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Today's News

  • CIP Committee preps process recommendations

    The Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation & Oversight Committee has spent several sessions reviewing the CIP process to determine how it can be improved. The county council will discuss some of those recommendations at its work session Tuesday.

    The committee is responsible for reviewing all new CIP applications and making recommendations to the county administrator and council and for reviewing the progress of individual projects at each CIP development phase.

    The committee is composed of 10 members appointed by the County Administrator. Five members are county staff and the other five are citizens. The committee agreed that the balance of five staff members and five citizens functioned well, and had never been gridlocked.

  • Feds declare LA disaster area

    Eight northern New Mexico counties that suffered economic devastation by this summer’s Las Conchas Fire are eligible for assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    The SBA acted under its own authority to declare the region a disaster area following a Sept. 9 request from Gov. Susana Martinez. The federal disaster declaration enables the SBA to offer low-interest, federal disaster loans to local small businesses and private, non-profit organizations that were economically impacted by the fire, which officially burned from June 26-Aug. 3.  

  • Church listings 09-16-11

    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, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, 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

  • Get to know your neighbors at annual picnic

    What a summer. It was too dry, then too wet and there were no Fourth of July fireworks in White Rock. It seems like the fire hollowed out the middle of summer, schedules were thrown off and everyone felt a little disconnected from each other.
    What we need is a good party. We need to get together for a fun afternoon, bring the kids and grandkids, enjoy the beautiful fall weather, the gift of community and the treasure of friends and family.
    We should have no agenda and no program, just free popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, ice cream, balloons and more.
    We could have giant bounce houses, the Orbitron, fire trucks, police cars and other cool cars. The Hill Stompers band could show up and perform. The afternoon could conclude with free barbecue and music.

  • Anything is possible

    The master plan for this special legislative session on redistricting seems to be falling into place.
    Although surprises always are possible in the give and take between the governor and lawmakers who aren’t particularly fond of each other.
    Gov. Susana Martinez says the session can easily be over in two weeks. The legislature appropriated enough money for three weeks.
    The maximum length allowed by law is 30 days but no one would benefit by it going that long.
    The likely scenario is for lawmakers to wrap up redistricting in about two weeks and then turn their attention to the governor’s agenda for several days.
    By remaining in session, Martinez will have to act on the redistricting bills within three days.

  • Just A Wag 09-16-11

    Property for sale  

    We’re hearing that a major property owner in town intends to sell off everything. Read all of the details on this developing story in an upcoming edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  
    The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • Budgets matter to business

    Business owners striving to survive the tough economy need to know how cash flows in and out of their business.
    A good place to start is with a budget – a basic tool used to forecast when cash will be collected and when expenses must be paid.
    Many business owners don’t take the time to create a budget, or they neglect to update the one they have.
    In this slow economic recovery, it’s more important than ever to know where money is going.
    Financial institutions also want to know; banks often require that borrowers include a budget with their loan requests.
    Understanding how to create a business budget is vital to improving a business’s chance of survival.
    A good budget has six key components.

  • Fishing Report 09-16-11

    Northwest

    Animas River: The flow is 142 cfs. The river continues to fish fair to good for trout using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms. Better fishing is reported close to the Colorado Border and on the Ute Reservation.
    Chama River: Upper section flow is 43 cfs. Below El Vado, the flow is 584 cfs. The upper Chama flowing downstream to the village of Chama and into El Vado reservoir is picking up with the cooler temps and rain. Fishing is reported as fair. The river below El Vado is fishing excellent. All methods are catching fish with limits being taken. The river was stocked last week with 1,140 rainbow trout.

  • Kosiewicz lands 40-inch tiger muskie

    Just before the Las Conchas Fire in late June, local resident Stan Kosiewicz and his wife Amy Anderson went fishing, or, as he calls it “tiger hunting.”
    During a trip to Bluewater Lake, near Grants, Kosiewicz landed a 40-inch tiger muskie, which weight approximately 20-1/2 pounds.
    A tiger muskie is a sterile hybrid of a cross between a purebred muskie and a northern pike. While this cross occasionally occurs in the wild, it happens most often under controlled conditions at a fish hatchery.
    Kosiewicz, who let the fish go because “she was just too cute,” caught the tiger muskie on a 8-inch Koi-colored lure.

  • Volleyball climbs 1 spot in 4A rankings

    Here are this week’s Class 4A football and volleyball coaches’ polls. Polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Class 4A Football

        Team     Total pts.    Previous
    1. Goddard (18)    180    1
    2. Artesia              151    2
    3. Aztec                139    3
    4. Valencia           108    5