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Today's News

  • Glass recycling begins Saturday

    Starting Saturday, residents will be able to recycle glass in Los Alamos County through the new drop-off program.  Yellow dumpsters will be placed at the two recycling convenience centers, Sullivan field (across from the high school) and Overlook Park (in White Rock) for the collection of glass bottles and jars of all colors.  Glass bottles and jars will also be accepted at the Los Alamos County Eco Station.  
    In order to ensure a successful program, note these glass recycling requirements:
    • The program is limited to glass bottles and jars of any color; please remove and discard lids/corks.
    • No glass drink ware, glass plates, window glass, picture frame glass, or any other type of glass is accepted.
    • Do not toss bagged glass into the yellow collection dumpsters (if you line your yellow bin with plastic bags, please just empty the bag into the yellow collection dumpsters)
    • Do not place glass in the blue curb-side recycling bin
    • Do not place yellow bin curb-side as it will not be collected.
    • Note that any item besides glass that gets in the yellow dumpsters is contamination and will negatively affect the effectiveness of the program.

  • Update 09-27-12

    Bulk item pickup

    At 8 a.m. Monday, brush and bulk item collection begins for town site residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service. Items placed out late will not be collected. For more information, visit losalamosnm.us/gogreen.

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed Sept. 26-28 for staff to attend training. Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.

    School board

    The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education will meet for a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School.

    Quilt market

    The Los Alamos Quilt Market will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. There will also be a silent auction and winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Free admission. For more information, visit losalamos.com/lap/.

    Grand opening

    The County of Los Alamos will host a grand opening ceremony for the new White Rock Visitor Center at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

  • GOP senators stump for Wilson

    While the national Republican Party has all but abandoned New Mexico in recent weeks, three GOP senators came to Albuquerque Tuesday to raise money and boost the campaign of Heather Wilson as the U.S. Senate candidate best equipped to protect the state and the nation.

    U.S. Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina touted Wilson — an Air Force Academy graduate, former congresswoman and defense contractor — as someone who will never underestimate the importance of the military.

    “She would make sure that not only are New Mexico military assets protected, but also that our country remains safe,” Ayotte said.

    McCain said across-the-board budget cuts set to take effect if Congress fails to reach a long-term debt reduction plan by January “will probably affect the state of New Mexico more drastically and more dramatically than any other state in the nation.”

    “You would get screwed,” Graham said when asked about the effects of sequestration. “Someone has to fix it. I served in the House with Heather and she is a good conservative with a strong independent quality. I can’t think of a better advocate.”

  • Man arrested after Main Hill accident

    A three-vehicle accident at Anderson Lookout created traffic problems on the Main Hill and one of the drivers was arrested because of an outstanding warrant Tuesday afternoon.

    The driver of the pickup truck, Alejandro Ramos, 20, of Santa Fe, was arrested and placed in handcuffs by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department. He was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in a compliance hearing after being found guilty of DUI. Ramos also  may be charged with careless driving. Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Deputy Tai Chan said Ramos was driving at a high rate of speed and likely hydroplaned into the oncoming vehicles.

    Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster said there were no injuries. LAPD was originally on the scene and then assisted with traffic control when the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department arrived.

    By 4 p.m., the accident was cleared and traffic returned to a normal flow just in time for afternoon commuters to trek down the Hill.

    One of the vehicles in the accident was driven by Ken Johnson, a former Los Alamos Board of Education member and a former Democratic candidate for county council.

    Johnson said in a phone interview that he was driving his Subaru Outback and was following a Volvo.

  • Senators rebuff endorsement talk

    In politics, sometimes an endorsement just isn’t an endorsement.

    Apparently, that’s especially true of the two Democratic state senators, who voiced support for Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) in the House District 43 race against Stephanie Garcia Richard.

    Hall’s campaign sent out a press release that said the following:

    “Northern New Mexico’s State Senators Carlos Cisneros (District 6 — Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos) and Richard Martinez (District 5 — Los Alamos, Rio Arriba. and Santa Fe) support incumbent State Representative Jim Hall in his campaign for the State House of Representatives.

    “During Hall’s first term in the state legislature Rep. Hall worked with both Senators Cisneros and Martinez, passing legislation to benefit New Mexico and the northern New Mexico region.

    “Senator Richard Martinez said, ‘I worked with Jim Hall when he was a county councilor and now as a legislator.  If elected, he will do an outstanding job of representing Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico.’

  • Confidentiality rule passes

    Councilor Vincent Chiravalle caused consternation among his fellow council members when he used an interview on a local radio station to spell out particulars of an agreement between North American Development Group (NADG) and Smith’s/Kroger which had been discussed in a closed session.

    Council Chair Sharon Stover had announced a special council session to discuss the Trinity Site during a council meeting the previous evening. But details about NADG’s desire to assign its lease to Smith’s/Kroger were not to be released until the Los Alamos Public School (LAPS) board and administration had been informed. LAPS will be the main beneficiary of the Trinity Site lease revenue.

    In a statement, Chiravalle claimed he had not breached confidentiality and defended his actions.

    “The council chair announced publicly on Sept. 11 that there would be a special public meeting on Sept. 24 for the council to take action on the Trinity site, and only then did I speak about the agenda of this special public meeting. If the council was not ready for a public discussion then it should not have scheduled a special public meeting. Why was the agenda of this special public meeting a secret?”

    Stover issued a statement responding to Chiravalle’s claims. It reads,

  • Gov's popularity continues to soar

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s popularity among New Mexico voters recently shot up from 60 percent to 69 percent in a recent Albuquerque Journal poll. That puts her in third place nationally according to the latest figures I find.
    Such high popularity is quite unusual for a governor in a state dominated by the opposite party. It also is unusual for a member of the freshman class of new Republican governors around the nation elected in 2010.
    Most of those governors have had a terrible time overcoming their initial efforts to change the direction of state government. Gov. Martinez, instead picked her battles and didn’t try to take big chunks from schools or Medicaid, which are more popular with voters.
    Martinez’s sudden nine-point jump in popularity likely was caused by the timing of the poll which came just after Martinezís Republican National Convention speech. The speech didn’t have much of an effect on the nationwide television audience but it did in New Mexico.
    Since the three network channels cut away for commercials and analysis of Condoleezza Rice’s speech, many missed out on Martinez. But New Mexicans apparently did some channel switching to find Martinez on PBS, C-Span or a 24-hour news channels.

  • The call from a pollster

    The phone call is from a pollster – another one.
    This year I decided that if they sound even halfway legitimate, I’m going to take the time and answer their questions. I want my opinion to count. In past years I have been more wary, suspecting that no matter how they masquerade, their mission is more nefarious than what they say.
    (I don’t respond to calls that promise that in return for answering a few questions I will qualify for a free two-day cruise.)
    The season’s first polling call took about 15 minutes, and the questions were fascinating. Minutes later, I remembered I’m a newspaper columnist and kicked myself for not taking notes. This time, I was sitting at my computer when the pollster called.
    The pollster asks what I think are the most important issues facing New Mexico.  I say, economic development and education. Later I wished I had said something more original, like general ineptitude, New Mexico’s 49th rank in almost everything, or perhaps the issue that logically should stop growth in its tracks, water. But realistically, politicians can’t make it rain.
    Today’s poll is about my district’s candidates for state Senate. I didn’t tell the pollster I am acquainted with both candidates, but she didn’t ask.

  • Breaking News: Marquez named new NMAA director

    Wednesday morning, the New Mexico Activities Association announced that Sally Marquez has been named its new executive director.
    Marquez had been an assistant director under Gary Tripp and has been with the NMAA since 2004.
    The NMAA is the governing body of most interscholastic high school and middle school sports in the state.
    See Thursday's Los Alamos Monitor for more information.

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