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Today's News

  • Loss of ideas weakens nation

     Innovation is the pride and lifeblood of our democracy.
     Innovation in technical systems is vital and thriving. Innovation is equally essential in political life, but is lost in the rubble of skeletal debate for voter loyalties.   
     Our nation sorely needs ways to develop ideas in the public forum.
    The forum today treats an idea as a political hoax from the disloyal. So they all get axed, lest any idea should spread. The prevalent contempt for ideas shuts out your own fondest idea as surely as it stops all others.
    Political innovation molders in the mission of talk wars.
    Nothing needs fresh ideas more than the problems that last far longer than reelection cycles. The regulatory process is large among them.

  • LANL conference set for Thursday

    Over the next five years, the Laboratory plans to award some $200 million in master task order agreements for general construction services, such as civil, architectural-structural, electrical, mechanical and piping.
    Learn specifics about the task order agreements at a free general construction services solicitation conference from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque.
    Laboratory procurement, construction, and contract management staff will make presentations and be available to answer questions about the master task order agreements, and LANL’s safety, security, quality assurance, and Lab engineering standards requirements, explained Acting Associate Director for Project Management John Bretzke.

  • Update 02-07-12

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m.
    Feb. 15, at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Dinner series

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will host the second of its seven-session Dinner and Discussion series titled,  “Menu for the Future,” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. today.

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in Council Chambers.

    Ashley Pond

    A public meeting regarding Ashley Pond will be at 6:30 p.m Thursday in the Community Building Council Chambers.

    Poetry gathering

  • WR Visitor Center starts to take shape

    Construction continues at the White Rock Visitor Center.

  • House panel OKs budget leaving room for tax rollbacks


    SANTA FE (AP) — A more than $5 billion state budget proposal is back on track in the House and the spending blueprint leaves nearly $42 million available for possible tax cuts advocated by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and legislators.
    The budget was unanimously approved Monday by the House Appropriations and Finance Committee and sent to the 70-member House for debate and a vote, which likely will happen later this week.
    The measure allocates about $5.6 billion for public education and government programs, including courts and prisons, in the budget year starting July 1. That provides for a spending increase of nearly 4 percent, or $215 million.

  • Muni Complex Construction on Track

    Construction on the Municipal Complex is on schedule and going well, according to Capital Projects and Facilities Director Anne Laurent. For residents in the surrounding neighborhoods, progress cannot come too soon.

    Last month, resident Helen Deaven approached council with concerns that vibrations from the soil compaction could be damaging area homes. Deaven had not consulted with county staff before approaching council. Council Chair Sharon Stover directed staff to work with Deaven to mitigate the problem.

    Since then, the design/building contractor, Jaynes Corporation, has changed the setting on its soil compression equipment from high to low and installed vibration monitors on surrounding streets to ensure that vibrations are kept below industry standards.

  • Police Beat 02-07-12

    Jan. 26

    8:17 p.m. — Andrew Chavez, 21, of Santa Fe, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 535 Central Avenue, Los Alamos.

    Jan. 27

    9:08 a.m. — A 9-year-old Los Alamos girl was reported to be the victim of criminal sexual penetration of a child.

    1:27 p.m. — A 46-year-old Los Alamos woman reported she was the victim of burglary from a dwelling on Longview Drive.

    5:42 p.m. — A business in Santa Fe reported it was the victim of criminal damage to property of less than $1,000 that occurred at 2400 Central Ave. in Los Alamos.

    Jan. 29

  • A Renegade Stampede in Los Alamos

    The New Mexico Renegades junior ‘A’ hockey team hosted the first ever Western States Hockey League outdoor game Saturday night at Los Alamos County Ice Rink. The Renegades (15-19-2) scored a goal in the first overtime period to top the Cheyenne Stampede (18-20-4)  by a score of 6-5.

  • Topper hoops teams in bind heading into this week's games

    With just a handful of games left on the schedule, it’s a critical time for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls to pick up some District 2-4A wins.
    Both teams have critical games left on their district schedules, starting tonight when the Hilltopper boys play at Santa Fe. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
    Los Alamos’ boys missed out on an opportunity Saturday night to get right into the hunt of the 2-4A race, falling at home to what appeared going into the contest a vulnerable Bernalillo Spartans squad.
    The Spartans came away Saturday with a 67-59 victory at Griffith Gym, keeping them in second place in the 2-4A standings despite a Jan. 31 loss at Española Valley.

  • Topper girls are fifth, boys are sixth at Saturday’s meet

    Ashlynn Bennett and Amy Neal were the top finishers for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls swimming and diving team in its final regular season meet Saturday.
    The Hilltopper boys and girls competed in the Albuquerque Public Schools End-of-Year Invitational Saturday. The Hilltopper girls finished fifth among the seven competing teams at the meet, while Los Alamos’ boys placed sixth overall.
    La Cueva won the girls competition while Cibola held off a big charge from La Cueva’s boys to win.
    Bennett, Los Alamos’ top competitor, took second place in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard backstroke to pace the girls’ efforts. In girls diving, Amy Neal picked up 143.35 points, good enough for third place.