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Today's News

  • New Mexico Finance Authority faked 2011 audit

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Finance Authority, which makes billions of dollars in loans for public projects, faked its annual audit that was sent to creditors and investors for 2011, the state auditor said Thursday.

    The revelation shocked state officials and raised questions about both the potential fallout and what the false document might have been trying to hide.

  • LA man arrested in Montana on child sex charges

    Thomas Rahn, a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, was arrested in Bozeman, Mont., last week, and charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

    Rahn, who was in Montana on business for three weeks,, was arrested by Bozeman police on a $50,000 cash only bond warrant.

    According to the arrest warrant, the crimes occurred between June 24 and July 2 at Rahn’s Sandia Avenue home in Los Alamos.

    On July 5, Detective Paige Early of the Los Alamos Police Department received a CYFD intake report via e-mail regarding alleged physical abuse and sexual molestation of two brothers, ages 6 and 8 by their father Thomas Rahn.

  • The Rolling Stones Celebrate 50 Years

    Thursday marks 50 years since Mick Jagger played his first gig with a band called the Rolling Stones, and the group is marking its half-century with a book and an exhibition of photographs of the band at Somerset House in London.

  • Judge OKs Rooftop Missiles During Olympics
  • UNM-LA to offer programs for younger students

    UNM-LA will host “University Experience,” from July 23-27. This program is a newly designed and invigorated version of what was once called “Children’s College.”  
    This program includes two components, the “University Adventures” program for students entering grades 4-7 and “University Explorations” for older students entering grades 7-12.  Seventh graders may select either program, depending on their interests.

  • Fire restrictions eased throughout state

    Effective this morning the Santa Fe National Forest moved from Stage 2 Fire Restrictions to no fire restrictions forest-wide, to include the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Current monsoon rains and favorable weather forecasts are allowing for the complete lifting of fire restrictions.
    “We’ve experienced some of the driest conditions this forest has seen in many years,” said Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor, Maria T. Garcia. “The monsoon rains are a very welcome relief, and I’m glad to see conditions improve enough to lift fire restrictions throughout the forest.”
    Forest visitors are still encouraged to use caution with campfires and other sources of ignition.

  • Update 07-12-12

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court will be closed July 18-20 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.  The court will re-open at 8 a.m., July 23.

    LANL meeting

    A public meeting for the LANL Individual Permit For Storm Water will be at 5:30 p.m. today at the Cities of Gold Conference Center in Pojoaque.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 24 in council chambers.

    Coalition meeting

  • Park passes first hurdle in Congress

    The House Natural Resources Committee today approved by unanimous consent H.R. 5987, a bipartisan bill introduced by Natural Resources Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Ben Lujan (D-N.M.) to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park that will include facilities at Hanford, Wash., Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Los Alamos.

    The Manhattan Project was an unprecedented top-secret program to produce an atomic bomb before Nazi Germany. The action by the committee makes the bill eligible for consideration by the full House.

  • Broadband study gets council OK

    The Community Broadband Network project moved one step closer to completion Tuesday when the county council approved a request from Information Technology (IT) staff to include questions regarding debt financing for the project in the final market research study.

    During the FY2013 budget hearings, council was adamant that Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) projects should move forward without new taxes and without debt. However, staff concluded that the $48 to $60 million project–which would bring fiber infrastructure to every county residence–is not feasible without some form of debt financing.

    Staff has identified federal grants and loans that could help finance the project, but most federal funds require some type of match from the recipient.

  • High water at Bandelier washes out temporary bridges

    An evening rain in upper Frijoles Canyon Wednesday sent high water down Frijoles Creek, washing away three temporary bridges in Bandelier National Monument. Bridges along the trail to Alcove House and the second bridge on the Falls Trail were washed away.

    The high water also closed Hwy 501 and sections of Hwy 4 temporarily.

    Chief Ranger Tom Betts said the temporary bridges were designed for such events.

    “Our talented trail crew designed split log and rail bridges which are very simple and very cost effective,” Betts said. “We built them knowing they would wash away at some point.”