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Today's News

  • Bandelier seeks input on Tsankawi management

    Bandelier  National  Monument  has  announced that the park is initiating a 30-day  scoping  period,  from  April  16, 2012 to May 15, 2012, as part of planning  to  improve  resource protection and visitor understanding of the unique  Tsankawi  Unit.   The resulting decisions will provide guidance and direction  for  managing  visitor  safety,  accessibility,  and natural and cultural resource protection for the next ten years.

  • Update 04-17-12

    Earth Day

    The Earth Day Festival will feature booths and displays where community groups will show their Earth-friendly products and practices, and provide information about our environment on the Pajarito Plateau. It begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at PEEC.

    Dem Party

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will have their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Library.

    Budget hearings

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold budget meetings 6-10 p.m. today and Wednesday in council chambers.

    Chamisa carnival

  • Blue Cross policyholders blast proposed rate hike

    SANTA FE (AP) — A state hearing officer has listened to several Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders speak of financial hardships they’ll endure if higher monthly premiums were to kick in as the insurer wants.
    The insurance company has proposed a 6.9 percent increase on June 1 for 31,000 New Mexicans with individual health care policies.
    Saturday’s hearing to take consumer comment in Santa Fe came after Blue Cross laid out its case for the increase earlier this month. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports The company argued it was needed to cover claims that led the company to lose $7.2 million in the individual market in 2011.

  • Supercomputing challenge slated for this next week

    More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will convene at Los Alamos National Laboratory April 23 and 24 for judging and the awards ceremony in the 22nd annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge.

    More than 60 teams of students from elementary, middle, and high school are participating in the event, said David Kratzer of the Laboratory’s High Performance Computer Systems group and LANL’s coordinator of the Supercomputing Challenge.

    While at LANL, students will present their projects and take part in tours, talks, and demonstrations with Laboratory scientists and researchers. Student projects will be recognized during an awards ceremony from 9 to 11:30 a.m., April 24 at the Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive in Los Alamos.

  • Fire info session sizzles

    Despite an afternoon snow, dozens of people attended the fire prevention informational session hosted by the Los Alamos Fire Department Saturday in council chambers

    The session was the first since the Las Conchas fire that wiped out 156,593 acres last summer in the Jemez Mountains southwest of Los Alamos.

    Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said between 50 and 100 people attended the event aimed at informing residents about ongoing fire mitigation efforts, how they can protect their own homes and show them the damage from last year’s fire.

    “It was a learning experience by all,” he said adding that the public came with great questions.

  • Budget hearings progress smoothly

    Los Alamos County Council’s first night of budget hearings progressed relatively smoothly Monday.

    After an overview of the proposed budget and a discussion of long range planning by County Administrator Harry Burgess and Assistant County Administrator and Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne, council tentatively passed budgets for the following departments as follows:

    • County council, municipal court, county assessor, county clerk and county sheriff: passed 6-1, with Councilor Vincent Chiravalle voting no.

    • County attorney: passed 6-1, with Chiravalle voting no.

    • Fire department: passed 7-0

    • Police department: passed 7-0

  • Police Beat 04-17-12

    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.

    April 6

    4:11 a.m. – A caller on 11th Street reported that people were running up and down the stairs at her apartment complex. Police were unable to locate the subjects.

    1:45 p.m. - Kendall Frye, 44, Los Alamos, was arrested on charges of battery against a household member.

    3:07 p.m. – An unidentified 28-year-old Los Alamos male reported that he has been the victim of larceny between $2,500 and $500.

  • Johnson now a contender

    Gary Johnson hasn’t forgotten who he is.
    Maybe our former governor couldn’t elbow his way into Republican presidential debates, but he hasn’t been ignored by the media.
    Recently, he was even on the Comedy Channel’s “Colbert Report,” where he held his own with comedian-satirist Stephen Colbert – no easy feat. I once harpooned Johnson’s rambling speeches and off-topic digressions, but today’s he’s a poised speaker who communicates clearly and stays on message. The political caterpillar has become a butterfly.

  • State lacks Billy the Kid statues

     Now that New Mexico finally has a statue of Pat Garrett, our state’s best known lawman, Lincoln County War researcher Mike Pitel notes that the score on Billy the Kid statues is Texas: 2, New Mexico: 0.
    We recently mentioned San Elizario, Texas, just down the river from El Paso, has erected a Billy the Kid statue in its business district designed to increase tourist traffic to the village. Then there is a statue of the Kid and a small museum in Hico, Texas and a grave marker in nearby Hamilton, Texas.

  • LA's boys, girls finish in the top three on Monday

    Both Los Alamos Hilltopper golf teams finished in the top three at their home invitational Monday.
    Los Alamos had its second home event of the 2011-12 season at Los Alamos Golf Course. In all, 14 schools participated in the tournament.
    The Hilltopper girls finished with 434 strokes, although they were well back of tournament winner Santa Fe, which had a 388 and earned a qualifying leg toward the state Class 4A tournament.
    Jayme Quintana of West Las Vegas had the best round of the day, shooting a 77, holding off Taylar Jaramillo of Belen by one shot. Bernalillo’s Shanelle Tafoya finished with an 86.
    For the Hilltoppers, Emma Haines and Emily Stearns both finished with 103s to pace the team. Bri Sanderson finished with a 104.