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  • New emergency manager named

    Beverley Simpson, the former state operations director for the Department of Homeland Security, is now Los Alamos County’s emergency management director. She takes over the post from Philmont Taylor, who retired in August of last year.
    Simpson come to the job with over 20 years of combined experience in emergency response, homeland security, defense, and advanced knowledge in technologies related to weapons of mass destruction and terroristic threats.
    Prior to her job as state director of Homeland Security Simpson worked at the Los Alamos Medical Center as laboratory direct and emergency manager.
    Prior to that position she also led a multi-disciplinary team on the DHS Radiological Community Preparedness Resources Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she provided scientific and technical assistance on radiological dispersal devices.
    Simpson is a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force Reserves where she serves as the principal advisor to the command surgeon for all aeromedical evacuation management activities and concepts throughout NORAD-USNORTHCOM.

  • Heritage celebrated at N.M. Culture Day

    SANTA FE — All states have their own unique cultural heritage, but how many can boast cultural resources that stretch from the age of dinosaurs through space exploration or honor the contributions of American Indians, Hispanics and the American West?
    New Mexicans were invited to celebrate the state’s cultural treasures at the Roundhouse Tuesday. Staff and volunteers from state-run museums and historic sites, as well as arts, historic preservation, archaeology, and library programs engaged the public through displays and demonstrations at the annual Culture Day.
    Culture Day highlights the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs’ efforts to preserve and promote this multi-faceted heritage. Secretary of Cultural Affairs Veronica Gonzales emphasized how important that heritage is to not only the state’s identity but its economy.
    Gonzales noted that although New Mexico did not achieve statehood until 1912, Santa Fe’s 1610 designation as the capital for Spain’s northern territories makes it the oldest capital city in the United States.

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  • Obama expected to veto pipeline bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will veto a Republican-backed bill on Tuesday that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the White House said, putting a freeze on a top GOP priority — at least for now.
    The contentious legislation arrived at the White House on Tuesday morning from Capitol Hill, where Republicans pushed the bill quickly through both chambers in their first burst of activity since taking full control of Congress. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama would veto it in private “without any drama or fanfare or delay.”
    Obama’s veto notwithstanding, the White House said there was no “final disposition” on whether a permit will be issued for the pipeline, which has become a major flashpoint in the national debate over climate change. Rather, Obama is rebuffing a congressional attempt to circumvent the executive branch’s “longstanding process for evaluating whether projects like this are in the best interests of the country,” Earnest said.

  • Update 2-24-15

    Volunteers

    Volunteer judges are needed for the state speech and debate tournament starting Thursday in Los Alamos. Those interested are asked to email m.batha@laschools.net.

    School budget

    TThe first meeting of the LAPS 2015 Budget Committee will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Los Alamos High School speech theater.

    Fire and Ice

    Santa Fe National Forest will host its Fire and Ice Festival Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Father Fitzgerald Park in Jemez Springs. The event will feature live music, arts and crafts and a cross-cut saw contest.

    APP board

    Los Alamos County’s Arts in Public Places Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Building.

    School board

    The Los Alamos School Board wil hold a work
    session Thursday at
    Barranca Mesa Elementary School. A report on the 20-Year Facilities Plan will be discussed. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Engineers' dinner

    The Los Alamos Engineering Council will host a dinner featuring guest speaker Cleve Moler, Wednesday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. To RSVP, call 667-5772.

  • Bill aims to help do away with bullying

    SANTA FE (AP) — A committee of New Mexico lawmakers has approved an anti-bullying bill spurred by the 2013 suicide of a teenager who was bullied at school.
    The bill calls for the creation of a five-member board to oversee grant applications to eradicate bullying in New Mexico schools and colleges. It garnered bipartisan support Monday in the Senate Rules Committee with a unanimous vote.
    The legislation, called the Carlos Vigil Memorial Act, would create a fund to be administered by the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.
    Bill sponsor Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque says bullying is an issue that “warrants a state response.”
    A Twitter post by 17-year-old Carlos Vigil of Los Lunas about enduring bullying garnered widespread media attention after he committed suicide.
    According to published reports, Vigil was an anti-bullying advocate but in his last post on Twitter he noted, in part, “The kids in school are right, I am a loser, a freak, and a fag and in no way is that acceptable for people to deal with. I’m sorry for not being a person that would make someone proud. I’m free now.”
    Among purposes of the Carlos Vigil Act is to “cultivate a statewide culture where bullying is not accepted,” the bill states.

  • Long-range planning is still going on

    Where and when the North Central Regional Transit District’s Blue Buses run, what riders want transit to accomplish in the community and what services would riders like to see from the NCRTD 20 years from now are questions being asked as NCRTD develops its Long Range Strategic Plan.
    The plan is being formalized to address the challenges NCRTD faces between now and 2040. Los Alamos stakeholders had a chance to weigh in on those issues at a public meeting last Thursday.
    “This is really setting a blueprint for the future,” said facilitator Polly Buck. Buck is part of a team from transportation planning consultant Felsburg, Holt and Ullevig (FHU), which is conducting the study for NCRTD. “I refer to the short-range plan (the 5-year plan currently being implemented) as great for the efficiency of what’s happening today But you really need to have a vision of what you’re trying to accomplish long-term, so that you can guide the actions that you take today.
    “It’s like going to college and taking a bunch of classes and having no idea of what degree you’re going to end up with. You have to have some goal in mind, so you know every day, day-to-day, when you’re expending your resources, what you’re trying to achieve with that.”

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