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  • Navajo teams up with lab on tribal energy policy

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — One of the country’s largest American Indian tribes has partnered with a national laboratory to study what technologies would be best for developing natural resources on the vast reservation.
    The Navajo Nation has large deposits of coal and uranium, along with potential for wind and solar energy, but it hasn’t historically been a major player in developing those resources. The tribe signed a three-year agreement with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on Wednesday to look into carbon capture and sequestration, clean coal technology and renewable energy, among other things.
    Navajo President Ben Shelly said the expertise of leading scientists and engineers will lead to better investments for the tribe.

  • Agencies focus on prevention efforts

    Beginning in August 2011, two not-for-profit organizations were granted contracts by the County of Los Alamos to provide substance abuse and suicide prevention and early intervention programs that would reduce the risks that contribute to substance abuse and suicidal behaviors among school age youth.
    Hands Across Cultures Corporation (HACC) addresses the high rates of families and youth experiencing human service related problems, particularly through disease prevention and health promotion efforts. A major focus is alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) abuse behavior in Northern Santa Fe, Southern Rio Arriba, and Los Alamos Counties.

  • Groundhog: Six more weeks of winter

    PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair to “see” his shadow on Thursday, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter.
    But, at this rate, that might not be so bad.
    The groundhog made his “prediction” on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill in the town for which he’s named about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
    Temperatures were near freezing when he emerged at dawn — unseasonably warm — and were forecast to climb into the mid-40s in a winter that’s brought little snow and only a few notably cold days to much of the East.

  • Update 02-02-12

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 15, at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    T-Board meeting

    The Transportation Board’s regularly scheduled meeting has been moved to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the public works conference room, 2101 Trinity Drive.

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in Council Chambers.

    Ashley Pond
    A public meeting will be held regarding Ashley Pond will be at 6:30 p.m Feb. 9. in the Community Building Council Chambers


  • NCRTD addresses transit center

    The North Central Regional Transit District had been trying to figure out what it was going to do about construction and soil conditions at the Jim West Regional Transit Center in Espanola.
    On Thursday in a special meeting at Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort, the Board authorized an adjustment to the project budget in the amount of $606,054.
    “This additional money will allow us to bid out the Silkey Road improvement and the bus parking area that were additive alternates to the project but not awarded,” NCRTD executive director Anthony J. Mortillaro said Thursday. “These portions of the project need to be completed as part of the site plans for its functionality and also for obtaining a certificate of completion from the city.”

  • Alums return for festivities

    The ribbon cutting ceremony drew quite a crowd at Los Alamos High School Thursday night. Making the trip was the Blackstone family from Albuquerque and they all have Los Alamos connections. From left to right: Kay Blackstone Provalt, a 1970 graduate; Betty Blackstone, who was the cheerleader sponsor from 1971 to 1980 and a history teacher until her retirement in 1986; Bob Blackstone, a retired Los Alamos National Laboratory employee;  and Ernie Blackstone, a 1975 graduate.

  • Video: Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow

    Pennsylvania's famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has emerged from his lair and saw his shadow, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter.

  • Ashley Pond meeting set for Feb. 9

    A public meeting seeking input on the three conceptual designs/options to improve pond water quality, ADA accessibility, concert venue, and general landscape and park improvements for Ashley Pond will be Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Building Council Chambers at 475 20th street.  

  • Budget bill gets finalized

    This week in the New Mexico House of Representatives was busy but much less eventful than the first week.  
    The House Finance and Appropriations Committee (HAFC) continued its work on HB2, the “budget bill.”  The Education Committee completed the public school funding bill and sent it to the HAFC for integration into HB2, and the Transportation Committee completed the transportation funding bill and sent it to the HAFC for inclusion in HB2.  

  • NNSA meeting scheduled for Thursday

    The U.S. Department of Energy intends to modify the scope of the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SPD SEIS) and to conduct additional public scoping in Northern New Mexico. A scoping meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Cities of Gold Casino in Pojoaque.
     DOE intends to further revise the scope of the SPD SEIS, originally scoped in 2007 and amended in 2010, to add additional alternatives for the disassembly of plutonium pits and the conversion of plutonium metal originating from pits to feed material for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF), which DOE is constructing on at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina.