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Today's News

  • Gas line leak prompts evacuation

    Construction crews working at the Municipal Complex site hit a gas line on the shoulder of Iris Street about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.

    Department of Public Utilities (DPU) crews happened to be onsite and were able to repair the rupture in about 10 minutes.

    The wind blew the gas toward 125 Central Park Square, and DPU began receiving calls from tenants about smelling gas. The building was evacuated as a safety precaution and fire crews were called in.

    Once fire crews spoke with the DPU crews and confirmed that the situation was under control, tenants were allowed to reenter the building.

  • Officials should follow transparency

    Open government advocates came to Santa Fe this past legislative session with a game plan for improving the public’s right to know, but even with the enthusiasm of some great team players in the House and Senate, there just wasn’t enough time on the clock for us to score a win for transparency in New Mexico.
     We’ve got the better part of a year to build a bigger team of sunshine champs and then we’re going to bring our A game to the 60-day session in 2013. In the meantime, public officials who say they support transparency should lead by example and not wait for new laws to force them to do the right thing.

  • Where has childhood gone?

    I have a friend that has a 3-year-old daughter.  Her daughter plays with my daughter. Because I am this low-pressure-be-a-kid kind of mom I was very happy to meet another mom that was similar. I noticed that her daughter was allowed to run around barefoot. Mine too. She didn’t get stressed out if her daughter got all wet or dirty playing outside. Me too. She didn’t worry if I fed her daughter when she was at my house. I am the same. I got this strange feeling that her daughter was a kid.

  • Register for LADOC classes

    Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Obedience Club began March 12. Classes this session include puppy kindergarten, basic manners, competitive obedience, intermediate agility, the “rent” free club and conformation. Classes begin the week of April 9. Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration forms are available on the LADOC website at ladoc.dogbits.com and at 246 East Road. Registration is first-come, first-served. Registration materials must be postmarked by March 23.

  • Rotary seeks applicants for professional exchange

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is  seeking young professionals interested in visiting Rotary District 3030 in India for approximately one month between Nov. 23 and Dec. 23, as part of the Group Study Exchange program of Rotary International Foundation.
    There are four positions available. Selection is based on application and an interview process and a Rotarian will lead the group.
    During the trip, the group will give presentations to share information about the U.S. and New Mexico/western Texas and will experience the customs, vocations and lifestyle of Rotary District 3030.
    The goal is to promote international understanding and goodwill through person-to-person contact.  

  • New cancer caregiver group forming

    While cancer patients typically get much-needed support from family and friends, their primary caregivers often feel isolated and overwhelmed.
    The newly formed Cancer Caregiver Support Group in Los Alamos hopes to change that.
    “Caregivers need a forum to learn from each other what are the pitfalls and challenges of caring for a loved one stricken by cancer,” said Paula Roybal Sánchez, president of the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, which will oversee the support group. “They need a group to share their wisdom.”

  • Be There 03-14-12

    Today
    Sustainable Los Alamos Series: Your Sustainable Home. Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Los Alamos Co-op to share tips with your neighbors about what you do to save water, energy and resources at home. Giveaways and samples. 7 p.m. PEEC, 3540 Orange St. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Thursday

  • Martinez wins battle over labor board selection

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has won a legal battle that gives her control of a state board that referees disputes over working conditions and union contracts affecting government workers and some educators.
    A state labor leader said Tuesday a pair of court rulings may allow the governor to try to neutralize New Mexico’s collective bargaining law through her selection of Public Employee Labor Relations Board members.
    “It’s a win for her right now, but hopefully it won’t be a big win. We’ll just have to figure out other options to prevent her from doing away with collective bargaining,” said Christine Trujillo, president of the American Federation of Teachers in New Mexico.

  • Three Thornburg execs charged with fraud

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have charged three executives of what was once the nation’s second-largest mortgage company with civil accounting fraud.
    The Securities and Exchange Commission said the executives conspired to conceal disastrous conditions at the now-defunct Thornburg Mortgage Inc. as the housing market collapsed and the financial crisis loomed.
    The SEC said the three executives conspired to overstate Thornburg’s income by more than $400 million in 2007. Thornburg faced “a severe liquidity crisis” in early 2008 and its lenders were demanding payments the company wasn’t able to meet, the SEC said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M.

  • On The Docket 03-14-12

    March 5

    Angelo Herrera, 29, Santa Fe, pleaded no contest in Municipal Court for parking in a prohibited area. Judge Alan Kirk found him guilty of that offense and a subsequent offense of failure to pay. He was ordered to pay a $96 fine.
    March 7

    Timothy McCurdy, 52, Española, pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to casual sales of a motor vehicle. Judge Kirk ordered him to pay a $50 fine.