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  • Seeking weather spotters

    The National Weather Service is holding a SKYWARN Spotter training session for the public from 9 a.m.-noon July 15 at the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Santa Fe. The class is free of charge and just one session is required to become a certified SKYWARN Spotter.

    Los Alamos County Emergency Management Coordinator Philmont Taylor explained this morning that SKYWARN is a volunteer program with nearly 280,000 trained severe weather spotters.

  • FBI historian discusses Patriot Act evolution

    ALBUQUERQUE — As a young boy studying government in school, Stephan Marshall never imagined he would be dealing with the Fourth Amendment every day as an adult. Now, as chief division counsel and historian of New Mexico’s Federal Bureau of Investigation, Marshall has no doubts about its relevance, he recently told a class of FBI Citizens’ Academy participants as he explained the evolution of the USA Patriot Act.

  • Bond measure calls for win-win

    The school board met Thursday to discuss issues related to the 20-Year Facilities Renewal Plan, approval of the FY08-FY09 budget, and school policies dealing with length of teacher contracts, employee directory listings and student cell-phone use.

    “We had our fourth meeting with the county this week,” LAPS president Steve Girrens said. “It was a brainstorming session for possible ways to get assistance (for the 20-Year Facilities Renewal Plan). Some of the ideas range from what will be in it for both sides, it has to be a win-win.”

  • BANDELIER Some place: Tsankawi

    Tsankawi is an ancient Native American site containing unexcavated ruins dating from the 1400s. Within its scruffy surrounding landscape, there are immense views, foot-worn trails, cave-dwellings and petroglyphs.

    Located several miles north of the entrance to the main reaches of Bandelier National Monument, Tsankawi is a remote and detached section of the monument, easily missed on a first or second visit to the area.

  • Spotlight on Los Alamos: Making of the fourth edition

    In late 2005, an e-mail arrived from Sharon Snider, chair of the Los Alamos Historical Society Publications Committee. On its subject line was the message, “Make my day.” The third edition of my book, “A Guide to Bandelier National Monument,” was almost out of stock. Would I please supply the computer file so they could reprint it?

    No computer file existed. I had pasted-up all three previous editions by hand, the old-fashioned way. More importantly, Bandelier had changed so much that the book was no longer relevant.

  • Proposed weapons cuts opposed

    New Mexico’s senior senator criticized passage on Wednesday of a House spending bill, and the state’s only representative on the House appropriations committee was also the only member of the committee to vote against the proposed bill.

    Speaking of a provision to terminate pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the energy and water appropriation proposal, Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said the measure would leave the nation without capacity to respond to evolving security and technical challenges.

  • Minimizing outages priority for utilities

    Over the next four years, Los Alamos County will be fitted for a new electrical backbone.

    In an effort to reduce the impact of power outages and replace aging equipment, the department of public utilities conducted a condition assessment of the electric distribution system in 2006, from which a prioritization scheme was developed to begin renewing the electrical infrastructure in Los Alamos.

  • Airport Basin OK'd for lift off

    An amendment to Los Alamos County’s Airport Basin services agreement with Hensel Phelps Construction New Mexico, LLC was approved unanimously by County Council Tuesday evening. The amendment authorizes Hensel Phelps to move forward with the site work associated with the project.

    Prior to the vote, Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman presented council with an executive summary, comparison spreadsheet, budget and cost comparisons for the $14 million Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP).

  • Council stands alone - so far

    Los Alamos County Council adopted an ordinance unanimously Tuesday for a County Regional Transit gross receipts tax and another for an election to allow voters to decide that tax.

    “I just got back from Canada where gas is $6 a gallon,” Councilor Nona Bowman said. “So I think more people here will need public transportation if we are to be successful at all in our state.”

  • House panel hears weapons proposal

    House appropriators were expected to adopt a subcommittee report that dealt several zeros to Los Alamos National Laboratory in next year’s budget.

    The House Appropriation Committee this morning considered a proposed energy and water bill that added $2.4 billion to the current budget and $2.1 to the president’s budget request for energy and water, while prescribing significant reductions in nuclear weapons programs.