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Today's News

  • NMDOT OKs Trinity Drive roundabout

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) announced this week that it is ready to move forward with a revised proposed alternative for N.M.502/Trinity Drive between Knecht Street and Arroyo Lane. The plan includes a roundabout at the intersection with Central Avenue.

    According to a NMDOT’s press release, “a roundabout will improve traffic flow and safety at this intersection.” Another factor in the department’s decision was that the majority of public comment supported the roundabout alternative.

    Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton took issue with one statement in the NMDOT press release, which reads, “Under the revised proposed alternative, N.M. 502/Trinity Drive will be converted to two eastbound lanes along the entire corridor with currently planned construction of these two lanes ending just east of Arroyo Lane.”

    “This may lead some people to believe the entire corridor will be converted to two lanes. We do not have enough funding to do the entire corridor,” Shelton said. “The eastbound corridor will be converted to two lanes between Knecht and Arroyo Lane. The road will narrow to one lane just east of Arroyo Lane.”

  • Where is your inheritance?

    Most people who grew up during the Great Depression and World War II learned to scrimp and save as a matter of necessity.
    Many also gained financial security during subsequent decades when pension plans were more common, homeownership became the norm and government programs like Social Security and Medicare expanded.
    For a time, it seemed their Baby Boomer children stood to inherit amounts unheard of for previous generations.
    However, many economic factors have taken their toll on seniors’ nest eggs in recent years.
    Thus, if you were counting on a sizeable inheritance to help finance your own retirement, you may want to rethink that strategy.
    Here are several reasons why many seniors are revising their estate distribution plans:
    Most people who invested heavily in the stock market during the Great Recession watched helplessly as their accounts lost significant value. Although the market has mostly recovered, many people — especially those in or approaching retirement — stashed their remaining balances in safer investments earning very low interest, worried the market might plunge further.
    Many likely will have to draw on their account principal to make ends meet, thereby depleting their savings (and estates) much more rapidly than planned.

  • Governor still riding high

    Susana Martinez appears to have gotten just about everything she wanted for her finance program from the 2013 Legislature.
    An economic development proposal for corporate tax cuts and tax breaks was in trouble in both houses until she threatened to veto the Legislature’s appropriation bill.
    Suddenly the previously uncompromising governor became a tough compromising former district attorney.
    She tossed lawmakers the “Breaking Bad” tax break for the filming of television series plus an agreement to sign the appropriation bill.
    What happened in that negotiating session? We don’t know, but in the waning moments of the legislative session, the governor’s 35-page tax cut bill was trotted out on the floor of each house with little debate and no time to read the proposal.
    Democratic leaders House Speaker Kenny Martinez and Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez were roundly criticized by many Democratic legislators for caving in to the governor.
    It is hard to figure. Did they not want a special session? Were there personal reasons? Did they not want the governor and her PAC going after them in their next election?
    One thing seems certain. Unless there are some real surprises in her bill, Gov. Martinez and her 60 percent approval ratings seem headed toward very likely reelection in 2014.

  • Free YMCA orientation this week

    The Family YMCA will be offering free orientations to the new Y Express facility.
    These orientations are free to the public and there is no need to register.
    Dress comfortably.
    There are several days and times to choose from:

    Thursday — 12:30p.m.
    Friday — 4:30 p.m.
    April 9 — 5:30p.m.

    The Y Express is located at
    140 Central Park Square, facing the Little Theater. Please call The Family YMCA, 500-8026 or
    662-3100 for more information. 

  • Be There 04-03-13

    April 6
     The American Legion Riders of Los Alamos is having a fund-raising ride in memory of a dear friend, Carol, who passed away unexpectedly from heart failure. The ride departs at 11 a.m., at the American Legion Hall (in front of the Fabulous 50’s restaurant). Proceeds from the $20 entry fee per person go to the American Heart Association; all are welcome. For more information call Montana at 406-240-8112.
    April 7
    The Los Alamos Concert Association presents Amsterdam’s Calefax Reed Quintet at 4 p.m. in the Smith Auditorium. Oboe, clarinet, sax, bass clarinet and bassoon playing music with a French twist: Gershwin’s “An American in Paris,” Kurt Weill’s “Three Penny Opera” and works by Debussy, Ravel and Rameau. Tickets $30 at CB Fox and both Smith’s, online at losalamosconcert.org.  $35 at the door. Youth tickets are free.

  • Walkers pledge to end DWI problem

    Buffalo Thunder Resort will host a walk to benefit high school students at Pojoaque for their 2nd annual after prom fundraising event.
    For just $10 for adults and $5 for youth, the Walk to Stop DUI is a 5K, noncompetitive walk geared toward businesses and their employees, family members and individuals to raise funds through pledges. Walkers collect pledges from family, friends, and co-workers and all monies raised support the Santa Fe County DWI Program’s mission to stop Underage Drinking and Driving Under the Influence of drugs and alcohol. This event is sponsored by the Santa Fe County DWI Program and Santa Fe County Public Safety Division (Sheriff’s Office, Fire Dept. and Dept. of Corrections).
    This walk begins at the Buffalo Thunder Resort on Saturday. Registration is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.
    “The money raised will go towards the purchase of doors prizes such as laptop computers, flat screen TVs, Nooks, gas cards, digital cameras,” said Victoria De Vargas, a coordinator for the event.
    They also hope to raise enough to provide students with complimentary photos and frames for each participant and to purchase breakfast burritos for the Post Prom Party for Pojoaque High School. For more information, check their website at santafecountynm.gov under hot topics or call 995-6529. 

  • April events at Pajarito Environmental Educational Center

    For more information or to register for an event, visit Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.
    Friday
    First Friday Forts. Come to PEEC and get building! Join other kids and parents who like fort building to construct, play, and hang out. Also, check out the mud pie kitchen! 3:30–5 p.m. Free.

    Underground of Enchantment Exhibit Opening. The 3D photo exhibit and movie features one of the most beautiful caves in the world- Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns NP. Opening reception at Mesa Public Library 4-5:30 p.m. and at PEEC 5-6:30 p.m. Contact PEEC or MPL for more information.

  • Neal promoted to head coach of UNM

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico didn’t have to look far to find its next head coach.
    Craig Neal, who spent the past six seasons as the team’s top assistant, was hired Tuesday to replace Steve Alford.
    Athletic director Paul Krebs made the announcement in a one-word tweet: “Noodles,” a reference to Neal’s nickname. The university confirmed that Neal would be introduced as UNM’s 20th head basketball coach during a news conference Wednesday.
    As assistant head coach under Alford, Neal helped the Lobos win back-to-back Mountain West Conference titles and reach three NCAA tournaments.
    Players and fans had voiced their support for Neal as the top choice after Alford revealed last weekend that he was leaving for UCLA. Emotions were raw the last few days, but Krebs’ announcement helped dissolve some of the uncertainty and disappointment that was sparked by Alford’s departure.
    While Krebs was guarded about the future of the head coaching spot on Saturday, he said during a news conference that Neal was a candidate and would provide continuity and stability for the program.

  • LA girls tennis team goes 3-1 at tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team finished in second place behind the Farmington Scorpions at last weekend’s Taos Invitational tournament.
    Los Alamos was second in the five-team tournament, hosted by former district rival Taos Saturday. Los Alamos finished ahead of Santa Fe Prep, Taos’ Tigers and Española Valley.
    As they have been doing much of the season, the Hilltoppers liberally shifted around their lineup throughout the tournament, using four different players in the No. 1 singles slot. Three of the four players, Laura Whicker, Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff and Madeline Margevicius, posted straight-set victories at No. 1.
    In the tournament, Los Alamos finished 4-1, losing only to three-time defending champion Farmington. Farmington and Los Alamos split the singles matches and won the No. 2 doubles match with Colleen Fitzsimmons/Susanna Lucido defeating Riley Coleman/Sydney Schumacher 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), but Los Alamos fell in the other two doubles contests, giving the Scorpions a 5-4 victory.
    Farmington waltzed to its three consecutive Class 4A titles but the Scorpions and the Hilltoppers have been involved in close contests this season.
    Against Farmington, Hsieh-Ratliff, an eighth grader, came back from an opening set loss to defeat sophomore Liza Briody-Pavlik 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to keep the match close.

  • Isotopes open 2013 season Thursday

    ALBUQUERQUE – In previous seasons, the Albuquerque Isotopes have been all about power.

    The Isotopes, the Triple-A franchise of the Los Angeles Dodgers, have long been built to slug it out with the high-scoring teams of the Pacific Coast League.

    This season, however, the Isotopes may have to find other ways to win.

    Albuquerque will open its 11th season at home Thursday night when it takes on the Iowa Cubs. Game time is 6:35 p.m.

    The Isotopes will host the Cubs for four games, followed by a four-game set against Omaha to start the 2013 season.

    It’s a new-look Isotopes this season and third-year skipper Lorenzo Bundy is hoping to improve on a playoff berth and opening-round loss to Omaha in the 2012 postseason.

    But gone from that team are two of its biggest performers off last season, slugger Jerry Sands and hurler John Ely, the PCL Pitcher of the Year.

    The star of this team is Dee Gordon, although for how long Gordon will be with the Isotopes is a matter of some conjecture.

    Gordon, a shortstop, appeared in 87 games with the Dodgers, hitting .228 during that time. Going into 2013, it was unknown whether Gordon would return to the Isotopes, where he’s played off-and-on since 2011.