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  • Gov backs right-to-work bill

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is voicing support for proposals barring private- and public-sector workers from being required to join unions as a condition for employment.
    The Republican governor said Thursday that she’ll push for right-to-work legislation in the upcoming session and believed the change was needed for the state, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
    “It is fundamentally wrong to require membership (in a union) in order to get a job . or take money from the paychecks of our workers by force,” Martinez told a business audience in Albuquerque.
    Three Republican lawmakers have pre-filed a bill that would cover both private- and public-sector workers. Another Republican legislator has a proposal that would affect only private-sector employees.
    Supporters say the legislation would spur economic growth and attract businesses to the state. Opponents say it’s an attack on unions and won’t create jobs.
    The proposals come as the Republicans will take control of the New Mexico House for the first time in 60 years. Democrats still control the New Mexico Senate, and some have vowed strong opposition.

  • Radio license exam is Tuesday

    The Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club Volunteer Examiner group will be giving exams for initial and upgrade Amateur Radio Licenses Tuesday at the Old Fire Barn, 4017 Arkansas Ave.
    The exams will be given in the upstairs meeting room at 6:30 p.m. Advance registration is not required.
    Items required to take the exam are a picture ID or two other forms of identification with an address and name included, such as a utility bill or credit card statement, and a $15 license fee, which may be paid in cash or a check made out to the “ARRL VEC.”
    Those wishing to upgrade must also have their original license and a copy or a CSCE (Certificate of Successful Completion of Exam) and a copy.
    Simple calculators may be used, but exam givers cannot allow the use of cellphones as calculators.
    Social Security Numbers are required on the license application.
    For additional information, call 662-4220, or email Bill Boedeker at boedeker@cybermesa.com.

  • Clouds in the Canyon

    Fog has rolled into the low spots around the county for the last two days.

  • Giving of One's Self

    Everett Key squeezes a toy as he prepares to give blood at the United Blood Services drive Thursday at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive. An official at the church Thursday said the turnout for the drive, which coninued through today, was very strong. United Blood Services is one of the only providers of blood to hospitals around the state.

  • Update 1-9-15

    Lecture

    Bill Archer will present a lecture, “Seventy Years of Computing in the Nuclear Weapons Program” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. The lecture is part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s “Made in New Mexico” series.

    Master Plan

    A meeting of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee is set for Monday. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the White Rock Visitor Center.

    School board

    The next meeting of the Los Alamos School Board is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting will be at the Los Alamos Public Schools administration board room.

    Chautauqua

    Jane Voss and Hoyle Osborne will present “All In, Down and Out: The Great Depression in Song and Story,” Jan. 17 at 2 p.m., at Mesa Public Library.

    Candidates

    The three candidates seeking Los Alamos Public Schools Board District 3 will speak at the Kiwanis meeting Tuesday at Kelly Hall at the Trinity On the Hill Episcopal Church. The meeting is scheduled for noon. In addition, Troy L. Hughes, a candidate for University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Board Position 3, will speak.

  • Trio of suspects, hostages killed in France

    PARIS (AP) — Three terrorists who seized hostages at separate locations and ignited fear across Paris were killed Friday along with three of their hostages as the gunmen clashed with thousands of French security forces.
    City officials scrambled to protect residents and tourists from further attacks, shutting down a famed Jewish neighborhood, putting schools under lock down and urging residents to stay indoors and remain vigilant.
    France has been high alert since the country’s worst terror attack in decades — the massacre Wednesday in Paris at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead.
    Two al-Qaida-linked brothers suspected in the Charlie Hebdo killings came out of their hideaway with guns blazing Friday, a French police official said. Brothers Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Said Kouachi, 34, killed in a shootout and their hostage was freed, authorities said.
    Another gunman who took at least five hostages Friday afternoon at a kosher grocery in Paris also died in a nearly simultaneous raid there, said Gael Fabiano of the UNSA police union. The gunman was identified as Amedy Coulibaly.

  • Pile burns are set for nearby areas

    Another pair of pile burns has been announced by fire managers from the Santa Fe National Forest.
    Officials said the pile burns will be conducted next week in the La Jara and Cedar Springs areas. The burns are scheduled to start Tuesday.
    A local prescribed pile burn was also set to start this week for Bayo Canyon, but due to unfavorable conditions, that burn was delayed. It hasn’t been rescheduled.
    The Cedar Springs burn will include a total of 10 acres, that according to a statement from the SFNF. It will take place just north of the town of Llaves and west of Dead Man Lookout.
    The pile burn for the La Jara area burn is set to start Wednesday. That burn will cover a considerably bigger area of about 275 acres northeast of the community.
    La Jara’s burn, however, will be done in stages. The burn will actually continue until March 30 if conditions — including fuel moisture levels and air quality — are favorable.
    SFNF officials said small pile blocks may be treated each day to decrease daily smoke volume.
    Both pile burns are designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health, according to forest officials. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as top priority.

  • Caldera opens draw for 2015 elk season

    Hunters can now apply to be part of the hunt on the Valles Caldera National Preserve for Rocky Mountain Elk.
    The lottery for elk hunting is currently open and will remain open until midnight on March 18. Anyone interested in public land hunting may enter the Caldera’s lottery for a chance to be part of the hunt.
    VCNP announced it has increased the number of available elk tags to 242 — a total of 226 were issued last year. Those tags are divided into 15 separate hunts, including four mature bull hunts, nine antlerless hunts and two hunts for either sex of elk.
    The preserve also has dedicated hunts for youth, women, veterans and physically- or mobility-challenged hunters scheduled for the upcoming season.
    Lottery tickets are for sale at the preserve for $35 for bull and either-sex hunts, $20 for antlerless hunts. Funds from the lottery will be used for habitat restoration projects, improving recreational access and management costs.
    Participants will be notified of the lottery results by email. Winning results will also be posted on the VCNP website, vallescaldera.gov, April 29.
    Interested hunters can visit the VCNP website or call 866-382-5537 for more information on the hunts.

  • Board OKs transit plan

    It took three attempts, but the Transportation Board finally approved a new five-year transit plan for Atomic City Transit on Thursday.
    The first plan proposed by LSC Transportation Consultants, Inc., eliminated the Main Hill Road route, 2M, sparking protests from both White Rock and Los Alamos riders.
    The board directed LSC Principal A.T. Stoddard III to provide “further study of the travel time, safety, on demand services and route efficiency as these pertain to accessibility and longer travel times that will impact key users, including those in White Rock…”
    In December, the board heard Stoddard’s report and directed staff to return with two options for running a truncated route up the Main Hill Road from downtown White Rock to downtown Los Alamos, with no rerouting to the transit center or other areas of White Rock.
    The proposal accepted by a 4-0 vote last night includes a modified 2M route. The route will run on a 60-minute schedule, traveling in both directions through the loop in White Rock and ending at Central Ave. and 15th Street in Los Alamos.
    The altered plan eliminates the peak time 30 minute schedule for the truck route, 2T/Route 3, which runs from transit center to the downtown area. The same bus travels both routes.

  • Today in history Jan. 9