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  • Seven hopefuls file for Wallace's state house seat

    Seven people stepped forward by Tuesday’s noon deadline to fill the remaining 19 months of Rep. Jeannette Wallace’s House District 43 term. Wallace died from illness in April.

    She served two decades in the  New Mexico state legislature. Wallace has been described as a tireless advocate for the people of Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Santa Fe counties.

    Those vying to replace her are two sitting county councilors, a former councilor, a former school board member, a forest association official from La Cienega and two local Democrats who vied for Republican Wallace’s seat in the last election.

  • Ice Cream Night

    Kailey Thwaits, 3, enjoys a large scoop of orange sherbet from the safety of her father, Los Alamos Fire Department Driver Engineer James Thwaits’ arms during Tuesday’s annual Haagen Dazs free ice cream cone event at Dan’s Café. Owner Dan Serna said he distributed 2,000 scoops of ice cream at this year’s event, in which firefighters, police, Los Alamo National Bank and others participated.

    Also Tuesday, Melissa Romero of Los Alamos National Bank serves ice cream to event goers at Dan’s Café Tuesday including Fire Chief Doug Tucker and Police Chief Wayne Torpy.

     

  • LA receives grant for pilot program

    G-Ball has been described as golf’s version of T-Ball. Los Alamos Recreation Division has been awarded a grant for the Starting New at Golf (SNAG) G-Ball pilot program.

    Los Alamos County is one of a select handful of communities in the U.S. to receive the grant. The National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) awarded the grants, which totaled $180,000. Los Alamos is still awaiting word on the dollar amount it will receive, Recreation Programs Manager Diane Marquez said.

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  • Stripping criminals of ill-gotten gains

    n an effort to interrupt a criminal’s ability to achieve financial gains through illegal activity, the United States Marshals Service has added a new Asset Forfeiture Criminal Investigator to its New Mexico team.

  • Lawmakers name panel to work on NM redistricting

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislative leaders named an 18-member committee on Monday to start work on redistricting, but a top Senate Democrat complained that lawmakers will be hindered because the governor vetoed $100,000 for the panel's expenses.

    Senate President Tim Jennings of Roswell said the veto likely will force cost-cutting by the Legislature, including possible limits on some lawmakers attending interim study committee meetings in New Mexico and travel to out-of-state legislative conferences.

  • Gingrich tosses hat in the ring for GOP presidential run--video extra

    ATLANTA (AP) — Newt Gingrich, the House speaker who led a national GOP resurgence in the 1990s before facing ethics questions and resigning, is running for president.

    Gingrich's announcement, made on social networking websites Monday, came after months of public flirting with a bid. He enters a slow-to-form GOP presidential field that has left some Republicans craving more options as they search for a nominee strong enough to credibly challenge President Barack Obama.

  • Lizard draws controversy

    ALBUQUERQUE — Environmentalists on Friday challenged a New Mexico congressman’s claims that protections for a small lizard found only in parts of New Mexico and West Texas would lead to economic devastation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species, saying habitat loss and fragmentation have pushed the lizard toward extinction. The public has until Monday to submit comments on the proposal.
    Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., and others complain that a listing would result in oil and gas development being limited on thousands of acres in the Permian Basin, costing jobs, tax revenues and royalties.

  • Construction Zone 05-08-11

    Diamond Drive
    Phase 4

    The traffic switch to the east side of Diamond Drive has been delayed to next Thursday, May 12.
    West Road is currently closed weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Use Trinity to 43rd to Fairway to West Road. Once West Road is paved (scheduled for Wednesday, May 11) Diamond Drive traffic will switch to the east side of Diamond. Other than the West Road closure, traffic control will remain as is through May 12. After May 12,  expect the following:
    Starting Thursday:

  • Web surfers could catch a big wave

    Web surfers in Los Alamos could be catching a really big wave in the not-too-distant future.

    The community broadband project is gearing up to build a broadband network that would deliver Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. Additionally, the fiber optic network would allow service providers to offer “triple play” service bundles – telephone, television and Internet.

    Los Alamos County Council approved awarding a contract to Crestino Telecommunications Services for design and consulting on the project. The contract price tag: $511,690.

    The results from a community survey are expected back this week, which collected people’s input on the project.