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Today's News

  • Scientists keep eye on runoff from storm water

    With the Las Conchas Fire last year, most were fearing the worst when it came to storm water runoff.

    It certainly was bad but not as bad as it could have been, said Ralph Ford-Schmid from the NMED Department of Energy Oversight Bureau.

    They definitely felt it at Bandelier National Monument as one thunderstorm caused a massive flow down Frijoles Canyon. Sandbags saved the visitor’s center from extensive damage.

    There were floods at Santa Clara Pueblo, Dixon’s Apple Orchard, Peralta Canyon, the Valles Caldera and another that caused a flash flood near El Rancho.

    In all, there were 13 flood events, Ford-Schmid said.

    And how would he classify last year’s events?

  • Council OKs CRC items

    In a long but relatively quiet meeting Tuesday night, Los Alamos County Council cast a series of votes on the Charter Review Committee’s (CRC) recommendations regarding structure of government.

    Many of the pertinent articles will remain unchanged, but several recommendations won council approval. The county attorney’s office will now draft ordinances on those to bring before voters sometime in 2013.

    CRC Chair John Hopkins prefaced the discussion by noting differences between changes to the initiative and referendum articles council previously approved and the structure of government section of the charter.

  • Park awarded Kiwanis scholarship

    The Kiwanis Club presented a scholarship to Jin Park, who will attend Stanford University and pursue a degree in economics and computer science. Park is pictured with his mom, Monica and club President Kristy Keane. The Kiwanis Club recognizes graduating seniors for their commitment to the community with financial support. The Club meets at noon every Tuesday at the Masonic Lodge.

  • Be There 06-13-12

    Today
    Dances of India, a free performance presented by the Los Alamos Family Y Kathak and Bhratnatyam classes, will be from 7-8 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall. The performance is part of the Los Alamos Public Library’s Family Fun Nights.

    Thursday
    Greg Fisher, Los Alamos County economic vitality administrator will be the speaker at the League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. at PEEC. Those that RSVP will be able to order a sandwich or salad for $12. Call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or send email to kaskacayman@gamil.com to RSVP.

  • Assets in Action: Assets building starts at home

    Congratulations! Have you heard the news?
    Our local radio station, KRSN AM 1490, won the award this year for New Mexico Broadcasters Association, 2012 Broadcaster of the Year.
    If you are so inclined, check out the video made for their special night on You Tube, just look for Broadcaster FINAL.
    Now remember, I don’t work for KRSN or the Los Alamos Monitor, but I’m about to sing the praises of both.
    First note that the newspaper has no problem with running a column I write about KRSN. You’ve probably also noticed that KRSN doesn’t have a problem when I speak on the air about something I have done or have coming up in the newspaper.

  • Logic behind smear campaigns

    We’ve all wanted to tell candidates what we think of their mud fights, and I got a small opportunity during primary season. When a candidate came to the door, I said, “I’ve only gotten one mailer from you, and it was negative. Why did you go negative?”
    The candidate, who had a long record of civic involvement and impressive endorsements, said he thought it was important to point out certain facts about his opponents. It’s true that we need to see all sides of the candidates, but their competitors are hardly credible sources. He talked a while and was quite likable, but I still didn’t vote for him.

  • Diving into the recycling stream

    As the Environmental Services Specialist I spend a fair deal of my time working on recycling program planning and education and outreach.  What I do not get the opportunity to do very often is get my hands dirty and see the recycling stream up close and personal.  That opportunity presented itself recently when we were down two collection vehicles and needed additional staffing to get the recyclables collected.  So I threw on my steel-toe boots, gloves and safety vest and headed out to the Western Area.  

  • Durant comes up big late as Thunder win

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant delivered the fourth quarter LeBron James never could last year.
    So forget those NBA Finals jitters at the start. Durant and the young Thunder showed they have already figured out how to finish.
    Durant scored 17 of his 36 points in another nightmarish final period for James and his team, leading a Thunder storm that overwhelmed the Heat and gave Oklahoma City a 105-94 victory over Miami in Game 1.
    Teaming with Russell Westbrook to outscore the Heat in the second half by themselves, Durant struck first in his head-to-head matchup with James, who had seven points in the final quarter and was helpless to stop the league’s three-time scoring champion.

  • State Notes 06-13-12

    UNM hoops promotes Adams, Snow

  • Tour de LA returns for 40th running

    Sunday, the oldest bike race in the southwest will get a little older.
    The Tour de Los Alamos is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and it could be celebrating with a big turnout.
    Tour organizers are anticipating somewhere close to 200 riders for Sunday’s race, which includes eight separate competition categories. The race, which started in 1973, is well known throughout the region but owes much of its success to the Los Alamos biking community.
    “It’s very traditional and we’re very lucky to be able to use the traditional route,” race official Dave Zerkle said. “The backbone of this race has always been the locals. They make this thing click.”