Local News

  • House redistricting scheduled for Dec. 12

    State Rep. James Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval) is looking forward to the upcoming redistricting hearings, although he said he was disheartened an agreement could not be reached during a special legislative session in September.

    Since that time, Hall has been busy, meeting with constituents, giving talks to local organizations and serving on interim legislative committees.

    A couple of months ago, Hall wrote a letter to redistricting attorneys Richard Olsen and Luis Stelzner, concerning the hearings that begin Dec. 12 in Santa Fe.

  • Autio rose to the challenges

    County Attorney Randy Autio’s year-and-a-half in Los Alamos has been anything but dull; in fact, he may have had the challenge of a lifetime.

    “When I came here as County Attorney in July of 2010, I faced a really tough investigation that involved the administrator and high-level employees,” Autio said, referring to an investigation that ended with County Administrator Tony Mortillaro’s termination in December 2010.

    Council voted unanimously to appoint Autio as Acting County Administrator, a role he served in until Harry Burgess was hired Nov. 7.

  • WinterFest Light Parade Winners

    First place: Los Alamos Medical Center

    Second place: Los Alamos National Bank

    Third place: Hollabaugh, Gall more and Mendez family

    Watch for more on the parade in next week's editions of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Cain Train comes to a halt--video extra

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Cain train has come to a stop.

    Republican candidate Herman Cain is suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination to avoid continued news coverage of allegations of sexual misconduct that is hurtful to his family.

    "I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distractions and the continued hurt caused on me and my family," Cain told several hundred supporters gathered at what was to have been the opening of his national campaign headquarters.

    Cain's announcement came five days after an Atlanta-area woman claimed she and Cain had an affair for more than a decade, a claim that followed several allegations of sexual harassment against the Georgia businessman.

  • Winds clocked at 88 mph at Sandia tram

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP)— Some of the worst winds to hit the Albuquerque metro area were at the base of the Sandia Tram. It was enough to shut the tram down Thursday after winds of 88 mph were clocked.
    The tramway manager says when the winds start swinging the cables and the cars, the tram can’t reach the mountaintop on a day like that.
    Once the cross winds go beyond 45, the tramway is shutdown. Inside their control room they monitor the wind speeds.
    It’s bad news for visitors and not so good for the tram because of lost business.
    This morning, meanwhile, state highway officials have closed Interstate 40 from Santa Rosa to Clines Corners due to black ice.

  • Update 12-02-11

    Historic meeting

    The Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m., Dec. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Dec. 6 at council chambers in the Community Building.

    Court closed

    The Magistrate Court will close Wednesday, Thursday and Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m., Dec. 13 at the Chamber Conference Room.

    TEDx meeting

  • Correction 12-02-11

    A press release in Thursday’s edition of “Diversions” incorrectly stated that Don Taylor will take photographs during the Santa Paws event from noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Pet Pangaea. Pet Pangaea will take the photos.

  • Time to get your tree

    Another trailer full of holiday spirit arrives at Delancy Street’s annual Christmas tree lot outside the Elk's Lodge Friday morning.

  • Stay healthy and be safe during extreme cold or snowy weather

    Check weather conditions before heading outdoors. That includes wind chill, which can greatly impact your body temperature.

    The wind chill is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by combined effects of wind and cold. As the wind increases, heat is carried away from the body at an accelerated rate, driving down the body temperature. Animals are also affected by wind chill.

    During severe cold weather conditions, your best line of defense is to stay inside your home or vehicle.

    However, if you must be outside, avoid overexertion — such as shoveling heavy snow, pushing a car, or walking in deep snow. The strain from the cold and the hard labor may cause a heart attack. Sweating could lead to a chill and hypothermia.

  • Owner Fights To Keep Eatery

    Central Avenue Grill owner Min Sung Park had few alternatives left when he declared bankruptcy Aug. 12 in United States Federal Court in Albuquerque.

    Park has operated Central Avenue Grill, 1789 Central Ave., as well as his Osaka Grill and Seafood restaurant, 3501 Zafarano Dr., in Santa Fe under “debtor-in-possession” status since filing for Chapter 11 reorganization.

    Park’s attorney, George Moore said Thursday that Central Avenue Grill “will certainly remain open through December.”

    All holiday parties already booked at the restaurant will be honored, Park said.