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Today's News

  • Two-vehicle accident closes Truck Route

    The Truck Route was closed for more than two hours Tuesday following a two-vehicle accident.
    A Los Alamos County trash truck heading east and a car heading west crashed around 1:30 p.m., LAPD captain Randy Foster said.
    Foster said the driver of the car sustained injuries as a result of the crash. Foster said Tuesday night that dispatch told him that the driver sustained minor injuries and was going to be OK even though fire fighter had to cut the door off the car to get him out. The truck driver received only minor injuries.
    The driver of the car was transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center.

  • Police Beat 06-26-12

    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.

    June 14

    2:51 p.m. ­— A 45-year-old female Los Alamos caller reported cell phone theft. The phone was valued at $252. It was later recovered. Charges are pending.

    June 15

    1:06 p.m. — The Los Alamos National Laboratory reported that a tire had been stolen off a trailer at Technical Area 60. The estimated loss is $70.

  • State law aims to dig up chile fraud

    SANTA FE (AP) — A new law aimed at protecting authentic New Mexico chile is set to go into effect.
    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that impostors of the state’s iconic agricultural product will be guilty of trademark infringement beginning Sunday thanks to a new protective law.
    The New Mexico Chile Advertising Act makes it unlawful for vendors to label fresh or processed chile as being from New Mexico unless it was actually grown in the state.
    Vendors subject to the law include groceries, restaurants, convenience stores, farmers’ markets and roadside vegetable stands.

  • Luján named ranking member

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) announced Monday he has been named ranking member of the House Natural Resource Committee’s Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.  Luján, who is serving in his second term, will replace Congressman Dan Boren of Oklahoma as ranking member.

  • Gov. Martinez visits LANL

    Gov. Susana Martinez was in Los Alamos today to mark the one-year anniversary of the Las Conchas Fire as well at the 1,000th shipment of Transuranic (TRU) waste from LANL to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.
    In 2011, the Las Conchas Fire consumed more than 156,000 acres of land around Los Alamos and the lab site, making it the largest wildfire in state history at the time.
    Following the fire, Martinez directed the New Mexico Environment Department to work with the U.S. Department of Energy to prioritize the removal of all above ground TRU waste that remains stored on the lab site.
     The Martinez administration and federal officials came to an agreement that would remove all above-ground TRU waste from the lab site by the June 2014.

  • Update 06-26-12

    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. Wednesdsay in council chambers.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Community Building.

    Pool closure

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed for maintenance from 7-11 a.m. Friday.

    Restrictions

  • LANS set to give $180k in donations

    Nonprofit organizations will receive more than $180,000 from Los Alamos National Security, LLC during a recognition event beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, at Fuller Lodge in downtown Los Alamos.
    LANS contributions are determined by the number of volunteer hours logged by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employees and retirees through an organization called VolunteerMatch.

  • Fire center groundbreaking

    Marking the one-year anniversary of the Las Conchas Fire — the state’s second largest fire –— is the groundbreaking of a new, permanent Interagency Fire Center. 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 project is expected to be complete by next spring. Details in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Heat hampers wildfire fight

    Searing, record-setting heat in the interior West didn’t loosen its grip on firefighters struggling to contain blazes in Colorado, Utah and other Rocky Mountain states.

    Colorado has endured nearly a week of 100-plus degree days and low humidity, sapping moisture from timber and grass, creating a devastating formula for volatile wildfires across the state and punishing conditions for firefighters.

    “When it’s that hot, it just dries the fuels even more. That can make the fuels explosive,” said Steve Segin, a fire spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.

    Much of Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado are under a red flag warning, meaning conditions are hot, dry and ripe for fires.

  • White Rock proposes alternate plan

    It took some time for the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee (WRMPIC) to recover from council’s decision not to allot $16 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds for a proposed civic center. The center would have combined and expanded facilities for the White Rock Branch Library, Senior Center, Youth Activity Center, an Activity Center and Town Hall.

    Council instead allocated $8,400,000 remaining for implementing the White Rock Master Plan and directed the WRMPIC to return with options for separating the components of the civic center, reducing scope and reevaluating the siting.
    After council’s decision, county staff put together some options for the committee to consider.