Today's News

  • Given 2nd term, Obama now facing new urgent task

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama faces a new urgent task now that he has a second term, working with a status-quo Congress to address an impending financial crisis that economists say could send the country back into recession.
    “You made your voice heard,” Obama said in his acceptance speech, signaling that he believes the bulk of the country is behind his policies. It’s a sticking point for House Republicans, sure to balk at that.
    The same voters who gave Obama four more years in office also elected a divided Congress, sticking with the dynamic that has made it so hard for the president to advance his agenda. Democrats retained control of the Senate; Republicans kept their House majority.
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, spoke of a dual mandate. “If there is a mandate, it is a mandate for both parties to find common ground and take steps together to help our economy grow and create jobs,” he said.
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky had a more harsh assessment.
    “The voters have not endorsed the failures or excesses of the president’s first term,” McConnell said. “They have simply given him more time to finish the job they asked him to do together” with a balanced Congress.

  • Voters approve bonds

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico voters on Tuesday approved more than $140 million in bonds to support libraries, higher education and senior centers, and they approved at least one constitutional amendment aimed at revamping the powerful, scandal-plagued Public Regulation Commission.
    The amendment allows the state Legislature to establish minimum qualifications for PRC candidates. Currently, a candidate needs only to be 18, a New Mexico resident for at least one year and have no felony convictions.
    Two other proposed amendments that would streamline the duties of the regulatory agency had yet to be decided but were leading as ballots continued to be counted.
    Critics had argued that increasing the qualifications would narrow the pool of PRC candidates. However, supporters contend the changes will make the commission more efficient and ensure that elected regulators are better prepared for the complex utility and telecommunications issues they must decide.
    The five-member panel regulates utilities, insurance companies, transportation companies, and transmission and pipeline companies.

  • Heinrich wins Senate seat

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Democrat Martin Heinrich won New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, defeating Republican Heather Wilson with strong support from Hispanic and female voters.
    Heinrich carried the vote-rich Albuquerque area, which is home to a third of the state’s electorate, and he picked up solid margins in heavily Democratic and Hispanic areas in northern New Mexico, according to incomplete, unofficial returns.
    Wilson outpaced Heinrich in traditional GOP strongholds of eastern and southern New Mexico, but it wasn’t enough to win in a state that also favored Democratic President Barack Obama for a second term.
    New Mexico filled an open U.S. Senate seat for the second time in four years in a race that saw the candidates relentlessly punch away at one another over jobs, health care and taxes. Each spent more than $6 million on their campaign.
    Heinrich’s victory ensures Democrats will hang on to the Senate seat being vacated by Jeff Bingaman, who is retiring after 30 years.
    In his victory speech, Heinrich applauded Bingaman as “an example of how the Senate ought to work,” saying he worked for results, not credit.

  • Voting process goes smoothly

    At least on the local level anyway, the election was fairly uneventful. There were no political arguments and no confusion as to where to go vote.

    That’s because this is the first election where voting was confined to just four polling stations: the Los Alamos Community Center, White Rock Fire Station No. 3, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church at Kelly Hall and the county clerk’s office on Central Avenue.

    “We’re a pretty civilized community here,” joked Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy.

    Torpy was at the county clerk’s office, which was ground zero for all the local election results coming in from around town as well as White Rock.

    Poll workers at the Episcopal Church said things went much better this time than in past elections, ever since a law was passed that consolidated all the polling places to three.

    Jonathan Lathrop said it was a pretty even flow throughout Election Day. But, he added, there wasn’t the usual chaos that went with that flow.

    “We never had to send people to their correct precincts like we had to do in previous elections,” Lathrop said. In previous elections, the person had to cast a ballot in the precinct assigned to their residence. The new state law abolished that rule.

  • Suspected drunk driver behind Friday traffic snarl

    Nina Roybal, 46, of Santa Fe, was arrested by Santa Fe Sheriff’s Deputy Julie York Friday, shortly after Roybal rolled her Toyota 4Runner on Main Hill Road (N.M. 502).  
    After being treated for minor injuries at the scene, Roybal was administered a series of field sobriety tests by York, which she failed, according authorities.
    Witnesses told police they saw Roybal driving aggressively trying to pass people, even though there was a double line on the two-lane mountain road. Witnesses then said she tried to pass on the right through the shoulder. That’s when her car banked off the canyon wall and flipped over.
    York decided to do the tests after smelling alcohol on Roybal’s breath. Roybal also showed signs of impairment, according to the deputy. Roybal was then booked and put into the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center. She was charged with driving while under the influence of drugs and or alcohol and careless driving.
    The crash happened around 2 p.m. Friday. The road was closed for at least an hour until the arrest and the clean up of the road was completed.

  • Be There 11-07-12

    Nationally recognized trumpeter Jan McDonald will play at an Italian fundraiser dinner at Trinity on the Hill Church’s Kelly Hall. McDonald directed the ’Topper band for 30 years. Tickets for dinner are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger. The menu includes a choice of lasagna, fettuccine with a choice of marinara or Alfredo sauces or Asian rice noodles with spicy sauce, salad, bread, cookie and drink. Dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. McDonald will play from 6-7 p.m. Dine-in and carry-out options are available. For more information, call 412-8739.

    Mesa Public Library presents Christine Chavez, Energy Conservation coordinator of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, at 7 p.m. Chavez will speak on her job and current sustainability initiatives in the county.
    The League of Women Voters will have their monthly Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. at Mesa Public Library. The leader will be Becky Ehler, the new county attorney. To attend and order lunch, contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com. Lunch is ordered from the Los Alamos Co-op. The meal consists of a sandwich or soup and salad and half sandwich and cookie for $10. Those who do not order lunch are welcome to attend. All orders must be received by 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

  • 2012 Scarecrow contest results

    Best Overall and People’s Choice: LA Heart Council, “The Tin Man Found His Heart”

    Best Business Traditional: Flowers By Gillian, “Flower Lady”

    Best Business Contemporary: Village Arts, “Batte’s Up!”

    Best Organization Traditional: LAHS Living Skills Class, “Hilltopper Spirit”

    Best Organization Contemporary: LA Public Schools Foundation, “Ignorance is Scary”
    Best Family Contemporary: Dare-Morgan Families, “Friends Together in One Spirit”
    Best Dressed Award: Little Theater, “Woman in Black”

    The Rock and Roll Award: Canyoncito Montessori, “Rockin’ Kids”

    Skinniest Scarecrow Award: Sunrise Therapeutics, “It  Works”

    The Pain Free Award: B-Fit Chiropractic, “Spinal Health”
    The Ageless Award: LARC, “Fit at any Age”

    Earth Day Award: PEEC, “Halloween Hikers”

    Cutest Scarecrow in a Can Award: Rotary Club of Los Alamos, “Oscar the Grouch”

    Gold Medal Award: LA School of Gymnastics

  • Festival of Trees

    Those that attend the Festival of Chocolate Saturday will get a sneak peek at the trees on display for the Festival of Trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

  • Estate planning talk Friday

    Settling an estate can be difficult and time consuming. Those that have been in the position of trying to find all the papers and information needed at the time of death and for estate settlement, know how much time and frustration can be involved. “After I’m Gone — Things to think about your Estate” is a program intended to provide individuals with information to make the process easier.  
    “After I’m Gone — Things to think about your Estate,” will be presented by Don Davidson, from 9 a.m.-noon Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1100 Bathtub Row.  
    Davidson will share what he has learned going through the process of getting his affairs in order. Learn what you can be done to help a family handle their affairs upon a loved one’s death.  
    The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization are sponsoring this program.  
    Those that would would like to join the seniors for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center can do so for a suggested donation of $4 (for seniors).
    For more information, Paula Roybal Sánchez at 662-2656.

  • Stover captures clerk office

    Candidates across the country waited anxiously for results of the 2012 election Tuesday night. While some races were too close to call until the very end, others were clearly predictable.

    Early on in Los Alamos County, the race for county clerk was one those that could have gone either way, but as the evening wore on it became clear that Los Alamos County Councilor and Republican Sharon Stover, had an edge on Democrat and political newcomer Nathan Hjelm.

    By the time results were returned from all four polling places in Los Alamos County, Stover had won the race with 6,125 votes, compared to Hjelm’s 3,669.

    Hjelm waited for results to come in at the Justice Center until about 8:30 p.m. Later, Stover made an appearance and checked on the results, as well.

    The race for county clerk was a relatively quiet one, compared to others like the Dist. 43 House race between Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard and Republican Jim Hall.

    When Stover found out she won, she said she was extremely honored and was excited to learn all about the office.

    “I’m going in with open eyes, but I want to learn more,” she said. “I want to talk to the stakeholders and see if there’s a way to improve.” She did point out that the county clerk’s office does a “great” job currently.