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Today's News

  • Relay for Life at Ashley Pond tonight

    Community members touched by cancer, and those who support them, will spend tonight walking around Ashley Pond to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS).
    During the annual Relay for Life event, individuals and teams will camp out at Ashley Pond Park and take turns walking.
    Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times “because cancer never sleeps.” Participants may be survivors, walking in remembrance of someone or celebrating a cure.
    Despite the fact that participants are raising money to combat a grim disease, Community Manager Manuel Luna is quick to point out that the event is anything but somber.
    “For the most part, everybody’s just walking, you’re visiting, you’re having a good time. You have your chairs out there, you have your picnic tables,” Luna said. “You’re just having a good old time. The luminaria ceremony is probably going to be the only somber part of the whole event.”
    During the sunset luminaria ceremony, Relay for Life participants and donors personalize luminaria bags with a name, photo, message or drawing in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer.

  • County establishes new four-way stop near Aspen Elementary School

    LAPD would like to notify all drivers that Los Alamos County Traffic and Engineering has established a new four-way stop sign intersection.  The intersection at Villa and 33rd Street, in front of Aspen Elementary, has been converted from a two-way stop to a four-way stop.  Officers will be out enforcing this new change. LAPD would also like to remind parents that there is no parking on Villa Street from 34th Street towards Aspen Elementary/33rd Street on both sides of the street at the start and end of school.     
     

  • Rael pleads no contest to DUI

    David Rael, 36, of Los Alamos was sentenced Aug. 16 for driving under the influence and causing an accident at the intersection at Central Avenue and Diamond Drive in January.
    Rael pled no contest to the charge in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.
    Rael was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 30 days of credit for time served with 334 suspended. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation and to 96 hours of community service. He was also fined $750 and must also pay $291 in court costs.
    No one was injured in the accident on Jan. 29. Rael was out on bail for a prior offense when the accident occurred.
    In September 2014, Rael was arrested on suspicion of distributing, manufacturing and possessing child pornography. Rael is scheduled for trial for those offenses in January 2017.
    While being examined for injuries at the accident, Rael admitted to driving while intoxicated.
    “I admit I’m DWI,” he reportedly told police, according to court documents.
    Rael also reportedly told police at the scene he consumed a six-pack carton of an alcoholic beverage two hours before the crash.
    While on probation, Rael must perform community service and avoid breaking state or federal laws for the next three years.

  • Lujan in favor of more drug treatment funds

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (NM-3) vowed to keep fighting for $1.1 billion in federal funding that, if passed, would strengthen and create new drug treatment resources in New Mexico and the U.S.
    “Remembering that addiction is an illness and addiction is something that can be cured, I believe with that being said our members, our colleagues in the house, the Republicans, when I offered the amendment in committee and our colleagues offered the language to fund the legislative package at $1.1 billion, which is the president’s 2017 request level, it was our Republican colleagues who refused to request that. It did not pass,” Lujan said. “We’re standing to hold our colleagues accountable and to make sure we’re able to get a vote on that funding package by the end of the year. That’s our hope.”
    The announcement was made during a conference call to state media about an upcoming community forum on drug treatment in Albuquerque Thursday.
    In July, President Obama signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. In May, Lujan proposed the $1.1 billion in funding for the act in House Bill 5216, The Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act of 2016. The bill is in the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

  • Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, NPS sign cooperative agreement

    Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, the friends group for the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP), will continue supporting the preserve as it has since 2007.
    The organization recently reached a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service to continue serving in that capacity under NPS jurisdiction.
    “It’s an agreement so we can work together, and so they can transfer money to us. And they are giving us some money this year so we can work on restoration projects,” said Los Amigos Vice Chair Barbara Johnson. “It’s not unusual for them to have some sort of cooperative agreement with their friends group to do some variety of tasks that need to be done on the park unit.”
    Los Amigos was formed when the preserve was still held as a national trust, with a mandate to become self supporting by 2015 or be transferred to the National Forest Service. New Mexico’s congressional delegation and supporters from around the state – including Los Alamos residents and elected officials – fought to place the Valles Caldera under NPS jurisdiction.
    The bill granting VCNP national park status passed in December, 2014, and on Oct. 10, 2015, the preserve officially joined the national park system.

  • US government won't reclassify marijuana, allows research

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has decided marijuana will remain on the list of most-dangerous drugs, fully rebuffing growing support across the country for broad legalization, but said it will allow more research into its medical uses.

    The decision to expand research into marijuana's medical potential could pave the way for the drug to be moved to a lesser category. Heroin, peyote and marijuana, among others, are considered Schedule I drugs because they have no medical application; cocaine and opiates, for example, have medical uses and, while still illegal for recreational use, are designated Schedule II drugs.

    The Drug Enforcement Administration said the agency's decision came after a lengthy review and consultation with the Health and Human Services Department, which said marijuana "has a high potential for abuse" and "no accepted medical use." The decision means that pot will remain illegal for any purpose under federal law, despite laws in 25 states and District of Columbia that have legalized pot for either medicinal or recreational use.

    Advocates have long pushed for the federal government to follow suit.

  • Companies move forward on nuclear waste storage in Carlsbad

    CARLSBAD (AP) — Efforts to build a temporary nuclear waste storage facility in New Mexico are moving forward after a Denver-based company relinquished its rights to the land.

    The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that Holtec International and Eddy Lea Energy Alliance are partnering to create storage for spent nuclear fuel rods from power plants across the country.

    Intrepid Potash gave up its mineral rights lease to land near Carlsbad, saying it likely won't be in a position to mine for potassium-containing salts there for several years.

    Program Director Ed Mayer says the HI-STORE Consolidated Interim Storage project is expected to cost more than $1 billion and provide about 200 construction and operations jobs.

    Holtec will propose the project to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in March. The approval process takes two to three years.

  • Teachers, students get back to business

    The atmosphere was calm and orderly at Los Alamos High School as high school seniors and their parents stopped in to register Tuesday morning, about a week before the official start of school Aug. 18.  
    Tuesday was also orientation day for 31 new teachers and staff.
    Though students seemed anxious to get back to school and their studies, it was also clear that they wanted to reconnect with their classmates.
    When asked about what they were looking forward to most, many said getting back with their friends.
    One dad, David Paulson, offered a different perspective.
    “I’m just looking forward to them being back in school so they’re not at home all day,” he said with a laugh.
    Like many students there though, senior Mark Torres was determined to squeeze the last few days of summer in before officially heading back. Torres said he was “not quite” ready.
    His mother, Carolyn Torres, a former New Mexico Teacher of the Year also said that she’s slowly getting back up to speed as well. “I’m getting there,” she said.   
    Though the lines were long, everything seemed under control as students went from one line to the other getting their photo IDs, their textbooks and their class schedules.

  • Today in history Aug. 11
  • Flood advisory from 12:42 p.m. until 2:45pm Saturday

    The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued an arroyo and small stream flood advisory for... Northwestern Los Alamos County In North Central New Mexico... South Central Rio Arriba County In North Central New Mexico... Northeastern Sandoval County in North Central New Mexico... Until 2:45 p.m.
    At 1240 pm MDT... national weather service Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms north of Los Alamos... including Santa Clara canyon and northern portions of the Las Conchas burn scar area. Radar estimates up to one and a half inches of rain has already fallen with strong storms continuing over the area. Locations impacted include... Santa Clara Pueblo.
    Precautionary/preparedness actions: the heavy rainfall and slow movement of these storms may result in flooding of road intersections and low-lying areas. Waters may begin to run in normally dry arroyos.