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Today's News

  • Try tolerating reality

    Talking about infrastructure planning for the future of New Mexico energy is a serious exercise in testing your ability to tolerate reality.
    There is no pie in the sky. This is about how you and I will be able to turn the lights on, 20 years from now.
    PNM is currently undergoing such an exercise, with a full complement of public participation. The participants are not a hand-picked group. Everybody who showed up got a place at the table.
    Wherever  you are in New Mexico, this affects you. You are part of the region and face similar cost issues and environmental trade-offs. You also breathe the same air.
    The trade-offs look like this:

  • Be There 05-31-11

    Wednesday
    The Sierra Club will have a public meeting at 7 p.m. in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms, Mesa Public Library.  

    Thursday
    Los Alamos Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. Those interested in the Lions Club should call Dennis Wulff at 672-9563 or email  drwulff47@aol.com.

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents, “Almost Famous,” at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library.

     The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Tron, Legacy,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    Saturday

  • Assets in Action: Students take a break before the next big step

    It is done. That statement is very illuminating, for you, me, the community, even Oprah Winfrey. Those three simple words, pretty much sum up a lot this week.
    My question is, where did the time go?
    Most students will look ahead to the next school year, some thinking about the fact that “next year,” they just might be attending high school for the first time.
    Our seniors graduated and everyone moved one more rung up the ladder. Some Hawks became Hilltoppers Friday afternoon, with their right of passage at Urban Park. The big event marks not only their relationship ending with Los Alamos Middle School, but the possibilities that lie ahead as the newest members of the Hilltopper family.

  • Woman receives 'Julie's Helpers' Award

    Before her death from a brain tumor in December 2009, Julie Meadows and her family got all sorts of practical help from friends and fellow church members, organized as “Julie’s Helpers.”
    A year and a half later, it’s a scholarship fund with the same name, “Julie’s Helpers,” which is carrying on the helping legacy, in Meadows’ memory. Only now, it’s a young Navajo mom who is getting the help — $2,500 worth, for college expenses — from the fund’s first award.

  • Police Beat 05-31-11

    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.

    May 19

    3:48 p.m. – A 40-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of larceny in the 3000 block of Urban. The estimated loss is less than $2,500.

    May 20

    11:16 a.m. A 73-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was bitten by a dog on Estante Way. The dog has been impounded.

    6:24 p.m. – A 15-year-old Los Alamos boy reported that someone broke in to his residence on Taos Drive. The estimated loss is unknown.

    9 p.m. – Toribia

  • Annual report: Library patronage, support high

    Linda Anderman presented the Los Alamos County Library Board’s annual report to the county council last week. The statistics Anderman supplied would indicate that the library is fulfilling its mission of “enriching our community by ensuring easy and equal access to a variety of ideas, current information, and evolving services for all.”

    According to a 2011 Community Perception Survey:
    • 85 percent of citizens surveyed had used the library within the last six months.
    • 98 percent used the library rated the services as good to excellent.
    • 93 percent used the library rated availability of materials as good to excellent.

  • Class of 2011 bids farewell to LAHS

    Applause and cheers filled the air of Griffith Gymnasium Saturday as the 247 members of the class of 2011 gathered one last time to celebrate what might be one of the greatest accomplishments of their high school careers: graduation.

    The graduates’ families and friends packed the bleachers in support of the students. The Los Alamos High School Commencement Band performed the processional, while the LAHS NJROTC opened the ceremony and presented the colors.

    Graduating senior Keanna Cohen introduced student speaker, graduating senior Bahram Banisadr, who addressed the crowd and spoke about the future for 2011 graduates and their accomplishments, so far.

  • State Briefs 05-31-11

    Las Vegas to sell treated sewer water

    LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas is offering residents some relief for their parched, brown lawns.
    Seven weeks after banning the use of potable water for outdoor watering, the state has given the city permission to sell treated sewer water to city residents without the typical permitting requirements.
    City water customers can buy the treated wastewater for $1.25 per thousand gallons.
    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia told the Las Vegas Optic that the water restrictions in effect since April have been difficult for residents. He said providing effluent to customers to water their yards was a way to help ease that burden.

  • Update 05-31-11

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on June 6 at the Training Room in the County Building.

    Council meeting
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m., June 7 in the Council Chambers.

    Meeting
    The Initiative and Referendum Subcommittee of the Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the Training Room of the Community Building.

  • Jemez Falls campground evacuated

    The Jemez Falls campground had to be evacuated due to a wildfire. All 52 campsites at the Jemez Falls campground were evacuated after the blaze broke out early Monday afternoon.

    Forest spokesman Lawrence Lujan said the fire was 90 percent this morning after burning three to five acres. Jemez Falls and Redondo Campgrounds will be closed today and Wednesday and will be reopened on Thursday at 8 a.m.

    Lujan says the fire was probably human-caused.

    He isn’t sure how many campers were forced to flee. The campground will remain closed until fire crews wrap up operations. One hand crew and five engines were assigned to the fire.

    New Mexico is in a severe drought and fire conditions are extreme.