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Today's News

  • Update 04-29-11

    Candidates sought
    Republicans interested in applying for the vacant District 43 House seat in New Mexico Legislature should contact Ron Dolin at rdolin@hotmail.com or call 695-0864.

    Council meeting
    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Community Building.

    Cowboy breakfast
    Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m., Sunday at Posse Lodge, open to the public, proceeds benefit local Military Order of the World Wars.

    Pancake breakfast
    Kiwanis Spring Pancake Breakfast, 7-11 a.m., May 7 at Betty Ehart Senior Center, community welcome.
     
    Charter Review
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 2 in the training room at the Community Building.

  • Britain celebrates monarchy as Kate, William wed 


    LONDON — With a smile that lit up TV screens around the world, Kate Middleton married Prince William in a union that promised to revitalize the British monarchy. A million people roared their approval as the royal couple then paraded through London in an open carriage.
    Even knowing that an immense television audience was turning in to watch, the couple managed, at times, to appear in their own private world Friday, both at Westminster Abbey and on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
    William whispered to Kate, who radiated contentment and joy, as they pledged their lives to one another at the church with the simple words “I will.”

  • Police to collect prescription drugs

    Los Alamos police are joining the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event is set up to allow the general public an opportunity to deposit their expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and also prevent pill abuse and theft.

    In Los Alamos, residents can drop off their pills from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the east parking lot of Los Alamos Medical Center. Det. Paige Early and Cpl. Brian Schamber will be at the police booth to receive the unwanted pills. They will ensure that the pills are properly disposed of rather than entering the groundwater from being washed down sinks and flushed down toilets.

  • Deputy chief Sleik resigns

    Deputy Chief Patrick Sleik has resigned from the Los Alamos Fire Department effective 5 p.m. today.
    Sleik, 49, joined LAFD May 3, 2010 and was considered to be in line to take over the top spot at the department following Chief Doug Tucker’s planned retirement this summer.

    “It was an extremely difficult decision to make,” Sleik said during an interview Thursday evening. “At the end of the day – it comes down to fit. Being from the Midwest I move at a much faster pace and I felt I was putting undue pressure on folks here.”

    Tucker is prepared to postpone his retirement as long as necessary to ensure he has a strong leader at the helm before stepping down.

  • LANL boss set to retire

    If Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Mike Anastasio had his way, Wednesday would be his final leadership breakfast as director.

    And the heavy hitters were in town to celebrate the occasion. Gov. Susana Martinez made her second trip to Los Alamos since being elected. And National Nuclear Security Administration’s director Thomas D’Agostino made the trip from Washington.

    A couple of months ago, Anastasio announced he was going to retire in June.

    On Wednesday, he said that was still his goal.

  • Just A Wag 04-29-11

    Utility bill movement

    A reader sent us the following wag overheard at McDonald’s:
    Everyone gets a utility bill so enter yes or no on it about whether to change Trinity Drive. That will let county councilors know what the town wants.
    Don’t sign my name, except as Eavesdropper.
     

    Send us your wags
    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought. E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • Watch those policy changes

    Let’s pretend the company that provides the land line telephone service to your home institutes a new policy.
    That company also owns an airline called PhoneCo Airlines. So from now on, every time you try to call Southwest or American Airlines, your call will be rerouted to PhoneCo.  
    Unthinkable! you’d say. Beyond unthinkable! A phone company is a regulated monopoly, granted the privilege by government of no competition and assured profit.   Its mandate is to provide the infrastructure and, for a regulated price, allow you to use it. Yet this regulated monopoly has acquired a business in what used to be the free market, and it is using its monopoly advantage against its competitors.

  • Our roads: Shaken, not stirred

    Here’s mud in your eye!  Wet your whistle!  Bottoms up!  Let’s have one for the road!  One for the road?  A common toast made in reference to raising that glass and subsequently raising one’s blood alcohol content a few more notches.  
    As your typical drunk stumbles to his car, what exactly does he have in mind for the road? More than one-third of yearly traffic fatalities are alcohol related (nearly 14,000 deaths).  This is almost the same as our nation’s murder rate, but death on the highway isn’t murder.  It’s “vehicular homicide.”

  • Radio Chat

    Cpl. Monica Salazar and Lt. Jason Wardlow-Hererra discuss end of the year school safety for students and suggest local opportunities to celebrate the start of summer that are free of drugs and alcohol. The two were guests on KRSN AM 1490’s “Safety and Security Issues” show Wednesday morning.

  • Tanaka to head Securities Division

    SANTA FE – Daniel Tanaka was named the new Director for the Securities Division.
    State Regulation and Licensing Superintendent J. Dee Dennis Jr. recently announced that Governor Susana Martinez has appointed Tanka, a seasoned law enforcement official, to head the division.
    “Dan is an experienced and decorated law enforcement professional who has extensive experience in successfully managing the most complex and difficult white collar criminal investigations,” Dennis said.
    “He will be a great asset to this agency as we aggressively pursue white-collar financial crimes, especially against our elderly and senior citizens.”