Local News

  • CRC keeps status quo on elections

    After hearing arguments on both sides of the issue, the Charter Review Committee (CRC) voted to maintain current charter policies on elections and boards and commissions appointments.

    The most significant issue was whether to continue partisan elections or move to a nonpartisan system.

    Committee member Richard Dunn charted the benefits of each system. A nonpartisan system would encourage people to vote for the person rather than the party, empower both minority party voters and those not affiliated with a party and the majority party is less likely to win all the seats.

  • Taos businessman set to challenge Lujan

    A Taos businessman who says he's "committed to fundamental change from the path we are on" is set to formally announce his candidacy for Congress.

    Rick Newton will officially enter the race for New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District Tuesday. The Republican will be going up against two-term Democrat Ben Ray Lujan.

    On his campaign website, Newton says that he has lived the American dream and now wants to focus on service.

    "Now, my focus is on service — to ensure that my fellow New Mexicans are freed from this bloated and intrusive government and afforded the opportunities to succeed," Newton said.

  • Cain says he was 'falsely accused' of harassment

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Monday he was "falsely accused" of sexual harassment while he led the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

    Cain was responding to a Politico report that said the trade group settled complaints from at least two women that Cain had engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior.

    Cain told Fox News he has never sexually harassed anyone and that he was "falsely accused." He said investigations into any complaints found that they were "baseless."

  • Power restoration in snowy East could take days--video extras

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Residents across the Northeast woke up to cold, dark homes and one of the earliest snow days in memory Monday after a storm dumped as much as 30 inches of wet, heavy snow that snapped trees and power lines and disrupted plans for Halloween trick-or-treating.

    Communities from Maryland to Maine that suffered through a tough winter last year followed by a series of floods and storms went into now-familiar emergency mode as schools and roads closed, shelters opened, regional transit was suspended or delayed, and local leaders urged caution.

    The storm's lingering effects likely will outlast the snow. Temperatures are expected to begin rising Monday and the heavy, wet snow will start melting, the National Weather Service said.

  • Los Alamos Monitor earns major state awards

    The Los Alamos Monitor has been recognized as being among the top newspapers in the state. The multimedia news and information organization’s efforts were affirmed by a number of accolades as part of the 2011 Better Newspaper Contest conducted jointly by the New Mexico Press Association and the Associated Press Managing Editors.

    Chief among the awards, the Los Alamos Monitor earned the E.H. Shaffer Award for 1st Place General Excellence in the Daily Class III Division, which includes daily newspapers with 6,000 or less in circulation.

  • September fire calls

    Firefighters responded to 154 calls during September including three fire calls, 88 emergency medical calls, four traffic accidents and 59 miscellaneous calls.

  • Metzger’s ‘gets plugged in’

    A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware in White Rock hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the first-in-county reserved Plug-In Parking and charge point at a commercial business. The event coincided with National Plug In Day, Oct. 16, an unprecedented observance drawing global attention to the environmental, economic and other benefits of plug-in electric vehicles through simultaneous events staged in major cities nationwide.

  • Minimum retirement age proposed for state educators

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s retirement program for teachers and college faculty is considering proposals to shore up its long-term finances by establishing a minimum retirement age for some educators and limiting cost-of-living increases for retirees.
    The Educational Retirement Board will make a decision next month on a package of pension changes to recommend to the Legislature, which debated a measure earlier this year that would have established a minimum retirement age of 55 for some educators and public employees.
    The pension program covers 97,000 current workers and retirees.

  • Update 10-30-11

    County Council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 at the council chambers.

    CRC meets

    The Charter Review Committee will meet 5:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers to discuss partisan vs. nonpartisan elections.

    15th St. to Close

    On Monday,  the contractor will begin a full closure of 15th Street between Deacon Street and the south Metzger’s driveway to install the utility vault needed to support the new Municipal Complex being constructed just east of the Bradbury Science Museum.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mesa Public Library meeting room No. 3.

  • 25th Annual Health Fair

    Griffith Gym was a busy place Saturday morning as residents attended the 25th annual Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair.