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Today's News

  • Talk on pikas coming to PEEC

    Kathy Brown of The Seventh Generation Institute in Santa Fe will visit Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday, to talk about how climate change is affecting pikas and what citizen scientists can do to help.
    Hikers visiting the highest peaks of New Mexico, have probably seen the little relatives of the rabbit family or heard the pika’s distinct high-pitched squeak coming from the talus slopes they call home. Like polar bears, pikas have gained attention as early indicators of the effects of climate change on wildlife.

  • Espy to talk at Phi Beta Kappa banquet

    On May 1, the Los Alamos Phi Beta Kappa Association will hold its 55th annual banquet to honor the top graduates of Los Alamos High School.
    Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honors society in the United States and has about 260 members in Los Alamos County (1.5 percent of the county’s population).  
    The banquet, for the honor graduates, Phi Beta Kappa Members, and their guests, will be at 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The Decadent Table will cater the event.

  • Police Beat 04-12-11

    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.
    March 31

    10:59 a.m. – A 49-year-old Alcalde woman reported being the victim of unauthorized use of her credit card. The estimated loss is less than $300.
        
    12:29 p.m. – A 59-year-old Los Alamos man reported damage to his property in the 2800 block of Woodland Road. The estimated loss is less than $100.
    April 3

    12:23 p.m. – Joshua Krepps, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested at 4940 N. Sol and charged with assault against a household member.
    April 4

  • Update 04-12-11

    DPU meeting
    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) board will meet at 5:30 p.m. April 20 at the DPU conference room. 

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 tonight at the fire station in White Rock.

    Spanish dance
    The Pajarito Spanish Dance Alliance will present its first recital of Flamenco and Spanish Dance at 3 p.m., April 16 at Fuller Lodge.

    Special event
    Nationally known Christian singer John Michael Talbot will participate in a special event at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and perform April 12-14. Call 662-6193.

  • Another record for LANL Laces

    Thanks to employees’ generosity, hundreds of less fortunate Northern New Mexico kids, as well as people in need in Haiti and Pakistan, recently received shoes.
    280 Northern New Mexico kids in need received brand-new shoes through the Lab’s LANL Laces program.
    “It’s another record,” said Tim Martinez of the Community Programs Office (CPO), which manages LANL Laces. Los Alamos National Security, LLC partner company URS again donated several thousand dollars to the program, Martinez noted.

  • Police patrol teams cover the gamut

    Thirty-six sworn officers comprise the four law enforcement teams operating
    within the Los Alamos Police Department Patrol Division. The teams logged
    more than 2,000 official actions including arrests, traffic citations,
    burglaries, domestic violence calls and field interviews between March 2010
    and March 2011.

    Each team is at full strength with five officers, one being the sergeant.
    Patrol team supervision includes Sgt. Jeff Regenold for the daytime A-Team,
    Sgt. James Rodriguez for the rotator B-Team, Sgt. Oliver Morris for the
    rotator C-Team and Sgt. Andrew Goldie for the nighttime D-Team.

  • Wallace to lie in state at Capital Rotunda Wednesday

    Rep. Jeannette Wallace, who passed away at home in Los Alamos Friday,  will lie in state from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday at the State Capital in Santa Fe, said her son, Terry Wallace Jr. A public service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.

    Wallace, 77, succumbed to various illnesses after a brief visit to the hospital in February, and was working until the day she died, said her son. She was discharged Feb. 18 from Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe following a night in the intensive care unit.

    She told the Los Alamos Monitor at the time that she had “a little” fluid in her lungs related to a heart issue for a couple of months.

  • Charter subcommittee: No mayor for LA

    It appears the current structure of Los Alamos government will remain unchanged, at least for the foreseeable future.

    After months of discussion and debate about transitioning to a mayor/council form of government, the Charter Review Structure of Government Subcommittee voted 8-1 Monday night to recommend that the Los Alamos County Council continue the charter discussions within the context of the current council/county administrator form with the potential for making some changes within that structure.

    There was no clear indication when council will formally hear the recommendation.

    Subcommittee member Skip Dunn was the sole opposition, voting by proxy since he could not attend the meeting.

  • Options to cuts do exist

    Are there alternatives to a government shutdown and the tidal wave of “budget cuts” proposed by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and by President Obama’s Budget Committee of last year?
    Yes! Here are some revenue raising and budget cutting options:
    •To better fund Social Security, Congress should remove the salary cap on FICA deductions that appear on payroll slips. FICA pays for Social Security.
    For some insane reason, no employee who earns more than $106,800 a year has to pay FICA on any income above this amount. Millionaires and billionaires should pay FICA on all income received from any source, without a “cap”.

  • County briefs 04-12-11

    DWI checkpoints to be conducted
    The Los Alamos Police Department is conducting DWI checkpoints through summer’s end.
    The public can help reduce the threat that drunk drivers pose to motorists by calling the Drunk Busters hotline anytime they spot a suspected drunk driver.
    The number to call from a cell phone: #-D-W-I or #-3-9-4. Citizens in Los Alamos also can call the Los Alamos County Police Department at 662-8222 to report drunk drivers in the community.

    Library to host animal nutritionist