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Today's News

  • Senators join CMRR chorus

    New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman wrote letters Thursday to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, expressing their concerns with the National Nuclear Security Administration’s decision to defer construction of the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility.

    The letters, dated Thursday, detail consequences of delaying the beleaguered project for five years.

    The letters state:

    “• First, it will adversely impact our nation’s scientific capabilities, especially in analytical chemistry and materials characterization that are central to assuring the safety, reliability and performance of the nuclear deterrent.

  • Flash Flood Watch Until 11 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA... ESTANCIA VALLEY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS... SANTA FE METRO AREA... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS AND WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS.

    * UNTIL 11 PM MDT THIS EVENING

    * DEEP MOISTURE OVER CENTRAL MOISTURE COMBINED WITH AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE AND WEAK STEERING FLOW WILL ENHANCE THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING THROUGH THIS EVENING. TORRENTIAL RAINFALL WITH RAINFALL RATES UP TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE WITH THESE THUNDERSTORMS.

  • Funny business at NMFA

     Ten members of the 11-member New Mexico Finance Authority board are appointed by the governor. Four of them are members of Gov. Susana Martinez’s own cabinet. The Authority’s CEO, Rick May, served in her cabinet until assuming his NMFA post nearly a year ago.
     So you might think the Martinez administration would have had its ducks in a row last week, when NMFA board members met, not once but twice, to deal with evidence that a former agency controller had fraudulently concocted the 2011 financial reports of the Finance Authority, which loans millions of dollars to state entities and schools for capital equipment and infrastructure.

  • Should there be limits to our freedoms?

    SANTA FE — Early this month, we celebrated the many freedoms Americans enjoy. Some recent events have indicated those freedoms have some limitations ­– but not enough in some people’s minds.
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this month that freedom of speech has fewer limitations than perhaps many Americans intended. In the case of Alvarez v. United States, brought under the 2005 Stolen Valor Act, the justices found that simply lying about one’s military awards is not a criminal act.

  • ‘Sixth man’ comes to Los Alamos

    Keith Richards said in his autobiography “Life,” that Bobby Keys is “my closest pal. A soul of rock ’n roll, a solid man and also a depraved maniac.”
    Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series Promoter Russ Gordon, hopes that interests folks because Keys is playing with his New Mexico band, the Attitudes, Friday at Los Alamos National Bank. The show is free and starts at 7 p.m.

  • Be There 07-26-12

    Today
    Wildflower Walk. Join Chick Keller, curator of PEEC’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium, for an easy walk to learn the names of local wildflowers. A plant list will be provided so participants can keep track of what they see. Meet at PEEC at 5:30 p.m. to carpool or caravan to the trailhead. Free, no registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Spy Kids 4” at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall.

    The Authors Speak Series presents Joe Hayes at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.
    Friday
    Cult Classic Horror Movie Series presents “Ravenous” at 9:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library.

  • Councilors tour Municipal Building

    The new Municipal Building will have secrets behind its walls. But unlike Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” there will be no concealed bodies — just signatures from past and present councilors, county staff and members of the construction team.
    Project Manager Anthony Strain and Community and Economic Development Director Anne Laurent led Council Chair Sharon Stover, Councilors Frances Berting and David Izraelevitz, New Mexico State Rep. (and former councilor) Jim Hall, former councilor Ralph Phelps and County Administrator Harry Burgess through the construction site last week.

  • New sign at Hilltop House Hotel

    Justin Wuest, of the Zeon Sign Company, makes some last minute adjustments to the Hilltop’s old sign before taking it down Thursday.

  • Update 07-26-12

    Art Market

    The Los Alamos Creative District will be having its first Art Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hive in White Rock.

    Authors Speak

    The Authors Speak Series presents Joe Hayes at 7 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in Council Chambers.

    Film series

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Spy Kids 4” at 7 p.m. today at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Science talk

  • New United Way executive director

    Kristy Ortega was named the executive director of the Northern New Mexico United Way, which incorporates Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties, earlier this month. Ortega has worked for the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, the Hilltop Hotel and Conference Center and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. “I am just excited to be back in the world of the non-profits,” Ortega said. “I have done a lot of marketing and I just love it.” Ortega was named to the position July 9, spent last week training in the Washington, D.C. suburbs and was in Albuquerque for even more training this week. Ortega said this year’s United Way campaign kickoff will take place in September. Ortega replaces Donna Schroeder, who retired earlier this year.