Local News

  • Officials question staff action plans

    At Tuesday night’s work session, the county council reviewed Management Action Plans developed by staff to implement the Strategic Leadership Plan adopted in July.

    The MAPs are a framework for achieving council’s five-year goals as well as the plan’s long-term vision. The action plans will become a critical focus for departmental operating budgets.

    Team leaders were assigned to develop MAPs for each goal. Every MAP designates a lead department responsible for the action, establishes an initial deadline and estimates the fiscal impact of the plan.

  • Raw Video: Bear Found on Vancouver Garbage Truck

    Residents of Vancouver had a wilderness encounter when a bear hitched a ride on a garbage truck. A conservation officer said the bear likely began the adventure in a dumpster. It was tranquilized and later returned to the wild.

  • Tree transportation

    When local caterer Jarda Belmonte went shopping for a tree Saturday afternoon, the workers at Delancey Street Christmas Trees on Trinity Drive got creative to help her get it home. They had her put the top down on her convertible and strapped the tree to the trunk. Luckily, the temperatures weren’t that cold and it was a short drive home.

  • Obama seeks to leverage $1 trillion spending bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies in the Senate are using a critical year-end spending bill as political leverage to try to force Republicans to negotiate bipartisan legislation to extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits due to expire at the end of the year.

    An administration official said the president called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., over the weekend and urged him to hold up the massive $1 trillion-plus spending package until an agreement is reached on the tax cuts and the unemployment benefits.

  • Update 12-13-11

    Committee meeting

    Trinity Drive Technical Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. today in the Pajarito Cliffs conference room.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Kiwanis noon-1 p.m. meetings Tuesday at Masonic Lodge: Dec. 20. Jessamy Phillips will speak briefly about her experience in a nursing program in Africa.

    Art in Public Places

    The Art in Public Places Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mesa Library.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meets

    The Los Alamos County Council meets at 7 p.m. today at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

  • State sets 30 extreme weather records

    In 2011, at least 30 record-breaking extreme weather records have been set so far in New Mexico – and 2,941 monthly weather records broken  nationwide – according to a new interactive extreme weather mapping tool (nrdc.org/extremeweather) and year-end review released by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    The web-based tool allows New Mexico residents to draw the connections between climate change (nrdc.org/globalwarming/climatebasics.asp) and extreme weather in the cities and towns in which they live.
    So far this year, at least 30 weather-related records were broken in New Mexico: 21 heat-related records, seven rainfall records and two snowfall records. These records impacted 14 counties – 42 percent of the counties in New Mexico.

  • More snow forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday

    At first glance, it might appear to be white sand pouring out of this seashell that’s used as a decoration for a patio table in Los Alamos. While sand might be a more normal setting for the shell, it’s actually snow. The second winter storm in as many weeks has dumped another round of snow on the area with more predicted to fall later Tuesday and into Wednesday. A multi-car pileup was reported Monday afternoon near the Santa Fe Opera and deputies responded to accidents along New Mexico highway 599, which wreaked havoc on commuters .


  • Ceremony is a first for Los Alamos

    For the first time in its history, Los Alamos hosted a naturalization ceremony, the final step for candidates to become United States citizens. Six Los Alamos residents were among eight candidates from China, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.

    Field Office Director of United States Citizens and Immigration Services Albuquerque Office Patti Reynolds conducted the ceremony Monday at Fuller Lodge.

  • VIDEO: Australian Describes Surviving a Shark Attack

    An Australian surfer had a lucky escape on Sunday when a shark took a bite out of his surfboard.

  • NM’s medical marijuana program flourishing

    ALBUQUERQUE(AP) — More than 1,000 New Mexicans have applied for medical marijuana licenses since Republican Gov. Susana Martinez took office in January, prompting the administration that had advocated repeal of the law to instead propose taking the program outside of the public health department.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Catherine Torres said in a telephone interview this week that she will ask lawmakers for authorization to create a new, self-supporting unit with seven full-time employees to administer the program.

    Asked  whether that meant Martinez had changed her stance against the legalization in 2007 of medical marijuana, Torres said only that “the governor and I are following the statutes.”