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  • State scores well on energy efficiency

    New Mexico moved to the head of the class in regards to energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.
    In the scorecard, states are ranked according to their energy efficiency policies and programs in a wide range of categories. The 2010 Scorecard designates three southwest states – Arizona, New Mexico and Utah – as “most improved” since the 2009 Scorecard.

  • Capital improvement project public meetings to begin today

    The county’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold the next set of public hearings on Phase 1 applications at 5:15 p.m. today at council chambers in Los Alamos and from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at White Rock Town Hall.

  • PV vehicle receives GreenGov award

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that a photovoltaic (PV) vehicle created by Sandia National Laboratories has received a 2010 GreenGov Presidential Award.
    The awards recognize extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Obama’s Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance.

  • Fight the flu with an influenza vaccine shot

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends for the first time that everyone older  than 6 months get their flu vaccine to prevent the disease from spreading.
    There are numerous locations in Los Alamos to get the vaccine.
    The Public Health Office, located at 3917 West Los Alamos, provides free flu shots, which are available by appointment. Currently, the office has 700 doses of the vaccine. To make an appointment, call 662-4038.

  • Fluke storm saves September from drought

    Normally, it is early September when monsoon moisture diminishes in Los Alamos.
    And, as a rule of thumb, 2 inches of precipitation can be expected during September, splitting the difference between 3 inches during each of July and August and 1 inch during every other month.
    This year, however, the monsoon ended with the closing of August.
    A normally moist September threatened to go into the books as unusually dry until a tropical storm kicked moisture to the north on Sept. 22.

  • A test of an emergency siren to be conducted Wednesday on DP Road

    At 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County will conduct a monthly test of the siren located at the Material Disposal Area B (MDA B) located along DP Road. The test is expected to take approximately 10 seconds and the public in the immediate vicinity will hear a brief “bells/chimes” pattern, which is the test alert. The siren is in place to alert the public to take some precautionary protective actions. Monthly tests will occur at 2 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month from this test until the project concludes next year.

  • CIP hearings to begin Wednesday

    The county’s Capital Improvement Projects Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold the first of seven public hearings on Phase 1 applications beginning at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers. Applications on the agenda include:
    • Ashley Pond Improvements - Proposal to study potential Improvements to ADA accessibility, pond bulkhead, pathway around pond, water quality and circulation, signage, lighting, concert venue, landscape buffers, riparian planting and other features.

  • EPA official praises the state’s emission plan

    ALBUQUERQUE,  (AP) — A regional official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday commended Gov. Bill Richardson and the New Mexico Environment Department for trying to establish a greenhouse gas emissions cap and trade program.
    Dallas-based EPA regional administrator Al Armendariz sent a letter to the governor, praising the state for pushing forward to reduce emissions by 15 percent within 10 years, despite other parties questioning the necessity of curbing the pollution being blamed for climate change.

  • UNM students, staff create bird list project

    ALBUQUERQUE – Phred Benham’s ears easily picked out the “cheep” of a ladder-backed woodpecker from the din of a late afternoon on the University of New Mexico campus.
    The 25-year-old University of New Mexico graduate student set off across a little campus road toward University House, where many of the university’s presidents have lived over the years.
    Raising his binoculars, Benham spotted the woodpecker as she tap-tap-tapped her way around the trunk of a crab apple in the front yard of the house.

  • A write-in candidate for governor will be allowed in general election

    SANTA FE (AP) — Kenneth A. Gomez of Bloomfield, a write-in candidate for governor, will be allowed in New Mexico’s general election even though he doesn’t have a running mate, the secretary of state’s office said Monday.
    The ruling will give New Mexicans another option — possibly for protest votes — in what’s shaping up as a close race between Democrat Diane Denish and Republican Susana Martinez.
    In 1990, two write-in tickets for governor received nearly 1,000 votes.