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  • NMDOT begins work on N.M. 599

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) announced that construction of a new connector interchange project will begin this week in Santa Fe County.  
    Work on this project will take place at N.M. 599 and County Road (CR) 62.  The interchange work will begin on the week of April 2 and is expected to be completed in July 2013.  
    The $6.5 million project will consist of a new diamond interchange, including new on/off ramps, cross road, roundabouts, curb and gutter, roadway lighting, landscaping, and other miscellaneous construction.

  • Supreme Court to hear election filing challenges 


    SANTA FE (AP) — The state Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to resolve a dispute over whether candidates, including the Senate’s top leader, should remain on this year’s ballot despite missing information in their election paperwork.
    The court will hear arguments next Tuesday in several election challenges that seek to remove incumbent legislators and other candidates from the primary and general election ballots.
    At issue is whether Senate President Tim Jennings, a Roswell Democrat, and other candidates met the requirements for filing for office.

  • County Briefs 04-05-12

    Fuller Lodge driveway closure

    The driveway from Bathtub Row to the front parking lot of Fuller Lodge will be closed on April 12 and 13 for installation of a valley gutter.
    The work is needed to address drainage issues on the road, which creates icy conditions each winter. The road will close at 9 a.m. on April 12 and should reopen by 9 a.m. April 14.
    Lodge visitors are asked to park in the upper and lower parking lots just west of Bathtub Row during construction.

  • Update 04-05-12

    Spring Fling

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Spring Fling for all ages, from noon-
    4 p.m. through Friday. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 662-8170 or visit losalamos
    nm.us/rec.

    LWV luncheon

    The League of Women Voters will have County Clerk Janet Foster and Election Manager Gloria Maestas as speakers at 11:45 a.m. April 12 for Lunch with a Leader.  The luncheon will be at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will meet for a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. April 10 in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School.

    TV appearance

  • Four residents become newest Living Treasures

    Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series.

    On April 15, Edward Macmann, Rosemary O’Connor and John and Nancy Bartlit will be recognized and honored as the newest members of Living Treasures of Los Alamos.
    The ceremony and reception, sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, is at 2 p.m. in the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The public is invited to attend.
    The annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of individuals who have enhanced life on the Hill. Friends, family and co-workers are encouraged to participate in the ceremony by sharing stories and remembrances about each new Treasure.

  • Fundraiser goes to the dogs (and cats)

    A fundraising pancake breakfast was held at the Posse Shack on April 1, to benefit Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter. The event raised more than $3,000 that will go toward FOS programs. In addition to the breakfast, shelter pets were onsite for adoption. There was also a kissing booth, at which patrons could get a “kiss” from one of the dogs at the event.

  • County health ranks top in state

    Los Alamos County leads the state in positive health outcomes, according to County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a study published by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
    Results of the study were released just in time for National Public Health Week (April 2–8).
    The study – in its third year – has ranked Los Alamos number one three years in a row. Thirty-two of New Mexico’s 33 counties are included in the survey. The Rankings are based on the latest publicly available data.

  • LAPD probes lab thefts

    Two incidents of theft at Los Alamos National Laboratory were reported last week and in one of the incidents a $1,200 computer monitor went missing.
    Los Alamos Police Department dispatch logs show that on March 26 an unidentified woman called at approximately 10:52 a.m. from TA 3 Building 1888 stating that she had purchased a 30-inch Dell computer monitor for $1,229 for her office, which was delivered on March 23.
    The monitor was left in its packaging over the weekend in the reception area, however when the woman returned on Monday the package and the monitor were missing.

  • Painkiller sales soar around US, fuel addiction

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sales of the nation's two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients' suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic.

    From New York's Staten Island to Santa Fe, N.M., Drug Enforcement Administration figures show dramatic rises between 2000 and 2010 in the distribution of oxycodone, the key ingredient in OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan. Some places saw sales increase sixteenfold.

  • US growth of distant suburbs falls to historic low

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by high gasoline costs, outlying suburbs that sprouted in the heady 2000s are now seeing their growth fizzle to historic lows, halting American city dwellers' decades-long exodus to sprawling homes in distant towns.

    New census estimates as of July 2011 highlight a shift in population trends following an extended housing bust and renewed spike in oil prices. Two years after the recession technically ended, and despite faint signs of a rebound, Americans again are shunning moves at record levels and staying put in big cities.