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Today's News

  • N. Korea mourns leader’s death

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Koreans marched by the hundreds Monday to their capital’s landmarks to mourn Kim Jong Il, many crying uncontrollably and flailing their arms in grief over news of their “dear leader’s” death.
    North Korean state media proclaimed his twenty-something son and heir-apparent Kim Jong Un the “great successor,” while a vigilant world watched for any signs of a turbulent transition to the untested leader in a unpredictable nation known to be pursuing nuclear weapons.

  • Los Alamos Monitor Recognizes Carriers of the Quarter

    Katlyn Terp, left, Laney Newton and Rick Martinez were honored at the Los Alamos Monitor last week for carrier of the quarter.

    Terp serves Route 600 in White Rock and she has 31 customers. Newton and Martinez take care of Route 250 in Los Alamos and have 44 customers. Martinez is Newton’s grandfather and they team together. According to Los Alamos Monitor circulation administrator Mike Lippiatt (second left).

  • Retiree authority mulls health benefit changes

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority is considering setting a minimum retirement age before health care subsidies become available, joining the state’s two pension funds in broaching the subject as a way to cut costs.
    The authority now subsidizes monthly insurance premiums for those who retire from state and local government and public school systems. It provides benefits for about 50,000 retirees, their spouses and dependents.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/tLX2sh ) the authority is now discussing a change which would eliminate the benefit for those who retire before a minimum age. That would force retirees to pay all their premiums until they reach 55 or 60 years old.

  • Police Beat 12-20-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Dec. 8

    6:40 p.m. – Kenneth Hagedorn, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested near North Mesa Road and Park Road and charged with DWI: Blood concentration of .08 or more.
    Dec. 9

    10:14 a.m. – A 13-year-old Los Alamos girl reported being the victim of sexual contact. The matter is under investigation.

    11:04 a.m. – A 61-year-old Los Alamos woman reported being the victim of fraud on Central Avenue.

  • Update 12-20-11

    Holiday schedule

    The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 and Jan. 1 and Jan. 2.

    Balderas visit

    U.S. Senate candidate Hector Balderas, also the New Mexico State Auditor, will be in Los Alamos to meet with residents from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge today. There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres from the Hilltop House as well as a cash bar.

    Christmas dance

    The Los Alamos Big Band presents a Christmas dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

    Trash pickup

  • Caldera gets new trustee

    Lifelong New Mexican Kent Salazar has been sworn in as the newest member of the Valles Caldera Board of Trustees. He is the third Trustee appointed by President Barack Obama and follows Dr. Melissa Savage and Dr. Ken Smith who were appointed in August 2010. By statute each trustee position is filled with a specific expertise needed to guide the management of the Preserve.
    Salazar served 20 years as manager of the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department before retiring in 1996. He owns and manages the small environmental consulting firm, Kent Salazar Co., and has a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Mexico.

  • House battle gets its day in court

    The State House redistricting trial got underway this past week in Santa Fe and many close to the situation said they did not believe a decision by Judge James Hall would be forthcoming until January.

    “That’s what I have been hearing,” said Alvin Gentry (R-Albuquerque).

    The good news for Los Alamos, though, is that every plan submitted to the judge keeps the county whole.
    State Rep. James Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval), no relation to the judge, said, though, the county still is not out of the woods.

    “The only changes in the plans are the precincts,” Hall said. “The judge can still change things and it is definitely out of everybody’s hands.”

  • Ashley Inn becomes a Motel 6

    Changing names but not its ownership, the 50-room Ashley Hotel & Suites at 2175 Trinity Dr. is now a Motel 6 franchise. WiFi and free morning coffee are included in the national chain’s trademark “no frills” style.

    The continental breakfast once provided by Ashley Suites is now gone.

    “We’ve now stopped serving the continental breakfast and that’s about the only thing that’s changed since we became a Motel 6,” said Nichole Richerson, who has managed the property for a year. “We also still have fridges and microwaves in some of our rooms.”

  • Snow blankets Los Alamos

    Los Alamos received between four and six inches of snow as another major winter storm hit New Mexico Monday.

    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Los Alamos National Laboratory were closed Monday.
    Due to the severe winter storm and hazardous road conditions in Los Alamos and White Rock, most county administration offices, services and facilities that were considered “non essential” to county business closed at noon Monday.

    Any resident with a Monday trash pick up who did not receive service Monday will have a special pick up on Wednesday.

    Today, meanwhile, the latest in a string of storms has passed and schools, the lab and county offices were back open.

  • Winter Storm Warning Continues Into Friday Night

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST FRIDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 6 TO 12 INCHES AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE 7500 FEET AND ACROSS THE HIGHLANDS. LOCALLY GREATER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE NEAR AND A LITTLE EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE AND ELSEWHERE OVER THE HIGHEST TERRAIN. 3 TO 7 INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE AT THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF NORTHEAST AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO INCLUDING THE LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY. THE ALBUQUERQUE VALLEY WILL ONLY RECEIVE 1 TO 2 INCHES OF SNOW FOR THE EVENT WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR AS MUCH AS 3 TO 6 INCHES ACROSS THE WEST MESA AND RIO RANCHO AREAS.