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  • House GOP requests redeployment of National Guard troops to border

    House Republicans sent a letter to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Monday requesting that she redeploy New Mexico National Guard troops back to the state’s border with Mexico.

    Lujan Grisham withdrew a majority of the National Guard troops deployed to the border Feb. 5, saying there was not a national security crisis.

    She still has yet to publicly acknowledge a crisis at the border. Otero County and the City of Deming recently have declared a state of emergency for their communities after becoming overwhelmed with the recent influx of immigrants dropped off by the Border Patrol.

    The National Guard troops were sent to the border by Gov. Susana Martinez.

    “Because New Mexico’s taxpayers and communities are providing resources and making sacrifices to support thousands of immigrants seeking refuge in our state, we urge you to send the National Guard back to the border to provide badly needed assistance and support to both federal and local entities,” the lawmakers wrote. 

    In Monday’s letter, the House Republicans also asked Lujan Grisham to appoint a crisis response team, led by New Mexico’s Secretary of Homeland Security, to coordinate immigration response efforts throughout the state.  

  • School board OKs 6% raises

    The Los Alamos School Board approved a $40.6 million budget for fiscal school year 2019-2020 Tuesday, which included a 6% increase for teachers and staff mandated by the state.

    In order to cover the cost of the raises without making cuts to programs or laying off staff, the administration took $6 million out of an annual $8 million allocation the Department of Energy gives the school district every year.

    It’s customary for the district to use part of the DOE allocation every year for teacher salaries.

    This year, state funding for the schools totaled $30.5 million. Other revenue for the $40 million budget also included a $1.1 carryover from last year, $264,181 in property taxes, $13,000 in fees, $50,000 in investments on short term CDs, $25,000 in rental income, another $508,000 in DOE funding, a $53,220 “E-Rate Program” rebate and $60,000 in miscellaneous funding.

    Montoya said much of the money to balance the budget came from a line-by-line examination of what they could expense forward or take out altogether.

    “We reduced overages where we could afford it,” Montoya said.

    Though every year the school district has to make financial projections based on what happens during the January legislative sessions, this year was even more of a guessing game.

  • Hollon selected as new YAC director

    Crystal Hollon has been selected as the new director of the Los Alamos Youth Activity Centers.
    Hollon, who started on May 1, was raised in Los Alamos and graduated from Los Alamos High School, in 1995. She is a

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICW), and graduated Summa Cum Laude from New Mexico Highland’s University. She went on to earn her master’s degree in social work.

    “I am excited to have Crystal joining our team,” said Jordan Redmond, Los Alamos Family Council executive director. “Her experience, skills, and attitude are valuable additions for the Los Alamos Family Council and the youth at the Youth Activity Centers.”

    Hollon, brings more than 15 years of experience working with families and children specializing in providing services and programs to trauma survivors.  She has worked with youth at various non-profit and government agencies throughout New Mexico. She has extensive experience in program development/management, community outreach and education, crisis intervention and counseling. 

  • LANL to open Manhattan Project National Historical Park Tours in July

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will offer public tours of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park July 11 and 12.

    Registration for the event is on a first-come, first-serve basis and will open June 24 at 10 a.m.

    The tours are in collaboration with the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos Field Office and the National Park Service.

    The tour day will consist of four tours of 25 people each, with each tour lasting three hours. 

    The LANL event complements the Los Alamos Science Fest, which runs from July 9 to 14.

    Future tour opportunities will be announced throughout the year.

    Participants will see the Pond Cabin, which served as an office for Emilio Segrè’s Radioactivity Group studying plutonium, a battleship bunker used to protect equipment and staff during implosion design explosives testing, and the Slotin Building, site of Louis Slotin’s criticality accident.

    Members of the public will be invited to register for the tours when registration opens in late June.

    LANL tour participants must be 18 years old or older, U.S. citizens, and provide proof of citizenship at the tour check in.

  • Redondo appointed probate judge

    The Los Alamos County Council appointed May 7 a well-known figure in the community to be the next probate judge.

    Michael Redondo, who previously served six years on Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission, including a stint as its chair, got the job.

    Other candidates the board considered were Adelaide B. Jacobson, a retired school teacher and Lynn Finnegan, a retired attorney and seminary student.

    Redondo also told the board that he worked through several elections as an election clerk.

    “I have worked alongside the wonderful staff at the county clerk’s office,” Redondo said. “I know and respect many of these people and I feel I have a good working relationship with them,”

    Redondo moved to Los Alamos with his parents when he was just 3 years old. Through the years he involved himself in Los Alamos High School’s Key Club, volunteered with PEEC, served in the Peace Corps and spent six years on the Los Alamos Historical Society’s board of directors.

    Redondo also talked about the probate judgeship, and how his flexible work schedule as a professional caregiver would fit perfectly with the demands of the job.

  • State awards funds to schools to extend learning time

    BY MORGAN LEE
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — More than 101,000 public school students will gain access to a variety of extended learning opportunities beyond the traditional school year starting this summer, Public Education Secretary Karen Trujillo announced Friday.

    Reforms approved and signed in March by first-year Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham provided up to $181 million in annual spending for two programs — money that won’t be nearly exhausted during the coming school year. About $76 million has been awarded to schools.

    One program is a flexible 10-day addition of learning time to the school year at any grade level, likely to reach some 101,000 students.

    A second program, a proven model for lengthening the elementary school year by five weeks, is expected include about 24,000 students for the coming school year, up from 18,000.

    State legislators set aside enough money for 90,000 students to participate in that “K-5 Plus” program if school districts, teachers and parents are willing.

    By the summer of 2020, Trujillo expects student participation in K-5 Plus to ramp up to 70,000.

    Trujillo said there were nearly 60 schools in Albuquerque alone that are adopting K-5 Plus.

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  • Police Beat 5-19-19

    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.

    May 8
    2:41 a.m. – Lenaya Ashley Martinez, 23, of Ohkay Owingeh, was booked into the Los Alamos County Detention Center for driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Suspect was released.

    3:22 a.m. – Rena Montoya, 32, of Ohkay Owingeh, was booked into the Los Alamos County Detention Center for driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and for driving with a suspended license. Suspect was released.

    May 9
    10:58 a.m – Police responded to a shoplifting incident at Smith’s in Los Alamos. Case is active.

    10:23 p.m. – Los Alamos police gave a warning to the a couple having a verbal argument.

    11:57 p.m. – Marion L. Loope, 36, of Los Alamos, was booked into the Los Alamos County Detention Center for assault against a household member, criminal damage to property and a district warrant. Suspect is in custody.

    May 10

  • New Mexico unemployment rate declines in April from March

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined in April, dipping to 5% from 5.1% in March.

    The unemployment rate in April 2018 was 4.9%, and the state Department of Workforce Solutions reports that total nonagricultural payroll employment grew by 13,000 jobs, or 1.5%, between April 2018 and April 2019.

    The department says the growth in the private sector accounted for all of the year-over-year employment increase as the public sector lost 800 jobs.

    In the private sector, goods-producing industries added 5,800 jobs and service-providing industries were up by 8,000 jobs.

    Mining and construction reported the largest employment increase with a gain of 5,500 jobs, or 7.7%.

  • Longtime LA resident, beloved scouter Bettie Kerr dies

    BY VERNON KERR AND TRIS DEROMA
    Los Alamos Monitor

    Longtime Los Alamos and White Rock resident, and active community worker, Bettie Kerr died on Sunday at Aspen Ridge Lodge, where she had lived for some time. She was 89 years old.

    Bettie was an active scouter in both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, serving as den mother in Cub Scouts then with Girl Scouts. She was a Girl Scout troop leader then served on the Sangre De Cristo Mountains Council Board and also as council president. She worked diligently to organize a fund drive to build the Sangre De Cristo Girl Scout headquarters in Santa Fe. She also promoted the Elliot Barker Girl Scout Camp at Eagle Nest. And continued as a girl scout for many years.

    Her surviving husband, Vernon Kerr said she really enjoyed her time as a troop leader showing her troops the wonders of nature and where they live at every opportunity.

    “She’d take them camping up here at Camp Evergreen, which is now the ski hill, and they’d lay on their backs watching the cloud formations… and take them camping overnight,” Kerr said.