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Today's News

  • Update 09-14-11

    County council

    The County Council will hold a special session at 6 p.m.
    Monday at the council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m.
    Tuesday at the Chamber Conference Room.

    FAN Club

    Aspen Ridge Lodge FAN Club, 5:30-7 p.m., for Food and Networking tonight at 1010 Sombrillo Court. FAN Clubs are free and open to all Chamber members as well as prospective Chamber members.

    Court closed

  • Up, Up and Away

    A flyover drew cheers from the crowd at Sunday’s Taste the Sky event. Taste the Sky was a fundraiser hosted by the United Way Youth Team. The event raised $2,200 for United Way.

  • State Police: No Labor Day DWI fatalities

    Police reported 16 local cases during Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2 through Sept. 5.
    “We had the drug arrest in the court parking lot, one DUI, one burglary of money and a computer and three larcenies involving the theft of a bicycle, purse and patio table,” said Capt. Randy Foster.
    Local cases also included an individual arrested on an outstanding warrant, four animal related calls, the towing of an unregistered vehicle, a domestic disturbance call and three traffic crashes, he said.
    “Our officers also conducted 55 traffic stops over the weekend that resulted in 12 citations,” Foster said.

  • LAHS construction still lagging behind

    Things are beginning to take shape around the Los Alamos High School campus. Students and staff are now occupying at least part of the buildings at the school.

    During Tuesday night’s school board meeting at Pajarito Cliffs, David Wharram, Gerald Martin’s owner’s representative, talked about the project’s progress. According to a report presented to board members, the new building is on schedule and is progressing well, as part of the main work package.

  • Administrator search narrows

    The search for a new county administrator that began about 10 months ago has yielded a group of finalists with one expected to emerge from the process as the chief executive for Los Alamos County.

    Carl Thornton – the only citizen to attend one of two public input sessions on qualities and qualifications the county should look for in a county administrator – said, “They’ll need to be a real superman or superwoman.” Council seemed to agree with Thornton, and the five candidates being considered for the position have an exacting set of standards to meet.

  • GOP wins in NY House race, seen as Obama rebuke

    NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans have scored an upset victory in a House race that started as a contest to replace Rep. Anthony Weiner after he resigned in a sexting scandal but became a referendum on President Barack Obama's economic policies.

    Retired media executive and political novice Bob Turner defeated Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin on Tuesday in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Weiner, a seven-term Democrat who resigned in June.

    With more than 80 percent of precincts reporting, Turner had 54 percent of the vote to Weprin's 46 percent in unofficial results.

  • AP poll: Divisions persist on legal gay marriage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Barbara Von Aspern loves her daughter, "thinks the world" of the person her daughter intends to marry and believes the pair should have the same legal rights as anyone else. It pains her, but Von Aspern is going to skip their wedding. Her daughter, Von Aspern explains, is marrying another woman.

    "We love them to death, and we love them without being judgmental," the 62-year-old Chandler, Ariz., retiree said. "But the actual marriage I cannot agree with."

  • Farmers fear Listeria has ruined selling season--video extra

    DENVER (AP) — A multistate Listeria outbreak linked to a Colorado farm has the state's melon farmers worried that their prime selling season has been ruined.

    In Rocky Ford, farmer Greg Smith this week laid off his lone farm stand employee because he said customers all but vanished when news of the outbreak spread.

    The outbreak has killed as many as four people. Colorado officials said Friday the contaminated melons were whole fruit from a Jensen Farms in the Rocky Ford region and have been recalled.

    Angry at reporters and camera crews reporting on the tainted melons, Smith said, "You've basically put a .30-caliber bullet between our eyes."

  • Stop and smell the wildflowers with PEEC

    The summer rains were late, but they came. As always, they encouraged the annuals to pop up and the perennials to reach new heights.  
    Chick Keller will lead a free evening flower walk for Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 5:30 p.m. today. As curator of the Jemez Mountain Herbarium, Keller will provide a list of plants so that participants can keep track of what they see.  
    After meeting at PEEC, 3540 Orange Street, the group will caravan to the best site for September blooms. Asters, sunflowers, groundsels, skyrocket gilia, gayfeather — they’re all waiting to be admired

  • Be There 09-13-11

    Today
    A wildflower walk with Chick Keller will be at 5:30 p.m. today at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. The walk is free and a plant list is provided.

    Girl Scouts recruitment night will be from 5-6:30 p.m. at the White Rock Baptist Church. Girls in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to attend. For more information, contact Vanessa at vwheeler@gs-nmtrails.org, or visit www.nmgirlscouts.org.

    Wednesday
    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce FAN Club invites the public to celebrate National Assisted Living Week from 5:30-7 p.m. at Aspen Ridge Lodge Retirement and Assisted Living Facility, 1010 Sombrillo Court. For more information, contact Mary Yamada at 661-0066 or myamada@aspenridgelodge.com.