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Today's News

  • Update 06-19-12

    CIP meeting

    The county’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold its monthly business meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in council chambers.

    FAN Club

    The Betty Ehart Senior Center and Los Alamos Retirement Community, in conjunction with the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, will host a FAN Club event from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the BESC.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today for a work session at White Rock Fire Station No. 3. The council will meet in closed session at
    5:30 p.m. to discuss annual reviews of the utilities manager and county administrator.

    BPU meeting

  • Canyon Road work continues

    Workers continue their maintenance on Canyon Road, which has caused some inconveniences for residents. Canyon Road between East Road (N.M. 502) and the Myrtle Green continues to be closed to through traffic.

     

  • Martinez puts stop to use of private email

    SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez directed state workers on Monday to only use the government’s email system for conducting public business, a move that ends her administration’s practice of sending email through private accounts in some instances.

    The Republican governor’s directive came a week after it was disclosed that she and high ranking administration officials had discussed state issues using email accounts connected to her political action committee. Critics said the practice was unacceptable, particularly for a governor who had touted the need for more governmental transparency.

  • Supercomputer world's fastest

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Monday announced that a supercomputer called Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was ranked the world’s most powerful computing system.
    Clocking in at 16.32 sustained petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second), Sequoia earned the number one ranking on the industry standard Top500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers released Monday at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC12) in Hamburg, Germany. Sequoia was built for NNSA by IBM.

  • Pickax Slayings Still Unsolved One Year later

    Today marks the one-year anniversary of an unsolved triple homicide in El Rancho that has left State Police stumped.

    The bodies of Lloyd, Dixie and Steven Ortiz were found in their El Rancho home on June 19 of last year.

    State Police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald said there are no updates in the case, but that the investigation into the murders has been what he called “very active.”

    He said State Police have conducted more than 120 interviews, executed 10 search warrants, submitted more than 50 pieces of evidence to the crime lab and followed leads as far as Oklahoma, Arizona and California.

  • Council to draft priorities

    At tonight’s county council work session, Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher will present councilors with a range of options for economic development.  Although no action will be taken, staff will look to council for guidance on where to focus the county’s limited resources.

    As part of his preparation, Fisher presented his preliminary report to the county’s Economic Vitality Action Team (EVAT) for feedback. EVAT advises the county administrator on implementation of the Economic Vitality Strategic Plan (EVSP).

  • On apples and activism

    Sorting out complex issues is something I like to do in these columns, but the space in a typical opinion column doesn’t always permit that. Today, we return to a couple of subjects of past columns – apples and activism.    

  • In quest of some tax relief

    I’ll wager that when most brides and grooms utter the phrase, “For better or for worse,” the “worse” they’re imagining probably involves situations like getting laid off or a prolonged family illness – not being the victim of tax fraud perpetrated by a current or former spouse.
    Married couples typically file joint tax returns because it lets them take advantage of certain tax credits and other benefits not available if they file separately. However, one potential drawback is that you’re each responsible, jointly and individually, for any taxes, interest and penalties due on returns filed while you’re married, even if you later divorce.

  • Road to Victory

    Alamogordo’s Marcel Berger celebrates as he crosses the finish line on the way to a win in the Licensed Men Category 4 race Sunday as part of the Tour de Los Alamos. Check Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor for complete results.

  • Horses travel to London in style

    LONDON (AP) — They didn’t have to absolutely, positively get them there overnight, but when the U.S. Equestrian Federation sent some of its horses to London for the Olympics, it was a special delivery.
    The elite U.S. three-day eventing equine squad landed in London on Monday on a FedEx flight, having taken the red eye from Newark, N.J. They’re not the first competitors to arrive as the countdown to the games clicks to less than 40 days away, but they are among the most pampered.
    “They are all special,” said Tim Dutta, who owns the international horse transport company that organized the trip. “We are working on everybody’s dream.”