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  • Change of venue for Tuesday’s meeting

    Instead of the usual White Rock venue, Tuesday’s county council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Training Room of Fire Station No. 3.

    The agenda has two consent items slated for approval. The first is the approval of a services agreement with Delta Airport Consultants, Inc. for professional engineering, planning and project management consulting services for the Los Alamos Airport.

    The second item is the approval of coordination services for the FY 2010 Sister Cities Exchange.

  • News Alert: The Elk Fire is burning approximately eight miles north of Los Alamos at 10,000 feet

    ESPANOLA — A wildfire started on the Santa Clara Indian Reservation Sunday continues burning on the southeast side of Chicoma Mountain above Santa Clara Canyon on the Espanola Ranger District in the Santa Fe National Forest.

    The Elk Fire  is burning approximately eight miles north of Los Alamos and 19 miles west of Espanola and the smoke may be visible from both towns.

    The fire had  burned an estimated 60 acres late this morning including grass with adjacent grass and timber.

  • New Mexico ranked 5th for math standards

    Santa Fe – In an early journal article release, Education Next (Vol.10, No. 4) New Mexico ranked fifth nationally for the strength of math proficiency standards in a state-to-state comparison of where states have set the bar for student proficiency.

    “State standards rising in reading but not in math,” investigates Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s claims that No Child Left Behind incentivized states to set performance standards low to improve test scores and to avoid sanctions associated with low-performing schools.

  • Early voting begins in primary election

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexicans can begin casting primary election ballots Saturday at polling places across New Mexico.

    Early voting will continue through May 29, and it's become a significant part of the turnout in recent state elections.

    In the 2006 primary, about 16 percent of Democrats and Republicans took advantage of early voting and 8 percent cast absentee ballots. The remainder voted on Election Day. Like this year, 2006 was a gubernatorial election.

  • 05-14-10 Update

    Kite Festival

      Los Alamos Arts Council and Los Alamos National Bank present the 13th Annual Kite Festival. A free kite-building workshop will be held from noon-2 p.m. and kite flying will be from

    11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Overlook Park, White Rock.

    Plants and other things

  • Casting yeas and nays

    While failed Ordinance 555 drew top attention at Tuesday’s county council meeting, council also took time to clear other items from its agenda.

    Councilors approved items on the consent agenda including action that adds Grants and Budget Manager Gina Coluzzi as an authorized signer on all county bank and investment accounts. With Steve Lynne’s promotion to administrative services director/chief financial officer, County Administrator Tony Mortillaro said it makes sense for operational efficiency to have an additional signer within the Office of Management and Budget.

  • House battle escalates

    For the first time in years Republican Rep. Jeannette Wallace has opposition and they are in it to win it. Stephanie Richard, a teacher and Pete Sheehey, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist, shared the stage Thursday evening for a debate and spoke of walking every precinct in District 43, which includes Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties.

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos, KRSN and the Los Alamos Monitor sponsored the public event in the lecture hall at UNM-Los Alamos.

  • Cast your vote in the Monitor's latest online poll
  • New jobless claims continue to creep downward

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New claims for unemployment benefits dipped for the fourth straight week, a sign the job market is improving at a slow but steady pace.

    Employers are hiring again. But they are not doing it at the level needed to reduce the jobless rate.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims dropped last week by 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 444,000. That's slightly above analysts' estimates, according to Thomson Reuters. The previous week's total was revised up to 448,000.

  • News Alert: Business owners beware!

    Be aware that local businesses are receiving fictitious orders by telephone.

    Scammers place a large order with a local company, which they say a "courier" will be by to pick up.

    They ask the business to invoice them on a credit card for more than the amount of the order and give the excess amount to the courier.

    The Chamber of Commerce is alerting local businesses to this scam and suggests the best thing to do when receiving a large order over the telephone is to ask for a telephone number to call back.