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  • Update 12-16-11

    Chicken talk

    Author and chicken expert Patricia Foreman talks about her new book, “City Chicks,” at 2 p.m.  Sunday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.  Learn how to keep and employ chickens in small spaces. 

    Balderas visit

    U.S. Senate candidate Hector Balderas, also the New Mexico State Auditor, will be in Los Alamos to meet with residents from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Tuesday. There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres from the Hilltop House as well as a cash bar.

    Christmas dance

  • Designs Wow Nature Lovers

    The ever-growing popularity of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center has prompted officials to ponder the prospects of a full-blown nature center in Los Alamos.

    The second public meeting for a proposed nature center again attracted a large crowd of 62 people. The first public meeting had 70 in attendance.

    “This was remarkable, especially so close to the holidays. You usually only see crowds this size for contentious issues,” Project Manager Steve Huebner said. “I think this shows the public support for the project.”

    The success of the nonprofit PEEC helped propel the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Phase I study.

  • LANL, NNSA face budget cuts

    All that’s needed is a signature by President Barack Obama.

    On Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Senate passed the Defense Authorization Bill, which would authorize the following funding for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security Administration for fiscal year 2012.

    • Clean up of nuclear weapons sites: $5 billion, which includes $189 million for LANL and $215 million for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad

    • Authorized $9.9 million for a new Transuranic (TRU) Waste Facility at LANL

    • CMRR building design at $200 million

    • Nuclear Weapons Activities and Stockpile Stewardship: $7.3 billion

    • Non Proliferation: $2.3 billion

  • Debris Apparently From Tsunami Reach Canada

    Debris apparently from the tsunami that hit Japan in March are washing up on beaches in Japan. Much greater amounts of debris could reach the U.S. And Canada in the next year.

  • New Mexico state salaries now public record

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced that her administration has completed an overhaul of the New Mexico Sunshine Portal, which now displays the names, titles, and salary rates of all state employees, regardless of their classification.
    In the past, the Sunshine Portal has only listed information for exempt employees. The portal now includes information for classified employees, who work under the rules and guidelines of the state’s civil service system.
    In October, Gov. Martinez announced that she had directed the Department of Information Technology to make employee information for all state workers available through the Sunshine Portal.

  • Black rep assailed for calling gov ‘a Mexican’

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic state representative is under fire for calling New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez a "Mexican" during a heated exchange with a GOP lawmaker in the capitol.

    Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton made the comment Wednesday during a committee meeting break as she accused Rep. Nora Espinoza of "carrying the Mexican's water on the fourth floor" — a reference to Martinez.

    Stapleton later apologized and said she didn't mean to offend anyone. Espinoza said she was offended by the remark as a Hispanic woman, and Martinez called the comments "sad and disappointing."

  • Clearing snow costs the state big bucks

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Clearing snow off state highways has cost the New Mexico treasury about $850,000 so far.

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation has spent about 11 percent of the $7.5 million budgeted for winter road maintenance in order to keep highways safe.

    The money pays for the salt and cinders, plow-truck operations and repairs as well as staff overtime.

    KRQE-TV reports the crew that works in and around Santa Fe says they’re seeing the brunt of the action.

    They’ve needed to spend almost double what they spent at this time last year clearing roads.

    If bad weather continues, the highway maintenance supervisor says they may have to dip into a year around fund designated for road upkeep.

  • Update 12-15-11

    Nature Center

    A public meeting is scheduled for tonight to review conceptual designs for the Nature Center, Council Chambers of Community Building.  Refreshments will be at 5:30 p.m. and the architects’ presentation will be at 6 p.m.

    Balderas visit

    U.S. Senate candidate Hector Balderas, also the New Mexico State Auditor, will be in Los Alamos to meet with residents from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Tuesday. There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres from the Hilltop House as well as a cash bar.

    Family Film Series

    The White Rock Family Film Series will present a free showing of “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation” at 7 p.m. today at the White Rock Public Library.

  • LAPS board hosts strategic retreat

    The Los Alamos School Board hosted a strategic planning retreat on Saturday.

    A variety of individuals attended the four-hour retreat, to include those from businesses, Los Alamos National Laboratory, parents and school staff.

    School Board President Melanie McKinley asked those attending to help map a path to make the school system even better. Specifically, she asked if those in attendance thought the efforts of the school were aligned with their identity. “Who are we?” she asked. “What do we want to become?” and “What do we want others to say about our school system?” McKinley asked.

  • Youth absent for Teen Center meeting

    Low turnout for Wednesday night’s public meeting on the proposed teen center may have been the result of bad timing. Fewer than 10 people were present, with no teens.

    Teen Center Program Director Michelangelo Lobato believes there were two factors working against teen turnout: the start of finals on Friday and a strong turnout for youth day at Leadership Los Alamos last week.

    “With teens, you can get them to about one meeting a month. I may have worked too hard to get them to the leadership meeting,” Lobato said.