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Today's News

  • Be There 10-11-11

    Today
    The Los Alamos Volunteer Examiner group will host the final amateur radio exam session of the year at 6:30 p.m. in the “old fire barn,” 4017 Arkansas. There will be testing for all classes of license. Those who wish to take the initial test for a technician class license will need a picture ID and two other forms of ID and a test fee of $15, cash or check (made out to ARRL VEC). Those who wish to upgrade to a higher-class license will need a picture ID and two other forms of ID, the original license and a copy or a valid certificate of successful completion of exam, plus the $15 exam fee. For more information, contact Bill Boedeker at 662-4220 or  boedeker@cybermesa.com.

  • Police Beat 10-11-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Sept. 29

    12:15 p.m. – A 38-year-old Santa Fe woman reported that she is the victim of fraudulent use of her credit card on Central Avenue. The estimated loss is $300.

    9:39 p.m. – Jose Rangel, 23, of Santa Cruz was charged with possession of marijuana at 196 Meadow Lane and issued a citation to appear in court.

    9:41 p.m. – Bradley Hughes, 27, of Los Alamos was charged with possession of marijuana at 196 Meadow Lane and issued a citation to appear in court.
    Sept. 30

  • CRC to vote on role of sheriff's office tonight

    Due to the Columbus Day holiday, the Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 tonight in the Pajarito Cliffs Site Conference Room in Building #1 just north of Entrada Business Park and DeColores on N.M. 502.
    The first topic of discussion is the section of the county’s charter pertaining to the Office of the Sheriff. The CRC will be voting on recommendations about possible changes.
    This topic was previously discussed at Charter Review Committee meetings on July 7 and Sept. 7. The CRC will then discuss and vote on recommendations regarding the Office of the Clerk and Office of the Assessor.

  • Educating teachers

    More than 1,500 educators attended a lecture by Dr. Robert Marzano who presented,  “The Art & Science of Teaching – The Highly Engaged Classroom,”at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Conference Center Friday. The lecture was sponsored by the LANL Foundation. Marzano provided participants with an in-depth understanding of how to generate high levels of student attention and engagement, so that every teacher can create a classroom environment where engagement is the norm, not the exception.

  • Deer in the Road

    Deer cross the road on N.M. 4 near the West Jemez Road intersection Saturday.

  • Update 10-11-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 tonight for a special session in council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. , Oct. 18 in the chamber conference room.

    PEEC Talk

    Nate McDowell of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Climate Research Lab, will give a talk on the “Effects of Climate on Plants,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. The talk is free.

    Bond issue

  • Martinez signs $86 million capital improvement bill

    Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law a measure financing about $86 million worth of capital improvements, ranging from prison upgrades to vehicles for senior citizen centers.
    The capital outlay bill was approved by the Legislature during a special session, which ended last month.
    Martinez signed the measure on Tuesday but expressed disappointment that the Legislature didn’t approve more capital projects.
    The governor had proposed spending nearly $213 million on capital improvements, including more than $40 million on road maintenance.
    The governor said the larger package would have created more jobs in the construction industry.

  • Youth embrace teen center concept

    The interim Teen Center, “The Hilltop Spot,” opened in the basement of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church in March. According to Director Michelangelo Lobato’s report to council last week, the center is providing value to the community.

    The county has allocated $150,000 for a Phase I Capital Improvement Program project conceptual study for a new teen center facility. Since that project could take years to reach approval and completion, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board  and the YMCA proposed operating a teen center on an interim basis, which would provide services to teens immediately and, if successful, demonstrate the benefits of a new facility.

  • Details about second truck crash on NM 4 emerge

    More details emerged about the crash of the second semi truck that lost its haul of crushed cars on N.M. 4 on Friday.

    The crash closed the road for the second straight day heading into the Jemez Mountains, causing headaches for those commuting and vacationing in the area.

    The second crash occurred at the first hairpin turn on N.M. 4 before the West Jemez intersection.
    Los Alamos police officer Albert Rael was first on the scene and he first talked with the driver of the truck, Miguel Machain Espinoza.

    Rael asked Espinoza how the accident happened.

    According to the narrative from the police report, Espinoza said he was going around the turn about 2 mph and he was trying to use as much of the road as possible.

  • Solyndra isn't the whole story

    In the utility room of a wealthy homeowner was a Rube Goldberg-like solar system, impossibly complex. It wasn’t working. In the 1970s, it was my first solar story.
    We’ve come a long way, baby. Now they work, and the biggest obstacle – cost – is going away. Good ol’ American know-how would have risen to the challenge, eventually, but the Chinese beat us to the punch.