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Today's News

  • Israeli official warns of nuclear arms race

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister says the world must prepare to "swiftly and firmly" stop Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons and setting off a regional nuclear arms race.

    In a thinly veiled reference to a military strike, Ehud Barak acknowledges that such an operation would be "complex, risky and unpredictable."

    He warns that a nuclear Iran "would be far more complex, dangerous and immeasurably more costly," both in terms of human lives and financially.

  • VIDEO: Today in History for April 27th
  • VIDEO: ABQ Hot Dog Cart Used As Deadly Weapon

    An Albuquerque hot dog vendor faces a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after police say he rammed his food cart into a competitor.

  • Feds prep for another busy fire season

    TIJERAS, N.M. (AP) — More than 100 large fires have swept across parts of the nation already this year, and the head of the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday the rest of the 2012 fire season is expected to be just as active as last year's, which saw historic wildfires on hundreds of square miles in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and elsewhere.

  • County Briefs 04-26-12

    Fire chief Hughes graduates

    Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes was among 20 statewide professionals to graduate from the tenth Local Government Program.
    The program is a partnership between the state Association of Counties, Municipal League and School Boards Association and Leadership New Mexico.
    The program contributes to developing a larger understanding of statewide topics of concerns and opportunities for improvement, and ultimately prepares leaders to meet these challenges.

    Property tax bills due

    The second-half installment of the 2011 Property Tax Bills became due April 10 and will be considered delinquent after May 10.  Payment must either be made in person at the 311 Customer Care Center by 5 p.m.

  • Update 04-26-12

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school speech theater.

    Council forum

    Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor have invited all County Council candidates to participate in a forum set for 6 p.m. May 17. Watch for more details in the Los Alamos Monitor.

    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis meets from noon-1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. Rose Montoya will speak on the Boys and Girls Club.

    Blood drive

  • CMRR meeting

    Steve Fong of the Los Alamos Site Office takes questions during a semi-annual Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility update meeting at Fuller Lodge Wednesday night. With the decision to defer the project for five years, there was talk about the future of this meeting, which was set up as part of a 2005 settlement between DOE/LANL and a network of community groups. Details of the meeting will be reported in Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • State off to yet another dry start

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico saw little measureable moisture during the first three months of the year, and with less water coursing through the state’s rivers, farmers are beginning to feel the pinch again this year as they scramble to find ways of watering tens of thousands of acres of cropland.

    Forecasters with the National Weather Service and state and federal officials addressed the lack of moisture during a regular drought meeting Wednesday in Albuquerque.

    This is nothing new for a state that has seen more dry starts than wet ones for the last 12 years. So far this year, forecasters said New Mexico has seen less than half of its normal precipitation. Last year, it was even worse.

  • Army cutworm moths invade NM

    New Mexico is being invaded — by moths.

    And Los Alamos County is no exception.

    “We had such a mild winter that the army cutworms fared well over the winter,” said Carlos Valdez, the program director for the New Mexico State University Los Alamos County Cooperative Extension. “They were out in force earlier this spring and people were bringing in the cutworms.”

    Valdez said the worms are “gregarious feeders who like grasses.”

    The results of the worms are the moths and they “don’t feed on anything,” Valdez said. They are mainly interested in mating and they are basically a nuisance.

  • In Other Business...

    National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)/Department of Energy (DOE) Deputy Director Juan Griego updated council on preparations for the conveyance of Rendija Canyon property to Los Alamos County.

    The 884-acre parcel is scheduled for conveyance April 15, 2013. The “Poor Man’s” Shooting Range could delay the transfer.

    A 4-acre area of the canyon has been used as an illegal shooting range. Trash dumping is also a problem, with everything from computers to an abandoned truck deposited on the site. There is a possibility of significant environmental damage, including lead leached from used bullet casings.

    Attempts to restrict the site have been unsuccessful. Fences and gates are continually vandalized.