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Today's News

  • Exercise your right: Vote today

    If you haven’t had a chance to get over to the polls to vote yet, what are you waiting for?
    Grab the kids and take them with you to demonstrate the value of the process.
    I remember being an 18-year-old and so excited to vote for the first time. I hope today, parents are still encouraging youth to do the same.
    It only takes a few minutes and I think it is important to illustrate that there are many people defending your right to do it. The many service men and women are also working to provide that right for others, as well.
    When we get lost in thinking about how much it costs do things and who gets in trouble for what, we forget one of the things that make us one of the world’s greatest countries: the right to vote.

  • Police Beat 06-05-12

    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. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    May 24

    7:36 a.m. — An unidentified 16-year-old female was arrested along Central Avenue for reckless driving.
    8:42 a.m. — Luis
    Ponechitica, 26, of Medenales, was arrested along Canyon Road for driving on a suspended or revoked licensed.

  • Power outages in White Rock

    A burned jumper at West Diamond Drive and Trinity caused a power outage at 4:15 p.m. Monday for about 100 customers in the Western area, according to officials at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities.  Elsewhere on the circuit, recloser activity caused momentary power blinks which were reported from customers at the Ski Hill, Mesa Public Library and other sites. Power was restored at 5 p.m.

    At 4 a.m. Tuesday, an underground line fault caused a power outage on Cheryl & Connie Streets in White Rock, affecting about 40 people. Power was restored by 7 a.m.  in that area.

  • Update 06-05-12

    PLACE visit

     A community Forum will be 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the lecture hall at the UNM-LA Student Center. PLACE representatives will review what they learned during their March visit and what they see as a feasible project in Los Alamos. The public is invited.

    ChamberFest

     ChamberFest is an annual event that showcases chamber members and this year’s event will be Saturday. Located in the downtown area, businesses display their products and services to the public. There is also a Car Show and Kids Activity Area with a sand pile.

    Election night

  • Time to vote

    Campaign workers for District 5 State Senate candidate Alfredo Montoya spent the morning in the parking lot on 20th Street. There is no wrong place to vote in Los Alamos County today.  Voter Convenience Centers (VCC)  are located at the LA Community Building, White Rock Fire Station and the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. The voting centers will be open to 7 p.m.
    Registered Republicans will get a chance to vote in the presidential, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representative District 3 and county council races. Running unopposed are the Judge of the Court of Appeals, State House Representative for District 43 and county clerk.

  • Forest lifts closure on fire areas

    The Santa Fe National Forest is opening designated areas of the Las Conchas burn area, to include certain roads and trails, as well as lifting the closure order for all of the Pacheco burn scar area, effective Monday at 8 a.m.

    In the Las Conchas burn area, motor vehicles may travel on designated open roads only.  Pedestrians and non-motorized vehicle users may travel throughout the newly open areas.

    All prior restrictions are lifted in the Espanola Ranger District portion of the burn area. On the Jemez Ranger District, where the wildfire burned the hottest, roads are open that have been assessed for public health and safety hazards.

    The Pacheco burn area is open for pedestrian and non-motorized use, but caution is advised.

  • No way to cultivate young farmers

    U. S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan visited New Mexico recently to encourage students to think about careers in agriculture.
    New Mexico has the nation’s highest average age for farmers and ranchers, at nearly 60, and the rest of the country looks similar. Among farmers and ranchers, the over- 65 crowd is the fastest growing group, says the U.S. Census.
    The USDA has programs to help young farmers and ranchers, but the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau has said the red tape is a barrier. The National Young Farmers’ Coalition is pushing for training, access to financing and credit, student loan forgiveness for new farmers, and tax breaks for selling land to young farmers.

  • Origins of evidence

     The massively reported shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Florida spotlights key elements of a working nation. I do not mean Florida gun laws.
    The highly public tragedy by any measure you choose pries open the subject of evidence and data.
    What is evidence? What are data and how do they apply to problems?
    Courses of action follow from evidence and data. Yet, the meanings of “evidence” and “data” vary greatly, depending on which forum you think of.
     Three forums vital to an ably working nation are law, science and the public forum. How does each of them deal with evidence and data?

  • Woods’ win may quiet doubters for awhile

    DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — For those who thought Tiger Woods’ run as the world’s best golfer was over, the 747-sized roar that emanated from the 16th green at Muirfield Village likely shocked them to their senses.
    With one flick of his wrists, Woods reminded everyone of who he was and what he has done.
    Woods slid a 60-degree sand wedge under a ball hidden by tall grass behind the 16th green, popped the ball straight up into the air where it seemed to hang for an instant, and then watched as it rolled ever so slowly toward the cup before dropping in for a 50-foot birdie that tied him for the lead at the Memorial Tournament on Sunday.

  • State Notes 06-05-12

    Lobos bounced by Creighton in  Los Angeles regional

    LOS ANGELES – The University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team’s season came to an end Sunday afternoon as the Lobos dropped a 7-2 decision to Creighton University in an elimination game in the UCLA regional.
    The Lobos finished the season with a 37-24 record, which tied for the fourth-most victories in a single season in school history.
    “I have to tip my hat to Creighton,” UNM manager Ray Birmingham said. “(It was a) great job by Creighton. They pitched extremely well … and made the pitches when they needed to make them.”