Today's News

  • Update 10-12-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will hold a work session at 7p.m., Oct. 18 for a special session in council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. , Oct. 18 in the chamber conference room.

    PEEC talk

    Nate McDowell of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Climate Research Lab, will give a talk on the “Effects of Climate on Plants,” at 7 tonight at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. The talk is free.

    Bond issue

  • Experts offer tips on mitigating home health hazards

    As the first fall freezes begin to settle in the area, Acting Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Brian Nickerson shares some safety steps to take before lighting home heaters and fireplaces.
    “Creosote, a chemical substance that forms when wood burns, builds up in chimneys and can cause a chimney fire if not removed through cleaning,” Nickerson said. “Homeowners should always have a professional inspect, and when necessary clean their chimneys at the beginning of each season.”
    A sturdy fireplace screen increases family protection when burning fires, he said, adding that wood is the only thing that should be burned in a fireplace – never paper or pine boughs, which can float out the chimney and ignite the roof or a neighboring home.

  • CRC votes to keep sheriff's office as is

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) returned to the issue of the County Sheriff’s role at Tuesday’s meeting. The CRC voted to leave the sheriff’s duties unchanged and to simply clarify the language of the charter. The current charter assigns only civil duties such as serving court papers to the sheriff, with all law enforcement responsibilities assigned to the LAPD.

  • Lawmaker: CMRR should come into budget crosshairs

    WASHINGTON - The congressional “super committee” assigned to identify avenues for reducing the nation’s deficit by $1.2 trillion should consider cutting tens of billions of dollars intended to maintain and modernize the country’s nuclear weapons complex, a senior House lawmaker said on Tuesday.

    “America needs a new nuclear weapon as much as Lady Gaga needs another new outfit,” Representative Edward Markey (D-Mass.) said at a Capitol Hill news conference.

    Markey, along with 64 other House Democrats, on Tuesday sent a letter urging the 12-member, bipartisan committee to look at a major atomic arsenal rollback, saying that the country could spend more than $700 billion on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years.

  • Lunch program gets green light

    Help is on the way for some children that attend Los Alamos Public Schools and qualify for free and reduced price lunches, but not everyone who qualifies will be able to take advantage of the program.

    At least not yet.

    During the Tuesday Los Alamos Board of Education meeting, and supported by Mountain Elementary Principal Gerry Washburn, board members voted 5-0 in favor of starting a free and reduced price lunch pilot program at Mountain.

    The discussion originally focused on what it would take to bring the program to all LAPS schools; however Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe told board members that a lot of work would need to be done if they decided to roll out the program district-wide.

  • Harold Morgan: If it sounds too good...

    There are promoters — people pushing substantive projects with capital in the bank. Then there are promoters.
    I grew up around the latter kind with the smoke, the mirrors, the hustle and the hot checks. I remember one attempt to build a stock issue around a $350 copper lease.
    In economic development, hopes and dreams play big roles.
    So headlines about the latest “next big things” should bring caution.
    As context for big announcements, complaints float that Gov. Susana Martinez has done little to produce jobs in New Mexico. True enough, I think.
    But the other truth is that governors can do little to “jump start” an economy.

  • Lobo women's hoops finishes 4th in preseason poll

    DENVER, Colo. — The University of New Mexico Lobos were tabbed fourth in the Mountain West Conference women’s basketball preseason poll.
    The Mountain West announced its 2011-12 preseason women’s basketball poll and all-conference team Tuesday at its Basketball Media Day held at The Mtn. Studios in Denver, Colo. The voting panel consisted of the league’s eight head coaches and select women’s basketball media.
    New Mexico garnered 74 points in voting to nab the No. 4  spot, and junior Sara Halasz earned a spot on the 2011  Preseason All-Conference team.
    The Lobos finished behind third-place Colorado State (106 points), second place San Diego State (127 poins) and the preseason favorite Horned Frogs of TCU.

  • LA clinches 2-4A title with 5-0 win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team earned a big victory over the Santa Fe Demons Tuesday night and, in doing so, clinched its fifth consecutive District 2-4A title.
    Los Alamos’ Naomi Movshovich earned a hat trick against Santa Fe, scoring three goals as the Hilltoppers routed the Demons 5-0 at Sullivan Field.
    The victory not only clinched the 2-4A title for the Hilltoppers, but also clinched a Class 4A postseason bid. The Hilltoppers, who were No. 1 in the last two statewide girls soccer polls, will most likely be looking at a top-four seed and a probable first-round bye when the tournament selections are announced following the conclusion of the regular season.

  • Toppers score twice early in victory

    After a tough overtime victory in their first meeting, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team wanted to erase all doubt as to which was the better team Tuesday against the Santa Fe Demons.
    Los Alamos scored a little more than 90 seconds into Tuesday’s game at Sullivan Field and tacked on a second goal with less than 10 minutes expired against Santa Fe in a big District 2-4A contest. Los Alamos would then cruise to victory, picking up a 3-0 win.
    The Hilltoppers’ victory Tuesday sets up a final showdown with the Capital Jaguars for the District 2-4A crown. That game, early next week, is a rematch of a 1-0 contest won by the Hilltoppers Oct. 1 at Sullivan Field.

  • Rio Arriba Sheriff's computers seized in DWI case

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — State police have seized computers from the Rio Arriba County Sheriff's office in connection with a drunk-driving homicide case that critics charged has been largely mishandled.

    Investigators took the computers last week and are searching for evidence in the case of Juan De Dios Cordova.

    The 56-year-old Algodones man is accused of crossing into oncoming traffic and hitting and killing 51-year-old motorcyclist Mark Wolfe head-on in Chimayo.