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Today's News

  • Make a splash this Halloween

    Get a jumpstart on Halloween at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The center will host a Halloween carnival and pumpkin splash on Oct. 23. Participants will have the opportunity to hunt for their favorite pumpkin in the pool and then get to decorate it, all while enjoying festive treats and playing carnival games throughout the building.
    The cost is $7 per pumpkin splasher, and admission includes participation in all carnival games, as well as one pumpkin and one decorating kit. All ages are welcome. Maximum participation is 150 people. Advanced tickets are being sold at the Aquatic Center.

  • Community Announcements 10-13-11

    Dates announced

    The Betty Ehart Senior center has announced the dates for the Festival of Chocolate and the Festival of Trees.
    The fundraisers will benefit programs for youth and seniors in 2011 and 2012.
    The Festival of Chocolate will be  from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 12, with tickets available for $20, starting at the end of October.
    The Festival of Chocolate formally launches the Festival of Trees which hosts their event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 19.
    Admission is free, but collections of non-perishable items are taken to benefit programs.
    To donate a chocolate dessert or a holiday tree for auction call 672-4089 for more information.

  • Be There 10-13-11

    Today
    Poetry gatherings, 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will have its monthly meeting at
    7 p.m. in Room 3 of the Mesa Public Library. There will be a discussion and sharing of “Roadblocks in our Genealogy Research.” Everyone is asked to bring their research roadblock to share. The public is invited. For more information, call Jodie Frye at 662-3381.

  • State Briefs 10-13-11

    ‘Occupy’ protests planned in Taos, Santa Fe

    TAOS — Activists are planning “Occupy Taos” and “Occupy Santa Fe” protests adding to a number of related rallies around New Mexico.
    The protesters have planned a Friday rally at Taos Plaza to target U.S. Bank and a Saturday protest at the Statehouse in Santa Fe.
    The rallies come after New Mexico activists have sparked similar protests in Las Cruces and Albuquerque.
    Authorities this week broke up a makeshift overnight campsite at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and gave students a limited permit to continue their protest. Las Cruces activists scheduled Thursday a walkout at New Mexico State University and promised future protests in the area.

  • Governor spent $177K on license program

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration says it has spent $177,000 on the program to review foreign nationals’ driver’s licenses before a judge halted it last month.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the New Mexico governor is continuing to sift through returned letters that had been sent to license holders, looking for evidence of fraud.
    The department’s Motor Vehicle Division in July sent out letters to 10,000 randomly selected foreign nationals — including illegal immigrants — with New Mexico driver’s licenses, ordering them to make appointments and show up with documents proving their residency or face license cancellation.

  • LANL raises breast cancer awareness

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is doing its part to raise awareness of breast cancer by holding a number of events in October.
    In conjunction with national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, LANL started its “Think Pink for the Cure” campaign the week of Oct. 3.
    Events, though, are from over. Coming up this month will be a:
    • Cancer care resource fair, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Oct. 19, Otowi Building cafeteria side rooms.
    • A 1.5-mile run/walk, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at TA-3. Sign up at 11 a.m. outside the Otowi Building. Volunteers are needed.

  • Finishing Touches

    Workers put the finishing touches on a median on the corner of Trinity and Diamond Drive Saturday.

  • Update 10-13-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m., Oct. 18 at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    CIP meeting

    A Phase I study public meeting for the Teen Center will be at 5:30 p.m. today at council chambers.

    PEEC talk

    Nate McDowell of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Climate Research Lab, will give a talk on the “Effects of Climate on Plants,” at 7 tonight at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. The talk is free.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at 170 Central Park Square.

    Senior talk

  • A snowy backdrop

    The Jemez Mountains are dusted with snow from a recent storm

  • Council approves rezoning request

    During a special session Tuesday night, County Council unanimously approved a request to rezone a parcel of land owned by Nida Russ from R-3-H (multiple-family residential, high-density) to R-3-H-40 (multiple-family residential, very high-density). The hearing had been rescheduled from an earlier date.  

    There are two significant differences between the zones. R-3-H-40 allows for up to 43.6 apartments or condominiums per acres and heights of up to 50 feet. It also allows for rest homes or nursing homes, which the current zoning designation prohibits. R-3-H zoning allows a maximum of 21.8 dwelling units per acre and has a 35-foot height limit.