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Today's News

  • Absentee voting kicks off today for June 1 primary

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Absentee voting for New Mexico's June 1 primary begins Tuesday.

    The primary election is open only to registered Republicans or Democrats, who are allowed to vote only in their own party's primary.

    Voters can apply for an absentee ballot by contacting the county clerk in the county in which they live.

    The primary election decides the Republican and Democratic nominees for the Nov. 4 general election.

  • UPDATE: Boys earn No. 2 draw in state tennis

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team was seeded No. 2 in the boys Class AAAA state championship draw.

    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls will be in action Friday in the team championship tournament. Los Alamos' boys will play the winner between Santa Teresa and Artesia.

    The Hilltopper girls, meanwhile, grabbed the No. 4 seed in the team playoffs and will play Piedra Vista, the No. 5 seed in Friday's first round.

    The tennis playoffs start Wednesday with the first round of the individual and doubles championships.

  • 05-04-10 Update

    Police Beat

      A $5,300 forgery, a $2,600 home burglary and a 13-year-old charged with six counts of battery top this week’s Police Beat. Read the full report on Page 2.

    Voting starts

      Voter registration closed today and absentee voting by mail and in person begins today for the June 1 primary election. For information, visit www.losalamosnm.us/clerk/Pages/Elections.aspx or call the County Clerk’s Office at 662-8010.

    Pasta night

  • DWI checkpoints to run throughout the summer

    The Los Alamos Police Department began conducting DWI checkpoints Saturday and will continue to do so throughout the summer.

    The public can help reduce the threat drunk drivers pose to motorists by calling the Drunk Busters hotline any time they spot a suspected drunk driver, Los Alamos Police Sgt. Andrew Goldie said.

    The number to call from a cell phone is simple: #DWI, or #394.

    Residents in Los Alamos can also call the Los Alamos County Police Department directly at 662-8222 to report drunk drivers seen traveling on the roads in Los Alamos County.

  • CIP oversight Committee to meet Thursday

    The county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers to continue discussions and make recommendations for those applicants who have indicated that they are ready to move from Phase 1 (Study) to Phase 2 (Construction).

    The County is considering Phase 2 applications for these 4 projects:

    • White Rock Visitor’s Center & RV Parking

    • North Mesa Ball Field Lights

    • Golf Course Community Building

  • Morris Chavez resigns

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Insurance Superintendent Morris Chavez is stepping down from his post.

    Chavez has turned in a resignation letter to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, which oversees the Insurance Division. He said in a statement that he reached his decision after deliberating with his family, but his letter did not cite specific reasons for his resignation.

    The commission indicated it would accept Chavez’s resignation.

  • N.M. Pre-K ranks 27 on funding

    New Mexico ranked 23rd nationally for percentage of children enrolled in pre-K, an important gain, according to the annual survey of state-funded preschool programs released today.   

    It served 17 percent of its 4-year-olds, up from 13 percent in the prior year.

    The State of Preschool 2009 showed that New Mexico met 8 of 10 quality standards benchmarks, but ranked only 27th for state funding per child.  The FY ’11 state budget cut the program further.

  • Economic vitality chief hired

    Scott Frederick has been selected to fill the county’s new economic vitality administrator position. Frederick has more than 20 years experience in the field with both rural and metropolitan markets. He began his new job April 19.  

    Frederick moved to Los Alamos from Midlothian, Va., where he served as director of economic development for Economic Development Trade Strategies, in McLean, Va.

  • 05-04-10 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.

    April 21

    4:11 p.m. ­— A 78-year-old Los Alamos man reported being the victim of a forgery at 1200 Trinity Dr. The case is under investigation, no other information is available at this time. The estimated loss is $5,310.43.

  • “The Wiz” is well worth the time

    In 40 years here I’ve never been as impressed with a student performance as I was with the Olions’ staged musical of “The Wiz,” a lovable and laughable take-off on “The Wizard of Oz.”

    Offering drama classes at both mid- and high schools during the past 20 years has developed enthusiasm and real talent for an activity once given little respect among students.

    Athletic teams are still fairly well subsidized but these kids who have a passion for theater must operate on a shoestring.