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  • 9/11 Anniversary Marked With Somber Tributes
  • Today in History for September 11th
  • Obama: The US Military 'Does Not Do Pinpricks'

    President Obama responded to critics of a limited strike on Syria saying the United States military 'does not do pinpricks', and that other non-military interventions in the country have failed so far.

  • Heinrich supports strike on Syria

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich says he’ll vote for a Senate resolution authorizing U.S. military action in Syria.
    The first-term Democrat says he doesn’t support sending American troops into Syria but says it’s essential to deter the regime of Bashar al-Assad from again using poison gas.
    Heinrich acknowledges that his decision runs counter to the positions of many of his closest supporters but he says he’s convinced it is the right decision.
    Heinrich disclosed his decision in a letter to constituents.
    Here is a portion of the letter.
    The last week has been the most difficult I have experienced in my more than eight years in public office. What I share with you now will not win me any popularity awards, and some of you may well never forgive me for my decision today. All I ask is that you read this entire letter and seek to understand how I came to make this decision.

  • Update 09-10-13


    Anyone interested in attending Lunch with a Leader, scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Sept. 17 at Mesa Public Library, and would like to order lunch from the Co-op, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 by Sunday.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in council chambers at the Municipal Building.

    Guest Speaker

    Secretary of Education-Designate Hanna Skandera will speak at a community dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Los Alamos Research Park Conference Center, Room 203-A, 4200 W. Jemez Road. The dinner is sponsored by the Los Alamos Republican Party. Public is welcome. Admission is $50 per person/$95 per couple. Reservations may be made by calling Lawry Mann, 662-4590, or Bill McKerley, 505-331-3686.

    Police finalists

    Members of the public are invited to meet the top five police chief finalists at 6 p.m. Thursday in council chambers. The candidates being considered: Roy Melnick, Donnie Perry, Bill Press, Dino Sgambellone and Philip Smith.

    Farmers Market

    County councilors will host a booth at the Farmers Market on Thursday.  

  • Suicide prevention workshops set for this week

    A group of local mental health professionals are hoping to change the way Los Alamos residents think about suicide with a series of public events this week.

    The series is called “Holding Hope: Suicide Prevention and Awareness Week.” It coincides with National Suicide Prevention Week, with Sept. 10 being World Suicide Prevention Day. Co-sponsors of the local events include the Los Alamos Family Council, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Employee Assistance Program, and the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

    A majority of the events will be in Los Alamos, and while some are geared toward professional mental health experts, most are geared toward teen and adult residents. All events are free and open to the public. Many are geared for specialized audiences though, so consult the schedule. Each event is about an hour long.

    Elisa Enriquez, a therapist with the LANL Ombudsman Office, said the week of events grew out of a one-time, in-house suicide prevention workshop at LANL last year. According to her it was very successful in that many attended to learn more about the subject. She also met a private practice therapist later on in the year, Aimee Schnedler, and together, they decided to expand the program.

  • Traffic clears on N.M. 502 after two crashes

    It’s been a busy hour on the Los Alamos roadways for Los Alamos Police and Fire Departments and the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission.

    Traffic heading eastbound was in lengthy delays for about an hour as LAPD and LAFD respond to a pair of crashes on the Main Hill. As of 1:15 p.m., traffic continued to be backed up eastbound as law enforcement tended to two separate one-car accidents. by 1:30 p.m., traffic started to move and was close to back to normal.

    Vehicles involved included a Ford station wagon and a Toyota truck. The accidents occurred within a few minutes of each other and they were both in the same proximity.

    Police say that speed on a wet road was likely a factor in the accidents.

    Rain also is forecast for the next three days.

    Crews also were dispatched to a home on Barranca Mesa. There was a report of bear in a kitchen but by the time crews got there, the bear had escaped.

  • With rain rolling in, Trinity construction heats up

    Rain is likely to be prominent in the area the next couple of days. And for the next couple of months, Trinity Drive, between DP Road and Knecht Street, is expected to be congested. The south eastbound lane on Trinity Drive was closed Monday and will be until at least November. Expect congestion and plan for delays, especially during the evening commute. The rain, meanwhile, did not stop workers at the Smith’s Marketplace construction site. 

  • Jemez comes together for firefighter's family -- updated

    In the wake of Token Adams’ death, the mountain communities of the Jemez are coming together to remember him, as well as take care of his family.

    According to officials involved in the search, Adams, a firefighter with the Jemez Ranger District, died in an all-terrain vehicle accident while investigating a wildfire on Schoolhouse Mesa a couple of weeks ago. Though officials have so far declined to release specific details in the incident, his ATV and his body were found atop Table Mesa last Friday morning.

    Adams disappeared precisely a week earlier when he lost radio contact with the other firefighters who were also mapping out the 25-acre blaze. The fire was quickly extinguished by crews that weekend.
    Adams leaves behind his wife, Heidi, and a three-year-old son, Tristan. According to his Facebook page, his wife is expecting a girl.

    “I realized today that I really need to bring my son the horse races and let him bet... only because he’s been saying that he’s going to have a little sister the whole time. And would you believe that he was RIGHT! Patiently awaiting your arrival Miss Isla Skye Adams!” he said in a Facebook post dated May 8.

  • Today in History for September 10th