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Today's News

  • Update 07-24-11

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers.  The CRC subcommittee will meet at 4:15 p.m. in the training room of the Community Building.

    Bulk item pickup
    Items will be picked up July 25-Aug. 5 in White Rock. Items must be curbside by 8 a.m. each day.

    LTAB meeting
    The Lodgers Tax Association Board meets from from 1–3 p.m. July 26 in the chamber conference room, 109 Central Park Square.

    Work session
    The Los Alamos County Council is holding a work session on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock

     

  • Wild West attitude still prevalent in NM

    ALBUQUERQUE — The arrest of Albuquerque’s chief criminal judge on charges he raped a prostitute is just the latest example of a seemingly wild West-no-rules-attitude permeating numerous levels of authority in New Mexico.
    Just this year, the mayor, police chief and a trustee of the small border town of Columbus were accused of helping smuggle hundreds of guns into the Mexico. A judge in Las Cruces was charged in a bribery scandal with alleged ties to former Gov. Bill Richardson.

  • 133 acres burned on DOE, lab property

    Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory were insistent throughout that the Los Conchas Fire only came onto LANL and Department of Energy property twice.

    The first came when the fire jumped over NM 4 onto TA-49, causing a one-acre fire that was quickly extinguished June 27, the second day of the fire.

    The second came on July 2 when a squirrel touched contacts in an electrical substation’s transformer at TA-53, the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) Facility substation and that fire was put out within a short period.

    On Friday, the Las Conchas Burned Area Emergency Response team released the acreage burned by jurisdiction. The chart said that 133 acres burned on DOE and LANL property.

    So what’s the story?

  • Protecting dam is high priority

    Infrastructure and property in Los Alamos County escaped the Las Conchas fire relatively unscathed.

    However, 2,100 acres of the Los Alamos Canyon watershed burned, and the aftermath has the potential to destroy a project 10 years in the making.

    High to moderate intensity burns, which completely consume a forest, burned roughly 60 percent of the canyon watershed.

    With no pine needles, leaves, brush or duff layer (layer of plant debris on the ground) to slow rainfall and allow it time to soak into the ground, runoff is intensified. High intensity burns–which occur in highly flammable pine forests–magnify the problem.

  • LAFD snuffs two house fires

    The Los Alamos Fire Department battled two home fires just seven hours apart Friday. They saved the homes and also rescued seven dogs and several cats from inside the burning residences. No one was injured in either blaze, according to firefighters at both scenes.

    Police arrested Eric Richardson, 25, and charged him with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after several bongs and a stash of marijuana were discovered on the basement floor of the first residence that caught fire at 950 Rim Road, said Capt. Randy Foster during an interview late Friday.

    “We’re investigating whether these items contributed to the fire,” he said.

  • LA wins District 1 title

    The Los Alamos Majors All-Stars earned the District 1 title  by beating Pojoaque’s All-Stars 4-3. The team, which consists of Will Carter, Hunter Eaton, Travis Gonzales, Austin Gutierrez, Seth Hailey, Brian Johnson, Erik Leith, Kirk Peterson, George Steinkamp, Jack Stewart, Nick Quartieri and coached by Lance Eaton,  Jay Johnson, Mike Steinkamp, Pete Peterson and Shawn Hailey, opened state tournament play Saturday at Clovis.

  • Sports Update 07-24-11

    Long course meet will be at aquatic center
    The Larry R. Walkup Center will host the 2011 Long Course state swimming championship Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
    Approximately 400 swimmers are expected to take part in the event, including several swimmers from Los Alamos.
    Preliminary events will start at 9 a.m. all days with finals set for 5 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.
    The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

  • Clemens, Bonds sagas are too familiar

    NEW YORK (AP) — Seems you can’t put a baseball star on trial without a mistrial.
    Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens remain perfectly bookended, each with seven major awards, one mistrial and no guilty verdict assured of sticking.
    Victor Conte, whose Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative sparked the government investigations of drugs and athletes, has had enough.
    “It’s a huge waste of federal taxpayer dollars at this point,” he said Thursday during a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “I don’t know the tab, but probably tens of millions of dollars at this point.”

  • Griffith has low round of day one

    Halfway through the Los Alamos City Championship golf tournament, the 2010 senior men’s champion is atop the leaderboard.
    And he wouldn’t be at the top of just the senior men’s leaderboad, either.
    Reid Griffith turned in the low round of the day Saturday in all flights. Griffith held off Brian Colby to take the lead after the opening 18 holes of the City tournament.
    Griffith finished with a 73, which would’ve placed him on top of the other two men’s flights as well. However, Colby isn’t far behind, as he finished with a 74, a score that would’ve tied him for the lead in the men’s championship flight.
    The tournament concludes today. Tee time is 9 a.m.

  • Women’s champ holds lead

    When things are going well, things are going well.
    Two-time defending women’s City champion Tami Martinson, who is in the lead after the first round of the 2011 City tournament, got a cherry on top of her round Saturday. Martinson hit the first ace of her career on the eighth hole, rolling a shot right over a bunker and straight into the cup.
    It was a big day for Martinson, who holds a four-stroke lead heading into today’s final round of the City Championship, which is being played at Los Alamos Golf Course. Today’s round is scheduled to tee off at 9 a.m.