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  • Balloonists safely land, break record

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon landed safely off the coast of Mexico early Saturday after an audacious, nearly 7,000-mile-long trip across the Pacific Ocean that shattered two long-standing records for ballooning.
    The pilots landed 4 miles offshore in Baja California about 300 miles north of the popular beach destination of Cabo San Lucas. The pilots came in low and dropped thick trailing ropes into the ocean to help slow the balloon before setting down in a controlled water landing.
    Mission control in Albuquerque was packed with balloon team members and the pilots' families as it descended, with all eyes focused on a giant screen showing a map of the coast and the balloon's location.
    They exchanged hugs and smiled with relief after it touched down. But it wasn't until they received word that the pilots were safe and aboard a fishing boat headed to the shore that cheers erupted and the cork was popped on a bottle of champagne.
    "We're really pleased with the distance numbers we have here and very pleased with the duration numbers," said Steve Shope, mission control director. "These are significant improvements over the existing records. We didn't break them by just a little bit. They were broken by a significant amount."

  • Today in history Jan. 31
  • Romney won't run for president

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a three-week flirtation with a new campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016.
    “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney told supporters on a conference call.
    The exit of Romney, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, comes after several of his former major donors and a veteran staffer in the early voting state of Iowa defected to support former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
    Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would have served as Romney’s most likely rivals for the support of the Republican Party’s establishment-minded voters.
    In his call with supporters, Romney appeared to take a swipe at Bush, saying it was time for fresh leadership within the GOP.
    “I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well-known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee,” Romney said. “In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.”

  • Update 1-30-15

    County Council

    The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Los Alamos County Council is Feb. 6. It will be a noon session at the council chambers.

    Plastic bag movie

    League of Women Voters and Sierra Club presents, “BagIt, the Movie.” 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Reel Deal Theater. Tickets are $5 adults. Children under 18 are free.

    Cowboy breakfast

    There will be a Cowboy Breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge. Price is $7 adults and $4 children 10 years and under.

    School board

    A regular meeting of the Los Alamos School Board is scheduled for Feb. 10. The meeting will be at the LAPS administration board room. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Field users

    Los Alamos County’s recreation department is holding its Spring Field User Meeting Feb. 11 at the Parks Division Conference Room, located on 101 Camino Entrada Bldg. 5. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m. Please bring all schedule request and Liability of Insurance to the meeting.

  • Enviromental law is Powers' forte

    Newly hired Associate County Attorney Kevin Powers and his wife Kristin chose Los Alamos before the job chose him.
    The couple was living in Albuquerque with their three children — 9-year-old Clancy, six-year-old Desmond and three-year-old Amelia — when Kristin attended a librarian conference in Los Alamos.
    She came back talking about this “hidden jewel.” Powers calls what happened after that “almost providence.”
    “We came up here to visit one time. We went to church that day and we met somebody that was willing to rent us a house. And we were like, that’s a big sign, isn’t it? We probably are destined to be there,” Powers said.
    Their lease just happened to be ending, so the couple made the move in June 2014.
    Several factors made the decision easy.
    Powers was working as Assistant General Counsel for the New Mexico Environment Department, and Los Alamos would provide a shorter commute to Santa Fe. He was also able to work a few days in the Los Alamos field office.
    The quality of the Los Alamos Public Schools was attractive, as were the other assets the county had to offer.

  • County hit by another big storm early Friday

    A winter storm that rolled into the area Thursday night made a mess of things for Los Alamos County.
    Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public Schools were all closed this morning.
    Initially, the lab and the schools — which almost always schedule the same as each other — were going to operate under a 2-hour delay, but it was announced around 7 a.m. that the two entities would shut it down for the day.
    At around 8:20 a.m., there was a single-vehicle accident on Main Hill Road that closed the road to traffic.
    A vehicle rolled over on the Main Hill and the driver was injured in the accident, that according to Los Alamos Fire Department.
    As of press time Friday, no other accidents had been reported.
    NMRoads.com was warning about “severe” driving conditions between Los Alamos and Santa Fe on U.S. 285.
    Los Alamos County, meanwhile, decided to close for the day around 8:30 a.m. Most county operations, including Atomic City Transit’s regular bus routes, were suspended.
    The county issued a statement that customers who normally had their trash collected Friday should instead put their rollcarts out Monday for pickup.

  • LA man faces stalking charges

    A 61-year-old Los Alamos resident, Paul Kubler, was arrested twice in as many weeks for allegedly stalking an employee of a business on Diamond Drive.
    According to court records, while the victim was at the Los Alamos Police Station filing an alleged domestic assault charge against him on Jan. 13, Kubler made contact with the victim by cell phone.
    A police officer at the station helping the victim with the report intercepted the call and strongly advised Kubler not to contact the victim.
    However, according to Los Alamos Police Department, Kubler kept persisting with the officer, insisting that he talk to her. The officer again strongly advised that he not try to contact the victim.
    According to records, Kubler didn’t heed the warning.
    The next day, Jan. 14, Kubler allegedly went to the victim’s work three times to try and talk with her. A short while later, a relative of the victim called police, saying Kubler was knocking on her door asking for the victim.
    On Jan. 21, Kubler allegedly waited in his car at a nearby parking lot for the victim to leave work. When he saw her leave, he allegedly drove onto Diamond Drive and tried to wave her over to his car.
    Frightened, the victim ran back into a nearby business.

  • Voting polls closing at 3 p.m.

    According to County Clerk, the voting polls  will close at 3 p.m.  today. The last day for voting will be Feb. 3. 

  • Today in history Jan. 30
  • Rollover accident backs up Main Hill

    A rollover accident on the Main Hill Road around 8:20 a.m. resulted in at least one injury, the Los Alamos Fire Department said.

    A single vehicle was involved which backed up traffic along the road. Some motorists chose to turn around and go up the Truck Route instead.

    A pair of ambulances were called to the scene, but no one had been transported to the hospital according to the LAFD.