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Today's News

  • Chamber moves to new space

    After a decade and a half, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation are now under one roof at 190 Central Park Square.

    The Chamber shared space with the Los Alamos Visitor’s Center, located at 109 Central Park Square, but Los Alamos County Council voted last month to move the Los Alamos Visitor’s Center to 20th Street for more visibility.

    With the Visitors Center gone, the Chamber decided to move in with the Commerce and Development Corporation for both practical considerations and to cut costs.

    “It was a good opportunity to get all of us together,” Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Rynn Herrmann said.
    Los Alamos Commerce and Development Executive Director Patrick Sullivan said it was a move that was a long time in coming.

    “This is something the organization’s been looking at off and on for 15 years now,” Sullivan said of the consolidation. “The end of the lease at the old space coincided with the county’s desire to move the Visitors Center to the new location, so it felt like a good time to do it.”

    According to Herrmann, the move hasn’t slowed their organization down, as they currently getting ready for the Downtown Creative Crawl Feb. 1 and Museum Monday on Feb. 4.

  • Trump to make announcement Saturday on shutdown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will make a major announcement on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon from the White House.

    Trump and Democrats in Congress remain far apart over Trump's insistence on funding for a wall along the Mexican border as the price of reopening the government.

    The two sides have traded taunts and avoided talks so far this week. Trump says the announcement will take place at 3 p.m. He says the announcement involves "the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border."

    The political stakes are high as the shutdown moves into a fifth week, with hundreds of thousands of federal workers going without pay and no outward signs of resolution.

  • Healing America’s Heroes to expand programs

    Healing America’s Heroes, an organization that helps veterans heal mentally and physically through equestrian activities and fly fishing, is hoping to open its program up to even more veterans soon.

    The non-profit organization is working with Northern New Mexico College in Española to present three-day workshops

    “We’re in talks with Northern New Mexico College right now, it should probably be in March,” Healing America’s Heroes founder Eddie Crain said.

    Since it’s founding in 2013, the organization has been running a weeklong program in Tierra Amarilla showing veterans how to cope with their mental and physical trauma through horsemanship and fly fishing.

    They will be held June, July, August and September. The three-day programs will begin in March and run through June.

    The organization has 12 horses, and is always looking for more, according to Crain and board member Don Brooks.

    The organization is supported by grants and donations.

    The group had a presentation at the Los Alamos Rotary Club Tuesday, which featured James Barber, a therapist who works with Healing America’s Heroes.

  • Clear commute predicted for this afternoon

    The Los Alamos Public Schools, The Los Alamos County Courts and the Los Alamos National Laboratory are expecting a normal day today with no early dismissals.

    Traffic conditions remain clear in Los Alamos County on the main roads. Side roads are passable though slippery and slushy in some places. Motorists heading out to Santa Fe, Española, and Albuquerque during the afternoon commute are urged to use caution when driving. Some of the roads, including U.S. 84 are slippery and slushy in places. N.M. 4 heading into White Rock from Santa Fe is slippery and slushy in places as well, according to the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

    The National Weather Service forecast for Los Alamos County is predicting clear weather for the afternoon commute, with snow showers tapering off by 11 a.m. Temperatures expected to hit a low of 16 degrees sometime tonight with no snow in the forecast.

    For skiers, snow plows have been keeping Camp May Road clear all morning, and Pajarito Ski Area staffers are reporting the road is clear.

  • New Mexico 'F' schools facing closure may get reprieve

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales says education officials are still examining options for schools that have received consistent "F'' grades and face closure unless grades improve.

    Morales, who is overseeing the state's Public Education Department, said the state is "not in the business of closing schools" and is looking at ways to prevent schools from shutting their doors.

    Some schools like Whittier Elementary in Albuquerque and Dulce Elementary are facing closure after earning failing grades for several years resulting from test scores. State officials have labeled those schools in need of "more rigorous intervention." Both have earned seven F grades in a row.

    Morales says Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham continues to interview candidates for public education secretary.
     

  • DPU eyes rate increase for spring

    By spring, Los Alamos County residents could pay more for their water consumption, as the Board of Public Utilites considers a rate increase in the next few months.

    The Department of Public Utilities wants to raise water rates by $29.48 this year, or 6.25 percent.

    The rate increase was part of a previous rate structure plan approved last year to pay for new wastewater treatment plant in White Rock.

    However, the increase has to be approved by the Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities, then Los Alamos County Council.

    The department is planning on at least two public hearings through March, one through the Board of Public Utilities meeting in February and another through a Los Alamos County Council meeting tentatively in March.

    “We’re trying to balance our revenue requirements of what we need to see in terms of revenue with the new rate,” Los Alamos Public Utilities Deputy Manager Westervelt said. “…We want to give our customers a chance to see the rates and see the rate on a modest amount of water consumption so they can make an informed decision on what they want to do with their springtime irrigation.”

  • Hospital CEO: Victim of New Mexico avalanche has died

    TAOS (AP) — A 22-year-old man died after being pulled from snow that crashed down a mountainside during an avalanche at a New Mexico ski resort, a hospital official said.

    The man, whose name was not released, had been taken to Holy Cross Medical Center in Taos, but CEO Bill Patten said he couldn't provide any specifics involving his injuries.

    Taos Ski Valley has said two people were pulled from the snow Thursday after a 20-minute rescue effort.

    Another victim remained in critical condition Friday, University of New Mexico Hospital spokeswoman Cindy Foster in Albuquerque said. She said she couldn't release any additional information.

    The avalanche near the highest peak of Taos Ski Valley initially spurred fears among authorities that more victims might be buried on the mountain. However, witnesses said they had not seen any other people on the slope when the slide began.

    The resort planned an investigation to determine what triggered the avalanche.

    The avalanche struck a stretch of mountain known as the K3 chute, where expert skiers who ride a lift to Kachina Peak can dart down a partially rock-lined run.

    In a statement, Taos Ski Valley said avalanche mitigation work had been taking place throughout the season and just hours earlier in the area where the avalanche occurred.

  • Proposal could make New Mexico a 'sanctuary state'

    By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico, the state with the largest percentage of Hispanic residents in the nation, could be the latest to adopt sanctuary status regarding immigrants, under a Democratic plan.

    Identical Democratic proposals introduced in the New Mexico House and Senate say state agencies would be barred from cooperating with federal immigration authorities seeking to hold or deport immigrants suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.

    The authority of sheriffs and jails to hold federal immigrant detainees also would see new limits.

    In addition, state agencies couldn't use public funds to help federal authorities in "detecting, apprehending, arresting, detaining or prolonging the detention of a person" facing possible deportation.

    The bills, co-sponsored by Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, D-Albuquerque, Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Espanola, and Sen. Linda M. Lopez, D-Albuquerque, were proposed after intense pressure from immigrant advocacy groups.

    A number of New Mexico cities and towns have declared themselves sanctuaries. Activists have pressed communities nationwide for the declaration amid immigration enforcement proposals by President Trump.

  • LANL contributes $3 billion a year to the state’s economy

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s average annual total impact on economic output across New Mexico from 2015 to 2017 was $3.1 billion, according to preliminary independent research from the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.  

    “Los Alamos National Laboratory is a key economic driver in the region, and we are committed to both growing the local workforce and strengthening the local companies that are crucial in supporting the work we do,” said Laboratory Director Thom Mason. “Our impact is felt not just in the number of people we employ and the goods and services we procure, but also in the economic development and workforce development initiatives that we proudly support.”

    More than 55 percent of the $756 million the laboratory spent on goods and services in the 2018 fiscal year went to New Mexico businesses, up from 45 percent in 2017.

    Los Alamos plans to strengthen its economic impact on the region in the next year by stimulating new business growth, strengthening existing companies, creating jobs and supporting a diverse economy in northern New Mexico’s communities, the lab said in a release Tuesday.

  • Official: 2 pulled from avalanche, search ongoing for others

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — An avalanche buried multiple people near the highest peak of a New Mexico ski resort on Thursday, including two who were pulled from the snow as ski patrol continued their search for others, an emergency management official said.

    The extent of the injuries for the two people located by searchers after the avalanche was not immediately known, said Bobby Lucero, the director for emergency management in Taos County. He said authorities believed others were likely buried in the snow, and efforts were underway to reach them on a high slope of Taos Ski Valley, one of the biggest resorts in New Mexico.

    Ski patrol was on the scene, and Lucero's office also offered to provide assistance, he said.

    According to the Taos Valley News, a reporter for the newspaper who was at the site of the avalanche said the snow collapsed near Kachina Peak, and that CPR was being given to the two people found beneath the snow.

    Taos Ski Valley said the avalanche happened at 11:30 a.m. on a run known as K3. It was unknown what triggered the avalanche.