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Today's News

  • County probe lingers on

    Today marks the end of 11 weeks since county council launched an investigation into unspecified claims leveled against Los Alamos County Administrator Tony Mortillaro by Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan.
    “These are personnel matters that are very complicated and we must move through the process very carefully,” said Council Chair Michael Wismer.
    “Council worked diligently for many hours in our closed session Friday to understand the scope and complexity of this investigation and to do a preliminary review of the results.”

  • Cold temps on tap tonight

    A strong cold front moving through the state early Thanksgiving Day will guide much colder and drier air into New Mexico, according to advisories issued by the National Weather Service.
    Temperatures will dip 15 to 20 degrees below normal Thursday with highs only reaching the mid-20s to lower 30s across most of northern New Mexico.

  • Santa Fe County Sheriff steps down amid embezzlement probe

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police said Wednesday they've spent four months investigating an allegation of embezzlement by former Santa Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano.

    State police spokesman Lt. Eric Garcia said investigators learned Solano had been selling county property on eBay. Garcia said the amount of the property has not been tallied.

    Solano has resigned, saying he turned himself in to state police for selling discarded protective body vests and other old equipment from the sheriff's department online.

  • Shredding like a rock star

    It’s not everyday that a guitarist can enter a competition, not make the final cut, but end up walking away with the grand prize. Local teen Joey Farish, 18, did just that during the annual KZRR 94 Rock’s Ibanez Guitar Lick Off.
    The contest, sponsored by radio station 94 Rock and Grandma’s Music and Sound was from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 13 at Grandma’s in Albuquerque. Guitarists from around the state gathered to shred for 60 seconds apiece, in hopes of winning one of three Ibanez guitars.

  • Be There 11-24-10

    Thursday
    The American Legion Post 90 will host this year’s Community Thanksgiving Meal. Dine on a traditional Thanksgiving meal from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the American Legion located at 1325 Trinity, that will include oven-roasted turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce and a dinner roll. The meal also includes a choice of apple or pumpkin pie. The meal is free, but any donations received will be used to support veterans’ activities. For more information call 662-7772.
    Dec. 3

  • Environmental report shows no adverse impacts

    Environmental monitoring of operations at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2009 indicates no adverse impact to public health or the environment from laboratory operations.
    The findings are presented in the Laboratory’s Environmental Report 2009.
    The annual report demonstrates LLNL’s continuing commitment to environmental resources in its care and the integration of environmental stewardship into strategic planning and decision-making processes through the Lab’s Environmental Management System.

  • Update 11-24-10

    Toys for Tots

    Help the U.S. Marines by donating new, unwrapped toys for their toy drive. Items may be dropped off at “R” wing of Los Alamos High School, in the NJROTC building by Dec. 3.
    Closed council session

    The Los Alamos County Council will host a closed session at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 in the county attorney’s conference room to discuss limited personnel matters and threatened or pending litigation.
    Thanksgiving dinner

  • Udall requests post-Thanksgiving hearing on travel tales

    U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is asking Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller to convene a hearing following the Thanksgiving holiday to focus on airline travelers’ experiences with the screening measures recently implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

  • Police promote senior officers

    Following extensive testing including two full days of simulated skill and knowledge assessment, five Los Alamos Police officers have risen in rank.
    Sergeants Jason Herrera and Preston Ballew have been promoted to the position of lieutenants.
    They replace Lt. Scott Mills who transferred to the Albuquerque Police Department and Lt. Reggie Briggle who will retire early next year, Capt. Randy Foster said Tuesday.
    Corporals Monica Salazar, James Rodriguez and Oliver Morris were promoted to the rank of sergeants.

  • New face at the county

    Seeing an idea be transformed into an actual building is one of the perks Bryan Aragon, 34, said he enjoys about his new job as a project manager for the Capital Projects and Facilities Department.
    “What’s really great about the work I do is I can drive down the road and say, ‘I helped build that building’ to family and friends,” he said.
    Aragon, who has worked in his new position for about a month, is already involved in bringing several projects into fruition.