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  • Elected officials should be allowed only so much fun

    Serving a maximum of eight years as an elected official is enough fun, Los Alamos County Councilors agreed during their regular meeting Tuesday night. When asked to consider joining the New Mexico Association of Counties’ (NMAC) support of Amendment 2 to the state Constitution, the councilors agreed to take no action.
    Currently, county elected officials are restricted to serving two consecutive four-year terms. If the voters approve the resolution during this year’s election then the amendment would allow county officials to serve a third term.

  • Council candidates put to the test

    Anybody can talk a good game but are they able to walk the walk?
    During the League of Women Voters’ forum for Los Alamos County Council candidates Thursday night at Fuller Lodge, members of the public put the candidates to the test.
    The forum revealed that the council candidates share similar views on many of the topics raised during the question and answer period.

  • Race for Magistrate bench turns sour

    Likening Magistrate Judge Pat Casados’s performance to the under-sized, doughnut-like spare tire found inside the trunk of many cars and himself as a “brand new tire” is how challenger Gary Ahlers characterized the race in his opening remarks at Tuesday’s forum.
    “My opponent is doing an OK job…but we need to take the doughnut off and put a brand new tire on…,” Ahlers said.
    The Republican lost a 2006 run against two-time Democratic incumbent Casados.

  • Chinese dissident Liu wins Nobel Peace Prize

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — Imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for using nonviolence to demand fundamental human rights in his homeland. The award ignited a furious response from China, which accused the Norwegian Nobel Committee of violating its own principles by honoring "a criminal."

  • Sides in Mideast talks hope stalemate can be broken

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S., Israeli and Palestinian officials are hopeful they can break an impasse that has threatened to kill new U.S.-brokered Mideast peace talks before they really begin.

    A U.S. official close to the negotiations said Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems likely to cut a deal to keep the talks going. Palestinian officials said much the same, and Israeli officials said Netanyahu does not want talks to founder.

  • White House defends waivers from new health law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday defended granting waivers to some employers from a key provision of the new health care law, saying it was the best way to keep people insured until the law fully takes effect.

    At issue is a new requirement banning annual caps on benefits, which began phasing in last month. Many employers and insurers that offer low-cost, low-benefit insurance plans known as "mini-med" plans would not have been able to comply with the new requirement without raising monthly premiums to virtually unaffordable levels.

  • Update 10-07-10

    Library Board to hold meeting

    The Los Alamos County Library Board will host a special meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at White Rock Town Hall. A possible quorum of the library board will attend the capital improvement projects evaluation and oversight committee’s public hearing on the proposed White Rock Civic Complex.

    TAG meeting
    The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) will meet at 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at Mesa Public Library.

    Spooky Los Alamos

  • Women who made a mark to be recognized

    “This is a historic day,” Los Alamos historian Nancy Bartlit said after accepting proclamations that recognize two women — Peggy Pond Church and Marjorie Bell Chambers – during the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night.
    These women left a permanent mark on Los Alamos, which will be symbolized in two historic roadside markers that will be dedicated at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the corner of 20th Street and Trinity Drive. A reception will follow at Fuller Lodge.

  • Hearing features CMRR update

    A relatively small and sedate crowd attended the final public hearing for 2010 on the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement-Nuclear Facility project at the Hilltop House Hotel Wednesday.
    The CMRR project consists of two primary elements: the essentially completed Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building (RLUOB) and the Nuclear Facility (NF), under design.

  • House candidates square off

    The general election is just 26 days away and the two candidates running in House District 43 met in front of Los Alamos audiences for the last time Tuesday.
    Nine-time Republican incumbent Jeannette Wallace and Democratic newcomer Stephanie Richard participated in the League of Women Voter’s of Los Alamos and the American Association of University Women cosponsored forum at Fuller Lodge.
    Questions from the audience ran the gamut from same-day voter registration to Medicaid.