Today's News

  • $5 Gas Coming to Pumps Near You?

    Over the past week alone, gas prices in California and several other parts of the country have spiked 20 cents a gallon. Experts say many motorists could start to see five dollar a gallon prices by summer.

  • Update 02-22-12

    GOP convention

    The Los Alamos Republicans will hold their pre-primary convention Thursday at the VFW, 1793 Deacon St. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and doors close promptly at 7 p.m.   A Central Committee meeting will be at 7 p.m.
    PRC meeting

    New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) member, Douglas J. Howe, will host a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge to discuss renewable energy development in New Mexico.

    Dem convention

    Los Alamos Democratic Party will have its county convention at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hilltop House. They will meet in wards and choose delegates to attend the State Democratic Pre-Primary Convention on March 10, in Albuquerque.

  • Alcohol compliance sweep leads to two firings Friday

    A random compliance sweep Friday put two alcohol servers in Los Alamos out of work.
    The New Mexico Department of Public Safety Special Investigation Department’s Lt. Chris Ortiz said officers conducted a minor compliance operation at 11 establishments in Los Alamos that sell alcohol.
    “Two locations sold to a minor,” Ortiz said.
    He said the operation involved an undercover minor, which the department recruits and trains to go into liquor stores to buy a six-pack of beer or stroll up to a bar and order a drink.
    “Just like anyone,” he said. Meanwhile, an undercover agent is already waiting inside the establishment to see what unfolds.

  • Details of Judge Hall’s redistricting plans emerge

    SANTA FE (AP) — A state district judge is proposing two options for revamping political districts of the state House of Representatives to comply with directives from New Mexico’s highest court.
    One of the plans suggested by retired District Judge James Hall will cost the Santa Fe area a legislative seat held by House Speaker Ben Lujan, who plans to retire after serving 19 terms in the House.
    Hall is giving lawyers until Thursday to comment on the proposals. He will adopt a final redistricting plan by next Monday.

  • Meet Phillip Kunsberg

    Phillip Kunsberg became familiar with Los Alamos in the mid- to late-1980s, when he worked with scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as a policy officer in the Department of Defense.
    He moved to Los Alamos in 1989 and started the Technology Institute, a nonprofit organization that brought Russian and American scientists together to work on “non-lethal” activities. Kunsberg eventually became a technical staff member for the lab.
    Kunsberg moved to New York City in 1996 to work for a venture capital firm.

  • Passing the Torch at Central Park Square

    When Tom and Mary Ann Netuschil, of Netuschil Development Corporation, bought the Community Center in 1993, their goal was to “rebuild the complex into the center of the town again.” That was the inception of what is now Central Park Square.
    The Netuschils had their work cut out for them. “There was nothing. It was unusable, completely stripped, and we watched it coming back to life. It really gave me a lot of satisfaction to see that happen,” Tom Netuschil said. Mary Ann served as bookkeeper and Tom’s brother, Tim Netuschil, was the maintenance and construction manager.

  • State, federal officials weigh in

    Reaction was swift on the state and national front after the Los Alamos National Laboratory announced a voluntary separation program that would eliminate 400-800 jobs.
    Governor Susana Martinez’s spokesperson Scott Darnell said “the Governor is very concerned about the potential impact of these federal cuts on the economy of northern New Mexico. She also believes these cuts are yet another by-product of the dysfunction in Washington D.C. and the inability to appropriately prioritize national defense and national security in federal spending decisions.”

  • State Briefs 02-22-12

    Martinez plans to sign proposal

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez plans to sign legislation that supporters say can help New Mexicans find hospitals that offer the most up-to-date care for stroke patients.
    The legislation calls for the state to certify hospitals as a “stroke center” if they are accredited by an independent, nonprofit group called the Joint Commission, which sets standards for health care programs.
    The governor’s office says Martinez plans to sign the legislation on Wednesday in Albuquerque at a luncheon that’s part of a national campaign to increase awareness about heart disease among women.

  • On The Docket 02-22-12

    Jan. 19

    Michael McCormick, Los Alamos, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct in Magistrate Court. Judge Pat Casados found McCormick guilty and sentenced him to six month of supervised probation. He is also ordered to pay $73 in fees.

    Jan. 24

    Jeffrey Majors, Los Alamos, pleaded guilty in Magistrate Court to driving under the influence of drugs as part of a plea agreement. He was initially charged with aggravated DWI, speeding and having an open container. The latter two charges were dismissed by the state. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Majors to a year of unsupervised probation and is ordered to install an ignition interlock device and perform 24 hours of community service. He is also ordered to pay $241 in court fees.

  • Sharp shooters compete

    The Los Alamos NJROTC precision air rifle team traveled to Camp Perry, Ohio to compete in the Navy air rifle championships Feb. 13-14.
    On the first day of the matches, the team members finished with a 30-point advantage over the second place team from Georgia. Day two saw several schools picking up ground, but the Los Alamos team ended the day on top with a 13-point advantage to win the overall championship.