Today's News

  • Texas Tornado Witness: Hail Was the Size of Softballs--Video Extra

    GRANBURY, Texas (AP) — Officials awaited daybreak to fully assess the scope of the destruction left in the wake of a deadly tornado in Granbury.

    Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said he hoped the death toll from the tornado would hold at six, with about 50 people injured and 250 people left homeless.

    The twister was part of a swarm of tornadoes unleashed on North Texas, devastating two neighborhoods in southern Granbury and a neighborhood in nearby Cleburne.

    "I've been assured by my deputies on the scene that they're pretty confident with the six that they found, but there was a report that two of these people that they found were not even near their homes. So we're going to have to search the area out there," he said.

    About 50 people were taken to a Granbury hospital, where 14 were admitted for treatment of injuries and two were transferred to a hospital in Fort Worth, about 35 miles to the northeast, Deeds said.

    About 50 people gathered in the Oak Wood Elementary School after nightfall Wednesday to have their injured children examined by paramedics. Five were taken away by ambulance.

  • Congress approves additional LANL cleanup money

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Congress has approved an additional $19 million for nuclear waste cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The New Mexico congressional delegation on Wednesday announced the approval of a "reprogramming" request by the Department of Energy to transfer money from other programs to ensure the lab can meet its promise to remove thousands of barrels of radioactive waste by 2014.

    The potential dangers of the waste, which is stored above ground, made national headlines in 2011 when the Las Conchas fire raged near the lab.

    The Obama Administration had requested $239 million for the cleanup in the fiscal year 2013 budget. But a continuing budget resolution froze the cleanup funding level at $189 million and sequestration cuts further reduced that figure to $173 million.

    Watch for more details on this developing story in the Los Alamos Monitor.

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  • People In the News 05-15-13

    Amanda Mercer, a junior at Los Alamos High School, was honored as Rotary Student of the Month for April. Mercer is the daughter of Nancy Jo Nicholas and David Mercer and sister of Emily.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month.
    In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition. Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities and their service to the community.
    An outstanding student, Mercer is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as Key Club, the high school service and leadership organization sponsored by Kiwanis International.
    In addition to participating annually in science fair competitions, Mercer serves as a student representative on the Board of Directors of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and is president of the LAHS International Club.
    Mercer has found a place in her life for sports, particularly running.
    She has participated in the Jemez Half-Marathon, the Caldera Half-Marathon, the YMCA High-Altitude Half-Marathon and the Bolder Boulder 10K race every year on Memorial Day in Colorado.

  • Be There 05-15-13

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. in Building 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. The public is welcome.

    Fall highway cleanup at the Valles Caldera. 5 p.m., volunteers will meet at Ponderosa Campground, carpool to the stretch of road at the Valles Caldera. Bring work gloves, garbage bags will be provided. Any questions, call 662-2368.
    State chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party, John Billingsley will speak 7 p.m., in room 220 on the UNM-LA campus. All members of the Republican Party are invited.

    Lunch time concert with the M.A.D. Hatters horn trio. Noon at Fuller Lodge. Free, public is invited to bring a sack lunch.

    Cleanup along State Road 4. 5 p.m., at the Ponderosa Campground to carpool to Pajarito Group’s stretch of road at the Valles Caldera. Bring gloves and water. Trash bags will be provided. For more information, contact Ilse Bleck at 662-2368 or ibleck@yahoo.com.

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos’ will show a short video by Bill Moyers’ followed by a discussion. The meeting is 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, Building 2. All Democrats are encouraged to attend.

    Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meeting, 8:30 a.m., Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., suite A.

  • Let’s go fly a kite this weekend

    Looking back at your childhood, what memories come to mind? Having family picnics at the park? Running through an open field with your friends? Gazing at the sky making shapes out of the clouds? How about attending the Los Alamos Kite Festival?
    For the 16th year, the Los Alamos Arts Council presents the Los Alamos Kite Festival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the soccer fields in Overlook Park in White Rock. Children of all ages are welcome. Whether you build a kite, fly a kite, enjoy a picnic with family and friends, or just take in the artful scene, this is community tradition not to be missed.
    Thanks to the generous funding from Los Alamos National Bank, the Kite Festival will continue to be a free event.
    The Kite Festival weekend kicks off 7 p.m., Friday with the Summer Concert Series. Kite artists will be on the field with their kites on display and a night kite fly demonstration. In this event, small lights are attached to the kites before they are launched into the night sky. It is an amazing light show over White Rock.
    The main festival is held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The day includes music, food, kite-building workshops for kids, and a lot of kite flying.

  • In honor of the fallen

    This year’s Memorial Day community ceremony will be 11 a.m., May 27 at Guaje Pines Cemetery. This year’s theme is “Remembering those who have lost their lives for their country and a special remembrance of Vietnam.”
    Memorial Day is a national holiday to thank and honor more than 1,258,000 Americans that have given their lives for their country during wartime and conflicts around the globe defending freedom and way of life. More than 58,000 died in Vietnam and some 1,600 remain Missing in Action in Vietnam. At least 42 million citizens have served in the United States military during times of conflict.
    This year’s speakers include four living heroes and residents of Los Alamos who all served in Vietnam during the height of the conflict. They include Leland Lehman, Nick Mezins, Ed Miller and Dennis Hawley.
    American Legion officials said it would be an honor to have the community turn out for the ceremony at Guaje Pines. Lunch and socializing to remember the fallen will be at the conclusion of the ceremony at the American Legion Post 90, 1325 Trinity Drive.

  • Senators vote for marketplace fairness

    In a rare bipartisan moment, something significant happened last week in the United States Senate and New Mexico’s two senators, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, helped to make it happen by voting to end the chaos and misunderstanding surrounding the sales tax and online purchases.
    And good for them and the 67 other senators who joined in bipartisan passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act.
    One of the major fictions about commerce today is that Internet sales are immune from what we here in New Mexico call the gross-receipts tax, but is more commonly known elsewhere as the sales tax.
    Yet, while the great bulk of online sales do go tax free, so to speak, others are in fact legally subject to the sales tax in New Mexico and other states with such a tax.
    By law, any retailer with an outlet, store or office in a state where a consumer makes an online purchase is required to collect whatever rate the sales tax is levied. So if you live in New Mexico and purchase a coat from Eddie Bauer, you are obligated to pay the 5.125 to 8.6875 percent (depending on location) gross-receipts tax levied on that sale.
    Why? Because Eddie Bauer has an outlet in New Mexico.

  • Tourism pros love N.M. true campaign

    Thank God for Texans and their money.
    Texans help explain the 3.3 percent growth of leisure and hospitality wage jobs over the past year, say hospitality executives.
    The situation offers a big, “nnaahhh, so there!” to those who whined about the state Tourism Department choosing an ad agency based in (gasp!) Austin. As in Texas.
    Around Taos, Texans are making life economically better, but things have not returned to the peak of 2007.
    Silver City gets fewer Californians than in the past, though Alaskans come. Activity is generally fairly good. Bus tours and RV owners are coming back. Along the Turquoise Trail drive north from I-40 to Santa Fe, business is pretty good. New York is one source of visitors.
    These impressions come from conversations at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism, held in Albuquerque in early May.
    Conference sponsors ranged from the corporately huge to the sort of very small business that seldom generates a headline. ConocoPhillips was the big guy.
    A couple of years ago the company decided it should talk to the people around it. Given that tourism people talk to many others, and given that ConocoPhillips is the state’s leading oil and gas producer, talking to tourism people seemed obvious.

  • Man killed dribbling soccer ball to Brazil


    A Seattle man trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup died Tuesday after being hit by a pickup truck on the Oregon Coast.