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  • Health care website visitors given bad tax information

    WASHINGTON (AP) — About 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers got the wrong tax information from the government, the Obama administration said Friday, and officials are asking those affected to delay filing their 2014 returns.
    The tax mistake is a self-inflicted injury that comes on the heels of what President Barack Obama had touted as a successful enrollment season, with about 11.4 million people signed up.
    California, which is running its own insurance market, on Thursday announced a similar problem affecting about 100,000 people in that state.
    The errors mean that nearly 1 million people may have to wait longer to get their income tax refunds this year. And they could also affect the size of those refunds.
    Another 50,000 or so who already filed may have to resubmit their returns.
    Federal officials also announced Friday a special sign-up extension for uninsured people facing the health care law’s tax penalties for the first time this year.
    Several million households could benefit from that grace period, which had been sought by Democratic lawmakers in Congress. Uninsured people who go to file their taxes and learn they’re facing a penalty will have between March 15 and April 30 to sign up for subsidized coverage through HealthCare.gov. The fines for being uninsured are going up in 2015.

  • Go Play It on the Mountain

    Pajarito Mountain has hosted several promotions this month including last week’s SkiBike demonstration and Beers & Bands, which included the Craig Martin Experience. A telemark demonstration and another Beers & Bands session is scheduled for Saturday.

  • Update 2-20-15

    Pajarito

    Pajarito Mountain will hold another of its ‘Beer & Bands’ promotion. Marble Brewing will serve at Pajarito starting at noon Saturday.

    Breakfast

    There will be a breakfast fundraiser at Pajarito Lodge, 15th and Canyon Road, from 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday.

    Warm Water Weekend

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Warm Water Weekend Saturday and Sunday. Water temperature will be raised for the weekend. It will be Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

    Performance

    The play “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The performance is free.

    Girls basketball

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will host the Del Norte Knights at 7 p.m. today. The game is Los Alamos’ final game of the regular season. It will be played at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Personnel board

    A regular meeting of the Los Alamos County’s Personnel Board is scheduled for Tuesday. It will be held in the boards and commissions room at the Municipal Building. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m.

  • Winter weather hits hard in North, East

    Arctic air plunged parts of the Southeast and mid-Atlantic into deep freezes and broke records Friday.
    The cold snap followed snow and ice storms earlier in the week, and weather forecasters warned that more sleet and freezing rain will be possible in the coming days.
    Residents also had to deal with more school cancellations, power outages, road hazards and water main breaks.
    A Boston-bound commuter ferry carrying more than 100 passengers had trouble steering in the ice and had to be towed to port.
    The ferry Massachusetts departed Hingham at about 8:30 a.m. Friday right behind an ice breaker, said Alison Nolan, an official with Boston Harbor Cruises. After the ferry went off course, the ice breaker towed it to Boston.
    The Massachusetts arrived at about 10 a.m., about 45 minutes later than normal. No one was hurt and the boat was not damaged.
    Ferry service was canceled elsewhere in the Northeast. The Cape May-Lewes Ferry, which connects Delaware and New Jersey, halted operations because of ice and wind. Ferries on New York’s East River also were canceled.
    Bitter cold temperatures have shattered decades-old records from Cincinnati to Washington to New York.

  • Lujan wants state consortium to manage the labs

    The congressional representative from Northern New Mexico told the New Mexico Legislature Thursday he’d like to see the state’s national laboratories mesh.
    Ben Ray Luján, a Democrat from the state’s third congressional district, wants the state to be more proactive in providing support and managed.
    “As we look to the future of the labs and the impact they have on New Mexico, I believe that we should seek a greater role in shaping that future,” Luján said. “The Sandia Management and Operation Contract is in the process of being solicited and re-bid and Los Alamos National Lab’s contract will be here before we know it.”
    He said the state should set a goal of having a New Mexico-led consortium as a prime contractor for LANL, Sandia, or both. With that he called on Gov. Susana Martinez, as well as the institutions of higher learning and the state’s business community to push for local control of the labs’ management.
    Luján, a third-term congressman, told the Legislature that assuming control within the state would strengthen the state’s economy by expanding economic opportunity.

  • Residents weigh in at Senior Center review

    White Rock residents turned out in force Thursday for a design progress plan review of renovations for the White Rock Senior Center.
    Tom Wilber, project architect for NCA Architects and Planners, AIA, Los Alamos County Project Manger Anthony Strain and Senior Center Executive Director Pauline Schneider fielded questions ranging from how many restrooms the buildings would have to whether new security systems would be installed.
    The plan calls for a new administrative area in the current library building and the creation of a program area in the current senior center building, as well as minor refurbishing for the town hall and activity center.
    All buildings will receive a new HVAC system, windows will be replaced and stud walls with insulation will line the interior. New storefronts will be added to the buildings and the administrative and program buildings could potentially receive vestibules.
    Also, all buildings will be brought up to current code and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
    The design includes space for a commercial kitchen, in order to provide lunches at the center five days a week and prepare home delivery meals for White Rock residents. Funding is still being sought to furnish the kitchen. Schneider gave an update.

  • Today in history Feb. 20
  • Update 2-19-15

    Pajarito

    Pajarito Mountain will hold another of its ‘Beer & Bands’ promotion Saturday. Marble Brewing will serve at Pajarito starting at noon Saturday.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA, room 610. The public is welcome to attend a presentation on “Global Warming Science: Where we are Now” by Chick Keller.

    School Board

    The Los Alamos School Board wil hold a work session Feb. 26 at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. An intial 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, Feb. 25 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. To RSVP, call 667-5772.

    Breakfast

    There will be a breakfast fundraiser at Pajarito Lodge, 15th and Canyon Road, from 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday.

    Warm Water

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Warm Water Weekend Saturday and Sunday. Water temperature will be raised for the weekend. It will be Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

  • Wal-Mart offering pay raises

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Hoping to shed its reputation for offering little more than dead-end jobs, Wal-Mart, the nation’s biggest private employer, is giving raises to nearly a half-million workers and offering what it says are more opportunities for advancement.
    Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that as part of $1 billion its spending to change the way it trains and pays workers, the company will give raises to nearly 40 percent of its 1.3 million U.S. employees in the next six months.
    In addition to raises, Wal-Mart said it plans to make changes to how workers are scheduled and add training programs.
    The company said the changes, which were announced Thursday as Wal-Mart reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results, will hurt profits this year.
    “We are trying to create a meritocracy where you can start somewhere and end up just as high as your hard work and your capacity will enable you to go,” CEO Doug McMillon told the AP during an interview this week at the company’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.
    The changes come at a time when there’s growing concern for the plight of the nation’s hourly workers.

  • State Briefs 2-20-15

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers say they want to establish a statewide 500-mile recreation trail from Colorado to Texas weaving through many of the Land of Enchantment’s iconic vistas, monuments and cultural areas.
    A bipartisan group of legislators introduced a bill Thursday to create a commission to define the best routes and reach necessary agreements to designate a path through the many jurisdictions along the river. The body will make recommendations for the Appalachian Trail-style multi-use pathway.
    The trail would only cross land with the agreement of owners and will link pathways that already exist along the Rio Grande, including the Bosque in Albuquerque, Taos, Elephant Butte and Las Cruces.
    The idea is not new but the magnitude of the project has previously deterred construction.

    Boston-based ad agency chosen to promote Santa Fe