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  • Council rejects muncipal building RFP

    It looks like it’s back to the drawing board for Los Alamos County, as hopes of a new municipal building were squashed last night.

     

    The County Council voted 6-0 in favor of rejecting all proposals under RFP No. 2008-1637 and canceling the solicitation with DePonte Investments.

     

  • Winterfest visitors invited to open house

    Visitors to this year’s Winterfest activities downtown on Saturday are invited to stop by the Community Building and view the current County projects at the design or construction stage. The Boyer Company will also have a table with the most recent site plans for The Trinity Place, a mixed-use lifestyle center planned for the Trinity site that currently houses county and schools’ facilities.

  • Winter fire safety tips for the home

    New Mexico's fire marshal is urging fire safety for this coming winter season because the high cost of home heating fuels and utilities have some consumers searching for alternate sources of home heating.

    The popularity and use of wood burning stoves is growing and space heaters are selling rapidly, or coming out of storage and fireplaces are now burning wood and man made logs, said State Fire Marshal John Standefer in a new release.

  • Holiday SuperBlitz runs through early January

    The “Winter SuperBlitz” has kicked off and will run through the holiday season to include Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. The blitz is scheduled to run through Jan. 4.

    “We want New Mexicans to feel safe on the roadways this holiday season and through coordinated law enforcement efforts across the state, our communities will be safer,” said Gov. Bill Richardson in a release. “Law enforcement will be out in force during the winter holidays to stop motorists who put others in danger by driving drunk, speeding or failing to use seatbelts.”

  • Cosmic rays point to Orion

    Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Milagro observatory and their collaborators have pinpointed two side-by-side sectors in our region of the Galaxy that are generating more than their share of cosmic rays.

     

    Seven years of recording over 200 billion cosmic ray collisions with the Earth’s atmosphere went into the calculations.

     

  • Last of high-risk drums shipped

    Los Alamos National Laboratory reported continued progress in removing high-activity waste drums to the Waste Isolation Pile Plant in Carlsbad.

    The lab announced this week that the last group of “unvented” high-activity drums was dispatched earlier in the month.

    A laboratory notice stated that 228 of the originally identified 352 parent drums have been sent to WIPP. Because repackaging was required in some cases, an addition 54 drums were generated, bring ing the total shipments in this campaign to 282 drums.

  • Investigation connects puppy mills and pet stores

     The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has released disturbing video evidence compiled during an eight-month nationwide investigation that connects puppy mills and pet stores.

     

    Puppy mills are a source of “unbearable cruelty” where breeding animals are kept in tiny cages without any socialization, according to HSUS, for the sole purpose of supplying pet stores and the Internet market with puppies.

     

  • Council to discuss municipal building Tuesday night

      County Council will meet Tuesday night in council chambers for their regularly scheduled weekly meeting. This week, in addition to a few business items, a public hearing and an ordinance introduction are also on the agenda.

  • Get to know Eco Station procedures and policies

    With the recent ribbon cutting of the new Eco Station, Los Alamos residents know it’ll be just a few more weeks before the old county landfill is a distant memory.

    The Eco Station is one of the many steps that the Environmental Sustainability Board is taking to make Los Alamos a green community.

    With the opening of the Eco Station right around the corner, it’s important for residents to know what sort of policies and procedures the Eco Station employees will be following.

  • NM wants perchlorate regulation

    New Mexico’s Environment secretary criticized a preliminary determination by the federal environmental agency that would remove the chemical perchlorate from a list of contaminants to consider for national regulation.

    Perchlorate is used in plutonium processing and is a component of jet fuel. According to a Government Accountability Office report in 2005, the chemical has been found in the Los Alamos environment, as well as at Kirtland and Holloman Air Force bases, and White Sands Missile Range, among other military-related locations in the state.