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  • 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.

  • Late-Season Snow

    With Memorial Day, the unoffical start of summer, less than two weeks away, the mountains around Los Alamos got a dusting of snow from Tuesday night’s storms and it’s not expected to warm up in the area for at least a few days.

  • Local Briefs 5-13-15

    Mark Twain show set for Saturday

    Pajarito Masonic Lodge No. 66 will host “Mark Twain at Fuller Lodge” Saturday evening.
    The event, which starts at 7 p.m. is free and open to the public.
    Jefferson Jordan, the grand master of Masons in New Mexico, will be portraying author Samuel Clemens, who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain and authored such classics as “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.”
    Following the presentation, a reception will be held. Refreshments will be served at the reception.

    PBS to have local event in June

  • Update 5-13-15

    Pool closed

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will have its pools closed on Saturday so pool staff can attend an in-service meeting. The front window at the aquatic center will be open for reservations and other business. Pools will reopen at 1 p.m. Sunday.

    Mitigation

    Los Alamos County is hosting a hazard mitigation plan public meeting. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers. To submit a comment, visit the Open Forum on the county’s website, losalamosnm.us.

    Waterfalls

    Outdoorsman Doug Scott will guide a group to waterfalls in the Jemez Mountains Saturday. Interested hikers will travel to 8 different sites on the trek, which is sponsored by Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Call 662-0460 for information.

    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

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will have its 18th annual Kite Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Overlook Park. Friday’s festivities will include the first Gordon’s Summer Concert series with the Eric McFadden Band. Friday’s event will start at 7 p.m.