Today's News

  • Martinez testing her powers

    Perhaps it is inexperience. Or perhaps she’s simply insensitive to the give and take required in a system of state government where the authority to govern is apportioned between three separate branches of government, legislative, executive and judicial.
    Whatever it is, New Mexico’s neophyte Gov. Susana Martinez’s use of the line-item veto to accomplish legislative ends she sought but failed to achieve at the 2011 legislature has key state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle talking about hauling her into court for exceeding her authority under the state Constitution.
    There have been a number of instances where her veto practices have struck seasoned observers as constitutionally dubious.

  • Bratcher leaves Valles Caldera Trust post

    Dr. Raymond Loretto, the chairman of the Valles Caldera Board of Trustees, announced today that Gary Bratcher will be leaving his post as Executive Director of the Valles Caldera Trust.

     Bratcher has served at the helm of the Trust since January 2009, and led the effort to expand public access, forest and watershed restoration, and sustaining revenues at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    “The Board appreciates Mr. Bratcher's service during the past two and a half years,” said Dr. Loretto, “especially his efforts in working with the Board toward the attainment of the Trust’s goals of financial self-sufficiency, increased public access, and forest and watershed restoration.”

  • Community announcements 05-18-11

    SAN needs more volunteers

    Senior Appreciation Night, the safe, supervised all-night graduation celebration sponsored by the community is in need of 23 additional volunteer chaperones for its May 28 event. Volunteers will supervise activities are or run small events.
    Specific needs for helpers include shifts from 5:30-9 p.m. (six people needed); 7-11 p.m. (three people needed); 9 p.m.-12 a.m. (six people needed); and 12-3 a.m. (eight people needed) to chaperone the movie.
    Volunteers should contact Diana Martinez at the YMCA at 662-3100,
    or email dmartinez@laymca.org to sign up for a time.

    LAHS Class of ‘91 reunion

  • Be There 05-18-11

    The May Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site.  For more information, call 412-9371.

    Los Alamos Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. Those interested in the Lions Club should call Dennis Wulff at 672-9563 or email drwulff47@aol.com.

    See some of the opportunities that Los Alamos has to offer, ask questions and buy some used books at the Homeschool Fair and Curriculum Sale. The fair will be at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Set-up will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the fair will end at 7 p.m. To sponsor a table or for more information, email NarumHC@yahoo.com.

  • Thank you 05-18-11

    Thank You
    for Earth Day 2011

    Each year around April 22, Earth Day, the nationally recognized day to emphasize caring for the Earth by becoming more sustainable, is honored with various activities by Pajarito Environmental Education Center. This year’s activities included a display at Mesa Public Library, an Earth Day Speaker and a festival. Each activity was an outstanding success due to the efforts of a large number of volunteers and the support of many sponsors. This letter is to thank all of these volunteers and sponsors and those who attended one of our events this year.

  • Junior Brown gets Overlook rocking

    It’s that time of year again: time for the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. The 2011 season kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday at Overlook Park in White Rock, with Junior Brown.
    Brown invented his own guitar, combining the standard six-string electric guitar and the lap steel guitar. He plays country, rockabilly, western swing, honky tonk, neo-traditionalist country and alt-rock. According to his website, www.juniorbrown.com, “he has the soul of country and the spirit of rock.” Samples of his music can also be found on the site.

  • LANL earns volunteer award

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has earned an award as the top corporate volunteer organization among large employers in VolunteerMatch’s network of more than 140 leading companies and brands.
    Debbi Wersonick of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Programs Office, coordinator of volunteer programs at the Laboratory, traveled to Chicago to receive the Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year Award, given by the San Francisco-based nonprofit organization for outstanding achievement and results in program reach, connection rate, volunteer hours tracked per 1,000 employees, and volunteer impact.

  • State Briefs 05-18-11

    Ex-Gov. Richardson denies pay-to-play allegations

    ALBUQUERQUE— Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Tuesday denied that campaign contributions ever played a role in his selection of judges and called any suggestion to the contrary “outrageous and defamatory.”
    The allegations surfaced after state District Judge Michael Murphy of Las Cruces was indicted on bribery charges for allegedly telling a judicial candidate she needed to make contributions to the Democratic Party if she wanted the vacant seat.
    A report accompanying the indictment also implied there was a larger pay-to-play scheme that funneled money to Richardson through a Democratic Party activist.

  • A new meaning to the term 'indoor plant'

    The remodel construction at Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) is not the only sign of new life in the building. Staff discovered a baby bush growing in the middle of their break room in February 2011. The bush’s existence is a miracle considering that the parent bush is several feet away living outside the building. “The bush symbolizes new growth and strength to us. As the first financial institution in this community we have roots as strong as that little miracle bush,” said Nickole Aguilar Garcia, Branch Manager, who points out the plant in the break room Tuesday at the credit union. DNCU plans to let the bush continue to grow.  


  • Update 05-18-11

    Venue change
    The Los Alamos Republican Party meeting slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hilltop House hotel has been moved to the Los Alamos VFW.

    Dems to meet
    Democratic Party meeting
    The Democratic Party will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Mesa Public Library upstairs meeting rooms. The speaker for the May meeting will be Ray Powell, state land commissioner.

    Meeting canceled
    The CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee Meeting that had been scheduled for Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in Council Chambers has been canceled.

    JJAB meeting