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Today's News

  • Update 07-20-11

    CIP oversight
    The County’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold a business meeting Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in Council Chambers.

    BAER meeting
    A community meeting will be held at Mountain Elementary School at 6 tonight to discuss the BAER’s initial assessments from the fire.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet July 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers. 

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utiliies will meet at 5:30 tonight in the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    Dem meeting

  • LANL installs additional protective flood measures

    Los Alamos National Laboratory work crews completed additional flood and erosion-control measures this week to reduce the environmental effects of any flash floods following the Las Conchas Fire.

    Crews installed concrete barriers to protect wellheads, utility poles and underground natural gas lines in Los Alamos Canyon. They also installed sampling gauges on the lab’s western boundary to compare run-on water with run-off water and collected samples from fish at Cochiti Reservoir.

    Sampling is being coordinated with the New Mexico Environment Department and other agencies, and all results will be made public. Additional fish samples will be collected from the Rio Grande and at Cochiti Reservoir before and after the summer monsoons for comparison.

  • LASG brings CMRR argument to town

    The Los Alamos Study Group (LASG) regularly holds meetings in Santa Fe.

    On Tuesday night at Fuller Lodge, the group came to Los Alamos to present its case against the proposed Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) facility.

    Greg Mello, secretary and executive director of LASG, presented various arguments against building the proposed plutonium facility, which included the cost of the project, possible conflicts between construction of CMRR with several other Los Alamos National Laboratory projects and an assertion that the facility is not necessary.

    Because of pending litigation, no one from the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration or LANL attended the forum.

  • Trail Network reopens Thursday

    With the Las Conchas Fire under control and firefighters performing mopup duties in different areas, things are returning to normal.

    Craig Martin, the county’s open space specialist and who is working with BAER officials, announced this morning that all trails on the Los Alamos County Trail Network on county land are open as of 6 a.m.

    At Bandelier National Monument, the Tsankawi area. the Overlook Trail at Juniper Campground, and the Burnt Mesa Trail are open. All other trails are closed.

  • Business guru coming to Los Alamos

    From office procedures to customer care,  national business expert Jon Schallert, who specializes in transforming local companies into irresistible destinations will present his “How to Create a Destination Business” workshop Aug. 10.

    Schallert’s seminar focuses on tools that independent local businesses can use to build their sales and customer traffic.

    A group of Los Alamos business owners attended his two-and-a-half-day Destination Business Boot Camp in Longmont, Colo., last month.  

  • Secure our borders now

    I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that we’ve got a problem with our borders, and it isn’t going away anytime soon — it’s only going to get worse unless we do something about it.
    Fortunately, some of the politicians from non-border states are beginning to get it.
    Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, recently had a tour of the border and concluded that we must provide more resources to secure our border.
    As someone who lives in a border state, has immersed myself in this issue, and has had a first-hand tour of the border in the El Paso sector, I couldn’t agree more with Sen. Landrieu.
    The federal government is clearly not doing enough to secure our borders, and, yes, we do need more resources.

  • Power outages impact Los Alamos residents

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ electric line crew spent the evening and early morning troubleshooting two underground power outages, one that began late Tuesday evening and the other early Wednesday morning.
     Tuesday evening’s power outage began around 10 p.m. and affected 40 to 50 customers at the Loma Vista Apartments and a small section of Oppenheimer. Crews restored power at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday by running a temporary line above ground to the area.  Linemen are still investigating the root cause so that permanent repairs may be conducted and the temporary line removed.

  • Power outages impact Los Alamos residents

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ electric line crew spent the evening and early morning troubleshooting two underground power outages, one that began late Tuesday evening and the other early Wednesday morning.
     Tuesday evening’s power outage began around 10 p.m. and affected 40 to 50 customers at the Loma Vista Apartments and a small section of Oppenheimer. Crews restored power at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday by running a temporary line above ground to the area.  Linemen are still investigating the root cause so that permanent repairs may be conducted and the temporary line removed.

  • Jailed Palestinian leader asks millions to protest

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An imprisoned Palestinian uprising leader held by Israel called Wednesday for "millions" of people to take to the streets in support of a Palestinian independence bid this fall — a scenario that Israeli officials warn could spin into a new wave of violence.

    With peace talks stalled since 2008, the Palestinians have said they will instead ask the United Nations to recognize their state during the General Assembly session in September.

  • Mixed reaction to 'Gang of 6' budget plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat in the House reacted positively to a new bipartisan budget plan emerging in the Senate, even as a top House GOP military hawk said it would cut defense way too much.

    Asked about the budget unveiled Tuesday by the Senate's "Gang of Six" at a brief appearance with reporters Wednesday morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, "It has some good principles in it."