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Today's News

  • Offers pour in for NM man who thwarted abduction

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — People across the country are offering to help the family of the New Mexico man who rescued a 6-year-old girl who was snatched off the street and thrown into a van.

    Police and reporters have received calls from people requesting an address to send gift cards, money and even donations for a college savings fund for the two children of Antonio Diaz Chacon, who jumped in his truck and chased the van Monday. He rescued the girl after the van crashed and her abductor ran away.

    Diaz Chacon, 24, had no idea his quick reaction would result in such an outpouring of appreciation and an online flood of high-fives for his heroic actions.

  • Open detonation

    LANL’s David Funk makes a presentation concerning the lab’s Permit Modification Request for Open Detonation Units during a public meeting Tuesday night in Fuller Lodge.

  • State Briefs 08-17-11

    New Mexico retains low Kids Count ranking

    ALBUQUERQUE — Only four states rank lower than New Mexico in this year’s Kids Count ranking of child well-being.
    For the second year in a row, New Mexico is No. 46 in the report released annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report ranks states based on ten indicators of child welfare, including child poverty rates, infant mortality and teen births.
    This year’s report also includes new data reflecting the effects of the recession on children.
    Since 2007, the report says, 17,000 New Mexico children have been affected by foreclosure, and the unemployment rate for parents has almost tripled. This effectively erases the economic gains made since the late 1990s.

  • Transit agency changes afternoon routes

    The Atomic City Transit Afternoon Express Routes that pick-up students at each of the Elementary Schools and the Middle School each weekday after school have been adjusted for the coming school year. Visit www.AtomicCityTransit.com to view an updated schedule. If you have any questions or concerns, call 661-RIDE (7433) or send an email to lacpw@lacnm.us.

  • On the Docket 08-17-11

    Aug. 3

    David Rael, 34, of Los Alamos entered a guilty plea in Magistrate Court for DWI. Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados ordered Rael to enter alcohol screening and treatment, attend DWI school, place an interlock device on his vehicle, face a victim impact panel, serve 364 days of  supervised probation, perform 24 hours of supervised community service, pay $302 in fees and fines and a $25 monthly probation fee.

  • Update 08-17-11

    FEED meeting

     Forum for Environmental Education and Dialogue (FEED) will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pojoaque Valley School Administration Building.

    DPU meeting

     The Board of Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the Department of Utilities conference room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Thank you event

     The county council, LANL and NNSA are hosting an event to thank all of those who helped the community through the fire from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at Ashley Pond.

    Pool maintenance

  • Thomas named ACS Fellow

    Kimberly Thomas, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Science and Technology Base Programs Office, has become the first Los Alamos researcher to be named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
    The ACS created the Fellows program to “recognize members of ACS for outstanding achievements in, and contributions to, Science, the Profession and the Society.” Fellows are selected for demonstrable excellence in the chemical sciences and outstanding service to the society.
    Thomas has served as member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Improving Practices for Regulating and Managing Low-Activity Radioactive Waste, and as Division and Program Chair of ACS’s Nuclear Chemistry and Technology division.

  • Decision by EPA may cause DPU rates to rise

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined last week that PNM must install select catalytic reduction technology (SCR) on all four units of the San Juan Generating Station within five years.

    The decision, if it stands, is estimated to increase electricity rates for Los Alamos residents by approximately 11 percent.

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) owns approximately seven percent of the generating plant’s Unit 4, which provides 36 megawatts of generating capacity – nearly half of the county’s energy requirements.

  • Fire chief finalists to visit community

    Los Alamos County Fire Chief Doug Tucker postponed his retirement scheduled this summer following the May resignation of Deputy Chief Patrick Sleik, who after just 11 months on the job said it “wasn’t a good fit” for him.

    Going back to the drawing board, Tucker and other county officials launched a nationwide search for someone who would be the right fit to lead the state’s second largest fire department.

    “We had at least a dozen qualified applicants from which we narrowed the list down to five,” said Acting Assistant County Administrator Steven Lynne Tuesday.

    There are no internal candidates, he said, adding that the finalists are either currently employed as fire chiefs or are former fire chiefs.

  • Intersection earns its stripes

    Workers stripe the road at the corner of Rover and Meadow in White Rock.