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  • LA women stand in support of nurses' union

     Ellen Mills, AFT local president (second from left) and Karyl Ann Armbruster (far left), former AFT local president joined the informational picket held at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital. Also pictured are Fonda Osborn, president of 1199, and nurse Delma DeLora, finishing her 52nd year at St. Vincent’s and founder of the Union 1199 in 1974. According to a press release, the union’s concerns are not over money, but safe staffing levels for patients. In the last three years, the staffing levels have dropped from just above 500 to under 400 nurses, and 120 to 96 technicians and over 300 nurses and technicians have left the hospital since CHRISTUS took over. Santa Fe is the only union hospital of the 60 hospitals CHRISTUS owns.

  • Prescribed burn for SF Forest next week

    Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a pile prescribed fire on the Jemez Ranger District. The Los Griegos pile prescribed burn may be conducted Aug. 18 through Sept. 28 only on favorable days as conditions allow. A total of 500 acres of piles may be treated in an area adjacent to the Sierra Los Pinos community, 17 miles southwest of Los Alamos. Small blocks of land may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume.
    The Los Griegos prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection, and promote forest health.  

  • Judge rules against independent candidate -- updated


    SANTA FE (AP) — A federal judge has ruled against a Public Education Commission member seeking to be placed on the general election ballot as an independent candidate.

    Tyson Parker of Corrales said Tuesday he's considering his legal options after District Judge Martha Vazquez denied his request for an order requiring the secretary of state to add him to the November ballot.

    Unless Parker quickly could win an appeal of last week's ruling, Democrat Karyl Ann Ambruster of Los Alamos will be unopposed for the District 4 commission seat held by Parker.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Parker last year to fill a vacancy on the 10-member commission, which can approve the creation of charter schools.

    Parker sued last month, contending that New Mexico's election laws discriminate against independent candidates by requiring them to submit an unfairly high number of voter signatures on nominating petitions.

    Parker, a registered independent voter since 1999, didn't qualify as a candidate because he submitted 1,379 petition signatures, which was short of the 2,196 required by law.

  • Update 08-12-14

    Concert series

    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Two acts performing: Bronach Celtic Blues Band followed by Belisama Dance group.

    Nature playtime

    Nature Playtimes Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico. 10-11 a.m. Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers come to PEEC to explore the natural world. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460.

    Lunch With a Leader

    The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader will feature Ben Carlson, the publisher of the Monitor, as speaker at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Mesa Public Library. Contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com  for the menu choices if you would like to order a lunch from the Co-op ($10) by Aug. 17. You do not have to order lunch to attend this community event.

    School Board

    The Los Alamos School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building, 2075 Trinity, School Board Room.

    Brown Bag

    LANL’s Maria Musgrave, Emily Phillips and Audrey Smithwill discuss the important role wildlife monitoring plays in maintaining a well-rounded ecosystem from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. 

  • New chief deputy clerk passionate about work

    The county’s new chief deputy clerk, Adrianna Ortiz, is no stranger to the clerk’s office or Los Alamos County government.
    Ortiz first worked for the county as a high school student in the assessor’s office. She left to attend the University of New Mexico, but accepted a job in the clerk’s office in 2002. She was promoted to senior deputy clerk in 2009, then to chief deputy clerk after Sheryl Nichols retired this spring.
    “I’ve always been passionate about public service, helping people,” Ortiz said. “I love participating in the involvement of the community, helping the community grow.”
    According to Ortiz, working in the clerk’s office is a job “like no other,” with duties ranging from managing elections to recording real estate documents and assisting the probate court. She seems to love even the aspects that others might find tedious.
    “I’m real customer service oriented. I really have a high passion for this type of work: elections, everything having to do with elections, records. I’m a big fan of records: record keeping, record retrieval, data entry.”

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  • Comedian Robin Williams dead at 63

     SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

    Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, according to the sheriff's office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The sheriff's office said a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.

  • Stewart pulls out of race after fatal crash

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.

    Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, said at a news conference that Stewart "feels strongly" about not racing Sunday following Kevin Ward Jr.'s fatal accident. The decision was an about-face for the organization, which had said when the track opened that Stewart would be behind the wheel of his No. 14 Chevrolet when the green flag waved.

    "We gave Tony some time to sleep on it. He feels strongly this is the right thing to do," Zipadelli said. "All you can do is what you feel is right, and we feel this is right. We get through today and do it the best we can as a group.

    "He's going through a tough time. It's emotional for him."