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Today's News

  • Update 06-07-11

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 15 at 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet at 7 tonight in the council chambers.

    Public meeting
    A public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Express to hear feedback on the county administrator search.

  • CRC addresses substantative changes

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) has shifted its focus from cleaning up charter language to addressing more substantive issues. At Monday night’s meeting, Chair John Hopkins directed committee members to work toward reaching consensus.

    The committee will vote on the proposed changes after County Contract Attorney Chay Rennick has incorporated the changes and printed a final report.

    The committee addressed changes suggested in writing by committee member Ralph Phelps. In a statement dated May 21, 2011, Phelps wrote, “We really need to overhaul the whole system, and make the Charter consistent with what that system is.”

  • Police chief to head Leadership Los Alamos

    The community has 250 alumni who have participated in the nine-month Leadership Los Alamos in the past eight years.

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy, a 2005-2006 graduate, has been chosen to chair the organization’s  ninth session, which begins in September.

    “We’re hoping to bring in participants from the schools, business, laboratory and other entities,” said Torpy, who also graduated from the statewide program, Leadership New Mexico, serving as its 2009 graduation session chair.

  • Smoke from Arizona fires stirring local health issues

    Smoke from a large wildfire that ignited May 29 in eastern Arizona continues to plague nearby states, creating hazy conditions all the way into Iowa and prompting officials to issue health advisories today in the southern half of Colorado, according to the Associated Press.

    In New Mexico, smoke and ash have permeated the air for days. Many people in Los Alamos are attempting to remain inside with their windows closed despite the recent hotter temperatures.

    Suzy Blanchit is the office manager of Allergy Partners of New Mexico at 118 Central Park Square.

    “People who have asthma and respiratory issues are rescheduling their appointments with us because they don’t want to leave their homes,” Blanchit said.

  • Martinez taps local to fill Wallace post

    Gov. Susana Martinez has selected Los Alamos County Council vice-chair James Hall of White Rock to replace longtime Dist. 43 Rep. Jeannette Wallace, who died in April.

    “I am honored and humbled by the confidence that has been shown by Los Alamos citizens in electing me to the council, then by council in nominating me for the District 43 house seat, and then by Gov. Martinez for appointing me to the House of Representatives,” Hall said. “I will do my best to honor Jeannette Wallace’s outstanding record of service to Dist. 43 by working hard to represent both the citizens of Dist. 43 and the people of New Mexico. I look forward to meeting the challenges of my new role.”

  • Thank you 06-07-11

    Sr. Appreciation Night is a hit again

    We would like to thank the Los Alamos community and United Way for supporting the 27th Annual Senior Appreciation Night (SAN) on May 28. The purpose of the all-night, early-morning chaperoned party is to provide graduating seniors with a safe alternative to mountain and other celebrations that could lead to drinking and driving.

  • Bradbury to host events this summer

    Bradbury Science Museum presenters Liz Martineau and Gordon McDonough will lead several events during the summer months, but they will have plenty of help.
    A series of events, scheduled for Tuesdays between 10 a.m.-2 p.m., will be held at the museum. Along with the Bradbury Science Museum, entities like Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Los Alamos Historical Museum, Bandelier National Monument, Fuller Lodge Art Center, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Assets In Action will sponsor the events.

  • Be There 06-07-11

    Wednesday
    A flower walk will be hosted by Chick Keller starting at 5:30 p.m. Interested participants can meet at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange Street, and can carpool to the walk location. For information, visit www.PajaritoEEC.org. The event is free and open to the public.

    Thursday
    Steve Brugger, acting director of the Los Alamos Community Development department, will be the speaker at Lunch with a Leader. Lunch with a Leader, which is hosted by the League of Women Voters, is at 11:45 a.m. It will be at Central Avenue Grill. Brugger will discuss streamlining the planning and building process. Price for the lunch is $15, including tax and gratuity. No reservation is necessary.

  • Take action right now

    A fellow who thought of himself as a political reformer approached a friend of mine, a former legislator, one January to ask for support for a large group that planned to visit to the Roundhouse during the legislative session.  
    “Whom do you plan to talk to?” my friend asked.  
    “Everyone,” the man replied.   
    “What do you plan to talk about?” my friend asked.  
    “Everything.”  
    In other words, advocacy for general principles, not specific bills.
    Whoops! Bad plan, bad timing. The gentleman was wasting his time and proposed to waste other people’s time as well.

  • Basketball: Heat are up, Mavs are down but not out

    DALLAS (AP) — A chance for another championship ahead of him, Dwyane Wade refused to look back.
    No, he said, he doesn’t consider that the Miami Heat should have a 3-0 lead in the NBA finals.
    The margin is 2-1, close on the scoreboard even though it doesn’t feel that way on the floor. The Heat have repeatedly built double-digit cushions against the Dallas Mavericks, and a late collapse in Game 2 is all that’s keeping them from the lead that’s never been blown in an NBA series.
    The Heat insist the game isn’t as easy as Wade and LeBron James are making it look, and the Mavericks refuse to admit they might just be facing a superior foe.