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Today's News

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 07-25-12

    July 16

    Brenda Griego was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of speeding one to 10 mph over the speed limit. However, Judge Pat A. Casados deferred the sentence until Aug. 17.  If Griego fulfills all the terms and conditions of the sentence, the charge will be dismissed, though a record of the charge will still exist.
    Conditions include Griego notifying the court of any change of address within 48 hours and obeying all federal, state and local laws. Though the fines relating to the charge were dismissed, Griego was still ordered to pay $86 in court costs.
    July 17

  • Update 07-25-12

    Presentation

    Presentations on recovery efforts in Haiti will be given at 7 p.m. today at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. A free-will offering will be taken to support the 2012 Carter Work Project and continued rebuilding in Haiti.  Refreshments will be provided.

    P&Z meeting

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

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in Council Chambers.

    Film series

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Spy Kids 4” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Science talk

  • Eight senators fight for CMRR

    Eight U.S. senators — six Republicans, a Democrat, and an independent— wrote a letter recently to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, urging the resurrection of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement project at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Viewing guide for Olympics coverage

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Summer Olympics opening ceremony takes place Friday, but the first of 5,535 hours that NBC is showing of the games begins Wednesday with qualifying rounds in women’s soccer. With so many different options, viewers need a road map to make sense of it all.
    NBC is promising that every competition in London will be available to U.S. consumers live, with the bulk of them seen online.
    The centerpiece of coverage will be NBC’s prime-time, 7 p.m. to midnight on most evenings, with Bob Costas as host. Given the time difference with England, all of the events will be shown on a tape-delayed basis, although particularly rabid fans will have the opportunity to see each of these events online during the day.

  • Wallace speaks to community leaders

    Terry Wallace, the principal associate director for global security at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, briefs community leaders at a breakfast at the lab Tuesday. Juan Griego, the deputy director at the Los Alamos Site Office, also gave a briefing. Afterward, leaders went on numerous tours at the lab.

  • LAPD makes profiling policy more accessible

    It’s amazing what one phone call can do.

    The Los Alamos Police Department found this out recently when it received a “B” grade in a racial profiling survey published by two New Mexico-based civil rights groups: Somos Un Pueblo Unido and the New Mexico State Conference NAACP.

    The survey, titled “Biased Based Policing at a Glance,” surveyed law enforcement agencies across New Mexico to see whether or not they even had policies that guarded against racial profiling. If they did, then they were further graded on how accessible those policies were to the public.

  • Council debates size of sewer rate hikes

    Replacing Los Alamos County’s aging sewage infrastructure is unavoidable, which means rate hikes are inevitable. How much those hikes will be and how they will be implemented was the topic of discussion during the county council’s work session Tuesday.

    Council approved a 10 percent rate increase in 2011 to help reduce the funding deficit for capital improvements and operating costs.

    At that time, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) projected a 20 percent increase in FY2013 to replace aging infrastructure, pay annual operating expenses and pay off the loan for the Los Alamos Waste Water Treatment Plant (LAWWTP). At the time, councilors urged DPU officials to look for alternatives to the rate increase.

  • Let’s check the alternatives

    My dog needed surgery last month, and the veterinary office handed me an estimate of charges. Try asking for an estimate from a doctor or hospital. It won’t happen. Their attitude and ours seem to be, it costs what it costs. And we all know they will sock the insurance company, so we don’t care.
    Because our health-care system relies on socking the insurance company, insurers and health plans have come up with their own ways of socking us back – denied claims, bigger co-pays, cancelled coverage if you’re too sick, denied coverage if you have a pre-existing condition, and capped lifetime payout.

  • How business is really created

    Hey, business people, President Obama says you didn’t do it. Especially those of you who think you have created, led and built small businesses. You didn’t do it. The government did. Never mind that you and your staff pay the taxes.
    Here’s the statement, “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” That’s what President Obama told a Roanoke, Va., group at a campaign event July 13.
    I believe that with this remark, the President opened a window into his soul, into his deepest convictions.

  • Aquatomics’ results from the Nick Nogar Invitational

    The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim team picked up six age division high-point awards at the Nick Nogar Memorial Invitational.
    The youth swim meet was last month at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. Nearly 200 swimmers from 11 club teams took part.
    In all, the Aquatomics, who hosted the meet, had nine swimmers finish in the top three places in total points in their age divisions. Aquatomics’ swimmers Ian Jaegers (boys 9-10), Alana Goodwin (girls 11-12), Dylan Ma (boys 11-12), Kaitlin Bennett (girls 13-14), Alexander Jaegers (boys 13-14) and Ashlynn Bennett (girls 15 and over) were the high-point leaders at the meet.