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  • Councilors talk infrastructure

    The Los Alamos County Council tackled a number of infrastructure projects during a regular meeting Tuesday evening.

    An ordinance to accept a loan/grant from the State of New Mexico for the reconstruction of the Los Alamos Dam was approved by a 6–0 vote. The $1.5 million funding includes a $900,000 grant and a $600,000 loan. Council had dedicated $2.7 from the general fund to the project, enough to finance the redesign if no state funds were awarded. To date, $600,000 has been spent on the project.

  • Supreme Court may have to step in to referee redistricting


    SANTA FE— New Mexico’s fight over redistricting has shifted to the courts, but the Supreme Court might have to step in to determine which judge will handle the assignment of drawing new boundaries of districts for elected offices.
    Republican and Democratic legislators and other voters have filed redistricting lawsuits at state district courts in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Lovington.
    The cases ask the courts to establish new districts for Congress, the state House of Representatives, the state Senate and the Public Regulation Commission. The lawsuits also seek orders stopping state officials from using current districts for next year’s elections.

  • Work at Shamrock

    Work gets done on a pump at the Shamrock gas station on the corner of Trinity Drive and Knecht Street.

  • Update 09-28-11

    County Council

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 in council chambers.

    Public meeting

    The Eastern Area Maintenance Project Public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at the council chambers.

    Parade

    The Los Alamos High School homecoming parade will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Alamos. At 7 p.m., the Hilltoppers football team will host Albuquerque-Academy at Sullivan Field.

    Hall update

    State Rep. Jim Hall of Los Alamos will speak at noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 on what he has learned since he was chosen to succeed the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace in the legislature. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage.

  • Communication key to candidate's style

    This is the third in a four-part series featuring highlights from the community panel interviews of the county administrator candidates. Answers to some of the questions, such as the candidate’s experience and how it relates to the position, have been covered in previous Los Alamos Monitor articles.

    Earl Mathers is currently the county administrator for Gallatin County, Mont. Mathers has an extensive background in economic development, both nationally and internationally. He said he had already received input from some people here about what the obstacles to attracting business might be.

  • More cleanup funding requested

    Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are appealing to appropriators to increase funding levels for the cleanup of transuranic (TRU) waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory and at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad and in the FY 2012 budget.

    In a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water, Bingaman and Udall acknowledge the constraints of the current budget climate, but emphasize the need for “the consideration of two high-priority environmental initiatives” for New Mexico.

  • NM illegal immigrant advocates launch new campaign

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates of illegal immigration in New Mexico are set to launch a new campaign aimed at countering what they say are anti-immigrant attacks.

    The advocates are scheduled to begin their "We are all ONE New Mexico Truth Tour" on Wednesday in front of Albuquerque's downtown library.

    According to the campaign, illegal aliens will share personal stories to promote immigration reform and counter attempts to roll back state laws they feel benefit illegal aliens.

    As part of the protest, advocates plan to board buses decorated with messages about illegal aliens and their families.
     

  • Philippine capital cleans up after storm kills 20

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Emergency services and residents in the Philippine capital cleaned up and restored electricity Wednesday after a powerful typhoon unleashed floodwaters and fierce wind that killed at least 20 people and sent huge waves crashing over seawalls.

    Most deaths occurred in and around metropolitan Manila, which already was soaked by heavy monsoon rains ahead of Tuesday's arrival of Typhoon Nesat, which brought more downpours and wind gusts of up to 93 miles (150 kilometers) per hour.

    The typhoon blew out of the Philippines on Wednesday packing winds of 75 mph (120 kph) and was expected to make landfall on China's Hainan Island on Thursday evening or early Friday.

  • Perry immigration strategy may help woo Hispanics

    MIAMI (AP) — Rick Perry is calling his Republican rivals "heartless" and using ethnically charged language to defend moderate parts of his immigration record. That strategy may endear the Texas governor to Hispanics and their allies even as it angers others the presidential candidate must woo to win the nomination for president.

  • Senate honors sick nuclear workers

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution designating Oct. 30 as a national day of remembrance honoring the thousands of men and women who supported the nation's nuclear efforts during the Cold War.

    New Mexico Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall were among those sponsoring the measure.

    Udall says we often hear about the scientists behind the Manhattan Project in New Mexico. But he noted that many others -- like maintenance workers, miners, millers and janitors -- unknowingly compromised their health to develop the country's nuclear deterrent. He says it's important that we continue to recognize their contributions.