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  • Proposed NM horse slaughter plant draws opposition

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Friday she is asking federal officials not to allow a southeastern New Mexico company to open the nation’s first slaughterhouse for horses since 2007.
    Martinez plans to send a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking it deny a Roswell meat company’s request for inspections that would allow it to operate.
    “Despite the federal government’s decision to legalize horse slaughter for human consumption, I believe creating a horse slaughtering industry in New Mexico is wrong and I am strongly opposed,” Martinez said in a statement.

  • NCRTD drivers may unionize

    Full-time North Central Regional Transit District drivers — a group of approximately 26 people — will have the opportunity to vote on whether to unionize next month.

    District Executive Director Tony Mortillaro said the May 5 election will be in three locations throughout the service area, including Taos, Española and Santa Fe.

    “It will be required that at least 40 percent vote,” he said during Friday’s NCRTD board meeting at Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort. “If they don’t reach that 40-percent threshold, the collective bargaining agreement will not be formed.”

  • Budget hearings begin Monday evening

    This year,  the Los Alamos County Council will hold its yearly budget meetings from 6-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday.

    Public comment will be heard during the first and last half-hour of each meeting, with budget hearings proceeding once all public comment has been registered.

    Public interest in budget hearings usually centers on Capital Improvement Projects. Funding for specific capital projects will not be addressed during this round of budget hearings. Council will instead discuss the total funding level for capital projects during Wednesday’s session. A special meeting to discuss funding for individual projects is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 15.

    The proposed budgets are $196.6 million in FY2013 and $195.7 in FY2014.

  • Raw Video: Italy's Mt. Etna Erupts

    Europe's highest active volcano, Italy's Mount Etna, erupted again this week. The eruption, which spewed blood-red molten lava and grey and white ash into the air, is the 24th in a series that started in January 2011.

  • VIDEO: New TSA Scanner Speeds Up ID Process

    TSA unveiled a new scanner on Friday that speeds up recognition of valid ID and shortens time spent in airport security.

  • Wildfire 2012 seminar set for Saturday

    Editor’s Note: The panel discussion has been canceled, but residents are still encouraged to stop by anytime Saturday afternoon to check out the exhibits and info tables.

    As wildfire season begins, residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2012” from 1-5 p.m. Saturday in the council chambers and adjacent Training. The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department in partnership with several local agencies.
    • Sand table demonstration of the Las Conchas Fire presented by LANL Emergency Management
    • An opportunity to register your cell phone and e-mail addresses with Los Alamos County Emergency Management for emergency notifications from the County

  • County Briefs 04-13-12

    Power outage affects 75 in LA

    An underground line fault Thursday morning resulted in a power outage for 75 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers on Canyon Street, Quartz and Rim Road. The outage began at 5:45 a.m.
    Electric linemen isolated the fault and safely restored power at 6:30 a.m. to 21 homes and 9:10 a.m. to the remaining 54 homes.
    The fault occurred in an area that DPU has scheduled for electric line replacement this summer.

    County moves to fill ‘acting’ positions

    County Administrator Harry Burgess is making progress toward filling eight key management positions.

  • Update 04-13-12

    Wildfire awareness

    Residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2012” from 1-5 p.m. Saturday in the council chambers and adjacent Training Room inside the Community Building.

    Eco Station meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 7 a.m.. Thursday at the Eco Station administration building.

    Budget hearings

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold budget meetings 6-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday in council chambers.

    Fundraiser

  • Abiquiu project receives award

    AECOM Technology Corporation, the engineering firm that did the design/build for the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) low-flow hydroelectric turbine generator at Abiquiu Dam, recently received an Engineering Excellence Award for Energy from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) New Mexico for the project.

    The EEA awards pay tribute to New Mexico’s most distinguished engineering projects. Entries are judged on:
    Original or innovative application of new or existing techniques
    Future value to the engineering profession and perception by the public
    Social, economic, and sustainable design considerations
    Complexity
    Exceeding client/owner needs

  • PRC hopefuls speak up on issues

    State Public Regulation Commission District 3 constituents piled into the Santa Fe Women’s Club auditorium Thursday to pose questions to candidates running for election.

    All four Democratic Commission hopefuls attended the question and answer forum. Those include outgoing Santa Fe County Commissioner Virginia Vigil, Santa Fe County Clerk Valerie Espinoza, Ben Maki, a former aide to United States Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and small business owner Brad Gallegos. The primary is scheduled for June 5.