Today's News

  • Judge’s ruling allows Republicans to obtain redistricting email

    SANTA FE (AP) — Lawyers for Gov. Susana Martinez and other Republicans can obtain email, notes and other correspondence between lawmakers and a demographer hired by the Legislature to help with redistricting, a New Mexico district court judge ruled Tuesday.

    District Court Judge James Hall denied a request by Democratic legislative leaders to block the disclosure of certain information involving consultant Brian Sanderoff, who helped legislators develop maps of proposed new districts for Congress, the Legislature and other political offices during a special session in September. Sanderoff runs a research and polling company in Albuquerque.

  • Update 11-30-11

    Historics meeting

    The Fuller Lodge Historics District Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m., Dec. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Dec. 6 at council chambers in the Community Building.

    Court closed

    The Magistrate Court will close Wednesday, Thursday and Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m., Dec. 13 at the Chamber Conference Room.

    CIP update

  • On the Docket 11-30-11

    Nov. 17

    Louann Cordova, 42, of Penasco pleaded no contest in Municipal Court to the charges of speeding 16-20 mph over the posted limit, two counts of failure to appear and two counts of failure to appear on order to show cause. Judge Alan Kirk ordered Cordova to pay  $413 in fines and fees.

    Roberto Martinez, 47, of Santa Fe pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to the charges of speeding 1-5 mph over the posted limit, failure to appear, failure to pay fines and failure to appear on order to show cause. Judge Alan Kirk ordered Martinez to pay  $449 in fines and fees.
    Nov. 23

  • Hallmark Store goes up for sale

    Hope that a buyer will surface to keep Brownell’s Hallmark Shop operating remains high for owner Steve Brownell.

    “I’m turning 70 on Dec. 22 and it’s time to retire,” Brownell said Tuesday. “We’re hopeful for the community’s sake that we’re able to find a buyer. If we can’t find a buyer then it will be bittersweet – another store closing is not good.”

    Brownell listed his business for sale late last summer, he said, adding that he can’t discuss the asking price,

    “That’s something we’d have to talk about with the buyer.”

  • Study Group's first suit to be heard in appeals

    A federal appeals court has agreed to consider the Los Alamos Study Group’s lawsuit to halt construction of a new $6 billion plutonium lab at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver Tuesday agreed to consider the merits of the appeal by the Los Alamos Study Group. The group filed a lawsuit last year to halt development of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement nuclear facility. The group alleged the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration violated federal law by failing to do a new environmental impact statement after changing the design for the project to address seismic and other safety concerns.

  • Water Main Break on Central

    Due to a water main break at Central Ave. and Rose St., crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities shut water off to the Aquatic Center and Canyon Village Apartments at approximately 3:30 p.m. to make repairs Tuesday.  DPU spokesperson Julie Williams-Hill said the repairs were made by 6:30 p.m. Officials with the Department of Public Utilities want to remind customers that when water is restored it may at first appear murky due to entrained air.  This problem should resolve itself in a day or so.

  • Cold temperatures, snow on the way

    According to the National Weather Service, there is a tripleheader of windy and wintry weather Thursday through the weekend for Northern and Central New Mexico.

    An intensifying winter storm over the Pacific Northwest will barrel southward to the deserts of Southern California and Western Arizona Wednesday night as much colder air slams into New Mexico from the east Thursday.

    A powerful cold front out of the southern plains will boost wind speeds as it bulges west and south across New Mexico. Cold air slamming against and over the central mountain chain Thursday will squirt through the gaps and produce very strong winds Thursday across the Rio Grande valley, Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

  • No to hotel, yes to conventions

    A feasibility study conducted by Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) determined that a proposal by Trident Development New Mexico, LLC to build a 134-room Hilton Garden Inn with an 8,500-square-foot conference center and restaurant would reduce room occupancy for all hotels from approximately 55 percent to just over 45 percent, placing existing hotels at risk.

    The consultants recommended against any project that increases the current supply of hotel rooms.

    However, the study showed strong possibilities for community-wide economic development with a first-class hotel and conference center, which could be accomplished by an existing hotelier. The consultants suggested a plan for moving forward without inserting additional hotel rooms into the market.

  • Be There 11-30-11

    A book fair to benefit the Los Alamos Medical Center Auxiliary will be from
    9 a.m.-3 p.m.  in the main lobby area of LAMC.

    The NaNoWriMo TGIO party will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    The December meeting of the Los  Alamos Master Gardeners will be a holiday potluck at 6 p.m. at the home of Denise George, 411 Cheryl, White Rock.

  • Adventure abounds in ‘mystery’ film

    Next up in the Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series is a story with fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love and miracles.
    It’s not too scary, but there are some shrieking eels. An angry Spaniard repeatedly tells a man with a surplus finger to prepare to die. It’s almost a chant.
    There’s an entire pit full of despair and a handful of quasi-sportsmanlike hand-to-hand combat.
    There is a pack, or mischief, of really big rats to worry about, if they do actually exist, and an equally beastly Sicilian with a dizzying intellect.