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Today's News

  • Maniatis named NM Film Office director

     New Mexico Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary-designate Jon Barela announced that Nick Maniatis has been named director of the New Mexico Film Office.
    Maniatis previously served as the executive director of the New Mexico Independent Power Producers. He has worked on many films in New Mexico and was an appointed board member of the New Mexico Film and Media Advisory Board from 2002-09. He also was a board member of the Digital Film Institute from 2003-10.
    “Nick has deep knowledge of the film landscape in New Mexico and with his leadership, we’re looking forward to the film industry continuing to be an important part of the state’s economy,” said Secretary-designate Barela.

  • BLM announces wild horse and burro gather

    The Bureau of Land Management announced its tentative summer schedule for gathering wild horses and burros from overpopulated herds on Western public rangelands.
    The gathers are needed to bring herd sizes into balance with other rangeland resources and uses, as required by Federal law and approved land-use plans.
    “With the new gather season starting in July, we must carry out these gathers in a fully transparent manner,” said BLM Director Bob Abbey.
    “That includes taking full ownership of what we do and by sharing both the positive and negative news with our various publics, whatever criticism may come our way.”  

  • Roof Damage

    About half of the roof of the 400 wing at Barranca Mesa Elementary School was blown off by Sunday night’s high winds.

  • Fires will burn until rainy season

    PHOENIX (AP) — Crews have made significant progress attacking three major wildfires in Arizona, but fire danger across the Southwest will remain for weeks to come until seasonal rains arrive.
    Storms that normally stop the fire threat in the Southwest aren’t expected to come until mid-July at the soonest. Officials say that means the large blazes churning across Arizona’s forestlands won’t be the last.
    The state has seen one of its most dangerous fire seasons in years, forestry officials said, with more than 1,500 fires burning 1,300 square miles so far. That total far exceeds 2010, when just 132 square miles burned across the state.

  • On the Docket 06-22-11

    blic information contained in Municipal, Magistrate and District Court records.

    June 14

    Jose Duran, 40, of Los Alamos appeared in Magistrate Court on charges of disorderly conduct. Duran pled nolo contendere and the court accepted the plea as an admission of guilt only for the purposes of that day’s court action. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Duran to 180 days in jail with 180 days suspended. Duran received robation and ordered to enter alcohol screening and treatment and/or anger management. Duran was found not guilty of battery per a plea agreement with the state and was ordered to pay $73 in court costs and a $25 per month probation fee.

  • Everybody knows it's windy

    David Griego of 935 Tewa Loop near Los Alamos County Airport stepped into his back yard Monday morning to feed his dog and discovered a large branch from his neighbor’s tree had fallen on his fence following Sunday night’s strong winds, which hit 59 miles per hour.

  • Update 06-22-11

    LAPS is on TV
    Mountain Elementary School will be featured at 5 a.m. Monday on the Discovery Channel in a special edition half hour show called The Profiles Series.

    Work session set
    A school board work session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Pajarito Ciffs. The work session is open to the public.

    CIP meeting set
    Los Alamos County’s Capital Improvement Projects Evaluation and Oversight Committee meets at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers.

    Labor board meets
    The Labor Management Relations Board meets at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Throne Room at Fuller Lodge.

  • El Rancho family slain with pickax

    The triple homicide last Sunday in a town located between Los Alamos and Santa Fe was committed by someone wielding a pickax.

    Law enforcement sources told media outlets Thursday that the wounds from the garden implement were so severe that the field representative from the Office of the Medical Investigator thought the victims had all been shot.

    The murder weapon was found Tuesday on the property of the El Rancho home where the bodies were discovered Sunday evening, about 15 miles east of Los Alamos. The pickax had blood on it, according to a report in the Albuquerque Journal.

  • Program aids with budgeting

    Many people have come to know the sticker shock of opening a utility bill in the dead of winter that is way beyond their budget.

    Consumers who want to avoid budget-busting winter heating bills can take advantage of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities Budget Billing program.

    “For the people that we work with who struggle to pay their bills, we strongly encourage them to get on the budget plan in the summer, when their bills are lower,” said Cathy Crane, customer care supervisor. “It just makes it a little easier when the cold months roll around.”

  • Board OKs bond sale Tuesday

    Tuesday night the Los Alamos Public Schools Board met for the first time since the 2010-11 school year ended in May.

    The members discussed a mixed bag of topics, including high school, middle school and Aspen Elementary construction updates, a change in the schedule of fees for long-term rentals; a bond sale resolution, monthly status reports, a journal entry report for May, a first and second reading of policies and updates on the district’s new headquarters at 2075 Trinity Dr., as well as an update on the status of negotiations with the developer on the Trinity Site Development at 751 Trinity Dr.