Today's News

  • Senators introduce bill to fund water projects

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Some of New Mexico’s rural and tribal communities would get help in meeting their future water needs through legislation introduced by the state’s two U.S. senators.
    Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are co-sponsoring a bill that would allow the Bureau of Reclamation to direct $80 million annually into high-priority rural water projects that have already been approved by Congress.
    The senators say these are funds that would otherwise be paid into the Reclamation Fund.
    Congress currently appropriates only a portion of the fund each year, leaving hundreds of millions of dollars unspent.
    Meanwhile, Bingaman and Udall say rural water projects that Congress has already approved lack funds for construction.

  • Church volunteers help Habitat

    Some 45 youth members from the Santa Fe Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in a service project for their annual Youth Conference.  They helped the Habitat for Humanity in Espanola organize the Restore, sort a semi truck trailer load of clothing for the thrift store, and clean up a yard.

  • Child support sets record

    SANTA FE – Governor Susana Martinez announced today that the New Mexico Human Services Department’s Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) has, for the second consecutive fiscal year, set a record for the amount of collections in support of New Mexico’s children.
    For State Fiscal Year 2012, the division collected a record $129.6 million, five percent higher than last year’s record of $123.5 million. This also marks the fifth straight fiscal year in which the division has collected higher levels of child support payments. The record collections set for the most recent fiscal year were also 16.75 percent higher than the goal set by the Legislative Finance Committee of $111 million.

  • Update 07-18-12

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court will be closed Wednesday-Friday for staff to attend training.  Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr, Ste C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.  The court will re-open at 8 a.m., July 23.

    Chamber FAN Club

    The July FAN Club will be hosted by Tasty Creations by Jarda for chamber members.
    Private Chef/Caterer Jarda Belmonte will host the event from 5:30-7 p.m. today at the Chamber of Commerce, 109 Central Park Square.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 24 in council chambers.

    Board meeting

  • Feds mandate artwork changes

    A New Mexico village mayor is accusing the federal government of censorship after officials said the village couldn’t put crosses on two planned federally-funded bridges.

    Jemez Springs Mayor Edmond Temple says an official recently told the village not to put the crosses on the bridges over fears that some might complain the village was promoting religion on a federally-funded project.

    In an email, Temple said, “I am requesting that this stamp be shown to those individuals who said the crosses must go. I am also asking for a written explanation of why the historical and cultural intention of the piece is being ignored for an overly rigid separation of church and state regarding these crosses.

  • NNSA seeks extension

    On June 18, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board sent a letter to the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, concerning the Plutonium Facility.

    The letter laid out DNFSB concerns with identified deficiencies in Revision 1 of the 2011 Documented Safety Analysis for the Plutonium Facility. The Board requested a report and briefing within 30 days addressing the deficiencies.

  • Governor tours Santa Clara flood zone

    The gentle Santa Clara Creek, which sparks fond memories of fishing and picnicking for tribal members and area residents alike, now runs gray with ash and silt.

    Instead of meandering through meadows and forested banks, the creek makes its way through a tortured landscape of huge boulders and piles of massive tree trunks deposited by recent floodwaters. Erosion has transformed low water crossings into six-foot deep channels.

  • SOC set to make cuts

    According to an email acquired by the Los Alamos Monitor, there could be even more cutbacks at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Serving Our Country (SOC), which provides security to LANL, will possibly eliminate 31 positions in a restructuring that is still under negotiations. The email indicated that SOC was pursuing voluntary separation packages for the lost positions.

    Lab spokesman Fred DeSousa said the proposed cuts are not part of the 80 contractor positions cut by LANL last month.
    He referred inquiries to SOC spokesperson Liddie Martinez, who was traveling to Washington D.C. and unavailable for comment.

  • Thank You 07-18-12

    Despite the damper of dry weather and fireworks show cancellation, the 2012 Fourth of July Celebration at Overlook Park was a great success. After a few months of dangerous drought, the big rain was welcome.
    Though we canceled the festivities earlier than planned, the fun picnic setting, yummy food, wonderful music and very cool skydiving display by the Habanero Skydiving club made for a great afternoon and evening.
    We missed the fireworks, but we still celebrate living in the United States of America — the very best country in the world to be from.

  • Storytelling at the Romero Cabin

    As part of the downtown Friday night activities in Los Alamos, Terry Foxx and her granddaughter Rose Carlisi will sing and tell stories at the Romero Cabin from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday.
    The program is called, “A Quilt of Stories.” Stories, legends, myths and songs come from all cultures. As pieces of fabric can make a quilt, fragments of history, when stitched together, can make a mosaic that helps people understand past and present.
    Sitting in front of the Romero Cabin, Foxx and Carlisi will explore some of the history of the old West, interwoven with history of the Pajarito Plateau and area.