Local News

  • Leisure pool referendum drowns in 'No' votes

     The Los Alamos County general obligation bond for a leisure pool at the aquatic center failed overwhelmingly Wednesday night as unofficial results were released at the Justice Center.

    Ballots were mailed out to residents who voted against the pool measure 3,851-2,239.

    Final design and construction costs were expected to be $6.1 million. The county had allocated $3.1 million from the General Fund. Citizens were asked to approve an increase in property taxes through a General Obligation (GO) bond of up to $3 million. The average increase in property taxes on a home valued at $300,000 would have been $32.35 annually, based on county estimates.

  • Liberal group criticizes PRC appointee

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointment of Santa Fe energy consultant Douglas Howe to New Mexico’s utility regulator came under fire Tuesday from a liberal group because he once worked on a project for Libya’s government-owned electric company.
    Howe dismissed the criticisms by Progress New Mexico and a spokesman for Martinez called it a “smear attack.”

  • Free advice to stop elderly abuse

    SANTA FE – Elderly New Mexicans and their family members seeking financial or medical advice, and tips on how to protect themselves from financial schemes can do so Thursday by calling financial advice hot lines. A team of physicians, financial planners and accountants will be on hand to offer free advice on these issues.
    The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department’s Securities Division is partnering with several national agencies to provide this free service from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. For general financial questions, individuals can call 1- 888-227-1776; for medical questions, 1- 888-303-0430; and for financial abuse issues, 1-888-303-3297.

  • Search for Missing Man Continues

  • Correction 11-09-11

    • Kelly Casados, 43, of Los Alamos was arrested on an outstanding warrant on Oct. 12. She was not arrested on Oct. 19 as reported in Police Beat.
    • In the Knoop obituary, the following sentence should have been added: In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Sombrillo Retirement Home, Hospice Visiting Nurses or Gideons International.

  • Winds cause power outage

    Winds reported at 47 mph caused a jumper connection on overhead electric lines to burn in two on Saturday morning according to officials at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities.
    The failed jumper brought power down to about 20 residences in the Fairway neighborhood in the Western Area and also affected power at the Ski Hill from 9:40 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Initial calls to DPU electric linemen at 9:40 a.m. reported partial power to certain Fairway residences, which can indicate a blown fuse or failed transformer. Initial pole by pole patrol and investigation was focused on these potential causes.

  • Update 11-09-11

    County Council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 15  in the White Rock Fire House No. 3.

    WR Committee

    The public is encouraged to attend the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee at 6 p.m. Monday at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Fields Closed

    Spirio Field at Overlook Park is closed while parks crews refit the field with a new irrigation system, which involves extensive trenching. Work should be completed by the end of November. Bomber Field on North Mesa is closed to all activities until the refitting of lighting and repairs to the irrigation system are completed.

    Leisure Pool

  • Muni Building Site Cleanup

    Workers have been demolishing the old apartment buildings and clearing the site for the new municipal building, which will be on Central Avenue.

  • Council bolsters support for UNM-LA

    The County Council approved several items on a full agenda Tuesday evening. The major items of business were as follows:

    • Council approved $553,118 for the University of New Mexico - Los Alamos (UNM-LA): $303,118 to replace and upgrade certain computer infrastructure and $250,000 for other program support. The vote was 6–0, with Councilor Mike Wismer recusing himself because his wife is a staff member at UNM-LA. (Read more about this in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.)

  • Budge quits White Rock master plan post

    The suggestion by two county councilors in a public meeting that members of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee (WRMPIC) and, or county staff had pulled a “bait and switch” crossed the line for Chair Kent Budge. Budge has tendered his resignation.