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Today's News

  • New Mexico bill to create state-run pot shops appears dead

    SANTA FE (AP) — A proposal that would make New Mexico the first U.S. state to set up government-operated marijuana stores appears dead in the current legislative session.

    Sen. John Sapien, a Bernalillo Democrat, said Thursday lawmakers still have questions about the measure with only hours left before the session ends.

    The bill passed by the state House would legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico.

    However, it has stalled in the Senate Finance Committee and it doesn't appear that Sen. John Arthur Smith, chair of the panel, planned to give it a hearing.

    Sapien says some private companies and medical marijuana providers have concerns over how the bill is written.

    The idea for state-run pot shops came from a trio of GOP state senators who broke with party orthodoxy to embrace legal marijuana.
     

  • SB 11 is foolish and self-defeating

    Predictably, our governor signed Senate Bill 11, which would require a nonprofit entity with 501(c)(3) status with the IRS to pay state gross receipts taxes (GRTs) and specifically targets our national laboratory. Say what?

    I am deeply concerned about this issue, because as I have written before, “Our Legislature should advocate for policies that bring more job creators to our state, not drive them away. Susana Martinez was right to veto this onerous and flawed tax policy on the No. 1 job creator in northern New Mexico.” TRIAD has a moral obligation to the American Taxpayers, not to Los Alamos County’s bloated government and its pet projects.

    I speak as a small business owner, whose livelihood depends on our national laboratory (LANL) and its hiring patterns. I speak for those whose ability to provide for their families and pay their bills depends on LANL and its long term success.

    I speak for those who care more about LANL’s national security and scientific missions than about government projects that do little to directly improve the lives of citizens.

  • Latest talks are latest step in long history with N. Korea

    BY DR. T. DOUGLAS REILLY
    Columnist

    A major event of the past week was the meeting of Kim Jong-un and Donald John Trump in Hanoi.. This note discuses the history of North Korea’s nuclear program, which is much larger than most of us know.

    On Aug. 15, 1945, Japan surrendered, ending World War II and liberating the Korean peninsula. Three years later, the peninsula was divided at the 38th parallel; the South became the Republic of Korea (ROK), and the North the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

    The DPRK began nuclear research in the 1950s, as did other countries. The Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center is its major, but not only, nuclear site. It’s located 90 km north of Pyongyang. The Soviet Union supplied an IRT-2000 pool-type reactor to North Korea in 1963 that has operated since 1965. This type of research reactor was the USSR’s answer to the reactors supplied under Ike’s Atoms for Peace Program to 15 nations. It was placed under IAEA safeguards in 1977; DPRK stated it had separated 300 mg of plutonium (Pu) from spent fuel in 1975. It is only run occasionally now to produce iodine-131 for thyroid cancer therapy.

    Yongbyon’s more controversial 5 MWe reactor, is very similar to Calder Hall, the UK’s initial Pu production reactor.

  • Volunteers honored at luncheon

    Maura Taylor, the executive director of Self Help and Sarah Chandler, the director for the Los Alamos Volunteer Association, go together like peas in a pod. The beauty of their programs is that one benefits the other, the giver and the receiver.

    It turns brief volunteer periods into months of helping those that need it the most. That program is ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.

    On Tuesday, a handful of volunteers were rewarded with a lunch at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, to thank them for their volunteer efforts. Pizza, salad and cream puffs greeted the 25 volunteers, just a portion of the 70-90 residents that rang the bell throughout the holiday season at Smith’s Food and Drugstores in White Rock and Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos.

    Self Help has been doing this type of work for 50 years as of this spring, and began their partnership with the Salvation Army in 2004.

    According to Taylor, they have rung that bell every year from Black Friday until Christmas Eve. The LAVA program, formerly RSVP began their formal relationship with the Salvation Army in 2008. Now the duo works together to help the community.

    How did this holiday season make the Self Help director feel?

  • PEt of the Week: Koko 3-10-19

    Koko, a mixed-breed Husky that’s been staying at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter since March 2.

    A surrender by her owners, Koko is looking for her forever home and a nice place to nap.

    She is 6-years-old, walks well on a leash but doesn’t do so well around livestock or poultry.

    Other dogs, cats and children don’t seem to bother Koko a bit.

    Shelter staff members say she has just the right amount of energy to make a perfect companion.

    They also say she’s pretty, but residents should come see for themselves.

    Koko is crate trained, enjoys walks and has had all her shots.

    For more information call the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or email police-psa@lacnm.us.

  • Rotary accepts applications for Youth Leadership Award

    An adventure that just might change your life!

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is now accepting applications for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA). Any high school junior may apply to attend RYLA. The Rotary Club is also in the process of contacting high school principals, guidance counselors, youth organizations, and other sources for nominations of   RYLA   participants.

    RYLA is a life-changing intensive leadership training program for young men and women where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The purpose of RYLA is to encourage and assist current and potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership. RYLA is an all-expense paid five-day conference that brings together a special group of young men and women from surrounding states to share ideas about becoming better leaders.

    The benefits are connecting with leaders in your community and around the world to:

    * Build communication and problem-solving skills.

    * Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community.

    * Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors.

    * Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action.

    * Have fun and form lasting friendships.

  • LAPS to host two more sessions on creating healthy tech attitudes for children

    Los Alamos Public Schools will be hosting two more informational sessions for families with elementary aged children on creating healthy attitudes around technology (CHAAT) in the home.

    These free sessions will be held at Aspen Elementary School’s library.

    Session 1 is set for 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday. Session 2 will be from 5:30-7 p.m. March 21.

    Families must attend Session 1 to attend Session 2.

    In part one, district Site Tech Administrator Salvador Zapien will lead a discussion about the effects technology has on development and behavior in students aged 4 through 12.

    In part two, families will learn how to enable restrictions on devices, content, and their network to enforce rules set by the family.  

    Childcare will not be provided.

  • The Cone Zone 3-10-19

    The following information includes road construction projects expected to take place in the county in the next week. The information is provided by Los Alamos County.

    Advance Notice: NM502 Roundabout and Road Reconstruction.

    New Mexico Department of Transportation(NMDOT) and Star Paving Company will begin roadway reconstruction on NM 502 from mile post 1.257 to mile post 2.053 in Los Alamos. The contractor will begin construction and preparation for detour paving on March 18.

    Traffic Advisories and updates on this project will be posted on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s road conditions website, nmroads.com. NMDOT will host a public meeting about the project at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room. The public is welcome to attend.

    Diamond Drive Asphalt Repair (Public Works/Traffic Division)

    Some asphalt repairs were accomplished in southbound lanes this week by the Contractor. Work is suspended next week; the contractor is not available. Watch for an update in next week’s Cone Zone.

    Barranca Road: Possible road disruption (CableCom)

    On Thursday, CableCom has requested a traffic permit from Public Works to replace overhead cable lines from the North

  • Pi Day festivities set for Thursday

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Centers hopes the community will join them to celebrate science and have some pie on National Pi Day at 5 p.m. Thursday.

    The fun will unfold in the pavilion on Ashley Pond as local celebrities have volunteered to “take one for the team.”
    Seventeen volunteers will get a “pie” to the face as raffle tickets are sold to raise funds for our the local youth program.

    “Having this event right around the corner is very exciting,” said Redmond, director of the YAC. “I hope it goes so well that people will be begging to join next year!”

    Raffle tickets are being sold to community members, who will have the opportunity to select the celebrity of their choice and pick the sprinkles to stylize their piece of the pie.

    The youth centers are attempting to raise money for the activities fund, which provides free daily activities for youth is third through eighth grades.

    The county funded centers provide a free, supervised place for kids to come after school, during conference week, spring break and the summer. Currently the program is in a registration period, which will open up to summer only students and new members in April.  

  • House sends bill creating new early ed department to governor’s desk

    By Robert Nott
    The New Mexican

    One of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's pet initiatives will soon be on her desk for a signature, after the state House of Representatives on Saturday voted 41-8 to approve a bill that would create an Early Childhood Education and Care Department.

    The department would oversee all programs for infants and young children in New Mexico, including home visits for families of new babies, child care assistance and prekindergarten.

    Currently those programs are spread out over a number of state agencies, including the Public Education Department and the Children, Youth and Families Department. State Rep. Linda Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, said this bill will combine all of those services into one new division, overseen by a Cabinet-level secretary.

    "What we are doing here with this bill, by combining all of the services for early learning, we are in fact making it more efficient," said Trujillo, who co-sponsored Senate Bill 22 with Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque.

    Padilla initially said that by placing all these responsibilities in one department, the state would see a cost savings.