Today's News

  • Search narrows for NCRTD executive

    The search continues and the end is in sight.

    The North Central Regional Transit District has been conducting a search since May to find a new executive director to replace Josette Lucero, who retired at the end of April.

    In the meantime, the NCRTD named former Los Alamos County Administator Tony Mortillaro as the interim executive director May 6. Rosemary Romero, who is heading the search committee, said Mortillaro and four others made the final cut and interviews were to be conducted next week. Romero said others in contention for the post include Joe Briscoe, Lauren Reichelt, Harry Montoya and Gregory Trujillo.

  • Broadband Meetings Clarify, Confuse

    Two meetings at Fuller Lodge Thursday, one for businesspeople and the other for the general public, were designed to educate about the proposed Community Broadband network and presented the results of recent market research surveys assessing community response to the proposal.

    Research and Polling Inc., a company founded by Brian Sanderoff, surveyed 102 businesses and 452 private citizens.

    The surveys asked a range of questions about residents’ satisfaction with their current Internet services, their understanding of the proposed fiber optics system and their level of interest in community broadband.

  • Blaze at 150K acres, 61 percent contained

    Firefighters were hampered Thursday by warmer weather and rugged terrain in their efforts to contain the state’s largest wildfire, as the region’s top forest official granted an initial request for funding that clears the way for recovery work on part of the massive blaze.

    Teams were using aerial reconnaissance flights and satellite images to create a map showing the severity of the burn throughout the southern half of the Las Conchas fire. Meanwhile, hydrologists and soil scientists were trying to estimate how much sediment might be moved if rain hits the burn scar.

  • Signals go up at Diamond and Trinity

    A worker sits on a crane and helps install a traffic light at the intersection of Trinity and Diamond Drive this week.

  • Cops snare LA's most wanted fugitives

    Los Alamos and New Mexico State Police apprehended a local couple this morning that has been on the run from the law since early June.

    A tip to Crimestoppers led police to a Chimayo home where Raymond “Ray” G. Behringer and Amanda Burns were said to be hiding out.

    “They are each charged with one count of burglary, one count of felony-level larceny and he is charged with one count of receiving stolen property which is also a felony level,” said Det. Paige Early.

    Lt. Preston Ballew said the arrest was a result of a joint effort between community and police.

  • Obama: Chance for 'something big' to calm economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday Congress has a "unique opportunity to do something big" and stabilize the U.S. economy for decades by cutting deficits even as it raises the national debt limit ahead of a critical Aug. 2 deadline. He said was willing to make tough decisions himself, including trimming Medicare benefits for wealthy beneficiaries, but said, "We're running out of time."

  • Murdoch apologizes to family of slain schoolgirl

    LONDON (AP) — Rupert Murdoch's loyal lieutenant Rebekah Brooks resigned Friday as chief executive of his embattled British newspapers as the media titan personally apologized to a family at the center of the phone-hacking scandal roiling Britain.

    With the departure of Brooks — the highest-ranking casualty yet in the scandal — Murdoch's son James signaled a new strategy for dealing with the storm that has knocked billions off the value of News Corp., scuttled its ambitions to take full control of lucrative British Sky Broadcasting and radically changed the power balance between U.K. politicians and the feared Murdoch press.

  • Move over, Harry

    Lord Voldemort was a threat to all that is good in the world.
    As his forces expanded and his strength grew, there seemed little hope left for the magical kingdom he sought to claim.
    But all stories have a hero and Harry Potter came to the rescue.
    We all knew that Voldemort would eventually meet his end at Harry’s hand.  After all, Harry is a true hero!
    For some others, it’s Batman. Or Iron Man. The Lone Ranger. Matt Dillon. Davy Crockett. The Shadow (and who else knows).
    We go to work, put in our nine to five (if you’re lucky), pick up a frozen pizza on the way home, and sit back to watch heroes entertain us.

  • Just A Wag 07-15-11

    Fireworks rescheduled

    We’re hearing that officials are considering holding the Kiwanis Club’s annual fireworks extravaganza Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-4 at Overlook Park.
    Also, being considered is a community healing/appreciation  event on the day of the fireworks.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  
    The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • New Mexico aviation infrastructure graded C-

    New Mexico has a seaplane base. It’s one of 61 airports open to the public, according to the 2005 Report Card on New Mexico Infrastructure from the New Mexico Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
    The report said our aviation infrastructure, graded C-, is ahead of the national average of D+.
    This is as it should be; with the least amount of surface water of any state, we have a seaplane base.
    Wikipedia places the base on Conchas Lake, near Tucumcari, and says it’s owned by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. This figures; the Corps messed up the New Orleans levees, but managed a seaplane base in the desert. The base brings new meaning to puddle jumping.