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Today's News

  • State Briefs 06-15-11

    Secretary of State IDs voter fraud cases

    SANTA FE, — New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran has identified what she says are 64,000 cases of possible voter fraud -- a number that represents more than 10 percent of the people who voted in the 2010 general election in New Mexico.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the huge number is raising questions about whether it is prudent of Duran to ask the Department of Public Safety to investigate so many cases.

  • Local governments debate firework bans

    SANTA FE, (AP)  — As wildfires rage in three corners of the state, local governments are debating fireworks restrictions.
    Los Alamos County already has instituted such a ban.
    Bernalillo County Tuesday imposed a ban on the sale and use of some fireworks in unincorporated areas heading into the Fourth of July holiday.
    In Santa Fe, City Councilor Chris Calvert has also suggested a ban. But he says it will be ineffective unless neighboring pueblos and counties go along with it.
    He told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the city is usually reluctant to enact bans because people just go outside the city limits and bring back stuff that is even worse.

  • On the Docket 06-15-11


    On the Docket items are compiled from public information contained in Municipal, Magistrate and District Court records.
    June 7

    Dustin Nelson, 22, of Los Alamos appeared in Municipal Court on charges of violating his probation. Judge Alan Kirk sentenced Nelson to spend 15 days in jail and pay $46 in court fees.
    June 9

    Alexander Rose, 25, of Los Alamos appeared in Magistrate Court on charges of possession of marijuana, driving on an expired registration, no insurance and no headlights. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Rose to perform 10 hours of community service to be completed by July 26 and to pay $203 in court costs. As part of a plea deal with the state, Rose was found not guilty of marijuana possession.
    June 10

  • Update 06-15-11

    Democrat meeting
    Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m.,  the Democratic Party of Los Alamos will meet at Mesa Public Library in Room. 3.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. June 20 in the Training Room of the Community Building.

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at 170 Central Park Square.

    Skate park closed
    The White Rock Skate Park will be undergoing maintenance repairs and minor renovations by the Parks Division and will be closed June 14 through the expected completion date of June 23.

    JJAB meeting

  • Scholarships available

    Students who will be enrolled in medical school for the fall 2011 semester are invited to apply for scholarship funds.
    Students are eligible to apply if they are residents of Los Alamos County or have spent the majority of their lives as residents of Los Alamos County.
    Applicants are required to write a letter about their medical school background, fill out a scholarship application form and send an official copy of their undergraduate and medical school transcripts
    Completed applications must be received by Dr. Frederica Smith’s office by Aug. 15, 2011. Contact Dr. Frederica E. Smith, Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Road, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or call 662-9400 for forms and information.

  • Hike the Avenue of the Giants

    Join PEEC and Dorothy Hoard on Saturday for a guided tour of Canyon de Valle in Los Alamos.
    This free hike will begin at 9 a.m. and will last for about five hours, though participants may hike only as far as they wish and return any time. 
    For four years, a dedicated team of dendrophiles (tree-lovers) has been scouring Los Alamos for the biggest tree of each species that appears in the county.
    Depending on their preferred habitat, the biggest trees range in elevation from a hackberry along the Rio Grande in White Rock Canyon, to an aspen near the ridgeline of the mountains above town.

  • Be There 06-15-11

    Today
    The June Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Call 412-9371 for more information.

    Thursday
    Girls Circle, for young women ages 14-18, will meet from noon-2 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, through July 7 at the Teen Center. Girls will use discussion and arts to voice ideas, concerns and interests. Refreshments will be served. Register online at lafsn.org.

    Los Alamos Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. Those interested in the Lions Club should call Dennis Wulff at 672-9563 or email drwulff47@aol.com.

  • Kiwanis scholarship winner

    Madison Ahlers, daughter of Joan and Gary Ahlers, was recently awarded a Kiwanis scholarship. She will attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and study government and biology. She would someday like to be a helicopter pilot. Pictured left to right, Kiwanis President Fran Berting, Madison Ahlers and Joan Ahlers.

     

  • Wildfires grow around state

    LUNA — Authorities expected a massive wildfire in eastern Arizona to become the state’s largest by Wednesday, as investigators focused on two people whose campfire may have started the blaze and firefighters fought to keep the flames from devouring a small New Mexico mountain town.
    Fires also grew elsewhere in New Mexico, including one near the Colorado border that forced the closure of a busy interstate highway.
    Kelly Wood, a spokesman for the multi-agency effort battling the Arizona blaze, said late Tuesday that two people of interest were being questioned about an abandoned campfire but he didn’t immediately have details. He said the U.S. Forest Service would release more information Wednesday.

  • Walp wants authorities to reopen probe

    Convinced there was more to uncover during an investigation from 2002 at Los Alamos National Laboratory, former Office of Security Inquiries (OSI) Leader Glenn A. Walp said he intends to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation for help.

    Because of information that surfaced in 2010, Walp said he will be in New Mexico the first week in July and plans to meet with agents and ask the bureau to reopen its case into wrongdoing that he began to uncover after the lab hired him in January 2002.