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  • No decision on transit funding

    Los Alamos residents were out in force Friday afternoon for the North Central Regional Transit District Board meeting at the Pajarito Cliffs Conference Room.

    They let their voices be heard regarding the NCRTD’s plans for funding allocation. But in the end, no action was taken, because funding allocation was just a discussion item on the agenda.

    NCRTD consultant Tony Mortillaro, the former county administrator, presented four different scenarios, and Los Alamos County Councilor Mike Wismer submitted an alternative scenario. The scenarios are listed with this report at lamonitor.com.

    Mortillaro said after the meeting all the figures he used in his report were extracted from Los Alamos County.

  • EVAT joins in on county plans

    Tony Fox grew up in Los Alamos and left in 1988 to pursue college and start his professional life.

    “When I left in 1988,” Fox said Tuesday while addressing the Los Alamos County Council, “I always wondered what Los Alamos was going to look like 20 years from then. I moved back and 23 years later, Los Alamos does not look much different. In fact, it has regressed.”

    Fox is one of 11 members of the Economic Vitality Action Team (EVAT) that was established last year and on Tuesday, the group made its first report to the county council.

    In April 2010, the council adopted an Economic Vitality Strategic Plan, which had four high-level strategic goals.

  • Heinrich to bid for Bingaman's senate seat

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Congressman Martin Heinrich is entering the race for a U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico that's opening in 2012 because of the retirement of five-term Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

    Heinrich announced his candidacy Saturday in a video emailed to supporters and posted on his Facebook page.

    The video showed Heinrich at his Albuquerque home with his wife and two children. He described his candidacy as "the right thing to do and the best way to advocate for New Mexico."

    The 39-year-old Heinrich won election to the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District in 2008, making him the first Democrat in 40 years to occupy the seat.

  • Israeli airstrike kills Gaza militants

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft killed 3 Palestinian militants who were planning to abduct Israelis over the upcoming Jewish festival of Passover, the military said early Saturday.

    An Israeli military spokeswoman said that an "aircraft had fired at a terror squad of the terror group Hamas that was planning to carry out kidnappings." She said the group was plotting the attacks for the Jewish festival of Passover later this month.

    The group was planning to carry out the attacks in Israel as well as in the popular Egyptian resort of Sinai, she said.

    Witnesses said a missile fired from an aircraft hit a car as it was traveling near Gaza City just before 2 a.m. local time.

  • Fuselage hole causes terror at 36,000 feet--video extra

     

    YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Three more Southwest Airlines jetliners have small, subsurface cracks that are similar to the cracks suspected of playing a role in the fuselage tear of a Boeing 737-300, causing the aircraft to lose pressure and forcing a frightening emergency landing, officials said.

    The 5-foot-long hole tore open in the passenger cabin roof area shortly after the plane left Phoenix for Sacramento, Calif., Friday afternoon. None of the 118 people aboard was seriously hurt as the plane descended from 34,400 feet to a military base in Yuma, 150 miles southwest of Phoenix.

    Since then Southwest grounded its 79 other Boeing 737-300s and began inspecting them.

  • Radioactive water leaks from crippled Japan plant--video extra

    RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (AP) — Japan's prime minister surveyed the damage in a town gutted by a massive tsunami, as officials said Saturday that highly radioactive water was leaking into the sea from the nuclear plant stricken by the disaster.

    The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex has been spewing radioactivity since March 11, when a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and ensuing wave knocked out power, disabling cooling systems and allowing radiation to seep out of the overheating reactors.

    Prime Minister Naoto Kan went to the plant and flew over the tsunami-damaged coast soon after the wave hit, but Saturday was the first time he set foot in one of the pulverized towns.

  • No decision yet on transit funding

    Los Alamos residents were out in force Friday afternoon for the North Central Regional Transit District Board meeting at the Pajarito Cliffs Conference Room.

    They let their voices be heard regarding the NCRTD's plans for funding allocation. But in the end, no action was taken, because funding allocation was just a discussion item on the agenda.

    NCRTD consultant Tony Mortillaro, the former county administrator, presented four different scenarios, and Los Alamos County Councilor Mike Wismer submitted an alternative scenario. The scenarios are listed with this report at lamonitor.com.

    Mortillaro said after the meeting all the figures he used in his report were extracted from Los Alamos County.

  • Update 04-01-11

    Board meeting
    The Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board will meet from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the community building’s training room.

    Library Board meeting
    Los Alamos County Library Board will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Mesa Public Library.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Chambers in the Community Building.

     Dark Night
    The Pajarito Astronomers will host its first county sponsored Dark Night of 2011 at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.

  • President: Budget spending compromise within reach

    President Barack Obama says Democrats and Republicans are close to an agreement on the amount of spending cuts needed in order to keep the government operating and avoid a government shutdown.
    Obama says there are details and differences to work out, but he says a compromise is within reach.
    The president made the comments during a visit Friday to a shipping facility in Landover, Md. He spoke shortly after the release of a positive jobs report for March.
    Obama said it would be “the height of irresponsibility” to shut down the government as the economy starts to recover. Lawmakers must reach an agreement by April 8 in order to avoid a shutdown.
    Both sides are discussing cutting spending by an amount in the $33 billion range.

  • Interim CEO named for LAMC

    The Los Alamos Medical Center today announced that F. Curtis Smith has been named interim CEO while a national search for a permanent CEO is underway.  Smith assumes the top leadership role on an interim basis following the resignation of Wally Vette, according to Don Bivacca, President of the National Division of LifePoint Hospitals of which LAMC is a part.
    “We are fortunate to have Curt Smith serve as our interim CEO at Los Alamos as we launch an aggressive national search for qualified candidates to fill the top leadership role on a permanent basis,” said Bivacca.  “Curt has considerable healthcare management experience and will ensure strong management and leadership during this transition.”