Local News

  • County porn probe results in disciplinary actions at FD

    There aren’t any significant revelations in the redacted version of the final report released by the County Attorney’s Office concluding an investigation into alleged pornography downloaded from county computers last fall.

    First Line Resources out of Albuquerque investigated county IT department findings in which eight computers at the Los Alamos Fire Department’s Station 3 in White Rock had “user-accessed photos that could be in breach of Los Alamos County Information Technology Security Policy.”

    The report states that 32 local firefighters were initially linked to the investigation by  their computer user profiles, which indicated they may have accessed inappropriate photographic materials.

  • CRC tells council to hold fast to current form of government

    Charter Review Committee members recommended that the Los Alamos government’s structure remain unchanged during a county council work session Tuesday.

    Structure of Government Subcommittee Chair Kyle Wheeler said, “(When) we got down to business, we really picked apart this issue.”

    During its April 11 meeting, the Charter Review Committee voted 8-1 to continue the charter discussions within the context of the current council/county administrator form of government with the potential for making some changes within that structure.

    Committee member Skip Dunn cast the sole opposing vote at that meeting.

  • Seven hopefuls file for Wallace's state house seat

    Seven people stepped forward by Tuesday’s noon deadline to fill the remaining 19 months of Rep. Jeannette Wallace’s House District 43 term. Wallace died from illness in April.

    She served two decades in the  New Mexico state legislature. Wallace has been described as a tireless advocate for the people of Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Santa Fe counties.

    Those vying to replace her are two sitting county councilors, a former councilor, a former school board member, a forest association official from La Cienega and two local Democrats who vied for Republican Wallace’s seat in the last election.

  • Ice Cream Night

    Kailey Thwaits, 3, enjoys a large scoop of orange sherbet from the safety of her father, Los Alamos Fire Department Driver Engineer James Thwaits’ arms during Tuesday’s annual Haagen Dazs free ice cream cone event at Dan’s Café. Owner Dan Serna said he distributed 2,000 scoops of ice cream at this year’s event, in which firefighters, police, Los Alamo National Bank and others participated.

    Also Tuesday, Melissa Romero of Los Alamos National Bank serves ice cream to event goers at Dan’s Café Tuesday including Fire Chief Doug Tucker and Police Chief Wayne Torpy.


  • LA receives grant for pilot program

    G-Ball has been described as golf’s version of T-Ball. Los Alamos Recreation Division has been awarded a grant for the Starting New at Golf (SNAG) G-Ball pilot program.

    Los Alamos County is one of a select handful of communities in the U.S. to receive the grant. The National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) awarded the grants, which totaled $180,000. Los Alamos is still awaiting word on the dollar amount it will receive, Recreation Programs Manager Diane Marquez said.

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  • Stripping criminals of ill-gotten gains

    n an effort to interrupt a criminal’s ability to achieve financial gains through illegal activity, the United States Marshals Service has added a new Asset Forfeiture Criminal Investigator to its New Mexico team.

  • Lawmakers name panel to work on NM redistricting

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislative leaders named an 18-member committee on Monday to start work on redistricting, but a top Senate Democrat complained that lawmakers will be hindered because the governor vetoed $100,000 for the panel's expenses.

    Senate President Tim Jennings of Roswell said the veto likely will force cost-cutting by the Legislature, including possible limits on some lawmakers attending interim study committee meetings in New Mexico and travel to out-of-state legislative conferences.

  • Gingrich tosses hat in the ring for GOP presidential run--video extra

    ATLANTA (AP) — Newt Gingrich, the House speaker who led a national GOP resurgence in the 1990s before facing ethics questions and resigning, is running for president.

    Gingrich's announcement, made on social networking websites Monday, came after months of public flirting with a bid. He enters a slow-to-form GOP presidential field that has left some Republicans craving more options as they search for a nominee strong enough to credibly challenge President Barack Obama.

  • Lizard draws controversy

    ALBUQUERQUE — Environmentalists on Friday challenged a New Mexico congressman’s claims that protections for a small lizard found only in parts of New Mexico and West Texas would lead to economic devastation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species, saying habitat loss and fragmentation have pushed the lizard toward extinction. The public has until Monday to submit comments on the proposal.
    Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., and others complain that a listing would result in oil and gas development being limited on thousands of acres in the Permian Basin, costing jobs, tax revenues and royalties.