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  • Abiquiu project receives award

    AECOM Technology Corporation, the engineering firm that did the design/build for the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) low-flow hydroelectric turbine generator at Abiquiu Dam, recently received an Engineering Excellence Award for Energy from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) New Mexico for the project.

    The EEA awards pay tribute to New Mexico’s most distinguished engineering projects. Entries are judged on:
    Original or innovative application of new or existing techniques
    Future value to the engineering profession and perception by the public
    Social, economic, and sustainable design considerations
    Exceeding client/owner needs

  • PRC hopefuls speak up on issues

    State Public Regulation Commission District 3 constituents piled into the Santa Fe Women’s Club auditorium Thursday to pose questions to candidates running for election.

    All four Democratic Commission hopefuls attended the question and answer forum. Those include outgoing Santa Fe County Commissioner Virginia Vigil, Santa Fe County Clerk Valerie Espinoza, Ben Maki, a former aide to United States Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and small business owner Brad Gallegos. The primary is scheduled for June 5.

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    Authorities say a man opened fire on police during a drug bust in Greenland, New Hampshire, killing the police chief and injuring four other officers.

  • Update 04-12-12

    Wildfire awareness

    Residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2012” from 1-5 p.m. Saturday in the council chambers and adjacent Training Room (inside the Community Building.

    DPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room, located at 170 Central Park Square.

    Budget hearings

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold budget meetings 6-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday in council chambers.

    LAGA meeting

  • Martinez pushes reforms

    Governor Susana Martinez directed the Public Education Department Wednesday to move forward with the formulation and implementation of a new teacher and principal evaluation system in New Mexico. The new evaluation system will ensure that student learning and academic growth are key factors in how teachers and principals are evaluated.

    “It’s incredibly important that we’re able to identify those teachers and principals who are contributing most to the academic success of their students, so that we can reward them for the impact they are having on our kids. And it’s equally important for us to be able to provide support and professional development to those teachers who are struggling,” Martinez said.

  • San Ildefonso gov addresses council

    San Ildefonso Governor Terry Aguilar was invited to address the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night and chair Sharon Stover said she was eager to work with the pueblo.

    Aguilar explained that the pueblo’s new form of governance, which was approved by the Secretary of the Interior on Dec. 21, is slowing progress on many issues.

    “I wanted to explain to you that the way business has been done in the past is different, and it’s not as easy to move things forward, and its going to be taking a slow pace,” Aguilar said. “Because we’re learning, and we’re trying to develop new governance.”

    The new system allows women to be part of the governing body for the first time.

  • Job revisions OK'd by council

    As part of the Los Alamos County compensation plan, staff was directed to review and reduce the number of job levels and titles. The plan received council approval Tuesday evening in a 4–2 vote.

    The new plan reduces the number of job classes from 269 to 230, a 14 percent reduction. Changes were made by consolidating similar job titles, eliminating obsolete titles and removing approximately 16 jobs that had been unionized during 2011.

    The revisions also minimize artificial education barriers to staff development or promotion by enabling evaluation of combined experience and education.

    Management and staff from every department participated in eight days of discussions to develop the recommendations.

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    A mother in Argentina says she fell to her knees in shock after finding her baby alive in a coffin in the morgue nearly 12 hours after the girl had been declared dead.

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