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  • Council eyes internal relations

    During last Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council meeting, Councilor Mike Wismer cited issues raised by the Los Alamos County FY2011 Internal Quality Customer Service Survey. The survey revealed some glaring weaknesses in employee performance.

    Los Alamos County initiated the survey in 2008, with the first report in 2009.

    Wismer was not only concerned with negative staff interactions revealed in the survey, but with what he saw as an attempt to minimize some findings of the survey.

    An introduction to the survey notes that only 209 of the county’s 740 employees responded to the FY 2010 survey, in comparison to 394 responding in FY2011, so 2010 was “not statistically significant due to the low response rate.”

  • Opening Day at Pajarito

    Pajarito Ski Mountain opened Saturday and the conditions could not have been better with cold temperatures and not a cloud in the sky. Four of six lifts were open as were 33 of 44 runs. In the past three days, the mountain added 12 inches of snow and more is expected by Sunday night or Monday.

  • VIDEO: House Passes $1T Budget Bill, Avoids Shutdown

    The House has passed a $1 trillion-plus catchall budget bill paying for day-to-day operations of 10 Cabinet departments and averting a government shutdown.

  • Cheerleaders Answer the Call

    Marlie Apperson and Amanda Martinez organized 16 of their fellow cheerleaders from the Los Alamos High School Cheerleading squad to ring the bell to raise money for the Salvation Army.  They have been working at various times all month. All the money that goes in the buckets stays here in Los Alamos to help those in need. If anyone needs assistance, they should contact Self-Help at 662-4666

  • State Briefs 12-16-11

    Law enforcement warns of fake check scam

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico residents are being warned about a fake check scam. The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office in Albuquerque says the office recently received a fake check accompanied by a request that the office pay the amount of $948.00 to a scammer.
    The Carlsbad Current Argus reports the same root scheme of the scams is a request for money and comes in many different forms. Residents receive notices that someone is in jail or coming to visit and requests that the potential scam victim wire them money.
    Police suggest that if you receive something like that, bring it to authorities.

  • Streetlights to be turned off

    The Los Alamos County Transportation Division will be turning off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos. Due to the long holiday weekend, the streetlights will be turned off Dec. 23 and will be restored on Dec. 27.
    For safety purposes, the Transportation Division requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off street parking during the full period that lights will be off. If this is not possible, it is recommended that the vehicles and trailers be silhouetted by farolitos. Due to the limited sight visibility during the viewing, drivers are requested to travel the viewing areas at 15 miles per hour.

  • Update 12-16-11

    Chicken talk

    Author and chicken expert Patricia Foreman talks about her new book, “City Chicks,” at 2 p.m.  Sunday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.  Learn how to keep and employ chickens in small spaces. 

    Balderas visit

    U.S. Senate candidate Hector Balderas, also the New Mexico State Auditor, will be in Los Alamos to meet with residents from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Tuesday. There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres from the Hilltop House as well as a cash bar.

    Christmas dance

  • Designs Wow Nature Lovers

    The ever-growing popularity of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center has prompted officials to ponder the prospects of a full-blown nature center in Los Alamos.

    The second public meeting for a proposed nature center again attracted a large crowd of 62 people. The first public meeting had 70 in attendance.

    “This was remarkable, especially so close to the holidays. You usually only see crowds this size for contentious issues,” Project Manager Steve Huebner said. “I think this shows the public support for the project.”

    The success of the nonprofit PEEC helped propel the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Phase I study.

  • LANL, NNSA face budget cuts

    All that’s needed is a signature by President Barack Obama.

    On Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Senate passed the Defense Authorization Bill, which would authorize the following funding for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security Administration for fiscal year 2012.

    • Clean up of nuclear weapons sites: $5 billion, which includes $189 million for LANL and $215 million for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad

    • Authorized $9.9 million for a new Transuranic (TRU) Waste Facility at LANL

    • CMRR building design at $200 million

    • Nuclear Weapons Activities and Stockpile Stewardship: $7.3 billion

    • Non Proliferation: $2.3 billion

  • Debris Apparently From Tsunami Reach Canada

    Debris apparently from the tsunami that hit Japan in March are washing up on beaches in Japan. Much greater amounts of debris could reach the U.S. And Canada in the next year.