Today's News

  • Today in History for April 17
  • Mississippi man arrested in ricin letters case


    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man was arrested Wednesday, accused of sending letters to President Barack Obama and a senator that tested positive for the poisonous ricin and set the nation's capital on edge a day after the Boston Marathon bombings.

    FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said the man was arrested Wednesday. His name wasn't immediately released publicly.

    Authorities still waited for definitive tests on the letters to Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. An FBI intelligence bulletin obtained by The Associated Press said those two letters were postmarked Memphis, Tenn.

  • Broadcaster, NFL kicker Pat Summerall dies


    DALLAS –  Pat Summerall was the calm alongside John Madden's storm.

    Over four decades, Summerall described some of the biggest games in America in his deep, resonant voice. Simple, spare, he delivered the details on 16 Super Bowls, the Masters and the U.S. Open tennis tournament with a simple, understated style that was the perfect complement for the "booms!" and "bangs!" of Madden, his football partner for the last half of the NFL player-turned-broadcaster's career.

    Summerall died Tuesday at age 82 of cardiac arrest, said University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center spokesman Jeff Carlton, speaking on behalf of Summerall's wife, Cheri.

    "Pat was my broadcasting partner for a long time, but more than that he was my friend for all of these years," Madden said in a statement. "Pat Summerall is the voice of football and always will be."

    His final play-by-play words beside Madden were succinct, of course, as he called the game-ending field goal of the Super Bowl for Fox on Feb. 3, 2002, when New England beat St. Louis 20-17.

    "It's right down the pipe. Adam Vinatieri. No time on the clock. And the Patriots have won Super Bowl XXXVI. Unbelievable," Summerall said.

  • Gov. shuffles cabinet

    SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez reshuffled the leadership of two state agencies on Monday because of the retirement of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary John Bemis.
    The governor named Environment Secretary F. David Martin to succeed Bemis, who is retiring Tuesday.
    The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department regulates oil and natural gas operations and is responsible for mine safety, reclamation of abandoned mines, state parks, forestry and fire management
    Bemis turns 62 this month and said he had long planned to retire at this time.
    Martinez appointed Environment Department General Counsel Ryan Flynn to take over for Martin as cabinet secretary. Flynn has been the agency’s top lawyer for two years.
    The governor said Ryan was the administration’s main negotiator for an agreement earlier this year with federal regulators and the state’s largest utility for reducing pollution from a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico.
    “He has been a tireless advocate for common sense approaches to regulations that protect the environment while continuing to encourage economic growth,” Martinez said of Flynn.

  • Police Beat 04-16-13

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    April 4

    4:25 p.m. — Jason Willis, 32 of Los Alamos was arrested on a municipal court warrant.

    April 5

    1 p.m. — Lois Vigil, 46 of Santa Fe was cited for possession of marijuana on East Road.

    10:22 p.m. — David Rael, 35, of Los Alamos was arrested on a municipal court warrant in the 3700 block of Gold Street.

    11:46 p.m. — Amber Cruze, 21, of San Juan Pueblo was arrested with a suspended or revoked license, and a municipal court warrant in the 2000 block of Diamond Drive.

    April 6

    1:25 p.m. — A 53-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he had been the victim of identity theft in the 2000 block of 46th Street.

    April 7

    1:41 p.m. — A 57-year-old female reported to police criminal damage to property (less than $1000) in the 900 block of Santa Clara Pl.

    6:17 p.m. –– A 58-year-old female reported to police a larceny (less than $250) in the 3000 block of Orange Street.

  • Update 04-16-13

    Town hall

    State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe) will join with the AARP of Los Alamos to hold a Town Hall meeting from 1-3 p.m. on Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

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    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the DPU Conference Room.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will continue its budget hearings at 7 p.m. tonight in council chambers. General county operating budgets discussions continue Tuesday, along with utilities budget discussion and outstanding items. Wednesday’s discussion will conclude outstanding items and possible adoption of the budget.

  • Students to descend on lab

    More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will be at Los Alamos National Laboratory, April 21-23 for the 23rd annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony.
    More than 60 teams of students from elementary, middle, and high school are expected at the event, said David Kratzer of the Laboratory’s High Performance Computer Systems group and LANL’s coordinator of the Supercomputing Challenge. While at the laboratory, students will present their projects and take part in tours, talks, and demonstrations with scientists.
    Student projects will be recognized during an awards ceremony from 9 a.m. to noon, April 23 at the Church of Christ Auditorium, 2323 Diamond Drive in Los Alamos. Laboratory director Charlie McMillan will present the top awards to the winning teams. More than $40,000 in scholarships will be awarded to student participants.
    “The goal of the year-long competition is to increase knowledge of science and computing, expose students and teachers to computers and applied mathematics, and instill enthusiasm for science in middle- and high-school students, their families and communities,” Kratzer said.

  • Budget Highlights

    Community Services

  • Reductions in services raise concerns

    Los Alamos County council members had few questions as elected officials and department directors laid out their plans for reducing expenditures in FY2014 at Monday’s budget hearing. However, a couple of items did raise concerns about the impact on residents’ welfare and the health of the county as a whole.
    A 19 percent reduction in gross receipts tax revenues has resulted in a 13 percent decrease in the general fund and hit some programs even harder.
    Community Services Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan will be returning to council on April 30 to talk about the impact on the healthcare assistance program (the indigent fund), which is largely funded through GRT. A $394,000 — or 19 percent reduction —in revenue is projected just as demands are higher than ever.
    Councilors asked Kalogeros-Chattan for assurances that cutbacks to social services would not negatively impact vulnerable members of the community. Some groups have been saying that as much as $155,000 could be cut from social services.
    Kalogeros-Chattan explained that in some cases the money had been redirected, such as into the salary for the new social services manager, who will take over the coordination of contractual services from the Community Health Council.

  • UNM-LA set to state case

    UNM-LA officially received permission last week from the university’s Board of Regents to go ahead with its plans to ask the residents of Los Alamos to help shore up the schools ailing financial situation through a 2-mil increase in property taxes in September.
    The permission came shortly after a presentation made by UNM-LA Director Cedric Page, a community support group called the Los Alamos Committee for Higher Education and support from the members of the UNM-LA Advisory Board.
    A day after, members of LACHE and the UNM-LA Advisory Board met at UNM-LA to discuss what they shared with the Board of Regents Tuesday.
    According to LACHE Chair Michael Wismer, declining state aid coupled with rising student enrollment played a key factor in the regents giving UNM-LA permission.
    “The main message Cedric communicated was that we were in a dire situation,” Wismer said. “There’s been a 38 percent decline in revenue from the state over five years. Paired with the fact that there’s been a 14 percent increase in enrollment shows that we cannot sustain this trend.”
    Wismer also shared a video that was played at the Board of Regents meeting that featured the support of County Council members.