Today's News

  • Las Cruces businessman hopes to unseat congresswoman in 2020

    By RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A Las Cruces businessman has filed papers to seek the Republican nomination for New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District, hoping to unseat freshman Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres Small in 2020.

    Chris Mathys, a U.S. Army veteran, joins former state lawmaker Yvette Herrell in a primary that will likely attract a number of Republican candidates.

    Torres Small defeated Herrell in 2018 by fewer than 3,000 votes to flip a traditionally Republican-leaning district that sits along to U.S.-Mexico border. The sprawling district is home to a lucrative oil region but also encompasses some of the poorest communities in the country. The district houses the highest percentage of Hispanic voters in a state with the highest percentage of Hispanic residents.

    Mathys, 61, said he wants to bring the seat back under Republican control and believes he's the best person to challenge Torres Small in the general election.

    "She's not sincere," said Mathys, referring to Torres Small. "She says she for border security but then won't support President (Donald) Trump on the border wall."

    Since the election, Torres Small has tried to position herself as a moderate Democrat on border issues and gun control.

  • Last Day of the Season
  • Public hearing set to rename trail in honor of Jim Billen

    Los Alamos County will host a hearing to rename a segment of the Pueblo Canyon Rim Trail as the “Jim Billen Trail” at a meeting set for 5:30 p.m. April 25 in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge.

    Billen died April 14, 2018.

    Under County Code, a public hearing must be held prior to naming or renaming any county facility – or in this case, a trail – after a dead person, and such a request can only be considered six months or more after the person’s death.

    The public is invited to attend the hearing. During the hearing, the public may speak “for” or “against” the re-naming of a segment of the trail for Jim Billen.

    The county proposes the following is the language in the petition regarding the request for renaming the segment: “In memory of Jim Billen, the man who donated 6 years of his time and effort to build this segment of trail for all to enjoy.”

    Those unable to attend the public hearing may e-mail comments to lacmanager@lacnm.us, or submit comments in writing to the county’s Public Information Officer Julie Habiger at 1000 Central Ave., Ste 350.

    All comments must be received before 5 p.m. April 25.

  • New hours for PUC Customer Care Center

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ Customer Care center will have new hours for beginning Monday.

    The Customer Care Center will open at 8 a.m. but will close at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

    According to Deputy Utilities Manager Robert Westervelt, the Customer Care representatives will still work a full eight-hour day. By closing the windows and turning the phones off at 4 p.m., staff is afforded time without interruption to research and respond to requests made throughout the day, process payments, and follow-up on outstanding issues.

    For more information, contact the Customer Care Center at 662-8333 or by email at CustomerCare@lacnm.us.

  • United Church of Los Alamos invites community to Easter Sunday sunrise service

    For anyone who might be new to the community or would like a church home on Easter Sunday, the United Church of Los Alamos invites them to attend a multi-organization service at Ashley Pond Park at sunrise (at 6:15 a.m.), or at 2525 Canyon Road, at 9:30 a.m.

  • The similarities between Passover and Easter

    To the casual observer, Passover and Easter may not to seem to have much in common. While the two holidays are celebrated by people of different faiths, they share certain similarities.

    Both Passover and Easter celebrate fundamental tenets of their respective faiths. For Christians, Easter commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, a moment that has shaped the lives of faithful Christians ever since. During Passover, Jews honor a moment in history that helped free slaves from captivity and shape them into the people of Israel.

    In addition, historians believe that the Passion of Christ, which is the short final period of Jesus’ life, occurred during the observance of Pesach, or Passover.

    During this time, Jesus went to Jerusalem in response to a mandate to appear at the Temple. It also is believed that the Last Supper described in all four Gospels was likely a Passover seder. Liberation and rebirth also are at the heart of both holidays.

  • All-faith community Seder to be held in honor of Passover

    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber will join local residents of all religious backgrounds at 6 p.m. today at the Drury Plaza Hotel, 228 East Palace Ave., in Santa Fe, for the Jewish Federation of New Mexico’s fourth-annual Jane and Stephen Hochberg Community Seder of Northern New Mexico.

    The Passover event is for people of all faiths and religious backgrounds to commemorate the holiday.

    The Seder is the festive kosher holiday event and meal that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday, Passover. It traditionally includes a reading and discussion of the text of Haggadah, or Passover prayer book, and a retelling of the biblical story of the Exodus, the journey of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt to eventual freedom in the Promised Land.
    Special foods mentioned in the Book of Exodus are typically eaten during the Seder.

    Los Alamos

    The Los Alamos Jewish Center will celebrate the second night of Passover with a great story, great food and socializing at a community Seder. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pig and Fig Restaurant, 11 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock. Andrew Dattelbaum will lead the Seder.

  • Capital outlay process remains secret

    Every year, the Legislature divides up a pot of money known as capital outlay, for one-time expenses such as construction, repair, and purchases of equipment. This year the total has approached a billion dollars.

    The process of dividing the money is done behind the scenes, out of public view. Open government advocates have been ranting about this secrecy for the last few years.

    Since New Mexico’s capital outlay structure is designed largely to provide bragging rights to legislators, the secrecy seems absurd.

    But more absurd, and far more important, is the method used to divide up the money, which has received national recognition for its stupidity.

    The process goes like this: legislators submit wish lists of projects to be considered for funding. Each legislator’s list is probably longer than what can realistically be funded. Legislators know some of their requests will be chopped off.

    Meanwhile, the finance committees are calculating how much money in total will be available. When the numbers are crunched, the projects selected for final approval are packaged into one or two long and detailed bills. This year the main bill was Senate Bill 280.

    You can read every legislator’s original list on the Legislature’s website (nmlegis.gov).

  • Use prescription pain medications safely

    Southwest Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

    Medicare wants to help you use prescription pain medications safely.

    Prescription opioid medications – such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and codeine – can help treat pain after surgery or after an injury, but they carry serious risks, like addiction, an overdose and death.

    Those risks increase the higher the dose you take or the longer you use the pain medications, even if you take them as prescribed. Your risks also grow if you take certain other medications, like benzodiazepines (commonly used for anxiety or sleep), or if you get opioid medications from many doctors or pharmacies.

    More than 11 million Americans misuse prescription opioids every year. In fact, opioid misuse has become so prevalent that the government has declared it a public health emergency. Opioid overdoses accounted for 47,600 deaths in 2017, and 40 percent of those deaths involved a prescription opioid medication.

  • LAPD to host Drug Take Back Day April 27

    The Los Alamos Police Department will conduct its biannual DEA Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27 in the north parking lot, off of Central Avenue of the Los Alamos Police Department. 

    This drug diversion program is a part of a national initiative by the DEA. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.