Today's News

  • IRS to offer assistance Saturday

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Taxpayer Assistance Center, at 5338 Montgomery Blvd., N.E., Albuquerque, will be open from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday.  
    The IRS office will be open to provide free assistance to New Mexicans who may need help getting tax forms and schedules for this year’s tax return or information on making a payment arrangement or questions about a lien withdrawal and more. 
    For some issues, assistance may be offered over the telephone by IRS employees who are working in other offices around the country. 

  • Business Watch: Social Security looms for Baby Boomers

    Talk about a stampede: The first wave of Baby Boomers begins turning age 65 in 2011, which means they’ll soon be tapping Social Security retirement benefits, if they haven’t already. If you’re a Boomer and haven’t yet investigated how this program works, this may be a good time to learn the ropes.
    When you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn up to four “credits” per year based on net income. In 2011, it takes $1,120 in income to earn one credit. You must accumulate at least 40 credits over your lifetime to qualify for a benefit; however, those who haven’t earned sufficient credits sometimes qualify based on their spouse’s work record.

  • Musicians perform for students at Fuller Lodge

    Members of the quintet Imani Winds performed for a group of Los Alamos National Laboratory post-doctorates March 17 at Fuller Lodge.

  • Police Beat 03-22-11

    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.

    March 10

    3:50 p.m. – Elier Rojo, 21, of Santa Fe was arrested on Trinity Drive and charged with false evidence regarding a vehicle title.
    5:11 p.m. – A 56-year-old Los Alamos man reported being the victim of burglary and larceny after someone stole a laptop from his vehicle parked in the 100 block of Camino Entrada. The estimated loss is more than $500.
    March 11

  • Update 03-22-11

    School board meeting
    The Los Alamos Board of Education has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at Suite V of 2075 Trinity Drive.

     Council meeting
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    Star party
    Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host a Star Party at 7 p.m. March 26 with Dr. James Maxwell. Learn about the universe with a short illustrated talk.

  • NM Legislature heads off emission rollback

    ALBUQUERQUE — Environmental groups rejoiced Monday after efforts to roll back New Mexico’s new greenhouse gas emissions rules failed during the legislative session that ended over the weekend.
    Gov. Susana Martinez has vowed to continue reviewing all state regulations, however, with an eye toward improving the business climate in New Mexico and creating jobs.
    Martinez said at a news conference after the end of the session Saturday that she’s looking at laws passed by the Legislature as well as those approved by various state boards, commissions and executive agencies.

  • Forest Service: Valle Canyon wildfire 100% contained

    Somewhat calmer winds and rain mixed with snow that started falling overnight is no doubt lending a hand with the efforts of firefighters Tuesday in snuffing out the Valle Canyon fire that’s been burning west of Los Alamos since last Thursday night.

    Forest Service spokesperson Lawrence Lujan said late in the day Tuesday the wildfire is 100% percent contained.

    “Yesterday due to heavy winds, firefighters were removed from the fire to protect them from dead falling trees (snags,” Lujan said.  “Safety always comes first in fire management.  Last night’s snow and colder temperatures assisted with suppression efforts.

  • County crime dips in 2010 - video included

    Hot off the press, the Los Alamos Police Department’s 2010 annual report released today shows that local crime remained relatively level with a few areas in the report actually revealing lower numbers compared to 2009.

    “Los Alamos generally enjoys a reputation of being one of the lowest crime areas in Northern New Mexico and 2010 proved to be consistent with past years,” Capt. Randy Foster said. “Overall reports to LAPD were down again this year with less larcenies being reported, as was the case from 2008 to 2009.”

  • Muni building concepts down to three options - video included

    The beauty pageant is down to the final three contestants. The winner in this contest will become the county’s new $25 million municipal building.

    The public viewed the latest development in the project during an open house Monday night at the White Rock Town Hall. Another open house is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    The open houses are hosted by Jaynes Corporation and Studio Southwest Architects.

  • Census data available, eventually

    A few days ago, the sweet young blonde woman newsreader gushed on the noon newscast that the Census has announced that New Mexico’s April 2010 population was just over 2 million.
    Actually, this number, 2,059,179, was released three months ago.
    So much for television’s immediacy. The “news” that sunny March 15, which I think the blonde lady missed, was that the Census had done its first public release of a huge amount of New Mexico data.
    For those of you interested in this material and who also are, uh, “challenged” by getting there, here are some initial steps, offered because this ain’t easy, even perhaps for the unchallenged.
    On the Internet, start with www.Census.gov.