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Today's News

  • Protesters refuse to pay court costs

    Five defendants convicted of criminal trespassing sent a letter to Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados promising to “never pay the mandatory court costs.” Instead, each convicted defendant has paid their $73 fee to Tewa Women United of the Pueblo of San Ildefonso.

    “The Tewa people are the rightful stewards of the lands on which Los Alamos National Laboratory has been conducting international crimes for so many decades,” said defendant Marcus Patrick Blaise Page.

    Page, 45, and defendants William Robert Covert, 66, Bobby Sue Davis, 27, Marylou Kraft, 67, and Juan Montoya, 48, appeared together in the local court Oct. 18.

  • Moon Over the Mountain

    The full moon was particularly large and bright looking west from Los Alamos Tuesday morning. The first full moon of the year will be around for one more day.

  • Council reviews final charter report

    Los Alamos County Council selected a Charter Review Committee (CRC) in November of 2009 to review the county charter. The committee completed its recommendations in December. Council meets with the CRC this week to discuss final recommendations.

    The committee’s main directive was to review the charter for clarity and consistency. Council instructed the CRC not to recommend substantive changes unless there were compelling reasons. Several substantive changes were put forth, but rejected by the committee. These include:

    • Electing a mayor. The CRC recommendation establishes the council chair as the head of local government and changes the title of county administrator to county manager to better reflect the responsibilities of the position.

  • Be There 01-10-12

    Today
    The Los Alamos Volunteer Examiner group will host the first amateur radio exam session of the year at 6:30 p.m. at the “Old Fire Barn,” 4017Arkansas, in the upstairs meeting room. There will be testing for all classes of license. A calculator can be used during the exam, but cell phones as calculators are not permitted. For more information, call or email Bill Boedeker, 662-4220, boedeker@cybermesa.com.

    Wednesday
    Sustainable Los Alamos Series: Talk by Tom Nagawiecki at PEEC. Learn sustainable actions you can take to reduce waste in Los Alamos County as well as facts about what is thrown away. 7 p.m. Free.

    Thursday

  • AAUW and LWV hosts legislative preview Wednesday at Fuller Lodge

    The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos and the American Association of University Women will hold a legislative preview from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to participate.
    Legislators Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe and Sen. Carlos Cisneros, D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos; and Sen. Phil Griego, D-Los Alamos, Mora, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos, have all been invited.
    Sen. Richard Martinez will not be able to attend due to a prior commitment.
    Deputy County Clerk Sheryl Nichols will also be there to discuss voter verification from the perspective of the County Clerk’s office.

  • Volunteering can make a difference

    As we look at self-esteem when talking about assets this month, let me reflect one more time on the Community Asset Awards.
    The night wouldn’t be possible without my husband Chad seeing to some last minute details. It never fails that I have forgotten something on the kitchen counter and he has to scramble at the last minute. Yes, it happens each year.
    Then there are great people like Peggy Pendergast, Jordan George and Ben Schilling and the beyond over the moon staff of the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.
    The beautiful setting and stellar desserts they displayed were second to none. The attention to detail and the superior staff allow the event to shine.

  • Bell ringers raise funds for Self Help, Inc.

    Pictured are Salvation Army bell ringers and organizers. Irene Powell, Annie Bard, Jim Little  and Burt Dennis recruited and scheduled bell ringers in White Rock and Los Alamos, who raised $15,275.  All funds are distributed by Self Help, Inc. to help residents of Los Alamos County.

  • Gary goes Libertarian

    Gary Johnson is moving. A few days ago, I told you where several of New Mexico’s former politicos are hanging out.
    I said former Gov. Gary Johnson usually could be found in the mountains of New Hampshire doing something adventurous plus a little politicking.
    Johnson felt like the victim in the famous movie “Catch 22.”
    He couldn’t get on the stage with other candidates for debates because his poll numbers were so low.
    And his poll numbers were low because the national GOP and its state affiliates omitted him from the ballots they prepared for news organizations to use in determining the candidates invited to speak.

  • Another special favor for the Spaceport

     It’s all go for Spaceport America. According to Christine Armstrong, executive director of the Spaceport Authority, 500 people already are signed up to fly into space with Virgin Galactic, at a ticket price of $200,000 apiece. A grand visitor center is scheduled to open in 2013.  
    Since the spaceport is several miles from I-25, two welcome centers will be constructed convenient to the highway, and shuttle buses will take visitors from those centers to the spaceport itself. After the current bond issues expire, the facility has a plan to be self-supporting.

  • Toppers, Sartans to clash tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers boys basketball team will take on an old foe tonight at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Los Alamos will face the St. Pius X Sartans. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

    The two teams have a long history, including being District 2-4A rivals during the 2000-2006 seasons.

    This week, the Sartans (9-4) are the No. 4-ranked team in Class 4A and have already compiled some impressive wins, including an 85-65 victory over the team that replaced it in 2-4A, the Bernalillo Spartans.