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  • Public weighs in on road design

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and design consultant Souder, Miller & Associates (SMA) presented the 90-percent design for the N.M. 502/Trinity Drive project to the Transportation Board on Tuesday.
    The design calls for the construction of a roundabout at the Trinity Drive/Central Avenue intersection and expanding the roadway between Sombrillo Court and Canyon Road to four lanes, with medians and left turn lanes. The Canyon Road intersection will be redesigned to meet Trinity at a 90-degree angle directly across from Arroyo Lane.
    The design includes six-foot sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides of the street.
    Cyclists’ concerns about having to dismount at the roundabout were addressed in the new design. They will now have the option of sharing the roundabout with vehicles or diverting to the sidewalk without dismounting.
    Sidewalks through the roundabout have been widened to 10 feet to accommodate both cyclists and pedestrians.
    Utility infrastructure will be relocated and upgraded and the storm drain system will be replaced. Improvements include upgraded lighting and new landscaping.

  • Today in history March 6
  • School board selects Steinhaus

    It didn’t take very long for the Los Alamos School Board to select its man as the next Superintendent.
    Shortly after a special executive session Thursday, the Los Alamos School Board announced it had picked Kurt Steinhaus as the Los Alamos Public School’s next superintendent.
    Acting Board President Matt Williams said comments from the board about the decision will be released soon. For now, he said, they have contract negotiations to attend to next.
    Steinhaus thanked the board for its decision.
    “The board members put a lot of time and effort into conducting a national search and I appreciate all the work they put into this. I look forward to working with them.”
    He also thanked the community of Los Alamos.
    “I look forward to serving the community of Los Alamos as their next superintendent, and I look forward to working with all the great people in the Los Alamos School system,” Steinhaus said.
    He also said he wanted to stay in touch with Chris Marczak. As an assistant superintendent who works closely with another national laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Steinhaus thought Marczak had some good ideas as far as enriching the education of Los Alamos’ students.

  • Effort to blast right-to-work bill to Senate floor fails

    SANTA FE (AP) — Contentious right-to-work legislation has been assigned to three committees following the objection of Republicans who were unsuccessful in forcing a hearing before the full Senate.

    A motion by Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle to bypass the committees failed 25-17 Thursday.

    The bill that garnered hours of heated testimony and debate on the House side prohibits requiring workers to join a union or to pay dues as a condition of employment and includes a 50-cent-per-hour minimum wage hike.

    The bill would apply to both public and private sectors.

    The GOP-controlled House passed the legislation 37-30.

    The Democratic leadership in the Senate has said it's united in stopping the legislation, and referring the bill to three committees with two weeks remaining in the 60-day session may help to accomplish that.

  • Kilburn addresses PARCC testing

    Coffee with Kilburn, a talk with Los Alamos Middle School Principal, Rex Kilburn, was at LAMS on Tuesday to address the topic of PARCC testing. PARCC stands for the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career.
    The purpose of the collection includes gathering data, understanding mastery of content, providing students with effective individualized instruction, coursework and grade placement.
    The four types of assessments generally include formative short-cycle interim and summative.
    The requirements for schools on testing include those from the federal, state, district and school levels and even for staff, it isn’t always easy and is never optional.
    “I think that all teachers are feeling some stress as preparations for the upcoming PARCC assessment continue on,” Kilburn said. “I would like to compliment my staff for working together with each other and with the administration as we figure out exactly what our responsibilities are for administration and we work through the never ending technical glitches.”

  • State Briefs 3-5-15

    Scientists outline research wish list for nuclear energy

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Engineers and researchers from national laboratories and universities around the country are trying to narrow the list of critical research problems the nation needs to address when it comes to nuclear energy.
    The group gathered at the University of New Mexico is expected to detail its findings Thursday.
    Participants include representatives from UNM, Colorado State University, Texas A&M and Sandia and Los Alamos national labs.
    The U.S. Department of Energy sponsored six workshops around the country this week. The outcomes are meant to guide decisions on what research to fund.
    The DOE is particularly interested in how nuclear technology fits in with affordable electricity generation and renewable energy, safety and national security and the environment.
    The agency is also looking for innovative ways to apply existing technology to nuclear energy.

    New Mexico House panel eyes new requirements for sheriffs

  • GOP women to meet March 12

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have its regular monthly meeting, March 12 from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive.
    All registered Republican Women are urged to join us. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe, which helps abused women and children.
    For more information about the meting or the LAFRW, contact Donna MacDonald at 662-4001.

  • DOJ finds racism in Ferguson police dept.

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal investigation into the police killing of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, lays bare what officials contend are racist, profit-driven law enforcement practices in the small St. Louis suburb.
    While the Department of Justice cleared officer Darren Wilson of federal civil rights charges in the August death of Michael Brown, it also called for sweeping changes in a city where officers trade racist emails, issue expensive tickets mostly to black drivers and routinely use what investigators called excessive force on people stopped for minor or non-existent offenses.
    Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the department “found a community that was deeply polarized; a community where deep distrust and hostility often characterized interactions between police and area residents.”
    Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III said steps are already being taken to correct problems.
    “We must do better not only as a city, but as a state and a country,” Knowles said.
    The shooting of Brown sparked a national dialogue on race and law enforcement. Separate federal investigations into the shooting and the police department began soon after Brown was killed.

  • Update 3-5-15

    NCRTD

    The North Central Regional Transit District will hold a board meeting from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. The meeting will be in the Jim West Building in Española.

    Construction

    The project manager overseeing Western Area Phase 3 construction will speak at a meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    Free Film Series

    The Free Film Series will feature the movie “Of Gods and Men” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs meeting rooms. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. today.

    Kiwanis Club

    Justin Ramsey, who grew up in Los Alamos but has recently lived in Australia, will speak on his adventures there and his new photography book on the interesting country “Down Under” at the next Kiwanis Club meeting. Kiwanis meets from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church. The public is invited.

    Washington trip

    A meeting for students attending the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. is set for 3 p.m. Friday at Los Alamos Middle School. Parents are encouraged to attend. Call 670-0679 for more information.

    P & Z meeting

    Planning and zoning will meet at 5:30 p.m. March 11 at the Municipal Building.

  • Clerk's office, board complete voter purge

    Los Alamos County Board of Registration completed a purge of its voter rolls after a two-day purging process this week.
    County Clerk Sharon Stover, along with County Council-appointed board members George Chandler, Kimberly Thomas and Audra Short, completed the process to remove inactive votes from the county.
    Stover said today the purge was for registered residents who met a strict set of criteria, which included those who were mailed a confirmation in August 2012, those who are currently on “inactive” status, according to the county clerk’s office, those who had not updated their registration addresses and those who had not voted since the 2012 mailing had gone out.
    The list of voters was compiled through efforts of the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office and based on guidelines from the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
    Stover said this was the first time a purge had been done of the lists since 2007.