Local News

  • Update 09-30-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 in council chambers.

    Homecoming game

    At 7 p.m., the Hilltopper football team will host Albuquerque Academy at Sullivan Field.

    Homecoming coverage

    Look for full Homecoming coverage in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

    Hall update

    State Rep. Jim Hall of Los Alamos will speak at noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 on what he has learned since he was chosen to succeed the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace in the legislature. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage.

    Historic meeting

    The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Board will meet at

  • Redistricting dispute heads to high court

    SANTA FE — Legal maneuvering over redistricting continued Thursday as a group of Democrats asked the state’s highest court to intervene in a dispute over which court in New Mexico should handle the politically important task of drawing new boundaries for elected office districts.
    Democrats, including Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe, requested that the state Supreme Court consolidate all redistricting cases in district court in Santa Fe and appoint one judge to handle them.
    Republicans have filed separate redistricting lawsuits in Albuquerque, the state’s largest city, and in Lovington, a community in GOP-dominated Lea County in southeastern New Mexico. The Democratic group brought cases in Santa Fe, where the party is heavily favored.

  • LA Golf Course Study underway

    In December 2010, the Los Alamos County Council authorized staff to move forward with a Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Phase I study for Golf Course improvements. A study team headed by Andy Staples, a golf course consultant specializing in sustainable golf courses, began taking public input last week.

    The goals of the study include:
    Looking at ways to improve the irrigation system; water storage and water quality issues.
    • Addressing turf quality
    • Upgrading the practice facilities
    • Eliminating safety hazards (areas of Diamond Drive and two homes are in range of several holes).

  • Longtime local frequents Farmers Market

    Los Alamos resident Joyce Eyster shopped the Farmers Market Thursday for fresh fruits and vegetables. She moved to town in 1948 and has lived in the same home with the same husband, Eugene Eyster, for 63 years.

  • Councilor makes costly motion

    Three senior-level county employees racked up hundreds of dollars in wages from a councilor’s request that resulted in holding the employees in place for the duration of a five and a half hour county council meeting.

    Earlier this month, the county’s acting director of the Community Development Department, the logistics manager and the acting Capital Projects and Facilities director attended the 7 p.m. council meeting on Sept. 6.

    The trio stood ready to answer councilor questions related to the demolition of the final Los Alamos Apartment building at 939 Iris St. – an item bundled in the consent agenda to be acted upon at the start of the meeting.

  • Paramedics up next in trial of Jackson's doctor

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paramedics who responded to Michael Jackson's mansion the day he died were expected to testify Friday in the trial of the pop star's doctor who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

    Martin Blount and Richard Senneff had previously testified at a preliminary hearing that Dr. Conrad Murray never mentioned giving Jackson the powerful anesthetic propofol and told them the singer lost consciousness moments before an ambulance was called. Both men believed the singer had died by the time they arrived in June 2009, but Murray insisted the performer be taken to a hospital for more resuscitation efforts.

  • Fear in Colo. town at heart of Listeria outbreak

    HOLLY, Colo. (AP) — Eric Jensen surveys his dusty cantaloupe field and seems equally stunned and puzzled at the fate that has befallen his crop: row upon row of melons rotting on the vine.

    Jensen is the co-owner of the Colorado farm where health officials say a national listeria outbreak originated, making his withering fields the epicenter of a food scare that has sickened dozens of people from Wyoming to Maryland and caused 16 deaths.

    Jensen has no idea how his cantaloupes became infected, and neither do the Food and Drug Administration investigators who have intermittently been in this town of 800 people near the Kansas border since the outbreak started earlier this month.

  • Yemen says al-Qaida-linked cleric Awlaki killed--video extra

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — In a significant new blow to al-Qaida, U.S. airstrikes in Yemen on Friday killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an American born in New Mexico and a militant cleric who became a prominent figure in the terror network's most dangerous branch, using his fluent English and Internet savvy to draw recruits for attacks in the United States.

    The strike was the biggest U.S. success in hitting al-Qaida's leadership since the May killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. But it raises questions that other strikes did not: Al-Awlaki was an American citizen who has not been charged with any crime. Civil liberties groups have questioned the government's authority to kill an American without trial.

  • Feds work with pueblo on fire recovery

    ALBUQUERQUE — The damage done to one Native American community’s ancestral lands by the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s recorded history is being assessed as part of a new agreement reached between tribal leaders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    An agency contractor this week started collecting aerial photographs of the burned area along Santa Clara Pueblo’s charred canyon as the first step in the watershed assessment.
    Officials said the $1.8 million study is expected to take three years to complete. The findings will provide the basis for a long-term plan aimed at restoration and flood prevention.

  • Rumble in the Rio

    Twenty-eight police officers, firefighters and metro detention center personnel will face off in the eighth annual Rumble in the Rio charity bout at 7 p.m., Oct. 22 at the Santa Ana Star Casino. 2011 Rumble in Rio contenders include Los Alamos Police Lt. Jason Wardlow-Herrera who will fight in the first bout againt Santa Fe County Firefighter Grant Lundquist in the 200 lb. category, Los Alamos Firefighter Manfred Herman will take on Victor Duran of the Metro Detention Center in the 180 lb. category and Los Alamos Firefighter Daniel Garcia will go up against Steven Schmitt of the Metro Detention Center in the 160 lb. category.
    Tickets are available at the Santa Ana Star Players Club, www.startickets.com.