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  • Update 09-27-12

    Bulk item pickup

    At 8 a.m. Monday, brush and bulk item collection begins for town site residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service. Items placed out late will not be collected. For more information, visit losalamosnm.us/gogreen.

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed Sept. 26-28 for staff to attend training. Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.

    School board

    The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education will meet for a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School.

    Quilt market

    The Los Alamos Quilt Market will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. There will also be a silent auction and winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Free admission. For more information, visit losalamos.com/lap/.

    Grand opening

    The County of Los Alamos will host a grand opening ceremony for the new White Rock Visitor Center at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

  • GOP senators stump for Wilson

    While the national Republican Party has all but abandoned New Mexico in recent weeks, three GOP senators came to Albuquerque Tuesday to raise money and boost the campaign of Heather Wilson as the U.S. Senate candidate best equipped to protect the state and the nation.

    U.S. Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina touted Wilson — an Air Force Academy graduate, former congresswoman and defense contractor — as someone who will never underestimate the importance of the military.

    “She would make sure that not only are New Mexico military assets protected, but also that our country remains safe,” Ayotte said.

    McCain said across-the-board budget cuts set to take effect if Congress fails to reach a long-term debt reduction plan by January “will probably affect the state of New Mexico more drastically and more dramatically than any other state in the nation.”

    “You would get screwed,” Graham said when asked about the effects of sequestration. “Someone has to fix it. I served in the House with Heather and she is a good conservative with a strong independent quality. I can’t think of a better advocate.”

  • Man arrested after Main Hill accident

    A three-vehicle accident at Anderson Lookout created traffic problems on the Main Hill and one of the drivers was arrested because of an outstanding warrant Tuesday afternoon.

    The driver of the pickup truck, Alejandro Ramos, 20, of Santa Fe, was arrested and placed in handcuffs by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department. He was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in a compliance hearing after being found guilty of DUI. Ramos also  may be charged with careless driving. Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Deputy Tai Chan said Ramos was driving at a high rate of speed and likely hydroplaned into the oncoming vehicles.

    Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster said there were no injuries. LAPD was originally on the scene and then assisted with traffic control when the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department arrived.

    By 4 p.m., the accident was cleared and traffic returned to a normal flow just in time for afternoon commuters to trek down the Hill.

    One of the vehicles in the accident was driven by Ken Johnson, a former Los Alamos Board of Education member and a former Democratic candidate for county council.

    Johnson said in a phone interview that he was driving his Subaru Outback and was following a Volvo.

  • Senators rebuff endorsement talk

    In politics, sometimes an endorsement just isn’t an endorsement.

    Apparently, that’s especially true of the two Democratic state senators, who voiced support for Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) in the House District 43 race against Stephanie Garcia Richard.

    Hall’s campaign sent out a press release that said the following:

    “Northern New Mexico’s State Senators Carlos Cisneros (District 6 — Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos) and Richard Martinez (District 5 — Los Alamos, Rio Arriba. and Santa Fe) support incumbent State Representative Jim Hall in his campaign for the State House of Representatives.

    “During Hall’s first term in the state legislature Rep. Hall worked with both Senators Cisneros and Martinez, passing legislation to benefit New Mexico and the northern New Mexico region.

    “Senator Richard Martinez said, ‘I worked with Jim Hall when he was a county councilor and now as a legislator.  If elected, he will do an outstanding job of representing Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico.’

  • Confidentiality rule passes

    Councilor Vincent Chiravalle caused consternation among his fellow council members when he used an interview on a local radio station to spell out particulars of an agreement between North American Development Group (NADG) and Smith’s/Kroger which had been discussed in a closed session.

    Council Chair Sharon Stover had announced a special council session to discuss the Trinity Site during a council meeting the previous evening. But details about NADG’s desire to assign its lease to Smith’s/Kroger were not to be released until the Los Alamos Public School (LAPS) board and administration had been informed. LAPS will be the main beneficiary of the Trinity Site lease revenue.

    In a statement, Chiravalle claimed he had not breached confidentiality and defended his actions.

    “The council chair announced publicly on Sept. 11 that there would be a special public meeting on Sept. 24 for the council to take action on the Trinity site, and only then did I speak about the agenda of this special public meeting. If the council was not ready for a public discussion then it should not have scheduled a special public meeting. Why was the agenda of this special public meeting a secret?”

    Stover issued a statement responding to Chiravalle’s claims. It reads,

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  • Youth Essays About LA

    Here are two essays written about Los Alamos. The first was written by Keanna Cohen and the second by Jin Park. The essays were written as part of the "100 Best Communities" competition in which Los Alamos was honored.

    Hello, my name is Keanna Cohen and I am currently a first-year student at the University of California, Santa Barbara where I am studying Political Science and Psychology.  Though Santa Barbara is my current place of residence, it is by no means my home.  I am a small town girl from Los Alamos, New Mexico, a community  I consider to be one of the best communities to grow up in. Raised in Los Alamos herself, my mother returned from Santa Barbara, California after graduating from college to raise her daughter in a safe community.  Just as it was her home, it became mine .

  • Raw: Athens Police Caught in Fires, Blasts

    Police continued to clash with protesters hurling petrol bombs and bottles in central Athens on Wednesday, after an anti-government rally called as part of a general strike in Greece turned violent.

  • Today in History for September 26th
  • Main Hill Road traffic flow OK after accident -- photos added

    A three-vehicle accident at Anderson Lookout has created traffic problems on the Main Hill, LAPD Capt. Randy Foster confirmed this afternoon.

    Those problems, however, have eased somewhat as the accident was cleared by 4 p.m. The other good news was that there were no injuries.

    One of the vehicles in the accident was driven by Ken Johnson, a former Los Alamos Board of Education member and a former Democratic candidate for county council.

    Johnson said in a phone interview with the Los Alamos Monitor that he was driving his Subaru Outback and was following a Volvo.

    "The pickup truck was coming up The Hill and straddling the center line," Johnson said from the scene. "He T-Boned the Volvo and ricocheted off the Volvo and hit the back of my car on the driver's side."

    The driver of the pickup truck was arrested and put in handcuffs by the Santa Fe Sheriff's Department. He was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear and will likely be charged with careless driving. A Santa Fe County Sheriff Deputy Tai Chan said the driver of the pickup vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed and likely hydroplaned into the oncoming vehicles.

    Johnson said nobody was transported to the hospital.

    Then Johnson saw a scary sight.