Local News

  • Today in History for September 30th
  • Experts: Ariz. firefighter probe shows GPS need

    SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press




    PHOENIX (AP) — From the triple-digit temperatures the day before to the gusty winds that kicked up in a matter of hours, nearly every detail leading up the June deaths of 19 Arizona firefighters has been painstakingly spelled out by investigators.

    Even though they say proper procedure was followed, the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and members of Congress have wasted no time in asking that lessons be learned from the deaths.

  • NM Marketplace for insurance opens this week

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — For a state that's long struggled with one of the nation's highest uninsured rates, New Mexico has a lot at stake with a new health insurance marketplace that starts enrolling customers on Tuesday.

    Individuals and small businesses — those with 50 or fewer workers — can begin to shop for insurance through a health insurance exchange that's intended as a one-stop shopping center for health coverage offered by private insurers. Coverage would begin in January.

    Enrollment can be done online by going to the state exchange's website (http://www.bewellnm.com/ ), by telephone or in person at about 160 locations across the state, mainly medical clinics and hospitals.

    Nearly a fourth of New Mexico's population lacks health insurance. Only five states had a higher rate last year, according to the Census Bureau.

  • Senate rejects House spending bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led Senate has rejected conditions that House Republicans attached to a temporary spending bill.

    On the brink of a government shutdown, the Senate voted 54-46 on Monday to strip a one-year delay in President Barack Obama's health care law from the bill that would keep the government operating. The Senate also stripped a provision that would have eliminated the tax on medical devices.

    House Republicans had added the provisions early Sunday morning in their campaign to undo Obama's signature domestic program.

    The vote came less than 10 hours before a possible shutdown and with no compromise in sight. Democrats — and a few Republicans — are pressing for the House to approve a straightforward spending bill with no conditions.

  • GOP unity frays as shutdown looms

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Their unity fraying, House Republicans bent but did not blink Monday in their demand for changes in the nation's health care overhaul as the price for preventing the first partial government shutdown in 17 years.

    "We're at the brink," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., moments after the Senate voted 54-46 to reject the latest GOP attempt to tie government financing to delays in "Obamacare."

    The stock market dropped on fears that political gridlock between the White House and a tea party-heavy Republican party would prevail.

  • Today in History for September 29th
  • Valles increases access

    A meeting of the Valles Caldera National Preserve Board of Trustees ended with a bang on Wednesday when Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott introduced three motions to provide greater access to the public. All three motions passed unanimously.
    The first motion caused the greatest stir and will require considerable work by preserve staff to implement it.
    That motion will grant visitors the “right to unstructured foot traffic through all areas of the preserve to allow for wandering and exploration, and that this be optimally facilitated by the Valles Caldera staff.”
    The motion authorizes an access fee of no more than $10 per day per person, and also allows for lawful closures of sensitive areas, to be managed by staff with the approval of the chair and notification of the entire board.
    “The feeling of the board is that having more public access is something we’re very committed to, and that we’d like to see happen on the preserve and in a much more robust way,” said Vice Chair Karyn Stockdale.
    The motion sparked considerable discussion among the board and members of the public, especially Lott’s proposal that the motion go into effect immediately.

  • County waits for governor’s declaration

    Los Alamos is one of 14 counties, four cities and four tribal entities that have declared a state of disaster and are waiting for news of whether they will receive Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds.
    The process is now in the hands of Gov. Susana Martinez, who has not yet sent her executive order declaring a state of disaster to President Barack Obama. Presidential confirmation is necessary to release FEMA funds. The state is still waiting for news from Obama’s office regarding a declared state of disaster for several New Mexico counties in July.
    Philmont Taylor, acting police chief and commander of the Emergency Services Division, cannot project when the processes might move forward, but he and other county officials are fairly certain FEMA funds to repair damaged infrastructure will be forthcoming.
    “The principals set forth in the Stanford Act have not changed over the last 15 years,” said Taylor, who has been through several disaster events in New Mexico and elsewhere.
    The Department of Public Utilities and Public Works have both submitted Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) reports to FEMA. The county’s initial estimate was approximately $5 million, but has risen as access to flood damaged areas provided more details.

  • Update 09-29-13

    Trick or Treat

    It’s time to sign up for Trick or Treat on MainStreet . Any businesses that would like to distribute candy on Central Avenue, it will be from 4-6:30 p.m., Oct. 25. Sign up ASAP. Deadine to register is Oct. 18. Sign up at chamberorganizer.com.


    Los Alamos High School 50th Reunion, Oct. 3. Classmates and guests will be able to enjoy a wide variety of activities at various venues around town. For more information call Dennis O’Mara at 505-899-0151.

    United Way

    The United Way’s Dinner over Diamond event has been rescheduled for 4-7 p.m. today.The dinner, which will be on the overpass over Diamond Drive at Sullivan Field, will feature pizzas and salads from Home Run Pizza and dessert from the Los Alamos Co-op Market. For reservations, phone 662-0800.

    Bag Day

    The Jemez Thrift shop will be celebrating the monthly “Bag Day” sale. 9 a.m. to noon. Wednesday. Fill a sack for $5. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 

  • Judge dismisses Jemez Pueblo’s suit against the Valles Caldera

    U.S District Court Judge Robert Brack issued a ruling in the Pueblo of Jemez v. United States of America case, which sought to return the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the Jemez Pueblo.
    Brack dismissed the Jemez Pueblo’s claim in his decision.
    Valles Caldera Trust, Board of Trustees Chairman Kent Salazar issued the following statement,
    “On Sept. 24, 2013, the United States District Court of the District of New Mexico dismissed the Pueblo of Jemez’s lawsuit related to the lands in and around the Valles Caldera. We will continue to work closely with the Pueblo nonetheless to ensure the cultural history, spiritual significance and the landscape are preserved for generations to come. It is what we do as the Valles Caldera Trust and what we are committed to as friends and neighbors of the Pueblo of Jemez.”
    Brack’s ruling stated the following.
    “Defendant is immune from suit unless it consents to be sued. Plaintiff has the burden of establishing jurisdiction. This Court lacks subject matter jurisdiction over a claim against Defendant for which sovereign immunity has not been waived.
    “ Plaintiff has not met its burden to establish a valid waiver of sovereign immunity. As a result, Plaintiff’s claim may not proceed and the statute of limiatations had run out.