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  • 10 Things to Know for Today

     

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

    1. IPHONE HYSTERIA GOES GLOBAL

    Some Apple fans have been camping out for days to get their hands on the iPhone 5.

    2. ANTI-ISLAM FILM PROTEST TURNS DEADLY

    Pakistani police open fire on rioters who were torching a cinema during a protest against "Innocence of Muslims," killing one man.

    3. WHERE THE CANDIDATES ARE STUMPING

    Obama speaks to the AARP at 11:30 a.m., and then attends a rally in Woodbridge, Va., at 12:45 p.m. Romney courts voters in Las Vegas at 5:05 p.m.

    4. GOING WHERE NO RESEARCH HAS GONE BEFORE

  • Today in History for September 21st
  • House chokes on Manhattan Project Park bill

    A majority of members of the House of Representatives Thursday voted in favor of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act, H.R. 5987. However, the bill failed to receive the two-thirds majority necessary to pass under suspension of House rules.

    The vote on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act was 237-180, about 50 votes short of a two-thirds supermajority, said Cindy Kelly, president of the nonprofit Atomic Heritage Foundation.

    H.R. 5987 establishes a Manhattan Project National Historical Park with one of the sites being Los Alamos.

    While the bill did not pass on the House floor today under suspension of House rules, the final vote of 237-180 met the test for a simple majority vote.

    Chairman Doc Hastings, who introduced the legislation, was quoted in the Oak Ridge, Tenn. newspaper as saying, “we’ve shown there is support for this park and will be working toward the goal of enacting this into law before the end of this year."

    On Thursday Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who has been a critic of the bill, called for a roll call rather than let the bill pass by a simple voice vote.

  • Two visitors rescued at Bandelier

     

    Rangers responded to a report of two visitors from England suffering from what appeared to be heat exhaustion at the top of Alcove House located on the Main Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument Thursday.

      Bandelier staff called the Los Alamos Fire Department Technical Rescue Team from Station 5 to assist in evacuating the couple from the top of the steep trail.  The severity of the couple’s heat related illness was lessened by two visitors, one a physician from Taos and the other a nurse, who provided medical assistance at Alcove House until crews arrived.

    Bandelier National Monument staff and the Los Alamos Fire Department Technical Rescue Team attempted to prepare a pulley system to transport the couple down the Alcove House trail ladders.  The operation was deemed unnecessary because the couple was able to walk down the ladders with the help of staff.  The couple was transported by ambulance to the Los Alamos Medical Center.

     

  • Anti-Islam Ads Going Up in NYC Subways
  • LAHS homecoming activities

    Homecoming activities

    Tonight

    Bonfire at Sullivan Field

    Friday

    Homecoming pep rally

    3 p.m. Homecoming parade

    7 p.m. Homecoming football game vs. Kirtland Central High School, at Sullivan Field

    Saturday

     9 p.m.-midnight: Homecoming dance, LAHS    

  • State short of money for general election costs

    SANTA FE (AP) — Unexpected general election costs have created a $1.4 million hole in the secretary of state’s budget, but the financial squeeze won’t prevent New Mexicans from casting ballots in November, according to New Mexico’s top elections official.
    Secretary of State Dianna Duran came up empty-handed Tuesday in asking the state Board of Finance for emergency funding for the $1.4 million costs of leased equipment that will print ballots at about 180 “voting convenience centers” in 15 counties. Those allow voters to go to a consolidated polling location most convenient to them rather than their traditional precinct-based voting site.
    Duran said after the meeting that she will ask the Legislature next year to cover the additional election costs and will negotiate with vendors, if necessary, to wait on their payments.
    A 2011 law allowed counties to establish the new voting locations but the state must pay for systems to print paper ballots on demand. Duran said Bernalillo County, which includes the city of Albuquerque, has agreed to share in the costs of equipment used there.

  • Prescribed burn at Valles Caldera next week

    The Valles Caldera Trust will implement a prescribed burn project that will begin Monday and possibly run through Wednesday if weather and associated conditions permit.
    The prescribed burn will be on the Valles Caldera National Preserve, south of N.M. 4 near mile marker 30.
    Because of the location and elevation, smoke from the burn will be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area.
    The burn is the final stage of a project to reduce fire hazard and improve forest health. The area has been thinned and most of the wood by-products were removed or previously burned.
    This pretreatment will allow safe use of low intensity fire to clean up residual slash and remove ponderosa pine seedlings that sprouted since the thinning.
    The parameters for implementing a prescribed burn are based upon specific assessments, agency guidelines and safety protocols.
    Managers continuously monitor weather conditions during a burn including wind, temperature, and relative humidity. Fuel quantity and moisture are also measured.
    Smoke will be visible and is expected to have variable affects on neighboring communities including Ponderosa, La Cueva, Sierra Los Pinos, Jemez Pueblo and areas near N.M. 4. Communities along U.S. 550 including San Ysidro, Zia Pueblo, Bernalillo and Rio Rancho may also be affected.

  • ACT going strong

    Public Works Director Philo Shelton had some good news for the county council regarding Atomic City Transit (ACT).
    The Los Alamos County system was ranked number one out of 24 rural New Mexico transit systems in the 2012 New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) Transit and Rail Division annual review.
    Since the system was created in October 2007 it has had more than 2 million one-way passengers. ACT operates 12 fixed routes and is projected to have nearly 600,000 one-way trips by the end of the year, up 100,000 from last year.
    The Bandelier shuttle accounts for most of that bump. In the first three months of operation this year, the shuttle has provided nearly 70,000 one-way passengers.
    The county’s general fund accounts for only 30 percent of ACT’s budget. The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) Regional GRT provides 26 percent, 41 percent comes from grants and the Bandelier National Monument contribution toward the Bandelier shuttle is three percent of the overall budget.

  • Update 09-20-12

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special session to discuss the Trinity Site at 7 p.m. Monday in council chambers.

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed Sept. 26-28 for staff to attend training. Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.

    No court

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court will not have a Judge for the week of Sept. 17-21 due to the annual Magistrate Judge’s conference. The court hours will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. that week.

    P&Z meeting

    The Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the community building training room.