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  • Boehner signals compromise in budget talks

    WASHINGTON —  House Speaker John Boehner signaled Thursday that a compromise is coming with Democrats on immediate cuts in government spending, noting that Democrats control the White House and the other half of Congress. Boehner said Republicans are fighting for the biggest spending cuts they can get.
    Boehner said there’s no agreement yet on how much he and Democrats are willing to compromise in cutting the day-to-day budgets of federal agencies over the coming six months. The GOP House has voted to cut more than $60 billion from this year’s budget, and Democrats have been moving steadily in his direction.
    The Ohio Republican has agreed to discuss a compromise in the $33 billion range, which would still be of historic magnitude.

  • Capital Improvement Projects move forward

    The Capital Improvement Project (CIP) committee recommended moving forward in designing and constructing a leisure pool at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and improving and upgrading Fuller Lodge and the Los Alamos Historical Museum.
    It will be up to Los Alamos County Council to determine whether to pay about $5.3 million for improving the lodge and museum and $6,148,000 for the leisure pool. Council will discuss the two projects during its budget hearings in April.
    The CIP committee made its recommendations during its meeting March 24.
    Originally, there were two design options for the leisure pool but drafting a third option was suggested during at a public meeting held March 3.

  • Update 03-31-11

    Summit Garden Club
    Summit Garden Club will meet and Dorothy Crawford will speak on “Designing with flowering branches.”
    For more information, call Betsy Comly, 672-1574.

    NCRTD meeting
    The North Central Regional Transit District will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at the Pajarito Cliffs Site conference room. The meeting is open to the public.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Chambers in the Community Building.

     Dark Night
    The Pajarito Astronomers will host its first county sponsored Dark Night of 2011 at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.

  • LA boy in fair condition after near-drowning

    A 10-year-old Los Alamos boy is in fair condition Thursday morning after nearly drowning in a hotel pool in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

    The boy remains at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

    The Council Bluffs’ newspaper, The Daily Nonpareil, reported the city’s fire and rescue personnel responded to the Quality Inn and Suites at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday after reports of the 10-year-old being found in the pool.

    The newspaper said the child was swimming with his 14-year-old sister when he went under water.

    Police Sgt. Pat Toscano told The Nonpareil, “He didn’t come up, and she started to figure he might be in trouble. She was able to pull him from the pool.”

  • ACT routes may be in jeopardy

    The North Central Regional Transit District is proposing new funding methodology and according to Los Alamos councilor Mike Wismer, the new formula will leave several of Atomic City Transit’s newest routes unfunded.

    At 1 p.m. Friday, Wismer will host the group’s monthly meeting at the Pajarito Cliffs Site conference room. The meeting is open to the public and there may be a twist.

    One of the consultants for the NCRTD is former county administrator Anthony Mortillaro, who was terminated by county council in December.

    This is Mortillaro’s take on the situation.

  • Security clearances impact LAFD

    Firefighter Brandon Gore has abruptly resigned from the Los Alamos Fire Department and Capt. Jacob (Jake) Olivas, who lost his job Feb. 7 over a random drug test irregularity, has appealed his termination.

    “Brandon has resigned for personal reasons,” Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker said, adding that he cannot comment further on a personnel issue.   

    Gore, 25, lives in Edgewood and on Nov. 28, he was arrested and charged with indecent exposure. He told a Bernalillo County sheriff that he was a little drunk and was walking to clear his head. As he approached a pedestrian bridge, he had to urinate, did not see anyone and relieved himself.

  • Charges fly after LA jail melee

    A jailhouse video that aired on a local television station Wednesday night showed a brawl at the Los Alamos County Detention Center last July that has resulted in criminal charges against the inmates and a lawsuit being filed against the county.

    Los Alamos resident Fidel Naranjo Jr., the father of inmates Fidel Naranjo III, and Nick Naranjo, who were involved in the altercation with authorities, released the video.  

    “We can’t comment because both civil and criminal court cases are pending,” said Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster during an interview this morning.

    Attempts to reach Fidel Naranjo Jr., this morning were unsuccessful.

  • Influenza activity slowing down in NM

    Santa Fe – New Mexico Department of Health’s tracking of influenza shows a continuing decline from the peak in mid-February.  
    Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Catherine Torres said, “Our rates of influenza-like illness seen in clinics across the state have declined from a peak of 6 percent seen in mid- February to 3.9 percent reported last week.”  
    She indicated that there are three types of influenza circulating this year in New Mexico and the United States which include H3N2, H1N1, and B. Torres added that the surveillance system has seen no increase along the border in the last few weeks.

  • New Mexico State Auditor speaks to local Democratic party

    New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas recently spoke to the Los Alamos Democratic Party at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel. He rallied the local party for the next election.

  • Gates: No ground troops in Libya while 'I am in this job'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. debates its future role in the Libyan conflict, Defense officials slammed the brakes on any broad participation Thursday, with Defense Secretary Robert Gates saying there will be no American ground troops in Libya "as long as I am in this job."

    Under withering congressional probing and criticism of an ill-defined mission to aid a rebel force that officials know little about, Gates and Joint Chiefs chairman Adm. Mike Mullen sketched out a largely limited role for the U.S. military going forward, with Gates saying some other country could train the rebels trying to oust strongman Moammar Gadhafi.