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  • Cisneros confirms run for reelection, says Martinez probably will also

    State Sen. Carlos Cisneros (D-Los Alamos Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos) said in a letter Thursday that he is officially seeking reelection.

    In a 523-page letter, Cisneros talked about how he has secured millions of dollars for his communities during his 34 years in office and fought for a fair share of the water rights.

    “I take a great deal of pride in sponsoring needed legislation for our acequias. During the course of my tenure in office, I’ve been instrumental in carrying legislation necessary to advance and protect our acequias across the state,” Cisneros said.

    In his letter, Cisneros also talked about how his ranking in the State Senate matters.

    “Many of you may know I am the currently the vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, a powerful committee able to secure funding for our needed communities. We do not want to lose that, “ Cisneros said, adding

    “I am the chairman of the revenue stabilization and tax policy committee, a committee interested in ensuring stability in our revenues as well as developing tax initiatives across New Mexico. Let’s not give that away.”

  • Council to reconsider $1.8M donation for hotel

    The Los Alamos County Council agreed Tuesday to reexamine a $1.8 million donation of county land by the county to a Marriott franchisee looking to build an extended-stay hotel and conference center on six lots on 20th Street. Council agreed to meet again Oct. 1 to discuss the proposal and perhaps make some changes to it after seeking more public comment.

    The council was set to vote on the donation Tuesday, but encountered heavy opposition from the public opposed to the idea.

    Businessman and owner of the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill, Patrick Mockler-Wood, told the council that no one helped him or his associates with a land grant.

    “I did it all with blood, sweat and tears from working hard, both with my family and other families. We have brought a lot to this community, “ Mockler-Wood told the council, adding that his restaurant, the golf course restaurant, which also included the conference center, and the North Road Inn were created without any donations from the county.

    “We have done it without being handed $1.8 million in free money,” Mockler-Wood said. “If you guys choose to have a hotel and convention center, that part I have no problem with, but giving away the land is the wrong answer.”

  • ‘Toppers sweep St. Michael’s in season’s first home match

    BY DAVID VASQUEZ
    lasports@lamonitor.com

  • Girls soccer begins with win over Socorro

    BY DAVID VASQUEZ
    lasports@lamonitor.com

  • Cross country opens season at UNM Invite

    BY DAVID VASQUEZ
    lasports@lamonitor.com

  • Mumps outbreak sickens detained migrants in N.M.

    A mumps outbreak that has swept through the country has sickened migrants in at least one detention center in New Mexico, prompting officials to enact three quarantines since the beginning of the year.

    The Centers for Disease Control released a report Thursday detailing mumps outbreaks among immigrants in detention centers across the U.S. Since 2015, this is the first report of mumps outbreaks in detention facilities.

    From Sept. 1, 2018, through Aug. 22, 898 confirmed and probable mumps cases in adult migrants detained in 57 facilities, which was 18% of the 315 U.S. facilities that house ICE detainees, were reported in 19 states. An additional 33 cases were reported among staff members.

    The New Mexico Department of Health has taken reports of 18 mumps cases at one detention center, according to Mari Anixter, health department spokeswoman. “…although some of these cases may have contracted mumps outside of the facility,” Anixter said in an email.

    A legal organization based in Albuquerque that provides assistance to immigrants said the Cibola Detention Center, located in the central region of the state, is the center that has reported the mumps cases.

  • State: 8 cases of severe lung disease from vaping, e-cigs

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Department of Health officials say they're now investigating eight cases of severe lung disease associated with vaping and e-cigarette use.

    They say the eight state residents have required hospitalization following the development of respiratory symptoms such as cough and difficulty breathing.

    Five of them required intensive care during their hospitalizations.

    State health officials also say all of patients who have been interviewed regarding vaping behavior reported the use of vape cartridges containing Tetra hydro cannabinol (THC) oil.

    The patients range from 17 to 46 years of age, five are male and all eight live in either Santa Fe, Los Alamos or Bernalillo county.
     

  • Hilltoppers kick off 2019 season tonight

    BY DAVID VASQUEZ
    lasports@lamonitor.com

  • Volleyball opens up at Bloomfield

    BY DAVID VASQUEZ
    lasports@lamonitor.com

  • Volleyball rallies past Bloomfield in opener

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