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  • On the docket 9-8-11

    Aug. 31

     

  • Analysis: Rural New Mexico risks loss in redistricting

    SANTA FE — Rural New Mexico and part of the city of Albuquerque are on the political chopping block as lawmakers consider how to redraw boundaries of legislative districts to adjust for population changes during the past decade.

    Eastern and north-central portions of the state are at risk of losing representation in the Legislature because the region’s growth since 2000 has lagged behind statewide population increases. The same is true for central sections of Albuquerque.

  • Senate Committee OKs $11 billion to NNSA

     U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall said a spending bill working its way through the Senate Wednesday contains significant support for New Mexico’s two national laboratories.

     The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Act, which funds the labs and various important New Mexico water projects; the measure is now ready for full Senate action.

  • Trinity Drive still hot topic

    Council Chambers were filled to overflowing for Tuesday night’s debate over proposed changes to Trinity Drive.
    A show of hands revealed a fairly even split between those opposed to anything less than four lanes (many wore signs reading “4 lanes for Trinity”) and those supporting changes that would make Trinity a safer and more “complete” road.

  • LANL remembers 9-11

    A wreath of flowers is laid on the statue dedicated to the people who lost their lives at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. On Thursday, the lab held a ceremony to remember those who died in the 9-11 attacks. More coverage of the event will be in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor, the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

  • Senate Committee OKs $11B to NNSA

     U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall said a spending bill working its way through the Senate Wednesday contains significant support for New Mexico’s two national laboratories.
     The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Act, which funds the labs and various important New Mexico water projects; the measure is now ready for full Senate action.
    Lab spokesperson Fred DeSousa said LANL would not comment on the budgetary matters.
    The bill increases the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) stockpile budget to $7.19 billion — a 4 percent increase over this year’s budget.  Overall, the NNSA’s budget grew by 5 percent to $11 billion. 

  • Tensions flare at CRC

    Audience members concerned that their constitutional rights are in jeopardy clashed loudly with Charter Review Committee members over the fate of the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Office during Wednesday night’s meeting.
    “It’s absurd to think the charter can supercede the constitution,” Matthew Wolk said.
    Wolk became agitated during the meeting and at one point CRC Chair John Hopkins told him that he was out of order and to sit down, which Wolk refused to do.
    Police Chief Wayne Torpy approached Wolk and convinced him to calm down.

  • NCRTD adds Edgewood route

    Santa Fe County Commissioner Robert Anaya in conjunction with the North
    Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) announced new weekday bus service from Edgewood to Santa Fe. The new route began Tuesday.
    “I’m glad to see the result of my effort along with the efforts of the Santa Fe County Commission, the Regional Planning Authority, and work of the NCRTD will result in service to the southern part of Santa Fe County and to those who commute between Edgewood and Santa Fe. We hope riders will take advantage of the free ride when service begins on September 6th,” said Santa Fe County Commissioner Robert Anaya.

  • State Briefs 09-07-11

    Cops: Woman bit off roommate’s lip

    LAS CRUCES — A Las Cruces woman is facing an aggravated battery charge after police said she bit off the lip of a roommate during an argument.
    Jajaira (ha-ha-EE’-dah) Alvarado was arrested Sunday for taking a chunk out of her roommate’s lip following a Saturday afternoon drinking binge.
    According to Las Cruces police detectives, the 20-year-old Alvarado took a nap and told her 21-year-old roommate to wake her up later. But police said when the roommate went to wake Alvarado, Alvarado became upset and bit off a portion of her lip.
    The victim was transported to Memorial Medical Center and later released.

    ABQPD investigates woman’s death

  • Update 09-07-11

    Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voter’s Lunch with a Leader will be at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Central Avenue Grill. The guest speaker will be Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki.

    Fuller Lodge

       The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. today in the Curtis Room.

    Coming Thursday

    Check out restaurant inspection reports in Thursday’s Diversions inside the Los Alamos Monitor.

    Alzheimer's walk

    The 17th Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s will begin with registration at 4 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. A basket/quilt raffle will be from 4-6:30 p.m.  Sept. 10.