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Prolonged Frigid Blast Blankets Los Alamos

on January 12, 2013 - 8:07am

Courtesy/NOAA

NOAA News:

A potent cold front that surged across New Mexico Friday with strong gusty winds and areas of light snow will usher in a prolonged blast of well below normal temperatures through early next week.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) explains that a large upper level trough of low pressure taking shape over the western United States will remain nearly stationary over the region through early next week.

Temperatures will average 15 to 20 degrees below normal through at least Wednesday.

While no record breaking low temperatures are expected, this

School Bond Ballot is in the Mail

on January 12, 2013 - 8:05am

Los Alamos School Board President Kevin Honnell checks his bond ballot one more time before putting it in the mail. The school district is asking the community for vote on a $20 million bond that would fund the rebuilding necessary at Aspen Elementary School and provide much needed funding for upgrades to utilities and maintenance to other schools in the district. To ensure that your vote counts, ballots must be returned by Jan. 29. If the bond is approved, the State of New Mexico will provide an additional $5.4 million in matching funds for the construction of Aspen Elementary School.

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Meets Jan. 18

on January 12, 2013 - 8:02am

RCLC members from top row left, Commissioner Mayfield, Brian Bosshardt, Harry Burgess, Mayor David Coss, Seth Kirshenberg, John Heaton. Bottom row from left, Sharon Stover, Commissioner Chavez, Mayor Alice Lucero. Courtesy photo

RCLC News:

 

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Business Meeting is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. Jan. 18 at Ohkay Casino Conference Center, Suite C/D, Highway 68 - two miles North of Espanola in the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh.

 

AGENDA

9:00

 

Welcome & Introductions

Mayor Lucero

 

Action

Confirmation of Quorum

Mayor Lucero

 

Action

Approval of Agenda

Mayor Lucero

 

Action

LAPS Receives Top Audit Rating

on January 12, 2013 - 7:44am

School Board President Kevin Honnell

 

LAPS Receives Top Audit Rating
By Kirsten Laskey

The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education received a bit of good news during its regular meeting Tuesday – the recent audit gave the district an unqualified opinion, which is the best rating that could be received.

Vice President Dawn Venhaus

“The audit went very well this year,” said J.J. Griego of Griego Professional Services, which performed the audit.

He added there were no new findings. “That’s an incredible feat.”

Board Secretary Melanie McKinley

Still, Board President Kevin Honnell

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Environmental Sustainability Board Meets Jan. 17

on January 12, 2013 - 7:18am

COUNTY News:

The regular meeting of the Environmental Sustainability Board is set for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Community Building Training Room, 20th Street and Central Avenue.

The meeting is open to the public.

 AGENDA

I. Public Comment

II. Approval of Minutes

III. Committee/Subcommittee Reports

1. Chair Report

a. New Board Member Training Complete

b. January B&C Luncheon and Municipal Building Tour

2. Liaison Reports

(1). Utility Board – Don Machen, Christine Chavez

(2). Planning and Zoning – Deb Gill, Cliff Han

(3). Transportation – Skip Dunn, Reid Priedhorsky

(4). Parks and

Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board Meets Jan. 15

on January 12, 2013 - 7:13am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board meets 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 60 Entrada Dr.

Agenda

I. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS All 1:00 p.m. (10 min.)
A. Call to Order/Introductions
B. Review of the Statement of Antitrust Policy
C. Approval of Today’s Agenda
D. Public Comment
E. Approval of Minutes
II. PRESENTATION/Q&A 1:10 p.m. (30 min.)
County Trails Network Plan
Craig Martin, Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist
III. BOARD DISCUSSION/ACTIONS 1:40 p.m. ( 5 min.)
A. White Rock Visitor Center Interpretation Signage/Display Costs All
IV.

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Letter to the Editor: 'Max Baker Municipal Building' Gets My Vote!

on January 11, 2013 - 1:15pm
By JJ Maier
Los Alamos

I am hoping the committee will consider the concept of naming the new Municipal Building after (former County Administrator) Max Baker instead of Jeannette Wallace.

Max had so much more to do with our County’s administration if one reviews his record – during some of our roughest times – and he frequently was serving us as an “interim administrator.”

He gave us so much and asked so little in return.

Jeannette served the district of which we were always a part, but had little to do with the administration and running of internal LAC affairs.

I am delighted that UNM-LA

Governor Introduces Fiscal Year 2014 Budget

on January 11, 2013 - 12:37pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE–Under the backdrop of federal economic uncertainty, Gov. Susana Martinez has introduced a state budget that she says invests in reforming education, helping small businesses grow, and making New Mexico’s economy more competitive.

Martinez announced her Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal Thursday, saying it continues her commitment to responsible budgeting – particularly during such uncertain economic times at the national level.

The governor’s budget calls for significant investments in education reform, health care for those in need, and economic development efforts to

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County Seeks Naming Committee Members

on January 11, 2013 - 11:52am

COUNTY News:

Citizens interested in being on the “Naming Committee to Consider A Request to Name the New Municipal Building after State Representative Jeannette O. Wallace” are asked to submit one-page letters of interest to County Administrator Harry Burgess by noon Friday, Jan. 18.

The County Administrator will appoint this committee consisting of at least two citizens and one representative of the business community.

Applicants should send their letter to lacadministrator@lacnm.us and must state that they are able to be an impartial member of the Committee, as required by County Code,

NNSA Holds Radiation Emergency Consequence Management Training in Israel

on January 11, 2013 - 9:49am

Soreq Nuclear Research Center is an applied R&D Institute affiliated to the Israel Atomic Energy Commission. Courtesy/Soreq.gov

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) this week conducted a training course on Consequence Management (I-CM) in Israel.

The training was held in the Soreq Nuclear Research Center and was attended by 25 Israeli participants.

“The training is part of an ongoing bilateral cooperation between NNSA and Israel,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations Joseph Krol.

County Undergoing IT Maintenance Saturday

on January 11, 2013 - 9:38am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County’s Information Technology Division will be performing scheduled maintenance beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and continuing as late as midnight.

There will be service interruptions to the County’s webpage, e-mail and telephones during this time frame, including the possibility of e-mail interruption for County cell phones capable of receiving email.

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Bataan Survivors' Stories Entered Into Library of Congress

on January 11, 2013 - 9:27am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUEIn partnership with the office of Sen. Tom Udall and The Oasis Veterans History Project in New Mexico, New Mexico PBS has been asked to submit the unedited footage of interviews conducted for the television program BATAAN: A 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION, for inclusion into the permanent collection at the Library of Congress.
 
As a companion to the documentary TRAGEDY OF BATAAN, New Mexico PBS produced the program BATAAN: A 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION, with survivors of the surrender of Bataan.
 
New Mexico PBS recorded 1 1/2 hours of interviews

Los Alamos Living Treasure Fran Rogers Turns 91

on January 11, 2013 - 9:09am

Fran Rogers celebrated her 91st birthday Thursday at the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Longtime Los Alamos resident Fran Rogers celebrated her 91st birthday, Thursday Jan. 10, at the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill surrounded by family and live-in caregivers.

Rogers was born in Minnehaha County, S.D. in 1922. She moved to Los Alamos in 1947 with her husband Warren Haas.

Rogers worked as the chief telephone operator for the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and held many positions with AEC and DOE through the years.

Her husband was killed in

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Utilities Board Meets Jan. 16

on January 11, 2013 - 9:08am

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High Wind Warning

on January 11, 2013 - 7:43am

Courtesy/NWS
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NWS News: A VIGOROUS STORM SYSTEM WILL BE IMPACTING NEW MEXICO WITH VERY STRONG WINDS ALOFT AND A DEEP AREA OF SURFACE LOW PRESSURE. LOCATION...JEMEZ MOUNTAINS...SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS...ADJACENT NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS...CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN SUMMITS AND ADJACENT EASTERN SLOPES...THE SANTA FE AND ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREAS...AND ALL OF THE EASTERN AND NORTHEASTERN PLAINS OF NEW MEXICO. HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST THIS EVENING.

Pet of the Week: Gracie the Cocker Spaniel

on January 11, 2013 - 6:54am

Gracie. Courtesy/LACAS

SHELTER News:

Gracie is a senior female cocker spaniel who was rescued off the street and brought back to health by a good neighbor.

Los Alamos County and Friends of the Shelter have completed Gracie's health treatments. She would be a good companion for a quiet family.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a large selection of on-site adoptable pets and others are living off-campus in foster homes.

Visit the Friends of the Shelter website: www.lafos.org, for information about volunteering, adopting and donating.

Also check out the

Burst Pipes Most Common in Mountain Towns

on January 11, 2013 - 6:43am
STATE FARM News:

New Mexico is bracing for colder temperatures during the next few days with the possibility that many areas of the state will experience temperatures in the below the 20 degree mark- during the night time hours. Many areas of the state face a hard freeze.

When the outside temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, water pipes in homes with little or no insulation are likely to freeze and break.

Messy and expensive water losses from burst frozen pipes are more common in mountain towns but all residents have the potential to be caught off guard by a sudden drop in

Personnel Board Meets 11:30 a.m. Monday

on January 11, 2013 - 6:14am

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Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Jan. 10

on January 10, 2013 - 8:08pm

This week's preview sponsored bywww.fyila.com

Jazz trio "Paradox" will be playing at the Coffee House Cafe, 723 Central Ave., 6-8 p.m., Jan. 11
Paradox performs on piano, guitar, and saxophone, performs acoustic jazz standards and classic tunes thecoffeebooth.com

Los Alamos Little Theater Presents: Frost/Nixon Written by Peter Morgan
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4-19 and 2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 13

Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club Training Classes, Monday, Jan. 7 to Jan. 18 at 246 East Road
Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience

Cindy Eaton to Chair Relay For Life

on January 10, 2013 - 12:51pm

Cindy Eaton. Courtesy photo

ACS News:

The American Cancer Society has selected Cindy Eaton to serve as Event Chair for the 2013 Relay For Life® of Los Alamos.

Eaton was selected because of her past experience on the Relay committee. She was the event chair a couple of years ago, and has a great working knowledge of the event. 

“Cindy brings leadership and organizational skills with a passion to fight against cancer. The American Cancer Society is truly blessed to have Cindy come back on board as Event Chair,” said Gloria Martinez, Event Manager for the Relay For Life of Los Alamos. 

The

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Ashley Pond Park Has Wider Sidewalk

on January 10, 2013 - 12:35pm

Workers poured cement around a portion of the new sidewalk at Ashley Pond Park making it ADA compliant. Courtesy photo

President Signs Katie Sepich Bill Into Law

on January 10, 2013 - 12:29pm
President Barack Obama. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall reported that today President Barack Obama signed the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012 into law.
 
Katie's Law will expand DNA collection efforts from serious criminal offenders in order to save lives, solve crimes and prevent future tragedies from occurring at the hands of repeat offenders.
 
The bill was named for a New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003.
 
Because New Mexico did not collect DNA from felony arrestees at

LWVLA and AAUW Host Annual Legislative Preview

on January 10, 2013 - 11:22am

Annual legislative preview in Fuller Lodge Wednesday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

LWVLA News:

Some 50 people turned out for the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos and the American Association of University Women's annual legislative preview in Fuller Lodge Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Los Alamos legislators including Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Senators Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez shared their views on the upcoming session.

Also, Dick Mason of Health Action New Mexico and Marcela Diaz of Somos Un Pueblo Unido addressed issues of health care and immigrant concerns.

LANL 6 Found Guilty on Two of Three Counts

on January 10, 2013 - 8:07am

The self-named LANL 6 protesters outside the Los Alamos Justice Center Wednesday include Janet Greenwald, Catherine Euler, Pamela Gilchrist, Cathie Sullivan, Benjamin 'Summer' Abbott and Barbara Grothus. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Greg Kendall

Six defendants sat in the front of Judge Alan Kirk’s Municipal Courtroom at the Los Alamos Justice Center Wednesday morning with their defense lawyer, Santa Fe Attorney Jeffery Haas.

The defendants were on trial for charges of trespass, refusing to obey an officer and obstructing movement as a result of their actions during an

Sig Hecker to Talk on Los Alamos and Kazakhstan

on January 10, 2013 - 7:59am
Sig Hecker
 
Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker, PhD, is an Austrian-Polish-American nuclear scientist and metallurgist who served as director of Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986 until 1997.

On Jan. 19, Hecker will present a public talk titled, “One of the Greatest Nuclear Stories Never Told - Los Alamos and Kazakhstan.”

Hecker works at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.
 
He explains that in 1992, the Russians pulled out of their former huge nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk, now in the newly independent Republic of Kazakhstan.
 
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