Local News

  • NM regulators shuffled to new jobs

    ALBUQUERQUE — Four state officials have been shuffled to new jobs in the New Mexico Environment Department, and industry and environmental groups said Thursday they are concerned about the impact on the agency’s operations.

    The shake-up involves the heads of the water management division and air quality and hazardous waste bureaus. They are responsible for hundreds of annual permitting actions related to oil and natural gas operations, the national laboratories and other industries.

  • Residents ponder Trinity Roundabouts

    Proposed roundabouts on Trinity Drive have stirred debate and controversy recently. 

    In an effort to collect people’s thoughts about the proposed changes along this main artery, Los Alamos County hosted a walking tour Thursday afternoon. 

    Thirty-nine people participated in the walk, which started at the Justice Center, traveled down to the Shell gas station to the Oppenheimer and Trinity intersection before turning to head up to Ashley Pond. The tour ended where it began at the Justice Center. 

    County Council Chair Sharon Stover recommended hosting the tour. She said she had questions about the proposed changes and she wanted to get a better understanding of the issues surrounding Trinity Drive. 

  • AG King issues local opinion

    The New Mexico attorney general has issued an opinion regarding the hotly contested question of whether the county charter may legally require certain capital projects receive prior voter approval. 

    “Los Alamos County, which has adopted a home rule charter, may legally require the approval of county voters before the county proceeds with a capital project,” said Attorney General Gary King in a letter to Interim County Administrator Randy Autio Wednesday.

  • Pakistan suicide bombs kill 80 to avenge bin Laden--video extra

    SHABQADAR, Pakistan (AP) — A pair of suicide bombers attacked recruits leaving a paramilitary training center in Pakistan on Friday, killing 80 people in the first retaliation for the killing of Osama bin Laden by American commandos. The Taliban claimed responsibility, blaming the Pakistani military for failing to stop the U.S. raid.

    The blasts in the northwest were a reminder of the savagery of al-Qaida-linked militants in Pakistan. They occurred even as the country faces international suspicion that elements within its security forces may have been harboring bin Laden, who was killed last week in a raid in Abbottabad, about a three hours' drive from the scene of the bombing.

  • County takes aim at permit woes

    Recommendations to improve Los Alamos County’s commercial building permitting process were presented to the council during Tuesday’s work session. 

    The permit procedure for something as simple as a sign to the complexities of building construction has come under fire from the business community in recent years, and has come to be viewed as a black eye for Los Alamos in relation to its overall demeanor in terms of being “business friendly.”  

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  • Valles Caldera gets first Senate hearing

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman says the National Park Service is the agency best suited to handle long-term management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Democrat made the comment Wednesday after a committee hearing on legislation that directs the agency to take over management of the preserve in a way that protects the area’s natural and cultural resources. 

  • Lt. Gov. Sanchez recovers from surgery

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is recovering from surgery to remove his gall bladder.

    A spokesman for Sanchez said Thursday the elective surgery was performed Monday at an Albuquerque hospital and the lieutenant governor was sent home the next day. He's been working at home and plans to return to his office next week.

    Spokesman Mark Van Dyke said the lieutenant governor experienced pain in his abdomen Sunday night. It was decided that his gall bladder should be removed because it could cause more problems in the future.

    Sanchez, 48, was elected in November. He was the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2002, but lost to Democrat Bill Richardson in the general election.


  • Hill panel limits Obama's authority on nukes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel voted Wednesday to limit President Barack Obama's authority to reduce the nation's nuclear arsenal and implement a U.S.-Russia arms control treaty overwhelmingly approved by the Senate last December.

    Over the objections of the Defense Department and Democrats, the House Armed Services Committee approved a series of amendments directly related to the commander in chief's ability to make nuclear weapons reductions.

  • Update 05-11-11

    Lunch with a leader
    Lunch with a Leader, featuring Acting County Administrator Randy Autio, will be at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Central Avenue Grill. To reserve a spot, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605.

    Brown bag concert
    The Albuquerque and Four Corners Pipes and Drums will perform a Brown Bag concert at 12:05 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge

    Bear Aware
    Los Alamos Master Gardeners present “Bear Aware,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. The talk will focus on the basics of co-existing with bears in a rural environment.

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Utilities will have a special meeting at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at 133 Central Park Square.