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Today's News

  • On the Docket 07-27-11

    July 7

    Sergio Escarcega, 27, of Los Alamos pled guilty to DWI, speeding and driving without a license. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Escarcega to 364 days of supervised probation, a treatment program, to face a victim impact panel, DWI school, to maintain an alcohol interlock device on his vehicle for one year and to pay $25 each month in probation fees. The judge also ordered Escarcea to pay $363 in court costs.
    July 19

  • Rove to campaign for Wilson

    ALBUQUERQUE – Heather Wilson, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, announced today that Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, will be a special guest at a Senate fundraising reception for her campaign on Thursday, Aug. 11 in Albuquerque.
    “I am pleased to have Karl as a special guest for my Senate campaign,” Wilson said. “Karl has one of the best minds in modern politics and he continues to inform and influence American life as an author, columnist and commentator.”

  • GOP retools plan as Congress seeks to avert debt crisis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Six days away from a potentially calamitous government default, House Republicans on Wednesday appeared to be slowly coalescing around a plan by House Speaker John Boehner to avert the debt crisis — a plan Boehner was still retooling to increase its complement of spending cuts. But Senate Democrats insisted the short-term solution Republicans were crafting would leave the economy on shaky footing.
    Each side claimed the moral high ground as a new day of jockeying over to how to end the debt crisis began. And budget analysts suggested both sides had been over-promising how much in spending cuts their rival plans would deliver.

  • Update 07-27-11

    Movie night

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Rango” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the White Rock Town Hall.

    Authors speak

    The Authors Speak Series presents “Novel Destinations,” a talk and slideshow by Robert Gibson, John Arrowsmith and Chris Ortega, on their trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Mesa Public Library’s upstairs rotunda.

    Bulk item pickup

    Items will be picked up July 25-Aug. 5 in White Rock. Items must be curbside by 8 a.m. each day.

    Nuclear talk

  • LANL employees raise $272K for scholarship fund

    Los Alamos National Laboratory employees pledged a record $272,000 during the 2011 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund drive. The drive encourages LANL employees, retirees, and subcontract personnel to donate to a fund that awards college scholarships to Northern New Mexico students. Further, more employees donated to the fund this year than in past years.
    Los Alamos National Security, LLC, which manages and operates the laboratory, will match employee contributions to the scholarship fund up to $250,000.
    Scholarships are awarded on the basis of grade-point average, test scores, diversity, financial need, academic rigor, leadership, and community involvement. Funds pledged will be used to award scholarships in 2012.

  • Council examines nuisance code

    As it is currently written, the only enforcement action allowed for nuisance violations is prosecuting the violation as a general misdemeanor (a criminal offense) before the Municipal Court. Penalties under the county’s misdemeanor code include up to $500 in fines and/or 90 days in jail. Proposed changes to the code would decriminalize all but the most egregious violations of the code.

    Nuisance codes regulate outdoor storage of materials, including rubbish, brush and junk items, to ensure that community members can enjoy their property without interference by actions of nearby owners. The codes are meant to insure cleanliness, health and safety and to protect property values.

  • Runoff causing problems

    The people associated with the Burn Area Emergency Recovery team have a saying.

    Ash happens.

    Monsoon season is here and rains have hit the burn scar of the Las Conchas Fire and ash and debris are being washed off mountainsides, down canyons and into the Rio Grande.

    That has forced utilities in Santa Fe and Albuquerque to halt their drinking water diversions until the river clears up.

    “Just from a mechanical and maintenance standpoint, we didn’t want all this ash and crud to get into our system that we then would have to clean out,” said David Morris, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, which serves about 540,000 people.

  • Pajarito ski hill survives fire

    At least 90 percent of skiable terrain at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area survived the massive Las Conchas Fire unscathed.

    Members of the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Board of Directors held a special meeting last week after assessing what minimal damage did occur.

    The board is making plans for the rehabilitation of the ski hill before winter sets in. They’ve devised a plan to prioritize and focus on a number of projects, which will require volunteer help from the community

    “There is much to accomplish before opening the Ski Area for winter operations,” board member Vance Boone said. “Buildings need to be cleaned, there’s construction to be done and we’ve got some logging and chipping work.”

  • Topes Notes 07-27-11

    Late HR lifts Albuquerque

    Russell Mitchell belted a two-run home run in the final at-bat for the Albuquerque Isotopes to lift them past Omaha’s Storm Chasers Tuesday.
    Mitchell’s homer off Everett Teaford gave the Isotopes a 6-4 win over the Storm Chasers in Omaha.
    Albuquerque, which was just coming off an up-and-down homestand and had lost two straight to New Orleans, opened its eight-game road trip with a badly-needed win.
    Albuquerque also chopped a game off division-leading Round Rock’s edge, although Round Rock still holds a five-game advantage.

  • LATC tourney is this weekend

    The Los Alamos Tennis Club will be hosting its singles and doubles tournament starting Saturday.
    The tournament, which is open to anyone, will be played at Urban Park’s tennis courts.
    Matches will continue through Sunday.
    Registration for the event is open through Thursday. Entry fee is $20 per person.
    Competition will take place in several different categories, including men’s and women’s singles, doubles, mixed doubles and over-50 singles.
    Entrants in this year’s event may sign up for one or two events.