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  • State revises Medicaid overhaul plan

     

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez's administration asked the federal government on Friday to approve a revised plan to overhaul a program providing health care for a fourth of New Mexico's population.

    The Human Services Department's latest Medicaid proposal comes nearly six months after the administration initially unveiled a blueprint to improve health care for needy New Mexicans while slowing the growth rate of a program costing nearly $4 billion a year. About a fourth of the money comes from the state budget, with the federal government paying the remainder.

    The administration hopes to implement the Medicaid overhaul in January 2014.

  • County line 08-17-12

    EVENTS:
     
    Summer Concerts - a "Wonderland" at Rover Park Tonight!
     
    Enjoy the blues  rock sounds of Carolyn Wonderland in White Rock this evening - the concert begins at 7:00 p.m. at the park! Bring your lawn chairs, friends and family!
     
    Council Meeting on Tuesday
     
    What's on the agenda? A discussion about management options for the new Creative District is likely to be the main discussion when the meeting begins in Chambers at 7:00 p.m. - streamed live on our Council webpage and broadcast on PAC-8 television, too! ...download the agenda... <http://www.losalamosnm.us/gov/council/Pages/default.aspx>
     
    Art Dedication at the Justice Center on Wednesday
     

  • NCRTD dedicates Jim West Regional Transit Center

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) today has dedicated the Jim West Regional Transit Center, its new headquarters, in a ribbon cutting ceremony outside the building located at 1327 N. Riverside Drive, Española, NM  87532.

    In dedicating the building, NCRTD Chairman and Taos County Commissioner Daniel Barrone stated that, “This Transit Center serves as a testament to the hard work and dedication of the government officials, NCRTD Board and the staff, both past and present, who believed that one day a transit system could connect a 10,000 square mile area of north central New Mexico and create mobility options for people in most cases where none had existed before.”

    “We are thrilled to be located in our new headquarters,” commented Anthony Mortillaro, NCRTD Executive Director. “This now consolidates the administrative offices with the operations and fleet management divisions which previously had been spread out over three locations in Santa Fe and Española.  The move will allow us to operate more efficiently and cost effectively as we position ourselves for the future.”

  • Posse Lodge wins historic status

    Supporters of the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Shack (now called the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge) won their bid to have the lodge placed on the State Historic Register. The New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee approved the petition last Friday.
    Posse Lodge President Carey Grzadinski is behind the effort to place the lodge on the historic registry and supplied much of the historical information about the building. Kelly Myers began preliminary investigations into the requirements for registry.
    The project was turned over to Debe Braden in February. Braden did the bulk of the research and developed the presentation for the review committee. She searched the library, Los Alamos Historical Society records and spoke to anyone who might have information about the Posse or the lodge.
    “I told my kids I thought I was doing a term paper,” Braden said. “When I was doing all this, I thought, I should have been an investigative reporter, because it’s really fun to dig and find facts and one thing leads to another. I’ve enjoyed that a lot.”
    The name, the Posse Shack, as it is known to most locals, derives from the building’s original incarnation.

  • Chile roasting season has arrived

    Matt Romero said his chile is hot, but his wife is hotter. Recently at the Los Alamos Farmer’s Market, Romero sold chiles in sandwich-sized bags to spread the love around to all. Romero will sell full bushels after Labor Day and will roast about 44 bushels per market at that time. Romero Farms also sells a variety of vegetables including eight different types of egg plant.

  • Update 08-17-12

    Waffle breakfast

    There will be a Masonic Waffle Breakfast 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos Masonic Lodge, 15th and Canyon. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity’s 2012 Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project in Haiti. Price of the breakfast is $7 and $3 for children age six and younger.

    Triathlon time

    The Los Alamos County Triathlon will take place at 7 a.m. Saturday, beginning at the Aquatic Center. See more details on page 8.

    Groundbreaking

    The public is invited to join the county council for the groundbreaking event for the new Golf Course Community Building at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 24, at the building site. Refreshments will be served.

    Shrimp boil

    The American Legion will host the Operation Wounded Warrior Benefit shrimp boil dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday. There will also be a raffle for goodies and a 50/50 drawing, along with entertainment by Todd Tijerina from 7-11 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $10.

    High tea

    Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church will present a high tea and fashion show event at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at 3900 Trinity Dr. All proceeds go toward the two-house build trips to Juaréz in the fall.

  • LAHS students get a taste of the 'suite' life

    If all goes according plan, the students at Los Alamos High School will end the school year as masters of an Internet program that has the potential to benefit them long after they’ve graduated.

    At a recent school board meeting, Dean Obermeyer, the school district’s technology coordinator, introduced “Google Apps for Education” to the board.

    In a written statement, Obermeyer described Google Apps for Education as a “free suite of applications including email, calendar, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, document storage and many more.”

    One of the first questions the board asked was, “why?”

    Obermeyer and the teachers that came to support him, told the board that it was all about efficiency, security and consistency.

    “The only method students have of moving documents between school and home is with a physical drive or by email,” Obermeyer said.

    One teacher told the board that having a platform that students and teachers share makes life easier for everyone involved.

    She said one great function in Google Apps is the “documents” feature.

  • Johnson drops out of council race

    Ken Johnson, a Democratic candidate for Los Alamos County Council, has dropped out of the race.

    Johnson sent in his withdrawal notice to the county clerk’s office this morning.

    “I expect if I were elected at some point, I would have had to leave the council and that would not be fair to the people who voted for me,” said Johnson, who plans on releasing a statement later today. “I have plans to move away from Los Alamos during that time frame.”

    Los Alamos Democratic Party chair Mike Wheeler, who was in Espanola this afternoon attending the dedication of the Jim West Transit Center said, “I am sad to hear that Ken had to withdraw. Ken has family oblgations that need to be taken care of.”

    Wheeler said a special meeting will be called of the Central Committee to review candidates to replace Johnson on the ballot.

    It is the second time in a month that a candidate has withdrawn from the race.

    Republican candidate Roger Waterman withdrew for professional and personal reasons and was replaced by Steve Girrens.

    Wheeler said because of state regulations Johnson had to resign by Sept. 4 and the replacement has to be made by Sept. 11.

    For those Democrats interested in being considered for the slot, they should contact Wheeler at (505) 662-5577.

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