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  • Update 5-14-15

    'Avenue Q'

    Showings of “Avenue Q” are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Los Alamos Little Theatre. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.

    Kiwanis Club

    Chuck Valenti of Del Norte Credit Union will speak at the Kiwanis Club meeting, which will be noon Tuesday at Trinity on the Hill Church.

    Poetry on the Hill

    Poets Andi Penner and Joann Bodin will read at Poetry on the Hill. It will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday at UnQuarked. wine room.

    BPU

    The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Public Utilities is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. May 20. The BPU will meet in council chambers at the municipal building.

    Kiwanis Club

    Chuck Valenti of Del Norte Credit Union will speak at the Kiwanis Club meeting, which will be noon Tuesday at Trinity on the Hill Church.

    Plant Sale

    The Los Alamos Garden Club will have a plant sale Saturday at 811 Tiffany Court in Los Alamos. The sale, which will go from 8 a.m.-noon, will benefit Los Alamos High School Scholarships.

    Kite Festival

  • Library computers to be offline on Monday

    Officials from Mesa Public Library announced that public access computers will be unavailable Monday.
    There is scheduled routine maintenance scheduled for Monday and the computers will be offline in Los Alamos. Computers in the White Rock branch library, however, will be operational.
    Mesa Public Library also said the computers with Internet access in the Youth Services area will also be down.
    However, electronic library catalog computers at the library will be operational and public wireless connection will be available.
    For more information, call 662-8253.

  • Congress to vote on Iran nuke bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House was poised Thursday to overwhelmingly approve a bill that would allow Congress to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran that’s still being negotiated by the U.S. and its partners.
    If approved and signed by President Barack Obama, the legislation would give Congress a say on what could be a significant international accord aimed at getting Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.
    Obama initially threatened to veto the bill, but then said he’d sign it if it was not changed from the bipartisan version that the Senate backed 98-1.
    Negotiators from the U.S. and five other nations are rushing to reach a deal with Tehran by the end of June.
    “Today we will act to ensure that Congress and the people will have an opportunity to review any potential agreement with Iran,” House Speaker John Boehner said.
    Obama, meanwhile, is meeting at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland with Arab leaders in hopes of easing their fears about an emerging deal.
    The president will try to convince them that U.S. overtures to Iran would not come at the expense of commitments to their security.

  • Kind of Shrimpy

    Shrimp may not be the first thing people think of when they think of New Mexico, but Tim Ott from The Shrimp Farm in Lemitar was at today’s Los Alamos Farmers Market. The shrimp is nursed for about at month 12-by-80 foot tank.

  • Plastic bag discussion set for May 21

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will have the first of two discussions about a possible ban on plastic shopping bags in Los Alamos County.
    The board will have its first meeting about the possible ban at 5:30 p.m. May 21 at the municipal building.
    The second date for the discussion hasn’t been announced.
    Bans on single-use bags have been a source of contention around Los Alamos County.
    A proposal by the Sierra Club, which included a petition with more than 150 signatures, was brought before the county council last month, but council directed the discussion to go back to the Environmental Sustainability Board.
    Similar bans on bags are currently in effect in two cities in New Mexico, Santa Fe and Silver City.
    Advocates of such a ban largely point to environmental concerns as their primary reason. Many opponents have said it is a matter of choice for the consumer and a ban is unnecessary.
    A recent non-scientific poll was conducted on LAMontior.com and participants voted on a 60-40 clip against the proposed ban. More than 400 people voted in the online poll.

  • Radiation levels high at WIPP

    CARLSBAD (AP) — Underground air sampling results show an increased level of radiation at one station in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant following a fire that shut down the plant last year.
    The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that radiation measurements taken in late April at WIPP’s Station A were high, but similar samplings at Station B were normal — meaning that a particulate air filter between the two stations is capturing the radiation.
    Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center Director Russell Hardy says workers are conducting decontamination activities in Station A’s Panel 7, where a fire and radiological release occurred last year.
    He says the higher readings come from workers kicking up dust.
    The WIPP website says the samples are not representative of the air breathed in by the public or workers.

  • Road Closed

    Westbound traffic was shut down along Trinity Drive Tuesday. Crews are repairing a sinkhole near 7th Street. Work is expected to continue until Friday. Westbound traffic is being diverted to Central Avenue.

  • Today in history May 14
  • Vatican recognizes state of Palestine

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects.
    The treaty, which concerns the activities of the Catholic Church in Palestinian territory, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic recognition from the Palestine Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.
    The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state. But the treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state and constitutes official diplomatic recognition.
    “Yes, it’s a recognition that the state exists,” said the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi.
    The Israeli foreign ministry said it was “disappointed.”
    “This move does not promote the peace process and distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct and bilateral negotiations,” the ministry said in a text message.

  • Online voter registrations could be the norm in 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, only two states offered a website where citizens could register to vote.
    By the 2016 presidential election, it’s possible that a majority of states will offer that service, helping to cut down on errors resulting from bad handwriting and reducing time spent by voters in line on Election Day, according to data released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
    The nonpartisan public policy group says states have spent an average of $249,000 to build and implement new online voter registration systems. But states also are recouping costs because clerks don’t have to process paper registrations.
    Here’s a look at what’s changed since the last U.S. presidential election:
    • Arizona and Washington were the only states that offered online voter registration in 2008. Now 20 states do, and seven others have passed or are considering laws that would authorize a new online registration system.
    • Five states now allow citizens without a state identification or driver’s license to register to vote online: California, Delaware, Minnesota, Missouri and Virginia.
    • Several states are tweaking their registration sites with smartphones in mind, offering mobile friendly features.