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Today's News

  • NM high court asked to legalize gay marriage

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court was asked Thursday by a same-sex couple in Santa Fe to decide whether gay marriage is legal in the state.

    If the court decides the case, it could resolve a politically difficult issue that has stalled in the Legislature. A proposed constitutional amendment to legalize gay marriage died in the Democratic-controlled Legislature earlier this year. Lawmakers in the past also have rejected proposals to allow domestic partnerships that would give same-sex couples many of the legal protections and benefits of married couples.

    Lawyers for two Santa Fe men, Alexander Hanna and Yon Hudson, asked the Supreme Court to order the Santa Fe County clerk to issue them a marriage license.

    The court didn't immediately decide whether it will consider the case.

    The couple had filed a lawsuit in district court earlier this month after being denied a marriage license.

    One of their attorneys, state Rep. Brian Egolf, of Santa Fe, said the case was being withdrawn from the district court and shifted to the Supreme Court to try to get a speedy decision on the same-sex marriage issue.

    Egolf said his clients don't want to wait years for the case to go through the state or federal court systems.

  • LAFD douses small White Rock brush fire

     

    The Los Alamos Monitor has received a report of a small brush fire in White Rock near the Messiah Lutheran Church at 172 Meadow Lane Thursday.

    The fire was about 20 feet by 60 feet and it started at 2:50 p.m. and was extinguished within minutes by the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    LAFD has launched an investigation into the cause.

  • Stover named NMAC vice president

    The New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) elected Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover as the new Vice President at its 77th Annual Conference in Clovis Thursday.

    She assumed the new responsibility at the conclusion of the NMAC Annual Conference and will co-host an upcoming board meeting in Colfax County Aug. 1 and 2.

    In addition to serving as the Los Alamos County Clerk, Stover has been the NMAC Treasurer and board representative for Los Alamos County. Previously, she was a Los Alamos County
    Councilor.

    She was chosen as part of the new leadership by her peer-elected officials to help guide the NMAC Board of Directors representing all 33 counties in New Mexico.

    Stover said, “I am honored to serve on the board and look forward to working with the new leadership and staff in continuing to build a strong NMAC organization.”
     

  • U.S., Russia reach nuke fuel pact

    The National Nuclear Security Administration earlier this week announced that it has monitored the elimination of more than 475 metric tons (MT) of Russian highly enriched uranium (HEU) under a landmark nuclear nonproliferation program, commonly known as Megatons to Megawatts. With today’s 475 MT HEU milestone, deliveries under the U.S.-Russia HEU Purchase Agreement of low enriched uranium (LEU) produced from Russian HEU are 95 percent complete, and HEU roughly equivalent to 19,000 nuclear weapons has been permanently eliminated.
    “The HEU Purchase Agreement has reached yet another important milestone on the path towards blending down and eliminating 500 metric tons of Russian weapons HEU. The HEU Program has been one of the most successful nonproliferation and material disposition programs in U.S. history and is a success we share with our Russian partners,” said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington. “The President’s nonproliferation goals have been advanced by the hard work and dedication of both U.S. and Russian personnel under the landmark 1993 agreement.”

  • Russian delegation visits Roundhouse, Council

    A group of 10 high school students and three chaperones from Sarov, Russia, visiting as part of the Los Alamos-Sarov Sister City Initiative, are making the most of their trip to New Mexico. They visited the Roundhouse in Santa Fe and went to the council meeting in Los Alamos Tuesday.

  • Update 06-28-13

    Muni opening

    The public is invited to tour the new municipal building from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday — tours led by county staff will depart from the main lobby in small groups approximately every 15 minutes, with the last tour beginning at 10:15. The tour is expected to take approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
    At 11 a.m., the public is invited to attend the official grand opening and building dedication ceremony hosted by the county council.

    Concert night

    Come to Los Alamos Monitor Night Friday night at Ashley Pond as the Parker Millsap Band with Michael Rose takes the stage at 7 p.m. The concert is free.

    Authors Speak

    Author John Nichols author of The Milagro Beanfield War, reads from and signs On Top of Spoon Mountain. 7 p.m. tonight at the Mesa Public Library, Upstairs Rotunda.

    WR movie

    White Rock Family Friendly Film Series. “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” 7 p.m. Friday at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Golf swap

    Los Alamos Junior Golf Association Golf Swap. 8 a.m. Saturday  at the Big Tent, Los Alamos Golf Course.

     

  • A busy Friday night in Los Alamos

    There are a lot of options for residents Friday night in Los Alamos.

    It will be Los Alamos Monitor Night with a free concert at Ashley Pond.

    Playing will be the Parker Millsap Band with Michael Rose featured on stand-up bass.

    “Parker Millsap is a young singer-songwriter that’s most likely going to be a big star in the near future,” Organizer Russ Gordon said. He plays Americana-folk-rock-blues-gospel and reminds me of some of the best of this genre; heroes like Tom Waits, Ray LaMontagne, Ryan Adams, John Mayer, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Keller Williams and then there’s Dylan and Woody Guthrie.”

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Bradbury Science Museum will host “What’s in a Click: The Wonders of High Speed Imaging,” from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

    Laboratory personnel and their families and the general public can learn about the advances of high-speed cameras and the discoveries scientists at LANL have made with them.

    The museum partners with Fuller Lodge Art Center, the Los Alamos Historical Museum and Los Alamos County among others in the Downtown Friday Night program.

  • Packing up the trailers
  • Voting blind on Caldera

    Third in a series

    The actions of New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Director Jim Lane were not the only questionable ones at the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission’s May 23 meeting.

    Statements and questions by commissioners revealed that most had little or no knowledge of current legislation regarding the Valles Caldera National Preserve or of proposed legislation that would place it under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service.

    In fact, the motion made by Commissioner Tom Arvas and unanimously approved reads, “I move to authorize Director Lane to oppose via letter and any other means any change in management or ownership of the Valles Caldera Preserve.”

    Under the current legislation, such a motion is untenable. The trust will dissolve if it fails to achieve financial self-sufficiency by 2015. No one, including the preserve’s board of trustees, expects the trust to meet that goal, even if it is granted a possible five-year extension.

    “The problem with the trust model–and I think it’s a failed model for public land here–is that it requires that self-sustaining formula, which limits access,” said VCNP board Chair Kent Salazar.

  • Cub gets helping hand

    A bear cub was searching for the mother he lost during the Thompson Ridge Fire on the Valles Caldera National Preserve Sunday.

    Firefighters working the line came across the cub a day earlier and decided to add him to their monitoring duties.
    They watched from a distance as he climbed trees and scampered in and out of the tall grass. But when it became obvious a mother-cub reunion would not come in time to save the toddler’s life the firefighters called for help.

    New Mexico Game and Fish Department was summoned to collect the cub and transported him to Española where he was placed in the care of Dr. Kathleen Ramsay DVM.

    “The cub had first and second degree burns on his left rear foot and a second degree burn over his left eye” Ramsay said.

    There was one major complication however.

    “He wasn’t weaned,” Ramsay said.

    Ramsay immediately began bottle feeding the bear which lasted for several days. Then one day he pushed the bottle away and began eating solid food.

    “It was as if he was saying “I got this. I’ll take it from here,” she said.