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Today's News

  • Two-car accident closes East Road for an hour; now open

    "There's a first time for everything," RPM Automotive owner Larry Rich said.

    That's because Wednesday afternoon was the first time he towed a vehicle he was actually the driver of.

    At 1:45 p.m. Rich was heading westbound on East Road in a black Toyota 4Runner when a white Chevrolet van pulled out from the Central Avenue intersection clipping his rear bumper. The impact caused the rear axle to break and the truck to spin and flip onto the driver's side, according to Los Alamos Police Officer David Boe.

    Rich - who was unharmed and climbed out from the vehicle through the passenger side door - said the car wasn't even his, but rather one he was repairing.

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 06-27-12

    June 18

    Lisa Salazar, 35, of Los Alamos pleaded no contest in Municipal Court to failure to show vehicle registration and two counts of failure to appear in court, however, one of the those counts was dismissed. Judge Alan Kirk ordered her to pay $242.

    June 19
    Svetlana Tchnernova Martin, 51, of Los Alamos, pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to running a stoplight and failure to appear in court. Judge Alan Kirk ordered her to pay $104 in courts fees and fines.
    June 20

    The 2002 following too closely case against Robert Martinez, 33, of Santa Cruz, was dismissed by the court because it was old and there was insufficient information.

    June 21

  • Update 06-27-12

    Parents wanted

    Los Alamos Public Schools is looking for parents to try out potential new versions of their websites. Parents new to the community and parents of current elementary, middle and high schoolers are needed.  Email Colin MacArthur at c.macarthur@laschools.net or call 629-0776 to schedule a time to help.

    P & Z

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in council chambers.

    Movie series

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series will present the documentary “Born to be Wild” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Pool closure

  • Groundbreaking for new fire center

    Marking the one-year anniversary of the Las Conchas Fire — the state’s second largest fire —was the groundbreaking of a new, permanent Interagency Fire Center Tuesday.

    The effort — stemming from coordination among several agencies during last year’s fire — is part of a partnership between the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Bandelier National Monument, and Santa Fe National Forest.

    The 6,400 sq. ft. building will be located at Technical Area 49, and will accommodate up to three helicopters and other equipment used for firefighting activities.

    The project is expected to be complete by next spring.

  • LAGRI resolution fails

    At Tuesday night’s county council meeting, members of the Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative (LAGRI) made an effort to prevent sections of charter amendments concerning initiative, referendum and charter amendments from going to a vote in November.

    LAGRI has contended that the ballot questions, which each include several related ordinances, are logrolling. It is also circulating petitions to have six of those ordinances removed from the ballot.

    Council Chair Sharon Stover asked Charles Rennick, legal counsel for the CRC, to address the issue of logrolling and how the petitions could affect the November ballot.

  • LAPS Foundation awards scholarships

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of scholarship winner announcements.

    Ten  students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship. Each student selected demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school career. The winners have each selected an educator of distinction — an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools.  

  • Be There 06-27-12

    Today
    Mesa Family Game Night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda at Mesa Public Library. Play their games or bring your own. All ages welcome!

    The Los Alamos Historical Society’s Atomic Film Festival begins today in Fuller Lodge. The first feature film is Emmy Award-winning “Day One,” starring Brian Dennehy as Gen. Leslie Groves and David Straithairn as J. Robert Oppenheimer. Admission is free. Snacks and drinks will be available for a price. Chairs will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring pillows, blankets and other items to relax. For more information and time, email judith@losalamoshistory.org.

  • Sign up to visit Washington, D.C.

    It’s time to sign up for the 30th annual eighth grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C. This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school eighth grade students. The trip is private, not school sponsored. Sign up online at worldstrides.org using ID Number 77813 or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same ID Number.

  • How to catch a 'Phish'

    Their names may sound funny but their financial consequences are not: “Phishing,” “smishing,” “vishing” and “pharming” are just a few of the ways criminals gain access to personal information via your computer or smartphone. If you’re not careful, identity thieves can use harvested information to open fraudulent bank or credit card accounts, take out loans, rent apartments or even charge medical procedures to your insurance plan.
    Unfortunately, every time the authorities plug one hole, crafty criminals figure out new ways to trick unsuspecting victims. Here are some identity theft scams to watch out for:

  • Income: Lagging peer states

    Staying the slow-growth course was the New Mexico population and income story for 2011. A guess is that slowness will be the 2012 story, too, what with loss of 1,500 jobs in May after nine months of ever so slight year-over-year gains.
    The New Mexico economic pattern is performance better than some states but worse than what might be called our peers — Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma. Real gross domestic product is an example. Real GDP, says the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis, is income plus production costs.
    During 2011, New Mexico GDP grew 0.2 percent, as best as I can see from the computer map. That’s 41st nationally, but one-fifth the performance of the next lowest peer state, Oklahoma.