Today's News

  • Case Highlights Legal Issues for Sperm Donors
  • Seen @ The Scene: LAMS construction

    Workers brave the cold temperatures as construction continues at the Los Alamos Middle School.

  • Power outage at Big Rock Loop

    Officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported that power was interrupted to about 12 homes in the Big Rock Loop area of North Mesa, beginning at approximately 10 p.m. on Wednesday, due to underground line interference. 

    Underground main secondary lines faulted affecting a transformer and its power flow to the 12 homes.
    DPU’s on-call electric linemen were onsite Wednesday night and worked through Thursday morning to restore power to half of the homes by 1:30 a.m. Repair work continued through the morning and the remaining homes had their power restored by 12:45 p.m. Thursday.

    Through the night and morning, text messages reporting the outage and its repair status were shared with interested citizens and news outlets using DPU’s free alert system, available at twitter.com/DPUalerts. For assistance subscribing, call DPU Public Relations at 662-8133. Notices were also posted at DPU’s Facebook page at facebook.com/DPU1968.

  • Braving the cold

    Miles Carlsten, 21, goes for a run on San Ildefonso Road Thursday afternoon, braving cold temperatures and wind chill.

  • Update 01-04-12

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold its first regular session of 2013 at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Advisory board

    The Fuller Lodge Historical Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    Planning meeting

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite A.

    LWV meeting

    The League of Women Voters will have their monthly Lunch with a Leader meeting at 11:40 a.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library. To order lunch, contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com.

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    Saturday's weather

    Mainly sunny. High 36, winds NNE at 5-10 mph.

  • Protesters head to court next week

    They call themselves the “LANL Six.”

    On Wednesday, the six protesters who were arrested at the gate to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Aug. 6, will make a court appearance in Los Alamos Municipal Court before Judge Alan Kirk.

    The six protesters were charged with trespass, refusing to obey an officer and obstructing movement. Each could spend 179 days in jail and be fined up to $1,500.  

    The LANL Six are Pam Gilchrist and Cathie Sullivan of Santa Fe; Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Janet Greenwald and Barbara Grothus of Albuquerque; and Wind Euler of Tucson, Ariz.

    The LANL Six, their supporters and their defense team, have invited the public to join them from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 107 West Barcelona St., Santa Fe.

    Also, they invite all environmental and anti-nuclear activists to demonstrate outside of the courthouse on the morning of their trial.

  • Governor proposes tax cut 

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday proposed lowering New Mexico’s corporate income tax rate to provide an incentive for economic development.

    In outlining part of her agenda for the upcoming legislative session, Martinez said she will ask the Legislature to reduce the corporate tax rate to 4.9 percent from 7.6 percent over several years.

    The governor also wants to wants to change how New Mexico determines the taxes owed by corporations that do business in multiple states. Companies would be offered the option of basing their tax liability on their sales in New Mexico. The change could help corporations like computer chip maker Intel, which has a plant in Rio Rancho but the bulk of its sales are outside the state. Currently, the tax obligation of a corporation is tied to its payroll, property and sales in New Mexico.

    The corporate tax proposals could cost the state about $255 million in reduced tax revenue once fully implemented, according to estimates from the Department of Finance and Administration.

    New Mexico’s corporate tax rate is higher than neighboring states, and Martinez contends it should be reduced to make New Mexico more competitive in attracting companies and encouraging existing businesses to expand in the state.

  • Torpy back on the job

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy is back at work and according to his colleagues, it’s as though he’s never left.

    “Yeah, he’s back to ordering us around and telling us to get his coffee,” Capt. Randy Foster said jokingly. On a more serious note, Foster said “we’re really glad to have him back.”

    While Torpy was away, Foster was pulling double duty as acting police chief.

    About five weeks ago, Torpy was rushed to the hospital and was there for five weeks, recovering from a serious medical incident.

    “Everything is fine now, it’s great to be back at work,” Torpy said. “It’s healing in some ways to be back and working with the folks here again.”

    Torpy got back Wednesday and will be working half days until he’s up to full-speed.

    Currently, he’s working on budgetary matters and still opening mail from well-wishers.

    He thanked the community and his co-workers for making the transition to work easy.

    “The reception’s been wonderful,” he said. “It hasn’t been much different from when I was gone. The community, the folks from the county, the police department have been very supportive throughout my ordeal.”

  • Work close to completion on Municipal Building

    It no longer takes a stretch of imagination to picture county staff bustling around the new municipal complex. Walls are up, carpet is being laid and many ceilings are tiled.

    The construction site still bustles with an average of 85 workers a day. The project is ahead of schedule and under budget.

    The design/build contractor, Jaynes Corporation, expects everything but finishing touches to be completed by mid-March. The county will then begin moving in components such as information technology systems and training facilities staff and department heads. County Project Manager Anthony Strain, who will orchestrate moving approximately 120 people from 12 departments into the space, hopes to begin that process by May 1.

    “It’s not quite as big an undertaking as the building itself, moving in, but putting together a schedule and putting those logistics into place, it’s like, wow, this is going to be an endeavor just in itself,” Strain said.

    The move will be a staggered one, with departments opening their new offices as they get settled. If no unforeseen circumstances delay the process, Strain hopes to see full occupancy by late May to early June.

    “We’re trying to take our time and make it a comfortable move, with the least amount of disruption to citizens services,” Strain said.

  • Church Listings 1-04-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.