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  • Valles Caldera Preserve needs its amigos

    Many people assume funding for our National Parks, Monuments and Preserves is provided by the federal government and park fees. However, funding from those sources often falls short of actual funding needs.

    Valles Caldera National Preserve faces an even greater challenge. Unlike other park system sites, under the current structure it is mandated to be self-sufficient by 2015.

    Mechanisms are in place to help achieve that goal. The preserve is allowed to collect user fees for activities such as hiking or cross country skiing that far exceed entrance fees at national parks and monuments.

    Valles Caldera is also able to offer fee activities such as hunting, which is prohibited at other parks.

  • Wilson hosts town hall

    Republican Senate candidate Heather Wilson made a stop in Los Alamos Wednesday night at the Best Western Hilltop Hotel. Wilson held a town hall meeting to discuss LANL cuts and answered questions on various issues.

  • District infrastructure upgrades continue

    Following months of construction, Los Alamos High School students have a new building, but the ongoing construction around the district is far from over.

    At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, LAPS Bond and Construction Administrator Herb McLean gave board members an update on projects around the district.

    Despite the newly constructed building at LAHS, work is still being done on campus. According to McLean’s report, due to heat issues in the lobby of the gym, the glass was found to not meet specifications. As a result, Flintco began replacing the glass on weekends and should wrap up the project by Sunday.

  • Hazmat incident at Technical Area-21

    A small explosion caused by an unknown substance on Los Alamos National Laboratory property shut down DP Road for most of yesterday.

    Los Alamos Police Department Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun said dispatch received a call at 11:52 Wednesday that there was a possible hazardous materials situation at the World War II-era landfill Material Disposal Area B at Enclosure 12 in Technical Area 21.

    Emergency vehicles, including those of the Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments, raced to the scene as police officers secured a perimeter and the Fire Department stood by until the Lab’s Hazmat Team arrived.

  • Fewer seek US unemployment aid, tying a 4-year low

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, adding to signs that the job market is strengthening.

    And in another reassuring sign for the economy, wholesale inflation remains mild outside of higher gas prices.

    Applications for unemployment aid dropped 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 351,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That matches a four-year low reached last month. The four-week average, which smooths fluctuations, was unchanged at 355,750.

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  • VIDEO: 'Lifesaving' Doctor Becomes U.S. Citizen

    A neurosurgeon from Peru who performed emergency surgery on an Immigration Services Officer became a U.S. citizen Wednesday in Tampa, Fla. 48-year-old Gabriel Gonzales-Portillo says he's 'very happy' and 'very excited.'

  • Martinez wins battle over labor board selection

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has won a legal battle that gives her control of a state board that referees disputes over working conditions and union contracts affecting government workers and some educators.
    A state labor leader said Tuesday a pair of court rulings may allow the governor to try to neutralize New Mexico’s collective bargaining law through her selection of Public Employee Labor Relations Board members.
    “It’s a win for her right now, but hopefully it won’t be a big win. We’ll just have to figure out other options to prevent her from doing away with collective bargaining,” said Christine Trujillo, president of the American Federation of Teachers in New Mexico.

  • Three Thornburg execs charged with fraud

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have charged three executives of what was once the nation’s second-largest mortgage company with civil accounting fraud.
    The Securities and Exchange Commission said the executives conspired to conceal disastrous conditions at the now-defunct Thornburg Mortgage Inc. as the housing market collapsed and the financial crisis loomed.
    The SEC said the three executives conspired to overstate Thornburg’s income by more than $400 million in 2007. Thornburg faced “a severe liquidity crisis” in early 2008 and its lenders were demanding payments the company wasn’t able to meet, the SEC said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M.

  • Seen @ The Scene: Girl Scouts celebrate

    Girls Scouts, past and present, gathered at Ashley Pond Sunday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. County Councilor and past Girl Scout, Fran Berting read a proclamation as part of the festivities. Later, the group gathered  and formed a friendship circle, in which they sang “Happy Birthday” and the “Friendship Song.” They enjoyed refreshments and entertainment at the end of the event.