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Today's News

  • On The Docket 11-23-11

    Nov. 14

    Cheryl Gabaldon, 47, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty in Magistrate Court to the charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Judge Pat Casados ordered Gabaldon to pay the court a $50 fee for possession of marijuana and a $50 fee for possession of drug paraphernalia, $20 in court costs and $256 in additional fees.

    Nov. 15

  • Update 11-23-11

    Dinner

    The Elk’s Lodge, VFW and American Legion will host the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday at the Elk’s Lodge. Serving is from
    11 a.m.-2 p.m. For information, contact Lisa Harris or Reine Williams at 662-5611.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Dec. 6 at council chambers in the Community Building.

    Court closed

    The Magistrate Court will close Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

    No trash pick-up

  • Ice Rink, West Road to open Monday

    County officials announced Tuesday that West Road will re-open from Diamond Drive to the County Ice Rink on Monday, Nov. 28 instead of the projected opening date of Dec. 1. The earlier opening date is the result of coordination and response efforts by LANL and County Pavement and Utilities’ crews since mid-October.
    The watershed above the Los Alamos Reservoir near Pajarito Ski Resort was badly burned in the Las Conchas wildfire in June, increasing runoff into the canyon that subsequently caused severe erosion damage to West Road and the surrounding area. The road is owned by the DOE.

  • DPU strategic goals address various upcoming challenges

    The challenge facing Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Director John Arrowsmith lately has been developing a strategic plan to meet the county’s utility needs in light of a wide range of variables.

    Arrowsmith presented a strategic plan to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) last week. In his report, he wrote, “Our job as stewards of the County’s water and energy resources is not to be reactive but to prepare our organization for the future.”

    Some challenges are inevitable, such as replacing aging infrastructure and anticipating a wave of baby boomer retirements.

  • Legacy waste lingers amid cleanup efforts

    (Second of a two-part series)

    For more than 65 years, research, development and testing activities related to nuclear arms production have taken place at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    During that time, there have been releases of contaminants to the environment at various locations across the laboratory. In fact, back in the early days, nuclear waste was just thrown into the canyon.

    In 2005, a series of community groups reached agreement with LANL to address investigation and cleanup of legacy contamination.

    Last week, New Mexico Environment Department Secretary David Martin made a presentation concerning the status of the Consent Order, which laid out the timeline for lab cleanup.

  • 'Feed the 500' Food Drive

    Los Alamos National Laboratory employees helped close to 500 or more Northern New Mexico families enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal by donating food boxes with certain nonperishable food items during the “Feed the 500” food drive.

  • Occupy protests cost nation's cities at least $13M

    NEW YORK (AP) — During the first two months of the nationwide Occupy protests, the movement that is demanding more out of the wealthiest Americans cost local taxpayers at least $13 million in police overtime and other municipal services, according to a survey by The Associated Press.

    The heaviest financial burden has fallen upon law enforcement agencies tasked with monitoring marches and evicting protesters from outdoor camps. And the steepest costs by far piled up in New York City and Oakland, Calif., where police clashed with protesters on several occasions.

  • Northern N.M. falls big, 80-49

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Gaellan Bewernick posted his first career double-double and four Northern Arizona players scored in double figures in an 80-49 win over Northern New Mexico on Tuesday.
    Bewernick scored 14 points on 7 of 9 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds, which were both career highs. James Douglas scored 14 off the bench, Stallon Saldivar added 11 and Durrell Norman netted 10 points for the Lumberjacks (2-3), who have won back-to-back games after dropping their first three to begin the season.
    Daniel Molina and Mario Caetano each scored 10 points for the Eagles (0-1), who have lost 20 straight dating to last season.

  • Ski areas open for holiday

    Thanksgiving Day often marks the start of the winter skiing and snowboarding season and this year is no exception.
    Sipapu was the first ski area open for the 2011-12 season, welcoming snowriders on Saturday. Red River, despite a marginal snow base, did get its season underway today, while Taos Ski Valley is planning for a Thursday opening, according to skinewmexico.com.
    Also open for the season was Enchanted Forest, which caters to cross-country skiers.
    For local skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, Pajarito Mountain isn’t open and isn’t even venturing to guess when it might be open. Pajarito invested in snowmaking capabilities two years ago but couldn’t use it for the 2010-11 season due to a problem with its water storage apparatus.

  • Toppers hold on in opener to win

    For three-plus quarters, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team got a taste of how far it had come in less than a calendar year.
    For a good chunk of the fourth quarter, however, it also got a taste of what can happen when it doesn’t execute.
    The Hilltoppers opened their 2011-12 season with a victory over the Kirtland Central Broncos Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium. The Hilltoppers built up a 21-point lead in the third quarter but the Broncos went on an 18-6 run stretching nearly six minutes late.
    Before disaster struck, however, Los Alamos got a big fast break bucket from Nick Baker with 1:38 remaining. Baker would also take a charge on a Kirtland Central move to the basket late to help seal a 62-53 victory.