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  • Martinez will veto redistricting plan

    Gov. Susana Martinez will veto the House redistricting plan that passed this week, according to Council Chair Sharon Stover.

    “I talked to her and she told me she was going to veto it,” Stover said.

    The measure passed the House on a 36-34 vote, with one Democrat joining Republicans in opposing the measure. The chamber's lone independent, Rep. Andy Nunez of Hatch, formerly a conservative Democrat, sided with Democrats to provide the needed vote necessary to pass the bill.

    Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell called the plan a "partisan gerrymander."

    Ironically, the bill would have kept Los Alamos intact, but Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Santa Fe) voted against it.

  • Residents get glimpse of county admin. candidates

    County residents had a chance to question the four candidates vying for the county administrator post Thursday evening. More formal interviews were conducted today by county council, senior administration and a community panel.

    Council Chair Sharon Stover described the search process and the place for citizen involvement within that.

  • Physicists wary of junking light speed limit yet

    GENEVA (AP) — Physicists on the team that measured particles traveling faster than light said Friday they were as surprised as their skeptics about the results, which appear to violate the laws of nature as we know them.

    Hundreds of scientists packed an auditorium at one of the world's foremost laboratories on the Swiss-French border to hear how a subatomic particle, the neutrino, was found to have outrun light and confounded the theories of Albert Einstein.

    "To our great surprise we found an anomaly," said Antonio Ereditato, who participated in the experiment and speaks on behalf of the team.

    An anomaly is a mild way of putting it.

  • Seen at the Scene: At the Roundhouse

    A contingent from Los Alamos made the trip to Santa Fe to meet with Gov. Susana Martinez regarding redistricting. Making the trip were Council Chair Sharon Stover, school board member Kevin Honnell, Bill Enloe of Los Alamos National Bank, Katy Korkos of the Chamber of Commerce, Mike Wheeler of the Los Alamos Democratic Party, Don Lucero, and Veronica Rodriguez of the Los Alamos Republican Party.

  • WIPP manager to trim jobs

    CARLSBAD — The manager of the federal government’s nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico plans to trim more jobs.
    Washington TRU Solutions on Monday announced the second phase of a workforce restructuring plan at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.
    Earlier this year, 51 of the company’s workers volunteered to leave as part of the first phase. The company expects about 65 workers, including temporary staff, to be involved in the second round of cuts.
    Subcontract personnel are also expected to be affected.
    Washington TRU Solutions pointed to the end of federal stimulus funding Sept. 30 and projections that peg WIPP’s budget next year at the lowest level in eight years.

  • Update 09-22-11

    Interview

    A panel of community leaders from various organizations and businesses will be interviewing the County Administrator candidates from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 5 p.m . Friday in Council Chambers. Public is welcome to observe.

    Reception

      There will be a reception to meet the County Administrator candidates. 5–7 p.m. today in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.

    Groundbreaking

    Groundbreaking for the Municipal Building, Historic Archives and County Records Center at the building site, just east of the Bradbury Science Museum at 11 a.m. Friday on Central Avenue.

    Kick-off event

  • CDD wants to add mixed use zoning

    At Tuesday’s county council work session, Acting Community Development Department (CDD) Director Steve Brugger gave his 180-day progress report on improvements to the building and planning permits process. Brugger also proposed a change to the county code that would allow mixed use zoning for developments like the A-19 parcel in White Rock.

    The CDD has been working to implement council’s strategic goal of “dramatically simplifying and clarifying the building and planning permitting process.” The county hired Karpoff & Associates to lead focus group sessions with commercial business owners and developers, and their recommendations have guided the revisions.

  • Summer's last hurrah

    The “Grandmother’s Joy” statue stands outside the Betty Ehart Senior Center, surrounded by sunflowers. The first day of autumn is Friday.

  • House passes redistricting plan

    To say the least, it was a long day Wednesday for State Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Santa Fe).

    A House redistricting plan that would keep Los Alamos intact won approval early Thursday in the 70-member chamber and Gov. Susana Martinez made it clear she doesn’t support the proposal.

    The measure passed on a 36-34 vote with one Democrat breaking party ranks to join Republicans in opposing the plan.

    Hall did not support or vote in favor of the measure either, but it pained him.

  • Republicans stepping up criticism ahead of debate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans seeking the presidency have spent months pitching glossy versions of themselves to voters, but they now find their rivals highlighting the unspoken caveats in their records.

    Ahead of Thursday afternoon's candidate forum and an evening debate in swing-state Florida, their advisers telegraphed the criticism each campaign was likely to use. As most of the candidates plan a two-day trip to the hard-fought swing state, they are ramping up their rhetoric against each other.

    For instance: Texas added jobs during the economic recession under Gov. Rick Perry's leadership. But unemployment went up last month and is at the highest level since 1987, rival Mitt Romney noted.