Today's News

  • Legislative panel OKs Senate redistricting plan

    SANTA FE — A Senate committee approved a Democratic-backed plan for revamping state Senate districts that will pit two Republican incumbents against each other in the southeastern corner of the state.
    The Rules Committee endorsed the plan on a party-line vote Monday night, with Democrats backing it and Republicans opposed.
    The measure goes to another committee for consideration, but Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, said he hoped the full Senate will be able to debate the proposal Tuesday.
    Under this bill, Los Alamos County would be divided into two districts. Los Alamos County precincts 1-7 would be in Senate District 6 and precincts 8 through 17 would be in Senate District 5.

  • Bandelier to open Frijoles Canyon Monday

    Officials at Bandelier National Monument have some good news following a summer in which a wildfire charred a large portion of the park and resulted in flooding in Frijoles Canyon.
    Superintendent Jason Lott and other park officials say people will be able to visit the canyon starting next Monday, Sept. 26.
    Visitors can take a shuttle bus to the main archaeological site on the canyon floor.
    Frijoles Canyon has been closed for three months since the Las Conchas fire raced through the Jemez Mountains.
    The largest wildfire in the state’s recorded history, the blaze burned more than 244 square miles and 63 homes.
    The fire started June 26.

  • Council grants liquor license

    When it comes to liquor licenses, all is well when business operators, despite vagaries in the code, conduct themselves responsibly. County councilors found this to be the case with Ron and Olha Dolin of Don Quixote Distillery & Winery in White Rock and approved their request for a new liquor license.

    Despite this approval, the council, county staff and counsel wrestled during Monday night’s special council session with what to do about the code as written because it leaves too much to interpretation.

    The Dolins have operated within the spirit of the code without any problems since opening their business nine years ago. The trouble begins when an “unscrupulous” business operator comes into play.

  • Fall's in the air

    With temperatures dipping into the 40s at night, leaves on the trees on Central Ave. already are starting to turn color.

  • Questions linger in wake of MIG study

    When a peer review by Ourston Roundabout Engineering concluded that “single lane roundabouts could not handle current or future traffic flow,” county council rejected that component of MIG’s NM502/Trinity Drive Corridor Study.

    Few people seem to be asking what, if anything, can be done about the $380,000 the county invested in the plans, which led down a proposed road to nowhere.

    Wayne Hardy raised the issue at the Sept. 6 county council meeting. “So far, the County has paid MIG $380,000 to come up with a flawed concept for Trinity Drive. Luckily, it only cost $5,000 for Ourston to show that single lane roundabouts aren’t feasible.”

  • Police Beat 09-20-11

    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.

    Sept. 8

    2:06 a.m. – A 26-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of harassment on Sherwood Boulevard.

  • A walk through history

    The first week of this decade’s special legislative session on redistricting has been anything but exciting.
    The only action has been complaints from Democratic leaders that Gov. Susana Martinez has loaded other items onto the agenda, something no other governor has done.
    And now we have complaints from Republican lawmakers that nothing is happening so they should be considering items the governor added to the agenda.
    Interest about that argument has its limits so let’s move on to looking at some truly momentous events that occurred on this date in past years.
    On Sept. 16, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo delivered his Grito to the people of Delores, Mexico, calling on them to unite in overthrowing the Spanish government.

  • The Special Session: Thoughts from the House

    The special session of the New Mexico State Legislature started on Sept. 6.  
    The session was prompted by a proclamation from Gov. Susana Martinez calling the legislature into session to address the decennial requirement of redistricting, and nine other items ranging from Driver’s Licenses for non-citizens to budgetary issues.  
    On redistricting, the population of the state has grown and become more urban.  The resulting challenges are to create seventy House districts, each with a population of 29,400 people (+/- 5 percent) and reflecting the growth in urban population.   

  • Power restored on Iris Street

    An underground cable failure on Iris Street left 80 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ residential customers without electricity Monday evening. 

    The outage occurred a little after 6 p.m. and affected homes North of Iris to Canyon between Streets 4 and 9 in the Eastern Area.  DPU electric line crew isolated the failure and restored power to the majority of customers by 9:10 p.m.  The remaining customers were incrementally restored through temporary repairs between the hours of 10 p.m. and midnight after crews ran a line above ground.  

    Early Tuesday morning electric linemen began on a permanent repair to the underground line.    

  • Sports Update 09-20-11

    LA is runner-up at T of C this weekend