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  • Wismer makes funding pitch to transit board

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) finance subcommittee will have five funding allocation proposals to consider when it meets next week in Santa Fe.
    County councilor Michael Wismer submitted the fifth proposal at the NCRTD monthly meeting last week in Los Alamos and here were the highlights, according to Wismer.
    • Consolidate the total GRT revenue into one pool, which is estimated to be $6,769,412 for FY12.
    • Dispense with the complex billing system and frequent exchange of checks.
    • Allocate 35% of the consolidated GRT revenues for the NCRTD, which equals $2,382,293 which is $87,120 more than the NCRTD FY11 budget ($2,295,173).

  • Bandelier celebrates National Park Week

    Across the country, National Park Week is being celebrated April 16-24, with free entry to all National Parks and Monuments.
    “We are especially excited to welcome visitors to Bandelier during National Park Week. It’s a good time to appreciate and celebrate how the National Parks preserve our cultural and natural heritage for the enjoyment of the public,” said Superintendent Jason Lott.
    At Bandelier National Monument, activities are planned throughout the nine days, including special ranger-led walks and talks, Pueblo artist demonstrations and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the recently refurbished and redesigned Juniper Campground.
    Listeners of local radio station KRSN AM 1490 can hear interviews with Bandelier staff all week.

  • Update 04-10-11

    Spanish dance
    The Pajarito Spanish Dance Alliance will present its first recital of Flamenco and Spanish Dance at 3 p.m., April 16 at Fuller Lodge.

    DPU meeting
    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) board will meet at 5:30 p.m. April 20 at the DPU conference room. 

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 12 at the fire station in White Rock.

    Special event
    Nationally known Christian singer John Michael Talbot will participate in a special event at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and perform April 12-14. Call 662-6193.

  • Services set for Rep. Jeannette Wallace Thursday

    Rep. Jeannette Wallace, a longtime Los Alamos resident, passed away at her home Friday.

    Wallace will lie in state from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Wednesday at the State Capital in Santa Fe, said her son, Terry Wallace Jr.

    A public service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.

    Wallace, 77, succumbed to various illnesses after a brief visit to the hospital in February, and was working until the day she died, said her son, Terry Wallace Jr.

  • Japan bans planting rice in radioactive soil

    TOKYO (AP) — Fears of radiation spread to rice as the planting season began in Japan, prompting the government to ban its cultivation in contaminated soil as fallout leaking from a tsunami-damaged nuclear plant dealt another blow to the national diet.

    Vegetables and milk were the first foods that sparked concerns about the safety of Japanese agriculture after the March 11 tsunami flooded the nuclear plant and its reactors began to overheat and spew radiation. But those worries intensified when highly radioactive water was spotted gushing from the complex into the Pacific and contaminated fish showed up in catches.

    Those concerns have abated somewhat after the leak was plugged and bans on produce from some areas were lifted.

  • Federal shutdown avoided, 2012 budget fight looms--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A last-minute budget deal forged amid bluster and tough bargaining averted an embarrassing federal shutdown, cut billions in spending and provided the first major test of the divided government that voters ushered in five months ago.

    Working late into Friday night, congressional and White House negotiators finally agreed on a plan to pay for government operations through the end of September while trimming $38.5 billion in spending.

    Lawmakers then approved a measure to keep the government running through next Friday while the details of the new spending plan are written into legislation.

  • 'Historic' deal to avoid government shutdown

     

  • Update 04-08-11

    Class postponed
    “Herbal Remedies for the Childbearing Years,” a class offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and slated for today has been rescheduled. The class will be from 6-8 p.m. April 21.

    DPU meeting
    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) board will meet at 5:30 p.m. April 20 at the DPU conference room. 

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 12 at the fire station in White Rock.

    Special event
    Nationally known Christian singer John Michael Talbot will participate in a special event at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and perform April 12-14. Call 662-6193.

  • LA federal workers won't be furloughed

    Employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory and local offices of the National Nuclear Security Administration as well as the Department of Energy are hopeful they will be able to return to work Monday even if there is a government shutdown.

    “Everyone is still hopeful that an agreement will be reached to avoid a shutdown,” a source familiar with NNSA’s and LANL’s contingency efforts said Thursday. “It’s prudent for everyone, including those at Los Alamos, to prepare for various scenarios. But LANL employees aren’t expected to be furloughed on Monday. There is funding available that would keep us operating for some time in the event of a government shutdown.”

  • Spring is in bloom

    Spring brings out the blossoms of a tree located near Trinity Drive and D.P. Road Friday morning.