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  • 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.

  • New Mexico state salaries now public record

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced that her administration has completed an overhaul of the New Mexico Sunshine Portal, which now displays the names, titles, and salary rates of all state employees, regardless of their classification.
    In the past, the Sunshine Portal has only listed information for exempt employees. The portal now includes information for classified employees, who work under the rules and guidelines of the state’s civil service system.
    In October, Gov. Martinez announced that she had directed the Department of Information Technology to make employee information for all state workers available through the Sunshine Portal.

  • Black rep assailed for calling gov ‘a Mexican’

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic state representative is under fire for calling New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez a "Mexican" during a heated exchange with a GOP lawmaker in the capitol.

    Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton made the comment Wednesday during a committee meeting break as she accused Rep. Nora Espinoza of "carrying the Mexican's water on the fourth floor" — a reference to Martinez.

    Stapleton later apologized and said she didn't mean to offend anyone. Espinoza said she was offended by the remark as a Hispanic woman, and Martinez called the comments "sad and disappointing."

  • Clearing snow costs the state big bucks

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Clearing snow off state highways has cost the New Mexico treasury about $850,000 so far.

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation has spent about 11 percent of the $7.5 million budgeted for winter road maintenance in order to keep highways safe.

    The money pays for the salt and cinders, plow-truck operations and repairs as well as staff overtime.

    KRQE-TV reports the crew that works in and around Santa Fe says they’re seeing the brunt of the action.

    They’ve needed to spend almost double what they spent at this time last year clearing roads.

    If bad weather continues, the highway maintenance supervisor says they may have to dip into a year around fund designated for road upkeep.

  • Update 12-15-11

    Nature Center

    A public meeting is scheduled for tonight to review conceptual designs for the Nature Center, Council Chambers of Community Building.  Refreshments will be at 5:30 p.m. and the architects’ presentation will be at 6 p.m.

    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.

    Family Film Series

    The White Rock Family Film Series will present a free showing of “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation” at 7 p.m. today at the White Rock Public Library.