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  • Update 12-19-12

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to attend the official swearing in ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Friday in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.

    No blue bus service

    The NCRTD blue buses will not be in service Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. For more information call toll free 1-866-206-0754, or visit ridethebluebus.com.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Community Building Training Room.

    LANL cancels sale

    The monthly surplus property sale at LANL scheduled for Thursday has been canceled because of weather and snow in Los Alamos this week. Weather permitting, the next regularly scheduled surplus property sale is Jan. 17, 2013.

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  • Students organize Sandy Hook vigil

    The Los Alamos High School Student Council has organized a candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. The memorial will be at 5 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond.
    Members of the community are asked to bring their own candle to the memorial. LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt and youth advocate and local resident Morrie Pongratz, will be guest speakers, followed by a moment of silence and remembrance by candlelight around the pond.
    Residents are asked to join in and honor the children, teachers and administration staff who lost their lives in the tragedy one week ago in Newtown, Conn.
    Los Alamos High School Junior Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta approached the county on behalf of the student council earlier this week, requesting assistance in booking the pond as the location.
     The county administrator and county council endorsed the student council’s request during Tuesday night’s council meeting and members of the council plan to attend Friday evening’s memorial.

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  • Hall, Williams gain school board slots

    Los Alamos residents Jim Hall and Matt Williams officially became the replacements for current Los Alamos Board of Education members Melanie McKinley and Board Vice President Dawn Venhaus.

    The two longtime Los Alamos residents were the only candidates to come forward and register before the deadline to do so Tuesday.

    According to the New Mexico School Board Association, Hall and Williams will begin their terms March 1, 2013.

    For Williams, seeking a seat on the board was not a hard decision to make.

    “I’ve had lots of people asking me and influencing me to run,” he said. “Feeling the obligation to run and wanting to run are two different things.”

    One person who influenced him was current school board member McKinley, who will not seek another term. According to Williams, he thinks the reason McKinley urged him to run is because he’s “pretty level-headed and logical, and I’ve been putting in my time learning about the school district and its programs.”

    Williams said there aren’t any particular issues he’s looking at specifically, just to look after his district, the home of Chamisa Elementary. Acknowledging the rumors that his district might be split up at some point, he said his only issue at this point is to keep his district intact.

  • Council sets legislative agenda

    During its final meeting in 2012, the Los Alamos County Council addressed just two key items: setting the legislative agenda for 2013 and making two appointments to the board of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.

    The state agenda includes promoting legislation that supports affordable housing, funding for MainStreet programming and health care policy and finance legislation.

    Capital outlay legislation is also on the state agenda this year. The county has submitted its entire capital outlay budget as required. The top five priorities are the public safety radio system,  sewer collection system drops, A-19 affordable housing infrastructure, the White Rock Wastewater Treatment Plant plan and environmental assessment, and kitchen facilities for the White Rock Senior Center.

    The county’s lobbyist Scott Scanland will also monitor any changes to municipal revenue legislation, such as proposals for local governments to “swap” GRT distribution for state income tax distribution and any changes to Sole Community Provider legislation.

  • Claims, risks shadow 'new' state revenue

    A fair amount of “new” money — $282 million — will flow to state government’s general fund during the budget year starting July 1, 2013.
    From state government economic wizards, “caution” is the word for considering uses of that money. “New money” means the difference between revenue expected during the coming budget year and current year spending.
    State revenue looks like around $5.7 billion for this budget year (FY 13) and $5.9 billion in FY 14, Legislative Finance Committee Director David Abbey, told the recent New Mexico Tax Research Institute conference in Albuquerque.
    Much of the good revenue news comes from oil and gas, said Tom Clifford, Department of Finance and Administration secretary. New technology has meant sharp increases in oil production the past few years, Abbey said.
    Caution about using the new money starts with a quarter of it — $72 million — being already claimed to replenish money used to balance the state budget in past bad years.

  • Real ID act likely to be high on agenda

    Over the past few weeks, several community members have contacted me about the REAL ID Act and a looming Jan. 15 deadline. The primary concern is that New Mexico is currently not in compliance with the REAL ID Act.
     This means New Mexicans may not be able to use their drivers’ licenses to board commercial airlines after Jan. 15. If this occurs, it could have alarming effects on our state and community. Public concern over this issue has been heightened by recent news stories and statements from public officials.
    First, let me provide some basic background information. The REAL ID Act was crafted under the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and signed into law in 2005. It stipulates that for state issued IDs to be accepted by Federal entities, the IDs must meet several new security provisions. In accordance with the law and a 2008 Department of Homeland Security guideline on compliance, New Mexico has adopted a number of these changes.
    We are still out of compliance on a few points. The most well known area of non-compliance is a provision that permits undocumented residents to obtain a driver’s license. Residents of New Mexico can currently obtain a driver’s license without a Social Security Number if they can prove their identity with other documents.

  • Ski Report 12-19-12

    Angel Fire

    20-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 4 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest

    14-inch base of packed powder. 1 inch of new snow reported. 25 trails open.

    Pajarito

    12-inch base of variable conditions. 2 inches of new snow reported. Tentative opening date scheduled for Friday.

    Red River

    278-inch base of powder. 2 inches of new snow reported. 16 trails and 5 trails open.

    Sandia Peak

    6-inch base. No new snow reported. Limited opening on beginner runs scheduled for Saturday.

    Sipapu

    18-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 11 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    10-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 2 trails and 2 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe

    39.5-inch base of powder. No new snow reported. 4 lifts open.

    Taos

    24-inch base of powder. 2 inches of new snow reported. 11 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Valles Caldera
    No report.

  • Tuesday’s state basketball scores

    Boys basketball

     

    Bernalillo 48, St. Michael's 43

    Deming 50, Silver 43

    Farmington 56, Durango, Colo. 54

    Goddard 63, Lovington 40

    Hondo 63, NMMI 60

    Kirtland Central 61, Miyamura 46

    Laguna-Acoma 103, Crownpoint 28

    Las Cruces 67, Santa Teresa 66, OT

    Monte del Sol 96, East Mountain 52

    Moriarty 46, Valencia 37

    Oñate 52, El Paso Riverside, Texas 47

    Pecos 86, Santa Rosa 62

    Shiprock 63, Piedra Vista 60

     

    Girls basketball

     

    Bloomfield 40, Piedra Vista 39

    Hondo 63, NMMI 40

    Las Cruces 61, Deming 43

    Miyamura 58, Aztec 34

    Monte del Sol 46, East Mountain 40

    Portales 41, Lubbock Christian, Texas 23

    St. Michael's 44, Bernalillo 15

    Trinidad, Colo. 55, Raton 45

    Vaughn 35, NMSD 25

  • Everybody Back In the Pool

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper swim teams will return to action after a week’s hiatus Saturday. They will take part in the Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational.

  • State Notes 12-19-12

    UNM, NMSU meet for second time in five days

    The University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball team will face its in-state rival New Mexico State University for the second time in less than a week.
    The Aggies will host the Lobos at the Pan American Center. The game is scheduled to be shown on ESPN3.
    UNM, after defeating NMSU Saturday night in Albuquerque, moved up one spot in the Associated Press national poll to No. 16. UNM won handily 73-58 to improve to 11-0 on the season.
    For the Lobos, 7-foot center Alex Kirk is coming off a 15-point, 6-rebound performance. It was Kirk’s eighth game in a row with at least 10 points and ninth game so far this season.
    Kirk and Kendall Williams both finished with 15 points Saturday, the high-point men in the game. Chad Adams had 13 points and a team-high 10 boards.
    This season, Kirk has averaged 12.0 points per game and leads the team with 8.0 rebounds per game.
    The Aggies were paced by Daniel Mullings’ 14 points. He was the only Aggie to get into double-digits. Tyrone Watson had a game-high 11 rebounds.