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Today's News

  • Garcia Richard, Rodgers spar at candidate forum

     

    Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) and her opponent, Republican Geoff Rodgers, presented strongly contrasting views on the role of government at Thursday’s League of Women Voters candidate forum.

    Rodgers kept coming back to what he called the two main issues: the need to encourage private sector growth through a “balanced and stable regulatory system” and the need to reform the tax code so businesses can “see a return on their investment.”

    “We need the state legislature to understand it is the private sector and private investment that creates jobs,” said Rodgers, who last week picked up an endorsement from former U.S. senator Pete Domenici. “We can pass all the jobs bills that we want, but if the state continues to be a hurdle, we will remain where we are.”

  • Assessor candidates state their case

     

    The League of Women Voters sponsored the, Los Alamos Candidates Forum at the Fuller Lodge Thursday night and one of the debates was for the county assessor’s office.

    Tthe Los Alamos Democrats and the Los Alamos Republicans both offered up candidates for the County Assessors Office to replace JoAnn Johnson, who has  served the maximum two four-year terms, according to county statute. 

    Also scheduled was a magistrate court debate, but Blair Redmond, the Republican opponent to Pat Casados, did not attend.

    Los Alamos’ County Assessor candidates

  • LAHS names homecoming king, queen; other photos posted
  • WIPP: Second drum didn't breach

     

     Recent news reports have incorrectly suggested that there is a second breached drum in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) underground facility. 

    According to a WIPP press release, there is no evidence to suggest a release from a second drum. The site conducted initial surveys that showed no evidence of a radiological release from Panel 6, and we have seen no evidence since then that suggests anything different. 

    “Worker safety is the Department’s highest priority and workers entering radiologically controlled areas of the WIPP underground facility are trained and equipped with state of the art protective equipment. Safety measures are being taken to protect all workers during every entry into the underground facility,” the press release stated.

  • Census: UNM-LA has increased enrollment

     

    Bucking a statewide decline, the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) recorded a significant increase in its unofficial census numbers after the first 21 days of the fall semester. Fall 2014 totaled 870 students, an increase of 14 percent over the same period in 2013.

    UNM-LA students are taking a total of 5,515 credit hours, which is a 4.2 percent increase from fall 2013 and a 21 percentincrease from fall 2012.

    “With fall enrollment numbers down at virtually every other campus in New Mexico,” said UNM-LA CEO, Dr. Wynn Goering, “we see clearly how successful UNM-LA has been in providing a product that’s attractive to students.”

  • Cone Zone 09-20-14

     
    Diamond Drive Slurry Seal:
    As part of the pavement preservation program, Diamond Drive from the roundabout to North Road/Ridgeway will be slurry sealed starting on Monday, September 22. Expect lane closures, flagging operations, and possible delays. Barring any delays, this work should be complete by Wednesday.
     
    Pavement Preservation Work in White Rock:
    Chip material has been applied on Hamlin Court, Pruitt, Paige Loop and Paige Court in White Rock. The final sealant is scheduled to be applied between September 24 and 26. Residents will receive 48 hour notice before the final sealant is applied on their street. Expect intermittent lane closures and flagging operations.
     
    Central Avenue Improvements Project:
    Please stay out of the established work zones. Cutting across an active work zone is extremely dangerous and pedestrians are advised to use the provided temporary crossings.
     

  • Candidates speak out

    Candidates for municipal judge, magistrate judge and county sheriff made their positions clear to the Los Alamos voters Thursday night at the League of Women Voters Los Alamos Candidates Forum.
    Also in attendance were candidates for House District 43 and county assessor and their debates will be reported in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
    It was a packed house at Fuller Lodge, as residents asked many questions of the candidates.
    Municipal Judge
    This year, Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk, a Republican, has a challenger in Democrat Paul Martinez. Both candidates clearly communicated to the audience that there are stark differences between them, especially in how they would manage the court if elected or re-elected.
    Kirk, who grew up in Los Alamos and was once the town’s police chief, has been the municipal court judge for the last 16 years.
    Martinez introduced himself as the founder and director of the two Youth Activities Centers in Los Alamos and White Rock, as well as a U.S. Navy veteran with degrees in sociology and political science. He has been a resident of Los Alamos for the past 32 years.
    “Teen Court” and the municipal court’s management relationship with the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board seemed to be where both candidates picked their battles.

  • Opera on the Rocks set for Saturday

    Opera on the Rocks returns Saturday to Bandelier National Monument Saturday with a presentation of “Don Giovanni,” one of the most popular operas of all time,.
    The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Bandelier’s Juniper Campground outdoor amphitheater.
    The event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera, as well as for opera enthusiasts, to enjoy listening in a special venue. Hosts of the event include the Los Alamos Opera Guild of the Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc., Opera Alta, Bandelier National Monument, and the Los Alamos Commerce Development Corporation.
    Transportation will be provided to and from the venue by the Los Alamos Atomic City Transit. Don Quixote Distillery & Winery and Black Mesa Winery will feature local wines prior to the performance.
    The Bandelier Trading Company will sell food. The Rotary Stars will provide cheese and fruit trays. “This presentation is a combined effort of local talent, local sponsors and your local National Park Service site. Music has been present in the Frijoles Canyon area for millennia. This musical program continues what the Ancestral Pueblo started long ago,” said Superintendent Jason Lott.

  • Today in history Sept. 20
  • Goodell: 'Same mistakes can never be repeated'

    NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl.

    At a news conference Friday, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. He did not announce any specific changes, but said he has not considered resigning.

    "Unfortunately, over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong," he said. "That starts with me."

    The league has faced increasing criticism that it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough concerning the domestic abuse cases.

    The commissioner reiterated that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case.

    "The same mistakes can never be repeated," he said.

    Goodell now oversees all personal conduct cases, deciding guilt and penalties.

    He said he believes he has the support of the NFL's owners, his bosses.

    "That has been clear to me," he said.