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  • Obama calls for credit card reform

    RIO RANCHO — Cheers echoed loudly and often inside Rio Rancho High School’s gymnasium during President Obama’s town hall meeting Thursday morning.

    The president focused his talk on credit card reform. He discussed the need for an immediate overhaul of the credit card industry and his commitment to signing the Credit Card Bill of Rights into law by Memorial Day.

    The audience erupted in enthusiastic applause when Obama vowed to work with Congress to pass comprehensive legislation.

  • Change of venue works for UNM-LA graduation ceremony

    A stream of smiling graduates graced the colorful stage at Duane Smith Auditorium during the UNM-Los Alamos 2009 Commencement Ceremony Friday evening.

    To avoid the heat, rain and wind that has plagued graduation ceremonies in the college kiva, Executive Director Cedric Page suggested a change of venue that worked out well by all accounts.

    Manager Ross Mason has updated the auditorium, which provided a beautiful backdrop to Friday’s auspicious event. Large floral arrangements adorned the stage and pastel colored lighting glowed dramatically along the walls.

  • Bingaman Bill would improve monitoring and reporting of infectious diseases

    Federal legislation aimed at strengthening the federal government’s monitoring and reporting of infectious diseases – most recently the H1N1 flu outbreak, was introduced  by Sen. Jeff Bingaman on Friday.

    Bingaman’s “Strengthening America’s Public Health System Act” seeks to improve electronic disease surveillance and reporting so that all state and local health departments and public health laboratories can readily and seamlessly receive, monitor and report infectious diseases.

  • Rendija Canyon Master Plan could be revived

    After a two-year hiatus, the Rendija Canyon Master Plan is having life breathed into it once again.

    On Tuesday night, during the county council meeting Community Development Director Rick Bohn will give councilors a briefing on the master plan.

  • County projects top agenda

    County projects will be the highlight of Tuesday night’s council meeting. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Community Building.

    Council will begin the evening by recognizing the Atomic City Transit for two awards they recently received at the 2009 Annual Conference for the New Mexico Passenger Transportation Association.

  • Grappling with the energy challenge: LANL hosts international conference

    Los Alamos National Laboratory hosts a week-long conference with a focus on “Energy in the 21st Century” starting Monday in Santa Fe.

    The 29th annual conference of the lab’s 30-year old Center for Non-Linear Studies, is taking a whack at the global energy problem as a complex system. The complexity of a non-linear system, in which a particular input may not always have a simple output, is the kind of problem to which the center is well accustomed, but the scale of this particular topic is especially challenging.

  • DPU customers could see rate hike

    Department of Public Utilities customers could see an increase in their sewer rates soon.

    During its meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, the Board of Public Utilities will consider the DPU’s proposed increases to local sewer rates for both, individually and non-individually metered customers. The proposed increases are $.045, $0.70 and $1.10.

  • Sundance offshoot planted in New Mexico

    SANTA FE – Lead actor and producer/director Robert Redford is determined to help Native American and Hispanic filmmakers and New Mexico is more than happy to join in.

    Gov. Richardson and Redford announced an alliance Thursday that will, for now, be called Sundance in New Mexico. Redford founded the Sundance Institute in Utah in 1981, where it has become a world-famous center for developing and showcasing independent film production.

  • Prescribed burn under control

    Fire managers have been treating a 6,500 acre La Sotella Prescribed Burn area eight miles south of Abiquiu with hand and aerial ignitions.

    The burn is within prescription and is under control.

    Currently the burn is releasing a lot of smoke, which is drifting east towards the small communities north of Espanola including El Duende, Chamita, San Juan and Hernandez.  Smoke also is very visible from I-25 and US 285.

  • PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIES: Ballet’s details

    My sister and I both took ballet lessons as kids. And while my sister embraced the art for years, my reception to it was only lukewarm.

    To tell the truth, my favorite part was the costumes. As long as I had a tutu filled with tulle and sequins, I was pretty much content.

    Kim took things farther. She actually wore those satin pink toe shoes. When she received her first pair, she let me try them on. I quickly found out that for this art, you have to accept some degree of pain.