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Today's News

  • Leno Leaving, Fallon Coming on 'Tonight Show'
  • Power outage affects 20 customers

    A transformer failure caused a small power outage in the 600 block of San Ildefonso area on Tuesday afternoon from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. according to reports from the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities. 

    Full power was restored to the 20  affected customers by 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

  • On the Docket: Local Courts 04-03-13

    April 1

    Michael Pacheco was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of driving six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Los Alamos Municipal Court found Tomasita Bumpus guilty of driving six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. She was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    John M. Scott was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of driving six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Anita C. Barela was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. She received a May 30 deferred sentence and was ordered to attend defensive driving school. She was also ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    April 2

  • Early morning crash

    An 18-year-old woman was driving down North Road this morning when the windows in her Nissan Sentra fogged up, causing her to veer into a parked Chevrolet truck. She was transported to the hospital for injuries. No other information was made available regarding the extent of injuries or her condition.

  • LANL Foundation to host open house

    An open house from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation’s Science Resource Center in Chimayo will give community members an opportunity to see how inquiry science works in the classroom.
    Demonstrations will feature a sound kit, teaching vibration and pitch; a magnetism and electricity kit exploring circuits and electromagnetism; and a lesson on levers and pulleys.
    Science Literacy Coaches, who work in 34 schools, will be on hand to answer questions. Inquiry science, supported by the LANL Foundation, encourages students to conceptualize a question and respond with an explanation. The program reaches 12,500 students in Northern New Mexico, expanding knowledge in science, math and language.
    Funding comes from the foundation and Los Alamos National Security, LLC.
    The Science Resource Center is at Manzana Center on County Road 103, 7.8 miles east of the N.M. 76 turnoff in Española. For more complete directions see lanlfoundation.org. 

  • Update 04-03-13

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will begin its budget hearings at 7 p.m. April 15 in council chambers.

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    Historic board

    The Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the Curtis Room of Fuller Lodge.

    County web page

    As part of the upcoming move to the new Municipal Building, the County’s Information Management staff will be bringing down the server that hosts the County’s losalamosnm.us webpage. The server will be down at 5 p.m. on Friday and the webpage will be temporarily unavailable for a few hours while the server is physically moved to its new location in the new building.

  • LAMS unveils first new classroom

    Los Alamos Middle School officials, representatives of the construction company and students invited the public to a very special milestone: a look at the first classroom of the school’s new campus. And it wasn’t just any classroom either; it happened to be the “Living Skills” classroom, the classroom where the school’s special-needs students learn basic life skills in order to gain a degree of independence.

    The school’s orchestra was on hand to kick off the ribbon-cutting ceremony with a rousing rendition of Keith Sharp’s “Fiddle O’Finnigan” before Principal Rex Kilburn welcomed everyone inside the spacious room, which, with its kitchen, resembled a two-room apartment more than a classroom.

    Kilburn first thanked the community for approving the second $20 million bond issue that allowed the school district to continue the construction.

    “We wouldn’t be here without the community supporting the bond and letting this construction go on,” Kilburn said.

    He also thanked Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Paula Dean and the Los Alamos School Board.

  • NMDOT OKs Trinity Drive roundabout

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) announced this week that it is ready to move forward with a revised proposed alternative for N.M.502/Trinity Drive between Knecht Street and Arroyo Lane. The plan includes a roundabout at the intersection with Central Avenue.

    According to a NMDOT’s press release, “a roundabout will improve traffic flow and safety at this intersection.” Another factor in the department’s decision was that the majority of public comment supported the roundabout alternative.

    Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton took issue with one statement in the NMDOT press release, which reads, “Under the revised proposed alternative, N.M. 502/Trinity Drive will be converted to two eastbound lanes along the entire corridor with currently planned construction of these two lanes ending just east of Arroyo Lane.”

    “This may lead some people to believe the entire corridor will be converted to two lanes. We do not have enough funding to do the entire corridor,” Shelton said. “The eastbound corridor will be converted to two lanes between Knecht and Arroyo Lane. The road will narrow to one lane just east of Arroyo Lane.”

  • Where is your inheritance?

    Most people who grew up during the Great Depression and World War II learned to scrimp and save as a matter of necessity.
    Many also gained financial security during subsequent decades when pension plans were more common, homeownership became the norm and government programs like Social Security and Medicare expanded.
    For a time, it seemed their Baby Boomer children stood to inherit amounts unheard of for previous generations.
    However, many economic factors have taken their toll on seniors’ nest eggs in recent years.
    Thus, if you were counting on a sizeable inheritance to help finance your own retirement, you may want to rethink that strategy.
    Here are several reasons why many seniors are revising their estate distribution plans:
    Most people who invested heavily in the stock market during the Great Recession watched helplessly as their accounts lost significant value. Although the market has mostly recovered, many people — especially those in or approaching retirement — stashed their remaining balances in safer investments earning very low interest, worried the market might plunge further.
    Many likely will have to draw on their account principal to make ends meet, thereby depleting their savings (and estates) much more rapidly than planned.

  • Governor still riding high

    Susana Martinez appears to have gotten just about everything she wanted for her finance program from the 2013 Legislature.
    An economic development proposal for corporate tax cuts and tax breaks was in trouble in both houses until she threatened to veto the Legislature’s appropriation bill.
    Suddenly the previously uncompromising governor became a tough compromising former district attorney.
    She tossed lawmakers the “Breaking Bad” tax break for the filming of television series plus an agreement to sign the appropriation bill.
    What happened in that negotiating session? We don’t know, but in the waning moments of the legislative session, the governor’s 35-page tax cut bill was trotted out on the floor of each house with little debate and no time to read the proposal.
    Democratic leaders House Speaker Kenny Martinez and Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez were roundly criticized by many Democratic legislators for caving in to the governor.
    It is hard to figure. Did they not want a special session? Were there personal reasons? Did they not want the governor and her PAC going after them in their next election?
    One thing seems certain. Unless there are some real surprises in her bill, Gov. Martinez and her 60 percent approval ratings seem headed toward very likely reelection in 2014.