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  • Governor, congressional delegation claim grid success

    The old saying that success has many fathers was illustrated Monday, as Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced a decision to establish a preliminary set of standards for the so-called “smart grid.” Chu also increased the maximum award available under two funding projects for the grid.

    In response, Gov. Richardson, the state’s two U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, all Democrats, sent out press releases associating the results with their efforts.

  • What an Earth Day!

    More than 1,000 people are expected to participate this weekend in the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) 10th annual Earth Day.

    Eco Station tours, a talk on Charles Darwin, Saturday’s Earth Day Festival and giant garage sale were all activities included in this year’s event.

    This is the fourth year PEEC board member Peter O’Rourke has chaired the event. “We’re getting pretty good at it,” O’Rourke said. “Things went very smooth this year and we had a record number of 36 exhibitors this year.”

  • Superintendent highlights past year’s challenges

    The economic crisis hadn’t hit when Assistant Superintendent Mary McLeod agreed to serve as superintendent for a year before retiring this July.

    In the months that followed, McLeod has successfully battled the Legislature against a funding formula threatening to cost the district $2.5 million, championed a bond election desperately needed to maintain aging school facilities and gave struggling students an alternative to dropping out.

  • Mary McLeod Day honors outgoing superintendent

    Mary McLeod Day held Friday to honor the widely popular superintendent included a community picnic at Fuller Lodge. Students across the district performed one last time for her before she retires in July.

    No one wants McLeod to leave but she has said it’s time following four decades in the educational field.

    Administrators, staff, students and community members turned out to say goodbye and thank McLeod for her service.

    She agreed to run the district for one year after James Anderson retired last July to allow time to find his replacement.

  • Take time to thank a peace officer

    National Police Week provides communities across the United States with seven special days each year in which to honor and thank police officers for their courage and dedication.

    In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a presidential proclamation setting aside a week in May as National Police Week and May 15 as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.

  • 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.