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Today's News

  • Political group asks NM Secretary of State to resign due to racist comments

    SANTA FE — A liberal-leaning political group called Thursday for Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran to resign over what it described as racist jokes in a campaign form on the state election agency's website.

    Justice League PAC Treasurer Eli Lee said he was shocked by an entry in an electronic form for political committees downloaded from the secretary of state's office because it apparently referred to two African-American legislators.

    In a section for disclosing donors, the form was blank except for an entry listing "Sheryl Powdrell-Culbertson" as the last name of a contributor from a group called the "National Organization of the Beer Drinkers and Guzzlers."

  • Clarification

    In a story titled, “Ministry hopes to hula in Hawaii,” published on the Religion page in last Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor, Michele Irish is quoted as saying, “It started out as a religious praise thing and morphed into entertainment.”
    Irish wants to make clear that the ministry does not perform for entertainment purposes.

  • Be There 03-31-11

    Saturday
    The Pajarito Astronomers will have their first county sponsored Dark Night of 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park. Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. Mercury and Saturn will be visible. There will be a tour of the winter and spring constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.  Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker at 662-3252 for information.

    Sunday

  • Community annoucements 03-31-11

    March on Hunger
    Aspen, Chamisa and Mountain elementaries, along with Los Alamos Middle School, are collecting non-perishable items for people and collars and leashes for pets as a community project and a student service project combine their efforts. To learn more about making donations call 661-4846.

    A day in the life

  • Great Conversations comes to BESC

    Once again, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s annual Great Conversations dinner is coming to town. Join a group of tablemates and a speaker at 5:30 p.m. April 10 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center for an informative and fun conversation.
    This is the seventh in a series of articles on the featured speakers. For a complete list of speakers, topics and to print a registration form, visit www.lapsfoundation.com. Tickets are $60 per person and include appetizers, a gourmet meal, wine, dessert and coffee. Registration is open now and is complete when payment is received.

    Steve Stoddard
    Topic:  The Battle of the Bulge and on to the Rhine — SOLD OUT! Speaking points include:

  • Boehner signals compromise in budget talks

    WASHINGTON —  House Speaker John Boehner signaled Thursday that a compromise is coming with Democrats on immediate cuts in government spending, noting that Democrats control the White House and the other half of Congress. Boehner said Republicans are fighting for the biggest spending cuts they can get.
    Boehner said there’s no agreement yet on how much he and Democrats are willing to compromise in cutting the day-to-day budgets of federal agencies over the coming six months. The GOP House has voted to cut more than $60 billion from this year’s budget, and Democrats have been moving steadily in his direction.
    The Ohio Republican has agreed to discuss a compromise in the $33 billion range, which would still be of historic magnitude.

  • Capital Improvement Projects move forward

    The Capital Improvement Project (CIP) committee recommended moving forward in designing and constructing a leisure pool at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and improving and upgrading Fuller Lodge and the Los Alamos Historical Museum.
    It will be up to Los Alamos County Council to determine whether to pay about $5.3 million for improving the lodge and museum and $6,148,000 for the leisure pool. Council will discuss the two projects during its budget hearings in April.
    The CIP committee made its recommendations during its meeting March 24.
    Originally, there were two design options for the leisure pool but drafting a third option was suggested during at a public meeting held March 3.

  • Update 03-31-11

    Summit Garden Club
    Summit Garden Club will meet and Dorothy Crawford will speak on “Designing with flowering branches.”
    For more information, call Betsy Comly, 672-1574.

    NCRTD meeting
    The North Central Regional Transit District will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at the Pajarito Cliffs Site conference room. The meeting is open to the public.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Chambers in the Community Building.

     Dark Night
    The Pajarito Astronomers will host its first county sponsored Dark Night of 2011 at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.

  • LAPS looks at land deals

    With an already tight budget and $600,000 less coming from state funding, Los Alamos Public Schools is looking for ways to find money.

    The district currently owns property at 288 DP Road, known as parcel A-15. On Jan. 11, 2006, the federal government transferred the land to the LAPS district and though the land has been vacant, there may be a possibility that the district could soon see rental dollars coming in for that property.

    In December 2010, the school district submitted a rezoning application for the property, asking that it be changed from F-L (federal land) zoning to M-2 (Heavy Industrial) zoning. That request was granted and the land now has an M-2 zoning.

  • LA boy in fair condition after near-drowning

    A 10-year-old Los Alamos boy is in fair condition Thursday morning after nearly drowning in a hotel pool in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

    The boy remains at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

    The Council Bluffs’ newspaper, The Daily Nonpareil, reported the city’s fire and rescue personnel responded to the Quality Inn and Suites at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday after reports of the 10-year-old being found in the pool.

    The newspaper said the child was swimming with his 14-year-old sister when he went under water.

    Police Sgt. Pat Toscano told The Nonpareil, “He didn’t come up, and she started to figure he might be in trouble. She was able to pull him from the pool.”