Local News

  • Know what kind of tree that is? There's an app for that

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you've ever wondered what type of tree was nearby but didn't have a guide book, a new smartphone app allows users with no formal training to satisfy their curiosity and contribute to science at the same time.

    Scientists have developed the first mobile app to identify plants by simply photographing a leaf. The free iPhone and iPad app, called Leafsnap, instantly searches a growing library of leaf images amassed by the Smithsonian Institution. In seconds, it returns a likely species name, high-resolution photographs and information on the tree's flowers, fruit, seeds and bark.

  • OPEC leaves output on hold, causing oil price jump

    VIENNA (AP) — OPEC unexpectedly left its production levels unchanged on Wednesday, causing oil prices to jump, as senior officials said their meeting ended in disarray — a stunning admission for an organization that places a premium on consensus decision making.

    OPEC officials said that because of a policy deadlock, the group will maintain present output ceilings with the option of meeting within the next three months to consider a hike.

  • New casino would benefit Jemez Pueblo, report says

    SANTA FE — An off-reservation casino on the Texas-New Mexico border would create 375 jobs and generate $157 million in economic activity.
    That’s according to a new draft environmental impact statement by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Santa Fe art dealer Gerald Peters and the Jemez Pueblo have proposed building the $55 million casino in Anthony, about 300 miles south of the pueblo.
    The plan was shot down in 2008 by the BIA, which said it was too far from the pueblo to generate jobs for the tribe. But the Obama Administration has reopened review on some off-reservation casinos.

  • Fallen fence

    Wind damaged a fence this morning at 22nd and Rose Streets.

  • Update 06-07-11

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 15 at 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet at 7 tonight in the council chambers.

    Public meeting
    A public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Express to hear feedback on the county administrator search.

  • CRC addresses substantative changes

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) has shifted its focus from cleaning up charter language to addressing more substantive issues. At Monday night’s meeting, Chair John Hopkins directed committee members to work toward reaching consensus.

    The committee will vote on the proposed changes after County Contract Attorney Chay Rennick has incorporated the changes and printed a final report.

    The committee addressed changes suggested in writing by committee member Ralph Phelps. In a statement dated May 21, 2011, Phelps wrote, “We really need to overhaul the whole system, and make the Charter consistent with what that system is.”

  • Police chief to head Leadership Los Alamos

    The community has 250 alumni who have participated in the nine-month Leadership Los Alamos in the past eight years.

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy, a 2005-2006 graduate, has been chosen to chair the organization’s  ninth session, which begins in September.

    “We’re hoping to bring in participants from the schools, business, laboratory and other entities,” said Torpy, who also graduated from the statewide program, Leadership New Mexico, serving as its 2009 graduation session chair.

  • Smoke from Arizona fires stirring local health issues

    Smoke from a large wildfire that ignited May 29 in eastern Arizona continues to plague nearby states, creating hazy conditions all the way into Iowa and prompting officials to issue health advisories today in the southern half of Colorado, according to the Associated Press.

    In New Mexico, smoke and ash have permeated the air for days. Many people in Los Alamos are attempting to remain inside with their windows closed despite the recent hotter temperatures.

    Suzy Blanchit is the office manager of Allergy Partners of New Mexico at 118 Central Park Square.

    “People who have asthma and respiratory issues are rescheduling their appointments with us because they don’t want to leave their homes,” Blanchit said.

  • Martinez taps local to fill Wallace post

    Gov. Susana Martinez has selected Los Alamos County Council vice-chair James Hall of White Rock to replace longtime Dist. 43 Rep. Jeannette Wallace, who died in April.

    “I am honored and humbled by the confidence that has been shown by Los Alamos citizens in electing me to the council, then by council in nominating me for the District 43 house seat, and then by Gov. Martinez for appointing me to the House of Representatives,” Hall said. “I will do my best to honor Jeannette Wallace’s outstanding record of service to Dist. 43 by working hard to represent both the citizens of Dist. 43 and the people of New Mexico. I look forward to meeting the challenges of my new role.”

  • Weiner calling fellow Democrats to apologize

    NEW YORK (AP) — His political career in jeopardy, Rep. Anthony Weiner has been making calls to colleagues to apologize for sending raunchy texts and photos to several women.

    He also apologized to former President Bill Clinton, who officiated at Weiner's wedding last July, said a person with knowledge of the call. The person, who wasn't authorized to discuss the call publicly, spoke only on condition of anonymity. Weiner married Huma Abedin, a close adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, at a lavish ceremony on Long Island last summer.

    He reached out to fellow Democratic Rep. Edolphus Towns of New York, according to Towns' spokesman, Julian Phillips, who declined to discuss what the two lawmakers talked about.