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  • Today in history April 10
  • Iran aims high ahead of deal

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is staking out a tough bargaining stance for the final phase of nuclear negotiations, with both its supreme leader and its moderate president saying Thursday that any deal must include an immediate lifting of withering sanctions.
    While that might be popular domestically, it could be setting the bar too high for what negotiators will be able to deliver in the final deal they hope to reach by June 30.
    Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will have the final say on whether Iran agrees to a deal that could transform its relationship with the wider world — and he is keeping everyone guessing.
    In his first comments on last week’s deal, Khamenei told a gathering of religious poets on Thursday that he “is neither for nor against” it. His reasoning was matter-of-fact: Because the agreement was only the framework of a final deal and not the accord itself, “nothing has been done yet,” he said.
    “What has happened so far neither guarantees a deal... nor does it guarantee the content of a deal,” he said. “It doesn’t even guarantee the talks will go on until the end and will lead to a deal.”

  • Trial for woman accused of fleeing police set for July

    TAOS (AP) — The trial in New Mexico of a Tennessee woman accused of child abuse and fleeing from a law enforcement officer has been rescheduled for July 13.
    A District Court judge in Taos rescheduled the trial after granting a postponement request by Oriana Farrell’s lawyer. The trial had been scheduled to start April 27.
    After being stopped for speeding near Taos in October 2013, Farrell allegedly twice fled from New Mexico State Police.
    An officer fired shots at the Memphis woman’s van that was carrying five children, but nobody was injured.
    The officer says he was aiming at the minivan’s tires and didn’t know there were children in the vehicle. He later resigned from the police force.
    Farrell has pleaded not guilty to the charges. They include possession of drug paraphernalia.
     

  • Update 4-9-15

    Living Treasures

    The induction ceremony for the new class of Living Treasures of Los Alamos is scheduled for Sunday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. New honorees include Loring Cox Jr., Joyce Eyster and C. Robert Emigh. The ceremony will start at 2 p.m.

    Chess and cards

    Los Alamos Middle School would welcome the donations of chess sets and playing cards. Donations can be left at the main office and questions are welcome at 663-3252.

    Budget hearings

    Hearings for the proposed FY 2016 budget are scheduled for April 20, 21, 27 and 28. The hearings will be in council chambers at 7 p.m. all four days.

    Run For Her Life

    The Run For Her Life is scheduled for April 19. The race is a charity event sponsored by Hadassah. It is a 5K and 10K run that will start at East Park. Proceeds will go to benefit breast cancer research. For more information, call 672-1639.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will have its next meeting Tuesday at the municipal building. It is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

    Night Out

  • Discussing the Plans

    Last week’s Nature on Tap featured an update on the planetarium in the new nature center by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) volunteer Paul Arendt.
    PEEC is planning monthly night sky shows at the planetarium, and is hoping to partner with the local astronomy club for viewings of Los Alamos’ night sky after the shows. PEEC is also working to book some major astronomy shows. Other activities such as binocular viewing of the night sky and dinosaur shows for kids are among the options under consideration.
    The planetarium will double as a lecture hall, available for rental. It is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, including a 30-foot by 40-foot screen. PEEC already has one booking for the facility: a wedding “under the stars” of the planetarium.
    The nature center’s grand opening is on Earth Day, 2 p.m. April 22. PEEC’s Earth Day Festival is 10 a.m.–2 p.m. April 25, with planetarium showings throughout the day.
     

  • Local Briefs 4-9-15

    Property tax bills coming due

    Property taxes for the second installment of 2014 bill are due by May 11.
    Los Alamos County said in a press release that payments need to be made in person at the 311 center at the municipal building by 5 p.m. on that date or postmarked by midnight to avoid interest charges and a late payment fee.
    Mailed payments should be addressed to P.O. Box 99, Los Alamos NM 87544.
    The customer care center is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

    Fair contiues through Sunday

    The Book and Gift Fair continues through the weekend at Los Alamos Medical Center.
    The fair, which will be held in the lobby area of the LAMC, is going to benefit the hospital’s auxiliary.
    It will run from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    Schmidt reception set for April 28

    Los Alamos Public Schools will hold a “thank you” reception for outgoing superintendent Gene Schmidt April 28.
    The event will be from 4-6 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Schmidt is leaving following the end of the academic year and will be replaced by Kurt Steinhaus.
    Light refreshments will be served at the reception.

    ‘Fiesta’ will be at Fuller Lodge

  • VA clinic in state is among worst

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A Veterans Affairs clinic in northwestern New Mexico ranks among the worst in the nation when it comes to the percentage of appointments that were delayed a month or longer.
    While local VA officials say they’re doing their best to expand services in rural areas where recruiting is a challenge, advocates say more needs to be done — and quickly.
    The AP examined wait times at 940 VA hospitals and outpatient clinics across the U.S. to see how things might have improved since a scandal over delays and attempts to cover them up led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and prompted lawmakers in August to pass the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act.
    The clinic in Farmington, New Mexico, ranked sixth on the list with more than 14 percent of appointments delayed 31 days or longer from Sept. 1 to Feb. 28. That’s more than five times the national average.
    Two other New Mexico clinics, in Santa Fe and Rio Rancho, and the hospital in Albuquerque, also ranked near the top of the list of VA facilities where patients are mostly likely to encounter long delays. However, numbers for February showed improvements in wait times at most of the facilities.

  • Ad hoc committee seeks applicants

    Those interested in serving on the newly-formed Manhattan Project National Historical Park ad hoc committee are being asked to submit letters of interest by next week.
    Los Alamos County issued a statement today announcing the search. Those interested need to contact the county by 5 p.m. April 17.
    There are six committee seats open, including three community at-large members. The other three are assigned for retail, hospitality and service industry representatives.
    The United States Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act in December which included sections that approved the formation of the MPNHP, which is made up of sections of Los Alamos County and Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and Hanford, Washington.
    The National Park Service, which will oversee the MPNHP, is anticipating an opening of January 2016.
    Work on the new committee is expected to be “intensive and expedited,” that according to county officials.
    It is anticipated the committee will meet frequently over the next nine months. The committee will be led by a project manager, which will be appointed by the county manager.
    The county said those interested should be prepared to devote a “significant portion of time” to project meetings.

  • Today in history April 9
  • Martinez approves biz-friendly bills

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez signed three bills Tuesday, including business friendly legislation to help boost New Mexico’s economy.
    “Our ability to diversify our economy and improve our education system is only possible with a collaborative support of people like you, people with influence who can push for change,” Martinez told attendees at an Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce conference.
    She urged business leaders to help her move the state forward and offered her take on the legislative session.
    Martinez critiqued the Senate majority in her half hour talk saying the public and the business community have a right to be disappointed with the lack of action in that chamber on key House priorities — which is GOP controlled for the first time in six decades.
    “The Senate majority said they’d obstruct, delay and prevent floor votes (on) the things that are overwhelmingly important and supported by most New Mexicans,” she said.
    She cited the failure of a right-to-work initiative, a bill to end social promotion of third graders, and a multi-million public works projects measure.