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  • LAPS grapples with shortfall

    The Los Alamos Board of Education met in open session Friday to discuss critical issues involving the district’s $1.8 million 2010-2011 school year operating budget shortfall.

    “Two factors drive this reduction in revenues,” LAPS Business Manager John Wolfe said. “First, the state is receiving less revenue than anticipated and despite working during the recent legislative session to raise taxes and implement other measures, revenues will fall short. That’s affecting us by $800,000.”

  • 04-08-10 Update

    Talking about emissions

      The Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network will feature Dr. Robert Gibson who will speak on “Historical and Baseline Energy Use & CO2 Emissions in Los Alamos County.”  A social period will be held from 6:30-7 p.m. today and the talk will be held from 7-8 p.m. at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    “Touched by Fire”

  • Celebrate the planet this week

    Thursday, millions around the world will celebrate Earth Day. This year marks the event’s 40th anniversary.

    The idea behind the day – honoring the planet and all living things that inhabit it – began during the early 1960s, as Earth Day bloomed into a grassroots cause that eventually culminated in the first official U.S. observance celebrated in 1970.

  • Pic of the day: Sunday morning thunderstorm delivers some small hail to the area

    A late morning thunderstorm rumbled through the Los Alamos area Sunday and littered lawns with some pea-sized hail as it passed over. The storm did not pack enough punch to cause any damage, but the hail did litter lawns for a time in parts of the county.

  • MTI satellite lifespan and applications exceed expectations

    For engineers and scientists at Sandia, the evening of Friday, March 12, marked a proud moment.

    Hundreds of miles above the Earth, the Multispectral Thermal Imager satellite reached its 10th anniversary of service as it completed its 55,000th orbit — far exceeding both its intended maximum life and its potential applications.

  • NM small businesses to get details of health care tax credits

    Washington, DC – This week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will begin sending postcards to 25,709 businesses in New Mexico to notify them of the benefits of the small business health insurance tax credit, which was part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that was passed in March. (View the postcard)

  • News Advisory: Cougars and bears on the move

    ALBUQUERQUE – The Department of Game and Fish has received numerous calls of cougar sightings this year … one cougar has already been captured and relocated.

    Officers captured a large male cougar in Santa Fe and transported it to Northern New Mexico where it was released back into the wild. 

    The cougar that visited a Santa Fe neighborhood was treed by some dogs in a backyard, which allowed Game and Fish officials to dart the animal and remove it.

  • Labor unions, oil and gas interests fuel contributions to state's political parties

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Labor unions and the oil and natural gas industry were leading sources of money for New Mexico's Democratic and Republican parties during the past six months as they prepared for a critical campaign season, according to the latest financial disclosures.

    The Democratic Party's state campaign committee raised $214,577 from October through April 5. Labor unions provided about $66,000 of that, with $40,000 coming from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

  • Meet ‘The Wiz’

    Walking into the band room at Los Alamos High School, it was immediately clear that the school’s Olions Thespian Club was presenting a unique spring musical. A group of students were rehearsing ballet in the center of the room while a few others raced around wearing clown costumes that displayed amazing combinations of colors and patterns. On the edge of the room, a girl strolled around on purple wooden stilts.

    This odd yet fantastic scene seems very fitting to the musical the high school drama club is presenting, “The Wiz.”

  • Judge seeks to continue service

    Gov. Bill Richardson appointed longtime Santa Fe lawyer Sarah Singleton to replace Judge James Hall as a 1st Judicial District judge in Santa Fe in December.

    “Ms. Singleton is bringing with her more than 30 years of legal experience and I am confident she will serve the 1st Judicial District Court and the people of New Mexico justly,” Richardson said at the time.

    Singleton’s primary areas of practice are natural resources litigation and complex cases.