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  • Update 08-31-11

    Movie night
     
    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series will show “The Social Network” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday.

    Fuller Lodge

     The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    Public meeting

    The White Rock Implementation Committee and Los Alamos County will host the third public meeting on the A-19-a master plan project at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the White Rock Fire Station.

    County Council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 in council chambers.

  • Governor to seek road money in special session

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration plans to ask the Legislature to provide $41 million for road maintenance across the state to help offset costs the Transportation Department incurred paying its share for the Rail Runner commuter train system.
    The Republican governor wants lawmakers to provide the money in a capital improvement financing bill during a special legislative session, which is to start next week.
    The administration developed the request after reviewing the Rail Runner’s long-term costs to the state. A new analysis by the Department of Finance and Administration estimates the commuter rail operation is costing an average of $65 million, with the state picking up the biggest share of that.

  • CRC Tackles Initiative & Referendum

    The Initiative & Referendum subcommittee presented its proposed changes to the Charter Review Committee Monday evening. The subcommittee’s focus was on clarifying and simplifying the Initiative, Referendum and Recall sections of the County Charter, but included some substantive changes as well.
    The committee worked closely with the County Clerk’s office to discover weaknesses in the current Charter, and conducted public meetings for citizens input. They decided a comprehensive rewrite of this section of the Charter was necessary.

  • DOE inspector issues report on lab remediation

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funded work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as apart of an estimated $2.2 billion to remediate the lab by December of 2015.

    In February 2009, the Recovery Act was enacted and the National Nuclear Security Adminstration received $212 million for legacy environmental remediation projects at the lab with most of the work being targeted at Technical Area-21.

  • Blast at Wyo. oil production site kills 3 workers

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An explosion has killed three workers who had been laying a fuel line at a Wyoming oil storage site, an oil company spokesman said.

    The blast at about 10 a.m. Monday near Glenrock, in a remote region of eastern Wyoming, sparked a 10-acre fire before it was brought under control, Samson Resources Co. spokesman Dennis Neill said. The fuel line where the blast victims had been working was intended to supply a heater treatment facility that separates oil from water as they're pumped out of the ground.

  • Romney on Perry turf assails 'career politicians'

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney castigated "career politicians" Tuesday as he tried to distinguish himself from chief rival Rick Perry while on the governor's home turf in Texas.

    "I am a conservative businessman. I spent most of my life outside of politics, dealing with real problems in the real economy," Romney said told the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual convention in San Antonio. "Career politicians got us into this mess and they simply don't know how to get us out."

  • Disaster aid account faces shortfall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's main disaster aid account is running woefully short of money as the Obama administration confronts damages from Hurricane Irene that could run into billions of dollars.

    With less than $800 million in its disaster aid coffers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been forced to freeze rebuilding projects from disasters dating to Hurricane Katrina to conserve money for emergency needs in the wake of Irene. Lawmakers from states ravaged by tornadoes this spring, like Missouri and Alabama, are especially furious.

  • Family of missing man tries to move on

    The family of Michael Cannon is suspending their search for him, which began June 25 when he did not return from an afternoon hike.
    Capt. Randy Foster said that while the police search is no longer active, they will follow up on any new leads.
    “We coordinated with state police on the search efforts to locate Mr. Cannon including the use of dogs and cadaver dogs where he was last seen and in areas in which the dogs hit on,” Foster said. “We also looked at financial activities and other areas of investigation to discount those possibilities. The search is now closed unless we receive new information.”

  • Homestead Marker project gets go ahead

    Before the United States government claimed land for the Manhattan Project, even before the Los Alamos Ranch School, Los Alamos Mesa was home to a community of homesteaders. The Los Alamos Historic Homestead Tour, which commemorates those early settlers, earned council approval Tuesday.
    The idea for the tour was sparked by White Rock resident Belle Grant Hill, who approached Gerald Strickfaden, chair of the Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board (FLHDAB), for advice on placing a marker at the site of her family’s homestead. Grant Hill is the daughter of homesteader Ottie Oman (Dot) Grant.

  • Tucker throws out first pitch