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  • It's in the bag

    Believe it or not, there’s a real debate raging out there on whether the plastic bags at the local grocery store are better than the average, so-called environmentally-friendly totes used to haul home the family groceries.

    On one side, environmentalists say the bags use up and ultimately waste oil, in the way they are made, as well the costs in fossil fuel it takes to supply a store with them. They also say they become litter all too easily; that eventually clogs up waterways and puts additional trash in landfills.

    In California, the battleground is white-hot, with the plastics industry skirmishing with the environmental movement, city by city, to fight the popular trend of banning plastic bags. So far, San Francisco and Oakland have instituted plastic bag bans, and the movement to do so is spreading to New Mexico. On the website Change.org, there is a popular petition up, calling for the state government to issue a statewide ban, and it already has 3,621 supporters.

  • Plan goes to council

    Nearly two years after its inception, the Community Broadband Network project is nearing the finish line.
    Soon the Los Alamos County Council and residents will be faced with the question of whether the county should invest in a fiber-to-the-premises network to every structure in the county.

    Project Manager Estevan Gonzales presented a project overview and business plan proposal at public meetings for residents and the business community on Wednesday. Council hears an update on the project during its March 12 work session (7 p.m., White Rock Fire Station No. 3).

    In April of 2011, council directed staff to develop an engineering design and a business plan for CBN that would provide open and advanced broadband communications access to all Los Alamos citizens and institutions, with a minimum target speed of a gigabit per second.

    The business plan calls for an “open access” model in which the county would serve as the wholesale network operator, with retail service providers purchasing wholesale network services. Any qualifying service provider would have equal and fair access to CBN services.

  • Police: Altercation at hotel sparked deadly Vegas crash--Video Extra

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police investigating a deadly car-to-car shooting and fiery crash at a major Las Vegas Strip intersection believe a previous altercation at a hotel prompted the attack.

    Three people were killed and at least six injured.

    Police are also talking to authorities in three neighboring states about a black Range Rover Sport that fled about 4:30 a.m. Thursday from Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road.

    The intersection is the site of some of the most famous casinos on the Strip, including Bellagio, Caesars Palace and Bally's.

    Authorities say at least one person in the Range Rover shot at people in a Maserati that then crashed into a taxi cab.

    The taxi cab burst into flames, and the driver and passenger were killed. The male driver of the Maserati also died, and his passenger was shot.

  • Today in History for February 21st
  • Winter returns to LA

     Beverly Bender and her faithful friend “Bolte” help clean up La Tierra Street on the North Mesa Wednesday morning after the latest snowfall in Los Alamos. 

  • Update 02-20-13

    Meeting

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will have their monthly meeting at 7 p.m.Thursday at UNMLA, Building 2, room 203. They will discuss plans for possible ward boundary changes and some other rule changes.  All Democrats are encouraged to attend.

    Relay for Life

     Relay for Life Los Alamos will hold its monthly committee meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. today at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr. Individuals who are interested in helping and/or participating are invited to attend. For more information, contact gloria.martinez@cancer.org.

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    Film series

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the White Rock Town Hall.

    Film showing

    “Land Water People Time” film showing. PEEC and the Reel Deal Theater team up to show this award-winning documentary film about Northern New Mexico. 7 p.m. Thursday The event is $10 for adults, $5 for children at the door. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

  • Horse hair hijacked

    At least two horses were reported to be victims of foul play at the North Mesa stables Friday; one had about half of its tail hair removed and the other had its mane completely shorn off.

    However, according to the owners, the vandals took a lot more than just horse hair.

    Both of the horse’s owners, Katherine Anderson and Laura Kober, said they felt violated by the whole experience.

    “My horses are my children, and she was violated, because first of all someone has been on my property and second of all, someone had their hands on my horse with a sharp instrument,” Anderson said.
    Kober felt the same way.

    “Knowing that someone actually climbed our fences to get at our horses makes you feel violated, like there’s absolutely no security out here,” Kober said.

    The horse, which had its tail cut, is a competition horse that belongs to Kober’s daughter, who is also a member of the Los Alamos Pony Club, an affiliate of the U.S. Pony Club.

    Kober also is worried by how the incident has affected her daughter, who takes meticulous care of her horse.

  • Council OKs CIP plan

    A decision to defer as much as $12.5 million in capital improvement project spending for up to four years in order to ease the current budget crunch promised to test the Los Alamos County Council to its limits at Tuesday’s session, when it was set to determine which projects would be deferred.

    A proposal from supporters of golf course improvements eased council’s task considerably. Councilor Frances Berting reported that each councilor had been contacted with an offer to defer improvements to the course for three years, provided the four-year phase-in originally approved was reduced to two years.

    The council took the golf course supporters up on their proposal, unanimously approving the motion that also deferred ice rink improvements with the exception of upgrades to the parking area.

    County administrator Harry Burgess said the motion approved by council should assure a balanced budget for FY2014, barring major setbacks such as sequestration of the federal budget. However, there is a significant chance council will need to have another discussion about deferring CIP projects during FY2015 budget planning.

  • Fire Dept.: Body Found in KC Restaurant Rubble
  • Domenici acknowledges having son outside marriage

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Sen. Pete Domenici disclosed that he fathered a secret child in the 1970s with the 24-year-old daughter of one of his Senate colleagues — a startling revelation for a politician with a reputation as an upstanding family man.

    Domenici and Michelle Laxalt sent statements to the Albuquerque Journal that announced the relationship for the first time and identified their son as Nevada attorney Adam Paul Laxalt. They said they decided to go public with their decades-old secret because they believed someone was about to release the information in an attempt to smear Domenici.

    "I deeply regret this and am very sorry for my behavior," Domenici, 80, said in his statement. "I hope New Mexicans will view that my accomplishments for my beloved state outweigh my personal transgression."