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  • Los Alamos County Library System gets upgraded

    Work to include new self -checkout stations and security gates within the Los Alamos County Library System started at least three years ago. On Wednesday the library system staff and community celebrated the fruits of that labor.

     

    The new features were recognized with a ribbon-cutting, a presentation and a cake. Participants were introduced to the new stations and security measures at Mesa Public Library.

     

  • LANL computers stolen from Santa Fe home

    The Santa Fe Police Department and Los Alamos National Laboratory confirmed Wednesday that three computers were stolen from a Santa Fe residence Friday.

    Captain Gary Johnson, the public information officer for the criminal division, said there was evidence of forcible entry into the home in the 1300 block of Madrid Road, an east side Santa Fe neighborhood.

    “There is nothing solid at this point,” he said, adding that there was no information about whether the computers held classified information.”

  • Six more applications reviewed at public hearing

    The Capital Improvement Projects application review process is still underway. The first in a series of four meetings was held last week, during which six applications were reviewed.

     

    The committee in charge of reviewing the applications held another meeting on Tuesday night in Council Chambers, where another five applications were reviewed.

     

    The list for Tuesday night’s agenda was as follows:

     

  • Senate approves Chu for energy post

    Incoming Energy Secretary Steven Chu was confirmed Tuesday, within hours of the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington.

    Chu was one of six cabinet secretaries approved unanimously by the Senate, along with Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag.

  • 11 interested in council seat

    Filling the vacant county council seat left by the resignation of Jim West has been at the top of the new council’s list of things to do since their first meeting on the subject Jan. 6.

    During that meeting, it was decided that interested residents could submit applications, with a list of qualifications to County Administrator Max Baker.

    The deadline for submissions was 5 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Pile burning to begin

    The Los Alamos County Parks Division and the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue maintenance burning in Bayo Canyon on January 22, 23, and 24, 2009.

    “The New Mexico Air Quality Bureau has changed its rules for prescribed burning and we are permitted to burn only on days with good ventilation and smoke dispersal,” said Craig Martin, the Los Alamos County open space specialist.

    In the past, small burn operations were allowed to proceed when ventilation was fair.

  • Obama calls for open government

    In one of his first acts as President Wednesday, President Barack Obama ordered heads of executive departments and agencies to side with openness in administering the Freedom of Information Act.

    “All agencies should adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure, in order to renew their commitment to the principles embodied in FOIA, and to usher in a new era of open government. The presumption of disclosure should be applied to all decisions involving FOIA,” he wrote.

  • De La Torre works to keep the lights on

      Keeping the lights on in Los Alamos County has proven to be quite the undertaking. Numerous power outages have plagued the county over the past several months and despite the Department of Public Utilities’ efforts to fix the problem, the outages have continued.

  • Security science complex named after Domenici

    Environment Secretary Samuel Bodman saved one of his last official gestures for former Sen. Pete Domenici, who retired Dec. 31 after 36 years in office.

     

    Bodman, whose tenure will end with the advent of a new administration in Washington on Tuesday, announced a virtual memorial in Domenici’s name.

     

    A group of buildings in the main administrative area of Los Alamos National Laboratory will be known as the “Pete V. Domenici National Security Complex.”

     

  • FBI Providing Security Support for Presidential Inauguration