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Today's News

  • Be There 09-18-12

    Today
    BatsLive Webcast. This live webcast from the Bracken Bat Cave near San Antonio, Texas will feature the world’s largest bat colony. Join Bandelier’s Chris Judson to watch millions of bats emerge from the cave via the Internet. 5-6:30 p.m. at PEEC. Free. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    The Los Alamos Choral Society is preparing for its January 2013 Winter Concert that will present Handel’s “Messiah.” Sign-up and music checkout will occur at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the United Church. Regular rehearsals, which begin Sept. 25, are held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the United Church. All singers are welcome.

    Wednesday
    The Santa Fe Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico presents a free talk by Dr. Randy Balice. The talk is titled, “Recent Drought-related Tree Mortality in Los Alamos.” The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Morgan Hall in the New Mexico State Land Office at 310 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe. Free parking is available in the Land Office Parking lot. For information, call Tom Antonio 690-5105 or tom@thomasantonio.org. Meetings and talks are free.

    Mesa Public Library presents Game Night at Mesa from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your games or play theirs. For all ages.

  • Hall Talks Politics

    Rep. Jim Hall was a guest lecturer at UNM-LA’s American Politics class Monday night. during which he  gave two lectures.  The presentations for both lectures are on Jim Hall’s website, jimhallnm43.com.

  • Police Beat 09-18-12

    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.

    Sept. 6

    10:45 a.m. –– Police arrested a Los Alamos teen on a charge of aggravated battery in the 1300 block of Diamond Drive.

    10:45 a.m. –– Police arrested a Santa Fe teen on a charge of public affray in the 1300 block of Diamond Drive.

    1:08 p.m. –– Laurence Peña, 35, of Los Alamos, was arrested on unlawful use of a license, driving with a suspended license, driving without registration and driving without insurance charges at the intersection of Hawk Drive and San Ildefonso Road.
    Sept. 7

    8:59 a.m. –– A 38-year-old Los Alamos man complained to police he was the victim of arson in the 300 block of Ridgecrest. The damage to property was less than a $100.
    Sept. 8

  • Making the Rounds

    N.M. Legislative candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard and Congressman Ben Ray Luján talk with Lewis Muir, while campaigning door-to-door in the Western area Saturday.

  • Update 09-18-12

    FAN Club

    A FAN Club will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at Aspen Ridge Lodge.

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed Sept. 26-28 for staff to attend training. Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.

    No court

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court will not have a Judge for the week of Sept. 17-21 due to the annual Magistrate Judge’s conference. The court hours will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. that week.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the community training room.

  • LANL cleanup database upgrade complete

    State environmental officials say they have finished their upgrade to a database that gives the public access to information on clean-up efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    New Mexico Environment Department Secretary David Martin says the new centralized, cloud-based database application called Intellus New Mexico provides the public with greater transparency and more timely access to the environmental data for tracking efforts to clean up toxic waste around the laboratory where the nuclear bomb was developed.
    Officials say validated and verified data will be consistently formatted and automatically updated to the new system every night.
    The database can be accessed at intellusnmdata.com.
    Also, existing permits that govern the storage and treatment of hazardous and mixed waste at Sandia National Laboratories would be combined under a new permit drafted by state environment officials.
    The New Mexico Environment Department will be seeking public comments on the proposal through Nov. 16.
    The proposed permit would allow for the management of hazardous and mixed waste at eight container storage units and one area where explosive wastes could be burned.

  • United Way Sets Ambitious Goal

    Each year, the United Way of Northern New Mexico just kept getting closer and closer. Last year, its Community Action Fund was able to fund 24 of its 31 grant requests. This year, the UWNNM is going all out and is going to try and fund the full 31.

    “Twenty four were funded and 31 people asked,” UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega said to the large crowd of business people and potential donors packed into the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank last Wednesday night. “This year, we’d like to fund them all; and in the future, we’d like to fund them all, too.”

    This year, she said, that’s going to take $1.6 million.

    “This is what our community is asking for and I encourage you all to help us get there,” she said to the crowd after unveiling the goal on a big blue board for everyone to see.

    To help meet the goal of funding every grant, the UWNNM’s strategy will be to encourage donors to give to the general fund instead of designating it to a specific cause.

  • LA boys, girls face Chargers in 4A contests

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams will have big tests against a major Class 4A rival today.
    The Hilltopper teams will take on the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. The boys game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Sullivan Field and the girls game is at 4:30 p.m. in Albuquerque.

    Both Hilltopper teams are going into the contests with something to prove.

    Los Alamos’ boys are coming off a 0-2-1 showing at this weekend’s Academy Invitational tournament, losing to Sandia Prep in Thursday’s opening round and falling in overtime in a rematch against Farmington Friday. The Hilltoppers knotted with Cleveland 1-1 in the seventh-place contest Saturday.

    Academy’s boys went into the 2012 as one of the favorites in Class 4A, but have looked uneven at the start of this season, going 4-4 in their first eight games including losses to Valley and Albuquerque, two schools that don’t usually feature notable programs.

    This season, Academy has uncharacteristically allowed 11 goals.

    Still, the Chargers, who finished third at this weekend’s tournament, including a victory in the third-place game over Sandia Prep.

  • Humble starts are a political staple

    SANTA FE — Log cabins are regaining popularity. It now is possible to buy kits to build your own log cabin — sort of like life-size Lincoln Logs.
    What’s the attraction of log cabins? Part of it has to do with the image, some of it rubbing off from Abraham Lincoln. Log cabins carry an air of hard working self-sufficiency and part of it has to do with politicians wanting to demonstrate they came from humble beginnings.
    Beginning in the middle 1800s, it became almost essential for presidential candidates to claim birth in a log cabin. According to National Park Service information, seven presidents claimed to have been born in log cabins. Add in vice presidents and losing candidates and you have an impressive number.
    Evidently William Henry Harrison, our eighth president, was one of the first to make the log cabin claim.
    It was only a partial truth. He did retire to a log cabin of his youth but he surrounded it with 16 rooms of more modern construction.
    Harrison was the first Whig candidate to win election to the presidency. He did it with some very creative political advisers. Harrison had been a general 30 years earlier. He was on the winning side of an Indian battle fought near the Tippecanoe River.

  • Heinrich, Wilson polar opposites on U.S. energy supply

    The two people who want to be your next U.S. Senator have a grip on two ends of the energy spectrum, but the middle is still virgin territory. One would offer carrots to renewable energy, the other would incentivize oil and gas. Neither fully embraces the range of sources.
    Democrat Martin Heinrich supported federal tax breaks and loan guarantees for companies developing renewable energy during his first two terms as a representative from the 1st Congressional District, while Heather Wilson did the same for oil and gas during her 10 years in the House. Both would move the nation toward domestic sources.
    Heinrich presents himself as the environmental candidate without acknowledging that solar and wind have environmental and land-use impacts. He says federal tax breaks for highly profitable oil and gas companies that already know how to produce their products have been unproductive.
    And yet production technology has changed a great deal and keeps changing – we have this research going on in the state. Isn’t that deserving of incentives?
    He also said that “coal and tar sands are the fuels of the past.” Not necessarily. Today’s coal is far cleaner than it was 10 years ago.