Today's News

  • Ga. Authorities Say 5 Dead in Spa Shooting

    Authorities say five people are dead in an apparent murder-suicide at a suburban Atlanta spa. Officials say officers found the bodies after responding to a call of a person shot Tuesday night at the Su Jung Health Sauna.

  • LANL plans workforce reduction

    Back in December, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan announced the formation of a task force that would make financial decisions that would account for $300 million in savings at the lab because of budget constraints.

    Everybody found out Tuesday how that would happen.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan said the lab has submitted a plan to the National Nuclear Security Administration proposing to reduce its workforce by between 400 and 800 employees this spring through a voluntary separation program.

    McMillan made the announcement at an all-hands meeting at the lab Tuesday afternoon.

  • Collecting cans for a cause

    Kaity Burke, a member of Mountain School’s Green Team, shows off a bin full of aluminum cans. The school is competing to collect the most aluminum cans in the state as part of the Great American Can Roundup. During the first week, students brought in more than 2,000 cans.  If they win, the team will receive a cash prize, which will be donated to an animal rescue organization. The competition runs until April 22. Donated cans may be dropped off at Mountain School or at the Pajarito Environmental Education Nature Center.

  • Assets in Action: Take the time to learn something new

    This week, our asset efforts concentrate on number 34, cultural competence.
    The youth and sponsors of the United Church are on the move to collect items for a silent and live auction to benefit their Mexico Mission trip, during spring break.
    On March 18, a slew of activities will take place to raise funds to cover everything from lumber to food, to ensure their weeklong trip is a success.
    The youth are involved in a variety of activities, from knocking on doors to ask for donations, to setting up for the event and delivering large items like desks and dressers when the auction is complete.

  • Be There 02-21-12

    Wild Wednesday Workshops at PEEC presents Mystery Animal Adventures for kids in first through sixth grades. Class meets from 1-3 p.m. at 3540 Orange St. and is $20 for non-members and $18 for members. Register in advance at PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda, East Africa, will perform at 7 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. The event is free, but a love offering will be accepted during the concert.

  • State Briefs 02-21-12

    Governor signs anti-corruption bill

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law legislation that could require public officials convicted of corruption-related crimes to give back to the state their salaries and forfeit their accrued state pension benefits.
    The new law takes effect May 16.
    The former prosecutor said in a statement the measure sends a message that corruption in New Mexico will not stand.
    Lawyer settles claim in Vaughan case

    ALBUQUERQUE— The lawyer credited with giving Albuquerque real estate executive and admitted Ponzi schemer Doug Vaughan the idea for raising cash through promissory notes has reached a settlement in the case.

  • State proposes to overhaul Medicaid program

    SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is proposing to overhaul a program that provides health care to a fourth of the state’s population, and the changes could require some needy New Mexicans to dig into their pockets to pay a fee if they go to an emergency room for medical care that’s not considered an emergency.
    One of the goals of the planned revision is to slow the rate of growth in Medicaid, which accounts for 16 percent of this year’s state budget and costs New Mexico taxpayers nearly $1 billion.

  • The final days of the session

    The final week of the session proved to be alternatively busy or boring, but always unpredictable.   As required in the constitution, the session ended promptly at noon on Thursday.   No actions after noon on the 30th day of even year sessions are constitutional.  
    This session ended with a filibuster by Representative Stewart that killed the Governor’s social promotion bill (Senate Bill 96).   This came after Representative Roch filibustered the General Obligation Bond bill (Senate Bill 66) that funds major capital projects for more than an hour.
    By 1:30PM nearly everyone—Senators, Representatives, staff, and citizens--had departed and the Roundhouse almost empty and eerily quiet.  

  • Police Beat 02-21-12

    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.

    Feb. 9

    1:32 p.m. – Aspen Elementary School reported that a 12-year-old female, Los Alamos, is alleging that she had been raped near Los Alamos High School. The case is under investigation.

    11:33 p.m. – A 28-year-old man reported that he had been bitten by an undisclosed animal at 3917 West Rd. The animal was impounded.

    Feb. 10

    1:19 p.m. – A 29-year-old man reported that he had been robbed at 3851 Alabama Ave.

    Feb. 12

  • Update 02-21-12

    GOP convention

    The Los Alamos Republicans will hold their pre-primary convention Feb. 23 at the VFW, 1793 Deacon St. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and doors close promptly at 7 p.m.   A Central Committee meeting will be at 7 p.m.
    Little League

    Los Alamos Little League will host a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at Mesa Public Library. The meeting is for anyone interested in coaching or volunteering during the 2012 season.

    PRC meeting

    New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) member, Douglas J. Howe, will host a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge to discuss renewable energy development in New Mexico.

    Dem convention