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  • State jet sold to Alaska couple

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez waved goodbye Thursday to a state-owned jet she calls the “ultimate symbol of waste and excess.” Her administration sold the plane for $2.5 million.
    Martinez presented keys to the aircraft to the new owners, Robert and Linda Felland, a retired couple from Anchorage, Alaska, at a ceremony at Santa Fe’s municipal airport.

  • Update 08-28-11

    Movie night
     
    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series will show “The Social Network” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1.

    Fuller Lodge

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

    CRC meeting

    The Charter Review Committee will meet in council chambers inside the Community Building at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

    On the web

    Find the latest on Hurricane Irene as it strikes the East Coast. Check out lamonitor.com

    County council

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

  • ACT changes after-school bus routes

    Changes in Los Alamos Public Schools scheduling and the need to comply with both school and federal regulations prompted changes in Atomic City Transit afterschool routes this fall.
    “As soon as we knew the schools times were changing, we spent a lot of staff time brainstorming ways to improve these things overall for the majority of riders,” said Nancy Talley, transportation division manager.
    School officials not only notified the transit officials about new start and stop times but of new regulations requiring  county transit buses to remain on county right-of-way instead of entering school property, in order to reduce liability issues and keep the school system in compliance with insurance regulations.

  • LA pays tribute

    A large crowd gathered for a special ceremony at Ashley Pond Park Thursday to thank the individuals and organizations that helped out during the Las Conchas Wildfire.

    The Los Alamos County Council, Los Alamos National Laboratory and National Nuclear Security Agency hosted the “Los Alamos Says Thanks” event.

    “This fire brought out the best of the best in all of us across the great state of New Mexico – we saw it 11 years ago during the Cerro Grande Fire and we saw it again during this fire,” said Council Chair Sharon Stover. “Firefighters and police officers and the National Guard top the list, but it went way beyond that.”

  • Japan PM resigning as opinion sinks after tsunami

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced Friday he would resign after almost 15 months in office amid plunging approval ratings over his government's handling of the tsunami disaster and nuclear crisis.

    In a nationally televised speech, Kan said he was stepping down as chief of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and would officially quit as prime minister after the ruling party votes Monday to pick a new leader — the country's sixth prime minister in five years.

  • Mexican president declares 3 days of mourning

    MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared three days of mourning Friday for the 52 victims of a casino fire set by presumed drug traffickers, branding the attackers "true terrorists" and ordering authorities to offer a $2.4 million reward for their capture.

    Calderon also once again lashed out at the United States, saying it is not doing enough to reduce the country's high demand for illicit drugs or to stop the illegal trafficking of U.S. weapons into Mexico.

  • Search for county administrator nears next phase

    The deadline for applications for the County Administrator’s position was Aug. 14. Semi-finalists have been chosen and Prothman Company, an executive search firm hired by the county, is conducting interviews. Council will decide on finalists in a closed session on Sept. 6 and announce their choices soon afterward. The public may meet the finalists at a reception at 5 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Pajarito Room in Fuller Lodge.

  • Redistricting committee to meet in Las Vegas and Santa Fe

    SANTA FE — The legislature’s Redistricting Committee will conclude its series of public hearings on August 30 at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) in Las Vegas and Aug. 31 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.
    The committee is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. on August 30 in the Kennedy Lounge at NMHU and at 9 a.m. on August 31 in Room 307 of the State Capitol.
    The committee, which is reviewing proposed new political districts for congressional, legislative and Public Regulation Commission districts, has already met in Clovis, Roswell, Las Cruces, the Pueblo of Acoma, Gallup, Farmington, Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.
    The legislature expects to meet in a special session in September to approve new districts.

  • Update 08-25-11

    Movie night

     The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series will show “The Social Network” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1.

    Fuller Lodge

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

    Thank you event

     The county council, LANL and NNSA are hosting an event to thank all of those who helped the community through the fire from 4-6 p.m. today at Ashley Pond.

    Book talk

    Shelby Tisdale, Director of Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, will give a talk on her book Fine Indian Jewelry of the Southwest at 7 p.m. today at the Mesa Public Library Rotunda.

    County council

  • Broadband Network Enters Next Phase

    Despite some debate among county councilors regarding the need for blisteringly fast Internet speeds, they did agree to spend $344,000 to get to the next level in a study that will determine the feasibility and costs associated with a Community Broadband Network.

    The Los Alamos County Information Technology department has completed 30 percent of the Community Broadband Network (CBN) Study, and the results so far are positive.

    Market research indicates that 75 percent of residents feel that CBN is a good idea and 71 percent were willing to switch to a provider that offered broadband. Research & Polling, Inc. conducted phone surveys of 450 residents and 100 businesses to arrive at those statistics.