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  • Redistricting battle likely to head to court

    Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Santa Fe) leaned against the wall near the entrance of the House chamber Friday night at the Roundhouse.

    It had been a pretty stressful couple of weeks.

    The fight over redistricting will shift to the courts because of promised vetoes by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez of several redistricting plans passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature. A judge probably will end up drawing the boundaries of House, Senate and Congressional districts.

  • Benda talks about balance in community

    Editor’s note: This is the first of a four-part series.

    The four candidates for the County Administrator’s post faced tough questioning from three different groups Friday: county councilors, senior administration and a community panel.

    The three groups then convened in closed session to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate. No decision was reached, and discussions will continue next week.

  • Bus service begins Monday at Bandelier

    Although much of Bandelier National Monument will have limited access for the foreseeable future due to the Las Conchas Fire and subsequent flooding, park officials are excited to announce that additional sections of the Monument are reopening on Monday, just in time for the influx of visitors from the Balloon Fiesta.

     “We’re excited to get people back into Bandelier enjoying the Monument. It’s been too long. And, we’re even more ecstatic that it’s just in time for Balloon Fiesta when we typically have 40,000 visitors,” said Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott.

    One major change for visitors to note upon reopening, Bandelier will be operating as a “car-free park” from Monday, Sept. 26 through Oct. 30.

  • County breaks ground on muni building

    County Councilors and other officials broke ground on the county’s new municipal building on Central Avenue this morning.

  • Flying high

    High Flyers Gymnastics cut the ribbon to open their gym in downtown Los Alamos on Tuesday. The High Flyers outgrew their space at the YMCA, and now have their own gym in the location formerly occupied by Cookin’ in Style, at 1631 Central, right next to Metzger’s downtown. Owner David Vosburgh is looking forward to offering many more classes and hosting fun events like birthday parties in the new space

  • Update 09-23-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the council chambers.

    Public meeting

    The Eastern Area Maintenance Project Public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at the council chambers.

    Reception

      There will be a reception to meet the County Administrator candidates. 5–7 p.m. today in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.

    Bradbury museum

    Bradbury Science Museum unveils two exhibits next week and hosts a talk about Manhattan Project physicist Richard Feynman Thursday. All the events are open to the public.

    Public meeting

  • Computer Forensics Laboratory grand opening set

    ALBUQUERQUE — Alumni from the FBI Citizens’ Academy toured the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory on the University of New Mexico campus Wednesday. The NMRCFL officially is set to host its grand opening Oct. 12.

    The focus of the full service forensics laboratory and training center is the examination of digital evidence in support of criminal investigations into:  
    •Terrorism
    •Child pornography
    •Homicide
    •Violent crimes
    •Theft or destruction of intellectual property
    •Internet crime
    •Fraud and more

  • Martinez will veto redistricting plan

    Gov. Susana Martinez will veto the House redistricting plan that passed this week, according to Council Chair Sharon Stover.

    “I talked to her and she told me she was going to veto it,” Stover said.

    The measure passed the House on a 36-34 vote, with one Democrat joining Republicans in opposing the measure. The chamber's lone independent, Rep. Andy Nunez of Hatch, formerly a conservative Democrat, sided with Democrats to provide the needed vote necessary to pass the bill.

    Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell called the plan a "partisan gerrymander."

    Ironically, the bill would have kept Los Alamos intact, but Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Santa Fe) voted against it.

  • Residents get glimpse of county admin. candidates

    County residents had a chance to question the four candidates vying for the county administrator post Thursday evening. More formal interviews were conducted today by county council, senior administration and a community panel.

    Council Chair Sharon Stover described the search process and the place for citizen involvement within that.

  • Physicists wary of junking light speed limit yet

    GENEVA (AP) — Physicists on the team that measured particles traveling faster than light said Friday they were as surprised as their skeptics about the results, which appear to violate the laws of nature as we know them.

    Hundreds of scientists packed an auditorium at one of the world's foremost laboratories on the Swiss-French border to hear how a subatomic particle, the neutrino, was found to have outrun light and confounded the theories of Albert Einstein.

    "To our great surprise we found an anomaly," said Antonio Ereditato, who participated in the experiment and speaks on behalf of the team.

    An anomaly is a mild way of putting it.