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Today's News

  • Up to $60B in war funds said wasted

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As much as $60 billion in U.S. funds has been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade through lax oversight of contractors, poor planning and corruption, an independent panel investigating U.S. wartime spending estimates.

    In its final report to Congress, the Commission on Wartime Contracting said the figure could grow as U.S. support for reconstruction projects and programs wanes, leaving both countries to bear the long-term costs of sustaining the schools, medical clinics, barracks, roads and power plants already built with American tax dollars.

  • Flood Advisory Issued for LA County

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO SOUTH CENTRAL RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 400 PM MDT

    * AT 154 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS TRAINING OVER THE NORTHERN PORTION OF THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR. THESE STORMS WERE MOVING EAST AROUND 10 MPH. UP TO ONE HALF INCH OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE. ADDITIONAL THUNDERSTORMS WERE FORMING OVER SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE LAS CONCHAS BURN AREA. THESE STORMS MAY PRODUCE BETWEEN ONE QUARTER AND ONE HALF INCH OF RAIN.

  • Wallace Scholarhip awarded

    Kiwanis recently awarded the first Jeannette Wallace Memorial Scholarship to Keanna Cohen. On the occasion of the presentation, Terry Wallace Jr., son of the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace, presented Kiwanis with a check for $22,975, all of the money that remained in the Wallace election fund. The money will be placed in a permanent fund for the scholarship so that it can be awarded each year. Jeannette had been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos since January 1988 and her husband Terry is also a long-time Kiwanian.

  • Assets month comes to an end

    I have a pouty lip as I write this week’s column, and there’s a good reason for it. The end of the month marks the end of assets month, which started at the beginning of August, with the help of the Los Alamos County Council.
    I will soon contact council to see what they have done to help spread the assets message, because the winner will receive baked goods from the “assets kitchen.”
    You see, we work pretty hard trying to get the asset message across, trying to tie it into pre-existing programs and projects and trying to teach people how to work it into the course of their day.
    It is the big impact events that help to get the word out, but the little things you do daily keeps it going.

  • Be There 08-30-11

    Today
    Fifth and sixth grade students and parents who are interested in learning about band are invited to “Come and Go” night, to try out instruments and learn more about the school music programs. The event will be from 4-7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Barranca Elementary;  and 4-7 p.m. Sept. 1 at Chamisa Elementary. Those who need more information should contact their school music teacher.

    Wednesday
     Geekout game night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m., upstairs in the Mesa Public Library.

    A Tsankawi Evening Walk will be at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517. The walk is free.

  • Zozobra's organizers hope to limit crowd

    SANTA FE — Organizers of the Santa Fe’s annual burning of Zozobra are hoping to keep crowd numbers in check.
    KKOB-AM reports that tickets for this year’s Sept. 8 event will have bar codes in an effort to keep the crowd to below 25,000 at Santa Fe’s Fort Marcy Park.
    The burning of the white marionette precedes the Fiesta de Santa Fe weekend in New Mexico’s capital.
    The fiery ritual is intended to burn away a year’s worth of troubles.
    Event producer Ray Valdez says said the biggest crowd at Zozobra was in 1993 when around 33,000 people attended but the annual event then was on a Friday evening.
    He said the event was moved to Thursday night a few years later.

    The Associated Press

  • Police Beat 08-30-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Aug. 18
    6:41 p.m. – Torey Semi, 47, of Denver was arrested on East Jemez Road and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

    Aug. 19

    12:46 a.m. – Nicholas Conner, 29, of Los Alamos was arrested on Arkansas Avenue and charged with possession of a controlled substance, DWI and unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon.              

  • Update 08-31-11

    Movie night
     
    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series will show “The Social Network” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday.

    Fuller Lodge

     The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    Public meeting

    The White Rock Implementation Committee and Los Alamos County will host the third public meeting on the A-19-a master plan project at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the White Rock Fire Station.

    County Council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 in council chambers.

  • Governor to seek road money in special session

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration plans to ask the Legislature to provide $41 million for road maintenance across the state to help offset costs the Transportation Department incurred paying its share for the Rail Runner commuter train system.
    The Republican governor wants lawmakers to provide the money in a capital improvement financing bill during a special legislative session, which is to start next week.
    The administration developed the request after reviewing the Rail Runner’s long-term costs to the state. A new analysis by the Department of Finance and Administration estimates the commuter rail operation is costing an average of $65 million, with the state picking up the biggest share of that.

  • Biz consultant rates Los Alamos

    The first thing that struck a business consultant visiting Los Alamos recently was that the town has “huge potential.”
    “I already knew that this is a community with many professional people and many highly educated people with strong incomes,” said Jon Schallert of The Schallert Group in Colorado. “I think the biggest challenge is that the business people here aren’t hungry like most of the rest of the country. I found many of the businesses doing ok — not thriving but not starving — so many are complacent and not doing the cutting edge kinds of marketing technologies that most of the country is doing.”