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Today's News

  • Legos take on Star Wars

    The new video game, “Lego Star Wars III, The Clone Wars,” was finally released on March 22, after it was announced six months ago.
    The game follows season one and season two of the “Star Wars the Clone Wars” television series. Anyone who has ever watched any of these episodes will find that this video game is very familiar.
    The game includes many characters from the movies and the series, like Obi Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader, Ahsoka Tano and many more. Plus, there are multiple planets on which to do battles.
    Most people may think that Lego’s are for kids, but playing this video game can be surprising. “Lego Star Wars III, The Clone Wars” has many fun features.

  • 'Greatest song' is anything but great

    Those that have been on the Internet at any point within the past week, have probably come across a link with the caption, “This is the greatest song ever,” or “Her lyrics are so heartfelt.”
    Curious souls have probably clicked that link. After all, who wants to miss out on new good heartfelt music? After all, it’s pretty hard to come across.
    Maybe some people even start thinking, “Well, maybe my opinion about the current state of the music industry was wrong.” Those who have wondered that can rest easy because they were spot on.
    It turns out this promising link is actually the 00’s version of a rickroll; a misleading link that promises to show the viewer something “amazing.”

  • TOMS encourages 'A Day Without Shoes'

    The word “charity” usually never comes to mind when buying a new pair of shoes, but TOMS Shoe Company is attempting to change the way consumers think when buying shoes.
    Founder Blake Mycoskie was in Argentina in 2006 when an idea came to him. He befriended many children who lived every day without shoes to wear, causing disease, cuts and preventing them from going to school for lack of a full uniform.
    Mycoskie came up with the idea of giving a new pair of shoes to a child in need, for every new pair of shoes that was sold through his company. He returned to Argentina later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes for the shoeless children.

  • Construction Zone 04-03-11

    Public Works
    Projects:
    For more information about the projects listed below, please email lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.

    Diamond Drive
    Phase 4 2011
    Expect a significant increase in traffic volume as commuters, school buses, and high school students return from Spring Break vacations. Expect longer delays.
    Commuters who typically use NM502 to access LANL work sites south of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge are urged to use an alternate route to minimize the traffic volume going through the Diamond/Trinity intersection.
    County staff will closely monitor traffic this week and will evaluate the success of the traffic control plan at the end of the week.

  • Update 04-03-11

    Board meeting
    The Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board will meet from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the community building’s training room.

    Library Board meeting
    Los Alamos County Library Board will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Mesa Public Library.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Chambers in the Community Building.

    Chamber coffee
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an April 7 Chamber Coffee at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel, starting at 9 a.m.

  • Valles Caldera readies for hunting season

    The scenery at the Valle Caldera was pristine Friday morning. The sky was clear, the open meadow glowed in the sunlight and, according to Hunt Coordinator Mick Trujillo the area is teeming with wildlife.
    Slowing his truck on one of the main dirt roads in the preserve, Trujillo asked, “Where are the elk? Where do you see them?”
    Soon hunters will ask that same question as the lottery for permits to hunt elk and turkey and opening day for hunting season approaches.
    The deadline for purchasing lottery tickets for turkey permits was midnight Friday while the deadline for buying lottery tickets for elk permits is midnight Wednesday, according to the preserve website.

  • No decision on transit funding

    Los Alamos residents were out in force Friday afternoon for the North Central Regional Transit District Board meeting at the Pajarito Cliffs Conference Room.

    They let their voices be heard regarding the NCRTD’s plans for funding allocation. But in the end, no action was taken, because funding allocation was just a discussion item on the agenda.

    NCRTD consultant Tony Mortillaro, the former county administrator, presented four different scenarios, and Los Alamos County Councilor Mike Wismer submitted an alternative scenario. The scenarios are listed with this report at lamonitor.com.

    Mortillaro said after the meeting all the figures he used in his report were extracted from Los Alamos County.

  • Duo Earn National Urban Rescue Ranking--video extra--photo slideshow

    In the entire nation just 253 canines are certified capable of handling deployments to massive urban disasters anywhere in the world.

    Black Labrador Coalby Maez of Los Alamos just became the latest.

    Debbi Maez, a longtime wilderness search and rescue expert, is the other half of the newly certified urban rescue team. Maez, 44, works in the Security Services Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory by day and has spent her evenings and weekends during the last two-and-a-half-years training Coalby for last month’s grueling certification testing.

    Jack Killeen, Security Services Division Leader at LANL, wanted the community to know of Maez’ and Coalby’s accomplishment.

  • EVAT joins in on county plans

    Tony Fox grew up in Los Alamos and left in 1988 to pursue college and start his professional life.

    “When I left in 1988,” Fox said Tuesday while addressing the Los Alamos County Council, “I always wondered what Los Alamos was going to look like 20 years from then. I moved back and 23 years later, Los Alamos does not look much different. In fact, it has regressed.”

    Fox is one of 11 members of the Economic Vitality Action Team (EVAT) that was established last year and on Tuesday, the group made its first report to the county council.

    In April 2010, the council adopted an Economic Vitality Strategic Plan, which had four high-level strategic goals.

  • Heinrich to bid for Bingaman's senate seat

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Congressman Martin Heinrich is entering the race for a U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico that's opening in 2012 because of the retirement of five-term Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

    Heinrich announced his candidacy Saturday in a video emailed to supporters and posted on his Facebook page.

    The video showed Heinrich at his Albuquerque home with his wife and two children. He described his candidacy as "the right thing to do and the best way to advocate for New Mexico."

    The 39-year-old Heinrich won election to the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District in 2008, making him the first Democrat in 40 years to occupy the seat.