Local News

  • Legislative special session delayed

    SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is delaying the start of a special legislative session so lawmakers can work out differences before returning to the New Mexico Capitol on Monday to hammer out a plan for financing public schools and state government in the coming year.

    Richardson initially called for the special

    session to begin Wednesday, but House and Senate leaders urged him to push that back so they could have more time to discuss potential solutions to the state’s $600 million budget deficit.

  • Placing health first

    Los Alamos County is the healthiest county in New Mexico, according to a comprehensive national health report released last week.

    “I believe it,” said Michelangelo Lobato, coordinator for the Community Health Council. “Los Alamos is such a health-conscious place, and a lot of it relates to education,” he said. “I’m amazed at the programs here.”

  • Tackling one statue at a time

    At first glance erecting 13 life-sized statues in the downtown Historic District within 10 years seems daunting.

    But as one would eat an elephant a bite at a time, the task diminishes considerably when the goal is one statue at a time. That includes determining the statue’s subject and securing its funding.

    Reaching out to individuals and entities having had relationships to the historical figures is key to funding each commission, said Chair Ron Wilkins of the Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board during an interview Tuesday.

  • Senior Day Out Program rescued

    Los Alamos County Council agreed to find $15,000 to fund a shortfall in the Senior Day Out Program operated by the senior center. The funds will keep the program going for the next several months to the new fiscal year.

    The amount was trivial in terms of the county’s annual budget and reserves, but the revision late in the year is not welcomed as a rule.

    On the other hand, as Councilor Michael Wheeler said before the unanimous vote to approve the assistance, “Every family in this community at one time or another may require these services.

  • Iran's nuclear offer too little

    VIENNA (AP) — Iran has formally set out its terms for giving up most of its cache of enriched uranium in a confidential document, and the conditions fall short of what has been demanded by the United States and other world powers.

    The document — seen by The Associated Press on Tuesday — says Tehran is ready to hand over the bulk of its stockpile, as called for under a deal brokered by the International Atomic Energy Agency and endorsed by the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany.

  • United Way to open funding process

    The local United Way is changing how funds will be used in area communities.

    “The United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) is changing its nonprofit funding model beginning with funds raised in Campaign 2011,” Board President Jill Cook said.

    Currently, the annual Community Investment process is limited to 18 member agencies for funding from the UWNNM Community Solutions Fund, as well as from donor designations.  

    A smaller grants program is open to qualified nonprofits serving Los Alamos and or Rio Arriba counties.

  • Fiber up, Los Alamos

    Google is planning to launch an experiment that they hope will make Internet access better and faster for everyone. It plans to test ultra-high speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the country.

    Its networks will deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today, over 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections.

  • Teen found staggering on roadway

    Emergency response personnel rushed a 14-year-old Los Alamos girl to the hospital after her mother found her staggering on foot along San Ildefonso Road Wednesday afternoon. Her mother called police, telling them her daughter was disoriented and at times unresponsive.

    Police dispatched an ambulance to the scene and the girl was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center, where her blood alcohol content registered .19 — or more than twice the legal limit for adult drivers, Los Alamos Police Sgt. Fred Rascon said.

  • A promise kept

    ESPAÑOLA — To guard against the all-too-familiar disappointment leveled by adults failing to keep their word, Family YMCA Teen Technology and Recreation Center Director Ben Sandoval kept 23 kids in the dark Friday.

    He didn’t tell the kids attending a center sleepover that Los Alamos Police Department Bomb Squad members were on their way down the hill to visit them ­— just in case it didn’t happen.

    Not until hearing the Emergency Response Vehicle enter the parking lot did Sandoval reveal the evening’s plan.

  • 02-23-10 Update

    Police Beat

    A military man victimized by identity theft, damage to the library and a restaurant burglary top this week’s Police Beat. Read the full report on Page 2.

    Beware of magazine scam

      The Los Alamos Police Department advises Los Alamos and White Rock residents to beware of a couple of young men selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door.