Local News

  • Update 09-13-11

    County Council

    The County Council will hold a special session at 6 p.m.
    Sept. 19 at the council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m.
    Sept. 20 at the Chamber Conference Room.

    Court closed

    Los Alamos Municipal Court will close Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for staff training. Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544. Some payments may also be paid online at www.citepayusa.com.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m.
    Sept. 21 at the DPU Conference Room.

  • Pivotal redistricting hearing set for Wednesday

    The county is encouraging citizens interested in showing support for Los Alamos County to remain unified under District 43, to attend a hearing on Rep. Brian Egolf’s HB 21 at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Room 307 of the Capitol Building in Santa Fe.

    The Egolf proposal would blend Los Alamos County precincts 1 through 5, 7 through 13 and 17 with Sandoval County precincts 7, 10 and 51 and Santa Fe County precincts 5, 12, 40, 80 and 86. The Council passed a Resolution in August — as well as traveling with other local community leaders to Las Vegas, N.M. — to emphasize to the Redistricting Committee and governor that they oppose any redistricting changes.

  • United Way fundraiser

    United Way Youth Team member Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta enjoys spending a few moments with Fiona, an 11-year-old cockatoo during the Taste the Sky fundraiser at the Los Alamos County Airport Sunday.

  • CRC approves DPU Charter revisions

    After two months of negotiations with the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), the Charter Review Committee (CRC) approved revisions to the Charter concerning the board and the Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

    The CRC incorporated nine of the 15 suggestions proposed by the utilities board into the final proposal.

    Harry Ettinger, chair of the subcommittee on the DPU, delineated their objectives: eliminating ambiguity, providing better clarity, providing flexibility for the future, maintaining the independence of the utility board and utilities operations, providing a supermajority control of the utility board and establishing consistency with New Mexico state law.

  • Gunmen attack school van in Pakistan; 5 dead

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Taliban gunmen attacked a school van in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing four children and the driver in an assault they said was carried out to punish local tribesman for resisting the insurgent movement.

    At least 12 boys, two girls and two female teachers were wounded in the attack in Matani on the outskirts of the main northwestern city of Peshawar, said police officer Qayyum Khan.

  • Leila Lopes of Angola is crowned Miss Universe--video extra

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Newly crowned Miss Universe Leila Lopes hopes her victory will allow her to assist her native Angola further escape its history of war and impoverishment and said she plans to focus on combatting HIV around the globe.

    Speaking in a timid voice early Tuesday shortly after taking the crown in South America's largest city, the 25-year-old Lopes said that "as Miss Angola I've already done a lot to help my people."

    "I've worked with various social causes. I work with poor kids, I work in the fight against HIV. I work to protect the elderly and I have to do everything that my country needs," she said. "I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more."

  • Poll: Americans feel safe, but Congress shouldn't

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress may be in the doghouse with the American public, but the broader government — especially the military — gets high marks for keeping the nation safe and secure, a new poll suggests.

    What's more, nearly seven in 10 Americans are trying to make things better by volunteering, a sign that optimism survives in a nation riled by partisan policy fights and economic uncertainty.

  • Valles Caldera area open, fire restrictions lifted

    JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Valles Caldera National Preserve are lifting fire restrictions, but surrounding areas on the Santa Fe National Forest remain off limits due to post-fire dangers.

    Forest supervisor Maria Garcia says safety is the top concern. She says entering the burn area of the Las Conchas fire poses serious risks that include falling trees, rolling rocks and flash flooding threats.

    Officials say violations could result in up to $5,000 in fines, up to six months in jail, or both.

    At the preserve, officials say recent rainfall has improved conditions and public access to the burned area will be approved by preserve staff on a case by case basis.

  • Recounting 9/11 at Pentagon

    Ike Richardson has been at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as deputy director since 2009.
    But before coming to LANL, Richardson spent 31 years of his life in the U.S. Navy, where he attained the rank of Rear Admiral.

    Back in 2001, he had just completed a tour on the USS Nimitz, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and he was starting his new job at the Pentagon at the beginning of September.

    He and his wife Donna had just moved to the Washington area and they were staying in a hotel in Crystal City, Va., within walking distance of the Pentagon.

    Sept. 11 started like any other morning for Richardson. He was in his office on the fourth floor early for a staff meeting.

  • The New Solitary Face of Terrorism

    After Sept. 11, 2001, it was the men who went to radicalized mosques or terror boot camps who were perceived as the biggest threat to society. Today, authorities are increasingly focusing on the solitary person living right next door – someone who may have been radicalized on the Internet and plotting strikes in a vacuum.

    “It’s the lone wolf who is our biggest concern,” said Jack Killeen, Safeguards and Security Division leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Killeen and LANL Security Group Leader Mike Wismer discussed lone wolf terrorism during a recent interview.