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bill protects Los Alamos County's annual $21 million in gross receipts tax revenue generated by the Los Alamos National Laboratory

Governor signs GRT bill

By Tris DeRoma

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed critical legislation  Thursday that prevents Triad National Security LLC, from seeking an exemption from paying millions of dollars of gross receipts tax to the state.


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Native son helps out in hurricane relief efforts

By Tris DeRoma

The damage wrought by Hurricane Michael may have temporarily closed their base, but that’s not stopping Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Sandoval and his 220-member staff from going out and helping Panama City, Florida, recover from the disaster. 


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CD-3 candidates juggle debate schedule

By Tris DeRoma

Candidates for Congressional District 3 of New Mexico may be itching to debate the issues, but so far, nine-year Democratic incumbent candidate Ben Ray Lujan's schedule has delayed the date.


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NM Libertarians nominate new secretary of state candidate

By Tris DeRoma

The Libertarian Party of New Mexico replaced its secretary of state candidate Sandra Jeff with Ginger Grider, of Portales, a known Libertarian Party activist and an advocate for medical marijuana and voting-rights issues. 

According to LPNM’s chairman, Chris Luchini, Jeff left to pursue a position with the Navajo Nation. 

Luchini said Grider was chosen because of her familiarity with the straight-party ticket voting issue. 

Last week, the LPNM, the Republican Party of New Mexico, a state Democratic write-in candidate for the 46th District and others challenged New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver in New Mexico Supreme Court to prevent her from creating ballots to allow for straight-ticket voting. 

“She is very active in ballot access issues as well as a lot of the other issues Libertarians are interested in,” Luchini said of Grider.

Luchini also said Grider is knowledgeable about New Mexico party status law. 


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Police Beat

Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation. 

 

 

July 25

2:01 p.m. – Nicholas Torres, 29, of Santa Fe was booked into Los Alamos County Detention Center on a municipal court warrant. He was released on a $250 bond.

 

July 26

1:29 a.m. — Los Alamos police noted the Santa Fe Sheriff’s office arrested a suspect on a Los Alamos warrant. 

 

3:06 p.m. – Los Alamos police served a warrant on an inmate already in police custody.

 

July 28 


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County sells vacant parcel for parking lot

By Bennett Horne

Los Alamos County is splitting a parcel of land on NM 502 in order to sell it to a buyer who needs more parking space for his currently empty neighboring building.

The sale of the property, located at 457 East Road between Los Alamos County Fire Station No. 6 and the old TRK Building, was approved during Tuesday’s meeting of the county council.

Leadership Circle, LLC, out of Montrose, Colorado, is purchasing the property. Matt Miles owns the company, which took ownership of the TRK Building late last year. He said he expects “about 100 to 120” new parking spaces to be made available on the new lot which, in turn, should make it easier for the company to get an occupant for the vacant building.

The TRK Building is currently lacking about 25 to 35 spaces, depending on occupancy use and space on the other side of the building is unavailable, due to the constraints of a lease from East Park Pool.

Tuesday’s vote was unanimous by councilors Morris Pongratz, Rick Reiss and Susan O’Leary, who was attending via conference call, and Councilor Christine Chandler, who, as the vice-chair, was filling in for Chair David Izraelevitz.


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Reused materials light the way for teens

By Bennett Horne

A request by his wife to get rid of an old propane tank years ago sparked an idea in the mind of San Francisco artist Colin Selig.


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Police honor the fallen Tuesday

By Tris DeRoma

The Los Alamos Police Department joined other law enforcement departments across the nation Tuesday in honoring the officers who were killed in the line of duty. 


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Chandler outraises Sheehey, reports show

By Tris DeRoma

Democratic candidate Chris Chandler vying for state representative for District 43 outraised her opponent Pete Sheehey by $2,145, according to the second round of campaign finance reports filed Monday.

Chandler and Sheehey are hoping to replace Los Alamos County resident Stephanie Garcia Richard as the next state representative of the 43rd District. Garcia Richard announced in 2017 she would run for New Mexico Land Commissioner. 

Chandler reported $4,005 in contributions between April 3 and May 7, with $6,920.84 in expenditures. 

Sheehey reported $1,860 for the same reporting period and $1,986.57 in expenditures.

Chandler’s contributions for this May period averaged between $50 and $250, with 26 of them coming from individual contributors and one coming from the Los Alamos National Laboratory. LANL contributed $100 to her campaign.   


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Los Lunas High School students take top award in Supercomputing Challenge

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Jen Marie Phifer and Forest Good of Los Lunas High School won top honors on Tuesday at the 28th Annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge held at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  


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Teacher walkouts shut Arizona, Colorado schools

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PHOENIX (AP) — Teachers in Arizona and Colorado turned their state Capitols into a sea of red Thursday as they kicked off widespread walkouts that shut down public schools in a bid for better pay and education funding, building on educator revolt that emerged elsewhere in the U.S. but whose political prospects were not clear.

Tens of thousands of teachers wearing red shirts and holding “Money for Schools” signs launched the first-ever statewide strike by marching 2 miles in 90-degree heat to a rally at the Arizona Capitol. They plan to walk out again Friday to press lawmakers for their demands as will Colorado educators.

Educators in both states want more classroom resources and have received offers either for increased school funding or pay, but they say the money isn’t guaranteed and the efforts don’t go far enough. The walkouts are the climax of an uprising that spread from West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky.

Most of Arizona’s public schools will be closed the rest of the week, and about half of all Colorado students will see their schools shuttered over the two days as teachers take up the Arizona movement’s #RedforEd mantle.


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LA Gun Show remains popular with locals

By Tris DeRoma

The Los Alamos Gun Show went off without a hitch this weekend as gun sellers, gun buyers, gun traders and a few political candidates stopped by the event. 


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Pitchers dominate as LAHS sweeps doubleheader

By Phil Scherer

Behind unbelievable pitching performances by Reyna Lucero and Savana Luster, the Los Alamos High School softball team swept its home-opening doubleheader against St. Pius X High School, winning the first game 6-0 and the second game 16-1.


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Tough season comes to an end for Hilltoppers

By Phil Scherer

With a loss in the first round of the District 2-5A tournament, the season has officially ended for the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team.


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LAHS falls in first round of district tourney

By Phil Scherer

A season that began with so much promise for the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team ended suddenly this week, as the Hilltoppers fell to Albuquerque Academy 62-53 in the first round of the District 2-5A tournament.


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