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Today's News

  • $20 million for CIPs gains tacit approval

    The Los Alamos County Council earmarked just shy of $20 million for an aggressive slate of capital projects which were tentatively approved during budget hearings Saturday. Another hearing also took place Monday.

    Council gave a tentative nod to spend $19.5 million for the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) program in FY 2012. The motion passed 6-1, with Councilor Vincent Chiravalle opposed.

    Council will consider adopting the FY 2012 budget during its May 3l meeting.

  • N.M. 502 needs four lanes

    The two lane Trinity Drive preferred option presented by the MIG  consultants at the recent Transportation Board meeting should be ejected by our county councilors as being both unworkable in practice and way too expensive for even a town so well funded as Los  Alamos.
    Imagine the daily rush hour traffic if Trinity is narrowed down to only two lanes. According to the official traffic measurements, which were done for this study, there are routinely peak traffic rates of 1,500 vehicles/hr with some weekdays seeing 1,900 vehicles/hr during lunch hour.
    Most of this traffic is westbound in the morning and  eastbound in the afternoon rush hours while at lunch hour the traffic is  pretty evenly divided between east and west.  

  • LTAB's small project grants available

    The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board’s (LTAB’s) Small Project Grants was issued Monday for public response.  
    The RFP/application was e-mailed to past and interested participants and is currently available for download on the web page, www.losalamosnm.us/gov/bcc.  
    The Small Project Grants program is a funding initiative conducted annually by LTAB to support local events whose organizers’ marketing efforts seek to encourage visitation from outside a 75-radius around Los Alamos.  
    Proposers whose projects are selected for funding must provide receipts of their promotion efforts (advertisements, flyer duplication and other items) for reimbursement.   

  • County briefs 04-19-11

    Demolition begins on the golf course clubhouse, swimming pool facility

  • Basketball: Billups' knee still a problem

    BOSTON (AP) — Toney Douglas played well when he replaced an injured Chauncey Billups during the regular season.
    There’s much more at stake now.
    In only his third season, Douglas said he’s prepared if, as expected, Billups, the 13-year veteran point guard, misses tonight’s Game 2 of the New York Knicks’ first-round playoff series with the Boston Celtics with a sore left knee.
    Billups is “very questionable,” coach Mike D’Antoni said Monday.
    If he is out, it will be up to Douglas to direct an offense led by Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.
    “I’m ready,” Douglas said Monday. “The hardest part is getting my body ready for that situation.”

  • Sports update 04-19-11

    Sundevils move into second place in baseball standings

    The Española Valley Sundevils baseball team swept a crucial doubleheader against the Santa Fe Demons Saturday to keep pace with the Los Alamos Hilltoppers in the District 2-4A standings.
    The two teams wore out home plate in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Santa Fe, as the Sundevils prevailed 27-12. In the second game, the Sundevils earned a healthy 14-4 victory.
    The two wins put Española Valley at 5-2 in the 2-4A race — and 10-9 overall, the only district team with a season record above .500 — and trail Los Alamos by just 1-1/2 games in the district standings.

  • Golf: LA takes 3rd, 5th at its spring invite

    A pair of Los Alamos’ District 2-4A rivals won the Los Alamos Spring Invitational golf tournament Monday.
    Monday’s tournament, the only home appearance by Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers during the spring 2011 regular season, was held at Los Alamos Golf Course. The tournament consisted of nine boys teams and four girls teams.
    The Bernalillo Spartans held off a crowded field at the top of the boys competition, earning a team score of 346. In all, six teams, including Los Alamos, were within 13 shots of the team title. Bosque, which finished as the team runner-up, was just one shot behind Bernalillo while third-place finisher Santa Fe was just three shots back of the team lead.

  • Syria lifts emergency laws but warns protesters

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's government approved lifting the country's nearly 50-year-old state of emergency Tuesday to meet a key demand of anti-government protesters, but opposition leaders dismissed it as an attempt by President Bashar Assad to claim reforms but maintain his hard-line rule.

    The blunt response suggested the month-old uprising could be entering a more volatile stage: protesters now aiming higher to seek Assad's ouster and his regime warning that the demonstrations must now end.

  • Idaho rescuers alter search operation for miner

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Rescuers trying to reach a trapped Idaho silver miner on Tuesday were forced by unstable conditions to alter their operation and are now attempting to reach him from a new direction.

    The changes were necessary due to dangerous conditions more than a mile underground inside the Lucky Friday Mine, said Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration Amy Louviere.

    There, a collapse last Friday trapped Larry "Pete" Marek, a 53-year-old employee of Hecla Mining Co.

  • Wastewater treatment plant tour

    Members of the Española Basin Regional Issues Forum (EBRIF) met on April 14 at the Buffalo Thunder Resort to tour the Pueblo of Pojoaque Wastewater Treatment Plant to provide upgrades to the treatment system.
    Los Alamos County funded the project as part of the Partners for Progress program. They contributed $50,000 to the project.