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Today's News

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 06-13-12

    June 4

    Bingqi Zhang pleaded guilty in Municipal Court for careless driving leading to an accident. Judge Alan Kirk ordered Zhang to pay a $46 court fee and enroll in a defensive driving school.

    Richard Carmen pleaded guilty in Municipal Court for driving without a license and to two counts of failure to appear in court. Kirk ordered Carmen to pay $238 in court fees and fines.

    June 5

    Steven Montano pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to jaywalking. Kirk ordered him to pay $146 in court fees and fines.

    Crystal Torrez Ramos Morales pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to speeding 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit. She paid $121 in court fees and fines.

    June 6

  • Update 06-13-12

    Movie in the Park

    Los Alamos County will host a Movie in the Park at approximately 7:45 p.m. Tonight’s scheduled movie is “Dolphin Tale,” rated PG. It will be at Ashley Pond.

    Concert

    The Police Experience will play a free concert during the Relay for Life at Ashley Pond Friday night. Music will start at 7 p.m.

    P & Z meeting

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

    Flag Day

    The Los Alamos Elks Lodge will be hosting a Flag Day Ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Elks Lodge (on Trinity, next to Sonic). For more information, contact the Elks at 662-5611.

    Restrictions

  • Goodbye To An Old Friend

    The old tree that stood proudly in front of Los Alamos High school was removed today.  During Phase 4 of the Diamond Drive project, utility trenches were dug in the root pattern of the tree, plus old age led its demise according to LAPS maintenance supervisor Jeff Sargent.  Fabian Atencio (left) and Henry Wilton of the LAPS maintenance department are in the bucket lift.

  • Board OKs LAMS project

    Despite a protest from contractor Bradbury Stamm regarding the process that ultimately resulted in a construction contract being awarded to McCarthy, the Los Alamos Public School District is moving ahead with the work at Los Alamos Middle School.

    “Looks like the light has turned from yellow to green over the last few days,” school board president Kevin Honnell said.

    Albuquerque-based Bradbury Stamm, which lost out to McCarthy in the district bidding process, is protesting that McCarthy shouldn’t have received in-state preference points from the district.

    The company is also protesting similar awards by Santa Fe Public Schools and Los Lunas Public Schools.

  • Scientists keep eye on runoff from storm water

    With the Las Conchas Fire last year, most were fearing the worst when it came to storm water runoff.

    It certainly was bad but not as bad as it could have been, said Ralph Ford-Schmid from the NMED Department of Energy Oversight Bureau.

    They definitely felt it at Bandelier National Monument as one thunderstorm caused a massive flow down Frijoles Canyon. Sandbags saved the visitor’s center from extensive damage.

    There were floods at Santa Clara Pueblo, Dixon’s Apple Orchard, Peralta Canyon, the Valles Caldera and another that caused a flash flood near El Rancho.

    In all, there were 13 flood events, Ford-Schmid said.

    And how would he classify last year’s events?

  • Council OKs CRC items

    In a long but relatively quiet meeting Tuesday night, Los Alamos County Council cast a series of votes on the Charter Review Committee’s (CRC) recommendations regarding structure of government.

    Many of the pertinent articles will remain unchanged, but several recommendations won council approval. The county attorney’s office will now draft ordinances on those to bring before voters sometime in 2013.

    CRC Chair John Hopkins prefaced the discussion by noting differences between changes to the initiative and referendum articles council previously approved and the structure of government section of the charter.

  • Park awarded Kiwanis scholarship

    The Kiwanis Club presented a scholarship to Jin Park, who will attend Stanford University and pursue a degree in economics and computer science. Park is pictured with his mom, Monica and club President Kristy Keane. The Kiwanis Club recognizes graduating seniors for their commitment to the community with financial support. The Club meets at noon every Tuesday at the Masonic Lodge.

  • Be There 06-13-12

    Today
    Dances of India, a free performance presented by the Los Alamos Family Y Kathak and Bhratnatyam classes, will be from 7-8 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall. The performance is part of the Los Alamos Public Library’s Family Fun Nights.

    Thursday
    Greg Fisher, Los Alamos County economic vitality administrator will be the speaker at the League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. at PEEC. Those that RSVP will be able to order a sandwich or salad for $12. Call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or send email to kaskacayman@gamil.com to RSVP.

  • Assets in Action: Assets building starts at home

    Congratulations! Have you heard the news?
    Our local radio station, KRSN AM 1490, won the award this year for New Mexico Broadcasters Association, 2012 Broadcaster of the Year.
    If you are so inclined, check out the video made for their special night on You Tube, just look for Broadcaster FINAL.
    Now remember, I don’t work for KRSN or the Los Alamos Monitor, but I’m about to sing the praises of both.
    First note that the newspaper has no problem with running a column I write about KRSN. You’ve probably also noticed that KRSN doesn’t have a problem when I speak on the air about something I have done or have coming up in the newspaper.

  • Logic behind smear campaigns

    We’ve all wanted to tell candidates what we think of their mud fights, and I got a small opportunity during primary season. When a candidate came to the door, I said, “I’ve only gotten one mailer from you, and it was negative. Why did you go negative?”
    The candidate, who had a long record of civic involvement and impressive endorsements, said he thought it was important to point out certain facts about his opponents. It’s true that we need to see all sides of the candidates, but their competitors are hardly credible sources. He talked a while and was quite likable, but I still didn’t vote for him.