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Today's News

  • Albuquerque man says he registered dog to vote

    ABUQUERQUE (AP) — A man who went on Albuquerque television anonymously to say he was able to register his dog to vote has been outed as the husband of a campaign worker for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson.
    Thomas Tolbert admitted in an email Thursday that he was the unidentified man after the left-leaning group Progress Now revealed his identity.
    “I made a mistake and I want to apologize to Bernalillo County clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver (and) my wife, who was not aware of my actions, and the public,” said Tolbert, who is married to campaign worker Heather Wade. “I will take full responsibility for my actions.”

  • Caldera removes interim tag from Trujillo’s job title

    The Valles Caldera Trust Thursday announced the appointment of Dennis Trujillo to the position of Executive Director. Trujillo has been with the Trust since its inception and recently served as Interim Executive Director after the departure of Gary Bratcher in June of 2011. Trujillo was selected by the Board of Trustees from a field of 30 applicants.
    “The number of applicants was surprising but what was even more impressive was the overall depth and quality of the field,” said Board Chairman, Dr. Raymond Loretto. “This was a difficult process but in the end the Board decided Dennis was the best person to lead the management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve (Preserve) to the next level.”

  • LANL researchers to develop E. coli detection tools

    Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New Mexico Consortium received a portion of a recent $25 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture to study E. coli in the beef industry.
    The USDA awarded the grant to this team of researchers to help reduce the occurrence and public health risks from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) along the entire beef production chain.
    The University of Nebraska-Lincoln are the principal investigators on the multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary team of researchers, educators and extension specialists.  The LANL-NMC portion of the grant totals $1 million for three years.

  • Anniversary: Mary Lou and Don Keigher

    Don and Mary Lou Keigher are celebrating their 66th wedding anniversary on March 2 at their home in Aspen Ridge Lodge, where they recently moved. In 2012, they are also celebrated their 40th year living in Los Alamos.
    Don and Mary Lou were married March 2, 1946, in LaJolla, Calif., where Don served in the Navy.  In 1953, their young family moved to Richland,Wash., where Don was a fire protection engineer with the Atomic Energy Commission until 1969.  After three years in Washington, D.C., they moved west again to White Rock.

  • Tourney Time

    The Los Alamos High School basketball teams will be on the road for the first round of the state tournament. The Los Alamos girls will travel to Grants tonight and the Hilltopper boys will take on Goddard.

  • Update 03-02-12

    Co-op milestone

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market celebrates its first year Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. with children’s activities, product samples, music, raffle and more.

    Council meeting

    County Council has a special session on Los Alamos Main Street. 6 p.m. March 6, White Rock Fire Station #3.

    CIP meeting

    CIP Committee reviews Phase 2 Applications for Golf Course Improvements, 5:15 p.m. March 6, Council Chambers.

    Dinner theater
    “The Love Boat Friend Ship,” a dinner theatre fundraiser for Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at TOTH. Advance purchase tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for teens. For more information, call 662-5107.

  • NCRTD ponders ripple effect

    The North Central Regional Transit District may need to update its long-range financial plan after Los Alamos County allocated funding for the organization far less than anticipated.

    The county allocated the district $5.5 million over five years when it was a start-up as part of the “Progress through Partnering” initiative.

    But that cash flow is at its end and the district sought additional funding over another five-year period, according to a Dec. 11 letter from District Executive Director Tony Mortillaro to County Council Chairwoman Sharon Stover.

  • Logrolling question gets tripped up again

    By a 4-3 vote, the Los Alamos county council rejected a petition to revisit its policy on logrolling.

    A petition, submitted by Patricia Max on behalf of the Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative (LAGRI), requested that council “schedule for discussion and possible action an item on logrolling in elections to amend the Incorporated County of Los Alamos Charter.”

  • Lab workers mull buyout details

    Severance packages of up to 39 weeks of pay will be offered as details emerged from director Charlie McMillan’s meeting Thursday with lab employees concerning the volunteer separation program.

    McMillan discussed specifics of the program during an all-hands meeting.

    The NNSA announced late Wednesday that it approved a plan that would cut 400 to 800 jobs from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Eligible employees from the regular workforce of about 7,600 may begin applying for voluntary separation on March 5. According to a person who attended the meeting, employees can declare whether they are taking the package March 5-14.

  • Church Listings 03-02-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome. Come Join the Family.