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  • Candidates raise $285,000

    SANTA FE — Republican John Sanchez is bankrolling his campaign in a three-way primary election race for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor, according to the latest fundraising reports.

    Sanchez, an Albuquerque roofing company owner, lent his campaign $75,000 during the past month, bringing to $348,800 the personal money he’s put into the race for lieutenant governor. He was the GOP gubernatorial nominee in 2002, but lost to Democrat Bill Richardson in the general election.

  • New Phase 1 CIP cycle to begin

    The county will open a new Phase 1 CIP cycle beginning May 24. Phase 1 applications can be submitted by any citizen or staff member at that time. The cycle will close Aug. 23. An informational meeting will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. May 19 in Council Chambers. Citizens or county staff with ideas for projects who might consider submitting a Phase 1 application are encouraged to attend. The committee will be available in this informal session to visit with them about their ideas and the application process. 

  • No changes to school calendar

    Gov. Bill Richardson signing a bill to delay school year and length changes put the brakes on developments of any new schedule for Los Alamos Public Schools, the board learned during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

    Superintendent Gene Schmidt explained to the Monitor after the meeting that the governor signed the bill, which lifts the requirement that districts move to a 180-day school year until the 2011-2012 school year.

    Schmidt added that there was not adequate time to work with the public on any proposed changes to the schedule.

  • Ordinance 555 rejected

    A motion backed by the voice of more than 2,000 petitioners died in a 5-1 vote of the county council at Tuesday’s meeting. County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle was the lone vote in favor of the motion and Councilor Nona Bowman was absent.

  • News alert: Beware of driver's license scam

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  • More wicked winds set to blow through later today

    The National Weather Service has issued the following advisory for Tuesday:

    WIND ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

    THE WIND ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING.

    * LOCATION... THIS INCLUDES CENTRAL AND MUCH OF EASTERN NEW MEXICO.

    * WINDS... SOUTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS FROM 50 TO 55 MPH.

  • 05-11-10 Update

    Police Beat

      Girls spraying graffiti on Aspen Elementary School, boys charged with possession of marijuana and a 12-year-old victim of harassing telephone calls top this week’s Police Beat. Read the full report on Page 2.

    Ice cream social

      The Los Alamos Historical Society will hold its annual meeting and ice cream social at 7:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    LAPS Board meeting

      The Los Alamos Public School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the LAPS boardroom.

    Meet the chief

  • Board realizes investment boost

    ALBUQUERQUE – Investments by the New Mexico Education Retirement Board realized an impressive 40.4 percent return for the 12 months ended March 31, netting $2.34 billion for the fund that pays retirement benefits for retired teachers and education employees.

    The fund grew from $6.21 billion on March 31, 2009 to $8.55 billion on March 31, 2010, and ranked in the ninth percentile of the Public Funds over $1 billion universe, according to NEPC, the Fund’s advisor.

  • Saying goodbye

    Former scientists, engineers, and operators gathered at LANL’s TA-21 on Monday morning for a commemoration at the former Tritium Systems and Test Assembly facility, or TSTA.

    At the conclusion, an excavator began tearing away walls of the historic facility — one of 21 lab buildings and structures set for demolition with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    Among the speakers was Jim Anderson, a Lab Fellow and former group leader of the team that performed early research on nuclear fusion.

  • County remembers the fire

    Los Alamos County’s simple, heartfelt remembrance of the day the Cerro Grande Fire entered Los Alamos 10 years ago hit just the right note with community members. The anniversary tribute held Monday around the “Touch the Sky” statue at Ashley Pond Park was fitting, having been dedicated to the community one year after the fire to symbolize hope in the town’s future.