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  • County terminates airline's contract

    Los Alamos County officials announced this afternoon that they have taken action to end the contract for airline service with New Mexico Airlines, giving 10 days written notice to the contractor. The letter of termination, according to Los Alamos County, was sent to New Mexico Airlines today.

    The last day for flights under this contract will be Jan. 23.

    New Mexico Airlines suspended service for two weeks in December and has not operated flights between Los Alamos and Albuquerque since Jan. 5.

    County Manager Harry Burgess stressed that today’s announcement about contract termination is not a decision to end airline service. He said a new Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to replace New Mexico Airlines will be issued within two weeks and he has directed airport staff to expedite the process in order to hire a new contractor as quickly as possible and resume the flights, which have proven to be very popular.

  • Taking The Oath

    Karyl Ann Armbruster, in front of a standing room only crowd that included teachers, residents, state representative Stephanie Garcia Richard and county officials, was sworn into office by Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados Thursday at the Los Alamos County Justice Center. With the oath, Armbruster attains the office of Public Education Commissioner, Fourth District.
    Her district encompasses several precincts in Bernalillo County, Santa Fe County and Sandoval County as well as Los Alamos County.
    According to the Public Education Commission’s website The PEC is an advisory board to the New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera.

  • Update 1-13-14

    Candidates

    The three candidates seeking Los Alamos Public Schools Board District 3 will speak at the Kiwanis meeting Tuesday at Kelly Hall at the Trinity On the Hill Episcopal Church. The meeting is scheduled for noon. In addition, Troy L. Hughes, a candidate for University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Board Position 3, will speak.

    Open space plan

    Craig Martin of Los Alamos County will present the open space master plan at a meeting Wednesday. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Pajarito Enviromental Education Center.

    Sustainability

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will discuss commercial recycling fees and recycling locations at its meeting Thursday at the municipal building.

    Winter market

    A Winter Farmers Market is scheduled for Thursday at Fuller Lodge. The market starts at 8 a.m.

    Regional Coalition

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hold a regular business meeting Friday at the Santa Fe City Council chambers, 200 Lincoln Ave. The coalition will revisit its strategic plan goals for the new year.

    Special meeting

    The Art in Public Places board will have a special meeting noon Thursday in the Municipal Building.

  • Financial overhaul law eyed by GOP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The newly bulked-up Republican majority in the House is aiming to soften the bite of legislation that grew out of the 2008 financial crisis and put banks and Wall Street under the most sweeping rules since the Great Depression.
    The House was opening debate Tuesday on a bill that would alter sections of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul. Most notably, the Republican-led bill would give U.S. banks another two years — until 2019 — to ensure that their holdings of certain complex and risky securities don’t put them afoul of a new banking rule. A vote is expected by early Wednesday.
    The bill would revise the so-called Volcker rule, a key part of the financial overhaul law, which would limit banks’ riskiest trading bets. That kind of risk-taking on Wall Street helped trigger the 2008 crisis.
    The bill won a 276-146 majority in the House last Wednesday — only the second day of the new Congress — but failed under fast-track rules that required a two-thirds vote. This time it’s likely to pass under rules that require a simple majority.

  • Gov unveils $6.3 billion budget plan

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday unveiled a nearly $6.3 billion spending plan for growing New Mexico’s economy and expanding education initiatives, but her administration echoed the warning of lawmakers that falling oil prices could keep chipping away at the money the state has to spend.
    Martinez detailed her plan during a visit to Doña Ana Elementary School in Las Cruces. It includes an additional $68 million for raising the minimum salary for new teachers, expanding early childhood education initiatives and meeting other public school needs.
    Martinez acknowledged the volatility of oil prices but said other sources of revenue, such as corporate and gross receipt taxes, are trending upward. She said another revenue forecast was expected in a few weeks.
    “Regardless of what we ultimately have to spend,” Martinez said in her prepared remarks, “it will be invested wisely, responsibly and on initiatives that will create jobs, grow our economy, and better educate our children.”
    The governor’s priorities are not much different from lawmakers, who released their budget recommendations last week. In their plan, more than half of new revenues were targeted at education.
    Some highlights of Martinez’s spending plan:

    EDUCATION:

  • Delegates preview Legislature

    An air of uncertainty hung over a forum on the upcoming legislative session sponsored by the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters Thursday.
    Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D−District 43 and Sen. Carlos Cisneros, D−District 6 discussed legislative priorities, but stressed that the impacts of dropping oil prices on the state budget and Republican control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 62 years are undefined at this time.
    Rep. James Smith, R−District 22, updated voters on bills coming before the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC).
    AAUW Co-Facilitator Judy Prono moderated the discussion, which Garcia Richard led off by presenting her legislative priorities.
    Garcia Richard has introduced bills supporting a constitutional amendment to reduce class sizes, tightening loopholes in driving under the influence (DUI) legislation and making the state procurement code more favorable to local businesses.
    According to Garcia Richard, her own experience as an elementary school teacher in Pojoaque has brought home the importance of smaller class size, especially in tailoring educational plans to students’ needs.

  • Today in history Jan. 13
  • Correction in Andres Dow Story

    In the Friday issue of the Los Alamos Monitor, it was erroneously reported that Andres Dow was a member of the Los Alamos High School Varsity Football team at the time he committed alleged crimes against another student. He was not a member of the football team. According to school officials, Dow was cut from the team half way through the season for violations of team policy he committed while a member of the team. 

    The Los Alamos Monitor regrets the error.

  • Today in history Jan. 12
  • Today in history Jan. 11