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Today's News

  • Be There 08-03-11

    Today
    Geekout game night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m., upstairs in the Mesa Public Library.

    Thursday
    Lions Club meets at 84 Barcelona in White Rock on the first and third Thursdays.  They enjoy a meal and combine fun and social gathering with a business meeting. You are cordially invited to attend one of our meetings as a guest.  Call 672-3300 or 672-9563 for more information.  

    The Atomic City Corvette Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. Guests are always welcome. You do not need to own a Corvette to attend. Contact is Mike Luna at 672-4087.

  • Update 08-03-11

    Movie in the park

    Los Alamos County’s Recreation Department will host “Tangled” (rated PG) tonight at Urban Park. The movie is free and starts at approximately 7:45 p.m., weather permitting.

    Bandelier walk

    Bandelier National Monument is offering a free Tsankawi evening walk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517.

    Bulk item pickup

    Items will be picked up July 25-Aug. 5 in White Rock. Items must be curbside by 8 a.m. each day.

    T-board meeting

  • NCRTD search committee recommends Mortillaro as executive director

    Former Los Alamos County Administrator Tony Mortillaro moved one step closer this week to having the interim tag removed from his title as North Central Regional Transit executive director.

    The NCRTD’s search committee, headed by Santa Fe City Councilor Rosemary Romero, conducted a conference call Monday and made a recommendation to the board that Mortillaro become the agency’s permanent executive director.

    Mortillaro, a former county administrator, worked as a consultant for the NCRTD until Josette Lucero retired as the executive director. Mortillaro then was named the interim director.

  • On the Docket 08-03-11


    Krista Wilhelm, 26, of Los Alamos pled guilty to criminal trespassing July 29. Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados sentenced Wilhelm to serve five days in the Los Alamos County Detention Center. She also ordered Wilhelm to pay $100 in fines for criminal trespass and $73 in court costs.

     

  • Error frees repeat drunken-driving offender

    SANTA FE (AP) — A Santa Fe man arrested at least 11 times on drunken-driving charges has been freed on his most recent case because prosecutors failed to show up in court or present evidence against him.
    District Attorney Angela Pacheco told the Santa Fe New Mexican “there is no excuse” for her office not prosecuting the case against John Paul Chavez, 51.
    The New Mexican reports that for more than five weeks, Pacheco’s office failed to have a prosecutor attend a hearing in the case or turn over evidence.
    A state district judge was forced to dismiss the felony DWI case against Chavez on July 18.

  • 2011 Relay for Life slated to begin Friday

    It’s that time of year again; autumn and the beginning of another school year are just around the corner and so is the 2011 Relay for Life.

    This year’s event will kick off with a survivor dinner at 5 p.m. Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, during which Dr. Kathryn Zerbach from Los Alamos Medical Center will speak. A survivor’s lap will follow at Ashley Pond at 6 p.m. The relay will be all night Friday and continue until 10 a.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond, with various events scheduled for Friday evening and Saturday morning.

  • LA athletes clean up at Senior Games

    Once again, Los Alamos senior Olympians had a huge showing at this year’s New Mexico Senior Olympic Summer Games.

    The New Mexico Senior Olympics was held for the fifth straight year in Las Cruces on the campus of New Mexico State University. The Games concluded Saturday. Nearly 1,000 participants from around the state took part this year.

    Los Alamos participants grabbed 43 gold medals at the state Games, including dominating the swimming events and grabbing a total of 10 golds in the cycling and track events.

  • Council tables capital projects election ordinance

    Councilor Vincent Chiravalle’s proposed Ordinance 587 dominated the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday evening. Chiravalle’s ordinance would have required an annual election for voter approval of all capital projects with a price tag of $5 million or more.

    The only exceptions would be for projects funded entirely by general obligation bonds, Department of Public Utilities projects and projects with the sole purpose of complying with “environmental standards” set by state or federal regulatory agencies.

  • Spending cuts could impact lab

    Legislation was passed in the nick of time so the United States would not default on its obligations.

    But at what cost? And how will the national labs, including the one at Los Alamos, be affected?

    Most assuredly, the people at the National Nuclear Security Administration are now wondering, what is next?

    The answer is … nobody really knows.

    The compromise deal to persuade GOP lawmakers to raise the federal debt limit will cut federal spending by $2.1 trillion or more over the next decade. The bill allows a quick $900 billion increase in borrowing authority as well as a first installment on spending cuts amounting to $917 billion over a decade.

    But what about the other $1.4 trillion in cuts?

  • 72 charged in probe of child sexual abuse network

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials say 72 people have been charged with participating in an online international network engaged in sexual abuse of children.

    Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano say a law enforcement effort called Operation Delego (del-EGG-o) investigated more than 500 people around the world since the probe was launched in December 2009.

    Holder and Napolitano say those charged were involved in Dreamboard — a private, members-only, online bulletin board created to promote pedophilia.

    According to documents released in the probe, members traded tens of thousands of graphic images and videos of adults molesting children 12 years old and under.