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Today's News

  • Update 01-31-12

    Historic board

    The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    T-board meeting

    The Transportation Board’s regularly scheduled meeting has been moved to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the public works conference room, 2101 Trinity Drive.

    Special session

    A special session with council and the Los Alamos Board of Education is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at council chambers.

    Council meeting
    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in the council chambers.

    DOE/NNSA

  • House panel puts off vote on $5B budget

    SANTA FE (AP) — A proposed $5.6 billion state budget hit a last-minute snag in a House committee Monday after Republicans objected that several of the GOP governor’s initiatives might get chopped if the state’s revenue outlook dims.
    The Appropriations and Finance Committee postponed a final vote on the budget, and the chairman, Rep. Henry Kiki Saavedra, D-Albuquerque, said he was surprised by the GOP complaints because members of the panel had tentatively agreed last week on provisions of the spending plan.
    The budget proposal calls for a spending increase of nearly $216 million, or about 4 percent, in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

  • Hungry Like a Coyote

    A coyote stops to take a rest after chasing a raven across the street on Fairway Drive this morning.

  • LANL honors four for leadership, research

    Achievements in scientific research and leadership are being honored at Los Alamos National Laboratory this week.
    Laboratory Director Charles McMillan and the Laboratory’s Fellows organization have awarded the 2011 Fellows Prize for Leadership in Science or Engineering to scientists John Gordon of LANL’s Inorganic Isotope & Actinide Chemistry group and Geoffrey Reeves of the Lab’s Space Science & Applications group.
    “This year’s Fellows Prize winners embody the excellence of the science that is so vital to completing our national security missions,” McMillan said. “I congratulate each of the four winners and salute their creativity and innovation.”

  • Merrill's credibility cited in court case

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series.

    Hildegard Merrill, of Candles Delight, LLC - one of the principals in the Los Alamos Plaza development – has been the defendant in two lawsuits that shed some light on her career in real estate. The former broker turned developer and her partner are currently trying to beat the clock on a court-mandated deadline to repay more than $1.2 million or lose the prime property on Trinity Drive to foreclosure.

    Key allegations in the earlier lawsuits involve fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. Although Merrill contends she did nothing wrong, both judgments were decided in favor of the plaintiffs and upheld in appeals.

    John Warren was awarded a disputed condominium and over $65,000 in damages after suing Merrill for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and ejectment. Merrill received over $50,000 credit against the damage awards for reimbursements for storage, mortgage, taxes, homeowners’ association dues and other payments she made related to the condominium.

  • Los Alamos Plaza: Samuels vs. Merrill poses questions about broker's conduct

    Benjamin and Inez Samuels also won a judgment against Hildegard Merrill.

    The Samuels agreed to have Merrill list a condominium they were selling and to buy a condominium owned by Merrill. The Samuels agreed to buy the property "as is," subject to an inspection and their written agreement that any "applicable contingency" revealed by the inspection be removed in writing by them.

    Escrow would open and close concurrently on both properties. Merrill was also designated the sole real estate broker for the sale of her property.

  • Crucial vote set for joint meeting

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    Buildings could start sprouting up within the next couple of years if the Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education gives the Trinity Site Revitalization Project the green light on Wednesday.

    The board will have a joint meeting with the Los Alamos County Council to decide whether they will agree to the ground lease and developer agreement presented to them, which would signal the start of the project.

  • Trinity Site letters to the editor

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  • Super Bowl is a security challenge

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — From pickpockets and prostitutes to dirty bombs and exploding manhole covers, authorities are bracing for whatever threat the first Super Bowl in downtown Indianapolis might bring.

    Some — nuclear terrorism, for instance — are likely to remain just hypothetical. But others, like thieves and wayward manhole covers, are all too real.

    Though Indianapolis has ample experience hosting large sporting events — the Indianapolis 500 attracts more than 200,000 fans each year, and the NCAA's men's Final Four basketball tournament has been held here six times since 1980— the city's first Super Bowl poses some unique challenges.

  • Sports Update 01-31-12

    Rob and Kathy Hipwood inducted into state Hall of Fame

    Los Alamos Hilltopper coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood were inducted into the New Mexico Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame this weekend.
    The Hipwoods, who are the most successful coaches in this history of New Mexico prep girls cross country, were inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony Saturday.
    Under their tutelage, Los Alamos has won 13 state girls titles and three boys titles, including sweeping the boys and girls state championship races in 2011.

    Beginning fencing starts Feb. 7