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Today's News

  • Socialism and the new left: The deep state

    Even the casual observer realizes the accusations against Donald Trump which brought on the Mueller investigation had to originate from forces deep within the previous administration. We now know the Trump campaign was wiretapped as a counterintelligence operation and the Steele dossier was contrived and paid by the Clinton campaign and presented unverified by the FBI before a FISA Court. Former FBI, CIA and national intelligence directors have speculated publicly

    Trump could well be a Russian agent and media outlets played the message relentlessly, all to convince us it was true. All this does smack of a soft coup to overthrow the Trump administration.

    The Mueller Report is now complete and no conspiracy found, the Democrats and progressives of the new-left refuse to acknowledge President Trump is exonerated. They must keep up the message of corruption to keep their narrative going.

    The deep state has existed before and not by the penetration of foreign nationals, but by Americans. As an ideological 25-year-old, Whittaker Chambers joined the Communist Party of the USA.  

  • Road construction season on its way

    The assortment of snow, rain and sunshine that splattered through the area last week resembled more of a wintry mix than anything resembling springtime. But seasonal construction is on the way, whether or not spring will get over this stage fright and make its grand entrance.

    The latest Cone Zone reminded me Friday that this season’s traffic congestion and road troubles could test a lot of our nerves. Commuters in Los Alamos are facing several road projects on Central Avenue and NM 502 this year, and I am hoping that we can all use a bit more patience with each other during this time.

    I started years ago writing my first column for a small community newspaper in northern Nevada. The column was called Moped Mamma and I wrote about my daily journeys riding my newly purchased moped from my home in one county to work 20 miles away in another county.

    The drive included a small stretch along a highway, a few back roads, a small jaunt past a neighborhood and church parking lot and a dreadful end run along a bypass that required me to try to keep up with cars that were traveling about 55 miles an hour. I called it my own “death ride.” The whole idea was for me to try to save money on gas at the time while raising my kids.

  • Police Beat 4-14-19

    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.

    March 15
    8:50 a.m. – Los Alamos police investigated criminal damage to property in Los Alamos. Case is inactive.

    9:39 a.m. – Jonathan M. Wilke, 38, of Los Alamos, was booked into the Los Alamos County Detention Center on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction.
    Suspect was released.

    March 16
    6:36 p.m. – Isaiah Lee Edward Aylmer, 19, of Española, was booked into the Los Alamos Detention Center on three magistrate bench warrants. Suspect was released.

    8:21 p.m. – Los Alamos police are investigating a dog bite case. Case is active.

    March 17
    4:57 a.m. – Jason Arnold Archuleta, 31, of Española, was booked into the Los Alamos County Detention Center on a misdemeanor from another jurisdiction. Suspect was released.

  • As cashless stores grow, so does the backlash

    BY ALEXANDRA OLSON AND KEN SWEET
    AP Business Writers

    NEW YORK — Hembert Figueroa just wanted a taco.

    So he was surprised to learn the dollar bills in his pocket were no good at Dos Toros Taqueria in Manhattan, one of a small but growing number of establishments across the U.S. where customers can only pay by card or smartphone.

    Cash-free stores are generating a backlash among some activists and liberal-leaning policymakers who say the practice discriminates against people like Figueroa, who either lack bank accounts or rely on cash for many transactions.

    Figueroa, an ironworker, had to stand to the side, holding his taco, until a sympathetic cashier helped him find another customer willing to pay for his meal with a card in exchange for cash.

    “I had money and I couldn’t pay,” he said.

    The issue got some high-profile attention this week when retail giant Amazon bowed to pressure from activists and agreed to accept cash at more than 30 cashless stores, including its Amazon Go convenience stores, which have no cashiers, and its book shops. Amazon declined to say when the change would happen.

    There is no federal law that requires stores to accept cash, so lawmakers are working on the issue at the state and city level.

  • Temps in LA County below average in the first quarter

    By DAVID BRUGGEMAN
    Special to the Monitor

    For the first quarter of the year, temperatures were near to below average in Los Alamos County, and maximum temperatures were below average each month.

    For March, the average temperature was 1 degree above average. Maximum temperatures were about 1 degree below average and minimum temperatures were 3 degrees above average.

    Temperatures plummeted at the end of the month, which resulted in Los Alamos breaking the lowest maximum temperature record on March 31, measuring 28 degrees. This was 7 degrees below the record.

    For four months in a row, Los Alamos measured above average precipitation with 268% of normal during March.

    Los Alamos measured the most precipitation in March with 3.21 inches, since 1973.

    The abundance of precipitation has resulted in a continuation of decreasing drought for New Mexico. Severe Drought and Extreme Drought conditions dropped by 20% over the past three months.

  • Los Alamos crime rises 7% last year

    Los Alamos Police Department’s latest statistics show there was more crime in the community than last year, but the city was still one of the safest communities in the nation.

    “When we have low numbers to begin with, any change in the number can have a large appearance by percentage. In fact, we still remain one of the safest communities in the nation,” Sgambellone said.

    The department’s report documented a 7% increase in what the FBI calls “part one” crimes and a 9% increase in property crimes. Property crimes increased from 101 crimes in 2017 to 110 in 2018.  Part one offenses include arson, burglary, larceny, homicide, manslaughter, rape, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.

    In 2018, there were no homicides or manslaughters, but there were five rapes, one aggravated robbery and 19 aggravated assaults. There were also 19 burglaries, 88 larcenies two auto thefts and one arson. There were also 44 DWIs reported. Last year there were 32.

    He said first quarter reports for 2019 will show a sharp decline in the numbers.

    “It’s a comparatively low number and we continue to try and to be as effective as we can with our resources to interrupt any emerging crime patterns,” Sgambellone said.

  • LAHS baseball drops final non-district contest

    Throughout the first half of the season, the strengths of the Los Alamos High School baseball team have been consistent pitching and a resilient offensive attack. In Friday afternoon’s home opener against Aztec, both of those skills were on display at times. Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, though, the Tigers proved to be even more resilient, rallying from three runs down to spoil LAHS’ Bomber Field debut with a 7-6 victory.

    The Hilltoppers entered the game on a six-game winning streak, including a come from behind victory against Moriarty in the team’s district opener. 

    Early on in the home opener, the ball appeared to be bouncing in LAHS’ direction, as catcher Luke Kirkland threw out a pair of would-be base stealers in the first two innings, first erasing a single by Aztec leadoff man Zack Taylor and later erasing a walk to pitcher Carson Adcock. 

    The Hilltoppers seized the opportunity, jumping on top in the first inning. Arthur Steinkamp, LAHS’ starting pitching, laid down a perfect bunt in front of the plate and beat the throw to first base to set up a rally. He advanced to second base on a fielder’s choice and went to third base on a wild pitch. 

  • LAHS softball scores 21 in win over Española

    The Los Alamos High School softball continued its impressive start to district play at home this week, defeating Española Valley 21-11 Tuesday afternoon that ended by the mercy rule after five innings.

    This was an important victory for the Hilltoppers, as the team is locked in a battle for the top spot in the district with Pojoaque Valley, which currently sits at 3-0 in district play. LAHS improved to 2-0 with Tuesday’s victory. 

    Early on, it appeared the game between the Hilltoppers and Sundevils would be a defensive showdown. Hilltopper starting pitcher Katie Wimer held Española scoreless across the first two innings, and Sundevil pitcher Autumn Vigil held LAHS to one run in the first inning. After that point, though, a slugfest broke out. 

    LAHS struck for six runs in the bottom of the second inning. After the first three batters reached with a hit by pitch and two singles, Janessa Gonzales came up with a big hit, a single to drive in a pair of runs. Her teammates kept the line moving as LAHS sent 10 batters to the plate in the big inning that gave LAHS a 7-0 lead. 

  • Park Service warns visitors not to collect antlers at Bandelier, Valles Caldera

    Deer and elk shedding their antlers is a sign of spring in the Jemez Mountains. Many people like to collect these "sheds" which is fine on private land or areas administered by the Bureau of Land Management or the U.S. Forest Service.

    The activity is illegal in the Valles Caldera National Preserve and Bandelier National Monument, and other National Park Service areas.

    The National Park Service was establish in 1916 and administers NPS lands using the 36 Code of Federal Regulations. The 36 Code of Federal Regulations prohibits the removal of any park property, which includes antlers, bones or skulls, as well as rocks, flowers and artifacts like arrowheads, potsherds or old bottles and cans and more.

    Anyone caught collecting, disturbing or removing antlers or other items protected by law in Bandelier or the Valles Caldera Preserve can be fined or even barred from the area for life.

    Most national park units are considered living museums, where everything is important to the story that is told there or to the natural ecosystem. Shed antlers left on the ground provide an important source of minerals for many small animals. Antlers are bone and are mainly composed of calcium. Humans need calcium to keep their bones and teeth strong and growing normally, so do wild animals.

  • Election official rejects push to get gun control on ballot

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico's top election official has again rejected an attempt to challenge a new gun control law by getting it on the ballot for voters to decide.

    Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said the law to expand background checks to nearly all private gun sales was designed to improve public safety and therefore exempt from statewide referendums. She responded Thursday to a revamped proposed petition from House Republican leader James Townsend of Artesia.

    Toulouse Oliver's decision could prompt a legal challenge over the legislation and the state's restrictions on such ballot measures, the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper reported.

    Townsend said Friday that every option is on the table. He noted concerns raised by most of New Mexico's 33 sheriffs and more than two dozen counties — many in Democratic-leaning districts — that passed "Second Amendment sanctuary" measures in opposition to gun laws debated by state lawmakers this year.

    "The people of New Mexico want their voices heard, and the secretary of state continues to ignore them. The secretary of state is supposed to encourage voter participation, not suppress it," Townsend said.