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  • With local closings, timing is everything

    It’s not easy calling a snow day, even in a small town like Los Alamos.

    According to officials involved in determining how and when things get canceled or postponed due to adverse weather conditions, there’s a lot of coordination and timing involved. Just ask Patricia Wolff, spokesperson for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

    “It’s a decision that has to made first by the county administrator,” she said. “He starts assessing a variety of reports as soon as he’s contacted.”

    Reports from public works, road crews, police, fire, emergency rescue, all come across his desk, where he then weighs the options.

    “He would then consult with those department heads and examine weather reports, and then start contacting officials at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the school system” Wolff said.

    LANL has just more than 10,000 employees and Los Alamos Public Schools has about 3,500 students, Guiding the decisions of the decision makers is safety and timing.

    “People need to appreciate how many conversations happen in a short amount of time between all the stakeholders,” LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt said.

  • NM contingent gets assignments

    U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) will begin serving on the Senate Committee on Appropriations in the New Year, his office reported this week.

    “A seat on the Appropriations Committee is very meaningful for New Mexico,” Udall said. “From the labs, to the military bases and our public lands, we have a large federal presence in our state. I have no illusions about the difficult economic times and budgetary constraints our nation is facing, and I am eager to do my best and defend New Mexico through the appropriations process.”

    Udall was an appropriator in the House of Representatives from 2006-2008 before being elected to the Senate.
    In addition to Appropriations, he will continue serving on the committees on Foreign Relations Environment and Public Works, Indian Affairs and Rules and Administration.

    U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich will serve on the Energy and Natural Resources, Intelligence, and Joint Economic committees when he moves to the senate in the 113th Congress. Heinrich, who replaces retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-New Mexico, issued the following statement regarding his committee assignments:

  • Update 12-16-12

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to attend the official swearing in ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Dec. 21. in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    ESB meeting

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

    Asset Awards

    Monday is the final day to turn in nominations for the Community Asset Awards. That can be done online at AssetsInAction.info or by phone at 661-4846. The Community Asset Awards is sponsored by the JJAB.

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  • Registering to vote

    Robert Van Lysell celebrated his 18th birthday Thursday by registering to vote, with help from his friend, Sebastian Garcia and the League of Women Voters. The League was helping students at Los Alamos High School register in time to vote on the school bond. Eligible voters are those who will be 18 on or before Jan. 29, 2013. Any other student at LAHS who would like to register can go to the office and request that someone come to the school or they can go to the county clerk’s portable (suite D) by the Justice Center to register.

  • Medical Examiner: School Victims Shot by Rifle
  • Conn. Police: Shooter Forced His Way Into School

    Connecticut State Police say a gunman who massacred 26 children and adults at an elementary school before committing suicide forced his way into the building.

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  • Bird count survey dates set for December, January

    The Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the longest-running citizen science wildlife survey in the world, will take place Dec. 14-Jan. 5, throughout North America, including 35 locations in New Mexico.
    More than 60,000 volunteers nationwide are expected to brave the cold this year to add a new layer of data that will help shape conservation decisions in years to come.
    This year, the CBC will undergo several significant changes. Most importantly, fees to participate in the count will be dropped to encourage greater participation and the annual published report, “American Birds,” will go digital in 2013, saving more trees for the birds. Christmas Bird Count information will also be available online in Spanish for the first time.
    “We encourage birders of all ages and abilities to participate in this year’s CBC,” said Robert Templeton, who leads a scheduling effort for New Mexico’s count. “Each counting group is led by one or more experts capable of identifying, by sight and sound, the birds in their area, so it’s a great learning opportunity for less experienced birders as well.”

  • Update 12-14-12

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to attend the official swearing in ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Dec. 21. in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.

    Bake sale canceled

    The Chamisa Elementary bake sale scheduled for Saturday has been canceled due to concerns about the weather. The baked sale will be rescheduled.

    Ice Rink closed

    Due to large accumulations of snow the Los Alamos County Ice Rink is closed all day today.  Weather conditions will determine when the Ice Rink will open again. For updated information call 662-4500.

    Asset Awards

    Monday is the final day to turn in nominations for the Community Asset Awards. That can be done online at AssetsInAction.info or by phone at 661-4846. The Community Asset Awards is sponsored by the JJAB.

    Have a news tip?

    Send press releases, photos and videos to laeditor@lamonitor.com or contact the newsroom at 662-4185.