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Today's News

  • Los Alamos Golf Course to fully open Saturday

    The Los Alamos Golf Course will fully open its course Saturday, depending on the weather and course conditions.

    The course is expected to open all 18 holes, with the first tee time set at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday through September.

    The first tee time for Saturdays and Sundays through September will be at 7:30 a.m. The last tee time is 1.5 hours before sunset on each day.

    The pro shop will be open daily from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The driving range will be open until dusk each day and range ball machine tokens will be available during pro shop hours. All rentals must be returned by dark.

    Cottonwood on the Greens restaurant will be open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

    For information about the golf course, visit the course at 4250 Diamond Drive in Los Alamos, or call 662-8139. For information about Cottonwood on the Greens, call 662-0404.

  • Heinrich wants to make Bandelier National Monument a park

    Out on the patio behind the Bandelier National Monument Visitors Center Wednesday, against the stunning backdrop of Frijoles Canyon, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) said it’s time to do more for the oldest national monument in the country.

    Heinrich said he would introduce legislation to make Bandelier National Monument a national park.  

    “I believe it’s long past time we recognize that Bandelier’s historical and natural resources are more than worthy of the greatest level of stewardship our country can muster,” Heinrich said, as area tribal officials, environmentalists and government leaders clapped in approval.

    Heinrich used President Donald Trump’s recent executive order to turn over 85 percent of Bears Ears National Monument land to oil and gas and uranium developers as an example as to why it’s important Bandelier be made a national park.

    If Bear’s Ears was a national park, Heinrich said, Trump would not have been able to make that order.

    “While I’m confident that President Trump’s executive order will be declared an illegal action by the courts… I think we can no longer be confident that our most precious places won’t someday be subject to similar abuses of presidential power,” Heinrich said.

  • Water line break in White Rock closes eastbound traffic lane on State Road 4

    The Department of Public Utility crews are responding to a water break on State Road 4 in White Rock, just east of Rover Boulevard, county officials reported this afternoon.

    Crews are mobilizing traffic control devices to close a lane affecting eastbound traffic heading toward NM 502.

    Customers in White Rock may experience low water pressure and there may be air in the lines.

    Estimated time of repairs was not known as of 3:15 p.m.

  • Sec. of State rejects gun control petition

    A Republican-led attempt to recall a newly signed gun control law by statewide referendum hit a roadblock Thursday when the New Mexico Secretary of State denied a draft petition on grounds that it did not satisfy legal requirements.

    Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced Thursday the proposed petition failed to meet legal requirements on five grounds.

    The petition, filed March 7 by New Mexico House of Representatives Minority Leader Rep. Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) and Minority Whip Rod Montoya (R-Farmington), seeks to repeal Senate Bill 8, which was passed and became law. The bill requires background checks between individuals for nearly all private gun sales in the state.

    The law to expand background checks against a federal database of prohibited buyers has generated a backlash from county sheriffs and others who say it will be difficult to enforce and do little to address gun violence. At one point, 28 counties and municipalities in the state had passed gun sanctuary resolutions in defiance to the legislative gun control measures.

    Four of the secretary’s points appeared to be minor technical matters, such as failing to submit a suggested popular name and adding a signature on a page where none was required.

  • First phase of NM 502 project set to start

    Officials from the New Mexico Department of Transportation Wednesday laid out the timeline of the first phase a massive redesign of NM 502 from Tewa Loop to Knecht Street, could start as soon as today.

    The first phase will consist of consolidating various utility hubs along Trinity Drive into one main corridor, installing street lighting and taking out the safety islands along the route, and replacing the islands with paving.  Star Paving calls this phase “1A.”

    The contractor for the project, Star Paving, plans to start at Tewa Loop and work west toward Knecht Street.

    According to the project’s manager, Dick Rowles, the paving, removal of the safety islands and the lighting upgrades will come first before the utility work.

    “Our objective is to maintain orderly traffic operations… I know that it’s probably not going to be to your satisfaction but we’re going to do the best that we can do to get you through and have a safe project,” Rowles said at the meeting.

    He said when the utility work begins, that’s when people are going to see traffic slowdowns.

  • FBI seeks Pena for drug charges

    The FBI is looking for Marysol Pena, who is wanted for her alleged involvement in a drug trafficking organization that operated in New Mexico as well as other states.

    Pena, 28, faces federal charges of conspiracy, distribution of 50 grams and more of methamphetamine, aiding and abetting, distribution of 40 grams and more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of Fentanyl, and aiding and abetting.

    A federal arrest warrant was issued for Pena in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, Albuquerque, on Feb. 13.

    Pena, who is Hispanic, has brown hair and green eyes.

    She is 5’4” tall and weighs about 115 pounds.

    Pena should be considered armed and dangerous.

    Anyone with information on Pena’s whereabouts should immediately call the FBI at 505-889-1300.

    The public is reminded that all defendants are considered innocent unless found guilty in a court of law.

  • Council to consider water rate hike

    Los Alamos County Council will hold a public hearing on at 6 p.m. Apr. 2 in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave., to consider adoption of a proposed ordinance to increase water rates by 6.25 percent.

    The ordinance was approved by the Board of Public Utilities last month at the Feb. 20 in a public hearing. 

    If council adopts the ordinance, the new water rates take effect immediately. 

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities wants to increase wholesale, non-potable and retail water rates to recover costs necessary to maintain reliable water services to Los Alamos County and establish a cash reserve in accordance with the 2015 Financial Policy. 

    A copy of the ordinance is available on the county website at rebrand.ly/dpuWaterRate02-294 and at the Customer Care Center located at 1000 Central Ave., Suite 130.

  • Interior boss order aims to protect US public land access

    BY MATTHEW BROWN
    The Associated Press

    BILLINGS, Mont.  — Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered federal land managers on Thursday to give greater priority to access for hunting, fishing and other kinds of recreation when the government considers selling or trading public land.

    The secretarial order comes amid longstanding complaints that millions of acres of state and federal land in the American West can be reached only by traveling across private property or small slivers of public land.

    Bernhardt’s order requires the Bureau of Land Management to identify alternatives to access that could be lost during land sales or exchanges.

    The move could help boost Bernhardt’s credentials among conservation groups ahead of a Senate confirmation hearing next week in which Democrats are likely to highlight his past work as an energy industry lobbyist.

    Bernhardt has been nominated to replace former Secretary Ryan Zinke, who resigned in January.

    The acting secretary said in a statement that the Trump administration “has and will continue to prioritize access so that people can hunt, fish, camp and recreate on our public lands.”

  • Green pond remains a mystery

    Park officials suspect a bit ‘o Irish celebrations might have spilled over into Ashley Pond overnight and turned the water green in one section. 

    The public was kept away from part of the pond Monday morning as Los Alamos police investigate what type of material was released into the water that resulted in the color change.

    Police responded at 10 a.m. Monday to reports of a liquid hazardous materials call at Ashley Pond Park. 

    Parks Superintendent Jeff Humpton and his crew were already on the scene, taking samples of a green substance that was concentrated in a particular section of the pond. 

    Parks officials have blocked off the area and are asking residents to keep their pets away until it is determined what the substance is. Preliminary tests show that it is not antifreeze. 

    “This is a first for me,” Humpton said. Some crews speculated that it might be non-toxic green dye, left over from a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. 

  • Energy secretary may speed plutonium removal from Nevada

    By RYAN TARINELLI and SCOTT SONNER Associated Press

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto says Energy Secretary Rick Perry has committed to expediting the removal of weapons-grade plutonium it secretly shipped to a site in Nevada last year if she agrees to stop blocking appointments to vacant positions in his department.

    But it's not clear how soon that could happen or where the radioactive material that's currently scheduled to be moved to New Mexico by 2026-2027 would go in the meantime.

    "We had talked about a three- to five-year period, but I'm waiting to see what I have in writing," Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, told reporters in Carson City Wednesday night.

    The Energy Department didn't immediately respond to repeated requests for comment on Thursday.

    The state of Nevada has asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to order the government to remove the plutonium from a site north of Las Vegas while it considers the state's appeal seeking to overturn a ruling by a U.S. judge in Reno refusing to issue a temporary injunction banning the shipment of any more of the material to Nevada.