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  • Morris selected for Leadership New Mexico

    Leadership New Mexico has selected Oliver Morris, detective sergeant for the Los Alamos Police Department, to be a part of the 22 participants in the 2012-2013 Local Government Leadership Program. Their first session will be Friday through Sunday in Santa Fe.
    The Local Government Leadership Program is a partnership between the New Mexico Association of Counties, the New Mexico Municipal League, the New Mexico School Boards Association and Leadership New Mexico. These groups provide a unique educational experience to county and municipal officials, school boards and regional councils of governments. In addition to the Local Government Leadership Program, Leadership New Mexico’s other programs include the Core Program and the Connect New Mexico Program.

  • Update 03-08-13

    Grand opening

    The construction of the new Multi-Purpose Covered Arena is now complete. Grand opening is set for 4 p.m. March 22 at Brewer Arena. Join the Los Alamos County Council as they host the Grand Opening Event.

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    Fish fry

     It is Fish Fry time again at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall from 5-7 p.m. today. The dinners are sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and proceed will benefit Nuestros Pequeños Orphanage in Honduras and other charities. Adult plates are $10 and have two pieces of cod, with coleslaw, and rice or French fries, plus a drink and dessert. Children may have one piece of fish or a grilled cheese sandwich with all the rest for $7 a plate.

    DWI meeting

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. March 14 in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite A.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3. The discussion will likely focus on the business plan for the proposed Community Broadband Network.

  • Suit challenges aboriginal title to Valles Caldera

    Second in a two-part series

    In the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss the Jemez Pueblo lawsuit to reclaim tribal lands in Valles Caldera National Preserve, the government asserts that earlier land claims litigation divested the pueblo of its aboriginal title.

    “Since around the beginning of the last century, popular understanding of Indian land rights has been based upon a political and cultural assumption that somehow or other all aboriginal Indian titles outside of BIA recognized reservation boundaries as somehow or other ‘taken,’” said Attorney Tom Luebben, who is representing Jemez Pueblo.

    The government argument leans heavily on a claim that Jemez lost its aboriginal title in 1860 when Congress settled a claim by heirs of Luis Maria Cabeza de Baca by awarding them 500,000 acres within the New Mexico Territory. The Federal Land Department approved the 99,289-acre Baca Location No. 1, including the Valles Caldera, as part of that acreage.

  • Hanging Groves' portrait

    Historical Properties Committee members, left to right, John Ruminer, Gerry Strickfaden and Tom Sanford hang a portrait of Gen. Leslie Groves in the lobby of the Los Alamos Historical Museum.

    Groves stayed in the Blue Room of the Guest Cottage, which now houses the museum, whenever he visited Los Alamos.

    The portrait was donated by Groves’ son, the late Gen. Richard Groves, and Richard’s children. The family decided to donate the portrait to the museum after the sculptures of Groves and Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer were dedicated in May 2011.

    The portrait was painted by Artist Albert Murray, who has been called “the greatest of all American portrait painters after John Singer Sargent.” Murray’s work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Museum of American Art.

    The official unveiling will be part of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 70th anniversary celebration, 3 p.m. April 5 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. 

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  • Forest Service may let more fires burn

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After coming in $400 million over budget following last year's busy fire season, the Forest Service is altering its approach and may let more fires burn instead of attacking every one.

    The move, quietly made in a letter late last month by Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, brings the agency more in line with the National Parks Service and back to what it had done until last year. It also answers critics who said the agency wasted money and endangered firefighters by battling fires in remote areas that posed little or no danger to property or critical habitat.

    Tidwell played down the change, saying it's simply an "evolution of the science and the expertise" that has led to more emphasis on pre-fire planning and managed burns, which involve purposely setting fires to eliminate dead trees and other fuels that could help a wildfire quickly spread.

    "We have to be able to structure (fire management) this way to help all of us," Tidwell told The Associated Press. "So that we're thinking about the right things when we make these decisions."

  • After filibuster, Senate confirms Brennan as CIA director


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed John Brennan to be CIA director Thursday after the Obama administration bowed to demands from Republicans blocking the nomination and stated explicitly there are limits on the president's power to use drones against U.S. terror suspects on American soil.

    The vote was 63-34 and came just hours after Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, held the floor past midnight in an old-style filibuster of the nomination to extract an answer from the administration.

    Still, Brennan won some GOP support. Thirteen Republicans voted with 49 Democrats and one independent to give Brennan, who has been President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, the top job at the nation's spy agency. He will replace Michael Morell, the CIA's deputy director who has been acting director since David Petraeus resigned in November after acknowledging an affair with his biographer.

    The confirmation vote came moments after Democrats prevailed in a vote ending the filibuster, 81-16.

    In a series of fast-moving events, by Senate standards, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a one-paragraph letter to Paul, who had commanded the floor for nearly 13 hours on Wednesday and into Thursday.