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  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Thursday:

    1. OBAMA, BOEHNER SPAR OVER THE NATION'S WELL-TO-DO

    Let taxes rise on the rich, the president urges. That would hurt the economy and stunt job growth, GOP leader counters.

    2. WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID ABOUT THE SUDDEN SEX SCANDAL

    Obama sees no evidence that the messy drama surrounding Petraeus and Allen has damaged national security.

    3. IN BLISTERING STRIKES, ISRAEL KILLS HAMAS' MILITARY COMMANDER

    Israel says the airstrikes in the Gaza Strip are the beginning of a broader operation against the Islamic militants — and could even herald a ground war.

    4. CHINESE GOVERNMENT FILLS ITS TOP JOBS

  • Last Call: Los Alamos Life 2013 photo entries due today

    The call for entries deadline is today. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your best photographs from the last year in Los Alamos Life 2013.

    Response thus far indicates there are a lot of really excellent photographers out there... Nature and wildlife scenes have dominated the entries, so there's a real opportunity for those with people shots, along with action/sports photos.

    Whether you’re an amateur with a really good eye or a seasoned pro, Los Alamos Life wants your best photos! Get your most striking pictures featured in the next edition of Los Alamos Life set to publish in February 2013.

    Los Alamos Life is an award-winning full color, glossy annual magazine that presents a quintessential snapshot of moments in the life of Los Alamos. The magazine is reminiscent of the iconic Life magazine, but it is bolder and more colorful in its presentation.

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Los Alamos Life says a lot about Los Alamos, its people and what it’s like to live in this majestic mountain hamlet — home of scientific discoveries that have literally changed the world.

  • In Brief 11-14-12

    Police: Man break bank’s windows, calls 911

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Police say an Albuquerque man fed up with his bank went to the extreme when he broke out the bank’s windows and then called police on himself.
    KOAT-TV reports that Charles Scribner reported his crime last week shortly after smashing the windows to a Bank of America in Southeast Albuquerque.
    According to the police report, Scribner told police Bank of America had “sold him out” and he became enraged. Scribner admitted he broke out the front doors, shattered a window next to the inner doors and smashed an upper window.
    Authorities say Scribner told a 911 operator to have police come arrest him because he didn’t want to have to keep breaking windows.
    He was later charged with criminal damage.

    Court rejects union vote appeal

    LAS VEGAS — A federal appeals court has flatly rejected a Las Vegas hospital’s effort to nullify a union authorization vote it has been fighting since 2007.
    The opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., rejected all of Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s arguments for throwing out the election results and calls its efforts stalling tactics.

  • Highlights of new sign code

    The most significant change to the new sign ordinance is codifying sign permits by “Sign Areas” rather than zoning districts. With this approach, the sign code is based on the context of surrounding land uses, road dynamics and ambiance. These five areas can be applied to any new developments in the future.

    Area 1: all residential areas.
    Area 2: Pajarito Acres area, which includes some incidental or accessory commercial uses.
    Area 3: Central Avenue: Designated as a low speed vehicle/pedestrian environment.
    Area 4: Trinity Drive, N.M.502 and Diamond, areas primarily geared toward vehicular traffic by commuters and locals familiar with the area.
    Area 5: SR4, areas with higher speeds and a high concentration of out-of-town visitors.
    A summary of the changes in the staff report reads:
    1. The draft completely reorganizes the sign code article with the intent to make it easier to read and find specific regulations.
    2.  It removes ambiguous language to allow faster, simpler and more accurate administration of the code.
    3.  It adds illustrations and more thorough definitions and requirements.
    4.  It expands the number and type of signs that can be installed without a permit; for example commercial window signs meeting standards for total window coverage

  • Update 11-14-12

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Community Building Training Room.

    JJAB

    The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Pajarito Cliffs Site Building No. 1 on Camino Entrada Road.

    Arts fair

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will hold its holiday arts and  crafts fair at 9 a.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Round. The fair runs until 3:30 p.m.

    Ashley Pond

    An informational meeting to show the public the 90 percent Final Design Plans for Ashley Pond Park renovations will be at 5:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing on a proposed sewer rate increase and restructuring at 5:30 p.m. today at 170 Central Park Square.

  • White Rock's The Hive in danger of closing

    Council turned down a citizens’ petition requesting $36,000 for The Hive to sustain its operations through February 2013, due to state law prohibiting the county from providing financial assistance to non-public agencies.

    The petition also requested that council direct county staff to develop an expanded grant application for The Hive’s continued operations.

    County Resolution No. 10-18 does provide for financial assistance to non-public agencies that provide a service that council feels it should provide to its citizens.

    Since The Hive’s services may qualify for funding under that provision, council unanimously approved a motion directing staff to investigate the matter with the petitioners and “return to council with information, options and/or recommendations as soon as practicable.”

    The Hive may also qualify for Local Economic Development Act grants.

    The assistance may come too late to save The Hive. Stewart David Jones said that without funding, The Hive will be forced to close its doors at the end of this month.
    For more on this developing story, read Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
    In other business:

    • Council also certified the canvassing committee results for the 2012 General Election.

  • Council OKs new sign ordinance

    Los Alamos County has been trying to revise its sign code ever since a 2006 signage survey revealed widespread dissatisfaction with the ordinance, netting responses such as “too restrictive and too cumbersome.”

    After years of working and reworking by the Community Development Department (now the Community and Economic Development Department) and the Planning and Zoning Commission, numerous public meetings and delays to address legal concerns, council voted unanimously Tuesday to repeal the old ordinance and adopt a new one.

    CEDD Principal Planner Gary Leikness came armed with three large binders holding the history of the new ordinance when he presented to council, but he kept his introductory remarks succinct.

    Since council had thoroughly discussed most of the proposed changes during its August work session, much of the discussion centered on two late developments.

    Los Alamos Public Schools requested that the code governing schools be changed from “… may have one freestanding sign per location” to “… may have one freestanding sign per street frontage” to assure that schools could be identified from every direction.

    Smith’s Food and Drug Centers requested a change to the freestanding signage restrictions for Area 4 (Trinity Drive).

  • Tomb of Ancient Egyptian Princess Unearthed
  • Raw: Australians View Total Solar Eclipse

    From boats bobbing on the Great Barrier Reef, to the hilltops and beaches in between, tens of thousands of scientists, tourists and amateur astronomers watched as the sun, moon and Earth aligned and plunged northern Australia into darkness.

  • Feinstein: Petraeus to testify on Benghazi attacks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee says former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify to Congress about the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Wednesday that Petraeus, who resigned from the CIA post on Friday because of an extra-marital affair, indicated his willingness to testify.

    "He is very willing and interested in talking to the committee," she said. No date for his testimony has been set.

    Feinstein has been among those in Congress who have complained that lawmakers should have been notified about an FBI investigation that led to the disclosure of Petraeus' affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

    But she said that Petraeus' testimony to her committee will be limited to the Benghazi attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others. Petraeus was CIA director at the time of the attacks and visited Libya afterward.