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Today's News

  • Officials question staff action plans

    At Tuesday night’s work session, the county council reviewed Management Action Plans developed by staff to implement the Strategic Leadership Plan adopted in July.

    The MAPs are a framework for achieving council’s five-year goals as well as the plan’s long-term vision. The action plans will become a critical focus for departmental operating budgets.

    Team leaders were assigned to develop MAPs for each goal. Every MAP designates a lead department responsible for the action, establishes an initial deadline and estimates the fiscal impact of the plan.

  • Who's in 2nd District again?

    Just a year ago New Mexicans and other Americans were stumbling out of mid-term elections, wondering how a Republican group calling itself the Tea Party would use its powers as the new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.
    Today campaigning is already underway for next year’s elections, which promise to be equally unfathomable.
    The uncertainty is palpable in New Mexico where Democratic and Republicans hopefuls are jousting for seats in Congress and the state Legislature from districts, the shapes of which are unknown.
    It couldn’t be otherwise after Gov. Susana Martinez and the Legislature failed to agree on how to remap the state’s sundry political districts at a special redistricting session this summer.

  • Green up your holiday season

    From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, Americans create 5 million tons of solid waste, the vast majority of which is shopping bags, wrapping paper and holiday cards according to the California Department of Resources Recycling & Recovery.
    Start off your holiday season on a green foot by making a few small changes. It’s easy to get the entire family involved, have fun and decrease the burden on your wallet as well.  To help get you started, the New Mexico Recycling Coalition is providing New Mexicans with a simple list of steps the average resident can take to put the green back into the holidays. View the full list at www.recyclenewmexico.com.
    Below is an excerpt from the full list of things you can do to help reduce waste during the holidays.

  • Pajarito to open Saturday

    Pajarito Ski Area has announced a Saturday opening date for the season.
    Pajarito will get going at 9 a.m. Saturday. The ski area is projecting 30 trails to be open and three lifts — Aspen, Mother and Beginner — to be operating.
    The ski area received 13-1/2 inches of snow in the past two days and is reporting a 20-inch base, which helped expedite the opening
    For more information, call 662-5725 or visit skipajarito.com.

  • Ski Report 12-14-11

    Angel Fire
    34-inch base of powder. Scheduled to open Thursday.

    Enchanted Forest
    24-inch base of packed powder. 12 inches of new snow reported. All trails open.

    Red River
    32-inch base of powder. 7 inches of new snow reported. Will reopen Friday.

    Sandia Peak
    34-inch base of packed powder. 35 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sipapu
    29-inch base of powder. 16 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    38-inch base of packed powder. 28 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Taos

    45-inch base of powder. 9 inches of new snow reported. Will reopen Thursday.

    Valles Caldera

  • Lucero, Aztec top All-State 4A honorees

    Aztec’s Adam Lucero was named the top quarterback of Class 4A for 2011.
    Lucero was among six players from the 4A champion Aztec Tiger team that was named first team All-State. The All-State teams were announced Tuesday by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.
    No one from the Los Alamos Hilltoppers was selected for either the first or second teams this season.
    Lucero led Aztec to its first-ever football title, with the Tigers upsetting the Goddard Rockets in the championship game.
    Aztec, Goddard and Valencia, which were among the top teams in the state most of the season, dominated the first team selections. No player from District 2-4A was picked for All-State honors this season.

  • LA picks up 3 All-State honors for 2011

    A trio of Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball players earned All-State second team honors for the 2011 season.
    The 2011 All-Class 4A teams were announced Monday by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.
    Senior Chase Ealey and a pair of juniors, Danielle Ortiz and Savanah Romero, were selected for the second team All-Class 4A. Ealey was chosen as an outside hitter, Romero as a setter and Ortiz as a libero.
    There was not a separate category this year for defensive specialist.
    Los Alamos finished the season going 19-4 and advanced to the state Class 4A semifinals before once again falling to St. Pius X.
    Artesia, the state 4A champion this season, led all teams with four first-team nods. St. Pius earned three first-team slots.

  • Schools, LANL on regular schedule for Wednesday

    Los Alamos Public Schools will be on a regular schedule for Wednesday as the remnants of a winter storm push out of the area.

    There are no reported delays or closures at Los Alamos National Laboratory as of 4:30 a.m.

  • Raw Video: Bear Found on Vancouver Garbage Truck

    Residents of Vancouver had a wilderness encounter when a bear hitched a ride on a garbage truck. A conservation officer said the bear likely began the adventure in a dumpster. It was tranquilized and later returned to the wild.

  • Police Beat 12-13-11

    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. 1

    1:08 a.m. – A 34-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone stole her credit card and CDs and attempted to burglarize her vehicle on Entrada Drive.

    3:36 a.m. – A 17-year-old Los Alamos boy was charged with theft of credit cards and possession of drug paraphernalia on East Road and referred to the juvenile probation officer.
        
    1:50 p.m. – A 25-year-old Dixon woman reported that she was a victim of larceny on East Road. The estimated loss is less than $250.