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Today's News

  • DPU sends out notice for violation

    The Los Alamos Department of Utilities sent out a notice to all its customers this week, saying it failed to report its monthly disinfectant residuals to the New Mexico Environment Department/Drinking Water Bureau in a timely fashion.
    The deadline for the report was April 10 and the compliance data was not received until April 23.
    The notice assured its customers that the quality of water was not compromised and it was “a failure to meet an administrative requirement.”
    DPU head John Arrowsmith said the delay was because of “human error.
    “We had the data and we send it to them monthly but they recently imposed a quarterly report for the first time and it didn’t get done.”

  • Update 06-29-12

    Parents wanted

    Los Alamos Public Schools is looking for parents to try out potential new versions of their websites. Parents new to the community and parents of current elementary, middle and high schoolers are needed.  Email Colin MacArthur at c.macarthur@laschools.net or call 629-0776 to schedule a time to help.

    Library meetings

    The Los Alamos County Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Mesa Public Library.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 10 in council chambers.

    Photo exhibit

  • Obamacare reaction along party lines

    On the political front, reaction to Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling concerning America’s healthcare overhaul was right along party lines. Democrats rejoiced and Republicans vowed to repeal.

    Locally, Stephanie Garcia Richard (D), running for the State House District 43 seat, applauded the decision.

    “This decision from the Supreme Court is good for us here in New Mexico because we have one of the highest uninsured rates in the nation and highest indigent care expenses per capita,” Garcia Richard said. “As we are able to get more people insured it will reduce the overall costs for everyone in our state.

  • No fireworks at July 4 celebration

    For the second consecutive year, there will be no public fireworks display at Overlook Park in White Rock.

    According to a press release from the Kiwanis Club, the decision was made in consultation with the Los Alamos Fire Department. They cited the dangerously dry conditions embracing Northern New Mexico.

    However, there will be a July 4 celebration.

    All other activities, including Atomic City Transit to the park, will go on as planned. There will be music by the Nomads and Community Winds, a display by the Habanero Skydivers at both 5:00 and 8:15, food vendors, and “Ton O Fun” Bouncy Toys.

    Donations are welcome for the event.    

  • SF Forest to close majority of roads

    A majority of roads and trails in the Santa Fe National Forest are being closed to motorized travel.

    Officials released a plan Thursday prohibiting all unauthorized off-road travel on nearly 70 percent of forest roads.

    Forest supervisor Maria Garcia says under the new plan, about 2,463 miles of roads and trails will be available to vehicles. Another 138 miles of previously unauthorized paths will now be accessible.

    Garcia says the plan was developed from six years of public meetings on alternative routes.

  • Longmire shoot wraps up

    Pajarito Mountain and a quiet residential neighborhood saw some action this week, including shouts of “fire in the hole” as explosives mimicking the sound of gunshots were set off.

    It was all part of a two-day shoot for the new A&E series “Longmire.” The series is based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by bestselling author Craig Johnson. Longmire is played by Australian actor Robert Taylor, perhaps best known for his role as Agent Jones in “The Matrix.”

  • A new way to fight fires?

    SANTA  FE  —  If we don’t improve our firefighting, the Rockies will burn down. Those were the words of retired Los Alamos scientist Chick Keller when interviewed by Capitol Reports.
    Keller has a point. We are not utilizing all the resources our nation has to fight wildfires. Almost every year fires in Western states are setting records for most land burned and that will continue until we get smarter.
    Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) criticized the Forest Service for its handling of the Ruidoso fire that burned over 200 homes. There appeared to be opportunities to stop the fire in its early stages if the right actions had been taken at the right time.

  • The colors of freedom

    “I have profound respect for the one sentence of the Declaration of Independence that I’ve actually read.”  (Author unknown)
     This quote does call to question, “Exactly which sentence do people remember?”  My favorite happens to be “They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.”  It’s not often that you get to use a cool word like consanguinity.  Verisimilitude is another favorite of mine (truly it is).
     Anyway, with Independence Day just around the corner, what better way to commemorate the virtues of freedom than sitting back and enjoying the artful lyrics of “Born to Be a Hick,” “Wax the Booty,” and “Killing Brain Cells?”

  • Happy Campers

    Youth football players hit the foam tackling dummies during a workout of the Hilltopper Youth Football Camp. The camp runs from July 9-12 at Sullivan Field. It is for players in grades 4-8. For more information on the upcoming camp, go to topperfootball.com.

  • Juniors play on Saturday

    The White Rock-Los Alamos Little League Junior softball team is the top seed for the upcoming district tournament.
    The juniors, made up of players ages 13-14, will face the winner of tonight’s game against second-seeded Santa Fe and third-seeded Española Saturday night. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.
    All the games for the double-elimination tournament will be played at 6 p.m. at Santa Fe’s Alto Park.
    The tournament will continue through at least Monday with a final playoff set for Tuesday if necessary.