Today's News

  • 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.

  • Tropical Storm Emily nears Dominican coast, Haiti--video extra

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Tropical Storm Emily brushed past Puerto Rico and headed Wednesday toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where more than 630,000 people are still without shelter after last year's earthquake.

    A "steady shield of rain" should reach the island of Hispaniola shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti around noon Wednesday and the rainfall should worsen by late afternoon, said John Dlugoenski, senior meteorologist with Accuweather.com.

    "The biggest threat to lives is probably the flooding," Dlugoenski said.

  • Smooze financiers now

    Tight credit markets of the past few years have made it difficult for business owners to obtain loans to expand their businesses.
    Getting a loan is still as hard as ever, even though most financial institutions have plenty of capital to lend.
    With the interest rate charged banks by the Federal Reserve Bank at almost zero, it’s surprising so little capital is moving around.  
    Loans, as a percentage of deposits, are very low.
    Credit will loosen eventually because banks can’t survive long-term without making loans.
    Stung by losses when loans defaulted, banks are understandably more conservative; but they need interest revenue from loans to grow.

  • Critics of education consultants need to get a life

    First impressions of Hanna Skandera, public education secretary designate: smart, articulate, poised, confident and supportive of her staff.
    “The Public Education Department and the employees who have been (through six months of big change) have been remarkable,” Skandera told the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) July 25.
    My time at the meeting was brief, only an hour, because family business intruded. I went because of the opportunity to see Skandera in action and the chance to learn. Education jargon always impedes learning about education.
    I think it’s some kind of cultural conspiracy against parents and citizens. More exposure, I figure, might bring more understanding.