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Today's News

  • Residents voice support for deal

    Public comment on the Trinity Site lease agreement was overwhelmingly in favor of moving ahead on a lease agreement with North American Development Group. Proponents outnumbered opponents 10 to one.

    Although a handful of people advocated for renegotiating in an attempt to achieve higher rents, using the site for something other than retail development or expressed fears of a Smith’s monopoly, it was impossible to turn a deaf ear to the numerous impassioned pleas from mothers who turned out for the joint meeting of the school board and county council.

  • Protesters pan plutonium plan

    Catherine Montano of Las Vegas made a 51-minute presentation to DOE and NNSA officials during a scoping meeting for the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement at Cities of Gold Hotel Thursday night in Pojoaque. For more on the scoping meeting, pick up a Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Firefighters OK new contract

    Just over a year ago Los Alamos Firefighters’ Association Local 3279 filed a lawsuit against the county for its decision to impose a contract on firefighters without their consent.

    This year a new system called Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) helped firefighters and the county reach a win/win contract, praised by both sides at Tuesday’s council meeting.

    Previous negotiations were conducted using positional bargaining; an adversarial technique in which each side stakes out a fixed position and one side’s gain is the other’s loss.

    IBB helps the parties reach consensus through understanding each other’s interests.

  • Wrong side of the screen

     Isn’t life beautiful?  Isn’t life gay?  Isn’t life the perfect way to pass the time away?
      I happen to like life.  Not because the alternative is worse, but rather because it’s like strolling down a buffet of infinite choices, an endless avenue of experiences, a 24-hour a day variety show hosted by all sorts of people.
     And sometimes it’s more like a talk show where you want to stand, pick up your chair, and smash it against the guy sitting next to you.  Yeah, life can be fun.
     But lately I get the ugly feeling that I’m on the wrong side of the screen.
     My world is missing so many wonderful things that less dimensional people seem to enjoy.

  • Reader voices support for Zimmerman traffic option

    This is to warn the citizens of Los Alamos that an effort is being made to discredit the currently proposed re-design of NM 502 (Trinity Drive), which some have called the Zimmerman option, using two myths:
    Myth #1. “The proposed roadway would provide lower capacity than the current road and would increase congestion.”
    Myth #2.  “The roundabout would lead to ‘built-in’ traffic conflicts and would present an unsafe environment for cars, motorcycles, and pedestrians.”
    These myths contradict the judgments of professional traffic engineers who have been hired by the county and have presented their findings at meetings of the NM 502 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

  • Renegades Come to LA

    The New Mexico Renegades hockey team held a practice session Thursday morning at Los Alamos County Ice Rink in anticipation of its game Saturday. The Renegades will take on the Cheyenne Stampede Saturday at the rink. 

  • Sports Update 02-03-12

    Atomic City shuttles to run during Saturday’s hockey game

    Atomic City Transit will provide shuttle service to and from the Los Alamos County Ice Rink Saturday for the New Mexico Renegades-Cheyenne Stampede Junior ‘A’ hockey game.
    The game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
    The shuttles, which will run from 5-7 p.m., are being used to alleviate parking issues at the rink. Shuttles can be picked up at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center parking lot.

    Jr. Toppers clinics set for Saturday

  • Ski Report 02-03-12

    Angel Fire
    39-inch base of packed powder. 4 inches of new snow reported. 63 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest
    36-inch base of packed powder. 6 inches of new snow reported. 35 trails open.

    Pajarito
    41-inch base. 3 inches of new snow reported. 33 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Red River
    No snow report. 54 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak
    40-inch base of powder. 2 inches of new snow reported. 34 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sipapu
    36-inch base of packed powder. 3 inches of new snow reported. 37 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    35-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 54 trails and 9 lifts open.

  • Grants, Roswell are still on top of polls

    xHere are this week’s Class 4A boys and girls basketball coaches’ polls. Weekly polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Basketball, Class 4A Girls

        Team             Total pts.    Previous

    1. Grants (10)              127    1
    2. Kirtland Central (3)   116    2
    3. Gallup                       92    3

  • Fishing Report 02-03-12

    Northeast

    Charette Lakes: The lake has closed for the season and will reopen March 1.
    Clayton Lake: Closed until noon March 1.
    Conchas Lake: Fishing pressure has been light due to cold temperatures and wind.
    Costilla Creek: No report.
    Coyote Creek: Closed for the winter.
    Eagle Nest Lake: 17 inches of ice. Fishing is good for yellow perch and rainbows caught with power bait, meal worms and night crawlers. Fishing pressure is up due to nice weather and no wind. 
    Lake Alice and Lake Maloya: Ice is 10-14 inches thick at Lake Maloya. Power Bait, dough bait and salmon eggs have been catching 6- to 13-inch rainbow trout. Fishing is poor at Lake Alice due to thin ice and the lake has not been stocked.