Today's News

  • Martinez wins battle over labor board selection

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has won a legal battle that gives her control of a state board that referees disputes over working conditions and union contracts affecting government workers and some educators.
    A state labor leader said Tuesday a pair of court rulings may allow the governor to try to neutralize New Mexico’s collective bargaining law through her selection of Public Employee Labor Relations Board members.
    “It’s a win for her right now, but hopefully it won’t be a big win. We’ll just have to figure out other options to prevent her from doing away with collective bargaining,” said Christine Trujillo, president of the American Federation of Teachers in New Mexico.

  • Three Thornburg execs charged with fraud

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have charged three executives of what was once the nation’s second-largest mortgage company with civil accounting fraud.
    The Securities and Exchange Commission said the executives conspired to conceal disastrous conditions at the now-defunct Thornburg Mortgage Inc. as the housing market collapsed and the financial crisis loomed.
    The SEC said the three executives conspired to overstate Thornburg’s income by more than $400 million in 2007. Thornburg faced “a severe liquidity crisis” in early 2008 and its lenders were demanding payments the company wasn’t able to meet, the SEC said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M.

  • On The Docket 03-14-12

    March 5

    Angelo Herrera, 29, Santa Fe, pleaded no contest in Municipal Court for parking in a prohibited area. Judge Alan Kirk found him guilty of that offense and a subsequent offense of failure to pay. He was ordered to pay a $96 fine.
    March 7

    Timothy McCurdy, 52, Española, pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to casual sales of a motor vehicle. Judge Kirk ordered him to pay a $50 fine.

  • Seen @ The Scene: Girl Scouts celebrate

    Girls Scouts, past and present, gathered at Ashley Pond Sunday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. County Councilor and past Girl Scout, Fran Berting read a proclamation as part of the festivities. Later, the group gathered  and formed a friendship circle, in which they sang “Happy Birthday” and the “Friendship Song.” They enjoyed refreshments and entertainment at the end of the event.

  • Update 03-14-12

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Thursday in the Community Building Training Room.

    Council meeting

    County Council will hold a regular session at 6 p.m. March 20 in Council Chambers.

    Planning and zoning

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

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m., March 21 at 170 Central Park Square.

    LANL meetings
    LANL will host one more forum regarding the voluntary separation program. It is set for 6-7:30 p.m. today at the Duane Smith Auditorium.


  • Drunk driving deaths on rise in state

    Despite efforts by the state to curb drunk driving, state records show that alcohol-related deaths from traffic crashes increased slightly.
    State Transportation Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau records indicate that 146 people were killed in highway crashes involving alcohol last year. That’s up from the 145 in 2010, but down from 152 in 2009.
    Alcohol-involved traffic deaths accounted for 41 percent of the 355 people killed in highway crashes last year.
    According to Los Alamos Police Department records, drunk driving arrests in the County were up in 2011 to 57 from the 49 the year before. But that’s down from the 63 in 2009.

  • School Board chooses new president

    New Board of Education officers were elected at Tuesday’s school board meeting. Kevin Honnell was appointed president; Dawn Venhaus was appointed vice president and Melanie McKinley was named secretary. New officers are chosen once a year.

  • No housing glut foreseen

    There have been plenty of ripple effects after the decision was made to offer voluntary separation packages to Los Alamos National Laboratory employees.

    The lab is hoping for 400 to 800 takers. So does this mean, is there going to be a mass exodus or a flood of for sale signs going up in the county?

    The Realtors at RE/MAX of Los Alamos recently released a report analyzing the market area.
    The report ran the following scenario:

    Assume that 500 employees leave LANL in April and according to the lab, 58 percent of them don’t live in Los Alamos County. The report states only 30 percent of employees who retire from the lab actually leave the county.

    That leaves 64 new homes for sale.

  • LA Plaza files for bankruptcy

    Los Alamos Plaza, LLC, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    The proposed development was slated for a prime piece of real estate on Trinity Drive across from Ashley Pond.

    It was to include three 60,000 square foot structures with retail space on the ground floor, two floors of office space and 14 luxury penthouses on the top floor.

    A fourth unit was to feature 21 townhouses overlooking Los Alamos Canyon. The entire project was projected to encompass approximately 135,000 square feet of office and retail space with 63 residential units.

  • Sports Update 03-14-12

    Run for Her Life is Sunday
    The second annual Run for Her Life 5K and 10K races are scheduled for March 18.
    The races will start at the Mesa Trailhead near East Park. Race time is 9 a.m.
    All proceeds from the race will go to benefit breast cancer research.
    Registration forms are available at several locations in Los Alamos County. Registrations may also be done online at the Atomic City Roadrunners’ website, www.atomicrunners.com.
    For more information, call 672-1639.