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  • Council makes pick for house seat

    In one of its weightiest decisions since the new council was seated last January, Los Alamos County councilors selected Vice-Chair Jim Hall as the nominee to serve out the remaining 19 months in the late Jeannette Wallace’s house term.

    The 5-0 vote came late in the council’s special session Tuesday evening after public comment and a council question and answer period with the seven candidates vying for the nomination. Jose Varela Lopez, who was nominated by Santa Fe County last week, attended the meeting to, as he put it, “get better acquainted and give councilors the opportunity to get to know him.”

  • Afghan rally over NATO raid turns violent; 12 die

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Anger over a nighttime NATO raid flared into violence in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday as an estimated 1,500 people clashed with police and tried to storm a German military base in a protest that left 12 dead.

    The riot suggests more trouble ahead for NATO as upcoming troop drawdowns are likely to make the alliance increasingly reliant on quick-strike raids on insurgent hideouts. Such raids often produce results — most famously in the May 2 killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan — but deeply offend Afghans when they go wrong.

  • Stars come out to say goodbye to Oprah Winfrey

    CHICAGO (AP) — Oprah Winfrey wiped away tears as celebrity after celebrity surprised her during a farewell double-episode taping of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that will precede her finale.

    "Thank you is not enough, but thank you," Winfrey told the crowd of 13,000 gathered at Chicago's United Center on Tuesday night for "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular." ''For your love and your support, thank you."

  • Diplomats: IAEA fears Iran hackers

    VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency is investigating reports from its experts that their cellphones and laptops may have been hacked into by Iranian officials looking for confidential information while the equipment was left unattended during inspection tours in the Islamic Republic, diplomats have told The Associated Press.

  • Council picks Hall as nominee to succeed Wallace

    The Los Alamos County Council chose one of their own as the nominee to replace late Rep. Jeannette Wallace in a special session Tuesday.

    The council voted 5-0 to submit Jim Hall as the county's nominee to replace the longtime state representative who died in April.

    Each of the three counties in District 43--Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval--will submit a nominee for consideration by Gov. Susana Martinez who can choose from the pool of nominees or the governor could reach out beyond that pool of nominees to make the appointment.

    Watch for more details on this developing story...

  • Update 05-17-11

    Stormwater project
    The NPDES Storm Water Individual Permit Project Update public meeting will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at Cities of Gold Hotel in Pojoaque.

    Park meeting
    Attend a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday to review conceptual plans for play equipment to be installed at Community Park. For more info, call Dick McIntyre at 662-8159.

    Master gardeners
    The May meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. today at the White Rock Community Building. There will be a short business meeting afterward.

  • Lunch program serves seniors

    For most people, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but that’s not always true for Los Alamos senior citizens. Sometimes it’s lunch that’s the most important meal of the day, especially if they are a part of the lunch program at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    For over a decade, Meal Program Coordinator Fred Ortiz has been cooking meals for area seniors at the BESC. His day starts at 5:30 a.m. and alongside Michael Mason, the duo begins preparations for the 80-100 meals they will prepare.

  • LAYL class of 2011

    The Los Alamos Youth Leadership program’s class of 2011 celebrated the completion of the program with a graduation ceremony Sunday at Central Avenue Grill. The program teaches teens networking and leadership skills and is sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

  • Overlook Park access plan hits roadblock

    A county plan to build a $25,000 emergency access road through wilderness land leading into Overlook Park hit a roadblock at an informational meeting for White Rock residents Monday evening.

    About a dozen residents turned out to voice opposition to the plan as fire department and county officials explained the vision and purpose for the 12-foot wide “all weather” road that would be built using asphalt recycled from the Diamond Drive construction project currently underway in Los Alamos.

  • Colorado racer wins big in skateboard event

    Zak Maytum of Boulder, Colo., was the big winner at the Atomic Bomb skateboard competition held this past weekend on Camp May Road.

    Maytum won the Pagan TimesShip Southwest Series, the Atomic Bomb and had the fastest qualifying time.

    “It went amazing,” said Joe Lehm, the owner of TimeShip Racing of Santa Fe. “The city and county of Los Alamos were all very welcoming.

    Lehm said there were 80 registrants and they all navigated the 1.1-mile course, reaching speeds of 50 mph. The course was lined with 700 straw bales and the Pajarito Mountain ski patrol and Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments provided support.

    Here are results.