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  • Delegates visit to celebrate MPNHP

    Former Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan addressed a standing room only crowd during a celebration for the newly created Manhattan Project National Historic Park at Mesa Public Library on Saturday.
    Heather McClenahan, who is executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society and served as the county’s point person during efforts to enact the legislation, was the emcee for Saturday’s event.
    McClenahan described the 11th hour push for passage after learning that the bill was dead,
    “Our partners got on the phone, hit the halls in D.C. We called, we emailed, we probably whined a little bit,” McClenahan said.
    Bingaman first introduced the bill in 2004. He credited local community’s efforts in keeping the bill alive.
    “Washington has a thousand things happening any day of the week, and the things that get attention are the things that people care about, and this community cared about this,” Bingaman said.
    Bingaman also acknowledged the current congressional delegation’s success.

  • Today in history Feb. 17
  • Dems seek relief from health law penalties

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.

    Three senior House members told The Associated Press that they plan to strongly urge the administration to grant a special sign-up opportunity for uninsured taxpayers who will be facing fines under the law for the first time this year.

    The three are Michigan's Sander Levin, the ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, and Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, and Lloyd Doggett of Texas. All worked to help steer Obama's law through rancorous congressional debates from 2009-2010.

    The lawmakers say they are concerned that many of their constituents will find out about the penalties after it's already too late for them to sign up for coverage, since open enrollment ended Sunday.

    That means they could wind up uninsured for another year, only to owe substantially higher fines in 2016. The fines are collected through the income tax system.

  • New video said to show ISIS beheadings

    CAIRO (AP) — A video purporting to show the mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages was released Sunday by militants in Libya affiliated with the Islamic State group.

    The killings raise the possibility that the Islamic militant group — which controls about a third of Syria and Iraq in a self-declared caliphate — has established a direct affiliate less than 500 miles (800 kilometers) from the southern tip of Italy. One of the militants in the video makes direct reference to that possibility, saying the group now plans to "conquer Rome."

    The militants had been holding 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians hostage for weeks, all laborers rounded up from the city of Sirte in December and January. It was not clear from the video whether all 21 hostages were killed. It was one of the first such beheading videos from an Islamic State group affiliate to come from outside the group's core territory in Syria and Iraq.

    The Associated Press could not immediately independently verify the video. But the Egyptian government and the Coptic Church, which is based in Egypt, both declared it authentic.

    The Egyptian government declared a seven-day mourning period and President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi addressed the nation late Sunday night, pledging resilience in the fight against terrorism.

  • Today in history Feb. 16
  • Today in history Feb. 15
  • Making Progress in White Rock

    A worker checks out one of the studs at the construction area in White Rock across the street from Smith’s. Los Alamos County will have meetings this week in White Rock to update the public about improvements to the Sherwood Boulevard area. One meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and the other for 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Call Louise Romero at 662-8145 or Jane Volz at 662-8349 with questions.

  • More snow expected in Boston

    BOSTON (AP) — Mother Nature is proving to be cold-hearted to New England for Valentine’s Day.
    A blizzard warning was in effect for coastal areas from Connecticut to Maine on Saturday for a fourth major storm in less than a month, promising heavy snow and powerful winds to heap more misery on a region that has already seen more than 6 feet of snow in some areas.
    The storm is expected continue into Sunday then bring bone-chilling cold behind it. Snow ranging from 8 to 14 inches in southern New England up to two feet in Maine is forecast, followed by temperatures expected to dip below zero.
    National Weather Service meteorologist William Babcock said the snow might let up overnight then “come back full force” by Sunday morning.
    “On Sunday, the best thing people can do is stay home, stay indoors,” he said.
    Babcock said the relatively dry snow will easily be blown and drifted by steady, widespread winds of over 20 mph and gusts that could max out at 75 mph — hurricane territory — on Cape Cod.
    Officials warned of possible power outages and north-facing or vulnerable coastal areas could suffer flooding and beach erosion, the National Weather Service said.

  • Update 2-17-15

    Library open

    Mesa Public Library will be open from noon-5 p.m. Monday. Most other Los Alamos County offices will be closed in observance of Presidents Day.

    County Council

    The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Los Alamos County Council is Tuesday. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

    NCRTD

    The North Central Regional Transit District will hold a series of public meetings next week to solicit input on the development of its long-range strategies. Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday from 10 a.m.-noon in Taos and 2-4 p.m. in Española. Thursday meetings are scheduled from 10 a.m.-noon in Los Alamos and 2-4 p.m. in Santa Fe. Los Alamos’ meeting will be at the Municipal Building.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at the Municipal Bulding at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

    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.

  • Ordinance returns to council

    The proposed electric rate ordinance comes before the Los Alamos County Council again on Tuesday.
    Council remanded an initial proposal for rate restructuring back to the Board of Public Utilities in December, directing them to propose a rate without a Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) included.
    The PCA would have allowed BPU to pass the actual cost of purchasing power onto the ratepayers as a variable rate when it either exceeded or went below the base rate. The new proposal includes flat rate increases for all customer groups.
    Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in council chambers.