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Today's News

  • Lawmakers propose canceling projects

    SANTA FE — Thousands of capital improvement projects, from school playgrounds to water system upgrades, would be scrapped under a proposal by a group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

    The legislation could provide nearly $150 million to help replenish New Mexico’s cash reserves, which have been drained because of recent budget problems.

    The measure will run into strong opposition because projects would be canceled in communities across New Mexico and in the home districts of legislators.

  • Lujn meets with local officials

    During his trip to Los Alamos Saturday, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., stopped by the special County Council meeting underway in Council Chambers.

    The serious mood at the heavily attended meeting, held to address a petition for changes to the County Charter, was evident as Councilor Nona Bowman became emotional while speaking to the issue.

    “Our meetings aren’t always this intense,” Council Vice Chair Sharon Stover joked to Luján appearing rather puzzled from his seat near the back of the room.

  • Council backs affordable housing plan

    As Los Alamos County sought to diversify the local economy in recent years it came to grips with one of its own shortcomings.

    While it has a vital workforce on the high end of the income scale, it just doesn’t have enough people at the lower end.

    There isn’t enough diversity in the workforce or the housing inventory to accommodate the people who would be needed to do the work for the kinds of retail and service businesses that the county wants, with the hourly wages and relatively modest incomes that those kinds of jobs entail.

    More to come ...

  • 01-19-10 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.

    Jan. 7

    2:37 p.m. – Stephen Behringer, 19, was arrested at 641 43rd St., and charged with Minor In Possession (MIP) stemming from an investigation of suspicious activity that turned out to be a drug deal witnessed by police officers.

    2:58 p.m. – The Reel Deal Movie Theater at 2551 Central Avenue reported someone broke into the theater.

    Jan. 8

  • Book captures author’s experiences in the 60s and 70s

    In 1973, 12-year-old Karen Boutilier Kendall was invited by actress Shirley MacLaine to become the youngest member of the First American Women’s Friendship Delegation to China.

    The delegation consisted of 12 women including a four-woman film crew and Boutilier Kendall. The resulting Oscar nominated documentary, “The Other Half of the Sky: a China Memoir” aired in 1975. This life-altering experience was preceded by a most unusual childhood.

  • Slow moving winter storm takes aim at New Mexico, heavy snows likely

    The National Weather Service issued the following special weather statement Tuesday morning:

    POTENTIAL WINTER STORM TO IMPACT NEW MEXICO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT...

    A WINTER STORM COULD POTENTIALLY AFFECT MUCH OF NEW MEXICO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT. THIS STORM SYSTEM WILL BE MUCH DIFFERENT THAN LAST WEEKS STORMS SYSTEMS. THIS TIME... THE GREATEST IMPACT WILL LIKELY BE FELT FROM THE EAST SLOPES OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN TO THE TEXAS BORDER.

  • Consumer confidence climbs in January, but still relatively weak

     CHICAGO (AP) — Consumer confidence rose past expectations in January, the third straight monthly increase as Americans begin to feel slightly better about business conditions and the job picture, according to a survey released Tuesday.

    The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index increased to 55.9, the highest in more than a year but still relatively gloomy. That compares with 53.6 in December.

    January's index was better than the expected 53.5 forecast by economists.

  • A slightly sticky situation

    Los Alamos Middle School Principal Donna Grim and Assistant Principal Rex Kilburn reward students for academic improvements by taking one for the team.

     

  • H1N1 vaccination clinic location changed

    The venue for the free H1N1 vaccination clinic Friday has changed to the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Drive (next to Sullivan Field. The time, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. remains the same.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Occupational Medicine and the county public health office are supporting the county in hosting this upcoming clinic, which is open to anyone. The clinic will primarily be for those able to receive the “inactivated vaccine,” which is given as a shot. There will be consent forms on site for individuals to complete and sign.

  • Girls basketball: LA can’t hold on to big late lead against St. Pius X

    With about half a quarter left in regulation Monday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team looked to be well in control.

    But that look was deceiving.

    Los Alamos led by as many as 11 points early in the fourth quarter Monday against the visiting St. Pius X Sartans and held a healthy 7-point lead at the halfway mark of the period, but two quick turnovers in the backcourt led to two quick Sartan buckets.

    The Sartans rode the momentum for the next 2-1/2 minutes and escaped Griffith Gymnasium with a 40-37 victory.