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  • Large crane to spring into action

    On Monday morning, expect to see a large crane lifted into the air above the Municipal Complex building construction site, as construction begins on framing for the new government complex.
    The crane will be used to set steel beams in place for framework. Crews from Jaynes Corporation and their subcontractors will continue to pour the foundation concurrently with erecting the steel for the three-storey structure. The foundation for the new council chamber has already been laid.
    The site is divided into four zones. Construction during April and May will focus on Zone One, which includes the council chambers and the eastern entrance of the building. Work will progress from east to west and from north to south.

  • Smart Meter volunteers may help shape the future

    Homeowners have the chance to participate in a research project that could shape the way we use energy in the future.
    The Department of Public Utilities is seeking 100 volunteers to participate in a smart meter study conducted by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization.
    NEDO will use the information to build a database of energy use patterns in America. “This is all about gathering data for research,” said Deputy Utility Manager Janet Bettinger.  “Volunteers will be part of a world famous project. They’re trying to set standards up for smart meters and the smart grid.”

  • LANL Foundation announces scholarship winners

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation (Foundation) announced the 2012 scholarship recipient awardees this week.  Sixty-eight students were awarded a total of $401,000 in scholarships.  The recipient of the top Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) $30,000 Platinum award is Scott Carlsten, a Los Alamos High School senior and burgeoning career scientist.

  • County to test CodeRed Thursday

    Los Alamos County will conduct a test of its CodeRED emergency notification system at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday. The county contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution in November of last year. The CodeRED system provides county officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county.

  • Legal questions raised about candidate filings

    SANTA FE — Attorney General Gary King's office offered a legal defense Friday for the Senate's top leader and several other candidates to remain on the primary election ballot despite the omission of some required information from their filing papers.

    In a memo to the state's top election official, King's office said past legal rulings suggest that a New Mexico court would not reject the candidates because of a technical problem in the nominating petitions submitted by the candidates when they filed for office earlier this week.

    Secretary of State Dianna Duran had asked King whether she should exclude Senate President Tim Jennings, a Roswell Democrat, and 11 other candidates from the June ballot.

  • LANL begins enhanced security procedures

     Los Alamos National Laboratory began implementing several changes to its security procedures on Friday, March 16.   The most prominent change is the increase of random inspections of all vehicles transiting the Laboratory, to include West and East Jemez Roads and roadways leading to the main Laboratory administrative area, Technical Area 3.  The changes are a result of recommendations made during a recent review of Laboratory protective measures by a joint Department of Defense and Department of Energy security assessment.

  • Ushering in spring

    Chamisa Elementary students got ready for the first day of spring Tuesday. Cheetah Oliver Danielson waters some freshly planted herbs for the school.

  • Raising awareness about cancer

    Gov. Susana Martinez declared March “Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month” in New Mexico, calling the disease one of the most “preventable, treatable and beatable” forms of cancer if caught early.
    The University of New Mexico Cancer Center experts join the governor and state health officials in urging New Mexicans to get screened for colorectal cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer death in the state.
    Approximately 800 New Mexicans receive a diagnosis of colorectal cancer each year and another 300 die of the disease, according to data from the New Mexico Tumor Registry.

  • Update 03-23-12


    The fifth and sixth graders at Barranca Elementary will hold a fundraiser garage sale for Briana Engleman from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Pueblo Complex Gym. Also on Saturday, the Los Alamos High School Key Club and National Honor Society are co-hosting a pasta dinner to benefit Engleman from 5-8 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church.

    March on Hunger

    Assets In Action is collecting food for the March on Hunger for local food banks. Those wishing to make donations can leave them at either senior center location, KRSN AM 1490, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce or Chamisa Elementary now through the end of the month.

    TV appearance

  • Voting on capital projects laid to rest

    In a twist, the Los Alamos County Council voted to take no action on the issue that prompted the overhaul of the county charter.
    Article 409 would have allowed voting on capital projects with estimated costs exceeding 15 percent of the most recently adopted budget. The amendment was defeated in a 6-1 vote, with Councilor Vincent Chiravalle casting the no vote.
    Council created the Charter Review Committee in response to a petition sponsored by the Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative, which called for mandated voting on every capital project of more than $1 million.
    The petition garnered 2,000 signatures, but was rejected due to its questionable legality (it logrolled unrelated amendments together), but council wanted to address the issues it raised.