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Today's News

  • Regional Coalition of LANL Communities: Who Will Hold Los Alamos County Accountable? 

    By Lisa Shin
    Republican Candidate, New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43

    In an upcoming special County Council meeting on Sept. 6, 2018, we can expect Los Alamos County and its elected officials to shift blame and claim innocence. We’ll just ensure that this doesn’t happen again. Hey, let’s celebrate with another 28 shot of Whistlepig!

    Democrats are calling Andrea Romero to step down from the House Race, but who is calling Los Alamos County employees and County Councilors to step down?

    As fiscal agent, Los Alamos County was ultimately responsible for improper reimbursements with public funds. RCLC Board members had their lavish parties and trips, but Los Alamos County paid for them.   

  • Unions are still necessary to safeguard worker rights

    Labor unions aren’t that important any more, my friend said, because all the issues that unions used to fight for are now established in law, and we have government agencies to enforce them.

    This conversation happened before the 2016 election. Today, even the most basic labor protections are no more guaranteed than, say, the continued protected status of national monuments.

    Laws can be changed. For every human right that was earned through political struggle, somebody has to be the watchdog to prevent that right from being taken away and to alert the public when it’s threatened.

    For fair labor standards and workplace safety, that watchdog is organized labor.

    A U.S. Supreme Court decision in June overturned the “fair share” requirement as applied to public-sector unions.

    Shortly thereafter, the state of New Mexico stopped taking fair share payroll deductions for state workers.

    Fair share is based on the principle that labor unions negotiate wages and working conditions on behalf of all workers in eligible categories, including those who have not joined the union. Unions are required to negotiate on behalf of all eligible employees, not just union members.

  • Valles Caldera Hosts Fiesta en el Valle

    JEMEZ SPRINGS —Valles Caldera National Preserve host the first Fiesta en el Valle near the Valle Grande Entrance Station from noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

    Get ready to experience the majesty of the Valles Caldera and learn a new skill at this free family-friendly event.

    Attendees will have a chance to learn how to fly fish and become educated on wildlife safety at the event.

    Visitors will get the inside scoop on the park rangers’ favorite hikes, the best ways to recreate on the preserve, and easy ways to keep safe in the outdoors.

    “Outdoor safety is key to enjoying our public lands,” said Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos. “With this event we hope to empower visitors to become more confident in the outdoors, while inspiring them to try out something new at the Valles Caldera.”

    NPS staff and volunteers will lead guided hikes to see aspen carvings, learn about movie history in the Cabin District, and explore Valle Grande pond.

    Other activities focus on geology, plant safety, navigation tips, fly tying, fly fishing, Leave No Trace, Bark Ranger and Volunteer-In-Parks.

  • Metzger’s Hardware recognized nationally

    Metzger’s Hardware was recognized recently by Hardware+Building Supply Dealer, a national publication covering the hardware industry, as its 2018 Hardware All Star for the state of New Mexico.

    Metzger’s Hardware, with locations in Los Alamos and White Rock, was the only store in the state, and one of only 50 nationwide, to be selected for All Star status.

    The magazine’s editors select their All Stars based on an extensive range of business criteria, including longevity, growth, employee development and retention, creativity and local involvement.

    In recognizing Metzger’s Hardware, H+BSD highlighted their reputation as the place that carries unique housing stock for homes built during the Cold War era when Los Alamos provided government-issued housing.

    “We’re extremely honored to receive this recognition and be counted among such an elite group of successful independent home improvement retailers across the country,” said General Manager David Jolly. “Our staff works so hard to go the extra mile for our customers and provide them the best shopping experience every day. This recognition wouldn’t be possible without their efforts and our loyal customers’ support.”

  • Honoring Nona Bowman

    Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz spoke at the official dedication Thursday of three wind sculptures installed in front of Mesa Public Library as several community officials and people gathered for the event.

    Charles Bowman donated the largest of the three wind sculptures that are now installed in front of the Mesa Public Library. The event was held to honor his donation and to honor his late wife’s legacy of service. It was held in front of the Mesa Public Library Thursday. Nona Bowman served on the Art in Public Places Board from 1998 to 2002. She then ran for County Council and served as a Councilor from 2003 to 2010.

  • Residents to pay lower property taxes Oct. 1

    Los Alamos County residents will get a break on their property taxes when their tax bills arrive Oct. 1.

    Los Alamos County Council Tuesday set a new mill rate for residents. It will be set at 25.087 mills, a decrease from last year’s mill rate of 25.233.

    According to figures released through the county, that represents a .58 percent decrease in property taxes. The announcement was made at Tuesday’s county council meeting.

    Businesses however will see an increase in their property taxes from last year. For businesses, the county assigned a mill rate of 28.710, a .01 percent increase over last year’s 28.708 mill rate.

    One mill is equivalent to $1 for each $1,000 of taxable value. A decrease of .01 mill  would result in a $1 decrease for a home with taxable value of $100,000.

    Council Vice Chair Chris Chandler, who said she received requests from residents that the item be publicly discussed, moved the issue off the consent agenda for public discussion.

    Included in the discussion was a sheet of figures that broke down what each entity’s mill rate contributing to the overall mill rate was.

  • Regulators: $2B power line project lacks location details

    SANTA FE (AP) — Developers behind a proposed $2 billion high-voltage power line that would funnel wind and solar energy from rural spots in New Mexico and Arizona to larger markets will have to make another run at getting needed approvals from regulators in New Mexico.

    The Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously to reject the proposed location of the lines, finding that the application by the SunZia lacked information needed to determine the project's environmental impact on communities it would span.

    A hearing examiner had determined earlier that developers didn't adequately research the zoning and land-use requirements of the property surrounding the proposed route.

    The SunZia transmission project has been years in the making and not without controversy. Disputes initially rose over its proximity to a U.S. military installation, and environmentalists and ranchers have raised concerns about wildlife and rangeland.
     

  • Burt Reynolds, star of film, TV and tabloids, dead at 82

    NEW YORK (AP) — Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in "Deliverance" and "Boogie Nights" and for an active off-screen life which included relationships with Loni Anderson, Sally Field and Dinah Shore, has died at age 82.

    His death was confirmed Thursday by his agent Todd Eisner, who did not immediately have further details.

    Reynolds inspired a wide range of responses over his long, erratic career: critical acclaim and critical scorn, commercial success and box office bombs. Reynolds made scores of movies, ranging from lightweight fare such as the hits "The Cannonball Run" and "Smokey and the Bandit" to more serious films like "The Longest Yard" and "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing."

    He was nominated for an Oscar for "Boogie Nights," the Paul Thomas Anderson film about the pornography industry; won an Emmy for the TV series "Evening Shade," and received high praise for his starring role in "Deliverance."

  • US says North Korean charged in Sony hack, WannaCry attack
  • State reports first 2 cases of West Nile virus

    The state health department confirmed Thursday two people were infected this year with West Nile virus.

    The cases involved a 43-year-old San Juan County man and a 71-year-old Doña Ana County woman. Both were taken to the hospital.

    Mosquito populations remained on the rise after weeks of rain statewide, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

    “Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, where hundreds of mosquitoes can emerge at once and it only takes one bite from an infected mosquito for a person to get sick,” said Department of Health spokesman David Morgan.

    Last year, there were 33 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in New Mexico, including one fatal case, and in 2016, there were
    six confirmed West Nile virus cases in New Mexico, with one reported death.

    West Nile virus is regularly transmitted by mosquitoes around the state, and can be fatal.

    People ages 50 and older are at higher risk of having serious consequences from infection with West Nile virus and should be especially careful to avoid mosquito bites, Morgan said.