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Today's News

  • 03-14-13 Restaurant inspections

     

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department. 

     

    Española

     

    Cariños Charter School, 116 Calle Espinoza

    Date inspected: March 6, other, second inspection

    Violations: None

    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

  • Lawmakers OK rule to shield email

    New Mexico lawmakers have approved a policy that could shield legislators’ email from disclosure through public records requests.
    The new legislative rule will govern how the Legislature handles requests under the Inspection of Public Records Act, which grants access to records about public business with certain exceptions, such as trade secrets.
    Legislators contend that much of their communication with constituents and others about legislation should remain confidential. Some lawmakers use email through personal accounts rather than a legislative email system.
    The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government opposes the new records policy and disagrees with lawmakers who contend the state constitution provides special protections exempting legislative email from public disclosure.
    The proposal cleared the Senate without debate Wednesday night on a 39-1 vote. It previously passed the House.
    Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) voted against the measure in the House.
    Gwyneth Doland from NMFOG made the following points.
    • We strongly oppose the stated intent of HCR 1, which would pull a curtain of secrecy over important decisions that affect all New Mexicans.

  • Pajarito pub and grill brews up a change

     

    The Pajarito Brewpub and Grill next to Beall’s in the Mari-Mac shopping center, is like a beacon in the night for those who want dinner after 8 p.m.

    Despite what appears to be a very small space from outside, the owners have done a good job of using the space they have available. Not only do they have a bar in the establishment, but they also have a few booths and a decent amount of seating for diners. 

    Admittedly, the brewpub and grill was not the first choice on a recent Sunday afternoon, but alas, it was one of the only choices open after 2 p.m. A trip to another restaurant was attempted and despite the fact that the sign said they closed at 3 p.m. and it was only 2:36 p.m., the doors were locked. So a visit to the brewpub was in order.

  • Experience Patagonia, Ninja-style

     

    Patagonia, one of the great wild places of the Americas, will be the subject of the March meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. 

    Doug Shepherd, who will tell the tale, is simultaneously a sponsored athlete (Mammut, Sterling Ropes, Cilogear Backpacks) and a post doc in systems biology at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Doug writes, “Patagonia has always stood out as a far away place that I would never be able to visit, let alone climb in, because of the horrible weather. In December 2012, I took a chance and went on a two-week trip, crossing my fingers and hoping we would get to climb instead of sitting around and drinking wine. Thankfully, we had almost too much good weather, and spent the majority of our trip in the mountains.”

  • School Board serenade
  • ‘We Who are Clay’

     

     

    Last year, Ken Nebel from the Fuller Lodge Art Center was throwing around ideas about collaboration with Raffi Andonian from the Los Alamos Historical Society, and Andonian suggested that if the Art Center hosted a show about pots, the Historical Society could share its collection of works by well-known potters. 

    Eventually, the idea morphed into “We Who Are Clay,” a collection of contemporary works by (mostly) New Mexico artists at the Art Center and the history of clay and adobe at the Historical Society, as well as a variety of clay-related activities throughout town. For the kick-off, the Art Center will hold an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, hosted by Self Help, Inc. Then on Saturday, Self Help hosts the Empty Bowls Project.

  • Noise complaint leads to felony charges

    A Feb. 28 noise complaint turned out to be something more for officers responding to a call at the Verde Ridge Apartments in the 100 block of Verde Ridge Road. The complainant said the neighbors in apartment A were making too much noise.
    While one officer went to knock on the door, two others stood on a hill observing what was going on in the apartment, through a kitchen window.
    As Officer James T. Keane knocked on the door announcing he was a police officer, Cpl. Brent Hudspeth and Sgt. Jeremy Duran could see someone inside trying to hide and dispose of various bottles and plastic cups sitting on the counter.
    “As I continued to knock, the other officers saw a female, later identified as Amanda Burnworth, moving the red ‘Solo’ cups and bottles in a way consistent with that of someone who is trying to hide or dispose of them,” Keane said in his report.
    They also observed another occupant of the apartment, Kevin Carpenter, attempting to get away from the scene through the backyard.
    Eventually, a man named Kyle Elliott opened the door, and officers in the report said they could smell marijuana coming from inside the apartment, as well as on Elliott. They could also smell alcohol on Elliott’s breath.

  • Council considers meetings on Friday

    A proposal by councilor Kristin Henderson to replace one Tuesday night meeting a month with a meeting from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Friday, sparked lively debate both in Los Alamos County’s online Open Forum and during a council work session Tuesday.

    At the conclusion of the debate, Council Chair Geoff Rodgers asked county staffers to return with a revised proposal to conduct a Friday meeting every other month for a calendar year. Council will vote on the motion March 26.
    Henderson, meanwhile, not only advocated for her idea in council, she weighed in on the Open Forum website.

    “My reason for suggesting the modification is, it allows people who typically cannot attend night time meetings the chance to do so if they want. This includes, especially, families with young kids at home …” Henderson wrote. “Having meetings only at the same day and time by definition eliminates some portion of the community. Allowing more participation of the whole community by having an alternative time is, I think, a good thing.”

    Councilor Fran Berting asked how it would affect councilors David Izraelevitz and Steve Girrens, who both work for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Izraelevitz said his current schedule is such that it would not be an issue, but it could be if he took a management position.

  • Police: Sleeping Pills in Kid Cups at Daycare
  • New Mexico government employees earn more

    As the Legislative session in New Mexico draws close to an end, those at the capitol continue to discuss the issue of compensation rates among public employees.
    The push is on for pay raises and is justified by the fact that the last across-the-board pay raises for public employees was in 2008.
    Surely, it can be hard for any worker to deal with stagnant wages, but before leaping to conclusions and jumping on the wage hike bandwagon, it is worth taking a closer look and saying “relative to what?”
    Wages across the economy have stagnated since 2008 and New Mexico in particular has lost jobs in recent months.
    Given New Mexico’s dismal economic performance, it is important to approach the issue of government employee pay hikes with scrutiny.
    The Rio Grande Foundation has undertaken a careful examination of compensation rates among those in the public and private spheres.
    Our analysis which uses a statistical tool called “regression” found that public employees in fact make more on average than those in the private sector.
    In fact, on average those in the public sphere make 8.6 more in compensation than those in private industry.
    The key factor in this disparity between both groups is simply benefits.