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  • Senators, N.M. delegation protest DOD shift: Problems with nuclear weapons management structure acknowledged

    Opponents of a study that originated in the Office of Management and Budget raised their voices a notch this week.

    Two letters, both signed by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., chairman of the Energy and Natural Resource Committee, were fired off to OMB Director Peter Orszag and released Wednesday.

    The letters express “firm opposition” to the subject of the study, which has to do with transferring the National Nuclear Security Administration to the Department of Defense.

  • First cement slab laid on Entrada Project

    County projects seem to be abundant these days. The call for Capital Improvement Projects proved that there are a lot of ideas floating around out there.

    One idea that’s been in the works for a couple of years is the Entrada Business Park. Not much has been said about the project lately, and so far it’s trudged along silently.

    Rick Reiss, Managing Member of Main Gate LLC has been working on getting businesses to move into the park. So far, he’s secured a deal with Holiday Inn Express.

  • Long-time lab employee celebrates

    Gerald Martinez celebrated his 35th anniversary with Los Alamos National Laboratory Thursday at De Colores restaurant with his wife Rochelle and colleagues.

    Martinez, who has served for a total six years on the Tribal Council at San Ildefonso, is the great-grandson of the renowned potter from San Ildefonso, Maria Martinez. He has worked in some 10 different groups and divisions during his time at the laboratory.

    During the laboratory’s 60th anniversary, Martinez was featured as one of five generations of his family employed by the lab.

  • Death penalty repealed

    Gov. Richardson signed legislation late Wednesday repealing the death penalty in New Mexico.

    Richardson made the decision, he said, after going to the state penitentiary, where he saw the death chamber and visited the maximum security unit where those sentenced to life without parole could be housed.

    “My conclusion was those cells are something that may be worse than death,” he said. “I believe this is a just punishment.”

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy discussed the governor’s decision during an interview this morning.

  • Environmental Management nominee started here

    President Obama’s nomination for Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management at the Department of Energy is a familiar name in New Mexico.

    Ines Triay was one of several nominations to key administration posts announced on Friday.

    Triay has served in an acting capacity in the position for which she was nominated since November 2008. Before she went to work for the Department of Energy, she spent 14 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she began as a postdoc and eventually assumed a leadership role in waste management.

  • Police make armed robbery arrests

    Los Alamos Police report that what appeared to be a straight-forward armed robbery at Mountainair Cleaners in November was apparently an inside job and a conspiracy to steal money to buy drugs.

    Working together, LAPD patrol officers, detectives, residents and the District Attorney’s office have arrested, or are in the process of arresting, five people believed to be involved, including the clerk who posed as the victim.

  • Senate considers tax increase to fund schools

    Education surtax bill 346 cleared the House and is headed to the Senate with a week left in the legislative session.

    The bill proposes to raise taxes by nearly $400 million a year to finance public school improvements. It will increase the gross receipts tax by three-quarters of a cent.

    For a $100 purchase, the tax would go up 75 cents if the bill is enacted.

    Rep. Jeannette Wallace, R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties addressed the proposed measure this morning.

  • REDI plan outlined during council meeting

    Tuesday night’s county council meeting was not your typical meeting. County councilors dealt with a light agenda during the session at the White Rock Town Hall. In addition, they met in closed session prior to the 7 p.m. meeting and following the meeting, in order to discuss the acquisition or disposal of real property.

    Council was also missing two members, as Ralph Phelps and Sharon Stover were absent.

  • Ethics Commission Act unanimously passes House

    The State Ethics Commission Act bill unanimously passed the House of Representatives Tuesday.

    HB 151 proposes to create an independent State Ethics Commission, as 40 other states have, to oversee ethics education, training, advisory opinions and investigations throughout state government.

  • It’s fix-a-leak week

    Because minor water leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes, the Los Alamos Deptartment of Public Utilities joins the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense in declaring this Fix-a-Leak Week.

    “We want to remind our residents and businesses to check their plumbing fixtures and their irrigation systems for leaks,” said Matthew Dickens, DPU’s conservation coordinator.