Today's News

  • Update 11-09-11

    County Council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 15  in the White Rock Fire House No. 3.

    WR Committee

    The public is encouraged to attend the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee at 6 p.m. Monday at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Fields Closed

    Spirio Field at Overlook Park is closed while parks crews refit the field with a new irrigation system, which involves extensive trenching. Work should be completed by the end of November. Bomber Field on North Mesa is closed to all activities until the refitting of lighting and repairs to the irrigation system are completed.

    Leisure Pool

  • Muni Building Site Cleanup

    Workers have been demolishing the old apartment buildings and clearing the site for the new municipal building, which will be on Central Avenue.

  • Construction delays dominate session

    Just like the song that never ends, call the work being done at Los Alamos High School the project that never ends.  Another deadline has been pushed out a week and now the administration department, Family and Consumer Science and nurse’s office will have to wait until Nov. 21 to move into their new digs.

    During Tuesday night’s school board meeting at Los Alamos High School, David Wharram, Gerald Martin owner’s representative for Gerald Martin construction, told board members that despite the schedule issued by Flintco, the move-in would have to be delayed a week.

    “Flintco said the school facilities would be ready to move in on the 14th, but not all the systems may be working,” he said.

  • Council bolsters support for UNM-LA

    The County Council approved several items on a full agenda Tuesday evening. The major items of business were as follows:

    • Council approved $553,118 for the University of New Mexico - Los Alamos (UNM-LA): $303,118 to replace and upgrade certain computer infrastructure and $250,000 for other program support. The vote was 6–0, with Councilor Mike Wismer recusing himself because his wife is a staff member at UNM-LA. (Read more about this in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.)

  • Budge quits White Rock master plan post

    The suggestion by two county councilors in a public meeting that members of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee (WRMPIC) and, or county staff had pulled a “bait and switch” crossed the line for Chair Kent Budge. Budge has tendered his resignation.

  • Recession over? 6,000 jobs vanished last year

    For more than a year, New Mexico has had 6,000 more people working than we thought we had. Or not.
    If that sounds odd, it is odd. Maybe even another reason to distrust “the government,” one part of which is the source of dilemma.
    Another piece of the government, the Legislative Finance Committee called it a “perceived error.”
    I’ll explain. But first step back to a bigger picture.
    We are all, people and organizations, measured by our accounting systems.
    For people, the accounting measures might start with the amount of cash in the pocket, step up in sophistication to a checking account, then to computer tracking of spending and income and go from there.

  • I'm living with it, not dying from it

    What happens when a cheerleader loses her pom-poms, or a Wall Street protester loses their sign, or Tigger just loses his bounce.
    All of us, when pushed to the limit, lose our hope, our drive, our energy.
    In the face of a cancer diagnosis, there can be courage, determination and cockiness in the face of adversity, but fighting cancer is no picnic, and it consumes all your strength. So what happens when it consumes your life, when you live with cancer as a chronic disease ... when you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer for the third time in five years.
    Then life can suddenly seem as though its determined to undermine you, and the only thing to do is throw in the towel and say, “oh well, I guess I’m just screwed.”

  • NBA players don’t balk at owners’ ultimatum

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBA players made it clear Tuesday: No deal.
    No fear of Commissioner David Stern’s ultimatum, either.
    “The current offer on the table from the NBA is one that we cannot accept,” players’ association president Derek Fisher said.
    Instead, the players said they will ask for another meeting with owners before Stern’s Wednesday afternoon deadline — and sound willing to agree to a 50-50 split of revenues under the right circumstances.
    In an interview on NBA TV, Stern said that whether he agrees to meet “would be guided by the labor relations committee.”
    NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the league has not yet heard from Hunter.

  • Paterno to step down

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Joe Paterno, the Penn State football coach who preached success with honor for half a century but whose legend was shattered by a child sex abuse scandal, said Wednesday he will retire at the end of this season.
    Paterno said he was “absolutely devastated” by the case, in which his one-time heir apparent, Jerry Sandusky, has been charged with molesting eight boys over 15 years, including at the Penn State football complex.
    He said he hoped the team could finish its season with “dignity and determination.”
    The trustees could still force him to leave immediately and could take action against university president, Graham Spanier.

  • David Mann wins spirit award

    White Rock cyclist David Mann received the prestigious Dave Richardson Award at the 2011 World Senior Games.
    The World Senior Games was last month. The event is held in St. George, Utah.
    Mann, who had not raced in several years, came out of retirement to compete in the World Senior Games.
    The Games consist of four races, the length of which is dependent on the age division of the racers involved. Mann is in the 70-74 age group.
    Considering his absence from racing, Mann had a solid showing in the competition. He finished fifth in the 20K time trial, fifth in the 5K hill climb and sixth in the 30-minute criterium. His best showing, however, came in the 24-mile road race, where he finished second overall.