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  • Today in History for July 26th
  • Skydiver Fearless Felix jumps from 18 miles up

    Skydiver "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner has done it again.

    On Wednesday, Baumgartner took another stratospheric leap, this time from an altitude of more than 18 miles — an estimated 96,640 feet, nearly three times higher than cruising jetliners. He landed safely near Roswell, N.M. His top speed was an estimated 536 mph, said Brian Utley, an official observer on site.

  • Area leaders return from D.C. trip

    WASHINGTON, DC –Members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (Coalition) along with representatives from Governor Martinez’s Office, the Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque Chambers of Commerce, and other New Mexico business leaders visited Washington, DC last week to discuss the importance of funding for the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the impact of funding cuts on New Mexico’s economy and employment rate.  

  • Water leak at golf course

    County staff announced today that there is a water leak in a pressurized irrigation line at the Golf Course. The irrigation line, which serves the Golf Course south of Diamond Drive has been shut off and water trucks are being used to water the greens, tee boxes and fairways until irrigation service can be restored.

  • July 4 church fire still under investigation

    The July 4 fire that destroyed the chapel at the New Beginnings Church still is under investigation.

    That’s the latest from the Los Alamos County Fire Department, New Mexico State Fire Marshal Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

    All three organizations are still in the process of conducting an investigation into the origin and cause of the fire located at 112 East Rd at the New Beginnings Church.

    According to a LAFD press release, the fire is still classified as under investigation and information is still being gathered and processed.

  • Governor names new leader for National Guard

    SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday named an Air Force National Guard colonel with more than 30 years of military experience to lead New Mexico’s Guard forces.
    Col. Andrew Salas will serve as the state’s adjutant general, succeeding Maj. Gen. Kenny Montoya, who resigned earlier this year to allow the Republican governor to select her own leader.
    Martinez described Salas as a diverse and well-rounded leader.

  • Shuffling at wildlife agency triggers concerns

    ALBUQUERQUE  (AP) — Environmentalists are concerned that reorganizing the New Mexico Game and Fish Department could spell trouble for the state’s nongame animals and programs aimed at conserving threatened and endangered species.
    Not so, the agency says.
    A lightning rod for controversy, the department is again sitting at the center of a longstanding debate over its mission and how it balances conservation and the interests of hunters and anglers whose license fees pay for much of the department’s work.

  • Update 07-25-12

    Presentation

    Presentations on recovery efforts in Haiti will be given at 7 p.m. today at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. A free-will offering will be taken to support the 2012 Carter Work Project and continued rebuilding in Haiti.  Refreshments will be provided.

    P&Z meeting

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m.  today  in council chambers.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in Council Chambers.

    Film series

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Spy Kids 4” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Science talk

  • LAPD makes profiling policy more accessible

    It’s amazing what one phone call can do.

    The Los Alamos Police Department found this out recently when it received a “B” grade in a racial profiling survey published by two New Mexico-based civil rights groups: Somos Un Pueblo Unido and the New Mexico State Conference NAACP.

    The survey, titled “Biased Based Policing at a Glance,” surveyed law enforcement agencies across New Mexico to see whether or not they even had policies that guarded against racial profiling. If they did, then they were further graded on how accessible those policies were to the public.

  • Council debates size of sewer rate hikes

    Replacing Los Alamos County’s aging sewage infrastructure is unavoidable, which means rate hikes are inevitable. How much those hikes will be and how they will be implemented was the topic of discussion during the county council’s work session Tuesday.

    Council approved a 10 percent rate increase in 2011 to help reduce the funding deficit for capital improvements and operating costs.

    At that time, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) projected a 20 percent increase in FY2013 to replace aging infrastructure, pay annual operating expenses and pay off the loan for the Los Alamos Waste Water Treatment Plant (LAWWTP). At the time, councilors urged DPU officials to look for alternatives to the rate increase.