Today's News

  • High court upholds key part of Obama health law--Video Extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul.
    The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care. The ruling seemingly hands Obama a campaign-season victory in rejecting arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.

  • NM board to consider emergency wildfire aid

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state board led by Gov. Susana Martinez is being asked for emergency funding to help in wildfire recovery in southern New Mexico and prepare for expected flooding in fire-scarred areas.

    The Board of Finance is scheduled Thursday to consider loan requests from the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the village of Ruidoso and Lincoln County.

    The department wants $452,000 for a flood warning network, machines for filling sandbags and equipment for rescuing people caught in flood waters.

  • Today in History for June 28th
  • Low-Budget Wedding? Try a Toilet Paper Dress

    Designers from across the United States took part in the 8th annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress design contest in New York.

  • Two-car accident closes East Road for an hour; now open

    "There's a first time for everything," RPM Automotive owner Larry Rich said.

    That's because Wednesday afternoon was the first time he towed a vehicle he was actually the driver of.

    At 1:45 p.m. Rich was heading westbound on East Road in a black Toyota 4Runner when a white Chevrolet van pulled out from the Central Avenue intersection clipping his rear bumper. The impact caused the rear axle to break and the truck to spin and flip onto the driver's side, according to Los Alamos Police Officer David Boe.

    Rich - who was unharmed and climbed out from the vehicle through the passenger side door - said the car wasn't even his, but rather one he was repairing.

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 06-27-12

    June 18

    Lisa Salazar, 35, of Los Alamos pleaded no contest in Municipal Court to failure to show vehicle registration and two counts of failure to appear in court, however, one of the those counts was dismissed. Judge Alan Kirk ordered her to pay $242.

    June 19
    Svetlana Tchnernova Martin, 51, of Los Alamos, pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to running a stoplight and failure to appear in court. Judge Alan Kirk ordered her to pay $104 in courts fees and fines.
    June 20

    The 2002 following too closely case against Robert Martinez, 33, of Santa Cruz, was dismissed by the court because it was old and there was insufficient information.

    June 21

  • Update 06-27-12

    Parents wanted

    Los Alamos Public Schools is looking for parents to try out potential new versions of their websites. Parents new to the community and parents of current elementary, middle and high schoolers are needed.  Email Colin MacArthur at c.macarthur@laschools.net or call 629-0776 to schedule a time to help.

    P & Z

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in council chambers.

    Movie series

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series will present the documentary “Born to be Wild” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Pool closure

  • Groundbreaking for new fire center

    Marking the one-year anniversary of the Las Conchas Fire — the state’s second largest fire —was the groundbreaking of a new, permanent Interagency Fire Center Tuesday.

    The effort — stemming from coordination among several agencies during last year’s fire — is part of a partnership between the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Bandelier National Monument, and Santa Fe National Forest.

    The 6,400 sq. ft. building will be located at Technical Area 49, and will accommodate up to three helicopters and other equipment used for firefighting activities.

    The project is expected to be complete by next spring.

  • LAGRI resolution fails

    At Tuesday night’s county council meeting, members of the Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative (LAGRI) made an effort to prevent sections of charter amendments concerning initiative, referendum and charter amendments from going to a vote in November.

    LAGRI has contended that the ballot questions, which each include several related ordinances, are logrolling. It is also circulating petitions to have six of those ordinances removed from the ballot.

    Council Chair Sharon Stover asked Charles Rennick, legal counsel for the CRC, to address the issue of logrolling and how the petitions could affect the November ballot.

  • LAPS Foundation awards scholarships

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of scholarship winner announcements.

    Ten  students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship. Each student selected demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school career. The winners have each selected an educator of distinction — an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools.