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  • New Mexicans feel pinch at gas pump

    New Mexicans feel pinch of rising gas prices
    SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN,Associated Press

    BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexicans have joined those in other states in their irritation over the rising cost of gasoline.

    With long drives required to get around this expansive state, drivers say the prices are starting to get painful and they want leaders in Washington to do something about it. A gallon of regular unleaded is averaging $3.71 in New Mexico, and it's higher in rural areas.

    Families are reconsidering summer trips, and some businesses plan to charge customers for mileage because they can no longer absorb the prices.

  • Clarification 03-22-12

    Due to a source error, it was incorrectly stated in “Valles Caldera Preserve needs its amigos,” (March 15), that Los Amigos de Valles Caldera partners with the Valles Caldera Coalition for restoration of  bog, wetlands and floodplain wet meadow habitat. The Valles Caldera Coalition has not existed since 2006. Caldera Action replaced it in 2007.

  • Bandelier announces photo contest

    Superintendent Jason Lott invites photographers and artists to enter the 2013 Bandelier Annual Pass Photo and Art Contest.
    Digital images may be submitted today through April 4. “If Bandelier has inspired your creative side, here’s your chance to  show off your photography or artwork on the 2013 Annual Pass. The winner and two runners-up will receive free entry to all the National Parks for one year,” Lott said.
    The winner will also receive a personal family tour of the park and copy of the award-winning film “Sky Island,” narrated by Meryl Streep and N. Scott Momaday. Runners-up will also receive a copy of the film.

  • Update 03-22-12


    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.

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  • Charter amendments spark debate

    A handful of proposed amendments to the county charter stirred four hours of debate by council members and citizens alike. Amendments on Initiative, Referendum, Recall and procedures for amending the charter sections will now vie for limited space on the November election ballot.
    Council approved the Charter Review Committee’s recommendation that Article 702, governing recall elections, be amended to comply with the New Mexico State Constitution.  
    The constitution states that elected county officials can only be recalled for malfeasance, misfeasance or violation of oath of office.

  • Los Alamos conference reaches out to girls

    “Pulling out DNA from your own cheek cells!,” “Ooey, Gooey, Polymers” and “Minerals in Makeup” were just some of the hands-on classes to choose from during the 33rd annual  Expanding Your Horizons conference in Los Alamos.
    Empowering young women to pursue learning in science and math was the goal of the conference and approximately 100 high school girls from all over Northern New Mexico piled into the Crossroads Bible Church to attend.

  • Hall declares his candidacy

    Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties, formally announced his candidacy for the District 43 State House seat near Ashley Pond Wednesday. Hall, who will run opposed in the Republican primary, will face Democratic challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard in the general election.

  • Wismer ready to move on

    Councilor Mike Wismer has always been a busy man and has accomplished a lot in his life.

    But it’s also no secret that Wismer has slowly but surely been trying to lead a more “normal” life.

    He recently changed jobs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and  got married.

    In October, Wismer said he was stepping down from the North Central Regional Transit District Board.

    And late last week, he announced he was not seeking reelection to the county council.

    In an email, Wismer was asked to comment about his decision to not seek reelection. Apparently,  he has not lost his sense of humor.

  • Unhappy public not sure who to blame for high gas

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Families canceling vacations. Fishermen watching their profits burn up along with their boats' gasoline. Drivers buying only a few gallons of gas at a time because they can't afford to fill the tank.

    From all corners of the country, Americans are irritated these days by record-high fuel prices that have soared above $4 a gallon in some states and could top $5 by summer. And the cost is becoming a political issue just as the presidential campaign kicks into high gear.

  • Musical duo Scenic Roots set to perform

    Erin and Amber Rogers have more in common than just their genetic roots. They also share Scenic Roots.
    The sisters perform original and traditional Ozark, Appalachian and Celtic music on mountain dulcimer, fiddle and claw hammer banjo in their musical duo, Scenic Roots.
    They will be in Los Alamos for two concerts this week, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday at Morning Glory Bakery. On Friday they will perform as special guests during the De Colores Cantina’s regular open mic night at 8 p.m. The shows are part of the duo’s seven-state spring 2012 concert tour. Both women have degrees in commercial music from the bluegrass program at South Plains College in Texas.