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Today's News

  • Deputy chief Sleik resigns

    Deputy Chief Patrick Sleik has resigned from the Los Alamos Fire Department effective 5 p.m. today.
    Sleik, 49, joined LAFD May 3, 2010 and was considered to be in line to take over the top spot at the department following Chief Doug Tucker’s planned retirement this summer.

    “It was an extremely difficult decision to make,” Sleik said during an interview Thursday evening. “At the end of the day – it comes down to fit. Being from the Midwest I move at a much faster pace and I felt I was putting undue pressure on folks here.”

    Tucker is prepared to postpone his retirement as long as necessary to ensure he has a strong leader at the helm before stepping down.

  • LANL boss set to retire

    If Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Mike Anastasio had his way, Wednesday would be his final leadership breakfast as director.

    And the heavy hitters were in town to celebrate the occasion. Gov. Susana Martinez made her second trip to Los Alamos since being elected. And National Nuclear Security Administration’s director Thomas D’Agostino made the trip from Washington.

    A couple of months ago, Anastasio announced he was going to retire in June.

    On Wednesday, he said that was still his goal.

  • Just A Wag 04-29-11

    Utility bill movement

    A reader sent us the following wag overheard at McDonald’s:
    Everyone gets a utility bill so enter yes or no on it about whether to change Trinity Drive. That will let county councilors know what the town wants.
    Don’t sign my name, except as Eavesdropper.
     

    Send us your wags
    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought. E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • Watch those policy changes

    Let’s pretend the company that provides the land line telephone service to your home institutes a new policy.
    That company also owns an airline called PhoneCo Airlines. So from now on, every time you try to call Southwest or American Airlines, your call will be rerouted to PhoneCo.  
    Unthinkable! you’d say. Beyond unthinkable! A phone company is a regulated monopoly, granted the privilege by government of no competition and assured profit.   Its mandate is to provide the infrastructure and, for a regulated price, allow you to use it. Yet this regulated monopoly has acquired a business in what used to be the free market, and it is using its monopoly advantage against its competitors.

  • Our roads: Shaken, not stirred

    Here’s mud in your eye!  Wet your whistle!  Bottoms up!  Let’s have one for the road!  One for the road?  A common toast made in reference to raising that glass and subsequently raising one’s blood alcohol content a few more notches.  
    As your typical drunk stumbles to his car, what exactly does he have in mind for the road? More than one-third of yearly traffic fatalities are alcohol related (nearly 14,000 deaths).  This is almost the same as our nation’s murder rate, but death on the highway isn’t murder.  It’s “vehicular homicide.”

  • Radio Chat

    Cpl. Monica Salazar and Lt. Jason Wardlow-Hererra discuss end of the year school safety for students and suggest local opportunities to celebrate the start of summer that are free of drugs and alcohol. The two were guests on KRSN AM 1490’s “Safety and Security Issues” show Wednesday morning.

  • Tanaka to head Securities Division

    SANTA FE – Daniel Tanaka was named the new Director for the Securities Division.
    State Regulation and Licensing Superintendent J. Dee Dennis Jr. recently announced that Governor Susana Martinez has appointed Tanka, a seasoned law enforcement official, to head the division.
    “Dan is an experienced and decorated law enforcement professional who has extensive experience in successfully managing the most complex and difficult white collar criminal investigations,” Dennis said.
    “He will be a great asset to this agency as we aggressively pursue white-collar financial crimes, especially against our elderly and senior citizens.”

  • State News at a Glance 04-29-11

    HUD announces grants for homeless in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE — Six programs for the homeless in New Mexico will share more than $1.95 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
    The grants announced Thursday were for local projects that have never received HUD homeless funds in the past.
    They will fund housing and support services to homeless individuals and families.
    The Community Area Resource Enterprise in Gallup will receive the largest grant,for $400,000. The Santa Fe-based New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness will receive nearly $395,000, while the Crisis Center of Northern New Mexico in Espanola will get more than $380,000.

  • U.S. Rep. Pearce: Nuclear power's problem is political

    HOBBS, — U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said the U.S. nuclear energy industry doesn’t have technological problems — it has “political problems.”
    The “United States developed the nuclear power field and then regulated it out of existence. We have built no new nuclear power plants in 30 years,” Pearce said Wednesday, the first day of a two-day international nuclear energy conference in Hobbs.
    The Republican New Mexico congressman said nuclear power is essential to the nation’s energy future, and suggested that the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan brought on by a devastating earthquake was an incident to build from, not run from.

  • Syrian rights group says 24 killed nationwide

    BEIRUT (AP) — Security forces opened fire Friday on demonstrators trying to break an army blockade on the southern city of Daraa, while thousands of others across Syria defied a protest ban and denounced President Bashar Assad's harsh crackdown of a six-week uprising. At least 24 people were killed, including 15 in the march on Daraa, according to witnesses and a human rights group.

    The protesters in cities across Syria — including the capital of Damascus — called for Assad's ouster, with some chanting "We are not afraid!"