Today's News

  • Today in History for November 5th
  • 10 things to know for Monday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Monday:


    Two days from judgment by the voters, Obama and Romney stress their differences on the economy, health care and more while professing an eagerness to work across party lines and end Washington gridlock.


    As many storm victims in N.Y. and N.J. try to keep warm amid falling temperatures, a powerful Nor'easter could reach the region by midweek.


    Barely a week after Superstorm Sandy hit, organizers in the Northeast express guarded optimism that the presidential election will proceed with little disruption.


  • The AP top 25 college football poll 11-4-12

    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • Did you remember to fall back?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans got an extra hour of sleep this weekend thanks to the annual shift back to standard time. Officially, the change occured at 2 a.m. Sunday, but most people set their clocks back before hitting the sack Saturday night.

    Remember, the time fell back an hour. Otherwise, you will be an hour early on Sunday for church, golf, brunch or whatever.

    Residents of Hawaii, most of Arizona and some U.S. territories don't have to change since they do not observe daylight-saving time.

    Public safety officials say this is also a good time to put a new battery in the smoke alarm, no matter where you live.

    Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. local time the second Sunday in March.

  • Today in history for November 4th
  • Sandoval, LAFD recover two bodies from wilderness area

    The fire departments of Sandoval and Los Alamos County were involved in recovering two bodies from the Sandoval County wilderness area Saturday.

    The first incident involved a man who was reported missing by his family Friday after he did not return from a morning hike in the Jemez Mountains, according to New Mexico State Police spokesman Robert McDonald.

    The hiker's vehicle was found Friday night by Sandoval County Sheriff deputies.

    The case was transferred to State Police because it turned into a search and rescue case.

    Search and rescue crews found the man's body at the bottom of an approximate 100-foot cliff near Forest Road 10 and Forest Road 269.

    The hiker has been identified as Thomas Ilg, 54, of Los Alamos. He was a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, according to the facility's website. Ilg reportedly had worked at the lab since 1996.

    Ilg’s neighbors were saddened and shocked to hear the news, but also said they did not know him well.

    “I knew his wife, Wendy but I did not know him very well,” said one neighbor. “That is horrible; I do know they’ve lived in this neighborhood a long time. How awful,” the neighbor said.

    McDonald said the family said Ilg was an experienced hiker.

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  • Gasoline tanker crashes, burns on I-40 near Grants

    GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — The driver of a tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of gasoline has survived a fiery crash that led to an hours-long closure of Interstate 40 east of Grants.

    New Mexico State police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald says the driver was headed east on the Interstate just after daybreak Saturday when he apparently fell asleep. The truck drifted into the median and overturned. It then burst into flames and burned for more than two hours.

    The driver was flown to a hospital in Albuquerque. He's been identified as 33-year-old Dennis Pritchard of Rio Rancho.

    Both eastbound and westbound lanes of the roadway were damaged. The speed limit in the area has been lowered to 65 mph while repairs are made.

  • Comments on the ballot issues

    The rhetoric regarding the Charter ballot questions on initiative, referendum and recall is making the changes sound positively draconian!
    Let’s look at what the most widely challenged changes actually do.
    For Initiatives
    1) No change in the percentage of voters needed (so not noted in the ballot question) but a change in the basis for the number of signatures required for initiatives from 15% of voters in the last general election to 15% of the number of voters in the arithmetic mean of the past two general elections. (Election Resolution 12-09, p. 4, New Section 700.2)  For example:
    • 15 percent of the 8,846 voters in 2010 = 1,327 (mid-term)•
    • 15 percent of the 11,118 voters in 2008 = 1,668 (presidential)
    • 15 percent of the mean of 9,982 voters  = 1,497
    So if the last general election is a typical presidential election you are better off with the Charter change!
    Santa Fe requires 33.3 percent of the voters in the last mayoral election (actual numbers not available at press time).  Albuquerque requires 20 percent of the average of the last four municipal elections.

  • Sewer rate hike may get DPU flush

    Officials with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will recommend a sewer rate adjustment to the Board of Public Utilities at its Nov. 14 meeting. If approved, the proposed sewer ordinance will go to county council to be considered for adoption in January.

    The proposed ordinance increases overall sewer rates but also simplifies residential customers’ bills to a restructured flat fee every month. It removes the variable rate that is based on the amount of potable water consumed during winter months.

    The ordinance also includes continuing annual rate increases of eight percent for the next four years beginning in June 2013 to meet the future capital expenses of the sewer collection and wastewater treatment systems.
    Last July, DPU officials, board members and councilors met to discuss options to address increasing sewer expenses associated with required infrastructure improvements and a future replacement White Rock Wastewater Treatment facility.