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Today's News

  • Councilor makes costly motion

    Three senior-level county employees racked up hundreds of dollars in wages from a councilor’s request that resulted in holding the employees in place for the duration of a five and a half hour county council meeting.

    Earlier this month, the county’s acting director of the Community Development Department, the logistics manager and the acting Capital Projects and Facilities director attended the 7 p.m. council meeting on Sept. 6.

    The trio stood ready to answer councilor questions related to the demolition of the final Los Alamos Apartment building at 939 Iris St. – an item bundled in the consent agenda to be acted upon at the start of the meeting.

  • Fishing Report 09-30-11

    Northwest

     

    Animas River: The flow is 175 cfs. The river continues to fish fair to good for trout using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms.

  • Just A Wag 09-30-11

    Facing one’s fifth decade with grace

    Rumor has it that a certain director of a local organization has come to the end of her 40s on Thursday — turning old enough to join her very own program.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town. 
    The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • Breeding better wheat

    I spent this past summer trudging through six-mile treks each weekend with two good friends.
    We walked along the edge of wheat fields outside of town.
    My friends and I qualify as middle-aged ladies, so the walks counted as significant exercise — sad but true.
    One of the interesting things about the walks was simply observing the growth and ripening of the wheat fields by which we passed.
    We depend on wheat for bread, pasta, animal feed, noodles and perhaps most importantly — fresh-baked cinnamon rolls.
    Watching a whole field of wheat grow up, turn from green to gold, and finally be harvested is a magical production that never grows old, at least for us hayseeds.

  • John Pawlak: It does make you think

    I’ve always liked miracles. They come in so many different sizes and flavors, you get to take your choice of favorites from a virtual warehouse ranging from the surprising to the truly ridiculous.  
    And of course, knowing me, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m not particularly interested in writing about the surprising. And so let’s get ridiculous!
    First of all, we should wash away any criticism of miracles and admit that we all like them. Miracles are a staple of life. There’s Miracle Whip (it’s a miracle if you can figure out what this stuff is.)

  • Phoenix Running

    Hilltoppers Miranda Barraza (foreground) and Janali Gustafson head to the finish line of the Albuquerque Academy Invitational last week.

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls are competing in the Twilight Festival meet in Phoenix tonight. The meet takes place on the same course as the Nike Cross Nationals regional meet. Several top regional teams are expected to compete at tonight’s race.

  • Marr wins Pace Race

    Jackie Marr had a spotless prediction at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    The Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race was Tuesday in Pajarito Acres, run on paved roads.
    Marr, running on the 1-mile course, just beat out Karen Thorn, who was only off her predicted time by two seconds on the 2.8-mile course, and David Kratzer, who was just 10 seconds off.
    On the long course, Jamie Jablin finished in a time of 18 minutes, 11 seconds. Laura McClellan was the fastest female finisher on the long course with her time of 20:49.
    On the 1-mile course, Hannah and Norald Gartz tied for the fastest finish, both coming in at 9:16.
    The next Pace Race is 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Canyon Rim Trail. For more information, call 672-1639.

  • Results from Senior Men's championship

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association championship tournament, held Tuesday and Wednesday at Sandia Golf Club in Albuquerque.

    Overall low gross
    Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 156.

    Overall low net
    Phil Allen, Gallup, 130.

    Championship flight

    First low gross
    Bob Sherman, Santa Fe, 157.

    Second low gross
    Dean Boice, Alamosa, Colo., 161.

    First low net
    Larry Minarsich, Bernalillo, 144.

    First flight

    First low gross
    Jerry McKee, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 164.

    Second low gross
    Robert Frank, Santa Fe, 166.

    First low net

  • Paramedics up next in trial of Jackson's doctor

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paramedics who responded to Michael Jackson's mansion the day he died were expected to testify Friday in the trial of the pop star's doctor who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

    Martin Blount and Richard Senneff had previously testified at a preliminary hearing that Dr. Conrad Murray never mentioned giving Jackson the powerful anesthetic propofol and told them the singer lost consciousness moments before an ambulance was called. Both men believed the singer had died by the time they arrived in June 2009, but Murray insisted the performer be taken to a hospital for more resuscitation efforts.

  • Fear in Colo. town at heart of Listeria outbreak

    HOLLY, Colo. (AP) — Eric Jensen surveys his dusty cantaloupe field and seems equally stunned and puzzled at the fate that has befallen his crop: row upon row of melons rotting on the vine.

    Jensen is the co-owner of the Colorado farm where health officials say a national listeria outbreak originated, making his withering fields the epicenter of a food scare that has sickened dozens of people from Wyoming to Maryland and caused 16 deaths.

    Jensen has no idea how his cantaloupes became infected, and neither do the Food and Drug Administration investigators who have intermittently been in this town of 800 people near the Kansas border since the outbreak started earlier this month.