Today's News

  • Cell phone ban passes House

    SANTA FE — Legislation that would prohibit drivers in New Mexico from using hand-held cell phones for talking or texting was narrowly approved by the House on Tuesday.

    The bill would make New Mexico the seventh state to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving. Some of New Mexico’s largest cities — Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces — already have municipal ordinances that bar cell phone use for drivers.

    Under the proposed statewide ban, violators would face a misdemeanor penalty of $25.

  • Discussing White Rock’s future

    On Monday, Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman explained preferred improvement alternatives to the N.M. 4 road alignment project in White Rock during a White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee meeting.

    A study was conducted and resulted in two options for creating a more attractive roadway. Those options are currently making the rounds of county boards and commissions.

  • Nuclear collection stacks up

    An unusually diverse assortment of books and other publications related to the atomic age has found a home at the state history museum.

    A retired community planner who now lives in Peoria, Ariz., donated his library with some 8,500 items to the Fray Angélico Chavéz History Library at the Palace of the Governors.

  • The Senate is supreme

    SANTA FE – Congratulations to the state Senate on its glorious basketball victory last week.  It isn’t often the Senate beats the House in basketball, what with its inferior numbers and advanced age.  There was a time, however, when the Senate was supreme, or so it was proclaimed by Sen. C.B. Trujillo of Taos. Trujillo was a big guy, who served back in the 1970s. He was a dominating basketball player and tried to do the same in the Senate.  In those days, the Senate used to win its share of basketball games.

  • No ROI without investment

    Our local economy is 97 percent LANL-related. While an amazing statistic, it’s certainly not surprising, and it makes achieving a more economically self-sufficient community a very tall order. Increasing retail opportunities and improving our economic diversity requires new investment, both private and public.

  • 02-02-10 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. 21

    5:13 p.m. — The Best Western Hilltop House Hotel at 400 Trinity Dr., reported someone broke a window in the hotel’s pool area. The estimated damage is $300.

    6:40 p.m. — A 15-year-old Los Alamos girl was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after being found with a marijuana pipe. She was referred to the juvenile probation officer.

  • Celebrate the Chinese New Year at First Baptist Church

    The Chinese New Year, which lands on Feb. 14 this year, is a time for family. For people like Joshua Wu, whose family lives apart, the New Year is a time for them to get together and celebrate. “It’s a fun thing,” he said.

    Wu added, that cleerbating in China and in the U.S. are different.

    “China goes about it differently … what we usually do is families … come as a whole group. It’s a get-together.”

  • Come on and celebrate!

    This year, Relay for Life is calling for more celebrations. Since the event benefits the American Cancer Society, a nation-wide volunteer health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer and prolonging life, this in turn means more birthdays, holidays and special occasions to recognize.

  • Bill aims to strike down pit rules

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A lawmaker from northwest New Mexico, home to one of the nation's largest natural gas basins, is taking aim at state regulations for oil and natural gas producers.

    Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Farmington, has drafted legislation seeking to rescind the so-called pit rule, which restricts the use of pits for onsite waste disposal at drilling sites. The rule also regulates below-grade tanks and the use of closed loop systems during oil and gas operations.

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