Today's News

  • County Briefs 04-15-12

    Every 15 minutes
    scheduled for this month

    The Every 15 Minutes Program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks.
    The program, entitled Every 15 Minutes, is an event designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving.
    This program will challenge students to think about drinking, texting while driving, personal safety and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.

  • Running for council

    County councilor Vincent Chiravalle, who is running for re-election, took his campaign to the streets Saturday morning as he jogged down Diamond Drive. “I am literally running for office,” Chiravalle said.

  • LANL post-docs, staff members honored

    Three postdocs and six staff members will receive Postdoc Distinguished Performance and Postdoc Distinguished Mentor awards respectively at an invitation-only event April 25.
    Tanmoy Das, Nan Li and Nikolai Yampolsky are recipients of Postdoctoral Distinguished Performance awards, which recognize individual postdoctoral researchers or teams of no more than three postdoctoral researchers who have made an outstanding and unique contribution resulting in a positive, significant impact on the lab’s programmatic or organizational efforts, or status in the scientific community during the 2011 fiscal year.

  • Update 04-15-12

    Earth Day

    The Earth Day Festival will feature booths and displays where community groups will show their Earth-friendly products and practices, and provide information about our environment on the Pajarito Plateau. It begins at 10 a.m. April 21 at PEEC.

    Eco Station meetings

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Eco Station administration building.

    Budget hearings

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold budget meetings 6-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday in council chambers.

    Chamisa Carnival

  • Proposed NM horse slaughter plant draws opposition

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Friday she is asking federal officials not to allow a southeastern New Mexico company to open the nation’s first slaughterhouse for horses since 2007.
    Martinez plans to send a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking it deny a Roswell meat company’s request for inspections that would allow it to operate.
    “Despite the federal government’s decision to legalize horse slaughter for human consumption, I believe creating a horse slaughtering industry in New Mexico is wrong and I am strongly opposed,” Martinez said in a statement.

  • NCRTD drivers may unionize

    Full-time North Central Regional Transit District drivers — a group of approximately 26 people — will have the opportunity to vote on whether to unionize next month.

    District Executive Director Tony Mortillaro said the May 5 election will be in three locations throughout the service area, including Taos, Española and Santa Fe.

    “It will be required that at least 40 percent vote,” he said during Friday’s NCRTD board meeting at Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort. “If they don’t reach that 40-percent threshold, the collective bargaining agreement will not be formed.”

  • ‘Dixie Girl’ coming to town

    Denise Lane’s latest restaurant concept is something she has been thinking about for the past two years or so and it has an autobiographical twist to it.

    “I was raised in Louisiana and the south,” Lane said. “I had a French grandmother, who had a real French influence when it came to food. And I also had a grandmother who grew up on a riverboat and she really knew how to have fun and had quite the New Orleans Cajun influence.”

    Lane envisions “Dixie Girl,” which is scheduled to open for lunch in late May in the space formerly occupied by the Central Avenue Grill, to have that kind of influence.

  • Budget hearings begin Monday evening

    This year,  the Los Alamos County Council will hold its yearly budget meetings from 6-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday.

    Public comment will be heard during the first and last half-hour of each meeting, with budget hearings proceeding once all public comment has been registered.

    Public interest in budget hearings usually centers on Capital Improvement Projects. Funding for specific capital projects will not be addressed during this round of budget hearings. Council will instead discuss the total funding level for capital projects during Wednesday’s session. A special meeting to discuss funding for individual projects is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 15.

    The proposed budgets are $196.6 million in FY2013 and $195.7 in FY2014.

  • Sports Schedule April 16-21

    Golf: Los Alamos Spring Invitational, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Tennis: Las Vegas Robertson at Los Alamos, boys and girls varsity, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Boys tennis: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, varsity, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Track and field: Los Alamos Invite, boys and girls JV, 3 p.m.


  • ´Toppers flex their muscles at meet

    ALBUQUERQUE – Throughout the last several seasons, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team has known it has had a very good team top-to-bottom.
    The Hilltoppers got a chance to show that off Friday afternoon.
    Los Alamos took part in the Albuquerque Public Schools Relays Friday at Milne Stadium. Los Alamos took home top honors in the meet, which consisted entirely of relay events, with a total of 86 points, 20 points better than the St. Pius X Sartans, seen as one of the biggest threats to unseat Los Alamos from its three-year reign as 4A team champion.