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Today's News

  • New casino would benefit Jemez Pueblo, report says

    SANTA FE — An off-reservation casino on the Texas-New Mexico border would create 375 jobs and generate $157 million in economic activity.
    That’s according to a new draft environmental impact statement by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Santa Fe art dealer Gerald Peters and the Jemez Pueblo have proposed building the $55 million casino in Anthony, about 300 miles south of the pueblo.
    The plan was shot down in 2008 by the BIA, which said it was too far from the pueblo to generate jobs for the tribe. But the Obama Administration has reopened review on some off-reservation casinos.

  • Police Beat 06-07-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    May 26

    6:16 a.m. – A 44-year-old Los Alamos woman in the 1200 block of 9th Street  attempted suicide on Trinity Drive.

    7:42 a.m. – A 30-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone burglarized her vehicle parked in the 3200 block of Walnut Street. The estimate loss is unknown.    

    10:17 a.m. – A 61-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone burglarized his vehicle parked in the 2100 block of 33rd Street. The estimate loss is unknown.

  • Fallen fence

    Wind damaged a fence this morning at 22nd and Rose Streets.

  • U.S., Russia lab directors meet

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation (Rosatom) announced the successful completion of the first meeting of the U.S. and Russian laboratory directors since 2004, a step toward improving nuclear security and scientific collaboration.
    The meeting provided an opportunity for U.S. and Russian laboratory directors, and representatives of Rosatom and NNSA to craft the next set of steps toward scientific and technical cooperation in areas that include non-proliferation, fundamental and applied research, energy and the environment, and nuclear medicine.

  • Update 06-07-11

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 15 at 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet at 7 tonight in the council chambers.

    Public meeting
    A public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Express to hear feedback on the county administrator search.

  • CRC addresses substantative changes

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) has shifted its focus from cleaning up charter language to addressing more substantive issues. At Monday night’s meeting, Chair John Hopkins directed committee members to work toward reaching consensus.

    The committee will vote on the proposed changes after County Contract Attorney Chay Rennick has incorporated the changes and printed a final report.

    The committee addressed changes suggested in writing by committee member Ralph Phelps. In a statement dated May 21, 2011, Phelps wrote, “We really need to overhaul the whole system, and make the Charter consistent with what that system is.”

  • Police chief to head Leadership Los Alamos

    The community has 250 alumni who have participated in the nine-month Leadership Los Alamos in the past eight years.

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy, a 2005-2006 graduate, has been chosen to chair the organization’s  ninth session, which begins in September.

    “We’re hoping to bring in participants from the schools, business, laboratory and other entities,” said Torpy, who also graduated from the statewide program, Leadership New Mexico, serving as its 2009 graduation session chair.

  • Smoke from Arizona fires stirring local health issues

    Smoke from a large wildfire that ignited May 29 in eastern Arizona continues to plague nearby states, creating hazy conditions all the way into Iowa and prompting officials to issue health advisories today in the southern half of Colorado, according to the Associated Press.

    In New Mexico, smoke and ash have permeated the air for days. Many people in Los Alamos are attempting to remain inside with their windows closed despite the recent hotter temperatures.

    Suzy Blanchit is the office manager of Allergy Partners of New Mexico at 118 Central Park Square.

    “People who have asthma and respiratory issues are rescheduling their appointments with us because they don’t want to leave their homes,” Blanchit said.

  • Martinez taps local to fill Wallace post

    Gov. Susana Martinez has selected Los Alamos County Council vice-chair James Hall of White Rock to replace longtime Dist. 43 Rep. Jeannette Wallace, who died in April.

    “I am honored and humbled by the confidence that has been shown by Los Alamos citizens in electing me to the council, then by council in nominating me for the District 43 house seat, and then by Gov. Martinez for appointing me to the House of Representatives,” Hall said. “I will do my best to honor Jeannette Wallace’s outstanding record of service to Dist. 43 by working hard to represent both the citizens of Dist. 43 and the people of New Mexico. I look forward to meeting the challenges of my new role.”

  • Thank you 06-07-11

    Sr. Appreciation Night is a hit again

    We would like to thank the Los Alamos community and United Way for supporting the 27th Annual Senior Appreciation Night (SAN) on May 28. The purpose of the all-night, early-morning chaperoned party is to provide graduating seniors with a safe alternative to mountain and other celebrations that could lead to drinking and driving.