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  • LAPS invited to split costs

    Running separate elections will cost Los Alamos Public Schools and UNM-Los Alamos $25,000 a piece in county clerk fees alone — but the alternative could potentially devastate the schools.

  • Locals battle education cuts

    SANTA FE — Superintendent Gene Schmidt, teacher’s union leader Karyl Ann Armbruster and a slew of other teachers and administrators from Los Alamos and around the state descended on the Round House Saturday imploring law makers to save education against cuts.

    Gov. Bill Richardson had called legislators into a Special Session at 3 p.m. for the sole purpose of balancing the state budget.

    Educators are struggling with an already “cut to the bone” budget and they fear further cuts during this Special Session.

  • Lightning strike disrupts power

    A lightning strike on Tuesday night affected electric power supply to North Community for nine minutes — from 8:31 to 8:40 p.m. — officials from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported.  

     On-call electric linemen from the DPU were dispatched upon report of the power failure.

    They patrolled and located the substation breaker that had opened and restored power.

    The brief outage affected about 1,498 customers in the North Community.

  • Small business matchmaking

    POJOAQUE – It was informally called a “speed-dating” event for companies interested in working on environmental projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Scores of presenters, ranging from labor unions to graphic design firms and more than a hundred people signed up to participate in a small business networking opportunity Thursday morning at the Cities of Gold Conference Center.

    A crowd favorite, judging by the applause, was Therese Trujillo of Truchas, who said her grandfather worked as s janitor at a LANL testing site for 41 years.

  • Creating an intelligent tomorrow

    OHKAY OWINGEH ­— Underemployed even in good times, Rio Arriba County has made educating students a higher priority in recent years. School officials were looking for more help from the lab.

    “How do we develop the intelligence (our students) possess?” Española Schools Superintendent Janette Archuletta asked Tuesday. “The question is not can our students learn.”

    As a one of the keynote speakers at a Los Alamos National Laboratory leadership breakfast at Ohkay-Owingeh Resort and Casino, she called for more collaborators and mentors.

  • Bill that funds labs signed into law

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that President Obama has signed into law a key spending bill that supports New Mexico’s two national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project and a variety of key water-related projects.  

  • Senate approves jobless benefits bill

    WASHINGTON ­— U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman on Wednesday said he is pleased the Senate has approved legislation to extend unemployment benefits to thousands of New Mexicans who have been unable to find a job in this difficult economic climate.

      The bill would extend unemployment insurance by up to 14 additional weeks for jobless workers in all states and up to 20 weeks in hard-hit states with unemployment levels at or above 8.5 percent.

    New Mexico’s unemployment rate as of September was 7.7 percent, up from 4.3 percent a year ago.  

  • Snapshots of two New Mexico soldiers

    Iraq

    Army Spc. Joseph L. Gallegos

    When he was a boy, Joseph Gallegos once found a hawk with a broken wing, nursed it back to health and let it go.

    When he was working for the U.S. Forest Service in 2007, Gallegos came across a burning truck, saw a man inside and pulled him to safety. Gallegos — the lifesaver — took jobs as a firefighter, an ambulance driver and a policeman.

    He served four years in the active Army. Later, he joined the New Mexico National Guard.

  • Los Alamos company garners coveted safety award

    Los Alamos Technical Associates recently achieved a significant safety milestone at one of its clean-up sites.  

    LATA’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site remediation project in Ohio on Nov. 11 marked 1,000 consecutive days without a lost work day incident.  

    The employees of LATA/Parallax Portsmouth, LLC, the U.S. Department of Energy’s environmental remediation contractor at the site, have surpassed more than 1.3 million safe work hours.  

  • County Administrator announces restructuring

    County Administrator Anthony Mortillaro announced Wednesday that he had named Regina Wheeler to a newly titled position, assistant to the county administrator.

    Among several organizational changes that came out of a period of review and consultation with staff and county councilors, Mortillaro also added the role of administrative services director to the responsibilities of Chief Financial Officer Steve Lynne.