Today's News

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  • Today in History for Jan. 6
  • Enloe wins Spirit of the West award

    Another year has come and gone and the Community Asset Awards are going strong.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, through the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and Assets In Action, topped another year of good deeds with a variety of recognitions from the fourth annual ceremony.

    The gala was at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, with the help of Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess.

    Burgess, along with Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt, kicked off the evening with an acknowledgement from America's Promise Alliance and ING, for claiming the title of one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People.

    State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard attended the festivities and presented the trophy on behalf of Jordan LaPier, senior director for the 100 Best Communities program.

    The America's Promise Alliance Representative, sent along these kind words, relayed by Garcia Richard to those in attendance.

    “America’s Promise Alliance and the ING Foundation are thrilled to recognize Los Alamos County for the second time as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People. Congratulations to everyone working hard to make youth the first priority in Los Alamos,” LaPier said in a written statement.

  • ´Toppers earn 1st win of year in overtime

    A long, painful journey to its first win is finally over.
    With a big rebound-and-putback by William Steinkamp to force overtime and some key buckets late in the overtime period, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team earned a victory, its first of the 2012-13 season Friday night.
    The Hilltoppers dropped the Taos Tigers 57-54 in overtime to secure the win, although there were plenty of intense moments along the way. The Hilltoppers struggled to get off a shot when down by two with the final seconds of regulation ticking away and were slapped with a technical foul with 1.6 seconds left in overtime that gave Taos a chance to tie.
    Nevertheless, the Hilltoppers (1-13) held on for the win against the Tigers (8-5), who came into the game ranked No. 7 in Class 3A.
    “That’s definitely a monkey off our back,” Los Alamos head coach Fil Dominguez said. “We finally get a taste of what it is to win. We had a lot of adversity this summer, we had a lot of adversity this season. We’ve been hesitant...but we put together almost a whole game.”
    Los Alamos has had some close calls in its nondistrict season so far, including against Moriarty and Mayfield, but was never able to get over the hump until Friday.

  • On Schedule 01-06-12


    Boys basketball: Pojoaque at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.


    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Los Lunas, Los Alamos at St. Pius X, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.


    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos Invite, boys and girls, 11 a.m.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Academy Invite, varsity, JV, 9 a.m.

  • Friday's prep basketball scores

    Boys basketball

    Dulce 50, Mesa Vista 33
    Española Valley 54, St. Michael’s 48
    Farmington 67, Miyamura 39
    Gallup 87, Bernalillo 73
    Hagerman 68, Tatum 39
    Logan 47, Elida 27
    Mora 74, McCurdy 48
    Penasco 66, Coronado 61
    Roswell 63, St. Pius 49
    Sandia Prep 54, Los Lunas 52
    Santa Teresa 43, Gadsden 34

    Girls basketball

    Artesia 79, Tohatchi 35
    Aztec 51, Tohatchi 43
    Cleveland 44, Clovis 33
    Dulce 76, McCurdy 50
    Elida 59, Logan 42
    Escalante 29, Penasco 21
    Laguna-Acoma 52, Socorro 46
    Mora 55, Mesa Vista 45
    Pecos 51, Coronado 30
    Roswell 49, St. Pius 42
    Tatum 56, Hagerman 24
    Tularosa 60, Magdalena 38
    Valencia 47, St. Michael’s 31

    Aztec Invite

    Artesia 79, Tohatchi 35
    Artesia 71, Wingate 42
    Aztec 52, Cuba 50
    Aztec 51, Tohatchi 43
    Bayfield, Colo. 57, Cuba 54
    Bayfield, Colo. 56, Wingate 43

  • Booming Lea, Eddy counties lead economy

    For 2012, Lea and Eddy counties brought the gain to the New Mexico economy. Albuquerque, Las Cruces and state government were the drain.
    Before taking a closer look at the state’s 2012 economic performance, a reminder of the disappearance of a previously important element in our economic performance is appropriate.
    Economy watchers, me included, formerly comforted themselves with the notion that while we lagged the nation during times of growth, we also performed better during national recessions.
    The quilt of mediocre steadiness is gone. Even if we could depend on national economic growth to drag us along, the slow growth of the national economy is little help to us.
    A comment about Albuquerque nicely applies statewide. “Albuquerque, meanwhile, is proving almost as resistant to recovery as it was against recession; it remained the only Mountain metro in the weakest national group,” said Mark Muro and Kenan Fikri, writing last month in the Brookings Mountain West Mountain Monitor.
    The following year-over-year numbers all apply to the time between November 2011 and November 2012. The Department of Workforce Solutions released the report the afternoon of Dec. 31. Except for numbers from Lea and Eddy counties, the numbers are for wage jobs.

  • Baiting the development hook with a different tax

    This year’s hot term in economic development jargon is the “single sales factor.”
    Some of the current buzz in economic development circles is that the single sales factor is the first concern of businesses considering locating in New Mexico.
    If we don’t have it, the rumor goes, they won’t look further. (They used to say that about workers’ comp, but that issue is off the endangered species list for the moment.)
    The single sales factor is at the top of the wish list Economic Development Department Secretary Jon Barela is calling the New Century Jobs Agenda, a package of mostly legislative proposals that EDD is hoping will boost our state’s persistently lagging private sector economy.
    If New Mexico is serious this year about economic development, our legislators have to pay attention to the fact that business wants the single sales factor, and 25 other states have it.  
    That’s the nature of the highly competitive game of economic development these days.

  • Feds clamp down on LANB

    The Los Alamos National Bank is once again under regulatory restrictions by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the federal agency that regulates the federal banking system.

    The bank had just came out of a similar regulatory agreement this spring, which was entered in 2010.

    “The Comptroller has found unsafe or unsound banking practices relating to management and board supervision, credit underwriting, credit administration and deficiencies in internal controls,” according to the agreement

    According to bank President Steve Wells, the OCC was concerned that LANB overextended itself on $5.5 million in loans that were spread out amongst seven customers. The bank extended the loans into 2012. The OCC’s opinion was that the bank should have called in the loans in 2011. Wells said the bank has about $1.2 billion in total loans.

    “They have requested us to recognize our risks in the time that it should be recognized and we don’t disagree with that,” Wells said. “We understand the intricacies of the regulations and that we weren’t in alignment.”  

    Wells also noted that the OCC “is one of the toughest regulators out there” and that part of the problem was the two entities have two different viewpoints when it comes to community banking.