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Today's News

  • Have Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voters will have their monthly Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. Nov. 8 at Mesa Library.
    Their leader in November will be the new County Attorney Becky Ehler.
    After working in Alamogordo for 19 years as the city attorney and as the legal advisor to the City’s Department of Public Safety, she came to Los Alamos in June 2012 with her husband of 34 years.
    They purchased a house in White Rock where they live with the animals their kids left behind when they moved out.
    Ehler has worked in Gallup and Roswell and had brief experience with the federal government as a summer intern in a congressional office.
    Ehler thinks working in local government is the best  choice because of the increased opportunity to directly interact with residents.
    She also believes she has a better opportunity to make an impact on the community at this level. “ It’s very gratifying to be able to see the outcome of a project upon which I have worked and see the genuine benefit to the citizens at the end of the project.”
    The event is open to the public. To attend, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or email her at kaskacayman@gmail.com. Food is ordered from the co-op.
    The meal includes a sandwich or soup or salad and half-sandwich and a cookie for $10.  

  • Assets in Action: Help Assets with donations

    We are so close to the end of October, that we will look ahead to November and a focus on the asset category of empowerment.
    This asset category contains assets seven through 10 and include; community values youth, youth as resources, service to others and safety.
    The assets program was disappointed when our Night in Italy event was forced to cancel, due to low-ticket sales.
    Perhaps it was timing, perhaps it was cost or perhaps there were too many events on the calendar.
    What I do know is that 100 percent of time was donated to make the effort a go. The assets program didn’t spend a penny in cost to attempt this fundraiser.
    Our thanks to local caterer Jarda Belmonte, who had the gumption to try something new to benefit youth development programs in our community.
    On a positive note, our Smith’s Change For Change collection earned our program $175.75 in donations and for that, I thank you.
    Our reason for fundraising is to at least make an attempt at sustainability. This is a part- time program and with additional funds, we could do so much more.
    The second reason is that we started the year with a $5,000 reduction in budget and must always anticipate that to happen in consecutive years.

  • Police Beat 10-30-12

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.
    Oct. 18

    1:16 a.m. –– Herman Nanez, 46, of Amarillo Texas was arrested on a charge of battery and a warrant from another jurisdiction in the 2400 block of Trinity Drive.

    1:13 p.m. –– A 51-year-old female recently reported to police she was the victim of a larceny less than $200 in the 100 block of Central Park Square.

    Oct. 23

    1:53 p.m. –– Fernando Rodriguez, 30, of Los Alamos, was arrested in connection with a municipal court warrant.

    6:59 p.m. –– A 51-year-old female reported she was the victim of a larceny of over $250 and less than $20,000 in the 100 block of East Gate Drive.
    Oct. 24

    1:30 p.m. –– Joel Grajeda, 43, of Española was arrested on a charge of aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and driving with a suspended or revoked license in the 3700 block of Canyon Road.

  • The Halloween Scene in Los Alamos

    Between Trick or Treat on MainStreet, the Pumpkin Glow and Hamburger Nite, a variety of events have provided Los Alamos with a festive and spooky lead-up to Halloween.

  • Update 10-30-12

    Library board

    The Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the White Rock Branch Library.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in council chambers.

    Teen Center update

    An update about the Teen Center will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in council chambers.

    Meet Me at Mesa

    Meet Me at the Mesa begins at 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mesa Library. The program makes the arts accessible to people with dementia.

  • Looking at options

    The Los Alamos County Environmental Services division is looking at ways to further the implementation of the Environmental Sustainability Initiative passed by council in March 2008.

    Two new initiatives and a third in the wings are moving the county a little closer to reaching its goals of hydrocarbon independence, resource conservation, land stewardship and smart growth.

    Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki touted the new glass recycling program instituted Sept. 29.

    “We’ve had great participation so far from residents,” Nagawiecki said. “They’ve been following the rules very well and we’ve had high participation levels. So I just want to thank those residents who have been participating and encourage others to get involved.”

    Residents can drop of glass bottles or jars of any color at yellow glass recycling bins located at the Eco Station, Sullivan Field Recycling Center (across from the high school) and the Overlook Park Convenience Center.

    The glass is then reduced to 3/8th-inch and smaller pebbles (called cullets) in the county’s new pulverizer. The cullets are free to residents at the Eco Station, for use in landscaping or to mix with dirt or compost to aerate the soil. Artists can also use the cullets in more creative projects.

  • Pueblo exerts land rights

    If you like to hike, shoot or off-road in Guaje or Rendija canyon, you need to do two things before you head out next time.

    Respect the fence and do some homework as to where you can go and where you can’t. Recently, members of San Ildefonso Pueblo have been busy asserting their rights to U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Department of Energy lands that were officially transferred to the pueblo in 2005 through the Pueblo de San Ildefonso Claims Settlement Act. According to the Settlement act, about 7,000 acres have been transferred to the pueblo.

    “It’s changed the boundaries of the National Forest significantly,” Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy said of the act at a recent press conference. “The pueblo is in the process of fencing off some these lands that were acquired through the land transfers.”

    He also said access to National Forest lands is still available to all and that there are legal access points available.

    However, the days of going off the main roads in Guaje or Rendija Canyon to get in a little target practice are pretty much over, as members of the pueblo are busy putting up a barbed wire fence along both sides of most of the main roads leading into the canyons.

  • Toppers earn 2-4A title with win on road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team clinched its fifth straight District 2-4A regular season championship with its win Saturday night.
    Los Alamos, playing on the road at Española Valley, earned a 3-1 victory over the Sundevils to grab the district regular season title, the No. 1 seed for the upcoming district tournament and, most importantly, secure a berth in the Class 4A playoffs next month.
    The Sundevils and the Hilltoppers played a back-and-forth contest Oct. 10 that could’ve gone to either team, but the Hilltoppers came back from a 2-1 deficit to win in five sets.
    Saturday, however, Los Alamos picked up a 25-13 win in the first set and, following a second set 25-22 Española Valley victory, Los Alamos won 25-17 and 25-20 to close out the contest.
    The Hilltoppers (12-6 overall, 6-1 in 2-4A) finish off district play Wednesday at home. They will face Capital for Senior Night before taking on St. Michael’s Thursday, a make-up game from early September that was rescheduled due to a leaky gymnasium roof.
    Against Española Valley, Los Alamos had its offensive guns firing, led by freshman outside hitter Brianna Montaño, who collected 20 spike kills, nearly half the team’s total for the night.

  • Voter suppression in N.M.

    About a month ago news broke that a group of New Mexico Republican functionaries had undertaken training sessions for poll challengers who were being equipped, as the online journal Salon.com put it, “with false information about election law that could be used to suppress voting rights” at the Nov. 6 election.
    It’s a disturbing story of some dubious political shenanigans right here.
    Seems the group even created its very own “poll challenger guide,” whereby its trainee-challengers could discover ways to make voters show their IDs at their polling places and to vote by provisional ballots, contrary to state law.
    The skullduggery was revealed in an undercover video recorded by the non-profit organization ProgressNow NM at a Sept. 26 official training session conducted in Albuquerque. The training session was reportedly conducted by Tea Party activist Pat Morlen who is the Sandoval County GOP vice chairperson.Within a week or so, state Attorney General Gary King announced that his office was investigating the affair and “exploring available sanctions against those found guilty of voter suppression tactics.”
    “I will not tolerate voter suppression efforts by anyone, period!” King said.

  • Hazardous release sickens 200 near El Paso

    SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities say an unknown hazardous material release sickened about 200 people near the Mexican border just northwest of El Paso, Texas.

    A one-mile area surrounding the industrial park and border crossing at Santa Teresa was evacuated for a few hours Tuesday, and the nearby airport was closed.

    By Tuesday afternoon, only the industrial park remained off-limits as hazmat crews took samples to determine what made the people sick.

    Authorities say investigation initially centered at the FoamEx plant on the industrial park campus, but now is expanding to other areas in the park.