Local News

  • Early voting begins

    Early voting for the 2012 election opened Saturday at the Los Alamos Community Training Room and the White Rock Fire Station Training Room. Hours are from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Early voting runs through Nov. 3.

  • Eastern Area 2 construction continues

    Construction of the Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving, and Utility Project Phase 1 continues. For the week of Oct. 22, expect concrete work to continue on Myrtle as well as on 5th Street.
    RMCI, the contractor, has to install multiple concrete valley gutters across 15th at Myrtle, across 11th Street at 15th, and on 9th at Canyon. When the contractor places the valley gutters, detours will be established until the concrete has cured.
    Paving operations will follow concrete work, with paving operations anticipated to begin no later than Oct. 29.
    Associated traffic control includes flagging operations on Myrtle during the day with two-way traffic at night. The detours for the installation of valley gutters will be announced as the work progresses. 5th Street remains closed and 9th between Myrtle and Canyon is also closed.
    The County Public Works Department staff would like to thank the public for their continued patience and cooperation throughout the duration of this project. Detailed project delay information is available on the County’s project website at losalamosnm.us/Projects.

  • United Way sets goal

    United Way of Northern New Mexico continues to reach out for donations and pledges from local communities and businesses for its campaign fundraiser, which began mid-September and continues through November.
    Executive Director Kristy Ortega wants to raise enough money to help all grant applicants. She set the campaign goal at $1,590,689 — the total requested amount of all 32 grant applicants. These nonprofit organizations have expressed a community need and United Way wants to meet that need. The focus of the campaign is to raise grant money for the United Way Community Action Fund. The grant program funded 24 local nonprofit organizations this spring (see list below). United Way asks for support by donating online at UnitedWayNNM.org, participating in your workplace campaign, completing a pledge form online, or attending a fundraising event.
    Upcoming campaign events include:
    • Hamburger Nite at The Hill Diner, 5 p.m. Oct. 29. Catered by the Hill Diner, 1315 Trinity Dr. Come dressed in costume.
    • Speakeasy Soiree at Dixie Girl Restaurant, Nov. 16.  A roaring ’20s benefit for United Way — sponsorship opportunities and tickets available. Contact Taylor Guskey at 662-1099 for more information.

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  • Foreign policy questions mount as final debate nears

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sensing a moment of political vulnerability on national security, Republicans pounced Friday on disclosures that President Barack Obama's administration could have known early on that militants, not angry protesters, launched the attack on U.S. diplomats in Libya.

    Within 24 hours of the deadly attack, the CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington that there were eyewitness reports that the attack was carried out by terrorists, officials told The Associated Press. But for days, the Obama administration blamed it on an out-of-control demonstration over an American-made video ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

    Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, led Friday's charge.

    "Look around the world, turn on your TV," Ryan said in an interview with WTAQ radio in the election battleground state of Wisconsin. "And what we see in front of us is the absolute unraveling of the Obama administration's foreign policy."

  • Raw: Fire Destroys State Fair of Texas Icon

    Fire has destroyed Big Tex, leaving behind little more than the metal frame of the 52-foot-tall cowboy that's an icon of the State Fair of Texas.

  • Power outage at North Mesa

    An underground power failure affected parts of North Mesa at approximately 1:45 p.m. Thursday.  Specifically, a single phase of three phase power was lost to homes on San Ildefonso and Alamo Roads, reported officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities.
    DPU’s electric line crews initiated temporary repairs by back feeding electricity to restore power to the Alamo neighborhood by 4:30 p.m. Power was restored to the remaining customers on San Ildefonso Road by 4:45 p.m.
    Permanent repairs will continue Friday, with a brief power outage expected as those repairs are finalized.  The underground line failed beneath the bus stop area at Hawks Landing and San Ildefonso.


  • Update 10-19-12

    Veteran’s Bazaar

    Blue Star Mothers and the Dept. of Veterans Services are hosting a Veterans Bazaar from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at 2011 Industrial Park Road, Española. This location is the National Guard Armory. For more information call Lena at 927 2687.

    Trail dedication

    Residents are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the new Satch Cowan Trail at 11 a.m. Monday at the trailhead near the existing Quemazon Trail in Western Area. 

    CRC committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    LDRD Day

    LANL will host its annual Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Day at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

  • Candidates talk local business

    It was likely the last forum for Los Alamos County Council candidates Thursday night at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

    The event was co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor and the candidates fielded questions tightly focused on economic development and business cultivation in the county.

    Participating were Democrats Pete Sheehey, Kristin Henderson and Michael Redondo and Republicans Steve Girrens, Vincent Chiravalle and Marc Clay.

    The following questions were asked of the candidates and the Los Alamos Monitor will post video highlights of the forum on LAMonitor.com.