Today's News

  • 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

  • 2012 in Review: US

    A look back at the stories that dominated the U.S. headlines in 2012.

  • Benghazi Review: Systematic State Dept. Failures

    An independent review board is criticizing the State Department for leadership and management failures connected to the Benghazi, Libya attack. The board is not recommending disciplinary action.

  • Today in History for December 19th