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  • Veto showdown, court fight looms on redistricting

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats in the Legislature appear heading for a veto showdown with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over proposals for changing the boundaries of House and Senate districts.

    If no redistricting plans are enacted, the fight shifts to the courts and a judge likely will end up drawing new district boundaries.

    A House redistricting plan won approval early Thursday in the 70-member chamber and Martinez made it clear she doesn't support the proposal. The measure passed on a 36-34 vote with one Democrat breaking party ranks to join Republicans in opposing the measure.

    Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell called the plan a "partisan gerrymander."

  • Fire calls

    Firefighters go through training at the Los Alamos Fire Department Training Facility on DP Road Friday. The department’s August Fire Calls include 105 emergency medical service calls, five vehicle accidents, two fires and 44 miscellaneous calls.

  • Update 09-21-11

    CIP meeting

    A CIP Project public meeting on Golf Course Improvements, Phase I. will be held at 5:30 tonight in Council Chambers.


    A panel of community leaders from various organizations and businesses will be interviewing the County Administrator candidates from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 5 p.m . Friday in Council Chambers. Public is welcome to observe.


    A panel of community leaders from various organizations and businesses will be interviewing the County Administrator candidates from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 5 p.m . Friday in Council Chambers. Public is welcome to observe.


  • Council reviews CIP processes

    Los Alamos County Council’s monthly work session was dedicated to reviewing changes to Capital Improvements Project (CIP) and Community Development Department (CDD) procedures. The CIP Committee and CDD staff has been making efforts to improve their respective areas.

    Acting Assistant County Administrator Steven Lynne, who sits on the CIP Committee, presented two recommendations.

  • Seismic issues take center stage in CMRR plans

    For six years, they have been holding semi-annual Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Project (CMRR) public meetings.

    The twice-a-year sessions are required as part of a 2005 consent order between the Department of Energy/Los Alamos National Laboratory and a host of community groups.

    In the past, they have gotten somewhat contentious. On Tuesday night, though, at the Crossroads Bible Church, the meeting was quite civil and perhaps it was because some new information was introduced.

    Surging to the forefront in the CMRR controversy is the issue of earthquakes.

    LANL brought out its expert Larry Goen, who said there have been 222 earthquakes between 1973 and 2007 and 91 of them occurred within a 20-kilometer radius of the lab.

  • LA Contingent Calls On Governor

    A contingent from the Los Alamos community paid a visit to Gov. Susana Martinez Tuesday.

    The mission was to reinforce the county’s position on redistricting. In essence, keep Los Alamos intact on the House side.

    “The governor was attentive and engaged,” said school board member Kevin Honnell. “She definitely heard us.”

    “It went extremely well,” said council chair Sharon Stover. “She is very engaged and she understands our issues. It was a good thing she was there during the fire and has an understanding of our community.”

  • Retiring fire officials honored

    Colleagues, county and laboratory officials and local residents packed Fuller Lodge Tuesday in a send-off for Fire Chief Doug Tucker and Fire Marshal Michael Thompson to honor their years of service to the community.

    Thompson officially retired July 29 and Tucker is set to leave his post Oct. 6.

    “Something I’d like everyone to remember – one fire doesn’t make a hero, one event doesn’t make a hero – both of these guys are career heroes,” said Police Chief Wayne Torpy, who served as master of ceremonies for the two-hour farewell event.

    Integrity, character and leadership were predominating themes used to describe Tucker and Thompson by each person who took to the podium during the celebration.

  • American hikers freed from prison leave Iran--video extra

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Two Americans jailed in Iran as spies left Tehran on Wednesday bound for the Gulf state of Oman, closing a high-profile drama with archfoe Washington that brought more than two years of hope then heartbreak for the families.

    In the end, however, Iran's clerics opted for a near mirror image of last year's release of a third American captured with the other two — opening the doors of Tehran's Evin prison in exchange of $500,00 bail each while Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was preparing for the spotlight in New York for the U.N.'s annual gathering of world leaders.

  • Obama: No short cut to peace in Middle East

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that there could be no short cut to peace between Israel and the Palestinians, as he sought to head off a looming diplomatic crisis for the Middle East and U.S. policy there.

    "Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the U.N. — if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now," the president said. "Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians who must live side by side. Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians — not us — who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them."

  • Judge tosses Ala. challenge to election monitoring

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to election monitoring for racial discrimination required under the Voting Rights Act.

    U.S. District Judge John Bates ruled against Shelby County in Alabama, which sued the Justice Department to stop the monitoring mostly across the South.

    The county said it should no longer need federal approval before changing even minor election procedures such as moving a polling place or redrawing school district lines.