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NM Senator Wants To Rein In Tax Hike Proposals

on March 13, 2019 - 12:15pm
Rep. Jim Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, sponsor of House Bill 6, speaks on behalf of the tax legislation Tuesday during a Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee hearing. Photo by Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican
The chairman of an influential Senate committee proposes to strip out big pieces of a sprawling tax bill, scrapping a proposed increase in New Mexico's personal income tax rates and scaling back a suggested increase in a credit for families.
For backers of House Bill 6, the measure is key to making the tax system more progressive

Traffic Alert Update: Fifty To 100 Trees Down On N.M. 4 Between Back Gate And Valles Caldera

on March 13, 2019 - 12:02pm

Traffic Alert Update:

The Los Alamos Police Department is asking motorists to avoid driving roadways adjacent to large forested areas because of high winds and the danger of falling trees.

Fifty to 100 trees are down on N.M. 4 between the back gate and the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

LAPD and the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) are cutting a path through for stranded motorists. Large snow drifts also are present on areas of the roadway.

Traffic crews are receiving multiple reports of downed trees falling into roadways around Los Alamos County, especially those

Los Alamos School Board Elects New Officers

on March 13, 2019 - 11:54am
The Los Alamos School Board elected new officers at Tuesday's School Board Meeting. All three were elected unanimously, with Board Secretary Andrea Cunningham participating by phone. New officers from left, President Ellen Ben-Naim, Vice President Steve Boerigter and Secretary Jennifer McCumber. Ben-Naim previously served as vice president and McCumber was president. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Canceled: NM 502 – Roadway Reconstruction & Roundabout Public Meeting Due To Weather

on March 13, 2019 - 11:50am


The Public Information Meeting on the N.M. 502 – Roadway Reconstruction & Roundabout scheduled for 5 p.m. today has been canceled due to inclement weather.

Morning Snowfall In Los Alamos

on March 13, 2019 - 11:43am

Snowflakes fall early this morning in a Los Alamos neighborhood off Trinity Drive. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Downed Trees Throughout Los Alamos Pose Safety Risk

on March 13, 2019 - 9:54am


The Los Alamos Police Department is asking motorists to avoid driving roadways adjacent to large forested areas because of high winds and the danger of falling trees.

Traffic crews are receiving multiple reports this morning of downed trees falling into roadways, especially those areas near heavily forested lands with large trees such as West Jemez Road, N.M. 502, N.M. 501 and Camp May Road.

DEA Warns Of Alarming Increase Of Scam Calls

on March 13, 2019 - 9:48am

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Drug Enforcement Administration urges its DEA-registered practitioners and members of the public to be cautious of telephone calls from criminals posing as DEA or other law enforcement personnel threatening arrest and prosecution for supposed violations of federal drug laws or involvement in drug-trafficking activities.

DEA continues to receive reports from practitioners and the general public, alike, indicating that they have received calls threatening legal action if an exorbitant fine is not paid immediately over the phone.

Businesses Invited To Participate In UNM-LA Job Fair

on March 13, 2019 - 9:40am
Community members of all ages are welcome at the UNM-LA Job Fair April 2 in Building 2. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
UNM-LA News:
The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) invites regional businesses to participate in the 6th Annual UNM-LA Job Fair 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, April 2 in Building 2.
Businesses have the opportunity to meet and interview potential applicants for current and upcoming job openings at this event, and distribute information about other employment opportunities such as seasonal work or internships.
UNM-LA students, local high school students, and the

Emergency 9-1-1 To Get Improved Technical Backup

on March 13, 2019 - 9:36am
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate has passed a bill that moves the E911 services to the Department of Information and Technology (DoIT) from the Department of Finance and Administration.  
The sponsor of the bill, Senator Gregg Fulfer said the new department is better suited to support the technical aspects of the E911 services.
“The people at 9-1-1 are the first ones  you call in a dire emergency. This bill helps the  9-1-1 service get the best equipment possible to help them provide their emergency help.

PEEC: Tour Solar System In Planetarium Friday

on March 13, 2019 - 9:25am
Take a Tour of the Solar System at 7 p.m. Friday in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. Additionally, watch the full-dome film National Parks Adventure at 2 p.m., Saturday. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
This Friday evening, the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium will be transformed into a spaceship and all ticketed passengers are invited to get up close and personal with some of the solar system’s most exotic destinations. Astronomer Rick Wallace will be the evening’s pilot and tour guide. This exciting event starts at 7 p.m.
During the Tour of the Solar System, the audience

Senate Votes To Create Outdoor Recreation Division

on March 13, 2019 - 9:16am
The New Mexico Senate voted 38-0 Monday for a bill creating a division of outdoor recreation, one of the favored initiatives of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
It is not to be a promotional agency but one that would be responsible for building the private-sector economy by helping businesses find ways to draw more visitors to New Mexico's rivers, forests, caverns and peaks.
The proposal, Senate Bill 462, next moves to the House of Representatives, where the Democratic leadership will fast-track it.

Four Santa Fe Museums Close Due To Weather Today

on March 13, 2019 - 9:14am


SANTA FE Due to inclement weather, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (NMDCA) is closing the four Santa Fe Museum’s today, Wednesday March 13, for the health and safety of visitors and staff.

Closed are:

  • New Mexico Museum of Art;
  • New Mexico History Museum;
  • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture; and
  • Museum of International Folk Art.

About the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs:


Created in 1978 by the New Mexico Legislature, the Department of Cultural Affairs represents New Mexico's dedication to preserving and celebrating the cultural integrity and diversity

VFW Auxiliary Hosts Fundraising Dinner March 28

on March 13, 2019 - 9:05am

Chamber Business Breakfast At UNM-LA March 14

on March 13, 2019 - 9:02am

Traffic Alert: N.M. 4 Is Closed Near Back Gate!

on March 13, 2019 - 8:37am


The Los Alamos Police Department has CLOSED N.M. 4 at the Laboratory “back gate” in both directions because of downed trees in the roadway.

N.M. 4 is closed for about a two mile stretch in either direction from the T intersection of W. Jemez Road/N.M. 4 from mile marker 47 to 49. However, the State is highly discouraging any travel along N.M.4 from White Rock to Jemez Springs because of blowing and drifting snow and zero visibility.

Check back to for updates:

NWS: Today’s High Near 41, Tonight’s Low Around 23

on March 13, 2019 - 8:12am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 41 with a 60 percent chance of snow showers likely, mainly before noon and a total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 23 with a 30 percent chance of scattered snow showers, patchy blowing snow and wind gusts as high as 40 mph. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Raven Spotted Watching Rain

on March 13, 2019 - 7:50am

Daily Postcard: A raven is spotted watching the rain fall Monday over White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs


Los Alamos Police Arrest Graffiti Vandal

on March 12, 2019 - 3:29pm

Trenton David Francis Devore

Staff Report

Los Alamos Police have arrested Trenton David Francis Devore of Jemez Pueblo and charged him in the recent rash of graffiti found in various locations around the community.

Devore is being charged at this time with two felony counts of graffiti and three petty misdemeanor counts of graffiti. The total cost of repairs at each location is around $7,500. However, after more case investigation follow-up occurs and the repairs are actually completed, these numbers and criminal counts may need to be adjusted.

In his statement of probable cause Det.

Police Emphasize School Bus Safety

on March 12, 2019 - 3:16pm

Zero Waste: From Farm To Trash (Not To Table)

on March 12, 2019 - 1:45pm


In America we love food. The Natural Resources Defense Council stated that 40 percent of all food produced in the United States (US) never gets eaten. Americans throw away $165 billion dollars’ worth of food every year or 20 pounds of food per person per month. That is enough food to fill 730 football stadiums each year.

Between producers, sellers, and consumers, Americans are tossing a third --or even more—of our food. That’s outrageous! Especially when in many cases it’s actually good enough to eat.

The Life And Cold War Legacies Of Harold Agnew

on March 12, 2019 - 11:24am

Harold Agnew


Harold Agnew received an A.B. degree in chemistry at the University of Denver in spring of 1942 and left immediately to work at the University of Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory, known more familiarly at the Met Lab.

There he witnessed the first sustained nuclear chain reaction, Chicago Pile-1. In less than a year, the young scientist was working on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos in the Experimental Physics Division, and would soon be on Tinian Island, holding Fat Man’s plutonium core.

That was a lot to take in for a young chemist yet to get his


NWS: Today’s High Near 46, Tonight’s Low Around 32

on March 12, 2019 - 5:58am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 46 with a 100 percent chance of rain and tonight’s low around 32 with a 90 percent chance of snow totaling 1 to 2 inches. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: View From Old Anderson Overlook

on March 12, 2019 - 5:42am
Daily Postcard: View of a nice gloomy day with great clouds shot Monday from the old Anderson Overlook (where you park on the right heading down the Main Hill Road. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Graffiti Sprayed On Masonic Lodge In Los Alamos

on March 11, 2019 - 10:22pm
The Masonic Lodge at 1400 N. Sage Loop was vandalized over the weekend with graffiti. Courtesy/Masonic Lodge
More graffiti on a wall at the Masonic Lodge at 1400 N. Sage Loop. Courtesy/Masonic Lodge
By the Brethren of Pajarito Masonic Lodge
Los Alamos

The Masonic Lodge at 1400 N. Sage Loop in Los Alamos was vandalized over the weekend with graffiti, as were walls near the Justice Center and Fuller Lodge.

Freemasonry is a fraternity whose purpose is to unite ethical men who have a strong interest in morality, charity, and the welfare of humanity as a whole.

New Mexico Senate Nixes School Bus Air Conditioners After Hot Debate

on March 11, 2019 - 10:12pm
Few issues have fired up the New Mexico Senate this session like a bill to require air conditioning on school buses in hot locales.
After a vigorous, hourlong debate Saturday, senators defeated the proposal by a vote of 23-16.
Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, sponsor of Senate Bill 321, said installing air conditioners on school buses is a matter of public safety. The state is responsible for buying the buses. Drivers and kids are better protected if they are kept comfortable, he said.
Skeptical colleagues gave him an earful.