Today's News

  • Site of alleged 1947 UFO crash under new management

    ROSWELL (AP) — The site of an alleged 1947 UFO crash site near Roswell is under new management.

    The Roswell Daily Record reports Bogle Ltd. Co. of Dexter has sold the Lincoln County ranching property about 75 miles northwest of Roswell to Dinwiddie Cattle Co. LLC.

    A deed filed with the Lincoln County clerk's office shows that the crash-site property was transferred to the Dinwiddie Cattle Co. on Nov. 26.

    Something crashed at what was then the J.B. Foster ranch in 1947, with the U.S. Army announcing it had recovered a "flying disc" but later saying the debris was merely the remnants of a high-altitude weather balloon.

    Speculation about extraterrestrials and government cover-ups has existed ever since, inspiring books, movies and TV shows.

  • New Mexico bill to ban wildlife traps ignites emotions

    SANTA FE (AP) — A state bill that would outlaw most wildlife traps and snares on public land in New Mexico ignited three hours of emotional testimony at its first legislative hearing.

    Rural and suburban attitudes toward wildlife and protecting household pets collided Thursday at a hearing on the bill before a House committee on natural resources.

    The proposal from Democrats including Rep. Matthew McQueen of Galisteo would outlaw the use of traps, snares and poison with the intent capture or kill animals such as coyotes, foxes and feral hogs on state or federal land. It allows for misdemeanor fines of up to $2,000.

    Proponents of the bill described the indiscriminate cruelty of traps, while opponents said a ban would infringe on longstanding tradition and endanger livestock. Panel deliberations and voting were postponed.

  • Nevada seeks new injunction to block plutonium shipments

    By SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's attorney general is making another bid for a court order blocking any future shipments of weapons-grade plutonium to a site near Las Vegas.

    Aaron Ford filed notice Monday that the state will appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after a federal judge in Reno refused to grant an earlier request for an order prohibiting any shipments.

    He filed a new motion in federal court in Reno on Thursday seeking a preliminary injunction to block the arrival of any more plutonium in Nevada until the San Francisco-based appellate court rules on the appeal.

    The Energy Department disclosed for the first time last month that it secretly trucked 1,000 pounds of the highly radioactive material to the site sometime before November when the state first filed a lawsuit seeking to ban the shipments from South Carolina.

  • Lujan Grisham breaks barriers, slams Trump's wall in viral video

    By Daniel J. Chacon
    The New Mexican

    New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham does her own stunts.

    In high heels, no less.

    As President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address Tuesday night, Lujan Grisham released a never-before-seen political ad on Twitter that shows the diminutive Democrat smashing through walls in high heels while talking about breaking barriers to improve New Mexico.

    In the ad, the president took a hit, too.

    "And here's what I think of Trump's wall," Lujan Grisham says at the end of the ad before she shatters drywall that held the president's portrait.

    A spokesman said the ad was filmed during Lujan Grisham's campaign for governor but never aired. Though it was originally intended for a New Mexico audience, Tuesday night apparently presented an opportunity to show it to the world.

    And the world took notice.

    Lujan Grisham timed the release of the 32-second video -- which went viral on Twitter, generating more than 800,000 views in less than 24 hours -- to coincide with the president's State of the Union address, in which he continued to push for the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • House votes to repeal criminal law on abortion in NM

    By Robert Nott
    The New Mexican

  • Minimum wage hike advances despite restaurant industry’s fight

    The New Mexican

    Democrats campaigned last year on a promise to raise New Mexico’s minimum wage, which has remained at $7.50 an hour for a decade.

    How high it will go, exactly, is a question that quickly has become wrapped in a battle waged by the restaurant industry and could get caught in a tug-of-war between the state House and Senate.

    The issue has raised a series of other questions as well.

    Should there continue to be a lower minimum wage for workers who traditionally earn tips from customers, such as restaurant servers? Should employers be allowed to offer a lower minimum wage to younger workers, like high school students?

    The debate over those points was on full display Friday when the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee voted along party lines to advance a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour in July and increase it annually up to $12 an hour in 2021.

    The Department of Workforce Solutions said raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour would mean a raise for 160,000 New Mexicans.

    Neighboring Arizona and Colorado have already raised their statewide minimum wages -- to $11 and $11.10 per hour, respectively.

  • LAFD hires three new paramedics

    A paramedic is a health care professional responsible for providing emergency medical assistance to patients in their homes and while transporting to a hospital.

    Paramedics are the first line medical personnel that treat everything from heart attacks to injuries from motor vehicle accidents.

    LAFD paramedics respond to our community’s 911 calls. As the first healthcare providers at the scene of emergency situations, they collaborate with local emergency physicians and the police to evaluate critical situations.

    LAFD’s paramedics fill a multifaceted role, responding to much more than medical calls.

    They are also trained in hazardous materials response, technical rescue, firefighting, and community risk reduction.

    LAFD’s three new paramedics join a team of nearly 40 paramedics responding to the Los Alamos community.

    LAFD responds to nearly 2,200 calls per year, 80-90 percent of which are medical in nature.

    LAFD paramedics are equipped with equipment like what is found in an emergency room.  They provide direct patient care under a set of standing orders/protocols.

  • Police search for UnQuarked vandals

    Police suspect vandals are responsible for damage to the large plate-glass windows at the UnQuarked Wine Room in Central Park Square Saturday.

    According to the owner, a rock left a large, softball-sized hole in the window. Owner Prashant Jain is hoping the vandals might be caught soon.

    According to Jain, surveillance footage showed the suspects weren’t looking to break in but just vandalize the restaurant. 

    If they aren’t caught soon, Jain said he might offer an award for information leading to their arrest.

    “We haven’t decided that yet. If it’s going to take them longer than a couple of days time, we might,” Jain said.

    People with information can call the Los Alamos Police Department at 662-8222.

    People can also submit a tip through the department’s website using the “report a crime” link.

    Police are looking for a silver, four door hatchback that was captured on the surveillance tape.

    On Thanksgiving, three businesses were also vandalized in a similar fashion at 2101 Trininty Avenue.

    They included Windgate Healing Arts, Samantha D’Anna Photography and Vista Control Systems.

    The suspects entered through each of the businesses by breaking the front windows.

  • Animal shelter looks for extra donations for eight puppies

    These days, Bridget, a border collie mix staying at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, does not have time for visitors. She is busy raising her pups that were born at the shelter in December. According to Public Service Aide Alysha Lenderman, her overwhelmed owners, who had too many pets as it is, brought in Bridget.

    “She was surrendered as she was in labor by her owners,” Lenderman said.  “They were a little too overwhelmed with the dogs that they had. They realized they had too many, so they brought her in.”

    Bridget was brought in on Dec. 26. Lenderman along with some volunteers, stayed with Bridget until 2 a.m. to whelp the pups.

    The pups’ names are Huck, Fran, Alfie, Griffin, Clark, Danika, EM and Izmo.

    “It’s a lot of work, but it’s fulfilling and rewarding,” Lenderman said. “It’s fun watching them grow. We check them everyday to make sure they’re getting enough nutrients from mama so if they aren’t we can catch that early,” Lenderman said. “Our volunteers have been really involved and supportive of Bridget.”

    All of the pups, as well as Bridget, will be available for viewing adoption sometime in the spring. The pups will be adoptable at 10-12 weeks of age.

  • DPU rate hike hearing set for Feb. 20

    The Department of Public Utilities has officially released its request to raise meter service and water consumption charges starting this spring. There will be a public hearing held Feb. 20 at the Board of Public Utilities meeting for residents who want to give their input.

    The department is looking to increase both meter service and water consumption charges across the board by 6 percent.

    For example, customers with meters 1.25 inches and under who are paying a $9.42 service charge will pay $10.01 a month if the increase is approved by the Board of Public Utilities and later by Los Alamos County Council.

    Consumption fees for residential and apartment properties, businesses, county and school agencies will see fees rise from $4.98 to a proposed $5.29  for every thousand gallons no matter how much water is used in the off peak months.  For peak season, which is the spring and summer, residentials and apartments will stay at the proposed $5.29 rate per 1,000 gallons if less than 9,000 gallons is used, and a proposed, tiered rate ranging between $5.62-$5.68 a per 1,000 gallons if consumption exceeds 9,000 and 15,000 gallons a month.