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Today's News

  • Let CRC proceed to an election

    Dear Editor,
    I am writing to alert the community to yet another event involving the county’s current referendum process.  
    The Charter Review Committee worked for more two years reviewing the current county charter holding dozens of public meetings seeking citizen input.  The CRC made many recommendations to the council.  Some were designed to eliminate awkward, ambiguous language.  Others were substantive. In formulating its recommendations, particularly in the area of initiative and referendum, the CRC attempted to strike an appropriate balance between principles of representative democracy and citizen driven legislating.  

  • Political races tighten up

    SANTA FE  — As we approach the June 5 election, the close races look even closer. But there just aren’t many of them.
    The Democratic 1st Congressional District race appears to be tighter than ever between the top two contenders Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham and state Sen. Eric Griego.
    Former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez also is in the race but his moderate politics just don’t fit into a primary election for either party. Chavez did well in his runs for mayor, which is a non-partisan position. But put him in a party primary and he doesn’t have a big enough base.

  • Official rebuts claims

    Second in a series
    LANL Water Stewardship manager Danny Katzman said he was surprised two weeks ago when a watchdog group made claims about groundwater monitoring at the lab.

    Katzman was in attendance for the Espanola Basin Technical Working Group a couple of weeks ago at Santa Fe Community College, making another presentation on the post-fire effects on the Los Alamos Canyon storm water.

  • NCRTD board approves $9.7M budget

    After a lack of attendance delayed budget talks for the North Central Regional Transit District, board members Friday approved the district’s next fiscal year budget.

    The $9.7 million budget is $2 million shy of current year spending, but Executive Director Tony Mortillaro said, despite the shortfall, the district will be in good shape.

    Mortillaro attributed part of shortfall to the fact that Los Alamos County’s five-year $5 million contribution has run dry.

    The county will provide the District with $500,000 in FY13.

    And in its effort to pass a balanced budget, Mortillaro said the district will not attempt to fill the budget gap, but rather will curb spending.

  • Special Council meeting scheduled for noon Monday

    County Council

    A special county council meeting will be held at noon Monday at council chambers. The wrong time was inadvertently listed in the bottom of Sunday's newspaper.

    ChamberFest

     ChamberFest is an annual event that showcases chamber members and this year’s event will be June 9. Located in the downtown area, businesses display their products and services to the public. There is also a Car Show and Kids Activity Area with a sand pile.

    Election night

  • Cone Zone 06-03-12

    Public Works Projects
    For more information about the projects listed below, please email lacpw@lacnm.us, 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us.
    Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving & Utility Project – Phase 1
    Canyon Road between East Road (N.M. 502) and the Myrtle Green continues to be closed to through traffic. Residential access to this area will be maintained; however, residents who park on Canyon Road are asked to park off-street or on a nearby side street. Residents can expect flagging operations on Canyon Road during the day time, and two-way traffic at night. Minor delays may be experienced. Pedestrians must use the provided pedestrian detours. All through traffic must seek alternate routes.

  • Officials renew focus on sidewalks

    In 2002, Los Alamos County instituted a sidewalk obstruction removal program to clear sidewalks adjacent to homes and businesses of overgrown vegetation.  Clearing crews hired by the county removed overgrown vegetation along sidewalks in Los Alamos and White Rock, leaving clear pathways for pedestrian use.

  • Firefighters race to corral Gila blaze

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A wall of smoke advances across a vast swath of rugged country in southwestern New Mexico where the nation's wilderness movement was born nearly a century ago.

    From the air, the smoke stretches as far as the eye can see. On the ground, firefighters talk about the steep canyons that keep them from directly attacking what has become the largest wildfire in New Mexico's recorded history and the largest currently burning in the country.

    Sure, things might look bad. But to land managers and scientists, the record-setting blaze represents a true test of decades of work aimed at returning fire to its natural role on the landscape — a test that comes as many Western states grapple with overgrown forests, worsening drought and a growing prospect for more megafires.

  • Local researcher uses modern science to seek truth of Shroud

    Los Alamos resident Robert Villareal is not only on a mission of faith - but also science.

    In April, he traveled to Valencia, Spain where he gave a presentation and talk as part of  the International Congress on the Holy Shroud. The shroud is said to have been the burial cloth of  Jesus Christ.

    According to a pamphlet from the event, “the Spanish Centre of Sindonology was legalized in the national register center for associations in April 1987.” The CES officially opened on Dec. 18, 1987 and celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.

  • Births 06-03-12

    The following births were reported at Los Alamos Medical Center:

    • May 8: A boy, Lane Alonzo Metcalf, born to Robert Alan and Mary Melissa Metcalf
    •  May 9: A boy, Andrew Antonio Montoya, born to Anthony Montoya and Renee Martinez
    •  May 12: A girl, Aliyah Aubree Tapia, born to Michael Tapia and Stephanie Martinez
    •  May 13: A girl, Julianna Carina Dominguez, born to Adrian and Tomacita Dominguez
    • May 14: A girl, Sophia Abigail Hall, born to Kristal Lyn and Trenton Xavier Hall
    •  May 16: A boy, Calvin Austin Priedhorsky, born to Erin Tatge and Reid Priedhorsky
    •  May 16: A boy, Amir Isaiah Martinez, born to Selly Vang and Erubiel Martinez