Today's News

  • Vaping becoming public health crisis in schools

    President of Smart Approaches to Marijuana

    With the new school year upon us, it’s crucial parents and teachers talk to students about school safety. This year, the different threats to safety can seem overwhelming for parents. One new trend unfortunately picking up steam in New Mexico’s schools is vaping and marijuana.

    Over the past 30 years, school health programs have put a premium on warning students about the harmful effects of cigarettes and alcohol.

    Now, vaping is rapidly becoming the latest public health crisis – delivering harmful, addictive substances to kids, some as young as middle school, undetected. It’s a two-fold problem.

    According to the National Institutes of Health, seven in 10 teens report being exposed to e-cigarette advertising. And it’s working. A recent study found “a dramatic increase” in youth vaping, with more than 37 percent of 12th-graders reporting vaping in the past year. According to data from the New Mexico Department of Health, almost one in four students between ninth and 12th grades reported using e-cigarettes in 2017.

  • CTE works in New Mexico; it deserves support

    R-Rio Rancho

    With the beginning of the school year upon us, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of the big picture. The ultimate goal of K-12 education is to give students the skills they need to become contributing members of society. 

    For years, academic success meant graduating from high school and enrolling in a four-year university or college. It’s time to rethink that definition of success in New Mexico.

    Disparaging New Mexico’s public education system has become the norm in our state. Although much of the criticism is justified, what if I told you that New Mexico is excelling in one area of education? 

    The numbers don’t lie: New Mexico’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are doing an outstanding job in keeping students engaged and graduating them from high school. Students who choose to enroll in CTE courses are more likely to make it to graduation. 

    According to a 2016 study by Fordham University, students who focus on a CTE career pathway increase their chances of graduating by 21 percentage points. The average high school graduation rate for CTE-focused students is 9%.

  • Triad gives $500K in grant funds to small biz group

    Triad National Security, LLC announced Wednesday it would provide a nearly $500,000 grant to the Regional Development Corporation for regional small businesses across northern New Mexico.

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory operator provided the capital through loans and a tribal diversity fund.

    “The Laboratory boosts the region’s economy through employment and procurement, and we are always looking for direct ways to increase that impact,” said Thom Mason, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and president of Triad. “Triad’s partnership with the RDC helps businesses provide jobs across all of Northern New Mexico.”

    RDC, a local economic development nonprofit based in Española, works to boost economic diversity with a focus on native-owned, technology and manufacturing businesses.

    Triad’s investment will fund a range of RDC activities, including micro-loans for technology-based and manufacturing businesses, and a tribal economic diversity fund that makes awards to native-owned companies, according to LANL.
    The funding was announced at an event at the National Center for Genome Resources in Santa Fe Wednesday, which coincided with an RDC workshop for entrepreneurs giving information on its loan programs.

  • Scientists: July set new global heat record

    The Associated Press

    BERLIN — July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, the latest in a long line of peaks that scientists say backs up predictions for man-made climate change.
    The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that July was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 20th century average of 60.4 F for the month.

    Because July is generally the warmest month on the calendar, meteorologists say this means it also set a new all-time monthly record for the past 140 years.

    Last month’s temperatures narrowly topped the previous July record, set in 2016, by 0.05 F.

    The results had been expected after several European countries including France, Belgium and Germany reported that July smashed previous national temperature records. The Swedish hamlet of Markusvinsa recorded a sizzling 94.6 F, the highest temperature measured north of the Arctic Circle.

    According to NOAA’s records, 9 of the 10 hottest Julys on record have occurred since 2005 and last month was the 43rd consecutive July above the 20th century average.

  • Virgin Galactic reveals outpost for space tourism

    The Associated Press

    UPHAM — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert.

    The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored headquarters where Virgin Galactic will run its commercial flight operations.

    Two levels within the spaceport include mission control, a preparation area for pilots and a lounge for paying customers and their friends and families, with each element of the fit and finish paying homage to either the desert landscape that surrounds the futuristic outpost or the promise of traveling to the edge of space.

    From hotel rooms to aircraft cabins, the Virgin brand touts its designs for their focus on the customer experience. Spaceport is no different.

    Earthen tones help ground visitors on the first floor. The social hub includes an interactive digital walkway and a coffee bar made of Italian marble. On the upper deck, shades of white and gray speak to Virgin Galactic’s more lofty mission.

  • Power restored to most businesses on DP Road


    County utility crews have completed a permanent fix to the underground fault at circuit 18 that caused several businesses at DP Road and the Smith's Marketplace center to lose power Thursday.

    The last building to be restored was the Knights of Columbus at 4:20 p.m., according to Department of Publuc Utilities Spokeswoman Julie Willians Hill.

    Power was restored to DP Road for all customers except two businesses at about 1:05 p.m. County utility crews were able to restore power to circuit 18 by taking power from adjascent lines and backfeeing it to the circuit, according to Willians Hill.

    The power was out for about an hour and a half for all businesses along DP Road. The Smith’s in Los Alamos, and the McDonald’s were up and running immediately. McDonald’s announced on Facebook that it would reopen at 1 p.m.

  • County Fair and Parade

    The Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade Saturday had just about everyone in town feeling a little bit country last weekend.

    The theme of “Off the Beaten Path” was a big hit as the parade marched down Central Avenue.

    First place went to The Hill Stompers Band. Second place went to the Los Alamos Shrine Club Association, and third place went to the League of Women Voters, who celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

  • Police Beat 8-14-19

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    July 31
    11:20 a.m. – Los Alamos police destroyed some ammunition. Case is inactive.

    12:19 p.m. – Stephen Jaymes Montano, 24, of Grants, was booked into the Los Alamos County Detention Center on a district court warrant. Suspect was released.

    2:07 p.m. – Los Alamos police found some property at Fuller Lodge. Case is inactive.

    7:15 p.m. – Los Alamos police recovered two firearms found in a repossessed vehicle. Case is inactive.

    Aug. 2
    11:40 p.m. – Los Alamos police recovered a suspicious item from a field, case turned out to be unfounded.

    1:48 p.m. – Los Alamos police destroyed some ammunition that was turned in for destruction. Case is inactive.

    10:08 p.m. – Los Alamos police cited/summoned a suspect for battery at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Los Alamos for battery.

  • Epstein accuser sues as questions swirl about his death


    NEW YORK — Jail guards on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on inmates every half-hour as required, according to a person familiar with the investigation into the financier's death.

    Surveillance video shows guards never made some of the checks noted in the log, said the person, who was not authorized to discuss the case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday.

    Those details came amid new developments Wednesday in the fight over Epstein's estate, with a woman filing a lawsuit claiming he forcibly raped her when she was a  teenager in 2002.

    Jennifer Araoz sued Epstein's former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell and three unnamed members of his staff — the first of many lawsuits expected to be filed by Epstein's accusers as a new state law went into effect Wednesday that opens up a one-year window for victims of long-ago sex crimes to take legal action.

    "Today is my first step toward reclaiming my power Jeffrey Epstein and his enablers stole from me," Araoz said. The AP names alleged victims of sexual offenses only if they consent to being identified, as Araoz has done.

  • Students return to changing campus at Mountain

    There will be a high amount of construction activity on the Mountain Elementary School campus this year as a renovation project approved two years ago kicks into high gear.

    This school year, the district will work on the school’s “100” and “200” buildings.

    According to School Construction Administrator/Project Manager Herb McLean, a bulk of the work during the start of this school year will concentrate on the school’s 100 Building, which houses the school’s fifth- and sixth-grade classes, the administration and special education.

    The school’s fifth- and sixth-grade students will be taught in portable classrooms while work begins on the north side of the 100 Building.

    During winter break, the administration and special education sections will be moved into the completed classrooms.

    By spring break, the administration and the special education sections will be moved back into their renovated offices and the fifth- and sixth-graders will be moved back into their completed classrooms in the 100 Building.  

    After spring break, work will begin on the 200 Building, where grades K-2 are housed. Grades K-2 will be taught inside the portable classrooms until the end of this school year.