Today's News

  • Update 09-23-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the council chambers.

    Public meeting

    The Eastern Area Maintenance Project Public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at the council chambers.


      There will be a reception to meet the County Administrator candidates. 5–7 p.m. today in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.

    Bradbury museum

    Bradbury Science Museum unveils two exhibits next week and hosts a talk about Manhattan Project physicist Richard Feynman Thursday. All the events are open to the public.

    Public meeting

  • Computer Forensics Laboratory grand opening set

    ALBUQUERQUE — Alumni from the FBI Citizens’ Academy toured the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory on the University of New Mexico campus Wednesday. The NMRCFL officially is set to host its grand opening Oct. 12.

    The focus of the full service forensics laboratory and training center is the examination of digital evidence in support of criminal investigations into:  
    •Child pornography
    •Violent crimes
    •Theft or destruction of intellectual property
    •Internet crime
    •Fraud and more

  • Martinez will veto redistricting plan

    Gov. Susana Martinez will veto the House redistricting plan that passed this week, according to Council Chair Sharon Stover.

    “I talked to her and she told me she was going to veto it,” Stover said.

    The measure passed the House on a 36-34 vote, with one Democrat joining Republicans in opposing the measure. The chamber's lone independent, Rep. Andy Nunez of Hatch, formerly a conservative Democrat, sided with Democrats to provide the needed vote necessary to pass the bill.

    Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell called the plan a "partisan gerrymander."

    Ironically, the bill would have kept Los Alamos intact, but Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Santa Fe) voted against it.

  • Clean-up completed at MDA-B

    Almost all of the trucks are gone from DP Road.

    That can only mean one thing.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has completed excavation of its oldest waste disposal site, Material Disposal Area B (MDA-B), located at TA-21.

    The cleanup has yielded some interesting finds.

    MDA-B consisted of narrow trenches up to 35 feet deep. Though most of the waste excavated from MDA-B was soil and run-of-the-mill trash such as cardboard and protective clothing, items uncovered during excavation included the remains of two mid-1940s pickup trucks, nearly 30 inert artillery shells and a calendar from 1946.  

    The excavated waste is packaged appropriately and transported to disposal facilities.

  • Residents get glimpse of county admin. candidates

    County residents had a chance to question the four candidates vying for the county administrator post Thursday evening. More formal interviews were conducted today by county council, senior administration and a community panel.

    Council Chair Sharon Stover described the search process and the place for citizen involvement within that.

  • Just A Wag 09-23-11

    A close encounter

    A source close to the Atomic City Roadrunners said that while running in the canyon behind the Aquatic Center last week, Ted Romero heard a squeaking noise, looked down and saw a bobcat looking up at him — with a squirrel in its mouth.
    Ted continued running down the trail – later telling friends that he sure was glad that big cat already had his mouth full.

    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.

  • An unhealthy view of health

    Maggie walks down the sidewalk and pretends not to notice the disapproving glares or to hear the snickering.
    She sits in the back row of the classroom in the hopes of not being seen.
    When asked to go to the board to work out a problem, she declines and pretends not to know the answer. Better to be considered stupid than to be considered at all.
    Maggie’s a fat girl and in the world of discrimination she is a constant target of ridicule, abuse and disdain. She’s a fatty, a chubby, a porko, a thunder-thighs. She’s a big fat disgusting pig! With increased social awareness centered around sexual and racial discrimination, it astonishes me how cruel some people can be to the overweight.

  • Time it is a-wastin'

    Tomorrow is the end of the second week of the New Mexico Legislature’s special session on redistricting. And not much has happened.
    The first encouraging sign emerged the middle of last week when 13 of 15 Republican senators signed a bill redistricting the Senate so that no returning Republican senator gets hurt.
    That feat was accomplished soon after Sen. Kent Cravens, an Albuquerque Republican, announced that he will be leaving the Senate to become director of governmental affairs for the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.
    Senate Democrats also have an Albuquerque member, Sen. Eric Griego, who has announced his intent to leave the Senate to run for Congress.

  • Boys soccer climbs one spot in 4A poll this week, girls drop one spot

    Class 4A Girls

        Team     Total pts.    Previous

    1. Academy (1)    62    1
    2. St. Pius X (2)    61    3
    3. Los Alamos (4)    57    2
    4. Farmington    40    5
    5. Piedra Vista    37    6
    6. Aztec        33    4
    7. Miyamura        19    7
    8. Kirtland Cent.    16    T-10
    9. Del Norte        14    8

  • Volleyball stays put at No. 3, few shifts in 4A football poll this week

    Here are this week’s Class 4A football and volleyball coaches’ polls. Polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Class 4A Football

        Team     Total pts.    Previous
    1. Goddard (20)    200    1
    2. Artesia        167    2
    3. Aztec        160    3
    4. Valencia        124    4
    5. Los Lunas        113    6
    6. Belen        108    5