Today's News

  • Bible Answers: Life's troubles should be looked on with a measure of 'exultation'

    “What insights might the Bible have for us as we come through another fire?” —John

    We don’t need the Bible to remind us that life is full of unpleasant experiences, dangerous times and many interruptions of our well-made plans. Of course, the Bible is replete with accounts of such things because it is essentially the story of how humans and God interact in times of crisis.

  • 'Summer blockbuster' series begins

    Hollywood comes to the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos this weekend as the Rev. John Cullinan begins his third annual “Summer Blockbusters” sermon series.
    Using film as the chosen text for his sermons, Cullinan explores what people can learn about their lives from recent — and not so recent — popular movies.
    Past sermons in the series have explored themes of fathers and sons in Tim Burton’s “Big Fish,” grace in “Where the Wild Things Are,” and xenophobia in “Avatar.”
    This year’s series opens this weekend with Pixar’s 2009 animated movie, “Up.” The church will hold a “Dinner and a Movie Night” at 6 p.m. Saturday, with a community dinner.

  • Correction 07-17-11

    In Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, the story regarding Jesse Arteaga, who is facing 56 counts of child pornography, should have said that, “the reporting party explained that the video showed Arteaga’s girlfriend’s daughter undressed and subjected to inappropriate activity” rather than “Arteaga’s daughter.”

  • Gov. postpones tribal summit

    Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is postponing a summit with tribal leaders because officials are focusing on wildfires and the threat of flooding in burned areas, including tribal lands.
    The tribal-state summit was planned for next Tuesday and Wednesday. The governor’s spokesman, Scott Darnell, says it will be rescheduled in August or early September.
    Darnell said the administration had considered a postponement of the summit since the start of the Las Conchas fire last month near Los Alamos. It’s the state’s largest wildfire and burned about 80 percent of the forested lands on Santa Clara Pueblo.
    A fire in southern New Mexico burned Mescalero Apache tribal lands.

  • State has $360M available in 2013

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s financial picture is improving and more than $360 million in new revenues will be available in the upcoming budget year, lawmakers were told Thursday.
    After several years of budget shortfalls and weak revenues, New Mexico faces the prospect of having additional money that could help restore recent cuts in programs, replenish the state’s cash reserves or potentially allow for tax reductions.
    However, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s top budget adviser warned legislators not to start a “spending spree.”
    According to an updated financial forecast released to the Legislative Finance Committee at a meeting in Socorro:

  • Update 07-15-11

    CRC meeting
    Charter Review Committee will discuss the status of the Sheriff’s Office at a public meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Monday in council chambers.

    Missing pets?
    Residents whose pets may have gotten lost during the fire and evacuation are being asked to contact Animal Control through the Police Dispatch Center at 662-8222.

    Kiwanis talk
    Denise Lane and other volunteers will present their experience feeding thousands during the fire from noon-1 p.m., Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club at the Masonic Temple. 

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utiliies will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    NJROTC carwash

  • Search narrows for NCRTD executive

    The search continues and the end is in sight.

    The North Central Regional Transit District has been conducting a search since May to find a new executive director to replace Josette Lucero, who retired at the end of April.

    In the meantime, the NCRTD named former Los Alamos County Administator Tony Mortillaro as the interim executive director May 6. Rosemary Romero, who is heading the search committee, said Mortillaro and four others made the final cut and interviews were to be conducted next week. Romero said others in contention for the post include Joe Briscoe, Lauren Reichelt, Harry Montoya and Gregory Trujillo.

  • Broadband Meetings Clarify, Confuse

    Two meetings at Fuller Lodge Thursday, one for businesspeople and the other for the general public, were designed to educate about the proposed Community Broadband network and presented the results of recent market research surveys assessing community response to the proposal.

    Research and Polling Inc., a company founded by Brian Sanderoff, surveyed 102 businesses and 452 private citizens.

    The surveys asked a range of questions about residents’ satisfaction with their current Internet services, their understanding of the proposed fiber optics system and their level of interest in community broadband.

  • Blaze at 150K acres, 61 percent contained

    Firefighters were hampered Thursday by warmer weather and rugged terrain in their efforts to contain the state’s largest wildfire, as the region’s top forest official granted an initial request for funding that clears the way for recovery work on part of the massive blaze.

    Teams were using aerial reconnaissance flights and satellite images to create a map showing the severity of the burn throughout the southern half of the Las Conchas fire. Meanwhile, hydrologists and soil scientists were trying to estimate how much sediment might be moved if rain hits the burn scar.

  • Signals go up at Diamond and Trinity

    A worker sits on a crane and helps install a traffic light at the intersection of Trinity and Diamond Drive this week.