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  • Costly court battle looms

    Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval) took last week to reflect after spending the prior three

    weeks making the daily drive to the Round House to take part in a Legislative Special Session.

    The meat of the Special Session revolved around redistricting. And it has been well documented that no agreement was reached on the House or Senate side and both bills heading to Gov. Susana Martinez’s desk likely will be vetoed.

    After a week’s respite in Texas visiting his son, Hall was back in Los Alamos this week and he spent Tuesday, giving a talk to his constituents at the weekly Kiwanis Club meeting during the day and briefing the county council Tuesday night.

  • Burgess lands county's top executive job

    And the new county administrator is …

    Harry Burgess of Carlsbad.

    That was the big event at Tuesday night’s county council meeting as councilors made their selection after a protracted months long search.

    Councilor Mike Wismer first took a moment to thank Acting County Administrator Randy Autio for “sitting in the hot seat” the last few months. “Your service was exemplary,” Wismer said. Wismer then summed up the reasons Burgess was chosen.

    “Harry Burgess has a strong economic development background. In fact, that was the emphasis of his PhD. He really did his homework, and has, as a result, what I would consider an excellent grasp on the pulse of Los Alamos.

  • Perry raises over $17 million since mid-August

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry raised more than $17 million in his first seven weeks running for president, his campaign announced Wednesday, an impressive total that helps cement his status as the top alternative to Mitt Romney and counter the perception that his campaign his struggling.

    Perry has raised more than $17 million since August 13, and has $15 million in cash on hand.

    Perry immediately rose to the top of national polls after he announced his run, but his debate performances have been shaky and he's dropped back in recent surveys. His money haul shows his struggles aren't yet affecting his fundraising — though that won't become clear until the full fundraising reports are filed on Oct. 15.

  • Council taps Carlsbad exec as new county administrator

    The Los Alamos County Council voted last night to appoint Harry Burgess as the new county administrator, effective November 6. Burgess is currently the city administrator in the City of Carlsbad, and was selected after an extensive public input process this summer, followed by interviews two weeks ago with the four candidates for the top executive position at the county. The search for a new county administrator had been underway since February when the council hired Prothman Company, a national executive recruitment firm, to assist in the hiring process. 

  • Poll: 1 in 3 vets sees Iraq, Afghan wars as wastes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One in three U.S. veterans of the post-9/11 military believes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting, and a majority think that after 10 years of combat America should be focusing less on foreign affairs and more on its own problems, according to an opinion survey released Wednesday.

    The findings highlight a dilemma for the Obama administration and Congress as they struggle to shrink the government's huge budget deficits and reconsider defense priorities while trying to keep public support for remaining involved in Iraq and Afghanistan for the longer term.

  • Israeli wins chemistry Nobel for quasicrystals--video extra

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Israeli scientist Dan Shechtman was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for a discovery that faced skepticism and mockery, even prompting his expulsion from his research team, before it won widespread acceptance as a fundamental breakthrough.

    While doing research in the U.S. in 1982, Shechtman discovered a new chemical structure — quasicrystals — that researchers previously thought was impossible.

    He was studying a mix of aluminum and manganese in an electron microscope when he found the atoms were arranged in a pattern — similar to one in some traditional Islamic mosaics — that never repeated itself and appeared contrary to the laws of nature.

  • Regulators step down

    SANTA FE — Two regulators Monday rescued themselves from debate on an effort to repeal tough new anti-pollution rules after environmentalists raised questions about their impartiality.
    State Environmental Improvement Board members Greg Fulfer of Jal and James Casciano of Albuquerque said they believed they could be fair and impartial but decided to step down from the case to maintain the integrity of the seven-member board and head off any public perception of bias.
    The board in November is scheduled to open hearings on petitions to repeal the rules, which were passed under former Gov. Bill Richardson to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants and other large polluters. Appeals are also pending in state appellate court.

  • Redistricting attorneys OK’d for Legislature

    SANTA FE — A team of private lawyers will defend the Democratic-controlled Legislature in a court fight over redistricting, state legislative leaders decided Monday despite objections from Republicans.
    The Legislative Council voted along party lines to authorize the lawyers. They will represent the Legislature in lawsuits over plans for new boundaries of districts for Congress, the state House of Representatives, the state Senate and Public Regulation Commission.
    Senate GOP Leader Stuart Ingle, of Portales, said in an interview that separate lawyers should have been authorized for Republicans as well as Democrats, who hold majorities in the House and Senate, because redistricting decisions were largely divided along party lines during the special session.

  • Update 10-04-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 tonight in council chambers.

    Movie night

    The Mesa Library Movie Series continues at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when the 1956 hit “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” will be featured.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, on Sage near 15th and Canyon. On Oct. 11, Charmian Schaller, co-chairwoman of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos newsletter, will discuss the bond issue for the county swimming pool. 

    Historic meeting

    The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Board will meet at
    5 p.m., Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

     

  • Definitely not your average vacation

    In  late August, Dave Yost took some time off from his sub-contractor job as a waste characterization engineer with Edgewater Technical Associates at Material Disposal Area-B at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    It was no ordinary vacation.

    Yost flew to Haiti to help Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program build transitional housing in Leogane, which is believed to be the epicenter of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated the region in January 2010.

    It was so bad in Leogane, that 90 percent of the buildings were destroyed. Yost said many of those buildings were built to withstand hurricanes but not powerful quakes.