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Today's News

  • On the Docket 11-02-11

    Oct. 19

    Michael Fowler, 33, of Española pleaded guilty in Magistrate Court to the charge of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Fowler to participate in an alcohol screening and treatment program, continue attending prevention meetings three times a week, install an interlock device on his vehicle, attend DWI school and a victim impact panel, serve 364 days of supervised probation and 24 hours of supervised community service. The judge also ordered Fowler to pay a $50 fee for possessing a controlled substance, $20 in court costs and $291 in fees.

  • Leadership New Mexico

    LANL Director Charlie McMillan, and Roger Waterman of TRK Management and Kurt Steinhaus from the lab’s Community Programs Office chat during Thursday night’s Leadership New Mexico event at the Bradbury Science Museum.

  • Busy Friday for NCRTD

    The North Central Regional Transit Board met a couple of weeks ago and it spent all of its time hashing out a contract for executive director Anthony J. Mortillaro.
    For three hours, the board met in executive session and when it finally emerged, three hours passed and most of the board members had other places they had to be.
    There was an agenda packed with action and discussion items and most of those items have been pushed to Friday’s regular November meeting, which will be held at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Pojoaque.

  • Deaths from painkiller overdose triple in decade

    NEW YORK  — The number of overdose deaths from powerful painkillers more than tripled over a decade, the government reported Tuesday — a trend that a U.S. health official called an epidemic, but one that can be stopped.
    Prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and methadone led to the deaths of almost 15,000 people in 2008, including actor Heath Ledger. That’s more than three times the 4,000 deaths from narcotics in 1999.
    Such painkillers “are meant to help people who have severe pain,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, which issued the report. “They are, however, highly addictive.”

  • Update 11-02-11

    County Council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 in the council chambers.

    Trash collection

    There will be no residential or commercial trash or recycling collection on Friday, Nov. 11 due to the Veterans Day Holiday.  Those whose normal collection day is Friday should have trash and recycling out by 8 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 9.

    15th Street to close

    Complete closure of 15th street between Deacon Street and the south Metzger’s driveway began Monday to allow the installation of the utility vault for the new Municipal Complex.

    Leisure pool

  • New Mexico State helps out in fire aftermath

    As New Mexico’s record-breaking 2011 wildfire season got under way last spring, New Mexico State University personnel found themselves involved in emergency response efforts around the state. Evacuation of livestock was a major priority, and NMSU’s involvement was primarily through the Cooperative Extension Service and the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center.
    In the aftermath of the fires, a number of NMSU personnel and offices are involved in recovery assistance efforts of various sorts.

  • Broadband education continues

    Nearly 25 people crowded into a small room at the Mesa Library on Tuesday to learn more about the proposed Community Broadband Network.

    IT Project Manager John Jones said that major questions are still being researched: the range of options for systems and equipment, cost estimates, funding options and developing a business plan. Jones plans on having that information available in December, well in advance of presenting 60 percent design plans to council on Jan. 31, 2012.

  • Bookkeeper gets probation

     A judge has passed sentence on the Española woman indicted last March on charges that involved stealing money from her Los Alamos employer’s bank accounts.

    In Santa Fe District Court Monday, Judge Michael E. Vigil ordered Rebecca Serrano to serve five years probation and also banned her from entering gambling casinos in New Mexico or “anywhere else.”

    Serrano, 46, worked as the office manager and kept the books for Jemez Physical Therapy at 2101 Trinity Dr. According to court documents, she siphoned nearly $160,000 from the business between 2005 and 2008, utilizing fraudulent check schemes. She also failed to report her additional income or pay nearly $9,000 in state income taxes.

  • High-Scoring Hilltopper

    It wasn’t even close.

    She’s one of the most prolific scorers in Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer history and she still has a full playoff slate and another year to go.

    Hilltopper junior Amy Neal ran away with the Class 4A scoring title this season. During the regular season, Neal piled up 33 goals — more than all but three prep players in the state at any level — and had 19 assists, second among 4A players.

    The stats are impressive, but Neal doesn’t consider herself different than any other player on her team. When asked what she felt her role with the Hilltoppers was, she was puzzled.

  • UNM looks to move past hype

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two seasons ago, when New Mexico surged into the national spotlight behind coach Steve Alford and a gritty group of overachievers, it took many people by surprise.
    Now the Lobos are getting some preseason hype and Alford is relishing the opportunity to deliver on those projections when the regular season starts at home Nov. 11 against New Orleans.
    “There’s obviously some good expectations and when you look at us on paper, that’s kind of what we’ve told our guys,” he said. “Looking on paper, we look pretty good, but you have to go play the games and that’s what’s fun right now, trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together and get your team right at both ends of the floor.”