep adding new ones, but rarely prune those no longer well utilized. Our demographics have changed. We have fewer young people, the biggest users. Sadly, physical activity is less per person, too. And tastes are more diverse. Baseball, softball, tennis, and golf are not nearly as popular as they were half a century ago. Yet, we build and maintain facilities as though they were. Build a new ice rink and keep the old one? Let’s get real.

  • We need state tax reform but let’s be clear that it won’t be easy

    Many of us cheered Rep. Jason Harper’s tax reform bill in the recent legislative session. The Rio Rancho Republican, an engineer, had taken on the state’s knotty gross receipts tax, a burden to business, consumers and economic development.
    Harper proposed to dump most gross receipts tax breaks and levy one fair tax on everyone. It was significant that two Democratic heavyweights, the chair and vice chair of the Senate Finance Committee, signed on as sponsors.
    But complicated bills face an uphill struggle in Santa Fe, and this one was no exception. Majority Dems incorporated pieces of the Harper bill and proposed a multi-year phase-in.
    Now the governor has seized on tax reform as a way to balance the budget – and salvage her legacy.
    The governor has been on the road bashing Dems for passing tax increases. She took another swing at them during the nonpartisan New Mexico Tax Research Institute’s annual conference when she called legislators childish. This from an executive who vetoed the entire higher education budget.

  • Drug take back day a success

    On Saturday, the Los Alamos Police Department facilitated another DEA sponsored drug take back day.
    “We’ve been doing it pretty steadily twice a year, usually in April and October,” said Commander Oliver Morris.
    Two collection locations were staffed by officers for citizens to turn in unwanted and unused prescription medications at the Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos and the White Rock visitor center.
    Despite the snowstorm, LAPD collected 32 pounds of prescription medications. “I think we typically do more than that,” but considering the snowy conditions Morris considers the collected amount considerable. Another reason for the dip could be due to the collection box in LAPD’s lobby that is also being used. The LAPD maintains a drug take-back box at LAPD year-round and can arrange drop-offs with the Agency.
    The next drug take back day will be in October. For more information about the DEA’s Take-Back initiative, contact DEA spokesman Patrick J. Trainor at either (215) 852-8740 or patrick.j.trainor@usdoj.gov.