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  • Kerr to host meeting Thursday on new LA Ambassador program

    Longtime Los Alamos County resident Vernon Kerr is hosting a special meeting at the Mesa Public Library Thursday and residents are invited.
    A free hat is involved, but there’s one catch – he would like those interested to know a little something about Los Alamos and be willing to share it. Experts on the Manhattan Project can apply, as well as those who know what the best time to visit the dog park in Overlook Park, or what flavor of bagel to wrap a Ruby K’s sandwich in.
    “One of the things I’ve noticed, sitting waiting for the bus, watching people go by… there are tourists in this town,” Kerr said. “I figured we’ve got enough retired people around here that if they have the kind of time where they could talk to people, I’m offering them, and others in similar circumstances, to come downtown and talk to the tourists.”
    While Kerr is mostly looking for retirees with a lot of free time during the day, anyone can apply.
    “Whoever shows up I’m going to enlist, and I’m going to give them a red cap,” Kerr said. Each person that shows up will get a red baseball cap with gold lettering on it that says “Los Alamos AMBASSADOR.”
    Kerr hopes all 46 or 50 of the hats go swiftly. There is a lot at stake.

  • Key LANL programs funded with spending package

    Several of Los Alamos National Laboratory defense and environmental program received vital funding with  the $1.1 trillion spending package that was passed by Congress May 4 and signed by President Donald Trump May 5.
    The funds in the appropriations bill will last through September.
    LANL’s legacy cleanup, the replacement of LANL’s Chemical and Metallurgy Research Center and the life-extension program of the B-61 nuclear weapons program received funding.
    “This bipartisan agreement makes robust investments in our economy and will create and preserve jobs in New Mexico at a time when we truly need them. New Mexico’s national laboratories, military bases, and WIPP will all receive critical federal investments”, said Sen. Heinrich (D-NM).

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  • Supreme Court denies challenge to overturn governor's vetoes

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request to override budget vetoes, leaving negotiations about how to solve the state's budget crisis — and restore funding to the Legislature — in the hands of the governor and lawmakers.
    In a two-page order, the court said it was too soon to consider any possible constitutional violations related to Gov. Susana Martinez's vetoes of all funding for the Legislature and state universities in the coming fiscal year.
    The Republican governor has called a special session for May 24 in an attempt to resolve a state budget crisis linked to faltering tax revenues and a weak local economy.
    The Democratic-led Legislature had argued that Martinez overstepped her authority by defunding the legislative branch of government and all state institutions of higher education.
    Martinez had urged the state Supreme Court to stay out of budget negotiations and said her vetoes were made in pursuit of reductions to state spending and never sought to abolish the Legislature.
    For the upcoming special session, Martinez has outlined rough proposals to restore most vetoed funding for the fiscal year starting July 1, but there has been no sign of a compromise with Democratic lawmakers.

  • National Guard Museum to host WWII Living History Camps, reenactment

    The New Mexico National Guard Museum will host its second annual World War II Living History Camp and Reenactment from noon-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the museum located at 1050 Old Pecos Trail.  Admission is free.
    Visitors will be able to view World War II vehicles, equipment and weapons; discuss life during World War II with the reenactors portraying both sides; view a World War I replica airplane and a trench line.
    Margaret Garcia, author and daughter of World War II Bataan hero Evans Garcia, will give a presentation about her recent trip to the Philippines and the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of surrender of Bataan on May 13, 10 a.m.
    The Museum of the American Military Family, one of the NMNG’s Museum partners, will host a new exhibit dedication at 1 p.m. Saturday.
    The New Mexico National Guard Museum has also partnered with the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) who will be showing period cartoons and newsreels and the Santa Fe Children’s Museum who will conduct recycling and victory garden activities.
    The public and the media are invited to attend. Visit bataanmuseum.com for more information.

  • Regional Coalition to get insights Friday from LANL Foundation

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) is hosting its regular Board Meeting Friday in the Town of Taos Council Chambers, Coronado Hall, open to the public. The meeting will focus its discussion on the educational investments and work of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation, and take an in-depth look at hiring and other investments the LANL Community Partnerships Office has managed. The RCLC will also hear updates on the state legislative efforts in preserving National Laboratory GRT in state and local communities, and will be briefed on a nuclear waste storage increase at LANL’s Technical Area 55 (TA-55).

  • County to host information table Thursday at Farmer’s Market for Rec Bond

    The County’s project team will host an information table this Thursday during the Farmer’s Market regarding the five proposed recreation bond projects currently being considered in an all mail-out election. Market-goers are encouraged to stop by and pick up the Voter Information Booklet or ask questions. The team will be at the market from 9- 11 a.m.
    Ballots for the special election were mailed out to registered voters last week and must be returned to the Clerk’s office by 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23.
    For voter or election information, call the Clerk’s office at 662-8010.
    Two members of the County Council will host a booth at the Farmer’s Market on
    May 18, June 15, July 20, Sept. 14 and Oct. 19.
    This is an informal setting open to residents who would like to stop by with comments, concerns or questions from 9-11 a.m.
    The Council also hosts a booth during the County Fair, which will be held Aug. 12.

  • Despite bear concerns, race still on, say wildlife officials

    Environmentalists are criticizing the decision to run a backcountry trail race after a long-distance runner was attacked by a bear last year at a National Park Service preserve in northern New Mexico During a similar event.
    Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility last week said the National Park Service is downplaying the threat of interactions between wildlife and participants in a 50-mile race on Saturday at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    “If you read the documents, they probably shouldn’t have approved it,” PEER Director Jeff Ruch said. “They’ve improperly approved it. Some of the activity is not appropriate, it’s a preserve, not space for road races.”
    PEER has released documents on its website it obtained through the Freedom of Information Act that claim to show the runners will be going through an areas that will disrupt the bears’ calving season.
    A mother bear with three cubs was euthanized last year by state wildlife officials after attacking and injuring a marathon runner as she raced through the Valles Caldera.
    A National Park Service evaluation of this year’s race describes a continued threat of human interaction with bears and bear cubs, while noting a positive influence on recreation and public relations at the preserve.

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