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Today's News

  • $84M contract awarded for northwestern N.M. pipeline

    GALLUP (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department has awarded a nearly $84 million contract for a water pipeline in northwestern New Mexico.

    The pipeline is part of the larger Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project that’s been in the works for several years. It will deliver San Juan River water to more than 40 Navajo Nation communities, the Jicarilla Apache Reservation and the city of Gallup.  

    The work is scheduled to begin in January.

  • New Mexico state Sen. Carlos Cisneros dies

    SANTA FE (AP) — The Legislature's lead attorney says long-serving New Mexico state Sen. Carlos Cisneros of Questa has died.

    Cisneros's death on Tuesday morning was confirmed by Legislative Council Service Director Raúl Burciaga and a spokesman for the Democratic Senate majority caucus. Caucus spokesman Chris Nordstrum says Cisneros had a heart attack.

    Cisneros served 35 years in the state Senate starting in 1985. The Democratic lawmaker played a leading role in annual budget negotiations about state government spending as well as legislation on tax policy.

    Cisneros represented a vast Senate district that stretches from the state line with Colorado to the outskirts of Los Alamos, including the communities of Taos, Peñasco, Truchas and Pojoaque Pueblo.

    State leaders released statements after learning of the senator's death Tuesday.

  • New Mexico Army National Guard soldiers deploying to Poland

    The New Mexico National Guard will host a Yellow Ribbon ceremony to bid farewell to about 65 Soldiers of the 1209th Medical Support Company on Saturday (Sept. 14) at 10 a.m., who will deploy to Poland in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. 

    The Yellow Ribbon ceremony will take place at V. Sue Cleveland High School Concert Hall in Rio Rancho. 

    The deployment to Poland will be for about nine months. Once there, the 1209th will be performing medical area support to units participating in Operation Atlantic Resolve.

  • Agreement means feds to decide on prairie bird designation

    DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge has approved an agreement that will require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make a recommendation by May 2021 whether the lesser prairie chicken should be federally protected as a threatened or endangered species.

    The agreement was reached Thursday between the federal agency and three conservations groups: the Defenders of Wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians.

    The groups sued the federal government in June to force it to make a designation for the lesser prairie chicken and its habitats.

    Once a designation is proposed, there will then be a public comment period followed by a final determination made later by Fish and Wildlife. The agency also could decide that no federal protections be provided for the bird.

    It was listed as threatened in 2014 but a federal court overturned the designation.

    The grouse roams parts of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, but the groups said fewer than 38,000 remain .

  • New Mexico stays out of opioids settlement

    SANTA FE— New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is declining to join a tentative settlement agreement over the role OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma played in the nation’s opioid addiction crisis.

    Balderas’ office on Wednesday said the proposal was not nearly enough to pay for the harm that has been done to New Mexico families.

    The agreement with about half the states and attorneys representing roughly 2,000 local governments would have Purdue file for a structured bankruptcy and pay as much as $12 billion over time. About $3 billion would come from the Sackler family that controls Purdue.

    Several attorneys general said the agreement is a better way to ensure compensation from Purdue and the Sacklers than taking their chances if Purdue files for bankruptcy on its own.

    “The Sacklers are perhaps the most deadly drug dealers in the world. Because of their illegal actions, New Mexico faces some of the highest opioid related death numbers in the nation, and we have whole communities here in New Mexico which will never be the same again,” Balderas. “Today I am seeking to hold them accountable and to help end New Mexico’s crisis and avoid more lives being lost.”

  • Missing biker found injured in Valles Caldera National Preserve

    A local man was rescued Wednesday after spending two days with severe injuries in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    The man went for a mountain bike ride Monday in the Banco Bonita area of the preserve. He lives in the area and is known to some neighbors and staff, according to Kimberly DeVall, spokeswoman and Chief of Interpretation and Education Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    The staff had seen his vehicle parked nearby for a couple of days and began to question where he was, DeVall said.

    On Tuesday afternoon, staff at the preserve performed a quick search with some law enforcement until it became dark and they started to talk about performing a larger search, DeVall said. The official search began at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

    “We had 15 boots on the ground men and women actually out there scanning trails and looking for him,” DeVall said. “We were gearing up for a larger operation but luckily we found him before we had to do that.”

    He was found shortly after noon with life-threatening, severe injuries to his lower extremities but a group of police, fire and forest rescue personnel was able to pull him out of the Banco Bonita area after a day of searching.

  • Police Beat 9-22-19

    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.

    Sept. 11
    1:18 p.m. — Los Alamos police followed up on a report of a package being stolen in May from a Los Alamos neighborhood. The case is inactive.

    1:30 p.m. — Los Alamos police responded to an incident of harassment in Los Alamos.
    Sept. 12

    10 a.m. — Los Alamos police reported that a dog killed a skunk in Los Alamos. The case is still active.

    Sept. 13

    10:23 a.m. — Los Alamos police investigated a case of internet fraud. The case is inactive.

    1:31 p.m. — Los Alamos police took in a firearm for destruction. The case is inactive.

    3:41 p.m. — Los Alamos police investigated a case involving criminal sexual contact with a minor. The case is inactive.

    10:46 p.m. — Los Alamos police investigated a domestic disturbance in Los Alamos with simple battery. No charges filed.

  • Community Calendar 9-16-2019

    Join the Los Alamos County Council, Community Services and Health Commons staff for the grand opening of the Health Commons at 4 p.m. at the Health Commons, 1183 Diamond Drive, Ste. D. Light refreshments. 

    FRIDAY

    Gentle Pilates at 9 a.m. the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos. Suggested donation is $5. 

     

    Gentle Walk from 9 a.m.-noon at the Nature Center. Free.

     

    The Synthesis of the Chemical Elements at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Join Galen Gisler to hear the story of the Burbidge, Burbige, Fowler, and Hoyle (BBFH) collaboration, how it built on earlier work, and how their conclusions have been expanded since. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

     

  • America’s lawyer problem

    By T. Douglas Reilly

    Consider the following fact: the percentage of lawyers in the USA is 0.6%; the percentage of lawyers in our Congress is 41%. Why is this? Is it a problem? Should we be worried about it?

    As regards Why, the simplest answer may be that Congress, a legislative body, makes Laws, and lawyers are educated to make and defend Laws. As whether it’s a Problem, I believe it is; however, I know that the situation has been this way almost from the beginning of the Republic. Regarding Worry, I do worry and I’ll try to explain my worry in this  note.

    I should say that I’m not talking about local lawyers who help us with wills, deeds, house purchases, injury issues, legal defense, etc. We are a nation of laws and, at times, we all require some legal help to negotiate through some of these laws. The lawyers in Congress rarely started as such; more often they’ve been district attorneys, prosecutors, state house officials, and corporate and tax lawyers. Often they’ve come from prestigious law firms that pay large salaries and bonuses.

  • ‘No tax rate increase’ bond election for our schools

    BY KURT STEINHAUS

    Los Alamos Public Schools

    Here are five reasons to vote “YES” on Nov. 5 to renew our school bonds: no tax increase - it is all about the students, improved safety and learning spaces are needed, the proposal is fiscally responsible, Los Alamos schools have strong community support, and the school board has kept their promises to voters.

    1. No increase in tax rates, it is all about the students - voter approval of the school bond means that property tax rates will remain the same in Los Alamos - no tax increase. Let’s support our children and help them build brighter futures by building better schools. We can help with a vote of “yes” for the bond that will fund infrastructure improvements to enrich academics, music, clubs and sports, to name a few.

    2. Needed for learning and safety - Chamisa and Pinon elementary school buildings are over 50 years old. Research has shown that modern classrooms have a positive impact on student well being, improved learning, and staff well-being and effectiveness. The remodeled buildings will also be designed to increase student and staff safety with a single entrance, access control, and improved security technology.