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Today's News

  • Register for LADOC classes

    Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Obedience Club began March 12. Classes this session include puppy kindergarten, basic manners, competitive obedience, intermediate agility, the “rent” free club and conformation. Classes begin the week of April 9. Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration forms are available on the LADOC website at ladoc.dogbits.com and at 246 East Road. Registration is first-come, first-served. Registration materials must be postmarked by March 23.

  • Rotary seeks applicants for professional exchange

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is  seeking young professionals interested in visiting Rotary District 3030 in India for approximately one month between Nov. 23 and Dec. 23, as part of the Group Study Exchange program of Rotary International Foundation.
    There are four positions available. Selection is based on application and an interview process and a Rotarian will lead the group.
    During the trip, the group will give presentations to share information about the U.S. and New Mexico/western Texas and will experience the customs, vocations and lifestyle of Rotary District 3030.
    The goal is to promote international understanding and goodwill through person-to-person contact.  

  • New cancer caregiver group forming

    While cancer patients typically get much-needed support from family and friends, their primary caregivers often feel isolated and overwhelmed.
    The newly formed Cancer Caregiver Support Group in Los Alamos hopes to change that.
    “Caregivers need a forum to learn from each other what are the pitfalls and challenges of caring for a loved one stricken by cancer,” said Paula Roybal Sánchez, president of the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, which will oversee the support group. “They need a group to share their wisdom.”

  • Be There 03-14-12

    Today
    Sustainable Los Alamos Series: Your Sustainable Home. Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Los Alamos Co-op to share tips with your neighbors about what you do to save water, energy and resources at home. Giveaways and samples. 7 p.m. PEEC, 3540 Orange St. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Thursday

  • Martinez wins battle over labor board selection

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has won a legal battle that gives her control of a state board that referees disputes over working conditions and union contracts affecting government workers and some educators.
    A state labor leader said Tuesday a pair of court rulings may allow the governor to try to neutralize New Mexico’s collective bargaining law through her selection of Public Employee Labor Relations Board members.
    “It’s a win for her right now, but hopefully it won’t be a big win. We’ll just have to figure out other options to prevent her from doing away with collective bargaining,” said Christine Trujillo, president of the American Federation of Teachers in New Mexico.

  • Three Thornburg execs charged with fraud

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have charged three executives of what was once the nation’s second-largest mortgage company with civil accounting fraud.
    The Securities and Exchange Commission said the executives conspired to conceal disastrous conditions at the now-defunct Thornburg Mortgage Inc. as the housing market collapsed and the financial crisis loomed.
    The SEC said the three executives conspired to overstate Thornburg’s income by more than $400 million in 2007. Thornburg faced “a severe liquidity crisis” in early 2008 and its lenders were demanding payments the company wasn’t able to meet, the SEC said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M.

  • On The Docket 03-14-12

    March 5

    Angelo Herrera, 29, Santa Fe, pleaded no contest in Municipal Court for parking in a prohibited area. Judge Alan Kirk found him guilty of that offense and a subsequent offense of failure to pay. He was ordered to pay a $96 fine.
    March 7

    Timothy McCurdy, 52, Española, pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to casual sales of a motor vehicle. Judge Kirk ordered him to pay a $50 fine.

  • Seen @ The Scene: Girl Scouts celebrate

    Girls Scouts, past and present, gathered at Ashley Pond Sunday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. County Councilor and past Girl Scout, Fran Berting read a proclamation as part of the festivities. Later, the group gathered  and formed a friendship circle, in which they sang “Happy Birthday” and the “Friendship Song.” They enjoyed refreshments and entertainment at the end of the event.

  • Update 03-14-12

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Thursday in the Community Building Training Room.

    Council meeting

    County Council will hold a regular session at 6 p.m. March 20 in Council Chambers.

    Planning and zoning

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the council chambers.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m., March 21 at 170 Central Park Square.

    LANL meetings
    LANL will host one more forum regarding the voluntary separation program. It is set for 6-7:30 p.m. today at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

     

  • Drunk driving deaths on rise in state

    Despite efforts by the state to curb drunk driving, state records show that alcohol-related deaths from traffic crashes increased slightly.
    State Transportation Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau records indicate that 146 people were killed in highway crashes involving alcohol last year. That’s up from the 145 in 2010, but down from 152 in 2009.
    Alcohol-involved traffic deaths accounted for 41 percent of the 355 people killed in highway crashes last year.
    According to Los Alamos Police Department records, drunk driving arrests in the County were up in 2011 to 57 from the 49 the year before. But that’s down from the 63 in 2009.