Today's News

  • AP poll: Divisions persist on legal gay marriage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Barbara Von Aspern loves her daughter, "thinks the world" of the person her daughter intends to marry and believes the pair should have the same legal rights as anyone else. It pains her, but Von Aspern is going to skip their wedding. Her daughter, Von Aspern explains, is marrying another woman.

    "We love them to death, and we love them without being judgmental," the 62-year-old Chandler, Ariz., retiree said. "But the actual marriage I cannot agree with."

  • Farmers fear Listeria has ruined selling season--video extra

    DENVER (AP) — A multistate Listeria outbreak linked to a Colorado farm has the state's melon farmers worried that their prime selling season has been ruined.

    In Rocky Ford, farmer Greg Smith this week laid off his lone farm stand employee because he said customers all but vanished when news of the outbreak spread.

    The outbreak has killed as many as four people. Colorado officials said Friday the contaminated melons were whole fruit from a Jensen Farms in the Rocky Ford region and have been recalled.

    Angry at reporters and camera crews reporting on the tainted melons, Smith said, "You've basically put a .30-caliber bullet between our eyes."

  • Stop and smell the wildflowers with PEEC

    The summer rains were late, but they came. As always, they encouraged the annuals to pop up and the perennials to reach new heights.  
    Chick Keller will lead a free evening flower walk for Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 5:30 p.m. today. As curator of the Jemez Mountain Herbarium, Keller will provide a list of plants so that participants can keep track of what they see.  
    After meeting at PEEC, 3540 Orange Street, the group will caravan to the best site for September blooms. Asters, sunflowers, groundsels, skyrocket gilia, gayfeather — they’re all waiting to be admired

  • Be There 09-13-11

    A wildflower walk with Chick Keller will be at 5:30 p.m. today at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. The walk is free and a plant list is provided.

    Girl Scouts recruitment night will be from 5-6:30 p.m. at the White Rock Baptist Church. Girls in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to attend. For more information, contact Vanessa at vwheeler@gs-nmtrails.org, or visit www.nmgirlscouts.org.

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce FAN Club invites the public to celebrate National Assisted Living Week from 5:30-7 p.m. at Aspen Ridge Lodge Retirement and Assisted Living Facility, 1010 Sombrillo Court. For more information, contact Mary Yamada at 661-0066 or myamada@aspenridgelodge.com.

  • Regulation and Licensing Department cautions against investor schemes

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Superintendent J. Dee Dennis, Jr. today warned investors against potential scams on popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
    “As more and more people turn to online social networking sites to interact with others, so have con artists who lurk in the virtual shadows with shady investment deals,” said Dennis. “Just because you befriend someone online does not mean that person is your ‘real friend’ when it comes to investing. This individual may be deliberately mimicking your likes and interests to lure you into a scam.”

  • Richardson pushes to see jailed American

    HAVANA — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is keeping up his quest to visit an American subcontractor jailed in Cuba for nearly two years, despite rebuffs from Cuban officials.
    Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations with a long history of winning prisoner releases around the world, was hunkered down at the capital’s Nacional hotel on Tuesday, waiting for a response to his demand to visit Maryland native Alan Gross in a military hospital where the 62-year-old is being held.

  • MainStreet makes the grade

    In recognition of its commercial district revitalization efforts, the Los Alamos MainStreet program has earned national accreditation by meeting the performance standards set by the National Trust MainStreet Center.

    “Being recognized on a national level makes of feel very proud and it lets the community know that we are working hard to revitalize downtown Los Alamos and everything that encompasses,” said Los Alamos MainStreet Manager Suzette Fox. “Our goal for this program is to support a vibrant downtown through events, promotions, participation and planning and design projects and through our business assistance activities.”

  • Police Beat 09-13-11

    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.

    Sept. 1

    10:45 a.m. – A 17-year-old Los Alamos girl was charged with possession of marijuana at Los Alamos High School and referred to the juvenile probation officer.

    5:28 p.m. – A 55-year-old Los Alamos woman reported damage to her property on Atlas. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

    7:38 p.m. – A 32-year-old Bernalillo man reported that his vehicle was burglarized while parked on 36th Street. The estimated loss is unknown.

  • Update 09-13-11

    County Council

    The County Council will hold a special session at 6 p.m.
    Sept. 19 at the council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m.
    Sept. 20 at the Chamber Conference Room.

    Court closed

    Los Alamos Municipal Court will close Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for staff training. Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544. Some payments may also be paid online at www.citepayusa.com.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m.
    Sept. 21 at the DPU Conference Room.

  • Pivotal redistricting hearing set for Wednesday

    The county is encouraging citizens interested in showing support for Los Alamos County to remain unified under District 43, to attend a hearing on Rep. Brian Egolf’s HB 21 at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Room 307 of the Capitol Building in Santa Fe.

    The Egolf proposal would blend Los Alamos County precincts 1 through 5, 7 through 13 and 17 with Sandoval County precincts 7, 10 and 51 and Santa Fe County precincts 5, 12, 40, 80 and 86. The Council passed a Resolution in August — as well as traveling with other local community leaders to Las Vegas, N.M. — to emphasize to the Redistricting Committee and governor that they oppose any redistricting changes.