Local News

  • UFO crashes into Black Hole's fence

    Ed Beaty stepped out of  his home around 7 p.m.Tuesday and he could not believe how hard the wind was blowing.

    “There must have been gusts of 80 mph,” Beaty said.

    Beaty also happens to be the owner of the Black Hole on Arkansas Ave. And he was in for a surprise on Wednesday when he got to work.

    “High winds made a UFO crash into my fence and the whereabouts of the pilot are unknown,” Beaty laughed. “That’s my story and I am sticking to it.”

  • DPU seeks rate hike

    The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities voted to increase water rates Wednesday but it’s not a done deal yet.

    The increase would raise wholesale rates an average of 5 percent and residential rates an average of 6 percent. The proposal now goes to the county council for approval.

    The proposed rate hike will be introduced to council June 7 and a public hearing is slated for June 28.
    Janet Bettinger, deputy utilities manager for administration and finance, prepared and presented the report to the DPU board.

    The wholesale rate has not been hiked since 2008. At that time, the board deferred raising retail rates, which were subsequently raised in 2010.

  • White House unveiling plans to curb regulations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House would eliminate requirements for trapping polluting vapors at gasoline stations and let employers and hospitals file fewer reports as part of a plan it announced Thursday to ease regulatory burdens on business.

    More than four months after President Barack Obama ordered agencies to weed out rules that stifle economic growth, the administration on Thursday released some details of hundreds of regulatory changes that the White House said could save businesses billions of dollars and tens of millions of hours of work.

  • Obama, Medvedev meeting shows continued mistrust

    DEAUVILLE, France (AP) — President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev emerged from private talks Thursday unable to show progress on the contentious issue of missile defense, underscoring an enduring mistrust underlying the U.S.-Russia relationship despite gradual thawing.

    Obama's top Russia adviser Mike McFaul put the problem plainly after the meeting with the Russians: "They don't believe us," he said.

  • Clashes widen in Yemen as tribes warn of civil war

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Intense battles spread across Yemen's capital Thursday between government forces and opposition militiamen from powerful tribes that warn of civil war unless embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh steps down. At least 28 people were killed as the four-day death toll neared 110.

    The fight — led the Yemen's largest tribe — poses the most significant challenge to Saleh's rule after three months of street demonstrations and failed Arab mediation to ease him from office. Yemen's tribes command well-armed militias and can tap into traditional clan-based loyalties to possibly tips the scales against Saleh's 32-year rule.

  • Suicide truck bomb kills at least 24 in Pakistan

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bomber in a pickup truck detonated his explosives near several government offices Thursday in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 24 people in the latest violence to roil the country since the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

    No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Hangu city. But the Pakistani Taliban have taken credit for other recent strikes, saying they are part of a campaign to avenge the al-Qaida leader's death.

  • NASA to abandon trapped rover Spirit 

    LOS ANGELES — Spirit, the scrappy robot geologist that captivated the world with its antics on Mars before getting stuck in a sand trap, is about to meet its end after six productive years.
    Spirit has been incommunicado for more than a year despite daily calls by NASA. The cause of Spirit’s silence may never be known, but it’s likely the bitter Martian winter damaged its electronics, preventing the six-wheel rover from waking up.
    The space agency tried every trick to listen for Spirit to no avail. Project manager John Callas of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said the last commands will be sent up Wednesday. Though orbiting spacecraft will continue to listen through the end of May, chances are slim that Spirit will respond.

  • State Briefs 05-25-11

    Lawmakers suing over line-item vetoes
    SANTA FE — Lawmakers are going to court to challenge line-item vetoes by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, including her rejection of higher taxes on businesses to shore up the state’s unemployment compensation fund.
    At issue are constitutional questions about the powers of the governor and Legislature.
    Democratic Rep. Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque says two lawsuits are to be filed Wednesday with the state Supreme Court.
    The governor vetoed a tax increase on businesses but left provisions in the same bill to reduce jobless benefits.
    A line-item veto is allowed only with an appropriation bill, and lawmakers say the unemployment bill didn’t allocate money for programs.

  • Seen at the Scene: Kite Festival

    The Kite Festival was last weekend at Overlook Park in White Rock. Attendees had the choice of purchasing ready-to-fly kites, or making their own. Adults staffed the kite hospital to help with repairs.

  • Update 05-25-11

    No trash collection
    No trash or recycling collection May 30. If Monday is your normal trash day, put trash out by 8 a.m. Wednesday June 1.

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will have its regular meeting at 5:30 today at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    Authors Speak
    The Authors Speak Series, featuring Demetria Martinez and scheduled for Thursday at the Mesa Library, has been canceled.

    Farmers market
    Several Los Alamos County Councilors will be at the Farmer’s Market 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday to visit with citizens about current projects and issues.