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Today's News

  • Update 08-02-11

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council convenes in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 in council chambers at the Community Building. 

    Utilities Board

    The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities will meet in special session Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. Board meetings are conducted in the DPU Conference room located at 170 Central Park Square.

    Bulk item pickup

    Items will be picked up July 25-Aug. 5 in White Rock. Items must be curbside by 8 a.m. each day.

    T-Board meeting

  • Lightning blows hole in runway

    A lightning strike hit the runway at Los Alamos County Airport – blowing two holes in its surface Saturday afternoon.
    Observers reported seeing flames rise briefly from the holes, which measured more than three inches deep.
    The ensuing explosion propelled debris across the highway on the southern side of the runway, said Los Alamos pilot Chuck Mansfield.
    “The lightning struck about 700 feet from the west end of the runway,” Mansfield said.
    No damage has been reported to any of the aircraft parked along side the runway.
    “For some unknown reason, the lightning hit the runway rather than something higher,” said Donna Brewer-Houlton, assistant to the airport manager Monday.

  • Volunteers throw their backs into trail repair

    Despite the threat of rain, a dozen volunteers showed up at the parking lot of the former Pajarito School Monday night to help alleviate damage that the Perimeter Trail incurred during the Las Conchas Fire.
    After Craig Martin (wearing his volunteer task force project manager hat) and Lynn Bjorklund, Española Ranger District recreation team leader, gave a short talk about safety, volunteers donned hard hats, grabbed shovels, McLoeds and Pulaskis and headed down the trail.
    One person created a shallow indent with a shovel, tossing loose dirt over the bar for someone with a McCloed to tamp down. When the team encountered caliche (rock hard soil) or stone, a volunteer with a Pulaski loosened the soil.

  • Las Conchas Fire fully contained

    After 36 days, firefighters have fully contained the Las Conchas Fire, the largest wildland fire in New Mexico’s recorded history.

    Ignited June 26, the Las Conchas Fire burned over 156,593 acres, primarily on the Santa Fe National Forest and parts of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bandelier National Monument, Pueblos of Jemez, Santa Clara, Cochiti and Santo Domingo, and private lands. Numerous communities were threatened during the incident.

  • Give reforms a chance

    Should we be more concerned that 87 percent of our public schools didn’t make Adequate Yearly Progress or that Democrats are still nitpicking Secretary of Education-designate Hanna Skandera?
    I’d say the AYP scores are the least of our worries. It’s apparent by now that this yardstick of the federal No Child Left Behind Act is inherently unfair and unhelpful.
    We also know that half our kids can’t read and 60 percent struggle with math. That’s why Gov. Susana Martinez plucked a veteran of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s education team to replicate Florida’s success here.

  • Paying for cheaters

    The Social Security expert was among friends and in a mood to be candid.
    People who are disabled and unable to work, or who believe they are, can apply for Social Security disability benefits of lifetime income and medical coverage through Medicare.
    Typically, applicants are turned down on their first try, so they hire a lawyer and go to a hearing.
    That’s why you see so many ads on TV for Social Security lawyers.
    Social Security judges hear those cases. The claimant, says this expert, usually has an attorney, but there is no opposing counsel for the government.
    There is — no lawyer to advance any argument for why this person is not entitled to disability benefits.

  • True to Form Football

    Members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper football program work on form tackling during their workout Tuesday morning at Los Alamos High School. Practice officially began for football teams around the state Monday.

  • Topes Notes 08-02-11

    Robinson dealt at trade deadline

  • Optimism fades in NBA lockout meetings

    NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern returned to the bargaining table Monday and said "nothing" gave him reason for encouragement.

    And for that, the NBA Commissioner pointed the blame in one place.

    "I don't feel optimistic about the players' willingness to engage in a serious way," Stern said.

    So the first meeting to include leadership from owners and players since the lockout began exactly a month ago produced nothing new — except blame.

  • Townsley tops Mitchell in LATC final

    Stephen Townsley earned the Los Alamos Tennis Club men’s singles championship Sunday.
    Townsley topped Kevin Mitchell in the men’s A finals Sunday at Urban Park, taking their contest in straight sets. Townsley prevailed 6-2, 7-6 in the championship match.
    In his three tournament matches, Townsley didn’t lose a single set.
    Also in Sunday’s final round of the LATC championship tournament, the men’s A doubles team of David Lee/Bob Tonelli picked up the club’s title with its win over Mike Fitzsimmons/Dan Kelly. The match was close, but Lee/Tonelli earned the straight-set victory, 7-6, 7-5.