Local News

  • Update 03-23-11

    Public input
    The Municipal Building/Archives/Records Center public meeting will be at 5:30 tonight in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge.

    School board meeting
    The Los Alamos Board of Education meeting has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at Suite V of 2075 Trinity Drive.

    CIP business
    There will be a special Capital Improvement Projects Business Meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Community Building Council Chambers.

    Star party
    Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host a Star Party at 7 p.m. March 26 with Dr. James Maxwell. Learn about the universe with a short illustrated talk.

  • Farewell Freddie Rascon

    Laughter mixed with tears filled two events honoring retiring pastor and police Sgt. Federico (Freddie) Rascon and his family this week.

    “Freddie has been with the police department for 20 years, he is a sergeant but is qualified and capable of holding any position in the department – it has just been a lack of vacancies that limited him from rising higher in the ranks,” said Chief Wayne Torpy during a police farewell event Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

    On behalf of Los Alamos County, Council Chair Sharon Stover presented Rascon with a Nambe gift engraved with words of appreciation. She spoke of her memories of Rascon driving her and then council chair Lawry Mann around the county to survey the devastation following the Cerro Grande Fire.

  • Commuter flight idea takes wing

    Commercial airlines that attempted to serve Los Alamos have encountered some turbulence in the past.

    However, Los Alamos County Council directed staff to investigate the potential for getting service off the ground once again during its regular meeting Tuesday.  

    The potential will be explored for teaming up with Taos, Ruidoso and Las Cruces in a deal that would result in New Mexico Airlines providing local flights for each of the towns.

  • Rockets, bomb kill 5 in Pakistan

    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Three rocket attacks and a bomb struck parts of western Pakistan on Wednesday, killing five people, including a child, police said.

    The rockets hit several busy roads in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, police chief Daood Junejo said.

    The province has been a scene of low-level insurgency for years by nationalist groups who want a greater share of revenue from resources in the oil- and gas-rich region. A police officer and a child were among those killed by rockets and 15 people were injured.

  • Germany set to abandon nuclear power for good

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany is determined to show the world how abandoning nuclear energy can be done.

    The world's fourth-largest economy stands alone among leading industrialized nations in its decision to stop using nuclear energy because of its inherent risks. It is betting billions on expanding the use of renewable energy to meet power demands instead.

  • Spring? Yeah, right: Snow for Midwest, Northeast

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Spring can't seem to upstage winter in the Northeast and parts of the nation's midsection, as a far-reaching storm on Wednesday brought up to a foot of snow to areas from the Dakotas to upstate New York.

    Scores of schools closed or delayed opening in Wisconsin, northeastern Pennsylvania, upstate New York and northwest New Jersey because of the weather.

    Communities in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains were expecting more than 11 inches by the time the storm moved out late Wednesday, The National Weather Service reported.

    Up to 6 inches of snow had already fallen in parts of western New York and up to a foot more could fall upstate by Thursday.

  • Anxiety in Japan over radiation in tap water

    TOKYO (AP) — Shops across Tokyo began rationing goods — milk, toilet paper, rice and water — as a run on bottled water coupled with delivery disruptions left shelves bare Thursday nearly two weeks after a devastating earthquake and tsunami.

    Anxiety over food and water remained high a day after Tokyo officials reported that radioactive iodine in the city's tap water measured more than twice the level considered safe for babies.

    Radiation has been leaking from a nuclear plant 140 miles (220 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo since it was struck by the March 11 quake and engulfed by the ensuing tsunami. Feverish efforts to get the plant's crucial cooling system back in operation have been beset by explosions, fire and radiation scares.

  • Libya mission gaining, as US to cede control--see video

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the air war in Libya achieves some of its early objectives, such as grounding Moammar Gadhafi's air force, the Obama administration is looking for a quick exit — at least from a front-line role in an international operation that has yet to gain the robust participation of Arab nations that Washington wanted.

    Civilians in major cities like Misrata are still bearing the burden of clashes with pro-Gadhafi forces that are showing little sign of heeding international demands that they retreat for peace. That is raising the prospect of stalemate and doubt about whether the Libyan leader can be defeated outright.

  • Obama touts Central America ties, cuts short trip

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Under the shadow of the Libyan war to the end, President Barack Obama sped to the finish of his Latin American journey on Tuesday, promising a better U.S. fight against the violent drug trade that plagues Central America and undermines the security of an entire region.

    In tiny El Salvador, Obama again found his time diverted and his agenda eclipsed by the U.S.-led military campaign against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. He was scuttling a trip to Mayan ruins here Wednesday morning in favor of a national security meeting on Libya.

    The president is returning to Washington on Wednesday a couple of hours earlier than scheduled.

  • FBI eyes cross-burning in prosperous Calif town

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An 11-foot cross was stolen from a church and set on fire next to the home of a black family, igniting anger and disbelief in a prosperous, mostly white Central California community that hasn't seen a hate crime in nearly a decade.

    Police assigned extra patrols to the neighborhood in Arroyo Grande and rewards were offered for information leading to an arrest. Church leaders were urged to mention the family in their prayers.

    "I was horrified," said the Rev. Stephanie Raphael, president of the San Luis Obispo Ministerial Association. "We live in a paradise, and I think the first thought was, this can't really be real."