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Today's News

  • Reno crash killed 9; probe focuses on wayward part--video extras

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — The death toll in the crash of a World War II-era plane during a Reno air race rose to nine people Saturday as investigators combed through wreckage and scoured amateur video clips to determine why the aircraft suddenly spiraled out of control and plummeted to the ground near hundreds of spectators.

    The deaths include seven who died on the tarmac, including the 74-year-old pilot, and two others who died at hospitals, Reno Deputy Police Chief Dave Evans said.

    The higher death toll was announced at a briefing a day after the Friday afternoon crash. Authorities previously said that three people had perished.

  • Update 09-16-11

    County Council

    The County Council will hold a special session at 6 p.m.
    Monday at the council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m.
    Tuesday at the Chamber Conference Room.

    Dance canceled

      The Big M.A.C. Dance scheduled for 7-9 p.m. today  at Pueblo Gym has been canceled.

    CRC meeting

    Charter Review Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Community Building Training Room for discussion and a vote on voting methods.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m.
    Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room.

  • New fire suppression system pays off

    Wreaking havoc on Northern New Mexico, the Las Conchas fire consumed more than 150,000 acres primarily on the Santa Fe National Forest and parts of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bandelier National Monument, Pueblos of Jemez, Santa Clara, Cochiti and Santo Domingo, and private lands.

    To combat the fire, 215,000 gallons of water was available to firefighters to suppress the blaze around Pajarito Mountain thanks to a new water diversion/storage tank and hydrant system built and placed into operation a year ago by the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities.

  • Chiles spice up Farmers Market

    Farmers Market shoppers brave the autumn rain Thursday as they select spicy chile from the Romero Farm in Abiquiu.

  • CIP Committee preps process recommendations

    The Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation & Oversight Committee has spent several sessions reviewing the CIP process to determine how it can be improved. The county council will discuss some of those recommendations at its work session Tuesday.

    The committee is responsible for reviewing all new CIP applications and making recommendations to the county administrator and council and for reviewing the progress of individual projects at each CIP development phase.

    The committee is composed of 10 members appointed by the County Administrator. Five members are county staff and the other five are citizens. The committee agreed that the balance of five staff members and five citizens functioned well, and had never been gridlocked.

  • Feds declare LA disaster area

    Eight northern New Mexico counties that suffered economic devastation by this summer’s Las Conchas Fire are eligible for assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    The SBA acted under its own authority to declare the region a disaster area following a Sept. 9 request from Gov. Susana Martinez. The federal disaster declaration enables the SBA to offer low-interest, federal disaster loans to local small businesses and private, non-profit organizations that were economically impacted by the fire, which officially burned from June 26-Aug. 3.  

  • Church listings 09-16-11

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
     
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian

  • Get to know your neighbors at annual picnic

    What a summer. It was too dry, then too wet and there were no Fourth of July fireworks in White Rock. It seems like the fire hollowed out the middle of summer, schedules were thrown off and everyone felt a little disconnected from each other.
    What we need is a good party. We need to get together for a fun afternoon, bring the kids and grandkids, enjoy the beautiful fall weather, the gift of community and the treasure of friends and family.
    We should have no agenda and no program, just free popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, ice cream, balloons and more.
    We could have giant bounce houses, the Orbitron, fire trucks, police cars and other cool cars. The Hill Stompers band could show up and perform. The afternoon could conclude with free barbecue and music.

  • Anything is possible

    The master plan for this special legislative session on redistricting seems to be falling into place.
    Although surprises always are possible in the give and take between the governor and lawmakers who aren’t particularly fond of each other.
    Gov. Susana Martinez says the session can easily be over in two weeks. The legislature appropriated enough money for three weeks.
    The maximum length allowed by law is 30 days but no one would benefit by it going that long.
    The likely scenario is for lawmakers to wrap up redistricting in about two weeks and then turn their attention to the governor’s agenda for several days.
    By remaining in session, Martinez will have to act on the redistricting bills within three days.

  • Just A Wag 09-16-11

    Property for sale  

    We’re hearing that a major property owner in town intends to sell off everything. Read all of the details on this developing story in an upcoming edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  
    The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.