Today's News

  • Veto showdown, court fight looms on redistricting

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats in the Legislature appear heading for a veto showdown with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over proposals for changing the boundaries of House and Senate districts.

    If no redistricting plans are enacted, the fight shifts to the courts and a judge likely will end up drawing new district boundaries.

    A House redistricting plan won approval early Thursday in the 70-member chamber and Martinez made it clear she doesn't support the proposal. The measure passed on a 36-34 vote with one Democrat breaking party ranks to join Republicans in opposing the measure.

    Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell called the plan a "partisan gerrymander."

  • The end of the world: R.E.M. calling it quits--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — R.I.P. to R.E.M.

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group announced on its website Wednesday that it has "decided to call it a day as a band."

    "A wise man once said — 'the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave.' We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we're going to walk away from it," frontman Michael Stipe said in a statement on the website.

    "I hope our fans realize this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way."

  • Be There 09-21-11

    The September Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. For more information, call 661-4097.

    The Authors Speak Series presents “Inspiration and perspiration: An Authors Symposium,” with playwright Robert Benjamin; children’s author Shirley Raye Redmond; poet Jane Lin; and sci-fi author Steven Gould, who will discuss the creative process in different genres. Moderated by Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan. 7 p.m., upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.


  • Community announcements 09-21-11

    Volunteers needed  
    “Do you like to talk? The Los Alamos Historical Museum is looking for volunteers to greet visitors in the museum and tell them about the history of the community. No experience required, we’ll train you. Docent shifts are weekdays from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. from early May to mid-October and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. the rest of the year. Contact the museum offices at 662-6272 for more information.

  • Piñon students learn about bird banding

    Piñon Elementary sixth graders went to the Jemez, as part of a Pajarito Environmental Education Center program on bird banding. Here, Bandelier National Monument employee Steve Fetig teaches the students about bird banding and the impact of the Las Conchas Fire.

  • LAHS National Merit Scholars

      The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring.
      Los Alamos High School Merit semifinalists are left to right: Scott Carlsten, Andrew Zhao, Victoria Wang, Myles Gurule, Horace Zhang, Peter Ahrens, Ciara Sterbenz, Lorenzo Venneri, Miriam Barnum, Isaac Koh, Micha Ben-Naim, Mei Liu, Donald (Andy) McAninch.

  • Join the climate rally

    Community members concerned about climate change will take over Los Alamos on Sept. 24 as part of “Moving Planet,” an international day of action, calling for the world to transition away from fossil fuels. Hundreds of thousands of people across the world are expected to participate by moving their bodies toward solutions in climate change.
    In costume and by foot, bike, skateboard, pogo stick — or any other sustainable mode of transit — the rally will move around downtown to call for the community to move beyond fossil fuels.

  • On the Docket 09-21-11

    Sept. 1

    Brandy Marisol-Archuleta, 34, of Española pleaded not guilty in Municipal Court to one count of driving on an expired registration and four counts of failure to appear in court and failure to pay fines. Judge Alan Kirk found Marisol-Archuleta guilty of all charges and sentenced her to pay a $70 fine for driving on an expired registration and for two counts of failure to appear in court and failure to pay fines. The judge deferred for 30 days Marisol-Archuleta’s remaining two counts of failure to appear in court and failure to pay fines. He also charged her a $100 bench warrant fee.  
    Sept. 8

  • NMED begins talks with LANL on clean-up

    The New Mexico Environment Department met with representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Laboratory on Monday to establish a framework for moving forward on Governor Martinez’s clean-up priorities for Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    “Governor Martinez has emphasized that continued acceleration of above ground transuranic (TRU) waste disposal is a major priority, and protection of ground water and drinking water systems must continue to be priorities notwithstanding potential federal budget decreases,” New Mexico Environment Secretary David Martin said.  

  • Fire calls

    Firefighters go through training at the Los Alamos Fire Department Training Facility on DP Road Friday. The department’s August Fire Calls include 105 emergency medical service calls, five vehicle accidents, two fires and 44 miscellaneous calls.