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Today's News

  • NCRTD Executive Director announces retirement

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) board announced the retirement of Executive Director, Josette Lucero, on Monday.
    During Lucero’s administration, the District garnered public passage of a Gross Receipts Tax to support both regional public transportation and Rail Runner expenses, develop a functional organization from the ground up, and gainr major awards for increasing ridership.
    The organization recently earned an Award of Achievement for highest percentage growth in transit passenger ridership in New Mexico for a rural transit program. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Region 6 presented the NCRTD with the award for Fiscal Year 2010 under its Federal Section 5311 Rural Transit Program.

  • Mixed-use A-19-a plan takes shape in White Rock

    Visions of a mixed-use commercial and residential development on parcel A-19-a in White Rock have started to take shape.

    The updated plans for the 60-acre parcel were presented during a meeting Monday night.

    Tim Karpoff of Karpoff and Associates; Will Gleason of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, a New Mexico architecture and planning firm; and Dan Guimond of Economic Planning System hosted the meeting. They were hired by the county to conduct a master plan study of A-19-a, which is located north of N.M. 4 across from the Hampton Inn in White Rock.

  • Mountain lions on the prowl around town

    Mountain lion sightings have been reported this year in the townsite, which is not unusual since mountain lions are native to the Los Alamos area.

    “Los Alamos is a mountain community and this is their habitat,” said New Mexico Game and Fish spokesman Dan Williams.

    Williams explained that game and fish personnel respond to local calls and if warranted, tranquilize the animal via dart and transport it into the wilderness. This works in some cases, he said, but in other cases, the mountain lion is known to return several miles to the townsite where it originally located food.

    Capt. Randy Foster of the Los Alamos Police Department said he is aware of mountain lions in the area.

  • Maj. Robert Shilling named Chief of State Police

    SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez recently announced that Department of Public Safety Secretary Gorden Eden has named Maj. Robert Shilling as Chief of the New Mexico State Police.
    Before being named acting chief in January 2011, Shilling most recently served as the Law Enforcement Budget Director and Commander of Investigations for the New Mexico State Police.

  • Designing roadways takes sound engineering skills

    I fly quite often and am a member of a number of airline frequent flier programs.
    However, I do not feel qualified to design aircraft. Designing a roadway is a skilled engineering occupation, at least as complex as aeronautical design and with the same efficiency and safety ramifications.  
    The tools available to street designers, including sophisticated modeling tools, allow accurate analysis of traffic patterns and flow under traffic load with many different road configurations.
    The idea that simply driving is sufficient qualification to design a street is absurd.  However this has not prevented a number of opinions in the Los Alamos Monitor, most recently the letter by Anthony A. Amsden.

  • How to grow green adults

    How do you grow an environmentalist?  If we want kids to care about preserving the natural world, should we teach them about the destruction of the rainforest or about endangered species dying off?   
    Research, and possibly your own personal experience, agree on the same answer — no!  
    One of the very best ways to help kids grow into adults who care about the environment is not to scare them or depress them, but to allow them to love nature.  And the best way to do that is to give them free, unrestricted play time in nature.  
    Think back to your childhood. Do you have treasured memories of playing outside?  What did you like to do?  

  • Girls track and field: Ahlers to Ealey

    Los Alamos’ Madison Ahlers hands the baton off to Chase Ealey on the final exchange of the 400 meter relay during Saturday’s Harper Invitational.

  • Basketball: Grizzlies take a 3-1 series lead

     Whatever Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said to his team at halftime worked very, very well.
    The eighth-seeded Grizzlies outscored San Antonio 30-15 in the third quarter, turning a 2-point halftime deficit into a 104-86 rout Monday night of the Spurs for a commanding 3-1 lead in their opening series.
    “It was an incredible performance in the third and fourth quarter,” Hollins said. “We outscored them 30-15 and from the second quarter on, our defense just kept getting better and better.”
    San Antonio led 50-48 at halftime, and Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo said Hollins lit such a fire in his team with telling them exactly what he wanted them to do that they couldn’t wait to get onto the court.

  • Topes Notes 04-26-11

    Isotopes close series with New Orleans tonight

  • Girls golf: Toppers shoot 380 in first round at Kirtland Central

    After two straight struggles to open the spring 2011 season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team showed signs it might be getting back on track.
    Los Alamos finished with a team score of 380 shots in the opening round of the Kirtland Central Invitational. Los Alamos was just one of three teams playing both rounds of the tournament — Kirtland Central and Farmington were the others.
    The Hilltoppers were expecting a big showing this spring but things got off to a rocky start. The Hilltoppers struggled at the Ruidoso Invitational two weeks ago and didn’t see much better results at last week’s Los Alamos Spring Invitational.
    Hilltopper head coach Mike Lippiatt said he felt better about Monday’s round in Farmington.