Today's News

  • Court: What's left of health law without mandate?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The heart of the Obama administration's health care overhaul hanging in the balance, the Supreme Court is turning to whether the rest of the law can survive if the crucial individual insurance requirement is struck down.

    The justices also will spend part of Wednesday, the last of three days of arguments over the health law, considering a challenge by 26 states to the expansion of the Medicaid program for low-income Americans, an important feature toward the overall goal of extending health insurance to an additional 30 million people.

  • Traffic backed up on truck route

    A three-car accident on the truck route snarled traffic for lab commuters tonight.

    According to deputy police chief Kevin Purtymun, dispatch was called around 5 p.m. He said the Los Alamos Fire Department responded and he did not know of any injuries.

    For more on the story, check Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Green party

    The Los Alamos Middle School Green Team celebrated the school board’s approval of an agreement for a community garden and greenhouse. The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Family YMCA oversee the Los Alamos Youth Food Project, which is sponsored by a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.

  • Assets in Action: Let kids learn from their mistakes

    Assets 30 and 31 top the list week as we look at responsibility and restraint.
    These may be two very perfect assets to look at just prior to spring break.
    First of all, you must show restraint in not eating all of the Girl Scout cookies that you purchase.
    It is however, the responsible thing to do, to buy the rest of these Girls Scout cookies while shopping at Smith’s, and get these young ladies back to their normal activities.
    Several times during the last week, I’ve had conversations with other parents about the need to let kids experience things in life, that later make them responsible adults.
    Sometimes you have to give kids the keys to the castle and see what they will do with them.

  • Be There 03-27-12

     Campbell’s is offering an incentive for the month of March. For every five Campbell’s soup labels Ponderosa Montessori collects, they will get 100 extra points. Soup labels should be dropped off at Ponderosa Montessori, 304 Rover Blvd., by March 28.

    The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a community discussion in Room 1 of the Mesa Public Library at 6:30 p.m. The discussion topic is: “Finding Truth: Are Science and Religion Compatible?” As a primer for the discussion, participants are encouraged to read two recent Huffington Post articles: “Science, religion incompatible?” and “The Fall of foolish faith,” both published March 9. All are welcome.


  • Police Beat 03-27-12

    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.
    March 15

    9:59 a.m. — A 54-year-old male of Arvada, Colo. reported that he had been the victim of fraud between $250 and $2,500 on the 3000 block of Trinity Drive.

    10:45 a.m. — A 15-year-old Los Alamos male was arrested at Los Alamos High School for possession of a controlled substance.

    1:56 p.m. — A 51-year-old Los Alamos female reported that she had been robbed in the 40 block of Verde Ridge of less than $250.

    March 16

  • Council to be briefed on wireless options

    Information Technology Project Manager Estevan Gonzales will present wireless options for the proposed Community Broadband Network at Tuesday’s council meeting. Council requested a report on wireless potential during the project’s 60-day review. The meeting is at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.
    Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher will present a report on options for economic development tax and business incentives, postponed from the March 20 meeting.
    The Department of Public Utilities will ask council for a resolution supporting New Mexico’s State Implementation Plan over the Environmental Protection Agency’s Federal Implementation Plan for reducing regional haze at the San Juan Generating station.  

  • Chimayo fire burns 2 homes, 3 out buildings

    New Mexico State Forestry Division Spokesman Dan Ware announced this morning, the cause for a nine-acre wildfire near Chimayó Sunday.
    “The Chimayó fire was ignited when the power cables to an electric winch overheated while the property owners’ son was using it to pull a steel dump bed onto a trailer for removal,” Ware said.
    “The power cables were attached to a battery via jumper cables and were lying on the ground in contact with the dry vegetation when the fire started. The overheated cables caused the currant to arc at the point where they were attached to the jumper cables resulting in the arc igniting the dry vegetation. No citation has been issued for this fire.”

  • Democratic fundraiser

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Dawn Peavy listen to District 43 N.M. State House candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard discuss her plans for the future. The Democratic Party of  Los Alamos had a fundraiser for their local candidates for county council: Kristen Henderson, Ken Johnson and Pete Sheehey; county clerk Nathan Hjelm and Richard. The affair was catered by one of the top chefs  in Houston who now lives in Los Alamos, Laura Hamilton. Luján was a surprise guest. He stopped by the event because he was in town to give the opening speech at the “Minds Interrupted” presentation by the National Association for Mental Illness Saturday.

  • Update 03-27-12

    Code RED

    Los Alamos County will conduct a test of its CodeRED emergency notification system at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday.

    Bulk pickup

    Brush and bulk item collection will take place from 8 a.m. April 2 to 4 p.m. April 6. Items must be out by 8 a.m. April 2 for townsite residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service.

    March on Hunger

    Assets In Action is collecting food for the March on Hunger for local food banks. Those wishing to make donations can leave them at either senior center location, KRSN AM 1490, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce or Chamisa Elementary now through the end of the month.

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