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Today's News

  • Be There 09-29-11

    Today
    The LAHS NJROTC will host a barbecue brisket night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge on North Mesa. Meals include barbecue brisket, potato salad, vegetable, a roll, drink and dessert for $10 a plate.

    Friday
    Chit chat and change diapers, 10:30-noon, at Family Strengths Network. This is a discussion group for first-time parents of newborns to age three. They will discuss games for baby, media and moderation and childproofing.  Refreshments are provided. No registration required, drop in for any session.

    Saturday

  • Feds work with pueblo on fire recovery

    ALBUQUERQUE — The damage done to one Native American community’s ancestral lands by the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s recorded history is being assessed as part of a new agreement reached between tribal leaders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    An agency contractor this week started collecting aerial photographs of the burned area along Santa Clara Pueblo’s charred canyon as the first step in the watershed assessment.
    Officials said the $1.8 million study is expected to take three years to complete. The findings will provide the basis for a long-term plan aimed at restoration and flood prevention.

  • Rumble in the Rio

    Twenty-eight police officers, firefighters and metro detention center personnel will face off in the eighth annual Rumble in the Rio charity bout at 7 p.m., Oct. 22 at the Santa Ana Star Casino. 2011 Rumble in Rio contenders include Los Alamos Police Lt. Jason Wardlow-Herrera who will fight in the first bout againt Santa Fe County Firefighter Grant Lundquist in the 200 lb. category, Los Alamos Firefighter Manfred Herman will take on Victor Duran of the Metro Detention Center in the 180 lb. category and Los Alamos Firefighter Daniel Garcia will go up against Steven Schmitt of the Metro Detention Center in the 160 lb. category.
    Tickets are available at the Santa Ana Star Players Club, www.startickets.com.

  • Analysis: NM redistricting replays 2001 battle

    SANTA FE — Democratic divisions in the House doomed the Legislature’s chance to approve a plan that would revamp the boundaries of New Mexico’s congressional districts.
    The Legislature ended a special session last weekend without the House and Senate agreeing on a congressional redistricting plan. But in the end, it may not matter.
    A court almost certainly will determine the makeup of the three congressional districts. That’s what happened a decade ago.
    Even if the Democrat-controlled Legislature had passed a plan during the special session, there’s a strong chance Republican Gov. Susana Martinez would have vetoed it, and the dispute would have ended up in court anyway.

  • Update 09-28-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 in council chambers.

    Public meeting

    The Eastern Area Maintenance Project Public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., today at the council chambers.

    Parade

    The Los Alamos High School homecoming parade will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Alamos. At
    7 p.m., the Hilltoppers football team will host Albuquerque Academy at Sullivan Field.

    Hall update

    State Rep. Jim Hall of Los Alamos will speak at noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 on what he has learned since he was chosen to succeed the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace in the legislature. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage.

  • Payne points to wins in Rio Rancho

    This is the final story in a series featuring highlights from the community panel interviews of the county administrator candidates. Answers to some of the questions, such as the candidate’s experience and how it relates to the position, have been covered in previous Los Alamos Monitor stories.

    Jim Payne served one year as city manager for Rio Rancho and has nearly 25 years experience as a city administrator in Wisconsin and Iowa.

    In relating that prior experience to the challenges in Los Alamos, Payne pointed to specific examples of his economic development experience.

  • Researcher nets Presidential Award

    Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Evgenya Simakov has been named by President Barack Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

    Simakov, of the Laboratory’s Acceleration and Operations Technology Division, was one of 94 scientists within 16 federal agencies nationwide to receive the honor.

  • Experts propose life saving actions after nuclear strike

    WASHINGTON — Major cities and other communities in the United States can take a number of preparedness measures to drastically reduce the number fatalities and illnesses that would follow a nuclear strike, a leading nongovernmental organization declared on Tuesday.

    The Rad Resilient City plan includes a seven-point checklist composed by an expert panel that communities can implement to better protect residents from radioactive fallout after an atomic blast. Adherence to the guidelines could save more than 100,000 lives, according to the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Biosecurity, which led development of the report.

  • Zerkle earns Congressional Award Bronze Medal

  • Pending cases gain momentum

    Some high profile cases are set to get underway in area courtrooms.

    A 9 a.m. hearing on Oct. 17 has been set in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for former Los Alamos Middle School teacher Peter Bowman. The 47-year-old married father of three is charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

    Police Capt. Randy Foster said his department first became aware of Bowman’s alleged relationship with a 14-year-old LAMS female student after she came forward with the information.