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  • Ahlers makes second bid for bench

    Undeterred by his loss in the last election, Republican Gary Ahlers is running for Magistrate Court judge against two-time Democratic incumbent Pat Casados.

    “I feel we need to get back to our principals and values,” Ahlers said. “We have a lot of areas that need more attention such as our drunk driving, domestic violence and timely adjudication of cases. Also, the bail amounts need to be set higher for dangerous and violent offenders.”

  • Breaking News: Missing woman found alive this morning!

    Search and Rescue located a 29-year-old Santa Fe woman missing for 48 hours near the Bandelier Campgrounds.

    Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun said a few moments ago that a cousin of Thiliay Lama reported her missing at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. She had apparently experienced relationship issues and decided to take a hike to think about things.

    “It appears she got turned around because she usually hikes in Santa Fe and was unfamiliar with this area,” Purtymun said from the scene.

  • 04-25-10 Update

    Audition for “Seussical”

      Los Alamos Little Theater will host auditions for “Seussical” at 5 p.m. today in the theater. Cast includes adults and children. Scripts and scores are available at Mesa Library in Los Alamos. For more information, visit www.lalt.org or call Director Bev Brunson at 474-3621.

    Party for PEEC

      A Party for Pajarito Environmental Education Center, a native meal and auction, will be from 4–

    8 p.m. today at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.

  • Task force warned of continued problems

    SANTA FE — A legislative task force started Wednesday to consider how to reorganize New Mexico state government to deal with the likelihood of lean finances in the future.

    The director of the Legislative Finance Committee, David Abbey, warned the study group that New Mexico faces more financial problems in the next few years despite tax increases enacted this year to balance the budget.

  • Candidates spread message

    SANTA FE — Republicans running for governor have started to fill the television airwaves with advertising as early voting nears, but the campaigns also are using online videos to attract supporters and show a lighter side of the candidates — from changing tires to cooking.

    In a five-way race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, candidates look for a way to set themselves apart in the crowded primary field.

  • Modest tax relief measure gets nod from council

    Property taxes have been somewhat of a hot issue for Los Alamos County residents in recent years. Complaints about taxes that are too high have been heard at various county council meetings, but until recently, residents held little hope that things would change.

    Property owners will now get some breathing room thanks to a motion passed Tuesday at the county budget hearings, by county council.

    Council Chair Michael Wismer said that by approving the property tax cut, it will equate to a reduction of  $200 for a home valuation of $300,000.

  • 04-23-10 Update

    Celebrate Earth Day

      Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host an Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

    Enjoy Wild Day

      Los Alamos Youth Leadership will host the Third annual LAYL Wild Day from 10 a,m.-2 p.m. Saturday. A $15 fee includes fun activities, lunch and a T-shirt. To learn more, send e-mail to LAYL@laymca.org. Los Alamos Parks and Recreation will also host its Hershey Track and Field event. To learn more call Parks and Recreation at 662-8173.

    “Let the River Run”

  • NMED secretary re-elected to board

    SANTA FE —  The Rocky Mountain Low Level Radioactive Waste Board re-elected New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ron Curry as chairman of the board recently at a meeting in New Mexico.

    The board, which is an interstate government agency, administers a compact that provides for the disposal of low level radioactive waste produced within the member states of New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado.

  • Compromise reached

    “Cutting the budget is not easy; it is not fun but it is necessary work we have to do tonight,” Superintendent Gene Schmidt told a packed house in the Piñon Elementary School gymnasium Thursday night.

    “It’s hard work but it’s work we can do together,” he added.

    Over the course of five hours, school board members along with parents, staff and teachers, made a decision on how to slash the budget by $1.8 million during the Los Alamos Public School board meeting.

  • No projects scheduled for 2011

    Capital Improvement Projects  (CIP) were up for discussion during last night’s County Council budget hearing. Though the matter was tabled for discussion that will continue Monday, council did take action regarding the community broadband network.

    Capital improvement projects that were proposed last year were discussed at great length, however Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne said that there are no new proposed projects in FY 2011, however there are some projects from FY 2010 that are in progress.