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  • 700 may be affected in Santa Fe debit card breach



    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A credit union says hundreds of people who used a debit card at a Santa Fe gas station may have had their personal financial information stolen.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Del Norte Credit Union officials said Wednesday that debit cards of up to 700 members may be compromised.

    Del Norte President and CEO Chuck Valenti says a small, electronic device that skims data was used to obtain information from cardholders buying gas at a Giant Service Station between March 20 and March 24.

    Valenti says 20 cardholders have reported fraudulent purchases or cash withdrawals.

    Valenti says Del Norte has since closed those accounts and issued new ones.

    Santa Fe police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt says it's possible customers with other banks may be victims as well.

  • FOG questions Martinez policy

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is asking Gov. Susana Martinez about the administration’s policy for handling information requests from the Legislature’s watchdog committees.
    The questions were raised in response to a story by The Associated Press that Martinez agencies have told the Legislative Finance Committee and the Legislative Education Study Committee to send their information requests to the governor’s chief of staff for approval before an agency will respond.
    Foundation Executive Director Susan Boe sent a letter Wednesday to the governor asking if her chief of staff now serves as the “chief records custodian” for agency requests under the Inspection of Public Records Act.
    The foundation also made a public records request for any correspondence or memorandum sent to agencies about the governor’s new policy.

  • County looking for volunteers

    The County Council is seeking interested volunteers to represent Los Alamos County on economic development boards that have current openings on the Board of Directors. Both the Regional Development Corporation and the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District have vacancies and have asked the Council to forward recommendations to them.
    RDC Board
    The RDC Board opening is restricted to applicants working in the private sector in Los Alamos or White Rock.
    The RDC is a regional economic development organization for Northern New Mexico, focused on creating a diverse and sustainable economy. The RDC works collaboratively to create new jobs in the region by strengthening services to businesses and developing the infrastructure, public policy and workforce to support job growth. Its principal service areas are Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, Taos, San Miguel, Mora and Sandoval counties.
    The RDC member must attend at least six public board meetings and participate in various, periodic committee meetings each year.
    NCNMEDD Board

  • Update 03-28-14


    Authors Speak Series. Noted poets and publishers Veronica Golos and Andrea Watson. 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Rotunda.

    Pony Club

    The Los Alamos Pony Club (LAPC) hosts a dressage horse show and rally Sunday at the North Mesa stables. The LAPC/New Mexico Dressage Association schooling show and Southwest Region Pony Club Rally begins at 9 a.m., attracting riders from across the region.


    Los Alamos Big Band free concert and dance. 7 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge.


    Los Alamos Little Theatre will have a reading of the play “Tower of Magic” by local playwright Tess Light at 6 p.m. April 2 in the Green Room of the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.


    “Race to Nowhere,” a film by LAHS student Tessa Snyder. 6:30 p.m. today at UNM-LA Lecture Hall Building 2. Benefit showing and community discussion. A documentary film explaining the pressures faced by young people, teachers and parents in our high-stakes public and private education system and a pressure-cooker culture.  

  • Late Snow

    Los Alamos received a dusting of snow overnight and the Jemez Mountains above the townsite received a little bit more. On Wednesday, however, the Pajarito Ski Area announced it was ceasing operations for the year because of a lack of the white stuff.

  • N.M. Secretary of State rallies local GOP

    New Mexico Secretary of the State Dianna J. Duran was the guest speaker at the Los Alamos Republicans’ annual Lincoln Day Dinner Wednesday. The event also included speeches from the roster of Los Alamos Republicans who are either running for office or being challenged. In her speech, Duran emphasized how important it was to get the vote out this year, now that they have a real chance at becoming the majority in the Roundhouse.

  • Counties, legislature may challenge line-item vetoes

    It was obvious at the New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) legislative update — held at Fuller Lodge Wednesday — that it is not “end of story” for Senate Bill 268.
    According to state law, counties are allowed to assess a one-eighth Gross Receipts Tax increment for healthcare costs. SB268 redirects one-twelfth of that increment to the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) to pay for hospitals and matching funds for Medicaid.
    The redirect impacts the counties’ abilities to cover local costs such as indigent healthcare and mandated services such as ambulance.
    At Wednesday’s meeting, state senators and New Mexico county officials alike expressed concerns not only about the bill’s impact on local governments, but about Gov. Susana Martinez’s line-item vetoes of the legislation.
    One of the bill’s sponsors, state Sen. Nancy Rodriguez (D-Santa Fe) raised several issues, including a question of whether the bill is constitutional, since it forces the counties to redirect money approved by voters away from local governments into state coffers without any accountability.

  • LLNL names new lab director

    William H. Goldstein has been named the director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), which manages the Laboratory for the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), made the announcement March 27.

    Goldstein will begin his new role Monday, March 31.

    Appointed with the concurrence of the DOE and NNSA, Goldstein is the 12th director of the Laboratory since it was established in 1952. Goldstein also will serve as the president of LLNS, replacing Parney Albright, who stepped down as Laboratory director and LLNS president in November 2013. 

    "Bill was selected as Laboratory director because of his proven scientific leadership and senior management experience across a broad range of Laboratory programs, his passion for the Lab's mission and people, and his ability to strategically manage the breadth of Livermore's science and technology capabilities and operations to meet critical national security needs," Pattiz said. "He is a respected and trusted scientist among Laboratory managers and employees and with the DOE, NNSA and other key government sponsors and academic and industrial partners." 

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