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Today's News

  • New Mexico’s first hybrid truck arrives in LA

    You may think of a garbage truck as just being a big truck that hauls away all the unwanted, broken and used up items. But the new garbage truck acquired by Los Alamos County this week has something extra to offer the community – a quality no other garbage truck in the state provides.

  • Multi-sport: Brug picks up his third win at Splash N Dash to close season

    Local athlete Pat Brug won his third Splash N Dash of the summer Aug. 11.

    Brug, taking part in the long course of the Splash N Dash, finished with a cumulative time of 24:47, nearly 1:20 better than his nearest competitor.

    The Splash N Dash is a bi-weekly event held by the Los Alamos Triatomics. The event’s purpose is to help athletes prepare for the Los Alamos Triathlon, which will be held Saturday.

  • Affordable housing gets a break

    The Los Alamos County Council Tuesday in a move to boost affordable housing approved a process that will give developers a discount on land.

    Called the Land Donation and Land Discount Program, a system will be created to use public land in a cost-effective way, said Steven Brugger, housing programs manager.

  • Property inspections start in White Rock

    To ensure records are accurate, the county assessor’s office conducts physical property inspections, which in Los Alamos happens about every five years.

    “We are on a yearly cycle and we divide the community up into five areas so each area is inspected about every five years,” County Assessor JoAnn Johnson said.

    Appraisers from Johnson’s office are conducting the regulatory required inspections from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the White Rock 1 and 2 additions and the White Rock Canyon subdivisions.

  • Surface of Gulf cleaner, but questions lurk in deep water

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers are warning that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is a bigger mess than the government claims and that a lot of crude is lurking deep below the surface, some of it settling perhaps in a critical undersea canyon off the Florida Panhandle.

    The evidence of microscopic amounts of oil mixing into the soil of the canyon was gathered by scientists at the University of South Florida, who also found poisoned plant plankton — the vital base of the ocean food web — which they blamed on a toxic brew of oil and dispersants.

  • San Ildefonso Pueblo goes back to its future

    Not more than a dozen miles from a high-profile lab so cutting edge that PhDs come and go like New York taxi drivers and high tech is old hat, the soil is worked hard — by hand — just like it was worked more than 400 years ago.

    Knees bend and backs hurt.

    Ancient farm implements wrestle with the dirt so that in a month or so, corn can be harvested, plucked from their rows by the same hands that planted them.

    At Pueblo de San Ildefonso, it’s the old days, all over again.

  • Yarn and snakes are not a winning combination

    I read the article about the “Attack of the Yarn Bomber” and I wonder if the artist knows her outside works of art could be a death trap for snakes?

    Snakes can get into the knitted yarn but because of their scales, they can become trapped in the yarn and strangle themselves.

    This landscaping and bird netting is similar to the yarn.

  • Alternative therapy has its place

    Before I got cancer, I didn’t even believe in taking vitamins, let alone any “alternate stuff.”

    I mean who needs them if you eat properly. I used to think “Boy, you New Age people are weird.         

    What’s wrong with eating good healthy food, keeping fit and taking whatever the doctor orders?”

    Problem is, while all that conventional cancer medicine is draining out of your system, the wake of destruction it leaves behind does not.

  • 08-10-10 Police beat

    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.

    July 29

    12:02 p.m. – Raleigh Whitt, 22, of Los Alamos was arrested on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

    12:45 p.m. – Kristy Hutson, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

  • Baghdad bloodbath: Suicide bomber targets army recruits, 61 dead

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber sat for hours Tuesday among hundreds of army recruits before detonating nail-packed explosives strapped to his body, killing 61 people and casting new doubt on the ability of Iraqi forces as U.S. troops head home.