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Today's News

  • Pet of the Week: Jaydon

    Jaydon is a Shepherd mixed-breed puppy looking for a playmate.

     

     Jaydon is a playful, young puppy. He is just under 3 months old and is believed to be a mix of German shepherd and Australian Cattle dog. 

    This puppy uses potty pads and, for the most part, relieves himself in the outdoor section of his kennel. 

    According to the Los Alamos County animal Shelter, Jaydon already knows how to sit and play fetch. He gets along with other dogs, doesn’t mind cats and loves kids! 

    Along with being neutered, Jaydon’s adoption fee includes a Rabies Vaccination, Bordetella vaccination, all Parvo-Distemper vaccinations, de-worming, microchip and heartworm prevention.

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

  • Thoughts on the challenges of running a small business in LA

    BY STEPHANIE AND MARCEL REMILLIEUX

    Owners of Fleur de Lys

    As we are diving into this new election season, many local candidates have stopped by our small businesses to discuss the issues we are facing as business owners and listen to our suggestions on ways to overcome them. This has been a great opportunity for us to socialize and gather some thoughts.

    Some of us have been established for years, some for months, some have closed their businesses recently, and some are about to open one, waiting to see what the future holds for them. We, at Fleur de Lys, have been established for only eight months but an interview of Cyndi Wells, owner of Pet Pangaea, published on Dec. 19, 2012, resonates strongly with our experience, not only because she has also started a small business in our town while being a LANL scientist but also because what she described in 2012 all seems so true today, at least for us.

  • Manning’s campaign is about personal empowerment

    Chris Manning the New Mexico Libertarian Party’s Congressional candidate for District 3, said he’s looking to give New Mexican’s a choice this election. 

    Manning said his entire campaign is about personal empowerment. 

    “When people feel they have no ability to change things, you get some dissatisfaction,” Manning said. “By simply giving that ownership to the individual, they now have a way to take that ownership and improve and actually get something done, because they feel they actually have the power.”

    Manning said he’s seen that feeling of disenfranchisement from voters who used to belong to the Republican and Democratic parties.

    “Politics has become so toxic that no one wants to align with either of the two major parties,” Manning said. “Libertarians don’t have that issue.”

    Manning also said voters are paying more attention to them also, noting voters started migrating to them in 2017. 

  • NM to monitor national labs under renewed grant

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico environmental regulators will continue monitoring two national laboratories in the state under a grant renewed by the U.S. Energy Department.

    The renewal helps to fund ongoing environmental oversight and monitoring by the state at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque.

    Federal officials say the five-year grant provides a mechanism for independent monitoring at the labs and assures information is made public about the health, safety and environmental effects of certain activities at the labs.

    The state Environment Department and the Energy Department have a similar agreement for monitoring the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

  • Facebook says 50M user accounts affected by security breach

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook reported a major security breach in which 50 million user accounts were accessed by unknown attackers.

    The attackers gained the ability to “seize control” of those user accounts, Facebook said, by stealing digital keys the company users to keep users logged in. Facebook has logged out the 50 million breached users — plus another 40 million who were vulnerable to the attack. Users don’t need to change their Facebook passwords, it said.

    Facebook said it doesn’t know who was behind the attacks or where they’re based. In a call with reporters on Friday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that attackers would have had the ability to view private messages or post on someone’s account, but there’s no sign that they did.

    “We do not yet know if any of the accounts were actually misused,” Zuckerberg said.

    The hack is the latest setback for Facebook during a tumultuous year of security problems and privacy issues . So far, though, none have significantly shaken the confidence of the company’s 2 billion global users.

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  • More school days among options in NM

    SANTA FE — The standard school year could be stretched by 10 days or more, with a much longer expansion of summertime instruction at elementary schools catering to low-income families, as part of numerous reforms considered by New Mexico lawmakers Friday at two simultaneous meetings.

    Proposals to reinvent the public education system are taking shape as the state judiciary threatens with intervening to improve New Mexico’s struggling schools — potentially by injunction if the Legislature and executive branch do not act.

    In a landmark decision, a district judge earlier this year ordered the state to provide greater resources for schools to guarantee an adequate education for at-risk students, specifically those from low-income families, Native American communities and households where English is not the primary language. The ruling was the outcome of a trial with six weeks of testimony from experts and official from across the state’s public education sector.

    The ruling is being appealed by the administration of outgoing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, but the two candidates vying to replace her are showing little or no enthusiasm for disputing the judge’s guidance.

  • CD-3 candidates juggle debate schedule

    Candidates for Congressional District 3 of New Mexico may be itching to debate the issues, but so far, nine-year Democratic incumbent candidate Ben Ray Lujan's schedule has delayed the date.

    According to Libertarian candidate Chris Manning, Lujan could not agree on any dates for a debate on PBS TV station KNME, at least before early voting started to take place. 

    Manning said he and Republican Candidate Steve McFall have been trying to debate with Lujan for a couple of months.

    “I’m upset about it,” Manning said. “I’ve made it very well known to PBS and (production manager) Kevin McDonald that I wanted the debate.”

    The closest he and McFall could get was Oct. 20. 

    “This date though, doesn’t work. By the time this debate airs, thousands of votes have already been cast, and 90 percent of voters have made up their mind,” Manning said. “So even though you’d have a great debate, it almost has no effect.” 

  • Sheriff candidates define their future in office at forum

    With the future of the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office still up in the air, four candidates for the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office still thought it was important that the public know their thoughts on how they would run things if they were sheriff. 

    In May 2016, the county council decided to transfer most of the duties the sheriff performed, which included process serving, to the Los Alamos Police Department. 

    The current funding for the office is $7,000 a year and the county’s current sheriff, Marco Lucero, finishes his second term in December 2018. He is the only staff member in the office. 

    The only job the sheriff does now is maintain the county’s sex offender registry. 

    Lucero sued the county over its actions in 2017, saying they violated state law. The case is currently being appealed.

    At Monday’s VFW Post 8874 forum, Democratic sheriff’s candidate Joseph Granville said it was time to put the politics and rancor that has existed over the issue and get down to basics.

  • Lab, Pojoaque schools partner for new program

    Los Alamos National Laboratory, Pojoaque Valley School District and New Mexico Highlands University officially launched the region’s first professional development school at a PVSD board meeting Wednesday.

    “The value of education and the critical role it plays in the future success of both Northern New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratory cannot be overstated,” said Terry C. Wallace, Jr., the laboratory’s director. “Given this, we’re very excited to collaborate with our K-12 and higher education partners to bring a new approach to teacher professional development to Northern New Mexico. By helping to support our educators, we also support our students – and we all benefit.”

    The goal of the Regional Partnership School (RPS) is to combine Pojoaque Valley Schools, laboratory, and Highlands expertise and resources to support improved teaching and learning (particularly in the crucial grades fourth through eighth), leading to better outcomes for teachers and students. It is also intended to be a model of innovation for New Mexico educators and policy makers.