Today's News

  • State Briefs 09-04-11

    Martinez’s vehicle pulled over for speeding

    ALBUQUERQUE — Police said New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s vehicle was pulled over after her driver was caught going 13 mph over the speed limit.
    KOAT-TV reports that Albuquerque police confirmed Thursday that the governor’s vehicle was clocked going 48 mph in a 35 mph zone on Frontage Road near Jefferson Street and Interstate 25 last Friday.
    That violation typically earns the driver a $95 ticket, but the governor’s driver got away with a verbal warning.
    Albuquerque Sgt. Patrick Ficke said the governor did not receive preferential treatment.

  • Construction Zone 09-04-11

    Public Works Projects:
    For more information about the projects listed below, please email  lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.

    Diamond Drive
    Phase 4
    West Road/LAMC entrance will be closed for approximately one week starting on Tuesday. The contractor will be installing a valley gutter; use the HRL building driveway or the hospital access off Trinity. Once the West Road access is reopened, work will begin on the valley gutter at the LANL HRL building driveway; use West Road.

  • Update 09-04-11

    Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voter’s Lunch with a Leader will be at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 8 at Central Avenue Grill. The guest speaker will be Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki.

    Fuller Lodge

       The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Curtis Room.

    No trash collection

    There will be no residential or commercial trash or recycling collection on Sept. 5. If Monday is your normal collection day, please put out your roll carts by 8 a.m. Wednesday.

    Alzheimer's walk

  • Dems, GOP governor at odds as session looms 

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democrats in the Legislature find themselves on a collision course as they head into a special session to deal with the politically tricky assignment of redistricting.
    The Legislature convenes Tuesday, but Martinez has Democrats grumbling because she wants lawmakers to consider a wide range of proposals in addition to the once-a-decade job of redistricting.
    Among the governor’s priorities is stopping the issuance of driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants and a proposal to hold back third-graders who can’t read proficiently rather than promoting them to the fourth grade.

  • Final Count: 9,200 Pot Plants Seized in Raid

    Two days after numerous branches of law enforcement swooped in to bust a $10-million marijuana grow at Bandelier National Monument, superintendent Jason Lott said crews are scrutinizing other areas of the park.

    “We are actively looking for other grow areas along Bandelier. If there are other areas, we will find them and with the fire, that makes it easy,” Lott said.

    “We are sending a clear message that we will be looking for that kind of stuff and we will find you. I don’t want this to be considered a prime place for this kind of activity.”

    Lott said 9,200 plants were eradicated from the site and disposed of at an undisclosed location.

  • Mortillaro made official

    Anthony Mortillaro, a former Los Alamos County Administrator, no longer is the interim executive director of the North Central Regional Transit District. The NCRTD board voted Friday to remove the interim tag and make Mortillaro the permanent executive director.

    In a weighted vote, the board voted 23-2 for Mortillaro with the pueblos of San Ildefonso and Tesuque casting the dissenting votes.

    The board interviewed Mortillaro and two other top candidates -— Joe Briscoe and Harry Montoya Friday. Then the board went into executive session for two hours to discuss the candidates’ qualifications before voting.

  • Trinity debate takes a turn

    What was expected to be a heated debate at Tuesday night’s county council meeting – whether Trinity Drive should have single-lane roundabouts – for now appears to be a moot point.

    MIG, the firm hired by the county to develop plans, is scheduled to give its final report on the NM 502/Trinity Drive Transportation Corridor Study and Plan, and a large turnout of supporters and detractors of the proposal for a three lane corridor with single-lane roundabouts was expected.

  • Tigers maul Hilltoppers Friday, 60-0

    AZTEC – In the Four Corners area Friday night, it was all Aztec Tigers all the time. Or, more accurately, it was all Aztec half of the time.
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was thumped on the road Friday night against the Aztec Tigers. The Tigers scored six times – including four times in a span of 1 minute, 41 seconds – in the first quarter to go up 40-0, then closed out the contest at halftime, winning 60-0 at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium.

  • Sandoval leads ’Topper girls to big win at UNM

    Teresa Sandoval took top honors in the season-opening cross country race at Albuquerque Saturday morning.
    Sandoval, a junior on the Los Alamos Hilltopper squad, nipped Volcano Vista’s Elisa Woody by less than two seconds at the finish line to win the University of New Mexico Invitational Saturday. The UNM meet, which combines a high school and collegiate race, was run at the UNM North Golf Course.
    The first-place finish by Sandoval paced the Hilltopper girls, who won the team title at UNM for the second straight year. The Hilltoppers finished with 63 points, 20 points below the final tally of Class 5A Eldorado, the only other team in the girls field to score under 148 points.

  • LA takes fourth at home tourney this weekend

    Few people will ever accuse the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team of stacking its home tournament in its favor.
    The Hilltoppers finished fourth at their home tournament this weekend, going 1-2 against some top competition from around the state.  In the third-place game Saturday afternoon, The Hilltoppers lost a heartbreaker to the Farmington Scorpions, 4-3.
    Farmington scored two goals in the final nine minutes of play after Los Alamos went up 3-2 in the 68th minute. Ryan Maestas scored on a counter-attack after a big push from Farmington resulted in a line shot from CJ Klepac right to the gut of Hilltopper goalkeeper Lorenzo Venneri.