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  • Board seeks input on bond ordinance

    The school district is preparing to issue up to $20 million in general obligation bonds to fix aging infrastructure and it wants your input on how to spend it.  

    Though the school board has already had meetings with the public and its Facilities Strategic Planning Committee, it will have another public meeting at Los Alamos High School Sept. 12.  

    Also, board members are urging the voting public to contact the school board through its email addresses on its web site. 

    Education officials also emphasized that this bond issuance will not raise property taxes, as this issuance is a complement to the 2009 bond sale, a sale that was approved by voters to fund the school district’s long range, capital improvement plan.

  • Arts, Music Lovers Have Their Say

    Supporters of the arts and music made their presence known Tuesday night during a school board meeting centering on how to spend the next $20 million in general obligation bonds for school infrastructure. 

    A ballot where people can vote for or against the bond issue is due to be sent out sometime early in January. 

    During the board meeting, when a special committee appointed to oversee the bond distribution presented an $18 million wish list of  improvements for many of the district’s schools, a very vocal group in the audience quickly took issue with the $1.6 million allotted to renovations to Los Alamos High School’s music facilities.

  • DOE addresses energy efficiency

    The Department of Energy says one of its top priorities is to promote energy efficiency at its various sites.

    The DOE reported in 2010 that at its 47 major sites, the department’s energy costs totaled $277 million in fiscal year 2010. The DOE inspector general, meanwhile, conducted an audit and made the results available in a recently released report.

    Here are some of the results:

    • The DOE has not always pursued readily available, low-cost energy-saving opportunities. If more aggressive energy conservation measures had been taken, the department could have saved about $6.6 million annually, of the $42 million in available energy-saving opportunities as defined by EISA (Energy Independence and Security Act) 2007 requirements. 

  • Crashes mar morning commute

    Traffic was a mess this morning for commuters heading into Los Alamos from off the hill.

    LAPD captain Randy Foster said there were two separate non-injury crashes — one on the main hill and the other by the airport. Foster said they were both likely rear-end crashes.

    Foster said the first crash occurred at 7:32 a.m. near the airport and the two vehicles involved were a white Honda Civic and a black SUV.

    Foster said the second crash occurred at 8:01 a.m. at the top of the main hill and two vehicles involved were — you guessed it — a white Honda Civic and a black SUV.

    Traffic was moving slowly by the airport by 8:20 a.m. although it was backed up down the hill.    .    

  • Cowboys Romp Past Giants 24-17 to Open Season

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Inspired by Jason Witten’s surprise appearance and sparked by Kevin Ogletree’s unexpected star turn, the Dallas Cowboys kept the spotlight on football, not officiating.
    The Cowboys waited all year for another shot at the New York Giants. When they got it in the 2012 season opener, they were ready, winning 24-17 on Wednesday night in a game that wasn’t really that close.
    Also ready were the replacement officials, who barely were a story with Dallas dominating the Super Bowl champions for much of the night.
    It won’t make up for the New Year’s Day loss that cost the Cowboys the NFC East title and sent the Giants on their way to the NFL championship. It sure could provide impetus for this season, though. “We’re judged by winning and losing,” said quarterback Tony Romo, who threw three touchdown passes, “so the best thing was going on the road and getting a win. Not only a win, but it was against a division rival and obviously against the world champs. I don’t know how many times teams go in and beat them in that first game of the year. It’s a tough atmosphere, a tough game. Our team grinded it out and did good.”

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  • Tyler Hamilton Recounts Doping With Armstrong

    In an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, former professional cyclist Tyler Hamilton talks about his drug use while competing. Hamilton's book, 'The Secret Race' details his doping with former teammate Lance Armstrong.

  • Whistleblower settles lawsuit

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The state has agreed to settle a lawsuit with a whistleblower who accused the New Mexico Department of Health of nepotism and financial irregularities.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that under a settlement agreement made public last week, former state Department of Health manager Diane Moore received $225,000 and agreed to resign and never seek reinstatement.
    She filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the agency in 2010 but continued working there as the employees she complained about filed internal grievances against her.
    Moore’s allegations involved the Health Department during former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration, but the state’s decision to fight the case continued through the first year of Gov. Susana Martinez’s tenure.
    In the settlement agreement of last October, the department denied liability and denied all of Moore’s allegations.
    The agreement was made public last week after attorneys for the Journal challenged the state Risk Management Division’s decision to keep it confidential at least until the end of the year.
    Moore, who earned about $39,000 a year, spent a month on paid leave before the settlement. She no longer lives in New Mexico.

  • Bandelier moves to fall/winter hours

    Bandelier National Monument announced the start of its fall and winter schedule this week.

    For the month of September, the visitor center is open from 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Oct. 1, the visitor center closes at 4:30 p.m. through the winter. Park trails are open from dawn to dusk.

    Hours for the Atomic City Transit Bandelier Shuttle will continue from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. through the end of September. From Oct. 1 through Nov. 17, the service will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Beginning Sept. 6, personal vehicles will be allowed into Frijoles Canyon after 4 p.m. Trailheads outside Frijoles Canyon are accessible by car at all times.

    Vehicular traffic to Frijoles Canyon resumes Nov. 18, when shuttle service closes for the winter, and continues until transit service resumes early in March.  

    The shuttle service is free, but visitors must either present one of the national park access passes or pay $6 for individual entrance or $12 for groups of two or more upon arrival at the visitor center.

    The monument hosts its Fall Fiesta Sept. 29. Follow the Los Alamos Monitor for more on this event.
    More information about Bandelier can be obtained online at nps.gov/band, or call the Bandelier Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517.