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  • LA county officials honor Hall

    Tuesday’s news that the governor appointed Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair James Hall to fill a Dist. 43 house vacancy drew applause from fellow councilors, senior staff and community members Tuesday night.

  • County council backs biofuel research project

    The Los Alamos County Council approved a $1.5 million grant to help establish a new research facility that will bring in a world-class scientist to propel the development of bio-fuels from algae. 

    Despite serious concerns, the excitement was palpable as county council reviewed two related agenda items Tuesday night: An ordinance adopting an Economic Development Project for Public Support of New Mexico Consortium (NMC) and consideration of a Project Participation Agreement with NMC. After some intense debate, both were passed unanimously.

  • Know what kind of tree that is? There's an app for that

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If you've ever wondered what type of tree was nearby but didn't have a guide book, a new smartphone app allows users with no formal training to satisfy their curiosity and contribute to science at the same time.

    Scientists have developed the first mobile app to identify plants by simply photographing a leaf. The free iPhone and iPad app, called Leafsnap, instantly searches a growing library of leaf images amassed by the Smithsonian Institution. In seconds, it returns a likely species name, high-resolution photographs and information on the tree's flowers, fruit, seeds and bark.

  • OPEC leaves output on hold, causing oil price jump

    VIENNA (AP) — OPEC unexpectedly left its production levels unchanged on Wednesday, causing oil prices to jump, as senior officials said their meeting ended in disarray — a stunning admission for an organization that places a premium on consensus decision making.

    OPEC officials said that because of a policy deadlock, the group will maintain present output ceilings with the option of meeting within the next three months to consider a hike.

  • New casino would benefit Jemez Pueblo, report says

    SANTA FE — An off-reservation casino on the Texas-New Mexico border would create 375 jobs and generate $157 million in economic activity.
    That’s according to a new draft environmental impact statement by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Santa Fe art dealer Gerald Peters and the Jemez Pueblo have proposed building the $55 million casino in Anthony, about 300 miles south of the pueblo.
    The plan was shot down in 2008 by the BIA, which said it was too far from the pueblo to generate jobs for the tribe. But the Obama Administration has reopened review on some off-reservation casinos.

  • Fallen fence

    Wind damaged a fence this morning at 22nd and Rose Streets.

  • Update 06-07-11

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 15 at 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet at 7 tonight in the council chambers.

    Public meeting
    A public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Express to hear feedback on the county administrator search.

  • CRC addresses substantative changes

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) has shifted its focus from cleaning up charter language to addressing more substantive issues. At Monday night’s meeting, Chair John Hopkins directed committee members to work toward reaching consensus.

    The committee will vote on the proposed changes after County Contract Attorney Chay Rennick has incorporated the changes and printed a final report.

    The committee addressed changes suggested in writing by committee member Ralph Phelps. In a statement dated May 21, 2011, Phelps wrote, “We really need to overhaul the whole system, and make the Charter consistent with what that system is.”

  • Police chief to head Leadership Los Alamos

    The community has 250 alumni who have participated in the nine-month Leadership Los Alamos in the past eight years.

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy, a 2005-2006 graduate, has been chosen to chair the organization’s  ninth session, which begins in September.

    “We’re hoping to bring in participants from the schools, business, laboratory and other entities,” said Torpy, who also graduated from the statewide program, Leadership New Mexico, serving as its 2009 graduation session chair.

  • Smoke from Arizona fires stirring local health issues

    Smoke from a large wildfire that ignited May 29 in eastern Arizona continues to plague nearby states, creating hazy conditions all the way into Iowa and prompting officials to issue health advisories today in the southern half of Colorado, according to the Associated Press.

    In New Mexico, smoke and ash have permeated the air for days. Many people in Los Alamos are attempting to remain inside with their windows closed despite the recent hotter temperatures.

    Suzy Blanchit is the office manager of Allergy Partners of New Mexico at 118 Central Park Square.

    “People who have asthma and respiratory issues are rescheduling their appointments with us because they don’t want to leave their homes,” Blanchit said.